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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How should I deal with challenging master thesis students as a supervisor?

I'm a PhD student in my first year, co-supervising master students with a postdoc, and listed as the first supervisor. This is my first experience supervising a thesis. My previous experiences with ...
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Online checker for Plagiarism: How accurate are they?

I've finished writing my thesis and have done an online plagiarism check. I used https://www.check-plagiarism.com/ to check and got a lot of plagiarism. I don't understand why. You can find an example ...
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Is it OK to have a preliminary study as its own chapter in a PhD thesis?

My PhD thesis has the following structure. Introduction [5 pages] Lit Review [50 pages] Project 1: Preliminary study [25 pages] Project 1: Extended study [30 pages] Project 2: Preliminary study [25 ...
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I'm doing an industrial PhD. How to convince the company to let me publish my source code?

I'm pursuing an industrial PhD within a company in the context of an European project, having two directors: one from the company and another from the university. The topic of my PhD is related to ...
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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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Is it possible to enroll in a college just to do a master's thesis?

So I graduated with a master's degree 5 years ago. Back then my priorities were different and I didn't opt for the thesis option. I kind of regret not doing a thesis. Is it possible to apply to the ...
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The understandability bias [closed]

I am a PhD student. I feel like I am increasingly experiencing situations where ideas that are explained in a way everyone can understand them are criticized as being too simple to be a major ...
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Methodology structure for undergraduate thesis [closed]

This is a very basic question, hope you can help me. I study abroad and I am working on my final year thesis. My thesis subject relates to the field of finance. In the literary review I establish a ...
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How to contact someone asking them to be a co-supervisor

I just finished my master's recently and I wish to do a PhD. I chose to continue working with my supervisor during the master's thesis, but I want to work on it with another professor as a co-...
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How to write Master's thesis summary for PhD application

I am currently applying for several PhD programs (in mathematics) and for many of them, it is required to write a short (approx. 2 pages; no more than 10.000 characters) summary of my Master's thesis. ...
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What should I call my mathematics thesis's 1st chapter that covers background concepts?

I'm preparing my masters thesis in mathematics (Stochastic Calculus). My first chapter consists of recalling some concepts like Hölder's inequality. Clarke's generalized gradient. Grönwall's ...
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How much is too much when defining and explaining terms in depth in a dissertation?

When writing a dissertation for a PhD in computer science, where the research is interdisciplinary, is it OK to define and include in depth explanation for an extraordinarily large amount of ...
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Can I post my dissertation (currently only viewable within my institution) composed of journal papers on a personal website or Research Gate? [duplicate]

I just got my Ph.D. degree majoring Chemical Engineering this month and I will start my research career. I am a new researcher. I wonder whether I can post my full dissertation (currently only ...
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Can my supervisor force me to publish my master’s thesis?

I defended my master’s thesis in engineering. My advisor didn't help me much. Now he wants to publish the thesis as a scientific article. Even if he will write the article, I don't want the project to ...
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Distributing work that hasn't been published

I have recently completed a senior/bachelor's thesis as part of my BS degree, and I would like to share my thesis with others. However, I plan on perhaps publishing the work that I did soon, so I have ...
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Difficult exam and no correlation with lectures and assignments

So there's a Statistics exam in my Uni (in Germany). It's more of an application to Surveying. The Prof. who teaches this class gives really easy assignments which made me believe the exam would be in ...
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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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Thesis advisor saw me doing really well without being pestered too much, but now I need the pestering (I need his input basically)

My supervisor was away for a few weeks, saw (let's say at time=1) that my thesis was progressing really well, and I guess he decided it's best to leave me with minimal supervision. We talk maybe once ...
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First-person perspective in master's thesis acknowledgements

In my institution, the acknowledgements section of a master's thesis may be quite personal so I thought I'd thank my fiancée who is (very) pregnant now, thanking her for carrying the burden of ...
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Is it advisable to publish in low tier conferences as an undergrad?

I am currently an undergrad and worked on a project that might get published in a low tier conference. I currently have 0 publications but this work is not something I'm proud of. Is it advisable to ...
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My supervisor is planning to publish a research paper from results and analysis from my thesis without including me as a co-author. What to do? [duplicate]

I have been working on a project for a year, doing all the lab work and gathering all the main data and then I wrote my master thesis on it. There were some additional data necessary for the final ...
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Advisor refuses to let me get my Master’s after my thesis defense

I am currently a Master’s and PhD student. I am in my last semester of my Master’s program. After a year of being in the PhD program, I have realized that academia is not for me. I received a job ...
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Corpus linguistics building can be considered as phd research topic in NLP for computer science engineer?

Receive my greetings everyone! I'm sorry if here is not the place for such questions.And excuse me for my english.I'am not native speaker.My concern is:I 'm recently graduated student in Computer ...
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How to identify unknown citation style

I am in the process of finishing my bachelors thesis and my formal requirements do not name any particular citation style, but instead describe the citation style as following. Author(s) in the format ...
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Citation count from a book published by a mid-size publisher

My PhD dissertation has been published years ago as a book by a mid-size publisher and it is partially available on google books. However, the pages of the reference section are hidden, which means ...
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Where to put proofs in a thesis?

When writing mathematically oriented thesis, e.g., math, cs, engineering, I am wondering where would be the most appropriate place to put your proofs. There are several ideas: put them right after ...
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Is it a good idea to move universities late into PhD?

I have been enrolled in a PhD program for 3 years now. I have a had a pretty disappointing experience so far: I have had three different supervisors (didn’t get along with the first, the second moved ...
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Guide not signing the thesis but institute insisting on getting it signed

My M.Sc. Thesis which serves a partial requirement for my honors degree has a page where the guide has to sign to approve that the work I did under him is original and it is with his permission that I ...
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Advisors keep adding project requirements on last year PhD

I am a fifth-year CS PhD student in an US institution, co-advised by two professors, and I already passed my thesis proposal in the fourth year. In the thesis proposal, I promised to deliver one last ...
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I passed my PhD with no corrections but feel I don't deserve it [duplicate]

I had a wonderful experience on my PhD study which was an AHRC funded PhD at an elite university in the UK. I loved my topic and the whole world of academia. I was extremely ambitious and threw myself ...
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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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Help with academic low self steem [duplicate]

I have an engineering degree and work in a giant business corporation. I am currently doing my MBA (in the last semester). Sometimes the fear of not getting the degree bugs me (I have to present a ...
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Is the using same techniques considered plagiarisim?

A geologist used some techniques to investigate certain oil field for his PhD thesis. If another geologist useS the same techniques but for a different oil field can it be considered plagiarism?
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Does my PhD dissertation need a copyright notice?

I'm in the final stages of preparing my dissertation. I've noticed that former graduates from my department have included the text "© [student's name]" at the bottom of their title pages. Is ...
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Conflict of interest for phd external review

If an external reviewer is invited to review phd thesis, will it be considered as (conflict of interest) if the reviewer was previously the applicant bachelor thesis supervisor?
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I would like to translate an old dissertation, who owns the copyright?

I have found by absolute chance a doctorate thesis by a foreign author dating from the 70s, having as a subject the village where my parents are from. I was able to order it and have it in my ...
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Can I get a good phd with a poor master thesis?

I am a month away from graduating in Math. I spent the last six months working on what I consider now a poor master thesis. I was asked to discuss some connections between model theory and ...
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How to differentiate between the concept and the implementation in a computer science thesis?

A common structure of a thesis in computer science has the following structure: Introduction Related Work (Requirement) Analysis Concept Implementation Evaluation Conclusion Considering such a ...
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Double thesis or double topic in thesis? [duplicate]

This is a pretty hypothetical scenario, but it could apply to me based on how the next two years of my PhD go. Let's say a PhD student in math/applied math has two ongoing projects, both of which are ...
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Can Master's Thesis at a different institution be applied towards a PhD Dissertation?

I am a computer science student in the USA, and I could not find any information about this online. Say one were to pursue a research based Masters, and they completed a Master's Thesis. If they later ...
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I have a written original research (Genetics) from my PhD. My thesis advisor has since retired and my lab has closed (in 2016). How do I publish this?

CALLING OUT to the scientific community for your advice: I have a well-written original article that has yet to be published. I had it drafted (manuscript for submission) along with my Ph.D. thesis ...
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How granular should citations be when citing software documentation?

I am currently writing my master's thesis using LaTeX and am struggling with the citations, specifically when referring to software that I've used. I am mostly unsure of how precise the citations ...
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Is it ethical to get some help from Stack Exchange for my research as a PhD student?

As a PhD student, I am expected to do research on my own, possibly assisted by my supervisor or colleagues. Like any researcher, I sometimes spend days looking for a small piece of information, ...
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PhD with Industry Research Group

For some context, I’m currently enrolled in a PhD program doing computational research. I’m also interning at a fairly large company in their research group as a research scientist over the summer and ...
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Does the color of the leather binding for a thesis / dissertation denote anything?

I'm getting a couple bound copies of my dissertation for myself and my parents. Just like academic regalia has meanings behind the colors of the uniform, I was wondering if there was also some ...
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Can I include Figures and Texts from IEEE/ACM publications in my PhD thesis?

I am currently writing my Ph.D. thesis. The thesis is in computer science specifically the data science domain. The thesis will be based on my 8 first-authored publications in IEEE, ACM and springer. ...
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How big of a deal for seeking a PhD is it, if one is not allowed to disclose details of his master thesis?

My masters program is in physics. I already have quite some research experience, but almost exclusively in the R&D department of two well known companies. Therefore neither my bachelor thesis nor ...
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What should I do with a year left in PhD?

I'm a phd student in mathematics in US. Basically, I worked hard throughout the first two years because of the qualifying exam. After that, I kind of lost steam when I was supposed to start doing ...
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What's the research criteria for PhD graduation? [closed]

I'm studying CS in USA. I'm wondering how many papers do PhDs need to graduate? Why isn't there a specific well-defined rule (i.e. you must have 4 papers in a high ranked conference, etc.)? Ive heard ...
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Choosing a Master's program with less than one semester time for thesis

I want to apply for a Master's degree in computer science in Italy. I noticed that some Master's programs in Italy give you less than one semester to work on your thesis. My goal is to apply for a Ph....

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