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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When choosing a PhD program, which one gets the priority: the student's wellbeing or the academic prospect?

The question is quite simple: when one chooses his/her PhD program, should one give the priority his/her wellbeing or the prospect of publication / working on interesting work/prospect of a good ...
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Tips for being the first graduate student of a PI?

I have a very high expectation of a lab that I want to join and It's highly possible for me to eventually do that after my rotation period ends. The PI is the kind of person whom I have been looking ...
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If I am willing to repeat major courses, that I passed with a D grade, will they look bad on my transcript while applying for graduate school?

I am a student majoring in civil engineering and I am in my 3rd year.I had a harsh beginning: I took 2 intensive courses during my first year of college after a gap semester. I didn’t perform well ...
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How do I find graduate level topics and textbooks after graduating?

I've recently finished a MS in computer engineering and long term it's likely that I'll look into doing a PhD. One of the reasons I didnt do it straight away is that I dont really have a clue what I'd ...
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Can you “refer” an offer to another applicant?

Say I applied to two graduate programs: A and B, in which A is my preferred program. It turns out that I am admitted by both, so I will accept the offer from A and turn B down. I heard from a friend ...
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Maths PhD in combinatorics/graph theory in France? [closed]

I am looking to do a PhD in combinatorics/graph theory, perhaps with some elements of functional analysis combined with the combinatorics. I am also interested in studying in France (I have already ...
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Professor does not provide feedback, grades, or lecture - Do I have the grounds to file a complaint? [closed]

I am in a graduate level (online) mathematics course. At the beginning of the course, the professor told us to post all of our homework solutions to the online learning forum which is open for ...
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Importance of undergraduate institution in grad-school admissions (math)

I am a applied math major, and very much want to enter graduate school for applied math. I spent my freshman year of undergrad at a very highly ranked (top 10 or 15 depending on ranking) university, ...
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How to make human growth and development interactive? [closed]

I am a first time human growth and development teacher at our local community college. There are a lot of theories, stages, and sub-stages involved in human growth and development and I'm trying to ...
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What are characteristics of “high quality” graduate research as viewed by a hiring committee?

When discussing the ability for a faculty candidate to find a job, SE users often say that the quality of graduate research overshadows the prestige of the school at which they received a graduate ...
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Can't decide which research project to work on as an undergraduate to prepare for graduate school? [closed]

I'm an undergraduate engineering student at a top state university. I want to do high-quality research to build up my experience in preparation for graduate school (MS/Ph.D.). My research is out of ...
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Identifying pleasant PhD supervisors

I want to pursue a PhD at an institution in Japan that I don't know first hand. As lab websites or personal webpages don't really reveal the personalities of professors, it isn't easy to know in ...
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Importance of teaching as a PhD student to go into academia

How important is teaching as a graduate student if I want to then pursue a career in academia. A top program I have been admitted to does not require teaching and I will be fully funded by being a ...
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PhD student, quit or not? [closed]

I'm half-way through the second year of my PhD in computer engineering in a top tier university in the US and I recently moved to a big city away from the main campus of the institution to the ...
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Do German professors in a Master’s program respond to students who email them interested in their research work?

I’m currently receiving my bachelor’s degree in Sociology from am American university and have no clue how the process for applying to Master’s programs in Germany works. I’m not sure if it’s okay to ...
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Applying to state-side Graduate programs with European degree(s)

So I'm a bit confused because the structure of higher education is different in America than it is here. In the States the typical undergraduate degree (for example in physics) is around 4 years. From ...
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How to learn technique from papers (technical fields)?

I'm an incoming PhD student. I did some research during my undergrad and master. One of the things my advisors told me was to read papers but not too focused on "technical details". This did help me ...
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To What Degree is Graduate School Acceptance Contingent on You Choosing a Specific Potential Adviser? [closed]

I applied to a graduate school in CS and got in. However, between application submission and acceptance a professor reached out to me and requested a phone conversation. It went well, as far as I ...
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Finding graduate program with large number of high quality peers [closed]

From this answer I understand that it important to get into a top schools with top graduate programs because of the large number of higher quality peers makes a big difference. I am wondering how do ...
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Can political issues between Iran and USA affect me?

I have already read this question and its answers. However, I believe my question is slightly different. I was born in Iran but I am from a religious minority called Bahai faith and the followers of ...
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How to approach admissions when applying for a Master's without Bachelor's degree?

I have a decade of experience as a network engineer. At this point I'm consulting large ISP in a network design role. I am thinking about applying for a Master's in computer networking without a ...
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Is simulation a necessary part of writing a research paper? [closed]

In fields like machine learning, where the validity of your solution is measured on the basis of the accuracy of your model, it is important to have a simulation i.e. write and run code to implement ...
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Is it normal in Europe for graduate courses to be all in the evening?

I have been looking into master's programs in Spain. 95% of the Spanish programs I've been seeing tend to meet in the evening, with times like 3-6 PM or 6-9 PM. It's not clear to me whether this is ...
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Withdrawing a doctoral application and re-applying before deadline

I applied for a doctorate programme and got a confirmation email that it was successfully submitted. Later, I realised I omitted some important information in my application that I need to add. If I ...
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Is one spelling mistake in the academic CV a big deal?

Just after submitting my CV to graduate school for masters admission, I realized that there was one spelling mistake on the first page of my CV. I misspelled the word 'merchandising'(missed the h). Is ...
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Getting accepted to present at a conference, but choosing not to go - including this in SoP

I am a masters student who has just had my extended abstract accepted to the largest conference in my field, however, I am faced with a very difficult decision that requires perspective. The Problem ...
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Finding area of research and people that offer PhD's in this area [closed]

I'm currently in the first year of my MSc in an European university and as time goes on I'm thinking of what to do afterwards. One of the options is continuing on to a PhD and so I find myself from ...
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Masters in education during physics PhD

How feasible would it be for a PhD student in physics (who is interested in teaching high school after their PhD) to receive a masters in education from the university they are receiving their PhD ...
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How to self-advocate after rotation rejection?

I am a first year PhD student. I just finished my first rotation lab and absolutely loved it. I met with my PI every week, and I never felt like she had a problem with me. Though I never had a frank ...
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When a graduate student be a part of a research grant, does he get paid in addition to a university stipend?

This year I will graduate from a European university and willing to start a Ph.D. program in the USA. As a graduate student, there is a “guaranteed financing” opportunity of approximately $ 32,000 per ...
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PhD from Third Tier School [closed]

I am interested in doing a PhD from a third tier school in Electrical Engineering Ranked about in the 60's in North America. I have degrees (Bachelors, Masters) from a Top 20 North American School. ...
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Do I need to tell my rec letter provider that I have language disorder?

This might be a weird question. But here we go. I'm applying for business/data-related master programs. I'm a stutter with a certified moderate language disorder. Do I need to tell my professors (...
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Are 16 schools too many for a professor to provide recommendation letters to?

I plan to apply to approximately 16 schools and am wondering whether that's too many for my recommendation letter providers. It's happened before that a professor of my friend refused to provide all ...
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How does a University tackle admissions for Master's Degree from students that come from a different college?

Are the fellow Bachelor's students that graduated from the same university given any advantage over the students that apply from a foreign, possibly less accredited university? Of course we're talking ...
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Additional schooling and salary at private/public high school

I have been told that private high schools would likely hire this candidate, MSc/PhD in physics (but no teaching certificate or degree, just TA duties in undergrad and grad school), and that public ...
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how to congratulate for professors's grant achievements?

I recently got the news that my prof and his colleagues were got many grants/funding. Is it common to write him a congratulation? I prepared this simple sentences, how should I wish him more ...
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Why C*-algebras is not as popular as other area of pure mathematics? [closed]

I am applying for graduate school in pure mathematics and I recently got very interested in C*-algebra. I am definitely wrong but I get the feeling that C*-algebras is not as popular as other areas ...
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Should one add declined awards to a CV?

Suppose I'm applying for grad school and I receive a scholarship award to study at grad school A, does it make sense to list such a scholarship award on my CV in my application to grad school B? Or ...
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What can be some strong reasons not doing a masters?

I am writing a motivation letter where I have to write why I am directly applying for a Ph.D. position without masters. What can I write so that it seems valid and convincing to the professor? (The Ph....
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Is it possible to work on my thesis on my home country? [closed]

I was wondering if it's possible (and how frequent it is) to work my (math) PhD thesis in my home country if I am an international student?
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How are Best Student Paper awards evaluated at engineering conferences?

Do Best Paper and Best Student Paper awards follow the same evaluation criteria at engineering conferences? If not, how do they differ besides the requirement for Best Student Paper to be authored by ...
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How do I respond to my professors email about recommendation letter? He is out of the country for sometime and his FIL is ill [duplicate]

I have contacted my professor about recommendation letter for my applications to PhD programmes. He has provided letters for few of my application. Right now I am applying to few more universities ...
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GPA for PhD application

I am applying for PhD programs in mathematics and statistics for the next fall semester, and I am really concerned about my GPA for this fall semester. My GPA is solid before this semester, and I ...
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I submitted the correct personal statement to the correct schools, but I realized I left highlights in my submission what should I do?

I wrote my personal statements for two schools and they had the correct information for each school and submitted each statement to the correct school. But in my excitement to be completing my final ...
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Shall I go and see my advisor's father who is on his death bed?

In my country from East Asia, it is extremely impolite if I don't do it when I have this information. However, US and EU are known to be more "professional" in my humble opinion. So in US, is asking ...
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Results published by others first in parallel. Is my work still publishable?

I am a college student who worked on a small problem in applied mathematics for two years. I recently get together some results that could be sent to publish. However when I am finishing my draft I ...
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Possible that one dissertation in Computational Archaeology could earn two degrees?

I'm planning on my PhD to be in CS, but it occurs to me that my research as it applies to archaeology/anthropology will be just as unique and valuable (hopefully) to that field in and of itself. I ...
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Made an error in the graduate application

After submitting the application I found my undergraduate education was mistakenly classified as a graduate degree. All my other transcript and CV say the correct things. What can I do besides ...
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A course-based letter from a named professor or a research letter from a young no-name researcher?

I can get a letter from a course instructor that I got a highest possible grade. He is a very well known professor at a top 5 institute. Of course, he can say little about my research. I can also get ...
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What are acceptable purposes in Statement of Purpose?

I understand that honesty is the best policy, but is it a good idea to say "I have no clue" when the SOP explicitly asks me to describe my "intentions relative to graduate study and life beyond the ...

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