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To what degree is the research output of abstract topics related to funding for institutions?

I am trying to evaluate how much truth the statement has "Research output is proportional to the amount of funding the institution gets". On the extreme end I see it is absolutely true ...
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When to approach potential PhD supervisors while bonded to a private company?

I am serving a 1 year bond in my company that paid the expenses for my masters program, which stipulates that I have to serve the bond for a year on the date of my completion. It has been 3 to 4 ...
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physics masters life is hard [duplicate]

I am now doing my masters studies in high energy physics. Unfortunately I have shaky foundations on almost all important (undergrads) topics. This year, I was completely lost in the class, and every ...
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Would this work be publishable in a journal of physical philosophy? [closed]

Background So I can derive the relative maxwell distribution (selecting 2 random particles what is the probability they have a particular relative velocity) from relative variables (relative position, ...
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Should I tell my supervisor about my upcoming paper?

I'm doing a PhD on theoretical physics. The last months, I'm working on a paper that my supervisor is not aware of. I'm now finishing the paper. The idea of the paper is closely related to my PhD ...
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Does the addition of a mildly impersonal recommendation letter hurt your application for grad school?

For context, my field is physics and my situation is as follows: I did an internship a couple of years ago in a branch of physics I don’t plan on going into. The main guy over the department, who ...
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How important is attending graduate school for a PhD for physics/mathematics/astrophysics research?

Is it possible for one to publish high quality research papers in the aforementioned fields without attending a graduate school? I feel that you can read online material and books about research/...
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Citing programming packages [duplicate]

I wanted to ask how to cite python packages into a scientific article. I used a code package for my project and I can not find a scientific publication of the package I used. Exist a standard to cite ...
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# as abbreviation of "Number of"/"Count of"

I'm writing a scientific paper, and I seen a lot of times the abbreviation # for 'number of' or similar, for example if we are counting events, I seen expressed the results as, # type1 = 100, # ...
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Scientific paper with 3D scatterplot in supplementary information; I can add a video but how to let readers rotate/zoom interactively?

When publishing in the physical sciences the main paper is usually something 2D, you can read it online or print it. Many journals support supplementary data in the form of pdf files and videos. It is ...
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Open University Physics Department and Master's Degree in EU [closed]

I would like to ask if anyone here has finished the UK Open University's degree in Physics and has successfully applied for a master's degree. With this question, I want to make sure that by applying ...
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Why did physics departments pivot away from applied and defense work?

During the 50s, 60s, 70s there was pretty intense cross disciplinary work between physics and engineering departments and industry with a focus on the US arms industry. This appears to almost have ...
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Switching from physics to math PhD with NSF GRFP

I will graduate this semester with a bachelor's degree in physics (in the US). I applied for PhD programs in physics, but have come to realize (rather late in the process) that I want to pursue a PhD ...
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Influence of Habilitation's field of study on the Professorship

Suppose person X did Bachelors, Masters, PhD, and postdoc in Physics. Then, X wants to start a Habilitation. Although the work will be relevant to Physics, the supervising professor is officially a ...
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I have developed a tool which I think can benefit others. Can I publish this to a journal? [duplicate]

I'm a physicist and have written a tool which greatly simplifies my job. Instead of needing to worry about implementation details I can now simply input my data and the software will do all necessary ...
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Condensed matter PhD supervisor choice: well-known old professor working on traditional project or young prof working on hot direction? [closed]

Specifically, traditional direction means project related to ferroelectric material while hot direction means topological material. The thing I'm most concerned about is that whether PhDs who working ...
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how would you consider an offer of 8000 shekels (2460 USD) in Israel for a postdoc position? [closed]

Hi, how would you consider an offer of around 8000 shekels (ca 2400 Euros or 2460 US Dollars) in Israel for a postdoc position? A bit of context: it would be a 3rd postdoc, applicant's age 36 yo, with ...
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Publishing a physics paper when you are outside academia?

I'd like to publish a paper in a cosmology journal. However, I've been outside academia for about 3 years since completing my masters. Is there any platform where I can share my idea and get feedback ...
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Pursuing a UK PhD with a Greek BSc + research experience [duplicate]

I am beginning my final semester of my 4-year undergraduate program, studying Informatics (Computer Science) in Greece, and I expect to graduate this September. I would like to pursue a PhD in the ...
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How big of a deal for seeking a PhD is it, if one is not allowed to disclose details of his master thesis?

My masters program is in physics. I already have quite some research experience, but almost exclusively in the R&D department of two well known companies. Therefore neither my bachelor thesis nor ...
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Physics Ph.D. Prospect [closed]

I am a physics undergraduate student in Asia. In the past, I planned to apply for graduate school once I finished my undergraduate. However, nowadays, I'm starting to have doubts about that plan. One ...
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Transitioning to pure research in physics after an electronics engineering degree

I have always been a lover of physics but due to certain circumstances I was unable to take up a physics degree in my undergrad. I was aimless for a while but have now again decided to take a shot at ...
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Quantum computing and string theory: which path I may want to pursue first? [closed]

I'm an undergraduate physics student waiting for responses from graduate programs I applied to. I apologize if this question is slightly off-topic for physics SE, but I really want to hear some advice ...
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Transfer to different CDT within same University [closed]

I am based in the UK (England, more precisely). I am part of a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) - between University A and B. Since I am an international student, I didn't receive EPSRC funding for ...
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My paper is rejected repeatedly without naming a technical flaw [duplicate]

My theoretical physics paper is being rejected repeatedly at the editorial stage, without undergoing peer review. However, every rejection explicitly states that there is no technical error in my line ...
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Would it be inappropriate to complete this project on my own?

About a year ago, I quit my PhD in mathematics. At the time, I was working on a project given to me by my former advisor. His contributions were as follows: Explaining the basic idea of the project, ...
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PhD in mathematics after master's in theoretical physics?

So, my background is that I have a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, but I am doing my master's in engineering physics, theoretical track. (Both will be part of my "...
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How to become a mathematician with a physics bachelors degree?

I'm an undergraduate student following a physics degree outside USA or Europe. My college is rather unknown, but it has a solid physics curriculum. The following are some facts about my degree and the ...
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My co-author mispelled my name while submitting an article to the Arxiv yesterday. How do I get this fixed? [closed]

My co-author submitted our paper to arxiv.org yesterday, and they mispelled my name. My name appears correct on the manuscript itself, but incorrectly spelled on the website. I have claimed authorship ...
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Is it OK to propose to present research in a conference as a grad student?

I am a first year grad student, studying abroad, and there is a conference in the country where I am from which I think can be a good experience (I have never presented in a serious conference) to ...
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How competitive exactly is physics/applied mathematics academia (UK)? [closed]

I am a PhD physics/applied mathematics student, and I was wondering how competitive academia is in these subjects. The area of research is in biophysics/statistical mechanics/mathematical modelling by ...
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Can one be kicked out of Doctoral School because of not being able to find a supervisor?

I proposed a project about twistor formulations in noncommutative geometry for alternative theories of gravity to a professor to apply for a PhD program in physics in 2019, and though the professor ...
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Is it a good idea to include future research interests in CV for PhD admissions?

I am planning to apply for a PhD position in Physics in the US. I have worked in several areas in physics (let's say, A, B and C), but there are also areas D and E, which highly interest me, but I ...
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How can I transition into genome editing after a theoretical physics PhD?

I had a very bad PhD experience which has led to complete loss of motivation to pursue a career in theoretical physics. I don't have the motivation anymore to work on topics which are very abstract ...
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Can the introduction to a thesis be autobiographical?

I'm writing the introduction to my Ph.D. thesis in theoretical physics. It is fairly interdisciplinary sandwich thesis. I have already written a Background section were I write some of the necessary ...
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Poor College Grade on Statement of Purpose (SoP)?

I am applying to master's courses in theoretical physics. I see that good grades, especially in foundational courses, are important when it comes to having a good application. I have had good to great ...
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How to encourage active collaboration in particle physics research?

I am looking for ways to improve collaboration between a theory and an experimental group at the same University. A grant has been awarded to a collaboration lead by two seniors from either of the ...
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How to move from a physics background to a career in biology research

I have a bachelor's degree in physics and I am finishing my master's degree in applied physics, in the field of biophysics. So, in particular, I study methods typical of physics to investigate ...
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What physics background is necessary for pursuing a PhD in Mathematical Physics? [closed]

If I wanted to do research related to the topology and geometry of space or their applications in quantum mechanics or general relativity, would it be possible to do that from a Mathematician’s POV ...
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How to study applied physics in graduate school from applied math

Upon doing background research and looking at faculty in my department, it seems that it is easy to move from studying physics to studying applied mathematics. However, I have seen few, if any cases ...
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I left academia after finishing my PhD and completing my post-docs. Is it possible to return to academia now, in a slightly different field?

I have a PhD in pure mathematics and completed a couple of postdocs in complex analysis. I left academia a year ago. Now I realise that I would be interested in returning to research, but in ...
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How to explain bad bachelor grades due to mental health issues in PhD application?

There have been similar questions but I believe my question is somewhat unique. I want to apply to a PhD program in Physics somewhere in North America. I have now completed both my bachelor's and my ...
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PhD in Physics transfer to another university (advisor leaving for industry) [closed]

I finished my coursework and am about to become a candidate in a university in the USA, but due to his reasons, my advisor is leaving academia to work in the industry. I already have multiple posters, ...
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Applying for a PhD position(Specific to Theoretical Physics/Physics field)

I am currently at the end of my Master's program in Theoretical Physics. I am now looking for PhD positions. My problem is as follows. I have mostly chosen courses on the high energy physics (...
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Is it possible to accept research that contradicts several experiments? [closed]

I have research and reached logical and impressive results, but there is a problem that one of the predictions of my theory is that antimatter cannot be found on Earth and cannot be made, and this ...
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Am I in a position to do a PhD? [closed]

I’m a physics student in the UK who should be on track for a first (nothing incredible, but not scraping either) at one of the top institutions in the country, for my undergrad, which is an integrated ...
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How does taking the Physics GRE (and the General GRE) affect my PhD apps in 2021?

I'm a Master's student in physics and I will be applying to PhD programs in the US and Canada (and other places, but that's not relevant for this question) for Fall 2022. Generally, I understand that ...
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Are my chances of getting into a PhD program better if I do not need funding?

I searched the site and couldn't find any information on this topic so I thought I would ask myself. I have been at work for quite a while now and am fortunate that they have offered to support me ...
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Is 14 references enough for physics research? [closed]

This is my first research and I don't know how many references I can use. So far I have collected 14. Is this enough? My research is about physics.
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I want to study human brain and consciousness. Should i study neuroscience or neuro-physics? [closed]

I am a high school student and my dream is to study about human brain and consciousness. Which subject should I study in university, neuroscience or neuro-physics (which is a branch of biophysics)?
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