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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Referencing Creative Commons Image using JabRef for a Thesis

Currently I'm writing an Honors Thesis and would like to know how to reference an image under a creative common license using JabRef. For example, I'd love to reference this image of an electrical ...
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Being incorrectly assigned as a thesis reviewer? [closed]

I am 3rd year PhD student now. Today I was approached by a master student from my lab asking me to be his external reviewer. There are several things that bother me in that situation: To my great ...
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Molds of PhD thesis from more than one idea

I'm considering doing a PhD in Software Engineering and Information Technology. Associated with a particular concept of interest (immersion), got many ideas running through my mind that having them ...
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Accepted by potential thesis supervisor while still waiting to hear back from two others. How to respond?

I wanted to know your opinion about this: I had interviews (separate) with three professors that they know each other. One of them which is not my first choice has accepted me, the others still have ...
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Quitting PhD in my third year

HI everybody I am a physics PhD student working in the field of theoretical physics. I am currently in my third year. I am currently at a point where I am thinking of quitting my PhD. I have no ...
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Took too long to complete thesis - confidence buried six feet under. How to explain this to employers?

Question: How to explain to potential employers why it took so long to complete my master's degree without partially blaming my thesis supervisor? I just completed my master's degree in North ...
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Incorporating results of supervised student theses in own thesis

During my PhD thesis, I supervised the creation of Bachelor's and Master's theses. The official supervisor was always my own PhD supervisor (since I am officially not yet allowed to do university-...
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Would 3 years of master's in Computer Science look bad in PhD applications?

Basically I'm in an MS program in Computer Science where I do either 8 courses or 6 courses (2 courses per semester) + thesis (spread across 2 semesters). My original plan was to complete the thesis ...
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Page numbering of introduction in a thesis

In English literature, it is common to use roman page numbering for the preface and then the Arabic for the actual content of a given book. Then, should the introduction belong to the preface or not? ...
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Is it discouraged to use a sans-serif font for a scientific thesis? [duplicate]

I'm currently working on my bachelor's thesis in Computer Science at a European university. I've been fiddling around with the layout a lot recently, and specifically tried out using fonts other than ...
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Line Graph of a Solution containing three different components? [closed]

I am not sure if I am posting this query in the correct forum, so please forgive me if I've got this wrong.  I am doing a research paper into the effect of different macronutrient ratios on sleep (...
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Is It too early to contact professors for postdoc position before defending your thesis? [duplicate]

Basically the title sums it all. My thesis defense is scheduled for July. It was postponed for pandemic reasons. But I have finished writing my thesis, and prepared everything, I just need to make it ...
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Can I do a PhD or get a decent job with 2.3 master thesis grade? [closed]

So, Basically I did my masters in Germany and have a subject average of 2.0 and a thesis average of 2.3. Is the 2.3 average of thesis very bad? I have heard it is very easy to score a grade of 1.3-1.7 ...
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Is it OK to have a PhD thesis with shortcomings and inaccuracies?

I recently defended my PhD thesis and was awarded a pass with some minor corrections. I am due to submit the final version of my thesis very soon. The examiners were both very happy with my thesis, ...
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Is it pointless to bring up poor supervision during PhD viva?

I should defend my PhD in the UK near the end of the year. Unfortunately I fell into the class of horribly supervised PhD students - with an ill-defined research project and an absent supervisor who ...
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Mentioning that a part of the thesis was done at another university in my PhD thesis

While working on my thesis, and for about a month, I did some simulation studies on another university with the supervision of another professor. I want to mention this at the begining of the section ...
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An appropiate graph visualization? [closed]

I want to include a plot in my thesis to highlight regional differences in bicycle collision outcomes. Now there are several plot visualizations I could use, and I am not sure which one could be the ...
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Would it be ok/wise to end my PhD contract after submitting my PhD thesis in order to be able to start a new job at that time?

I would like to start looking for a job in the period preceding the submission of my thesis, so that if I’m lucky and I find a job, I could end my PhD contract (around PhD submission time) and take on ...
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What should I write in the preface of my master's thesis [closed]

Please note that my guide abandoned me and I am studying and preparing my masters thesis myself. There is no help from any faculty in my department as they can not bother, as they are not guide. ...
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How can I structure my undergraduate thesis to include two slightly different projects?

I did a research internship/ co-op in my final semester (our uni gives the option to choose between that and staying on campus for project work under professors). There, I was a part of two slightly ...
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How to avoid plagiarism in expository-style thesis? [closed]

The background of the problem is similar to this question but the question is different. Is this plagiarism or something similar in a master's project? As my work is of expository nature and 2 ...
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Is this plagiarism or something similar in a master's project?

I am a master's student in 3rd world Asian country. My master's thesis guide (who was from a different institute) abandoned me after giving a research paper to read. Now, with no guidance left as no-...
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Should I get help from my advisor? [closed]

I am in serious situation now. I am in the final semister of my graduate degree. I am a member of a lab as the professor is also my advisor. The first 2 semister I got project to work on with my phd ...
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In the related work section of a dissertation, can I use images and source code from other articles, with attribution?

I'm brushing up the related work section of my master's dissertation, and it would be very useful to include some diagrams and code snippets from other articles on that section (and that section alone)...
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Is it appropriate to attend a friends' dissertation defense/FPO (USA)?

My initial reaction would be that it would be highly inappropriate to attend someone's defense unless explicitly invited, and you should never ask someone for and invitation to anything. It should be ...
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When Is It Time To Get the Department Involved With MSc Progress?

I am a masters student approaching my expected graduation date (September), the problem however is that I have not a single result to speak to. However, this is not due to of a lack of serious effort ...
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Attribution of diagrams made with Creative Commons software

If I want to use diagrams I created using GeoGebra in a dissertation or paper, how do I properly credit/give attribution? The terms of service say: We grant you permission to use the Website ...
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Would this be considered plagiarism?

I'm currently about to finish my BA thesis, and my topic is bullying. I have read several books, studies, and such that can be connected to my topic. I finished the literature review, but haven't ...
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Can I get a PhD if I did research without being enrolled in a PhD program?

I have been working under the supervision of a Professor at a german University for a couple of years on a research project that could be published soon with me as a first author. However I am not ...
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Figure vs. Plate

While most university style guides mention "List of Figures", "List of Plates", "List of Tables", I haven't found a concrete definition of what might be included as a Figure or Plate in a thesis. ...
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Conflicting views with my supervisor on how a thesis should be written [closed]

My supervisor gave a lot of feedback (in actuality they are mostly complaints) about a part of my thesis (while I have let others read my work and they were more understanding of what I wrote). There ...
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Should I cite the source of a definition in a thesis glossary?

I'm writing my thesis and I added a glossary at the start with the more complex terms and their definitions. The definitions usually come from scientific papers. My question is: should I cite those ...
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Locating a specific German Ph.D. Dissertation from 1959

I am trying to access the following work online, but I'm having no luck finding it: Krüger, Dietrich. 1959. "Die Bildersprache des Demosthenes." Ph.D., Classics, Göttingen. Any idea where I could ...
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Own Idea vs Professors Project for Masters Thesis? [closed]

I'm in a masters program where a thesis is required. I haven't officially started my thesis yet but I wrote a work-in-progress paper for an IEEE conference. The topic is on a mechanism I thought of to ...
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In which situations I can claim that additional data is needed for an existing research paper?

I wanted to write about a certain computer science topic, after a while I figured out that the same research question was taken already. Still, I think that not all problems where addressed in this ...
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Advice on inconsistent Gas Chromatography data [closed]

Trying to finish my Dissertation however i am struggling due to some incoherent data. The experimental i used was based on an assigned practical from my prior year that had stock solutions provided, ...
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Would you consider a very short, non-standard thesis that lacks a research questions, a thesis? [closed]

I recently met an artist. He was very proud of the shortness of his Master's thesis, which was published back in early 90's and has only 3 pages! He had been graduated from the California college of ...
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Can section, subsection, or sub-subsection headings be formatted as questions in a master's thesis? (not all of them at the same time) [closed]

I am wondering if section, subsection, or sub-subsection headings can be formatted as questions. I am working on my masters thesis (Economics) and am following the Chicago Manual of Style Guide (17th ...
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Not citing a secondary source for a reason [closed]

I have already read the relevant questions, but mine is really different; I found useful information in a paper, it (basically) says for a specific case that "they use up to %60 more torque" but ...
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Multiple introduction in an academic report [closed]

My university requires me to hand in 3 candidature assessment reports over the course of my PhD (the third being essentially the thesis, I'm on my first one). The report has the structure of a thesis (...
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Waiting for thesis corrections from supervisor, how should I write an email reminding him?

I sent part of my thesis to my supervisor a month ago. He replied that he would contact me as soon as he finished the correction. I'm afraid he forgot that. Would you have an example of a formal ...
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Will an error in one of my publication affect the outcome of my PhD defense?

I'm a PhD student in physics in a European country. I'm about to have my PhD defence in about 6 weeks. I have 3 published papers and one manuscript ready for submission. My thesis is also finished (...
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Can a PhD student co-supervise master students in Germany?

In Germany, is it possible for a PhD student to be co-supervisor of a master thesis?
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Two topics in Literature Review?

Im currently in the middle of writing my masters thesis and was hoping I could receive some guidance with regard to my literature review. I currently have discussed two topics in my literature review;...
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PhD dissertation burnout duing pandemic (COVID-19)

I am in the process of writing my PhD thesis and it happens to be during the global pandemic crisis. My submission date was supposed to be June 2020 (we are in April 2020), but my supervisor has been ...
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Where to write famous quotes in my dissertation?

sina madani asked: "Do I need to cite the source of a famous quote in my thesis?" However, my question if I choose to write famous quotes in my dissertation, where and how should I write the quotes? ...
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What is expected in a masters thesis for Phd admission in Europe by admission committee in Number Theory [closed]

Background of question ( Background is somewhat related to this question Asking about how to minimize the effect of a not so good thesis due to abandoning by supervisor without even telling in Phd ...
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Asking about how to minimize the effect of a not so good thesis due to abandoning by supervisor without even telling in Phd Application Form

A bit of background of the problem-> I am a masters 2nd year student( 4 th semester)in mathematics .During my masters degree I self studied 3 books of number theory because I was really interested in ...
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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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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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