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 school (use [research] instead), coursework in graduate school (use [coursework] instead), gaining admissions to graduate school (use [graduate-admissions]), etc.

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Writing multiple areas of interest in SOP

So first let me introduce myself. I am planning to apply for masters in mathematics in this year. I am student of bsc. 3rd year of Mathematics. Although my initial interest was to study about ...
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Some people publish great ideas in grad school, others are not

While reading certain papers, I come across great ones, presenting truly new findings, and not re-inventing the wheel or doing minor changes to other works. I seriously find it hard to believe that ...
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Is it a must to collect resources from previous students to be a successful student?

I will tell u a story according to my experience which I am still trying to understand. I couldn't figure out what went wrong. I started my semester on 18th February, 2019. I took 5 courses: ...
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Staying Motivated in Grad School [on hold]

Let's consider the worst case scenario. A puerile and not supportive advisor (yeah, imagine that); not forthcoming students in the group (majority from same ethnicity); and a school that is slow in ...
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Why should a P.I be motivated to write a strong LOR even if that means losing a undergraduate from his/her lab?

Suppose, you are the head of a lab, and there is a particular undergraduate in your lab that you want them to continue their studies in your lab while continuing their graduate studies in the current ...
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Getting into a US PhD programme for math after an Indian MS [closed]

I studied math as an undergrad in India, and after two years away from the field, have decided to come back to it. I am interested in learning more about pure mathematics, and am interested in the ...
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Funded PhD in the UK with a Distinction in MSc and a low undergraduate CGPA [closed]

I completed my undergraduate degree in engineering at the best university in my country of origin, almost a decade ago. I completed the undergraduate program with a 2.9 CGPA on a 4.0 GPA scale, which ...
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Double degree in mathematics and computer science for PhD admissions [closed]

Long story short, I'm really interested in machine learning research and aim to get into a top CS PhD program. I recently got admitted to the best CS program (5 year bsc+msc) in my country but it is ...
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The necessity of having an honours undergrad degree for Msc applications (Canada)

I am a soon to be graduated undergrad student doing research on potential universities for grad school. I specifically want to do a Msc in Stats, with a course-based or research project stream, no ...
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What are acceptable “relationships with referees”?

I am applying for grad school and need to give referees, and their relationship with me. I am not sure how to phrase things. My referees are: in my previous job, in-direct supervisor, who I had ...
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Fired from TA position without cause/notice, what to do next? [closed]

I am a post-doc in the USA and was a teaching assistant in the same university. During my TA appointment, I attended a one-week course outside the city. Prior to leaving, I got permission from the ...
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Explaining poor grades in application?

I am applying to a Masters Program at a top university. I already have a Bachelors and a Masters degree, in addition to work experience. I have strong letters of recommendation and my Masters degree ...
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Should I leave my PhD after 3 years with a Masters? [closed]

I am a current PhD student who just finished my third year in a Computational Biology program at a respected university, and I am looking for some advice. Basically, I am trying to decide whether or ...
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Should I write a non-academic white paper?

I have a B.S. in computer science, and I have an idea for a computer security white paper. It essentially builds on top of another white paper's security mechanism. It would propose an alternate ...
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What is the proper designation for someone who has not finished their master's degree?

If a person has completed their course work but has not submitted their dissertation or capstone project. what can you call them if they are teaching a class or course at an academic institution?
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Reporting meta analysis [closed]

I’m a grad student working on an assignment that involves stating the effectiveness of an intervention for students with learning disabilities. I used a meta analysis to support the effectiveness and ...
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Re-apply the PhD program that I previously got offer and turned down

My situation is as follows: I applied to PhD program A and B, and got offers from both. However, the offer of A came too late which was after the deadline of decision for B. So I took offer B, and ...
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Interview with potential supervisor for graduate program. Should I keep contacting other potential professors?

I applied for winter 2020 entry. The applications open in September but I was recommended to contact potential supervisors ahead of time. I emailed my CV, transcript and quick background about myself ...
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How to say no to more work as a PhD student so I can graduate

I am entering my 5th year as a PhD student. The "understanding" with my advisor is that I need three journal papers accepted to graduate. I think I have enough material (designs/ measurements/ ...
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Is it normal that my adviser remove my information, pictures, everything from the lab homepage after I suspend my school?

First of all, I studied in Japan. After I complete all graduate courses. There will be 3 years to submit my thesis. During this time, I drop school and work in a company. So my professor removed all ...
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Graduate School Advice, very conflicted

So I have just recently graduated with my undergraduate degree. I had a really great undergraduate career. I started off pretty roughly in undergrad due to family issues but was able to then grow as ...
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“Write your future plans with less than 51 words”: what is the purpose of this question?

I'm an undergrad who is applying a scholarship for Phd. I have already sent heck a lot of documents ranging from my academic background, letter of purpose, research statement etc.; it took more than ...
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Sending an e-mail with multiple attachments?

This is probably a silly question, but I really need some advice. I'm an undergraduate student and I want to take a different major in grad school. Luckily, my university offers you a possibility to ...
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Can this be counted as a research experience for Grad school?

I've recently completed my bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from India. In my last year, I worked on two four-month projects in two leading research institutes affiliated to the government of India....
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Is it better to have a job in the meantime if I'm not going to graduate school right after college ends and want to go to graduate school?

Does it look bad if you're not going to graduate school right away after college and you don't have a job in the meantime? Do academia actually care about relevant job experience? Let's say I want to ...
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Submitting a paper to a conference whose scientific committee includes an academic from a grad school you want to enroll

I am planning to submit my paper to an international conference. The level of the conference might be high considering my paper and for my academic background at the moment. My paper can fit in one of ...
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Accepted into EPFL, might not get Visa in time, what am I signing myself up for?

I was accepted to a Masters Program at EPFL 5 days ago. I am currently collecting all the necessary documentation to apply for a visa. However there is a chance it will take longer than I have to get ...
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Math PhD in US vs Master + PhD in Europe [closed]

I'm currently doing my bachelor's degree in mathematics in Germany (Heidelberg to be precise) and I'll soon be applying for master programs / grad school. I basically consider two options: I) First ...
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9 Years of PhD, bad supervision, no data. What should I do?

I am a PhD student since 9 years. I am working on medical technology where I need intra-operative surgical data. When I joined, I was told that they will have collaboration with hospitals and other ...
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Is it necessary to have big paper during PhD? [closed]

I have a present PhD fellow from another research group who gets pressured by his PI to produce a "big paper" before he could graduate. He has already data and paper ready for publication but his PI ...
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Is it better for me to audit or enroll in a class for independent research?

I plan to conduct independent research on different forms of early childhood education. I have a B.A. in Early Childhood Education but no formal education in research methods or statistics. I was ...
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Does a minor obtained in a graduate school matter?

Some universities require that each graduate student have a minor. I wonder whether it is helpful in the long run? For example, if one has PhD in mathematics with a minor in philosophy, would it be ...
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What factors do I consider before deciding to ask my summer research guide for a recommendation for grad school?

I've currently finished two years of undergraduate study in physics. I'm at the end of a close to two month summer research program in math, at one of the best universities in my country. While I'd ...
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How useful is the GRE Exam?

How useful is the GRE for the academic career/research/daily academic tasks? It's not required in my country but I'm wondering about the intrinsic value of its study material.
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Submitted PhD thesis but not allowed to proceed to viva until change supervisor contrary to quality manual [closed]

I am a PhD student from a small and relatively-new private university that was set up overseas. The main home campus might be quite well known. My supervisor 'left' the university 4 months ago, but ...
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Already in grad school, but is grad school for me? [closed]

I'm sure you've seen a dozen variations on this question in this forum, but here's mine: I've just finished my first year in a top US PhD program in the physical sciences, which I never dreamed I ...
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Can industry experience make up for undergrad courses? [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate applied math and statistics major and plan on applying to PhD programs after graduation. My research interests are in machine learning, cv, etc.. And do research in the stats and ...
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Quitting PhD for a job, how to tell advisor?

I've started a PhD last year but due to financial reasons I don't think I can stay for the whole program since it's not fully funded. I've received a job offer from a very reputable company which ...
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Why are MBA programs closing in the United States?

There are various reports about full-time, on-campus MBA programs closing its doors, e.g. from LinkedIn: MBA programs are getting axed: The number of full-time MBA programs in the U.S. declined ...
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Dr. rer. med Title

The doctorate title "Dr. rer. med" is awarded to non-medical postgraduate researchers from University Hospitals. Is it equivalent to a PhD, or Dr. Eng. etc.? Is it recognisable in other countries ...
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PhD - Well known professor or well known school? [closed]

What is more valuable broadly speaking (assuming all else equal): A PhD from a decent school (top ~100) with a very well respected (but not famous) professor; say for example the head of department A ...
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About opportunities for international student in China?

Are international PhD students offered Teaching Assistant (TA) positions during their research programme in China?
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Asking my advisor for doing an unconventional joint PhD [closed]

I started a PhD program in the US, which is a standard 5-year US grad program, and soon after starting it (recently), I received an offer for a PhD position I'd applied for in Europe (in Germany), ...
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Cost of living in China as an international student [closed]

I've just been offered PhD admission in SUStech located in Shenzhen, China. The tuition fee is 10,000rmb per year and the accommodation is 1,300rmb per year. As an international student, is 80,000-...
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Do graduate committees in math decide to not take students based on lack of knowledge of specific topics? [closed]

My question is far more specific than the one in the title, and so, I urge you to not reply to the question in the title alone, and to try and reply to the questions I shall pose in this note. I am ...
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abusive teacher failing my life partner

this teacher has done the following in a required, non-elective class: forced students to provide personal reflections in their health, including those with trauma for whom that is triggering ...
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Is it a good idea to apply for PhD in Econ before finishing my Msc in Economics first?

Ok so I am currently pursuing a Msc in Economics with a research distinction in Norway. I just finished my first year of studies and my grades are competitive. All A's except of a B. I have 2 more ...
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I wanted to apply PhD in Clinical Psychology, but my research activities and research interests are a bit different [closed]

A bit background about myself after finishing my bachelor degree in Psychology from a private university in a developing country. I worked at my family business for a couple of years before realizing ...
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No interesting research topics available - should I quit and pay back my stipend? [closed]

I’m currently enrolled in Mechanical Engineering MSc program in the UAE. I’m on a scholarship program as a TA/RA. I just finished my first semester through which I suffered greatly but I ended up with ...
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Not Included in Publication Author List

Approximately a year ago, I finished a graduate degree under an abusive and bullying advisor. I successfully defended my thesis, and agreed to stay around for a while longer to finish a publication ...