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What are my possibilities as a pianist who started to study Informatic Engineering at age 28 [on hold]

I am a pianist with a Bachelor of Art in Music and Theatre and a Master of Art in Piano and Three years ago I started to study Informatic at Engineering Faculty. I am finishing my Bachelor in time and ...
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When do most students publish in a European PhD?

in US PhDs, it's typical to start publishing (first author or not) in their latter-half years. How does that work in the EU? Since EU PhDs are shorter than US programs, is it common for EU phd ...
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Is it common for a university to buy a plane ticket directly?

I was just accepted to a PhD program and they wanted to fly me out for an open house. They said they would reimburse travel costs up to $500. However the issue is I have less than $500 in my bank ...
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Co-advising - how does it work?

I was wondering how co-advising works in graduate school, specifically: Is funding primarily provided by one advisor, or equally shared between two advisors? Does the student work on two separate ...
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Shall I include a list of workshops and conferences attended during my UG in my 4 page CV?

I'm currently applying for US graduate programs (doctoral study in Molecular biology). I'm asked to submit a maximum of 3-4 page CV. I have participated in nearly 20 workshops and conferences in my 3 ...
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“Withdrawn” grade as a graduate student

I am in a situation that I would like some input on. I am currently a 2nd year MS student. I took a class last semester that resulted in a C+. The final project was worth 40% of the grade, and I ...
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How to approach getting my masters and PhD? [on hold]

I am a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati in the computer science department. I have a real passion for computer science work and wish to someday ascertain my PhD. My school offers has a ...
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Advisor unresponsive after agreeing to introduce me - What to do?

I asked a question over here about the best way to go about meeting a prospective PhD advisor (Prof X). It was mostly agreed that I should ask my current advisor (who knows Prof X) to introduce me. I ...
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Is it ok to ask a professor if he/she is taking a leave of absence

I am currently deciding between graduate schools for PhD programs and I am concerned that a potential advisor might be planning to take a leave of absence to start a new company. Is it socially ...
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Possibility of Changing Bad Impressions

Long story short, I'm a struggling first year graduate student. I considered myself very lucky when I found out that I was accepted into one of the best programs in my field, but didn't realize at the ...
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I'm unhappy with my Master's. Should I drop out? [closed]

I know there are lots of other similar "Should I drop out?" threads, but I think my case is a bit different from what I've seen. I'm currently a Master's degree student in Computer Science, about to ...
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How can I mentally prepare for grad school? [closed]

I'm starting grad school in the Fall and what worries me isn't the material. I'm good at my subject, I know I will be fine. What worries me are the stresses. Grad school is stressful. Even the ...
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What is the difference between statement of purpose and Personal statement? [duplicate]

Though this question might be risen before, I would like to get cleared in a perspective of biology graduate student. I am a Molecular Biology post graduate student, aspiring for doctoral study in a ...
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How can I show the admission board that I'm better than my academic record says

I'm a last year student of a degree in mathematics ( and another in physics) in Spain. I'm starting graduate education next year and I need some advices on how to improve my chances to get into ...
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Would a Professor be responsive to a meeting request from a PhD student like this?

I am a graduate school applicant and am considering requesting a meeting with a professor while I'll be visiting a city near their university town. The current e-mail format I have in mind goes ...
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I got a C in a core class. Should I retake it?

I'm a 3rd year aerospace engineering undergrad with an inclination to pursue graduate studies in dynamics and control (ultimate goal of PhD). Until last semester, I had a lazy attitude towards my ...
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In the U.S., what's the average time per week that a graduate student doing a PhD and a postdoctoral researcher in astronomy work? [duplicate]

In the U.S., what's the average time per week that a graduate student doing a PhD in astronomy work? In the U.S., what's the average time per week that a postdoctoral researcher in astronomy work?
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Fellowships for graduate studies in UK which are available currently? [closed]

I wish to pursue graduate studies in string theory in the UK starting from September-December 2016. However I am finding that most of the fellowships application date is over. Long story short, which ...
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Hobby during PhD studies has taken its toll, how do I recover? [closed]

In the first two years of my PhD I made a big mistake by spending a large amount and passion on a hobby (making video games). In this hobby, I saw an opportunity to make this into a career, either by ...
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Accidentally finding the solution to an exercise

I was given an assignment for a graduate course a few days ago, and I had to do some background reading in order to understand what one question was asking. In the process of doing this reading, I ...
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How to deal with a colleague who always puts you down?

I am just starting out my PhD which will take 5 years to complete and I am dealing with a person in my own research group who cannot stop putting me down every chance she gets. In our research ...
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What is the meaning of the official transcript?

I am going to apply for graduate admission in the US universities. Most of the universities require official transcript which must be sent from my institute with official envelope and seal. I went ...
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Switching field of study from computer science to GIS in the post graduate level [duplicate]

I have a B.Sc. in CS, but I want to further in the GIS (geographical information system) line. I am thinking I'd have to do some sort of post-graduate diploma in GIS, before I can go for a M.Sc., ...
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What needs to be done to get into a good grad school for CS/SE? [duplicate]

I recently took the GRE practice exam and scored a 304 (145V+159Q), which is not very good. Is there anything else in one's application that will help their chances besides the GRE for a CS/SE major? ...
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What is the difference between a Bachelor of Arts Honours and a regular Bachelor of Arts?

I'm applying to Oxford at the moment for graduate study. Under the section asking what undergraduate degree I'll be receiving, it gives me the choice of "Bachelor of Arts (non-UK)" and "Bachelor of ...
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Are there introductory graduate courses for non-American PhD programs in mathematics?

For instance, on the course page for the DPhil in Mathematics at Oxford (http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-mathematics), they mention the requirement of taking "100 hours of ...
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To senior researchers, how would you view a student you wanted to work with, but who could not?

I am a Ph.D. student and met this senior scientist in a local conference, let's call him Dr. XX. (He is working in a research institute like Bell Lab, not exactly in academia.) We took some interest ...
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Does it matter where you go to undergraduate if you want to get into a good grad school? [duplicate]

I graduated high school with a good GPA that could have gotten me into some better schools. However, my parents did not have the money to pay the college tuition as well as the room and board costs. I ...
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When to explain poor performance in a Statement of Purpose

I know there have been similar questions asked, but the most recent question was focused on the transcript and the less recent question was focused on courses not relevant to the major. My general ...
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Drafting Postdoc Inquiry Follow-up

About 3 months ago I emailed a professor asking if there were any postdoc positions open in his lab. The professor emailed back relatively quickly and thanked me for being interested in his lab, but ...
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How can a new PhD Student objectively evaluate how well they are doing?

I'm a relatively new PhD student, and I'm faced with a new (for me) situation. Before, I always had grades and the likes to tell me how good or bad I was doing: if I was at or near the top/bottom of ...
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Special student Harvard in Mathematics [closed]

I am a master student in Mathematics. I got a scholarship that would pay me a 1-year stay (including housing etc.) at Harvard University. All I need to do, is to apply for admission as a Special ...
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How to reduce negative consequence for the person I plagiarized my assignment from?

Due to some personal reasons, I didn't get to complete my semester end project. So I copied my friend's project and submitted it without major changes (I know I was a fool to do that). Now we are ...
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Primary Investigator gets really nervous around me?

My new Primary Investigator, who is well respected in her field, gets really nervous when talking to me for some reason. We are the same gender and both married so it's not a problem of that sort... ...
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Career options for Biomedical research besides PhD [closed]

Are there other options besides pursuing a Phd to participate in Biomedical research, Either in academia or companies? For example, if a high school student wants to find the quickest way to be able ...
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What happens if you don't enjoy your research partially through your degree?

I'm a sophomore at a Canadian university studying mathematics. Since near the end of first year, I've thought about attending graduate school for some mathematics field (this could also be because I ...
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Working with a professor who does both mainstream and non-mainstream physics research

I'm currently an undergraduate physics major in my final year at a US institution; I've recently finished applying to physics graduate schools for theory. With one of the schools in particular, I'm ...
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Is it acceptable to wear the same outfit every day?

I am a male graduate student in natural sciences at a public university. I want to simplify my life a little bit by wearing the same outfit (more or less) every day. (Obviously I would have multiple ...
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Taking undergraduate course by a graduate student, officially?

I am supposed to start my graduate studies (M.A.Sc.) at a university in Ontario, Canada, soon. My potential research theme (as I've talked about it with my supervisor) does need to some background in ...
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Is it practical to pursue AERO-MS in Europe?

I have an affinity for Germany, and I've heard a lot about the growing value of international experience, so I'm entertaining the possibility of applying for an MS at a German institution. However, ...
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Where to start for a Topics Class

I am teaching my first non-examinable graduate course this Winter term. This course is for students ranging from Masters' students to PhD students in Pure Mathematics and is a course for students to ...
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Why do others have these highly specialised research topics and I don’t?

I have some time now to think about what I want to write for my dissertation, but I just don’t know how to find an appropriate topic. I like what I do and I could do a lot. Some people seem to have ...
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Should a personal statement for grad school discuss large challenges in personal life?

"Large" includes "health issues", among other things. I know someone facing this situation. She has successfully used her story in applications to important programs during undergraduate, and it did ...
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How to recover one's career opportunities after a period of poor performance

I read this question about falling behind, but my question is more about the long term. I find myself becoming depressed at lack of overall opportunities in graduate school (in mathematics, ...
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What would be the difference between the public and private graduate schools in US?

Okay, so back in my country, the difference between private and public colleges is pretty visible. I have worked in biotech labs of both kinds and know that there's a lot of restrictions on using ...
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Does one C in an upper level major class tank my chances for a PhD program later on? [duplicate]

I appreciate any feedback you all could shoot back my way with this question here! Before I spill out the specifics, here's my current standing and what I hope to accomplish when I graduate: 3rd year ...
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No reply from the professor after the follow up email

There is a PhD position at a university. I have sent an email and also a follow-up email (after one week from my first email) to the corresponding professor and I haven't got any reply yet (it has ...
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Master's thesis - lack of evidence, possibly poor topic choice

I'm working on a social science master's thesis based on a discourse analysis of documents. I finished a proposal a few months ago, which my committee approved. But as I continue to scan my sources, I ...
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Being a graduate student of an early career Scientist [duplicate]

I am very excited to continue my education this fall with a PhD program in environmental science. I have reached out to several professors in many institutions, but am most excited about working with ...
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How does PhD admissions committee look at my old gre score after starting my Masters

I am currently an international Masters student studying at a US university and I'm in the process of applying to several computer science PhD programs in North America. I didn't have the chance to ...