Ask the PhDs

While we created this site with all graduate students in mind, we do recognize that like snowflakes, no two graduate students are the same. That’s why we have a panel of PhDs who want to hear from you about your unique situations.

Browse the archives below or submit a new question.​

  • Comprehensive Exam +

    Comprehensive Exam I'm studying for my written comprehensive exam that will take place next month. I understand that the doctoral program has different rules as to how Read More
  • Working on dissertation +

    Working on dissertation What is the length of Chapter 1 (how many pages?) On a qualitative study, do I need to address validity and reliability? How about credibility Read More
  • Online Data Tools +

    Online Data Tools I am looking for a secure data collection tool online to engage in email interviews. Thanks. – Online Data Tools Dear Online Data Tools, Picking the Read More
  • In Need of Financial Support +

    In Need of Financial Support I was wondering if anyone can help me – well, direct me. I have had a lot of health-related and disability-related problems that got ignored during Read More
  • Phd Victim +

    Phd Victim Hello, I am in my second year of PhD but technically have been working on my project for just one year. Before moving abroad for Read More
  • Capstone or Thesis? +

    Capstone or Thesis? I am in a terminal Master’s program in counselor’s education with the goal of being a school guidance counselor. My career goal has always been Read More
  • Committee A-Go-Go +

    Committee A-Go-Go I have a committee member that I have had numerous problems with over the course of my dissertation. He has been very difficult to work Read More
  • Reading Overload +

    This is my first year in grad school. As an undergrad, I was the type of student that always did all the reading required for Read More
  • Grieving Nurse +

    Grieving Nurse I am working on a PhD is nursing and have worked in the field of nursing for many years (I got my RN as an Read More
  • Deflated Doctorate Student +

    Deflated Doctorate Student I am working on my dissertation and was really excited about the topic. It’s been something that I have been wanting to study based on Read More
  • Less Money More Problems +

    Less Money More Problems People keep telling me that if you can’t get your graduate degree paid for, you probably shouldn’t be getting a graduate degree in the first Read More
  • Junior Faculty Woes +

    Junior Faculty Woes I am an early career academic and have managed to position myself well in a few NIH-funded grants. The problem I am running into is Read More
  • J007 +

    I am admitted in PhD program in UCONN starting from fall 2015. I have to submit top 3 advisors name under whom I want to Read More
  • Genetics Times Two +

    I got admit to two Universities and I need help to finalize the University. 1. PhD in Human Genetics, University of Pittsburgh. The department provides Read More
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