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Is it possible to participate in Physics research during a gap year?

I recently finished my Bachelor's in Physics, graduating this past May. I have always had grad school as a goal. Currently, I am looking to do a Master's program and then hopefully move on to a PhD ...
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How to approach "potential benefits to society of proposed research" question on a grant application for a pure math project?

I have been writing a grant proposal, where it is based in the UK. I almost did most of the application, but I have no idea for the following parts: Benefits of Overseas Country: Describe any ...
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What to do if a postdoc I just started has practically no opportunities for self-directed research?

During the interview for a postdoc position, I was given the impression that there will be various opportunities to get involved in research other than the main job description of the postdoc, and ...
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How to gain global trust from researchers

I am investigating properties of some material. However it seems that all of the research is inconclusive and material modified the same way but by different teams have different properties. Because ...
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Reproducible and exact calculations vs. approximate and slightly random results in experiment

When experiments are performed and reported in an academic article, I learned that reproducibility is important. I am implementing a system where I stand between the choices to use GPU acceleration to ...
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Does this tool exist: Literature search citation filter?

I'm wondering if a tool/website to do a specific task exists: Suppose I have a set of papers (which we'll say for simplicity are hosted on the arxiv), S. I want to keep track of all the papers that ...
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Applied Mathematics to Neuroscience Transition?

I am currently studying Applied Mathematics in a university in Bangladesh. I have always been deeply interested in psychology and neuroscience. I want to complete my degree in Applied Mathematics and ...
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Studies of the impact on research of measuring research output via publication statistics?

Are there any studies of the impact on research choices (i.e. which research topics do researcher choose, how likely they are to collaborate with others, whether they go to public or private research ...
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What is important when creating a set of research notes

In the process of trying to improve my efficiency I came across this question (which recently appeared in the active section): What are the efficient ways of keeping track of research literature? ...
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Recommendation for getting into a different field in Computer Science as first year CS master

I am currently co-supervised by 2 profs and my Master's thesis would be on the intersection of both their work: along the lines of compiler, programming languages and machine learning. However, I'm ...
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FOMO in PhD specialization

I recently graduated from my Master's program in theoretical physics. Throughout the program I did most of my coursework in high energy physics and did my thesis in the same. However, I also did ...
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What resources should a PhD student expect their advisor to have?

I am contemplating changing PhD advisors and wanted opinions as to whether I am being too critical and if there is any basis to my concerns. I am a little over a year into the PhD program and am with ...
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Am I wasting my research time?

I am dividing the question in to two parts. I will first tell about my experiences, (in this first part of my question), at different levels of my academics and the reason for selection of a ...
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Should I submit different research statement in different advertised postdoc positions

I am a Phd student in applied mathematics. Recently I submitted PhD thesis and started applying for postdoc positions. There I have to submit research statement. My question is that should I submit ...
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Undergraduate Research as an Irregular Student

I am currently a Japanese college student. I am going to do research in artificial intelligence from this April. After completing the first year of research, I am planning to go to the United States ...
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Should I contact the original authors before submission if my paper is heavily built on a series of previous papers (and does not invalid it)?

Here is what I learned from this site: If a researcher learned that somebody found a serious mistake in one of their papers, published a counterexample and a corrected version of the result, and did ...
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Is there a search tool for finding primary sources in US History?

If I search a tool like JSTOR, ProQuest, or Academic Search Complete, I typically just find secondary sources. Occasionally I can find primary sources there, but only when it is part of a translation ...
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How to convince co-authors it is unethical to include false research citations in "working paper" being submitted to a conference?

I'm third co-author on a paper that was re-submitted for publication after primary author redid data analyses when I discovered that our original data had been significantly flawed. A month or so ...
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How to find conference papers which do not appear to have been published in any proceeding?

This question specifically arose from the following situation. Recently, I have seen several citations referring to papers presented in conferences of the international network on personal ...
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Tips on finding research groups that focus on credit scoring based on alternative data

Despite conducting a thorough Google search implementing all the tips provided in answers to this question, I still haven't managed to find a single active research group (at a university, or a public ...
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Is apprenticeship/reading the only way to learn experimental design? Are there books/papers about the theory of designing a sound experiment?

I am slogging away at grad school and I have a nagging feeling I can be more efficient. I feel like a person who cannot see more than a foot in front of them so I hit a lot of walls. My planning and ...
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Is there a marketplace for research/ideas grants?

Non-academic here. Bachelors in Computer Science. My question is, how does research happen? Is there some sort of directory/marketplace/dating-app where researchers and funders can meet each other ? ...
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What is the definition of a selective survey?

Is it similar to a narrative review? I’m looking at a survey of a sub-field of computer science and it’s defined as a ‘selective survey’ however I can’t find a definition of this anywhere.
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Is graduating a year early and doing research under the guidance of professor a good alternative to spending another semester at my college?

I'm an international student studying math and physics in an American university relatively highly ranked in terms of math. I'm currently a junior, and I'm going to focus on doing research on a ...
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Is this a valid reason to choose a specific sub-field?

My local university has announced the need for local experts in a specific sub-field within Electrical Engineering (EE), which is why they are offering the opportunity to sponsor student(s) in said ...
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Math Research after undergraduate degree and before graduate school

I graduated with a bachelor's in math a few years ago and this year I've applied to several graduate programs and have been rejected. One of the graduate coordinators gave me some very helpful ...
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Advice for PhD: Number of Applications (Humanities)

I am currently a postgraduate whose degree is near completion, and I would like to apply for a PhD in the United Kingdom. I am a first generation student which means that I have limited awareness of ...
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research internship visa in france for PhD student with no master's degree?

I am a PhD student in Chile, now in my 3rd/4 years. I have been awarded an international internship funding by my scholarship agreement (provided by the chilean government). I have an invitation of a ...
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Changing Subfields after PhD in psychology

I am trying to understand the degree of difficulty that a psychologist might experience changing subdisciplines (excluding clinical/school/industrial-organizational). For example, could someone who is ...
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What are some of the research styles and research routines of successful researchers?

I am Phd student in CS with less than 15 published papers from which none is at a top journal or conference. My typical research routine comprises of reading papers with potentially improvable results ...
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If I find an error in my archived doctoral thesis, should I immediately tell my advisor or wait to see if it will be published before doing so?

I recently found a mistake in my thesis while submitting a postdoc application. I realized that I messed up my reaction rate quantification of one protein where I assigned too large of an intensity ...
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What are my responsibilities as a PhD student (among other questions on the "big picture")?

Background: I'm a second-year Ph.D. student at a Canadian university that ranked 100 ish in the world (so that hopefully means we do a decent amount of research not just teaching). I'm fully funded (...
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What to do when distantly related project is draining research time

I'm a PhD student in mechanical engineering, although my research is more interdisciplinary. My supervisor's background is in electrical/mechatronics engineering. There is a mechanical design project ...
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Where to find industry funded PhDs?

In the fields of Mathematics and computer sciences, what are possible options to do a well funded PhD? In Canada or the US. Is it better than doing a PhD as a part time student, while taking a job ? I ...
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I am good in my topic and field of study, but I am clueless about the rigor expected in other related fields. Is this normal?

My area of research is thermal spray modeling. I have used various places' modeling techniques to simulate the process. I have a decent amount of publications in decent journals. I have collaborated ...
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Why do fundamentals matter?

In certain situations, fundamentals may not matter, but very often, especially for long term learning, they really matter. Since this is a deeply held belief, perhaps moulded by experience, I find it ...
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Was my research topic poorly motivated? And how do I now turn it into a paper?

I finished my master’s program last year. The topic of my thesis was suggested to me by one of the PIs at the faculty, who then supervised my project. The question seemed perfectly reasonable at the ...
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A potential undergraduate research guide seems to have stopped replying

I'm taking this (i.e., officially enrolled in) independent research course which functions like any other class necessarily except that it's, well, independent and you can do the work you're assigned ...
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Do referees and search committee generally value a fully self-written proof over a short proof citing many other theorems?

Suppose that a researcher is trying to solve an important hypothesis within an economic model. He has two options to put his efforts: He can start with the assumptions that he is most comfortable ...
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Changing PhD/ collab PhD with a different department

I've started a phd in fluid dynamics. I always wanted one in general relativity or quantum field theory really, I got interviews for that (many really) but none where successful, I got into fluid ...
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Can there be context rich problems in Biology?

Context-rich problems are short realistic scenarios giving students a plausible motivation for solving the problem. As we search research literature, one can see lots of research in context rich ...
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Do I have to be worried about copyright infringement when digitally copying and collecting excerpts from published literature?

I can't find any information regarding this scenario. Related answers are always about publishing said excerpts in one's own works, and my question is specifically about copied texts that are never ...
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How do I find the ML model referenced in a specific paper when the authors don't provide it?

I'm trying to locate the architecture of an LSTM neural network as described here, but the authors don't provide a repository for other academics. From arXiv, I see more than a dozen other researchers ...
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Difference between a research paper and technical note

What is the difference between "Research Article" and "Technical Note"? What purpose do they serve?
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Looking for advice when academic referees are scarce

I want to apply for a Research Masters but will have trouble finding two academic referees. I have worked in education, had research published, even won a best paper prize. However, things ended very ...
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Does Google Scholar limit the length of its search terms?

On researchgate, I found the following paper that describes the application of a systematic mapping. I was curious whether the describe search term could be also found using Google Scholar. The ...
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In-house code used in paper methods section but not shared

I am muddling my way through my program an stumbled upon a technique I would really want to employ in my research. The technique is well outside the realm of my PI's expertise and my PI would not run ...
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Lot of time an energy spent on a field and lab based Master's thesis but subsequently ignored

I am (was) a mature student with 20 years previous commercial experience Over the course of two extensive field trips plus lab work during my Masters degree I developed and promoted some interesting ...
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When you're collaborating with another group, how do you decide which one is the first author of the paper?

Say, A and B are two PhD students working on the same project, and C is their supervisor. D and E are two students working on a similar project to A and B's, and F is D and E's supervisor. The other ...
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Finding a research internship with little prior experience

I am a second year physics major student and I know for sure that I want to stay in academia and become a scientist, so I have started to search for research internships(abroad) and do research with ...
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