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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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How to approach potential supervisors who have already expressed an interest in supervising me after submitting my grad application?

I am interested in a grad program at a Canadian university and alike US grad schools, this department requires me to submit a formal application first to be reviewed by the Grad Committee, get ...
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Another story of PhD selection regret [on hold]

I am a student with an MSc in Physics who is supposed to start a PhD next month. The reason I am writing is the bad psychological situation I ended up after a hard choice between grad programs. I will ...
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Addressing medical issues in grad school applications

For most of university, I usually got around a ~3.5, with my GPA in my fourth year being around a 3.8. However, during the first semester of my first year, I had some medical issues that made it ...
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Should I prepare for the GRE if my gpa isn't yet high enough for Epidemiology graduate school?

I'm going to be a senior college student in the fall. My gpa is close but not high enough for the bare minimum graduate school admission criteria (gpa=3.0). I am wondering whether I should wait until ...
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Which is more valued, first authorship articles or the number of articles produced?

What is more important in academia (bioinformatics, computational biology) for a person when he/she has already completed their PhD: Number of first authorship articles he/she has Number of ...
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What should the purpose of a draft of a research paper be? [closed]

When writing a research paper draft, what should be the purpose? Is the goal to write the draft with the aim of producing a finished product but expecting that it may need changes? Or is the draft ...
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Can a department renege on a student's “guaranteed funding”?

I was admitted to a PhD program last year with guaranteed funding for 4 years. The funding offer was structured as a fellowship for the first year and an assistantship thereafter. I'm done with my ...
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Do postdocs still take courses?

I just saw an ad for a new Statistics course that will be offered this fall semester and it states: For postdoctoral, graduate, and advanced undergraduate students ... I am surprised and a little ...
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Summary of Contributions for Reference Letters

Pretty much all the profs I'm asking for a letter from I've done a fair amount of research under. However, I haven't spoken to a couple of these profs for a few of months and considering how busy they ...
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Language and supervisor issue at an international program abroad [closed]

First of all, I would like to apologise if this is in the wrong place. I have seen questions of a similar nature posted here before, and frankly I'm rather desperate right now, so this my best bet at ...
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Suggestion for Graduate Studies in Cultural and Media Studies [closed]

I'm currently an undergraduate student in English Literature, and I'm setting my sights on doing graduate school in Cultural or Media Studies. So far, I haven't found my specific research interest, ...
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How competitive will my profile be for Grad School [closed]

I'm new to this site and this will be my first question. I am currently a Sophomore at Northern Kentucky University, I'm holding a 3.92 GPA (with no intention of it lowering,) I won the undergraduate ...
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Potential PhD supervisor mentions potential co-supervisors in email. Should I contact them?

I plan on applying to a PhD program in a US university. Previously, I asked a professor if he is interested in supervising my proposed project. His response is: "The best will be to co-supervise ...
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How do so many people here on Academia.SE, and in general, afford lavish higher education programs?

I graduated last year with a BS in Computer Science. I do not come from a particularly wealthy family, (very low middle class), and was only able to afford my education via school loans/scholarships ...
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I am looking towards getting into a good PhD program in Germany. How can I convince any professor to take me as a student?

I'm a non-EU resident and I want to pursue a PhD in pure math in Germany. I am currently in the process of writing to as many professors in my field of interest (functional analysis) as I can ...
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What are the stages for pursuing medical sciences in America

I am not an American citizen but wish to pursue my degree in America. I am currently enrolled in a bachelor's program and I am expected to graduate in 2020. Do I need do a master's program in America ...
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What is a good GPA for acceptance into a top mathematics graduate program? [closed]

I am in a Master's program which is graded 100% on my research thesis. I also have a first class Honours in mathematics with average grade somewhere between A- and A, where A+ is best. Also, my ...
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Are extra classes and extra research worth it?

I am currently a senior finishing up my bachelor's degree in Psychology through online classes offered at Washington State University. I intend to apply to grad schools (2 PhD programs and 1 MS as a ...
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Who Owns the Code I Write (Graduate Student)? [closed]

As a graduate student in a CS program, "Who Owns the (rights to the) Code I Write"? I know that the answer is different depending upon: (Case-1) I work for the University or am supported in some way ...
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Will a D in a major elective keep me from getting into a PhD program? [closed]

I am in my last semester of undergrad (majoring in mathematics) and am currently working on applying to PhD programs (in mathematics). During the fall of 2016 due to a health issue that lasted for the ...
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Grad school and pregnancy [duplicate]

I 'm planning to apply for Masters in Computer Science (Non-thesis). I 'm wondering if both, pregnancy and school, can be managed at the same time. Or is better to wait until I get my baby and then ...
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What do you do if a person in your group purposely misleads you?

I'm an undergraduate researcher working with another undergraduate researcher in a group. I believe the other undergraduate researcher wants to look particularly good between the two of us for a good ...
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Less desirable graduate school vs. more undergrad

I finished my B.Sc. in physics 3 years ago, did a year of research, worked a year in tech, and have spent the last year off the grid living in the bush and running away from reality for a while. Now I'...
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How can I develop leadership skills in graduate school?

I am currently in my second year of a PhD program. I have not yet decided on academia, industry, or entrepreneurship for a career, but in all these cases my success will be strongly influenced by my ...
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High paying job versus Master's Degree. Short versus long term [closed]

I am from a country where this is quite a decision. Whether or not to get a job right away graduating is something most engineers, like myself, fear. I just graduated and I couldn't get a job so far ...
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School's Admissions office ignoring me after accepting admission offer

So I'm in a bit of a weird situation right now. I recently graduated from university with my BS, but was expecting to continue my education at the school as I was accepted into a BS/MS program at the ...
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What should I do if my advisor urges me to do a project that I have no interest or faith in?

About a year ago when I was a first-year graduate student, my advisor wanted me to follow up on a project left behind by an honors student. I agreed because, at that time, I thought the topic was ...
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How to calculate GPA? [duplicate]

I am applying for the Masters in the US for the Spring 2019 session. I don't understand the concept of GPA. I have done my masters in Physics. My doubts are as follows: 1. For my three-year ...
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Is it okay to expect advisors to offer a word of condolence?

I'm a third-year Ph.D. student. A few months ago, I lost my maternal grandfather and grandmother in quick succession. More recently, I lost my close friend in a bus accident and my paternal ...
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Canadian Ph.D. for a master of engineering science degree holder without transcript

I am master of engineering science graduate from Malaysia and here, the M.Sc. doesn't have any course work so it is pretty much like a 2 years Ph.D. thus I don't have any transcript or what-so-ever, ...
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Deferring start of PhD program because of self-doubts

This year I applied to several universities in the US, and got into a top program in my field. It was great news; I was given a very nice project to work on, and accepted the offer, along with ...
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Why don't Universities pay PhD students more?

I've worked in higher education on the administrative side. I've been able to get a very thorough look at University budgets. From my perspective it's really a travesty that research Universities, ...
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MS in Computer Science with low GPA

I want to get into MS in Computer science in the US, specifically in data science. I have a Masters in Physics but my GPA is low. I have scored 51% in my undergrad and 62% in my postgrad. I have ...
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Applying for a new doctoral program after expulsion

I am not prepared to give many details in a public forum - as such this posting will contain intentional generalizations that may be of interest to academia.se's research higher studies community help,...
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How can I prepare to apply for CS PhDs after getting a terminal MS?

I completed a terminal master's in computer science a few years ago and took a job as a programmer. I would like to go back to school and do research in the area of machine learning or computer vision....
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How to advertise the grad course that you teach?

I accepted an offer to teach a graduate course at the university, as an adjunct professor. This program has a minimum threshold for number of students signed up. In other words if not enough students ...
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As a prospective PhD student, is it bad that I have interests in multiple areas of my field?

I'm planning on applying to PhD programs in November of this year. I originally was purely looking for Cog-Neuro labs studying PTSD, as it became my main interest during some of my graduate-level ...
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Is there a general rule for whether adjuncts who are regular faculty in other departments can supervise grad students?

I'm very interested in working with a specific professor, who is a full-time full professor in one department, and adjunct faculty in another. In this case he is not a part-time adjunct who only ...
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What to write in the followup email to a professor for a graduate teaching assistantship [duplicate]

I will be pursuing masters from UT Austin this fall.I have mailed professors for the position of a teaching assistant. Some of them replied and some did not. What should I write in the followup ...
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Just graduated bachelors comp sci. Didn't get into MS. Confused what to do [closed]

I just recently graduated university with a bachelors in computer science. I did not participate in the career fairs at my uni, because I wanted to apply for MS in US/Canada, even though everyone ...
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How is rude, unprofessional behavior by one student toward another student handled in graduate school? [closed]

I just received a confirmation from my graduate program adviser that I successfully completed my two-year-long master's program. I had a negative experience in my second year because of a mandatory ...
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How many hours per day do I need to work to become a very good PhD student? [closed]

I'm curious about how many hours excellent PhD students work per day, especially in science. Are there any theoretical or empirical studies on the relationship between number of hours worked and ...
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Want to go to grad school but I lack expected coursework [closed]

I am, or was, a math major in a big state university, and just graduated this year and I am taking a gap year. I finished my undergrad in three years and took some extra math courses. I also have one-...
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Switching PhD programs after earning M.S

This fall, I will be a 2nd year PhD student in Microbiology. My ultimate goal is not to work in academia, but industry or government. After being a year in the program, I started to realize a masters ...
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How to change higher education standards? [closed]

I discovered a new field of mathematics. I have the ambitious wish to include it into college standard programs. Who makes the standards? How the standards work? Which procedure one needs to follow ...
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Math PhD adviser - The easy choice or the more unconventional choice

I have kind of an interesting scenario that I would like to get advice on. I apologize if this is a bit lengthy, but I want to get all the facts out there. A bit about me first: I have just finished ...
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Is it okay to explore other grad school options while deferring admission for other reasons?

So the school that I got into for m PhD program offers a simple admission deferral process that I'd like to apply for, for personal reasons (I don't want to use this post to discuss whether or not I ...
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Moving to a Different PhD Program in the US

I have been admitted to a PhD program in Mathematics in the US. The school is ranked in the top 70-80 range. I'm, however, actively considering the possibility of re-applying to a higher-ranked ...
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Retaking a Course in Phd that I Took During the Master [closed]

I took a course in my Master degree and I got (B). After I got my degree I applied to the Phd program in the same campus. When I started my Phd program I retook the course and got (A). I submitted my ...
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Where can I get graduate level “tutoring”?

I'm a practitioner who is struggling with techniques from some difficult academic papers (computer science & mathematics). How can I find "tutors" (graduate students perhaps?) who are willing to ...