Questions tagged [thesis]

Questions related to initiation, preparation, editing and presentation of a research thesis. A Thesis is a long research report including personal research conclusions and outputs. A Thesis must include personal research and the proper citations from other publications in the research topic.

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Advisor does not to acknowledge their paper to be wrong, what to do?

This is a followup question to my previous question (Advisor's paper fundamentally flawed, what do I do?). My advisor and another student collaborated on a paper, after reading it carefully myself,...
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I applied to a postdoctoral fellowship to another lab and I think my P.hD. director is boycotting my thesis defence to i wont reach my deadline [closed]

first time writing. I'm from a sudamerican country (I don't know why I feel that I had to state that). In May of 2021, the last year of my Ph.D., I presented my second thesis pre-defense (weird ...
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Arguments for and against "chapter abstracts" in bachelor's and master's thesis [closed]

There are differing opinions on the necessity of "chapter abstracts", i.e., short summaries of the content of the following chapter, which are placed directly below the chapter heading and ...
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Finding dissertations as reference material

I'm a mathematician/computer scientist (my interests lie around the intersection of the two), and often when I want an introduction to a new research area I find that well-written dissertations are ...
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Listing pending and ongoing studies?

I have a question, please. I am applying to a professional post graduate program and they are looking for publications or research experience. I have a research paper, that has been approved for ...
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Is it a good idea to turn my PhD thesis' introduction into a survey paper?

The goal of my PhD was to design a particular device. Such a ldesign requires many considerations, because the structure has many "moving parts" and available upgrades. The topic has been ...
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Is it ethically justifiable to conceal a fatal conceptual flaw in a thesis to avoid an unaffordable 2-year setback if the flaw is the advisor's fault?

A couple of decades ago I graduated from a Russian university with an MS in physics, and my MS thesis contained a critical flaw. In short, the thesis was about static perturbations in a certain ...
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My supervisor is forcing me to change my PhD thesis to masters after 4 years of my PhD and passing all of exams, is that possible? [closed]

I am student in one of Australia Universities, my PhD supervisor is forcing to change my thesis from PhD to masters and this after 4 years of my candidature after passing all of my exams of ...
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Can I write from a personal perspective in my bachelor thesis?

I currently finish my bachelor thesis in computer science. And sometimes I wonder if I write too personal, since my thesis should be an academic piece. More specific, I wrote a computer program (which ...
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How long will I receive the conferred letter after my phd thesis's corrections have been accepted by examiners? [closed]

I'm a UK phd student. I've heard from my supervisor that examiners have accepted the corrections of my phd thesis, which is really a piece of good news but still can't release my panic, because I need ...
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How is the section in the evaluation called where you discuss the practical use of an artifact?

my supervisor recommended me that I add a section that discusses the application of the artefact that I previously evaluated in a research environment in a real-world use case. I should use runtime (...
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Can I dedicate my dissertation to my previous advisor?

My dissertation advisor & Chair was professor A. He all of a sudden was severely ill and left the program right before I proposed my dissertation study. I built the study under his supervision, ...
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Adding group pictures at the end of a Thesis

Is it okay to include the classic group pictures from conferences, workshops and colleagues at the end of a thesis for memory reasons?
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Problem with adding PhD co supervisor [closed]

I just started my PhD in physics. It has been 6 months. I have had a mentor for sometime and I have wanted to add him as a co-supervisor. My university told me he cannot be added as a co-supervisor ...
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Should I add the Acknowledgement in the pre-final version of a (PhD) thesis already? Or wait after I got the feedback from my supervisor? [duplicate]

Should I add the Acknowledgement in the pre-final version of a (PhD) thesis for proofreading already? Or wait after I got the feedback from my supervisor?
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Potential problems with a research advisors with whom you have never taken a course

There is a particular professor who I would like to supervise a summer research project (summer 2023), which is a necessary component of my MA program, since we share similar research interests. I ...
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Where to start - writing up a PhD thesis

I am 2 1/2 years in a a part time PhD and really struggling to know where to start with the writing up phase. I have enough research, although this is obviously subject to change, but really don't ...
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What are the chances in getting a PhD in a sepcific Professor, when I barely passed his elective? [closed]

This might look similar to other questions, but I considered mine is more specific. I basically messed up, my grades in the whole Masters degree are completely average to higher than average (not my ...
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My supervisor has different standards for different topics and students when it comes to a thesis. How should I approach this? [duplicate]

I've been given a master's topic that is quite complicated and feel it was not really well thought out to begin with nor communicated to me how difficult it would be when I asked. So naturally I'm ...
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Can you ask for help while doing a PhD thesis?

If you are doing a PhD thesis in science, can you ask for help? For example, paying someone to solve some hard equations or use numerical method to solve a problem. Or if you ask for someone for an ...
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Is my citation error considered as plagiarism?

Briefly speaking, I recently found out that my graduate research paper has some citation errors. Which is really poor citations. I cited a wrong author name (author A) for a sentence which actually ...
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My thesis advisor expects more and harder work from me than other students, possibly because my work is for their client. How should I approach this? [closed]

I'm working on a Masters thesis and have been feeling really uneasy since working with my supervisor. From the beginning, she would not discuss expectations, and given the exploratory nature of the ...
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How to defend plagiarism in my bachelor's thesis

I study at a university in Europe and recently received an e-mail from the exam commission regarding the submission of my bachelor thesis. I am under suspicion for plagiarism and to be honest I don't ...
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Citation style in literature review chapter of thesis

Is it advisable to give the titles of the works in the literature review chapter of my thesis dissertation as I'm citing them? In the publications and theses I have seen in my field (Computer Science),...
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How to write a scientifc work of my design

I want to write a scientific master thesis. I dont want it to look like a technical report. I had to configure a system: It contains roughly 2 chips. Then this system has to send data to another ...
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How do you reference a dissertation that is turned into a book?

I recently reconfigured my dissertation to publish as a book. How do you properly cite, reference, or acknowledge the original dissertation (or is that even necessary)? I obviously want to avoid self-...
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Is losing raw data regarded as data fabrication? (Unpublished undergraduate thesis)

The worst thing I am worried about is losing my legitimate data and then maybe being accused of falsifying it. how does the university differentiate the data fabrication and honest error? (I have lost ...
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Should a PhD Supervisor check if the methodology is correct?

I have noticed i made a mistake in my work. I need to follow some steps (wich weren't real clear for me at the beginning of my PhD and my supervsior never said anything about them), and i just saw i ...
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How should I deal with challenging master thesis students as a supervisor?

I'm a PhD student in my first year, co-supervising master students with a postdoc, and listed as the first supervisor. This is my first experience supervising a thesis. My previous experiences with ...
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Online checker for Plagiarism: How accurate are they?

I've finished writing my thesis and have done an online plagiarism check. I used https://www.check-plagiarism.com/ to check and got a lot of plagiarism. I don't understand why. You can find an example ...
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Is it OK to have a preliminary study as its own chapter in a PhD thesis?

My PhD thesis has the following structure. Introduction [5 pages] Lit Review [50 pages] Project 1: Preliminary study [25 pages] Project 1: Extended study [30 pages] Project 2: Preliminary study [25 ...
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I'm doing an industrial PhD. How to convince the company to let me publish my source code?

I'm pursuing an industrial PhD within a company in the context of an European project, having two directors: one from the company and another from the university. The topic of my PhD is related to ...
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What will happen if the panelist in my thesis defense does not like my thesis in College level? Will I fail?

I am currently graduating student and having a thesis project to pass the course and requirement for graduation. Is it possible to fail the my program if the panelist in my defense does not like my ...
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Is it possible to enroll in a college just to do a master's thesis?

So I graduated with a master's degree 5 years ago. Back then my priorities were different and I didn't opt for the thesis option. I kind of regret not doing a thesis. Is it possible to apply to the ...
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The understandability bias [closed]

I am a PhD student. I feel like I am increasingly experiencing situations where ideas that are explained in a way everyone can understand them are criticized as being too simple to be a major ...
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Methodology structure for undergraduate thesis [closed]

This is a very basic question, hope you can help me. I study abroad and I am working on my final year thesis. My thesis subject relates to the field of finance. In the literary review I establish a ...
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How to contact someone asking them to be a co-supervisor

I just finished my master's recently and I wish to do a PhD. I chose to continue working with my supervisor during the master's thesis, but I want to work on it with another professor as a co-...
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How to write Master's thesis summary for PhD application

I am currently applying for several PhD programs (in mathematics) and for many of them, it is required to write a short (approx. 2 pages; no more than 10.000 characters) summary of my Master's thesis. ...
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What should I call my mathematics thesis's 1st chapter that covers background concepts?

I'm preparing my masters thesis in mathematics (Stochastic Calculus). My first chapter consists of recalling some concepts like Hölder's inequality. Clarke's generalized gradient. Grönwall's ...
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How much is too much when defining and explaining terms in depth in a dissertation?

When writing a dissertation for a PhD in computer science, where the research is interdisciplinary, is it OK to define and include in depth explanation for an extraordinarily large amount of ...
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Can I post my dissertation (currently only viewable within my institution) composed of journal papers on a personal website or Research Gate? [duplicate]

I just got my Ph.D. degree majoring Chemical Engineering this month and I will start my research career. I am a new researcher. I wonder whether I can post my full dissertation (currently only ...
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Can my supervisor force me to publish my master’s thesis?

I defended my master’s thesis in engineering. My advisor didn't help me much. Now he wants to publish the thesis as a scientific article. Even if he will write the article, I don't want the project to ...
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Distributing work that hasn't been published

I have recently completed a senior/bachelor's thesis as part of my BS degree, and I would like to share my thesis with others. However, I plan on perhaps publishing the work that I did soon, so I have ...
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Difficult exam and no correlation with lectures and assignments

So there's a Statistics exam in my Uni (in Germany). It's more of an application to Surveying. The Prof. who teaches this class gives really easy assignments which made me believe the exam would be in ...
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What level of audience should one aim for in the introduction of a STEM thesis?

I am writing my STEM thesis, 90% percent of which is about mathematical modeling. However, I am unsure at what level I should write for the introduction. Should I write it so it is accessible for ...
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Thesis advisor saw me doing really well without being pestered too much, but now I need the pestering (I need his input basically)

My supervisor was away for a few weeks, saw (let's say at time=1) that my thesis was progressing really well, and I guess he decided it's best to leave me with minimal supervision. We talk maybe once ...
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First-person perspective in master's thesis acknowledgements

In my institution, the acknowledgements section of a master's thesis may be quite personal so I thought I'd thank my fiancée who is (very) pregnant now, thanking her for carrying the burden of ...
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Is it advisable to publish in low tier conferences as an undergrad?

I am currently an undergrad and worked on a project that might get published in a low tier conference. I currently have 0 publications but this work is not something I'm proud of. Is it advisable to ...
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My supervisor is planning to publish a research paper from results and analysis from my thesis without including me as a co-author. What to do? [duplicate]

I have been working on a project for a year, doing all the lab work and gathering all the main data and then I wrote my master thesis on it. There were some additional data necessary for the final ...
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Advisor refuses to let me get my Master’s after my thesis defense

I am currently a Master’s and PhD student. I am in my last semester of my Master’s program. After a year of being in the PhD program, I have realized that academia is not for me. I received a job ...
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