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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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Is there anything wrong with faculty socializing with grad students?

I was a little bit surprised to read this comment thread on the Chronicle of Higher Education, which suggests (among other things) that faculty shouldn't fraternize with grad students. I think this ...
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Is it a must to collect resources from previous students to be a successful student?

Last semester, I was doing well (A+) in three of the five courses I was taking, but had a problems with two others: For one course, the professor supplied a long list of study materials of several ...
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How do applicants for an NSF fellowship come up with a research plan for the research statement part of the applications

I understand reviewing literature is an important part of completing the application. Do most applicants develop a plan independently solely based off of the articles they read or do faculty advisors ...
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Writing multiple areas of interest in SOP

So first let me introduce myself. I am planning to apply for masters in mathematics in this year. I am student of bsc. 3rd year of Mathematics. Although my initial interest was to study about ...
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Some people publish great ideas in grad school, others are not [closed]

While reading certain papers, I come across great ones, presenting truly new findings, and not re-inventing the wheel or doing minor changes to other works. I seriously find it hard to believe that ...
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How do I get published in Nature or Science?

I'm a fairly new chemical engineering graduate student. I've been doing research for one semester so far (in molecular dynamics) and in the process have learned about journals and "impact factor" (a ...
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Getting into a US PhD programme for math after an Indian MS [closed]

I studied math as an undergrad in India, and after two years away from the field, have decided to come back to it. I am interested in learning more about pure mathematics, and am interested in the ...
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Double degree in mathematics and computer science for PhD admissions [closed]

Long story short, I'm really interested in machine learning research and aim to get into a top CS PhD program. I recently got admitted to the best CS program (5 year bsc+msc) in my country but it is ...
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Funded PhD in the UK with a Distinction in MSc and a low undergraduate CGPA [closed]

I completed my undergraduate degree in engineering at the best university in my country of origin, almost a decade ago. I completed the undergraduate program with a 2.9 CGPA on a 4.0 GPA scale, which ...
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The necessity of having an honours undergrad degree for Msc applications (Canada)

I am a soon to be graduated undergrad student doing research on potential universities for grad school. I specifically want to do a Msc in Stats, with a course-based or research project stream, no ...
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Fired from TA position without cause/notice, what to do next? [closed]

I am a post-doc in the USA and was a teaching assistant in the same university. During my TA appointment, I attended a one-week course outside the city. Prior to leaving, I got permission from the ...
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What are acceptable “relationships with referees”?

I am applying for grad school and need to give referees, and their relationship with me. I am not sure how to phrase things. My referees are: in my previous job, in-direct supervisor, who I had ...
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Does my supervisor want me to do my Ph.D. with him or elsewhere?

I am currently doing my master's under the supervision of an assistant professor. He's brilliant, professional and an amazing mentor. He is supportive but at the same time knows when and how to be ...
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Explaining poor grades in application?

I am applying to a Masters Program at a top university. I already have a Bachelors and a Masters degree, in addition to work experience. I have strong letters of recommendation and my Masters degree ...
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Emailing professor about unexpected questions on exam

I'm taking a class where the professor has only provided power point slides, which are not even based off of the textbooks listed in the syllabus. For our final exam, he just provided a generic list ...
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What is the proper designation for someone who has not finished their master's degree?

If a person has completed their course work but has not submitted their dissertation or capstone project. what can you call them if they are teaching a class or course at an academic institution?
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Should I leave my PhD after 3 years with a Masters? [closed]

I am a current PhD student who just finished my third year in a Computational Biology program at a respected university, and I am looking for some advice. Basically, I am trying to decide whether or ...
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Should I write a non-academic white paper?

I have a B.S. in computer science, and I have an idea for a computer security white paper. It essentially builds on top of another white paper's security mechanism. It would propose an alternate ...
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Reality check on advice for statement of purpose

I'm about to write a statement of purpose for graduate admission and my advisor passed along to me the following pieces of advice to keep in mind while writing (based on his style and experience in ...
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Reporting meta analysis [closed]

I’m a grad student working on an assignment that involves stating the effectiveness of an intervention for students with learning disabilities. I used a meta analysis to support the effectiveness and ...
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Re-apply the PhD program that I previously got offer and turned down

My situation is as follows: I applied to PhD program A and B, and got offers from both. However, the offer of A came too late which was after the deadline of decision for B. So I took offer B, and ...
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How to say no to more work as a PhD student so I can graduate

I am entering my 5th year as a PhD student. The "understanding" with my advisor is that I need three journal papers accepted to graduate. I think I have enough material (designs/ measurements/ ...
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Interview with potential supervisor for graduate program. Should I keep contacting other potential professors?

I applied for winter 2020 entry. The applications open in September but I was recommended to contact potential supervisors ahead of time. I emailed my CV, transcript and quick background about myself ...
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Is it normal that my adviser remove my information, pictures, everything from the lab homepage after I suspend my school?

First of all, I studied in Japan. After I complete all graduate courses. There will be 3 years to submit my thesis. During this time, I drop school and work in a company. So my professor removed all ...
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How should I deal with feeling dumb? [duplicate]

I am a graduate student in mathematics at a top school. Most of other students achieved gold medal in International mathematics olympiad for high school and/or other similar competitions. Most did ...
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Graduate School Advice, very conflicted

So I have just recently graduated with my undergraduate degree. I had a really great undergraduate career. I started off pretty roughly in undergrad due to family issues but was able to then grow as ...
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What to do during Math PhD to have options in industry?

I have recently been accepted to a top five math PhD program. The department seems to have a good mix of pure and applied math, and there are plenty of opportunities for collaboration with other ...
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“Write your future plans with less than 51 words”: what is the purpose of this question?

I'm an undergrad who is applying a scholarship for Phd. I have already sent heck a lot of documents ranging from my academic background, letter of purpose, research statement etc.; it took more than ...
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Sending an e-mail with multiple attachments?

This is probably a silly question, but I really need some advice. I'm an undergraduate student and I want to take a different major in grad school. Luckily, my university offers you a possibility to ...
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Can this be counted as a research experience for Grad school?

I've recently completed my bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from India. In my last year, I worked on two four-month projects in two leading research institutes affiliated to the government of India....
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Accepted into EPFL, might not get Visa in time, what am I signing myself up for?

I was accepted to a Masters Program at EPFL 5 days ago. I am currently collecting all the necessary documentation to apply for a visa. However there is a chance it will take longer than I have to get ...
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Submitting a paper to a conference whose scientific committee includes an academic from a grad school you want to enroll

I am planning to submit my paper to an international conference. The level of the conference might be high considering my paper and for my academic background at the moment. My paper can fit in one of ...
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Submitted PhD thesis but not allowed to proceed to viva until change supervisor contrary to quality manual [closed]

I am a PhD student from a small and relatively-new private university that was set up overseas. The main home campus might be quite well known. My supervisor 'left' the university 4 months ago, but ...
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What is the logic behind definition of 1-year master programs in UK?

People always consider universities like Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College etc. among the best universities on the planet, with centuries of experience in research methodology. One would assert that ...
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About opportunities for international student in China?

Are international PhD students offered Teaching Assistant (TA) positions during their research programme in China?
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Math PhD in US vs Master + PhD in Europe [closed]

I'm currently doing my bachelor's degree in mathematics in Germany (Heidelberg to be precise) and I'll soon be applying for master programs / grad school. I basically consider two options: I) First ...
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9 Years of PhD, bad supervision, no data. What should I do?

I am a PhD student since 9 years. I am working on medical technology where I need intra-operative surgical data. When I joined, I was told that they will have collaboration with hospitals and other ...
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Is it necessary to have big paper during PhD? [closed]

I have a present PhD fellow from another research group who gets pressured by his PI to produce a "big paper" before he could graduate. He has already data and paper ready for publication but his PI ...
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Is it better for me to audit or enroll in a class for independent research?

I plan to conduct independent research on different forms of early childhood education. I have a B.A. in Early Childhood Education but no formal education in research methods or statistics. I was ...
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How badly will bad grades impact future college and career life? [duplicate]

So, I'm currently an upcoming sophomore in undergrad and my grades during freshman year weren't the best. I got a F during my second semester which gave me an overall freshman GPA of 2.9 I'm not too ...
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Am I reading enough of the scientific literature? Should I read for breadth or depth?

Ever since starting graduate school I've tried to make scientific reading a part of my daily ritual; I track pages read using Beeminder, and the graph doesn't lie. It keeps me honest. I aim to ...
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How useful is the GRE Exam?

How useful is the GRE for the academic career/research/daily academic tasks? It's not required in my country but I'm wondering about the intrinsic value of its study material.
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What factors do I consider before deciding to ask my summer research guide for a recommendation for grad school?

I've currently finished two years of undergraduate study in physics. I'm at the end of a close to two month summer research program in math, at one of the best universities in my country. While I'd ...
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Already in grad school, but is grad school for me? [closed]

I'm sure you've seen a dozen variations on this question in this forum, but here's mine: I've just finished my first year in a top US PhD program in the physical sciences, which I never dreamed I ...
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Can industry experience make up for undergrad courses? [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate applied math and statistics major and plan on applying to PhD programs after graduation. My research interests are in machine learning, cv, etc.. And do research in the stats and ...
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Why are MBA programs closing in the United States?

There are various reports about full-time, on-campus MBA programs closing its doors, e.g. from LinkedIn: MBA programs are getting axed: The number of full-time MBA programs in the U.S. declined ...
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Quitting PhD for a job, how to tell advisor?

I've started a PhD last year but due to financial reasons I don't think I can stay for the whole program since it's not fully funded. I've received a job offer from a very reputable company which ...
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Can a department revoke a degree, once granted by the university?

I’ve just completed a graduate degree at a university in the UK, as an older student. The department, IMO, is a mess of politics, fickle actions, and backstabbing. Whilst here, I have been pushed, ...
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PhD - Well known professor or well known school? [closed]

What is more valuable broadly speaking (assuming all else equal): A PhD from a decent school (top ~100) with a very well respected (but not famous) professor; say for example the head of department A ...
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Asking my advisor for doing an unconventional joint PhD [closed]

I started a PhD program in the US, which is a standard 5-year US grad program, and soon after starting it (recently), I received an offer for a PhD position I'd applied for in Europe (in Germany), ...