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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Should I ask for a recommendation from a professor in a different field?

I'm an undergraduate senior and will soon be applying for competitive PhD programs in computer science in the US/Canada. I already have three CS professors whom I have good relationships with (as a ...
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My original plan was academia. I'm a grad student. I'm uncertain if I want to keep this is my end goal

I'm posting this here because I frankly am not sure where else to ask a question like this. If anyone has a better idea where this should go let me know. I'm a third year American graduate student in ...
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Soft question: Transition from math to machine/deep learning

I am currently a first year grad student who is currently seeking a math M.S. degree in US a focus on differential geometry and topology. My question is, what efforts do I need to make to make a ...
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Can/should math majors consider graduate school in physics? [duplicate]

I am a math major in my early years of undergrad, and I'm wondering if math majors can or should consider pursuing graduate school in (theoretical) physics. I don't think there's a barrier in terms of ...
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Graduating from a terrible department in an ok University vs. a fantastic department in an obscure university [closed]

I'm a PhD student in a terrible department in my field, in an overall ok university, and have just applied to another program (also PhD) in a very new but fantastic department (research-wise at least -...
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Balancing location with school/department for PhD study [closed]

I am due to start a PhD in January in a school that has a very good department for my chosen area, but unfortunately is close to my home (2 hours commute by train) and to my previous university (also ...
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Alternatives to Grad School Political Science [closed]

I'm planning to apply to political science grad school. However, I've been having second thoughts. I'm incredibly burnt out this semester and don't want to be a workaholic in the future, though I see ...
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I got an offer from my dream graduate school days after starting grad school somewhere else. What should I do?

I have been offered a PhD in a European country which I have accepted and I started attending (my first month). However, just few days after starting here, I got another offer (from a different ...
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Should I seek professional help because I have a lot of math books?

I’m a graduate student in mathematics. One day, there was a discussion between graduate students about how many books a working mathematician has. Then each student would talk about their personal ...
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Confused about potential supervisor response

I asked my professor to supervise me. I took several courses with him. He replied to me that he is confused about whether he will have enough time to supervise me. He is extremely busy though! I ...
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How to prepare a talk for my PhD interview?

My PhD Interview in mathematics at an Austrian university is right around the corner and I need to prepare a talk of approximately 15 to 20 minutes about my "research interests" and present ...
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Is it weird to have a one-year, master's level “general studies” program?

I am a recent grad & my main goal is to do a Ph.D. in Computer Science, but I have some interest in math and physics. I recently found this Masters in Science program offered by a very reputable ...
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Are letterhead and signatures necessary in the LOR?

My manager (one of the recommenders) said that he is working from home for several months due to coronavirus. It will not be possible for him to give the recommendation letter on the letterhead. ...
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How much course preparation, grading, and student question handling can be reasonably expected of a graduate TA? [closed]

I am creating all homeworks, quizzes (two per week), exams (2x75 questions), review questions (2x75), projects, 20-page lecture notes (two per week), and answering all student e-mails, along with ...
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Does the location matter in a PhD choice? [closed]

I am passionate about research, I believe in science and I get excited about it. For this reason, I have decided to start a PhD. Last year I started a PhD in a foreign country but it turned out to be ...
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Would it be a good or bad idea to start my PhD right after undergrad, in this situation? [closed]

I hope it is alright to ask this type of question here. I understand no-one can answer for me, but I would appreciate any perspectives from those of you have experience with academia. I am a senior in ...
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How to make my application stronger for a master's degree in mathematics in Europe?

I want to apply for the ICTP diploma in mathematics and other master's programmes in Europe. I have a BSc degree in math/physics with a cgpa of 2.74/4. I did a master's degree in mathematics; I got 3....
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Relevance of Research Papers from another field for Grad Admission [duplicate]

I am a student of Indian nationality, currently pursuing my bachelor's in Electronics and Communication Engineering. I wish to pursue a Ph.D. and later a career in astronomy (with an inclination to ...
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Is it possible to get into a funded master's-level graduate program by applying to labs?

I graduated from a third-tier university majoring in Aviation engineering with a 3.2 GPA. I want to go to graduate school in order to pursue my dream to become a researcher/research engineer. I landed ...
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PhD in Biology: how time consuming?

I am currently pursuing my master's in bio-medicine. I am taking classes, doing research, and working as a graduate assistant at the same time. So far it has turned out to be very time consuming. I ...
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Graduate level advising - how to put limits to the nature of questions and make students independent?

I just started advising graduate level students, I am having a lot of problems. I thought I would be a patient, understanding, helpful advisor but really I am being tested. One of the students only ...
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Can someone get his previous credits counted in a new Master's programme in the EU? [closed]

Suppose, someone studied in a 120ECTS MSc program in CS in a country 'X' in the EU. He obtained 60 ECTS there, but he also has some failed courses. He then abandons the program. Now, he moves to a ...
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Does waiting a few years before pursuing a PhD affect chances of getting admitted?

This is a somewhat long question. I hope you can take the time to read it carefully. I obtained my bachelor's degree in physics in June 2019. I decided I wanted to go to physics graduate school in the ...
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Whether to submit mixed GRE scores?

I wrote the GRE recently and got very divergent scores. I scored exceptionally high in Verbal reasoning (168/170, which is 98th percentile) but exceptionally low in quantitative reasoning (147/170, ...
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Finding it difficult to keep up with coursework after joining a strong master's program in mathematics. How should I study? [duplicate]

I am doing M.Sc. in Mathematics from a reputed college in India. But I have a humble background in mathematics. At my undergraduate college most of my batch mates were not interested in mathematics, ...
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Will MCS be worth it for a Computer Science graduate?

I have completed my BSc in Computer Science from a local university in my home country. Universities in my home country are not that great! For example, the university ranked first locally was ranked ...
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What are the economic incentives for professors to hire and train graduate students?

I am a current graduate student at a research-oriented university. Nonetheless, for me, it is a big mystery why and how the professors are incentivised to recruit and train the graduate students. In ...
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I'm worried my former collaborators are going to publish without including me as an author. What should I do?

I have worked for a project of a Ex-Postdoc, as I was promised an authorship. I was told “You will be a major author”. I did almost all the labor job as postdoc was my cosupervisor too. I trusted the ...
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Choosing between Bachelors's in a higher uni vs masters in less reputable uni? [closed]

I graduated with an EE degree last year and interned in two Physics labs, From September until March for experimental physics in Lab until COVID struck and lab closed and another one from Mid Summer (...
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Asking a professor if you would be able to manage the material in their graduate course given lack of background

I am a graduate student in a US chemistry department and found a class (mechanical engineering) that would be somewhat helpful for my research but is out of my discipline. I'm not familiar with a lot ...
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Is it possible to get a PhD by writing only review and survey papers?

Suppose that a PhD (in engineering) student has 3-4 review/survey papers in their domain, and has received more than 500 citations in total. In a situation like this, can they pass the oral defense ...
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How to find the graduates of a university? [duplicate]

I am looking to find some type of public document which would list all the students that graduated from a university at every year. Where can I find such a document? Should I contact the particular ...
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How to find a good supervisor without study Master degree?

I have an Asperger syndrome. I feel it is super difficult to interact with normal students and teachers in the university. Although I believe my destiny is doing research, it did not happen. I already ...
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Should I ask for a LOR from my future Master's Supervisor?

I start my master's year project in mid November this year and am currently applying to graduate school, most of whose deadlines are 1st of December. I was wondering if it was acceptable to ask my ...
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Computer Science: Workshop paper in top conference vs. Paper in mediocre conference?

What do you think would be the better choice prestige wise? Prof I'm working with gave me the choice to choose which to submit to. To be clear, the top conference is CVPR and the mediocre conference ...
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Chances of getting admitted to USA universities for Fall 2021 [closed]

As I see, a lot of students have already deferred their Fall 2020 applications to Fall 2021 next year due to Covid 19. In this scenario, does this mean that, the fresh applicants for Fall 2021 will ...
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Getting into grad school from an unknown undergrad university? Is it possible?

Pretty much what the tittle says. I'm currently studying for my TOEFL exam and considering start a graduate school application process for the next year or so, in Europe or Canada probably. I recently ...
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Should I finish my undergrad in 3 years (this year) or 4 years? Which option is better for graduate school application? [closed]

Chemistry major, I can graduate this year with a high GPA (3.95+, with 2-3 graduate-level class) decent research (2 year+, started in freshmen year) and likely 2 publications (one first author, one ...
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Can outside observers discern graduate student agency from a CV or papers?

Sort of a gripe post but here it goes.... Not all PhD experiences are the same. I am not advocating that they should, but I feel your perceived competence and capability is highly dependent of the ...
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Can I move to another department for a PhD within the same university? [closed]

I'm starting a PhD in Development Studies at a well known university in the UK. I'm considering requesting to be moved to the department for political science. My topic is much better suited to ...
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What is important in choosing a Ph.D. program? [closed]

I'm now choosing a Ph.D. program between two schools and am struggling a lot. Please let me know your thoughts and I'll greatly appreciate any help! The two universities are very similar in reputation ...
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Should I email the university admin to explain that one of my references is out of office until Monday?

I emailed my undergrad supervisor back in July asking them to write a reference letter, which they agreed to. I had an email from the uni I am applying to yesterday stating they were yet to receive ...
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Switching labs, need advice on how to communicate with old PI regarding project

I’m currently a master’s student (rising second year) wanting to applying for PhD, in the US. I completely switched field with the M.S. program so when I chose a lab, it was not an entirely educated ...
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Is it normal to not understand things from undergrad?

I graduated from college with a physics degree faster than my peers (because of various reasons: financial constraint and ambitions as well as near-burn-out state). My undergrad is a decent research ...
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A new PI or the brilliant current PI [closed]

We, STEM students, until we get somewhat a permanent position in our career, we work in different labs, with different PIs and people throughout our student life, starting from bachelor to our post-...
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Development Economics Minor for CS Major [closed]

I am an undergrad CS Major and am looking to minor in Development Economics, basically economics for understanding challenges created by world poverty (this is the only form of an economics minor that ...
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How could one build connections with professors at a potential graduate program? [duplicate]

I emailed the director of a graduate program I'm planning on applying to, and while the program isn't accepting a new cohort of students until next year, they suggested that I reach out to other ...
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Meeting PhD advisor during first year (coursework year)

I'm starting my Ph.D. this year. My first 2 years will only be coursework. So, I won't be able to do any serious independent research. My research will only be in the context of what's required for ...
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Can external examiners be from research institutes?

Firstly, I understand what matter are the regulations from my own college and advice from my supervisor. I would like to ask this question more as a survey of experience and opinions. It happens that ...
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What criteria are used to rank graduate programs? [duplicate]

I'm only asking this out of curiosity since I've seen posts/discussions about getting into "top" graduate programs etc. This mentally (wanting to get into a "top" ranked program) ...

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