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

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How do I get out of my overly vain 'trophy' mindset when it comes to unis?

I have friends who went to pretty good unis (world top 10), and I would love to apply too after my Masters although I am not sure how realistic this is, as I also had some personal problems during my ...
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PhD student and postdoc statistics related to relationships

As a graduate student and postdoc, I remember more of my colleagues becoming single than entering new relationships. In many cases the problem was that their partners could not accept their unusual ...
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BME Jobs in Industry: Do you need a PhD or Masters? [duplicate]

As an incoming Senior, I am currently having the debate that many before me have had: Masters, or PhD? I'm a biomedical engineering student who wants to get an advanced degree to better position ...
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Whether to mention contributions on Stack exchange in Statement of purpose (SOP) for MS/Phd application in US?

Assume that a student has a continuous involvement in any community of Stack Exchange.(consider 1,000+ reputation). Does It has a positive impact to mention this involvement in order to show you are ...
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Should I self-fund my PhD at one of the top 10 universities at UK? [duplicate]

I will start my PhD in the field of Biomedical Computer Vision soon at one of the top 10 universities at UK. I am an international student from Asia. But unfortunately I haven't received any source ...
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Masters in Information Assurance - Career Change [on hold]

I’m taking a leap and I am very nervous about job prospects and income. I currently work for the Federal Government making $55k+/yr with good benefits. I have a family, own a home, and I and quitting ...
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How often do professors accept new graduate students? [on hold]

I know it has a lot to do with who is graduating and how many students the professor has already, but I just want to get a feel of how this process works. Do professors take in 1-2 students each year ...
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Can a project be “too good” for a Master's?

Pretty straight forward. I am starting to apply to grad school and I was discussing possible projects with some (grad student) friends of mine. When I mentioned something in particular one of them ...
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Is there a conventional word that describes a professor for whom you were a TA

I am providing a block of contact information to someone and the last line of this block it is requested that I provide the relationship between this person and myself. Basically I am trying to find ...
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Is it acceptable to point out job offers in my graduate school application?

Just some background: I am currently an undergraduate and I will be graduating next year. As of now I have an internship position doing research in my favorite area. This will extend into a job offer (...
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Collaborating (online) with researchers from other institutes/countries [duplicate]

I am a first year graduate student in a completely theoretical field. How does one go about collaborating online or otherwise with researchers from other institutes/universities? In particular, if I ...
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PhD in Computer Science with 2.2 GPA [duplicate]

I finished my undergraduation with b.tech in electronics engineering with 2.2 GPA. Will be applying to MIT in the United States for a PhD in Computer Science. What are my chances?
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Is Math GRE not worth it?

Finished bachelor's and master's in mathematical finance. Applying for PhD in math, which may or may not be in a university that requires General GRE or Math GRE Based on my other questions (like ...
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Are undergraduate math courses required to do well on the GRE subject test?

I'm in the process of selecting courses for my third year, and I wasn't planning on taking certain mathematics courses (in particular, "pure" courses, such as Algebra). However, upon speaking to come ...
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How to boost academic profile for Master's application

I want to apply for a Master's degree program in Robotics at some top schools in Europe and America. However, I feel my current profile is not strong enough to get into a top school and I am looking ...
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I will be graduating a semester early, what schools have spring & summer intake? [duplicate]

I have enough credits to graduate a semester early, and will be soon. I know of the perquisites such as the GMAT, but when researching the school I wanted to go to (Fordham) I am worried now that most ...
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Lack of undergraduate research experience and impact on PhD applications

I am currently a second year (final semester) undergraduate enrolled in Nagoya University's G30 program. After I graduate, I intend pursue a PhD in the chemical sciences, and I am looking to apply to ...
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How much is expected to know before starting a PhD [closed]

I recently graduated with a BSc in applied mathematics and considering on applying for a PhD. In fact, I contacted a supervisor and he seems some what interested in my undergraduate academic ...
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Masters in Europe, PhD in US

I have seen various questions regarding PhDs in the EU vs US, but none I've seen address this. The subject area is Maths/Physics. From what I've seen, in the EU you do a Masters (I'm soon to be ...
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What is the distinction between “graduate school” and “professional school”?

I have previously been involved with mentoring high school students as well as undergraduates, who typically don't have a clear understanding of all of the career possibilities available to them and ...
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Making a change from Chemistry to Computer Science [closed]

I am set to graduate with a bachelors degree in Chemistry in the fall, however, I feel as if I am making a mistake. I feel that my true passion lies in computer science. I love research, everything ...
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specialization or generalization? [closed]

I had finished 2 years of BSc in Computer Science, the area that I wanted to continue in it, with high scores. However, for personal issues, I left the university. Then, I re-apply, but my family ...
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How to talk to PI about dropping out of graduate school?

There are a lot of threads about whether people should drop out of grad school, or PIs forcing students to leave. My situation is a little different, some people might call this ungrateful, but I want ...
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Exemptions to taking IELTS/TOEFL/Regular GRE

IELTS/TOEFL I haven't read up on IELTS/TOEFL, and I don't want to waste time on that if I don't have to. As far as I know, they are testing your fluency in English. Generally: Is a significant ...
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Math GRE Coverage [closed]

TL;DR My understanding is that the Math GRE is supposed to test knowledge that is expected of someone who wants to pursue a math masteral or math PhD. So shouldn't it test knowledge that is expected ...
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Interpreting Math GRE chart

So in this data set, around 50/245 admitted prospective graduate students from 2009-2012 were part of the top 5% in his/her exam?
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Focusing on GRE, subject GRE, TOEFLS, IELTS before applying?

Applying to the US: I just finished my master's in mathematical finance. I want to apply for a PhD in math (but not in mathematical finance). Can I start applying this year while studying and taking ...
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I'm graduating engineering program in only six semesters but have gotten no serious work experience along the way. How much will grad schools care?

I am a pet and Nat gas engineering student. I am graduating in six semesters (three yr) and this fall will be my fifth semester. I did not apply for an internship my freshmen year because I was under ...
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Earning post-graduate math hours after your master's [closed]

This is in the US, in case it's unclear. I'm interested in teaching math at the 2-year college level. I have an interdisciplinary MS with a strong engineering focus. I see openings that require "a ...
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Would going to Teacher's College be useful, if my ultimate goal is to become a university math professor?

I am close to entering the fifth year of a five-year Concurrent Education program. What the program involves is four years spent working on a bachelor’s degree, while “on the side” taking education ...
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How do I go about getting into the engineering field with only a design degree from almost a decade ago?

Due to health problems, I wasn't able to study well enough during my teenage years + 20s and I did not study or pursue something that truly interests me; instead I just graduated with a degree because ...
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Employment Contract Negotiation and Graduate School (Computer Science)

Is it possible to negotiate employment contracts to include sponsorship for graduate school? For example, accepting the job and school on the terms that the job will pay for Master's and I would be ...
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Do I always have to discuss conference attendance with advisor?

As a PhD student (in the US), should I always discuss whether I should go to a conference or summer school with my advisor before I apply? Even if The conference is providing full financial support,...
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What is normal pay in U.S. for RAship in STEM field?

I am a PhD student in statistics/math in the U.S. I go to a large, state run institution. I am currently hired for the summer as a research assistant for a professor. On the department website, an ...
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Having my first supervision soon, but I have nothing to tell or even ask

I have my first supervision soon, but I don't really know what to talk about. I am working on a particular problem in the Humanities; my supervisor has given me a reading list, and well, I am ...
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Applying to graduate program - propose research project?

I am a rising fourth year chemical engineering student applying to graduate programs in statistical mechanics (condensed matter and biological physics) this fall. I have been working on research ...
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Why doesn't academia incorporate spaced repetition in higher education?

There are many publications explaining advantages of spaced repetition. I found a summary of some of them here. While a lot of studies show many advantages of spaced repetition, it is not formally ...
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Is it a risk working for a graduate advisor who has over 20 students in their lab?

I recently contacted a professor whose field of study is something that I really want to work on. He replied, that frankly his lab was pretty full at the moment, but he'd love to hear about my plans ...
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Did a masters in order to make up for my BA marks. But I did worse. What now? A second MA?

The title says it all. One thing to mention though, is that I am not too bad - I have B+ marks. Another thing to mention is that a lot of my doing bad had to do with mental health and family in war. ...
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How should one decide whether to study logic in a math or philosophy department?

In particular, besides the more obvious fact that your courses and qualifying exams are going to be in different fields, are there any subtler reasons to prefer one department over another? Some ...
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Faculty criticizing students in front of other students

As a graduate student, I often discuss the performance and abilities of undergraduates in very frank terms with fellow graduate students. However, I would never do so in front of other undergraduates. ...
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Handling grade disputes in grad school

I'm a rising second-year PhD student at a big state university in the US. I'm seeking advice regarding the possibility of disputing a grade received this past semester in one of my core PhD courses. ...
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Consequences for not attending an academic conference/forum in which your paper was already accepted?

BACKGROUND I was previously an engineering PhD student but I left the program. I was really too inexperienced for the commitment of a PhD. Further, my wife wanted me to leave and pursue an ...
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Project or Thesis? [closed]

In the master's program that I am enrolled in, there are two options before graduating: either to complete the thesis or to do a project. I thought of doing the thesis, and maybe if I can find a topic ...
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What does potential PhD adviser want to see from a candidate that is applying for a second PhD/restarting a PhD?

I'm about to (not) graduate from a grad school. I've put "(not)" intentionally. This is my situation. I started working on a project that was new to our research group. The new topic only remotely ...
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Consequences of quitting a graduate-level Research Assistant (RA) position mid-semester, with little notice?

BACKGROUND I am an engineering graduate student at a good American university, funded as a Research Assistant (RA). The lab and professor rely heavily on my day-to-day work. My PhD research is ...
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Appropriate to mention using a lab's dataset when seeking grad student position in that lab?

I'm in the scenario where I'm approaching my final year of undergrad and am looking for a potential advisor for grad school; I've done my research on their research, including reading through several ...