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Thesis defense in math

I submitted my master thesis recently in mathematics and next week is my thesis defense. I felt kind of burned out after my submission and didn't prepare anything. I can't bother my self to do ...
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I have a really bad publicly available master thesis

I have a really bad master thesis that's publicly available. I ran out of time and submitted it without proofreading it. Now it's publicly available and it has a lot of grammatical mistakes, ...
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Does it matter who your thesis examiner is?

I am a MS (research) student and recently finished writing my thesis. I have put a lot of time into it and tried to make it explanatory. At my institute, the advisor names five external tutors to ...
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Is it Self-Plagiarism to paraphrase my own published work in my thesis without citation?

I recently completed my PhD in Computer Science in Australia and am now a postdoc at a U.S. university, where I am assisting a PhD student with his thesis. In our field, it is common to publish ...
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Missing citations - master thesis [duplicate]

I have submitted my Master thesis and noticed that I missed a citation for a figure, and 2 citations were printed as ?, (latex keyword errors) instead of the original citation. and at the end of ...
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Can a PhD Candidate Correct and Reprint Their Thesis After Submission/Print but Before Defense?

[Even though this question is specifically about Sweden, but might apply to other countries too] If a doctoral candidate has already submitted and printed their dissertation, but discovers errors in ...
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Thesis Defense Bare Pass, Issues with Supervisor [closed]

For my Masters degree (MSc), I completed a thesis with my supervisor. I edited and cleaned the thesis to the point where my supervisor only had minor comments and polished it to the best of my ability....
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Master thesis report submitted for official record is different to the report graded by my supervisor

I am doing a master's study in a German university. I had some setbacks during my master thesis project's lab work. This delayed the time I had available to write my report later on. The setbacks ...
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Is it possible to work on your personal idea as PhD thesis?

I have come up by synthesis of 3 lines of research to a general idea whose questions and concerns and most importantly conceptual foundations can be addressed mathematically in a rigorous way. ...
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What should I do about a long delay for nominating referees for my PhD dissertation?

I have submitted my dissertation for a PhD degree some 6 months ago to my department but my advisor has yet to complete the examiner-nomination procedure. For this delay in completing the procedure ...
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Is it common/acceptable practice for a PhD student to be on an undergraduate thesis committee?

I am currently a PhD student and have been advising an undergraduate student on their thesis, which will eventually contribute to part of my own work. Their committee currently consists of my faculty ...
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Confused over these terminologies "Dissertation" vs. "Thesis"

I'm a Master's student and I will defend my study in a month. Tomorrow is the deadline to upload my manuscript. The university announced two deadlines a week apart from each other One for Thesis (...
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How to tell a famous professor emeritus that I no longer want him in my dissertation committee?

A little background about the situation. I am a third year PhD student in the US and in addition to that I work part time with a famous professor emeritus in my field. He has been overly pushy with ...
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Best practices to manage the workflow with your thesis committee (Ph.D.)?

I am doing my Ph.D. in the Social Sciences and I am reflecting on how to optimize the workflow with my thesis committee (three advisors) in the implementation of feedback on chapters or papers. I ...
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What happens if one of your committee members die after your initial submission? [closed]

There is one of the members of my committee that is extremely old (like 80+) and smokes like a chimney. I was already wary of my supervisor pretty much forcing me to include him in my jury committee. ...
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Can I ask a specific person to leave my defence meeting?

There is a student that I helped a lot which I shouldn't. Now I don't like her to attend my defence while she has the same supervisor as me. Can I ask her to leave if my supervisor invited her by any ...
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How is thesis evaluated in pure mathematics for PhD?

I am a Ph.D. student in pure mathematics with a few published works in my field. I would like to know how Ph.D. students are evaluated by the examiners before the defense. What are essential points to ...
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Can I submit articles in top math journals from my master's thesis (after the defense)?

I am writing my master's thesis and my advisor is taking the total hands-off approach (I am mentioning that because I am still waiting to hear his feedback on the work when he reads it). He wants me ...
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Found mistake in analyzing experimental data after submitting PhD thesis; what should I do?

While flipping through my thesis to look up details in writing a postdoc application, I realized that I messed up my reaction rate quantification of one protein covalently bonding with another on a ...
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Is describing a different method in the same format as a published paper considered plagiarism?

I've honestly been losing a bit of sleep over one of the sections in my materials chapters because I think it has some similarity to text from a published paper. To compel myself to write this section ...
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Correcting mistakes in PhD thesis that examiners missed

I finished my thesis defense and my examiners recommended minor corrections, all of which are based in the lit review and results chapters. However, after they approved the corrections I made, I ...
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Is it normal for a PhD thesis' methods chapter to show a high similarity index on iThenticate?

I'm just about to submit my thesis to the library and after putting my entire materials and methods chapter to iThenticate, I found quite a bit of overlap with previously published papers from my lab (...
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If I saw a sentence, kept the words in a certain order to make it more succinct, is it plagiarism?

This is a sentence I read from a previous student's thesis: Chemical products were measured by loading x μL of reaction A on a gel (3-10% w/v, depending on your need and availability of machine) ...
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My professor says I would not graduate my PhD, although I fulfilled all the requirements

I am a Ph.D. student at a university in Germany. After about four years of research, my supervisor told me to write my thesis. After I sent him my thesis, he told me that he now thinks my work did not ...
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Concerned PhD student used employee for experiments and didn't acknowledge their work

Okay, So I'm not sure if I am making a big deal out of nothing but I am concerned based off of what I have heard so I figured I'd ask for advice. I recently left a R&D job at a small private ...
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Can I ask my professor to allot me mentor while I am doing reading work for a theoretical project?

I am a master's student in Physics and currently working on my thesis work and I am having a hard time grasping some mathematical concepts needed. Most of my friends are working on simulation work, ...
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What should the difference be in content between thesis written submission and oral defense presentation?

I was just wondering if anyone has tips for a thesis defense presentation. One thing I don't understand is how it is supposed to differ from the written submission (which panelists will have already ...
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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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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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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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