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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Contacting a potential PhD supervisor for a second time after some months

A couple of months ago, I mailed a potential PhD supervisor with the question whether she has an open position available in her research group. She replied that at the moment, she didn't have an open ...
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Can MEng Students Get R&D Jobs in Robotics Area in the US?

I got the Mechanical MEng offer of a top university a few weeks ago. I'm still not sure if I want to peruse a PhD but I do want a job about R&D related to robotics in the future. I'm sure there ...
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Is the '°' wrong in a degree centigrade mark? [closed]

My PI helps to modify my thesis. He keeps changing the degree mark '°' to '0' as the superscript in a degree centigrade mark. He also changes every 'in the phase' to 'at the phase'. As I searched, ...
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Can I do bachelor’s, master’s and PhD at different universities?

Is it possible that I do undergraduation and post graduation from a university and Ph.D from other university?
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What is the basic difference between a researcher in a corporation, and a university?

What is the basic difference between being a researcher in a corporation, and being a researcher in a university? Is there really any difference apart from giving lectures and grading student's exam ...
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Professor wants to include a specific (maybe unnecessary) issue and focus less on other necessary ones in LoR. Please share your perspective

I am applying to a PhD program in humanities/social sciences. I asked a professor I know (we are outside the US) to write a strong letter of recommendation for me and he said he would be glad. ...
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Graduate School Admissions (Fall 2021): What are the prospects of an international applicant?

These days I have been seeing a lot of chatter on Gradcafe (forum for grad school applicants to discuss results and admission process) about decline in the percentage of admits being offered to ...
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Is it okay to publish less and teach more during your PhD? (CS USA)

Background: I read this Quora post where someone mentioned they TA'ed pretty much their entire PhD tenure and took up extra TA spots as well for the same because they really liked teaching. The person ...
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Decline the PhD offer during the deferral

I've got a fully funded PhD offer from a US university. The department is open to deferral without any reason. I want to go to work for one year before my PhD. If I feel satisfied with the job, I may ...
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Could I ask my supervisor to help me coding an implementation of a scientific paper's algorithm

I am stuck at an implementation of a scientific paper's algorithm, could I ask help from staff to code a part with me or even my advisor to do so? Thanks for the clarification.
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How to email a professor requesting to supervise a PhD thesis?

I am interested in applying to PhD in Mathematics in University of Luxembourg. In the webpage it is written that "We recommend that you contact potential thesis supervisors by email to discuss ...
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Is my university using TA's excessively?

Currently, at a broad level, the scenario I am observing is as follows: Tasks by Instructor (assistant professor, associate professor, professor) Collecting presentations from either the internet or ...
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While applying for PhD in Deep learning, how useful are papers in some other topics like photonics? [closed]

I am a EEE student. My plan is to go for higher studies on Deep learning and neural networks. Suppose, I have an opportunity to do research on a photonics/nano material/device physics project. How ...
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How do you do “research” as a fresh PhD student? [closed]

I started a PhD in applied mathematics and things seem to be going well after an initially terrible start. My supervisor and I have devised a clear set of objectives for the next three years and I’m ...
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Which is better: to achieve my master degree in usual time or use extra time to prepare myself for a PhD?

I am currently a master student at UFMG, a university in Brazil. I am at my last semester (out of 4) and, due to the pandemics, it was given to us the possibility to extend our study for one semester. ...
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Completed master level study in bachelor second year can i do direct Phd [duplicate]

Can one do Phd in mathematics directly after completing bachelors in mathematics
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Can I change the referee once the letter of reference has been submitted? [closed]

I am applying for a PhD position in US universities. I started an application for a specific university and suggested my referee names. My referees have already submitted their LORs. But I did not ...
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Telling my department about switching to a new PhD program - moral dilemma

Background I'm a PhD student in a science PhD program in the US. I had a fellowship covering all costs + a stipend and so far I haven't had to TA or RA. I'd be TAing from next year though. I have had ...
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Can my former PhD adviser force me to complete tasks after quitting his research group?

I quit my current research group after four and a half years. I am currently looking for other opportunities to join a new research group and finish my PhD. Based on recent meetings with my former PhD ...
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Writing a topical review paper with co-author(s)

Let assume a journal accepted a topical review proposal I submitted. It's often a good approach for a student like me (PhD student) to coauthor the paper with a more experienced researcher who is ...
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Transitioning from bioinformatics to wet lab?

I had a very bad PhD experience in developmental biology. My project was supposed to be wet lab and it was, but I didn't learn a lot of techniques. At the end I got into bioinformatics and, because my ...
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Sending a second follow-up email for a potential PhD position

Four weeks ago I contacted the department of the University to ask whether there are PhD positions open. They emailed me some questions I needed to fill in and said that they will review my ...
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PhD interview with a very general topic (no specific topic mentioned in the job portal)

I have been invited to a PhD job interview at a German institute. In the job position description, there was not a specific topic mentioned. It was mainly general sentences about the research. Most ...
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How frequently should PhD students update their advisor? [closed]

I'm a 1st year phd student in math. My advisor adopts a more ambiguous meeting policy that I approach him whenever I want to talk. So I was sending him long emails on a biweekly basis with updates of ...
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PhD - unhelpful supervisor, how normal is it?

My question maybe trivial but I really want the opinion of others if the problem is with me or with my supervisor/ the lab. Half a year ago I started PhD in a small university town in Europe. I am a ...
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Weird/Dumb question: What does a thesis do when the non-thesis option means more courses?

Actually, this is my question: which option should i prefer Thesis vs Non-thesis for MS in CS? but I hope this post will not be closed as either off-topic or duplicate because I hope to be specific. ...
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Postdoctoral Catch-22

I graduated with my PhD in January. In my field (biophysics) and country (US), we only have a 1 year time window to apply for fellowships. However, my advisor is sitting on the paper from my ...
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Can a phd thesis be in a different area than the master thesis? [duplicate]

First of all let me begin with saying that I have seen there is a question quite similar to this one, but I thought I'd ask again so I could get more specific about my situation since I am guessing it'...
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Include content in my PhD thesis from my paper whose content previously appeared in the PhD thesis of one of the coauthors of the aforementioned paper

I would want to include content in my PhD thesis from one of my research papers. I am a coauthor of the research paper. The order of the names of the authors in the research paper is not based on the ...
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Criteria of papers to review

I am preparing my PhD in computer science. I want to do a state of the art about the topic I am working on, are there any criteria to consider when choosing papers to review? Thank you in advance :)
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PhD interview: Why in particular us? [duplicate]

I have applied to a very well-known institution for PhD in Europe. They evaluate students first and then match them with advisors, so this is not a position with a specific supervisor; an admission ...
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Receiving a second scholarship after finishing the first one [closed]

I would appreciate if someone could help me. I am currently studying a PhD with a scholarship in the UK. My question is, after I finish my PhD, will I be eligible to receive another scholarship for a ...
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Is it alright to contact lab members of a lab you interviewed at for an update on your PhD application?

I am international applicant for a PhD program in Molecular Biology. I have interviewed with a professor and have had a chat with all of the members of the lab I am extremely interested in working in. ...
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How can a prospective PhD student assess whether a potential PhD advisor is hands-on or hands-off?

Different ways I thought of: Looking at the size of the potential PhD advisor's lab: e.g., if many (>10) PhD students or post-doc, then likely to be quite hands-off. Asking current or former ...
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Choosing PhD advisor between Professor X and an Assistant professor Y who was a PhD student of the professor X

I got accepted in two different US schools for CS PhD programs. My prospective advisor/supervisor for the two schools are Professor X and Professor Y respectively. Professor Y was a PhD student of ...
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Surname change during PhD (as a male)

I'm currently undertaking my PhD and I have plans to get married before I complete my candidature. In particular, I will be double-barreling my current surname with my fiancée's current surname. We ...
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My MA thesis has flaws. How do I present it during PhD application?

I completed my MA in 2014 (humanities, third world country) but due to very bad (almost non-existent) supervision and other reasons my thesis is subpar in some areas (e.g., research design, data ...
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A stunted PhD: PhD in the time of a pandemic

I'm a third year Math PhD student in the US. My concern is that my PhD is going to be stunted in the following sense: I am my advisor's only graduate student. This is not uncommon for grad students ...
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How to keep confidential my PhD position search, if I have already started PhD in the lab, but want to change

I am currently hired as a PhD student in the lab for 8 months and I would like to look for another PhD position. The main reason is that my interests don't fit the research focus of my current lab. ...
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RE Can I have various theories in my theoretical framework?

Can a dissertation make use of multiple theories to inform one's research - or MUST it only be one?
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Why am I getting rejection in PhD admission after interview?

When I was in my bachelor's program, I applied to three universities in Europe for masters. My two first choices accepted me and offered me funding for my masters studies which is competitive (2 ...
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What does 'soon' mean in PhD applications?

I had a PhD interview on 8th March. One of the interviewers told me they will let me know the decision 'soon'. I had the impression that the interview did not go bad. It is been more than a week that ...
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What terms should be better to set when creating a Startup with your PhD supervisor? [closed]

What terms should be better to set when creating a Startup with your PhD supervisor? I had the PhD project idea before starting the PhD and working on it for some years. Now my PhD research looks ...
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Reporting negative results/failure of experiments in thesis/papers

During the various sub-projects of my PhD (physics) we encountered several difficulties (as it is common, I assume) both in technical and in physical nature which we had to solve. Moreover, some ...
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How to tell someone, that someone else “can”not answer a question I asked multiple times?

I work at a unversity in the physics department. Since quite some time, I have a very specific question regarding some equations and how they were rearranged into some result. I have asked my ...
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What happens when the information of the graduate application and the recommender does not match?

I have applied for Ph.D. positions in US universities (still applying) and I asked one of my collaborators to write a recommendation letter for me. She has my CV. Today she sent me a copy to check if ...
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Dropping out of PhD in my home country to start a new one in the UK

I saw question similar to this but wanted to specify my problem. I did my Master in the UK and graduated in 2018 and decided to start PhD in my own country last year. As it took a little bit time to ...
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PhD with limited research activity

For a number of reason reasons I find myself in PhD position that involves very little real research activity and I'm having hard time to fully understand my situation. To give some context, I started ...
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Should I buy a printer or an iPad pro for reading articles? [closed]

I assume everybody on this site needs to read articles frequently, which is why I consider this silly question relevant. Due to covid and home-office, I've lost consistent access to a printer, so I ...
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How to convince professor that I have read topics on my own?

I am keen to apply for Doctoral program in Europe. But I have some questions. All my mathematical interests are centred about Hyperbolic Geometry. And I am keen to apply for PhD position (or join a ...