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How to answer “Tell us who you are” in 20 words [closed]

How to answer "Tell us who you are" in 20 words Context: We've all heard the obvious question at the start of many interviews/uni applications - Tell us about yourself/who you are. ...
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How does the American PhD system works for foreign students?

I'm a MSc Theoretical Physics student from Italy, and I'll most likely graduate around the end of next year: for the Italian academic system, this means that I'll be ready to try to get into a PhD ...
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How to take the right decision - PhD offers [closed]

This is kind of a personal question but I really need help. I have been offered two different PhD positions in two different countries. I am a graduate student in Chemical Engineering. The first ...
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Submitting more than three letters of recommendation to a math PhD program

I will likely be applying for PhD programs in mathematics. Several of the schools I intend to apply to state that they require ‘a minimum of 3 letters’. Presently, I have three solid letters from well ...
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Should I email the program director of a department after being referred to them by another professor/potential advisor?

A couple of weeks ago, I emailed a professor (at a different university) about becoming my graduate advisor. While they didn't explicitly agree to do so (the program isn't accepting new students until ...
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Importance of GRE for computer science PhD applicant

I am currently a prospective computer science Ph.D. applicant with a 3.75/4.00 GPA at an R1 CS school ranked in the top 30. I am considering applying to 15 schools roughly in the top 50. I have an ...
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Which ranked universities in the USA is easier to get a PhD admission with low cgpa and high research skills? [closed]

I want to apply for a Ph.D. position in the USA (departments related to health sciences) in the upcoming session. My bachelor's GPA is very low (below 3.00). I have worked hard to cover it up and now ...
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Is it impossible to find a PhD position for someone who has failed courses during their master's degree? [duplicate]

Suppose a computer science student who has had lots of life problems and failed courses during their master's degree, but eventually defended successfully with an excellent score, seeks PhD positions. ...
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What are the chances of getting into a great CS PhD program with research in a different field?

I am a CS and Mathematics double major going into my senior year at a very small liberal arts college. I aspire to get into a high ranking AI PhD program. The issue is that, due to the size of my ...
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Acceptence of cross-major master application in Germany

I am planing to apply for a Master of Computer Science in Germany, as an undergrads with a major in Physics. Although I have taken a bunch of CS courses covering core concepts such as programming ...
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Should I apply for a second masters degree (PSI master's program) after already having done a dual degree in physics?

I am a master's student in India, supposed to apply for PhD applications this year. However, I am still unsure of what I want to pursue in my PhD program. Meanwhile, I came across PSI's one-year ...
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A university's odd rule that inevitably affects students' final grades

My university had a quite strange rule that set an upper limit 78 on the average grades for each course. To be more specific, even if you're the number one student in your school, your GPA will still ...
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3.15 Undergrad 3.952 Masters Can I still get a PhD? [duplicate]

I got my BSc in Computer Science and AI abroad in the United Kingdom and now I am back in America, Finishing up my Masters in Data analytics and visualization. after translating the grade back to the ...
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Enquiry emails for grad school

I will be applying for grad school soon and have drafted a few informal enquiry emails. When would be the best time to send out informal enquiry emails to potential supervisors? Would it be advisable ...
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Trouble finding good letter writers for math grad school due to switching programs

I'm planning to apply to top US grad schools in the fall, and out of all the required documents, I would say that my weakest link would be in the quality of my recommendation letters. I'm currently ...
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Leaving PhD for a professional master's program

I am in the 3rd year of a social sciences PhD program and just haven't found it fulfilling. I've tried therapy in the past, meditation, new diets, exercise, even moving to a new place in attempts to ...
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Thoughts on unfunded programs for better job prospects?

When applying to graduate programs, the typical sentiment is that it is unwise to go into debt for a graduate degree because, due to lost wages from not working/not advancing a career for 5-6 years, ...
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How Much Say Would A Prospective Supervisor Have In A Students Admission To An Applied Math Graduate Program?

I am interested in applying to some applied math graduate programs but I have some deficiencies in a few math courses. However, I have reached out to a potential supervisor and our conversations are ...
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How to become competitive for PhD in data science? [duplicate]

I want to apply for Ph.D at a good Western university (e.g., in the UK or US) in data science. I have a master's degree (no thesis) and only one publication in a local journal. Will I be competitive ...
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How significant is it to publish a scientific “review paper” in 6–10 impact factor journal?

I have published my thesis to an international conference but it was not anything reputed. However, I do not have access to lab now. I have been asked to be a part of a review-paper writing team and a ...
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Applying to Computer Science PhD Programs

I am a computer science and math double major, and I am applying to computer science PhD programs this fall. I have a 3.9 GPA and have done research with 3 professors during my time in undergrad. I ...
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How can a software engineer become competitive for a PhD position in computer science?

I'm looking to apply to grad school once my wife finishes her PhD next year. She has a post-doc lined up in Canada and I'm thinking during that time would be a great time for me to finally start mine (...
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Recommendation letter from CS faculty for math grad school (and vice versa)

I am in kind of a dilemma(ish) situation. I am a rising junior, and I plan on applying to graduate school in math, but I have not shut the door on graduate programs in CS or applied math either (am ...
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Would a Russian specialist degree (diploma in dentistry) qualify me a for a master's program in Europe?

I have a specialist degree (specialist diploma in dentistry) from a Russian institution. Would I be eligible for a European (e.g., German) master's program in economics? If so, how do I use the ...
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How should I apply for readmission to a graduate program from which I had to withdraw due to misconduct caused by a disability?

A few years ago, I was required to withdraw from a PhD Program at my previous institution because of academic misconduct. However, doctors found it was a result of disability. I have spent a few years ...
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How does the lockdown affect the application and admission processes in the Western Europe, Scandinavia, and the US?

I am about to submit my PhD thesis and thus my studentship will terminate. Along with my studentship, naturally, my scholarship and my stipend also will be gone. I have some savings, but I doubt I can ...
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How to judge a potential graduate student based on a short interview?

In my department, we typically have many more applications for MS/PhD students than we have open positions, so it is a "buyer's market" from the professor's point of view. Each student ...
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Publishing Unpublished undergraduate research after a decade

I want to see whether I can publish my undergraduate work after a decade. Context: This is to support my academic career as I am planning to apply for a PhD program (Biophysics/Chemistry/Structural ...
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Is a student eligible for PhD in Mathematics from top US universities with just B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology) in Electrical Engineering? [closed]

I have completed by B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology) in Electrical Engineering from India, and I have since then been teaching Mathematics to the students aspiring for the IIT-JEE examination for ...
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Does switching majors look bad for graduate admissions?

Here's my situation: I've want to get into a master's or PhD level program in biomedical engineering. However, the college I go to does not offer a biomedical engineering degree. So, out of the ...
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Choosing between institutes amid a pandemic [closed]

I have been offered an admit at a institute closer to my house. I also have the option to upgrade to a slightly better institute which is more than 1000 miles away from my home. Although classes will ...
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Doing a STEM Masters after a non-recognized Masters/PhD

I am from a third-world African country. I have a STEM Masters degree from a non-recognized university (ranked 3000 or more worldwide). I am doing a PhD at the same university where I will be ...
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Choosing between letters of recommendation

I am in the process of preparing an application for a grad school/PhD program in Economics. The program I want to apply for requires two letters of recommendation so I was wondering which professors ...
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Is it perceived poorly when a student takes a low course load throughout their undergrad. education? [duplicate]

I just saw a question called "Do graduate admissions care about course load?", so (I hope) this isn't considered a duplicate because I'm specifically referring to a constant low course load ...
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Can suing one university hurt your admission chances at another? [closed]

I edited this question, deleting the details of my individual situation, with the hopes of having it reopened. In a general sense, will suing one university hurt your admission chances at another? ...
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Is it possible to ask about RA positions after being rejected by the same lab for a PhD?

I am currently looking at PhD programmes (mainly in the US) and have been advised to email potential PIs before I put in an application. I am afraid my profile isn't very competitive and my back up ...
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How to mention that we are applying as a couple? [duplicate]

My wife and I are applying to US universities for master's and PhD programmes. We both have a electrical engg. degree and are applying to the same department. However we would like to get into the ...
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With most applications status available online, follow up or not?

Many applications in academia have their status available online. Starting from school admission, faculty jobs, and research funding proposals. If there are no updates on the application, does it ...
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I will fail 1 (or 2) classes this semester as a master's student. Should I forget about PhD applications to schools in US?

I am an engineering master's student, and I could not cope with the quarantine during the last few months, and I will be failing one or two classes this semester. I just finished my year, and I had a ...
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How can I strengthen my submitted graduate application?

I am applying for a master degree in Germany. I have submitted my application but wish to strengthen it as I want to be accepted. What can I do to enhance my application? Can I contact any of the ...
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Statistics/Biostatistics PhD after an Epidemiology PhD [duplicate]

I did my honors in Applied Statistics and had a master's degree in Biostatistics. I thought an Epidemiology Ph.D. would align with my training and the research I was doing during then but now I feel I ...
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Engineering in Graduate School [duplicate]

I'm currently studying Physics as an undergrad at a solid research-oriented college. I want to work in the space industry, but it seems you need an engineering degree to do just about anything in ...
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How do I start an initial conversation with a professor to ask them to let me work in their group as a graduated student

I got my master's in Computer Science 3 years ago. I had a poor GPA of 3.3/4. I wanted to get a job back then and I was not that interested in the coursework. I am currently working as a software ...
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In India, can you do psychiatry after graduating with an undergraduate degree in dentistry? [closed]

I am a BDS (dental undergraduate) student in India in final year. I am interested in psychiatry after completing my graduation. I have heard that I could pursue an Msc in Psychology after my ...
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With GRE not being accepted or being considered optional due to Covid, which other aspects of application will be given heavier weightage? [closed]

Due to COVID-19 many universities (at least many Physics departments) are not accepting or are considering the GRE as optional. So, which other aspects of my application might be given heavier ...
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Will it hurt my grad school chances if I don't mention/contact a particular proffessor-potential guide? [closed]

I'll be applying to Physics grad school in US in the next cycle. Several of my seniors who have entered grad school have suggested me to mail a professor-potential guide before or immediately after ...
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Transitioning from Electrical Engineering to Applied Physics/Material Science

So I have a bit of a dilemma. I'm an American. I graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering and worked for the past two years in the RF field. I'm heading to school this fall to get my Master's. A ...
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Sent a low optional math GRE score to a Statistics department

I took the Math subject GRE last year (in 2019) and I was not well while taking it, so I could not do well in the exam and got a 50 percentile. When I created my GRE account in ETS, I selected four ...
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Graduating Early

I am currently in my second year of college and since I came in with credits from high school college credit courses and AP credits I have the opportunity to graduate a year early. I would get my ...
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Is getting an oral recommendation from a professor who has known me since childhood a conflict of interest during graduate admissions?

My parents know a Professor A who knows another Professor B. Professor A has known me since I was a child. I applied for a Ph.D. position in Professor B's group and got admitted. Before admission, ...

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