Topics specific to the United States

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Funding of research by commercial companies, what is the sentiment in the USA?

I attended graduate school in Switzerland, where for engineering, it is not uncommon to have research projects that are funded in part by commercial companies. I'm not talking about consulting but ...
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Access to Community Colleges in US

I'm a teacher in a Vocational Education school in Spain. In our Vocational Education system, we have two different levels: Vocational High School (post compulsory secondary school) Community College ...
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Is getting an academic job becoming harder or easier in the United States? [on hold]

For several years there has been discussion of a shortage of STEM workers in the United States. Numerous industry figures have called for an increase in the STEM workforce, and recently PCAST has ...
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Can a Ph.D. candidate at a US-style Ph.D.-only graduate school be admitted to a European doctoral course?

While most European doctoral courses require its applicants to hold master's degree, many doctoral courses in US often do not. In these graduate schools, by satisfying conditions set by the schools, ...
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What is the highest post-doctoral salary one should ask for (immunology)

I know the average salary is generally 45K USD for science post-docs. However, I received an email from a team of researchers who I had an excellent interview with and basically asked, "How much do ...
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PhD in the US compared to Europe

I start my master studies this fall in quantitative finance/economics in Europe. Since this will just take 3-4 semesters i want to take a look ahead and obviously PhD is one option to do. So i am ...
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Is it easier to obtain H1B / green card as academics in the US?

I am a social science PhD student (with a quantitative bent) at a U.S. research university. If paperwork is not a concern, I would be equivalently interested in working as an academic and in private ...
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How to find less-competitive faculty positions in the US universities?

I plan to move to the US, and thus, looking for a less-competitive faculty position to start there. Later, I can find better jobs, but at this stage, I just need to find a position. For an outsider, ...
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Do universities have reference book for code of laws?

As an organization, a university has various types of regulations (academics, disciplinary, etc), which are separately documented. Do (at least) large university prepare a comprehensive book ...
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Who should approve changes in curriculum?

In the US and UK higher education system, who is responsible for a program curriculum? For example, if planning to modify the curriculum by adding an uncommon course, who should approve this ...
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How to find the list of universities running a specific program?

Is there any way/resource for finding the list of universities offering a specific degree? I want to find which universities have a specific program (both undergraduate and graduate). My target is ...
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How important is the country of academic experience in applying for US academic jobs?

I have long academic experiences in African universities (where I studied and am based). I had various administrative positions such as head, dean, vice president. Academically, I have supervised tens ...
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Downloadable list of all accredited U.S. colleges?

I am looking for a downloadable list of all accredited U.S. colleges. I have found many options to search databases, but I am looking for a downloadable list, preferably in spreadsheet format such as ...
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American universities - where does all the money go? [closed]

This question is about Title-IV eligable 4 year institutions in America, the majority of which are non-profit. Colleges have a range of funding sources, including tution fees. Tuition fees have ...
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What is “shared governance” and how does it work in practice in academia?

I read the Wikipedia page and this article on the subject and frankly, I am still clueless. I don't understand what shared governance means in practice, how it applies, who it is for, and how it ...
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PhD duration in the USA

I am trying to find out what the average duration of PhD studies are in the USA. Here in Spain it used to be 4 years, but it seems that Europe is moving towards a 3-year scheme since students are ...
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Standards in math education (and general education) and its changes over time

I have a sort of broad question, and I'm not sure if this is the best place to be asking, but I also don't really know where to go otherwise. If its not appropriate just let me know and I'll take it ...
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What should a faculty member outside of the US do to move to a top-tiered American university?

I have three close friends who are ambitious and young junior lecturers at universities in Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore who are interested getting academic jobs in a top-tiered American ...
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Is it more difficult to score a Tenure Track position in the US when applying from outside?

I am currently located in central Europe. When I was hunting for an assistant professor position some months ago, I was also planning to apply to some US institutions for Tenure Track positions. ...
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United States PhD fast-track

I'm going to finish my undergraduate degree in June and from September I will follow a masters course in the UK. My field of interest is theoretical/mathematical physics. I had considered applying ...
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What are the pros and cons of doing a pathway to the masters course in US?

Some universities offer a pathway program for students when they apply for a masters program:- Some of them are:- INTO, Global Pathways, Navitas etc What are the advantages and disadvantages of ...
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Research grants for international PhD candidates

I recently came across a friend who is applying for a PhD in my lab. He happens to be from Brazil, on an F-1 visa. He was told by my advisor that his citizenship status affects the sources of funding ...
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math job market statistics

Looking around online, there are some statistics that foretell doom for PhD students; some examples of this: the number of faculty to retire in the next 10 years is at the lowest in 30 years. the ...
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Importance of postdoctoral teaching experience for US tenure-track jobs

I'm a math Ph.D student in the US who has just accepted a four year postdoc--NSF postdoc at a US school interrupted by a year in Europe. For better or for worse, I am only slated to teach for two ...
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Why do American colleges and universities have sports teams?

In the USA, college sports are popular, and colleges may offer scholarship based on athletic skills. Yet, universities spend significant money on sports, and nobody earns as well as the head of the ...
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What “Applicant Confidential Data Form” has to do with tenure-track positions?

The data collected using "Applicant Confidential Data Form" will be used by US-based universities to monitor University’s Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Programs as required by the US ...
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Should I stay in my uni for four years even though I already have 50 credits?

Since University of Alabama offers me full-ride scholarship, I will probably go to this school rather than more competitive schools, not because I'm poor but because it seems silly to me to pay ...
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Negotiating mathematics postdoc salary when having an offer with higher salary

I recently won an NSF mathematical Science Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at University 1. At this University, the math NSF postdocs have a have a much lower salary and benefits than regular "named ...
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Will going to an university in UK be profitable for me in the future?

I'm currently thinking in which country to spend my undergraduate period, UK or US. I'm going to apply for PhD program of Molecular Biology in US university after graduating from undergrad school. So, ...
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contacting advisor before admission can be helpful? [duplicate]

I am an Mphil student from India. My field of interest is complex analysis. I plan to go abroad for my PhD. I know the process of GRE exams and all. But I want to ask, is talking to any professor, ...
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Learning Disabilities & Universities [duplicate]

I'm a student applying for my undergrad this year. The thing is i suffer from learning disabilities witch affect my spellings and mathematics and though it may seem normal its not. I wanted to know if ...
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Department's nomenclature “Computer engineering” vs. “Electrical engineering and Computer science”

When I started searching for a graduate programs that fits my research interests in the United States, I noticed that some universities have separate "Computer Engineering" and "Electrical ...
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Reasons to do MS before applying for US PhD?

I'm a Software Engineering (BS) graduate with first class honors, and I want to attend a US PhD program on artificial intelligence (international applicant). I know MS is not a prerequisite for a PhD ...
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Is there any major problem in applying to PhD program in US after getting BSc and MS in UK?

I'm considering getting my BSc and MS in UK instead in US, since I prefer specialization rather than diversity in education. However, I'm not sure whether or not this choice will affect my chance to ...
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How prestigious is a Fulbright scholarship

I am an international Fulbright scholar, the scholarship covers my university tuition expenses to complete my Masters degree in the US. I heard a lot about how the Fulbright scholarship is one of the ...
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Internship paid vs unpaid on CV

I have interned in two companies while I was conducting my undergraduate studies, one of the internships was unpaid and the other covered transportation expenses. My question should I mention in my ...
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Potential disadvantages of a math postdoc in Europe vs US

I am a mathematics Ph.D student in the United States, and recently received a 3 year postdoctoral offer in Germany, which I have only a few weeks to accept or decline. The offer is very good (high ...
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Statement of purpose grammatical punctuation correctness

English is not my first language, and I am concerned that my statement of purpose might contain some grammatical and punctuation mistakes (that neither Microsoft word nor I can see), what is the best ...
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Mentioning money in statement of purpose

I am currently working as a research assistant with a pay grade that is half of a typical entry level commercial job (computer programming jobs in particular). Is it beneficial to mention this in a ...
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Financial Support

If I do have a sponsorship for continuing my masters degree, will that increase my chances of getting accepted, or is money irrelevant in admissions decisions? I am considering computer science or ...
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Optional essays

If you can upload a writing sample or a second statement of purpose in a university online application, and the department I am applying for doesn't require these two essays, would I get extra ...
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Statement of purpose book reference

I am applying for graduate studies in the US and in my statement of purpose I mention the name of a book and it's author, as the book is very relevant to my previous research work and the author is ...
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Internship for PhD students

I am a PhD student and I would like to do an internship at an American university or institute. How should I proceed?
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What is an acceptable math GRE subject score

What is a rough estimate (median or maybe third quartile) on the math subject GRE score for a math program at the PhD level, in applied math, at a Group 2 or Group 3 school?
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What percentage of admitted phd students have peer-reviewed publications?

I'm interested in knowing what percentage(a rough estimate) of admitted phd applicants in top-60 university have peer-reviewed papers. I'm particular interested in theoretical computer science.
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PhD Physics Europe vs. United States

I've just finished my undergraduate education in Physics in Europe and as I want to stay in academics I want to pursue a PhD, which means either a master and then PhD in e.g. UK, Switzerland or ...
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US School System

I live in Sweden and I'm currently in the second last year of "Gymnasiet" (Senior High School), years 16-18. In Sweden, the next step is "Högskolan." Is that the same as undergraduate education in the ...
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What is an endowed chair exactly? How does it compare to a “normal” position?

US universities have a tendency to name chairs after people. Just to give a few examples from Harvard: Hollis Professor of Divinity (love that title), Steven and Maureen Klinsky Professorship of ...
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Can I submit more than 3 reference letters with my grad school applications?

Is it acceptable to attach additional reference letters to an application under the supporting documents category of an application? Say I have 3 references from my masters institution, and another 2 ...
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What does a US university expect of a student applying from the UK?

How understanding are American Top-10 universities of different expectations abroad? In the UK, nearly nobody publishes anything before they start their PhD. The master courses are much shorter and ...