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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 ...
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Wish to go against my supervisors in the half-yearly review report. Is it suicidal for my PhD?

I am funded by the university for my PhD, though I had approached the supervisor myself, particularly because he had decent publications in good journals. I am an international student. I have ...
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Does PhD subject area matter if one will research in multiple areas later?

Since the purpose of a PhD is to learn proper research skills, which should be applicable to any subject area, and since people can publish in subject areas unrelated to their dissertation, does it ...
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Is it normal for my masters advisor to ask me not to share code from my masters work with my PhD advisor, and not to continue with the same topic?

I have couple questions for you guys and I hope to find some answers here. Scenario: I finished my master's degree with a thesis at school A. During my master's program at school A, I was a ...
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How to select an internship topic from a set of suggested topics?

How would a student best select a topic among several suggested especially if it's her/his first time doing an internship and the internship period is short (2 months or 6 months)? What are important ...
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PhD consisting mainly of programming work

I'm currently a second-year PhD student, in computer engineering. My research area is in computer graphics and virtual reality. I currently don't have a specific goal or problem to solve, except ...
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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. ...
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Different research area in undergraduate and graduate

I am in my last semester of a double degrees in the bachelor of electrical engineering (honours) and bachelor of mathematics in Australia. During my studies, I watched a series of video lectures about ...
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Applying for graduate programs in different subfields?

Suppose you have done work in two subfields of a main field, and have a keen interest in both of them. Some examples might be, Main field: Physics, Subfields: Experimental Quantum Optics and ...
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Applying to PhD programs whose research topics mismatch my experience

I am applying to PhD program that matches the theme of my research and industrial experience. As most of field of studies, there are several topics under the general theme and my experiences are just ...
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To stick or to switch topics

I'm currently starting my PhD and I'm contemplating whether I should stay with my current advisor and topic or switch before its too late. Current subfield The recent work in this subfield has been ...
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Will a research proposal of looking into applications of current technologies be frowned upon because it does not deal with fundamental research?

I'm interested in robotics and particularly in how we can use autonomous systems to aid with environmental conservation. I'm currently looking into PhD programmes but it seems to me that the vast ...
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I want to do research in A about its applications in B. Don't know exactly what people in B need from A. What's a good way to acquire this knowledge?

Issues related to climate change, mitigating it and making humans deal better with its negative consequences are super important to me. I am not an environmental scientist though - I'm an engineer. I ...
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How to convince my supervisor that he is wrong?

I do not have any particular situation at hand but I am about to start in a new short-term (research assistant) position. The thing is, I will be working on a topic that is very controversial. There ...
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Is it normal for a PhD candidate to be dissatisfied with their PhD thesis topic, if the field is not hot?

I am a 2nd year PhD student in Germany. I am working on computational mechanics. It is on modeling the mechanical behavior of a composite coating. My background is metallurgical engineering. When I ...
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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 ...
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Changing Phd topic in between because of lack of 'usefulness' of current research

In my current study. I am trying to solve a problem A by using a technology B. My supervisors consider themselves as experts in B. I have a scholarship for 3 years and 1.5 years are over. I have ...
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Emailing potential PhD advisors (recent change in research interest)

I'm currently getting ready to apply to graduate programs in Chemistry, and am beginning to contact potential advisors. My problem is that until recently, I was planning to focus on field X, but have ...
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Is it possible to pursue two distinct research interests in the same discipline?

Is it possible or legitimate to pursue two distinct research interests in the same discipline in the context of an advanced academic career (PhD and beyond that)? For example, can I have two ...
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How to narrow down the scope of a computer science research project?

I'm working on a CS systems project for a while where I don't seem to find the right scope so that it turns into a research question that can be answered. I either develop the project further which ...
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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 ...
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Tips on choosing a research topic with little relative background?

I know this might seem like I'm worrying about something too early, but I am a rising sophomore (undergrad) that is anxious about independent research. I am currently in a physics lab right now that I ...
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Research in computational neuroscience or computational medicine in Europe [closed]

How popular is research in computational neuroscience, or computational medicine in (mainland) Europe? I'm aware that INRIA in France does some good work, but do you know any other such groups and ...
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Is it normal to start your master's study without an advisor?

So I've been admitted to master's program in Mechanical Engineering at a US university. I contacted 2 of the faculty in the department in my chief area of interest , but neither had an opening/ ...
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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 ...
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How should I approach my advisors about switching research topics, when they're counting on my results for a grant proposal?

I'm a second year PhD student in Computer Science in the United States. I started on a research topic in my first year of PhD. There are two advisors jointly involved in it and I don't get along with ...
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Advisor wants me to come up with a research project. I came up with a project, but it's not with him

I'm in the second half of my PhD, and my advisor wants me to come up with an original research project. I also have a mentor (who is not a professor at my university) who has also been telling me to ...
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What are some good ways to figure out one's interests in mathematics, before applying to PhD programs?

Are there mathematics seminars to attend in the summer, or do they typically only occur during the academic year? I am referring to American universities. An idea I had last night was to YouTube ...
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Are you limited to the interests of the professors or your advisor during graduate research?

I am applying to school for a degree in food science and am looking at potential schools and advisers. I've stumbled upon a particular subset of food science that I really want to get into, but only ...
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Coming up with a PhD Research Topic after 10 years away from academics

I am looking at going back to University after almost 10 years in the Corporate World (I am exploring a PhD in Business and Quantitative Methods in Spain...line of Research is in "Innovation, ...
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As an undergraduate, how can I explore research topics that may interest me without having a background?

I'm a fourth-year undergraduate looking to apply to graduate physics program this year. My problem is this: I don't know how to pick a study/research area for graduate school. I enjoy my ...
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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, ...
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How to come up with an effective undergraduate research topic - for scholarship?

Winter semesters ends on April 13th. Summer research/classes - May 15th I am a second-year civil engineering student. Juggling between options, I planned on cold emailing many people for job ...
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How to most effectively get good at a new topic?

I have recently had a change of interest and would like to focus on a different area within my field. That being said, I want to stress that the area happens to differ quite a bit from my current area....
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How to conduct IT based research in developing countries where we don't even have enough datasets for reference and analysis?

Today in developed countries technology and innovation has reached its optimum level. But in least developed countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, etc, the scenario for research is different. Here the ...
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How can I keep up with all the important advances in fields related to mine?

Being updated with new ideas in many research fields is impossible, seen the diversity of research topics and the strong relations that exists between them. Most of the researchers in the world, are ...
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How to narrow down a research topic in mathematics?

I would like to work on a research project in my particular field of mathematics. While I'm familiar with the area in general, I'm having a bit of trouble choosing an inquiry narrow enough to be ...
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Term for reverse lookup of concepts

Suppose I have envisioned a concept that I am fairly certain has been explored before. I can describe its nature and its characteristics, but I do not know the formal name of the concept, nor its ...
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Working with a professor who does both mainstream and non-mainstream physics research

I'm currently an undergraduate physics major in my final year at a US institution; I've recently finished applying to physics graduate schools for theory. With one of the schools in particular, I'm ...
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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 ...
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What are characteristics of a “good” thesis topic?

This may be too discipline specific, but I'm going to give it a shot. I'm still relatively new to grad school (6 months), but I've been told by several older students to keep an eye out for potential ...
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Why do others have these highly specialised research topics and I don't?

I have some time now to think about what I want to write for my dissertation, but I just don’t know how to find an appropriate topic. I like what I do and I could do a lot. Some people seem to have ...
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Master's thesis - lack of evidence, possibly poor topic choice

I'm working on a social science master's thesis based on a discourse analysis of documents. I finished a proposal a few months ago, which my committee approved. But as I continue to scan my sources, I ...
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Asking for help regarding Statement of Purpose [duplicate]

I am a Masters' student applying from India to US graduate schools for a Ph.D. in Mathematics(some of them are top departments like Stanford, MIT, UCLA, Berkeley, Illinois Urbana-Champaign). I wish to ...
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Ideas to narrow down a master thesis topic within management scope [closed]

I am choosing (by myself) a topic to research and write about for my master thesis. My criteria are simple: I should have enough possibility to research the topic within a company where I work, or ...
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How can I narrow down my CS research interests when my undergrad institution doesn't have a large CS department?

I am currently a 4th year CS senior from a smaller liberal arts school with a small CS department. So far, I've pursued a few semesters of opportunities to do one-on-one research with my head of ...
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How to handle dislike of/lack-of-interest in sub-specialty of research area

I am a PhD student studying in a field that I enjoy. Furthermore, I enjoy the area within the field that I am specializing in. However, my specialty generally has two major application arenas, which ...
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What is the distribution of payoffs in research? [closed]

What is the distribution of payoffs in research? Looking back through history, some research topics can pay off big, eg the double slit experiment in physics. "Pay off" here is not precisely defined,...
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How to find graduate programs in chemistry based on my research interests

I am final year Chemistry undergraduate. I have worked in areas of laser spectroscopy and astrochemistry. I would like to apply to grad schools along this line especially spectroscopy. However, I know ...
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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 ...