Queries related to progression of academics in various capacities from a student to a professor and the various stages involved in the process.

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Are There Any Schools That do not require a formal education for a BS. MS. and/or Ph.D.?

Over my career as a student, I have found that traditional 'Bricks and Mortar' schools are not conducive to a proper learning environment for me, so I switched to home-school for 10th grade*. I have/...
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What are potential effects of Brexit on the international academic ecosystem? [on hold]

The recent news about results of the Referendum of the United Kingdom's membership in the European Union (usually referred to as Brexit) is IMHO quite shocking from various perspectives. However, ...
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Zero papers in first PhD year. Is this common?

I am terminating in these days the first year of my PhD in computer science. As I come from a different field, I spent the first semester doing courses, and most of the second in posing the basis of ...
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How to (smartly) leave a postdoc early?

I've already spent some months in a multi-year post-doc in Europe, doing clinical research. However, neither the project nor the life outside the lab seem good enough for my interests, and I'm ...
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Career path to professor with an engineering background in Germany [closed]

I am in the final year of my master in mechatronics engineering in Germany, and I want to work as a researcher or a professor in a university since i believe a professor/researcher has more freedom ...
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Should I email old supervisor about my progress?

I might collaborate with an old supervisor in the future and would like to keep in touch. Is it a good idea to send an email to him about the progress I've made in my career? Also, what's the best ...
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How much influence do individual professor have on grad admissions? [duplicate]

Say I have emailed a professor a few times, and told him I would like to work with him for my PhD etc. and that professor is interested: How much of a factor could this possibly be in my application? ...
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Research with Partisan Implications - Is it worth it?

I have good reason to believe that political party X engages in harmful practice Y more than other political parties. The numbers stack up, it fits into the theories presented in other papers, and so ...
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Can a student with a weak or average undergraduate math GPA realistically become a professor?

I just finished my second year of undergraduate studies as a double major in computer engineering and mathematics at the University of Iowa. Although I came in believing that I wanted to become a ...
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Will not collaborating hurt the career of a math postdoc?

I am a math postdoc, and about to start applying for tenure-track (research oriented) jobs soon. Besides writing 2 papers with my Phd advisor while I was in graduate school, all the papers I wrote ...
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Working as engineer or doing PHD ? [duplicate]

I'm an engineer in mechanical production engineering systems (Master degree), I'm planning to apply for a PHD. I have a simple question, it's worthy to the PHD or it's better for me to work with a ...
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Is it fair to hide information or lie if you are a drop out?

If you are a drop out and you write it when you apply further or other departments,does not it make a bad impact on the selector?I think they just discard the application.and if you hide,then its also ...
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Why is it necessary to have a master’s in Europe to apply for PhD?

When I look for a PhD position, they always write that they need a master’s degree. However, most of the times I see that I have all the experience they are looking for. PhD is a lab-based work, so ...
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Is getting into MIT impossible for me? [closed]

okay so, I'm a student from India, in 12 standard, aged 17. I have Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science and English, and Physical Education. I'm kind of unstable when it comes to results....
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Pure Math PhD Application with an accidental F (But with some rescue action) [duplicate]

There are certain concerns that say this might be duplicate of this question: How does the admissions process work for Ph.D. programs in the US, particularly for weak or borderline students?. However, ...
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Are GRE/GMAT or other certificates needed for academic career after PhD?

My interest is mainly in computer science. I am wondering if, for a post-doc or an assintant professor poistion, the certifications such as GRE or GMAT are reqired or if they don't have any relevance. ...
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What is the distinction between “graduate school” and “professional school”?

I have previously been involved with mentoring high school students as well as undergraduates, who typically don't have a clear understanding of all of the career possibilities available to them and ...
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Is co-first author or co-corresponding author better for a postdoc's job prospects?

I'm a postdoc in computational biology. I've been given the opportunity to choose if I want to be co-first author (listed second) or a co-corresponding author (possibly listed next-to-last or third ...
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Earning post-graduate math hours after your master's [closed]

This is in the US, in case it's unclear. I'm interested in teaching math at the 2-year college level. I have an interdisciplinary MS with a strong engineering focus. I see openings that require "a ...
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Master out of Statistics PhD program? [closed]

I am currently a first-year at a decent stats program. I'm doing very well in my classes and will soon start some research. However, I'm seriously considering mastering out next year for multiple ...
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Employment Contract Negotiation and Graduate School (Computer Science)

Is it possible to negotiate employment contracts to include sponsorship for graduate school? For example, accepting the job and school on the terms that the job will pay for Master's and I would be ...
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Is my doctorate good enough?

I received a doctorate from an online school Walden University. I have not had any luck finding a full time college teaching position. Should I pursue another Ph D from another reputable college? Can ...
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Do Postdocs have any seniority ranking or progress?

I am seeing many people doing postdocs for years, or even nearly a decade, well into their late thirties. Do they usually have progressive salary and responsibility, as one could expect in a job? Is ...
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What is wrong with the requirement of writing pathways to impact in an EPSRC grant proposal? [closed]

By definition, an academic scientist is supposed to do research and teaching. His main job should be to create knowledge and explore the unknowns, and to teach our kids so that the knowledge and ...
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Applying for postdoc fellowship vs applying for lectureship

I finished my PhD 2.5 years ago (Computer Science), and have since been working as a post-doc at a top university. I've decided that I want to pursue an academic career, and I'm trying to decide what ...
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Is there a negative stigma associated with choosing a university for non-academic reasons?

I am considering a master's degree in Japan. From a purely career oriented POV, I should be aiming for universities in the USA, Germany or Italy as these are the leading countries in my field. ...
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Differences between research in private labs and university (computer science)

I will talk about computer science. Which is the difference between doing a research job in an industrial research lab (as Google, Facebook or microsoft Research) and in a university? Looking at my ...
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What is the purpose of learning GRE vocabulary in academic life?

My question stems from this paper: An analysis on the validity of the lexicon required by GRE® test takers. According to the paper, "the great majority of these words are too infrequent to be deemed ...
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What are the differences between a PhD in Statistics and a PhD in Applied Math?

Both types of programs will have predominantly undergraduate / master's level mathematics majors, both programs' students will likely take courses in measure-theoretic probability theory (so that ...
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How faculty might assess a PhD applicant who already has a PhD degree?

What concerns/worries a potential PhD supervisor might have when he/she sees an application from someone who already has a PhD and applying for the second one? The fields of study are distantly ...
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Is choosing to study algebra during a math PhD riskier than studying analysis? [closed]

I've noticed that some algebra / number theory / geometry students seem to come to a dead-end in mathematics and tell me, "yea, no more math for me, no way, can't wait to be done with it", while the ...
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How to get recommendations for PhD program when outside academia

I'm looking into applying to another grad school to get another PhD, whether again in mathematics or a closely related subject. In assembling the application, where I should get recommendations from? ...
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As an undergraduate, how risky is it to aim for academia? [closed]

I have just finished my first year at University, and after a slight tweak to my major (two very similar degrees) I'm ready to start my second year of computer science in September. At this point, is ...
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What's the point of maintaining a CV after tenure?

Once you have tenure, presumably you're never going to have to search for a job again. However almost all professors have a CV on their website, and fairly recent ones. Why? They already made it.
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Providing Methodological Support to Colleagues Outside One's Expertise a Career Killer?

I have a friend who works at a small university with limited resources. Since he has a gift for methodology and statistics he frequently supports colleagues with their studies. He helps with the ...
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Prospect of physics “expert” w/o degree [closed]

I apologize for the bad title. I did not know what to put. Also, English isn't my best language as well. If clarification is needed, I will provide it. So, anyways. I was wondering how much prospects ...
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Will a masters degree from Japan be seen as less valuable?

I'm a canadian engineering undergraduate student in the field of robotics and I'm considering doing a masters degree in Japan when I finish my bachelors. I've talked about this with my internship ...
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Have a job, but might not finish Ph.D. on time.

I have a few irons in the fire as far as jobs go. I have one offer so far and am waiting to hear on a few others. I am working hard to finish up my PhD, but might not have it completely finished by ...
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Dependence of answer on the length of inquiry [closed]

When contacting some scientist with a specific inquiry that goes beyond a simple research question, e.g. an inquiry concerning a specific career with a description of personal educational background ...
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Second PhD in Astro after a PhD in CMT (Physics) [duplicate]

Okay here is the current situation. I am entering my second year in my PhD program and most of my options of joining the Theoretical astrophysics groups are closed ( no professors working in that ...
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Am I too old for an Ed.D?

I know that similar questions have been asked regarding PhD's, but I was hoping for specific guidance on my plans for an Ed.D. I am 38 and I am a career changer; I went from being in the Army, to ...
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Math Adjunct Professor positions and salary in a big city

From searching online, I see that the salaries for math adjunct professors are about 36k. That's insanely low for New York City standards. An undergraduate business school student that graduates from ...
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Where can I study what I really interested in as a postdoc researcher?

I am a postdoc researcher in AI field. I was hired as a lead scientist in governmental project (named project A). I need to work on it at least eight hours on week days. Apart from the study in the ...
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Does taking an academic job in Asia or Africa make it difficult to get a job in the US or Europe later?

Many in this community know of the struggle of finding a job in tertiary education after completing a PhD. However, there are many options available for people who are willing to work overseas in ...
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Computer Science degree Vs. Software Development degree

Why are schools offering software development degrees as opposed to computer science? Are computer science degrees not as good for software development jobs as the software development degrees? I see ...
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How important is the choice of a guide/adviser for pursuing PhD in a topic

I am really in a fix in my career. I completed my Masters in 2014. I qualified in a PhD Scholarships Test in 2015 and in the same year joined in a University for research work. My interest lies in ...