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I'm deciding between different Master's research topics, (ML, PL, Verified Computing, Parallel Computing, etc), which is best to get into a top PhD? [closed]

I honestly don't know which one I'll like the best. I was going to choose ML simply because it might be the most "useful," (my goal after I do my PhD is to do a startup), but then I saw ...
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No PhD interview invitation in Janurary: does that mean there's a low chance of getting in? [closed]

I applied to a physics PhD program in the US, but still haven't received any response or interview invitations yet. I heard about most PhD interviews are held in January, so I wonder if this means I ...
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Should I include documents (letters of recommendation and SOP) that is not required for PhD admission?

I am applying for a PhD position. The interesting thing is that the department does not require an SOP and letters of recommendation. There is no place I can upload my SOP, and they are very clear ...
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Is it unethical to change my plan for PhD for another PhD program after committing by the deadline?

Last year I got into a physics PhD program at university A in the US, and now I'm doing a one-year master's program at university B (which has a much higher ranking) by deferring a year at A. A is ...
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Is it okay to write an SOP without specific research interests?

I have a Bachelor's degree in engineering and I am applying to graduate schools. I wrote an SOP and already sent it to a few schools, but since I didn't have any research experience, I couldn't ...
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Using URL Shorteners to Track Who Viewed My Application

Some URL shortening services allow users to see very basic information on who has clicked-through the link. If I remember right, it documents the visitor's web browser, computer's OS, exact date and ...
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Faculty stop responding after reaching out for interview

This Thursday, I received an email from a faculty member from an applied math program at a top U.S. university at around 5:00 AM (I'm in the U.S. so there shouldn't be a huge difference in time zone ...
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send a language document after phd interview?

I did the PhD interview two weeks ago, and in the application before I mentioned French as a language I speak, but in the interview they only tested another language, and in the application, I didn't ...
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How long does it take for a admissions decision to be made after a P.h.D interview [closed]

how long does it take to get an admission decision after a Ph.D. interview? I had an interview for a P.h.D position in a school in the US with two professors in the faculty(neuroscience) and I was ...
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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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Potential Red Flag (on my side) in PhD Interview

Before anything else, I want to mention that my field is mathematics. Recently, I had an interview for a Ph.D. program for a research group that consists of two fields, say X and Y. On the application,...
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What impact does a potential advisor have in Phd admissions?

Sorry if this question has been asked before. I recently reached out to the advisor I want to do my PhD with. This is a person that I have corresponded with in the past (I wanted to collaborate with ...
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Can I take the English language proficiency test after I am accepted in a PhD program in the UK?

I am a student from India, and have applied for some PhD positions in the UK. All the universities asked for scores of one English language proficiency test. Some of them had an option to request a ...
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I have completed 2 yrs of my PhD and I want to leave my toxic lab and transfer to a new one. How should I approach potential new advisors?

In my current position, my committee believes that I am by all metrics a successful student. I'm even working on two papers. But I've had to endure sexual harassment and working conditions that ...
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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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To what extent can good Honours marks and research experience make up for middling undergrad grades?

I am halfway through my Honours at an Australian University and am wanting some advice about grad school admissions and acceptance. Last year I got accepted into an honours program at one of the top ...
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Regarding emailing to prospective Professors after submitting application

I have applied to a US university for Fall 2023. I have mentioned 4 Professors name in the SoP though I haven’t contact them before submitting application. Now I want to email them to inform them that ...
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Ask for some advice on reapplying for a PhD

My current situation is that I am studying a PhD in statistics in a school in Canada. Because I did not pass the qualification examination, I switched to a master's degree. At present, my transcript ...
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Is the grad school of my current undergrad a safety?

I am currently studying mathematics at College A (In the United States). Assume that College A is not a notoriously "prestigious" college, but that it's also not a "nobody" college....
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~2.85 GPA first semester at an Ivy for math. Options for to grad school?

I’m a math major at a ~T10 school (Ivy) about to start his freshman year second semester. I worked hard to be accepted and took several state university courses, both excelling in lower-level reqs and ...
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Should I email a faculty for graduate program if they have mentioned they might not reply but haven't said not to email them

I am applying to thesis based Master's degree programs (in Canada/USA) and I have checked the profiles some faculties. Some faculties mention not to email them and just mention them in my statement of ...
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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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Different field of interest in my undergraduate projects and higher studies

I am currently a 3rd year undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering. I have done projects on different topics. I have done a project on the performance evaluation of jet engines with different ...
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Was I too rude in reminding my supervisor to submit my reference letter?

I asked my MA supervisor for a reference in early November to apply to an English PhD program at the same institution with her continuing as my supervisor. She agreed. In the subsequent months, we ...
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Graduate application writing sample plagiarism

How likely the graduate admission committee will use plagiarism check software to check the writing sample submitted? I am just afraid something accidentally might pop up, like some sentence or ...
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Got shortlisted for PhD, what to expect?

I applied for a PhD in philosophy at Yale, and I got shortlisted yesterday. I was given the day for the interview on Jan 15. What to expect exactly on the day of the interview, and how to approach it? ...
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Can a school make a grad student TA if the student was promised an RA by admissions?

A student applied to a 5-year PhD program after graduating from an undergraduate program. The student was accepted to the graduate program and was promised a research assistantship and tuition waiver ...
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Why are we required to self-report "Cumulative GPA as listed on your transcript"?

As I apply to Ph.D. programs in STEM, I noticed that many online application systems require us to enter "Cumulative GPA as listed on your transcript". I wonder how my response is going to ...
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My supervisor worked so hard to get a research opportunity for me, but now I want to quit. How to handle this situation?

It is about my friend (an undergraduate student in Australia), but I used first person pronoun "I" for convenience. My friend needs advice, and I tried my best to describe the situation. The ...
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How can two people as a couple enter into the same PhD program? [duplicate]

My partner and I are from the same background [math/stat], and we are study buddies as well. We plan to enroll in Ph.D. in the public health program at the same university. It's important for both of ...
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How to write a teaching assistantship statement for PhD application without teaching experience?

I am applying for PhD programs and some of them ask for a teaching statement for TA positions. However, as a graduate student, my only experience related to teaching is working as a grader of a ...
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I got an offer of admission to a post-graduate program in a totally different field. How to know if it is legit?

I (actually my cousin) just received an offer letter from SJSM-Anguilla to study MD. They are saying that they are accredited in the Carribbean, and after completing the program, the students can do ...
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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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Best way of mentioning specific non-famous/named theorems in my Statement of Purpose (SOP) for PhD math

In my SOP for PhD math in US grad schools, I am mentioning a specific instance where I came up with an easier solution to a problem using elementary theorems, instead of using more complex theorems. ...
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How can I overcome bad/low GPA to graduate adimissions?

First: I want to do grad school, and I'm a undergraduate student. Now, I have a really bad GPA. My probable final GPA value will be 2.0, and I'm an international student. Still, I have two papers ...
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PhD admissions without admission deadlines

I have done my masters in computer science and artificial intelligence and have some work experience in the software industry. Due to certain personal and family reasons, I had to halt my additional ...
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What would be right course of actions to get both — publication and admission?

I'm in a situation that I've never faced before: I believe that I've found the solution to a classical mathematical problem and would like to get the solution published in a reputed journal. The ...
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How much does a poor major related course performance hurt for grad school, and how to come back from that? [duplicate]

I am a 3rd undergrad in physics in a university in United States and I just got my grades back for my final exams. I got a C in one of my major related classes (E&M, first 6 chapters of Griffiths)...
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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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Switching fields from Theoretical Physics to Linguistics

Background: I obtained a PhD in Theoretical Physics/Mathematical Physics in 2015 and have been working as a post-doctoral researcher in various institutions since. In the past few years, I developed a ...
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Computer Science: How are undergrads from liberal arts colleges viewed by PhD admissions?

I am a graduate from a top 30 liberal arts college (according to usnews.com at least) and I've applied to several PhD in Computer Science programs. How do the departments of the, say, top 15-20 ...
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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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How can I get relevant experience during undergrad if professors at my school don't study what I'm interested in

I'm interested in pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology, but there aren't any professors doing clinical psych research where I'm going to school. I'm at a top university, and I'd like to get into a ...
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Can I get accepted into a PhD program in Electrical & Computer Engineering with an MS in Computer Science?

I think I need some advise on where to go next academically. I have a peculiar background (as mentioned by my previous supervisor). I have a B.A in Cognitive Science & an M.S in Computer Science. ...
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Received three letters of recommendation, but decided not to attend PhD program

I was planning on attending a Ph.D. program at my undergraduate alma mater, and I requested letters of recommendation from two professors and a previous employer. All three of them wrote and submitted ...
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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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