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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 ...
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Consequence of declining an accepted offer after the universal deadline 15th April

This is my cousin's problem. In the first week of March he was offered a PhD offer (Upper Middle ranked School in USA) in Physics and he received his I-20 to get the visa.The admit was fully funded. ...
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Listing Research Universities (Highest research activity)

Universities' rankings are misleading, because various institutes publish their ranking results by taking various factors. I have found a classification of research universities as R1 , R2 adn R3 ...
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Alma mater (USA) refuses to remove my name from public search

The professor of a US university where I graduated from with a master's degree maintains a website that he makes available for public search. He lists students that attended one of his courses, ...
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Masters in US or (Masters + MPhil) in UK

I am an engineering student studying in India, and I will complete my Bachelor's in Electronics Engineering in June. I am looking forward to pursue a career as a researcher in Machine Learning, Signal ...
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How should I address a potential FERPA violation by a professor?

In the United States, federal law prohibits professors from releasing any student's grades to any party other than the student and any party whom the student authorizes to receive the grades. One of ...
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What is background check for the graduate admission processing?

I received an unofficial offer for graduate admission. The graduate director mentioned two steps which will be required to get the official admit. Background Checking Signing on the offer letter ...
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Offering admission and then no response!

I have applied in a US university (let say it is A) in a natural science department for PhD admission. One weeks ago I emailed the graduate director to know my status because I received admission ...
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Computer grants for international PhD students

I am a PhD student in the U.S. and I have encountered research problems where I have to run experiments using gpus given the big amount of data and the computational complexity of the algorithms that ...
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How do I count discussion and recitation units in a class that has used those units for lecture

The chemistry departments in our district are trying to comply with CA-State unit standards. Currently, we teach 6 hours of lecture a week (3 of those are discussion and recitation which are mixed ...
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Are professors' salaries a function of the amount of grant funding they obtain?

Some professors direct large research programs. What is the typical practice for compensating them? For example, it is not unusual for a top professor to be directing $30 million in research grants ...
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How many graduate credit hours are generally required teach in a department?

I've heard some conflicting reports on this, but in general, how many graduate credit hours are required to teach in a department or secure a professorship in it? I'm an interdisciplinary PhD ...
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Shall I explain to grad school admissions that 'the first year didn't count' (UK)?

I am considering applying for US PhD Program. In the UK, at many unis the first year does not count towards degree classification. Is this known in the US? Will they be wondering why I stated I have X ...
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Do graduate schools increase assistantship stipends if the student is accompanied by a spouse or dependent?

Usually a TA stipend is only given to cover the expenses of a single student. I have received a stipend of about $19000 for 2 semesters (9 months) and a summer fellowship ($4000). Is it appropriate to ...
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Official Letter Missing. What to do! (Physics, PhD )

I have received an admission from a US University X for the PhD program. Although the deadline to accept the offer is 15th April, I wrote him that I will inform him within the first week of the April. ...
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Do students needs to be specifically mentioned on grant proposals for projects funded by government agencies in the US?

Let me start by giving some background. I joined a research group about 3 years ago and at the time the PI (who became my advisor) told me that he would not be able to support me until either one of ...
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How to accept a PhD offer

I was offered the admission one months ago but I didn't accept right away. What would be best language to accept a PhD offer?
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List of approved Competency-Based Education schools

Does the US department of education publish a list of universities that they've approved for Competency-Based Education? I've only discovered articles where they've approved a couple schools at a ...
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Providing syllabi far in advance

A student from another university is planning on taking a class I'll be teaching this fall and will be doing it as a transient student. Apparently, in order to have their transient status approved, ...
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Admission offer deadline extension

I received an admit (tuition fee waiver + TA) from a university for PhD in Physics. I was offered in the last month, and I replied the graduate admission director that I will inform him regarding ...
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What are the diffrence between the quality of top 20 universities PhD programs over top 70s for USA? [duplicate]

I am a Computer Science M.Sc. Student in a university in a developing country. I am planning to apply for PhD this year. Actually my main reasons to not continue my PhD here, are the issues related ...
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Do PhD students work alone in American universities?

I came from India to UK for my PhD as I hoped to work in a team and learn from others. However, I am all alone as other students of my professor are. As I inspected this is the case in all UK ...
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What are the advantages of top 20 universities over top 70s for CS PhD in USA? [duplicate]

I am a Computer Science M.Sc. Student in a university in a developing country. I am planning to apply for PhD this year. Actually my main reasons to not continue my PhD here, are the issues related to ...
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Green card or student visa (J1) for a post-doc in the US?

I'm a non-US citizen, considering a post-doc in the states. I'm eligible for a 'green card' through marriage (my wife is a US citizen). I'm deliberating whether I should apply for permanent residency ...
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Attending Summer School in US [closed]

I'm an undergraduate student from Europe in a STEM subject (mainly maths/ cs), and while doing this I've attended various summer schools in other European countries. Usually these are a pretty ...
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Should I get a master's in math before getting econ PhD?

I'm planning to apply to phd programs in economics and I'm hoping to eventually work in academic research on economic theory, social choice theory, welfare economics or related areas. I'm wondering if ...
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Is repurposing money from companies easier than repurposing money from federal grants?

I wonder whether repurposing money from companies is easier than repurposing money from federal grants in the United States, and if so, why. If the field matters, I am mostly interested in computer ...
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Are college students forbidden from sharing their grades with other students?

I am currently in an anatomy class and had an issue. I and three other students worked on an 18 page packet together. We had the same answers since we worked on it as a group. However, two of us ...
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Why are the acceptance rates of Oxbridge and top US schools not comparable?

I have just had a look at admissions statistics for grad school. Oxford seems to have much higher acceptance rates than, say, Princeton or Stanford. I do not want to conclude that it therefore is ...
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Are sleep stations on-campus effective in promoting productivity of students?

Several universities in the United States have begun setting up areas (usually in the library) for students to rest, ideally for those doing all-nighters. Its purpose is to help its students cope with ...
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What can I do to maximize my chances of getting into a CS PhD program if I switched to a CS major during my junior year?

I was a business student for my first two years of undergrad but then switched to computer science. I took classes over the summer before my junior year at another school. During my junior year (which ...
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How hard is it to change universities after one year in a graduate program (USA, PhD in Chemistry)?

Let's assume I am going to a University for a PhD program in the US. After attending for one year, I feel that it would be better for me to switch programs and University. How hard would it be to do ...
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Having to elaborate or modify an NIH grant aim

Background: I am a graduate student in neuroscience at a US institution. I have a specific aim that I wrote into an NIH grant back when I was less knowledgable, and as I have grown better versed in ...
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Funding opportunities as a guest researcher in the US

I have an opportunity for a monthlong stay this summer in a laboratory in the US. I am looking for funding sources that would be available for such a stay. Looking at the NSF website, I couldn't ...
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Why attend predatory colleges in the US?

I just read this article about predatory colleges in the US: S. Cagle, These students were ruined by predatory colleges. Now they’re getting even. I am not from the US and didn't ask in the ...
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Will they send offer letter within 15th April [closed]

In this fall 2016 I have applied for graduate admission (PhD, Physics) few universities and I have received an admit from one of them. The university gave me a deadline (April 15) to accept or ...
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Options other than the NSF for PhD level grants?

There is a big push in the PhD program I'm headed into for candidates to apply for NSF grants (in fact, one of the required classes for the first year is a class on writing grant proposals, and as a ...
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If no funding is available at the time of admission, what are the chances of getting funding later, and when would I find out?

So I applied to graduate school (masters programs) for an engineering major. It is not the most common type of engineering like electrical (my undergrad field) or mechanical. I applied to about 9 ...
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Reply to Graduate Admission offer

This question should link with the question. After I get the admission offer (unofficial), I replied Graduate Coordinator "Thank you very much for the offer. I will inform you the decision ...
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How to write the Graduate Coordinator regarding admission

I have received an admission offer* from a US University for PhD program with full tuition waiver plus a TA offer. The deadline of accepting the offer is April 15. Graduate coordinator wrote me that ...