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Are there quantum information/complexity PhD. options in the US/Canada where I can apply now to join in 2015? [on hold]

I am currently a graduate student in a US grad school. I would like to know if there are research centers/institutes in the US where I can apply to join right now to pursue a PhD. in quantum ...
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Can I get funding (TA or RA ship) after my first semester of A US Computer Science Ph.D. program without funding? [closed]

I am an undergraduate student and I got admission to direct PhD program (5 years) in Computer Science at University of Illinois at Chicago, but didn't get any funding offer. So, I wanted to know what ...
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one year masters in computer science or software engineering [closed]

Which universities in US it is possible to complete MS in computer science or software engineering with one year of full time study? (Spring, Summer and Fall) My goal is to finish quickly and get a ...
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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 ...
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Are there post-doc grants available for non-US citizens in the US?

I was looking for postdoctoral grants/fellowships for a potential post-doc opportunity in the US. It appears as the entire grant/fellowship system is geared towards US citizens, or permanent residents ...
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Are Indian assistant professors eligible for tenure-track positions in the US?

Suppose an assistant professor from a reputable Indian university wants to apply for tenure-track positions in the United States. Would he or she have any chance? Assume that his or her publication ...
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I see many Indian researchers going to the USA as postdocs. But I see very few Indian faculty leaving India. Why?

As you may agree that most departments of most US university will have a number of Indian postdocs. But why very few Indian professors leave India to join US universities. I wonder why?
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Research statement for professional versus research master's programs

Are research statements evaluated differently for professional and research master's programs? If so, how do they differ? Further, I have read that admissions to research programs are more ...
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Does a student who graduated from a lower-ranking school in a developing country be admitted to a graduate school in a western country?

Most colleges in developing countries are sub-par by western academic standards. In one developing country, for example, professors are not obliged by law or by their institutions to pursue a doctoral ...
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Would an online masters degree help me to become a professor?

This question seems to indicate the answer is no but I don't know enough to see whether being accepted into a PhD program equals getting a teaching job. I attended a private four-year school at which ...
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How can someone achieve GRE waiver?

How can somebody get an admission in a graduate science/technology/engineering program US university without GRE?
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Are Visiting Assistant Professor salaries negotiable?

I have two offers for a Visiting Assistant Professor position. Can I negotiate for a higher salary for a VAP position?
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What is the typical cost of Summer Course education in the US?

I would like to pursue summer college courses - particularly a creative writing class and a computer science class - to help broaden my knowledge and improve upon myself as a person. However, ...
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Is it ethical for a Professor to disseminate wrong answers online?

I recently took a class where the Professor created multiple online study guides, on popular student sites, which intentionally contained the wrong answers. He did this because his exams were based ...
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Taking a break between master’s and PhD in Physics

To any PhD holders or candidates out there, how common is it to take a break after your master’s before applying for a PhD course? I currently have my master’s and due to bond fulfillment have a ...
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Citing sources and the “Right to Publicity” (USA)

Something that came up the other month, I was asked to sign a declaration that something I'd scribbled, amongst other things, didn't contain the names of any individuals: living, dead or fictional.... ...
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Several questions about getting a master degree in mathematics in US

Currently I am a junior at UCLA. I have taken some math classes and they seem really interesting. However, I am not sure whether I should pursue a PhD in mathematics. So instead I'm thinking about ...
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Does Hill University (USA) have legitimate accreditation?

I need to know if Hill University is accredited. Especially in the field of MBA degrees.
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Authorship and reputation for British/Australian academic systems

I have recently been offered a position for a "postdoc" (fixed term level A position) in Australia. In the British/Australian (and European) academic systems, career progression is very different ...
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How to convert Italian grades to American and U.K system?

I just graduated in aeronuatical engineering (master of science) at the Polytechnic of Milan. In the Italian university system, students who finish their major get a final grade that that goes from 60 ...
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Which countries have funding opportunities like ERC Advanced Grant?

The eligibility of ERC Advanced Grant is very interesting, everyone from anywhere can submit a proposal, and upon approval he should work in a host institution within European Union. This gives an ...
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Why does grade inflation seem to be so severe in the USA?

A comment on this question on undergraduate admissions notes that a good college might get 10x more applicants who all have the maximum possible grade point average, than the college can admit. (The ...
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How does hiking in Himalayas show academic promise, as an admission criterion?

I am a student from India and I have been reading a lot about graduate admissions in US lately. I have read in some article that an average(below average) applicant from the "maybe" pile is moved to ...
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Are politicians attempting to destroy tenure?

Apparently, Iowa's politicians intend to enrich the tenure experience by annual gladiatorial games at state schools, regardless of tenure: those being evaluated below some threshold shall be ...
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How can a full professor from a developing country get a job in the United States?

I am a full professor of chemistry from Iran. I want to move to the United States. I have a good record of publications, teaching, executive positions, conference participation, etc. However, as I ...
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In computer science in the US, is there a bias towards hiring junior faculty straight from PhD programs?

In computer science in the US, is it harder to get employed as a professor if you've had to do post-docs, or if you decided to work in an industrial research lab for several years?
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Is membership in learned societies important in academic career?

Countries have different strategies and procedure, but academic career is somehow similar: research publications, teaching, funds, awards. I mean academics do the same thing in all countries to be ...
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In places outside the US and Europe, how do I know if the standard is that one applies to a PhD program with a specific PhD advisor already in mind?

Suppose I want to apply to PhD programs at a university outside of the US and Europe. How do I know if most universities there follow what the US is doing or what Europe is doing? Elaboration: How ...
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To whom is title “Professor Emeritus” given in the US?

Is the title given to those professors who have had a huge impact by their research and/or teaching and now on reaching the autumn of their career are less active in teaching and taking students but ...
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How to specify Phi Beta Kappa membership?

I am writing a letter of recommendation for a student whose record includes membership in the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. How do I express this? Jane was named to Phi Beta Kappa. Jane was awarded ...
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Why are US PhDs different from European PhDs?

So apparently I heard from here, here and here about the differences in PhDs in the US and in Europe. To sum up, it takes longer, on average, in the US than in Europe to finish a PhD since US PhD ...
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What happens to summer salary funds if one has more than three months' support?

If someone has been successful enough with grant support that they somehow manage to accumulate more than three months' summer support per year, what happens to the remainder of the funds above the ...
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Admission to Ph.D. program at U.S. university without guaranteed funding

Recently I got admission from one U.S. university for my Ph.D. study, and they offered me a kind of scholarship that only covers my tuition fee. When I asked them about other funding possibilities ...
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Where does the US Department of Education report university graduation rates?

Where can I find the report that states the fact below, quoted in a CNN article? Only 40% of middle-class college entrants who were high school seniors in 2004 had secured bachelor's degrees by ...
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Is there an informal understanding at universities about PhD student funding?

This question was prompted by answers and comments on this question about PhD student funding. I am under the impression that STEM Ph.D. graduate students, when accepted into an RU/VH university in ...
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How to convert Australian grade to US GPA? [duplicate]

I am wondering how to convert Australian grade(HD, D, C, ...) to US GPA (A+, A, B, C ...) I tried few websites but those showed me which I think of as "too good to be true" results. For example, ...
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Proper procedure when promised funding not given to Ph.D. graduate student

I have a friend who was accepted into an interdisciplinary program at the University of Arizona a few years ago. They are more than halfway to completing their Ph.D., however their advisor is ...
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Can I refuse a stipend during a PhD program?

I was admitted to a US PhD program (in computer science, if that matters) with fellowship + stipend. I am getting a separate stipend from my government (which is higher than the university stipend), ...
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In the US, if I cannot finish my PhD in 5 years, will I lose my stipend and have to pay for my own living costs?

The contract says financial support is for 5 years. I am not able to support my own living cost.