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Mentioning slipshod undergrad research or not in top graduate school applications?

I am recently writing my statement of purpose (or research statement, if you prefer this) for my graduate school applications (in the field of EECS). I have two conference publications, paper_A in one ...
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Is it ethically questionable for me (an undergraduate) to hire “research assistants”?

I am an undergraduate student being paid a (relatively speaking) hefty monthly research stipend. I need only some of this money to pay off my university fees and living costs, since I have wonderfully ...
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How can I publish my thesis?

I have a written thesis, as my Final year project. I have submitted in university. but now i want to make it professionally mine. I want to publish it some where but i don't have such kind of ...
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Is it advisable to continue with a research project if I'm not learning much from it?

I’m an undergrad involved in a research project with a professor that has potential to lead to a publication in a good journal. The field concerned is a relatively new field of biology and this ...
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Choosing PhD advisor in a field different from your undergrad research?

I am applying to grad schools now, in physics dept. I have been doing my undergrad research on high energy and astrophysics. But recently I have started to gain a lot of interest in condensed matter ...
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Should I publish this? [duplicate]

In the year 2000, someone probed the 3 dimensional quantum dots using a new condition which is important in semi conductor physics. But they basically solved the Schrodinger equation for ground state ...
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Do research laboratories hire international students with a Bachelor's Degree?

I intend to increase my research experience in a field not very closely related to mine (I am a chemical engineer and want to pursue Tissue Engineering). I a currently a 4th year undergraduate. I have ...
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Undergraduate research in mathematics

I am a European student applying for a PhD in mathematics in the US. Browsing the internet, I have come across quite a lot of American PhD applicants claiming that they have several years of research ...
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Presenting Barely Complete Results

I'm in a bit of a predicament. I was awarded a small grant to pursue a research topic over this summer under the authority of a professor. I had worked with this professor previously (on a research ...
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Can personal projects that required reading other's research make up for lack of my own?

I graduated from my undergrad program last December. My grades and GRE scores are good but my school is relatively unknown. I don't really have research in the sense that I haven't published ...
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How do I stop feeling intimidated by my advisor?

Whenever I meet my advisor and interact with him, in class or otherwise, I can't help feeling intimidated. I feel scared of the fact that I may fall below his expectations, and I become tongue-tied ...
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My advisor wants to publish my final year project; what will this involve?

I recently finished my final year of a Bachelor of Science degree in Web Development at university in the UK. As 3/8ths of the final year credit, I was required to create a Final Year Project, ...
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I wrote a thesis for my undergraduate degree - it was published but not in a journal. Is it still relevant to cite?

I wrote a thesis involving not-quite-graduate-level research prior to graduating with my undergraduate degree. It was presented at a conference [by another researcher from our lab], and not published ...
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Is it acceptable for me (an undergrad) to call professors and other research professionals by their first names? [duplicate]

I'm a second-year undergrad, and I've always been on a first-name basis with anyone in academia or in a research setting. I first worked in a laboratory in high school, and since everyone was on a ...
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Are there any undergraduate research programs available online?

Is there something like an undergraduate research programme (given by a good institution) in mathematics/theoretical physics which provides a research opportunity in which I can collaborate online and ...
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Applying for undergraduate research - include transcript with bad 1st year GPA?

I'm a 2nd year student writing a request to volunteer as a research assistant to a professor. From what I've read, attaching a transcript to the introductory email is a good idea. [1][2] I'm ...
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Does diversity in undergraduate research topics look bad on my graduate school application?

I have done 5 different projects in my undergraduate course and all of them are from different areas/fields. My project work during High school is from a different area still. The reason of working in ...
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How much research experience or publications are required to get into a good PhD program in USA

I am an international student(south Asia) who has recently completed his 4th semester in CS. My current CGPA is 3.2 (social science courses in my freshmen year messed it up) and Major GPA of 3.6. ...
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What happens when a closed form solution to a research problem is not possible? [closed]

Say I discover an “interesting topic” (at least from my perspective), and I do all sort of work necessary to formulate and tackle the problem (it is an optimization problem), nearly a month of work, ...
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Should I pursue a research area even after finding that papers have already been written on it?

I am an undergraduate and I have no experience in research papers. I have come up with an idea to write a simple research paper on "Emerging fiber optic networks in Africa." To my utter astonishment, ...
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Credit with helping to write a PhD thesis

I am an undergraduate student doing summer research and I am helping a PhD student to write a portion of her PhD thesis and with a bit of editing here and there. I am wondering how would credit be ...
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What is the best way to go about doing research as an undergrad (pointed question inside)?

I am a 19 year old sophomore at a well-regarded state university. I currently have a double major in the arts/humanities and public policy, with a minor in linguistics. I just took the intro to ...
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Who is a research student?

I've heard that some universities offer a non-degree program called research student, what i want to know: Why do students usually apply as a research student? Do research students work on things ...
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Is it hard to get an article published in a journal as an undergraduate?

I'm an undergrad and I would like to publish in a research journal, specifically, ones about chemical pedagogy. Is it hard to get an article published in a journal? Are there any other venues ...
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What Kind of Research Method is this?

This is something I've been confused ever since I started my undergraduate research. So, my research related to User Interface. Some of the previous years undergraduate research or from some research ...
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How to judge the quality of my own paper?

I am a B.Tech student in my final year, and am interested in publishing a paper. I have read a few articles in IEEE transactions and ACM transactions on my topic of interest, Software Engineering, and ...
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Conference Travel Grant [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate student from Bangladesh. Two of my posters have been accepted at Sigmod undergraduate research poster competition. Now, I am looking forward to attend Sigmod. I will be ...
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May I modify the code/program for my undergraduate thesis project?

I have a project for undergraduate thesis. Then, I found this Chapter VBI-6. Hand and Finger Detection. In the Downloads section, there's code that we can download and launched. I want to use it and ...
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Do I publish a paper independently or ask a professor to mentor me?

I am an undergraduate studentcurrently in my 3rd year. I have worked on a project for the last year. I was thinking of writing a review paper about the topic. It was a graded project in my curriculum ...
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Finding research papers for undergraduate research [duplicate]

I am seeking some help to find research papers (preferably in the area of Markov chains) for my undergraduate research for reference. Any guidance on how to find research papers in general for ...
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failure in research [duplicate]

I failed to complete my research project (undergraduate) in the time I said I would, because of overconfidence. It seemed like a quite simple project to both me and my advisor initially considering ...
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As a student, how should I ask a professor for an opportunity to do research with them?

I was wondering what I should do in this situation as an undergraduate student: About a month ago, I applied for and did not get into a program that allows first-year students to work on research ...
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Information about a journal

I don't know whether this is the appropriate place to ask my question but since there is no harm in asking, let me ask. My nephew, who is an undergraduate student, has sent a paper to the journal ...
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Abandoning vs. further pursuing a rejected paper?

My situation is as follows: I spent my undergraduate time at one university and recently entered grad school at another university (both of them in Germany, my field is theoretical computer science). ...
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Delaying my internship start date to accept research award

I'm completing my 3rd year of Physics (Energy and Environment specialization), and I recently got hired at Ontario Power Generation (OPG) for a 12-month (may be extended to 16 months) paid co-op ...
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Which undergraduate research experience will help more for graduate admissions in mathematics?

I was recently offered a six-month undergraduate thesis at two places. Let us call them A and B. I am looking to apply abroad for my Masters in pure math next year. Hence, recommendations are ...
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Undertaking first research internship over the summer - advice [duplicate]

I'm a second year undergrad. who's been lucky enough to secure a 3 month research stint with my tutor. We'll be doing some novel research into some chiral catalysts which I will effectively need to ...
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Is it a bad idea to do research with multiple different professors at the same time?

I am set on going to graduate school in computational science, specifically computational molecular biology and biochemistry. I am from a CS/Math background however and intend on applying to ...
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What makes a Bachelor's thesis different from Master's and PhD theses?

All the three types of research revolve around an argument, a thesis. They of course differ in terms of student level, that is complexity. But, what makes a bachelor's thesis different from master's ...
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Will my methods chapter be less solid, if it is based on one book or the work of one scholar?

I'm writing a Bachelor research paper using netnography or virtual ethnography. I've found that this new methodology was mostly advanced by two scholars: Kozinets and Christine Hine. I managed to ...
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College Staff Taking Classes and Doing Research

I presently work in a facilities-type role at a small Liberal Arts college. One of the benefits of working at the college is the ability to take two classes per academic-year (not including summer or ...
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How should I present data written in another language?

I'm writing a research paper in English but the topic is about a different country and the data is written in a different language, Arabic. Should I translate the data into English? If yes, should I ...
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Should sections of a chapter have introductions and conclusions?

Consider the following situation: The review of the literature chapter has seven sections: the first one is for the introduction, the five medial are for different themes, the last one for the ...
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Submitting paper to arXiv as an undergrad

I wrote a rather extensive research project for one of my courses, and would like to submit it to arXiv. But, I am not entirely sure about the copyright/other issues behind it. Is it acceptable for a ...
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Do's and Don't's of Undergraduate Research

I was fortunate enough to get a position as a researcher for the Mayo Clinic's SURF Program this year. My PI's lab focus is on the the immune system's role in CNS axonal and neuronal injury, ...
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Doing all the simulations and plotting, do I deserve an authorship?

I, an electrical engineering undergraduate, am currently involved in a research project, wherein I help write all the codes, run all the simulations, and plot all the graphs. The paper is about to be ...
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How can an undergrad from a country with little 'international' research improve his chances of being a “good fit” for a top PhD program?

I am in my senior year of studying electrical engineering in an african university. I intend to apply to grad schools(Ph.D) a year after graduation, possibly to the top EE programs in the US (MIT, ...
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Finding a Professor for my Honors Project

I am doing an undergrad in Computer Science, and am seriously considering entering in the honors program at my school. I fulfill all the requirements (certain courses, GPA, etc) and now I just need ...
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Which summer internship to take?

I asked a similar question last year, but the stakes have changed slightly. So, I have an offer from a top 5 program in Chemical engineering (my major). There are a couple of extremely accomplished ...
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In which type of schools can I have better research experience in Biology, liberal arts college or large research university?

I'm struggling with deciding to which type of school to go in order to gain a better research experience. Basically, the research experience is the most important factor for me to decide my college, ...