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PhD after bachelor's degree timeline

I'm currently in the last year (aka 3rd - 2019/2020) of my bachelor's degree, and I'm planning to apply for a PhD in the US, just after earning my degree. Assuming everything goes nicely for me, then ...
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Citations in graduate school applications

One of my graduate school application question asks me to analyze an economic/ social problem and give solutions. For this question, I need to use facts and statistics in my essay. In such case, do i ...
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How to refer to relationship with a “research mentor” in PhD application?

This professor is not my official thesis supervisor. I have taken his class. I often discuss research with him and has sent him my work which he read and discussed with me in depth. So he is going to ...
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Order of a PhD application in the United States

I am applying to biomedical science PhD programs and have been working on personal statements for a while now. Many of the programs seem to have a very similar lineup with how they want the statement ...
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Have there been any recent studies on the effect of age on PhD success rates in the US?

I think the title is fairly self-explanatory. I am wondering if any recent studies (past 20 years or so) have been published that look at possible correlations between age and the 'success rate' of ...
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Four way competition for Machine Learning PhD admission. Which background increases the odds of getting in? [on hold]

Let's say there are students from four backgrounds (Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science and Statistics) all from top programs. They are applying to a machine learning PhD program at a ...
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How can I address a fail in course when applyin graduate schools?

I am applying for HCI/UX graduate programs in the US as an undergraduate student with a major in architecture in China. However, I failed an Architectural Dynamics course in sophomore year because I ...
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Should I just move on if a professor doesn't answer my emails requesting a letter of recommendation?

I've asked a professor who I did research with over the summer to write me a letter a recommendation for graduate programs, but he hasn't responded for over a week. I've resent him an email and have ...
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Does work experience in non-related field help in grad school admissions?

USA: Does work experience help for graduate admissions non-phd in STEM fields? Someone told me yes, because if I already have a job, the grad school can be assured that I'll have a job after ...
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Do you need a bachelor's degree to get a master's degree? [closed]

Can you ignore the core curriculum at your university and still get into graduate school?
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Low-ranked M.S and unimpressive transcript: is a second Bachelor's worth it?

There are lots of questions about taking a second Bachelor's degree on this website, and the answer is usually that it's not worth it, because It's expensive. Performing well in a low-ranked program ...
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GED instead of finishing school [on hold]

Are there any drawbacks to dropping out of school and completing a GED instead of finishing and getting a diploma? I am in the midwest United States and am currently unemployed. I would eventually ...
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Pure math grad school applications - low Subject GRE score

Background: I am a senior at a (fairly prestigious) university in the United States, and I am applying to PhD programs in the country for pure math, aiming as high as I can. I am majoring in ...
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Recommendation letters when changing between two unrelated fields

I was a humanities major in undergrad and am now applying for a master's in engineering. The program I'm considering is a three-year MS that explicitly targets students without engineering backgrounds....
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For those who study in the humanities, have I made a mistake in doing my Master's abroad?

I'm an American student currently earning a Master's in American cultural studies in Germany. Why study American culture in Germany? Firstly, I wouldn't have been able to afford a U.S. Master's in ...
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What is some pre-requisite information one should know before applying to a CS grad school in the US? [closed]

I am a junior who is going to apply to a CS grad school(hoping to specialize in programming language theory) next fall. I had some generic questions about the admissions process that is not so easy ...
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How important is it to have a personal website, when applying for a PhD?

I have read several questions regarding the importance of a personal website when applying to Posdocs and other academic jobs. However, I have found little stating the importance of it when applying ...
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Recommender's affiliation

I am applying for graduate programs this year. My undergraduate major is physics while my intended specialty is astrophysics. I apply for physics program for the most of schools and astronomy program ...
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Switching into Math/Physics

This is going to be long as I believe that the context is important. I have always been fairly good at maths and physics (won state wide prizes in the math contests and even won a gold medal in the ...
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Asking same professor for rec letters for 2 different grad programs?

I'm an undergrad applying for graduate programs next year. Is it a bad idea to ask the same professor to do two different letters for two different programs (Philosophy programs, and Law school)? My ...
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Margin spacing on graduate school applications (PhD) in the US

I understand the standard margin spacing on personal statements is 1 inch, but I've read that 0.75 inches may be okay. Most of the statements specify 1-2 page limits and nothing else. I'm wondering ...
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Question regarding recommendation letters for statistics graduate applications

I am currently a math and statistics undergraduate who is applying to graduate programs in statistics this fall. Two of my professors have confirmed they will write letters of recommendations for me. ...
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Is there a conflict of interest between me and the university if I get paid on teaching others how to apply for the PhD positions in my university?

I am a Ph.D. student. An application agent company approached me and ask if I could be a casual consulter on their platform and give some advice to the students who want to apply for the Ph.D. ...
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Having worked in industry for a few years, do I need someone from the industry to recommend me when applying for MS in CS by thesis?

During my undergraduate studies, I published a paper and gained some experience in research. Unfortunately, I didn't take up my higher education immediately but instead worked in the software industry ...
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Changing PhD Programs? What to put in my application? (UK-based)

Background: I started my PhD a few months ago. I haven't actually been trained to do anything because they say they don't have the time for it. I've been understanding but I'm becoming very ...
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What is necessary for mathematics graduate school? [closed]

I am an undergrad junior at a top 60 institution (big state school in the United States) majoring in Pure Math. Course selection for Spring 2020 is coming around, and I want to know which courses to ...
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Re-applying PhD after already starting one [closed]

I would like to re-apply for PhD at top US schools, after already (1 month in) starting PhD at a good (non-US) school. The program starts with a preparatory year, so theoretically I am not committed ...
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Math Paper and Grad School Application

I am applying for pure Math Ph.D programs this year. I did some independent research in centralizer of matrices, and I developed an algorithm to generate the explicit k-basis for the space of ...
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Prospective PhD-How to keep in touch with potential PhD supervisor

I'm applying for several Ph.D. Programs in Human-computer Interaction. I contacted a potential supervisor and asked him a bunch of questions about the program. The professor wrote a very detailed ...
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Importance of Variety for PhD Recommendation Letters

I am a senior getting ready to apply to PhD programs in Applied Physics (I currently am located in and plan to attend grad school in the US). I am currently working a co-op at a large company in a ...
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What does an empty auto-reply email from a potential supervisor mean? [closed]

I emailed a professor asking about a graduate student position. Immediately, I received an empty email titled auto-reply. What does that mean? Can it be an indication that I won't be able to reach her ...
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Is auditing graduate physics courses (officially or unoffically) a viable way to eventually get into a PhD program? [duplicate]

I did very poorly in my first two years of college but I still want to get into a prestigious graduate program. The reasons why I did poorly are complicated and personal and certainly nothing I would ...
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Transitioning back to science after working outside of the field?

I went to university studying Immunology but university as a whole was rough for me because I was a poor international student (on scholarship) and my mental health was really bad in general. I ...
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Mentioning mental health in a supplementary application essay

I'm applying for a PhD in neuroscience and I've recently finished writing my SOP and supplementary essay. My supplementary essay asked me to respond to the prompt "Please tell us about an incident in ...
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Should I include my converted GPA/final semester GPA on my CV?

I'm applying to graduate school and I'm contacting potential supervisors, as advised by the universities I'm applying to. My GPA is 16.33/20. When I convert it to the 4.0 scale,according to WES, my ...
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PhD program application - CV (3+ pages) versus resume (1-2 pages) in the US

I am applying to neurobiology Ph.D. programs in the US that focus on disease research. I am seeking opinions on my personal situation regarding the decision to include either a resume (1-2 sides) OR ...
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How important is the TOEFL speaking score? [closed]

I am a student from China, and I want to apply for (pure) math PhD this fall, in the USA. Now I have a TOEFL score which has 102 points in total but only 20 points in speaking section. I am hesitating ...
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PhD application interviews on same day for different programs

I'm not sure if anyone has experienced this type of issue or has advice, but I've noticed that many of the doctoral programs I'm applying to conduct interviews at the exact same time. I'm applying to ...
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Masters Dilemma: Does University Reputation Come First?

I'm a political science undergrad from Canada with a very good GPA (4.26/4.33), lots of experience as a research assistant and two papers submitted. I would like to pursue an academic career, so I'm ...
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Is it worth it to purchase a coursera certificate in Machine Learning for grad school apps?

Specifically I'm applying to some data science programs. As Machine Learning is a relatively advanced topic at the undergrad level and one that is so relevant in the field, I was wondering if it would ...
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I asked for a graduate student position from a professor. He replied “welcome”. What does that mean?

I emailed a professor, saying I'm looking for a position. I introduced myself and wrote about experiences that I thought would be relevant to his work. I read on his website that he was recruiting ...
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Chances of getting into PhD without any technical paper?

I am a bachelor pass out of 2018. Electrical background. Currently i am working in R&D in an automobile company for the past year. PhD is something I have always wanted to pursue (mainly because I ...
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Did I screw myself out of graduate school? [closed]

I graduated from a state school in 2009 with a 2.77 overall GPA. I technically should have graduated in 2008, but was only going part time, so I stretched it out and became a "super senior." I'll be ...
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Should I disclose cheating incident if I am not asked?

I have been convicted for academic misconduct in my college some years back. Now suppose I am applying for a program that does NOT ask about any academic misconduct. Would it be in my best interest ...
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Getting into graduate school and then switching fields

I am in my final year of an honours undergraduate degree in mathematics and computer science. Over my undergraduate years, I have built up academic and research credentials in the field of ...
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How to tell a professor you've changed your mind?

I need some help writing a polite email to a professor from a different department at my university. A while back I emailed him because I was interested in doing graduate studies at his department (I'...
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Scholarships for mathematics international students [closed]

I'm from Colombia and I'm ending my undergraduate in mathematics and my GPA is 3.3/4; I only know Fulbright scholarships and the scholarships that offer DAAD, my favorite fields are PDE's and Analysis....
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Who should I ask for recommendation letter after graduation?

After graduating for two years, I decided to apply for the Master program. I have prepared essays and scores but now I am stuck with recommendation letters. I have got 2 - one from the current manager ...
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Would scoring well on a non-required GRE Mathematics Subject Test make me more competitive?

I would like to get into a top university for graduate school, specifically in computer science. Would taking the non-required mathematics subject based GRE test make my application more competitive? ...
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Dropping a Course in my Field Before Applying to Graduate School

I'm currently a Senior Undergraduate planning on applying to MS and PhD programs this Fall. Between my current research job, TA position, and courses I believe I'm over committed time wise this ...