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Advice on choosing recommenders

Currently applying for master programs in US and UK, in the track of media and communications / marketing. I don’t have many connections with Professors and here and my options: The project ...
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Can I ask BOTH the lab manager and the professor for a recommendation letter?

I am gathering letters of recommendation for my masters graduate program application. Basically, I have been in a lab for 2+ years - the lab is huge, has 50+ research assistants, and is separated into ...
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How do I follow up with a potential PhD supervisor?

I had an interview with a professor 3 weeks ago. He told me that we would stay in touch and probably have another meeting in 3 weeks. I have not heard anything from him in the past 3 weeks so I wonder ...
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Admission and advisor selection

I am an international student and I received admit from X university (USA) for PhD in computer science. I reached out to all the professors who match my research interest and only one of them ...
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I want to defer my admission due to visa delays caused by COVID-19, but the university has added new requirements. What can I do? [closed]

I got admission for Master's in Data Science in a German university in summer 2020. At the time of my application and acceptance, GRE scores were not required for admission. However, due to the COVID-...
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minimum GPA for top math phd programs

My question is pretty straightforward. I am just wondering what you think is the minimum GPA score that could keep me in good standing regarding my application for top math phd programs, such as ...
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Will publishing a first author paper in ICECE2020 conference help me when applying for a PhD admission in the USA? [duplicate]

I am in undergraduate. I wish to apply for scholarship to do PHD in the USA. Will publishing a paper in this conference (http://icece.buet.ac.bd/2020/) help me get funding? It does not seem like a ...
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How to write my project contribution in graduate application essay?

I am applying for PhD position in the USA. In the application, I have to write a essay on my research experience. Its not a SOP, rather how I worked there, why, findings, what were my contributions, ...
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I have 14 F's on my transcript and I am finishing late. Do I have any chance of getting accepted into a master's program in Germany?

Because of multiple factors including depression, attention deficiency, laziness and immaturity I've managed to accumulate 14 F's during the first two years of my computer science education. I'm ...
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Why do PhD admission committees focus on your bachelor's degree grades when you have better master's degree grades?

I've heard various occasions where students with mediocre bachelor's degree grades, but superb master's degree grades, get rejected by PhD programs due to their poor bachelor's degree grades. What ...
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Is a Master's Program at a Lower-Ranked University a Good Idea? [closed]

I am currently an undergraduate student in mathematical science (4th year), minoring in computer science. I have an offer to start a master's program at my current university this upcoming fall. ...
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Should I ask for a recommendation from a professor in a different field?

I'm an undergraduate senior and will soon be applying for competitive PhD programs in computer science in the US/Canada. I already have three CS professors whom I have good relationships with (as a ...
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Changing PhD/ collab PhD with a different department

I've started a phd in fluid dynamics. I always wanted one in general relativity or quantum field theory really, I got interviews for that (many really) but none where successful, I got into fluid ...
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Can you do a masters in Canada with 3 years bachelor degree?

Do all Canadian universities require a 4 year degree for masters?
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Which Canadian universities should I apply for for masters in physics? [closed]

I am a third-year student, double majoring in physics and maths at one of the top universities in Australia. I have a GPA of 3.73 and I have also done two research projects in theoretical physics. I ...
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Unfinished prerequisite undergrad course in the last year in MS application as a final year undergrad student

I am in the process of applying for MS program in computer science as a final year undergrads. I am taking Computer System course this semester and likely to take another Operating System course in ...
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Should I send a follow up mail to my potential supervisor [duplicate]

Last friday I received an email from my potential supervisor that my application was positively reviewed and that they will further progress with my application if I'm still interested. I replied that ...
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Soft question: Transition from math to machine/deep learning [closed]

I am currently a first year grad student who is currently seeking a math M.S. degree in US a focus on differential geometry and topology. My question is, what efforts do I need to make to make a ...
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Should I ask the expected level of technicality in the research statement while appyling to a potdoc position?

I am currently in process of applying to open postdoc positions. As a global regulation, universities require for me to provide research statements as well as cover letters. Many articles in the web ...
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Is it possible to have a 3.0+ (required gpa) master scholarship based on my postgraduate diploma GPA skipping my average (<3.0) Bachelor's GPA? [closed]

I have some some difficulties finding a fully funded scholarship because my Bachelor's GPA is 2.69, which is less than 3.0. If I make a post graduate diploma with 3.0+ or 3.5+ even, can that be ...
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Confusion on whom to get letter of recommendation from

I'm working as a research assistant in a mechatronics lab. My research and work is largely based on designing circuits, robotics and programming. My PI also works on mechatronics. But I've also worked ...
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Can a prof affect my admission to a highly reputed department even though I don't have the perfect background for that department?

I am a prospective PhD applicant at a highly reputed department of an Ivy college. I have been in touch with one of the top profs in the department for the last one year and he has been supportive of ...
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Should I mention the names of several professors that I want to work with in my statement of purpose? (US)

Background I am a second (and final) year Master's degree student (with thesis) in my university's Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department. I am currently trying to shift my career focus ...
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Will it affect my academic career if I leave my PhD programme in the middle?

I am currently doing my masters in Physics. I am writing my thesis in Computational Biophysics. I am to apply for admission in a PhD programme and wish to enroll in fall 2021. I have done my bachelors ...
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Graduating from a terrible department in an ok University vs. a fantastic department in an obscure university [closed]

I'm a PhD student in a terrible department in my field, in an overall ok university, and have just applied to another program (also PhD) in a very new but fantastic department (research-wise at least -...
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My Professor isn't submitting my reference letter

On September 1st, I asked my professors to write LORs for a grad program I'm applying to and told them the deadline is October 12th. It's actually a rolling admission, but I said October 12th to get ...
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Alternatives to Grad School Political Science [closed]

I'm planning to apply to political science grad school. However, I've been having second thoughts. I'm incredibly burnt out this semester and don't want to be a workaholic in the future, though I see ...
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What are the ways I can demonstrate to the PhD admission committee that I am a highly motivated applicant? [closed]

I have a STEM background. After failing in the CS MSc program, I got enrolled in a graduate program in Education. I was originally heavily motivated to do a Ph.D. in CS. But, after failing in CS, now ...
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US physics graduate school preparation assessment on candidates [duplicate]

I am trying to apply for US physics graduate schools this year. I found that many universities has an assessment of students' preparation for the program in which they ask you to provide what courses ...
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Is it a good idea to write an inquiry email to professors when applying for a Masters program in Europe and Asia?

I have read a lot of suggestions on mailing professors beforehand when applying for PhD. I, however wanted to know if the same strategy applies to a Master's program too? I have been a professional ...
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As a double major if you do reasonably well in only the second major will it affect your chances of getting into a good grad school?

I started out as an economics major after being pushed into it by my family. However, I never had much of an interest in this subject. I was going through a very rough time in the first two years and ...
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Should I send a follow up mail to my potential PhD supervisor?

I recently applied for a PhD position in Europe. The deadline for applications was the 30th of September (so almost a week ago) and the starting date for the position is January 2021. I won't graduate ...
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Emailing Potential Supervisors in the US?

I'm applying to PhD programs this year. How common is it to email potential supervisors before submitting my application, asking if they have a spot available? Could this improve my chances of ...
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I got an offer from my dream graduate school days after starting grad school somewhere else. What should I do?

I have been offered a PhD in a European country which I have accepted and I started attending (my first month). However, just few days after starting here, I got another offer (from a different ...
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Does having publications on a completely separate field helps my graduate school application?

I am currently a mathematics undergraduate with every intention to enter a top mathematics PhD program in the future. I understand that having research experiences as an undergraduate is one of the ...
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phd admission- both professor from same university agreed to be mentor

2 professors from the same university same department have agreed to be my mentor. But none have funds, prof.1 may give me TA, while prof.2 can give me RA. Which one should I choose? Can I put 2 ...
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How much do grad school care about my dismissal experience in my application?

I am an international student from China and currently pursuing undergraduate degree in Canada, majoring in computer sicence. My academic experience is very tortuous and I want to tell my story and ...
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GWA TO HONOURS CLASS [duplicate]

In the Philippine Grading System, my GWA is 1.6250, is there any chance to know the standing of this grade in the UK GRADING SYSTEM?
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Who to ask for letters of recommendations?

I am an undergrad from a pretty unknown Asian university and I would be applying to PhD programs (mostly US) in pure mathematics this application cycle. However, my major is physics and my intention ...
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How to prepare a talk for my PhD interview?

My PhD Interview in mathematics at an Austrian university is right around the corner and I need to prepare a talk of approximately 15 to 20 minutes about my "research interests" and present ...
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Masters in mathematics after bachelors in mechanical engineering

I am in a bit of dilemma regarding my career aspirations. I am a mechanical engineering graduate from one of the top 5 IITs in India. I have a average CGPA of 8.87/10 (top 20 in my class). I have ...
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Is it weird to have a one-year, master's level “general studies” program?

I am a recent grad & my main goal is to do a Ph.D. in Computer Science, but I have some interest in math and physics. I recently found this Masters in Science program offered by a very reputable ...
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How to ask politely to a potential supervisor? [duplicate]

I have some initial conversations related to the scope of the research area with my potential supervisor. I took a course with him as well. He knows me well too. I asked him to supervise me in my ...
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Are letterhead and signatures necessary in the LOR?

My manager (one of the recommenders) said that he is working from home for several months due to coronavirus. It will not be possible for him to give the recommendation letter on the letterhead. ...
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What should a work supervisor put in a recommendation letter for someone applying to statistics PhD programs?

This fall, I'll be applying to PhD programs in statistics in the U.S. I'm currently a full-time student in an applied math master's program in the U.S.; until this fall, I was a part-time student and ...
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What more should I do to increase admission probability to a top math graduate program?

Everyone learned in high school that admissions to top colleges for undergrad is not a meritocracy because there are simply too many qualified candidates and not enough spots. After getting rejected ...
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Stature vs relationship for recommendation letters

Im curious how important is the stature of an author of a recommendation letter (both for phd positions and fellowship applications). A more answerable question would be what is the difference from a ...
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Conversion of GPA from scale of 10 to 4 (India) [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate student from India, interested in applying for Ph.D. programs in Astronomy in US institutes. My institute evaluates the CGPA from a scale of 10. Since the cutoff for Astronomy is ...
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As an undergrad applying for PhD positions, can I add to my CV that I will be mentioned in an as yet unwritten paper?

I have recently completed a summer research project. In this project I completed sample preparation and preliminary analysis which will be used as a basis for further analysis. I have been told by my ...
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How to make my application stronger for a master's degree in mathematics in Europe?

I want to apply for the ICTP diploma in mathematics and other master's programmes in Europe. I have a BSc degree in math/physics with a cgpa of 2.74/4. I did a master's degree in mathematics; I got 3....

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