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How to study a field on which no professors specialise in your university

I am currently an undergraduate student in math, but this question is already bugging me, because I am about to start an undergraduate research project that will likely become my Masters degree as ...
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Is it alright not to do research for an extended period as a PhD student?

I have done about one year and nine months of my PhD (in the UK) and have got a paper published, one waiting to be submitted, and another reasonably-sized project completed. I have written up three ...
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How to shape quality research questions about conspiracy-drenched topics?

This year, I was working closely with many college-bound gifted students, one assignment, a student wanted to research the "Roswell incident". Though I can generally quickly think up ...
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A recently published paper seriously impairs the novelty of my dissertation. Which should be the purpose of the next meeting with my supervisor?

I am a second-year PhD student in management, and I've recently started working on my dissertation. The topic I got assigned is a fast-growing one. Nonetheless, I initially managed to ensure the ...
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Can someone change PhD topic within a department after admission?

Suppose that someone applies for a PhD in the US with publications in topic X, and hence the whole SOP and the target group both revolve around X. They get admitted, and realise soon after entering ...
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My personal views and my research work kind of collide. What can I do?

Climate change and mass extinctions are happening, so in my private life, I try to be as sustainable as possible. For example, I eat almost exclusively organic vegetarian food, I have no car, buy most ...
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What are some good data driven astronomy research project ideas for a high schooler? [closed]

Does anyone here have sone good astronomy research project ideas for someone with a a background in AI and programming? The projects don't really have to be anything groundbreaking. They could just be ...
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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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Is it better to submit a new research grant proposal or an extension of previous work? [closed]

When submitting a research proposal for a funding agency, I heard two different pieces of advice from principal investigators that have won several awards. The first suggestion is to submit a proposal ...
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Secretly switching research topics and funding oddities

When I joined my current PhD program I talked to my advisor about wanting to work on a different research topic than the one I was to work on initially and he said yes. I made clear I wasn't ...
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How to convince professor that I have read topics on my own?

I am keen to apply for Doctoral program in Europe. But I have some questions. All my mathematical interests are centred about Hyperbolic Geometry. And I am keen to apply for PhD position (or join a ...
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Is there a potential for bias when a researcher chooses a topic they personally find interesting? [closed]

When choosing a research topic, many researchers (in the field of psychology, in my case) often choose to study a topic they find interesting or have experience in. Does this introduce more potential ...
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How hard is it to change a (sub-)field right after starting a CS PhD?

I am a senior undergrad in computer systems field (specifically, computer networks) and applied for CS PhD this year. My question is: If I find a new interest in a different field before starting a ...
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What constitutes as stealing of an idea? [closed]

I have recently been accused by someone of stealing their idea and doing the work required. In fact they had come to me to do, let's say, a literature review because they didn't have the expertise to ...
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How to manage a colleague in your research group taking your idea?

I have been a newly appointed lecturer (18 months). Within my first 6 months I have advertised a PhD subject in order to recruit a good student. The specific project was advertised a year ago. I ...
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PhD interview advice! [closed]

I have received an invitation to interview for a PhD position and have been asked to present past/current research in a 10 minute presentation. I am currently doing a masters but am more comfortable ...
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Should I Change my Research Focus?

I just finished my first semester in a PhD program in Pure and Applied mathematics. My initial focus was on probability, statistics, modeling, and machine learning. To this end I took a course in (...
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Post-doc for two (two-body problem): How to search, apply, and improve our chances?

My significant other and I are doing our PhDs in physics, and we both want to continue in academia and to stay together. He did his masters in a first-world country and I did mine in a third-world ...
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Why are many obviously pointless papers published, or worse studied?

In the field I specialize in (I'm currently a moderator of crypto-SE), I see many obviously pointless papers published, often in publications where that costs money. I imagine that's the same in many ...
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I have publications in one area but I want to focus on another one for my PhD? Could it go wrong?

My previous published research has focused on teachers' psychological characteristics (e.g., motivation). However, for my PhD, I want to change my focus to student learning. Thus, although the broader ...
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Types of research papers

There are research papers that focus on the presentation and analysis of application of a specific idea on a specific subject; e.g. how a closed-loop (in contradiction to an open-loop) can help ...
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How do I orient myself to the literature concerning a research topic and not be overwhelmed?

I'm in my first semester at a Master's level program in mental health counseling, and I have aspirations of perhaps eventually getting my PhD. I'm presently working on a project for a class about PTSD ...
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Confused about masters project

I am an integrated master student doing a rather short project of only 4months in the lab (due to covid). The project is quite a weird one as it either works or it doesn't and if it doesn't I have no ...
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How to know one's way around for PhD in Covid times [closed]

I'm a physics graduate student in Italy, and I'd like to continue my formation with a PhD after my thesis. I would like to consider the idea of going someplace, but the problem I encountered is I ...
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Asking the faculty for PhD research proposal tips

I am going to apply to Italian universities for PhD vacancies in Statistics, which is not exactly the field that I studied during my BSc and MSc. I count to acquire the instruments for doing actual ...
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Subject selection for PhD in Mathematics [closed]

I had taken up courses related to PDE like Advanced Functional Analysis and I am facing difficulty with it and hence I am confused and I am not able to understand which subject to take up for PhD. Can ...
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Regret of leaving the opportunity to work on highly funded topics for something not so rewarding. How to stop remorse?

My materials science PhD group works on two different fields. Most of them work in battery technology while I am few others work in mechanical behavior of materials in aerospace materials. I was ...
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Professor has no interest in the topic of my research proposal

For a research paper in my course we had to come up with a topic proposal. When I talked with my professor about my topic he did not seem interested in my proposal and only talked about a topic of his ...
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Tension between “publishable” and “motivating” research topics

I am half way thorough my second year as a posdoc and I have a reasonable production (4 published papers in good journals and two other under review). I also have several ongoing/potential research ...
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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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Choosing a project for a fresh graduate student

I am starting to advise a new graduate student for M.Sc. degree (in theoretical computer science), and I am considering what should be the first problem they should work on. One option is a small and ...
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Is it possible (practically, in real life) to pursue two very distinct research interests (e.g. in AI and theoretical physics)? [closed]

TL;DR: Is it possible to pursue applied research in AI and theoretical physics after a PhD degree in CS focusing on applied AI (as a professor at some universities)? Long version: Hello, I'm a 3rd ...
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How can a comparative study be novel?

I can see several published research papers in SCI journals, even written by undergraduates, that perform a comparative study. Many of the research papers published under this category evaluate ...
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Change of research area for Postdoc [duplicate]

I did a Ph.D. in the area of engineering mathematics. The thesis used some of the concepts from Mathematics, such as basic probability and statistics (Bachelor/Master level), calculus (Bachelor/Master ...
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What are the advantages and downsides of a broad PhD thesis? [closed]

A previous version of this question focused too much on my personal situation. The current one aims at being more generic. The main question boils down to what are the advantages and disadvantages of ...
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Talking to supervisor about PhD projects

I am an international PhD student, in the last lap of my PhD, and have a little more than a year to defend my thesis. My work is in theory, and our simulations take a lot of computing time. As we are ...
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How may a young scholar without tenure change their field of research? [duplicate]

So let me elaborate on this question a bit with an imaginary scenario: John is a young, recent Ph.D. graduate in computer science. During his Ph.D. he was mainly concentrating on network science and ...
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Master's and Bachelor's theses on the same topic?

I am a student of a M.Sc. in Economics. For reasons that are really beyond my control, a week ago I was asked to write a one-page draft of my Master's thesis topic, so that I can be assigned to a ...
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Is it possible to ask about RA positions after being rejected by the same lab for a PhD?

I am currently looking at PhD programmes (mainly in the US) and have been advised to email potential PIs before I put in an application. I am afraid my profile isn't very competitive and my back up ...
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I have turned myself into an incompetent researcher. I have screwed up my career, now I would like some advice how I can recover?

I hope I am not at the end of the road. I had flunked advanced engineering mathematics and applied mechanics during my undergrad second year. Though I scored decently in the reexamination during the ...
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Do I need permission from motorsports organisations to write a research paper about motor racing? [closed]

I have written a research paper analysing the aerodynamics of racing cars in a particular motor sport as a hobby project (using my own 3D model and resources). However, now I’m beginning to question ...
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Visualizing the list of all active academics for a given topic

For a long time I have been interested in visualizing the network of all active academics of a certain discipline worldwide (e.g. computer science, mathematics, or by a set of keywords). I imagine a ...
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How do I convince professors about my research interests?

I'm applying to a coursework + thesis masters programme and am wondering how specific do I have to be when mentioning my research interests in my email to a potential advisor. I have applied to ...
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How to look past the fact that I probably have chosen the wrong research area?

I am a computational materials science researcher. I model additive manufacturing process using continuum modeling methods. Almost everyone who works in my field are part experimentalists and partly ...
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I may subject a “Figure Reuse” problem. Please help?

please help me, and any advice would be greatly appreciated here. I have published a paper with my advisor in a journal, which is one ACS publications. Recently I just published another paper on RSC ...
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What Problems Are Applied Mathematicians Concerned With?

I have been doing some looking around to try and learn a little bit more about what applied mathematicians work on in a more general sense and think that I could benefit from a question posted here. ...
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As a postdoc, I made progress on a project that I was supposed to do during my PhD. I am regretting the time spent on my PhD [closed]

When I joined my computational modeling lab as a PhD student, I was supposed to work on a topic that I was very much interested in. I spent 2 years of trying, but couldn't show any progress. I became ...
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Research topics [duplicate]

im a 2nd year Computer Science student, and I wanted to start doing research. Im looking for a topic to research on, or more specifically i want to know how researchers do the following: Find a ...
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In which situations can I claim that additional data is needed for an existing research paper?

I wanted to write about a certain computer science topic, and after a while I figured out that the same research question was taken already. Still, I think that not all problems where addressed in ...
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How to start research in a field with high standards? [closed]

I'd like to do research on the field Natural Language Processing. However, the current state-of-the-art (BERT) has raised the standards and for me it feels discouraging to start in this field. Should ...

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