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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Finishing up an honours project dissertation, discovered an engineering law that means the majority of the designed system isn't needed, what do I do?

I created a concept offshore pumped storage hydro system using the open sea, pipelines and concrete vessels to simulate the upper/lower reservoirs and conduit of an onshore scheme, where the natural ...
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What is the scientific term for a “research gap”?

After I read about 40 papers in my research topic, I summarized 25 of them in my thesis, explaining methods used and solutions provided in the literature survey and literature-review sections. I found ...
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Can I send my thesis to an internship I am applying for when it has not been published yet?

Is it okay to send my MA thesis for an internship I'm seeking to apply for (they asked for it among other documents) even if the thesis is not published yet?
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My supervisor does not have time to read my thesis, what do I do?

I am a master's student in Canada, I started my degree in 2018. I wrote my thesis and sent it to both my main supervisor and co-supervisor a month ago and ask them to read but my main prof did not ...
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A recently published paper seriously impairs the novelty of my dissertation. Which should be the purpose of the next meeting with my supervisor?

I am a second-year PhD student in management, and I've recently started working on my dissertation. The topic I got assigned is a fast-growing one. Nonetheless, I initially managed to ensure the ...
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Can I include my ArXiv pre-print as a part of the Thesis?

I have posted a paper on ArXiv and submitted it to a journal which is under review. Can I include a part of it or the whole article (pre-print) as a chapter in the thesis? Will it be counted as self-...
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Stuck completing master's thesis

I started to my master thesis in a company in March, it's a new design project about the product they produce. First month was just spent on the getting all the information, technical drawings and ...
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Development of IoT device for an MS Electrical Engineering thesis [closed]

Is it a good idea to design and develop an Internet of things (IoT) device instead of investigation of a theoretical research problem for an MS Electrical Engineering thesis? Majority of the MS ...
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Is it unwise to pick an old field of research in maths to write a PhD thesis about?

Some areas that come to mind: theory of partial differential equations (analysis and pdes, not numerical PDE) number theory algebra Should I pick a trendy topic so that it is "easier" to write a ...
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Can I still publish my thesis elsewhere if I publish it “closed access” with ProQuest?

My university requires that I upload my PhD thesis to ProQuest. ProQuest charges $95 for "open-access" publishing, while "traditional" publishing is free. I want to confirm my ...
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Undergraduate thesis credit is too expensive. Can I turn my thesis into 1-2 research papers & publish instead? [closed]

I’m a highly competitive (currently undergrad) student with the end goal of getting a position in academia. I’m about to graduate undergrad this summer; afterwards, I will do a Fulbright research ...
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Is it possible to do a Masters dissertation at a different university?

I am currently enrolled in a masters program and am struggling to complete my dissertation as I have no real interest in what I am doing and have lost my motivation. I have completed all my coursework ...
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Keeping the same supervisor/thesis topic upon transferring to MSc

I am currently a second year PhD student going on to a third year. I have made the decision to transfer my candidature to masters instead. I would like to ask the following: Do people usually switch ...
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Should I stay in my PhD? [closed]

I have been reading in different forums now and searching for the advice that can give me an answer to my dilemma of quitting or continuing my PhD. In this search I did not find any entry to why I ...
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Can I have the same project as another master's student (same experiments and results) and we both write two different theses? [closed]

I am currently doing a research thesis with another master's student and we both are designated the same project by the same promotor and we work together through every single experiment that we did. ...
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Publishing someone else's thesis work without their consent

Finished my MRes recently. My supervisor has told me that their ex-PhD student (graduated a year and a half ago) had some results in their thesis that they hadn't published. He asked me to complete ...
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MA thesis without a research question

I am currently trying to defend my second MA degree. I got my first one from the university of Warsaw (Poland), where I graduated summa cum laude, so I always thought, I had some idea of how to write ...
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Why does my advisor / professor discourage all collaboration?

So I have had this advisor for about 8 months now. Literally all students in my department talk very highly of him: his previous graduate students (master's) have gone on to have successful careers in ...
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Supervising a lazy BSc student

I am a PhD student and I have to supervise two BSc students in conducting their thesis. Unfortunately, I am very (very!) frustrated with one of them. First of all, this specific student doesn't show ...
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Re-did my experiment, how to properly mention it?

After doing and evaluating my experiment/model, I decided to redo it (changed some small things based on the results of that experiment), because I believe that this new way would give me even more ...
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Correct way to cite a book in a thesis

I ask you this question that will seem trivial but having no experience in this regard and not having found specific information I do not know what to do. I am writing my master's thesis in Computer ...
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How should I credit the advisor's help in my thesis?

I am graduating soon and in the last minute my advisor found an issue in one major theorem in my thesis. In an hour, my advisor sent me a write up with a fix. The result is a little bit different than ...
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Using material from own publication for Master's thesis

I am currently working on my master's thesis in physics. Parts of my work seemed to be relevant for the scientific community, so we decided to publish a paper about my findings (arXiv + journal [...
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Allegation of Academic Misconduct

I completed my dissertation a few weeks ago, and submitted it the night before it was due and thus did not check it on turnitin etc for similarity reports. However, on Friday night I received an e-...
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Notations for integer in thesis

I am creating a list of notations for my thesis and I have difficulties trying to avoid overlapping notations. The main problem comes from indexes notations, for example: e_{i}, e_{j} with i,j = 1,2,...
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When looking for a PhD advisor, will it matter if I send them an updated version of my masters thesis?

I am about to finish my masters degree, and I want to apply for a PhD in the near future. I know that when contacting a potential advisor, they will ask you to send your CV and your previous research. ...
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PhD length in Canada

I was wondering how long does it usually take to finish a PhD in Canada? (social sciences/studying full time).
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How many references should be included in the bibliography of a Master thesis?

Surprisingly, I have not found a similar question to mine - all I found was a question about the maximum number of citations per sentence. However, I am more interested in the total number of ...
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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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Co-authorship for not very involved supervisor

I have now completed my PhD by research. I received support from my supervisor in the form of advice on my chapters (for which I am indebted to him; we have a very good working relationship). The ...
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Advice on choosing a CS undergraduate thesis advisor (picking between 2 profs)?

I'm currently a college junior and looking to apply to grad school for CS in the fall. I'm currently choosing a thesis advisor for next year but would love some advice. One of my options is a HCI ...
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Can you defend your thesis without any slide presentation?

You speak and present your thesis without a slide presentation, probably with a pen to explain something on the board. This question came to mind when I was wondering "why do we need a slide ...
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How PhD projects are acquired in pure mathematics [closed]

In pure mathematics (please only answer for this field, as other areas are different), what is the ratio of PhD students finding a project on their own, versus working closely with their supervisor to ...
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Mixed use of titles in dissertation acknowledgment

I would of course use Prof. and Dr. in front of the names of committee members and other professors who I call by Prof. and Dr. in real life. But what about your “peers” who have doctorates? For ...
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How can I politely tell a student that I already support him several times and that is enough?

I have a student who sends me emails twice a week showing me his updated dissertation. At first I supported him a lot. But he literally does what I say word by word and never goes beyond what I tell ...
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What should I write under the heading “Significance of Findings” in my dissertation?

I've been writing my dissertation regarding a Rubik's Cube Solver I have developed. I have performed various tests regarding each solving methods' performance and I have created several graphs and ...
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What should a technical thesis' conclusion entail of?

I can't speak for other CS students but I personally don't have much imagination regarding what to write sometimes. I have nearly finished finalizing my thesis regarding a Rubik's Cube Solver I have ...
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What is an online publication?

While using a search engine for student theses I noticed a footnote at the bottom of page saying After a thesis is published on the HSE website, it obtains the status of an online publication. So ...
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How to address the issues of not including technical contribution

Recently I defended my thesis for a master's degree in computer engineering, and internal reviewers marked it satisfactory, however, they made some comments in my report and presentation, one of them ...
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Did they do some of the project without telling me?

So I am doing this bachelor thesis for a research institute and they wanted me to do different kinds of development. Like conversions of files and implementing a system (I call it system A for ...
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Is it okay to have an additional authors for majority of my work in my undergrad thesis?

Background: My undergrad thesis primarily consists of 4 Methods converted into individual chapters (excluding intro, results, conclusion etc.). One chapter dedicates one specific idea. Each chapter is ...
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Does it make sense to translate my bachelor's thesis?

I'm currently applying to several PhD programs in the STEM sector in Europe. Some universities invite me to submit my bachelor's thesis as an optional document for my application. I would like to do ...
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People with at least four PhDs

This is a question of pure curiosity: just like there exists polyglots who speak dozens of languages, are there any cases of people obtaining at least four PhDs? (It is okay if topics are fairly close,...
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Is this level of citation acceptable in a dissertation?

Please can anybody reassure me that I am okay. I have been so distracted thesis that I’m behind in my revision for my finals. Never once in my project did I take credit for something that wasn’t mine ...
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How much feedback should you get from a Supervisor? [duplicate]

My dissertation is due next month and I’m extremely stressed about it. I meet with my supervisor nearly every week but apart from being given papers to read I don’t feel like I’ve been supported ...
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Is it conventional to provide topic related word definitions in a glossary?

I'm currently writing my dissertation/thesis and am quite new to using glossaries. I'm unsure if I'm going a bit overboard regarding the number of terms I'm including in my glossary. E.g. I talk about ...
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What format should sources be cited in a thesis Literature Review? [closed]

I have a LaTeX document with a separate .bib file that lists all of my references. When citing them in my Literature review, it appears as the number corresponding to that reference, not providing ...
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Is it conventional to provide a list of GUI element descriptions in a thesis?

I'm currently writing my dissertation/thesis regarding my Rubik's Cube Solver program (sounds more exciting than it actually is haha). Anyway, I have created a GUI to visualize and animate the cube ...
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Failed the preliminary PhD exam because the committee members rejected my already accepted publication [closed]

My paper got accepted in a very high-ranking peer-reviewed conference and will be published in the proceedings. However, my university PhD committee members are saying it is ‘weak’ and they did not ...
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Is the '°' wrong in a degree centigrade mark? [closed]

My PI helps to modify my thesis. He keeps changing the degree mark '°' to '0' as the superscript in a degree centigrade mark. He also changes every 'in the phase' to 'at the phase'. As I searched, ...

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