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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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Should I have a recommendation letter form my boss in industry?

Background: In the next few months I will be applying for graduate school for a PhD program (or Master's if I have to go that way first). The degree will be Electrical Engineering focusing on ...
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What are the differences between PhD programs in the US and UK? (biology/bioinformatics)

A significant part of the PhD process in the US involves deciding on and doing the background research for your project. Is it true that in the UK you basically get a predetermined project handed to ...
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To what depth can a new algorithm be presented while applying for PhD?

I am applying for PhD to German and Finnish universities. I do not have any publication date. Hence there is no direct proof that I can do the research. However I am working on an algorithm. The ...
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Can I attend a PhD program with the intent to transfer my PhD credits to an MS and after 2 years, apply to a better university for a PhD?

I have been admitted to a PhD program at a US university in the department of physics. The department ranking is 100 (according to the US News ranking). In the PhD program, most of the students in ...
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How many PhD programs does the average STEM applicant apply to in Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)?

I was wondering if there are data on the number of applications that people make to PhD programs in Europe (Ger, At, CH). My guess is that it depends on the area/field, in particular I am looking for ...
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Nature of pure mathematics research

For a little background- I'm a 3rd year engineering student, planning to do masters in pure mathematics. I've been studying abstract group theory and real analysis, although I'm extremely interested ...
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Made an error in the graduate application

After submitting the application I found my undergraduate education was mistakenly classified as a graduate degree. All my other transcript and CV say the correct things. What can I do besides ...
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Year of Masters degree completion or cgpa?

Is it better if I take and a B+ grade and my gpa improves little from 3.44 but the date of completion on my degree will be 2019 or is it better if I take an A grade and my cgpa becomes 3.55 but I get ...
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What is the administrative process behind offering Swedish PhD position?

Recently I have offered an Swedish Phd and as I am non EU/ EEA person, I hope I will need hosting agreement with my university. Could I know usually how long it will take to issue this hosting ...
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Percentiles of Subjecte GRE on Mathematics

I got my Subject GRE scores on Mathematics today. I scored 810 with 79 percentile. As an international applicant is this a low score(percentile) for the US universities for Ph.D. on pure mathematics. ...
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Doing Bachelors degree in Maths as distant education for Phd in Mathematics after regular Master's in Optics

I finished my masters in Optics(5 years bachelors+masters together) recently. In the course I had to study subjects like Classical mechanics, Statistical Mechanics,Electrodynamics, Quantum physics and ...
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SOP for someone with low research experience

I recently completed my Masters in a particular domain from a university in India. Typically for most masters in India (as far as I know), research experience is hard to get by. I graduated in a field ...
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What is expected in a 5-minute presentation for a Phd interview?

I was called for an interview for a Ph.D. program. They asked me to prepare a 5minute presentation to give my view on how I would work as a researcher in their institution and how I would approach the ...
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Value of undergraduate research without publication on PhD applications (CS)

Next fall, I will begin the process of applying for PhD programs in CS. I have been involved in research labs ever since I came to this university two years ago, but to this day, there hasn't been an ...
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After trying hard, I feel that I am in a wrong research field. How can I get over the nagging feeling that I have chosen a wrong field of research?

Research is hard, and I am aware of that. As an experimentalist turned into a modeling person, I am having second thoughts about the decision I made 5 years ago. Currently, my research is focused on ...
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Is start-up experience relevant to PhD applications?

I am a recent graduate in engineering, and I will be applying to graduate schools in the US (Ph.D.) and Europe (MSc) next year. I have some research experience- 3 conference papers, research role at a ...
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Should I include accepted position information in the motivation letter for a grad school application?

I have recently accepted a PhD position offer in Germany for an advertised project. My prospective supervisor asked me to apply for the structured graduate school of the institute as well because it ...
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What is the best way of getting a part-time PhD in Europe?

I am interested in pursuing a part-time PhD parallel to having a job in the industry. In particular, I am a financial professional based in Germany and I am interested in a PhD in Economics ...
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For Ph.D. Admissions, should I express interest in a professor's work in my personal statement/statement of purpose if…?

If I emailed that professor and he never responded?
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Difference in CS application between MS and PhD

I am an undergrad student in CS and I am planning to go to grad school after graduation. My ultimate goal is to pursue PhD since I have done research and I am interested in. However, my research ...
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“References” in research proposal for PhD application

I am currently writing my "research proposal" for my PhD in Statistics application. I'm using quotes because technically this is not (or could not be) the actual research that I will perform during my ...
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How to get back to STEM phD thesis after a long break?

If one had to interrupt writing the phD-thesis (for various reasons, that don't belong here): What is a good strategy to get back and finish the thesis? The writing would take place while working on ...
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Changing fields between PhD and postdoc

My background is in Applied Sciences (Bachelor and Masters) and I did my PhD in Human Factors. I'm currently doing my postdoc in Human Factors (Social Sciences) but I discovered that I don't enjoy it ...
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What kind of questions should I expect in an human resources (HR) manager interview? [PhD]

Firstly, I was interviewed by the prospective supervisor who asked me technical questions about my research interests. (he gave me a green light) Now, the HR manager has called me for a Skype and a ...
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Will pursuing master degree increase the chances of Ph.D. admissions if​ the Ph.D.​ is in different field than Undergraduate is the goal?

I am a Pure Physics and Pure Math graduate. I wanted to do Ph.D. in Computer Science on AI. I am currently a research assistant on AI. if my undergraduate is not related to my area interest for Ph.D., ...
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Adding summary to a PhD application statement of purpose

I am applying to PhD in computer science. In the statement of purpose, is it good to include a summary section and list important contributions as bullet points? (e.g., I have 10 publications, I have ...
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My adviser submitted an abstract to a conference that we submitted elsewhere before but changed the authors orders

About two months ago me and my adviser attended a conference, where he had a talk about my PhD project. For this talk, he submitted an abstract, where I was the first author and he was the second one. ...
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Can a supervisor share the research reports of his/her PhD student?

In responses to the answers given to this question, I asked a question. From the answer to my question, I think the problem is rooted in different interpretations of the original question. Since I ...
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What is the view between domestic and foreign prospective PhD students (U.S)?

So in my CS Ph.D. applications, in addition to the required Statement of Purpose (for everyone), domestic students are required to submit a Personal Statement. (Why?) Q1: Are domestic applicants ...
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Full-time work but doctoral school thinks it's part-time - will I be struck off PhD?

I'll try to make my situation as clear as possible. I have just started a part-time PhD. I did a part-time master's degree over two years previously to that. In the first year of my master's I worked ...
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What is expected from a PhD student back from a research trip?

My advisor is sending me a very long and expensive research trip to collaborate some of researchers he once collaborated (or studied) with. On the way back, what is expected from me to be done? ...
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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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Should I ask about the status of my PhD application?

I applied for admission for a PhD at a university in the US in mid December. After contacting a potential advisor, he told me that he is interested in my CV. However, I didn't get any response about ...
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Withdrawing a doctoral application and re-applying before deadline

I applied for a doctorate programme and got a confirmation email that it was successfully submitted. Later, I realised I omitted some important information in my application that I need to add. If I ...
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Recognition of achievements over time

I am applying to a university in the US. In the online application, they've asked about Additional Educational Experiences; Which of the following have you had experiences in? (select all that apply). ...
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How to overcome the feeling that I don't know many things about my research tool?

I am a 6th year PhD in computational chemical engineering. I have extensively used Lammps for my Molecular dynamics simulations. However there are many aspects of the modeling tools that I have no ...