Questions related to school of higher learning, especially for Master's degree or Ph. D.

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Importance of Math Subject GRE

I will be applying for a PhD program for mathematics this year. When graduate schools are considering applications, how much weight does a GRE score carry compared to research experience and grades ...
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My colleague is monetizing our contributions and not compensating us [on hold]

A few years back, my advisor began a project (received funding for, etc.). My advisor funded a student (we'll call them "CEO") on this project, who's now working on a startup in this area and is ...
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How common is it for a professor to require students to work for him?

I'm in a computer science master's program in a university in asia. It's a three-year program, and halfway through our first year, our professor told us to come work for him at his company during our ...
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How to confront new office mate regarding personal hygiene? [on hold]

I am a senior graduate student and share an office with 3 other post-docs and graduate students. We recently had a first year graduate student join our lab for a rotation and he has been placed in ...
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Low Tier Graduate School Suggestions for Applying For a Master's Degree in Computer Science in California [on hold]

I have pretty low~average scores in my GRE and GPA. I also have LOR's but they are pretty average. I have 6 months work experience(and still working). Basically, my overall stats on a scale of 1 to 10 ...
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Possibilities of teaching at an International Baccalaureate Schools With an I.B. Certificate Not a Teaching License? [on hold]

I am an American who currently teaches high school English in Asia. I have a B.A. in English Literature and a TEFL(Teaching English as Foreign Language) Certificte but I do not have a teaching ...
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How much seen material/questions should an exam paper contain?

At University,say the lecturers hand out past papers with solutions for the students to revise from for an upcoming exam. Is it common practise for the exam to contain a couple of the exact same ...
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Equivalent of education [closed]

I studied AB Communication Arts/Journalism and only finished 1 year in university coz' I wasnt able to manage to complete my 4year course due to personal reasons. I just want to know what is the ...
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As an undergraduate, how can I explore research topics that may interest me without having a background?

I'm a fourth-year undergraduate looking to apply to graduate physics program this year. My problem is this: I don't know how to pick a study/research area for graduate school. I enjoy my ...
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Contacting graduate professers

I am planning on applying for a MSc in applied mathematics next year and I thought of writing to several professors asking about research positions available and the chances of working with them. Some ...
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Starting a PhD got unexpectedly cancelled; what now? [closed]

I was supposed to start a PhD this summer. Unfortunately, it got canceled. While it was initiated by me, I did not want to do it – I just had to. Given the financial losses, I am not able to relocate ...
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Completing German master's programs in less than allotted time

I'm considering applying to master's programs in mathematics over in Germany (e.g. Bonn, Berlin Mathematical School). The stated time for these programs is two years. Should I get accepted and ...
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What's the best way to quit a PhD position? [duplicate]

I am in my 1st semester of PhD and I have a fight with my supervisor for putting me through an unethical issue of exam over exam. I have been thinking about it last 3 weeks and I have realized that ...
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Is it okay for professors to completely copy another professors' notes, assignments, and exam questions word for word from another university? [duplicate]

I have a professor who used the same lecture notes, same assignments, and same exam questions word for word from from another professor at a different university (who posts his notes, assignments, and ...
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How likely is it for master students in Sweden to proceed to PhD programs?

I am considering taking a master's program in Infection Biology in Sweden with the thought of proceeding to a PhD program related to the field. Will it be difficult or what is the likelihood that ...
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Submitted conference paper with errors a short while back. How do I solve this? [duplicate]

BACKGROUND I'm an electrical engineering graduate student. I submitted and abstract to a conference and it was accepted. This happened about 3-4 months ago. Since then, I have mainly focused on ...
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What classes to take in undergraduate for graduate school instead of graduating early

I am an undergraduate sophomore but I will be able to finish and graduate at least a semester and maybe a year early if I take the classes I need to get my BS. Either way I will have space in my ...
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How does funding at UK universities work?

The process for obtaining funding for graduate work in the UK seems much different than it is in the US. In particular, in the UK, funding decisions often come after offers of admission. What is the ...
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Is it a red flag for a PhD program if their graduating students cannot find postdoc?

I got accepted to one of my top choice schools for a math Ph.D. However the graduate students there said in the past few years, the Ph.D.s before them (both pure and applied math) had quite a bit of ...
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Etiquette: senior and junior professors co-advising

I'd like to ask two professors who work at my university to be the co-advisors of my Masters thesis (mathematics). They work in the same research group on (almost) the same topic (which is ...
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UK: Must my PhD research related to my MPhil research?

Is this generally expected? It seems to me that most people develop something in their MPhil and then continue working on this field for the PhD. What would I do if I had a change of interest, and ...
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Two applications to different departments at same uni. But: One professor is affiliated with both departments

I would like to apply for PhD programs in two different departments, but at the same uni. I am interested in both fields, but not in the overlap between the two. Generally, this shouldn't be a ...
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What can I do to convince my advisor of my ideas?

I started my PhD within the last one year in a STEM field in the US ,and I cannot seem to convince my advisor about any of my ideas. I usually don't get concrete research directions from my advisor, ...
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SOP for two programs, but in the same department?

Within my field, I have strong interests in two subfields. Those two subfields are quite different from another though. There is also no overlap between the two fields. (assume all of this) The ...
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When is the best time to ask for letters of reference?

When should one ask for letters recommendations of the people of one's choice? E.g. when applying for a PhD program, should you ask for two or three letters all at once or should one collect a letter ...
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I want to quit PhD after 4 months. Should I? [closed]

I am a first year PhD student. I am doing it from an institute in a remote part of the world where the temperature is -10 degrees most time of the year. I took this opportunity after doing my Masters ...
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Would several withdrawals (W) affect my chances at graduate school admission [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate math major and I have already had to drop two classes (one due to my mother being sick and other to do with an attendance policy). This semester I'm having trouble with my health ...
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Can I contact graduate office regarding decision timeline (to know my application status)?

I am an applicant of Graduate program in Biological sciences of X University, USA. My application deadline was Dec 15, 2015 and I submitted application with required documents on time (PhD ...
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Is watching porn in university a crime?

I am about to start my graduate studies in an American university, moving from my native Peru. Over the course of my under-graduation, I have developed this strange habit of watching porn at odd ...
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Compensating credential deficits for Master or PhD admission [duplicate]

If only almost meeting the formal requirement for entering a specific R1 graduate school in the US what can one do to compensate or make up for this lack? After all, one can't go back and repeat two ...
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Dropping a course as a master's student

I am planning to drop a course in my master's program as it has been really difficult for me to score well in it while looking for internships this semester. If I don't drop it I will end up with a C ...
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What does Graduate school mean: Master, PhD, or both?

In the US one seldom reads about Master and much more about Graduate schools. I have the feeling that Graduate school can also mean doing a doctorate/pursuing a PhD degree; thus I am confused with the ...
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How is it possible to switch careers from undergraduate to graduate level in the US?

I have read about many astounding career paths of scientists in the US. E.g. someone had a BSc in education and switched to physics in graduate school. How are such switches possible? In Europe I ...
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Can I address my professors by their first name? [closed]

A couple of my professors always signs off on their emails with their first name only, such as, "best, Simon". Does this mean that I could write my emails to them with, "Dear Simon" or "Hi Simon" ...
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How much should university ranking matter while choosing a place for graduate studies?

How much should I weigh in on the ranking of a university (provided by various academic ranking websites) while choosing a university for graduate studies? The universities that I am considering have ...
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Do graduate schools increase assistantship stipends if the student is accompanied by a spouse or dependent?

Usually a TA stipend is only given to cover the expenses of a single student. I have received a stipend of about $19000 for 2 semesters (9 months) and a summer fellowship ($4000). Is it appropriate to ...
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Why are academic institutions now looking to judge their students in multiple choice questions tests?

Multiple choice questions are nowadays very common in many of the world's institutes. Particularly in entrance tests, they use multiple choice testing. Why are these academic institutions now looking ...
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Does prestige of PhD granting insitution matter for those wanting to work in industry? And can a high level post doc position elevate an application?

I know for those wishing to have a career in academia that branding is key for securing a tenure track position. Branding is also key for certain industries at the undergrad level. I was wondering if ...
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Chosing a suitable Ph.D. program in Mathematics [closed]

I am new to this webboard so I am not sure if I can ask this questions here (I am sorry if it is not suitable). I am currently pursuing a MS degree in Pure Mathematics in a university in America. In ...
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How to quit/put on hold a PhD program due to personality clash with advisor?

I've been trying to cope with a very abusive and mentally unstable advisor. In a recent clash she has been spewing lies and threats. It has become clearer and clearer that despite the four years of ...
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Applying to a top-program, but for a sub-field that program is not strong in

Please feel free to correct the title, I am not sure how to formulate this crisp & clear in a sentence. I am very interested in a particular graduate program. It's a top notch program, but I ...
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How serious it is not to disclose full academic history in your grad school application?

Here is my story. I was accepted to top-30 world university to MS in Electrical Engineering(EE) progaram. In total I already have 3 degrees: MS in EE (GPA:4.0/4.0), BS in EE(GPA:3.9/4.0), and ...
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Low gpa for grad school in my case [duplicate]

I am a college senior with 3.2 math gpa, who aspire to go to math grad school. I cannot stay in college any longer due to financial difficulties. My junior year I lost focus and got bunch of C's. ...
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How to solicit funded research projects from industry to perform while in graduate school?

My ultimate goal is to secure a position in industry post graduation. I figured a solid approach would be align myself with current problems and try and partner to solve them. This gives me resume ...
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Why are the acceptance rates of Oxbridge and top US schools not comparable?

I have just had a look at admissions statistics for grad school. Oxford seems to have much higher acceptance rates than, say, Princeton or Stanford. I do not want to conclude that it therefore is ...
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Major Career Change --> Grad School Help? [closed]

I received a B.A degree in political science with a minor in natural resource conservation & management last year but after an internship in Washington D.C. and looking through job postings I have ...
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How to make transition from trade school to graduate degree?

This question is asking how to bridge the gap between knowing programming to research. I'm an undergraduate in a decent BA computer science program at a college with a decent-to-low reputation. Most ...
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Accepted in msc program but not invited for a visit?

I tried looking this up online and could not anything related to this, so figured asking here would make sense. Kind of related to this. Here is the story: So I live in US (not an International ...
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Getting a pet during a PhD

There are questions on here about getting married, having kids, and other major time commitments during graduate school. But one thing that I haven't seen posted but that I've seen come up with some ...
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To what extent do visit weekends impact graduate school applicant's final decisions?

Is there any study/survey that tried to quantify to what extent visit weekends impact graduate school applicant's final decisions? (final decision = which school to attend) I mostly interested in the ...