A group of PhD students and young researchers (where I belong) is preparing a symposium, a single day meeting, for other young researchers, PhD, master and students.

I don’t have any previous experience with advertising this kind of events and I haven’t received other advertisement, to an event similar to this one, than a place and a date with a link for more info. However, this was from a better known organization (and I get to know this organization through a friend) and our organization is not well known so I doubt this way would work to attract new people.

Which is the best way to increase registrations to the symposium? What information would you like to know before going for a registration or looking for more information?

Some important information I thought to include in a leaflet/ad:

  • Place, dates, duration (done)
  • Where to register and how much does it cost (done)
  • Key speakers (At the moment we don’t have confirmation of all the invited speakers)
  • Sponsors and support (done)

There’s a similar question question for a similar event, but I am in charge of advertising.

I just graduated with a computer-science bachelor’s degree and accepted a job offer as a data scientist with a well-known company. It is a research role; so I’ll presumably be working towards goals that are also academic in nature.

Now is it possible for me to find an advisor who would be okay with me working full-time? I’ve interned for this company and they have no issues with sharing any research as long as no confidential data is involved; so I will be able to publish and share some of my work with an advisor.

I am really enamored with the idea of having a PhD – for the sake of having a PhD (which is silly, I know). However, I’m hesitant to put my life on hold or quit my job so this is the only option left to me.

I am a senior in high school and I am angered by the lack of action taken against a classmate of mine who, might I add, recently won a scholarship that the school gives out. To be clear, I am not jealous that she was one of the recipients and I was not. I am more angry at the fact that cheated on exams, homework, and so forth for all four years of high school with no repercussions. To provide some background information, last year, amidst the release of student ranking, my class found out that she was top 5. None of us would have been upset had she worked her way to that spot.. except she did not. I took it upon me to tweet about how she did not deserve the spot because she broke the honor code innumerable times and did not have any academic integrity. She went to the counselor and the AP and decided to victimize herself. I was taken to the office and was told that I would be reported to the police if I did not take the post that defamed her, even though nothing I said was false. Additionally, I had to write her an apology letter. It seems as if the authorities at my school are turning a blind eye because she was reported by an AP teacher last year for coming in the classroom and taking pictures of the tests. She did not get in trouble for that either; she has never gotten in trouble for all her dishonest acts. It seems as if there is nothing my classmates and I can do about this. What are some possible solutions to this?

I am submitting a paper to a computer science conference. In this paper I compare experimentally a method A (mine) with a method B (from other people).

I found the code for method B on git-hub by an anonymous author, and seems ok, with very few editing. Now, I have to upload the code I used for the experiments for review, and I don’t know what to do with the code for method B:

  • If I submit it as is, the reviewer may realize that I have taken it from an “untrusted” source, or being the author of the code, who knows.
  • On the other hand it seems ridiculous to me to change the name of the functions and of the variables just to make the code “more mine”.

Is there a prassi in this case?

I am presently writing up a PhD with a very imminent deadline (next week!), so please go fairly easy. My thesis is of a technical nature.

In each chapter I have a results subsection which is divided into subsubsections (I’m using Lyx/Latex) for each topic within that chapter.
For example, I vary a bunch of parameters within a chapter, and have a results subsection for each parameter.
This is mirrored in the discussion section; within each discussion subsection I have subsubsections for each relevant result.

This has resulted in my discussion subsections being essentially more elaborate versions of the results subsections.

I’d like to have a more general area within each discussion subsection – after the individual subsubsections – that can discuss things more cohesively.

I’m not sure the best way to do this – another subsubsection for “General Discussion” is a little clunky. I don’t have time to rewrite everything so am looking for a solution that I can add rather than rework.

This may simply be a question of finding an appropriate subsubsection name, or perhaps there are better ways to divide my discussion up without formalising it into subsubsections. I was thinking perhaps I could use some kind of break – like a few lines of empty space after the last subsubsection, any ideas would be very well received.

E.g. I have this:

Chapter N
– Methodology
– Results
* Variation of X
* Variation of Y
– Discussion
* Variation of X
* Variation of Y
* ?? How to discuss results of both X and Y

As a part of a PhD application process I have to give a talk about a project that I did a couple of years ago for an institution I no longer colaborate with.

I was thinking of putting the logo of my current institution in the first of my slides as a support when introducing myself and explaining my background to the people who are going to listen to my talk.

Is this considered a good practice? I have doubts because the work I am going to talk about has no relation whatsoever with my current university.

One of the oddities of working in an interdisciplinary field is that PhD programs – and ultimately departments where you would like to work in the future – are often offered under different departments. For my personal example, my field is Human Computer Interaction (HCI), and I have the option to join a PhD program in (that is, have received admission offers from) departments that are housed within colleges of Computer Science, Engineering, or Information. “Rankings”, to the extent that anyone cares about them, exist separately for each classification, and so they are all “top 5” within their own classification and have a good reputation in the field.

My question is: in considering a plan to seek future academic jobs after earning a PhD (especially as a professor at an R1), is the name of the home department/college that hosts their program something that one should weigh in their decision making? How might the type of department that one gets their PhD from effect one’s future career?

Bonus: If department type impacts availability of internships (especially those valuable to an eventual faculty application), or just having the alternative to go into another area of industry/consulting, that could be important for a person to know and consider. “Plan A” is primarily positions in academia, so an answer need not address this to be a good or accepted one.

Note: The focus of research, topic, equipment, and even coursework will be largely comparable, faculty working in every program have degrees in widely differing topics (including some in Psychology, Art/Design, and Business/Management), and current faculty even often publish in the same conferences.

For example, if you’ve been involved with a hiring committee in Computer Science, have they evaluated applicants differently if their degree was not specifically in “Computer Science” and instead in Information or Engineering? Or similarly, do Engineering hiring committees have a preference for people with degrees from other Engineering departments? Issues at the administrative culture level? Have you found that informal cliches or hierarchies form between groups?

Ultimately I’d like to know if this a distinction I need to seriously consider in picking a program, or if I can instead focus on the dozen-other factors one should consider to compare options instead.