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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?

(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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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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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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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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Suggestions for math post doc topic after PhD

Math postdocs should generally spread their wings and explore new topics within their subfield. This is where mentorship is important. If you have a formal postdoc mentor, that person should help you ...
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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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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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