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A degree certificate for the unorthodox student [on hold]

I am doing my bachelor's course in Engineering at a college in India. I am also a keen student (informally) of Physics. I devote a considerable amount of time toward study of Physics using the BSc ...
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What are examples of student competitions that have impacted the world while also providing an excellent educational experience? [on hold]

I'm particularly interested in building evidence to prove that undergraduate and graduate science and technology competitions provide an optimal learning experience and also result in impact to ...
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For which undergraduate course should I enroll? [closed]

I'm new to this site and it's my first question. I am a 19-years old boy who is currently waiting for the high-school results and is wondering what I should choose as a course for higher level. In ...
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How should I ask professor for letter of recommendation?

I'm a freshman undergrad student, and I'm applying for some programs that require letters of recommendation. I already have one professor who seems happy to write one for me, but I have another who I ...
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I got a C in a core class. Should I retake it?

I'm a 3rd year aerospace engineering undergrad with an inclination to pursue graduate studies in dynamics and control (ultimate goal of PhD). Until last semester, I had a lazy attitude towards my ...
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How to pitch a research idea to a professor as an undergraduate?

I have an idea which I'd like to work on with a professor at my university. In my initial email would it be arrogant to ask if he's interested in working with me on this particular topic (he's ...
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(undergraduate) my graduate student is extremely cutthroat [closed]

I work in a lab in experimental psychology at a pretty prestigious research university. I have worked there for a while (this is currently my fourth semester) for about 8+ hours a week, entirely ...
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What are some options to do over the summer that will help me in grad school?

I'm currently finishing up my second year of undergraduate studies and overall I've gotten some pretty average to good grades. Over the summer, I would like to focus a little bit on myself and my ...
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How to effect change in a faculty's course materials? [closed]

Synopsis I believe that the faculty's course materials significantly lag behind the industry standards, are of generally low quality and that the assignment submission system as well as other ...
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Professor gave me a higher grade than I deserved. What should I do?

During one of my undergraduate semesters I was pretty depressed (for various personal reasons) and was struggling with completing my coursework. One class in particular didn't have a final exam, there ...
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Why do some articles recite/repeat known concepts?

I am currently reading a paper which devotes a section to reciting key valuation basics in finance, such as the time value of money and DCF analysis. The paper goes so far as to explain the ...
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What is the difference between a Bachelor of Arts Honours and a regular Bachelor of Arts?

I'm applying to Oxford at the moment for graduate study. Under the section asking what undergraduate degree I'll be receiving, it gives me the choice of "Bachelor of Arts (non-UK)" and "Bachelor of ...
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Is there any real benefit of an honors designation? [closed]

I am currently an undergraduate major in both physics and chemistry. It is possible for me to acquire a BS in both areas, departmental honors in both, and a delegation from the honors college in four ...
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Does it matter where you go to undergraduate if you want to get into a good grad school? [duplicate]

I graduated high school with a good GPA that could have gotten me into some better schools. However, my parents did not have the money to pay the college tuition as well as the room and board costs. I ...
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What is a final undergraduate paper called in English?

Here in Croatia, when students are finishing their 3rd year of undergraduate courses, they usually write a paper called "Završni rad" (eng. Final Work/Project). I'm trying to communicate some things ...
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What are the effective strategies to increase GPA? [closed]

I am doing Undergraduate in Software Engineering and am going to finish my third semester (total of 8 semesters) now and as with my calculation, I am going to end it with a GPA of mere 1.89. I know ...
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What if an undergraduate concentrated on research on the account of his study? [closed]

I am studying medicine. We study different disciplines and different specialties during our undergraduate years. My subject grades aren't very good. Then, I rushed to research and biostatistics ...
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How to balance studies and part time job [closed]

I am an undergraduate student of software engineering, second year now, in a foreign country. My family's economic background isn't very strong; so I need to work in a restaurant for part time job in ...
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Dealing with professor after not getting back to him on a project?

I was supposed to do a project for one of my classes and I talked to one of the math professors at my school for ideas and he was excited about my project and even got one of his grad students ...
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Should I include self-studied courses/topics in undergraduate resume?

I'm preparing my resume for internship application. I have already included courses that I emphasized more on (reading extra advanced material outside of the course's material scope). I read lots of ...
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How can I overcome the fact that I attend a weak undergraduate institution?

I am currently a traditional sophomore math major at a large university in the southern USA. I'm interested in attending graduate school once I graduate, but my university has a weak math program, and ...
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How to overcome changing undergrad course/university due to failure

Right after school I decided to pursue a degree in physics. It went well at first but then I started to struggle with depression and other personal issues. Eventually I started to fall behind and felt ...
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Course of action after failing a (non-maths) course in hopes of entering grad school for maths?

I'm currently a second year student in a general science program with a specialization in mathematics (it's kind of like a double major, almost). I'm hoping to go to grad school for combinatorial ...
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My undergraduate research advisor pressures me to work more hours than I want to, but I don't want to risk ruining the relationship. How to proceed?

I am burned out and exhausted and need a place to rant and get advice. =( I am an undergraduate student majoring in Information Systems who was hired a few months ago to work in a Human-Computer ...
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Why didn't more people graduate with a college degree when it was “affordable”?

Adjusting for inflation, (without too much controversy, I expect), it is evident that college was more affordable in the past. See for example, this chart of Tuition and Fees and Room and Board over ...
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What should I do to maximize my chance at grad school (mathematics)?

I'm a second year student who has had a terrible semester. I don't live in a great place this year and I became really unhappy because of it. I'm also involved with too many extra curricular ...
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Undergrad students grading other undergrads: ethical, professional, or even legal?

As an undergraduate, I've been working as a TA in an electronics lab for a while. Recently I have been asked to grade other students' lab reports. I have also done some oral examination, but I guess ...
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As a lab assistant, how many hours per week am I expected to be helping out? [closed]

I am in my third year of computer engineering studies, and was offered a position as lab assistant in the electronics lab. I am oriented towards software, so I'm not exactly interested in the subject ...
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High grade/GPA versus finishing studies in the expected timeframe

Situation: Where I study (edit: Greece) we are generally not expected to pass all lessons on the first attempt (it is very rare actually) and often we fail multiple times before we can pass them. It ...
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Is there a normalizer for undergrad grades in institutions across the world? [duplicate]

I could swear I once saw somewhere in under duke.edu a pdf that lists undergrad institutions across the world with a way to interpret their grades qualitatively. I can't find it anymore. Is there any ...
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Masters Degree in CS with Bachelors in Informatics

This kind of question gets thrown around quite a bit around here, but I think my current situation has yet to be addressed. I'm currently studying Informatics ("Information") at a school in the ...
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Changing Engineering Specialisations after Undergrad [duplicate]

I am wondering whether it is generally possible to change engineering specialisations after completing a bachelors degree. I'm currently completing a bachelor of engineering with honours in chemical ...
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Page breaking in undergraduate thesis

I am an undergraduate senior. I wonder why people keep doing page breaking in their thesis, like one diagram for one page. Is that for the page count? or just because they have to? Also, I wonder if ...
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Advice for research and taking graduate classes for undergraduate student [closed]

there are multiple questions in here so please bear with me. I am currently a freshman undergraduate student at a large public university in the US. Looking at my coursework and credits, I noticed ...
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How to contact a prospective supervisor for undergraduate research at another university?

There are many helpful posts explaining how a hopeful graduate student should contact a potential supervisor (example 1, example 2). However, I cannot find any advice about how an undergraduate should ...
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Do university accept a Mechatronics Engineer undergraduate to do Masters in computer science? [duplicate]

I finished my undergraduate studies in Mechatronics Engineering and have a low CGPA. The main reason is that I'd been developing web application and doing small projects (creating robots). I have ...
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Asking a High School Teacher for a Letter of Recommendation

I am an undergraduate senior applying to graduate programs in Computer Science (with math-y specialties, such as Machine Learning and Data Science), and am trying to figure out who the best people to ...
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How to publish proof of something if the academic level is lower than expected and cannot publish to a journal or a conference?

I am an undergraduate student with an interest in Computer science, so recently i have discovered new concepts and algorithms related to patterns and simulations (i.e biological simulations & ...
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How will a bad grade from a somewhat unrelated course look on applications? [duplicate]

I'm taking a second year genetics course as a math major (I was interested in bioinformatics, and I need genetics for that). I'm doing poorly in the course so far (I'm passing, but not with great ...
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What Graduate Options are available for a undergrad in Theoretical Physics? [closed]

I'm an undergraduate student pursuing my last year of dual degree in B.Sc Physics and Math. I've had a good rigorous pure math background added to my physics courses. My performance in my math courses ...
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How can an undergraduate student conducting mathematical research with a professor expect to contribute?

I am currently an undergraduate student majoring in Applied Math. I have been reading recent papers published by two of my professors who I admire and I'm wondering what it would be like to conduct ...
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Is attempting to get published in undergraduate history journals worth it?

I'm very interested in trying to get published as a history major in order to ease my path towards becoming a history professor, so I've been thinking about trying to do research on my own. As a ...
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What do universities usually do with a student's graded final exams?

Personally I do not recall ever having seen any of my final exams I have taken during my undergrad (except in my nightmares). Midterms, quizzes and homeworks are usually returned to the students ...
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Is there anything you can do when a professor discusses some of your personal concerns with other professors potentially mockingly?

I am an undergraduate student. Recently, my interest about a particular (difficult) field – somewhere between physics and maths – arose, a field that is only briefly mentioned in some lectures. For ...
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Return midterm exam paper or not

I wonder how common for professors to return scored midterm papers to students when the final is not accumulative? I want to reuse some of the questions next year and also is not willing to spend ...
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How do I speak with my professor about my mental health?

I'm an undergraduate in my junior year, and I've been having an especially bad month when it comes to my mental health and academic performance. Two weeks ago, I discovered that I had two midterms, ...
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UK MSc vs MEng when applying for PhD and Chartered Engineer

I did my BEng electrical and electronic undergraduate degree in UK university. It was 3 year degree. So I want clear idea of MSc and MEng and also about Chartered Engineer qualification. Please kindly ...
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How to increase chances of getting into American universities as a foreigner? [duplicate]

I'm currently in my last year of Gymnasium in the Netherlands. My dream would be to study Computer Science at an American University because those are generally more advanced in these topics than ...
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Weight of undergraduate grades when applying for a Ph.D

I am an undergraduate student in Computer Engineering and I would like to do a Ph.D. at a well reputed university. I am facing a problem because I took some borderline pass grades in a few courses (3 ...
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How do I know what schools are within my reach for graduate school in math?

When applying for undergraduate schools it was relatively easy to look up average ACT/SAT scores and GPAs of admittance to know if I would be a competitive applicant. As of right now I want to pursue ...