TL; DR How can I go about either convincing this unwilling advisor or others in my department to keep me despite poor performance?

Background: I started PhD in management in a reputable institution in US, immediately after undergrad in a small university in Europe. The system works much more differently than I was used to and now I have invested all I can to this area. However, I lack prior experience in research, and especially when changing areas like this, need to develop very specific skills that were hard for me so far. Now I’m pretty beaten up and discouraged by potential advisors to go for a PhD.

The catch is when I applied, one senior faculty jointly appointed with this program and others was my primary “advisor”-candidate- and a second one supported this. Now, the second one has left the institution without any progress with research; and no one else in my department with similar topics is willing to advise me or fund any research I want to do. Without guidance or funding, this seems like a no way out. I really love the research the primary “advisor” is doing and want to continue on the topic I am in, but the topic is not the most common to find among researchers in my field.

My primary “advisor” is already planning to work with other students and my funding is not covering more than tuition after this first year. I really need someone to support me, and help me figure academia out as my first year was really bumpy. The department liaison and chairs are encouraging me to drop out and keep their money in…

I have this particular situation, where I started one thesis during my master’s about X topic (which I love). I was asked to wait around 4 months while the base code was ready to work, but when the time arrived, the program was buggy and poorly coded. However, I studied all the theoretical background that they coded, and then debugged the software for around 3 months, but in the end, it never worked.

This professor was very helpful while I was debugging it, but when I decided not to continue with the project as it looked like the debugging was never going to end, he became angry and behaved as if the project failure was my fault… I was the one who should’ve been pissed off after more than half a year wasted in that project…

In any case, I graduated with another thesis and now I am looking for a PhD, in that X topic… I found a very interesting one very related to the thesis I was doing before, and I would like to include in the motivation letter, my background and the experience I got while I was debugging (in fact I learned more about the topic while debugging, than reading the theory).

What would be the best way to mention this project without backfiring at me, or being asked for a reference from that professor who will definitely not recommend me?

Thanks!

I asked a professor for a PhD position, and he said that he dont have an open PhD position, but i can go there as a self-funded visiting scientist or apply for a PhD position later. As i am from middle-east, and this university is in Europe, it is very hard for me financially and i have to ask my family to support me. so, i want to be sure that i can start a paid PhD after being there as a visiting scientist.
please help me to use appropriate word to impress the professor and he give me a promise that I can start a PhD position there.

I got a strong recommendation from my former supervisor. He wants to recommend me to one of his former colleagues who happens to have no position now. So I have to wait until the Spring Quarter. But I want to stay in contact with him because everything could happen during this period from now to next March.

Basically, in that university, the professors have the absolute power. If I can get permission from him, I can secure this position. And I really value this opportunity as he is like among the top 5 in our field.

How should I do? I have no idea what should be in the email which could increase my admission chance and would not bother him. I guess he must be busy every day.

I asked a professor for a PhD position, and he said that he dont have an open PhD position, but i can go there as a self-funded visiting scientist. As i am from middle-east, and this university is in Europe, it is very hard for me financially and i have to ask my family to support me. so, i want to be sure that i can start a paid PhD after being there as a visiting scientist.
please help me to use appropriate word to impress the professor and he give me a promise that I can start a PhD position there.

I am in the process of trying to formulate my statement of purpose/intent for a PhD in criminal justice. I’m not sure how to go about this when I have two distinctly different areas that I’m very interested in. The first is wildlife crime (falls into conservational criminology, a very new field) and the other is biosocial criminology/mental illness. These are not related to each other in any way, but I’m fascinated by both.

There are a lot more schools that have faculty working on biosocial than wildlife crime. However, I have found one school that has one professor working in wildlife crime, and the rest working on mental-illness-related issues. I don’t know what to do. Should I write two different SOPs and submit them to the appropriate school? One for wildlife and one for biosocial?

When my past professors ask me for my research interests, I want to mention both of these, but I don’t want them to think I’m unfocused. I am going to a criminology conference in November, and I will be talking to the professors who are writing my letters of recommendation. Should I tell them everything I’m interested in or narrow down one specific thing?

I will be starting a master’s degree in applied mathematics in the U.S. this fall and am considering entering a Ph.D. program after this. The master’s program lasts two years; I’d want to begin the Ph.D. program immediately after, in the fall of 2019. In order to do that, I’d need to apply to programs before the end of 2018. Would Ph.D. program admissions committees take into account courses that I’d be planning to take in the spring 2019 semester? Those courses would probably be the second halves of two-course sequences I’d begin taking in the fall 2018 semester. Would they even take into account courses from that semester? I’m planning on writing a thesis; would it be advisable to finish it well before the application deadline at the end of 2018, even though I’d probably be able to write a better thesis after taking more courses?

My situation is similar to but not same as –UG different field than phd
Please skip to edit 2 below if you want to know the problem in short.
Details
Talking of my career so far,

  • I completed undergraduate in CS(computer-science) with WSN (wireless-sensor-networks) as thesis topic (Networks)
  • Joined an MNC(multi-national-company) in Android GPS team and stayed for a year (More Networks! )
  • Completed masters in CS with Social Network Analysis as main thesis. At this point I got interested in ML (machine-learning), NLP(natural-language-processing) and during my entire program I took related courses.
  • Joined another MNC 11 months back, in their router OS QOS (quality-of-service) team (Networks again! )

I now want to apply for a PhD in ML / NLP from colleges like Carnegie Melon or N NUS, Singapore. But I find I don’t have enough recommendation/ work experience in the same field.
What should I do – Personal projects in these areas? Personal publication? Working with a startup in these fields ?
Kindof desparate now to prepare and apply for some program within the next year.

I know its difficult to suggest something that will definitely work in my case but still wanted some advice from the community.

Edit:- Expanding on the acronyms as suggested in comments. Sorry for the long background but I wanted others to understand my situation by stating “some” of my backgound.

Edit 2 : –
Editing this again to highlight my problem in short. I want to pursue phd in fields(ML, NLP) in which I have somewhat less experience. My GPA is not extraordinary for an international student and have only single recommendation in the same. I do have a publication but not related to these areas. Any suggestions for getting my CV to be accepted by any faculty in ivory colleges?