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Do mathematicians look down on interest in logic and philosophy?

Would it hurt graduate admissions chances if I went to a logic REU or took upper-level philosophy courses? I go to a small school that doesn't offer graduate-level mathematics. What if I applied to ...
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Double Majoring in CS and Math for a PhD in Theoretical Computer Science?

I'm a undergrad in CS and Math. My plan for college and beyond is to double major in Computer Science and Math, go to industry for a couple years then get a masters in Comp/Electrical engineering. ...
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How to follow up with a prospective supervisor in such condition?

This question is an extension of my previous question:How many days should I wait for e-mail of Prospective Supervisor in this condition I e-mailed a prof in France on Jan 10 asking if he is ...
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Are universities strategic about when they release grad school admissions results?

I recently went through the process of applying to graduate school (in mathematics, in the US). Of course, decisions come out at very different times. For example, two of the departments I applied to ...
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If you did not get called for an interview, is it safe to assume that your Ph.D. application was not shortlisted? (Please see additional details.)

Last year, I submitted an application to a PhD program at a Canadian university. The university's website says that shortlisted applicants must expect to be interviewed in February 2022. If I don't ...
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Choosing a Grad school from the perspective of opportunities in Academic Job market [duplicate]

I have received Ph.D. offers from my 3 Top choices (with funding). I had five top choices (with no order) but I am expecting a rejection from 4th and my 5th top choice has frankly told me that he is ...
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Importance of research team in PhD

I have been accepted to two programs in education in the US. Both potential advisors are very active in research in different ways and advocated me a lot to the admission committee. The first uni has ...
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PhD Program Academic Probation

I'm an international student who starts a Ph.D. in fall 2021 (in a US university) in mechanical engineering. I took two courses which account for six credits (3 each) and three credits for research, a ...
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PhD: Letters of recommendation from foreign professors

My partner was born outside the U.S. and received their degree from a foreign university. My partner is now living and working in the United States. They have begun to apply to various Ph.D. programs, ...
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Sharing my graduate school application

I am a graduate student at a well ranked US institution A, and my undergraduate was from a very low ranked and small institution B in another country. Sometimes students from institution B (encouraged ...
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LOR designation wrongly put?

One of my references for MS grad applications has submitted the LOR undersigning as "Assistant Senior Professor." Is the undersigning incorrect? and will it hamper my overall application? ...
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Getting into maths PhD program

I would like to get into a mathematics MSc or PhD program. My undergraduate degree is in physics and I have completed the most basic mathematics courses, like calculus, linear algebra. In the final ...
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Pros and Cons of moving away from SO/Family for PhD [closed]

I completed my undergrad and masters at UofT (Toronto) in CS (my field is CS Theory/Online learning) and I was interested in applying elsewhere for a PhD. I am in a fortunate position to have received ...
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Apply PhD to top US schools with low GPA and good first+co-author papers and working experience [duplicate]

I am planning to apply for PhD in the US at the top institutions such as Harvard, MIT, Stanford. I have a 5-year experience in doing research since my university time and published a fairly good ...
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Do I have to disclose academic dishonesty on a grad application?

When I was a freshman I got caught cheating on a homework (really just looked at a similar question online trying to figure out how and filled in the wrong number) and got a 0 on the assignment. I'm ...
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Are German university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule) Bachelor degrees recognized in US UK NZ or Australia?

I'm a prospective student looking to apply for an electrical engineering course (in English) at Karlsrhuhe, Rhine-Waal and Ravensburg-Weingarten universities of applied sciences. After doing a little ...
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What do you do when a professor saying that he has not received a link for recommendation?

I'm applying to a university for a Ph.D., which requires 2 letters of recommendation. I asked a professor to submit this letter 8 days before the deadline (and provided him the necessary e-mail link ...
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Can I apply for a master's degree in Germany after repeating my second year in bachelor?

I failed my fourth semester in applied mathematics bachelor degree because of depression. So I'll be obtaining my bachelor diploma in 4 years instead of 3 years. Would I be able to apply for a master'...
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I got rejected for my PhD application to a German university, but the university informed me of another PhD hiring. Is it a positive sign?

Last year, I applied for a research assistant position at a German university in the STEM field aimed at a PhD degree. I prepared all the documents required, including recommendation letters from ...
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Can independent study classes hurt/help grad school admissions?

My liberal arts college does not offer many courses that are considered required by many CS PhD programs. Our college offers an independent study option where I can propose the topic I want to study ...
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Too many academic references for grad school applications

I am applying for graduate school and asked three of my professors to write me reference letters to all 3 schools I'm applying to. Turns out, one of the programs is a professional program and only ...
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Why don't US schools have fixed notification dates for PhD admissions?

I.e. why don't schools say "we will announce decisions in n rounds: first round date X, second round date Y, etc."? For the applicants' mental well-being, this seems like a much better ...
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Do Canadian universities defer to the grade conversion scale of a foreign univerisity or do they follow their own? [closed]

I'm planning to apply this year to several Ph.D. programs at different universities in Canada. The school where I finished my master's degree (outside Canada) uses a percentage grading system where a ...
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Would it be polite to ask the graduate program coordinator if my PhD application made the shortlist?

I recently submitted an application to a certain PhD program at a certain university. According the university's website and the graduate program coordinator, the graduate admissions committee will ...
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How to tell a supervisor that I got a PhD position without his recommendation letter?

I was applying for a Ph.D. position and my supervisor wanted me to apply to a few of his collaborator's labs which subjects or work never attracted me. Also, he always wanted all his students to apply ...
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If I am currently enrolled in a master's program and get a PhD offer at another institution, will my offer be rescinded for failing my last term? [closed]

To be clear, this is a two-year master's program but I applied to PhD programs during the first year and wrote in my statement of purpose I would not finish this master's. I had straight A's the first ...
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Will rejecting a professor's PhD offer hurt my chances of getting into that department?

I applied for PhD at some top US universities (Electrical & Computer Engineering dept). I received an email from a professor at one of the places, about a position in his group, to work on a very ...
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How should I answer questions about what I'm "expecting from my PhD" and "what I'll do after my PhD"? [closed]

I am in the fourth semester of my master's in a poor Asian country and want to do a PhD in pure mathematics in France or Germany. I am asking how should I answer these two probable questions in my PhD ...
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Do PhD interviewers in the USA expect a presentation if not asked?

I just received a 15 minute Ph.D. interview invitation from USC. In the email, they said that they are interviewing to better understand my background and experiences. I was notified just two days ...
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Reasons for Applying vs Statement of interest

When applying for math masters programs in graduate schools in the UK, how different is "reasons for applying" compared to "statement of interest"? If they are very different, then ...
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Professor has not responded to request for letter of recommendation after a month, what to do next?

I am applying for Masters programs and I am trying to get my letters of recommendation squared away. One of the professors I asked has failed to respond to my emails. I sent her an initial email a ...
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Unofficial PhD admission

I am looking for some clarifications to how graduate committees' proceed. Looking at GradCafe it seems that some mathematics departments sent e-mails admitting students to their PhDs already, even if ...
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How to get most from this meeting with a "possible" potential supervisor

This question is a related to this question which has been closed. I will explain the whole situation here again and the question is different: I wrote to a prof. on December 15 in Germany whose ...
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How many days should I wait for e-mail of Prospective Supervisor in this condition

I am a citizen of an Asian country who e-mailed a prof in France 4 weeks ago that I am interested in discussing PhD research opportunity in Pure mathematics. He replied 2 weeks ago asking me to send ...
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Am I failed and being ignored? [closed]

I am currently applying for a doctoral student position (fall term 2022) in some university. The application procedure is somehow "manual". I submitted my documents to an appointed contact ...
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How to write a research proposal for a university in UK?

I am applying to a PhD position in Pure math in UK. Application form asks for research proposal but I don't have any specific problem now which I would like to work on although I have a good ...
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Is there any scientific research on how to do college admissions correctly?

In India, the criteria for college admissions is very unambiguous and the question of whether you study in a prestigious institutions or not boils down to whether you score well in a standardized exam ...
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How should I follow up with this professor?

I e-mailed a prof in France (Paris) on 10 Jan that my research interest align with his work and I would be willing to work for a PhD under his supervision in Pure Mathematics. I am a student living in ...
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Motivation letter / Letter of Application for 1 year Research Master's in France

I have done my master's from an institute in Asia in 2021 and I planned to write for PhD in Pure Math in 2022 in France. One prof suggested me to also apply to 1 year Research Masters(M2) in France ...
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How do I politely tell a professor that I prefer not to be online-interviewed late at night?

I have applied to a graduate program in the US, and a Professor emailed me that he wants to meet on Zoom to talk about my application. He gave me some dates when he will be available for a Zoom ...
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How could I share my concern about university ranking with a potential supervisor?

I have a master's degree from a university outside of Canada. I recently decided to apply for Ph.D. in Canada and I found a potential supervisor, I like his research area, he has more industrial ...
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Why do some graduate programs host open house before extending formal offers?

I applied to several PhD programs for computer science for this coming academic year. I just received a conspicuously congratulatory email from one of them with an invitation to attend a virtual open ...
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Possible options for an unhappy graduate student

I am a first year PhD student in Mathematics at a US university but I cannot adopt myself to the environment of my current program. I feel this program is not right for me. Unfortunately, I have to ...
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What should I expect in PhD interview in Pure Mathematics

I am a person who completed his master's last year and now I am preparing for PhD admissions in Europe. I am from a poor country in Asia. I have 3 PhD interviews scheduled in last week of January to ...
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Cultural differences and etiquettes to be kept in mind for a PhD interview

I am a student who has completed his master's and I took an year break to prepare for PhD and living in a poor Asian country. I applied to PhD programs in Germany and France this year in Pure ...
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My mathematics PhD application at Michigan State University [closed]

I got an email from the mathematics graduate department of Michigan State University, which mentioned that I was being nominated for a fellowship, and hence they needed certain documents. I confirmed ...
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How to make the best out of my Applied Math degree?

I'm currently a second-year student taking a Math Degree. The reason I say Applied Math in the title is because I've started to see that, while I like studying Pure Math (I'm enjoying my proof based ...
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Has anyone had an offer rescinded after accepting?

A few days ago I asked when an offer is considered official (see here) and the consensus seemed to be that nothing is official until a contract is signed. Therefore, I was wondering if anyone has had ...
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How much is PhD admission procedure in France different from that in UK? [duplicate]

I live in an Asian country and I have planned to apply to PhD positions in France and UK in Pure mathematics. I wrote to one professor saying that I am interested in his work and would like to work ...
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How should a reminder e-mail asking for a PhD position be written so that it is not considered rude?

I live in an Asian country and I wrote to three professors in France asking to discuss PhD research opportunities in Math. I introduced myself and told them my background in the particular branch of ...
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