Questions tagged [phd]

Questions about the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, including requirements such as dissertations and university programs leading to a Ph.D.

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How to justify having very low undergraduate grades and very high master's grades?

I'm applying to computer science PhD programs in the US and I'm worried about how to justify my undergraduate grades. Some other aspects of my application are strong, so I believe I have a chance (see ...
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Should I review a paper as an undergraduate?

I recently received an invitation to review a paper for publication in an MDPI journal. This is the first time I am being invited to review. I do feel qualified to do it since I have several ...
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Advice on postgrad research application (UK, pure maths)

I'm looking for advice on postgraduate study in pure maths from academics or people involved in the application process. I have enjoyed studying pure maths (particularly algebra) throughout my ...
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Math PhD program admissions: what happens between December and February?

I have a question about the "black box" of PhD applications. After the December 1 or December 15 deadlines students are just told they are going to receive a decision between February and ...
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What is the faculty member who I presented my undergraduate dissertation to called?

Currently, I am falling short on recommenders for my PhD applications in the United States. I don't want to ask the professors with whom I only took a few classes as I know those letters could be weak....
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Should universities waste time giving PhDs to people that don't intend on "using" it? [closed]

Considering how hard it is to get a PhD done due to limited resources, I was puzzled by reading about a guy in his 80s getting a doctorate. He made it clear that he has no intention to work so why ...
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Could I work at a university in a Spanish-speaking country if I'm not fluent in Spanish? (Rhetoric & Writing / English)

I'm working on my PhD in Rhetoric & Writing (Dept of English) in the US. I am also a writer with enough qualifications to teach creative writing at a US university. I speak enough Spanish to get ...
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Is it okay to apply for PhD at a German university without prior contact with a potential supervisor?

I have an MSc degree in natural science and I am currently looking for a PhD position. I saw an advertisement on a researcher community site that an institute at a German university is hiring PhD ...
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Is it against the law to judge you based on your age and marital status when you applying for a PhD position?

A few weeks ago, I sent an email to a professor in a western European country in the hope of getting a Ph.D. position in the field of management. I have 17 years of work experience and 8 years of ...
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Are Ph.D. programs easier to get into with an already obtained Master's?

To give specifics about my questions, I am on track to completing my Master's degree in Europe (Switzerland) and I have been looking at applying to the U.S. in case I cannot get a Ph.D. at my current ...
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How to reapply for another PhD program after quitting existing PhD?

I am in 4 semester of my PhD program. The moment I joined the XYZ University, I was not that much happy with the lab, supervision, system, environment. Then, the pandemic happened. On and off I tried ...
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How broad/narrow can research interests be on statement of purpose?

I cannot understand how broad is too broad of a research interest. Honestly, I have a lot to learn and it is difficult for me to narrow it down on my statement of purpose. I know that I want to ...
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I left a PhD program to take a permanent position that offered full funding for my education. How to explain this when re-applying for PhD programs?

I am an international STEM major graduate. Immediately after I obtained my BS degree in the spring semester, I went on a funded Ph.D. program in the following Fall semester. However, 2 months into the ...
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Get exposure on different topics before choosing one for a PhD

I started my PhD in computer architecture in 2017 and after one year I left it to start working for an information security company. I have been in the industry for 4 years. I now want to go back to ...
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How to deal with a PhD supervisor that acts like a company manager?

For the background: I am a Ph.D. student (UK) in a computational field (my job can be done anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection, no experimental work involved). I started around ...
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Small unintentional plagiarism issues found after years of my Phd thesis. What can I do?

I finished my PhD in early 2018. I immediately sumbitted an hard copy at the dept. library and a pdf copy on the online database (open-access), a few weeks later as per Univeristy rules. at the time ...
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Contacting the PhD supervisor directly via his email

I have applied to a PhD student position via the lab portal (as requested) and my application statut is "Application under review" for more than month now. Is appropriate to contact the PhD ...
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FOMO in PhD specialization

I recently graduated from my Master's program in theoretical physics. Throughout the program I did most of my coursework in high energy physics and did my thesis in the same. However, I also did ...
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Should I abandon my PhD topic after a year?

After the first year and pretty much at the cusp of submitting my research proposal, I feel that my PhD topic and supervisor is far too technical. I had completed a masters that was closer to ...
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Mention incomplete PhD in Europe in the Statement of Purpose for PhD in USA?

I started a PhD project in Europe. However, as the project was going in a direction quite different from what I had expected, I spoke to my supervisor and converted it into a research position for a ...
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What should I do when a professor changes the interview time and doesn't write me back?

I am applying to US universities for Ph.D. so I wrote to some professors from X university. Actually, I wrote them at the beginning of this year but I was late for admission so I did not get any ...
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Working in quantitative finance before engineering phd

This might be sort of a weird/rare situation (more common to have gap years in regular engineering industry/research labs), but how would the following be perceived- Engineering undergrad with good ...
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What should I do ideally to recharge during a PhD?

I have been working on my PhD for fourteen months now. I had a break only for four days before my PhD. I was busy with my master's thesis before that. During the PhD, I have had breaks for 3 weeks ...
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Applying for a physics Master's in a European university with intention to do Ph.D. in the same group?

I intend to apply to European Master's programs in theoretical physics, and I've got my bachelor's degree in my country Thailand. I also would like to continue my Ph.D. on my master's thesis subject, ...
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Getting a LOR without any mention of the work in the SOP

Background: CS Undergrad applying to CS PhD Programs. I have an internship experience under a HOD of a department in my university. The work was on computer vision, there was a paper published at a ...
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I need to write papers and publish but my supervisor wants me to do lab duties

I am doing my PhD since 2019 in the subject of molecular biology. I am at the end stage of my PhD. Despite the harsh beginning, I put really a lot of effort to become very good in laboratory work and ...
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Should I talk to my advisor on this?

I really need some advice on this. I don't trust the other PhD student in our group at all. Reasons; The first week I came, he bothered me with his questions 'What is your religion?, When I will go?, ...
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Is providing funding and minimal corrections to a paper enough to become an author in it?

Recently a researcher shared on Twitter I've reached that stage as a supervisor where the students have the idea, do the math, write the code, run experiments, draft the paper and I contribute by ...
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Is it ethical to start PhD research in one group knowing I am very likely to want to switch to a different group next semester?

I am a PhD student in physics at a US institution. I've worked with a very good and supportive professor last summer in some area of research. The goal was to try a particular research group and see ...
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Possible red flags in a PhD interview?

So I've recently had a couple of PhD interviews that I was invited to. In the first one, there were several people present for my brief talk, after which they asked me some questions. Then most people ...
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Asked for F grade voluntarily for a program elective. How does it affect my Phd Chances

I am a graduate masters student in the Computer Science Field in the final year of my masters program. Recently, in a particular elective course in which I had been doing quite well, I had a major ...
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Why do some professors state on their website to contact them prior to applying for admission to a PhD?

I've noticed some potential professors explicitly write to contact them prior to applying if interested in working with them. Why is that?
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How do I interpret multiple meetings with a potential research advisor?

I have had one meeting with a potential research advisor that went really well. They want to touch base again and go over my work experience that is applicable to my research interests before I apply. ...
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I feel bad about rejecting a paper during review

I'm must declare at the very beginning that I'm a PhD student that suffers from major impostor syndrome, and very much feel very unconfident about myself or my abilities. That being said, I recently ...
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Does one have to mention every single publication they have worked on, in their SOP? (PhD CS USA)

Background: Undergraduate applying to PhD CS programs in the US. I currently have quite a few posters/publications and manuscripts under review for a domain X. I have structured my SOP around the fact ...
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Are there universities where one can submit a PhD thesis without having to attend a doctoral programme? [closed]

My situation is as follows. I used to be enrolled at a British university in a social sciences PhD programme. This was a decade ago. For various personal and professional reasons, I did not manage to ...
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How often does an advisor suggest a research problem to his PhD student?

I started my second year as PhD student this Fall and I was wondering how often do PhD supervisor suggests research problem to their PhD student? Does it happen only during the initial years of PhD? ...
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How can I know which academic field is hot now? [closed]

I am trying to write my own Ph.D. proposal and I wish to know what are the hottest topics in computer science and data science. By 'hottest', I mean: on which topics were the most papers published? My ...
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What should be written in a one-page research statement?

I am currently applying for a PhD in Machine Learning Applied to Biology. I am asked to write a one-page research statement in relation to the topic of the position offered. I do not understand what ...
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Under which criteria should I accept a MSc thesis? [closed]

I am looking for MSc thesis offers, and under which criteria should I accept a position or not? About me: my field of study is Machine Learning for Robotics applications related to space. I am also ...
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What should I do when my LORs are submitted for a previous application?

I want to apply for a Ph.D. position in a US university (X) this year. Last year I started the application but did not finish and submit it. But my recommenders already sent their LORs and its ...
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I switched advisors during my Master's, but I need a recommendation letter from my ex-advisor, is it possible?

I've recently finished my Master's. I'm going to apply to some PhD programs, and I need another recommendation letter. I'm thinking of contacting my ex-advisor in my Master's to ask for a letter. Even ...
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Is the reference letter from PhD supervisor important in the future?

I just submitted my doctoral thesis yesterday. I finished my project two years ago and published it in a high level journal. My supervisor asked me to give the co-first author position to a postdoc, ...
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How can I overcome the setbacks of a negligent supervisor after earning a PhD degree?

I'm legitimately looking for advice and to try to take control of my life and my job prospects post-graduation, but also feel that I can't portray the challenge of my situation honestly without ...
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How to deal with academic burnout when collecting field data?

I have posted here before about the issues with my PhD, but now I get the feeling that I am suffering from burnout and I need to know what to do next. My degree is costing a lot of money and I feel ...
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Tips for finding chill PhD programs and advisors to apply to? [closed]

I'm in industry now. I'm applying to PhD programs but don't want to be under a lot of stress so that I can have time to slowly think deeply about problems and explore stuff without having pressure to ...
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How do faculty pick which students get RA funding?

Suppose a faculty member has external funding for PhD students (who would otherwise have TA positions). How do they decide which of their PhD students get funding? For instance, I've seen faculty who ...
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What does "examples of achievements in non-research related activities" mean?

I am applying for for a PhD psychology program. Does it mean my clinical work, or other awards and leadership recognition's during my education?
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Changing university after one year in another university (PhD level)

I am a second-year Master student and will finish in 2022. Next fall, I am going to start a PhD in physics at my current university. The research topic will be the same as well as the supervisor. I ...
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Submitting articles on arXiv as an unaffiliated researcher [duplicate]

I was at a university for a year and then left. If I submit a research paper to arXiv and mention that I am a participant in that university, will they limit the research if it is accepted? Because I ...