Questions tagged [application]

This tag refers to the application process for an academic course or an academic employment.

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Got accepted to top-choice PhD program. Drop other interviews?

After applying to 10+ schools, I heard back from my top-choice program, interviewed with them, and was just informed that I was accepted. Given this program has always been (and still very much is) my ...
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Do universities look at the metadata of the recommendation letters?

My university did not have English letterheads. My professors asked me to go to the IT division and ask for one, so, I went and received an image of the letterhead, then I put the letterhead in a word ...
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Having a really short time to accept a PhD offer

I got a PhD offer from a good university, and they told me that I should announce my final decision in less than four days. Many other universities have not started interviews yet, and I really want ...
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How to write research proposals for several PhD applications?

PhD hunting is not an easy task. I have to search a Phd position on several PhD portals and social media groups. For each application, they ask to write some sort of research proposal, motivation ...
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What motivates requiring a diversity statement from minority applicants?

Applying for many academic positions in North America often requires a diversity statement. As someone who is a disabled, racial, sexual and religious minority, immigrant, and someone who grew up poor,...
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What does the question: "Any faculty contacts in our department?" mean?

I am applying to some Math REUs this summer and on some applications I have the following question: Any faculty contacts in our department? I suppose I just say "no," or "0," ...
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Two professors won't respond to grade issues -- No credit for work which would have raised my grades to an A. What GPA to write on CV/Resume? [closed]

Hate to sound like every miserable undergraduate grade snob, but I'm applying to graduate programs and work opportunities now and I'm very frustrated. I put so much effort into turning a new leaf on ...
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Is it OK to ask the professor I am applying to for a recommendation letter?

I am in the final year of my master's and the professor who supervised my bachelor's thesis is offering a PhD position that I would like to apply to (the professor even encouraged me to do so). They ...
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Letter of recommendation contains wrong name of journal, how will this hurt my application?

I’m really freaked out. My professors and manager have submitted my LOR’s to colleges. When I asked one of my professors to send me the letter she wrote for me, I noticed that she mentioned the paper ...
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How to tell the supervisor that I am not interested in his project?

I am applying for a PhD program at the University in the US. I was contacted by one supervisor who after reviewing my PhD application material, thought that I am suitable to join his research team and ...
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Slightly incorrect info in the recommendation letter [duplicate]

Recently, when my coach submitted his recommendation letter, it mentioned that I was captain since junior year. However, I was nominated during spring time of my sophomore year, so I put down varsity ...
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PhD programs in Machine Learning: Is it mandatory to have publications at top venues prior to applying?

I am a recent MSc graduate of a program in Machine Learning and Data Science with a BSc in Economics, and currently looking for Ph.D. opportunities in machine learning. Given my BSc background and the ...
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Is my PhD application for a famous university over for a bad letter of recommendation?

This year, I decided to apply to a top program in my field in a very good university. Part of my application needed to include 3 to 4 letters of recommendation, one of them from my advisor / co-...
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LOR from advisor who hasn't taught me but knows me well

I am applying to math REUs in the United States, which require letters of recommendation. I wanted to ask my faculty advisor for the letter - I get along well with them, they have seen my progress ...
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Can I reapply for a master's degree If I already failed a master's degree?

I heard that if you fail a master's degree, you'll have a tough time reapplying for another one. Is that true? I had a really bad experience with the one I'm doing currently (Artificial Intelligence ...
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Mistake on resume for grad school application [duplicate]

So, I noticed a small typo in my resume two weeks after submitting it. In my professional summary, I accidentally put "counselling" instead of "counseling". Are small typos ...
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Best way to discreetly share a link to your academic website when a PhD math application doesn't request a CV

I’m not from the US and I'm applying to US grad schools for a PhD in Math and I'd like to share my academic website containing details about six of my favourite courses that I took in my masters and ...
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Advice for strengthening PhD applications

I'm a recent social sciences master's graduate based in the UK, and I'm interested in making PhD applications next year. I would like to take the year I have available to gain some kind of experience, ...
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How should I investigate and respond to a potentially false claim of a publication in the CV of an applicant?

I was reviewing an application for a grant and found out that one of the applicants has included a publication on his CV that does not exist in the journal. It was supposedly published several years ...
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Contacting recommender to submit the remaining letters

I am applying for graduate schools these days. One of my recommenders had submitted all but three letters before the deadline. I emailed him last week about the three letters. He then submitted one ...
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What should I do with late LoR, after submitting PhD applications?

I submitted a bunch PhD applications for US programs, but a very important letter of recommendation didn't make it before the deadline. I have the required number of letters, but for this one letter I ...
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How to best navigate a bad grade in senior year?

I’m in my undergraduate senior year and by the looks of it I’ll be getting a failing grade in an elective math course. For reference I want to apply to a theoretical physics Masters degree, but in a ...
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Is redacting the names of other grad schools I'm applying to in my unofficial GRE and TOEFL score report acceptable?

I've been asked to upload these reports in the admissions form but both of them combined mention names of several of the US math grad schools I'm applying to for Fall 2023. I've read in other posts ...
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Can I still apply for a masters degree if I was suspended during my first year in undergrad for plagiarism?

I plead guilty and was suspended for plagiarism (for a lab exercise) during my first year in undergrad. I felt extremely bad and apologized to my professor on the spot without even thinking of ...
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Which papers should I choose to discuss in a postdoc application?

A recent job advert for a postdoc position asks for a list of publications along with a discussion of up to three selected papers. I have eight papers in total and am wondering which would be best to ...
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Parts of my e-mail address can be seen as controversial in Western countries. Can this affect my Ph.D applications?

I have already finished my Mathematics Ph.D. application form for several universities. However, I noticed that my email address in my CV and personal information contains the number "666", ...
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Is it necessary to mention that you discontinued your BS at one place if you have a BS from another place, in your PhD math application?

I am applying to several US grad schools for a PhD in Math for fall 2023. After my schooling I got admitted to a prestigious research institute (say X) in my country for a BS with double honors. I had ...
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Why do American universities have so many general education courses?

Americans spend 12 years in school which is more than in many places, yet, when they come to university, they continue to study a general education program that may be unrelated to their major. My ...
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Can I ask a friend who works as a therapist for recommendation letter for grad degree to become a therapist?

I am applying for a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling to become a therapist. I'm looking for a third recommendation for my application, and I have a friend who works as a therapist. We did ...
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Can I reuse part of an essay for an application to a different program at the same school

Asking for a(n international) friend. She has gotten into and is weeks away from completing her masters at a public university in the US (California). She is now applying to PhD programs and wondering ...
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Postdoc application rejected by HR, should I email the PI to inquire?

I recently applied for a postdoc position at a research institute in the UK via their job portal. I didn't contact the PI in advance because the job advert was already posted. However, after 3 weeks, ...
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Pros and cons of asking for an application fee waiver for PhD math

I'm considering applying to several grad schools in the US for a PhD in math as an international applicant and the combined cost of those applications, gre/toefl official score costs, official ...
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Can I mention my current grad school in my PS for PhD application to other schools?

I am currently a master's student at upenn, and I am trying to apply for phd in other schools. Would it be okay if I explicitly mention upenn in personal statement because I was trying to talk about a ...
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Does a chemistry degree disqualify me from getting into the quantum computing field?

I'm currently in my second year of chemistry bachelor, which I love for giving me interdisciplinary insight into the world around us. My favourite course is quantum mechanics and recently I became ...
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How can I transit from one area to another when moving toward my PhD?

I'm currently a master's student in mathematical physics preparing my applications for PhD. I've been working on my current research topic (say A) for 3 years, and all of my publications/talks are in ...
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Do I need to list a school I attended as a non-degree seeking student on CV?

I am currently applying for some graduate programs and got a question regarding my CV. I took one course at a different institution than the university I am graduating from. I attended the college as ...
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What to choose for a writing sample?

I am applying to a PhD program in the US (nutritional sciences), and they require me to submit a writing sample, but as I'm from Spain all of my previous work is in Spanish. I have thought about ...
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Are they asking for 3 reference letters or a list of reference contacts?

I want to apply for an open position as a postdoctoral fellow at NYU. The following sentence appears in the instructions: Application Instructions: Please be sure to include at least 3 academic ...
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Recommendation letter from a faculty who lost affiliation

I'm currently applying for the Ph.D. programs in the United States. My academic instructor has been notified that he violated some immigration regulations (he is not U.S. resident) and he lost his ...
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Should I email professor to update the motivation letter included with my PhD application?

I have submitted my PhD application. I like it very much but I want to update my motivation letter with more details. Should I do it? I don't know if this kind of behaviour is too pushy or impolite. ...
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Is applying to "non-obvious" programs truly a good idea?

One professor at our institute gave all his students the same advice when it comes to Ph.D. application: apply to non-obvious programs at top universities. Here "obvious programs" refer to ...
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Do admissions committees consider financial aspects of the candidate?

Recently, I posted a question about including humor in a personal statement for PhD school applications. In this question, I mentioned that I work full-time as a carpenter, in addition to working ...
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which one is better to use for scholarship application: personal or institutional email?

should I use my university domain email to show the admission committee that I am an academic staff, or my personal email for scholarship application?
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Guideline for Statement of purpose

In the guidelines for the statement of purpose for a PhD one of them says this: "A self-assessment of any past research experience and analytical skills.". This is my first ever statement of ...
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How, if I should at all, to explain a really bad academic year in PhD application?

At the beginning of Covid, more specifically the year 2020-2021, I did a 1-year master's program in math but I have received very bad grades. I was very distracted by the illness of two of my keen ...
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Influence of the familiarity of the university with recommender to application success

I am an international applicant trying to apply for a PhD program in Europe in mathematics and I am a bit confused regarding whom to ask the second recommendation letter. There are two professors I ...
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Humor in a personal statement

As I write personal statements for graduate school, I want to highlight my hard work through humor and also just show my personality. As someone who works full time (in order to fund my education) as ...
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My main contribution as a first author eventually diminished over multiple rejection cycles. Can I still state it in my research statement?

A paper I lead from inception contained two major components. Unfortunately, the reviewers insisted that we focus on just one of them, and a decision was made to focus less on the component that I ...
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Is it possible to get into a good PhD program with little research experience? [duplicate]

A little bit background. I am a junior physics student in US and want to get into an US PhD program. I am interest in theoretical high energy physics. My background is not bad. I have self-learnt some ...
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How do i improve my resume and career path as a mechanical engineer interested in automotive?

I'm a 7th semester bachelor mechanical engineering student interested in internal combustion based Automotive Engineering fields. I'm looking for ways to improve my resume and increase my chances of ...

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