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On standards or conventions specific to the higher education system in Canada, which differs in structure and style from the systems in other parts of the world.

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What departments in a university could want a volunteer pure math alumni during the summer?

I am looking for academic opportunities in the summer. Tomorrow I am going in person to ask professors in the math department. An engineering PhD candidate told me that there may be other departments ...
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What happens when someone wants to do a PhD after a failure? [closed]

I know someone who received a scholarship to do a Ph.D. in Applied Physics & Electronics in Australia. The length of the program was 3 years. She took 4 years, and couldn't finish the Ph.D. I don'...
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Appropriate time gap for contacting a professor after an interview

I had an interview for a research-based master's program in Canada over a month ago. Since the interview, I have not received any updates from the professor. What would be an appropriate time to wait ...
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What does a Bioinformatics research assistant do in a US university?

I am interested in the field of Bioinformatics in the USA. As far as I know, a Research Assistant (RA) is a Ph.D. student or postdoc fellow working in a funded project under a research professor, ...
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If you did not get an informal notice of admission when other applicants did, can you assume that your application was probably denied?

I am an international applicant to a graduate program in Canada. I found out last week that at least one domestic applicant already received an informal email from the admissions team informing them ...
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How do Canadian chairs work

I know there are tiers of Canadian chairs (Tier I and II). Tier I is for full professors and Tier II is for assistant professors. I want to know how Canadian chairs work such as how to apply for them ...
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Do Canadian universities defer to the grade conversion scale of a foreign univerisity or do they follow their own? [closed]

I'm planning to apply this year to several Ph.D. programs at different universities in Canada. The school where I finished my master's degree (outside Canada) uses a percentage grading system where a ...
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I'm applying for a job for an Asst. Prof in Canada, and not sure of the protocols for reference letters. Am I supposed to send them, or my referees?

The language in the job posting says, "Applicants must arrange for these and three letters of reference to be sent directly to." I have already requested three referees to directly email ...
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How could I share my concern about university ranking with a potential supervisor?

I have a master's degree from a university outside of Canada. I recently decided to apply for Ph.D. in Canada and I found a potential supervisor, I like his research area, he has more industrial ...
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Canadian Med School Professor looking to work in USA [closed]

Background info I’m a medical school professor at a Canadian medical school and was interested in potentially seeking a job in the US. Currently I make around $160k CAD pre tax ($124k USD) although ...
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Associate Professors without a PhD?

The title "Associate Professor", which is commonly used in North America, is "usually connected to tenure" in that it is almost exclusively given to tenured or permanent professors ...
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If someone is a Canadian permanent resident, can they pay tuition fees at the domestic rate?

Every Canadian tertiary institution maintains different rates for domestic students and international students for the payment of tuition fees. If someone has a Canadian PR (Permanent Residency), can ...
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How do I go about asking my supervisor how he'll remedy a mistake with my stipend?

I'm a PhD student at a university that is in the process of evaluating updates to stipend policies and one of the students involved in providing feedback on said policy updates. During a meeting a few ...
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In terms of a graduate school application, Is there a bias against those with longer time away from formal education? [closed]

I feel a little bit trapped here. Sure, I can keep applying for graduate school each year, but eventually there is going to be a natural bias towards those with a more 'fresh' education, right? Like ...
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Should I own up to posting questions on Chegg?

So long story short, I'm a current studying biomedical sciences at a Canadian university (University A), and I ended up posting some questions on Chegg last year. I can't get them removed, but haven't ...
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How often does an advisor suggest a research problem to his PhD student?

I started my second year as PhD student this Fall and I was wondering how often do PhD supervisor suggests research problem to their PhD student? Does it happen only during the initial years of PhD? ...
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Do postdoctoral positions come with unemployment insurance once contracts end?

I am wondering if postdoctoral positions come with unemployment insurance. I specifically want to know about this in UK and Canada. I know research positions in Germany for instance benefit from ...
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NSERC (canadian institution) asks for Times New roman, can I use another font? [closed]

I need to write an outline of my research for a grant. The orginization I am applying to, NSERC asks for: "Body text in a minimum 12 pt Times New Roman font" Well here's a little problem, I ...
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Going from a Canadian Master's to an American PhD? [CS]

This was inspired by another question here. In Canada (and Europe as I believe), the graduate school process is a little different than in the US. The default here for people going into academia/...
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What if university guidelines are not clear about contacting professors/potential advisors?

Some universities do not clearly state that I should not or must not contact potential PhD advisors. For instance, one says it is not "necessary" to contact an advisor during the application ...
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Department of Engineering does this my research plan for MSc falls? [closed]

I have written to so many professors to be my supervisor for fall 2022 in a research plan that involves design and construction of a power converter for a new charging system for Multirotor Unmanned ...
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Do I have to submit my high school transcript if "transcripts for all current and previous post-secondary study" are required?

I want to apply for a PhD in Canada. The webpage of the university says that I have to submit "transcripts for all current and previous post-secondary study". Does that include high school ...
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Would blogs and extracurricular activities be considered for admission to master's programs in the US and Canada?

I am a 16-year-old from India, and I am currently in my Junior Year of high school. I'm planning to apply to master's programs in six years' time (two years to prepare for a very tough competitive ...
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How can I find the number of applicants per tenure-track position in Canada?

There are some anecdotal accounts of number of applicants per tenure-track position in the U.S., but I haven't been able to find anything for Canada. Kinds of information that would be helpful: ...
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One strong recommendation over one strong and another very short but still strong

I am applying for an undergraduate internship that requires at least one and at most 2 recommendation letters. I have two recommendation letters: One with a prof. who knows me personally for a year. ...
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Is it possible to transfer university midway through the first month of university? [closed]

I'm a university student in Ontario Canada. For personal reasons, I am looking to move to another university right now (ASAP). I'm a second-year student on my 3rd day of classes. Which U I will move ...
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How can I best prepare my application for a switch in Major for Master's programs?

I am currently a software developer in India and have been working for 3 years. I also have a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering. I have been shortlisting universities for ...
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Can I contact a corresponding professor before I accept a grad studies offer?

A professor/department provided me with an offer for graduate studies in engineering in Canada. The professor and I talked briefly before I applied, but the project(s) I would work on during my ...
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How do I get my committee to agree on a defense date?

I am doing my master's in Canada and my grant has already ended (7 months ago). I am paying my tuition fee and my expenses from my part-time job and my savings. My supervisor agreed that I should have ...
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Is it possible to be admitted to a PhD program with a course based Masters Degree?

I did an undergraduate degree in one engineering discipline (electrical), and a course based masters in the same discipline of engineering (electrical) and another course based masters in another ...
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Should I withdraw from a funded research based graduate program at McMaster? [closed]

I accepted a research-based graduate offer from McMaster University. I applied to other schools but I did not hear back. I assumed I did not get in. So I accepted the offer I had. I know learned that ...
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Can I refer my sibling for a PhD position under my supervisor? How should I approach this?

I am an international student who is completing a master's degree. I am very happy working with my professor at the university. I am a good student. My professor and I have some successful projects ...
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How can a person switch from Arts to STEM?

A person (30-35 y/o) has an M.A. in History and drives Uber. Now, he wants to study M.Sc. in CS/CSE in Canada for better employment. What/how would be the pathway to accomplish that in the shortest ...
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Can I ask my supervisor how long would it take to complete my PhD before beginning my PhD studies and post getting acceptance letter?

Can I ask my supervisor how long would it take to complete my PhD before beginning my PhD studies and after getting my acceptance letter? If so, what would be the best way to do so? Country: US/Canada ...
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Can my school fire me on the grounds that I have applied to another school?

I'm in the middle of a 4-year Ph.D. program on a full scholarship, in a foreign country. Due to expertise issues, lack of community, and other reasons I have decided that this program is not suitable ...
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Is it ok to record a conversation with a professor without their knowledge and can it be used as evidence? [closed]

If a student is being harassed or expecting to be harassed, can the student record the meeting with the professor without the professor’s knowledge? Additionally, could this recording be used to ...
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Is it it bad to become a part-time student in my 4th year and do a 5th year in my undergrad if i plan on applying for grad school? [duplicate]

I'm currently a 4th-year student at a university in Ontario, Canada. Due to covid starting last year, I realized I wanted to pursue a master's after my undergrad and planned out the courses I would ...
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How bad is it to take another year for my undergraduate degree?

Complex analysis (or more particularly contour integrals) is kicking me downhill (again), and I may need to drop it (again). If I do, I would only have to take a single course in my 5th undergraduate ...
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Can a bad last semester prevent me from getting into grad school? [closed]

I submitted my graduate application form for a university in January, even saying I would graduate 'with honours'. I'm not sure how I was suppose to know what I would graduate with, but what I wrote ...
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Should I contact professors before applying for Masters in Canada?

I am looking into sending out applications for M.Eng in Aerospace in Canada. I was wondering if it is necessary for me to contact a professor before applying as M.Eng is mostly project based and not ...
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Explanation about the CS Ph.D. programs in Canada [closed]

Could somebody explain how CS Ph.D. programs are structured in Canada, is there courses to sit for ? if yes, how many. Also what's the typical duration to complete one and what's the possible funding ...
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Statement of Purpose conventions in Canada and Europe

I'm applying to universities in Canada and Europe (The Netherlands, Belgium and France) for admission to their computer science/mathematics master's programmes. I showed my statement of purpose to a ...
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Did I mess up my chance to get into grad school? [duplicate]

Throughout my undergrad, I was solely focused on grades, university life, and getting a job. While I did talk to professors outside of class, whether related to class work or my own 'math research' (a ...
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Switching faculties within a University in Canada [closed]

If an Assistant Professor switches faculties within the same University, can this change entail a change in salary? Or since the move is within the same (unionized) University, the salary remains the ...
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What's the meaning of Visiting Researcher / Ass. Professor?

I want to know how actually (and on the basis of what) visiting researcher (for PhD students) or visiting Ass. Professor (for lecturers) opportunities are offered worldwide (especially for USA/Canada) ...
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How common is it for a student to finish a Master's degree at a school and to be rejected for a PhD at the same school?

This question likely doesn't make much sense in the US and other countries where separate Master's degrees are uncommon. However, here in Canada, the vast majority of graduate students must first ...
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Can PhD students take a semester or two to study abroad, similar in nature to a sabbatical?

I know that it is common for professors to take sabbaticals and conduct research at other institutions, but I was wondering if this is something that is available to PhD students as well? I ask ...
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Are there yearly announced post-doc positions within Canadian universities

I want to know if Canadian universities especially in Ontario propose post-doc position for PhD holders (coming from Europe), or any other research positions (associate researcher...) or maybe they ...
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Statement of purpose imposes word limit, but I already have a significantly longer version. Can I submit it as it is?

I am currently in the process of applying to a PhD program at a university in Canada. As part of the application, I need to submit a statement of purpose. The prompt for the statement of purpose is as ...
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Should I mention in my statement of purpose that I did not attend lectures in my last two years of undergrad?

In my first few years of university I had very uneven grades because traditional classrooms just didn't work for me. My GPA was probably around a 2.8-2.9. I was able to turn my grades around by not ...
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