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Including bad exchange transcript when there are limited upload slots in graduate application

I am applying for graduate school. I have a very good profile, except for a very bad exchange semester, in which, due to unfortunate circumstances, I got two Fs (and two A+). One of the universities I ...
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Will not receiving medals in two semesters hurt my profile?

I am have completed 7 semesters in undergraduate in Computer Science. My goal is to apply for Masters in a top graduate school, like MIT or Stanford. I have the highest GPA in my batch. However, there ...
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Work with structure and clearly defined performance outcomes after my Ph.D?

I'm a fourth year Ph.D candidate in Experimental Psychology who earned an MA also in Experimental Psychology as I matriculated into my Ph.D program. I am posting here because I've come to the hard ...
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My Plan to pursue Masters in Intelligent Robotics [closed]

I am a 22 yo recent graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. I completed my major in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science with a GPA of 8/10. ...
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Can two people write one letter of recommendation?

I have two cofounders who I've worked with in a similar capacity. Can they write a joint letter of recommendation for me?
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Can I Use Published Work for an MFA Writing Sample?

This could be a no brainer of a question, but I thought I'd throw it out there to be safe. I'm applying to an American MFA program in Creative Writing and want to submit some of my best work for ...
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How do PhD letter of recommendations actually get sent?

Is there usually a person at the undergrad university that handles it? Or does my recommender have to fill it out for every single program? Or something else?
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Attendance Date in PhD

I am applying for PhD for Fall 2024 in the US, I am still pursuing my masters degree. In the applications they ask for the attendance date for every institution, I am expecting to graduate in Spring ...
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How important is it to disclose all of academic records for graduate school application, especially ones that are seemingly trivial?

I've done all my undergraduate and MS in a country that I'm not a citizen of. After my MS, I did not want to continue studying at the school I was in and even wanted to switch my studies. However, I ...
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May have embellished my CV and resume by mistake after I was admitted to MA and Ph.D programs. Could either of my degrees be revoked? [duplicate]

I am a doctoral candidate in a Ph.D program right now. I reviewed my old resumes recently to see if there was anything relevant I could include from undergrad (as I am about to graduate with my Ph.D ...
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How to cite oneself as co-author without all names, for graduate school CV application?

I saw someone posed similar question before, but I would like to know for biostatistics/clinical trials papers, if my name is listed in the 10th authors, how should I cite the work without mentioning ...
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What are the criteria for a student from a weaker university to be accepted to elite graduate school?

I would like to generalize this question by asking for the general circumstances under which a strong university (in physics) like Harvard would accept a student from a much smaller/weaker ...
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Joining three labs in the same university on the CV for a grad school [duplicate]

I am a sophomore. I have joined two labs now as an undergraduate. At the first one I joined, I had an interest in science but my supervisor was not good with me and she created a very competitive ...
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How do I tell the SLAC where I am visiting that I would like to not teach next semester? [duplicate]

I'm a fourth year student in Experimental Psychology who is dealing with major, unresolved mental health issues and major problems fulfilling my basic responsibilities. I'm finding myself under-...
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Showed my CV and resume to screeners. Things are not looking good job prospect wise. How can I salvage my situation? [closed]

I know I've made a couple of posts on this website by now that I've realized are me worrying and/or pure speculation. I have something now that is not in this case. I basically asked for feedback from ...
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Should I switch labs to work on a topic that interests me more or stay with great current PI?

I am doing research now as a sophomore majoring in molecular biology and biochem. I am in a lab and my current PI is awesome and she is so supportive. However, I do not like the science practiced in ...
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Can IRB approval be reversed?

If you get the written IRB approval of the school/site for research and you conduct the research with all participants' written agreement, can the school revoke agreement to research after you are ...
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Publishing without supervisor (sidelining Ph.D. supervisor)

Hope you are doing well. I am a third year PhD student. I have very good relationship with my phd supervisor. However; I am secretly dissapointed at him. I am listing the reasons one by one: My ...
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How to prioritize which content to mention and what not in the Statement of Purpose

I am applying for the CS Ph.D. program in the USA. While writing my Statement of Purpose (SOP), I realized I have a multitude of accomplishments to convey. For instance, I hold both undergraduate and ...
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Reasons not to date fellow graduate students

I am an undergraduate student, intending to go to graduate school (physics) next year. I spoke with some of the graduate students I am currently taking courses with, and they mentioned that they were ...
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University promised to announce the application portfolios of the fellowship recipients, but now they choose to not to share

My university has a fellowship open for competition. On the official website, they wrote: The primary deciding factor is student's research publications. For fairness, the application portfolio of ...
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Preparing CS Grad Application As An Interdisciplinary Studies Major

I started my Bachelor's as an international student in Electrical Engineering. Later, I switched my major to Computer Information Science (because I loved working with C and Assembly language ...
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Do recommenders see your application materials (SOP, CV, etc)?

I'm currently applying for PhD programs. Are recommenders able to see other parts of my application, like the Statement of Purpose (SOP), transcripts, or CV, when they submit their recommendation ...
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Is it okay to ask for Application fee waivers for course based Masters programs?

Is it okay to ask for Application fee waivers for masters programs? If yes, how should one approach? I will applying as an international student.
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Telling prospective advisor I will not be applying this year without souring the relationship

I spoke to a prospective PhD advisor who would like me to apply to his program. He made it clear that admission is not guaranteed, but since our general interests align, he suggested I apply. He said ...
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Is what I did common? Could it cause possible issues? Retook my Ph.D program's equivalent of some Master's courses I took and they count as electives

I'm a fourth year Ph.D candidate in the US studying Experimental Psychology at a regional college. I also got my Master's in Experimental Psychology back in December 2020. My Ph.D program accepted my ...
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Changing Subfields after PhD in psychology

I am trying to understand the degree of difficulty that a psychologist might experience changing subdisciplines (excluding clinical/school/industrial-organizational). For example, could someone who is ...
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Ph.D program let me transfer a course where I got a B-. Could the graduate school audit it out?

My graduate program let me transfer a course where I got a B- during my Master's even though the policy is "B or higher." Should I bring this up before the final graduation audit by the ...
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Feeling hopeless immediately after starting my MSc

I recently started my Master's in Physics. My Bachelor's was not in Physics, but all of my research was. I worked with a very supportive supervisor who wanted me to do my Master's thesis with him. He ...
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Steps to help weak research in applying for PhD after being in industry

I am currently working as a software engineer at a big tech company which I have about a year in. I am currently thinking of steps I should take to prepare myself in the next few years to apply for a ...
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Is it normal for graduate degrees to be awarded through the graduate school rather than the individual college?

I recently ordered some degree verification PDFs through the National Student Clearinghouse for employment purposes and had a quick question. I saw my undergrad Psychology degree had the College of ...
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Impact of IELTS score on PhD Application

I received an overall score of 7.5 on the IELTS exam, but unfortunately, I only scored a 6 in the writing section. The Ph.D. programs I am applying to require an overall score of 6.5 or 7, but they ...
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phd student not happy with the grade

I am a Ph.D. student, and I took a course with my supervisor last semester. Our class consisted of only three people, and our grades have been released. My grade is 91 out of 100 in the Canadian ...
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Is it possible to do a masters in CS and a PhD in physics at the same time?

I’m a freshman in college and I’m a non-traditional student. I’m 45 years old with no previous degree other than high school here in the US. After college, I want to pursue a Ph.D. in physics, however,...
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How to deal with behavioural difficulties of other PhD students in the same cohort

I'm part of a first year PhD students most of whom either came straight from undergrad or master's (one student). Me and the other student are the oldest by age; a bit of an age gap between us and the ...
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What to do if a professor with whom I have worked with for a long time is unable to provide a letter of recommendation for medical reasons?

I have been working with a professor for almost 2 years of my undergraduate degree and shared a nice bond with them. The work done under this professor is the soul of my Statement of Purpose and how ...
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Never took a second stats class in my Ph.D. How will this look to employers?

I posted here yesterday for a totally different reason, so I'll be brief on the introductory piece. I'm a 4th year Ph.D student in Experimental Psychology who is slated to graduate this academic year. ...
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Do you list that you won a competitive funding to attend a conference but couldn't go on a CV?

I won a funding scholarship from a prestigious research institute to attend a workshop in my field. The funding covers my travel expenses and accommodation but, I won't be able to participate because ...
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Applied Mathematics to Neuroscience Transition?

I am currently studying Applied Mathematics in a university in Bangladesh. I have always been deeply interested in psychology and neuroscience. I want to complete my degree in Applied Mathematics and ...
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C+ in a core Master's class years ago. Will postdocs and/or employers mind it at all?

I graduated with a Master's in Experimental psychology in 2020 with a C+ in research methods (core course and it actually counted even though other programs normally don't do that). Reason my grade ...
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Caltech: Chemistry vs. Chemical Engineering Ph.D.—What's the Real Difference?

I'm exploring Ph.D. programs at Caltech in both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. I have a few questions to better understand the implications of choosing one over the other: Besides coursework, ...
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If I find an error in my archived doctoral thesis, should I immediately tell my advisor or wait to see if it will be published before doing so?

I recently found a mistake in my thesis while submitting a postdoc application. I realized that I messed up my reaction rate quantification of one protein where I assigned too large of an intensity ...
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Previous Masters Advisor LOR

I requested a LOR from my old MA advisor with whom I did an independent research seminar. They asked me to send them my SOP, which I stated was a rough draft. I received an email back saying that I ...
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Emailing a professor to know more about their research

I am a prospective grad student and have been looking into potential labs that overlap with my area of interest. There is this one professor whose work sort of interests me and overlaps with my ...
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One Proposal, Two Submissions (NSF GRFP and NDSEG)

I'll be applying this coming fall to start a master's program in fall 2024 and plan on applying for both the GRFP and NDSEG for potential funding. I was wondering if there are any guidelines about ...
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I have 4 semesters of terrible grades from 6 years ago due to epilepsy. Do I have any chance at still making it into grad school?

8 years ago, I had a brain injury that caused me to start having seizures on a daily basis. The problem is that they were not typical, it just looked like I would faint, and then I wouldn’t be able to ...
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The exact meaning of the term *Alma Mater*

More often than not, the term Alma Mater is applied to one's place of undergraduate studies. Would it be reasonable of me to apply this term to a university where I received my doctoral degree?
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Thesis corrections didn't save

I have been a bit "haunted" by something that happened to me in graduate school. After submitting my MA thesis my advisor and the second reader corrected lots of typographical errors. I ...
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Will a C+ on one major core class greatly affect CS masters admission? [closed]

I am interested in applying to some MS Computer Science programs in the US and my official GPA is 3.95. I went to a T20 private university in the US for undergrad, but in my freshman year I had a ...
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Is it allowed for a scholarship beneficiary in Australia to earn more than a stipend?

I am a PhD (research sector) student with full scholarship. I normally work 4 hours every day (Mon-Fri) which means I worked for 20 hours per week and 40 hours in 2 weeks, from 7pm-11 pm shift. ...
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