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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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How many hours per day do I need to work to become a very good PhD student? [closed]

I'm curious about how many hours excellent PhD students work per day, especially in science. Are there any theoretical or empirical studies on the relationship between number of hours worked and ...
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Want to go to grad school but I lack expected coursework [closed]

I am, or was, a math major in a big state university, and just graduated this year and I am taking a gap year. I finished my undergrad in three years and took some extra math courses. I also have one-...
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Switching PhD programs after earning M.S

This fall, I will be a 2nd year PhD student in Microbiology. My ultimate goal is not to work in academia, but industry or government. After being a year in the program, I started to realize a masters ...
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How to change higher education standards? [closed]

I discovered a new field of mathematics. I have the ambitious wish to include it into college standard programs. Who makes the standards? How the standards work? Which procedure one needs to follow ...
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Math PhD adviser - The easy choice or the more unconventional choice

I have kind of an interesting scenario that I would like to get advice on. I apologize if this is a bit lengthy, but I want to get all the facts out there. A bit about me first: I have just finished ...
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Is it okay to explore other grad school options while deferring admission for other reasons?

So the school that I got into for m PhD program offers a simple admission deferral process that I'd like to apply for, for personal reasons (I don't want to use this post to discuss whether or not I ...
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Retaking a Course in Phd that I Took During the Master [closed]

I took a course in my Master degree and I got (B). After I got my degree I applied to the Phd program in the same campus. When I started my Phd program I retook the course and got (A). I submitted my ...
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Where can I get graduate level “tutoring”?

I'm a practitioner who is struggling with techniques from some difficult academic papers (computer science & mathematics). How can I find "tutors" (graduate students perhaps?) who are willing to ...
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Scooped and left alone by PhD advisors. What are my options?

I am a PhD student in the best-ranked university in my country (not America or the UK) and pursuing my research in a field that I am (was?) passionate about. All was fine for a couple of years - I ...
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Current state of French mathematics school [closed]

France has a very strong reputation historicaly in mathematics, and many famous mathematicians studied in their top universities. But is it still the case? I am particularely interested in the current ...
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When is the ideal time to contact potential PhD advisors?

I'm a rising senior studying Psychology, and will be applying to PhD and Master's programs in the Fall. I have already shortlisted the advisors from the schools I would like to work with and whose ...
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I am going to start my PhD in the next few months. How you would you recommend that I start networking?

I am an Indian and I will be starting as a Chemical Engineering Ph.D. student in the US this fall semester and I am looking for some tips regarding how I should start networking before I start my ...
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Why is there a general dislike for asian universities?

I had intentions of applying for higher education in Korea or Japan, but I was told many times that "Doing PhD in an Asian university is a career suicide". Why is that? My field is cognitive ...
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How to explain a recent bad semester to graduate school admissions?

I am an international student with a 3.7 US equivalated GPA. I applied to a grad school program in the US fresh out of undergrad and was accepted. I was a part-time student at that grad school. ...
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How can one overcome the disadvantage of studying in less prestigious international school for admission in top 10 Math PhD programs?

I am a international applicant. I study in fairly less prestigious undergraduate school. I am aware that this will have a affect on my Grad School Applications. Since I am freshman I was wondering of ...
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Bombed an academic interview, should I do anything about it?

I had an interview a few days back for a grant for graduate studies. The interview panel consisted of various judges including some of the most renowned and well known researchers/professors in my ...
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Career Options after PhD in Math (International)

I'm an international student, originally from a country in South Asia. I have been admitted to a PhD program in Mathematics. The school is ranked in the top 70-80 range. While I'm interested in ...
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How do I ask a professor to recommend me to another professor to hire me as a teaching assistant?

I have been admitted into a college in the US for a master's program. I am applying for TA positions under various professors because TAs get tuition benefits. One of the professors who taught me as ...
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How important is your school? [duplicate]

I am looking to pursue an online master's in MIS starting next spring. I'm in the process of deciding on a school and I've narrowed it down to two choices: Florida State or Illinois-Springfield. Both ...
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Get in touch with potential advisors, although I have no clue what my topic might be?

I am in the Humanities, and I have a rough idea about the general field I want to work in. I have identified several professors who also work in this field. However, I am not sure how I can now find a ...
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Math Phd vs Job Offer (struggling very hard in my mind) [closed]

I was offered a math PhD position with full funding by a university in Canada (which is currently on a strike), and I was also offered a position as a math teacher in a quite prestigious high school ...
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I've finished my master's program. How can I improve my credentials so I can do a PhD?

I have read a few posts here about the matter, but I don't think other posts fully address the situation I'm in. I apologize if this thread is redundant. I would like to do research in the future, I ...
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Should a thesis advisor be an onlooker or somebody who struggles with the problem?

I am asking about research in a Math department, although I believe the question generalises to other departments. I would like to know what a potential thesis advisor should be like. Should the ...
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Being asked to take up a part-time status [closed]

TL;DR I want to maintain full time status for now but my department is asking me to switch to part time status, I'm not certain that is a good idea since international students need to maintain a ...
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Is it appropriate if my current affiliation is different from the ending of my email address?

I have a permanent email aliasing from my previous institute. My current academic affiliation (let's pretend it is Horvord University) does NOT give me a permanent email address. Now, I am going to ...
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Do universities care about bias experienced in group projects?

I am a master's student, and I will complete my master's program soon. During my second year of my MA program, I had to work on a two-semester group project because it was a requirement for the ...
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USA - Undergraduate Final Transcripts and PhD Programs

I am curious about how final transcripts play a role in a graduate program that has already accepted you. For example, if a student with a 3.02 cumulative GPA was accepted into a Physics Ph.D. program ...
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Is it advisable to contact a professor if I fear failing a graduate-level course?

I am an international master's student in the US. I am currently finishing my last semester of courses. This semester has been very tough on my personal life because of some family issues. I also had ...
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How to politely, mildly, and tactfully ask for a minor revision before the presentation of the conference paper?

I just have a paper accepted at a very selective conference but now I am going to make a minor revision before my presentation because I found a few grammar errors. The organizer seems unaware of my ...
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How far will my Masters counterbalance low undergrad GPA in PhD applications? [duplicate]

I'm currently pursuing a Masters degree in Philosophy at a top UK university, and as my grades currently stand, I'm looking to graduate with a Distinction. During my second and third years of ...
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Could an inexperienced advisor hurt my career?

I have been offered a PhD position by an inexperienced professor in a great institution in Europe. Despite the fact that the institution is very strong in my area, since the position was offered by ...
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Can I update my conference paper?

I submitted a conference (one of the best one in the subfield) paper in last minute and it was later accepted a few days ago. While waiting for the final acceptance, I found some errors and a few ...
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Getting admission for specialty for medical students?

I have a friend who studies medical sciences, who just finished his general practice studies in another country. Now she is trying to get an admission and come to the US to continue her specialty. I ...
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Can I get admitted to Master in mathematics program if I only have a medical degree? [closed]

I will complete my medical school (in Indonesia) very shortly. I'm planning to pursue a master degree in mathematics at a university in the USA or UK. I do not have a mathematics bachelor's degree. ...
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Information on Planetary Science PhD programs?

APS has a catalog available with information on graduate school programs in physics. I was wondering if anything similar exists for planetary science? So far I have been going through individual ...
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Is it possible to switch between Ph.D. departments at the same university?

I recently asked about the ethicality of staying in a Ph.D. program (first-year) while attempting to transfer to a different university that I had declined previously. Unfortunately, the funding was ...
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Applying to US PhD during first year of Master's program

I am in the last year of three-year Bachelor's program in Computer Science in Europe. I am interested in doing PhD in the US, but I did not apply for it this fall because I did not have any sensible ...
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Should I mention the number of followers of my blog in my SOP for grad school?

I maintain a technical blog (posts are in direct correspondence with my interested field of study) which has around 150000 followers. I have two questions: (a) Do I mention the number of followers in ...
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Asking faculty up for tenure about the tenure decision

If I know a faculty member is up for tenure this year, is it appropriate to ask them for news about the tenure decision? If yes, are there norms around how to ask? I'm a grad student and still ...
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Should a graduate student set up a research program flexible to a change in adviser? If so, how?

In the next few weeks I will embark on a multi-year research program to partially fulfill the requirements of a master's degree and possibly a PhD. I have an adviser whom I'm excited about working ...
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How do I ask for a reference letter from a professor I do not want to work with?

I'm a fourth year undergraduate student planning on applying to grad programs this fall. I will mainly be applying to PhD and research thesis master programs in machine learning and computer ...
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Why I can't get a PhD offer? [closed]

I am so tired of contacting potential supervisors and submitting applications only to get rejected! Is the problem in my qualifications? I graduated university with a GPA of 4.94 out of 5 (A Saudi ...
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What are the biggest differences transitioning from undergrad to grad school?

I was recently accepted into a graduate biophysics program and have a couple questions about what I should expect going into my first semester. While I'm going into a physics PhD, I'd like general ...
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Does it look bad if I apply to two very different fields for grad school?

I'm going to be applying to grad school (a combination of direct PhD and research thesis masters programs) this fall, and I cannot make up my mind between two different fields - machine learning (...
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Lie or try to explain reason of my absence during classes?

I have a difficult situation about limit of absences during classes in my university. The teacher of one subject made a rule that 3 absences with disrespectful reason during the course leads to fail ...
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Undergraduate school affecting acceptance to a prestigious graduate school [closed]

Currently, I am just about to finish my sophomore year in an undergraduate school studying computer science. I am worried about my current school impacting whether or not I will get in to a ...
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Taking a risk working with a new professor? (Math Grad School)

I will be starting a math PhD program in the Fall with hopes of working with a professor who graduated recently (between 4 and 6 years ago). This professor is working in my desired field, but I'm not ...
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No response from potential PhD supervisor after Skype meeting

Four weeks ago, I had a meeting over Skype with my potential PhD supervisor for an open PhD position in his group. He initially expressed interest in my work and asked me to arrange for two ...
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Where do academics obtain HTML website templates with no attribution? [closed]

I have noticed that most .edu domains have a very "academic" looking simple HTML websites (Do academics look down on well-designed academic websites?) for professors and departments. My graduate ...
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Decline grad school for fellowship?

So, I have a bit of a dilemma on my hands. I took a gap year after graduating from college, and I thought I was going to go straight to grad school after. I got accepted to multiple programs, and I ...