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Should you list all possible professional goals or be specific?

This may be subject dependent, so the following is from math. Keep it short. One sentence describing your long term goals is fine at this stage. Getting more specific doesn't really help, and runs a ...
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Should you list all possible professional goals or be specific?

It is unwise to ask someone, who is just preparing for graduate studies, about their long-term plans. For it is that stage of one's life when long-term plans are still being formed. A first-year grad ...
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List of "possible publications" at international conferences

It actually means if you have come up with a research plan as a part of PhD application, you should have got some research directions. If yes, you can propose list of "possible publications" ...
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Interested in pursuing a Ph.D. to do research in making warp drive a reality

Warp drive is physically impossible. And that's the opinion of the existing pros. You gotta have zero debt and a fat wedge to cover all eventualities, e.g. life/illness cover, kids education fund, ...
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Interested in pursuing a Ph.D. to do research in making warp drive a reality

Many people have a romantic idea of what it’s like to do a PhD: unfettered freedom to do research at their leisure. In real life a PhD sucks. It’s necessary to get certain jobs, but the process sucks—...
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Interested in pursuing a Ph.D. to do research in making warp drive a reality

Time Commitments I'm not sure, but you seem to be thinking of this as something you can do as a side-gig, while you're working your full time engineering job. If that's what you're thinking, stop ...
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Is a PhD program the stage at which you define and carve out your own research niche?

Sometimes yes. Imagining that you will like the PhD research, you could carve out with the help of your advisor(s). But like others pointed out PhD is rather learning how to do research independently. ...
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Interested in pursuing a Ph.D. to do research in making warp drive a reality

The present state of "warp drive theory" is that today's physics says it's impossible. We don't think Einstein was wrong about the speed of light as a limiting velocity. That said, there is ...
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Academic careerism: How can there be biased research or dishonest inquiry in theoretical hard sciences?

I'm going to attempt to answer this question as if it is asked in good faith, although quoting people like Ben Shapiro suggests a definite agenda here. Here are a few ways that academic careerism can ...
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Interested in pursuing a Ph.D. to do research in making warp drive a reality

A person has zillions of thoughts in a day that he wants to materialize but could not due to one reason or the other In your case, I am sorry, but I think you are a bit late in the game as 38 is ...
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Is a PhD program the stage at which you define and carve out your own research niche?

I would say that you define and carve your own niche during your whole carrier as a scientist, starting even from the master degree. I fully support your statement about the coherence. There are many ...
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Is a PhD program the stage at which you define and carve out your own research niche?

Is a PhD the time when you define your academic path, or at least outline what it may become ? In general, no. Most PhD candidates do not enjoy the boon of being able to choose their own topic. The ...
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Is a PhD program the stage at which you define and carve out your own research niche?

This is very hard to answer. There are different disciplinary cultures and very different approaches to PhD programs. A major thing is that when starting a PhD (and in many cases even when finishing), ...
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Will a low PhD GPA be a problem for industry R&D positions?

In the countries whose PhD systems I'm most familiar with there are no grades for a PhD degree. So when applying in those I don't think you would stand out just not mentioning a GPA and it will ...
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Will a low PhD GPA be a problem for industry R&D positions?

(U.S. based answer, may be different for other places) I have never had anyone at any robotics company ask me about my Ph.D. GPA. In the U.S. people care much more about the subject of your research, ...
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Accept applied PhD student position or wait for math PhD?

Follow-up I ended up not taking the position. The way I reasoned is that I really had two different questions, which I had somewhat conflated: Do I want to work for ~4 years in a project about ...
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Accept applied PhD student position or wait for math PhD?

You've done work in signal processing and machine learning, you have an experience in possible applications and you are not getting younger. Take the position in applied math, information theory ...
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Life as a financially independent academic

It's possible but your life will change quite dramatically. See this 2017 Nature article about it. There is a nice summary of the pros and cons, reproduced below: Pros Scientific freedom: ...
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Accept applied PhD student position or wait for math PhD?

Have you applied to any programs where the degree is actually "Applied Mathematics"? This comment may apply to the program you list too though. Often you can still do "pure" ...
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The employer gives a job, but asks for a “plan” of work with a horizon until the end of summer

This is a standard project management task --- treat it as part of the interview process and do a good job This is not a particularly unusual request when an organisation considers hiring a ...
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Lost in my life plan at the beginning of PhD thesis

I'm adding a few cents of my experience of starting a Ph.D. Even though they won't apply to the OP anymore, they might help someone else in a similar situation. I felt really upset and depressed in ...
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How common is redundancy in the British (UK/Australia/NZ/Ireland) system?

A note about terminology: Termination of employment Academic staff in the UK (I can't speak for AUS or NZ) have no special protections compared to any employee of any business. However, everyone has ...
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How common is redundancy in the British (UK/Australia/NZ/Ireland) system?

In Australia, redundancies do happen, but are not super common. Of the hundreds of university faculty I know personally, perhaps half a dozen have been personally affected by redundancies at some ...
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Accept applied PhD student position or wait for math PhD?

I think the applied math degree is the rational practical solution. But your question says several times that your heart is with the mathematics. I wouldn't venture advice (I know too little about you)...
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Is it possible to get PhD in Statistics for an actuary?

This question was asked a long time ago but never answered. I'm a professor in the USA who teaches math and stats courses, has trained many actuaries, and has sent students to stats PhD programs. An ...
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Accept applied PhD student position or wait for math PhD?

First of all, congrats on being accepted to a fully funded PhD program! That's quite an accomplishment. Many people apply for such programs and don't get into any. Second, "math" and "...
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