On standards or conventions specific to the United States higher education system, which differs in structure and style from the systems in other parts of North America, South America, Europe, Asia, or Oceania.

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Having students scribe lectures: can the instructor choose any license?

For each lecture of a course, a couple of students are assigned to scribe the lecture, as part of the course requirements. Can the instructor choose any license he wants for the scribe notes? E.g. CC ...
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In a statement of purpose for a PhD in computer science in the US is it better to express interest in a single subdiscipline or multiple?

It seems that if I were to just express interest in a single subdiscipline (computer networking for example), and none of the networking professors are taking on students, I would not be considered ...
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Is it common practice in the US for students to propose master thesis topics themselves, or do labs have a list of topics to pick from?

I'm currently doing a masters in electrical engineering (image and video processing, machine learning, etc.) at a renowned European university. For my masters thesis, I'd like to go to the US (or ...
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Collaborative research grant directly out of graduate school

Are there any collaborative grants that graduate students can submit (with a senior faculty member) in order to acquire grant funding to start a research group directly after finishing their PhD? ...
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How to get a scholarship for PhD?

I have a master degree in Management with extensive work experience. Now, I wish to continue my education, but cannot afford it without a proper scholarship. As I see, many people have good ...
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Will it improve my PhD applications if I take a gap year to work on research?

I was a philosophy major who took a bunch of graduate-level classes in linguistics and I wanted to apply to PhD programs in linguistics (in the United States). I had a writing sample in the philosophy ...
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In what engineering field can i study renewable energies in the USA? [closed]

I am applying for a scholarship at the USA in order to study renewable energies. For that I have to ask if it is considered as a subfield of electrical engineering or not in the US, because I can't ...
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asking professor to fund Master's student

I am a graduate Masters student from one of the top-tier universities in the US. I have been working closely with a Professor and two of his Ph.D students on a Research Project for the past two ...
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Should I mention that I'm able to self fund my degree in my SOP?

Should I mention that I'm able to self fund my degree in my SOP? I don't find anywhere else in the application process where I can communicate such information. I'm a prospective international ...
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Tax incentives for private companies to fund academic research

I wonder what tax incentives private companies have to fund academic research. As it is sometimes difficult to assess financial impacts of tax laws, I would even more interested to have some numbers ...
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Losing my TA-ship, need advice [closed]

I am a third year student in a U.S. university and for the past two years I was funded by dept. TA-ship. The new semester is coming but I have not got the TA-ship. I contacted my advisor for help and ...
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How can I help my advisor not lose face when changing from a thesis to non-thesis program?

I am a comajor masters student who is experiencing difficulties in timely responses from my advisor. It has taken an average of almost 4 months for me to get feedback each time I have received ...
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How do professors choose their summer salary?

In the United States, most professors are paid by the university on a 9 month basis for teaching (Sep - May). During the summer months a professor is typically paid from their grants and other revenue ...
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Can I apply for a PhD in the United States with a 3-year undergraduate degree from Italy?

I'm currently studying in Italy for an undergraduate degree which is 3 years long (standard BSc in Computer Science). Since I'm also U.S. citizen, I was thinking it would be interesting to perhaps ...
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Personal Life Dealbreakers for Academic Jobs

There are certain academic jobs such as Baylor or BYU that require a certain way of life. BYU, for instance, requires one to adhere to the Church Educational System Honor Code and Baylor typically ...
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Path to US board certification for international medical doctor

I would like to get a board certification in order to practice is US as a doctor. I am graduating in October in Italy and I am aware that before getting a residency in US I should pass USMLE exams ...
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How can I fund my PhD after the first year?

I'm in the process of applying for admission to a PhD program this Fall after several years in industry. Due to the late timing of the application I'm looking at self-funding my first year, but after ...
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Where does the money earned by universities in the USA from sports activities go?

In the USA, professional sports is big at many universities. Many, if not all, get a lot of money from such events (e.g., broadcasting rights to ESPN, or from different sportsware/equipment companies ...
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How to handle salary negotiations while negotiating a postdoc position?

I am a couple of months off my defence and started thinking about postdoc possibilities. I seem to have an opportunity at a very prestigious lab in the U.S. (I'm currently located in Europe). After ...
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Is it possible for average students to get admitted in good colleges for MS? [duplicate]

So, if I get a 320 plus GRE score and have a CGPA of 7.0 with no research paper but a lot of social and extracurricular activities, is it possible for me to get admitted to a good college in USA? I ...
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Can I be admitted to a masters in the USA after 3-year bachelors in Germany?

I am an Indian citizen and Im planning to go for my bachelors to Germany. Since schooling in Germany is of 13 years , I'll study 1 year in India before going there. I wanted to ask that after ...
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Is it common in any other first world countries besides the US to work while attending university?

I have an old family friend in Japan (born and raised). We were recently talking about academics as he is in his 2nd year of Uni and I have 1 B.S and soon to have another with the goal of moving on to ...
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What are the equivalencies between the higher education in France (Licence - Master - Doctorat) and the higher education in the United States?

In France the higher education is like this: 3 years of "Licence" 2 years of "Master" 3 years of "Doctorat" But what about in the United States? I heard that they have things called ...
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Switching to philosophy after a PhD in mathematics

I'm currently finishing a PhD in mathematics from a university in Europe ranked top 10 in the world. I've always been torn between philosophy and mathematics, and I'd like to give philosophy a chance ...
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How does a petty marijuana possession charge affect graduate admissions in math?

I was charged with possession of marijuana earlier this year. In my state, it's not a crime, just a violation with a fine. Technically, it's not even a conviction because there's a diversion program ...
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Is it offensive to ask my PhD advisor for permission to record our research/technical discussions?

I will be joining a graduate program in the US this fall. To keep track of important technical/research discussions with my advisor, I think it would be a good idea to record conversations with my ...
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How committed should I be to a specific research area before and shortly after I enter a doctoral program?

I am an electrical engineering undergraduate student and entering my final year of study. I plan on applying to doctoral programs in the field of power engineering. Specific advice from the field ...
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How will my CLEP credits be viewed?

I have taken 12 credits total in CLEP (College Level Examination Program) exams on order to bypass some general education requirements in humanities and basic sciences. I am in a program majoring in ...
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Which way is generally shorter to get an post associate degree on electrical engineeering with a bachelor in mathmatics? [closed]

Which way is generally shorter to get an U.S. post associate degree on electrical engineeering with a U.S. bachelor in mathmatics? In another word, is it generally shorter to get another bachelor in ...
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Why are lawyers not called “doctor”?

I don't quite understand the education process for lawyers, but I do understand there are a number of different degrees, and one of them is 'JD', the juris doctor. My Latin is quite rusty, but I ...
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Where is the best places to find faculty job postings in physics?

I'm currently a postdoc interested in finding a tenure track faculty position. What are the best places to find job postings for such positions? Seeing as this might be a very context/field dependent ...
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Do I need to take the TOEFL Exam?

I studied in the US up until the 6th grade, came back to India, completed high school here and finished a bachelor degree in computer science here in India. All my education in India was completed in ...
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How do professors from very small or unranked universities in the U.S. attract graduate students?

US News and World only ranks about 100 graduate programs in computer science 300 research universities in the US. How do graduate programs of small and/or unranked universities attract graduate ...
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When to switch PhD projects if you are hitting roadblocks

When is it advisable to switch PhD projects if you are not making progress and have a promising alternative project? Is it worth going from guaranteed research assistantship funding to less reliable ...
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How do junior faculty in the U.S. normally address senior faculty in emails?

In the United States, what is the common way junior faculty address senior faculty in the same department or different department? Hi First or Last name Hi Dr ___ Dear Dr __ Dear Doctor ___ Dear ...
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Differences in the working styles of American and international graduate students (and professors)? [closed]

I will be soon joining a PhD program in physics at a US university. I am very interested in knowing the differences in working styles of American and international (especially of non-European descent) ...
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What is the usual process for forming a business partnership with a university lab?

I'm the co-founder of a small US-based startup. As an applied research company, we'd like to form a partnership with my a certain laboratory in my alma mater that would involve the following: Joint ...
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Thanking a “shepherd” in acknowledgments

I often find in many conference papers submitted by US research groups that paper writers would thank their "shepherd" in the acknowledgment section. What is the exact contribution of a "shepherd" to ...
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Why is dental school a separate thing from medical school?

I have always found it peculiar that terminal degrees in medicine (in the US, at least) are awarded in two forms. On the one hand, we have the MD (and the DO), a holder of which can go on to practice ...
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Can I accept two federal fellowships simultaneously and defer one?

I recently received both an NSF and an NDSEG fellowship. I see that I am not allowed to accept funding from both fellowships, but I wonder if it is possible to do something like: accept both, put the ...
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Difference between public and private university education

Is there any noticeable difference between public and private university in US in terms of the education provided. Or, the only thing that matters is the way that universities are funded. For example ...
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What exactly are academic librarians?

My apologies for the title of this question, but I didn't know how to turn it. The fact is this is actually a set of many small questions. I have completed my postgraduate studies in France where, ...
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To what extent does the prospect of a guaranteed-for-life job (tenure) motivate researchers to stay in academia?

Is there any research/study that looked at the extent to which the prospect of a guaranteed-for-life job (tenure) motivate researchers to stay in academia? I am most interested in the United States ...
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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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Are there any differences between Master's admissions and Ph.D admissions in the US?

I notice that the majority of admission questions on this site regarding admissions specifically refer to Ph.D admissions. That being the case, are Master's applicants evaluated any differently in ...
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US grad school rankings based on graduate students' satisfaction

Is there any US grad school ranking based on graduate students' satisfaction? (satisfaction while in grad school of after graduation) If department-specific I am mostly interested in computer science ...
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Can I apply for a masters' if I already have one? (USA/Canada) [duplicate]

I am planning to apply for another Masters' degree in CS in USA or Canada. But, the thing is I already have one masters' degree. Well, the reason I want to apply for another Masters' degree is because ...
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Can a related paper cover the non-thesis master disadvantages for applying for a PhD?

I am a MS student in computer science. I have the opportunity to work on the area A than I don't enjoy so much and the adviser is not helpful, but I guess that I will publish good papers if I work on ...
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How many desk copies of a textbook are usual?

I am considering changing textbooks for an introductory class. A problem is that none of the TAs and tutors already have this textbook, and our department funds are limited. How many free desk ...
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If most universities in the U.S are non-profit, why are they so expensive? [duplicate]

Tuition can easily get in the tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars for a 4-year degree. This is unarguably many times over what the university needs to cover the costs of offering their ...