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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Make some papers in PhD [closed]

I am a third year PhD Student in math. I am studying abroad from my country. I need some advice. I have three main problems that I would like to share with you. 1) It seems, I will be graduated ...
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how to stop working for other people's thesis?

Last semester, I took a course with my supervisor and he assigned me a project. This project is part of one of his student's theses. I did the project and passed the course. Later, I was asked to ...
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What to do when your student is convinced that he will be the next Einstein?

As an adviser, I have found it to be a detrimental motive for a student to focus solely on surpassing Einstein in achievement, for many reasons. One student in particular has busied himself with the ...
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What happens if a math PhD student fails to find a proof that is the main objective of his/her thesis topic?

How exactly do Math theses/dissertations work? Is it fair to assume that the work involves trying to prove something? What happens if you can't? I did a thesis in Computer Science, and though my ...
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Should I learn to use LaTeX to write up a History Masters Thesis?

So I reviewed the "What are the advantages or disadvantages of using LaTeX for writing scientific publications?" question on this forum and am sitting on the fence at the moment whether or not to use ...
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What can I do when some people stole my master thesis work and published it as their own work?

Google scholar suggested a paper for me to read, I opened it and boom it was my master thesis work. My work was based on Arabic language but they claim their work is based on Telugu language. Even ...
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My advisor's new student copied parts of my PhD thesis; advisor doesn't care. What to do?

I wrote my PhD thesis a few years back. After I finished, my supervisor found another researcher and continued research with the apparatus I built, but along a different line of study. I met this ...
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Can one or two emoticons be used in a PhD Thesis?

I have a very dumb :-) question: Are emoticons (if rarely placed - one or two times) in a PhD thesis considered unorthodox? I have an introduction where I give an apt example and appended some small ...
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What is a good checklist for last minute changes before submitting a PhD thesis?

I have finished my thesis, it's been proofread by my advisor and myself, yet I have 24 hours to make last-minute changes to it. What should I be looking for? I will not make any substantial changes to ...
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What is expected in a masters thesis of a mathematics student?

What is the level of work expected in the masters thesis of a student of maths? I know some people's works are worthy of publications while some involve only studying some topic in detail from a book ...
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Optimizing a thesis writing workflow for Bachelor and Master theses

We are at the moment designing a document which we can hand out to Bachelor and Master students to give them a general idea on how to efficiently write a thesis. We also do this to make correcting ...
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Who Owns the Publishing Rights of my Ph.D. Thesis?

I wrote my Ph.D. thesis without copy/pasting any of my prior published articles. Now that the university library got hold of my Ph.D. thesis; I'm wondering who owns the entire publishing rights of my ...
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Is it better having a bad PhD done or having no PhD?

I'm close to the end of a troubled PhD experience. However this closeness might be extended to the infinite if I would get to the point of having something that is good enough. I might be too self-...
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Where in a thesis should a glossary be positioned?

I want to include a glossary in my master’s thesis explaining some technical terms. My university doesn't make any specifications about the usage or position of glossaries. So I'm asking myself: Is ...
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How to find relevant and new open research topics?

How can one find relevant and new open research topics? When working on my PhD thesis, I find it hard to find open questions in my very specific research area. Which approach do you take to find new ...
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Telling PhD supervisor I published a paper about my thesis without telling them or listing them as authors?

I am in my 3rd year of PhD. In my program, it is a requirement for PhD students to graduate with a paper that is published in a Scopus Index journal. Before I entered, and during my PhD, I had ...
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When should one include the proof of known results in a mathematical PhD thesis?

When writing a PhD thesis on mathematics one needs to quote many results by others, such as The following theorem was proved by ABC in [1]. Theorem. Bla, bla, bla... My question is when should one ...
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How to avoid self-plagiarism when adapting dissertation into a paper?

I have recently completed a dissertation and have been encouraged to publish the work. My dilemma is that I find it quite difficult (and painfully tedious) to rewrite the same thing couched in new ...
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Is it bad for one's future career prospects if the PhD thesis topic is broad?

As a graduate student in the PhD program (I will be graduating in about 2 months), my research has covered a wide range of topics rather than nailing down one specific topic (super-specialized). In ...
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How to come up with research questions that are well-defined and suitable in scope and relatedness for a thesis?

I have decided on the area I want to contribute to, and have found a basic but huge problem for my research. Now my professor told me to redefine the area, so to break the, at the moment, huge area ...
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Is copying equations plagiarism?

I defended my master thesis successfully yesterday. Everything in my master thesis was written by me and there is no problem. However I'm a bit skeptical about one thing. So in my thesis I have a part ...
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How detailed should proofs be in a mathematical PhD thesis?

I heard this suggestion from a mathematics professor: In writing a mathematical Ph.D. thesis, it is far more tolerable to be tediously-lengthy than having a gap in the proofs. I think what he means ...
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Hypothesis for an Engineering Oriented Research Thesis

Question: What to write in a hypothesis that can't claim statistical results of any kind -- only those of engineering nature. Explanation: In thesis writing, hypothesis is claimed to be one of the ...
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PhD student hiring a LaTeX expert to typeset thesis?

I am close to finishing my PhD. Some of my peers use LaTeX. Obviously, it looks much better than Word and alike. As I wrote a few papers that go into my final thesis, I however have numerous formats ...
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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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How can I find the first researcher who wrote about a specific subject

I am writing my thesis in computer science and I am looking to include some references. I need to include though the researchers who first wrote about a specific subject and not others who expanded ...
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How to avoid plagiarism when including definitions and proofs from textbook?

I need to include some basic definitions, and simple proofs from a standard text book to my thesis. Those definitions and proofs are very basic, e.g. probability, entropy etc. Everybody knows they ...
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Is highlighting important references a good idea?

My thesis has around 100 references. What do you think if I highlight most important references (for example with bold text)? does it add more value to the work?
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Why is method so important for a thesis?

Right now I am preparing a paper for my bachelor's degree thesis in computer science. I myself is an active programmer at work in my company and have created many programs till now. I want to take ...
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Could you get a doctorate based solely on a thesis written in your free time?

I am a very enthusiastic person academically and I love to gather new (sometimes irrelevant but useful) knowledge about my field in my free time. I am now at the point where I would like to start ...
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Why do strict designs of theses exist?

Why do many universities require strict format on theses, when the most important thing in them is the content? A beautiful design will make a good thesis better, and a bad one worse. The work can be ...
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Are you allowed to copy text from your Master's thesis into your PhD thesis?

I wrote a Master's thesis a couple of years ago (which is available to view from my University's online service; so it's out there) and am now doing a PhD. Some passages from my Master's thesis is ...
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Is beautifying a dissertation looked upon unfavourably by the examiners?

I'm writing an Msc dissertation on planning space projects and I would like to add interesting bits of information on the opening page of each chapter. Though the image and the accompanying ...
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Should one put their Master's thesis online?

I think of a thesis as sort of an immature document, by definition. It delineates the university era from the professional era, and is bound to lack some practical elements. Should a student refrain ...
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Is a copied acknowledgements section considered plagiarism?

A friend of mine has told me that his Master student (Chemistry) defended his thesis sometimes ago and everything went alright and he graduated. He recently realized that in the acknowledgements part ...
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Replacing tech reports: can we put good undergrad dissertations in arxiv?

My department requires dissertations from all honours students (being England, that's basically all of them). Some of these are extremely good, even though they are written by undergraduates. My ...
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Maximum number of citations per sentence?

I'm working on a literature review for a masters thesis in the sciences, and I have a ton of sources that cover the topic. Many specific points are covered ad nauseam, and many similar ideas can be ...
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What makes one fail a PhD viva?

I do not ask about special cases, e.g. supervisor does not approve the thesis, there is rivalry between the supervisor and the examiners and so on. Is there any general standard for viva, e.g. one ...
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Do I own the copyright to my Master's thesis? or does it belong to my university?

I am just done with my Masters degree in one of the universities in Germany. I am wondering if I can make my Master's thesis open for public to download and read. I am not talking about submitting ...
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What should I put in the introduction chapter of my thesis?

I have to start writing my thesis. My topic for research is work life balance in IT sector - a comparative analysis of male & female IT professionals in Pune. I need help in writing the first ...
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PhD Thesis based on published articles on different topics

I am in 3rd year of PhD and I was suppose to graduate after 1 year, but suddenly due to some unknown reason my adviser gave me 2 months to write my PhD dissertation. He said I have published 7 SCI ...
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I need to remove all of the plagarized parts to my thesis [closed]

I am writing my thesis. How do I get rid of plagiarized parts? How do I make sure that all my references are correct?
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Is it ok for an applied mathematician to research a topic that she has personal experience with?

Would this idea be too sensitive / too much information / generally a bad idea? For example, I have a friend who is doing her computational biology PhD at a strong U.S. program, and her main research ...
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Is it normal to submit an abstract to a conference when the research is NOT completed?

I just started my 2nd semester of my part-time master, I was given a thesis topic last week and expected to submit an abstract this week. Because advisor told me -> I would have not choice. However, ...
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Article-based PhD and advisor's (new) role?

My engineering university offers a relatively new option to do an article-based dissertation, where the primary research is submitted (and hopefully published) in several scientific journals (at my ...
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I absolutely hate my PhD and I don’t understand the purpose of it

I am in the fifth year of my PhD and seriously depressed. In my first year of graduate school I was not funded. In my desperation for funding I chose an opportunity that came my way even though I did ...
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What is the difference between a thesis and a dissertation?

I have seen some sites that distinguish a dissertation as what is written as the requirements of a doctoral degree. Others that distinguish a thesis as a document written for the fulfillment of any ...
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How to ask PhD advisor to work remotely on thesis for extensive periods?

I am in a PhD program in a top US institution but my SO,family,friends are somewhere else. I am considering a thesis that would require minimal/no field or lab work. This would be a big compromise as ...
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PhD four years ago; can I publish a paper from PhD work without my supervisor's name?

I did my PhD 4 years ago. I was not comfortable with my guide but I concentrated on my work, and I successfully completed the PhD. But I published a little work with his name as correspondence author. ...
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Motivating myself to study?

I'm a CS master student working on my thesis. I'm 25 years old and still until now when I wake up in the morning to start studying I wake up stressed and my stomach hurts. I also feel a very bad ...