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Questions tagged [graduate-school]

On schools that award advanced academic degrees, such as masters and doctoral degrees. This tag is mainly for questions about the structure and organization of a graduate school or the fundamental experience of being a graduate student. Do not use this tag for questions about research in graduate ...

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Graduate advisors: what are some qualities that make a graduate student difficult to supervise? [on hold]

I am asking this question to seek some perspectives from graduate advisors. My question is: what qualities of a student makes him or her difficult to supervise? It is all the more valuable if this ...
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I have solid projects but the papers have not been published yet. How can I mention this in my SOP?

I have a few solid projects, however I have not yet been able to write papers on them. I am in my final year of Computer Science & Engineering. How can I tell them that I have done useful work ...
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How do you build a healthy and productive relationship with your supervisor?

Some graduate students and post-docs have reported serious problems with their advisors and supervisors. Some of the problems are severe enough to be career ending. Not all problems can be avoided but ...
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what to do in 2 year gap before CS PhD

I am currently an undergraduate student in computer science, rising senior. I have had extensive research experiences throughout college at competitive universities and research companies (but no ...
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reminding email to hr for scholarship claim

i sent an email to hr asking about scholarship they provided to under graduates employees. she informed to her assistant to generate and provide gsp enrollment no. to me but she did not provide, i ...
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How do I think clearly about applying to grad school?

Tl;dr: I have serious issues with self-confidence and indecision that have already negatively affected my academic career and that persist despite significant improvement. What strategies can I use ...
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Is it common for college students to drop a year or 2 between UG and graduate studies?

I've heard of people taking a break for getting work experience or internships and jobs and so on ... is this the norm ?
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do you know anyone who is over 30 years old, but got admission from top math grad school? [duplicate]

I am going to apply math grad schools this year. But, the problem is now I'm 30 years old. Do you know anyone who is 30 or over 30, but got admission from top math grad school?
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How often do US graduate programs reevaluate their requirements?

The spark for this question was a remark (you'll know which one when you see it!) made in this answer. My other reason for asking is that I recently learnt that one physics PhD program went ~25 years ...
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Why do most mathematics PhD programs in United States have rigid qualifying and breadth requirements for every PhD student?

For a long time, I have been confused about the purpose of having (roughly the same) qualifying requirements and breadth (course) requirements for every mathematics PhD student (in many, if not most, ...
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How can I quit an internship before the agreed upon end date without burning bridges?

I'm a recent college graduate, and I'm currently four months into a research internship. My original plan was to take a year off before applying to graduate school (in physics) and use this internship ...
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Why do many graduate programs in mathematics (United States) still have foreign language requirements today (in 2010s)?

As far as I know, nowadays most of the mathematical literature is written and published in English and mathematicians communicate with each other in English. Although there are certain number of books ...
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Applying to theoretical physics Masters in Europe while not having a physics undergraduate degree

I intend to apply to European Master programs in theoretical physics. I don't have an undergraduate degree in physics. My question is : Is an undergrad degree in physics absolutely required for ...
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When should I get business cards and how much do they actually matter as a graduate student who has not yet built up their CV?

Context: I am a graduate student within the social sciences, who will be obtaining their Master's degree on their way to Ph.D. (hopefully by the end of this academic year). Though I have not yet ...
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Does it look bad if I email multiple professors in the same department at once?

I'm currently in the process of applying to grad schools, and I'm emailing profs whose work I find interesting. I always read a bit of their work, and then customize both, the email I send them, and ...
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How to prepare before going to grad school [closed]

I earned my Bachelor's degree in Information Technology this year and I am currently employed in the last 5 months. I am currently 20 years old and expected to be 21 when I enter graduate school. For ...
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How much is a PhD worth without publications or a reputation?

I asked this question a few months ago about addressing in-group bullying during my PhD. How to address in-group bullying without compromising PhD/career? Things have not improved over the past few ...
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Just starting in grad school, I haven't heard from my advisor in three weeks …

I just started grad school this year. I met with my advisor over three weeks ago, on the first week of school. We talked about the school, she told me a bit about the department and showed me around ...
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Asking a professor to teach better

In my mathematics program, one of the qual prep courses is being taught by a professor who, put bluntly, is not putting in the effort. He is essentially reading from the book (which I don’t ...
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How to professionally inform of my intention to quit my masters

After long thought, I have decided to quit my master's program. I fully understand the shame and failure that this is. What is the professional way to leave, I do not wish to waste anyone's time but ...
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How to talk to an intimidating professor?

I'm studying for a postgraduate degree and my courses with a certain professor will start in some time. I have been meaning to speak to him since a very long time but I'm scared to go over to his ...
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Do graduate schools dislike when students take 5 years in undergrad?

I am currently a junior Materials Science and Engineering major at a top engineering university, and have done research in a very physics-based materials science lab for the past two years. I love ...
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Professor not responding email about his grading, do I have to email again?

I received a failing for a course; however, one of my project (which worth around 10%) was not graded. It is possibly due to my late submission (one minute late). Previously many of his students ...
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How to find a masters/phd program and supervisor?

I just graduated from university and got a job in my field. I made it to the dean list every year, completed an honours program with a thesis, and had a 3.689 overall GPA (Higher in math, similar in ...
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Order of experiences in Statement of Purpose

I'm a freshly graduated undergrad and I'm currently writing my Statement of Purpose for PhD programs in either Electrical and Computer Engineering or Computer Science and have three experiences that I'...
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What should I reply to graduate office?

I have applied for a PhD position with scholarship where the assessment is still going on(I will get the result on November). I have only applied in the projects where a bachelor degree is the minimum ...
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Effect of PhD advisor name/department on my future

I am in the first year of my PhD research (in Europe) in Biostatistics and I have a day-to-day supervisor, however he is not a full professor so he cannot be my promotor. Our department head is, but I ...
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How do I get over these (possibly sexist) feelings regarding an underqualified labmate? [closed]

Well, this is kind of embarrassing for me and I am judging myself as well. I have just started my PhD. And there is another woman who has started in the same lab as me. Over the first week, I found ...
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What is Wise to Study For a Successful Career Outside of Academia? [closed]

Next year I will be starting an MS program in the Computer Science department (I have come from a grad-prep program). I have "learned" C++, C, Java, assembly, CS math, and OS. When I enter this ...
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Few Months Left to Prepare for Pure Math PhD Application

I'm hoping that I can get some general advice on strengthening a graduate application in the last few months through introducing myself to some faculty in my current program. I have recently landed ...
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Applying for research assistant (What can I speak about?)

I will be applying for a research assistant position under a professor at my college (master's program). I have an interview with her on phone (competition will be stiff, many students have applied). ...
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Can I mention multiple faculty members in my SOP?

I'm applying for PhD and thesis masters programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering. In one of the schools, there is a specific faculty member I'm extremely interested in working with. However, ...
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How to know when its time to quit grad school, due to my own failings

I am in my second semester of a MS in engineering. While classwork is fine, research is not going well. I wrote the first few pages of my thesis and basically everything was wrong: formatting, ...
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How can I build a competitive application for a PhD? [closed]

Thank you all in advance! I have the intention to apply for a PhD within the next year to start in Fall 2019. I have an undergraduate degree in Finance and was selected best finance student of the ...
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Taking an extra semester to raise GPA [duplicate]

I'm not sure if this is the place to ask about graduate admission, so please let me know if the question is off-topic. I'm currently in my senior year doing my undergraduate degree. I recently made ...
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GRE Math Subject Scores [duplicate]

What would be recommended GRE math subject test score for a Canadian applying to a top 20 US school PhD program in pure math? Does prestige of your undergraduate school matter at all? Would a low ...
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Do universities know that you have re-applied

Do universities know that you are a re-applicant who applied to the same program last year? Do they keep that database? And if they do, does that hurt your chances? (Specific to universities in the US ...
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Is there a difference between Top Tier and Second Tier graduate programs in Mathematics regarding tenure track?

I am unaware if this question has been asked anywhere on StackExchange before. However, I would like to know what is the major difference between a top 6 and a top 10 graduate school in Mathematics. ...
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Admitting candidates from a no-name college? [closed]

How many times have you really seen Graduate Admissions Office of top universities in the US and the UK admitting students for Masters Program from no-name colleges in South Asia? For example, they ...
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How to ask my professor to assign a paper to publish?

I am a masters student. This semester I had a course with my supervisor. This course was not directly related to my thesis. During the term, the professor assigned me an in-class project (which was ...
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Recommendation letter from a professor who knows me for a short amount of time

I'm going to be applying for a Master's program at the end of this year. The problem is that I need a recommendation letter from my professor who would know me only for 4-6 months. Does that make the ...
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academic dismissive undergraduate and research experience [closed]

I've got an academic dismissive (LOW GPA) from the department at my 2nd year of my undergraduate study due to money problems, then I got back to the program and raised my GPA from 1.9 to 3.2 (overall ...
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If I don't ask for a recommendation letter from a postdoc I did research with, will it look bad?

I am applying for math graduate school. I have two people that I did research with: A professor and a postdoc. I have a strong connection with the professor, but the postdoc I do not. He was very ...
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Advisor ill, out all year… how should I proceed?

I’m a first year grad student beginning this year. My professor was diagnosed with cancer and won’t be in, probably all year, maybe even the entire time I’m in class. He’s a great man, and also a ...
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How to deal with advisors who seem to not like me?

I'm an undergraduate researcher that's been doing research with another undergrad over a summer. Our project was supervised by a grad student. For some reason, sometime throughout the summer, that ...
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Administration possibly forcing student out

In my (mathematics) PhD program, the administration has started to crack down on students who are not making their way through the program in a timely manner. This has only started in the last year, ...
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Letter of Recommendation from Instructor

I am a graduate student pursuing my masters in physics, with the intention of eventually getting my PhD (just not from my current institution). This past summer, I taught a physics course, and several ...
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When Are Fall Semester Grades Usually Issued? [closed]

I am a middle manager at the US subsidiary of a large multi-national corporation, and a member of my staff has been accepted to grad school in her field of expertise. Our corporate policy is that we ...
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Are students who are asylees eligible for National Science Foundation (NSF) grants? [closed]

Are graduate students who are asylees pursuing a doctorate able to apply for funding from the National Science Foundation? According to the proposal preparation and submission guidelines (part E): ...
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Can anyone reach my thesis that is scanned through turnitin? [closed]

I will submit my thesis as an assignment on turnitin. So, I wonder whether anyone can reach my thesis? In that case, what should I have to do to prevent it?