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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Best website for giving details of a book mentioned in a Statement of Purpose

I want to mention a book in my SOP/PS and would like to provide a link so that the reader can easily get more details about the book instead of googling it. What would be the ideal website for this ...
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Reasons for differences in the Ph.D. admission process in India vs U.S. and Europe

While searching for universities to do my Ph.D. in mathematics, I noticed that most top universities in India use incredibly competitive entrance exams (much more difficult and time constrained than ...
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Is it better to merge my SOP and PS into a single essay or just join the two files one after the other to create a single file?

I'm applying to grad schools in the U.S. for a Ph.D. in mathematics and I recently read about the key differences between an SOP(Statement of Purpose) and a PS(Personal Statement) after noticing a few ...
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As a PhD student in theoretical physics, what fraction of my time (if any) should I spend on background material rather than my research problem?

I am a theoretical physics PhD student in the initial years. There is something which has been bothering me ever since I have started my PhD till today i.e whether one should completely focus on ...
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My professor says he'll send me recommendation letters once he finished writing them, what should I respond?

I asked for a recommendation letter from a professor and sent him all the required materials. He agreed to write me the letters, but he also said that he will send me the letters later next week. Is ...
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Is there an independent and fair organisation for investigating and documenting discrimination and power abuse in academia?

Instances of discrimination and/or bullying are common in academia. Here are some examples from BzH, Elephant in the Lab.org, Science, Nature, Guardian, and Guardian again. Is there any place where ...
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How to contact a potential graduate supervisor who is on sabbatical?

I am trying to manage graduate advisor before I can start my grad school application. There is this particular professor from this university whose research interest aligns with mine. However, this ...
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How can I pursue CC(computational creativity) in my postgraduate study as a BFA student?

I am a Y4 student who majored in BFA Arts, technology and entertainment. Our curriculums are combinations of art practices and technology in audio, video, 3D modeling, VR/AR and AI, etc. During my ...
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Is doing a PhD in philosophy with a master's in an unrelated discipline viable?

I have a master's degree in computer science, and have been working as a software developer outside of academia for about a decade. I'm considering trying to transition into academic philosophy with ...
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Will it hurt to not get a letter of recommendation from REU advisor?

So I will be applying to graduate schools in Computer Science this fall. I am an undergrad senior currently. Last summer, I participated in an REU. I am wondering whether I should get my REU mentor's ...
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How to avoid disappointing a professor interested in supervising me?

I am a PhD student in the social sciences and I already have a first advisor. A few years ago, eyeing the possibility of a PhD, I had informally asked a professor of mine if she would be possibly ...
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How can I pursue academic side interests during my PhD?

I've come out of undergrad (during COVID, too) with a degree in science, unsatisfied with my general knowledge and work ethic outside of the sciences. I especially regret not pursuing a minor in a ...
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Research experience not matching what I want to study in the future. Problem?

My research experiences have been in Information Theory and Computational Number Theory. However, in my PhD in Computer Science, I want to do research with professors working with computer algorithms, ...
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What can grad chairs/departments do to help senior PhD students under a toxic advisor?

My advisor has become increasingly toxic since the beginning of the pandemic. He makes belittling comments about my competence over small things like typos, shuts down my ideas as "bullshit" ...
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Is graduate school still an option for me? [duplicate]

I am a senior in Electrical Engineering. I always wanted to go to graduate school to at least get a Masters but I am now starting to doubt that it is even an option for me. GPA of 3.4ish with a major ...
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Data as a research contribution

I have noticed several polisci or economics papers in the past few years such as this or this that address important research questions on political behavior but in political environments where data ...
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Withdrawing from the first-year PhD program, what explanation is required to not hurt my reapplication?

In the first year of my Ph.D. this year, I am at a Canadian University. Previously, the background has always been in the direction of Mathematics , and both masters and undergraduates are mathematics....
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What is the effect of F grades caused by administrative errors on graduate schools? [closed]

Last year, I went to exchange credit with another university. During course registration, I applied for a graduate class in another department by purely clicking mistake. I explained that the school ...
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Is it appropriate to ask to be delisted from department webpage?

I am a doctoral student. I share an office with one other individual. As is customary, the names, emails, and offices of graduate students are published on the department site. I am the victim in a ...
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Matching Postdoc to Graduate Research (Quantum Computing / Physics)

I defended last month, got my PhD and am about to run out of funding. I've been applying to postdocs for close to a year and have only had one near-hire (something happened with their funding) and ...
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PhD student paid from NSF grant also working side job as independent contractor

I am a PhD student in the US that is currently paid as a grad research asst. from my advisor's NSF grant full time (100% FTE) during the summer and 1/2 time (50% FTE) during the school year, with the ...
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How to make the best of bad PhD rotation?

I am in my first PhD rotation. I wanted to ask everyone if my current experience is normal. I have been rotating in the current lab for less than a month. My rotation advisor is very nice and she is ...
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How to study theoretical physics deeply but efficiently?

I'm currently starting a phd program in theoretical physics, specifically in quantum gravity, but I have a problem with my self-study method. For me, it is always better to study things by myself ...
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Is there any use in obtaining a Master's degree on the way to PhD?

I'm doing a PhD in two fields in the US (a joint PhD), and I expect to finish it in two years. I only hold a bachelor's degree from a European university. There is an option of getting a Master's ...
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If I'm missing one or two courses from a pre requisite in a PhD program will my application be rejected or will I be able to take them in the program?

I have entered a master's in physics program and that program doesn't have quantum field theory or relativity however, I want to enroll into a theoretical physics PhD program and was wondering if it ...
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How long do potential graduate supervisors take to respond after an interview with a prospective masters student? [duplicate]

I applied for a master’s degree at a certain university in Canada for Fall 2022 intake. The policy of my department is that potential students first apply for acceptance into the department and then ...
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Do I have to disclose my minor academic misconduct warning in graduate school applications?

In my freshman year, I had an academic misconduct issue and received a zero for that assignment as well as a warning on the internal record (normally will not be shown to anyone else). I felt so ...
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Will it hurt my chances if I state I want to study Theoretical Computer Science instead of something like AI/ML for PhD?

I will be applying to CS PhD programs coming fall. I have a BA in Mathematics right now. I am hearing that it is harder to get into a CS PhD program if I state I want to study Theoretical Computer ...
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Do I need to tell my PhD supervisor that I am taking another part-time job?

I am starting my PhD this September in the UK. And I am thinking about taking up a part-time job. But I am not sure if I should discuss with my supervisors and ask for their permission first? The part-...
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How to handle meeting schedules with many supervisors?

I am a third year PhD student co-supervised by supervisors A and B. I am starting a visiting researcher exchange in another university for three months, where I will be supervised by C. I agreed with ...
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Can one "turn" his college record around?

Vague question, I know. But allow me to explain it. I'm a second-year undergrad student in Physics. I entered in the pandemics, and, due to laziness and some personal issues, up to this point, I don't ...
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Is future academic placement an important factor in picking a PhD advisor?

I'm a M.A. student in Art History looking to apply to PhD programs in the Fall. I have heard that it is important when choosing an advisor to pick one that is good/efficient in getting their students ...
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How should I approach my academic dishonesty in graduate study application?

In my junior year I was caught cheating. I took in extra papers in an exam and tried to look up information on them (honestly, this was deliberate cheating). I have received the following sanctions: ...
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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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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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