On standards or conventions specific to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as set of related academic disciplines, and programs that lead to a degree in these fields.

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Why would master student spend more than the normal duration to complete master degree?

I am looking at a particular research group for graduate studies. The research group is in STEM. From talking to the professors, they have repeatedly told me that a master degree merely takes two ...
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What does it mean when a STEM researcher has a lot of “solo” publications?

This is related to advisor selection for North American universities, STEM majors. I noticed some profs tend to have a lot of "solo" publications, meaning that he or she is the sole author of a ...
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Are there any recommendations from professional or academic associations on maximum class size for STEM courses?

I read here that some professional/academic organizations (Association of Departments of English, National Council of Teachers of English) have released specific recommendations regarding maximum ...
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Is there deliberate gender preferential treatment in hiring or admission in STEM fields?

By "gender preferential treatment" I mean: Person A is selected ahead of Person B partly because of gender. In other words, Person B would have been selected ahead of Person A had gender not been ...
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How to foster gender diversity as an organizer

I am part of the organizing committee for a workshop in a STEM field that historically has problems with underrepresentation of women (and other groups, but let me focus on women in this question). I ...
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What should be emphasised in a statement of purpose when applying for STEM PhD programs in the United States?

This question might be more suitable for they who are or were application reviewers of STEM ph.D. programs in U.S. universities. I want to know what kinds of s.o.p. do catch reviewers' attention? ...
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Leaving PhD program to apply for industry job - better to apply while still officially enrolled?

I am going into the fourth year of a PhD program and my research, which is in a STEM field, has clear applications in the tech industry. I have my Master's degree, but have decided not to finish the ...
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Expectation of students in Graduate vs. Undergraduate STEM classes

I'm not sure if this question is okay to post here (I am only an undergrad), so please feel free to close/migrate if necessary. I won't be offended. I am an undergraduate taking an undergraduate CS ...
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If my college only allows me to pick one, which should it be: electrical engineering or mechanical engineering? [closed]

I have found that some good colleges, such as Harvard, allow students to pick a secondary field of study alongside their main concentration. For example, majoring in both Electrical Engineering and ...
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Is having a specialised PhD topic a pitfall when applying to be a lecturer of STEM education, even with relevant practical experience?

This is in a similar vein as What are the potential pitfalls of having a PhD, but where that was specifically targeted as entering industry, this is targeted at becoming a lecturer of STEM education ...
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Learning new things after coursework duration of PhD

In STEM (In USA), the coursework duration of the PhD typically lasts about 1-2 years beyond that, students take 0 (or in certain cases, very few) courses in their subsequent PhD years. I work in ...
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How significantly does the salary amount for tenured faculty impact the quality of a deparment?

I mean both the salary a department offers to new hires and to already hired faculty members. I would prefer answers specifically about math departments, but I would also be interested in answers ...
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Good practices for skipping chapters when reading

Assuming I am reading a textbook/paper or any kind of rich material and then there is a point where I feel that the chapter I am reading is unnecessary or insignificant (I can get back to it later if ...
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At what age do professors stop taking new students?

Assuming STEM, At what age do tenured professors stop taking new students? I am a first year PhD student and have my eye on one professor who seems to be really interesting and I feel he finds me as ...
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Reproducible Research :: Proprietary or Open Source Software?

For a long time, I had been using open source software for my work to boost "reproducible research". I believed that if I made my codes open source and the softwares to run those codes in were open ...
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What's a good way out when research is stuck?

Consider a mid-level PhD student in a STEM field (maybe 2-3 years into the program), he and his advisor are working on something relatively new and interesting but they have reached a point where the ...
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Prospect of pro-bono/voluntary work with current advisor after graduating with PHD

As an international student in the united states, I am legally allowed to work for 12 months, extendable to 29months for STEM fields, after graduating with my PhD (or masters degree for that matter) ...
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At what point do you decide to jump into research?

Before diving into "real research", there are some students who prefer to learn bare minimum prerequisite courses/material and then start off reading survey papers and develop their skills. There are ...
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How to efficiently read mathematically and theoretically dense books in STEM fields?

When it comes to reading, there are literally thousands of methods from Speed Reading to SQ3R to Sequential(Word by Word till the end). My question is regarding reading mathematically/theoretically ...