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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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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 ...
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After the passing of my supervisor, the department forces me to start again from zero. How to respond?

I have had a very rocky PhD candidacy. My first supervisor left academia half way through my candidacy; the replacing supervisor passed away a year after that. So two and a half years through a three-...
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Can a non-committee-member ask questions while watching a friend's PhD defense? [closed]

I'm going to a PhD defense tomorrow and his topic and methods are sort of close to what I have in mind for pursuing myself, and I'd like to be an active participant during the talk; what is the ...
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Correcting a thesis after publication [duplicate]

I defended my PhD thesis over 5 years ago and obtained my PhD, but I was not happy with the thesis (a classic saying of many an academic, I know), but felt pressured to submit and move on to new ...
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What makes the difference between “summa cum laude” and “magna cum laude”?

The evaluation of PhD candidate is done based on his/her thesis, his defence presentation and the oral examination (in some countries). If the examiners do not find so much to argue about, the ...
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Criticism on 1st Year PhD report

In my institution I am required to pass a first year assessment for my PhD, which I have done so successfully and without any remedial action required. However, the examiners report is quite critical....
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Seeking Feedback on Research Topic Outside Department/University

I am about to start my third year in an economics PhD program and I'm starting my dissertation. Part of the dissertation involves subject matter that none of the faculty in the department know enough ...
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Submitting thesis without supervisors' reviews [closed]

I am a Ph.D. student, about to finish my thesis draft. My case is a bit special as I didn't receive any guidance from my supervisors. It is very unlikely that they know details about my work, results ...
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What is PhD Level research? [closed]

I am an undergraduate student, and I am trying to learn more about the PhD process. Based on speaking to my colleagues and research including reading many thesis the process is as follows: Apply to a ...
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What should a supervisor do about a PhD student who does not try to improve?

What should a faculty supervisor do about a PhD student who does not seem to be trying to make their work better? Let's assume the supervisor has given detailed and specific instructions, which the ...
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Dissertation reader issues

I am having some serious issues with my dissertation. I am currently on my third and perhaps last draft of my final dissertation. I sent my draft to committee to revise after mentor said to do so. ...
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Should I reach out to my future advisor before accepting PhD admission?

I have been offered PhD admission which I have not accepted yet.I have already been assigned advisors though. I want to reach out to my potential advisor to discuss future research and maybe even ...
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Confirmation review (upgrade from MPhil to PhD) chair can ask a lot of questions

Recently a friend o mine has her update meeting and there were two examiners and a chair. Chair has asked much more questions than the examiners and he put her in a hard situation and eventually the ...
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What happens when a PhD student finishes the thesis but is forced to defend way after the contract ends?

The following case came into my attention. A PhD student, A, has a contract until month X. A finished the write up of the thesis in month X-5 (5 months before the contract ends). Till X, none of A's ...
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How to choose committee members strategically?

Apparently the original tone of the question offended some people so I have it edited. My field is highly multidisciplinary and so each of prospective committee members although great experts in ...
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Acknowledgements section of master's thesis

Besides thanking my thesis advisor, can I acknowledge other professors who have guided me along the way during my master's program or is the acknowledgements section really only for thanking the ...
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What is the process for retroactively (post completion) reviewing plagiarism on a dissertation?

I am currently at a community college so I am not privy to the inner workings of the big university world but I am curious how this works. Recently it has become headline news that a student from a ...
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Is it OK to thank the examiners in the acknowledgements of the final draft of a PhD thesis?

The examiners of a friend's PhD thesis required revisions which they needed to approve before they would accept the thesis. The requirements were fairly demanding but overall reasonable and helpfully ...
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Is it common to ask for reference letters from members of the MSc thesis committee when applying for PhD/Scholarships?

In case it varies between countries, by thesis committee I mean 2-4 professors who examine you on your MSc research after you submit your thesis, so except for your advisor, they are usually not ...
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Ask PhD committee member as reference

In Europe, is it common practice to ask an external member of your PhD committee to be a reference on a resume for job applications?
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Asking a professor to be on my committee (not advisor) before admission

I am applying to a PhD program at my alma mater this fall, and I am trying to make my application as strong as possible. A friend who went through the program suggested that having people lined up to ...
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Disclosure of history of depression

I have studied for eight years at University and have at the moment achieved a masters degree in Mathematics. During my first 4-5 years or so, I suffered on and off from depressions and my performanes ...
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How important is the Ph.D. Thesis?

It may sound an insincere question but bear with me, please. I am just starting to write my thesis. I got some good publications along the way, and I have a couple under review which I hope will get ...
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Questionable content in student's theses

If having some questionable aspects in the thesis - like not elaborated and rather simple theoretical models -, that did not influence the whole work and results, but might still arise the thought "...
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How important is the choice of dissertation committee? [duplicate]

I am currently a PhD student and I need to choose a dissertation committee as I will be graduating soon. (I already have a postdoc lined up.) It seems the only function of this committee is to read my ...
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Can a MS thesis advisor require a conference publication as a thesis acceptance requirement? [closed]

Is it allowable and reasonable for an MS thesis advisor to require part of the thesis to be adapted for a conference paper submission (not an accepted publication) in order to accept the thesis? I ...