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Congratulations on the successful defence of your thesis. If at all possible, take some time to relax. I understand your concern, but you have no real reason to worry. In general, there is always room for more research on any given topic. Now, anyone who wishes to advance your work will either be more senior than yourself or working for someone more senior ...


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Firstly, to answer the actual question at the top: yes, absolutely. There is no age limit on doing a degree. It is not at all unusual for people significantly older than you to complete degrees. My worry is, I will end up having my degree at 47 if i enroll. Is that a problem? Most people with degrees have degrees at 47 - they just happen to have had 26 ...


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I am afraid that your computation is not even wrong. You might as well ask how many hours a day you need to practice dribbling in order to be a professional basketball player. Mere knowledge of mathematics is just one component of being a professor, even a professor of pure mathematics. To become a successful mathematics professor (or any type of ...


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Contact the authors of the paper you are interested in; most often, authors will gladly send you a copy.


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It is possible in theory and has happened in practice. (As I have reported elsewhere on this site, my own former thesis advisor attended but did not graduate from Bronx Science and attended but did not graduate from MIT, and this did not stop him from being admitted to the PhD program at Princeton, where he received his PhD at the age of 22.) However in ...


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As was suggested in the comments, if you want to share your thesis with researchers in other countries, it is better to write it in English than in other languages. However, I will go further than that and say that in the 21st century, English is the lingua franca of communication in most technical fields. If you want to participate in the wider technical ...


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I see that you're Brazilian like me. So, you can access "Portal Periódicos Capes", which grant you access to more than 21,000 journal and conferences publications. Btw, all IEEE articles are available there. Just select the "Base" and it will grant you access. Besides that, most Brazilian universities and educational institutes provide access to even more ...


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...but they might also consent to not being given authorship. No, no and no. If it is your students' BSc or MSc thesis, they should be co-authors. Period. ...I will have to write up the article. You are right. That is why in those cases, you may be first author on the paper (according to your discipline's norms). Also, you should always discuss ...


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Should I be stressed about it? Well, like everyone else is probably telling you, no; but try to think about it this way: Suppose you find some book in the library about some subject; and you notice that book indicates further research could be possible. Would you blame the author if it turned out the experience of doing that research was not pleasant? Of ...


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You started only two weeks ago. Relax. The others with whom you interact have played a role in this group for a much longer time. Nobody expects you to immediately replicate their experience. You tell us how you asked a PhD student for help, and this student was very willing to help you. In fact, they helped you rightaway, and it led to the desired result. ...


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One should not think in terms of a necessary (or even worse, sufficient) number of hours of work needed. What you should set yourself are goals: learn the courses of your curriculum, practice them to make them become natural to you, ask yourself questions about them (seek examples of definitions, counter-examples of theorems with an hypothesis removed, etc.),...


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The ethical, and safe, thing to do -- now, actually -- would be to look for another faculty member to pass this thesis supervision responsibility to, because your objectivity has been, or could be seen to be, compromised by your feelings. I was given some very good advice once by a senior professor: when contemplating a particular action, imagine what it ...


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Giving your personal phone number to a Bachelor's Thesis student will allow the student to contact you at inconvenient hours or during your free time. This is the main reason why people do not give their private phone numbers at work (neither to students nor to their boss). If you are fine with this, there is probably not going to be any other major ...


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Two-year degrees in the US often award either an "associates degree" or some technical certification/profession-specific degree. These degrees are not typically part of the "bachelors -> masters -> PhD" pipeline or more generic "bachelors -> professional degree". Some students may start taking courses at a 2-year school ...


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In addition to Mad Jack's answer, here is a bit more extensively what you can do if you are lacking a subscription for a paper that you suspect you will need, roughly in order: Google the title. Seriously. Many (most?) good papers nowadays are available as a preprint, also in Computer Science. Nowadays I strongly suspect if I can't find a preprint for a ...


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From an educational perspective, community colleges usually do not offer courses beyond a sophomore level. Therefore, the bachelor's degree will probably contain more depth than an associate's degree. For example, an AA in economics will probably stop with intermediate microeconomics, but a BA may include advanced courses in microeconomic theory.


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From my experience, in the UK at least. It's irrelevant how many qualifications that you have at any particular level, they never add up to the level above. For instance, you could have 20 GCSEs, but someone with 1 A Level would still be considered qualified to a higher level than you. The same goes for degrees, you can't add up Bachelors degrees to make a ...


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There are many assumptions bundled up in your question which I think need to be addressed. Firstly, a bachelor's thesis and a research paper in physics are very different, in almost every aspect (content, length, aim, purpose, style etc). It is perfectly possible to write a bachelor's thesis on a topic and then rewrite part of it as a paper that you then ...


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A thesis is generally a pretty big document, and it would not be surprising to have a number of mistakes even after several passes of editing. If I were on your committee, I would be happy to see you submit such an erratum, because it would indicate that you are continuing to engage with the material and actually concerned about its quality, not just trying ...


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I would say your calculation 5.5 hours a day in 4.5 years is close to real based on my own experience, the link @jakebeal provided and others' experience. I think one of the differences between your case (not officially a uni student yet) and others is that they have professors and TAs to help them. They attend Math classes in school. They learn what's ...


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If your english isn't very good and it would be a considerable hardship to write it entirely in English then there is a third option: Write the thesis in your native language but write an extended abstract in English. By extended abstract, I mean a more detailed summation of your key findings than is usually provided in the short (250-500 word) abstract ...


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I am a professional programmer with a PhD. I have had a colleague, who was working as a programmer and continued even publishing in his unrelated field (chemical engineering/textiles), so if you are dedicated, it is even easier for you to do, since your area might be related, but still it is not a light undertaking. But if you can find a more research heavy ...


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I have an MA in religious studies, so maybe I can offer a bit of humanities insight here. The main question you should be asking yourself is, what will I be doing with this degree? If you are hoping to be recognized as an expert within your Christian denomination, and if this Missouri institution is recognized in your faith community as a prestigious one, ...


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Heard of Chamber of Chartered Java Professionals International? No. 2. If they can [offer a degree], is it a reputable degree? No.


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No, there is not. A bachelor's degree isn't a generic thing like a high school diploma. For example, it makes a big difference what institution it's from and what your major was. Unlike high school, in the US there aren't government-specified standards for what should be taught or tested for a college degree; each institution makes its own rules (usually ...


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You should answer the the following question: if you were in the Admission Committee of Berkeley, UCLA etc, why would you take the applicant mathwork21? How mathwork21 compares to hundreds, if not thousands, applicants who have perfect GPA, GRE score etc. Nothing is impossible, there are always outliers. The question is if you are good enough to be an ...


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I my experience most students do most of their learning from lectures, courses and problem sheets rather than reading textbooks. I fact I will go so far as to say most students read few/no textbooks cover to cover. While, I am probably not the best example of a hard working student during my undergrad (in Physics) I can think of only two subjects where I ...


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Some insight can be gained from considering the Oxford degree day ceremony, which is still conducted in Latin and uses fairly traditional formulae in admitting graduands to degrees. The descriptions used indicate various rights and responsibilities (all translations from here): Candidates for the DD, DCL, DM and MCh (all higher doctorates) swear to the ...


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You can join a PhD program without getting a Bachelors degree. Dr. Jane Goodall does not have a bachelors degree. She has one non-honorary doctorate. However, if you are at a decent school and the professors like you and you like them, then getting a bachelors degree will be no sweat. If the professors are all like mathworker21 is the future of math then ...


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In the long term it won't matter at all. There might be a small effect in moving to your next position depending on whether you go to grad school or to industry, but after a few years no one will notice anymore. You will be responsible for your own reputation and people will look to that, not to the specific degree you earned - especially its title. I also ...


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