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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Can I complete a PhD in a university abroad as an external doctorate student?

I have been through a 4-year PhD program at my home university. In these 4 years, I have performed several research projects, authored several articles and passed qualification exams. After that, I ...
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Will I get any opportunity in academia with my current situation? [closed]

Just got the result of my final semester of engineering. It's fucked. I knew it was fucked even before giving the exam. As I studied 3 subjects in 20 days and gave the exam and didn't study the rest 3....
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4 papers, 2 years of research, 3.85 GPA: is aiming for the USA's top aerospace schools too high? [closed]

TL;DR: Is 4 papers (2 good, 2 not so good), 2 years of research experience (1 year full time), 3.85 GPA and a lot of motivation enough to get me a PhD at the best aerospace schools in the USA? I'll be ...
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Applying for Phd while being in good standing in another program

I am currently an international student doing a PhD in mathematics (Top 50 program) in the US. I just finished my first year. Having passed my qualifying exams, I now have to start thinking about my ...
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Can a self-supported finance student in Japan earn schoolarships, other than MEXT?

I've been looking into LLM programs in Japan. As far as I know, an international student can apply for the MEXT scholarship or as a self-supported finance student. I don't believe I can compete with ...
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How important is attending graduate school for a PhD for physics/mathematics/astrophysics research?

Is it possible for one to publish high quality research papers in the aforementioned fields without attending a graduate school? I feel that you can read online material and books about research/...
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Conflict of Interest regarding research question and company ownership

I suggested an interesting research question (exploratory data analysis) to my advisor and he really wants me to get started. However, I realized today in reading the agreement attached to the data ...
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How severe do issues with a US grad school application have to be in order to cause degree revocation? [duplicate]

I completed graduate school and found that I had made several mistakes in my application. Though none of them were fraudulent, my application was sloppy. I was intentionally vague and omitted some ...
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Is it possible to switch from applied maths to pure maths? [closed]

I've found a couple of questions of the type "is it possible to go from pure to applied" so I was wondering if anyone knows for the opposite direction. Say you are an applied mathematician ...
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Financial Support for Master's Programs in Pure Math

I'm an undergrad studying pure mathematics, and graduate school applications are around the corner. My ultimate aim is to do a PhD in pure mathematics. I understand that in several places (e.g., ...
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Grad School Program Recommendations & How to Narrow Down My List of Programs [duplicate]

I'm hoping to apply to graduate (MS) programs in statistics or applied math later this year, but frankly I'm having a hard time narrowing my list down and was hoping for some advice from people here. ...
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Questions about the effect of bad grades in phd applications [duplicate]

I'm very interested in theoretical computer science(mainly algorithms and complexity), and I'm thinking of getting into some top graduate programs in this field. I'm a transfer student previously at a ...
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Will two unpublished research papers boost the chances of my scholarship application being reconsidered?

The scholarship committee denied my application yesterday. Fortunately, the committee gave me five months, to produce new credentials that would merit its reconsideration of its decision. Thus far, I ...
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PhD application targeting only one professor

I hold a master degree. Currently, I'm preparing PhD applications for several universities in the USA and Canada. I already know quite well my research interests. At some universities, there is only ...
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Instructor promised to remove curve this semester, but didn't and is now unresponsive. What should I do?

I'm currently in a grad program and took a class this semester that was graded on a curve. This semester had assignments completely online, something not done before for this class, so at first it was ...
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Did my professor act unethically by publishing a paper with a figure from my thesis without any acknowledgement?

Title says it all, but for specifics.. Just found out my thesis advisor published a paper last year using a figure from my thesis. The thesis is in embargo until later this year. I do have be honest ...
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Failing my PhD courseworks and Possibility of Transferring to other Fields/Industry

Background: I am a first year PhD student in Math and I am failing my classes miserably. I believe that I am a hard worker, passionate about math and I am definitely committed to the program. However, ...
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How does doing PhD studies with an interpreter work?

From this article: According to Jiupai News, Wei also turned down an offer from Harvard to study as a PhD candidate, even though the school promised to waive his English competency test and provide ...
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How to reduce stress before your qualifying exam

I'm taking my qualifying exam next Friday and I'm wondering what I should do the day before to help reduce my anxiety. Do you recommend last-minute studying or taking the day off to relax and reflect?
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Am I making a mistake by going to a "mid-tier" program?

I work in industry. I applied to a good mid-tier biochemistry PhD program and was accepted. College buddies, who are now grad students at prestigious programs are advising me to break my word/signed ...
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Professor seemingly threatens students with incomplete grade because TA has not turned in their grade?

I am writing this question on behalf of a friend, Alice. Alice is in a US based university working towards earning her Master's of Science in Nursing. This semester, Alice was enrolled in lecture ...
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PhD-Application: After how many weeks (approximately) is it fine to ask the committee if I didn't receive any decision?

I have applied for a PhD position at a university in UK at the end of January (in time before the deadline, which was also at the end of January). Shortly after, I was invited to an interview, which (...
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Topics for consideration for someone interested in graduate school [closed]

What are some topics or questions that undergraduates or post-baccalaureates would have when they are considering applying to graduate school, particularly in the fields of biology, ecology, natural ...
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Can I apply for research assistantship at universities abroad?

I am a recent master's graduate looking for a job. However, instead of working in the industry, I would prefer to work for a couple of years as a research assistant. My long-term goal is to apply for ...
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Somewhat regretting my decision about which graduate program to attend. Could I contact a program I declined and see if they still have a spot for me?

I've posted a few questions here in the past couple of days regarding grad school decisions; apologies for asking so many! It's a big decision and I want to do it right, but I don't want to bombard ...
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Working towards an academic career that lets me do research in two (largely) unconnected fields—is this even possible?

In undergrad, I did a double major in pure mathematics and linguistics. I ended up loving both fields, and wanting to pursue an academic career. The only problem is that I couldn't decide between them....
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I'm still being waitlisted after April 15th, is this a rejection?

It's April 16th today, most applicants should have made their final decision for graduate school. However, earlier this year, I was interviewed by a very prestigious university in the US for their ECE ...
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Deciding between a pure math grad program and linguistics grad program with (potentially) mathematical bent, advice needed! [closed]

In undergrad I did a double major in math and linguistics, and I really fell in love with both fields. To be honest, I can't imagine ever fully giving up either one. I have a strong desire to go into ...
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Transfer to another PhD program in another state, but current PI is not willing and is suggesting a masters (do not want to do)

Long story short: Applied for PhD program in 2019 Great 2 years Covid happened, post-doc I work under left Had to work under other post doc- didn't get along, work fell behind Tried to switch to ...
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Switching from physics to math PhD with NSF GRFP

I will graduate this semester with a bachelor's degree in physics (in the US). I applied for PhD programs in physics, but have come to realize (rather late in the process) that I want to pursue a PhD ...
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Last Course needed to graduate suddenly not being offered [closed]

I’m a master's student with soon to be 32 credit hours of the 36 needed to graduate. My university is suddenly not offering one of the last two courses I need to graduate. It was supposed to offered ...
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How to stay calm on days of no progress? [duplicate]

I'm a math PhD student working in Pure Mathematics. I guess, everybody is familiar with those days when you make very little progress or no progress at all. As the title suggests, I would like to know ...
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Accept MA in art history with no funding and massive debt, or apply PhD fully-funded?

I am a very strong graduate candidate in art history with a 3.97 undergrade GPA and excellent research and writing skills. My recommdations are very strong with three professors attesting that I my ...
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Advised by professor near-retirement age, is this bad for my career?

I am currently looking for grad school for MS programs. In my school (where I did undergrad) there is a pretty well known professor A whom I've worked with as research intern. He already expressed ...
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What should I choose between the Georgia Tech MSCS and CMU MCDS programs? [closed]

I am admitted to both the Georgia Tech MSCS (Specialization in Machine Learning), and the CMU MCDS programs. Georgia Tech costs me around 30k USD while CMU costs me 120k USD. Both are 1.5 year long. ...
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What might be a "compelling" reason for applying to defend my ph.d. degree remotely?

I'm going to defend my dissertation soon and the school has a strict requirement for allowing remote defense. Under highly unusual circumstances they'll approve a remote defense, and they said ...
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What content in “research design”, aside from the fundamentals, should be taught?

I’m teaching a course in technical research methods for graduate students. As luck would have it, I have an extra week because a guest lecturer canceled. Can you think of any content that if not ...
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Why do Masters + PhD, when you can just do a PhD and then do a PostDoc?

Let's say someone (me) is having a tough time deciding if they want to concentrate in machine learning or complexity theory. Instead of doing a masters first to explore research/coursework in both ...
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Thoughts on graduate school application consultant?

I plan to apply to graduate programs to get a master's degree. My undergraduate GPA isn't impressive (3.067, can I round that to 3.1 on my résumé?). I completed a certificate program in geographic ...
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Suggestion for websites which list open PhD positions in Mathematics in France, UK, Netherlands, Denmark only

I am a student of an Asian country who completed the 2nd year of masters last year and I am applying for PhD positions in Pure Mathematics in Europe. I know about this scholarship database website ...
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Should I ask the program coordinator regarding an offered PhD TAship for 11 months?

I have been offered a Ph.D. position in the USA where the offer says 'the admission comes with an 11 month per year teaching assistantship that carries a $2,000/month stipend, health insurance, and a ...
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Is it possible to enter a competitive PhD program with a mediocre GPA and several publications? [duplicate]

I'm intending to apply to biostatistics PhD programs this fall and can't stop worrying about the fact that I'll almost certainly have a lower-than-average GPA (< 3.5) when I apply to the ...
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Giving profile updates to a potential supervisor

I had been interviewed for a research-based master's position two weeks ago. Since then, I have submitted two papers to top-tier venues in my field. Additionally, a few days before the interview, I ...
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If you did not get an informal notice of admission when other applicants did, can you assume that your application was probably denied?

I am an international applicant to a graduate program in Canada. I found out last week that at least one domestic applicant already received an informal email from the admissions team informing them ...
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How can I switch from 'knowledge acquisition mode' to the lifestyle of a post-graduate student?

I'm an undergrad student studying physics and math and I will be graduating very soon. I might be going to a PhD program in the US and an MSc program in the UK (in the same field). When I reflect on ...
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Pursuing a PhD on major of mathematical biology with an irrelevant bachelors degree

I am 29 years old and have majored in political science and obtained a B.A. degree with it. I'm asking this question since I want to ask for some advice about in what case would there be any ...
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Being considered for a PhD program I didn't apply to but then experiencing radio silence [closed]

I had an interview for a Ph.D. Biostatistics program at a US university. Later, I received an unofficial rejection email from the interviewer after I asked him about my status. However, during the ...
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Most important factors when selecting grad program? [closed]

When selecting grad programs, is PI fit the most important factor? I'm a prospective PhD student in the biological sciences and I need to choose between two programs. I'm struggling to prioritize the ...
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Followed up on a reference, but no answer. Should I directly get in contact with professor? Also, continue searching for supervisors and applying?

I have a couple dilemmas. One, I'm submitting an application for an M.Sc. program and required two references. I had good experiences in both labs I worked with, so both professors were willing to ...
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Research during first year of PhD

I am a 1st year Graduate(PhD) student in Mathematics in USA and I don't have advisor yet. I have no serious work in the coming summer term in my University but I want to work on a research project to ...
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