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Is it normal for a PhD program to retract or delay financial offer for international student?

I am an international student and about a week ago emailed my top-choice PI about the current status of my PhD application (top-50 university in USA). He said, that he is going to offer me a position ...
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How do I get out of my problem of not achieving results, feelings of worthlessness, guilt and rejection?

I am currently a PhD student in a biomedical related field. I came a long way. I first did my undergraduate and worked for a few years, though not research related. Later, I identified my research ...
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Does one need a bachelor's in Math, if not a master's, before taking a PhD in Math in the US?

This is actually just a revision of this question in relation to this answer. I ask "Does one need a master's in Math before taking a PhD in Math in the US?" Chris C's answer suggests that in the ...
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What is a MS ALIGN program?

When you look at the requirements of 3.0 gpa and over 100 point in ibt toefl score for non-native speakers, there is no difference from the normal Master's programs, but they require an undergraduate ...
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What GRE verbal score is needed for a non-native English speaker to get into math or applied math PhD programs in the USA? [duplicate]

I am an international student whose native language is not English. I am planning to apply for a Phd program in math or applied math in US in the future and general GRE test is a requirement. From ...
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Which comes first, research or job? [on hold]

I currently face some kind of choice in my PhD study: I am a ABT (All But Dissertation), and I will be doing internship in some company this summer. I like this company and I will try to do well in ...
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How to deal with the extreme social hierarchies in research meetings?

It seems to me that academic settings have a very high degree of social hierarchy and I find it very hard to deal with it while being at the bottom of the ladder. Any tips on how to deal with it? I ...
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What are the pros and cons of coursework at the doctoral level? [duplicate]

This is a debatable issue given for me to make inquires on: some people said that coursework should be introduced at the doctoral level while others insist that it should not be introduced, as a PhD ...
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Talks and Workshops at professional conferences like PyCon and various un-conferences

How do you present talks and workshops that you have conducted at various open source events and professional conference and events like un-conferences, in your academic CV and application form for ...
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In places outside the US and Europe, how do I know if the standard is that one applies to a PhD program with a specific PhD advisor already in mind?

Suppose I want to apply to PhD programs at a university outside of the US and Europe. How do I know if most universities there follow what the US is doing or what Europe is doing? Elaboration: How ...
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My GPA is about 3.2 and now I'm worried that I can't apply for Phd in US. am I wrong? [duplicate]

I'm about to finish my Master of Control Eng. in Politecnico Di Milano in Milan(Italy), my GPA is about 3.2 and know I'm doing my thesis now but I'm worried that maybe I can't apply for Phd in US ...
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Reapplying for a PhD with a Master's degree

I am a senior undergrad studying internationally and majoring in electronics. I applied to graduate physics programs in the US. I was able to get into some schools, but not the top ones. I have ...
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Transferring PhD Because of Visa Issues

I was an F1-student in the US but because of some issues, my visa was revoked and I have to leave in my 3rd year of my PhD (at a top 5 school). I have done good work so far and my advisor is quite ...
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Challenging High Schools in USA? [closed]

I am interested in pursuing my high school education in USA. I don't have any guardians living in USA but there are some schools like this which accept such students. The main reason behind migration ...
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Language requirements for postgraduate studies in UK and Canada?

Universities are autonomous institutions with independent requirements and decision making procedures, on the other hand there must be some widely recognized standards. What is the most recognized ...
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How common and expected is it to have published papers or patents as a Master student in Europe?

I am writing my master's thesis and applying for PhD programs in Europe, where Master studies are usually composed of mostly coursework and voluntary research projects. I do not think it is very ...
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Sending several PhD applications to professors in the same university?

I am looking to apply for PhD programs at university XX. My background is in chemical engineering and biotechnology. Said university XX has a very ample offer on these areas and there are several ...
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PhD programs that miss admission decision deadlines

I'm sure I already know the answer to this question, but I feel compelled to ask. With the passing of midnight a couple hours ago, the April 15 deadline to accept/decline offers from graduate schools ...
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What I should write to a professor to decline a PhD offer, while I have accepted it months ago?

In Dec. last year, I got admitted to CUHK as a PhD student, and have chosen my 'future advisor', with whom I had been emailing for several months. Three months later, I recieved HKPFS (Hong Kong PhD ...
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Should I Address a Letter to “Professor” xyz when they are actually a “Lecturer in Discipline”? [duplicate]

I am writing thank-you notes to Professors before I graduate from my Bachelors' program. I am unsure how to address letters to two specific individuals: One is listed as a "Lecturer in Music" on my ...
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How do I find a PhD research area that will be commercially viable?

I want to find a PhD position which will guarantee my ability to obtain a job in industry as a researcher. I need some ideas how to find a research field which companies will want to invest in and ...
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MEng(from not great uni) or Beng + Msc(from better uni) Mechanical Engineering [closed]

I am a Mechanical Engineering student, I have completed 2 years of my course with first class grades in both, I have a summer placement + part time totaling 7 months experience at an electrical and ...
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Should someone excited about research but who really wants to earn lots of money do a PhD?

I'm asking on behalf of a friend. He currently holds a temporary position at one of the top research institutes in the country. I know that he is excited about his work because he talks ...
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Phd at same uni as MSc, possible offer but would like to change topic/group if possible

I need some advice on how to diplomatically handle this situation: I will submit my master's thesis in a few weeks, and I am pretty sure that I want to do a PhD afterwards. Research is what I want to ...
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Are Honoris Causa degree worth as much as PHD?

Lately I have seen that some people(some ex-presidents in my country and some others) have been getting the Honoris Causa degree from some universities. Some of which have never even gone to ...
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PhD requires technology - is this something I will have to fund?

I'm applying to do a PhD in Computer Science at a UK university. While I'm up for some funding I've been told it's very competitive so I shouldn't count on it. That's fine, and I'm prepared to self ...
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How serious should I regard the “compliments” in an email denying my application?

A school, whose PhD program I applied to, denied my application with words such as "Your record is strong, but...". I am kind of confused. Is such a reply simply a "polite" way to decline a person? ...
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Why do some universities charge an application fee?

In the high competition of admission in top universities, it is common that every applicant must send lots of applications to different universities/programs to get approval for a PhD program. Some ...
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How can I find an adviser for my PhD study? [on hold]

I'm a phd student in applied mathematics and software developer in a university. I have completed my Msc thesis about numerical solutions of stiff differential equations via implicit Runge-Kutta ...
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Is it possible to get a PhD Degree in from USA or Europe after doing Masters from India

I am a Chemical Engineering Masters student from India and I wish to pursue a PhD degree from some reputed US or European Universities. I have heard from my seniors and from internet searches that ...
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About recommendation letters

University requirements might be different but most of them ask for recommendation letters. Leaving everything else (Degree, GPA, publications) they rely heavily on the recommendation letters. Not one ...
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Non-traditional graduate student?

Back in the early 90s I got a Secondary Education degree with double-majors in English and Mathematics. I went on to get an MFA in Poetry from a well-respected department. But I never got a book ...
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Could there be a problem with my PhD supervisor (lack of assertiveness, essentially a “yes woman”)?

I am a first year maths PhD student at a UK university, and I recently made a very long post about potentially quitting my PhD and I am severely lacking motivation (see here for much more details). I ...
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Why are US PhDs different from European PhDs?

So apparently I heard from here, here and here about the differences in PhDs in the US and in Europe. To sum up, it takes longer, on average, in the US than in Europe to finish a PhD since US PhD ...
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Referencing: Which one is more ideal? (cite as from cited or direct cite)?

Well, while carrying out a review of literature for drafting a proposal I found like these in some of previous works (reports). Some benefits of the “certain thing” on xyz are abc( person1, ...
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Phd in theoretical physics after graduation in engineering [closed]

I am graduate student in mechanical engineering but as i always know that i am not for engineering so now i want to do phd in theoretical physics so can you please guide me through this because in ...
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Is it a good practice to put the initial work and improved version (both published) in PhD thesis?

Suppose for my PhD thesis, I solve problems like the following: 1) At the begining I solve one problem 2) Later, before any one improve the results, I myself improve it. Suppose both of the papaers ...
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Honorific for someone who earned a PhD in philosophy itself?

I know that a PhD is now just used to mean doctorate, so what would a person who has a doctorate in philosophy be called?
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How can I gain professional experience for PhD application all by myself?

I love astrophysics and wish to pursue a PhD in a good institute outside my home country India. I did a master in physics (2014) and got a summer project in astrophysics. After my master, I took up ...
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Mathematical creativity: better a high profile or a “laid back” department?

It seems that high profile universities are not the most enjoyable work environment to be in. Even though big institutions attract big names and grant money, it seems to me that the pressure to ...
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How can I tell a professor that I don't want to join his group? (science major)

I am a incoming first year grad student this fall. I have contacted prof A during when I was applying and talked to him during the visit. He strongly encouraged me to join his group. After the visit, ...
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What's the point of a MSc if I can just enroll in a PhD program?

I am thinking about doing a PhD as I am quite interested in research, I really enjoy trying to figure problems out myself and having to find and understand the necessary information I need for my next ...
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What do I do if someone studied the same topic before, but did so inadequately?

I am planning to research on topic for masters by research course. Googling, I found that a "micro-research" study on a similar topic (some objectives matching) has been done by somebody as a part of ...
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Do I need second master's degree or not?

I finished master's degree in "System analysis and management" (Engeenering). I have Bachelor's in Computer Science. Can I enroll to PhD in Computer Science now and change field research? Or me need ...
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Is it possible transfer from a MS program into a PhD program within the same school?

I recently enrolled in a 2-year MS in HCI program. My BS was in Computer Science. Now, looking at my career goals and opportunities, I am wondering if it would be possible at all to email my ...
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Why add a minor to a PhD?

As an undergrad I had a couple majors and a couple minors...no big deal. Ultimately all it meant was I took a lot of classes all over the place and went through the time and effort to declare them. ...
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Going to a lower-ranked school for better advisor fit

Computer Science PhD admit here. Is it crazy of me to turn down a top school (MIT/Stanford) for a lower-ranked school (think Cornell/UW/Columbia/Michigan) if I think there is better advisor fit? ...
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Admission to Ph.D. program at U.S. university without guaranteed funding

Recently I got admission from one U.S. university for my Ph.D. study, and they offered me a kind of scholarship that only covers my tuition fee. When I asked them about other funding possibilities ...
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Can I enroll to graduate school (PhD) in Germany? [closed]

I'm finishing Masters degree in Computer Engineering at university of Russia in this year. GPA of my Master diploma is 4.9-4.0 from 5. I have 3 publications in russian scientific journals. However, my ...
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Does one need a master's in Math before taking a PhD in Math?

I finished bachelor's in mathematical finance and am nearly finished with master's in mathematical finance (I am already done with thesis), and I plan to pursue a PhD not in mathematical finance but ...