Questions tagged [research-topic]

On identifying, evaluating suitability, or sharing a topic or focused direction for research.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
103
votes
9answers
60k views

How to come up with research ideas?

As a very new researcher who is exploring the best way to generate ideas, some guidance on this question would be very helpful. I have found that this is NOT easy. Ideas seem to pop out of my ...
49
votes
5answers
31k views

How to find a good topic for a PhD research proposal?

In many countries an application for a PhD position includes a written research proposal, so my questions is what are some advises/strategies to come up with a good topic/idea for a PhD research ...
37
votes
5answers
111k views

How to select a Master's thesis topic if your advisor won't suggest one?

If a master's degree candidate needs to select a thesis topic, but their advisor is unwilling to offer suggestions on the matter, how should one go about selecting a thesis? How might one select an ...
54
votes
6answers
2k views

What to do with spare research topics?

A while back I reached the stage where my ideas for research topics/papers exceeded my capacity to personally work on them. As a PostDoc, I tried to head-hunt students or more junior researchers in my ...
15
votes
2answers
1k views

How not to be like a rolling stone in research?

As a young researcher, it is really interesting for me to gain knowledge in different topics related to my major. I attend many conferences and seminars in my field, I read papers and books which I ...
19
votes
5answers
5k views

How is a research direction determined between a graduate student and their advisor?

My question applies to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math disciplines (STEM). Q: By what process does a graduate student determine his or her research direction? (Assume that the graduate ...
15
votes
3answers
1k views

How to choose a good research problem?

I am working to get a PhD, maybe next year this time around. Currently, this is my second year. I have published 3 papers. All of them are not about one problem but consider different problems. My ...
18
votes
3answers
1k views

Does one need a specific field in mind to apply to a PhD program in mathematics?

When applying for the PhD program in mathematics, usually, one is not required to specify in what field (e.g., PDE, dynamical system, etc.) he/she intends to do. However, I don't know whether it will ...
5
votes
1answer
356 views

Finding original research ideas/topics as an undergraduate student

I am currently an undergraduate student majoring in mathematics and biology. My plan is to combine both of these fields with the hope of somehow working with modeling infectious diseases through the ...
7
votes
1answer
1k views

I want to change my thesis topic (to the extent that the ethos is still in tact) but my advisor does not agree. What can I do?

I am doing a phd where my aim is to solve a problem A which is very interesting. My supervisor has got a lot of connections in a technology B and he claims to be an expert in B. I came to this group ...
17
votes
5answers
2k views

Choosing your research area

I am considering pursuing a PhD in computer science one day. What I am deciding now is what I want to...I guess specialize in (is that the way to put it)? What I want to focus my research efforts on....
29
votes
4answers
11k views

Why is novelty mandatory for a Ph.D. degree?

The institute I am studying at has added the following requirement recently: A PhD scholar must publish two papers in his/her corresponding field in SCI journals. This means that a student ...
13
votes
1answer
2k views

How to come up with research questions that are well-defined and suitable in scope and relatedness for a thesis?

I have decided on the area I want to contribute to, and have found a basic but huge problem for my research. Now my professor told me to redefine the area, so to break the, at the moment, huge area ...
15
votes
2answers
2k views

How to find relevant and new open research topics?

How can one find relevant and new open research topics? When working on my PhD thesis, I find it hard to find open questions in my very specific research area. Which approach do you take to find new ...
6
votes
1answer
252 views

List of open problems: pros and cons of making it public

Context: I am currently a 4th-year PhD student in Computer Science (Theory), expected to graduate next year (gosh, this went by quickly). Since I end up finding more questions I'd be interested in ...
6
votes
4answers
886 views

What can I do to convince my advisor of my ideas?

I started my PhD within the last one year in a STEM field in the US ,and I cannot seem to convince my advisor about any of my ideas. I usually don't get concrete research directions from my advisor, ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

What should I do if, after choosing a Master Thesis topic, I find an existing thesis on it in another language?

I picked a very unique topic for my Masters Thesis, only to find out that there is a Dissertation on the same topic, from 2008, in French. No other books have been published on this topic. Ugh... I ...
2
votes
4answers
4k views

Is it acceptable to ask a professor who is not your supervisor to give you M.S. thesis topic?

I'm currently a M.S. student. My supervisor give me freedom to choose thesis topic. Since it is so hard for me, I decide to ask another professors whom I consider to be their PhD candidates in future. ...
11
votes
1answer
1k views

I wish to try out a technique which my supervisor does not want me to, because its not his expertise

As a part of my PhD work, I wish to try a technique which is upcoming and frequently in use. I am not sure if it will be successful, though I have a good feeling about it. My supervisor is simply ...
6
votes
1answer
251 views

Selecting a Thesis - Are there lists of interesting or open questions?

Is there an aggregated pool of potential thesis topics that are available for exploration across universities for different concentrations? Perhaps there would be some that have been pre-vetted by ...
4
votes
2answers
768 views

In a statement of purpose for a PhD in computer science in the US is it better to express interest in a single subdiscipline or multiple? [duplicate]

It seems that if I were to just express interest in a single subdiscipline (computer networking for example), and none of the networking professors are taking on students, I would not be considered ...
2
votes
2answers
215 views

Is it right to use 'X is a new research topic of interest to our lab' to indicate that the lab has not done research on 'X'?

Is it right to use 'X is a new research topic of interest to our lab' to say that the lab has not done research on X before? I want to convey: 1.The lab only focused on research topic 'Y'(e.g. ...
-1
votes
1answer
651 views

How can I share my research ideas for others to develop, in exchange for authorship? [closed]

I have some research ideas and concepts. But I have no time to proceed with them. So I would like to share them with relevant research institutions for further developments. I don't expect any ...