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Likelihood of getting into an observational cosmology Ph.D. as a physics major

I am a physics and mathematics major and might likely apply to an observational cosmology graduate program after graduation. However, I haven't taken any astronomy or cosmology courses yet. What are ...
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Strategies for the selection of graduate programs for borderline/weak applicants (STEM)

This question is aimed at the countries where the graduate program admission decisions are normally made at the department level; the primary sources of funding are TAs/RAs and there is at least one ...
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How to join PhD in Mathematics in France? [closed]

I am interested in joining a PhD program in Mathematics in France. Now I am a Master's degree student in India. My research interests include Differential Geometry (in particular, Hyperbolic Geometry)....
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MSc admission in Canada [closed]

Is meeting the entry (minimal) requirements of MSc in pharmacy in Canada enough to get accepted into the program? (For extracurricular activities: I have dozens of certificates of online webinars I've ...
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Adding papers under review on the CV when applying to CS PhD programs in the US

Background: CS undergrad applying to CS PhD Programs in Fall 2022 in the US. The question "Should papers under review be listed in CV?" talks about multiple "under review" papers ...
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Should I mention about the time wasted (6 months) due to depression in my CV when I will apply to PHd programs

Very brief of the situations that happened from Jan 2021 : Living in a 3rd word country. I completed my masters in math in Jun 2020. Then I wanted to study some additional topics before applying in ...
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What is the role in Admissions of a Graduate Coordinator in a Department [closed]

What is the role of a graduate coordinator or graduate chair (I have seen faculty called both) of a department in admissions ? Do they make the final decision or have the final say in all decisions ? ...
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Is it appropriate and/or reasonable to ask for period leave to a potential PhD advisor?

I'm a female undergraduate student applying to graduate school in the US this year, and I am in the process of contacting potential PhD advisors to enquire about positions in their labs, the nature of ...
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MS or PhD with publication records?

I have an above-average undergraduate GPA (7.5/10.0, top 20% of my class), but it is not exceptional. I have top scores in all my labs, but my written test scores are all over the place. However, I do ...
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Is it possible to be admitted to a PhD program with a course based Masters Degree?

I did an undergraduate degree in one engineering discipline (electrical), and a course based masters in the same discipline of engineering (electrical) and another course based masters in another ...
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Want to switch Major from Integrated MSc Chemistry and eventually want to pursue Physics [closed]

I am a sophomore-to-be from a Tier 1 Engineering and Science College in India. Right now, my ultimate aim in life would be to pursue Research in Physics. As our department change is based on our CGPA, ...
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Why does my PhD admission letter include a line about being contingent on satisfying laws?

My PhD letter includes the follow line: Note that your offer of admission is contingent upon your satisfaction of all local, state and federal laws. My question is: I don't have an issue with this ...
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LOR from physics professor in a pure math phd application

I am applying to pure math phd programs, and looking to study algebraic geometry. I have one very strong letter from a professor who supervised some algebraic geometry research I did. I am not sure ...
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Need advice: recommender not responding [duplicate]

I am just wondering how to proceed in this situation. I am applying to computer science phd programs at the end of this year, and so far, I've only secured one recommendation. I worked closely with a ...
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GRE reqs for this year and next year CS PhD [closed]

I am looking for some advice. I have not yet taken the GRE and was looking to take advantage of this application cycle in CS PhD programs, since the GRE requirement is waived for many programs due to ...
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Would it be unprofessional to include SAT scores in a graduate application?

The SAT is what you take for undergrad admissions in the US. But would a near perfect score on my CV help? I'm asking as an international applicant--the reading portion is significantly harder than ...
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Applying to a Math PhD program in 2021 fall [duplicate]

I am currently a rising senior pursuing a math major at a well-ranked university. In my first two years, I did not stand out in my math classes, receiving B's in most classes and a C in an analysis ...
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If I decline to join a Master's program, can the university deny admission to me if I apply on the next year?

Suppose I get selected for an American/Canadian University for a masters in computer science as an international student for fall 2022 , but I decline to join the university due to some personal ...
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Can I share my recent published article to my prospective supervisor?

I am applying for Ph.D. in US universities and for that I already wrote a professor with my CV, asking if he has any vacancy in this lab or not. His reply was positive and encouraged me to apply. So I ...
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4 page vs 2 page CV for PhD programs [closed]

Background: CS undergrad applying to CS PhD Programs FALL 2022 USA. I have two different CVs. 4 Page CV: Contains 3 bullet points for every internship 2 extra projects Separately spaced headings ...
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How to demonstrate ability to operationalize research during interview

One of the feedback I received after my PhD interview failure was that " there is not enough evidence of ability to operationalize the research". So how can I clarify my capability of ...
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Grades for PhD admission, what grades (B.Sc or M.Sc) are of most importance in Europe (STEM)?

My B.Sc GPA currently stands at 4.33/5.00 and my M.Sc is projected at 4.90/5.00. I am kind of freaking out, because of my low B.Sc GPA. I have ran through walls to compensate for it with my M.Sc GPA ...
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Does it make sense to contact potential PhD supervisors after having submitted the application?

I already submitted my application and they are about to start interviews, however learning more about the faculty I found a potential supervisor and I would like to know whether there are chances ...
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Should I write an email to my potential supervisor before interviewing?

I've just got into the interview selection of PhD funded program. As I failed another university interview just a week ago, I am quite apprehensive about this upcoming one. As I've read about ...
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Having problem in getting LOR for higher study because of my corrupted undergrad thesis supervisor

I am an engineering graduate in Bangladesh. During my undergrad thesis, my supervisor took students for working on a topic that was for the first time in our department but he didn't help any of his ...
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Best way to evaluate different MA/PhD programs?

This is connected to my post from yesterday. I'm a rising junior and an English/Philosophy double major from the United States, and I've decided to get a jump on looking into programs I might apply to ...
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Eligibility of pursuing graduate school in English with only a minor in the subject?

Background: I’m a rising (undergraduate) junior transferring to a different school starting with this upcoming semester. At my previous school I was an English/Philosophy double major, but I took way ...
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My advisor wants me to put his name as the first author but he didn't have math contribution

I am in a masters program (mathematics) and I have written a paper with my supervisor. My supervisor taught me the whole general procedure of finding papers to start with, methods of research and ...
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Would getting two master's degree in the same field (immunology) be a red flag in a PhD application?

I'm from Brazil and I really, really want to be able to pursue my Ph.D. in Immunology at Yale University. I have a Bachelor's degree in Medicine here in Brazil, and I'm currently taking my Master's ...
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Do 2 bachelor's degrees look bad for PhD admissions?

I am currently doing my second bachelor's degree after having gotten very sick towards the end of my first and not being able to take the classes that I wanted, or the sufficient research experience ...
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Do PhD admissions (CS) in the US work on two levels (general decisions and PI decisions)?

Going through the computer science PhD applications process for US schools, I've heard two conflicting types of advice/anecdotes: While they have a certain broad area in mind before starting their ...
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German Fachhochschule (university of applied science) degree validation in USA and other countries

I'm currently trying to start a bachelors in Germany as an international student. However, I have to decide between going to a normal university or a so-called Fachhochschule. According to what I have ...
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Would it be necessary to justify in my SOP, a course which I had withdrawn?

Our university has the option where a student can withdraw from a course within the first month from the commencement of the course. This would lead to 'W' grade and is generally not equated with a '...
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Should (confirmed) future appointments be mentioned in an academic CV?

Background: CS Undergraduate India. I have a confirmation about an internship for Jan - July 2022 but will send out applications of PhD CS USA Programs on Nov 2021. Question: Should I add that on my ...
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Looking for advice to push PhD program application over the threshold of acceptability [duplicate]

I applied to PhD programs in mathematics last year and unfortunately wasn't accepted to any of the schools I applied to (miserable). I was looking for advice in what I can do before December to help ...
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Perfect TOEFL reading/writing/listening scores but low speaking score due to stutter. How will this affect PhD admissions?

I am fairly comfortable with English as a second language and have been studying at schools with English as the primary language for the last 9 years. I also have multiple semesters worth of ...
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Should I wait for an academic misconduct notation on transcript to be removed before applying for grad school?

In short, I have committed academic misconduct and a notation of it will be on my transcript until Jul 2023. I currently have the option of either graduating in Apr 2023 or stay one additional Fall ...
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How should I explain why I am leaving my current PhD and looking for a new PhD?

As I mentioned in this question, I am unhappy with the way my PhD is going. For the sake of completeness, I will summarize my condition in this question too. I am a 2nd-year PhD student in ...
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Waiting List for PhD in Math Question

I’m in a masters in applied math program at a university and I applied for the PhD entry but didn’t get it for this upcoming fall. However, I got an email from the director saying the department would ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for both potential PhD and reference letter?

I'll be applying for PhD positions in the UK in the coming fall, and have only a small pool (5-6 professors) whom I can sensibly ask for reference letters from. Some of these professors are in a field ...
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Is it common to drop 50% of PhD students in a program?

I recently spoke to a graduate coordinator of a mathematics PhD program I was planning to apply to. I asked about admission, requirements to complete the degree and such. The program coordinator ended ...
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Will the PhD admissions chances of siblings in Italy be affected if they have coauthored papers?

The following question maybe the case for any country but I mentioned Italy to know if there are special conditions or rules. Is this possible for a sibling to get admission from the same university ...
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Could applying for pass/fail with a grade showing in the transcript affect my chances of entering a PhD program?

Because of Covid 19, we are facing multiple dilemmas regarding putting courses on pass\fail option. As an applied biology MSc student, my GPA is currently 4.10 out of 4. All of my courses are (A+) and ...
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3 Letters of Recommendation for Bio Grad School [duplicate]

I'm a rising senior in college and I'm looking into grad programs in biology. For the Letter of Recommendation requirement I have found that usually 3 are required. Currently I can only think of 2 ...
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PhD Math/Applied Math for Fall 22 - asking for suggestions and advice [duplicate]

My background: Applying for Ph.D. Math or Applied Math International student, Ukraine, female. Undergrad Institution: junior year - 20ish in Math globally (US institution), first two years - community ...
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Can MOOCs help me improve my profile for an MS in Computer Science? [duplicate]

I wish to apply for an MS in CS in the United States or Canada for Fall 2022. I am from non-CS background (engineering physics) and currently work as a software developer. I had programming experience ...
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Is a gold medalist at 2.96/4 GPA considered Summa cum laude or magna cum laude or none? [closed]

Indian university(IIT BHU) CGPA of 7.4/10 but highest in the class, hence gold medalist. Can anyone please guide how the translation to US academic system will look like in terms of the label? Note: ...
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Can I include subjects I self-studied in my CV when applying to graduate program?

I am going to apply for a graduate program that requires background in subjects A,B,C. I have not studied those in my uni. I self-learned them. The application process starts next January. So I have ...
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Should I mention that I am an undergrad researcher for a lab in the postgrad program I want to apply to

So I am currently a rising senior at a college in the US (which I will call "UNI"), and preparing to apply to grad schools. Furthermore, the college I currently go to (UNI) also happens to ...
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University made the decision that they wany to keep my PhD application for the next round. What to make of it? What to do?

I applied to a high-ranking university (social sciences; English-speaking country, not the US), but it was a late application. They seemed interested in my case and I was even interviewed by my ...

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