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

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How to prepare for a graduate school fair?

My school is offering a graduate school fair in one week, and I am interested in graduate school. I am already planning to take my Biology GRE as soon as possible, but not soon enough to bring the ...
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Pure math field for PhD when planning to go into industry

I'm a mathematics student just starting my third year. Since entering grad school, I have become rather firmly convinced that academia is not the place for me. The intellectual work is great, but the ...
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How far into the program should a doctoral candidate transfer to a different school?

I read the thread about PhD students transferring to a different school. How far into the doctoral program can or should such a transfer be done? Related: Is transferring to another university an ...
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Nonacademic Letter of Recommendation for Masters

I've been working as a TA for an on campus program for the last year and a half. The director really likes me; she has a Masters in Mathematics and runs the learning services program for the STEM ...
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How to alleviate “back to school” anxiety as a graduate student?

I find myself experiencing back to school anxiety as a new semesters begins in less than three weeks, mainly because the unpredictability associated with graduate life. In some ways it feels less ...
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Two years into my PhD program, and Mom is dying of cancer. Should I tell my advisor about it?

I just finished my 2nd year of PhD, and my mom has been dying of cancer since the end of my 1st year. She nearly died in January but thankfully pulled through. She was just diagnosed again a few weeks ...
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Breadth vs. depth of reading in preparation for postgraduate study

I am considering returning to university to begin postgraduate study, but before that I plan to spend a year or two in industry to earn some money and also gain perspective on the idea. However, I'd ...
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Lack of letter of recommendation due to long-term research experience

I only have 2 research experiences, one of which lasted more than a year and is starting to look very promising for high impact factor publication (I'll be the second author though, and it's not ...
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What is a “good” PhD dropout rate, and how would we know?

In a few questions/answers on here (e.g., here), passing reference has been made to the difficulty of determining a good/acceptable/healthy dropout rate for a PhD program. However, I haven't seen any ...
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Personal statement to apply for graduate school with a change in major

I live in Vietnam and did a Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) from an Australian university, Vietnam campus. I am planning to apply for statistics for graduate study in the US. I have ...
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How should I email my graduate advisor if I did not hear from him?

I am a graduate student at a University and I am working on academic project under my advisor's guidance. I had emailed him two weeks back about my project update (which helps him grade my project ...
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How to respond to “When are you graduating” when I'm behind

I'm a 5th year Ph.D. student. I've worked on several different projects in the last couple years, some of them not related to my dissertation topic, so I don't yet have enough results to say for sure ...
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Contact Prof for Course-Based Master Admission?

I am interested in applying course-based master program in electrical engineering. Most of them are self-funded, 1~1.5 years in length, and don't require a thesis . I learnt that it is (usually) ...
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What are some top CE/CS PhD programs you can quit halfway and still get a master's degree from it? [closed]

I'm an undergrad CS major at a state school trying to decide either to enter the software industry or grad school after graduation (I'm a sophomore but I'd like to plan ahead). It seems a master's ...
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MS in USA with very LOW grades and 16 backlog (cleared) [duplicate]

I am very confused regarding getting admit for MS in USA , but my grads very low (6.1/10 cgpa) and i want to pursue MS in embedded system or VLSI . though i secured very low grads in my UG my passion ...
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How can I email a CS professor looking for Phd. students? [duplicate]

This year I will submit about 16 aplications to different universities for graduate studies at the US. However, I found that there are new professors looking for Phd. students. So as a foregin student ...
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Contacting Potential PhD Supervisor: Including grades

I am starting to contact potential supervisors to do a PhD and I am wondering whether (and how) I should include my grades while contacting them. I am in the UK so there is no GPA standard (there is a ...
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As an undergraduate, how do I become aware of the big names and departments in my areas of interest if that area has no researchers at my university?

I'm looking into a variety of grad schools, but really the only places I know to look are at top 15 or so schools. Now, I know often times certain research areas within a discipline have top-tier ...
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I am meeting my graduate research advisor in a few days for the first time in person. What should I wear? (male)

I am meeting him in his office on campus. I am a master's student in computer science. I figured that suit and tie would be too formal as it isn't really an interview since I already have the ...
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Does publishing a manuscript in a respectable journal increase chances of getting a scholarship?

I am a second year physics undergraduate in a not so famous University. However, I have constantly received top marks in my class and I have just published a paper of mine in one of the highest ...
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How should I interpret the result of AMS annual survey

I'm going to be a first year graduate student in mathematics and is thinking about which field to specialized in. Besides the important factors such as potential advisor I can find, personal interest, ...
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Graduate program in Cryptography [closed]

I am looking to apply to a PhD position in Cryptography having done a MS in pure mathematics. All the professors I found are in Computer Science. I have 2 questions: 1) Can I apply to Computer ...
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How to ask for a co-supervisor? (master's program etiquette)

I'm finishing up the first year of my master's program, heading into the second starting September. I had proposed a topic to my (then potential, since confirmed) supervisor in October and we agreed ...
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Direction to university level instruction [closed]

I am a senior in computer science and I have tutored courses in Math and CSC/CIS for the past two years and I enjoy it and studying research (aka reading industry evaluations and research essays that ...
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“Professors do talk, you know” - What exactly does that mean?

This is a phrase that I have heard on multiple occasions, both on this forum and in real life. But what exactly does that mean (in reference to talking about students)? When I hear this, I can't help ...
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What to do with an application question when I honestly don't know my plans?

I'm an undergraduate currently applying for Fall 2016 Master's programs in Statistics (or sometimes Applied Statistics, depending on the program). One of my applications has this question: If ...
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Is it better to have just two good letters of recommendation, or two good letters and one bad letter, if three are expected?

Some universities say that "The minimum number of letters of recommendation are 2 but we highly encourage 3". If I know that I can get 2 good letters of recommendation but they "highly encourage 3", ...
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Do you include papers that you contributed to but weren't cited as an author in on your CV?

I'm an undergraduate and about to apply to graduate school. I did summer research that contributed to a paper and was asked to extend my time there to write the publication but could not stay due to ...
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How do you keep focused on a long-term academic goal while working?

I'm a college graduate and now working as an EMT in the hopes of going to physician assistant school next year. While working, it's easy to get sidetracked by many different points of view. I don't ...
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Issuing of CAS number without proof of completion of degree [closed]

I hail from Singapore and have applied for the Msc Insurance and Risk Management at City University London and have been offered a place provided I have evidence of the completion of my degree. ...
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Paid leave for a graduate teaching assistant

For quite some times this question has popped up to my mind. In many jobs, you can take paid leave for some days. As a PhD student (F1-visa) in US, I am being supported by the department in the form ...
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Online Postgraduate (Statistics / Mathematics)

I decided to begin an european online Postgraduate (MA, MSc or none) related with Statistics or Mathematics. The restriction of european ones, is because I'm spanish, and the tuition fees are way ...
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Lab Rotation Placement

I'm starting in a phD program in September, and am in the process of finalizing my three lab rotations. The two PIs I'm really interested in working with are not available for the first rotation, so ...
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Grounds for complaint? Professor skipping class, inaccurate grading criteria

I am taking a graduate-level summer course and have observed several problems. I would like outside opinion on whether these observations are valid grounds for an official complaint, or whether I am ...
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PhD Application Review moved from Fall 2015 Start to Spring 2016 Start: Options?

I applied for PhD programs starting from the fall of 2015 at several universities and I was waiting very eager to hear from them, because I just finished my MS last spring semester and don't want to ...
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How are “workshop style” lectures conducted?

Descriptions of graduate (and advanced undergrad) courses sometimes indicate that the lectures are going to be conducted in a "workshop style". I am unsure what a "workshop style" lecture entails and ...
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How do you politely ask someone to be on your committee? [duplicate]

I'm a graduate student finishing up my first year, and I'm currently in the Master's program but am planning on switching to the PhD program at my university (which is located in the U.S.). It's time ...
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Should / How do I include my school's GPA Scale in my CV / Application

I'm preparing my grad school applications (CV, letter of intent, etc) and in these I need to include my GPA. My school uses the 4.3 scale and I feel as though not including this information is ...
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Who Is To Find Research Ideas in Computer Science Research: PhD Student or Adviser? [duplicate]

Is a PhD student in Computer Science always expected to come up with new ideas or it is the responsibility of the adviser to provide some idea and guide the student to solve the problems in achieving ...
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Is it necessary for a grad student to respond to phone calls, as long as they're responsive on email?

I am asking this for a friend who hopes to enter grad school for a PhD next year in science. This person has a cell phone but almost always turns it off and has no voice mail (meaning there is no way ...
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How important is it to work in industry before attempting a PhD?

I am wanting to know how necessary it is to work in industry after undergrad and before applying to a PhD. On one hand, I have a lot of industry/ research experience and have a good deal of ...
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Entering a program you don't want to finish? [closed]

I am an aspiring mathematician but I am depleted/ malfunctioning (as alluded to in my previous post What do you do to keep mind sharp?). Thus I am not in any position to begin a graduate math degree. ...
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Does the course number matter?

I have a doctorate already and have circled back to complete an MBA. My doctorate is in another discipline. My MBA program just told me that, rather than using the proposed course numbers for an ...
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How to deal with a PI who is erratic in decision making?

This question was actually asked previously, but it went on hold. So I simplified to make it visible, as I need a quick advise. I am an international graduate student, currently working in a lab for ...
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Advisor/PI keeps changing his decisions about funding [closed]

I am a graduate student in one of the US universities. I have been working in this lab for 2 months now. As an international student, I had spent lot of money paying tuition for 2 semesters. I didn't ...
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How is a research direction determined between a graduate student and their advisor?

My question applies to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math disciplines (STEM). Q: By what process does a graduate student determine his or her research direction? (Assume that the graduate ...
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Seeking Your Advice on Preparing for Mathematics Graduate Programs

S.E advisers, I am a rising college junior (five-years tract) in US with a major in mathematics and an aspiring mathematician in the fields of theoretical computing and cryptography. I apologize for ...
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What are the differences between the Statements of Purpose for Terminal Masters and Ph.Ds?

When applying graduate schools, what is the difference in the elements that go into writing a SoP for a Masters program vs. writing a SoP for a Ph.D. program. As background, I'm looking into Computer ...
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Will I need to retake my written qualifying exams?

I am early in the process of considering whether or not to return to a PhD program in mathematics. The program consists of three parts: a set of written exams (usually after year 1), an oral exam ...
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Applying to Law school in USA with an Econ BS degree from another country [closed]

My friend moved to Los Angeles a few months ago and she wants to go to law school in here. She got a Bachelor's degree in Economics from another country (she is a resident in USA). The university she ...