Questions tagged [thesis-committee]

Questions about a group of faculty members, professors and people working in industry that evaluate the thesis or project report of PhD/MSc candidates.

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Email netiquette for telling thesis committee member I've replaced

I'm a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the social sciences. I've decided to replace one person in my doctoral thesis committee because she is not giving me any feedback or responding to my emails in ...
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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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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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Ph.D. advisor severely ill right before dissertation proposal... what should I do?

My dissertation advisor (committee chair) just informed me that he is severely ill and will leave the program very soon. His physical condition does not allow him to continue with any kind of advisory ...
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What does "covering your variables" mean as a thesis defense question?

I'm looking into lists of questions that I might encounter in my MSc thesis defense. One such list is Tamer Suggested: Top 60 Questions Frequently Asked During Thesis Defence. Some of the questions in ...
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Can I share the review of my Phd thesis with my external reviewers?

I have submitted my Ph.D thesis for review. My main supervisor already finished her task and sent me back the review with the grade. The three external reviewers just got their copy from the faculty ...
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What to do?: Completely New Revision Requests a Month after a Defense

I successfully defended my dissertation one month before. My department head even emailed to congratulate me. I was given only one clear set of revision requests to do, for approval signatures. ...
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Criteria for an external examiner for PhD viva?

My supervisor has asked me to compile a list (in order of preference) of potential examiners for my viva. Subject area How close to my own subject area should I look? My thoughts so far are that I ...
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Semester Break in Germany during PhD

I wanted to apply for an official semester break during my PhD; I am enrolled in a German University; my concern is that could I show the paper published during the semester break in the dissertation?
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What determines your PhD field? [duplicate]

Hello dear academic community, I am having a lot of confusion regarding what it is that determines your PhD field. As far as I know, PhD is an academic title awarded mainly in the humanities, and the ...
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I am expecting a baby a month after starting a postdoc. Should I tell the PI before signing the offer?

I was just offered a postdoc position, but my wife is pregnant, and we are expecting the child a month after starting the postdoc. This is my second child, so I know what is required to take care of a ...
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Can a Post Doctorate Researcher review a PhD thesis?

I am wondering can a post doctorate researcher review a PhD thesis? I found many discussions in reviewing research articles. Reviewing articles for Journals is an integral part of research and very ...
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Is it a conflict of interest if an examiner of a graduate thesis is a coauthor of a paper with the supervisor of the thesis?

Is it a conflict of interest if an examiner of a graduate thesis is a coauthor of a paper/papers with the supervisor of the thesis? Do you think that this would sway a positive or negative result or ...
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Is my Major Professor Counted as a Co-Author?

According to the APA style manual, the editorial "we" is used to refer to the author and co-authors but should not be used if there is a single author. However, in writing my mathematics ...
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Having A Third Committee Member From A Different University - How To Pitch To The Third Member?

I’m starting my PhD this September in an Interdisciplinary degree that would fall in the realm of “resource economics” + “mathematical biology”. FWIW, I chose the interdisciplinary route because I ...
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Should I put a disclaimer on the first page of my thesis after making some corrections which are not allowed by the university?

My university doesn't let me make any corrections to my PhD thesis manuscript after defending it because all the members of the jury signed that no corrections are necessary. Not even typos. My ...
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What are appropriate questions for a closed-door (non-public) part of a PhD (or master's) defense? [closed]

There is a related question about questions to expect for PhD defenses here: What questions to prepare for PhD defense?, but the question (and answers) are referring to the public oral defense. ...
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Does convoluted use of language negatively impact a work reviewed by a committee? [duplicate]

This question is a reformulation of a previous one that I deleted. I'll try to be more specific. I'm a student in the field of International Relations, a sub branch of the Political Sciences. Reading ...
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The reviewers are not answering to any of my emails. Why are they ghosting me? [duplicate]

I sent both of the reviewers, pdf of my thesis more than a month ago. Only one of them acknowledges the receipt, the other one is french. I sent them physical copies last Friday. They should have ...
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I printed my PhD thesis and one of the image graphics came out as a black square and I sent copies yesterday to the reviewrs

I don't understand how this happened I sent the printing service a pdf. And in the pdf the image is completely normal. And two other graphics lost their labels. I don't know how this happened. Will ...
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How badly will a master's thesis plagiarism report affect my career? [closed]

This is a question continuation of this post: How to defend plagiarism in master's thesis. I want to thank all the people who helped me in the last post with their answers. In the academic committee, ...
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Does this case constitute plagiarism?

I recently read a dissertation where I recognized sentences that appeared in earlier papers but are not cited in the dissertation. Here are some of these sentences. He also appears to be copying from ...
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What standards should I apply when evaluating a PhD thesis from a weaker university?

I have been asked to serve on the examination committee for a PhD thesis. It's in the area of machine learning. It's from a university in a developing country. My job is to provide a written report, ...
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When can a thesis get rejected or asked for a major revision?

I am planning to submit my thesis next month. I have 4 published SCI-indexed journals (Elsevier, Springer, IEEE transaction, World Scientific) and 2 more journals communicated (all first authors). My ...
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Reasonable to exclude a specific professor from a thesis defense for personal reasons?

When I started my Master's program, my supervisor was Professor X. However, I had to leave their group after a few months, partly because we didn't get along, but also because the research topic wasn'...
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Taking PhD course with potential advisor?

I have been told by other grad students that it is a good idea to take the Ph.D. course given by a professor who you would want to be advised by in the future and even joining their lab. In my case, ...
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Can external examiners be from research institutes?

Firstly, I understand what matter are the regulations from my own college and advice from my supervisor. I would like to ask this question more as a survey of experience and opinions. It happens that ...
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Supervising same work again and again

I found few professors having supervised more than 200 masters theses 'each' in the past 14-15 years. When looked at these theses, I found that out of 200 theses supervised by a professor, more than ...
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How to defend plagiarism in master's thesis

I am an Indian student and studying in the USA away from home and family. I am writing my master's thesis in a private University and we were two weeks away to submit the final version to the ...
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How to become competitive for PhD in data science? [duplicate]

I want to apply for Ph.D at a good Western university (e.g., in the UK or US) in data science. I have a master's degree (no thesis) and only one publication in a local journal. Will I be competitive ...
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Evaluating a Master Thesis [closed]

This is my first time that I am asked to evaluate a master thesis. I would appreciate if some one can give me some tips in this manner: Should the thesis contains any new results (NEW = Something ...
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What to do when your advisor says your research is at a dead end? [closed]

I have been working on my dissertation proposal for 2 of the last 4 years of my PhD program. I have been publishing at conferences, collecting data, and building out my thesis. About a year and a half ...
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Advisor is unhappy with M.Sc. research results and is showing signs of preventing the student from graduating. What should be done?

I am having difficulties with an advisor who has not been clear with me on my research project, and I am fearful that I will not be allowed to graduate on time. What should I do? Please allow me to ...
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Asking questions of examiners in PhD thesis defense?

I have my PhD defense coming up and understand that I'll be asked if I have any questions for the examination committee, like asking for advice on turning chapters into publications. Does anyone have ...
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MS thesis defense equivalent to publishing as a MS student?

When applying to Ph.D. at the top 10 programs in the US, does MS thesis defended to committee members have the same weight as publishing paper as a MS student? Or am I at the disadvantage of not ...
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How should I write thank you letters to members on my thesis comittee?

I have just completed a graduate degree and want to thank the members of my thesis committee for their support. I have just sent a thank you email to my supervisor and advisors but, I am not sure what ...
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How relevant can be the major corrections in PhD dissertation?

My understanding of major corrections in PhD dissertation is that there can be entire chapters to add to the presented dissertation. However for me it's very hard to understand how much these changes ...
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Can I change my master thesis topic and supervisor under following scenario? [closed]

I am currently doing my master thesis which as per university regulations should get completed in 6 months. I need to change it.
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Nervous about my thesis results -how to decode my supervisor's email? [closed]

I have been waiting for my PhD thesis results for a long time now. Last week, I sent an email to the university, asking for the results. Few hours ago, my supervisor has sent me an email saying that ...
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One reviewer in the committee rejected my Ph.D. defense but he didn't attend

Update on Feb 27 The extension is confirmed. I can get the different reviewer, but sadly the graduate school will be able to make a replacement for me next semester. My additional advice for others ...
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PhD manuscript with grammatical errors and informal phrases

I have made a very good contribution in my PhD and just graduated two years ago from a top university with honors. Today, I revised my PhD manuscript and surprisingly found several grammatical errors,...
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Is there such a thing as a "1.5 PhD degree"?

A famous person in my hometown claimed that she was awarded a "1.5 Ph.D. degree" by her thesis committee in a famous law school in London in the early 1980s (which was noted on her diploma, according ...
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I have defended my PhD thesis yesterday. Can I ask a committee member for his feedback on my answers during question-answer session?

My PhD is in computational Materials science. I successfully defended my thesis yesterday. However, I felt that one of the committee members was starting to get angry with my answers. I was trying to ...
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Dissertation topic in one field and degree in another field?

Feeing kind of stuck here. I started out as a math PhD student then switched to engineering. I thought by doing so I would be able to learn new skills and expertise in that particular field. But I ...
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Should a list of typos go in thesis defense presentation

I have a list of about a dozen small errors I've personally discovered in my thesis. Is it advisable to have a slide during the presentation listing these? I understand that this is superfluous, ...
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My defense is next week and and I have found an error in one of the proofs in one of the chapters of the thesis. What to do?

In one of my PhD thesis chapters, I have a derivation of a theory that I have proposed in the paper. I just found out that I have made an error in the calculation, and my derivation is flawed. The ...
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Will an advisor schedule a PhD defense just to get rid of an underperformed student? [closed]

Last week, my PhD advisor commented that I can postpone my thesis defense for couple of months if I was not ready to defend. However, I was adamant of completing my defense this year. As a result, my ...
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My PhD defense is next week and I am having negative thoughts about my work and knowledge. Any advice on how to tackle this?

I am presenting my PhD thesis in front of my committee next week and I feel that I have just not done enough. My work is simple and I also feel that I have poor theoretical foundations and am going to ...
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Ethics: Is it ethical for a professor to conduct research using a student's ideas without giving them credit?

I pointed a professor (my major advisor) to a resource (a data set), in an email exchange during the beginning of the semester, he published a paper based on this data set several months later, ...
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Presenting unpublished work at PhD defense. What will happen if the committee are excessively critical of the results?

I am about to defend my thesis and part of my presentation would involve results and conclusions from my two unpublished works. Personally, I am confident about the results and conclusions. My advisor ...
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