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Can you receive a PhD offer in late April? [duplicate]

I had applied for PhD to a university, I was asked to sit for an interview in late January with my prospective supervisors who told me that they like me. 15th April has passed and I have had no ...
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How to get back to academia after a rough phase?

I am looking for some advice to return to academia around financial math and related branches. I used to be a pure math enthusiast. Back in my school days, I was a competitive mathematician (qualified ...
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Is there a disadvantage when applying for a PhD program that starts in the spring rather than in the fall?

This question is related to, but is slightly different from, this one. I'm currently in a PhD program in electrical engineering in the US. After passing my qualification exam, I've decided not to ...
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Can anyone help me understand the concept of M2 in french masters? If i already have a 2years masters in a subject

I have a 3yr BSc and 2yr MSc in mathematics and I've done some work related to signal and computational mathematics but always wanted to do research in Astrophysics. Now in this case am I eligible to ...
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Applying to PhD programs with only 3 years of undergrad in the US

I am an undergraduate at UC Berkeley majoring in statistics. I can graduate in three years because of high school credits. I originally thought I should add another major or just take lots of extra ...
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Academic view of graduates who go to US national labs?

I am an undergrad currently finishing up a research internship at a Department of Energy national laboratory. I've enjoyed my time here, and I want to work at a national lab post-PhD. With my PhD ...
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What next step would be best with my preferred math PhDs in mind? [closed]

I applied for PhDs this December. My undergrad is in computer science and my master’s which I have just finished is in theoretical computer science, both in Greece. I was mostly aiming for a math PhD ...
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Will Israeli Military Service Affect My Chances of a Physics Master's Program?

I'm currently studying for a bachelor's degree in physics and computer science in Israel, after which I will enroll into the military (due to Israel having mandatory military service). I will most ...
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Should I mention on my resume that I've been enrolled in a PhD program when applying to a new one?

This question is related to, but slightly different from, this one. I'm currently in a PhD program in electrical engineering in the US. I've been in this PhD program since 2021 (3 years). After ...
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Advice on Picking Grad School with Goal of Getting Academic Job at Small College

I am a student looking to pursue an academic career in computer science. I enjoy doing research and understand that is a big part of getting tenure and jobs. Importantly, I also very much enjoy ...
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Coming back to finish my PhD after 4 years

Four years ago, I withdrew from my Ph.D. program for several reasons. I had passed all exams and only needed to write and present my disertation, I had a 4.0 GPA, several publications under my belt ...
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PhD scholarship applicability for low GPA in Bsc and good grades in Msc [duplicate]

I have done my Bsc.Eng ( civil and environmental engineering). In first 2 semesters i got good GPA 3.64 and ranked 9th from 250 students and selected to civil and environmental engineering program. ...
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Pursuing a PhD in quantum computing [closed]

I'm looking for a PhD in Quantun Computing, but I don't know how or where can I achieve that. Currently I'm in Chile finishing my Bs. degree in physics. I also want to know if there is any ...
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How to ask a professor from 29 years ago to write you a recommendation?

After college, I never kept in touch with this professor even though he was one of my favorite professors, did very well in his class and have thought of him often. I was basically conflicted over his ...
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What do you think is the best way for me to get into grad school?

So, I completed my bachelor's in mathematics a month ago, and I'm planning to move to another country to continue my studies. I really love mathematics and I want to apply to a master's program in ...
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Does publication importance diminish over time?

Thinking of applying for a PhD in a 2-3 years as I want to focus on my industry job at the moment, and I was wondering how publications are evaluated by grad admissions over time? Will a very good ...
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How are US schools prioritizing students from India over China?

Source The Institute of International Education, which publishes annual reports on international students, has found that U.S. schools are prioritizing students from India over China, especially for ...
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Strategizing Post-Undergraduate Career Path for Aspiring Physics Doctoral Student [closed]

I'm a senior undergraduate physics student who hoped to attend graduate school starting next fall, but who was unfortunately not admitted to any in this admissions cycle. I remain very interested in ...
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I got odd answer to my PhD application from Waikato University, What should I do now? [closed]

In November 2023, I submitted my PhD application to Waikato University in New Zealand. As part of the application process, it is required for each student to establish direct contact with a supervisor ...
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Reaching back out to PIs of interest to inquire about PhD application status

I'm a senior undergraduate student awaiting (physics) PhD program application decisions. I spent a chunk of last summer writing to and, occasionally, informally interviewing with PIs of interest, and ...
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Whom to take recommendation letter from if master thesis advisor never replied?

I am from a poor country in Asia . I will apply for PhD positions in pure mathematics in USA in the upcoming year. I completed my masters in mathematics in June 2020 but I am still not able to find a ...
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How do I best identify weak points in myself along a path to academia

I will be graduating from university (in the states) this semester with a bachelors in physics and mathematics. I applied for physics PhD programs (in the states) this cycle and obtained a few ...
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Are there any funding issues going on in the US universities which are affecting PhD admissions this year?

Location: USA Department: Computer Science I’ve applied to 8 schools for PhD admissions this year and have only received a rejection from one so far (a private university). Rest of my applications ...
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What does this reply imply after a missed application deadline?

I missed the deadline to apply for admission in PhD programs of the University of Toronto by a month (because of my job restrictions!). So I mailed the University's PG office asking whether there can ...
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Can I justify paying for an unfunded master's if I'm changing disciplines from undergrad? [closed]

I'm in a predicament. I'm about to turn 29. I finished undergrad a few years ago and have been working in what jobs I can since then. I got an undergrad degree in a completely different field than ...
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Will last semester grades before applying for PhD programs affect my chances? [duplicate]

I'm a student studying Industrial Engineering at a strong public research university in the US well-known for engineering, especially my field. I'll be applying to PhD programs this upcoming fall but ...
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What do the bulk of the pre-calculus questions in the mathematics (subject) GRE look like?

i am planning to take the subject test this year and have decent foundations in precalc, however, i would like to study it thoroughly again but i don't want to spend too much time on it and instead ...
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getting into mathematical biology with a biology background [closed]

I have a bachelor in biology with a minor in cs. In addition to cs courses like data structure and algorithm etc... , I've also taken courses in discrete mathematics, statistics/probability, linear ...
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Does it matter where you got your bachelor's degree when applying to PhD? [duplicate]

I did my bachelor's degree at an unknown school and got a very decent GPA. I picked it randomly and am now regretting that did not opt for a better school, although I had an opportunity. Currently I ...
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Is there any chance I can be accepted into a good graduate physics program without any bachelor's? [closed]

I am someone who did plenty of self-study in physics and has learned pretty much the entire undergraduate physics curriculum by himself. I have plenty of evidence to prove this (including a physics ...
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Changing PhD, who and how to tell first?

I want to leave and change my current PhD after 3 months in this new city (France). I still haven't told my current supervisors because, for economic reasons, I do not want to get fired while looking ...
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What is the format for “Modulhandbuch” (course description) of previous degrees when applying for MS in German universities?

My bachelor’s degree is in Electronics and Communication Engineering. I will be applying as non-EU applicant for an M.Sc. in electrical engineering and information technology (“Elektrotechnik und ...
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Should I reach out to PI regarding my application after having submitted it?

I reached out to a potential PI because we had good research fit back in November. The PI also replied to my mail and told I have good research fit with his lab and told me to apply to the program. I ...
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When do I give up on a tenured position at a T60~ math program? [closed]

I am currently an undergraduate student applying to pure math PhD programs. I have been accepted to one of the seven schools which are tied for 20th on the US News math graduate school rankings (At ...
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Do universities have an agreement on when acceptance letters can be sent?

Most universities agree on the deadline of December 15 for graduate application submissions, and on the deadline April 15 for committing to an offer from the university. My professor claims there is a ...
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Graduate admissions: can't make my acceptance "official" at this time due to guidelines

I received an email today from a university (should I specify which?) Physics graduate admissions, saying they hope to welcome me next year, that they will fly me in to an open-house event, etc. ...
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PhD rejections from schools of similar tier and telling potential advisor about it

I am an international applicant and I applied to several schools in the US as well as the UK (and one in the EU) for PhD in this cycle. I got accepted with funding from one of my top preferences in ...
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The reason to be waitlisted in a PhD position application [closed]

What can be the possible reasons to be not accepted to a PhD program if you are a first author in the journal with high impact factor , have a work experience and graduated with honors from the top ...
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professors reply "I will get in touch in future if a position is available"

I asked one of my professor my interest in pursuing a PhD in her group (who was a great mentor during this year). She told that no position is available and hope that new positions will come in the ...
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Graduate Career Advice - Re-applying to Stronger Programs Next Cycle After Initial Acceptances [closed]

I am a senior undergrad going into a Ph.D. this fall in the field of polymers/chemical engineering, and while I have already gotten accepted into strong programs in that field, I have this lingering ...
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What is considered good/acceptable grade in Germany?

Currently, I have graduated my Bs degree in Computer Science with 3.04 GPA out of 4.00. When I translate my GPA to German grading system, it shows me 2.44, if I consider the lowest passing grade as 2....
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If you can fund your PhD, how it affects your chances of admission? [duplicate]

Most PhD programs in math has more applications that what the funding for program can afford if they admitted everyone. Assuming you have normal grades and good RLs, and you can fund your PhD program ...
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Will a British MRes degree be beneficial for applying to US PhD programs

I'm a BA(Hons) Sociology graduate with a 2:1 in my degree. I applied to some PhD programs in the US but was rejected with no reason provided but it was likely due to a lack of research experience ...
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Most important things I should do during my CS undergrad if I want to get into a PhD program in the US

I recently switched my major to Computer Science at a top university in Costa Rica. I'm seeking advice on things I should do during my undergrad to improve my chances of gaining admission to a ...
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do professors care how much a prospective student read about their research while applying for a research position? [closed]

How much do a student's interest and enthusiasm matter when selecting or getting interested in a student? In research position cover letters do professors care if a student has read details about ...
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How do I approach a professor for a Ph.D. Admission?

It is about 10 km between my house and the professor's office (at the university). I have emailed the professor but have not received any response. The professor doesn't know me. He works in my area ...
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CGPA Calculation for US institutions

A US university's application portal has provided this 4-point scale and told me to note the CGPA. Where A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, E/F=0 How do I convert my CGPA to this scale? MY undergrad CGPA scale has A+...
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Will a few Cs and Ds in my MSc badly affect my chances of acceptance to a PhD? [closed]

I have an M.Sc in Physics. We had 16 theory papers, and eight lab papers, coursework-based M.Sc. Theory-- I have A in 4, B in 5, C in 5, D in 2 Lab- O in 5, A in 2, B in 1 I have an overall CGPA Of 7....
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I have a long history of suffering from power abuse, currently getting rejected research/grad applications [closed]

I am from India. I have done B.Sc and M.Sc in Physics so far. My BSc is from one of the top colleges in India (top 10). However, the professors were very narrow-minded when it came to academia. I got ...
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May have embellished to get into my Master's and Ph.D programs. Worried about degree revocation. Are my concerns warranted at all? [closed]

I am a doctoral candidate in a Ph.D program right now who previously posted this on a throwaway account but I feel I should come clean now and state that it was this account all along. I reviewed my ...
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