I am starting to write a research article in computer science area. While writing, I am using very formal terminologies and sentences which occasionally get quite boring. Sometimes, funny side of my personality pops up, and I end up writing some informal sentences which I have to delete later, picturing a very serious looking reviewer reading my paper draft. I always have this idea that a research article should be narrated like a story (keeping the facts and assumptions valid) to make it interested for the readers and stories often get quite informal. Don’t they?

So the question is: How informal can I go in writing a research article even if my assumptions are correct? Do reviewers mind if the language used is not quite formal?

I recently graduated from a university in Germany, and I would like to apply for a phD in UK. However, my university provides initial funding for me if I choose to do my phD in the university.

I will apply for my dream schools in UK. However, there will be a one year gap and I have no idea how to use it to enhance my chance of getting admitted in this year. I would like to take the initial funding to work as a phD student in my home university, and quit it if I get admitted. If I wasn’t admitted, I can stay in the same lab.

Is it ethical to do this if I don’t tell the supervisor of my home university before he accept me ? If I should tell him, how can I prevent hurting his feeling, and let him accept my proposal ?

Thanks !

It ‘s been some time now that searching for graduate degrees of Universities in the USA that focus teaching the latest trends as implementing by individuals or large companies in the Web, with no luck.

Most graduate degrees in Computer Science have a lot of theoretical courses about developing and less or none practical.

I already have a Master of Science degree but I am currently more interested in Ui/Ux design and Creative front-end developing.

Any advice will be appreciated!

What would be a good way to overcome bad experiences with a professor in my department, who is not my main advisor, but from whom I would like to get advice regularly?

During the first year of my PhD, I worked with the Professor in a class on a project that I didn’t perform well on (because I was not very interested in that particular project + I didn’t feel very confident on the topic by that time). Our relationship has cooled down since, and he was even debating whether or not to put me as a co-author on the paper that came out of the project with multiple students. (the authoring-issue is not part of this question; I mention it to describe the status of our relationship)

Now in my second year of my PhD, I realize that it would be quite valuable to have his advice on other projects that I work on, potentially even as a co-advisor, but I fear I messed up the relationship too badly.

What would be a good approach to overcome the bad/non-existing relationship? Or would that be a waste of time and I’d rather look for someone else, which could potentially even mean I need to change the focus of my PhD?

Lets imagine that we don’t have any database about the publications in an university, there isn’t any online database or even they didn’t have the files (PDF of the papers). My job is to find the most quick and efficient way to make a database of there publications. I am wondering how could I get access to the information like Keywords, date of publication, name of the paper, published site in the web, name of the authors and etc. I just have the affiliation of the university and its better for me to save it in an CSV format.
The estimation of all the publications is about 20.000. Therefore, it will need a dedicated team to derive this data one by one from the web. I want a quick and efficient way. Is there any better way to make this database?

I am very interested in a particular PhD program that I feel is in line with my professional background. Specifically, I am thinking of doing a PhD in Communication Rhetoric and Digital Media.

However, I haven’t been in academia for over 18-19 years. I was told by one of the program directors that I would need to have “academic” writing samples and if I didn’t then it would be very difficult to compete for the program.

How and where could I write?

In this question, it seems that most people think it is acceptable for candidates to see their references. I find this very strange, as in the vast majority of case I have come across it is expected or required that all references are confidential.

What is the point of having a reference that the candidate is able to see?

The person reading such a reference has no way of telling whether any praise is genuine or simply included to please the candidate. Likewise, the chances of negative points being included are minimal, even if they are very important. Thus the reference becomes little more than a vague sign of support. I understand that in business that is generally sufficient, but in my experience academic references are relied on much more heavily to discriminate between candidates.

I am hoping to be applying for a PhD programme in the UK in the next few months. I have already asked the appropriate people if they would be up to writing me letters of recommendation and they responded positively and enthusiastically.

Now, I am not fully certain about the exact programmes I’ll apply to. I have a few picked out but I’m also looking into a couple others – not really related to my original picks (think research in A vs. research in B by means of A.

Question: should my referees tailor their letters of recommendation to the specific programmes I’ll be applying to, or is the convention usually for letters to be more destination-agnostic? Is it ok to ask a letter-writer to make the letter relevant to many degrees or asking for multiple separate letters is the usual practice?