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Can I hide my bachelor and master degrees in CV when I apply for a PhD position?

I have 1 Bachelors degree and 2 Masters degrees. They are in different subjects, not closely related. I am now planning to apply for a PhD program. Question: Do you think that I can only mention the ...
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Received an email from potential advisor and my name was wrong. should I correct him?

A few months back I contacted a potential advisor I am interested in doing my PhD with and he replied that he is considering my application and will be back in contact with me. Today, I received ...
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How has the application review process for NSF graduate fellowships changed?

I was looking for some information on the site that might help for applications to the GRFP. I found JeffE's answer to an old question extremely useful. However, I noticed that some of the advice he ...
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Will writing MSC instead of MSc in an application count against me?

I am really stressing out over masters applications and I have realized I have stupidly made a minor error. Instead of writing MSc I wrote MSC and I was not consistent. Would the admissions tutor ...
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Should an e-mail application to a lab for a masters thesis include attachments, or should I wait for these documents to be requested?

I would like to ask a researcher in a foreign institution to do my master thesis ( 5 months worth of research in Experimental Physics ) under his supervision. I have written both a motivational ...
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Is it a mistake to fail to mention future career plans in an application for admission to an MSc in pure mathematics?

I am applying to various universities to study for an msc in maths or pure maths. After sending of my application I have realized that I have not mentioned anything in the way future career plans. ...
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How to pick a PhD topic? [duplicate]

I have been offered an opportunity for a part time PhD in Computer Science. I have had brief conversation with the person that would be my advisor. He has suggested that I start to think of a ...
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I might not get any PhD offers this year. I would like to apply again , what can I do to maximize chances [duplicate]

I am a mathematics undergraduate. I would like to get into a top 10 PhD school and might not do so this year. I would like to apply again and want to do what whatever is necessary to maximize my ...
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Choosing a second option choice

I am currently applying to MSc pure maths/maths courses. One the universities gave me the option to fill out a second choice program. My first choice was pure maths but I put my second choice as ...
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Will working after bachelors reduce my chances of getting into a PhD program?

I am an 'overseas' student in a university, currently pursuing a bachelor's degree. Although I am really interested in signing up for graduate school, I am bonded to work for at least three years as ...
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My professor wants to know if his recommendation is helpful

Several weeks after I received the recommendation from Professor M, he sent an email to me and asked me about the result of my application to a graduate school. He wants to know whether his ...
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How to turn down an offer if you aren't sure where you're going yet?

I'm a PhD applicant. I recently got an offer from a school I will not be attending. The Professor that I spoke to politely asked that, if possible, I give an answer as soon I know if I'm attending ...
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Does getting an offer from a U.S. phd program earlier than normal mean getting a relatively better offer?

As I browse the Internet, I observe that a U.S. phd program may send its offers to the applicants at different time points. However, does this difference imply the difference in favor? I mean, does ...
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How is it perceived to withdraw an application to grad school

I applied to a program that I had been striving for in my undergrad, at a top school, but I've since felt overwhelmed with the thought of going this year. I think I should have waited until I was ...
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Quality of English in a college recommendation letter

Does the quality of English in a letter of recommendation matter? Should it be really good or just average English with occasional mistakes suffice as long as the meaning is clear? Is a perfectly ...
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Is it acceptable to list unpublished papers in a PhD application for computer science?

I have a couple of papers that are works in progress or in the submission process. Can I list under my publications list (and clarify they are not yet published but on the road to it)?
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Which is better: writing a traditional cover letter or an “actual” letter?

I will be soon applying to the department of computer science of numerous top universities for PhD studentship soon. There is a single question in my mind; wheter to write a cover letter or an actual ...
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Transfer applicants. Who are they?

Who are transfer applicants? I was applying for undergraduate program in a university and there I saw a transfer applicants category. I want to know what does that mean?
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What's the difference between cover letter and application email?

I am applying a position, which requires applicants to send cover letter and other materials by email. I think that in the application email I would present almost the same content in the cover ...
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Education sections in an Job Application Form

I'm trying to fill in an Application Form for a position as a Spanish Teacher in United Kingdom, and I came accross these 2 sections: Educational/Training and Academic qualifications and Further ...
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Do graduate schools read your undergraduate application?

If you apply to a university to be enrolled as an undergraduate, and are rejected, and then apply to the same university's graduate program, will they look at and/or take into consideration your ...
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should I present solution ideas in a cover letter?

I am in the process of applying for following doctoral studies in Computer Science, already communicated by one professor in charge of a research group and he asked me to write a cover letter. I have ...
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Is it ok to write back when no response has been received from a postdoc application?

This may be a very general and subjective question, I know. But, I have applied to some postdoc positions, and after 3 weeks I haven't received any response yet. I suppose this is normal, because many ...
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Applying for fellowships in the UK with different UK host scientists

I have finished my PhD recently, and now I am applying for postdoctoral positions. I am not a UK or EU citizen. Assume that I would like to apply for two different fellowships in the UK (for example, ...
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What do I do if I really only figured out what I want to research just after applying

I recently finished a round of PhD applications. I always knew I wanted to do research, but when I applied I didn't know what sub-field of Computer Science I wanted to do my research in. I was ...
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What's going on: I got nothing when many applicants got rejection from the same grad program

I am an applicant of a biology graduate program. After exploring some on a website, the gradcafe.com, I found that I got nothing when many applicants got rejection on a specific day from the same ...
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Applying for a PhD before or after finishing master's [duplicate]

I'm currently working towards a master's in mathematics, and I would like to continue with a PhD. I have good grades and I'm aiming at something equivalent to a first class honours, at a highly ranked ...
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What is the difference between the various documents that are part of an application?

I am applying to serveral undergraduate research programs this summer. Each of them ask for certain documents including: CV personal statement statement of interest cover form cover letter research ...
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Importance of the average mark [migrated]

I'm doing my master's degree in computer science in a university in Germany. Unfortunately, I'm not one of the best students; my average mark will be around 2.8. How important is the average mark ...
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Is it unusual to get an informal offer before any recommendation letters have arrived?

A person I know applied for a time-limited position (i.e. a post-doc) somewhere in western Europe. Xe gets invited for an interview. The next day, xe receives an informal e-mail, We will recommend ...
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What are acceptable “relationships with referees”?

I am applying for a job and need to give referees, and their relationship with me. I am not sure how to phrase things. My referees are: A colleague in my department I publish with A previous boss in ...
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How to show extreme gratitude in an email?

When contacting universities, in many cases, I find the replies to my emails extremely well detailed and helpful, therefore in such cases I find a simple "Thank you" to be just insufficient. For ...
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When I reapply to universities which have previously rejected my applications, do I have to pay application fees again?

I applied to a few US universities last year and they rejected my application because of my low GRE scores. Now I want to reapply again to the same universities. Can you explain the process to ...
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What do those evaluating fellowship candidates look for before accepting them to join their research group/department?

I'm applying for a new fellowship, and I'm wondering what senior lecturers and/or professors of a research group/department look into, for evaluating the fellowship candidates, before accepting them ...
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How to ask my professor to write recommendation letter for me?

Now I'm in a community college and I am trying to gathering recommendation letter to apply to graduate school.(I have already got my bachelor degree). I performed well in calculus and got an A in that ...
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PhD in Education - How competitive is it and what are admissions committees looking for?

I currently have applications into several top tier education programs. I am a bit worried about my chances. I have about 7 years working in education, a unrelated masters and a masters in ...
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When applying to PhD programs in Computer Science, how much does subfield/specialty selection matter?

I recently finished applying to several Ph.D. programs in Computer Science, and as part of the application process I had to select one or two subfields of CS that I was interested in. For many of them ...
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What is important in a job description?

I am applying for a masters programme in Computer Science in the UK. In the application I am asked to provide a description of any jobs I had so far. What is important in such a job description, ...
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How long does PhD Application Process take in the UK?

I submitted my application with a supervisor's name fora UK university last week. I plan to apply for a scbolarship after getting an offer. The scholarship application deadline is in March. I would ...
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A faculty member turned me down because of lack of funding. If the university announces funding is available, should I apply anyway?

Ten days ago I contacted a professor who conducts research in a field I am deeply interested in, to ask about PhD positions. He replied very politely that he had no funding available to hire a new ...
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Decision time on a postdoc offer while applying for other positions

I have recently applied for several postdoctoral positions as well as a lecturing position. A week ago I had an interview for one of the postdoctoral positions and I should know the outcome of this ...
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Should I let my recommendation letter writers know that I didn't submit my application in the end?

I feel guilty and not sure of if I should inform my recommenders of this issue. A school I intended to apply has received the reference letters from all my recommenders, but as the deadline was ...
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If a PhD position I applied for and didn't hear back from is removed and relisted, does this mean I was rejected?

I just wanted to know your opinion about an issue. I have contacted the supervisor of a research project for doctoral student position and I was encouraged to apply. By the way my experience really ...
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Why would a professor agree to write recommendation letter, then mention in it that he doesn't know student very well?

I had a colleague who asked a professor to write a letter of recommendation on his behalf. The professor agreed and wrote 3 letters for this colleague. The colleague had an interview with one of the ...
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Should I omit some of my qualifications in my application materials to “surprise” with during an interview?

I am applying for a fellowship so that I can pursue a PhD in the US. The selection process includes an interview for shortlisted candidates. I'm a guy who prefers to save the best for the last in ...
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My adviser agreed to write a letter of recommendation, but hasn't done so

I am currently a M.Sc. student and I was planning to apply for PhD programs. I asked my adviser to write me a letter of recommendation two months ago, and he agreed to do that. However, now that the ...
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Is there a standard medical fitness certificate format for applicants to European universities?

I am from Southeast Asia and am applying to a university in Europe for a scholarship for a post graduate degree in management. The university is asking for a medical fitness certificate as part of ...
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How should I fill the “First name” and “Last name” in an application if I have two given names and two last names?

How should I fill this information if I have more than one given name and more than one last name? For example, if my name is Juan Eduardo González Rodríguez. I have 2 given names: "Juan" and ...
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Statement of Purpose for master program, area of intersts

I am currently revising my statement of purpose for several applied math master program. I wounder if I should mention some specific area of interests or specific name of faculty? The problem with me ...
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Must graduate applicants who will need funding submit financial statement for I-20?

I am applying this time for graduate admission in physics at Utah. In the online application they require a financial statement. Does graduate admission require it too, even though I must need a ...