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I have career gap after bachelors degree and irrelevant work experience. How do I write SOP for MS admission in US?

I pursued a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication Engineering stream and I completed the course in 2010. I was jobless for more than a year so I did a 3 months course in Java. Im Sun ...
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How to react to an angry email / argument as a third party

I'm finding myself in an uncomfortable position these past couple of days. Our IT/lab manager has been working on a new website to store data that is to be shared with about 11 other institutions, all ...
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How to handle a colleague who hasn't pulled their weight

I'm working on a project with a partner that involves developing a mobile app and corresponding server. I won't bother with the specifics, but both involve a fair amount of work (both require some ...
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ivy league obsession

Not disregarding that the Ivies are fine colleges in many aspects, how to deal with high-school students fixated on the idea that they need an Ivy league education, or otherwise their education would ...
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Difficult First Year in a PhD program [closed]

Because of the longish nature of the question - here is a TL;DR, and details will be provided below: I have a full-time job, and am a part-time PhD student who is experiencing tremendous struggles ...
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How to properly add “scientific reading” as personal interest in CV?

I'm applying to a Ph.D. program (in the field of robotics) and I have a hard time to fill the personal interests. I initially was going to avoid that section but then I got convinced that it's not a ...
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I need a reference letter but I've been out of school for 3 years

Ok I need some advise on my situation. I obtained my BSc in Mathematics and Physics in Spring 2011, but I've been working in a programming position since then, in actuarial business. I want to apply ...
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Importance of postdoctoral teaching experience for US tenure-track jobs

I'm a math Ph.D student in the US who has just accepted a four year postdoc--NSF postdoc at a US school interrupted by a year in Europe. For better or for worse, I am only slated to teach for two ...
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Strategies to strengthen self-discipline as a PhD student

The main troubles in my academic experience can be summarized in two popular (if somewhat cheesy) sayings: "Careful what you wish for" and "With great power comes great responsibility" Throughout ...
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Careless uninterested potential advisor

A professor, call X, who is with strong probability about to be my future MS Thesis supervisor/advisor, seems very interested to work with me. Mostly on lectures, X seems interested in my ideas and is ...
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What is the proper protocol for addressing one's title and position in an email signature?

I am creating an email signature and I am not sure what the protocol should be. Should it say Dr. Locc Department of Social and Consumer Sciences. or should my position within the dept. ...
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When should you stop “doubling down”?

At what point should a student decide they shouldn't try to be a researcher anymore, assuming they still have the desire? My personal situation is that I have ample cognitive ability (in the opinion ...
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Hard new ideas VS Hard technical ideas?

I'm a CS master student. During my early days looking for a thesis I noticed two categories of projects: Projects a about completely new idea. Projects about improving an existing technical concept. ...
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My master thesis is going in the wrong direction

I'm a CS master student in a German university. Here we have to do a master project in one semester and the master thesis in another semester, so in total 12 months. In the project you start in ...
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Career Advice : Profile Improvement for PhD Application [closed]

I am a Masters student in Germany (RWTH Aachen University). For almost three-quarters of my course I worked on a topic (Reversible Logic Synthesis) which I was somewhat interested during the initial ...
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Reapplying for math NSF postdoc after declining

I am a math Ph.D student in the US graduating this year. I recently received a very good 3 year postdoc offer in Europe, which I have to accept or decline in early December. Not being a big risk ...
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Post-Baccalaureate Online BS Programs?

I am going into the field of computer science after getting my original bachelor's and masters (in city planning) a few years ago and finding out I like the technology much more than the actual field ...
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How should a drop in GPA be presented positively in a Statement of Purpose?

During my undergrad studies, my first two years went fine but in third did not go well as compared to the first two years. Consequently, there was a drop in the GPA. But there was one good project at ...
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Applying for postdocs: mention two-body problem in cover letter?

My spouse and I are both finishing Ph.D's in math and applying for math postdocs in the US. We work in different areas of math, but there are many departments in which both are prominently ...
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What do I do with my exam tomorrow given that I supplied medical certificates

I missed 3-4 weeks of class this semester due to a medical condition. This was around 3 weeks before exams which meant I had to catch up with other subjects as well as doing assignments and tests. ...
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How to deal with a procrastinating (student) collaborator?

I am just beginning a research project with a fellow student. She is always 10-20 minutes late to scheduled meetings and has a very hard time making any sort of deadline. She freely admits that she is ...
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“I've somehow convinced everyone that I'm actually good at this” - how to effectively deal with Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is a psychological phenomenon wherein an individual is convinced that they do not deserve the success that they have achieved despite (perhaps extensive) empirical evidence to the ...
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Swiss cheese holes in my education. Do I go back and fill them?

In this recent blog post the author lists several interesting concepts he has discovered pertaining to learning. One thing he mentions is the following: Mastery is more important than passing ...
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Advice for having children during graduate school

My wife and I just found out that we're having our first child. While this is a wonderful thing, it also concerns us a bit. Particularly because we're on limited funds (TA & RA combined salary) ...
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How much vacation time is typical during a PhD in the United States?

What is the typical amount of vacation time, per year, during a PhD program in the United States. I am particularly interested in 1. PhD programs in the physical sciences, and 2. PhD programs at ...
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Problems in coping with my PhD Supervisors

I'm a PhD student at a reputable institute in my country. I joined the group of a supervisor who is good at experimental and not so good in analytical front. I also have a co-supervisor who's good at ...
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My MS thesis advisor wants me to delay my graduation for one semester. What should I do?

Scenario: I planned to graduate this summer (2013), and I went through all the process of applying for graduation and my advisor signs all of these. Now I have just 2 weeks to meet the deadline to ...
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To stay or leave PhD after having completed 4 years

I apologize if this is too long a post, but I could really do with a few pointers about my current situation. I am 25 years old and I will complete 4 years of my PhD in a computational applied ...
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Academic bullies

A question if I may, about appropriate methods of dealing with academic bullies (or as one of my students call them "wannabe nemesis"). What would be the best, most dignified way to 'overcome' them, ...
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Is it possible to recover after a career setback such as this?

I'm sorry, I'm not a mathematician--I'm the wife of a very frustrated and depressed mathematician. My husband got a math PhD in 2009, and could not get a research post-doc in his chosen field. We ...
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Typical experiences of transgender people in academia?

I've recently come to accept that I'm transgender (MtF, male-to-female). I won't go into the exact details of this as it's personal, but I have a "girl mode" where I identify as a female. I'm also a ...
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How to talk to a project advisor as an undergrad?

I'm an undergraduate working on a small project with an esteemed scientist, whom I met through a connection. I'm communicating via email due to distance. The problem is that I'm having a lot of ...
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Curriculum Vitae in application for PhD

I have contacted a professor (in Europe) informally and asked for a PhD position. She answered in positive manner and asked for a CV. What should I include? Do people in academia care about the usual ...
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How to tell my advisor I don't want to stay in academia

I don't want to stay in academia after finishing my PhD. My current research field is not exciting to me anymore, but also I am too old to change fields. Although my research and my interest were so ...
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Does your Alma Mater and U.S. News Rankings Really Affect Future Job Opportunities?

I'm in the process of trying to decide on which graduate program to attend. I am pursuing a Master's level degree in Computer Science in hopes of furthering my web development career. I would love ...
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Points to consider when deciding whether to get married during a PhD

Marriage is a recurrent topic in the lives of most PhDs. The meagre pay and the burden of responsibility could make marriage in the middle of PhD look like a terrible idea. But on the positive side, ...
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Master's Degree Curriculum and its Effects on Teaching Opportunities

I have been working as a entry-level web developer for approximately a year now. I am looking to go back to school to get a Master's Degree in hopes that I will be able to teach ...
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Can I allow my personal life to influence where I do my PhD?

I am about to become a Ph.D student in mathematics. I am having some doubts about where I should do my Ph.D and I would appreciate some advice, or anything really. I could do research with a very ...
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Is a “big ego” necessary for a tenure-track faculty position?

I have worked in a few high profile research institutes for my PhD and postdoc, and find myself a little intimidated by the "strong opinions" and arguments that seem to crop up at the principal ...
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Is it acceptable to email the authors of a paper for the slides they used while presenting it in the conference?

I've noticed that while there's no alternative to going through the actual paper in detail, it often helps if I've gone through the presentation based on the paper, which the authors had used while ...
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Need help and advice concerning how to apply and look for grad schools

I am very new to this grad school process and currently overwhelmed to the point of tears. I graduated from Stony Brook with a degree in Sociology in 2010. I was also admitted to Alpha Kappa Delta ...
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What is the minimum one should expect from the day-to-day supervisor?

What minimal responsibilities can a student expect from their day-to-day supervisor? In my institute, we usually have the head of the institute as the formal supervisor, followed by another ...
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FOIA request for full NSF awards proposal and report

Related to this question on mathoverflow… Indeed, I just found out that to see full proposal or later reports. One needs to file a FOIA request, as described here. So I am curious if anyone has done ...
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How hard for someone who already has tenure to find a tenured position elsewhere?

I am in my second year as an Associate Professor (with tenure) at a top research university (listed among top 20 in US News & World Report in my field). My publication, teaching, and service ...
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What lessons have you learned over the years as a TENURED FULL Professor that you wish somebody had told you when you started as an Assistant Prof?

As a Tenured Full Professor and given your long experience in Academia, what valuable lessons have you learned over the years that you wish somebody had shared with you earlier when you started as an ...
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Transition from PhD to postdoc with an intent to change field

I'm in the following situation: In 3 months, I'll finish my PhD in theoretical physics, and I'm certain that I want to pursue an academic career. However, I'm just as certain that my PhD research is a ...
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Statement of Purpose in Graduate School Application

First, I hope this isn't the wrong place to put a question like this. I have a very specific graduate school question. I graduated last spring with my BS and intended to go to graduate school. I ...
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How should I go about making CV as an undergraduate?

I'm just an undergraduate math student, and I need to make a CV for a research application. However, from the CVs that I have already seen I have nowhere near enough to fill probably half of a page. I ...
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Currently taking graduate course as an Undergraduate

I am currently taking graduate algebra as an undergraduate (junior) in University of Toronto Mathematics Specialist, and I just took a midterm today. Since I am an undergraduate, the grade matters. In ...
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How do “scientific couples” (from different fields) find positions?

When two people in a couple are both in science, but specialised in different fields, how can they both find relevant positions but still be geographically reasonably proximate? Compromise and change ...