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My PhD supervisor gave up on me

I'm sorry that you're in this situation. Since you're in Germany specifically, I think there might be some resources from your university or institute for this situation, which is why I'm advising a ...
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Dissertation acknowledgements: thanking a professional for medical treatment?

From a European perspective: this is totally fine to me. This is your text. In addition, the acknowledgements section is likely to be the only part of your thesis where you can freely use the pronoun &...
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Is it appropriate to use a QR code at the end of Thesis acknowledgements for a subtle banter?

The video clip is funny but not hilarious. The joke is pretty obvious. There is a high chance that the people who read your thesis won't find it as funny as you do. Also social media is full of links ...
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Dissertation acknowledgements: thanking a professional for medical treatment?

I suggest that you do this, but without mentioning details or bringing up the issue of depression. Thank her for her support as you could also do for, say, academics or family members. If you leave ...
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Does doing 4 vs 3 substantive chapters in a US PhD come across as a "higher quality" dissertation?

Your overall research output is important; your dissertation is not, neither its length, nor its "quality", just that it's done. If having more chapters means more research output, yeah that ...
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Is it appropriate to use a QR code at the end of Thesis acknowledgements for a subtle banter?

Fine to include, but the tone is wrong. I think the speech is funny, and would be possible to include - but the general tone of academic acknowledgement jokes is subtle. The consistent addition of a ...
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Dissertation acknowledgements: thanking a professional for medical treatment?

The following is from an American perspective. I have no idea how it works elsewhere. The acknowledgements section is yours. You can do with it whatever you like. There are a few formalities which ...
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Is it appropriate to use a QR code at the end of Thesis acknowledgements for a subtle banter?

I disagree completely with @toby544 . To my mind it is irrelevant to your decision whether he, or I, finds the joke hilarious, funny, or just plain dull. (I found it hilarious). And I certainly don't ...
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My PhD supervisor gave up on me

Sounds like you're having a tough time, and I hope it gets better for you. The most important thing you need to do right now is take care of your mental health - whether that's by beginning (or ...
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How to do short research projects with professors?

This answer is US focused and probably not valid elsewhere. A fully funded doctorate at a prestigious university is probably impossible. Funding is normally through TAs and RAs, not scholarships. They ...
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Dissertation acknowledgements: thanking a professional for medical treatment?

so I'm thinking of thanking her in the acknowledgements, but I'm aware that that would be unconventional. I am a big fan of all kinds of acknowledgments and always encouraged students to go wild ...
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Struggling with the discussion chapter of PhD thesis (by publication)

For any future people with the same problem, this article provides some very useful guidance on the topic. Its written in a nursing context but the guidance is more broadly relevant: Lewis, K.B., ...
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Is it appropriate to use a QR code at the end of Thesis acknowledgements for a subtle banter?

A QR code containing only a fragment of text might be acceptable, although the number of people with a reader which didn't assume it was a URI is probably small. A URI referring to an arbitrary server ...
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Is it okay to include modified source code from Github with due credit in masters thesis?

Fear not! It sounds as if you have passed the major hurdles. Now you just have to tick the required boxes, show that you have done so. ... and deal with your own anxiety. The main things, to my mind, ...
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My PhD supervisor gave up on me

I am so sorry you are going through this. I am starting a 5th year and can relate with most of your experience. For the entirety of my 4th year I believed my supervisor had given up on me (it didn't ...
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How long to get permission from publishers before reusing your works in the dissertation?

When you give copyright to a publisher you normally get back a license for certain uses. Use in a dissertation is included in all but very strange situations. The rise of "stapled theses" ...
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Dissertation acknowledgements: thanking a professional for medical treatment?

This is not unusual at all. You can provide thanks to Ann Adams, Bob Blake, Chet Carson, Dave Dunlop, etc., for all the help and support they provided you during the difficult time of writing your ...
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Is it appropriate to use a QR code at the end of Thesis acknowledgements for a subtle banter?

It sounds like you want your acknowledgements section to be a parody of a genuine acknowledgements section. Well, I suppose the sky won't collapse if you do that, but there are some possible ...
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My PhD supervisor gave up on me

Adding to the answer provided by coffee_into_plots and WhatTheDuck: There should be an ombudsman/ombudswoman for PhD students if you are at a German university. They are there to help the students and ...
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Does doing 4 vs 3 substantive chapters in a US PhD come across as a "higher quality" dissertation?

Hard to imagine that it could. Your thesis is read by your examiners, and your examiners evaluate it depending on the content of what you've written. The number of chapters doesn't really count for ...
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My PhD supervisor gave up on me

first of all, do not be upset. this is very common for any PhD student. rethink why you want a phd - do you want to be a professor? do you enjoy the academic research? how a phd would benefit your ...
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My PhD supervisor gave up on me

I was in a similar situation as you and I graduated with my PhD last year. In my situation it was me who got rid of the supervisor. Despite being a nice guy he was simply terrible at getting any work ...
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Is it appropriate to use a QR code at the end of Thesis acknowledgements for a subtle banter?

Be very careful with this. I know someone who actually did it; his thesis' Acknowledgment section devoted the first paragraph to thanking himself. Literally. Seriously. Not as any kind of joke. Such ...
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Is it appropriate to use a QR code at the end of Thesis acknowledgements for a subtle banter?

There is a lot of discussion here whether the joke is appropriate. Focusing on the question whether a QR code is appropriate, I go with Yes, but… It should be about the reference, not the QR code ...
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Should I learn to use LaTeX to write up a History Masters Thesis?

A contrary view, perhaps, but: NO. If you take the time to learn how to use word properly - understanding styles, using a good reference manager with a Word plugin, and so forth, then it is capable (...
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How long to get permission from publishers before reusing your works in the dissertation?

Each conference venue, journal, etc, should have a locatable statement about conditions of re-use. Most will make allowances for you to use in your dissertation; some will have weird hoops to jump ...
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My PhD supervisor gave up on me

From what you write (and of course, I do not know the details), it sounds like you should seriously think about quitting your PhD. Without a very strong PhD, it unlikely that you have a career in ...
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Does doing 4 vs 3 substantive chapters in a US PhD come across as a "higher quality" dissertation?

Don't compare yourself to others!!!!! Focus on publishing and presenting your work. Try to make each chapter of your dissertation a published manuscript. Your lit review can be an actual published ...
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My thesis proposal

For a research thesis, you require considerably more than a topic, even before you begin. You really need a research question. I am not suggesting that you should already have a research question. ...
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How long to get permission from publishers before reusing your works in the dissertation?

I had to do this for my PhD thesis, and there's a very simple answer to this question: go to your article/chapter/whatever on the Elsevier/ASME website and click the link for requesting permissions or ...
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