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I've been admitted to multiple PhD programs, how should I choose between them?

I've been admitted to more than one PhD program, and I'm having a very hard time making a decision. The programs I'm accepted to have advantages and disadvantages with respect to one another. How do I ...
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How can I detect a toxic environment while on the interview circuit?

If you are interviewing for faculty positions, how can you find out whether a particular work environment would likely be toxic? (Either generally toxic, or particularly bad for you as a {woman, early ...
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How to evaluate potential advisers on grounds other than their research/publications?

While accepting an offer to grad school, one is basically entering into a lasting relationship with one's adviser - most likely, someone whom the applicant has never met before, and the only exposure ...
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What are some good questions to ask current graduate students when visiting schools?

For the record, I'm visiting the University of Chicago as an accepted PhD student (in the geophysical sciences) next week. In particular, I'd especially appreciate creative questions that few other ...
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What should I ask my potential Ph.D advisor in advance, before actually signing a contract?

I'm currently applying for a Ph.D in Germany. Next week I'm sitting down with my potential Ph.D advisor to have a talk about the program. Currently I'm collecting questions about things like ...
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How to judge the reputation of a potential advisor or research group for good quality research for PhD?

I am planning my PhD and am applying to various labs and professors. I am getting positive responses, but I am having trouble making a decision as to which lab to go for. How can I judge the quality ...
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What are the 'right questions' to ask professors at a visit day for prospective graduate students?

I'm in mathematics, though I don't know if the answers to this will be field-dependent. There have been previous good questions that answer what to ask graduate students here and only somewhat ...
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How to email current students in graduate programs you're considering?

What is the right approach for sending emails to contact the graduate students in the graduate schools that we are applying to? Some questions to ask current graduate students are suggested in this ...
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What are the best questions to ask a PI upon the first meeting to join some of his projects?

I'm planning to see a professor today, in our department, he is the director of one of the labs there and a PI of a couple of projects. I knew that, he's looking for some student to join his project/s....
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Etiquette for reaching out to previous students of advisor

I have a question that isn't immediately relevant to me, and I'm not sure will be important in the future as I am quite happy with my situation. It is however something I have thought about at length ...
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What can I learn at open-house events for PhD programs that would be difficult to learn through other channels prior to accepting an offer? [duplicate]

I have received a few offers for PhD programs in the US that I am interested in, and several of these have open-house events coming up in the next few weeks. I have been in contact with potential ...
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What is the most efficient way of deducing the culture of a lab during graduate recruitment days?

I am amidst the recruiting season for engineering PhD programs. Fortunately, I have made it to the interview stage for some (YAY!). I have been reading a lot about how crucial fit is to a person's ...
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