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France/USA collaboration funding for young researcher? [on hold]

I am a French citizen, I defended my PhD in Paris in November 2014, and I am working as a post-doctoral researcher in the US since December 2014. I am working in between Astrophysics and Computer ...
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What are the chances of admission in to Graduate School in USA after being informally interviewed by a Professor on Skype? [closed]

Two days ago I was interviewed by a Professor I mentioned in my Statement of Purpose for application of MS in CS in USA. It was for 10 minutes, this time had been predetermined by the school. The ...
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What is the importance of a very tangentially related minor in grad school applications?

In an effort to keep this question generalizable, I'll try to be as vague as possible. I'm majoring in a softer science (getting a BA), while doing research in a much harder science which could be ...
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Does the school or the student cover health insurance for PhD students in the US?

I was just wondering what people's experiences were regarding health insurance at US institutions for PhD candidates. Does the school, itself, cover the cost, the individual, or something else? I am ...
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How does PhD candidate salary compares between differen European countries, and the USA? [closed]

I would like to know which is the salary average of a PhD candidate position in chemistry in different countries of Europe or in USA. I know that in Germany and France the salaries are around 1300€ ...
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Is there a concept of qualification examination in U.S. Ph.D. programs and how does it relate to credit counting?

So far as I understand, Ph.D. programs in the United States have entrance requirements and exams, but when you enroll in one, you start process of becoming a "Ph.D. candidate" first, which in the end ...
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Database of funded US Department of Defense (DoD) component grant proposals with abstracts: Does it exist?

I'm looking for a database of funded grant proposals with abstracts for various DoD components (e.g., DARPA, AFRL, etc.), similar to the one for the NSF. The Federal Business Opportunities (a.k.a. ...
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In the U.S., what's the average time per week that a graduate student doing a PhD and a postdoctoral researcher in astronomy work? [duplicate]

In the U.S., what's the average time per week that a graduate student doing a PhD in astronomy work? In the U.S., what's the average time per week that a postdoctoral researcher in astronomy work?
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Differences in the capitalization of my name

In my passport, my name is "SABBIR HASAN" because there was no option to write in smaller letters. I registered on the GRE with my name as "Sabbir Hasan", and I am also writing it this way on the ...
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ECTS credits for US teaching credentials

In the southern United States, one of the general requirements for teaching a given course is to have 18 semester hours at the graduate level. I currently have 12 graduate hours in two separate ...
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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 has the time spent studying declined so sharply in the United States over the the past few decades?

I read on https://www.aei.org/publication/leisure-college-usa/ : Study time for full-time students at four-year colleges in the United States fell from twenty-four hours per week in 1961 to ...
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PhD application: my country isn't listed

I'm from Palestine (or West Bank). Now I'm applying to Boston University (the deadline unfortunately is just a few hours from now), and my country is not listed in their online application. What can ...
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Should I remind potential mentors to look at my graduate application?

An instruction email from one of the graduate schools I applied states the following: "for the potential mentors you list on the application, after the January deadline passes, it’s a good idea to ...
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Is sending fall semester transcripts beneficial even if grades show a downtrend?

I received my undergraduate transcript with the fall semester grades a week back; I was wondering whether I should use it over an old transcript for my application to grad school in the US (top 10 in ...
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I have no publications or professional experience, will my short CV look bad for US graduate admissions?

Generally, it is a requirement to add CV in the graduate application, where they suggest to add professional experiences, journal articles info and research works details. The problem is that, I ...
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Special student Harvard in Mathematics [closed]

I am a master student in Mathematics. I got a scholarship that would pay me a 1-year stay (including housing etc.) at Harvard University. All I need to do, is to apply for admission as a Special ...
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Do faculty hiring committees inform the candidates of the results?

Context: I've applied for several tenure-track positions. I have one or two favorites, but I'd gladly embrace any of them, basically because I only applied to good universities, with good programs, in ...
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Are comments on application folders accessible to students?

If a student applies to a university in the United States, can they legally access all comments written on their application (e.g. as a consequence of the FERPA)?
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What are good resources to read up on funding policies, especially pertaining to biology in the United States?

I am a biology PhD. student in the United States. I would like to know a little bit more on how to navigate the politics and processes that guide grant funding. In addition to this I am looking for ...
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In the United States, how customary is it for professors to not check their emails around Christmas?

I hope I don't sound like I'm complaining, and I understand professors and academics are humans. My question is more of one of inquiry rather than venting. I have e-mailed a few professors for certain ...
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Is it a bad thing if my Personal History Statement reveals my intention to immigrate?

I am an international student applying for Computer Science PhD in US. Some universities I plan to apply to require Personal History Statement in addition to Statement of Purpose. I believe that I ...
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Is a Masters Degree mandatory to gain entrance to a PhD in US

I have been working as a Research Assistant in a university for 2 years under the supervision of a supervisor who has a doctoral degree. I have fair knowledge about research and a first class for my ...
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Is it possible to get into a neuroscience master if I'm a speech pathologist? [duplicate]

I'm a speech pathologist from Chile, I just finished my 5-year bachelor's degree. My program had a lot of psychology. I had some physics, biology, psychiatry, neurology, audiology, however, I didn't ...
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Asking part of the salary in advance while starting a postdoc at a US university

I'm not a US national, moving to the US from a foreign country to start a new postdoc at a US university. Considering the initial expenses (especially the deposit for the rent, which is three times ...
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Why don't academics bypass restrictions on the distribution of their papers the same way as an institutional open access policy seems to do?

I've learned that academics can ensure that their papers can be freely distributed, even when those papers are published at places that require transferring copyright, simply by granting a ...
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What is a “residency requirement” in the context of Canadian and US PhD programs?

An acquaintance is planning to apply to law schools for a Ph.D in Canada. She is reading about the residency requirement and is sure that it means that she would have to live on-campus, possibly even ...
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Faculty positions: What to say in a statement on diversity?

Some job ads of US schools require a "statement on diversity". I am not based in the US, and have never written one before. What should one say in a statement on diversity anyway? Am I supposed to ...
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Should I notarise my transcript or attest it?

US universities ask for an official transcript. Can I send a notarised copy of my transcript? If yes, is it better to attest it by my university officials or notarise it?
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Does a UK degree have the same classification in the US?

Does a degree obtained in the UK have the same classification in the USA? So if I had a 2:1 in England would it be a 2:1 in the USA or something different?
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Is there any PhD program does not accept foreigners due to its strategic importance? [closed]

I have heard that some countries do not allow others to have specific skills to avoid them earning strategic skills, e.g., about nuclear physics, or the genome. Are there any examples of students not ...
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Sponsored H1B vs. green card self-petition: What's the quickest?

I am a postdoctoral scholar at a top ranked US University and I am on a J1 visa. I have received an offer for a position in a company, which should be filled by May 2016. The company told me that they ...
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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 would be the difference between the public and private graduate schools in US?

Okay, so back in my country, the difference between private and public colleges is pretty visible. I have worked in biotech labs of both kinds and know that there's a lot of restrictions on using ...
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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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Can refusing to attend mandatory Title IX training be grounds for suspending a tenured faculty member?

In the US all the universities that receive federal funding must ensure (or so I heard) that all their employees and students take one class about the Title IX law, concerning sexual harassment and ...
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Do US Universities commonly offer admission without funding? [duplicate]

I am offered governmental scholarship (GSch) that I do not want to use for some reasons. I also don't want to lose the chance of PhD in a top university. I would use GSch, if I cannot get funded ...
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How technical should my oral PhD defense be? [closed]

I thought this would make a good question, and will ask my advisor shortly. In the fields of optical sciences, electrical engineering, or applied physics at an RU/VH institution in the United States, ...
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How to write a Cover Letter for applying to a PhD program in the USA [duplicate]

I have completed my BS and MS in physics and I want to apply at different US universities for graduate program. What I have heard from my seniors that, I should mail the program coordinator to confirm ...
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How should I position myself in the US job market if I am an assistant professor with tenure?

In my country, job rank is not aligned to tenure. You can be an Assistant Professor with tenure (i.e. a permanent contract at the university) or without tenure (on a temporary e.g. 5 year contract), ...
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The importance of having a “big name” as your thesis advisor

When it comes to postdoc positions in mathematics in the US, does it make any difference for the hiring committees if your thesis adviser is a big name (say, someone like Gromov or Milnor)?
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Sharing MOOC forum data

I have the forum data for several MOOCs. Can I legally share it with someone else without going through IRBs or some other administrative process? The data contain timestamp, post title, post body, ...
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Do applicants who are exempted from paying application fees get any other benefits

Several universities waive graduate application fees for certain applicants who participated in a specific program or belong to a certain organization. My question is: do these applicants get any ...
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Math PhD Applications: Is it better to show just my good GRE score, or should I also send my low initial score?

I am applying for mathematics PhD programs in the United States. I did not major in mathematics as an undergrad and I did not do so well the first time around on the GRE Math subject test (about ...
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GRE: how important is it to get it in time?

I am student at a UK institution and looking to apply for a PhD programme in the USA. The application deadlines are nearing and I haven't taken the GRE general test yet. It seems that if I take the ...
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Engineering degree structure in the United States

I often see in the US that many engineering programs are listed as a BSc or an MSc for Master's. In my country (New Zealand) one can obtain a BSc in three years in a science field, or, if wanting to ...
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Immigration and tenure track in the United States

I have plans to apply for some TT positions in the US. However, I'm Brazilian and I don't even have a visiting visa. I've never been to the US. Therefore the whole immigration process is mainly ...
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Differences among Doctoral Degrees/titles

I have two colleagues who hold doctoral degrees. They are moving to the US within the next couple months. Both of their doctoral diplomas, one from Europe and the other from South America, literally ...
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Credit transfer from Masters to PhD in a different University

I am in the process of applying to several computer science PhD programs in North America, and I was wondering if any of the courses that I have already finished in my Master's (in a US university) ...
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Does Title IX require U.S. universities to have grade expungement policies?

Under U.S. law, Title IX sets requirements on how universities must deal with sex discrimination, including making reasonable accommodations for victims of assault or harassment. One possible ...