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Questions tagged [research-process]

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How to apply for research internship being a recent graduate?

I'm in my senior year of undergraduate studies and want to pursue and MS soon after. During my course, I had an offer for a semester abroad which I had to decline due to personal reasons, but my drive ...
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Is this cross-sectional or quasi-experimental? [closed]

I'm a little confused about what study design this article is. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.3109/03093640903433928 My argument for it being cross-sectional is the fact that it looks at ...
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Progress to Ph.D. delayed due to COVID-19: How to convince advisor to let me finish degree without taking an extra year?

I’m doing my Ph.D. research in cognitive development using in-person experiments with children, which has stopped indefinitely due to COVID-19. I passed my preliminary exam last month, so I only need ...
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CFA and Cronbach's Alpha? [closed]

I'm writing a paper... Someone said if you want to use CFA in your research, no need to use Cronbach's Alpha. Is it true or I have to use both of them in my research? Thanks
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Is it possible to get a list of everyone who graduated from a college in a given year/field?

I am interested in doing a project on graduate life-paths and need to be able to see the cohort a student graduated in in a given subject? i.e. can I say I want a list of all the people who graduated ...
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Pros and cons of doing PhD in a research group with a high number of post-docs?

What are the pros and cons of doing PhD in an experimental/theoretical research group with a high number of post-docs? For example, if there are a lot of post-docs, this means that the group is doing ...
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Quarantined at home because of COVID19 - how can I do engineering research productively? [closed]

I started grad school last September, and so far have been primarily busy with courses, but have been trying to do a little research on the side whenever I can. I recently finished all my courses ...
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How should I know if my supervisor is deliberately ignoring my emails or he is simply bad in responding?

I am a Ph.D. student in the third year, and I am working on my dissertation with two supervisors since my thesis is interdisciplinary. I recently noticed that my 2nd supervisor has not responded to my ...
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How to write something which is already written?

Suppose, I need to write something about the "Relationship between literacy and social status". I arrange my essay as follows: what is literacy? what is social status? How does social status affect ...
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Can publishing good peer reviewed scientific articles be seen as a part of good academic record?

I have this doubt inside my mind after graduating from my master's program. Can publishing high IF scientific articles be seen as a good academic record during masters. And will it be considered by ...
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How should I handle disinterested/unorganized adviser?

I've been working with Dr.X since the summer of last year. Things were going well until this past fall. He mislabeled some research files and asked me to do some analysis to help me determine if they ...
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The expenses of a postdoctoral fellow

I am a postdoctoral fellow on applied mathematics and I am applying for a scholarship, they asked to estimate the expenses of the scholarship. My laboratory pay for me the conferences, so do you have ...
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I'm very frustrated about what “research collaboration” is [closed]

I cannot blame anyone but myself for this because i created an illusion of what "research" would be. In my case, i am a Computer Science Masters' student of a quite large university. I have met some ...
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Oral Defense for Hearing Impaired Student

Does any one have an experience with a hearing impaired student undertaking an oral defense of graduate thesis? I have a colleague in my graduate program who is profoundly impaired in both ears (to ...
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Is it possible to move past bad decisions made during PhD and hope for a bright future if I do a good job in postdoc?

I completed my PhD in mechanical engineering last year. It took me 5.5 years to complete it. I already held a master's degree previously albeit in a different research area. The main reason was my ...
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regarding a graduate program research methods course

To whom it may concern, I am a graduate student in my didactic year of physician assistant school, and am currently taking our research methods course. Normally our course was spent the way most ...
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Is there a website where people around the world can discuss research during writing?

Authors and readers can discuss about the writing of authors including ideas, experience design, hypothesis etc., like what people discuss at stackoverflow, rather than authors only get feedbacks ...
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Why physics (science) articles and journals differ pedagogically with books?

During the undergraduate, students are introduced to new materials through reading books and lectures. They go through all the semester struggling with solving exercises of different levels. However, ...
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How to approach potential case study companies? [closed]

Currently doing a PhD, got the initial literature research done and got to a point where I would want to approach companies in my domain to ask them whether they would be interested in participating (...
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How to work in academic research as an outsider/experienced software engineer?

I would like to have advice on how a software engineer with a decent (>10 years) of industry experience can join a team doing academic research in the areas of physics, chemistry, biology or climate ...
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What's the consensus on sharing raw data? [closed]

Let's say I authored a paper or a study - published either in an academic journal or release just on a website. The study is well received, but I've received some requests from "colleagues" who want ...
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How to Cite research papers retrieved from a computer software?

There's an offline school software from the computer laboratory which is able to view research paper from the previous students who had graduated. How should I cite it in my reference list using APA 6 ...
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How to address an Editor if I have new proof techniques of old results?

I read an article published in a High Impact Factor journal and on reading I find that almost all of the proofs could have been done in an easy way. I devised easy techniques myself and I find that ...
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Postdoc in good environment, but haven't accomplished anything on my own: How long is it reasonable to stick around?

I'm about 5 months into my postdoc now, and I am seriously questioning the choice. Most posts I read about this mention bad advisors, situations with the lab, etc. but in my case actually everything ...
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'Expert' interviews of academics - Consent and Ethics

I am conducting a research trip to another country where i will meet with academics (individually and as groups), industry professionals and other experts to explore different aspects of a particular ...
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Are there journals with the same “great big debate” format at Behavioral and Brain Sciences?

I've found that articles from Cambridge University Presses long-running journal of Brain and Behavioral Science (BBS) are a great way to enter a literature: they introduce the names, reveal the ...
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Is there a dedicated academic principle that focuses on designing systems for human organizations so that corruption is minimized? [closed]

I always had an interest in learning about what other people have discovered about designing a system where people do what they should do or at least never certain things, as in they should have ...
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How to effectively read thesis and research articles in molecular genetics/ systems biology?

I am new to research. My thesis supervisor gave me a few articles and a thesis to read. I started reading the thesis from the beginning to the end and I feel like I am going nowhere. My research topic ...
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Determining a suitable research design for a pedagogical project [closed]

I am the academic lead for peer assisted learnng (PAL) at my university. I have been given an allowance to evaluate our PAL scheme for law students. This is only a pilot level study and nothing too ...
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Peer review prior to beginning a study?

In scientific research there are a number of problems today: Studies that aren't reproducible. Studies and papers that are criticized for their methods, conclusions, or bias. Industry-funded studies ...
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Does a research paper automatically get published online publicly if accepted?

Does a research paper automatically get published for the public to read on the journal website if accepted?
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PhD student, quit or not? [closed]

I'm half-way through the second year of my PhD in computer engineering in a top tier university in the US and I recently moved to a big city away from the main campus of the institution to the ...
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Dealing with 'less than optimal' data or study designs [duplicate]

I am a PhD student in a quantitative social science field. For the first study of my dissertation, I was given the opportunity to ask some questions that could be applied to an ongoing survey. ...
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How to learn technique from papers (technical fields)?

I'm an incoming PhD student. I did some research during my undergrad and master. One of the things my advisors told me was to read papers but not too focused on "technical details". This did help me ...
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Is it right for a supervisor to try to prevent his students from pursuing other research directions by simultaneously working with other professors?

I have faced a problem recently with my academic advisor and I seek some advice. I have been working with my advisor for one and a half year now. No publication resulted so far. One of the problems ...
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Will it be a good idea to write professor who has just interviewed me for a PhD position?

I had been interviewed by a professor recently for a Ph.D. position(US). During the interview, he asked me if I had gone through his homepage. Actually I went through superficially as the interview ...
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Is a Research paper possible for proposing of a Methodology?

So I have been carrying out this research project related to Machine Learning and computer networks and have been writing research paper along side my work. Now that I have reached Results and ...
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How important is being in a good institute for a theoretical physicist? [closed]

Will being in a underfunded institute and with mediocre colleagues hinder the performance of a theoretical physicist to a great degree?
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Finishing up with the PhD or quitting without any backup? What should I do?

I am a 3rd year PhD student (started in fall 2017) in Canada in Materials Engineering. I have completed my qualifying exam and proposal last year. I am soon to publish my first publication in a decent ...
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What is the best way to see if my students understood? [closed]

What are the methods you use to check if your students really understood the material you presented them with?
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How to handle a lecture course remotely?

I am a grad student in Canada. I moved to another city due to my internship and research, I had one course left which graduate advisor required me to take it this semester. Due to the internship, I ...
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How to publish a book chapter?

I have done some research in a topic. And now i think that i have enough understanding and material that can be used to write a chapter. However, I don't have any idea about How can i get it(my ...
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Do active researchers in mathematics read a paper in detail?

Context: As a researcher you need to read many research papers by others. In the case of mathematics, a paper consists of: Results (theorems, lemma, propositions) Proofs that consist of the technique ...
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Is simulation a necessary part of writing a research paper? [closed]

In fields like machine learning, where the validity of your solution is measured on the basis of the accuracy of your model, it is important to have a simulation i.e. write and run code to implement ...
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F in a P/F class hurt my chances for grad school?

I'm an undergraduate studying computer science at a top-10 US university and have a decent GPA of around 3.7. A few semesters ago, I took a one hour/credit programming class just for the sake of ...
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Feeling like stuck in a wrong field of study due to inept technical background. Seeking advice on how to sustain in academia and research? [closed]

I completed my PhD from North America recently in a particular subfield in mechanical engineering. Though, I have published 3 decent publications and got a postdoctoral position afterwards, I am ...
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Stuck without progress working on thesis - worried about failure

I am a student of Indian origin. I am Studying Mechanical Engineering in a local university in north of Germany. I am writing my thesis in a company. My task is to optimize the throughput of the ...
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Can I use open-source code for a simulation for my research?

I am working on a paper and I found open-source code that I could use for running a simulation. Should I write my own code for that simulation? Will it be enough if I refer to the code in my citations/...
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What will be the research methodology if you are developing a generic software [closed]

I'm developing a generic software for the unorganised retail sector. The design is completely based on the literature review that has been conducted. The only problem is that since I'm not doing any ...
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Are there any great researchers who are terrible teachers? [closed]

I'm curious if there's been anyone who's really good at research but also really bad at teaching - for example traditionally, Nobel Prize winners are required to give a public lecture related to the ...

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