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Thread: writing a proposal for an epidemiologic study of chronic migraine

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13-Nov-18, 19:26
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Hi any one can . help me how to write a proposal for an epidemiologic study of chronic migraine headaches,
1,describe the backround for such a study
2,define an aim
3,propose a feasible design
4,define the applied methods


Nobody will or should be helping you write out an entire proposal from scratch. If you can break down a few specific pointers you need you might get a better response.

Thread: Thoughts of a PhD student at his wit's end

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13-Nov-18, 19:24
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There was me thinking I was the only one about to have a total breakdown with this PhD. I can relate to all these comments but the thoughts/feelings have come on so suddenly that I just thought I was going nuts!!


I don't know anyone who got through it without being broken to some extent. Those of us who got through it are carrying the scars - hidden or otherwise. Many of those who seemed to have got through it OK broke down during their postdoc years. The entire system is brutal and quite frankly this is a broken system.

Thread: Judging whether to working under a Potential Junior Supervisor at a Prestigious Institute

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12-Nov-18, 22:58
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tru is calling this correctly for me too. It's the accumulation of worrying indicators which would put me off here.
You cannot possibly ignore these warning signs.
Not after what you have already be subjected to.

Thread: Extracting data from GNU plot

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08-Nov-18, 14:57
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Presumably what you want is to export it as in CSV format (comma seperated format).
Can you do this from your package?

Thread: Submitted thesis, now dreading viva

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08-Nov-18, 14:48
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Cookyy2k, I think you are perfectly justifed in being anxious about your viva. Certainly having no journal articles could make things trickier than they would for someone with a few papers. Submitting without having comments on the thesis from your supervisor is potentially a serious problem as well.
Both of these would have me awake at night.

There is absolutely nothing you can do to change these so let me advise on what practical steps I would take now bearing in mind what I said above.

1) Read the thesis again and again. Add post-it corrections as you go. Your thesis copy should be stuffed with corrections you have spotted yourself. It impresses the examiner if you can say "Aha, yes I have spotted that and I can correct it."

2) Know your thesis inside out. Make sure you can defend what you did, why you did it and why your thesis is saying something new. Be thoroughly prepared to be told things like "tell me what is original about this work".

3) Try and see if any of your work is potentially publishable and press ahead with that now so that you have extra to add into the thesis if needed and that you have something to say during the viva - "I've done all this since you got my thesis."

4) Remember you have co-authorship on a patent. Do NOT downplay this. It's a publication. End of story.

5) Find a way to believe in and be proud of what you have done. You have done sat on your hands for 4 years doing bugger all so don't allow yourself to believe that.

Hope this helps.

Thread: Feeling confused, lost and very inadequate at the start of my PhD - is that normal?

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08-Nov-18, 14:38
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Thank you both very much, you've definitely made me feel a bit better. And slowly, I am getting in the grip of some things around the lab and about my project, it's very minor and it's still a slow process, but I'm slowly learning to rejoice about any small positive progress that I make.


Ah yes, taking pleasure in small wins. That takes me back :-D
Those small things should eventually start to grow a wee bit bigger.
Just try and stay in the game.

Thread: Entirely lost motivation and interest in PhD (after 1+ year)

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08-Nov-18, 14:34
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bluegrass, you need to find a job and then quit your PhD.
The problem you have is that you can't think of anything to do and your previous attempts at a decent job have both ended in frustration.
You need to invest time finding out who you are, what makes you tick on a general level and then figuring out what job comes closest to that.
There's no quick solution.
You need to treat finding the right lifestyle as a full time job and start your research.
There isn't another way as far as I can tell.

It may be that what suits you best is a series of jobs rather than looking for one single job for the next 5 years.

Thread: Are these signs of a toxic postdoc relationship?

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03-Nov-18, 19:52
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I am a little lost here.

Was the job a postdoc position to start with? If so, what do you mean when you say you applied for the job and then applied for the postdoc?
Also, what agency are you talking about and why do you think they had an influence on the decision?

Thread: Viva minor amendments

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01-Nov-18, 19:36
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Having corrections rejected does happen but I am not aware of anyone with minors having an issue. I wouldn't worry about this at all. I think it took about a week or so for me to get my corrections approved and it was all done by my internal examiner. Once the external is happy you should be home and dry.

Thread: Messed up masters big time - options?

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31-Oct-18, 13:34
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pm133, I am an eternal optimist (until my PhD at least) and want to see good in people. Unless they do clearly do something wrong, I give people the benefit of the doubt. It is has occasionally failed me but it has done me alright as a whole. Also, I would rather be treated by a doctor who has made mistakes before but learned from them, than a doctor who claims to be perfect. So giving people second chances even if they did do it on purpose, is the way to go. Would you not want to be treated the same?


Yes I would. I am a huge advocate of making mistakes and learning from them. We are not talking about making mistakes in this case. plagiarism of "several chunks" of a text is not a mistake, it's cheating.

Thread: Advice: Contact potential supervisors at different research groups/universities

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31-Oct-18, 13:29
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Yes I don't see any problem with this either.
Applying for funding might need to be done throgh one of them though but I only applied to fully funded PhDs myself so I cant advise.

Thread: Messed up masters big time - options?

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30-Oct-18, 16:24
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I must admit, that is the first time I have ever heard anyone attempt to describe multiple instances of entire chunks of plagiarism within the same submitted piece of work as "poor academic practice".

Plagiarism is generally described within student guideline documents, quite rightly, as cheating unless there is some very compelling reason for it and depression should never be used as a mitigating factor for cheating.

Cheating is fraudulent behaviour. Hence my use of the word "fraud".

I am genuinely surprised that your first thought is to look to defend the OP rather than their fellow students who didn't cheat. Is there a reason for that?

Thread: Messed up masters big time - options?

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30-Oct-18, 14:21
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rewt,

I have a lot of respect for you that you can still find it within you to trust someone who has admitted academic fraud and is trying to link that act to their depression through the appeal channels. For me, that's a red line.

As for ruining their whole career? I dont think that will end up happening. The uni will probably buckle for reasons which are nothing to do with protecting the credibility of academia. As for future employers, trust is a major thing. Break it and you could well be in trouble. These are the consequences of any form of fraud. Would you want to get on a plane where this person had been in sole charge of maintenance? Would you want this person in charge of your drug prescription? Would you place them in charge of your personal finances or accounts? These are questions all employers will reasonably ask themselves.

You talk about giving people second chances but the cold hard reality is that life is brutal. Nobody deserves anything and you will be competing for jobs with people like the original poster. Would you feel OK if someone like that cost you a job you wanted? If so, you are a much stronger person than I am and fair play to you. They wont spend a single second thinking about you though.

Thread: Messed up masters big time - options?

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30-Oct-18, 14:10
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If you have deliberately plagiarised another person's work then I think a score of 0 is perfectly fair. To give you anything higher than that would be grossly unfair to other students who have not cheated and would send out a terrible message. Personally, if I was a member of academic staff I would press to have any student found guilty of c.


I agree with you that I should be punished but I feel that my other work demonstrates that this is a blip. I have been in contact with the student union who say I should appeal. I have listed all the issues I have been facing this year and they think I have a case.

I am a bit offended that you think I am 'playing the depression card' as this is a serious issue for me and has impacted my life significantly. I do hope you never have to suffer from mental illness.


You were the one who brought your depression into a discussion about appealing And now you are attempting to play the victim card.

I know about depression very well thank you. It's not a mitigating factor in what is a case of academic fraud. When you attempt to make that link you do a serious disservice to the credibility of others suffering from it.

Thread: Disagreement with supervisor about a journal paper

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30-Oct-18, 13:54
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posted about 3 weeks ago
I take your side on this but you can solve two problems with one stone here by thinking strategically.
She probably knows you won't get published straight away. No way will that happen.
By the time you have submitted the first draft and had it rejected you will be 6 months down the line and in a position to add your new findings during your revisions. The revision cycle will probably be a few weeks. That way you get your way without pissing her off and your turnaround time to publish ends up being weeks rather than months. If you do it your way the clock of 6 months doesnt start until you finish all of your extra work.

I would humour her on this and play the longer game.
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