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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Which is more important when applying to grad school (particularly top grad schools): Research or Letters?

While looking around for an answer to this, I have been getting conflicting opinions/answers, so I decided to ask here: Is publishing a great research paper as an undergrad more important than great ...
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What are the current standards for plagiarism? [on hold]

At the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Melania Trump gave a speech including these words: "From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work ...
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What should conference organizers understand about childcare?

The NSF now allows their funding to be used to pay for childcare expenses for scientists attending conferences in the United States. I take it that this means that organizers of NSF-sponsored ...
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Is it ethical for professors to require that students maintain a balanced and disinterested tone in their papers and presentations?

I have noticed personally a tendency toward hyperbole and dare I say anti-intellectualism within American society, along with of course a marked polarization along ideological fault lines. Is it ...
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How can US faculty verify medical absences?

I recently received a memo stating that I am not allowed to ask for doctor's notes when students are absent from class, as this is allegedly a violation of privacy rights. If this is the case, then ...
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In STEM fields, are ten-year, funded PhDs an exceptional case or more common than we think?

All of the below information is regarding U.S. universities. From what I know, it seems that the standard length of time to be funded for a PhD in a STEM field is about 5 or 6 years. (I've ...
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Getting admission in the US after a BSc and MSc from India

Since the US considers BSc and MSc together to be equivalent to a B.Tech degree (or any 4 year degree) how should I report my result? With both degrees from different institutes and in unrelated ...
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Is doing Ph.D from a US university regarded as an absolute advantage in future career for international students?

According to the UTD Top 100 Business School Research Ranking, there are some Asian (Hong Kongese) universities that rank higher than many US and Canadian universities. What are important factors to ...
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Is there a correlation between where I finish my PhD and where can I secure a Postdoc position

I am currently pursuing my PhD in computer science at a mid-rank US institution (ranked 50 in US-news graduate computer science ranking). Assuming I have a decent publication record and good ...
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In case of admission of international students, do the US,Canadian universities prefer more on TOEFL than IELTS?

TOEFL and IELTS are both standardized test and used as a measurement for English language proficiency.Do the universities have any particular preference in case of admission (MS/Ph.D) of international ...
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Should I go for a professional or research-based masters? [closed]

Here's my situation. I'm an American (US) undergraduate computer science student about to enter his 4th year. I would like to attend graduate school to get my masters degree (in computer science). As ...
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Should I mention personal information in this thank you letter?

So I got an email from my university that a donor is willing to provide me with a scholarship to help me finish my program. I don't know him and I never met him before. I mentioned these points in ...
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How Does Funding for Graduate Students in U.S. differ from Undergraduate Scholarships?

I am interested in furthering my understanding of the process of applying for grants (funding) for graduate students and pursuing Engineering (STEM) Career. I am located in the United States and I am ...
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If I accept a PhD offer but change my mind about attending, do I have an obligation to attend for some number of years before dropping out?

I know there's alot of questions on S.E. about dropping out of graduate school after having started. My position is similar, but also different: I was accepted into a prestigious university's ...
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Using a time budget for a class

I teach at a school where the department has a strong expectation that a graduate or undergraduate course should require 45 hours of work per credit hour. For example, a 3-hour course should take 135 ...
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Do postdocs in the United States generally get annual raises?

Do postdocs in the United States get raises in general? (Is this different for postdocs hired under specific grants vs postdocs hired through departments, such as in mathematics?) If there are raises, ...
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Where to solicit graduate student applicants for a unique teaching opportunity?

I am currently writing a grant proposal that involves a unique (and, I hope, very appealing) two-week teaching opportunity in the US for mathematics graduate students or recent Ph.D.'s. I want to ...
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Should I contact the university? I will be in the area?

I am wondering if It is appropriate to contact the university and let them know that I will be in the area if by chance I am under consideration. We are moving back to our home state and my husband ...
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What to do when PhD approval takes so long?

I am a PhD student in mathematics in Israel. I still have a couple of years until I graduate, so I am asking this question mostly out of curiosity. I've recently learned that at least in my ...
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Off-campus job and Internet earning [closed]

As far as I know, international students can't work off-campus in the USA (according to the law). What about Google AdSense? I have been working on my personal websites and I have activated ...
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Inquiry and assistance [duplicate]

I am a graduate of Mathematics, from the University of Ibadan (First and Second degree), Nigeria. I have a strong background in Analysis and Algebra, with a good GRE score but I have been unable to ...
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When “Authors contributed equally to the work” is not fair; What can I do? [duplicate]

Since 7 months ago, a professor in the United States, who was my mentor during the internship, asked me to contribute to him on writing a review paper. I accepted and started to work. After 2-3 months,...
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Research with Partisan Implications - Is it worth it?

I have good reason to believe that political party X engages in harmful practice Y more than other political parties. The numbers stack up, it fits into the theories presented in other papers, and so ...
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What are the differences between PhD programs in the US and UK? (biology/bioinformatics)

A significant part of the PhD process in the US involves deciding on and doing the background research for your project. Is it true that in the UK you basically get a predetermined project handed to ...
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Can a technological bachelor apply for a master degree course in a first class US university? [closed]

If a technological bachelor technologist has the necessary funding to the tuition fees, some years of work experience, excellent GPA/TOEFL/GRE/recommendation letters, can she/he apply for a master ...
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Is it normal to start your master's study without an advisor?

So I've been admitted to master's program in Mechanical Engineering at a US university. I contacted 2 of the faculty in the department in my chief area of interest , but neither had an opening/ ...
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Should a professor require students to attend classes well past their listed times?

I'm currently in an undergraduate class that is focused on doing group presentations. This class has a total of around 80 students, in groups of 4. Every two to three weeks we are required to present ...
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Is getting into MIT impossible for me? [closed]

okay so, I'm a student from India, in 12 standard, aged 17. I have Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science and English, and Physical Education. I'm kind of unstable when it comes to results....
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What for and how to go to the US for a PhD-exchange semester?

Context: My wife and I are both PhD candidate in good-but-not-major eastern European universities, aiming to defend our thesis in fall 2017 (i.e. in 15 months). She works in accounting, when my ...
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Focusing on GRE, subject GRE, TOEFLS, IELTS before applying?

Applying to the US: I just finished my master's in mathematical finance. I want to apply for a PhD in math (but not in mathematical finance). Can I start applying this year while studying and taking ...
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Can you contribute to Public Loan Forgiveness (US) while pursuing a funded Masters/PhD?

I think I can, if I'm understanding the rules right, but I was wondering if anyone had done this/could give advice. I recently completed a JD. My dream in college was always to get a PhD in ...
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Requesting All Student's Grades From Professor

For the last few months I have been tutoring a student in a university math course and they just received their finally course grade which numerically was a 78, but to my surprise the letter grade ...
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Why don't colleges make terms shorter and with fewer classes?

Instead of the typical 4 classes every 10 weeks, why not 2 classes every 5 weeks? Condensed courses usually means: Taking less courses at the same time which makes compartmentalization for ...
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Designing a credit-by-examination exam

I have been tasked with writing an exam for a student who wishes to receive credit-by-examination for an upper-level course in my department.1 While the department head suggested just using the final ...
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How many math PhD spots are offered each year by the top 50 US programs?

I'm trying to estimate how many math PhD offers are awarded each year in the United States, say at the top 50 schools, if that constraint helps. (I'm interested in departments called "math," not "...
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How common is a must-pass-final requirement?

For a course with a final exam, is it more common to: (a) require that the final exam be passed to pass the course, or (b) allow for a student to fail the final exam and still pass the course? How ...
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Am I allowed to show properly redacted exams to a colleague to determine if cheating occurred?

On an exam I recently administered, I discovered that several students had turned in essentially the same solutions for multiple questions. Before launching an academic dishonesty investigation, ...
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Do you necessarily need to wait one year before attending a PhD in the US?

I see many LinkedIn profiles from Ivy League graduates that start a Ph.D. program only a few months after they get their Bachelor's (assuming that they graduate early in the summer). Given that ...
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Ontario College Advanced Diploma (OCAD) what is equivalent in US?

I have 3 year Advanced Diploma form Ontario want to ask what is equivalent in US ?
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Are there major obstacles to completing a thesis Masters program if I'm not funded/working in a lab?

I will be entering an MS program in engineering this fall. I was not offered any assistantships or fellowships/funding. I was accepted to other graduate programs with some funding but chose to go to ...
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Parents attending thesis defense?

My wife is defending her thesis soon, and in her department, defenses are open to the public. I will be there along with several of her friends/colleagues. Her mom also wants to come to the defense. ...
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Can I attend a PhD program with the intent to transfer my PhD credits to an MS and after 2 years, apply to a better university for a PhD?

I have been admitted to a PhD program at a US university in the department of physics. The department ranking is 100 (according to the US News ranking). In the PhD program, most of the students in ...
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What is the dropout/switch major rate for engineering bachelor?

What is the average dropout and switch major rate for US 4 year engineering college for students entering bachelor's degree program after 2010? It is pretty hard for me to find any good reference.
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America community college reading class [closed]

I am British and very confused by the American system (although this is most likely due to my friend not knowing anything due to their situation). I am asking this question to help a friend that lives ...
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What is the percentage of Bachelor or higher degree holder that finish calculus 3?

What is the percentage of Bachelor or higher degree holder that finish multivariable calculus in US? Please list your reference
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How the US Dept of Education define a school year for purposes of Pell Grant eligibility?

I applied for a pell grant for the 2016/2017 school year. My question is, what is a school year to the US Dept of Ed? Is it Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 or is it literally any day in 2016 or 2017, so ...
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Does being an older PhD applicant for U.S. universities mean there is less chance to be accepted with funding?

I have heard this myth many times and have decided to ask the question here. So, is there any truth to it? Does an older applicant, say, 10 years older than the typical undergraduate, with equally ...
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How much value is given to a recommendation letter written by a foreign professor? (Grad school/math)

I'm about to finish my undergraduate degree in mathematics in France, and expect to be close to the top of my class in a top university here. Next academic year, I will be studying for a master's at ...
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If I get an encouraging but noncommittal response from potential advisor, should I continue to pursue other potential advisors at this school?

Hoping someone can shed some light, or at least quell my worrying. Probably the latter. Anyways I emailed a professor with just an introductory email, I had read some of his work and would like to ...
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Will experience in related fields help me get into my “dream” graduate program as a non-traditional student with some failures in my past?

If wanting to end up in a specific graduate program at one university, but having had failures along early paths, like college dropouts, mediocre to good GPA and GRE, having become an adult/...