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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Chances of getting into PhD without any technical paper?

I am a bachelor pass out of 2018. Electrical background. Currently i am working in R&D in an automobile company for the past year. PhD is something I have always wanted to pursue (mainly because I ...
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My research paper filed as a patent in China by my Chinese supervisor without me as inventor

I completed my PhD 3 years ago from a university in the UK. Today I was looking for some papers in google scholar. I found a patent in China. The patent was written in Chinese however, all diagrams/...
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Become not interested in my research topic after two years of my PhD? [closed]

I am supposed to finish my PhD in four years. But after two years of working on a topic, I become not interested in the topic any more. I found out that the topic is boring. What should I do? Should I ...
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How will Phd guides treat students who are pursuing PHD under scholarships other than institute one?

Okay. SO here is the thing. I got national overseas scholarship from my government. The scholarship almost covers everything. My question is how will professors view those who are admitted under ...
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Will quitting PhD after six months affect my ability to get another?

I've been at my current PhD for six months but in that time have only had 3 meetings with my supervisor, the last of which was over 2 months ago. Worse than that, I've tried enquiring about our next ...
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How can getting a masters hurt PhD admissions? [closed]

TL;DR: Find myself under-qualified for PhD programs but I'm afraid getting a MS degree will hurt my chances at a better PhD program. U.S. based. Longer background: I graduated with a math degree ...
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How can I finish my PhD? [closed]

I have M.Sc. in mathematics, and I was/am working on a PhD for almost 10 years now (on and off), but I haven't published a thing. I have many results (most in a single field) and potential paper ...
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Online Computer Science Masters as PhD Prep

I have recently completed my undergraduate degree, and am interested in pursuing a master's and potentially an eventual doctorate. I have been looking at affordable online degrees such as the ...
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At what point does a PhD student have to commit to a research group (US)? [closed]

I am planning to apply to PhD programs in the US this Fall (to start in 2020). I have been looking at various institutions and research groups in my area and I am wondering at what point a PhD student ...
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Questions to a prospective PhD student

Background: My lab (life-science) has been awarded with a grant that allows to employ a PhD student that the group should select. We shortlisted three candidates according to their knowledge (they ...
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Tips for a successful PhD in Artifical Intelligence [closed]

I recently began my Ph.D. program in AI. Coming from a different major, I would like to obtain tips that'll enable me to leave my program with a strong background in my field.
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Life as a PhD student

I completed my Master's in Chemical Engineering recently as an International student in the US and now I wanted to go for a PhD as well in the same field.I completed a few Volunteer research work for ...
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Life post thesis submission is terrifying - Help! [closed]

The last year has been ridiculously difficult. I can easily say it has been 90h weeks 12 months in a row, with the hours taken of rest being vastly overshadowed by intense guilt (over not using that ...
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Messed up my PhD. Hope for academia lost. Not attractive for industry. Hoping for some advice [closed]

My civil engineering PhD got extended to 5 years due to my lack of commitment during the early years and lack of interest in my research area on part of my advisor. I feel that I made a mistake by ...
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Supervisor not allowing to submit Thesis

I am in very tense situation. My supervisor is not allowing me to submit my Master by Research thesis. I have already told him that I have some potential fully funded PhD opportunity and he initially ...
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Getting a Postdoc, Dropping out of PhD for Greener Pastures (I hope), or else Staying Competitive in Current Position

I've seen similar questions on here before so I'm sorry if it's a duplicate or anything. Frequently, I find myself in despair at my postdoc prospects as a result of the reputation of the university ...
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Advisor suggesting a change in the PhD research direction resulting in less theoretically intensive thesis. I am worrying about the implications

I joined for my PhD in mechanical engineering in a Canadian university almost 3 years back. I had completed the necessary coursework and preliminary exam last July. My advisor had approved my research ...
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How do I determine whether “Global Scientific Journal” is reputable or not? [closed]

I have published my paper in Global Scientific Journal. But some scholars are telling me that the journal is not reputable. How do I determine if Global Scientific Journal is reputable or predatory?
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Which level of sloppiness is forgivable at PhD thesis completion

The question can be really irritating for most of the people and I am sorry for that. Surely, the right answer should be "no inaccuracies, everything should be right!". However, let's take a look at ...
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It seems that almost all succesfull academics have had distinguished advisors. Is it really true that pedigree defines success?

In his manuscript "The making of a scientist" [1], Hans Krebs highlighted the fact that great scientists are moulded for success by their renowned grad school advisors. Additionally, he talks about ...
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Biophysics PhD after Master's in Computational Biology. Is it a common path? [closed]

I am doing my masters in computational life sciences. My fascination with the topic started with how physics elegantly explains the biological systems. More I am digging into the subjects, more I feel ...
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General idea on how do Committee Members read PhD thesis

The question is divided into two parts and related to the situation like: Committee gets PhD thesis to read through/give comments/report on it. Thesis is written based on several publications. 1. What ...
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(Canada) How likely/unlikely is it to get accepted to a direct entry PhD program? [closed]

I am now torn apart between leaving Canada to do a masters program in a foreign country, which will put a huge financial burden on me, I don't even know if I can afford it, and I would also become ...
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Doing high level thing great but forgetting simple things

I'm a mathematics PhD student and I have a question. I am writing my thesis, and I'm looking for a postdoc too. I would like to do research long-term, but I am not sure that I will be successful as a ...
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Pursued PhD under an advisor who did not know what to do. Now am stuck with future prospects

I made a mistake 5 years ago. I changed my field from materials science to civil engineering. I did a PhD under a professor whose research expertise was not in my research topic. I had to ...
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Can a (stapler) PhD thesis comprise multiple unrelated papers? [duplicate]

Traditionally, a thesis is assimilated to a monograph and comprises a unified body of work. However, with "stapler" theses becoming more common, I'd like to know if a thesis is allowed to comprise ...
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What are the Pros and Cons of Pursuing a PhD after 5+ years in the Industry? [closed]

I am sure this is a quite subjective topic, but I haven't been able to find like clear advice or info about this particular situation. Also, I'm going to give some context; therefore, you could ...
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TV-L 13 contract before the official masters degree

I am currently finishing my masters in Germany and I will start my PhD soon. I will be having a TV-L contract, however, I haven't acquired my official diploma yet. In case that the bureaucratic stuff ...
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Can I get a PhD for developing educational software?

I am a senior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After asking another question on this website, I have decided to become a professor of practice. To do this, I will pursue a Ph.D. A Ph.D. project ...
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Why is getting a PhD considered “financially irresponsible” by some people? [closed]

I've been reading this question, whose premise is that going directly into industry after (presumably) just a bachelor's will make you more money than doing a PhD and then going into industry. To my ...
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Should getting no response in this timespan be understood as a no? What should I do in this situation?

I am starting my Ph.D. and am interested in a specific field of research which seems quite promising for the next years. Now, my masters supervisor does not work in this field, nor anyone in the ...
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Advisor and co-advisor withholding information, should I leave the lab?

I am a second-year PhD student in Biomedicine and I was assigned to my current advisor and co-advisor since day one. My advisor is very busy. So, most of the meetings and discussions about my PhD ...
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How to present my work experience in a PhD interview?

I am going to attend my 2nd round PhD interview. There are two parts. One is about a 20-minute long presentation focusing on my work experience, motivation and anything which can prove I am able to ...
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In an interdisciplinary context, is the argument of “imposter syndrome” really applicable?

There are many questions on this SE from young researchers who are not sure if they are "good enough" to actually be awarded a PhD because they think their work is not good/novel/innovative/advanced ...
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I don't have the theoretical background in my PhD topic. I can't justify getting the degree

I did my PhD in computational materials science. I used molecular dynamics simulations and finite element method to carry out my research investigations. I have published several publications and ...
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Invitation to visit university for PhD

Recently, I have been interviewed for swedish phd and I have gone through several skype interviews and writing task. They have send me an email that I am a strong candidate. Now they are asking for ...
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Can I include my published paper in the mail?

I have written a professor from the USA about a Ph.D. position with my CV. He replied saying its excellent and I should apply in the next fall. Now I have some queries which I will ask him in my next ...
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I had performed mediocre in my core subjects during my PhD, is it justified for me to think about a future in academia?

I am a final year PhD in mechanical engineering. I did average/below average in my core courses, during my undergraduate, and PhD coursework. My research area involves using finite element and volume ...
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PhD - switching to another school that previously accepted you

I am doing a PhD in social sciences, currently finishing the coursework part, at one of the middle-ranked universities in the US. Because of some peculiarities in the program and the school (specific ...
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Scholarship for PhD -> PhD failure -> funds should be paid back? [duplicate]

First reason to know - is here some people, who had this situation? Second one - if you are student, usually you don't really have such a huge amount of money in your pocket - what do you think, what'...
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Industry value of Doctoral degree when compared To a PhD in Computer Science

I'm planning to do a Doctoral program in computer science. However, there are Two degrees: Doctor of computer science (DCS Doctoral degree) Doctor of philosophy in (PhD) computer science I am a ...
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Mentioning possible PhD principal investigators in graduate application w/o being asked to do so?

My title is pretty self-explanatory, but I was wondering how it looks to mention specific researchers to work with in graduate school via my personal statement/s. I'm applying to PhD programs in ...
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Should I tell a PhD student's supervisor about a lack of understanding and somewhat ethically dubious conduct?

Background to the question: A PhD student who I worked with during my masters' recently sent me a coauthorship statement for a paper I published whilst I was a member of that group. We started in ...
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Almost all of the Postdoctoral positions requires to attach publications while contacting. Can a manuscript under review be sent to address this?

I have submitted my PhD thesis and am searching for postdoc positions. However, every position has something on the lines of "Postdoctoral applicants should also attach your most important ...
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Need advice about a vague question on postdoc position search and post thesis submission dilemma

I am a veteran PhD student who have just submitted my PhD thesis and am waiting for my defense. The defense is to be scheduled for the end of the year (end of November). Due to lack of proper ...
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If I change my research group, can my former supervisor restrict my access to my codes that are written by myself?

Recently, I quitted my current research group and I will start to work with someone else. I was in my former research group for almost three years and during these three years I wrote more 200,000 ...
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Applying for a PhD with professor X, when my prior research is in a different field?

In an ideal scenario, I’d like to do my (computer science) PhD at university U. I completely lack the credentials, and my MS work is in one of those areas where ~10 people in the world are capable of ...
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Interview questions with potential PhD advisor [closed]

What kind of questions are asked by the adviser? What sort of questions do you ask your advisor during an online interview? Also, Which one do you choose during the interview; turn the webcam on or ...
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Writing thesis with corrected data after being published

Lack of a systematic strict supervision has lead to inaccuracies in data evaluation. This data was published. While writing thesis I realize that and I don't know what to do. Should I write my "...