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

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Is my GPA good enough for top-tier graduate schools? [duplicate]

I'm currently an undergraduate and have a cGPA of about 3.6 in Mathematics. I worry that it's not good enough to land me a place at some of the best graduate schools such as UCB, Princeton and MIT. I ...
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Phd in computer science [on hold]

i am working in one college as an assistant professor in department of computer science and engineering in India. i have 10 years experience of teaching. i want to ask a question. can i take the G.R.E ...
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What is common in most PhD application procedures in the UK?

I am almost done with my master's degree in mathematical finance. I'm done with thesis and have one course left to take. I am taking it in a 3rd world country and am interested in applying for a PhD ...
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PhD dissertation different from master thesis; What might I be able to do about methodology?

I understand that it's possible, thankfully, to have your dissertation in a different topic from your master's thesis, but I seem to have a problem (see below). Do you know any other problems might I ...
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Graduate Studies in Mathematics in Canada [on hold]

As the title suggests, I want to know that what are the best Universities in Canada for Graduate Studies in Pure Mathematics? In particular, what about University of Waterloo and University of British ...
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Grades in a PhD program

I am a math grad student who has completed the qualifying exams within my first two years. Lately, I have been taking a few non-core courses, which allows me to put most of my time on my own research. ...
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What is the typical PhD application procedure in the US? [duplicate]

I am nearly finished with my master in mathematical finance. I have finished my thesis and have one course left to take. I am finishing it in a third world country and am interested in pursuing a PhD ...
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Can a graduate student with deficiencies get an assistantship for the needed undergraduate courses?

I see many graduate program informational pages listed by various schools. Many of them require specific undergraduate degrees, but also have discretionary exceptions for those without them. Most ...
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How can I approach my professor when he is sending me indirect messages with another person?

After achieving my masters degree, i applied for a phd program at the same university i was graduated from. In Germany, a person has to find 2 advisors to be registered as a phd student and thats it ...
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How should a mathematics major choose between doing a Masters or PhD?

I would really appreciate any advice or suggestions anyone might have. I am currently a senior mathematics major, about to graduate in May. For two years, I have planned on going for my PhD in pure ...
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Is it okay to work in different lab during Summer?

I was wondering if it is okay to work in different lab during summer. I am first year master's student and currently I am working in the lab as volunteer at my college. During summer (May through ...
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How to find exercise problems as a graduate student?

I took my first graduate course as an undergrad last semester and it seemed that graduate student exams are much more open ended. Not only do they require you actually know more stuff (i.e. remember ...
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Optimize lab report grading rubric to minimize grading time

I will be teaching a new course with a new grading rubric. All of my students will write a lab report at the end of each 3 hour lab session. Each lab report will have an abstract, introduction, data, ...
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Is regional accreditation important for a masters degree?

My understanding is that a regionally accredited school is important for getting into other schools, such as when applying for a masters program. But considering a masters program is typically the end ...
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What are the benefits of PhD students working on projects where they won't be first-author?

Given that only papers where you are the first-author will contribute to your dissertation, isn't it a poor use of time to be contributing to the projects of other researchers?
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How do I get mathematics recommenders out of undergrad?

I am a few years out of undergrad, graduated with a CompE BS with math minor, but was wanting to head into graduate school for mathematics and/or mathematical physics (particle or high energy theory). ...
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No reply from potential supervisor of my dreams: is it OK to try meeting them in person?

After much research at many universities, I have found a supervisor whose research perfectly matches my research interests. I believe that I have truly found a good match...and believe that I would ...
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How do I turn the acceptance offer down gently?

I am from a developing country and finished my BA in February 2011. I was a very good student and my university is one of the best in my country (It is in TimesHE top 200 global list so its prestige ...
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Largest PhD programs in mathematics

I'll be applying to graduate schools in the fall but so far don't have any real clue what area I want to focus on. As such, I hope to attend a very large math graduate program with a lot of varied ...
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What should a student do immedately after he or she is accepted into a graduate program

Can someone provide advise as to what a student should do immediately after being accepted into a graduate program and has identified with a professor? Usually students are accepted in the middle of ...
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Deciding when to quit a PhD and the implications involved in further graduate education

I'm a chemistry graduate student (analytical) in my first year (second semester) of a PhD program at a significant R1 university. I have a bachelor of science degree in Chemistry and Mathematics, and ...
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Discussing finances with advisor: Am I being selfish?

I have a bit of a quandary. I applied for a fellowship to send me to a foreign country for two months. They will give me a stipend, and pay for all of my other expenses. In the event I don't receive ...
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1-year professional masters at excellent school or 2-year research-oriented masters at great school? [closed]

I am new to this site. I did my undergrad in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. After taking three years off to work off a government scholarship, I have been accepted to CMU's 1-year ...
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Does going to a graduate school with less prestige than your undergraduate school hurt you?

I am trying to decided whether pursing a Master's in Computer Science will make me more competitive for a job designing video games. I went to a prestigious undergraduate school and finished strongly. ...
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Is there a branch of sociology that deals with nutrition and active lifestyles?

(Please excuse my ignorance if this is an obvious question, but my Googling skills don't seem to be up to par today.) I was just wondering if there is a branch of sociology that deals with health and ...
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Publication a prerequisite for PhD Programs

I'm completing a master's in history (one year in), and am beginning to look at possible PhD programs. I have noted in a lot of forums that it looks really good if you have one (or several) ...
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Do you think a computational math student should go to student seminars about pure math?

I am a first year graduate student with thesis topic on computational math, in particular inverse problem. Based on what I know, this area requires a solid background of functional analysis and ...
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Did you usually solve exercises in a theoretical reference book when doing research?

I am a first year graduate student in a computational math program. Based on my background (I just finished a one-semester graduate real analysis course), instead of reading a specific textbook, my ...
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How do I find out when grad schools host their open house?

I'm looking to tour a few grad schools in the near future, but I can't find any dates for tours for any of the schools I'm interested in. The school I attend has tours for potential grad students, ...
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Reapplying to a PhD program while attending another one

Let's say a person really wants to go to school X for his PhD, but he was not able to get admission in this round of applications. However, he has an offer from another school Y, where a person with ...
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Is talking about quitting to your supervisor a point of no return?

I have been feeling miserable about my PhD degree situation for a bit of time, and I just started therapy. So far I've tried not to take drastic decisions such as quitting, because I know I am ...
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How to motivate speakers to give less specialized talks at a “colloquium?”

Our applied math department is beginning to have a serious attendance problem at our colloquium. The appropriate level for our colloquium is that any person with an undergraduate degree in a ...
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Is it normal for a graduate student's fate to depend on the success of a breakthrough idea?

I am officially a graduate student in a different department than where I have been working for the last ~6 months. (..(un?)fortunately this department where I were I now work is ranked almost the ...
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What can I learn at open-house events for PhD programs that would be difficult to learn through other channels prior to accepting an offer? [duplicate]

I have received a few offers for PhD programs in the US that I am interested in, and several of these have open-house events coming up in the next few weeks. I have been in contact with potential ...
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What type of Grad School if I'm interested in Quantum Computing?

I'm currently an undergraduate at a prestigious private university in the U.S. I'm majoring in Physics, Math, and Computer Science and currently am a junior. I've taken 5 graduate level courses so far ...
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Email to potential advisor after submitting an application

I applied to graduate school in US about two months ago and I am still waiting for my result.I was thinking may be it is a good idea to email my potential advisor again and asked him/her whether ...
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Will your undergrad GPA affect your graduate GPA in US?

Will your undergrad GPA affect your graduate GPA in US?
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How common is it for women to drop out of graduate school because they have children?

I am a 29 year old female. I want to go back to school. I have been told that I have a very good chance at getting into a very good graduate computer science program (machine learning, AI, robotics, ...
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Are all master degrees fully funded for North American universities?

For whatever reason I had the misconception that graduate schools are fully self funded except for some opportunity for scholarship or in extraordinary circumstances, full ride scholarship. So you can ...
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How to persuade my advisor to keep working with me even if my grades are poor?

So I am an international grad student in ECE in USA, in the field of Wireless Communications, and I am on my 2nd semester of my Master's program. Last week I talked with my advisor and he told me he ...
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Is control theory dead? What are some prospects of going into this field?

I have been applying to several graduate schools and one of my interest that I listed was control theory. However after doing some research on my own it seems that most of the graduates from this ...
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How should one maintain a relationship with a professor?

So I am planning to apply to grad school sometime in the future and would need a letter of recommendation from an awesome professor who I took a time series class with. I got an A- in the class, he ...
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Faculty or industry applications without phd advisor's letter

How is an application for an academic position seen if there is no reference letter from the graduate advisor? Are any of the potential issues for academic positions the same for industry positions? ...
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Traveling with textbooks

So I am finishing my MSc in Europe and it looks like I will be headed to the US for a PhD. Along the way I have collected a small set of textbooks that I find particularly useful. From my experience, ...
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Authorship ethics of Collaborative Science in Graduate School

I'm being asked by my advisor to perform a specific scientific experiment that she conceived from start to finish on our apparatus over the next two months (which could easily become 3-4 months or ...
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Re: the advice of “You should never pick a nice advisor”, is it true that 'nice' professors fail to produce good students?

This is a very tough question to ask because there are so many advisors on this forum so I am expecting most inputs from the current grads. This question largely stemmed from a post I read online ...
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How can you tell if a faculty or group is on decline? Am I being used?

I am currently deciding graduate school between several different groups in my school's engineering department. A few faculty in electronics, signal processing and control system has expressed ...
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How to cope with feelings of powerlessness on a PhD?

I am currently a third year PhD student of pure mathematics. I've been dealing with a feeling of burn out for a long time now. Quite frankly I struggle to find interest in anything related to my ...
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After getting a PhD at a low-ranked university, would it be harder to get a job at a high-ranked university? [duplicate]

In more detail, let's say I get a PhD degree at a university which is ranked 51-100, according to QS ranking system. Is it possible for me to get a job at higher ranked university, like 1-50 ? Let's ...
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Should I talk about my PhD acceptance in follow up email to potential advisor in different school

I got accepted in one of the top-tier school in US for PhD program in Engineering however my dream is to go to different graduate school. I am planning to send a follow up email to one my potential ...