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

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Not waiving the right to see letter of recommendation [duplicate]

I would like to know is it bad and unethical if I do not waive my right to see the letter of recommendation written by the professors? Should I talk to the professor before to see whether they are OK ...
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What background is necessary to do research in computational linguistics?

I'm getting ready to enter graduate school, and I would like to do PhD-level research in computational linguistics and natural language processing. I know that these two fields are very ...
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I want to study computational linguistics and NLP; which program to enter? [on hold]

I'm currently applying to graduate schools. I want to end up doing research in computational linguistics and natural language processing. Since my GPA and undergraduate record are pretty mediocre, I'm ...
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Can I ask a lecturer for letter of recommendation

I wonder can I ask a lecturer who I took his course and I did amazing in his class for a letter of recommendation? The reason why I am asking is because lecturers are not usually doing research and ...
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What is the format of Statment of Purpose

I am really confused by format of statement of purpose. I mean should it be single-spaced,double space or 1.5 space ? how many pages should it be maximum? and most importantly what things should be ...
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Can I take a year off during a masters program?

I am a second year part-time masters degree student at NYU, with a full time job. My life is pretty simple and boring in NY. I was looking for opportunities, and yesterday it happened. I was accepted ...
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What are preferred academic background for PhD in Operations Management?

What are the preferred academic backgrounds for PhD programs in Operations Management? Would a Master's degree in Survey Methodology/Survey Research be considered suitable?
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What is the purpose of dissertation embargo periods?

I just heard about "dissertation embargoes". My institution recommends that every graduating student place an embargo on their dissertation. What is a dissertation embargo, and what is its purpose?
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Which is preferable, to go to graduate school at same school as undergrad or to go to a lower-ranked school?

I've heard from people that generally, it's a bad idea to go to the same school as your undergrad to get your graduate education. However, in the situation that you get into only your undergrad ...
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Restoring self confidence - possible? [duplicate]

I am having a personal crisis and I thought maybe I should ask for some guidance in this forum. I have been in grad school in 4 years, failed qualifiers once passed at second attempt. I am dedicated ...
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How to change to Mathematics PhD program following M.S. in Computer Science?

I wonder if anyone can give me some advice about how a computer science graduate shifts career to mathematics? I'm currently doing a Master's degree in computer science and i was thinking about doing ...
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Is it possible to restart a PhD due to issues with supervisor (and should I do it)?

I am a PhD student in Europe and I am in the state of permanent crisis because of my PhD supervisor. He is a very nice person, who is very active with public engagement, very successful at grant ...
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Are Identical Make-up Exams Fair?

I recently took an exam, and our professor told us that we should submit our question sheets since 2 other students in our class are going to take a make-up exam. We were also told that we were not ...
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Is a second bachelors degree worth it? [duplicate]

I'm about to finish up a BA in linguistics and am looking at some interdisciplinary options for grad school (specifically in cognitive science). I have a competitive GPA in my last two academic ...
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How to mitigate bad grade in research on PhD application?

I've just finished my fourth year (out of 5) of biology studies in one of European universities. I have some experience in research and my grades are quite ok (in US scale it would be 3.75, which ...
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Doing master's / PhD in Electrical engineering or physics after a bachelor's degree in biology [duplicate]

I have a bachelor degree in biology but I want to change careers and study Electrical engineering or physics . Can I do this without having to do a bachelor's degree again ? How should I go if I want ...
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How to engage interdisciplinary professors in forming an MS thesis committee and project?

I am sort of stuck in a quagmire. I am just starting out in a 2 yr bio-manufacturing program, which has a thesis component. I was looking to add a minor from an interdisciplinary department ...
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Statistics Master's Degree VS Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Statistics

I recently graduated with the Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics from my University. I really like studying Statistics and during my final year in my undergraduate program I was thinking of ...
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What is the proper etiquette for requesting speakers from industry for an academic seminar?

I am in a program that has a seminar class where the students are strongly encouraged to get people to come and present. I was wondering if anyone else ever had to find speakers and if so had a sample ...
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How can I remain motivated while studying for comprehensive exams

At my university, the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Computer Science have comprehensive exams. The exams retest the student on topics from designated core courses. The exams are separate from the ...
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Why do graduate student contracts state “RAs shall work no more than 20 hours per week?”

I recently signed a graduate student contract. I had outside funding for some time but recently became a normal research assistant (RA) again, so must have missed a contradictory clause when I signed ...
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What are the career prospects of doing a theoretical computer science PhD.?

I am a 27 year old (ex-)physics graduate student and I am quitting this graduate program to enter a new PhD. program in theoretical CS. As for mathematics background - I have always been interested in ...
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Explaining switch of research interests in Statement of Purpose

For most of my Masters studies, I worked in the area of Quantum computation and wrote my thesis on that. But following that, I lost my interest and switched to Computer Vision and worked as an intern ...
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Is the minimum GPA required for Graduate school a cut-off criteria or a general guideline?

I am a senior year undergrad student from a prestigious institute in India. I intend to pursue a PhD after graduating. While researching universities, I stumbled upon the fact that many of the top ...
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Is it advisable to start graduate school with a dependent family? [duplicate]

I am an Electrical Engineering undergrad at one of the better engineering schools in the US. Now I have some background I want to explain, and I'll try to keep it brief. Back during high school I was ...
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Should I do a dual Ph.D.?

So there are already some good questions on the topic of double doctorates: Is doing two PHDs a good path? When does one go for a double doctorate? I'm looking for some advice specific to my ...
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Should I challenge the GRE requirement for a doctoral program in education (in the U.S.)?

I'm just starting to investigate doctoral programs in education in the United States, and I'm considering how to handle the GRE requirement: Hardline Activism: submit my incomplete application with ...
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Are there online resources for finding information on M.S. programs that fit my criteria, without having to go through every school's website?

I'm looking for an M.S. in Computer Science and I found it difficult to properly navigate all the available degrees. I'm interested in a particular focus (computer graphics, not modelling and that ...
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Have applied to, and been rejected from, a number of PhD positions; are they really so difficult to get?

I am a student who graduated with a Master from a German university in April this year, majored in materials science, willing to further pursue a PHD degree in a European university (or possibly a ...
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What to do if I can't find references about a listed project of my potential supervisor

I am currently preparing for my graduate school application. There is one professor whose research interest in general matches mine. He has listed several potential research projects for prospective ...
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Scholarships for master degree in pure mathematics

I have been searching for universities to study a master degree in pure mathematics in Europe or USA but I am a little concerned about the fees and the cost because I cannot afford that amount of ...
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Is it necessary to wear a white shirt inside the graduation gown for Masters degree graduation ceremony?

I have my graduation ceremony coming soon. The graduation dress usually consists of the gown, the hood and the mortar board. however the hand sleeves of the gown are a bit short and hence a full shirt ...
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What to do when an advisor asks you to draft your recommendation? [duplicate]

A friend of mine is applying to graduate schools, and his research advisor asked him to write the recommendation and he would sign it as his own. It doesn't seem possible for my friend to write a ...
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How to test (admitted) grad students before hiring them in your lab

Recruiting "bad" PhD students who only become emotional, temporal, and financial drag is not good for anybody. I was listening to the recent freakonomics podcast episode, and thought it would be great ...
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What does it indicate if a professor from other departments is included in applied math department?

Currently I am preparing for postgraduate application. My research interest is fluid mechanism. There are several professors whose research interests are similar to mine and all of them are included ...
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How can I put myself in the best position to get a postdoc in a different field?

Im a graduate student in my 3rd year studying theoretical plasma physics. I'd like to stay in academia but I think I would be better in an area of experimental physics where data analysis plays a more ...
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What is considered a good GPA for studies in Germany

Coming from a different schooling/grading system, I have very little feeling about what actually is considered a good grade for studies in Germany. Here the passing grades are given in the range of ...
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Advisable to visit other labs?

Is it advisable to do a short (2-3months) visit to a different lab at a different university while doing a PhD? I would think that it would be good for setting up collaborations, but would a PhD ...
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Graduate School vs. Work

I am a Senior on track to receive my B.S. in Computer Science this time next year. There are a lot of jobs I could do directly after graduation with just my B.S., but is it better to go to graduate ...
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Age and applying for colleges [duplicate]

American universities accept people over 19-20 years? It is more rigorous process of a person at that age? Can I apply at any age? If I have a reason why I have entered in a 'high' age? I'm 16, I'm ...
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Does diversity in undergraduate research topics look bad on my graduate school application?

I have done 5 different projects in my undergraduate course and all of them are from different areas/fields. My project work during High school is from a different area still. The reason of working in ...
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Two year gap after BTech and Applying for MS, mention in SOP? [duplicate]

I completed BTech in 2010. Started working on 8th Aug 2012. Now applying for MS. Do I need to mention the gap in my Statement of Purpose (SOP)?
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Do graduate schools have more courses & less of a student-teacher ratio than undergraduate?

On average do grad schools offer more distinct courses than undergraduate schools? If that is the case, then it must mean there are more professors teaching in graduate schools. And common sense ...
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Who is a research student?

I've heard that some universities offer a non-degree program called research student, what i want to know: Why do students usually apply as a research student? Do research students work on things ...
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When can asking a question during lecture be offensive?

During my masters, I used to ask a lot of questions in class and during the lecture. Whenever I had a doubt I used to ask questions. It was my habit which my undergraduate teachers inculcated in me ...
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Preparing for Quals in Math [duplicate]

I will be starting graduate school next semester in mathematics and I have no idea how I am going to fare. My goal for this summer and I am slowly making progress is to go over topics in real ...
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Are Masters degrees from German universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen) eligible for PhD?

Are Masters degrees from German universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen) eligible for PhD? If I do a Masters in any of the German universities of applied sciences (Fachhochschulen), would I ...
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At the age of 27 is it worth shifting PhD. from strings to computer science?

Will the effort required to learn a completely new subject from scratch be outweighed by the better job prospects when one is looking for faculty positions?
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How does one go about doing a Ph.D. in Europe as an American?

I'm entering my senior year of college in the US and I'm starting to consider my options for graduate school next year. My field is kind of blurry, in that I have certain research areas that I'm ...
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How can a graduate student most efficiently become an expert at his research topic? [closed]

Taught courses typically do not reach research level, so there is a significant gap in knowledge that has to be bridged by a graduate student in order to make meaningful contributions to their field. ...