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Staying in the PhD program after I told them I'm leaving

I am a first-year PhD student, and as the title suggests, I've told my department that I'll be leaving the program this summer (that is in one month), but now there's a situation that I have a reason ...
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Does a low score in mathematics on transcripts affect graduate admissions? (CS PhD USA)

Background: CS Undergrad Applying to CS PhD Programs in the USA. I have a GPA of 8.9 ~ (after converting) 3.5? (Not too sure, I am in a Tier-II College in India). According to me, I feel a GPA of 8.9 ...
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How does a Professor contact another professor regarding a PhD student?

I sent my CV to a Professor regarding a PhD position. He asked me to send the name of three referees. I could have sent him the names, but here is an issue. I have worked in Germany for 2 years as a ...
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I am so stuck in the second year of my PhD. Should I leave?

I started my Ph.D. in September 2019 from University-X under the supervision of Prof-A. The sole reason for me to start a Ph.D. under the supervision of this professor was that I was (still am) very ...
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What levels of graduate schools can various combinations of GPAs and GREs get you into [duplicate]

Assume that the candidate is a graduate of a good state school, e.g. North Carolina or Ohio State. Then I want to explore this candidate's probable viability in getting into "second tier" ...
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How does having a PhD affect your chance of getting into a second PhD UK university in a different field UK university?

My friend has taken a unusual route in academia. She first did a bachelor and PhD in electrical engineering, fully funded by her scholarship. However, she told me that she has little interest in ...
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Can i continue studying architecture in Germany after i did two year of bachelor degree in architecture in Lebanon

I started studying architecture in Lebanon and I have finished two years of bachelor degree and when I started the third and final year I decided to continue studying abroad, So my question is: can I ...
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In control engineering, will having zero published papers significantly reduce my chances of getting into elite universities' PhD programs?

I am a fourth year dual degree student (5 year program of B.Tech + M.Tech) who will be applying for PhD programs this year and I have been doing research in the field of control engineering. I mention ...
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Getting a LOR from a postdoc for PhD applications [duplicate]

I've always been advised to only ask for letters of recommendation from professors who have worked in their field for several years. However, I was wondering if it would be reasonable to ask for a ...
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Applying for PhD vs Masters (CS USA)

Background: CS Undergraduate applying for Fall 2022 session. (MS/PhD CS USA) Knowing (and for obvious reasons) that it is "easier (higher chances)" to get into a masters program than a PhD ...
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R1 vs R2 programs in mathematics

I have been looking into several different PhD programs in mathematics, and I am trying to keep my options open. After finishing a doctorate, I am open to working either in academia or industry, ...
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Never Heard Back on PhD Application but enrolled in MS program

Applied to a private university for admission to an MS program thinking I had no chance being admitted to the PhD program because of my transcript. Planned on trying to get into the PhD program after ...
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What math modules should I specialize, as a mathematics undergraduate in if I want to pursue masters in theoretical physics?

I am currently in my third year of studying Mathematics (undergrad), which is the last year in our french based system in Algeria. But I would like to pursue a masters degree in theoretical physics. ...
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Will university marks/qualifications obtained during the pandemic largely through online assessment hold reduced value as we progress back to normal?

Do you think when we reach a point where students/graduates can be separated into pre-covid, during covid, post-covid, that the world - for the purposes of postgraduate admissions, employment - will ...
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Should I talk about my single “failed” course in SOP (failed due to a disturbing reason)?

Background I failed a course in one of the last few semesters of my undergrad. I had poor grades in most courses in that particular semester. In the summer just prior to that semester, I had a ...
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If the Professor who recommends me somewhere has coauthored papers with professors there, would the LORs hold tremendous value?

I heard somewhere a few days ago that while selecting a college for an M.Sc., it would be great for me to look up with whom the professors there have coauthored papers. This would mean that the two ...
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Contacting potential advisors before applying to graduate program - PURE MATH

I have seen a few similar questions, but the answers are not usually specific enough to math, and it seems this is one of those things which varies heavily based on field. In many math programs, the ...
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How are UK undergraduate Master's degrees (MMath/MPhys/MEng) perceived in the US for graduate school admissions?

In the UK, it is possible to do either a 3 years long BSc degree or a 4 years long MMath/MPhys/MEng degree. Both types of degrees are considered to be undergraduate degrees and it is likely that the ...
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Transferring out of a Masters

I am planning to complete a Masters in Physics (thesis based research) at my undergraduate institution after being rejected during PhD applications. I feel like this will bolster my research ...
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PhD transfer during first year [closed]

This year I was accepted into two PhD programs (USC and WashU). I had a very specific research interest, and the USC program used to be my first choice, because there were so many professors in the ...
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Advice on choosing a CS undergraduate thesis advisor (picking between 2 profs)?

I'm currently a college junior and looking to apply to grad school for CS in the fall. I'm currently choosing a thesis advisor for next year but would love some advice. One of my options is a HCI ...
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How to write a research proposal where the project description is given and known?

I am applying for this PhD studentship, where the project is known and is about a specific procedure. I have seen this question, here the chap who answers the question mentions to look at the ...
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Should I report this infraction on Masters applications?

As an undergrad, I was accused of failing to paraphrase one sentence of a research paper correctly (though I cited the source I was getting the information from). The professor said he had no choice ...
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If/where should I explain the reason of my low BSc GPA in a PhD application?

I had serious health problems during my BSc studies and got a very poor GPA of 2.88 to be exact. After that, (I think) I performed much better in MSc, got a 3.75 GPA, and published two peer-review ...
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Does a PhD from US carry *more academic value* as compared to one in India even if the research skill set developed is same?

I am currently an Indian undergrad in physics in my final year. My area of interest has very strong groups at two institutes in my country, and I have both the options before me. But the story does ...
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Is it appropriate to submit a co-authored writing sample to PhD applications?

I will be applying to PhD programs in Psychology this fall. Currently, I am in an MA program where we will be assigned to draft a research proposal in the topic of our interest. However, There will be ...
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Applying PhD during the last year of master studies

I am a final year master student and currently I am working in my thesis (I have done about 70% of my work). My graduation will be expected to be latest in this August. I have published several ...
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Bad semester - Math PhD application

I wanted to bring up an issue I faced recently and figure out how much my graduate school application will be affected by this. For some background, I am a sophomore math major at a good public school....
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How badly does failing a core class and retaking it hurt your chances at grad school programs? [duplicate]

I'm sorry if this is in the wrong place. I'm an undergraduate majoring in biology. I think, this semester, I'll fail a class on Statistics (the class is titled "Statistics for Life Sciences")...
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Advice for Further Study

I am currently taking a master by research in biostatistics in my home country (Not really well-known though). I recently saw the importance of machine and deep learning in the field of biostatistics ...
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Dropping out of a master's program to pursue a PhD

This might be a bit of a weird question, but I'm wondering if anyone's been in similar shoes or knows about this. I'm a master's student who applied for PhD programs this round. I didn't think I was ...
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What would it mean if a professor of interest (POI) emails me after April 15th asking if I decided where to go for my PhD yet?

So long story short a professor at a school I applied to got in touch a few days ago saying he was "impressed with my qualifications" and asked if I decided where to go for my PhD. What ...
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Any idea when Georgia Tech and Cornell CS PhD Fall 2021 results will be out? [closed]

Not sure if this is the right forum to ask this but I am not sure where to turn. Apologies in advance if this is not a relevant question on this forum. Most universities have announced their graduate ...
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How do I demonstrate that I read and understood a professor's paper to the professor?

This is a question that has been in my mind for a long time. Now I am a M.Sc. first year student in mathematics and planning to apply for graduate school next year in Europe. But for applying to ...
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Is it okay to have an additional authors for majority of my work in my undergrad thesis?

Background: My undergrad thesis primarily consists of 4 Methods converted into individual chapters (excluding intro, results, conclusion etc.). One chapter dedicates one specific idea. Each chapter is ...
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Editing example written work for PhD opportunity?

For an interview for a PhD, I have been asked to provide 'an example of some written work from a project I have worked on in the past'. I'm assuming this is generally intended to be previous ...
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Masters Research versus Undergraduate Research

For PhD programs, do admissions prefer Masters' research (in the case where student focuses more on research / thesis due to less course load) over undergraduate research, in general? Or are they on ...
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Master's Research Thesis vs. PhD Thesis

What are some differences between a Masters' Research Thesis versus a PhD Thesis for STEM fields? From program websites, I learned that a Masters thesis is not as "rigorous, broad, deep" as ...
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Whom should I ask for letters of recommendation?

I am an undergraduate in an engineering field in the United States planning to apply to graduate schools, but am struggling to figure out who I should ask for letters of recommendation. Currently I ...
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No response after PhD interview with good feedback + follow-up emails

I interviewed ~1 month ago for a PhD position at Institution A. The first email contacts went very well - really quick and nice replies from the PI. I had the interview which went well - as the PI ...
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Could I reject an accepted PhD admit after April 15? [duplicate]

I have already clicked on the acceptance of an admit(without funding). The deadline for response is Apr.15th, and I did not have any other options at that time. However, I just received a funding ...
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Should I ask professor for recommendation letter for graduate school if a month earlier he declined to give me recommendation for some internship?

One year earlier I did a project under a Professor, I asked him for a recommendation letter for an internship program, but I couldn't get selected. Then this year I asked him for an internship program ...
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Should I inform about an updated CV post deadline? (CS PhD USA)

Background: CS Undergrad applying to CS PhD Programs, USA. (Assuming) I have a paper A in review at a Journal B, and I get the acceptance for the same 2 months post the deadline of applying. Question: ...
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How much does college name matter for doctoral program application? [duplicate]

I wanted to know how much weight the college someone got a master's from matters while applying for a doctoral program? So for instance, if a person is enrolled in a college which is not well known ...
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Do certificates from accredited online courses play any role in applying for a graduate program?

I am very interested in an online course which can be enrolled either for free without a certificate or with money and a certificate. The contents in both cases are absolutely the same. I wanted to ...
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Does a youtube channel with my lectures add to my portfolio in graduate applications if the response is good?

Will teaching physics on a youtube channel and receiving a good response on it help me with my grad school applications in the subject?
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Contacting a potential PhD supervisor for a second time after some months

A couple of months ago, I mailed a potential PhD supervisor with the question whether she has an open position available in her research group. She replied that at the moment, she didn't have an open ...
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Can MEng Students Get R&D Jobs in Robotics Area in the US?

I got the Mechanical MEng offer of a top university a few weeks ago. I'm still not sure if I want to peruse a PhD but I do want a job about R&D related to robotics in the future. I'm sure there ...
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Asked Professor for Reference - No response for 3 weeks now

I have asked a professor for a reference for a graduate study application by email and havent heard back in 3 weeks and the deadline is in a few days. Does this mean no ? I just got no response at ...
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Why does the application portal ask 'To what other programs/universities are you applying?' while applying in US universities? [duplicate]

I am applying for higher studies in US universities. Every time I fill up the online form, there is a section where they asked which other universities or programs I am applying too? Why do they ask ...

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