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Papers written with the sole purpose of finding flaws in someone else's paper
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That someone tries to find flaws in your work does not mean they are trying to be "mean" or to belittle your work. It means you did something that seemed to be good and important enough for someone ...

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What happens if someone publishes a paper on your current PhD thesis topic
10 votes

Just start comparing to their works in your papers, explain clearly what you are doing differently and why the differences are relevant. Very rarely exactly everything will be the same, as long as it ...

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Can a good but unremarkable PhD student become an accomplished professor?
8 votes

Some people are adept at helping other people understand and realize study material and also have new ideas even though them themselves maybe don't have so many "original ideas". There is a big need ...

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Is it possible to start a PhD at 36 without taking a huge hit financially?
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Where I am from, "industrial" PhD students are not unheard of. A private company (which you probably work for) pay part of your time for you to do a PhD on. For example 50% of your working time. You ...

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Accidentally addressed lecturer as Mrs instead of Ms
6 votes

Don't worry about it. Most professors are both hardened in many senses by the stress in their everyday job and also have lots of duties so they can't let such silly things bother them. There is a fair ...

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Is it unwise to pick an old field of research in maths to write a PhD thesis about?
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It is not always that you can just "pick an area". The research has to fit with the project that your supervisor has gotten grants for. (S)He can't just ignore what he has promised the financers to ...

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Doing high level thing great but forgetting simple things
5 votes

Sounds completely normal for PhD level work. Many people doing PhD:s are like this. Some people who are envious or feel threatened of your high level abilities may try to shame you or make you ...

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What can I do with a research project that is my university’s intellectual property?
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This is something you should have checked before signing any contract as student/employee at this university. Certain legislation give more intellectual rights to scholars / teachers in some places ...

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Why do most scientists think Brexit is bad for British science?
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From my perspective it is mainly about freedom of movement. Within the Union all citizens can move freely between countries without need for visas and other permits (for example work or residency). ...

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Mothers listing children's dates of birth on academic CV?
5 votes

Many European countries have strong law-bound parental leave benefits - also for the kids' fathers - it is likely there to provide explanation to future employers for past gaps of employment - or for ...

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How do I gain back my faith in my PhD degree?
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(These are not particularly much advice for getting a PhD at all but for life in general.) You should work on stopping to focus on feeling "valued". The point of doing a PhD is to get so ...

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Is expanding the research of a group into machine learning as a PhD student risky?
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Yes, this can be possible to do. I would not consider it particularly risky. One of my professors when I was a MSc student did almost exactly this when he did his PhD once upon a time. He specialized ...

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Will one with record of unfinished PhD on his/her CV be doubted of his/her ability?
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As an employer I would be more worried of hiring people who might have gotten their degree but got burned out as well. Or who passed the requirements, know lots in a very narrow field but acquired ...

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How do you come to terms with the fact that you might never be among the best in your research community?
4 votes

There will be a day when you don't have a teacher or a professor. This is important to prepare some students for as they otherwise risk getting rather lost when they finally graduate and realize there ...

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Advisor tries to reproduce my results to ensure my honesty. Is it the norm?
4 votes

People willing to spend time on you is almost never bad. It proves that you or what you have done is important somehow. Try to unlearn that being checked is bad and try and view it as you are ...

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I don't have the theoretical background in my PhD topic. I can't justify getting the degree
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Most people don't reach any particular theoretical depth or insight until about Post-Doc or even Assistant Professor time (if ever). There are some rare birds with sick intuition and insight already ...

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What's the point of PhD theses if nobody reads them?
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The point of hard work is to get good (at something). People will usually by nature be lazy. Therefore it is (usually) necessary to find a way to trigger this hard work somehow. Course requirements ...

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Will the PhD degree be retracted if the thesis is found to be not novel?
3 votes

I have never heard of this. It would probably require something really serious like discovering academic misconduct, forging data or plagiarism or similar.

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To do another Master's, already holding a PhD
3 votes

Would not be any purpose of doing two different STEM MSc:s. After one you are supposed to be able to learn similar level stuff even faster on your own. I could understand wanting to do an economy MSc ...

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How to deal with anxiety and depression after being kicked out of PhD program?
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You will need to learn to rewrite the narrative and change your attitude. Maybe you will need professional help to do this, maybe you won't. But the sign that you are on here asking about it points in ...

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Is it fair to my PhD student if I ask them to do "miscellaneous" work for a paper they're not going to be a coauthor of?
3 votes

Why would you waste a PhD candidates' time on that? They are the ones who could take the legacy of your ideas and work into the future. Don't you want to train them to do that the best way they can? ...

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Why is my mood dictated so much by how well my research is going?
3 votes

What is the likely cause for me to feel like I do? There are many reasons why one can get too good or too bad results. Try and analyze the probable cause for the results. If you are doing research ...

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When do most students publish in a European PhD?
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In many places in Europe you can't even start on a PhD without having done a MSc and a PhD is (supposed to be) 3 years. In Sweden a PhD is (supposed to be) 4 years full time work courses and research +...

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I found that a method I was hoping to publish is already known. What would be a proper way to retract emails sent to professors asking for help?
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Don't worry about it. Results and methods are rediscovered many times over and in many different fields as well. When you find it out, what you can do is to add some note "I was made aware of ...

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Finishing PhD early and becoming my PI's postdoc instead
2 votes

The answer depends on your goals. Two common goals: Do you want to maximize the time you can do research? Then it's probably good to linger on the PhD studies. Once you are a PhD you will get more ...

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Should one research multiple independent topics while pursuing a PhD?
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TLDR: You will probably become a better problem solver if you do it, but there is a chance that it won't count into the formal requirements for graduation! In general I would say it is not a good ...

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What is the point of a PhD thesis whose content already exists in published papers?
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One of the main purposes of a research degree such as a PhD is getting a stamp of approval that one is able to conduct academic research independently. The thesis is presented and publicly defended ...

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Why do some professors with PhDs leave their professorships to teach high school?
1 votes

There is huge workload being a professor. Lots of duties and stress. You are responsible for courses, research in your department, maybe applying for grants, writing papers, teaching, supervising PhD ...

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First-year PhD giving a talk among well-established researchers in the field
1 votes

Any practice you can get at doing presentations is good practice. No one expects a first year PhD student to know particularly much nor to make good presentations.

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How to cope with regret and shame about not fully utilizing opportunities during PhD?
1 votes

There is no shame in pursuing your own dreams instead of being an obedient lapdog. It is more like you should feel like a useful tool / lapdog for someone else if you don't dare to follow your own ...

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