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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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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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Potential PhD advisor may lack qualifications

Mathematician here. Regarding gaps in your knowledge, you should know that most mathematicians feel there are things they wish they understood better. It goes with the job. As you go on, you get lots ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

Ask her again, friendly, but with a special emphasis on the importance of her letter to your career and how helpful it would be. If she does not agree, take her offer to write one letter only, but ...
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Will the journal contact my supervisor without me knowing?

Direct answer to the question (and neglecting the advisor-student relationship - for this see R1NaNo's answer): The journal is not likely to contact your supervisor When journals receive papers they ...
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Will the journal contact my supervisor without me knowing?

To answer your direct question. No your supervisor will not be notified by the journal, this is not how publishing works. However, your supervisor will find out once this gets published. However, this ...
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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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What are my chances of being accepted into a UK Phd program with average undergraduate and masters grades?

None of us could say with any certainty what the exact odds of you getting into any program without far too much personal imformation. Regardless, it's probably more worthwhile for you to focus on ...
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I want to use the same topic as my MA research for a PhD

It is both common and desirable for academic research to get extended and extended over many years, so this is perfectly okay in principle. If you believe you have a viable research project, I ...
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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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Can I cite the results from my unpublished manuscript which is included in my PhD thesis?

I would say that you can totally go ahead and refer to the other chapters of your thesis in your situation if you are willing and able to still change the third manuscript when you are actually going ...
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Regarding generic reply from professor

The professor probably gets a lot of email, including a lot of messages exactly like yours. It's painful to reply to them all thoughtfully. Many PhD programs work by application to the program rather ...
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Can I cite the results from my unpublished manuscript which is included in my PhD thesis?

By referencing a work you are basically telling readers two things. where to find the referenced info. If readers cannot access referenced information due to unavailability or manuscript status, then ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

You don’t want a letter from someone less than willing to write one. Could be that she doesn’t think she can write a good one for you, or it’s possible she is totally checked out. Doesn’t matter - if ...
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Any good and easy to use .docx template for Academic CV?

https://github.com/hongtaoh/cv_emulate -- A Good place to get some inspiration. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rK2prBm6ga4EGdlbNZ66NS0_KBLrOCSf/edit - This one is from Harvard. Most universities ...
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Struggling with PhD interviews

I think it is hard to say whether the problem really was interviews. Usually there is competition and you may have run against competition that was better also in other respects (like better MSc, ...
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Can I cite the results from my unpublished manuscript which is included in my PhD thesis?

PhD thesis is usually counted as a publication (and in principle is accessible from the relevant university library.) Thus, the usual practice would be simply citing the thesis. More over, it is ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

I agree with those who say that writing a recommendation letter a norm. Even if the supervisor and the co-author do not think that you are a good candidate, they can still write an letter honestly ...
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Can I cite the results from my unpublished manuscript which is included in my PhD thesis?

Think about this from the point of view of a reader or reviewer. The reader needs all this information for your research to be clear and reproducible. Your PhD thesis and your unpublished manuscripts ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

See if you can find another reference. Speak to someone else in the department and see what they say. Even if you don't know them too well they can write a letter and it can remedy the situation. ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

What this exercise tests, is "1) Can you cast a wide net? And 2 ) if you cast that net, will you land anyone who is in a position to help you, actually take an hour or two out or their time. If ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

@EthanBolker offers a clever potential solution. Also consider, though, whether there might be someone else who can write you a stronger recommendation. Is there another academic with whom you have ...
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I am on scholastic warning. What should I do?

Start by getting more information about the policy. If you haven't already, find out: If you really only have the summer semester to increase your GPA, or if it's fall. Often some university ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

On the face of it that is strange. Most academics I know would be willing to write the necessary letters under those circumstances. Submitting one letter to multiple places would not be much more work ...
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Can you share you got a Major Revision on LinkedIn?

Articles with major revisions can still be rejected. Wouldn't it be a bit embarrassing to make a big deal then have to admit it was rejected? I would just say "under review" which implies it ...
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Can you share you got a Major Revision on LinkedIn?

This falls into the category of end zone celebrations following touchdowns in US football. Act like you've been in the end zone before, and that you expect to be there a whole lot more times before ...
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Anxiety before PhD thesis submission. Can reviewers send it back?

This question will, almost certainly, get closed. But I thought I would throw this in before that happens, in case it helps you. We can't possibly know if you are ready or how likely it is that you ...
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Lecturers in my department presenting on a similar topic to me

Think in a positive way, no competition but collaboration. Talk to your supervisor to see whether your team can work with them to do more on the topic. Your work has been published and presented, so ...
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Publishing as a condition for graduation

Book a face-to-face meeting with your supervisor and openly discuss your concerns. I will never suggest you submitting your draft to any journal without the permission from your supervisor. If you do, ...
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Should I change my primary supervisor?

You need to have an open discussion with your supervisor. Do you have any co-supervisor? If you do, you could seek help from them. The purpose is to get things clear and know the specific reason why ...
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I handed in my physical copies of my PhD thesis too late (Germany) - what are my options?

Any reasonable academic institution is likely to grant post-facto extensions for a bunch on unfortunate bagatelle delays - not bagatelle for you, to be sure, but all reasons given are minor in the ...
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I handed in my physical copies of my PhD thesis too late (Germany) - what are my options?

Extensions to the deadline for submitting a PhD thesis are extremely common. Only your university can decide if you will get an extension. Just ask the administrators for instructions.
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US PhD after Europe Masters in Neuroscience timeline question

Would I be required to complete those preliminary years of coursework at US universities Yes. would I be able to skip to the final project, shortening the total time of the PhD? No, you won't be ...
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"All Rights Reserved" is the same as "Copyright"

Straightforward "copyright" is the license corresponding to "all rights reserved". However, works can have "Copyright © [year] [name]" on them without being ARR. A work ...
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Is it advisable to self-advertise in conferences being on the job market

It depends a lot on your field. At least in business, it is very common to hear job market candidates start their talk at major conferences saying they are in the (academic) job market. It is not ...
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Impression of field have worsened after applying to and accepting PhD programs

Happiness during a PhD seems to follow a bimodal distribution. And a top predictor of being on the sunny side of it is intrinsic motivation: being super curious about the topic you work on. If what ...
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Impression of field have worsened after applying to and accepting PhD programs

If you let go of the romanticized version of the PhD, which many people hold, and instead view your PhD as what it is (see below), you will be happier. The (sub)topic or even (sub)field of your PhD is ...
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Supervisor does not want me to do my own research

I disagree with some of the above sentiments that you are an employee of the university. Most PhD students in the US where I am at are not considered employees here and do not give us the same ...
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Impression of field have worsened after applying to and accepting PhD programs

This question is just the PhD-centered version of "Why do we always feel that the other queue moves faster?" Doing a PhD (and research in general) is an extremely boring task, where it ...
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Is it possible to leave the US yet stay connected to US Academia (collaborations, journals, conferences, etc.)?

There are many top quality researchers who maintain active relation with the US academia after leaving the US - via collaborative work, regular visits, participating in conferences, and publishing in ...
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Should I mention dropping out of M2 course in my statement of purpose for PhD application?

From my point of view you have two objectives: Making the strongest possible case for why you are a great fit for their program Covering your bases in terms of disclosure While I don't know the ...
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Impression of field have worsened after applying to and accepting PhD programs

You must define your goal first: are you after a title PhD for better chances? Or can you create your own chances in your own business? In which case you must test your talent for academic study in ...
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Impression of field have worsened after applying to and accepting PhD programs

After getting a PhD after five years in Biochemistry, I can say don't do a PhD. It's not worth it unless you need the comma PhD in your LinkedIn to be a better candidate for a job position. There are ...
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How should I discuss the idea of a 6th year with my PhD advisor?

Finish up and leave in your fifth year. No one cares about what happened during the PhD, and if you're not making groundbreaking research, your dissertation will go onto a dusty shelf that will only ...
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