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

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How durable is academic talent? [on hold]

Many undergraduates suffer substance abuse, insomnia, stress, nervous breakdown. Knowing a student was brilliant and capable of deep understanding, ideas at 19 is it safe to assume a troubled student ...
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Did I choose my modules unwisely? [on hold]

I would like to apply to grad school soon. I have a BA and am currently doing my MA. Throughout both my BA & my MA I chose whatever I found interesting. I am worried that this will look bad if ...
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Need help choosing graduate Program Los Angeles area [on hold]

I'm sure this question gets asled a lot this time of year, but I just graduated with a B.S. in IT and I'm thinking about graduate school. I will be working at one of two companies who have made ...
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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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Graduate School in Physics [closed]

I'm an Economics and Mathematics major at a college in Pakistan; I am, however, looking to make the transition to go to graduate school in Physics. Putting the reasons aside, I'd be looking to apply ...
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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 ...
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Thesis Advisor conundrum

Last semester, I took class A and loved the material. It was a subject I excelled in and professor A' was someone I understood well. I thought it was perfect to take the course 2A and make A' my ...
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Importance of Math Subject GRE

I will be applying for a PhD program for mathematics this year. When graduate schools are considering applications, how much weight does a GRE score carry compared to research experience and grades ...
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My colleague is monetizing our contributions and not compensating us [closed]

A few years back, my advisor began a project (received funding for, etc.). My advisor funded a student (we'll call them "CEO") on this project, who's now working on a startup in this area and is ...
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How common is it for a professor to require students to work for him?

I'm in a computer science master's program in a university in asia. It's a three-year program, and halfway through our first year, our professor told us to come work for him at his company during our ...
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How to confront new office mate regarding personal hygiene? [closed]

I am a senior graduate student and share an office with 3 other post-docs and graduate students. We recently had a first year graduate student join our lab for a rotation and he has been placed in ...
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How much seen material/questions should an exam paper contain?

At University,say the lecturers hand out past papers with solutions for the students to revise from for an upcoming exam. Is it common practise for the exam to contain a couple of the exact same ...
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As an undergraduate, how can I explore research topics that may interest me without having a background?

I'm a fourth-year undergraduate looking to apply to graduate physics program this year. My problem is this: I don't know how to pick a study/research area for graduate school. I enjoy my ...
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Contacting graduate professers

I am planning on applying for a MSc in applied mathematics next year and I thought of writing to several professors asking about research positions available and the chances of working with them. Some ...
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Starting a PhD got unexpectedly cancelled; what now? [closed]

I was supposed to start a PhD this summer. Unfortunately, it got canceled. While it was initiated by me, I did not want to do it – I just had to. Given the financial losses, I am not able to relocate ...
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Completing German master's programs in less than allotted time

I'm considering applying to master's programs in mathematics over in Germany (e.g. Bonn, Berlin Mathematical School). The stated time for these programs is two years. Should I get accepted and ...
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What's the best way to quit a PhD position? [duplicate]

I am in my 1st semester of PhD and I have a fight with my supervisor for putting me through an unethical issue of exam over exam. I have been thinking about it last 3 weeks and I have realized that ...
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Is it okay for professors to completely copy another professors' notes, assignments, and exam questions word for word from another university? [duplicate]

I have a professor who used the same lecture notes, same assignments, and same exam questions word for word from from another professor at a different university (who posts his notes, assignments, and ...
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Submitted conference paper with errors a short while back. How do I solve this? [duplicate]

BACKGROUND I'm an electrical engineering graduate student. I submitted and abstract to a conference and it was accepted. This happened about 3-4 months ago. Since then, I have mainly focused on ...
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What classes to take in undergraduate for graduate school instead of graduating early

I am an undergraduate sophomore but I will be able to finish and graduate at least a semester and maybe a year early if I take the classes I need to get my BS. Either way I will have space in my ...
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How does funding at UK universities work?

The process for obtaining funding for graduate work in the UK seems much different than it is in the US. In particular, in the UK, funding decisions often come after offers of admission. What is the ...
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Is it a red flag for a PhD program if their graduating students cannot find postdoc?

I got accepted to one of my top choice schools for a math Ph.D. However the graduate students there said in the past few years, the Ph.D.s before them (both pure and applied math) had quite a bit of ...
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Etiquette: senior and junior professors co-advising

I'd like to ask two professors who work at my university to be the co-advisors of my Masters thesis (mathematics). They work in the same research group on (almost) the same topic (which is ...
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UK: Must my PhD research related to my MPhil research?

Is this generally expected? It seems to me that most people develop something in their MPhil and then continue working on this field for the PhD. What would I do if I had a change of interest, and ...
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Two applications to different departments at same uni. But: One professor is affiliated with both departments

I would like to apply for PhD programs in two different departments, but at the same uni. I am interested in both fields, but not in the overlap between the two. Generally, this shouldn't be a ...
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What can I do to convince my advisor of my ideas?

I started my PhD within the last one year in a STEM field in the US ,and I cannot seem to convince my advisor about any of my ideas. I usually don't get concrete research directions from my advisor, ...
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SOP for two programs, but in the same department?

Within my field, I have strong interests in two subfields. Those two subfields are quite different from another though. There is also no overlap between the two fields. (assume all of this) The ...
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When is the best time to ask for letters of reference?

When should one ask for letters recommendations of the people of one's choice? E.g. when applying for a PhD program, should you ask for two or three letters all at once or should one collect a letter ...
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I want to quit PhD after 4 months. Should I? [closed]

I am a first year PhD student. I am doing it from an institute in a remote part of the world where the temperature is -10 degrees most time of the year. I took this opportunity after doing my Masters ...
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Would several withdrawals (W) affect my chances at graduate school admission [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate math major and I have already had to drop two classes (one due to my mother being sick and other to do with an attendance policy). This semester I'm having trouble with my health ...
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Can I contact graduate office regarding decision timeline (to know my application status)?

I am an applicant of Graduate program in Biological sciences of X University, USA. My application deadline was Dec 15, 2015 and I submitted application with required documents on time (PhD ...
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Is watching porn in university a crime?

I am about to start my graduate studies in an American university, moving from my native Peru. Over the course of my under-graduation, I have developed this strange habit of watching porn at odd ...
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Dropping a course as a master's student

I am planning to drop a course in my master's program as it has been really difficult for me to score well in it while looking for internships this semester. If I don't drop it I will end up with a C ...
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What does Graduate school mean: Master, PhD, or both?

In the US one seldom reads about Master and much more about Graduate schools. I have the feeling that Graduate school can also mean doing a doctorate/pursuing a PhD degree; thus I am confused with the ...
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How is it possible to switch careers from undergraduate to graduate level in the US?

I have read about many astounding career paths of scientists in the US. E.g. someone had a BSc in education and switched to physics in graduate school. How are such switches possible? In Europe I ...
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Can I address my professors by their first name? [closed]

A couple of my professors always signs off on their emails with their first name only, such as, "best, Simon". Does this mean that I could write my emails to them with, "Dear Simon" or "Hi Simon" ...
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How much should university ranking matter while choosing a place for graduate studies?

How much should I weigh in on the ranking of a university (provided by various academic ranking websites) while choosing a university for graduate studies? The universities that I am considering have ...
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Do graduate schools increase assistantship stipends if the student is accompanied by a spouse or dependent?

Usually a TA stipend is only given to cover the expenses of a single student. I have received a stipend of about $19000 for 2 semesters (9 months) and a summer fellowship ($4000). Is it appropriate to ...
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Why are academic institutions now looking to judge their students in multiple choice questions tests?

Multiple choice questions are nowadays very common in many of the world's institutes. Particularly in entrance tests, they use multiple choice testing. Why are these academic institutions now looking ...