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Method of self-assessment of academic potential

I am a soon-to-be-CS-grad at a small teaching university I'm sure you haven't heard of. I have had several internships, most of which were more development than research (teaching programming at ...
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Theories for stylistical analysis [on hold]

I'm working on my undergraduate research. Could anyone suggest language theories that are applicable to this study? Here's the topic: A Stylistic Analysis of the Social Media Language Among ...
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How do I tell my advisor about mental health problems?

I'm an undergraduate student (20f). I have 2 academic advisors - one in the Honors College & one in my department. I met with the Honors advisor recently to discuss study abroad and we somehow got ...
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Submitting undergraduate paper to a journal [on hold]

I'm new to the world of journals. I'm looking to submit my paper to some math or computer science journals (and some undergraduate ones) and I wouldnt mind some advice about which journals in ...
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Should I drop my Calculus III course? [closed]

S.E advisers, I am a college sophomore in US with major in mathematics and an aspiring algebraist. I wrote this email because I am having a great problem with my current Calculus III (vector ...
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What is actually the difference in student experience between a world famous university and others?

Suppose the syllabus contents are the same, then, What would be the practical difference in terms of quality, experience, and, future prospect if a student with a same efficiency studies a 4-year ...
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How to reminded a Prof of a promised recommendation letter (2 years ago) [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate student volunteered at a research lab 2 years ago, working under a phd student. At the end of the work term, the phd student arranged a meeting with the prof so that I presented ...
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Is there a way to influence research in multiple areas of a field?

So, the title may be a little convoluted, but let me explain. My current interests are regenerative medicine and neuroscience. I'm an undergraduate working in a neuroimaging lab, and while I enjoy the ...
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How to test my understanding of an academic paper?

I am an undergraduate student in Computer science who has recently developed a very strong interest in logic and computability. I enjoy a lot reading academic papers but I am afraid that my ...
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Finishing the physics graduate curriculum as undergrad

I am a year ahead of my physics curriculum, but I plan to stay as an undergrad for the 4th year to increase my chances at top graduate schools in physics. In this 4th year, I will take all the ...
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List of 2013 US National Merit Scholars

I am doing research that requires me to find a list of how many US National Merit Scholars were enrolled at each university for 2013. I can find the 2014 list in the Annual Report the National Merit ...
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How would I go about applying for a thesis without being considered an “spam-bot disguised as an Undergraduate Indian student”? [duplicate]

The flip side of this question. First, a little background: I'm a student from BITS Pilani, a premier institute in India. Our institute encourages us to get industry or research experience (in the ...
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Undergraduate vs. Graduate Research

Brief Context: I am a high school student having difficulty choosing between two undergraduate programs. My goal is to eventually work with quantum computing (computer science+physics) at the ...
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If I can't go to college what can I do? [closed]

I was promised months ago that my parents will send me abroad to study software engineering, I was too motivated and it was unbelievable offer. I worked hard in terms of preparing myself and I learned ...
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Can you increase your undergrad gpa after graduating? [closed]

I've googled this question a few times and I've seen multiple different answers. I read that you can raise your undergrad gpa using a post bacc and I also read that post baccs provide a separate gpa. ...
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Gender Equality in the University [closed]

I go to a large public university. At this university, there is a Women's Studies program, but no Men's Studies program. There is a Women's Resource Center, but no Men's Resource Center. There is a ...
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How does a standalone honours degree work?

I'm currently trying to apply for a PhD position, but am unable to meet the entry requirements. My (potential) supervisor has advised me to undertake an honours year to meet the requirements. I ...
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What's the ethics of (paid) proof-reading college admission essays?

A friend of mine is looking for undergraduate or graduate students in the US to proof-read college admissions essays from high school students back in my home country. There will be pay, but the ...
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Biochemistry/Computer Science BS applying for top 10 Computer Science PhD

I am currently an undergraduate student at a large state university. I have good grades (>3.90 GPA) in Biochemistry and I am now adding computer science courses. I am doing equally well in those ...
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Is there an honors system in graduate schools?

Just like the Latin honors system in undergraduate programs, is there such a system for postgraduate degrees ?
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How difficult is it to obtain a postgraduate qualification in the academic field that's unrelated to your undergraduate programme?

How hard is it to obtain postgraduate qualification in the academic field unrelated to your undergraduate programme (or sharing a rather strenuous connection with it)? I'm looking for answers that ...
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Switching majors at a critical stage [closed]

I'm about to finish my 4th semester as a pure mathematics undergraduate. I took one introductory course to programming in my first semester, and another more advanced one lately. Although it was only ...
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How should I start Undergraduate Research in Mathematics?

Dear Academic SE advisers, I am a college sophomore in US with double majors in mathematics and microbiology. My algorithmic biology research got me passionate about the number theory and analysis, ...
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Should I focus on GPA or publishing (undergraduate)?

I have high GPA. However, I'm now in my last undergraduate year and I feel attracted to research and publishing research outputs. Should I go ahead with publishing my research? This may negatively ...
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Do I have to prove all the theorems I mention in my paper?

I am writing a paper on a big theorem in Algebra. But in order to supply as many proofs as I find interesting, I have to mention the theorems used to prove this Big Theorem. Do I have to include all ...
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Is it possible that a school only has one student enrolled in a particular undergraduate degree program?

Suppose that a certain school is very popular for its computer courses, but its non-computer related courses are virtually unknown. Is it possible for that school to have only one or few students ...
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Is it acceptable to ask how a professor would like to be addressed through email?

I am an undergraduate student working for a professor this summer. Up to this point, I have referred to the professor as Dr. LastName. I have met his research group; his graduate and PhD students ...
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Do non-Russian technical universities use Olympiad-style math/problem solving entrance exams?

In the U.S., colleges typically don't use entrance exams to select students. For test results they rely instead on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT. I heard that the top technical math/science ...
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Why do undergraduate admissions in the U.S take into account nonacademic criteria?

College admissions in the U.S. takes into account many factors that are rarely considered in other countries and seem unrelated to academics. For example, legacy status (children of alumni may be ...
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Is it valuable to present a paper at an international conference?

My abstract/paper has been selected at 2nd International MISG-2015 conference held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I would like to know if it's valuable for an Undergraduate student to present paper at ...
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Is it bad to apply to the same PhD program two years in a row?

I will be entering my first year of college next Fall. Even if most of my AP classes don't count for credit, I will probably be eligible to graduate after six 15–16 credit semesters. Though my desires ...
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Cons of graduating quickly

I read this question Does rigor/thoroughness of undergraduate program matter (for graduate/PhD applications)? and became very worried when I saw everyone blasting the OP for contemplating graduating ...
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How to gracefully leave a research lab (due to major change)?

I'm a freshman electrical engineering student who has been working in a research lab for the past year. I decided a few months ago that I am going to change my major to computer science, and that I ...
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funding for a post-bacc research assistant at a PUI

I'm currently an undergraduate linguistics student at a small liberal arts college (no graduate program). I work as an RA for a professor and have done independent research in her field (which I ...
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Is it immoral to show new students how to use Wolfram Alpha?

Currently, I'm working as an assistant at the mathematics department of my university. My job consists of sitting for 20 hours a week in an office to which students come with doubts regarding all the ...
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How to teach my students to appreciate all fields of study?

I'm sorry if this is the wrong place to ask this but I don't know any other place to ask. I'm a research professor, but I enjoy teaching and put a lot of time into my classes. I mainly teach ...
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What do I need to do as a potential mature student in the UK?

Please bear with me in this question despite its length. I'm only putting so much detail in it because I want to be thorough, as this is an important subject to me. I'll explain my situation first ...
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Can I ask a professor to do work for him/her during the summer as a form of an internship?

I am a newly transferred undergraduate Earth Science major and because of this I haven't had any internship experience in my field, even though I will be going into my senior year this fall (I also ...
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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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Appropriately thank a supervisor for giving you a chance when you actually failed?

In general: What is the proper manner in which to thank a supervisor for allowing you to take a really long shot? I am talking about when a professor (supervisor) who did not really know you decides ...
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PGCE, but for multiple subjects in the UK?

I'm currently finishing the 3rd year of my Computer Science course at University. My expected classification is Second-class honours, upper division (2:1). After I finish this course, I'd like to go ...
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strategy to divide the class of large number of students

Let us consider that one is supposed to teach a class of a large number of students (say 100 or more). I am thinking of this scenario corresponding to undergraduate students, but hoping for a general ...
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How to narrow down focus in humanities/social sciences?

I’m looking to enroll in a social studies/humanities undergraduate course, but I’m unsure of which subjects to focus on in my studies. I have ambitions to progress on to postgraduate study, research ...
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Is my GPA good enough for top-tier graduate schools? [duplicate]

I'm currently an undergraduate and have a cGPA of about 3.6 in Mathematics. I worry that it's not good enough to land me a place at some of the best graduate schools such as UCB, Princeton and MIT. I ...
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How do I convince my school to allow me to double major? [closed]

I am currently a second-semester freshman. For the last several years of my life, I've been pondering over what to choose as my major. My last two years of high school, I took university math courses, ...
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How marketable is a BS in Economics for different Masters degrees?

I'm currently an undergraduate Economics student with minors in both business and mathematics. As I look towards my future, I'm trying to see what options I have and ultimately make the best decision. ...
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Measure quality of new born major

How should I go about determining the quality of an undergraduate program that is just starting given that the field in general is relatively young? To be more specific, I am considering a new cyber ...
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At what stage in academia are you most likely to suffer a mental breakdown? [closed]

Let's see, just in this week alone I got the news that I have failed four of my midterms (out of five courses in total, the last course doesn't have a midterm), achieving around 40% in each, quite ...
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Optimize lab report grading rubric to minimize grading time

I will be teaching a new course with a new grading rubric. All of my students will write a lab report at the end of each 3 hour lab session. Each lab report will have an abstract, introduction, data, ...
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Working on multiple research projects as an undergraduate with different professors

I am currently a sophomore undergraduate Mechanical Engineering major at a mid-sized public university. I know that I really do enjoy research, I love learning, and I love teaching. I am ...