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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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Will an advisor schedule a PhD defense just to get rid of an underperformed student? [on hold]

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Presenting unpublished work at PhD defense.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I am about to defend my thesis and part of my presentation would involve results and conclusions from my two unpublished works.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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My PhD defense is next week. I feel that I have not done enough work to justify my time spent on the thesis. What can I do about this?

I spent 5 years on my mechanical engineering PhD. I think that my thesis work could have been done in 2 years by a serious student. I have wasted my time on futile work. I don't know how to justify ...
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Turning down a postdoc offer from a committee member. Can that create problem in the future?

Recently I responded to a postdoc 'advertisement' posted by one of my PhD defense committee members. I still have 2 months to go for my PhD defense. However, I got an offer for a position from the ...
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Individual contribution to PhD thesis as a part of bigger project

I have a question related to the personal contribution to PhD thesis (physics, materials science), when it was a small part of a big project and there were no real hypothesis or problem in your thesis ...
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Medically undiagnosed condition: how to inform?

I am currently a final year grad student. Sometime last year, I developed severe pain in one of my hands which led to a lot of time lost. I have seen some of the best doctors in the country for my ...
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Which level of sloppiness is forgivable at PhD thesis completion

The question can be really irritating for most of the people and I am sorry for that. Surely, the right answer should be "no inaccuracies, everything should be right!". However, let's take a look at ...
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General idea on how do Committee Members read PhD thesis

The question is divided into two parts and related to the situation like: Committee gets PhD thesis to read through/give comments/report on it. Thesis is written based on several publications. 1. What ...
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Use idea of a paper to prove new result

I'm a phd student of Mathematic. I have following question. Recently, I proved something that I got main idea from some paper. To be honest, I don't like my proof, because I use the proof of paper, ...
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Should I tell a PhD student's supervisor about a lack of understanding and somewhat ethically dubious conduct?

Background to the question: A PhD student who I worked with during my masters' recently sent me a coauthorship statement for a paper I published whilst I was a member of that group. We started in ...
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Who is a “Vowel” in a panel of Jury for a Master's Defense?

I have to give my Master's defense soon. I am provided with the name of a "Jury", a professor. And two professors in my 'vowel', one of whom is my advisor. (total 3 on Jury) What is the definition of ...
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What are the best ways to find an external thesis examiner?

My supervisor is too busy to find an external examiner for my PhD thesis, so the job will probably fall to me. I know all the academics who may potentially be an internal examiner, but I don't know ...
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Share examiners assessment on LinkedIn

After my PhD I received the diploma with the (external and one internal) examiners final recommendation that was used to award my PhD. Because my Ph.D. wasn't graded and this recommendation is very ...
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Can a potential Supervisor leave a hint on you in the scholarships and influence somehow the selection?

I wonder if a full time professor could somehow influence the scholarship committee. I know that my potential supervisor is currently recruiting PhD students, he told me when I first approached him. ...
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PhD viva reference list mistake

I recently submitted my thesis for viva and have since noticed that by transferring from one computer to another endnote has changed my references. The end result of this is that there are 3 extra ...
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PhD opportunity | Confusion [closed]

Recently I am offered a Ph.D. position ( Industry Project) in Australia and they want me to join ASAP. (It will be fully funded , fees will be waived off and even I will get monthly stipend) but my ...
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Appeal process for PhD dismissal due to health issues

What is the best way to craft the appeal letter based on health issues to have one last chance for taking the qualifying exam? Those health and mental issues have been already documented through a ...
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Does the order in which you list committee members in a dissertation matter?

I am currently writing my PhD dissertation and was wondering in what order I should list committee members in my dissertation? What is a good order that does not offend anyone? I know the advisor has ...
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What is the chance of making a successful appeal to dismissal decision from a PhD program after failing the qualifying exam in the 2nd attempt? [closed]

I’m about to get dismissed from a PhD program because I failed in the 2nd attempt of the qualifying exam. Currently, I'm thinking of the option to appeal the dismissal decision due to a long history ...
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Is it appropriate to ask one of my thesis-committee members for a postdoc position?

I'm about to give submit my Ph.D. thesis to my selected reviewers. Among the external reviewers, I really like the research themes that one of them is working on. So, I want to ask him about any ...
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How to effectively respond to harsh suggestions from the faculty of review committee?

As generally expected the doctoral review committee has to evaluate the PhD student by asking questions, by debating etc., Faculty in doctoral review committee can give soft suggestions and are ...
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Will the PhD degree be retracted if the thesis is found to be not novel?

Suppose a person got PhD degree by properly submitting his/her thesis on a particular topic. Assume that neither the student nor the doctoral review committee including supervisor knows that the ...
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Was there ever a time in American history when humanities PhDs were more sought after than STEM PhDs?

Was there ever a time in American history when there was greater interest in a humanities PhD, say, a PhD in Philosophy or Creative Writing, than a STEM PhD? Perhaps during the period of time ...
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Viva voce question about another student “validating” my results

My PhD supervisor wanted me to talk about how my research was "validated" by another student in my Viva Voce, despite my results speaking for themselves. This part of my findings had not even been ...
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How to deal with my thesis chair?

I am a 2nd yr Master's student set to graduate this may. My plan is to pursue a PhD afterwards at another institution. In my program, you either have to do a Master's thesis or a 45 min oral summary ...
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PhD thesis defense - is there a separate defense session with one's graduate committee? [closed]

I was watching a math PhD thesis defense on YouTube and it seems that after about an hour of the talk, a committee member tells the audience to leave except for the graduate committee and the PhD ...
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Can a PhD thesis in computer science have two major parts?

Can a PhD thesis in computer science have two major parts? Lets assume the research goals are closely related, yet for the sake of better understanding and clarity, the thesis is divided into two ...
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How to deal with harsh and unfair criticism from a thesis committee? [closed]

Brief explanation: I have came up with an M.Sc. thesis idea to my advisor 11 months ago. She supervised but especially in last months not sufficiently for reasons, and I have added very much content ...
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What to add in MS thesis presentation

I am about to defend my MS thesis in Physics. How much detail of the methods should I add in the presentation? In my thesis, I have compared the results of my method to an other method's results. ...
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How to get an up to date PhD title in Cloud Computing Security? [closed]

I have got a PhD scholarship in Cloud Computing Security, and its about one year am doing research and literature review in that field. However, I haven't reached any point to start with, I'm a little ...
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PhD thesis Report has questions from reviewer

I submitted my PhD thesis to a EU university and I already have the review reports of the two reviewers. They both accepted the thesis for the viva. One reviewer left a couple of remarks, while the ...
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Can a professor from totally different research field be invited to thesis defense? [closed]

In a very reputed private university, there is a rule for sending thesis to internal(national) and external(international) examiner for evaluation. After a report from two reviewers, a viva is ...
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Why does an “external member” of a thesis defense committee come to your defense?

I am curious why would some professor from another university come to my university (in Turkey) merely for my defense. What benefit does this professor have in it? Do universities pay professors for ...
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Can a postdoctoral fellow serve as a PhD committee advisor?

Can a postdoctoral fellow, who holds a PhD in the relevant field, serve on a PhD student's dissertation committee? This might vary by field, but I'm curious whether there is any general trend on ...
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On some cases where exam results are manipulated

This problem has been bothering me as a lecturer and future PhD student for a while now. A student just finishes filling his exam sheet. He then gives the sheet to the lecturer. The lecturer is then ...
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Does examiner's own PhD outcome influence decision?

PhD examination outcomes, depending on country/university, may include unconditional pass, pass subject to minor or major corrections, and resubmission among others. Is there any evidence or ...
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Do academics get paid for examining thesis?

Easy question, I know, and it may be obvious to some people. I am an academic, so, let me be specific. Universities usually pay their external thesis examiners, and, I have heard that some pay their ...
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If my article submission is rejected while my PhD thesis is being examined, do I have to tell the examiners?

Because I submitted two journals, and my scholarship just about to end which I have just finished and approved by my supervisors. So, yep. I wonder if it is necessary to tell the examiners of the ...
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Adding more results to the thesis

Is it possible to add some additional results after submitting the "complete" thesis to advisor. I must add that my advisor has already sent the thesis to Ph.D commission. The additional results are ...
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What would be the best way to find foreign professors for a PhD defense panel?

I need some researchers to review my PhD thesis. I am from India and my university is also in India; the research data was collected in India. My university rules say my thesis should be reviewed by ...
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Considerations When Serving on Thesis Committee

I am part of a masters student's thesis committee for the first time in my career, and am unsure what I should be doing be during the question session following the public presentation. I have read ...
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How do I balance interests within a specialized PhD? Do I simply read a lot outside my field?

I'm going to get a Master's in Artificial Intelligence, likely a PhD in Molecular Biology afterwards. I'm thinking I can do computer vision as a hobby while putting most of my energy toward ...
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Can an editor examine a PhD student whose manuscript is under review in their journal?

Do conflict of interest arises when a journal editor, who is handling a paper under review, acts as an examiner of the author's PhD thesis? Does it depend of the review stage? Will the answer change ...
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Inconsistent advice on PhD wordcount

Shortly before I viva'd I was informed about my universities wordcount policy 70,000 words (this is nowhere on their website). At my viva, I was advised to resubmit and hundreds of pages of additional ...
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What should I do if my advisor and committee members want me to do two different things?

My advisor said that when I write my thesis I should staple together my three papers. One of my committee members says my thesis should have a unifying theme and a narrative that ties together all ...
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Self-plagiarism: Copy part of thesis for blog posts?

I am currently writing my master thesis and I am also running a popular blog about my research area. Some people asked me about certain topics and if I could write about them on my blog to make them ...
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Should I ask a highly involved PhD committee member to be a co-advisor?

I just started my second year of grad school (this spring) in a quantitative field. I have already chosen an advisor. My advisor is a full professor and extremely busy, but has a ton of resources. I ...
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Quickly pulling together thesis after unexpected failure of oral exam [closed]

I failed my oral exam unexpectedly. My advisor had the impression that it would be less formal than it was (or at least that is what he told me) and I wasn't prepared. I thought it would be more along ...