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Computational Science Masters programs [on hold]

I have been admitted to a few applied math, computational science, and scientific computing masters programs and am having trouble deciding where to attend. I was admitted to Georgia Tech, UPenn, NYU, ...
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Should I take every math course in order to do good research? [closed]

What are the basic steps that someone must follow to do good research? I mean what are the necessary background to do research? In my research I fell that I need Mathematics and Computer science. So, ...
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Will my job have a negative impact on my profile as a graduate student applicant?

I am a final year B.Tech Electrical and Electronics Engineering student from India. I am interested in the field of Embedded Systems. As of now, I have been placed in an IT Division of a respected ...
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Switch to Physics from CS Career

I've been considering a career change for awhile and recently discovered the Two-Slit Experiment, which, to put it frankly, blew my mind. I then started some hefty reading and investigation into all ...
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Standards in math education (and general education) and its changes over time

I have a sort of broad question, and I'm not sure if this is the best place to be asking, but I also don't really know where to go otherwise. If its not appropriate just let me know and I'll take it ...
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Is there a Plain English dictionary/glossary for education terminology

I am looking for a plain English dictionary (or glossary) for terms in education. My friend has stated a Math Education degree and is having trouble reading the material (e.g. the lecture slides), ...
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Why do professors sometime hide the book from which they are really teaching? [closed]

Well, the title is almost self explanatory. I am in a graduate school and have two professors this semester both of who are telling me that they are not following any particular book, and yet when I ...
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Applying to a graduate program in molecular and cell biology

I'm a medical school graduate student. However, I wish to apply for a PhD program in molecular and cell biology, I'm interested in understanding the interactions within and between cells at molecular ...
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Nightmares and frustrations with students' sloppy homework

I have a serious problem with HW usually submitted by students. A considerable fraction of the students are not neat with their HWs. By neat I mean respecting the guide lines I provided them to ...
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Plagiarizing problem sets and homework

I am a young student checking pupils homeworks. I've got a case - 2 pupils definetely cooperated when doing homework. Do you have tips to determine who actually solved it and who copied? Got some ...
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Better organization of knowledge for courses?

I am currently thinking about organizing a course for next semester. The most important aspect that I worry about is: How to sustainably organize knowledge? This should be a new "hands-on" course ...
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Undergraduate recitation/discussion session: when is it (not) counted as a credit hour?

I am a member of a curriculum committee where we want to improve our undergraduate physics program. One way of doing that is to include weekly discussion sessions with our courses. After looking at ...
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Why should a graduate student complete a whole course?

A normal process of learning in a graduate school looks like taking courses that include a broad perspective on some subject. This also includes the instruments of control: exercises, tests, problem ...
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US School System

I live in Sweden and I'm currently in the second last year of "Gymnasiet" (Senior High School), years 16-18. In Sweden, the next step is "Högskolan." Is that the same as undergraduate education in the ...
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Journals similar to Journal of Chemical Education in style

What are the journals similar to Journal of Chemical Education which are helpful from middle school through graduate school? I mean the journals which publish articles which are good resources for ...
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How to overcome lacking teaching experience for admission to Master of Education

I'm nearing the completion of my undergraduate degree in mathematics. The handful of experiences I've had tutoring students are among the most satisfying ways I've applied math to real problems. My ...
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Transitioning from a BS in CIS to an MSE in Software Engineering

I'm considering an attempt to gain admittance to an MSE program in Software Engineering but I realize that most of my education may not be fully relevant. My BS is in CIS where the focus was real ...
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International student loans in the US

I'm weighing all my options before the fall application and I wanted to know if it is possible to take out loans in the US as an international master's degree student. Any tips where to look? Best ...
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How to engage students in oral presentations?

Paper-based exams are not fully representative of knowledge, and it is good to consider oral presentations of students as a factor for the final grade to some extent. This is somehow the case in ...
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Postgraduate certification/diploma in software engineering

I have just done my Bachelor in computer science and got an offer to a software engineering position. Some people told me that a master degree is very beneficial for my long-term career development. ...
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What are the benefits for universities/professors to record online courses?

What are the benefits for the universities and particular professors in recording online courses (MOOC)? Do they get paid by Coursera and similar sites? Do they pursue publicity? I know that they ...
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Math Major and Grad School — Necessary?

I decided fairly late in life (21) that I feel like studying mathematics. I've always been interested in higher maths, I've just been daunted by some of the esoteric notations and theorems. But, no ...
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What is a “diploma mill”?

I recently deleted a response on Academia.SE because many people thought my response was supporting the idea of a 'diploma mill'. My understanding of the matter was that a diploma mill is simply a ...
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Is ABET accreditation important for a bachelors degree in software engineering?

Would getting a non ABET accredited degree in Software Engineering put a person at a considerable disadvantage when it comes to employment, or applying for graduate school? I ask because I was ...
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Is physics taught using phrases that are too easily misinterpreted, and can this be improved?

To explain, let me pick a particular statement: "the electrostatic force is mediated by the exchange of photons". When a physicist (or a lecturer) says this, they mean one thing: the process ...
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Supervised self-study

Imagine an education model in which teacher/supervisor/mentor does not teach the syllabus to students. Instead, just pushing them towards key topics, and students must study by themselves. The teacher ...
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I was rejected from my dream graduate school…what should I do?

I applied to a prestigious university in the States for my PhD but was unfortunately rejected. I had a great undergraduate track record... but still didn't quite make it. The faculty I really, really ...
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Is it possible to be a paid RA in a math or computer science lab in order to be immersed in the academic research context?

I'm currently a research assistant in a neuroscience lab at MIT and I'm considering pursuing a PhD in math or theoretical computer science. The RAs in my lab who want to eventually become ...
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Math majors into Physics

I am a mathematics major without any undergraduate level courses in physics. I am lately interested in physics. Is there any chance for me to go into good theoretical physics graduate program without ...
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What are the main factors driving popularity of US higher education among international students?

Observation: According to OECD stats, the number of international students at US higher education institutions is the highest in the world and still rising (see also Wikipedia here and a report here). ...
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How to search for institutions/universities that have good contributions on a certain physics research topic?

For example, I am interested in the research related with "Quantum Hall Effects", and want to have a list of institutions/universities that have good contributions in this topic, with number of ...
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Do other countries have a oral exam system similar to French “colles”?

The French classes prépas system includes, during the first two years of undergraduate (post-baccalaureate) education, a series of regular oral exams, known as colles. Basically: every week during ...
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Certificate in data mining

I am interested about getting a certificate in data mining. I found three so far, and these are the following: MIT - Data and Models in Engineering, Science, and Business Stanford - Data Mining ...
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Second undergraduate versus masters with qualifying year

I was a bit unsure whether this question belonged here, but after finding many questions requesting advice with respect to mathematics studies I decided to go ahead. Over the last year I have ...
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Advice on postgraduate study in experimental/theoretical physics for a 3rd year Mathematics student

Firstly I hope this question is appropriate to ask here. I am a third year studying Mathematics at the University of Oxford, with plans to continue to 4th year to complete the masters course. I have ...
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Advantages and Disadvantages of learning a subject through lecture videos

I have been contemplating studying some subjects by watching video lectures, more specifically Topology and Quantum Mechanics. I was wondering, if anyone has tried studying a subject on his own by ...
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How to keep track of current physics after graduating?

This summer I graduated from college, majoring in physics, but for reasons outside my academic career, I won't be able to attend graduate school for at least a couple of years. Despite that, I'd ...
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Coordination of a class taught by different professors: how to be fair to the students?

A typical freshman course on calculus has about 100 students every semester. If the course is divided into 4 sections, each has 25 students and a different instructor. Because the instructors are ...
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Do Physics grad schools accept non-physics students with good Physics GRE score?

These two questions http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/110303/is-a-good-gre-score-enough-for-a-non-math-graduate-to-be-accepted-in-a-decent-pu?rq=1&fb_source=message and ...
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Is there any disadvantage to having PhD from a non-main campus?

What if one pursues a PhD from a university campus which is not the main campus, rather in a different city hundred miles away. The certificate is given by the main campus authority. Is there any ...
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What's the meaning of “program”?

I was reading this. Now here's some advice that isn't silly: don't go to graduate school unless you get into a strong program. What's the meaning of "program" in this case? What would be a ...
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Distance Learning vs Free Online Education

I'm currently enrolled as a first year student doing a computing related degree (my first) at the University of London (distance learning). Since I started, there has been a massive shifts in online ...
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What excellent university DSP programs exist and what makes them excellent?

In the same vein as this question, but making sure to abide by Good Subjective/Bad Subjective, what DSP programs are out there that are excellent and why? Please give concrete examples or at least a ...
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Factors leading to rising tuition costs

Is there any published work that quantifies the roles of different factors on rising tuition in the U.S. over the past half-century? I've heard a number of explanations bandied about, such as: ...
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How will this departmental restructuring plan affect students and faculty?

I am an undergraduate Computer Engineering student at the University of Florida. In response to recent budget cuts to higher education in Florida, my department (Computer and Information Sciences and ...
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Master Degree or Job?

I am recent graduate from a UK university in computer science. As I am not sure what to study for my master degree, I went for a Web-Developer graduate job, and got accepted. As I will probably go for ...
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Any chance for an oversea student to purse online courses and get a degree?

I am planning to take courses in Mathematics, Computer Science from a US University. I am not in the USA. How should I generally go about it? Is it an online degree that I am looking for? And I ...
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Publishing amateur research

I'm about to embark on a research project in complex systems on my own spare time. It seems like the idea I have is a good one. However, it would be better, for obvious reasons, to have an experienced ...
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Should I stay in school?

I am most of the way through my freshman year at Washington State University, pursuing a BS in Computer Science. Going away to school has been rough, and I have been pretty depressed for most of the ...
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Is a self-taught person allowed to compete with other in a prize like Nobel Prize, Field Medal, etc?

If a person studies and/or does experiments at his/her own home or laboratory because of some reasons, is he/she still allowed to compete with others to get a prize like Nobel Prize, Field Medal, etc? ...