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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.

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This is definitely a normal feeling. To address the feeling of not being prepared, you might want to realistically revisit where your skills and comprehension were a few years ago. If you can feel the …
answered Mar 24 '18 by cactus_pardner
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With interdisciplinary programs, you gain different skills and may have to prove your skills more if you want to do work that falls into a traditional discipline. You have fewer boundaries and less st …
answered Apr 2 '18 by cactus_pardner
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unlikely to be able to support your PhD trajectory in the same way a larger company might. In general, when you apply you want to maximize the ways that you will fit with the company and not make them …
answered Mar 29 '18 by cactus_pardner
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Another angle is that universities* think of themselves as nurturing scholarship, not certifying work. *All true universities. :) My sense is that wholly exam-based models, or of certifying past exp …
answered Apr 16 '18 by cactus_pardner
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Welcome to Academia SE! I hope that other answers will address logistics, but I wanted to address an important element of this: why are you pursuing a PhD? My reading of your question, and my answer …
answered May 13 '18 by cactus_pardner
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The very first thing they will see is your email title, so be sure it is descriptive. If your sponsor is providing all the funding you need(?), then make sure that is clear, and that it is clear that …
answered Apr 21 '18 by cactus_pardner
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It may be reasonable if they are from different schooling systems and it is not widely accepted that they are the same; your new thesis would have to be written about topics you are newly exploring at …
answered Mar 27 '18 by cactus_pardner
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This answer addresses the idea that the work a PhD student does is just like work at another job, and therefore quitting the jobs should be viewed the same. (My answer suggests that it should be … part of the compensation for being a PhD student is funding one's classes, training, library access, access to lab materials, potentially travel funding, and access to smart peers and smart professors …
answered Mar 27 '18 by cactus_pardner
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I agree with user2768's comment that it will be most convincing if you can publish a user study and/or test of the program's impact. However, if your program is designed around some part of learning t …
answered Apr 4 '18 by cactus_pardner
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Yes, U.S. universities often fund these Ph.D. positions, though my sense is that there are fewer funded positions than in STEM fields. It would be very rare for a MS to be funded, as far as I know, an …
answered Apr 24 '18 by cactus_pardner
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Dawn suggests great questions! You may want to pursue working in some aspect of development for a few years (especially if you could work as some sort of research assistant for government economists o …
answered May 9 '18 by cactus_pardner
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Overall, this sounds like a personality difference. There are lots of successful academics who want to think about things for a while rather than exploring the ideas out loud. Ideally, you'll find a w …
answered Apr 16 '18 by cactus_pardner
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First, congratulations! You've published papers, been cited, and gotten praise from colleagues! You've shown that you can publish, and I don't think your adviser and others would be pushing you if the …
answered Mar 26 '18 by cactus_pardner
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Given that you already have a Ph.D., can you network with anyone to meet a mentor in this subfield? Their personal advice could help you figure out which formalities you can skip and what skills are e …
answered Apr 19 '18 by cactus_pardner
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I am an extremely imaginative person, and I can only imagine a few scenarios where leaving your PhD program (without transferring to another) would set you up with a better science "brand." If …
answered Mar 26 '18 by cactus_pardner

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