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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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Internships in Japan for undergraduate [closed]

I am studying Bachelor of Science ( Research) course in Indian Institute of Science. I will be taking chemistry as major and biology as minor. I want to know about summer internship in Japanese ...
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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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Consequences of asking potential final year tutor for a remark on coursework [closed]

I am currently on a work placement and during this year we have been required to complete a module which counts towards my final year. I am an undergraduate. I have recently received my results for ...
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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 ...
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What is the most effective means of negotiating an academic requirement? [closed]

I'm currently in my last semester, majoring in Physics and Mathematics. I've not only taken all of my requirements—but have many extra credits relevant to both these majors. I transferred into my ...
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What makes a stellar undergraduate thesis?

In mathematics, what distinguishes an exceptional undergraduate thesis for the rest? How do original contributions, accessibility of the topic (ie more or less prerequisites), novelty of the topic, ...
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Advice for writing Lab Manuals for undergraduate students

I was wondering how lab manuals for freshmen or junior year engineering students are created. I am currently working on documenting a lab manual for a project. Although, I am fairly well-versed with ...
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Choice between more flexible distance learning degree or Russel Group University [closed]

I am studying mathematics, I am currently in my first year with the OU. I have taken on all the first year modules plus a second year module (OU allowed me to do this because i have further pure maths ...
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Sourcing lecture notes instead of publications

I am writing an undergraduate dissertation and I have found some very good information from lecture handouts from other universities. Will using these lecture notes compared to official publications ...
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How should I handle students who ask questions that are “beyond the scope of the course” as a TA

One of the most common replies I have gotten as a student in engineering is the phrase "what you are asking is beyond the scope of this course". But I always found it a bit funny coming from the prof ...
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Does going to a graduate school with less prestige than your undergraduate school hurt you?

I am trying to decided whether pursing a Master's in Computer Science will make me more competitive for a job designing video games. I went to a prestigious undergraduate school and finished strongly. ...
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Can I complete a bachelor's degree part-time in Berlin? [closed]

I am an American who left college to work full-time. I am considering taking a job in Berlin, Germany (full time with flexible hours). If I work there, will I be able to complete my bachelor's degree ...
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How to do a good job of undergraduate advisement?

Among my other duties as a tenure-track assistant professor (in math), I serve as an advisor to undergraduates: they are required to meet with me and get my approval on their choice of courses before ...
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What problems are caused by pedagogical blogging about a class?

I am a course TA and I instruct a class of about 20 undergrads. I'm planning to make a public pedagogy blog. I think there could be some potential problems with this. For example, if the students in ...
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How to stay in touch with professor after graduating?

Disclaimer: I asked this question on academia since it is very much so a student/professor relationship despite both him and me being significantly more industry oriented. About Me: I recently ...
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Effect of Low credit hours/ long undergrad on grad school

I am studying Computer Science as an undergrad and I have been doing a low number of credit hours per semester (less than 15, but still full time). Am I at a disadvantage when applying for grad ...
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Why don't typical US colleges offer more online courses?

Why don't typical US colleges offer more online courses so that all of the classes could be taken online? Online courses are cheaper, more profitable and more efficient to produce quantity of ...
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Can mathematical ideas applied to CS problems count as “undergraduate research”?

I ran across this thread, in which the accepted answer mentions to "[..] Start on a research project (independently or otherwise) if you have not already ASAP. " I'm an undergraduate studying ...