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Is it bad to apply to the same PhD program two years in a row?

I will be entering my first year of college next Fall. Even if most of my AP classes don't count for credit, I will probably be eligible to graduate after six 15–16 credit semesters. Though my desires ...
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Is it considered rude to enroll at a funded conference and then retract your enrollment?

For background, I am a mathematics graduate student. Now, it happens once in a while that I find an interesting conference/workshop which I would be happy to attend, but which I'm not sure about (for ...
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What to do to now, if I want to get involved in academic research? [on hold]

I am 34. I have a second-class honors degree and a first class masters degree in I&C Eng. I just quitted my bank job. Antagonistic colleagues were freaking me out, and, my health was deteriorating ...
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In places outside the US and Europe, how do I know if the standard is that one applies to a PhD program with a specific PhD advisor already in mind?

Suppose I want to apply to PhD programs at a university outside of the US and Europe. How do I know if most universities there follow what the US is doing or what Europe is doing? Elaboration: How ...
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Reapplying for a PhD with a Master's degree

I am a senior undergrad studying internationally and majoring in electronics. I applied to graduate physics programs in the US. I was able to get into some schools, but not the top ones. I have ...
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I have credits from three different graduate programs - can't i combine them into one degree? [on hold]

I started seminary - 6 credits Elementary education - 12 credits Human Services - 9 credits Is there a single "degree" I can combine these into or a university that will accept all the credits to ...
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How to prepare and succeed in graduate school (nutritional sciences)?

I just got accepted into a combined MS in nutritional sciences/dietetic internship program and started to think about how I can prepare myself before actually starting the program. This is actually a ...
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I want to transition from Mathematics to Computer Science for a PhD. Will post-baccalaureate studies in Computer Science help me?

In order to better understand my questions it is best to provide some context to them. Background: I completed a B.Sc. degree in pure mathematics several years ago. I kept in contact with my letters ...
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Phd at same uni as MSc, possible offer but would like to change topic/group if possible

I need some advice on how to diplomatically handle this situation: I will submit my master's thesis in a few weeks, and I am pretty sure that I want to do a PhD afterwards. Research is what I want to ...
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Do I stand a chance in US universities? How can I ask for so many recommendation letters? [closed]

I'm a fresh graduate with a bachelor degree in electrical and electronic engineering, currently aiming to study in the US for my masters degree. I am an international graduate from an accredited ...
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Options to complete my thesis when program no longer exists

I was involved in a graduate Geriatric Health and Wellness Program. I had completed all the classes and requirements except my thesis. I was fired from my job in June of 2013 and I was so emotionally ...
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Is it feasible to switch track from Bioinformatics in Masters to Neuroscience in PhD [closed]

I would soon enroll in a Masters program that has a Bioinformatics specialization track. However I want to pursue for Neuroscience. Unfortunately my graduate school do not have a Neuroscience ...
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Dropping a Masters program right before practicum to enter another Master program. Possible? Frowned upon?

When I finished my undergrad, I decided to go into teaching, and I always figured that my preference was secondary school. A huge part of the reason for not wanting to teach elementary was that I ...
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is a 6 years Biology Degree comparable to a Master's Degree?

I live in Argentina and we don't have the Bachelor/Master's division. I've studied 6 years of a Biology Degree. Most of my subjects had Lab practices besides the theory/calculus part so my total ...
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Why are US PhDs different from European PhDs?

So apparently I heard from here, here and here about the differences in PhDs in the US and in Europe. To sum up, it takes longer, on average, in the US than in Europe to finish a PhD since US PhD ...
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Why are some non-thesis MS or MA programs just called M?

I heard of some master's degrees that are just M instead of MS or MA like Master of Mathematics or Master of Psychology. Apparently, this is due to it being non-thesis. However, I met people who ...
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Doing PhD in math/physics after obtaining a bachelor degree in an unrelated field

I want to do a PhD in mathematics (Specializing in algebraic topology or algebraic geometry ) or mathematical physics (String theory). I have a bachelor degree in a totally different field (medicine). ...
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What are some practical ways to invest fellowship funds? [closed]

If one has been awarded a considerable amount of money to pursue their graduate studies, through a fellowship such as the GEM/DOE/NSF/Hertz fellowship, what are some practical ways to invest these ...
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Can I enroll to graduate school (PhD) in Germany? [closed]

I'm finishing Masters degree in Computer Engineering at university of Russia in this year. GPA of my Master diploma is 4.9-4.0 from 5. I have 3 publications in russian scientific journals. However, my ...
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What kind of PhD proposals should I read?

I am finishing up my master's in mathematical finance and am hoping to pursue a PhD in stochastic analysis. I was given a sample PhD proposal from an education office that helps people apply for ...
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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 [closed]

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 [closed]

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 ...