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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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What do recruiters think of candidates who left their PhD midway?

Let us assume person X and person Y. Both entered grad school in the same year, X as a PhD student (without a prior masters degree) and Y as a masters student in the same field. Towards, the end of ...
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Would I be able to do a PHD without having a bachelor or master degree [duplicate]

I have finished my high school and did 1 year program of FOUNDATION IN BUSINESS. I left my degree (BBA/Accounts and Finance) after completing 2nd semester. Now I have done an online 3 months course ...
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Addressing selection criteria

I am applying for PhD scholarship and there is selection criteria and I have to respond to each of them. One criterion is given below. • willingness to collaborate and engage closely with industry ...
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As an undergrad, how to leave a research group that I told them I will do my PhD there

I am a 4th-year undergraduate student and have been working in two joint research groups (voluntarily, no credit from a course, no pay) for more than a year. I have applied to some Master's and PhD ...
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Funded Masters or Unfunded Masters

I have two options (in USA): A funded MS BME program (let's call this AA) in a research area that is so-so in my interest, the professor has negligible contacts in the universities that I want to do ...
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How to prevent my introvert nature from being a barrier to success in grad school and future academic life?

I don't ask questions during class/meetings/seminars out of the fear of embarrassing myself. I am also not able to intiate interactions with people I don't know beforehand e.g. Visiting professors/...
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query related to Teaching Assistantship award

As a newly admitted student in PhD program, I have been awarded TA ship by my department for academic year Fall 2020-spring 2021. the stipend is quite generous that is 2300usd/month. In funding letter ...
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Nervous about my thesis results -how to decode my supervisor's email? [closed]

I have been waiting for my PhD thesis results for a long time now. Last week, I sent an email to the university, asking for the results. Few hours ago, my supervisor has sent me an email saying that ...
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How can I convey my knowledge about a field without publications in a PhD application?

I'm a CS undergrad interested in Machine Learning. During the past year, I've delved deep into a theoretical book in Machine Learning and wrote many programs to demonstrate / visualize concepts and ...
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Can a Guest Lecturer be my Referee?

I have a guest lecturer who taught me one module for one semester and graded my work. He is willing to be my referee. Would he be counted as an acceptable referee if I were applying to be admitted for ...
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an email asking a professor to be my supervisor for the next round( is this text ok ?) [closed]

…, I emailed you regarding my interest in joining your research group as a Ph.D. student a few months ago, and we had an interview. Unfortunately, due to personal issues, I could not follow up on ...
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Two of my potential PhD referees are married to each other – is that a problem?

Note: By Referees, I mean individuals who can support and validate my application for a PhD; for example, former lecturers or supervisors who have worked with me in the past and would be able to say ...
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Will a MS with ~3.7GPA with good research experience and strong recommendations offset my horrible U-GPA to get into PhD? [duplicate]

My u-GPA is about 2.8 and GRE is 330, from now on is a hypothetical scenario as I haven't done my masters yet so if you could treat it as an actual case and give me subjective answers that would be ...
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If someone gets a PhD in Israel, can he work in the universities in Muslim-majority countries?

Are Israeli degrees recognized in Muslim-majority countries? If someone gets a Ph.D. in Israel, can he work in the universities in Muslim-majority countries? Edit: I give you 3 names so that you ...
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PhD at top department (path - MS (unfunded) to PhD) vs mediocre dept (path - funded PhD) , differences in experience? [closed]

At the present, I have got MS at Uni A (rank 16 usnews dept grad school)w/o funding for tuition and on the other hand I have a fully-funded PhD offer from uni B (rank 69 usnews dept grad school). At B ...
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Is it possible to get a Ph.D. position in Europe after a one-year diploma?

I had interviewed by a professor for a Ph.D. position in Australia and the application has been unsuccessful. However, the professor wrote I did well in the interview and encouraged me to apply for a ...
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Contact Professor before applying for Phd scholarship?

I am applying for Phd. funded scholarship in Australia here is the link, in this link it is mention that you should contact professor before applying for the scholarship. I emailed him and his ...
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Progress to Ph.D. delayed due to COVID-19: How to convince advisor to let me finish degree without taking an extra year?

I’m doing my Ph.D. research in cognitive development using in-person experiments with children, which has stopped indefinitely due to COVID-19. I passed my preliminary exam last month, so I only need ...
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Help in choosing between programs [closed]

I am looking to do my PhD in theoretical computer science, with a focus on quantum computing. I have offers from the University of Waterloo and the University of Chicago and have to choose before ...
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How do I know if I'm unprepared for my math PhD?

I earned my B.A. in the U.S. but felt unprepared to go right into a PhD program due to the (extremely) limited math courses offered at my undergrad institution so I went into a masters program. I ...
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How do I politely decline a professor who's really keen on having me for a PhD position?

I wrote an email to my potential advisor, politely declining an offer for a PhD position. And he has replied saying that he's sad to hear that, and asking if there's anything he can do to convince me ...
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Asking for an extension for decision for PhD offer. And masters vs PhD? [closed]

I feel in a slightly difficult situation. I have just finished a masters course in pure mathematics, having done a BA in physics prior to that. Both of these were at the institution that is widely ...
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How can I tell if I'm making enough progress when working remotely?

I am starting a PhD abroad, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic I cannot leave my country at the moment. My advisor has agreed that I can work remotely (starting later is not an option). While we can ...
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Will it hurt my PhD application to MIT/UC berkeley/Stanford if I have finished MS thesis, but without journal publication? [closed]

I completed my MS thesis in the EECS department at one of the 1-10 Universities in US, and I defended my thesis to graduate. I was the only student working on the topic under the guidance of my ...
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Will an MEng in CS degree be a problem for getting admitted to a PhD in CS program? [closed]

I'm planning to attend an institute for an MEng in CS. In that institute, the only difference between an MEng and MS degree is that the MEng degree consists of a capstone project, whereas MS degree ...
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Underrating and overrating of student in recommendation letter for post-doc: Balancing approach

Many times in our professional career, we come across students, who had either taken our courses or were part of our research group, asking for recommendation letters for post-doc or graduate program (...
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Can PhD students turn down teaching assistantships?

This question deals with PhD programs which guarantee their students funding via teaching assistantships in the US. In order to have more time for themselves (e.g., for PhD research, or for working a ...
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Will it be difficult to get a PhD position if the economy enters into a recession?

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, it is possible that the economy will enter a recession. As more people will want to get into grad school, will it be more difficult to get a Ph.D. position?
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How to position myself to transition from doing wet lab research to doing computational work?

I am in the first quarter of the second year of my PhD. I learned to code as a hobby and have been quite passionate about analytical stuff. I got taken for a PhD basic research project which required ...
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At United States PhD programs, is the research / TA stipend taxed as income tax? [duplicate]

Is the research / TA stipend for PhD students at U.S. universities taxed as income?
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spending time to get into top school PhD vs getting done with PhD

I have a funded PhD offer from a R1 university in texas but its ranked in the 180s based on USNews, the advisor and myself click very well, he is nice, open-minded, and a young motivated and driven ...
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Any places opening up this year? [closed]

I'm hoping to start a PhD, I had been planning to do application this year and start next year but I've now been laid off with no real prospects of getting more work soon. Wondering with all the ...
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Can I still ask my prospective advisor (guide) for a confirmation letter in the middle of Covid-19

I am a masters of mathematics student in Asia and I wrote to some professors for PH D position in number theory. One of the professors in France said yes to me but he said that I should look for other ...
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How to include volunteering work in CV (as a PhD)?

I defended my PhD in Dec 2017 and then stepped away from academia for a while and decided to pursue other stuff. I realized I wanted to change fields and started reading books and papers about it and ...
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Can a Ph.D. student, in the USA, work more than 20 hours per week?

I am a Ph.D. student in the USA. I have a contract with the university to work 20 hours a week. However, I have an idea and want to propose it to a company. Then, I sign a contract with them to do ...
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No reply after declining a PhD offer

Couple of weeks ago, several professors from one of the universities I received an offer from wrote me asking if they could help me with anything (to decide on a place I choose). As pleasant as it was,...
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Should the postdoc interview focus on my research findings or transferrable skills that could be value of the research team that I am applying?

I will have a postdoc interview soon. I previously ask our community about whether I should prepare a PowerPoint. I got some great advice about preparing a deck of slides that would help me to clarify ...
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Is it necessary to prepare a Power Point presentation for a 30-minute postdoc interview?

I will have a postdoc interview soon. They asked me to introduce myself, what I am passionate about and interested in for a 30-minute. They did not specify if I should prepare a PowerPoint slideshow. ...
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I'm in my third year, but I'm still not clear with my I'm doing

I'm a PhD student in computer science. A few days before I started my PhD, my supervisor sent me a new proposal which was a different topic from the one that I proposed in the application. I had no ...
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Can PhD programs rescind their PhD offers from this cycle due to COVID-19?

We're not near the April 15th date yet, when PhD offers have to be decided on by students. Could PhD programs, say, in the United States, rescind the offers that are not yet accepted by students? ...
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Talking to a professor in an unrelated field about research topics

This question is related to my previous question, which unfortunately I cannot comment on or edit because for some reason I was unable to link this account with that question, though they were both ...
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How unwise is it to change fields/advisors late in my PhD?

I’m sorry for asking a dumb question I already know the answer to, but I’m asking it because I feel desperate and need someone to talk sense into me. Some background: I’m a fifth-year PhD student, ...
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How should I handle disinterested/unorganized adviser?

I've been working with Dr.X since the summer of last year. Things were going well until this past fall. He mislabeled some research files and asked me to do some analysis to help me determine if they ...
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Should I send a follow up email?

I had a PhD interview nearly 3 weeks ago and it went well. I spoke to the supervisor after the interview a few days after and he said I was the candidate they want but that was 2 weeks ago. My ...
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How to cite a conference paper similar to thesis topic published during research?

I have been working on a topic for my PhD thesis, since mid-2017. I have found a recent article published in 2019, focusing on the similar topic. Since my research started earlier - I also have ...
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Safe Exit (Resignation) From PhD Position Because of Bullying and Manipulative Supervisor

As you may know, here is my story How To Cope With The Stigma of Quitting a Second PhD for a Third one?, I will resign from my position very soon, however, I found myself in a tricky situation, this ...
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what does "at review mean in Emerald? [duplicate]

I have submitted my paper to one journal of Emerald journals, but status is "at review" i did not understand the meaning of so. please any one tell me the meaning ? does it mean under review or not ? ...
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I switched PhD programs after a month, do I mention this on my CV?

More detail: After a failure of communication, I turned down other funded offers to accept an unfunded PhD. I had some money saved and tried it out anyway, but after one month quit and went with a ...
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Will I be accepted into another PhD program if I leave my current group in Europe in which I don't fit in?

I am now doing my Ph.D. in Europe and I think I am not a good fit for my research group. It is not possible to change to other research groups in Europe and I was planning to drop out of my program ...
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A potential supervisor said 'happy to supervise me for PhD', but I'm not in the minimum requirement. Is it guaranteed to be accepted? (UK) [closed]

After the interview, a potential supervisor said: "Really Happy to Supervise You" with possible funding. However, the problem is that I'm not in the minimum academic requirement (grade) in the ...

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