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Is it common in academia to not have any written “contract” when you get a scholarship?

If you are been accepted into a Master's program which grants a scholarship to its participants, they just send you a letter outlining the scholarship in a brief manner. Is this common in academia? ...
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Should I reach out to a potential PhD supervisor about applying when they have a relationship with my current PhD supervisor?

I've had a really bad relationship with my supervisor since I started. I've even had to take time off to get a mental reprieve from everything that was happening. At this point, I really want to go ...
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Getting into communication Ph.D programs [closed]

I've heard it's harder to get into communication Ph.D programs compared to those of in engineering fields. Are the acceptance rates of communication Ph.D programs really much lower than engineering ...
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Chances of admission/how to overcome limited research experience

applying to PhD programs this coming cycle (MIT, Stanford + a few others) and wanted some advice on how to make up for lack of publications. Some details have been intentionally left vague: Raw ...
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Should I add my InsideSherpa virtual internship experience under 'work experience' or 'certifications' on my CV? [closed]

Should I add my InsideSherpa virtual internship experience under 'work experience' or 'certifications' on my CV? It mentions "virtual internship", but it's more like a step-by-step guided course.
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Would 3 years of master's in Computer Science look bad in PhD applications?

Basically I'm in an MS program in Computer Science where I do either 8 courses or 6 courses (2 courses per semester) + thesis (spread across 2 semesters). My original plan was to complete the thesis ...
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Can i still get a P.h.D at an Ivy league school? [duplicate]

my Undergraduate GPA was 3.15 / 4.00 degree in Computer Science in the United Kingdom My Master GPA is 3.952 / 4.00 degree in Data Analytics and Visualisation in the united states intended ...
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Do I Have a Shot at Graduate School? (Master's Program/Humanities Field) [duplicate]

While I graduated with a relatively high undergraduate GPA (3.93), I don't have any publications, research experience, or strong (maybe any) letters of recommendation. In context, even my GPA isn't ...
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I Have D+ for Graph Theory (1st year) course, Does it affect computer science graduate admission in USA [duplicate]

I have computational physics degree and my other mathematics grades are decent.
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What is the visa situation for studying in US [closed]

I'm meant to start a graduate course in the US in August. But all the US embassies are shut. When they do open (which isn't clear) I guess they'll have a huge backlog to clear. I have no plan B if ...
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Asking about the pre-master programs [closed]

I heard about Kaplan's pre-master program. I just don't understand about it much even though I emailed the HR, their answer is very broad. I'm about to receive a master degree in computational ...
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How do you deal with the ridiculous catch 22 to get into grad school [closed]

I have applied for a second round of 100% rejections and needless to say I am not feeling great about it. What I am especially angry/frustrated about is that neat little sentence every rejection ...
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Should I contact professors in Europe to enquire about PhD positions given the ongoing pandemic?

I am a 2nd year masters student in Mathematics in an Asian University and my masters will be completed this month. I wrote to professors in December and January asking about open positions in their ...
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How to transition into a PhD in Theoretical Physics?

I am currently a graduate student in Theoretical chemistry/Chemical Physics at one of the higher-ranked R1 universities in the US. After a year of taking graduate-level courses in Physics, I have ...
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Is it possible to get a PhD position with only a Bachelor's degree?

I have done a Bachelor's (4 years) and my GPA is quite low. But I have research experiences (more than 3 years) and few publications in some good journals. I want to do a Ph.D. in biology or a related ...
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Being the last author as an undergrad

TA (a PhD student) of one of my classes was looking for an undergrad to join in one of his projects. This was not directly related to the field I want to work in grad school, but there is no group or ...
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Impact of W's on grad school admissions in CS theory (TCS) [closed]

I'm an undergrad at the University of Maryland College Park who just finished a computer science bachelors a few days ago. Unfortunately, I didn't realize how much I liked theory (algorithms, ...
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Notating one rough semester GPA-wise

My first semester of college was extremely rough GPA wise. I am an otherwise almost straight 4.0 student (up to -0.02), but my first semester of college I got a 3.46 because of both adjusting to a new ...
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What should I do if I'm trying to go into academic from a mostly non-academic background?

I have finished an undergraduate programme in Biology, and went on to do a Masters in Global Health. The problem is that I don't really have any articles of thesis to show. My undergraduate ...
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Why could an accelerated education be seen as negative?

I've had discussions with professors in conjunction with my postgraduate application. Many were very skeptical at the fact that I completed one BSc and two MSc within 4 years. This would normally take ...
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Covid gap year and grad school admissions

I'm a sophomore at a public university in the U.S. I'm thinking of taking a year off before my junior year, but I'm worried I'll have to explain the gap in my transcript when I apply to math grad ...
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Competitiveness for masters program

I will be graduating this Fall with my undergrad (GPA: 3.66) and am planning to go to grad school in math. Given my early history of poor grades (2 Ds, 1 F), I am planning on only applying to the ...
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Should I take an S/NS grade during COVID19 if I want to go to grad school?

I am currently a graduating senior. The course in question is within my department, but will count as an elective (since I have already met the requirements, I just took this class for the experience)....
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Is it okay to explore other grad school options while deferring admission due to COVID-19?

I’m from the West Coast, and I accepted my admissions offer into a master's program on the East Coast before COVID-19. I would like to defer my admissions, but still apply to local universities just ...
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What's the best way to get involved with doing ML/NLP related research?

Having graduated with my Computer Science/Applied Math B.S., I plan on going into a machine learning/natural language processing related PhD program. I'm currently working at an IT consulting firm in ...
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A second bachelor degree or a master in US?

I graduated from a Canadian university 5 years ago in Electrical Engineering. My dream is to pursue a phD in Computer Science. However, the courses of my study is quite different from that in CS. I'm ...
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Professor stopped responding to emails suddenly. What should I do? [closed]

I am an MS student in France. It is commonplace here to seek out professors from other universities or scientists at research centres to do the MS thesis under them, which is usually during the final ...
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Are we losing quality research because of money and political stunts? [closed]

Now-a-days, I see a lot of friends, who went abroad to study for masters and PHD, are under financial pressure and worried about the immigration policies of the country. Therefore, I see that a lot ...
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Can a graduate school change its decision, from rejection to acceptance?

I have heard stories that graduate schools revoke their offers because of various reasons, such as lying in the application and some other serious misconducts. As the title suggests, can the ...
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Masters application: No mentions of funding on professor's acceptance response for an Masters position

Hope everyone's doing great. This is with reference to asking for views/opinions on how to approach this situation based on your similar experiences in past during masters applications. Upon multiple ...
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Previously dismissed from graduate school. What to do next? [closed]

I am an international student graduated from a Canadian university majoring electrical engineering with a fairly median GPA (85, 10%). After that, I got into a prestigious Ivy school for EE master. I ...
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Would it look bad if I don't have a letter of recommendation from my advisor (out of personal choice)?

I've done some reading about recommendation letters and graduate admissions, but I had a question of my own. I'm currently a master's student who's looking to apply for PhD programs soon, and have ...
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Letter of recommendation from a professor with whom I took a class

I understand that there are many posts similar to this, however I believe (upon reading other posts), that this thread would not be redundant. I am an undergrad currently applying to grad schools and ...
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Was offered a PhD position, I accepted it but no replies afterwards from the potential supervisors

I gave an interview for a Phd position and I was offered the position within a day of the interview. I accepted the offer withing two days (before the deadline) and sent an email stating my acceptance ...
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For graduate admission, would 3-year bachelor’s program without thesis suffice in chemistry field? [closed]

I am a Thai graduate from a university in New Zealand with a 3-year Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) without having completed a thesis. Although I could have done my fourth year doing a thesis which is ...
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Applying for a PhD - how and when to broach the fact that I have previously left a PhD program

I am applying for a funded PhD project for which I am quite well suited in terms of academic record and experience. A few years ago I began a PhD program which in hindsight was not a good fit and I ...
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Can I accept an offer from a MS program, but continue applying to other schools?

I have accepted an offer to a MS program, but after further consideration, have decided I am unhappy with the program and the location of the school. Would there be consequences if I applied to more ...
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Are Non-US bachelor's degrees equatable with US bachelor's degrees when applying to law schools in the US?

Most law schools in the US require applicants to have bachelor's degrees (used here and throughout the question to refer to a typically 4 year college degree) - usually on topics related to law such ...
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Can I get into computer science grad school without a strong math background?

I took an undergraduate degree in Bachelors of Science which did not go over a lot of mathematics. I did not even take calculus. I only took up to the highest level of algebra. Is it not possible for ...
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Will doing Masters degree help me get into another masters degree?

My first degree was in Economics and Finance. Frankly, I didn't do very well, although I did do enough to scrape a 2:1. There were a number of legitimate reasons for this underperformance, but it's ...
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How difficult is it to switch majors going from a BA to MA/Phd?

A few years ago, I received a BA in English. While I was studying my focus on English, however, shifted when I took a class on literary theory in the latter half of my 3rd year, which inspired in me a ...
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Do I have to inform a graduate program that just admitted me about my attendance to a different program?

I have received acceptance from a graduate program physician assistant. I have already been attending this semester a different program. I want to withdraw and attend the other program. Do i have to ...
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Admission Chances (Non-Traditional Student) [closed]

So I'm graduating with a BS in Accounting from a not well known university and basically during my last 3 semesters I wanted to do a career change to mathematics. In short, I fell in love with the ...
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Which university's diploma certificate is the most aesthetically pleasing? [closed]

I read this quote from a user forum that says "The nicest-looking diplomas usually come from diploma mills" Hence this question: which university issues diplomas that could typically be considered ...
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Is an undergraduate thesis a requirement to get into grad school?

I'm about to start my last term as engineering student, and my goal after I graduate is to get into grad school and pursue a master's degree in Computer Science or software development. However, my ...
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Retaking an undergraduate course due to poor grade before graduate school applications

Due to poor performance on a midterm for an advanced major class I am currently taking, I am expecting to earn a lower grade than I would like to (around a B/B-). I have earned A's in all my other ...
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Rushing a paper to be published vs. taking the time and having a preprint by the time of PhD applications [closed]

I'm a second semester MSCS student who's looking to apply to PhD programs in the US and Canada this coming applications round. My field is machine learning, and with graduate applications already ...
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How Competitive is applying as a graduate Special Student to a Ivy League university? [closed]

Some people say that it is easy to get into a Ivy League school by applying as a special student. Others say it is just as competitive or is looked down upon. If an individual has the resources to ...
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How can someone get access to German education system with poor grades?

According to the German education system, applicants are evaluated on the basis of their immediate previous academics grades. For instance, if someone wants to do an MA, his bachelor grades are ...
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How important is it to have a PhD advisor in mind when applying to math PhD programs?

I am about to begin my final year as an undergraduate/masters student in mathematics (my school lets us pursue both degrees concurrently), and I will be applying to pure math PhD programs in the fall. ...

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