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How to send an email to a well-known professor for a possible PhD student position?

I am applying for graduate physics and I was wondering to work with a well-known professor in Caltech. He is a pioneer in the field that I am interested in. I have a kinda outstanding background, ...
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Is it an advantage to be a resident of the state in which you are applying to PhD programs at state universities?

I just moved to a new state (California) for a temporary job and am planning to apply to graduate school (physics PhD programs) at state schools here. If I want, I can establish residency here; this ...
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Impact of the Designation of the Recommender for a Workplace LOR for MS

I have 2 years of work experience in the CS field and am now intending to apply for my masters. Since I am a bit nervous about contacting my manager for a LOR (since I am not sure of the consequences),...
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How can I contact potential PhD advisors without jeopardizing my position in my current PhD program?

(Sorry for the long question in advance! If it's too long, you could skip the first two paragraphs.) I'm currently enrolled in a PhD program in a relatively prestigious school, which is very well-...
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PhD application: Responses from a few professors, but no conversion [on hold]

I am looking for a PhD in Computer Vision, Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). The core of this question is to understand how do the following factors affect an application: Acceptable study gap. Do ...
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Asking for a reference years in advance?

I am currently an undergrad and while I am attracted by research and a career in academia, I am on scholarship with a government body in my country and am contractually obligated to complete a 6 year ...
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How to approach potential supervisors who have already expressed an interest in supervising me after submitting my grad application?

I am interested in a grad program at a Canadian university and alike US grad schools, this department requires me to submit a formal application first to be reviewed by the Grad Committee, get ...
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Are there meaningful downsides to a “guaranteed” (graduate) admissions program?

One school I know of, University of Pittsburgh, has an early admission program to its graduate schools (law, business, medicine, and others) for qualified juniors. That is, students can apply to the ...
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How Credible Is An LOR Without A Letterhead for MS in CS?

I am currently applying for masters in CS. My undergraduate main project, which was later made into an IEEE publication, was done under the guidance of an assistant professor, who is currently ...
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Must I admit having started (but not finished) an MS when applying for a competitive PhD position?

I spent almost two years in a chemistry master’s program. I did many lab rotations where I learned many techniques, and I even made progress on my master’s thesis (though I never defended). Ultimately,...
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Open university and admissions into a US Masters

Can a student with a bachelor's in engineering with very little chemistry take some courses in chemistry to get into a chemistry masters? How do US masters view courses taken from Open University, ...
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How Good Is A Recommendation Letter For MS in CS From A Workplace If It's Coming From A Mentor?

I have 3 years of work experience in cloud computing and virtualization and am intending to illuminate this in my SOP. With what degree of credibility will the above mentioned work experience be ...
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How can I justify doing a second Master's in Mathematics?

I'd like to apply for a PhD in Mathematics/Applied Mathematics in Europe. I have a BSc in Math and a taught 1-year MSc in Applied Math (without thesis) both from top US universities. I have taken ...
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What should I do to get into a PhD in Mathematics in Europe without a thesis in my BSc and MSc?

I'm going to apply for a PhD in Mathematics in Europe with my BSc and MSc in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics (respectively), from two top-tier (say, top 10-20) US universities with advanced ...
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Addressing medical issues in grad school applications

For most of university, I usually got around a ~3.5, with my GPA in my fourth year being around a 3.8. However, during the first semester of my first year, I had some medical issues that made it ...
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Do I have to sit again for TOEFL? [closed]

I want to apply for (top) US Phd programs until this December for being potentially admitted in September 2019. This personal information is relevant to my question: Bachelors in non English-...
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Why is it disadvantageous in graduate admissions to have a higher degree?

JeffE's answer here indicates that holders of a master’s degree are held to higher standards when it comes to graduate admissions. The stated requirements for some graduate programs (example from UC ...
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Will UK/US universities understand that in my country, it is common to deliberately fail and retake classes?

I wanna apply for Master’s programs at LSE and Oxbridge starting next year. I’m currently on completing my undergraduate studies, have the equivalent of a first-class honours will most likely graduate ...
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Recommender used an online template for my recommendation

I've contacted a professor who I have taken 2 courses from and who has known me for over a year. I asked him for a recommendation letter and he agreed to write one. The moment I got his letter, I knew ...
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Email to potential PhD supervisor

I am a PhD applicant and I am preparing to send an introductory email to a potential supervisor. I have two questions: I am self-funded. Should I mention this in the initial email? Is the following ...
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Universities accepting non-cs background students to masters programs in cs [closed]

My greetings to all users. I am a student with my UG in Electronics and Communications, planning to enroll in a masters program in computer science (preferably with thesis, but open to coursework ...
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Can I enroll on a master's program in finance or economics with a management degree? [closed]

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this question. I am a undergraduate student who majors in marketing and I will acquire a management degree next year. I am going to apply for a master'...
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Summary of Contributions for Reference Letters

Pretty much all the profs I'm asking for a letter from I've done a fair amount of research under. However, I haven't spoken to a couple of these profs for a few of months and considering how busy they ...
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How to calculate a rough 'chance of admission'? [closed]

I am looking to apply for graduate programs for Fall 2019 and I am so confused about my chances of admission for different universities. I know it cannot be really calculated and there is no such ...
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How many professors should I contact before applying to Graduate School?

I'm in the process of developing my academic profile and am starting to create a shortlist of programs to apply for. I plan on applying to 8 Grad schools (although I do not know which they will be yet....
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Internet regret [closed]

So say if you graduated from a college that practices grade forgiveness, and you mention that you got forgiven at least this many, on a blog where PhD students appear frequently(without mentioning ...
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Is getting a good grade enough to ask for a letter of recommendation for a grad school application?

I'm about to start a 5th year Master's program in CS at my university (one extra year after B.S. for a M.S.). I've also been looking at applying to grad schools for a PhD program, and the main thing ...
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Senior professional admissions for a PhD

I am an MSc of urban planning with more than 25 years of professional practice. Can someone please tell me if age is in any way negative for being considered by a top university in the USA or UK for a ...
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Mentioning resolved illness to statement of purpose?

I had hyperthyroidism which is now resolved. It didn't affected my performance. Do I have anything to gain if I mention on my SOP that this condition caused me mental symptoms that made it harder for ...
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How competitive will my profile be for Grad School [closed]

I'm new to this site and this will be my first question. I am currently a Sophomore at Northern Kentucky University, I'm holding a 3.92 GPA (with no intention of it lowering,) I won the undergraduate ...
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Potential PhD supervisor mentions potential co-supervisors in email. Should I contact them?

I plan on applying to a PhD program in a US university. Previously, I asked a professor if he is interested in supervising my proposed project. His response is: "The best will be to co-supervise ...
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Would using an application fee waiver affect my admission result in a negative way?

I am applying to an Ivy League university in the US as an international student for a Ph.D. program. They have application fee waivers for students with financial hardship. Would using it (or even ...
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How do so many people here on Academia.SE, and in general, afford lavish higher education programs?

I graduated last year with a BS in Computer Science. I do not come from a particularly wealthy family, (very low middle class), and was only able to afford my education via school loans/scholarships ...
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Will the prestige of my masters program affect my phd application choices?

I am in the last few semesters of my bachelors, and I have been preparing myself for applying to PhD programs in mathematics. However, as I was sitting with my research mentor today, he informally ...
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How to ask for more details from a US university professor without being rude if he says I should apply through the university?

I'm a BSc holder looking for grad. studies. I contacted a professor from a good US university (not Ivy League) about his work and publications which I liked very much. I told him about my research ...
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I am looking towards getting into a good PhD program in Germany. How can I convince any professor to take me as a student?

I'm a non-EU resident and I want to pursue a PhD in pure math in Germany. I am currently in the process of writing to as many professors in my field of interest (functional analysis) as I can ...
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What are the stages for pursuing medical sciences in America

I am not an American citizen but wish to pursue my degree in America. I am currently enrolled in a bachelor's program and I am expected to graduate in 2020. Do I need do a master's program in America ...
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Is there a way to participate in research, when I am no longer a student?

I've finished my undergraduate studies 4 years ago. I was considering applying for masters, but due to passage of time it would be difficult to get any letters of recommendation. Since I'm a ...
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Importance of research experience in engineering PhD

My friend would like to achieve a Doctorate in Engineering, however currently has only limited research experience (She has completed an undergraduate degree and helped a few professors with some of ...
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A PhD in Informatics vs CS? [closed]

I just had a conversation with an adviser who mentioned that there is little value in a PhD in informatics (specifically biomedical), when compared to a pure CS PhD. I have a background in computer ...
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Potential PhD supervisor expressed interest, but had a short response. What do I reply?

I emailed a potential supervisor at a US university recently. He replied promptly, cc'ing the graduate school dean in the email and saying I had a very good idea but then suggesting another research ...
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What kind of knowledge is required to do a PhD?

I am currently in an engineer school specialized in Computer Science, and I will be done with it in a little less than 2 years. I spent a lot of time on some advice websites and this stackexchange ...
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Are extra classes and extra research worth it?

I am currently a senior finishing up my bachelor's degree in Psychology through online classes offered at Washington State University. I intend to apply to grad schools (2 PhD programs and 1 MS as a ...
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Chances to get into graduate school? [duplicate]

I'm applying for fall 2019, and I would really appreciate any feedback on my chances of getting into the programs I specified. Program: Statistics PhD Schools Applying To: Virginia Tech, Penn State,...
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Is a general GRE score of X sufficient for entry to postgraduate degree Y? [closed]

Question: I got general GRE scores of VR (verbal reasoning), QR (quantitative reasoning), and AW (analytical writing). Is this a good score to apply for entry to postgraduate degree in field X? How ...
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Does having a low CGPA reduce my opportunity to get an MS admit from top universities like Stanford, UC berkeley, etc? [duplicate]

So my case is a little different. I never liked my college studies much because the subjects never excited me, which eventually lead to a low CGPA (7.18/10). But I started to have a strong liking for ...
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Will a D in a major elective keep me from getting into a PhD program? [closed]

I am in my last semester of undergrad (majoring in mathematics) and am currently working on applying to PhD programs (in mathematics). During the fall of 2016 due to a health issue that lasted for the ...
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How important are GRE quant scores for admission in PhD in Social Psychology? [duplicate]

Can weaker scores in Quant section be compensated by strong scores in verbal and analytical writing?
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Assuming the rest of your application is solid, is a gre score of 160Q and 155V good enough for a math phd? [duplicate]

I plan on applying to graduate school school soon and I'm confident the rest of my application will be pretty solid. However, I'm worried that a quant score of 160-163 will put me below the other ...
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What is the best way to change the Major in academia [duplicate]

I am a Computer Science bachelors with an inclination towards academic research. However, Physics has always been my first love. I wanted a plain old BS+MS+PhD in physics particular in astrophysics. ...