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How do I politely decline a professor who's really keen on having me?

I wrote an email to my potential advisor, politely declining an offer for a PhD position. And he has replied saying that he's sad to hear that, and asking if there's anything he can do to convince me ...
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Asking for an extension for decision for PhD offer. And masters vs PhD?

I feel in a slightly difficult situation. I have just finished a masters course in pure mathematics, having done a BA in physics prior to that. Both of these were at the institution that is widely ...
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Can admission/funding (PhD) of international student be cancelled due to corona virus situation?

Is it possible that a school cancel the admission and/or funding of an international student because he/she cannot travel because of the current travel bans? What are the possible scenarios for the ...
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Should I be worried about low undergraduate grades during the COVID-19 crisis affecting grad school admission chances?

I'm currently in my undergraduate junior year studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada. I'm hoping to apply for Top 10 US grad schools in mechanical engineering in about ...
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Should I mention in an email to a professor that they are referred by another one?

I emails professor A about a chance to study with him, and he answers that he's on leave next academic year so not accepting new students, and I might want to check professor B. Should I mention to B ...
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Highly ranked department at a mediocre school or good department at a good school?

I got PhD offers from three universities (field: social science, country: US), with very different features, and I wonder where the balance falls between the reputation of the department and the ...
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Mention getting an offer to the adcom when in waitlist

I got waitlisted at Northwestern University for their Master's in Analytics program. I recently received an offer to join the MSE in Data Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Should I email NU ...
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Will it hurt my PhD application to MIT/UC berkeley/Stanford if I have finished MS thesis, but without journal publication? [closed]

I completed my MS thesis in the EECS department at one of the 1-10 Universities in US, and I defended my thesis to graduate. I was the only student working on the topic under the guidance of my ...
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Which university is better for math graduate studies (focus on logic), UIC (University of Illinois at Chicago) or UFL (University of Florida)? [closed]

In the general rankings the university of florida reliably comes up much higher than UIC, but in one mathematics specific ranking UIC was higher than Florida and in one ranking for logic UIC was ...
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Medical school after doing co-op/internship [closed]

I've been researching medical schools in Canada recently and I see that many will judge your two final years of study, where each must meet some minimum credit hour requirement, during undergrad on ...
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Will it be difficult to get a PhD position if the economy enters into a recession?

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, it is possible that the economy will enter a recession. As more people will want to get into grad school, will it be more difficult to get a Ph.D. position?
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MSt in Ancient Philosophy at Oxford [closed]

I've considered applying to the MSt in Ancient Philosophy at Oxford, but I'm a little concerned that I don't quite fit the rubric of students attending the program. Having looked at the program's ...
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COVID-19 impact on university tuition fee [closed]

If US universities switch to online education during the Coronavirus crisis, what will the impact it will have on tuition fees?
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Any places opening up this year? [closed]

I'm hoping to start a PhD, I had been planning to do application this year and start next year but I've now been laid off with no real prospects of getting more work soon. Wondering with all the ...
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Changing thesis MS application to non-thesis MS application [closed]

I have applied for thesis based MS program at Purdue. Is it a good idea to email the university and tell them to consider me for non-thesis based program instead of thesis program?
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Mathematics undergrad to theoretical physics phd [closed]

I'm a Second year math undergrad with another year left. I want to continue my academics further. Really interested in theoretical physics and Applied mathematics. Can I get into a theoretical ...
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No reply after declining a PhD offer

Couple of weeks ago, several professors from one of the universities I received an offer from wrote me asking if they could help me with anything (to decide on a place I choose). As pleasant as it was,...
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Getting Letter of recommendation with letter head

So I did my engineering back in 2010. I do know few of my teachers but none of them are now in the same university. I want to get an academic reference letter for admission on postgraduate level in ...
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Reading Projects for undergraduates

I'm planning on doing some reading projects that lie a little above the undergraduate curriculum. To be more specific, I'm a physics major and I plan on doing reading projects in a few advanced ...
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Graduate Admissions Gender Bias

Both my girlfriend and I (both white) applied to the same PhD programs in mathematics. Most of these schools are AMS Group I and some Group II. I got denied by a majority of these programs while she ...
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Can PhD programs rescind their PhD offers from this cycle due to COVID-19?

We're not near the April 15th date yet, when PhD offers have to be decided on by students. Could PhD programs, say, in the United States, rescind the offers that are not yet accepted by students? ...
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How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect graduate admissions? [closed]

I have recently learned that all my internship offers were cancelled due to COVID-19, and I never felt this anxious before. People tell me I should not be worring since everyone is affected, but in my ...
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How do interim or partial transcripts work for application, and is it possible to have an admissions decision reversed based on the final version?

I attempted to be as detailed as I could in the title, but let me elaborate a bit more. I'm sure this situation is common (if not normal) but I'm applying to PhD programs this year fall and will only ...
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Reapplying for a PhD position with either being a student in another program or minor differences in my application profile after two years

I got into a top-10 PhD program last year (in the US), but for personal reasons, couldn't attend. I emailed the department after the deadline. The chair told me that the committee would be indeed ...
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Query realated to F1 visa [migrated]

For F1 visa, it is issued only 120 days before the start of the program. How many days before one can schedule the visa appointment? Do one can fill the DS160 form and pay the pay before the start ...
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Will I be accepted into another PhD program if I leave my current group in Europe in which I don't fit in?

I am now doing my Ph.D. in Europe and I think I am not a good fit for my research group. It is not possible to change to other research groups in Europe and I was planning to drop out of my program ...
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Asking for an invitation letter before applying to the Fullbright Scholarship?

So I'm currently applying for the Fullbright Masters Scholarship. I want to do Masters in Computer Graphics and there are very few universities in the US that deeply explore that area namely, Utah, ...
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A potential supervisor said 'happy to supervise me for PhD', but I'm not in the minimum requirement. Is it guaranteed to be accepted? (UK) [closed]

After the interview, a potential supervisor said: "Really Happy to Supervise You" with possible funding. However, the problem is that I'm not in the minimum academic requirement (grade) in the ...
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What do you say to a professor/potential advisor when you accept the offer from their school?

Is it common to contact professors you've been in communication with to let them know that you're accepting their school's offer? Do you usually contact the professors that met with you on a campus ...
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How to give opinion to my professor about writing LoR?

I have been applying to PhD positions (got offers already, thanks god) and surely I asked my master thesis supervisor as one of my letter writers. He is quite new as a PI. He told me that it is his ...
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Corona virus's effect on graduate admissions [closed]

A great many top US physics PhD programs have canceled their open houses with no plan to reschedule. Some are intended on running "virtual open houses." Other's are just sending links to information ...
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How much does GPA of individial subjects matter for PhD admissions [closed]

How much does GPA matter for PhD admission? Just came to know that I scored a passing grade in statistics, still managed to score 45 percentile though. I scored perfect gpa in stats physics though. ...
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Do I have a chance at an MSc in Machine Learning/AI with low grades?

I am currently applying to a Master's programme at a strong university in the UK and began doubting my chances of getting in. I completed my Bachelor's degree in Mathematics at a large research ...
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What is US equivalence of “diplome du baccalaureat technologique (STL) spécialité chimie de laboratoire et de procédés industriels”?

If someone who has "diplome du baccalaureat technologique Sciences et technologies de laboratoire (STL) spécialité chimie de laboratoire et de procédés industriels" and wish to study further in the US,...
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Asking University for quick admissions decison

So I have received an offer from a school (University A) which requires I send my decision to join them by a deadline, coming soon. While the other school (University B) still hasn't decided. Should ...
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Is it reasonable to do number theory without active/good prof in uni

I'm from the top math university in my country (it's not really world class but on average one guy from every other batch in my uni goes to Harvard/MIT/Princeton/UChicago/Stanford/UMichigan for PhD). ...
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Responding to doctoral offer letters - What questions to ask?

'Tis this season of doctoral offer letters. I have been accepted to a few of the institutions I have applied for thankfully and now I want to ask the deans questions about their offer letters. For ...
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How will the topic of my Master's thesis affect my PhD?

Main question: Will the admission committee care about specific research topics or do they only care if I can/cannot do research irrespective of the topic? Will an off-topic thesis be looked as sign ...
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Advisor as an assistant professor a reputed private R2 school vs a full professor at a R1 school for PhD [duplicate]

I did my Master's from a top 5 school. Now I have to make a choice between these two professors. While the R2 school is a private school with a great track record of research in my field - there's an ...
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Master's institution forcing me to deposit $5000 immediately — what can I do if I accept?

I applied to CS masters programs in the US, and I have recently received an offer from a top-15 institution. The program is unfunded, and I want to wait for decisions from other programs I applied to,...
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PhD in finance/econ vs PhD in mathematics [closed]

I earned a Bachelor's and Master's degree in finance. Eight years later I am thinking of going back to school to earn my PhD. I am currently a high school math teacher but I want to be a professor at ...
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Personal Statement(s) for two similar masters courses

I'm applying to two courses viz - Mathematical Physics MSc and Theoretical Physics MSc at the University of Edinburgh. I'm currently a final year bachelors student. From what I can gather post a ...
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How hard is it to get a good to great grades in undergraduate school?

I am currently studying undergraduate school in Europe and am toying with idea of applying to a U.S. collage for graduate school. So I‘ve read a bit online about GPA requirements and there it says ...
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How to address bad research experience

I want to apply to CS PhD programs this year. Just a litte background: I did my BS and (non thesis) MS in EE/ECE at the same school. During my BS I did two semesters of undergrad research that went ...
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US v/s European SOP (Motivation Letter) for Ph.D

Is there a difference in the kind of SOP you write for European Ph.D. vacancies/structured programs v/s US grad school? -- in terms of length, type of content to be covered (completely technical v/s ...
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Grad School application that's submitted early with a decent LOR vs Application that's submitted rather late but with a better LOR

I am a final year bachelor's student in physics and I am applying to masters programs in physics, in the UK. The places I am applying to have a rolling admissions process and I wanted to submit my ...
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Failed undergraduate research project: does it belong in my CV?

I'm an undergraduate who is going to apply for scholarships and to graduate school in physics in the coming months. At the start of last semester in August, I tried to join a group of a respected ...
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What to do when you're not confident your advisor will be able to write you a strong LoR?

The title is pretty self-explanatory, but let me explain. The lab I'm at right now is very big. It's around 30-40 people. I'm a master's student that just finished his first semester and am looking ...
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Anthropology vs. Religious Studies graduate programs [closed]

This is my first post here and I'm looking for advice on the outlook of the field I guess. My undergrad background is in Anthropology, but my research is in anthropology of religion and can easily fit ...
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PhD funding for only 4 years

I'm currently pursuing a master's degree (math) in the US, and I have been accepted to a different PhD program (applied math). I've been offered funding for only four years, though, because I am ...

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