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Is there such a thing like "18-months/half-time syndrome"?

Every PhD is a series of ups and downs, and it might just be that what you are experiencing. If that's the case. don't worry, it'll pass. However, reading your rant... as someone with a very similar ...
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How to ask my co-author to put our paper on arXiv?

Strictly speaking, if you are a co-author of the work, you are welcome to submit it yourself. However note that bell "cannot be unrung", so once it's announced it cannot be completely ...
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How to ask my co-author to put our paper on arXiv?

“Hi, just a quick reminder, I was hoping to put a version of our paper on the arxiv by DATE, before I apply for GRANT. Any chance you think you might have a draft we could upload by then? If not, ...
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Career Planning to optimize for Biomedical Research

The final decision is yours but I was in the same situation many years ago. I started to do research work before university and I also wanted to be a researcher. First, I chose Med School, however I ...
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How to ask my co-author to put our paper on arXiv?

Why not going back to the very specific case, put that one in arXiv and then work with the needed time/effort toward the more general case? This way you put some pressure on him to finish the most ...
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Do German universities allow work as a Research Assistant in an another foreign country?

You can do pretty much whatever you want while you are enrolled as a master's student at a German university - unless they pay you some kind of stipend.
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How to get the data to reproduce a published result?

My first thought is that you may ask help in support team where this dataset is placed. Also, you may ask and find out what is wrong with the author. Some data may not be available or partially shown, ...
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What level of audience should one aim for in the introduction of a STEM thesis?

When I want to learn something new, I often turn to PhD theses. Not all theses are equal, but some are very good to start with. Very often, the introduction is quite naïve, in comparison to what a ...
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What level of audience should one aim for in the introduction of a STEM thesis?

It really depends on the culture. The introduction to my PhD thesis was roughly what it would be about, and references to books in case the reader did not understand the part above. It was 1/3 of a ...
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What level of audience should one aim for in the introduction of a STEM thesis?

I am currently (procrastinating about) writing my thesis. As I am almost finished, I speak only from the recent experience of a student on this question. Should I write it so it is accessible for ...
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What level of audience should one aim for in the introduction of a STEM thesis?

My answer to this question is always: Write the thesis for your past self! What I mean is that you should write the thesis (especially the intro) in a way that if you would have read it when you ...
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What level of audience should one aim for in the introduction of a STEM thesis?

Target anyone with an undergraduate degree in your field. Any more advanced and it becomes difficult for others to follow unless they are already specialists in your field. It does cost more space, ...
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What level of audience should one aim for in the introduction of a STEM thesis?

I think it is an opinion-based question. In my school (community), we follow a top-down writing approach. We first, start with an outline which should be understandable by any reader and then, we ...
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Advice regarding advisor-student relationship

I think it really depends on your program as to whether they will help you or not. For example, in my program, I study bioacoustics where programming comes into play quite a bit, and the same with my ...
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Advice regarding advisor-student relationship

Advisor-student relationships can vary widely depending on both the advisor and the student's needs, the project, the field of research, all sorts of things, that it can be difficult to pinpoint a ...
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