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Questions about the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree, including requirements such as dissertations and university programs leading to a Ph.D.

If you don’t publish your research, no one will ever know about it. If you publish it successfully, that means it will undergo peer review and be deemed to be worthy of publishing by experienced resea …
answered Sep 3 '18 by Dan Romik
I'm not familiar with your area, but I am strongly skeptical that it makes any sense to divide all conferences into two categories, those with proceedings and those without, and to declare based on th …
answered Jan 15 '16 by Dan Romik
problematic -- not a good sign. Now, I'm not saying such hybrid PhD/commercial employment arrangements never happen or cannot be made to work. Maybe his intentions are completely noble, and maybe in …
answered Jun 3 '16 by Dan Romik
a PhD), and was even elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, without satisfying any of the usual formal requirements some of the other answers mention. This shows that universities (and Cambridge …
answered Apr 15 '18 by Dan Romik
fraudulently receive his PhD and your university'a reputation may suffer as a result. Your own degree may be worth a little less as a result. In a small but real way, all of society will suffer. 4 …
answered Sep 9 '17 by Dan Romik
There is absolutely nothing wrong with using research you've already published, whether in a book chapter or any other format, as a basis for further research that could lead to a new publication. How …
answered Dec 26 '16 by Dan Romik
Although a mental health professional may certainly be able to help, a time-honored cure for your problem, that I think is almost guaranteed to be of some help, is to take a vacation. Two-three weeks …
answered Sep 4 by Dan Romik
Suppose, a PhD student is either introvert or bad in interpersonal communications or both. Would he find any trouble? All of us, in academia and outside of it, are better at some things … their families that they are often capable of achieving a lot more than the society around them assumes. Bottom line: if Temple Grandin could succeed, so can the PhD student you are asking about …
answered Mar 25 '16 by Dan Romik
time is the productive output that benefits you and the rest of society. Most people who get a bachelor’s degree spend 3-4 years on stage 1. People who get a PhD invest another 4-5 years, and this is … seen as justified (mostly!) thanks to the very specialized skills a PhD helps them acquire. However, when someone gets a second PhD they extend the unproductive period of stage 1 to a total of …
answered May 21 '18 by Dan Romik
I think you need to do some reading up on the path towards getting a PhD. In general, an idea that you have on your own based on knowledge you acquired during your undergraduate studies is extremely … unlikely to be suitable as a thesis topic. Rather, to get a PhD you’d need to apply and get accepted to a PhD program, take classes, and find an advisor who would help you develop a research topic to …
answered Aug 26 by Dan Romik
Yes, it is appropriate and harmless. At worst, it will be ignored, and at best, it will serve to remind readers of your thesis that you are human, and maybe that they are, too. More generally, academ …
answered May 14 '16 by Dan Romik
Would it be a good idea to make a Wikipedia page on the technique I developed? No. In the best case scenario (which is also the most likely one in my opinion), one of the Wikipedia editors will …
answered Apr 14 '17 by Dan Romik
Yes, you should write the coordinator at the program you're applying to, explain the situation and ask for permission to submit a copy of your transcript (I assume you have one?) rather than an origin …
answered Nov 17 '16 by Dan Romik
It seems that you are not aware of how misguided and offensive your question is to me, jakebeal (I'm guessing), and other educators reading and posting on this site, so I thought it's worth saying som …
answered Feb 21 '16 by Dan Romik
does a record of an unfinished PhD program makes employers doubt a person's ability? I very much wish it were not so, but the honest answer is yes. Employers, within the restricted context of … , both an unfinished PhD and a long period of seeming inactivity in one's CV are likely to be perceived at least somewhat negatively, certainly if they are unaccompanied by an explanation, and …
answered Aug 12 '17 by Dan Romik

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