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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Is there such a thing like “18-months/half-time syndrome”?

I am about 1, 5-2 years in my Ph.D. studies in the no-man's-land between bioinformatics, systems biology and proteomics. (If you are not sure what those terms are, read: "biomedical research") Coming ...
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Funding for Belgian student to do a PhD in UK?

I am currently applying for PhD fundings in UK, but as the competition is rude, I am not sure to be accepted, even if I have very good grades and qualifications. So, I want to look at other PhD ...
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Familiarizing oneself with state-of-the-art at the beginning of a PhD

From my research internship experiences (my previous University didn't really focus on research much) and what my current advisers told me, a general flow of a PhD is like any other long(er)-time ...
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What to do if one has had an unsuccessful PhD (because of others' fault)?

I was talking to a friend of mine, and he just feel in a deep depression due to finishing his PhD. He will be defending in the coming weeks, and there is a high likelihood he will pass. In his ...
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CS PhD Addmission: Contacting prof about unpublished work

I have applied to PhD programs in US in the area of TCS for FALL 13. I have two unpublished work in the area of theory which was part of my master thesis. I have other published work but they are not ...
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What are the main differences between undergraduate, master's, and doctoral theses?

When I did my undergraduate thesis, my adviser was expected big on students expecting them working really hard, so it ended up as a reduced master's thesis (most of the reviewers said that it was an ...
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is it possible to complete a PhD in Industrial Engineering without any coursework? (US/Europe)

I completed my Masters' from Penn State University (US) last year in Industrial Engineering and I'm looking to enroll in a PhD. Here's the onion, I do not want to leave my full-time job to enroll in ...
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Advancement to Candidacy, PhD in Computer Science

As a PhD student in CS I will have advancement to candidacy soon. I am looking for information which helps me on the advancement exam. Particularly: What does a committee expecting to hear from me? ...
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Is doing a PhD just for the university requirement is a good idea?

I have an MSc degree and I work at university as a lecturer. However, the university has a policy where you should do your PhD within a given time frame. The problem is that I'm not interested in any ...
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Co-authorship for not very involved supervisor

I have now completed my PhD by research. I received support from my supervisor in the form of advice on my chapters (for which I am indebted to him; we have a very good working relationship). The ...
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Value of Print on Demand Publishing of PhD Dissertation

Following on from my question here, I understand there are many non-traditional methods of publishing a PhD dissertation as a book. One of it is Print of Demand (POD) method. A contributor to the ...
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What is the best way of keeping track of academic readings and persons?

I have started a brand new research from start of the year. I would like to know what are the easiest way of keeping track of the academic papers, journals and authors. I use sites like Google ...
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How do I convert my PhD dissertation so that it can be published as a book?

I have just completed a PhD by research, which I think has some merits in being available as a book (This is, of course, my personal opinion). The research cuts across several fields (e.g. sociology, ...
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Applying for PhD admission at more than one department in the same university

I was wondering if it is legal, and also advisable to apply for a PhD position at more than one department in the same university. For e.g. I am interested in representation theory and string theory. ...
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Switching from one area of graduate study to another?

Is it possible to switch from one area of graduate study to another in US universities? For example, suppose someone has enrolled in a computer science phd program. Can he switch over to math(or ...
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Should I report an accepted PhD thesis in which the literature review is copied verbatim from sources?

While writing the literature review for my doctoral dissertation, I picked up a few recent dissertations on similar topics from the library to get some pointers on references and style. As I was ...
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What to do when PhD advisor wants student to work on two disjoint projects?

My PhD advisor wants me to work on two different problems during my PhD. One is the a problem of their suggestion and another is collaborative work with some company. Both the problems are disjoint. I ...
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Should I talk to my advisor regarding undergrad advising workload?

Recently one of my profs (other than my advisor) told me that I am not doing well in his subject. Should I tell this to my advisor? Actually the reason of me not doing well is doing other jobs ...
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Is a German Hochschule able to offer a Ph.D.?

Can German Hochschule offer a Ph.D.? I know that some of them can't, but does this apply to any hochschule or does it differ from one to another?
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Why do a second PhD in a “neighboring” discipline?

I recently received an application for a PhD position from someone who is already working as a postdoctoral associate. The difference in fields is not particularly large—I work in chemical engineering ...
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Are overlapping dissertations ethically acceptable?

Would it be ethical for students working on the same team to include in their Ph.D. theses results arising from joint publications, ending up in different dissertations containing almost identical ...
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Research approach for PhD thesis in Taoism: top down vs. bottom up

Originally I conceived of posting a "Roadmap for researching x" but I assume that would be too localized for this site. Background: After much dilly-dallying, I have finally zoned in to pursue ...
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Any suggestions to create and maintain a good research atmosphere

I am starting my PhD in Computer Science next semester in a relatively small department (around 20 faculty members). I have been to the university a few times and I noted the collaboration among ...
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Letters of recommendation: what information to give to a recommender

The head of our department is writing a letter of recommendation for me for MD-PhD (MSTP) programs. I have two graduate level classes with him. He is very busy and writes letters regularly for ...
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MD-Phd (MSTP): What are the benefits?

I have BS in Biotech, an MS in Neuroscience and applying MD-Phd next June. I have always wanted to go into academia and eventually establish my own lab. However, I have been receiving a lot of ...
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How to prepare and what is discussed with professors at a PhD interview session? US application

I was told that at an interview session for PhD admission I will be meeting each professor I am interested in for about half hour. I was wondering what generally is been discussed. I imagine it would ...
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How to dress for PhD interview at US institution [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Dressing etiquette for interviews in academia I have been invited for a PhD interview day at an institution in the US. I was just wondering how formal/informal these interview ...
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How to skim through Phd Theses

My adviser asked me to go over some PhD theses over the weekend, and by some he meant three 200~ pages theses. Is there an effective way to skim through theses that you have figured out, as more ...
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Value Vs. Uniqueness of Research

I am a PhD student and I am often faced with several ideas to explore. Two criteria often I consider in making a choice between approaches are based on the value proposition/ addition and the ...
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How to avoid procrastination during the research phase of my PhD?

I just finished all of my coursework for my PhD program, and am entering the research phase of my degree with a topic already in mind. I've already started the research, but I'm already finding that ...
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Is it possible to study abroad as a PhD student?

I hope to enter a PhD program in economics in the next few years, ideally at a top US school (Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, Harvard, etc.) Are there usually opportunities to study abroad during such a ...
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I attended a poorly ranked school for my undergraduate education. Will this affect my chances for a PhD in economics?

I studied math and economics at a poorly ranked university, and I will graduate in the near future. I have a position lined up at a prestigious, data-heavy research institution, where I'll work with ...
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Value of a degree from an unknown univeristy [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: University rank/stature - How much does it affect one’s career post-Ph.D? I graduated with a Bacholars from a top university and did quite well, however, I was recommended to ...
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Are there guidelines for amount and content of text in figure captions for theses?

In writing my thesis in geosciences I have a number of figures with a fair amount of text content. Is there some limit I should adhere to -- say for example max 5 lines -- before I should just write '...
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current PhD applicant applying to another university

if a current PhD student applying to another university within the same country, is it required to expose the fact that he/she is currently enrolled in another university? is it a right for the grad ...
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Offer for a pre-PhD visit, how to handle the situation with other PhD applications in the queue?

I have received an offer to visit a lab for 4/5 months that could lead into a fully funded PhD. In the meantime I have other applications in the pipeline from which I will hear back in either a few ...
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Choosing research area

I am considering pursuing a PhD in computer science one day. I guess specializing in (is that the way to put it)? What I want to focus my research efforts on. I am interested in: Manned/unmanned ...
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Do university rankings matter for research? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: University rank/stature - How much does it affect one’s career post-Ph.D? Do rankings of universities matter while pursuing research or should I be more concerned about ...
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Is completing two years of your PhD sufficient to satisfy journal reviewing requirement of having a PhD?

For reviewing papers, some journals ask you to have a PhD degree. I want to know, if the PhD degree is the obtained certificate at the end of your PhD, or it could be also be, for example, your third ...
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Scholarships for Ph.D

I am currently doing my M.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering in India and I want to do a Ph.D. in the US. Are any scholarships available for Ph.D. in the US that take care of all the expenses ...
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Is publishing papers before the evaluation of thesis a good idea?

Is publishing papers before the evaluation of thesis is a good idea? Isn't there a risk of making the idea public?
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How to contact a potential PostDoc advisor?

Reading this very interesting question ("How long before PhD graduation should I start applying for post-doc positions?") about "when", suddenly I started to reason on the "how" issue. Imagine you ...
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Use of first person in a PhD Thesis

Is there a non written rule to which person to use in the PhD thesis, 5 years of using "We" in the papers have brought me to the innate necessity to do it every time I describe something. Recently, ...
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What is a good length for the statement of purpose in a U.S. PhD application?

Certain schools give you specific details about their statement of purpose. For example a maximum of a certain number of words, double spaced, two pages maximum, etc. If a school does not provide any ...
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PhD application asking what other insitution I am applying to, how to answer?

I understand that schools are trying to gauge the chances of an offer being accepted by a potential candidate. Similarly to what has been described for job applications and other questions that a ...
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Reapplying to same PhD program after one year, should I state I applied the previous year?

I was wondering if someone who is reapplying to the same program after it was not accepted the previous year is seen as a negative thing. If in the application form I am asked if I applied the ...
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When to publish a book?

I am presently doing MSc (Information Technology) in India. I really like teaching and have a passion for it. Based on my Masters degree I will get a designation of Assistant professor (hope so I get ...
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Internships for PhD students (e.g. in data science or programming)

I still have 2-2.5 years of my PhD program, but it want to try my skills in programing, especially in the taste of data science (needless to say, I do it overnight for some hobby projects and I like ...
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What is the academic approach when the supervisor attacks student's religion?

What is the academic approach when your supervisor goes off-topic? In other words, what is the academic reaction for a PhD student when his supervisor starts attacking the student's religion? I ...
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How to withdraw from an application process in a polite manner?

Say a candidate has met with a potential PhD supervisor and it was rather evident that he would be willing to take on the candidate. You have emailed a lot and met in person a few times, but nothing ...

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