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Is it legal (USA) and ethical to use international edition textbooks? When I pay for a textbook, where does the money go?

Background: I am a student. I didn't have anything in life for four years, and I worked myself silly at times for it. So now I ask - when I pay hundreds of dollars over the production cost (new ...
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Is it acceptable to keep extending medical leave to prolong insurance coverage, when one has no intent of returning?

Two years ago I enrolled in a very high-ranked program in field X. Partway through the program, I developed severe health problems which affected my memory and cognitive function, and which made it ...
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Why do many PhD programs have a higher average physics GRE score for international students than US students?

Browsing various PhD admissions programs, I consistently find that there is a higher expectation of international students on the physics GRE for admission. For example, at UT Austin, the average ...
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When a PhD program asks for academic transcripts, are they referring to university-level transcripts only or also earlier transcripts?

I have some questions regarding graduate admission (PHD) in us university. The guidelines stated on the maximum university websites are that they require academic transcripts. My question is ...
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Difference of a PhD program for students entering with BS and MS

Students who have a BS can apply for PhD programs like students with a Master's degree (in the US). I was thinking why should students with only Bachelor degrees be admitted while many with Masters ...
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Options for a teaching position in a liberal arts college in Europe vs US?

I am a 4th year PhD student doing Computer Science in an Ivy League School. During the past months the question of what I want to do once I graduate in the next 2 years seems to absorb most of my time ...
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How to politely follow up after contacting potential postdoc advisor?

After sending an unsolicited email to a potential postdoc advisor, and receiving no response for a while, what is a very polite way to follow up? Based on past experience lack of immediate response ...
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How common are interviews for Computer Science PhD programs?

I am applying for admission to several CS PhD programs (in the US), and I am just wondering how common it is for schools to request interviews with the candidates. I will be out of the country for ...
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Letter of recommendation from employer for MS in U.S. universities

Is a letter of recommendation from an employer required to be on the official letter head of the company? Also is it okay if I give the recommender's personal email?
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What leverage do universities have over sexual violence in fraternities?

Rolling Stone recently reported a horrific preplanned gang rape at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia, with the victim's "friends" telling her afterward not to report the ...
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Graduate schools with no test score cutoffs

I recently received my math subject gre scores and did extremely poor on it (620: 41 percentile). This was an absolute shock to me as I have been preparing for the test since summer but I want to make ...
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Is it a good idea for an international student to use his master's thesis preprint as his writing sample?

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US. I would like to use my master's thesis preprint as my writing sample because it was written in English and is in the field on which I intend to ...
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What is the equivalent degree of a Diploma in Information Technology from India?

After my 10th grade I joined a polytechnic college for a specialization in Infomation Technology (Diploma in Information Technology). Now, I am in my final year of under-graduate studies (Bachelor of ...
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Academic occupation options for foreign visitors to the USA?

My wife is a student in the US. I am visiting her after I got a PhD degree several months ago in mechanical engineering in China. My visit is about one or two years long. I plan to go back China to ...
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How an assistant professor is called in North America?

We've had discussions on this site about the German tradition of Prof. Dr., but I'm unclear on how it maps over to the North American academy. My question, therefore, is whether a North American ...
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How to apply for a Master thesis abroad

I am enrolled in a Master's program (Computational Science and Engineering) in Germany and currently I am looking for a Master's Thesis abroad, preferably in the US or in Canada. Unfortunately, I am ...
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Is it legal and is it appropriate to display religious items in faculty offices in the United States?

This question is specifically in the context of an American public institution and a generic faculty member, specifically not someone working in religious studies or a similar department. I have ...
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Why does U.S. Veterans Affairs only pay for classes which are required for the degree?

American military veterans funded under the GI Bill (and possibly under other VA administrated programs) can only receive funding for classes which are required for the degree. I can find lots of ...
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If the status of a paper under review changes, should schools I applied to be notified?

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US. I have a paper currently under review, and, it seems that the status will remain under review after I submit my application packages. My question is: If ...
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Interdisciplinary PhDs?

Is there such a thing as an interdisciplinary PhD, where the student chooses the fields, courses, etc.? If so, which U.S. universities offer such a thing?
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What would be considered a “competitive” application for mathematics postdocs in the US?

What are the factors that make an application competitive for postdoc positions in pure mathematics at top tier universities (e.g. MIT, Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Stanford) in the US? Clearly, ...
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What to do if a manuscript under review at an Elsevier journal has no time stamp but intended as a writing sample? [closed]

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US, and I have a paper under review (passed the handling editor's review) at an Elsevier journal. I want to use this paper as my writing sample. But I found ...
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Is it possible to find a PhD position in social sciences without having letters of recommendation?

I am a European scholar. I would like to do a PhD dissertation in USA on an original and unpopular subject from a social science standpoint. I would like to empirically investigate the subject, which ...
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What is the US style to list the advisor's name of a master's thesis?

In listing my master's thesis in CV I came across this problem: Should I put the name of my advisor in front of my name or should I put only my name (I have my advisor's name printed in my thesis) ...
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Is it safe to give all the papers mentioned in my statement of purpose in my writing samples?

I am applying to US doctoral programs. I have decided to mention especially four papers in my statement of purpose, so I have to present them in my writing samples. As a consequence, my writing ...
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Is there typically a pre-screening process for doctoral admissions in the US?

I am applying to doctoral programs in the US and I am wondering: is it common for applications to be filtered before they reach the hiring committee? In the typical selection and admissions ...
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How important is the statement of purpose in a PhD application for admission to a top school in the US?

According to this MIT statement of purpose guideline, the statement of purpose seems to be an important part of a PhD application. However, I have also heard that, in the case of MIT, the statement of ...
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What is a soft-money research position?

I have read the term "soft-money research position" a few times. E.g. Path of a postdoc. Another consideration for interviewees is whether to pursue a "soft-money" position. A tenure-track ...
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What are the main reasons why academics leave academia? (Looking for references, not personal opinions)

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at the main reasons why academics leave academia? I did read a few articles explaining why some particular academics left academia, but I would like to ...
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Do U.S. PhD students who engage in research during summer or intersession breaks get vacation time?

When a PhD program in the United States like this states that students are expected to engage in full-time research during the summer months and the January intersession in addition to their regular ...
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How can one compare a postdoc position in Europe and USA?

I am an EU citizen, and 27 years old. I completed my Bachelor's and Master's in Electrical Engineering in the UK, now finishing up my PhD (in EE as well) in the USA. I am currently applying for ...
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Could research data fall under the Freedom of Information Act?

When I refer to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) I mean either the federal act or similarly implemented state laws. Clearly the validity of such requests would have to be limited to institutions ...
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Does getting pay to be a subject in an experiment violate an F1 visa in the US?

I am in a university in the US. I need 10 subjects for a 2-hour experiment. The compensation is 100 USD. If a subject is an international grad student on an F1 visa in my university, will it go ...
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Wanting to return to university, but I have a Master's degree. Funding options?

My undergraduate is in Biology, I'm a US native. I'm thinking about going back to school to study a more quantitative discipline like statistics or computer science. Does anyone know of any ...
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Is the Cambridge Certificate of English accepted in US?

According to CEF, CAE and CPE are the highest level possible. If I apply to some top US university/college, will they accept a certificate from Cambridge instead of TOEFL?
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Is it very difficult for international applicants to get a Visiting Assistant Professor position in the US?

I am a mathematics postdoc working outside the US and this year I am preparing for applications for positions (mainly in the US). I should also add that I am not a US citizen. Sometime ago I have ...
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Professor will not write a letter of recommendation because I have restricted access to my records under FERPA, is this legitimate?

I am preparing my tenure-track faculty application materials for the current hiring cycle, and I'm thinking of replacing one of my reference writers with one of my PhD committee members (I'll call him ...
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Access to student records/grades

Is it common practice within colleges/universities to allow all faculty within a division access to all student records within that same division? (i.e., all Health Science faculty having access to ...
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What hours do researchers work in the Unites States? [duplicate]

After staying in a US university (specifically MIT) as a visiting scholar, a colleague of mine says that most of research labs are still working at midnight. I suspect that he is exaggerating. Don't ...
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Consequences for foreign students of being dropped from a class?

Say a student from another country is in the US on a student visa, and is enrolled in my community college class. I'm required to drop students who aren't participating in the class, and I have a ...
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Impact of the visit weekend weather on the admitted graduates' grad school decision in the US

US universities typically organize visit weekends for newly admitted graduates, after which the latter confirm or refuse the offer. Is there any research/study/survey that looked at the impact of the ...
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Is rejection the default decision for international applicants to PhD programs in the US?

I am applying to PhD programs in the US. I am wondering if there is a default decision imposed on international applicants. This question may sound ridiculous, but, I still ask here because I have ...
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How important is the GRE for top engineering schools in the US? [duplicate]

I am wondering how important is the general GRE exam for top 10 schools in the US in engineering? Do they use it as a factor to admit students or it can be only used for funding or none/both of them?
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How is undergraduate Indian percentage converted to US 4.0 GPA by graduate schools? [duplicate]

I am applying for Fall, 2015 in PhD programs (Computer science). The admissions page of many universities I saw, demand an undergrad GPA of at least 3.0 and graduate GPA of at least 3.5 Now, I ...
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Which GPA (cumulative or major) is more important for graduate admissions in the US?

I live in US. In some applications it is asking to enter your cumulative and major GPA. However I am wondering which GPA is more important and which one is used for admittance famous graduate schools ...
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Does a few years work in-between study hurt Physics PhD application to a top 20 US school?

All things being equal how would a good US graduate physics admissions weigh these paths. Scenario 1: 4 year Bachelor of Science. And then direct application to graduate school. Scenario 2: 4 year ...
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What are the standard workloads for mathematics TAs at state and private universities in the US?

I am an international student, and now pursuing my Ph.D in pure Math in a not very good (ranking 70+) and relatively small state university in U.S. As usual, I am a supported TA, and I am wondering ...
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What is the average teaching load for tenure faculty in mathematics?

I am interested in Math, specifically pure Math, in the USA. I will be on the job market soon for a tenure track position and mathjobs ads usually do not specify the teaching load. What is the ...
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Can a US university force a foreign student to obtain health insurance from a specific provider?

My wife is doing her MBA at a state university, and they have a requirement that she purchases health insurance from a specific provider (which has a pricing agreement with the university, but that is ...
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Are both GRE and TOEFL a must for a PhD program in the US? Or only TOEFL will suffice?

I have completed my masters in English Literature from India and now want to do my PhD from the US. Should I take both the tests, i.e. TOEFL and GRE? Or only TOEFL will be enough? And if I need to ...