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The full data is the main outcome for the organization, but it's not an important part for your report. Of course you can show examples/samples, but what matters in your report is to explain clearly: The motivations: why is this data generator needed? What can be done with it that couldn't be done before? This probably requires explainining the context of ...


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This should be worked out with your advisor. If it were me (as advisor), I'd suggest that you explain the original methodology and show how your work implies that it fails. That is a valid research outcome. Then, show how a modification of it would work and why. How is it that the "technical details" make a difference. But if you change the ...


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None of the missing skills you mention strike me as "seriously underqualified". Those are tools that you can learn reasonably quickly. You can learn C++ and Python, and you can learn machine learning algorithms and try them out. This will not take you longer than a couple of months. The important thing is that you are an expert in your field: that ...


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This depends a lot on how the degree is structured in your field and in your place of study. If you are required to obtain an advisor to take you on in order to start, then it is their answer to this question that is the only important one. Different people will judge differently. However, if the admissions process is more general, as it is in most fields in ...


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Can you ask your prospective PhD advisor? Surely it is not impossible to change areas between masters and PhD, but for some topics some earlier experience may be very helpful. So it depends. As a supervisor, I'd not normally expect a PhD student to have worked in the same area before, although I had two PhD students who had done this, and it was actually a ...


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No, I do not think it is generally a good idea to use a title for your work that has already been used before. Main reason would be that it makes it both publications harder to search for, and allows for mistakes. Just come up with a slightly different title of your own. The only exception I see is for two publications that are in some sense the same work, ...


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Maybe I couldn't find anything specifically on footnotes, but there are some threads on acknowledgement and citation concerning SE contributions. Acknowledgement There are some questions concerning the acknowledgement of stackexchange discussions, with the accepted answers saying that is appropriate to acknowledge both the general SE community, as well as ...


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It's not in Academia.SE answers, but check this out: So yes, you can cite an answer.


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There are various options: go to an academic publisher, self-publish, go to a mainstream publisher, publish it online, hand it out in the street outside Boots... in the end this is a hypothetical question whereby the only answer is to consult the university first and follow their advice. It's just one email. Also I must say I cannot understand why a PhD ...


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There are a range of possibilities, not all good. At one end of the scale you can just provide answers, maybe working out the answer for the student. This is the worst option considered here. Along the scale is your solution which is to solve it with them. Much better, especially if you let them lead. At the other (far) end of the scale is to simply provide ...


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I suggest asking your supervisor about how you should deal with this problem. Provide examples of the questions you're fielding. Ask for help, don't simply badmouth the students. Your supervisor will know better than anyone on this site can whether the level of support you are being asked for is more than is reasonable.


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In Czech Republic the master/bachelor theses advisors are professors, usually from the parent faculty, or some specialists from the industry. The professors are paid for the advising the students - it is one of their duties in their contracts. The specialists from industry have their ow contracts with the university directly or indirectly through their ...


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Not directly but as they are more likely to get publications and research grants with graduate students, supervising students helps in promotion, merit pay etc. it does affect the salary of the professor indirectly.


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Not typically, but it can be the case in some places. While in some countries/universities the salary is completely fixed, it is not fixed at all such places. At some places (countries or institutions), the salary depends on the financial situation of the department and this fluid part is distributed by the head of the department, hopefully by some objective ...


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Yes. It is called a salary. And advising is one of the duties listed when the job is offered.


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I have never heard of a professor being personally financially compensated for supervising a master's student. I'm not saying it never happens, but it would be uncommon, certainly in my country (UK). However, while a professor is not financially compensated, they may be given funds to cover the costs of research materials - this money would not go to them, ...


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I think such arrangements are uncommon. I've never come across them personally, though suspect that they do exist. On the other hand, it is normal for such things to be "counted" as part of the teaching required, so that with "enough" such students the professor might be able to teach less in the classroom. So, some institutions have a ...


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It would be serious ethical misconduct for your advisor to try to publish your work under his own name. If you find that it has been done, a note to the journal editor or conference chair would have serious repercussions for his career. You could also, then, file a claim with the university, perhaps resulting in his getting reprimanded or fired. It is ...


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I had a similar PhD advisor, so I do not wonder at all. I used to protect myself by keeping all the main material for me until publication. In my case, I kept all the codes and outputs in my computer, so that I could prove beyond any doubt that I made the work.


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Removing an author from a paper is a very sensitive topic. If that is done without the consent of the author, then this is a serious violation of research regulations. In your case, it does not matter if the paper is included in your thesis or not. Authorship of a paper does not depend on the thesis inclusion. As far as I know, these are standard research ...


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I doubt it is so common this late. But certainly it is common enough for setbacks to occur at any time. You learn as you go. Sometimes the lessons aren't happy ones. Research is fundamentally dealing with the unknown and it is difficult to schedule. It is impossible to schedule successful completion, actually. I suggest that you have some options. Perhaps ...


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I appreciate that you did not cave. But, I would consider, just saying consider, including some useful work done by the new PhD student so you can both enrich your own work and give them co-authorship legitimately. You could do that by using just a few of their paragraphs.


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It isn't a problem unless you make it a problem. I would think that what you have done shows initiative and would be praised normally. That should be true even if the committee suggests that you go in another direction for the thesis. But, to me, at least, saying that you have been exploring one of the options seriously would be a point in your favor. But if ...


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You could include the article verbatim and not be accused of plagiarising. (Self-plagiarism isn't relevant here.) But, a thesis has different demands to a journal, so changes will be required. Explain that your thesis is based upon a published journal article (or published articles), you can include the explanation in the introduction, a single citation (to ...


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Many journals have specific policies that allow the submission of material that has previously appeared in an MS or Ph.D. thesis. This is an exception to the general rule that submitted manuscripts must consist of new, not previously published, research. Similarly, many academic institutions have policies that allow for the inclusion of text from published ...


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To me this sounds like a polite rejection. Depending on your culture this may differ. If you push harder, likely either you will find a stronger rejection (though this isn't necessarily a bad thing, just confirms where you stand), or in a worst case scenario you will convince them to supervise you but you will never receive the supervision you need and find ...


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It is "okay" to say something like that. But words aren't likely to be very effective in such situations. It would be better if your previous collaborators could intervene on your behalf here, assuring the professor that you are capable of carrying on independently. He is right to be cautious. If he can't give you the help you need when you need it,...


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There are a lot of experimental details in this area of science that often are really arbitrary in the end. Centrifuge settings are a very common example of that. In many cases it really doesn't matter if you keep stuff in the centrifuge for too long or at higher g than necessary. But on the other hand there is often no real benefit to trying to determine ...


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But, currently, studying an MA in ESL. English as a second language? If your future plans are in this direction, it seems like doing research in the life sciences would not be relevant to your career. From your question, I assume you are open to switching into a computer or life science stream. This question of "what do you want to be when you grow up?&...


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Thanks a lot. I have passed my Thesis as well as my masters with satisfactory Noten(Grade). Over all 2.5 Noten for my Master Degree and 2.5(average of Report and Presentation) . Once thanks a lot this wonderful community who gave me the ideas and support in my difficult time.


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Hanlon: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. This appears to be an error or laziness, rather than misconduct. These things often happen when a student does an experiment and the supervisor writes about it. The supervisor thinks they know what the student did, but they don't. Usually it is not a big deal. However, if ...


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The issue here is not citation, it is correct reporting. If a method varies from the cited version, the appropriate thing is to say something like "Method from FrozzBozz et al.[73], modified by change of RPM from 3000 to 6000, growth media from LB to M9, and phase of the moon from new to full." But did the method actually differ? Now, there are ...


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I agree with @Buffy's comment. As a retired professor, he might have little incentive or capacity to take on a new student, which means making sure there are enough funding, guidance, as well as lab space and equipment, etc. However, he might refer you to a suitable professor and help you as a co-advisor in the long term. This is what usually retired ...


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If your goal is to work in the software industry, then a thesis on that subject would be more helpful than one on electronics. And vice versa: if your long term goal is to work in electronics, then a software-oriented thesis isn't as helpful. That doesn't mean it's not helpful at all. Anyone completing a master's degree is showing that they're smart and ...


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If your advisor is happy and the local job market is aligned, then do which ever you want. For longer term goals it might be different. But your employability is probably determined by what you have done recently.


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One reason that people like yourself see their own work as "simple" is just that they are the world's foremost expert in that narrow subfield. They (you) know it better than anyone and you've lived with it for a long time so you see how it fits together. This is related to Imposter Syndrome, of course. Your dissertation and degree aren't the end of ...


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It sounds like you need to consider three distinct issues: Trade secrets / copyright: Is the data truly yours to publish? I am not a lawyer, but depending on location, type of employment and contracts / NDAs you may have signed, the simple fact that you took the readings and acquired the data might not make you legal copyright holder. What you may need - ...


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Email your supervisor: Ask them whether they'd like to co-author a paper derived from your thesis. Move forwards from there. You needn't write the paper before getting your supervisors input. You should ask for guidance whilst writing the paper. I have the option to publish it without naming my supervisor or the organization. Actually, you don't. ...


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Keep in mind that you can always post an updated version of your thesis on the arXiv (or, if this wasn't mathematics, at various other places on the internet). Thus, you shouldn't pay much attention to what thesis you submit at your defense; you can always "beat" it with an arXiv revision. If your advisor has doubts about a chapter while believing ...


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