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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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Chance at a European Grad School? [on hold]

I am a student at an American university, and I am considering graduate school somewhere in Europe. I have a GPA of 3.2 and I am a political science major. I know this is fairly low. One semester I ...
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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? [on hold]

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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Need MS Finance School Suggestions [on hold]

This is my first post here..so a short introduction: I am an Indian resident, age 23 Qualification 1 - Bachelor of Commerce with major in accounting & finance (a correspondence course from an ...
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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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Go Back after Drop Out? [on hold]

I went to a prestigious university where I was considered as an international student. I faced some issues that I couldn't control, and, as a consequence, caused me a lot of stress. My mind was ...
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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 ...
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Is talking about quitting to your supervisor a point of no return?

I have been feeling miserable about my PhD degree situation for a bit of time, and I just started therapy. So far I've tried not to take drastic decisions such as quitting, because I know I am ...
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How to motivate speakers to give less specialized talks at a “colloquium?”

Our applied math department is beginning to have a serious attendance problem at our colloquium. The appropriate level for our colloquium is that any person with an undergraduate degree in a ...
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Is it normal for a graduate student's fate to depend on the success of a breakthrough idea?

I am officially a graduate student in a different department than where I have been working for the last ~6 months. (..(un?)fortunately this department where I were I now work is ranked almost the ...
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What can I learn at open-house events for PhD programs that would be difficult to learn through other channels prior to accepting an offer? [duplicate]

I have received a few offers for PhD programs in the US that I am interested in, and several of these have open-house events coming up in the next few weeks. I have been in contact with potential ...
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What type of Grad School if I'm interested in Quantum Computing?

I'm currently an undergraduate at a prestigious private university in the U.S. I'm majoring in Physics, Math, and Computer Science and currently am a junior. I've taken 5 graduate level courses so far ...
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Email to potential advisor after submitting an application

I applied to graduate school in US about two months ago and I am still waiting for my result.I was thinking may be it is a good idea to email my potential advisor again and asked him/her whether ...
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Will your undergrad GPA affect your graduate GPA in US?

Will your undergrad GPA affect your graduate GPA in US?
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How common is it for women to drop out of graduate school because they have children?

I am a 29 year old female. I want to go back to school. I have been told that I have a very good chance at getting into a very good graduate computer science program (machine learning, AI, robotics, ...
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Are all master degrees fully funded for North American universities?

For whatever reason I had the misconception that graduate schools are fully self funded except for some opportunity for scholarship or in extraordinary circumstances, full ride scholarship. So you can ...
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How to persuade my advisor to keep working with me even if my grades are poor?

So I am an international grad student in ECE in USA, in the field of Wireless Communications, and I am on my 2nd semester of my Master's program. Last week I talked with my advisor and he told me he ...
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Is control theory dead? What are some prospects of going into this field?

I have been applying to several graduate schools and one of my interest that I listed was control theory. However after doing some research on my own it seems that most of the graduates from this ...
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How should one maintain a relationship with a professor?

So I am planning to apply to grad school sometime in the future and would need a letter of recommendation from an awesome professor who I took a time series class with. I got an A- in the class, he ...
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Faculty or industry applications without phd advisor's letter

How is an application for an academic position seen if there is no reference letter from the graduate advisor? Are any of the potential issues for academic positions the same for industry positions? ...
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Traveling with textbooks

So I am finishing my MSc in Europe and it looks like I will be headed to the US for a PhD. Along the way I have collected a small set of textbooks that I find particularly useful. From my experience, ...
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Authorship ethics of Collaborative Science in Graduate School

I'm being asked by my advisor to perform a specific scientific experiment that she conceived from start to finish on our apparatus over the next two months (which could easily become 3-4 months or ...
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Re: the advice of “You should never pick a nice advisor”, is it true that 'nice' professors fail to produce good students?

This is a very tough question to ask because there are so many advisors on this forum so I am expecting most inputs from the current grads. This question largely stemmed from a post I read online ...
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How can you tell if a faculty or group is on decline? Am I being used?

I am currently deciding graduate school between several different groups in my school's engineering department. A few faculty in electronics, signal processing and control system has expressed ...
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How to cope with feelings of powerlessness on a PhD?

I am currently a third year PhD student of pure mathematics. I've been dealing with a feeling of burn out for a long time now. Quite frankly I struggle to find interest in anything related to my ...
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After getting a PhD at a low-ranked university, would it be harder to get a job at a high-ranked university? [duplicate]

In more detail, let's say I get a PhD degree at a university which is ranked 51-100, according to QS ranking system. Is it possible for me to get a job at higher ranked university, like 1-50 ? Let's ...
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Should I talk about my PhD acceptance in follow up email to potential advisor in different school

I got accepted in one of the top-tier school in US for PhD program in Engineering however my dream is to go to different graduate school. I am planning to send a follow up email to one my potential ...
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Math Undergrad Wants to do Master's of Statistics

BACKGROUND I am a Canadian who is just finishing my undergraduate studies in mathematics. I enjoy mathematics, but I have recently realized that I would rather study statistics in graduate school, ...
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IQ and Probability of Success in Two Difficult Fields

I've had my IQ measured on multiple tests over the past several decades. The first time was in middle school and it was measured at 120. I guarantee you that I didn't care about the result when I took ...
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Already a doctor but not satisfied! [duplicate]

I know someone who has already finished his PhD but he is not really satisfied, and he wants to apply for another PhD program abroad his home country; do you think he may have chances to be accepted ...
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What factors determine acceptance to top graduate program in Engineering?

Question that is really bothering me is what are the important factors for admission to top five engineering graduate school? I searched in different forums and saw people got accepted to PhD program ...
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Getting credit/ownership for improved software

I recently made some changes to a piece of (proprietary) code that my group uses which has made it two orders of magnitude faster. The code I updated wasn't mine and the original algorithm IP was ...
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Interview for pure math graduate program

I will have an interview for my graduate school application in the coming days. I don't have much research experience but I am taking a few graduate courses which are related with the potential ...
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Statement of Purpose for master program, area of intersts

I am currently revising my statement of purpose for several applied math master program. I wounder if I should mention some specific area of interests or specific name of faculty? The problem with me ...
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What must an international graduate student do before arriving in the US?

I am an international student, and I am going to be doing an MS in Structure and Materials in Aeronautics at MIT. Before I arrive, what do I have to do?
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Potential Impact of Pass/Fail vs. Letter Grade in Elective Courses

The current grading system of my university allows graduate students to either receive a letter grade (A through F) or receive a Pass/Fail grade (where A-C is Pass) in any course offered. Each student ...
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Supercomputers and undergraduates?

Is it common for an undergraduate to run its thesis (evolutionary genomics) in a supercomputer? In my country, few supercomputers exist, but I'm not sure how it is for bachelors in the US or Europe. I ...
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Should a graduate application SOP focus on research interests?

I want to pursue a master's in Computer Networks with an interest to learn Software Defined Networking. For some of the universities that I have applied, I have summarized like 'I would love to go ...
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Apply for PhD in maths at the age of 35 [duplicate]

Is it possible to be accepted as a PhD student in mathematics and provided full scholarship at the age of 35? What about top-ranked US universities? Mathematics has the reputation of a field for young ...
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Funding during graduate study (phd, masters) in math in the US [closed]

I have some questions and concerns in mind: When somebody says a program is "funded", does that mean the money is conditional (whether he TAs or not) or unconditional? Or is it clarified in context? ...
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Postdoc without PhD?

I have never been to grad school, but I have several publications, in good journals, as well as planned future projects. Some very prominent experts know me and think well of my work. In this case, ...
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What's my chance of getting into a good math or statistics graduate program, if I don't have impressive grades the first three semesters of college [closed]

I'm a sophomore majoring in math and statistics at a large state university who has top 30 math programs. I really want to go to a very good math graduate program. However, my first three semester is ...
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Should I do a PhD or Master in Statistics for a career in Data Science?

I am a Mathematics student with a concentration in Applied and Computational Mathematics. I have done a Mathematics research project with a faculty member, which resulted in a co-authored paper being ...