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How to get most from this meeting with a "possible" potential supervisor

This question is a related to this question which has been closed. I will explain the whole situation here again and the question is different: I wrote to a prof. on December 15 in Germany whose ...
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How many days should I wait for e-mail of Prospective Supervisor in this condition

I am a citizen of an Asian country who e-mailed a prof in France 4 weeks ago that I am interested in discussing PhD research opportunity in Pure mathematics. He replied 2 weeks ago asking me to send ...
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Am I failed and being ignored? [closed]

I am currently applying for a doctoral student position (fall term 2022) in some university. The application procedure is somehow "manual". I submitted my documents to an appointed contact ...
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How to write a research proposal for a university in UK?

I am applying to a PhD position in Pure math in UK. Application form asks for research proposal but I don't have any specific problem now which I would like to work on although I have a good ...
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Is there any scientific research on how to do college admissions correctly?

In India, the criteria for college admissions is very unambiguous and the question of whether you study in a prestigious institutions or not boils down to whether you score well in a standardized exam ...
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How should I follow up with this professor?

I e-mailed a prof in France (Paris) on 10 Jan that my research interest align with his work and I would be willing to work for a PhD under his supervision in Pure Mathematics. I am a student living in ...
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How do I politely tell a professor that I prefer not to be interviewed late at night?

I have applied to a graduate program in the US, and a Professor emailed me that he wants to meet on Zoom to talk about my application. He gave me some dates when he will be available for a Zoom ...
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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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Why do some graduate programs host open house before extending formal offers?

I applied to several PhD programs for computer science for this coming academic year. I just received a conspicuously congratulatory email from one of them with an invitation to attend a virtual open ...
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Possible options for an unhappy graduate student

I am a first year PhD student in Mathematics at a US university but I cannot adopt myself to the environment of my current program. I feel this program is not right for me. Unfortunately, I have to ...
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What should I expect in PhD interview in Pure Mathematics

I am a person who completed his master's last year and now I am preparing for PhD admissions in Europe. I am from a poor country in Asia. I have 3 PhD interviews scheduled in last week of January to ...
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Cultural differences and etiquettes to be kept in mind for a PhD interview

I am a student who has completed his master's and I took an year break to prepare for PhD and living in a poor Asian country. I applied to PhD programs in Germany and France this year in Pure ...
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My mathematics PhD application at Michigan State University [closed]

I got an email from the mathematics graduate department of Michigan State University, which mentioned that I was being nominated for a fellowship, and hence they needed certain documents. I confirmed ...
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How to make the best out of my Applied Math degree?

I'm currently a second-year student taking a Math Degree. The reason I say Applied Math in the title is because I've started to see that, while I like studying Pure Math (I'm enjoying my proof based ...
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Is Spending an Extra Semester in Undergraduate Research Worth It Or Should I Just Graduate [closed]

As I detailed a bit in a question I posted a couple weeks back I am at a bit of a fork in the road. I know after I am done with my undergraduate degree, at least at some point, I would like to either ...
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Has anyone had an offer rescinded after accepting?

A few days ago I asked when an offer is considered official (see here) and the consensus seemed to be that nothing is official until a contract is signed. Therefore, I was wondering if anyone has had ...
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How much is PhD admission procedure in France different from that in UK? [duplicate]

I live in an Asian country and I have planned to apply to PhD positions in France and UK in Pure mathematics. I wrote to one professor saying that I am interested in his work and would like to work ...
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How should a reminder e-mail asking for a PhD position be written so that it is not considered rude?

I live in an Asian country and I wrote to three professors in France asking to discuss PhD research opportunities in Math. I introduced myself and told them my background in the particular branch of ...
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Are PhD applications confidential in the USA?

I came out on the diversity portion and I am having deep regrets and fears that anybody outside the admissions committee sees it. I doubt anybody on admissions even cares but I need to know that such ...
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How would a master's degree from a very low ranked insitution be viewed for phd applications in STEM?

I mean schools that do not offer doctoral programs in that field and are ranked bottom quartile in usnews. Could this actively harm an application? Are there any mitigation measures one could take if ...
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Is it inappropriate to ask to work with a professor at a phd program I was rejected from?

I have opened dialogue with him before and he said he would tell the admission committee about our contact. I have not been rejected yet, but I would really like to work with him (payment does not ...
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Should I follow up with this professor?

I emailed a Prof. in Germany my CV and my research interests and that I want to discuss PhD research opportunities with him. His reply was the following: Thank you very much for your message and your ...
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How much should this setback be mentioned to admission committee/ potential supervisor for PhD admissions? [duplicate]

Edit 2:My question is not a duplicate of this question: Should I tell my recommendation writers about my self-studying since graduating? Should I also mention my illness and depression? because I am ...
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Is it possible to accept a PhD position I previously turned down?

I rejected a PhD position five months ago with a gentle email due to unbearable family conditions at that time, that I explained to my supervisors and they understood (and maybe were bothered). ...
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Is it possible to get into a highly ranked math PhD program in the US without doing an REU or having research experience?

It seems that most students at graduate math programs in the US have participated in an REU or some sort of program where they can do some sort of research or do something outside of taking ...
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What should I do if I was put in a reserved list for PhD study? [duplicate]

Today I received the result of a PhD program, and they said, "I regret to inform you that the Committee is not able to recommend your admission to the program at this time. However, please note ...
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Are international applicants in UK at disadvantage when applying for PhD in Pure Mathematics?

I am a student from Asia and I am applying for PhD in UK universities in pure mathematics for the upcoming season. I want to know if universities in UK give priority to UK citizens in PhD applications?...
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Is it going to hurt me that my undergraduate research was conducted in a group, but not one-on-one with a professor?

I conducted summer research with my Computer Science(CS) professor last summer. However, we were a group of three students. The end result was three papers written and all three of them contain our ...
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My undergraduate research is in a different area from what I want to study in graduate school (PhD). Is this bad?

I am looking for CS PhD programs in the US. I am currently an undergraduate and have conducted summer research in Theoretical Computer Science/Coding Theory. However, this is not something I wanna ...
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How to deal with fear, anxiety and limiting beliefs while waiting for PhD admissions decisions?

So, it is January 2022 and like me, many are waiting to hear back from the universities to which we applied last month. This period feels like purgatory. Since I am an International student, I didn't ...
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Computer Science PhD Application Process Confusion

I am looking for PhD programs in CS in the US. I am currently a junior at a liberal arts college in the US. I have started looking at programs that I am interested in by reading some of the research ...
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Should I ask my potential supervisor for a PhD admission result?

I have been admitted to a PhD program in the USA. However, it isn't my first choice. I am waiting for the results of other programs I am more interested in. Should I ask my potential supervisors (I ...
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Research Experience in PhD Proposal

I am applying to a (UK) PhD programme in theoretical computer science/maths and I am currently writing a rather technical research proposal. I have experience working on (very) closely related ...
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How to handle requests to draft your own grad school recommendation letter when the application explicitly forbids this?

As discussed previously, having applicants draft their own recommendation letters (or at least provide inputs) seems to be quite a common practice. However, I have noticed that a few (American) ...
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Do only faculty members mentioned in the Ph.D. application system review that particular application? [closed]

Some departments in US STEM universities require the applicant to mention the names of faculty members with whom they are interested in working with within the online Ph.D. application system. So do ...
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How many days I should wait before writing a reminder E-mail to Potential Phd Supervisor

I wrote to 6 professors whose research aligns with my interests (all in Europe) on December 21 for disussing PhD opportunities and attached my CV along with the mail. One of the professors replied ...
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What exactly to deduce from this e-mail of a potential supervisor? [closed]

I wrote to a professor whose area of specialization aligns with mine in pure math and I wanted to discuss the possibility of a PhD. I got the following reply: Dear X thanks for your message and ...
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How to add research position promotion to academic CV?

I have been having a lot of trouble trying to work out a CV update that seems like it should be pretty simple and straightforward, but I am just not sure on what the correct format should be! I have ...
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What to say to admissions committee to mitigate impact of missing recommendation letters?

I have just finished applying to 8 graduate programs this Fall, all of which had deadlines on Dec. 15th (today is Dec. 23rd). It has been pretty smooth except for one thing I'm concerned about. I ...
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Will my experience in the industry work against me at this point?

I am interested in a Ph.D. in Robotics (possibly in the UK). But I have been working as a run-of-the-mill software engineer in the industry for the last 5 years. Browsing this forum, I am seeing ...
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When do universities in USA actually start reviewing PhD applications? [duplicate]

I have submitted Ph.D. applications to some STEM universities in the US with a deadline on 1st December. However, I have had some updates to my CV, as a paper that I had submitted to a journal has ...
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How to deal with poor final semester as undergrad

I'm an undergrad at a top 20 school in Computer Science in the US. I'm applying to top 5 programs for PhD/Masters and have been told I'm top 1% of interns at FAANG companies, to establish background. ...
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Is it okay for the graduate school if my fall semester GPA drops?

I am an undergraduate student and just submitted the applications to the grad schools in both the US and the UK. This semester has been really tough for me, and I feel like my overall GPA might be ...
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Asking referees for help over a few months: one big request or many small ones?

So I'm planning to apply for a few different graduate programs, and the various applications will take place over the span of a few months. I have two referees who I plan to ask for all of these ...
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Is it appropiate to ask for a recommendation letter in a visiting institution?

I expect to finish my BSc in Mathematics this year so I am going through the process of applying to Master Programmes. Apparently, if you want to study as an international student a letter of ...
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Can I get accepted to an university after cancellation of application

I have been accepted to an US university as an International student under some condition like submission of English proficiency test. Now, at the beginning of semester I did not have the English ...
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Adding notes on my unofficial transcript

I'm in a master's program for astrophysics now applying for a PhD. On my transcript there are two classes that just read "Special Topics in Astrophysics", but one of them is "Radiative ...
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Forgetting to use a title when referring to professors

When I was checking my SoP for grad school, I noticed that I didn't use a title when referring to specific professors. For example, instead of writing: "I spoke to Prof. X and Prof. Y" I ...
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PhD Application: What are the pros/cons of agreeing to be considered for a financial award (TA, GRA or Fellowship) with admission?

I'm applying to PhD programs in the U.S. (Computer Science) and several applications have the question: "Do you wish to be considered for a financial award (TA, GRA or Fellowship) with admission?&...
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Is 2500 words an appropriate length for Statement of Purpose?

Usually, for Statement of Purpose (Ph.D. application), the standard length is 1000 words or 2 pages. However, the University of California, San Diego asked for a 2500 words limit. Does this mean I am ...

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