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Any disadvantage to multiple applications?

I am considering applying for PhD programs in CS. I've been reading about the process, reading the sorts of things that programs want and I would say that I am an OK (but not stellar) applicant. For ...
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Should I include having taken free online courses without credit or certificate in an application for a master's programme?

I just finished my Bachelor in Psychology and the master's programmes I am interested in pursuing require some experience with at least one programming language. Of course, at no point in my studies ...
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Is it possibly considered weakness in my statement of purpose if I mention that I would like specific people to advise my PhD programme?

I'm writing a statement of purpose for my PhD applications and in some cases I'd be very happy if any person from a certain group (say the Algebra Group) would take me as his/her student. Could this ...
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Is it ok to call professor in this situation?

I had a telephone conversation with a proposed PhD supervisor last Monday and he agreed that he will double-check my research proposal before I submit it. Then I emailed him the proposal. However, I ...
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How to apply for a Master thesis abroad

I am enrolled in a Master's program (Computational Science and Engineering) in Germany and currently I am looking for a Master's Thesis abroad, preferably in the US or in Canada. Unfortunately, I am ...
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For a transfer applicant, is it wise to ask the university applied to, not to contact my current one?

Premise that I'm already an undergraduate at a university, but want to change to a UK university. Call the Current uni, C. Call the university that I'm Applying to, A. Is it acceptable and ...
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How to tell my co-advisor I am leaving for PhD?

I am doing my master's and I am considering doing my PhD at a different institution. I asked my advisor for reference and he was fine with it. My co-advisor insisted on me staying. I tried to talk him ...
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How to rate my level of proficiency in statement for graduate application

I am completing a computer science-related graduate application for a highly competitive school in the US that has an optional section for a "skills statement." In paraphased form, here it is: The ...
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For applications where prospective students upload transcripts, is there a preference between scanned official vs unofficial transcripts?

It is my understanding that most graduate schools will want you to mail them a sealed transcript if accepted, but my question is about the application process. I thought that I could upload an ...
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Letter to a potential PhD supervisor (mathematics)

I am finishing my Master's in mathematics in Germany and I'd like to apply for a PhD in Europe, preferably in the UK. Most departments recommend that students get in touch with potential supervisors ...
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Is having a “too good to be true” recommendation bad?

I am applying to grad school and I asked one of my professors to write a letter of recommendation on my behalf. He happily agreed. He submitted a recommendation and forwarded the confirmation email to ...
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In a scholarship application that asks about “overcoming challenges,” does this refer to financial challenges or other kinds?

I am applying for a university scholarship program, and as part of the application I have to write some essays but I don't understand what they want exactly in the first essay. The question is written ...
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What would be considered a “competitive” application for mathematics postdocs in the US?

What are the factors that make an application competitive for postdoc positions in pure mathematics at top tier universities (e.g. MIT, Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Stanford) in the US? Clearly, ...
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What admissions statistics should an overseas applicant know, for applying to a UK university? [closed]

Many UK universities and admissions offices reveal little. I won't ask for revealing personal information, of course. Here's what I want to know for undergraduate applications, but what are some ...
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Is there typically a pre-screening process for doctoral admissions in the US?

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US and I am wondering: is it common for applications to be filtered before they reach the hiring committee? In the typical selection and admissions ...
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delaying Phd application to publish in order to get accepted at a better university, a valid strategy?

Is it better to wait a couple of years and publish in order to get to a prefered program or go to any program that would accept me? Sorry in advance for the length of this document. It is in part ...
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Modify the page layout of application materials (i.e. A4 vs. Letter) when applying for jobs in multiple countries?

Most countries use A4 paper. The US and Canada use letter paper. When applying for jobs across several countries should application materials always be designed to meet the page layout norms for the ...
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What should a student do, when a professor delays submitting his letter of recommendation?

I'm applying to Stanford, which requires 2 letters of recommendation from teachers, due in 2 days. Both teachers have known about this since mid-September, but one of them hasn't submitted his ...
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When applying for a PhD is it worth mentioning awards received for achievement in final year high school exams?

I am in the process of applying for a PhD at the univerity where I am currently completing my undergraduate. The application has a section for awards. I don't have anything to show for my time as a ...
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Why does a UK university need to know my sexual orientation and religion?

I want to apply to a postdoc position at a UK based University. They want me to fill a "Equal Opportunities Data" form with questions about my marital status, sexual orientation, religion and race. ...
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References for PhD Application: Is reputation or personal relationship more important?

I am a Master's student who is currently applying for PhD programs in math. When it comes to the letter of recommendation, I need to choose one out of the following three professors. A: Very ...
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Working Experiences Sections in application systems of doctoral programs?

I am applying to doctoral programs and I am not sure if it is necessary to fill out the sections for working experiences. The problem is that I have been always a full-time student up to now and, ...
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Is it OK to name discrete research areas as your research interests in the statement of purpose?

I am planning to apply to a Chemistry graduate program and I am interested in both drug delivery and computational chemistry fields, which are not quite related to each other. I have backgrounds in ...
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What are the expectations for a Ph.D. candidate in Scandinavia in particular?

I am willing to pursue a PhD degree in Northern Europe (mostly in Scandinavia). So, I take advice from differen professors of my university. The exact question I asked was: I want to complete my ...
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What GPA is considered as Competitive for top five schools in Engineering in US

Some prestigious universities like Caltech, Stanford, MIT and Berkeley never disclose their information regarding their cut off major and cumulative GPA for M.Sc and PhD programs in engineering. I ...
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Would adding anecdotes in statement of purpose be necessary?

I am applying to phd programs in the US. In preparing for the statement of purpose, I consulted some native speakers. I was suggested to add some anecdotes in my statement. Nevertheless, after a ...
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Crippling anxiety when writing “grant applications”

I find it very difficult to make strong research proposals, where I am trying to convince the audience that my proposal is important (possibly more important than the other applicants'). I write ...
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Apply for a cluster for scientific computing from a developing country for academic use?

I don't have access to a computer cluster in my university. Is there website that accepts applications for free access to a computer cluster for scientific computing? Further information: I am in ...
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Asking a Professor for a review of a university application research supplement

As part of the application to a particular university, I can submit a research supplement which is a paper I have written which will be reviewed by the university's faculty. However, it must be ...
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Should I avoid using footnotes in a statement of purpose?

I intend to use some footnotes (in a restricted manner) in my statement of purpose for PhD applications, but I am not sure if doing so is suitable. Though I cannot see any reason against doing so, ...
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Do I need to attach the letter of acceptance of an accepted paper along with the paper itself to my CV for applications to phd programs?

In an application to a phd program, if I claim that some paper of mine is accepted and the paper has not yet been published, then should I attach the letter of acceptance along with the manuscript ...
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How should I choose the name of my past degree in application when the options do not not exactly match my degree?

I am applying for PhD for a certain university (Canadian), and in the form there is a question about the academic background. In the options I see things like Bachelor of engineering, bachelor of ...
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Changing graduate schools after a semester

I am stuck in a somewhat unusual situation. I am enrolled in a graduate program (masters) in my country in the field of my choice. My college has a good undergraduate program but, as I've come to ...
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Should I apply again to the same research group where I used to work and haven't got any PhD offer from the professor?

Approximately a couple of years ago I was working in a Computer Science project abroad. The task was to implement a software analysis tool with the collaboration of a professor, and if all went well ...
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For writing samples, is it necessary to provide an English translation of a conference paper written and presented in my native language?

I have a paper, written in my native language, presented in a conference. If I want to use it as a writing sample in the applications to phd programs in the US, should I provide an English translation ...
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Is mentioning submission rejections in SOP wise?

I kind of want to mention in my SOP that I have been through rejections many times so as to hint the reader that I have a more mature mentality to persevere when I am a professional researcher. But, a ...
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Can I submit a Universities and Colleges Admissions Service application without references? [closed]

I have a rather strange question. Over the course of several years I have applied without success to attempt to get into an American college, and although there is a huge debate about what the reasons ...
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What does it mean if a professor asks you to draft his reference letter for you?

This question is, honestly speaking, probably somewhat opinion-based, but I still want to give a shot. A professor acceded to my invitation of writing a reference letter for me. Nevertheless, unlike ...
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How to remove gender bias from an academic job search?

I overheard some professors discussing the next round of hiring at my university and several were concerned about gender bias possibly playing an issue in the hiring process. An initial thought is to ...
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Can a successful grant application be considered a publication in academia?

I have spent most of my professional life writing proposals for improving the living and studying conditions of the constituents I served (community members, students, curricula and higher education ...
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Research plan without a specific goal?

In order to apply for studying abroad (writing my M.Sc. thesis) I need to write a research plan. However, I only know the approximate research field, e.g. "program analysis for concurrent software", ...
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Statement of purpose: One-for-all or one-to-one?

This question is about statement of purpose (s.o.p). I am not sure that whether it is advisable to write exactly one s.o.p. for all the schools or to write for each school exactly one s.o.p.? Does ...
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Applying for posdtoc positions: is it okay to send out many applications? [closed]

When applying for postdoc positions, one has the option to send out lots of applications, possibly get several offers, then choose the one that seems best. Alternatively, the applicant could contact ...
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Applying for a PhD with two undergrad degrees in different subjects

I completed a BA in philosophy, but then my interests changed and I did a BSc in mathematics. I am currently finishing my MSc in mathematics and applying for a PhD in maths. I have the following ...
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Is it advisable to apply to more than one PhD program?

Is it good to apply for more than one PhD program and accept ( the best case, obviously ) the most interesting/best paid/best outlooks one?
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Is it unusual to apply for a degree without finishing your current one?

Consider the following situation: a student has started a bachelor's/master's/PhD at a lesser-known university program but feels that he would benefit from a more prestigious institution with better ...
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What makes a standout profile for applying to a top-ten ranked CS masters in the US?

I'm currently an undergrad student, will complete it next 3 months, I was thinking that, what makes an undergrad profile different and stand out of crowd? To be more specific: what does it take for ...
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Are there any drawbacks in adding hyperlinks in PhD application email?

I'm writing an application email to a professor for a PhD program. One dilemma that I have is whether I should add hyperlinks and if there are any problems in doing that. Consider the imaginary ...
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Can personal projects that required reading other's research make up for lack of my own?

I graduated from my undergrad program last December. My grades and GRE scores are good but my school is relatively unknown. I don't really have research in the sense that I haven't published ...
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Low ranking university with fund VS Unsure opportunity at a higher ranking one

Two years ago, I completed my bachelor degree with highest honor ranking 1st of my class in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department in my university in Egypt. Since then I have been working ...