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How to write a believable CV?

I'm having trouble writing a believable CV. I want to apply for masters degree. I'm a professional in IT industry. I have done dozens of high-tech projects. The problem is my bachelor G.P.A is ...
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PhD Application Review moved from Fall 2015 Start to Spring 2016 Start: Options?

I applied for PhD programs starting from the fall of 2015 at several universities and I was waiting very eager to hear from them, because I just finished my MS last spring semester and don't want to ...
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Should / How do I include my school's GPA Scale in my CV / Application

I'm preparing my grad school applications (CV, letter of intent, etc) and in these I need to include my GPA. My school uses the 4.3 scale and I feel as though not including this information is ...
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Is it usual for graduate programs not to find suitable candidates even among a large pool of applicants?

About a month ago I applied for a PhD position in Germany under a research training group funded by the German Research Council. There are 12 open positions for this program. Before I applied I was ...
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Importance of undergrad GPA, when you have a masters, applying for phd? [duplicate]

Background: I'm a fourth year student studying a commerce and science degree at one of the top univerisities in Australia, namely, Monash University. My majors are in finance and mathematics. ...
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How to mention a course that you haven't taken yet in an application

I am preparing to apply for an internship that strongly favors people with CUDA-programming skills. There is a course in exactly this that I won't have taken by the time I apply for the internship, ...
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Do admission offices keep the envelopes in which applicants sent their application documents? [closed]

I am just wondering if university admission offices (or anyone else receiving applications for admission at universities) typically keep the envelopes in which applicants mailed whatever ...
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Hide information from my CV? [closed]

I'm preparing my application to send it to my dream university (it's located in Germany), and my problem is: Since I'm coming from a country that facing civil war (Syria), I had real troubles in high ...
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What is the best way to tell a professor that my research interests are not limited to a specific topic?

I want to write to a professor and tell him about my research interests. What is the best way to say that my research interests include, but are not limited to X? Is the following sentence a good ...
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What does a successful NecTAR application look like

This is quite specific question, though, it specificness is largely related to the fact it can only be answered by someone with experience with computational research in Australia. NeCTAR grants ...
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Should I take a gap year before PhD? [duplicate]

I came from a top LAC with a decent, though small, math program. My professors say I can get into math PhD program in schools like UCLA, Columbia or Michigan (as I will start taking grad level courses ...
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Should I mention in my personal statement that my poor performance in mathematics courses was due to the course delivery not being effective for me?

I have finished three years undergraduate course in maths in the UK and I am applying to do an MSc in maths. The academic year was 26 weeks long and split into 2 semesters of equal length. we had ...
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Do articles published in newspapers count as publications?

I have some analytical articles published in reputed national newspapers,local magazines relevant to my subjects. Do those count as publications? I have to fill a form (graduate school) and bit ...
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Which e-mail address should I give for a recommender in an application?

For an application, I have to fill in the contact information of somebody who wrote me a recommendation letter. The person owns three e-mail accounts: permanent (on Gmail), my university’s e-mail ...
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I had an internship with the professor I'm applying for. Is it possible to ask for a recommendation letter?

I talked to a professor in a top US university and he asked me to apply but he said finally admission committee decides. If I go to his lab for a summer internship, is it OK to ask for a ...
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Consequences of applying to both research and staff positions at the same school simultaneously

There are some well-known universities, which I considered applying for several positions at each school (as a recent Ph.D. graduate). The potential problem is that, at each school, some of the ...
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Can I use a project to get a scholarship/fellowship or start at a higher first year? [closed]

Last year I graduated at pre-university secondary education in Europe. I was planning to go to the university next year. That way I could do some things I wanted to do in this year. The good news is ...
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Is academia politics in early career an issue? [duplicate]

The following question is based mostly not on relevant personal experiences, but is largely inspired by reading here and there mentioning of the politics aspect in academia. At the present time, I am ...
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Handling academia politics - an early career case [closed]

This question is based mostly not on relevant personal experiences, but is largely inspired by reading here and there mentioning of the politics aspect in academia. At the present time, I am ...
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Background section for research statement

It is my understanding that the main sections in a research statement should address the following three main points: 1) research interests and skills; 2) past (and present, if any) research; 3) ...
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Single application for several postdoctoral positions

I just finished crafting an application's cover letter for a particular lab (if it matters, area of research can be broadly classified as computational social sciences). The situation is that they ...
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Applying to Social Psych Programs: How important are grades in statistics?

I'm preparing to apply to Social Psych programs this fall and I'm wondering how much a mediocre grade in an Advanced Stats course (B-) would weight down my application. Barring this course, my ...
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Applying to work where I said “no” in the past?

I'm currently applying for lecturing jobs at a couple of universities (in the US), and one of these is a place that had accepted me in its Ph.D. program a few years back, an offer which I ended up ...
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Research statement and dissertation abstract

Based on reviewing multiple examples, a description of one's dissertation research seems to be a mandatory (or, at least, expected) part of any statement of research document. Question: is it ...
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How to explain low grades in a phd interview [closed]

I am a recent Masters graduate in nanotechnology and I have applied for a reputed phd position. I will have an interview very shortly. Unfortunately my Masters grades are very bad and I believe that ...
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Citation style for research statement

As I understand, I'm rather free to choose a publication (and, thus, citation) style for a research statement. While being in graduate school (master's and doctoral programs), I've used APA, as it was ...
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How to use contacts on an application in an unassuming way?

Recently my former master thesis advisor (I finished more than a year ago, and want to return to academia / PhD studies after my still ongoing other research job) informed me about a summer school ...
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Academic job search: writing sample

In many, if not most, advertisements for academic positions, specifically for postdoctoral and junior faculty positions, I see a requirement of including a writing sample as part of application ...
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Postdoctoral job search: mixed applications

As I'm currently pursuing an academic job search (in parallel to the industry one), which includes potential postdoctoral positions, I would appreciate some clarifications on the following aspect. ...
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Postdoctoral job search: freedom

As I'm currently pursuing an academic job search (in parallel to the industry one), which includes potential postdoctoral positions, I would appreciate some clarifications on the following aspect. ...
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Postdoctoral job search: positions and job titles

As I'm currently pursuing an academic job search (in parallel to the industry one), which includes potential postdoctoral positions, I would appreciate some clarifications on the following aspects. ...
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How rigid are admissions GPA requirements in the US? [duplicate]

I am exploring applying to Aero/Astro PhD and Master's programs from undergrad, and I have a 3.2 Cum. GPA. I have a pretty robust CV with four years of research, some presented/published work, and a ...
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Applying to PhD programs - One reference just quit his job

I am applying directly to several Professors for a PhD. As part of my applications I usually attach a CV, two references (one is a professor, the other is a research project leader in industry), and ...
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How to improve chances of admission to Ph.D. program for international student?

Question synopsis: I have a postgrad degree, a couple failed classes on transcript but did well in others; tried applying to PhD programs in different countries, but did not get accepted and ...
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Bragging about previous funded PhD position to acquire another?

I am in the process of leaving a funded PhD position and apply elsewhere. There was a lot of competition for the position, and the benefits were good (being employed by the university), but things ...
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arXiv Papers vs. Peer Reviewed Papers; How Does Admission Committee Evaluate?

I'm going to apply for PhD at a top university in US. I have two peer reviewed papers already published and 2 unpublished papers. The last two are ready, but I do not have time to submit them to be ...
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Is reproduction of copyrighted material in a research proposal fair use?

Say that I am writing a grant application to be submitted to a funding agency. The application is not a public document and so it will be only accessible to the review panel, the collaborators ...
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Website for admission results?

Is there any website/forum where people post their application results? For instance a website where people write the name of university they applied for, their GPAs, their GRE/TOEFL scores, their ...
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Interpreting academic applications' timeframe requirements

Based on my limited experience in academic job search, most advertisements for academic positions (it seems, more often the faculty ones) include phrase, similar to the following: To guarantee ...
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How to handle letters of recommendation requirements in this situation?

I'm wondering about the best way to handle the following situation. Some time ago I've asked my then-potential referees about possibility to become my reference sources and they kindly agreed, after ...
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Applying to several faculty positions within the same institution

The following question is not a general question about applying to many academic positions at different institutions, but rather about applying to several positions within the same institution ...
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How to write PIs asking for PhD position?

I have read here that the best way is to keep it simple, be short and ask for meetings, which is a bit generic way to ask for a job. I agree more with the discussion posted here by a student in a ...
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Where to apply for MSc depending on GPA?

I am an engineering undergrad in my third year. The question that I am asking might sound like a duplicate but I seek some rough statistics. What classification might be roughly correct for ...
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What does a PhD application rejection mean for other applications?

If you applied to several PhD projects, all in the same "level" of university prestige. Could a refusal from one of these applications be interpreted as a inadequacy for the rest?. Could it mean the ...
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How many PhD programs does the average STEM applicant apply to in Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)?

I was wondering if there are data on the number of applications that people make to PhD programs in Europe (Ger, At, CH). My guess is that it depends on the area/field, in particular I am looking for ...
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Should citations be included in funding applications

I am writing a funding application for the development of a scientific technology, should I include references to back up the most important aspects of my proposal? Is there a standard procedure for ...
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How to best present a PhD application when moving from professional work without a masters or honours degree?

I have been invited by a potential supervisor to apply for a PhD scholarship based on some research I have done in a professional role. I have a history of presenting this kind of work at mixed ...
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Meaning of the term “studies leading to a degree”

I am slightly confused about the meaning of the term "studies leading to a degree" in an application form. Does it mean only studies that lead to an actual degree, in which case incomplete studies ...
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Graduate school admission with a degree in a different field

Can I be admitted to graduate school in a different field from my degree? Specific cases include: If I've taken plenty of advanced courses in field X in the process of completing a degree in ...
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How early to apply for PhD's? (Europe)

In Europe it is somewhat common to apply directly to professors for a PhD project at any time of the year. Specially in chemical engineering, bioprocessing, process engineering, material science and ...