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Reasonablity of evaluation methods in developed countries for Maths and Sci students

Globally considering, in many (or maybe all) developing countries professors/lecturers in universities only take mid-term and final few-hour-exams to evaluate students' learning. In some (or maybe ...
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How to set up lab rotation when commencing a PhD?

I'll be starting a science PhD program in the fall, and I'm required to do at least three lab rotations. I haven't received any instructions from the program as to when and how I should secure a spot ...
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Should you keep a notebook of example problems while going through science and engineering courses?

I find myself constantly being told I should not intentionally jot down example problems but understand the core logic of a topic. But some of my high level math classes tend to have very few examples ...
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Is a PhD in numerical analysis more marketable in industry than a PhD in pure analysis? [closed]

Would a recent math PhD graduate who did his work in numerical analysis be more marketable/prepared for a high paying job in industry than a recent math PhD graduate in pure analysis? Also is there ...
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Can I change my field for Masters?

I just got done with my bachelors in Computer Science. After four years of CS, I realized I don't really like programming or anything to do with computers. I'd rather work for organisations which ...
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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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Is it normal to be stopped from doing experiments for months due to “equipment malfunctioning” during masters?

I am currently doing a medical science research masters with a difficult supervisor. Due to two incidents of equipment malfunctions (equipment that I am using), I was stopped from doing any ...
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When should I publish in interdisciplinary versus subject-specific scientific journals?

Most science research is published in subject-specific journals, of which there are many. However, there are a relatively small number of interdisciplinary journals, some of which are the most highly ...
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Research on pedagogical benefit of lab reports at the graduate level?

In science and engineering classes involving a "practical" lab, students are often required to write some kind of "lab report," typically describing the procedure and results of the lab experiment. ...
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Accidental Researcher [closed]

I work in software engineering, where I specialize in computer graphics. I recently had to do a bit of research for my job, and I'd like to publish it at some point. It's currently going through my ...
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Introductory Structure of a Report Reviewing Established Knowledge

My question is set in the context of engineering and science. I wish to understand the contrast between the introductory structure for a report investigating developing/unproven research with the ...
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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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Tips on preparing a good slideshow talk [duplicate]

I am preparing a talk for an advanced graduate course in mathematics, where I am supposed to use slides (the Beamer type, not handwritten). Since it's the first time I'm giving a presentation talk as ...
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Do all countries have the same gender segregation in science?

Do all countries have the same gender segregation in science? That is, while some countries may have a higher proportion of women in science, while others have a lower proportion of women in science, ...
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What's behind the teen prodigies inventing things?

Every once in a while you see a headline similar to "17 year old student finds a cure for cancer!". Here are some examples too. What's behind this? I find it hard to believe that a teenager without ...
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Should I do an MBBS before/after taking a doctoral program in neuroscience?

My goal is to become a professor in neuroscience. At the moment I have a master's degree in computer science. During my studies, I did research in neuroscience but from a computational aspect. I ...
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Why does research cost so much money?

I have been dragged into an argument with someone who can't understand why millions are being raised to fund ALS research (that's the "ice bucket challenge", love it or hate it). He doesn't get why ...
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Overlapping sentences in methodology descriptions in separate journal articles - plagiarism?

Disclaimer - I'm neither in favor of, nor endorsing plagiarism with the following question. I'm only hitting on the fact that sometimes, the interpretation of self-plagiarism can be quite stupid. ...
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Proper way to format computer code included in a thesis/dissertation

I intend to include my computational model code(s) in its entirety as an appendix in my dissertation. I've gone through my university's formatting guidelines and haven't seen anything on the proper ...
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How long do editor decisions take at Science/Nature?

What does the distribution of wait times for a editor decision look like for a manuscript submitted to Science or Nature? (You are not allowed to say "Gamma" unless you give a shape and scale ...
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When should you move on from a postdoc position?

Suppose that in your sub-field there are half a dozen research groups on your continent that are acknowledged to be "world class". You have had the good fortune to do your MSc research in one, and ...
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Might colleges and universities not consider me for an assistant professor position because I'm a professional tutor in addition to being a teacher?

I'm a physical scientist, having completed both my Ph.D. and postdoc at top 5 U.S. universities. After working in industry for more than 10 years, I decided it was time for a career switch to ...
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Job prospects after completing graduate studies in Geology

Background I am in my mid-30s' and have recently found myself in a dilemma. Around 4 years ago I completed a MSc. (Geology) and two professional courses (in other fields) in Northern America as an ...
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Can one have two different sources for postdoc fundings together in Europe?

Let's consider the hypothetical situation of a postdoctoral candidate C, who get funded simultaneously as follows, starting at the same or different times, with overlap: Funding agencies F_1, F_2 ...
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Postdoctoral fellowships/calls to work in Europe for scientists/mathematicians/engineers that are similar to Marie curie?

I was wondering where I can find any information on the postdoctoral fellowships/calls to work in Europe which are similar to Marie Curie? I'm doing my basic internet search on this, but don't seem to ...
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Why are linguistics and law “sciences”?

Why are linguistics and law considered as part of the "sciences" rather than "non-science" academic disciplines like say philosophy, history or engineering? Seeing how both linguistics and law only ...
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What is the general protocol to name something after somebody (some people)?

In mathematics (and other sciences) there are thousands of concepts, theorems, lemmas, etc which are named after some mathematicians (scientists). However, this nominations are not always very ...
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How would a small liberal arts college view a PhD from Germany or the UK? Factors other than teaching ops?

Main concern: I am looking at PhD programs in Germany and the UK (vs US programs). Ideally, I would like to end up at a small liberal arts college (I got my BA from one). So I know I want a program ...
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Are there any documented cases of meta-science or scientific meta-research? Does that have a name?

Research is an activity, a process to obtain knowledge, which has been greatly empowered by the scientific method. We can collect lots of information about research, consider impact factors, etc. ...
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What percentage of PhD theses are rejected nowadays?

What percentage of PhD thesis (e.g., physics ones) are rejected nowadays? And why?
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Which Masters is right for me?

I am an undergraduate student in Canada doing a double degree concurrently, a B.Sc (Bachelors of Science) and a B.Eng (Bacehlors of Engineering) over 5 years. (8 years down to three at the price of my ...
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Do online recommendation systems ask specific questions about the PhD candidate?

I am applying to fall 2014 PhD programs in computer science. I have heard that the online recommendation system in place at most universities asks the recommender to answer a series of questions about ...
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Style for first introduction sentence - citation required for lurid statement?

I'm trying to write my first introduction sentence, which should be catchy. I came up with a sentence along the lines of "imagine the world without this super thing, all these things wouldn't be ...
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When does a researcher become a computer scientist?

When do you call a researcher a computer scientist? Are Master degree holders computer scientists? Are Phd degree holders computer scientists? Is there a certain level of experience after which the ...
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Creating a collaborative project for a group of 10 graduate neuroscience students from various backgrounds

I am taking part in a seminar-course given to graduate neuroscience students. The students come from various backgrounds; mainly - Computer science, physics and life science (biology). In the current ...
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What is academic degree after PhD? [duplicate]

Does your country have any academic degrees after the PhD? If yes, what is it called and how graduating this degree? Additionally, what is a Post-Doc? Is it a degree or something else? I have seen ...
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Making myself an attractive candidate for a research lab (no prior lab experience)

I graduated with a B.S. in mathematics but have always had an interest in chemistry. In particular, I enjoyed the labs. In fact, in the near future I plan to become involved in a Food Science program. ...
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Do academicians consider Challenges on Kaggle to be research-worthy?

I am a somewhat new-ish member of Kaggle competitions with 1 submission. Do academics research via Kaggle challenges/competitions? If so are there any prominent names? If not why? They provide well ...
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What academic discipline does “Productivity Science” come under?

I wish to categorise my large collection of electronic documents. I need a foolproof set of categories to put each document in. I want to use a classification system similar to how university schools ...
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How to tell what is 'widely accepted' or 'consensus'

How can I find out what theories are 'widely accepted' in the scientific world at the moment? When I read about a theory, or read a paper, how can I tell what 'the scientific world' thinks of these? ...
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How to increase the odds of becoming an invited speaker at science conferences?

Invited talks are important for moving up the academic ladder, so I'd like to know how does one maximize the odds of being offered to be an invited speaker at the conferences. I am aware of the most ...
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Subtle (and not-so-subtle) humor in scientific literature

Tonight I was scrolling through my RSS aggregator (which includes subscriptions for several journals I follow) and this abstract caught my attention. The article's title, as well as the name of the ...
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Submitting a subset of my work to ArXiv

I've been thinking of publishing a subset of my work in fluid dynamics to arXiv. I realize the following about arXiv: ArXiv isn't a journal I would need to be endorsed to submit an article on arXiv ...
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Will people judge me negatively for skipping department seminars?

I'm a graduate student in the Earth Sciences. The breadth of my departments runs the gamut from geobiology to geophysics and everything in between. As a result, a large number of the department ...