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Mathematics PhD in USA with low GPA from India [duplicate]

I have completed my B.Sc in Mathematics from a top ranked college in India with 64%. Although the score is not very good, neither is it too bad as it puts me in the top 30% of my class. I have done a ...
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Advisory and funding [closed]

I hold a PhD in Special Education and a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling. I intend to pursue a postdoctoral position in Guidance and Counseling. First, I would like to get advice as which ...
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Anyone willing to read my SoP for Computer Science PhD programs? [closed]

Sorry, I do not know where the best place to request something like this would be, but any grad CS student/faculty who would be willing to read my SoP and provide some feedback? I am a rising senior, ...
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What is the effect of F grades caused by administrative errors on graduate schools? [closed]

Last year, I went to exchange credit with another university. During course registration, I applied for a graduate class in another department by purely clicking mistake. I explained that the school ...
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I want to quit this PhD and look for a better position [duplicate]

Summary: My Ph.D. advisor left my university, but I decided to keep working with him remotely. Now, he does not have time for me, and I feel the only solution is to quit my Ph.D. How difficult will it ...
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Is it a good idea to submit the preface of my dissertation as a writing sample for PhD application?

I am planning to apply for a PhD in the USA and Canada in fall 2023. I'm applying to English, Film and Media and Gender studies departments. All the programs require only one writing sample of decent ...
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Is it acceptable to reject my PhD offer after accepting it?

At the start of the year, I applied to five PhD in AI programmes at top UK universities. With the help of a supervisor, I received an offer from one of the universities and was rejected by three ...
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Finished MMath in 2018. Should I undertake a MSc in Statistics to evidence prerequisite knowledge for a Statistics PhD?

I graduated with an MMath degree in 2018 and am interested in applying for a PhD in Statistics. However, I don't have a Statistics MSc and have been outside of formal undergraduate maths education for ...
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What is meant by “Study Track”?

I’ve been looking for master’s programmes on university websites for a while and a couple of times, I’ve come across “Study Track” written in front of the programmes like English Studies [Study Track]....
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How to finish my medical training in the UK as an immigrant?

I was studying in medical university in Russia for two years and was in the top of my class, but circumstances led me to Wales, UK around 4 years ago (I'd soon be eligible to apply for a UK ...
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Can I get admission in Germany for Masters if my university is not there in the Anabin database?

My college is affiliated with a university recognised by Anabin. But my college on its own is not recognised there. Would it cause any problem with my admission for Masters in Germany?
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When applying to a university do you apply to just the college or only the specific program/major you are interested in [closed]

For example: Do you apply to NYU or only Stern specifically (if you're doing business). Stern obviously has a lower acceptance rate than NYU itself. Same for Wharton and UPenn.
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Can I decline a PhD offer after deferral, and how to communicate with my professors for reapplying other PhD programs?

I got a PhD offer from a US university (the same university I completed my undergrad degree), and I asked for a deferral earlier this year (as I'm planning to do a one-year master's program at a UK ...
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Can someone with low master's grades be accepted to a scholarship for phd program? [duplicate]

I have a bachelor's degree in mathematics with grade 15.5/20 and M1+M2 degrees together 12.2/20. (French system university) (M2 degree in differential geometry and geometric control). I want to apply ...
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My undergraduate research was published but I do not know what my authorship level is. How do I find out?

I recently published my undergrad research in Information Theory at this conference called IEEE ISIT 2022. I looked up the published paper, and my name is at the first and then the other authors' ...
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Should I place an accepted but not yet published/presented paper in my CV? [duplicate]

I was notified that my paper has been accepted for publication and presentation on November. As I'm currently applying for a Master's degree, I believe that this will increase my chances of getting ...
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Seeking advice regarding masters programs in US

Background I have just completed my second year as an undergraduate in Computer science and Artificial Intelligence from India. I have developed a keen interest in mathematics and particularly ...
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Can I cancel a university offer acceptance in Canada? [duplicate]

I just received an offer from an Ontario university for a post-graduate program and it requires me to reply very soon. However, I also have a professor at another university who is very likely to give ...
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Being a peer reviewer: does it positively affect the chance of getting a Ph.D. admission?

Does anyone know how being a journal peer reviewer affects the chance of getting a Ph.D. admission? Note that I majored in mechanical engineering. I've published a few papers in some prestigious ...
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How to check if a person is faculty - confusing titles in UK academia

I am a master's student in physics, from outside the UK and I'm not familiar with the academic hierarchy/titles in the UK. I am working (remotely) with an academic from a prominent UK university, and ...
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If I'm missing one or two courses from a pre requisite in a PhD program will my application be rejected or will I be able to take them in the program?

I have entered a master's in physics program and that program doesn't have quantum field theory or relativity however, I want to enroll into a theoretical physics PhD program and was wondering if it ...
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Will it hurt my chances if I state I want to study Theoretical Computer Science instead of something like AI/ML for PhD?

I will be applying to CS PhD programs coming fall. I have a BA in Mathematics right now. I am hearing that it is harder to get into a CS PhD program if I state I want to study Theoretical Computer ...
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F grade during exchange semester [duplicate]

I am a European guy and will apply for the Masters in Economics next year. I did an exchange semester in Germanys top school and basically due to too much partying I got an F at one of the related ...
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Can one "turn" his college record around?

Vague question, I know. But allow me to explain it. I'm a second-year undergrad student in Physics. I entered in the pandemics, and, due to laziness and some personal issues, up to this point, I don't ...
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How should I approach my academic dishonesty in graduate study application?

In my junior year I was caught cheating. I took in extra papers in an exam and tried to look up information on them (honestly, this was deliberate cheating). I have received the following sanctions: ...
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What happens if I don’t have a prerequisite class for a grad school admissions but am in the process of taking them?

What happens if I don’t have prerequisite classes for grad school admissions but am in the process of taking them. The application deadline for a graduate school I am interested in is December 1, but ...
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When to approach potential PhD supervisors while bonded to a private company?

I am serving a 1 year bond in my company that paid the expenses for my masters program, which stipulates that I have to serve the bond for a year on the date of my completion. It has been 3 to 4 ...
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After Nikita Den Haag, should graduate schools consider also asking for peer-student references? [closed]

Some of you may have seen this story and the associated Tweet from this infiltrator's professor - who was an unwitting author of a strong letter of recommendation for him to the ICC at The Hague. ...
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Does the addition of a mildly impersonal recommendation letter hurt your application for grad school?

For context, my field is physics and my situation is as follows: I did an internship a couple of years ago in a branch of physics I don’t plan on going into. The main guy over the department, who ...
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Applying for Phd while being in good standing in another program

I am currently an international student doing a PhD in mathematics (Top 50 program) in the US. I just finished my first year. Having passed my qualifying exams, I now have to start thinking about my ...
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How can I go back to a PhD program I left for another?

TL;DR: First, all of this is happening in the US. I was a PhD student in X, in good standing, but had a shift of interest towards field Y, so I switched programs and universities to study Y. A year is ...
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Using acquaintance for admission in Ph.D

I am a Ph.D. student at an institute in maths department. This year my brother also has applied for Ph.D. in the same institute in Civil engineering department. Now he has to face a written test first ...
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Chance to get a PhD offer in UK? Taught master with distinction (last year) but third class honour bachelor degree (over 15 years ago)

I am looking at doing a PhD in UK with a recent taught master degree (just graduated last year with distinction, all courses with A grades). However, my first bachelor degree was only in third class (...
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How severe do issues with a US grad school application have to be in order to cause degree revocation? [duplicate]

I completed graduate school and found that I had made several mistakes in my application. Though none of them were fraudulent, my application was sloppy. I was intentionally vague and omitted some ...
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Will translating a (high-level) philosophy book strengthen my PhD application? [closed]

I have applied last year to Columbia and UCB for a PhD in philosophy. I got accepted to Columbia's masters instead. I contacted those in the admissions committee and they said that my application was ...
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Can document certification statement be written its original language? [closed]

I am from Indonesia and I am planning to apply for a master's program in Germany. I have had all of the important documents translated to English. However, there is one university that requires me to ...
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Grad School Program Recommendations & How to Narrow Down My List of Programs [duplicate]

I'm hoping to apply to graduate (MS) programs in statistics or applied math later this year, but frankly I'm having a hard time narrowing my list down and was hoping for some advice from people here. ...
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Will two unpublished research papers boost the chances of my scholarship application being reconsidered?

The scholarship committee denied my application yesterday. Fortunately, the committee gave me five months, to produce new credentials that would merit its reconsideration of its decision. Thus far, I ...
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Is it a good idea to add a cover letter to a scholarship application when a cover letter is not specifically required?

My scholarship application was denied yesterday. Fortunately, I can still request the scholarship committee to reconsider my application, provided that I have new credentials to present in my ...
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PhD application targeting only one professor

I hold a master degree. Currently, I'm preparing PhD applications for several universities in the USA and Canada. I already know quite well my research interests. At some universities, there is only ...
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Is the Math GRE Subject test still important to US grad schools post-COVID? And can it actually help math grad school apps?

I'm taking a gap year and I plan on applying to grad schools again this fall. I'm wondering if the GRE Math subject test is helpful/required anymore? Personally, I have very low grades in some ...
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Is it possible for a professor to write a negative letter of recommendation?

Is it possible for a professor to write for an undergraduate student who is applying for a graduate program, a negative letter of recommendation? More like a minor criticism? If so doesn't this affect ...
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failing a lower division class - impact on grad admissions?

I am a third year math major at a top 30 US university. I fear that I may have destroyed my chances for graduate school (or perhaps I am being dramatic). I would really appreciate if someone could ...
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What does preliminary degree overview mean?

I am reviewing the documents needed for a graduate program application. One of the documents is degree certificate. But for those who have not yet received it, it is stated that they can upload ...
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How to write Master's thesis summary for PhD application

I am currently applying for several PhD programs (in mathematics) and for many of them, it is required to write a short (approx. 2 pages; no more than 10.000 characters) summary of my Master's thesis. ...
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Should I mention recovered depression in my SOP for grad school? [duplicate]

I am currently working as a software engineer for two years, and recently I decides to apply for grad school. One thing that I am worried about is that my transcript looks terrible in the last year of ...
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I'm the 1st author of a paper in a top conference in my field, and even then my PhD application got rejected from 5 out of 6 programs, is this normal?

It got me so disappointed because I thought the publication experience was the most crucial part of the application, and, as far as I could tell, not that many students in the universities I applied ...
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Right time to reach professors requesting to be my guide in Ph. D

I am completing my masters in a few months, and going for a job. I want to pursue my doctorate after 3-4 years of working. Is it better to speak with professors now, if they want to be my guide once I ...
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What factors to consider when visiting universities that you have received offers from when making a decision?

I am an economics undergraduate, and I applied abroad for my master’s. Luckily, I was admitted to two top schools – one in Germany, other in France. I have spoken with students from both schools, ...
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Am I making a mistake by going to a "mid-tier" program?

I work in industry. I applied to a good mid-tier biochemistry PhD program and was accepted. College buddies, who are now grad students at prestigious programs are advising me to break my word/signed ...
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