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Summary of PhD Thesis - Why should I upload it?

posted Oct 7, 2015, 7:11 PM by Operations Academia   [ updated Oct 7, 2015, 7:17 PM ]
This seems to be a frequently asked question among PhD Candidates on the Job Market. 

We thought of asking for an one page summary of Candidates' Theses following what was asked in POMS Doctoral Consortium (2014)This shouldn’t take long to prepare and would help having an overview of all Theses (output) of the field per year from PhD Candidates. For example, here is a large subset of the Theses topics being written in 2014.

Q: But then, are you enforcing a strict page limit on the thesis summary? Would my "Research Statement" work too?

A: We do not impose a strict page limit, and Candidates may upload their "Research Statement" as well. We recommend though to stick to an one-page document.

The first reason to ask for an one-page Summary Thesis is for uniformity across Students of any field and background. 

The second reason is that Research Statements may be considered as "confidential" by some PhD Candidates, because they may describe their future ideas there (apart from their current research and contribution). Hence, we ask to upload a summary of their contribution so far in one page in English avoiding Greek letters (if possible). This is what we define a "Summary of PhD Thesis".

We believe it shouldn't be too difficult for a Candidate about to defend his/ her thesis this year to describe his/ her contributions in one page, targeting a general audience. Last year around 70 Candidates who posted Profiles did post such an one-page Summary. 


Overall, we do not impose a strict page limit, and Candidates may upload either their "Summary Thesis", or their "Research Statement". However, it is recommended to upload an one-page Summary Thesis. Please contact us if you have any other questions and feedback.