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Thread: Suitable laptops for science PhDs

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08-Sep-19, 20:59
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posted about 2 weeks ago
I actually got my laptop from my bench fees through the university. I had to spend leftover budget before end of financial year and my supervisor agreed to get me one as mine was quite old. thus,I went for an expensive thinkpad model.

Thread: Suitable laptops for science PhDs

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07-Sep-19, 08:06
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Lenovo Thinkpad family is decent and durable. Get something with core i5 and at least 8GB of RAM. I have an expensive convertible model Thinkpad X1 Yoga (core i7, 16GB RAM) which is very convenient for travel, reading books and watching movies etc in free time

Thread: Help! Do I continue my PhD?

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29-Aug-19, 17:09
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I don't know if you should quit your phD or not. I just want to say that passion means nothing. You become passionate about something when you succeed at it. No matter how good or "passionate" your are about a particular topic, sooner or later you will face hurdles that will make said passion disappear. If you really need a phD (for good reasons like being an academic or getting a good research position in industry or other) then you should suck it up, do the hard work and then move on after you finish your degree. You will have more options then to work on different topics if you want.

Thread: Statistical knowledge for PhD

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14-Jun-19, 21:25
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posted about 3 months ago
We don't know how much you will be reliant on statistics from your question. If statistics will be heavily needed throughout your project you wouldn't have been offered the position given your statistical knowledge. However, if you only need statistics now and then, you will be fine since you can learn these as you progress through your PhD. Most universities (good ones) provide statistical workshops tailored to the needs of specific disciplines and the internet is rife with resources as well. Your supervisor may or may not know anything about statistics (if say he/she is a chemist) but he/she surely should be able to point you to the right direction.

Thread: Passed my PhD with no corrections - Choose your supervisor wisely!

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10-Jun-19, 22:15
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posted about 3 months ago
Congratulations! this is indeed very rare. Amazing work.

I have a question. Have you published any parts of your thesis before viva?

Thread: Suggestion on IELTS score and admissions

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01-Jun-19, 00:40
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posted about 3 months ago
Try making an appeal for IELTS results. You may get it to 6 as sometimes markers can be harsh and writing mark is subjective. My brother did appeal and he managed to get an extra 0.5 he desperately needed. Best of luck

Thread: Taking time off after PhD

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26-May-19, 17:59
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posted about 4 months ago
I am an international as well and I know how you feel. Pragmatically, I wouldn't take a year off. I would take a job immediately with a decent salary in Europe. I would try to visit my family at my home country whenever I get the chance (Christmas, annual leave, Easter etc). I would even try to bring my father to spend a few days/weeks/months with me in Europe because hey I can afford it with the decent job I have. But if I went home and stayed jobless I would feel depressed very soon even if I had the money and I would be an extra burden on my family. and who knows what my chances would be like after a year off. After all, that is my opinion and you have to know what is best for you depending on so many other factors. You always gain something by sacrificing another and it is up to you to decide how to balance your gain/loss.

Thread: Email etiquette... how would you reply to this person?

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06-May-19, 23:22
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You should address people in a way that reflects your personality and manners no matter what. Don't let other's style affect your classy way of crafting an e-mail. I would still use (Dear/ first name) in my first e-mail regardless how I was addressed. I hold myself to certain standards and I don't expect others to hold the same standards as mine.

Thread: Every time I hear Elon Musk I feel a pity about PhD

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13-Apr-19, 01:57
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posted about 5 months ago
Very few people on earth are capable of doing what Elon Musk is doing. He is also making a lot of sacrifices in every aspect of his personal life to get that career success. Also the guy has had enormous failures throughout his career that a few human beings can bear. So it is really not helping to compare yourself to him in a destructive manner. Yes take inspirations from him and his way of thinking and try to implement some of his wisdom for the progression of your career and that's it. However, that does not mean by age of 28 (or any age milestone for that matter) we all have to have started our businesses and making lots of money because this isn't how it works for the majority of people. The only one you should compare yourself to is yourself in the past. Are you today a better version of yourself? if yes then you are fine if not see what aspects you can improve so that tomorrow you can be better.

Thread: what this means?

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23-Mar-19, 11:39
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posted about 6 months ago
He/She does not have ensured funding at the moment to take you in. Apply somewhere else as you may wait a year and things may not change.

I would reply something like that. " thank you for getting back to me and informing me of the situation.I shall get in touch again next year......."

Thread: to brush up on basics or not

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10-Mar-19, 18:06
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posted about 6 months ago
In my opinion the basics are really crucial. Very often knowledge of basics can make you extract data out of some results you would have binned otherwise. eng77 suggestion is spot on. I would suggest to read one comprehensive textbook in your field. that would provide you with a solid base you can build upon.

Thread: A really steep learning curve and I'm stressed :( Help!

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13-Feb-19, 08:02
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posted about 7 months ago
This is normal. I never saw my supervisor in the lab. Almost everything is done independently during a phD. There is no reason to be ashamed at all if you fail an experiment or 100s as long as you learn from the previous mistakes. In fact, your supervisors make mistakes more than you think. A good supervisor will introduce you to a few people (postdocs/technicians/phD students) who are good at different areas so you can pester them and learn how they do their stuff. Some of them will be helpful so embrace them and learn as much as you can, and others won't be as helpful so you need to persevere to extract knowledge from them if they have what you need. It also serves you well to be prepared theoretically (reading manuals/protocols/troubleshooting) before you enter the lab at all. An hour on your computer will save you 10 hours in the lab.

Thread: PhD research position

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27-Jan-19, 19:38
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posted about 8 months ago
yes it is possible to study a PhD in economics even if your background is in something else (e.g math or computer science). After all you have to know why you wanna do a PhD in either fields and if you have the right skill set to do so. what are your goals and is a phD necessary to achieve them?

Thread: Reassure me- I’m about to quit!

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07-Jan-19, 14:06
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posted about 8 months ago
You have not said why you want to quit and why "it's just not for you". Some perspective may help others give sound advice.

Thread: what are my chances of getting a funding for my phd

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26-Sep-18, 18:57
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posted about 12 months ago
The more applications you make, the higher your chances will be. Of course these applications should be of acceptable standard and tailored to each position.
Since you are an international, limit your applications only to positions that offer funding to overseas students. FindaPhD is a good starting point t. I am an international and I got my PhD scholarship through it.

Best of luck
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