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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Article-based PhD and advisor's (new) role?

My engineering university offers a relatively new option to do an article-based dissertation, where the primary research is submitted (and hopefully published) in several scientific journals (at my ...
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Issue on conditional PhD admission

I am an international student who has recently been officially admitted to a prestigious school in USA as a PhD candidate. I have sent them my transcript except my last year, which I was passing my ...
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Is it possible to work full time and complete a PhD?

Is it achievable to perform a doctorate while working in a private company (not in college) full time (8 hours per day, 5 days per week)? Or is it too much work or stress?
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Can I allow my personal life to influence where I do my PhD?

I am about to become a Ph.D student in mathematics. I am having some doubts about where I should do my Ph.D and I would appreciate some advice, or anything really. I could do research with a very ...
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Is it acceptable to decline to review a paper due to lack of familiarity?

I have recently started my PhD studies. My advisor, as member of a program committee, has delegated a the review of a conference paper to me. This is my second peer review. Since I have not done ...
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I'm going to start my PhD with weak foundation in research

I did my masters in Computer Science last year and it was a taught masters so I didn't do any type of 'Research'. The problem that I encounter now is that I'm going to start my PhD in the next few ...
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Pumping up my GRE score, or getting some publishing under my belt?

I took an nontraditional track to academia. I went from the professional world, to full time community college educator (media/communications). Now as I plan to go forward, I realize that I NEED a PhD ...
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PhD Research under guide/advisor of a different department

I am a physics undergrad, who is also interested in pure mathematics. I am not very sure what I want to pursue for my PhD. Though I have specific interests in each of the two, and also inter-linked ...
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Very demanding adviser

I have an adviser who wants to know every minor details of my work and spend countless amount of time arguing with me over insignificant things. Basically, she tries to control everything I do, from ...
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Is there anything to do while waiting for results of a thesis examination?

I handed in my PhD thesis for examination. From reading the examination instructions it appears that if I get my degree, it could be between 6 weeks to a year. It all depends upon the comments I get ...
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Should I make 2 applications to the same university

I apply for a PhD position, with my own research proposal, at one university and receive an offer already. However, as I cannot fund myself, I have to wait for the scholarship whose result will be ...
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Unhappy with my PhD program in my home country, thinking about applying to another university in UK

My problem is a bit unusual and I would love to get some advice… I'm a first year PhD student in social-sciences and I already got my proposal approved. I moved back to my home country (where I am ...
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What questions should one ask to the former/current students of a professor before deciding whether to do PhD under him/her?

Before deciding to do one's PhD under a certain professor, what questions should one ask of his/her former and current students? Many students (including me) are not sure what exactly to ask. May be ...
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Difference between 'PhD by Published Work' VS 'h.c. PhD' VS 'Dr hab'?

I have just learned of the 'PhD by published works' which appears to be a fairly common program for schools in the UK. Is this similar to an honoris causa conferral or is it some separate program? ...
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Research proposal for a pre-defined PhD topic

A school that I am applying has a list of available topics, along with their descriptions, which I can choose from. I already select one topic which matches my interest and background, I also contact ...
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What is academic degree after PhD? [duplicate]

Does your country have any academic degrees after the PhD? If yes, what is it called and how graduating this degree? Additionally, what is a Post-Doc? Is it a degree or something else? I have seen ...
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How to get a PC member's attention to comment on or review my submission?

I have submitted a thesis abstract to PhD consortium and my submission was accepted. I just noticed that one of the program committee is well known professor on my thesis area. Actually, many of the ...
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Is there anything that I can do while waiting for the decision on scholarship

I applied for a PhD degree and has received an offer for it! However, I have to wait until next two months to know whether they give me a scholarship as well. I'm very nervous as the number of ...
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How do I plan for my PhD now that I have graduated with a Masters degree without thesis?

A bit of background: I am an Indian citizen with an undergraduate degree in Electronics from India and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science (Funny, it is called ...
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Graduate math student migrating to engineering?

I don't know how to start, truly, but lately I've been involved with some projects in pure mathematics and I've grown frustrated and disappointed. I don't think that pure mathematics is so inspiring; ...
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Need help and advice concerning how to apply and look for grad schools

I am very new to this grad school process and currently overwhelmed to the point of tears. I graduated from Stony Brook with a degree in Sociology in 2010. I was also admitted to Alpha Kappa Delta ...
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How to gain research experience after master program?

I just finished an MBA in the UK. It included a research dissertation (about 18,000 words) and a research methods module and adviser to go with it. However, my adviser made it clear during my research ...
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Doubts about an experimental PhD project

I recently finished my MSc in Physics and my average is within the absolute 1% of the whole institute where I study. I really like programming and numerical work, so my thesis was also concerned a lot ...
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What is the location of the nomenclature section in a scientific paper?

I received this comment from a reviewer: “ It is better to add a nomenclature section with a list of all the used symbols and their meaning as example (DVB-T, DVB-S2, BCH, OSFBC, LDPC...), ...
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Will self funding a PhD hurt employment chances?

I am thinking of self funding a PhD in Applied Mathematics at either the University of Oxford or Cambridge. Would employers, both for academic (postdoc etc) and industry (research) jobs think less of ...
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What resources do you use when developing a new course from scratch?

I am in the process of developing two new state-of-the-art graduate courses. In the past five years I have been heavily involved in these fields and will use my own research and research from other ...
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How do you thematically include accidental findings (“serendipity”) in a dissertation or paper?

I'm asking for approaches to include interesting, but not perfectly fitting results in a dissertation or a paper. During my PhD project I have made an accidental discovery, which is what I believe ...
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Advantage of pure maths courses in transcript for physics grad school

Are there an advantages of doing courses in pure maths (master level) courses, if you want to apply to physics grad school for a phd in areas such as string theory, or high energy physics? Apart from ...
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Undergraduate research field different from PhD field

I am a Physics undergrad who is interested in pursuing a PhD in pure maths in the future (algebraic geometry/topology) but I am a bit unsure. My question is quite general, and I don't wish to provide ...
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Issues with publishing dissertation on an interest/advocacy group's website

I am wondering if it would hurt me (professional creditability etc.) if I publish my dissertation on an interest / advocacy group's website. My dissertation is in one of the areas that this group has ...
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Whom to discuss research papers with?

When I read research papers I often come across many things that I'm unclear about and would like to talk over with someone. My advisor is not available to do this with me as she does not have time. I'...
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How do I get published in Nature or Science?

I'm a fairly new chemical engineering graduate student. I've been doing research for one semester so far (in molecular dynamics) and in the process have learned about journals and "impact factor" (a ...
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When changing fields from undergrad to PhD, which department should recommendation letters come from?

I am a physics undergrad who has worked with profs mostly on areas in Quantum field theory, string theory. However, my interests have changed slightly over the areas, and now I want to pursue a PhD in ...
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What does a PhD Committee do?

I have been reading that many students have a PhD committee. I assume this is a group of experts supervising the student. In my case, and I think this is quite common, I had two people. One was the ...
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What are good resources on how to carry oneself on a PhD course?

I just started a PhD and I was looking for some guidance on what I could expect in the following years, more specifically, what is the recommended way to progress, how should I allocate my research ...
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Summer plans for first year computer science grad student?

I've worked at the same place for the past two summers doing software development, and very much enjoyed the work and practical experience. I was recently asked if I would consider a 1-2 year ...
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What is a “publishable” thesis?

What is a "publishable" thesis? I have often heard this term thrown about in conferences and even as advice to new grad. students. From what I know, it is indeed rare for a thesis to be published ...
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Why is the admission process centralized, when the professor who is actually funding may not be in the committee?

This question is based on some observations which could be wrong (in that case, let me know). I am applying to PhD program in various universities in US in theoretical computer science (TCS). Some of ...
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Unable to defend and graduate because of advisers fickle mentality

I am an international student at a US university and I have a fantastic, caring and supportive adviser who I find fosters a happy work environment for all his students to grow in. Here's the drawback ...
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What can I do to recover from a short term burnout?

Over the past few days, my advisor and I had been going really hard. We got a really good idea and the preliminary results looked good, so I started spending long days in the lab, going home only to ...
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Chance Of Getting A Research Internship In US/Canada For Non-US Residents?

I completed my undergraduate study in computer science outside of the US. I hope to obtain a PhD degree in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) in the US, but I don't feel that I am qualified enough (in ...
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How much time should someone take to respond to a PhD admission offer?

I have received an admission offer for a PhD at a prestigious US university. However I am also currently working in another lab outside the US with a potential to also receive PhD admission there. I ...
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How can my colleague use our joint results in his PhD thesis?

Over the past two years, I've been collaborating with a PhD student. He did experimental work, and I did modeling and data analysis based on his experiments. Now that my colleague is about to write up ...
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What is a good checklist for last minute changes before submitting a PhD thesis?

I have finished my thesis, it's been proofread by my advisor and myself, yet I have 24 hours to make last-minute changes to it. What should I be looking for? I will not make any substantial changes to ...
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Monitoring PhD positions in CS

Are there any ways of getting to know about new PhD positions in CS other then just looking trough university/research groups web sites? Maybe people from different branches can name some specialized ...
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How to deal with advisor not allocating time to me?

One of my advisor's students asked me how frequently I have meetings with him. And since at that time we had very few meetings I replied: "We have a very few meetings and the advisor does not ...
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How common are PhD interviews in the U.S.?

Q: How common is it for a faculty/school to request/demand the good PhD applicants to come in for an interview? For someone that lives outside of the U.S. and wants to apply to do a doctorate in the ...
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What to do when your research interest changes to a new topic half way into your PHD?

I had started my PHD last year on a topic that has several interesting problem to solve in the area, however I don't find the problem interesting enough to spend 4 to 5 years. As time went by and I ...
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Do I need to send e-mail to follow up a PhD interview day?

I had an inteview day for a PhD program at a US institution. I met 4/5 professors and a few phd/post docs students. Should I send a thank you email to my host professor or not? What about the other ...
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What to do with negative research outcomes (results) of PhD research experiment?

It is an expectation that the PhD would make an original contribution and/or advance knowledge in a given field. I understand this is a universal assumption for this level of study across all ...

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