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Thread: Assistance with scholarship application

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12-Mar-20, 15:24
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By giving you a scholarship, they are investing in you instead of another person.
I think they want you to explain why they should do that in your case.
Why are you specifically worth investing in? What's so special about you?
eng77's post above gives a good suggestion about how to answer that question.

Thread: How competitive are postdoc or research jobs nowadays? Tips on application?

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11-Mar-20, 02:42
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Most of my former PhD colleagues went on to do postdocs in substantially different fields. I guess it depends on the number of applicants a supervisor receives. If you aim your applications at well known institutions and world leading PIs you'll always face difficulties because of the numbers involved. There are plenty of perfectly good PIs who receive only a small number of applicants.

Thread: Is it normal to have no journal papers 1.5 years into my 3.5 year PhD (UK)?

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09-Mar-20, 16:34
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Plenty of people get their PhDs without a single paper to their name so if you are aiming to submit soon I wouldn't overly worry.

I should say though that the only person whose advice matters as regards progress is your supervisors so you should ask for that.

Thread: Tick this box if we can contact your referees before the interview...

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09-Mar-20, 11:31
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TQ, I can only imagine they want to contact references before interview either as a upfront tool to allow them to select those suitable for face to face rather than wasting time interviewing someone whose references don't back them up, or, more likely, because once they've found a suitable candidate they don't want to mess about for weeks on end trying to get reference letters sorted out. Perhaps in their experience this latter stage has cost them good candidates before.
Either way, if they are asking for this, there's probably a good reason for it.

Unless you feel your referees could be inconvenienced by this I would probably advise not putting potential roadblocks in the way of any recruiter. Especially in a cut-throat game like academia where other suitable candidates are ticking that box.

Thread: Bad Timing May Ruin my Future

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09-Mar-20, 11:22
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If one of these potential supervisors is prepared to take you on but has "no good research problems" to work on then you could suggest a topic.
If all else fails, you need to consider moving to another university.
I wouldn't recommend putting your career on hold unless you can secure a definite future position at your current university as TQ suggests. Personally, I wouldn't trust a start date later than about 6 months time but it might be worth a wait.

You mention the standard of your university three times. Is that the root of your reluctance to move elsewhere? If so, I would seriously suggest you revisit that thought process before it forces you to make a potentially bad decision. For example, you go on to say that this university (which is world leading in your field) has no good research taking place to interest you. This seems a very odd contradiction. What makes you so sure that this university is the best in the world by a long shot for this research? I ask because before I started my PhD I had no credible way of being able to judge other than taking the opinions of others.

By the way, I wanted to add that there is absolutely no way that your future is going to be "ruined" by any of this so I wouldn't get overly worried.

Thread: Concerns About Sharing Research

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05-Mar-20, 03:13
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rewt, that's an interesting approach.
How does sharing incomplete data benefit you?

Thread: Concerns About Sharing Research

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05-Mar-20, 03:10
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On the point of dissemination of results, the issue is really one of timing. Do you disseminate results before publishing and risk facing the problems you are experiencing or do you wait until you are safely published and then do it?
You need to consider the pros and the cons of both approaches.

Thread: Mature PhD (with relevant work experience)

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05-Mar-20, 03:08
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41 is definitely not too old and the Honours degree probably won't be a problem as long as you have a 1st or 2:1.
Good luck.

Thread: Concerns About Sharing Research

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02-Mar-20, 18:35
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I have a lot of sympathy with you on this. I have had repeated incidents throught my career not just in research.
During my PhD, I generally refused to talk to anyone about anything I hadn't already published with only a couple of exceptions. It didn't turn out to be much of a problem for me but that might not be the case for others.

I know a few posters on here disagree with my approach and there are potential advantages in sharing but for me it just wasn't worth the risk. Academia is not collegiate. It is hugely competitive and cut-throat and you need to be careful what you share.

I would chat to your supervisor, explain the issue and try to find a compromise.

Thread: Advice transitioning from courses to research?

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01-Mar-20, 17:31
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Maths students will presumably have some basics in topology or algebraic geometry but they are probably not as far ahead of you as you think. Are they likely to know about things like Matroid Theory?
If it was me I'd get that reading list sorted and then mapped into my diary. That'll tell you how many months it will take you to get those things on board.
Presumably you don't need to be an expert in any of them at this stage.

Thread: Pass with "distinction"

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01-Mar-20, 16:00
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Almost everyone will have at least a handful of minor changes.
I must admit that I would have found it very suspicious if my external hadn't found a single error in my entire 279 page thesis. I would suspect they hadn't read it properly and that would have been a crap way to end the PhD.

Thread: Applying a PhD in the same university I got my degree and masters?

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01-Mar-20, 15:56
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This sort of thing is very common now. People stay at their home university for a host of reasons. I wouldn't worry about how it will look. What matters is your research.

Thread: Advice transitioning from courses to research?

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01-Mar-20, 15:52
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I would imagine that you need a strong background in Linear algebra, discrete maths and algorithm development to start with.
Are you solid on these things? I would have thought a CS course would have given you a decent background in these things but you obviously feel a bit vulnerable there.

I found that lectures were almost completely useless once I started my PhD. I found them too slow and prefer to learn at my own pace with online videos and problem solving from books.

As for planning, I would identify the subjects you want to learn, make a reading list, allocate 3 to 4 hours per day perhaps and keep a diary of progress.

Thread: Concerned I made the right choice of university...

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18-Feb-20, 00:09
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Thanks bewildered.
It's surprising to see such levels of appalling stupidity amongst people who are supposed to be some of the most highly educated our country has to offer.
Industry used to have this problem. I remember the big 4 accountancy firms used to insist on only hiring Oxbridge graduates. More recently they have realised that they end up with 1-dimensional staff. They are more open now and in fact I am pretty sure one of them has started hiring non-graduates and training them up.

I agree with your comment about the strength of her project. That certainly is worth worrying about,

Thread: Concerned I made the right choice of university...

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17-Feb-20, 19:07
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bewildered, have any of your colleagues attempted to provide a coherent explanation of why they believe this?
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