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How does the ranking of a university relate to a future career in mathematics?

Although I am an active user of SE, I have chosen to remain anonymous because of the nature of this question. I am currently a graduate student at a university that lands in the mid 70s among U.S. ...
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Advisor moving to a different school, should I move with him?

I am currently a PhD student studying robotics at university A in my third year, and I've recently finished my qualifying exams and advanced to candidacy. My professor has been in contact with another ...
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Delaying grad school vs. going to lower-ranked school

I'm currently a senior who wants to get a PhD in physics. However, I may only have the chance to go to a school which has a strong professor in a certain area, but the school itself is not highly ...
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Is it OK to specify your school next to your "Ph.D."?

Is it OK to specify your school next to your "Ph.D.": in your email signature, in the title of your web site, etc. For example, John Smith, PhD (Harvard) Edit: added united-states, because ...
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Doing PhD with a 'star' professor

I have recently been admitted to a few PhD programs, and have to decide where to attend. One of them has a massively famous professor (over 50k citations, 'Reuters Highly Cited Researcher'). Other ...
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Is it possible for someone with a PhD from a top-200 university to find a faculty position at a top-20 university?

I have talked with a friend that was the best in class PhD student at a top-200 university in USA, but she couldn't find any position as assistant professor position or fellowship in a top-20 ...
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Can you still distinguish yourself at a second-tier grad school?

I have noticed while reading CVs of professors in STEM fields that universities only hire up. First-tier and second-tier universities seem to only recruit professors from first-tier PhD programs, ...
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How does the experience of working at a "top" university differ from working at an average one?

Being a professor at the top university in your field must be a very different experience from being a professor at a top 20 university, which must be a very different experience from working at a top ...
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Can poor grades in a bachelor's affect working in academia?

I am a first year PhD student working in molecular simulation and GPU research. I have poor grades in my bachelor's (49%). Will this poor grade create a roadblock for me in the future if I want to ...
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What is actually the difference in student experience between a world famous university and others?

What would be the practical difference in terms of quality, experience, and future prospect if a student studies at a 4-year undergraduate degree in a world famous university like Harvard compared to ...
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Importance of PhD pedigree when applying for tenure-track jobs

How much weight does a department's hiring committee give to the prestige of a candidate's PhD program when looking to hire tenure-track professors? Does someone coming from a top 5 university with a ...
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At what point in the rankings is having a PhD from one university no different than a PhD from another (differently ranked) university?

There are some websites like topuniversities and times higher education that rank universities based on several criteria. I don't know if the ranking of a university is directly proportional to its ...
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Does prestige of PhD granting insitution matter for those wanting to work in industry? And can a high level post doc position elevate an application?

I know for those wishing to have a career in academia that branding is key for securing a tenure track position. Branding is also key for certain industries at the undergrad level. I was wondering if ...
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Just how important is university prestige when completing PhD?

I'm highly considering attending smaller, lesser known private university to pursue a PhD in cognitive psychology. The university gives full funding, I really mesh the with the professor I'd be ...
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How hard is it to get into a good Postdoc position (or advance in Academia generally) after coming from a generally mediocre place?

I am a young theoretical physicist who's currently enrolled in his final year of masters studies and I've started searching for doctoral programs. I've started applying to PhD programs which have a ...
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