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Thread: Re-writing abstract for journal

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16-Feb-17, 09:28
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You can make it pretty similar in overall content and structure but just reword it so it's not technically plagiarised. I think it's fine to do this because it's usually the way that work submitted to a conference ends up as an article.

Thread: Getting Help Writing Essays

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16-Feb-17, 09:26
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Thread: 12 days until final submission and feel like I am walking through treacle

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15-Feb-17, 11:55
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You can do it. I wrote my discussion in less than a week. I think it was like 7000 words.

Thread: Final year support thread

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15-Feb-17, 11:54
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I used Mendeley - I would have hated having to have done everything manually. Mendeley is so useful.

Thread: "Truths about grad school" and other questionable "support"

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10-Feb-17, 12:44
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I guess I read articles mostly aimed at biology or chem students that spent most of their time in the lab. Of course they make generalisations because everyone has a slightly different experience, but mostly I found them relatable. I like to read Adam Ruben on the science website. http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2017/01/i-m-not-doctor-i-play-one-my-cv Some of his stuff is really funny, because it's often familiar I guess.

Thread: will bad data / methodological issues fail my thesis?

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09-Feb-17, 10:44
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Yes interesting post! I've not heard of p-hacking per se, is that like manipulating stat results?

But I think change the hypothesis to fit the results in the case above - it really doesn't matter what the thoughts were initially, as long as the data is robust. That's what we would do in molecular biology anyway, but then we don't really work with rigid hypotheses, it's usually more experimental ie it could be this or that, let's test it to find out, let's see if this works etc.

Thread: PhD with no publications

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08-Feb-17, 09:59
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Quote From PUJAKUMARI:
@Treeoflife, I am currently working in India as an Assistant Professor and I am interested in pursuing Phd from Newzealand! Phd is a requisite in my profession.


I guess working in academia it's required, but if someone is practising law it's a different kind of doctorate required maybe?

Thread: Changing field of study in post graduate!

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06-Feb-17, 16:30
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It might be possible. You need to look at unis and their potential requirements on admission.

Thread: Internal examiner pulled out

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04-Feb-17, 14:26
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I doubt it's that much of a big deal really. There much be loads of other academics you could ask. They don't really need to be in your area either. It only takes a day or two to read a thesis. Your supervisor should be able to call in a favour from someone.

Thread: advice needed: scholarship and other PhD

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04-Feb-17, 14:21
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Yep.

Thread: PhD with no publications

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03-Feb-17, 09:54
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Is it usual to apply for a PhD in Law? What are your intentions afterwards?

Thread: ESRC PhD funding chances

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03-Feb-17, 09:53
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These stats are hard to find. I've never seen them. They probably don't exist as there are so many different funding sources. All you can really go on are anecdotal reports e.g. here's my stats: PhD applications 2; PhD interviews 2; PhD success 1. Other people have similar stories, others have applied for 50 or so projects with no success.

Are you applying for funding yourself, or applying for funded projects?

Thread: PhD with no publications

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02-Feb-17, 10:33
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Most PhD applicants don't have publications; it's just there in case you do. Just leave the box blank and apply.

Thread: Problems after prelims - how to complete my thesis

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02-Feb-17, 10:31
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Sounds difficult. When do you see yourself finishing? Can you do the PhD part time? Do you have enough data to write up now?

Thread: Bioscience: how many projects should 1st year students do cocurrently?

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02-Feb-17, 10:28
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Ok, so I had 4 or 5 strands to my molecular biology PhD and I worked on all of these simultaneously. The idea was that if 1 or more of these turned out to be a dead end, I would still have 3 separate date chapters. It worked out that 3 of them got decent results (so I got 3 papers) and 2 of them only had basic info that went into thesis chapters with other data.

Out of these 5 strands, 4 were distinct ie using totally different methods and looking at different areas of biology and 1 used the same methods as another but with a different purpose. 2 out of these 5 took up most of my time, and the others were more long term experiments that ran in the background most of the time.

These projects were all related because they were all working with the same organism.

I think this was a good approach to take, because I too have seen students that basically have to start again with a different project in their third year because their previous projects weren't going to generate any data.
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