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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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Recommendation letter from a professor who knows me for a short amount of time

I'm going to be applying for a Master's program at the end of this year. The problem is that I need a recommendation letter from my professor who would know me only for 4-6 months. Does that make the ...
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academic dismissive undergraduate and research experience [closed]

I've got an academic dismissive (LOW GPA) from the department at my 2nd year of my undergraduate study due to money problems, then I got back to the program and raised my GPA from 1.9 to 3.2 (overall ...
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If I don't ask for a recommendation letter from a postdoc I did research with, will it look bad?

I am applying for math graduate school. I have two people that I did research with: A professor and a postdoc. I have a strong connection with the professor, but the postdoc I do not. He was very ...
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Advisor ill, out all year… how should I proceed?

I’m a first year grad student beginning this year. My professor was diagnosed with cancer and won’t be in, probably all year, maybe even the entire time I’m in class. He’s a great man, and also a ...
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How to deal with advisors who seem to not like me?

I'm an undergraduate researcher that's been doing research with another undergrad over a summer. Our project was supervised by a grad student. For some reason, sometime throughout the summer, that ...
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Administration possibly forcing student out

In my (mathematics) PhD program, the administration has started to crack down on students who are not making their way through the program in a timely manner. This has only started in the last year, ...
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Letter of Recommendation from Instructor

I am a graduate student pursuing my masters in physics, with the intention of eventually getting my PhD (just not from my current institution). This past summer, I taught a physics course, and several ...
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When Are Fall Semester Grades Usually Issued? [closed]

I am a middle manager at the US subsidiary of a large multi-national corporation, and a member of my staff has been accepted to grad school in her field of expertise. Our corporate policy is that we ...
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Are students who are asylees eligible for National Science Foundation (NSF) grants? [closed]

Are graduate students who are asylees pursuing a doctorate able to apply for funding from the National Science Foundation? According to the proposal preparation and submission guidelines (part E): ...
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Is preparing for a lawsuit a valid reason to defer an exam? [closed]

An employer owes me wages and I have not been able to get them to comply without escalating matters. As a result, I have been preparing to take them to court, but I have an exam for my masters that I ...
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Can you get into a top grad school coming from UT Knox? [closed]

I went to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where I got a BA in Philosophy and graduated with a 3.4 GPA. During my senior year, I discovered an incessant love of physics. However, I’ve had to ...
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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 [closed]

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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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 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 ...