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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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), ...
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Dr. rer. med Title

The doctorate title "Dr. rer. med" is awarded to non-medical postgraduate researchers from University Hospitals. Is it equivalent to a PhD, or Dr. Eng. etc.? Is it recognisable in other countries ...
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Cost of living in China as an international student [closed]

I've just been offered PhD admission in SUStech located in Shenzhen, China. The tuition fee is 10,000rmb per year and the accommodation is 1,300rmb per year. As an international student, is 80,000-...
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Do graduate committees in math decide to not take students based on lack of knowledge of specific topics? [closed]

My question is far more specific than the one in the title, and so, I urge you to not reply to the question in the title alone, and to try and reply to the questions I shall pose in this note. I am ...
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abusive teacher failing my life partner

this teacher has done the following in a required, non-elective class: forced students to provide personal reflections in their health, including those with trauma for whom that is triggering ...
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Is it a good idea to apply for PhD in Econ before finishing my Msc in Economics first?

Ok so I am currently pursuing a Msc in Economics with a research distinction in Norway. I just finished my first year of studies and my grades are competitive. All A's except of a B. I have 2 more ...
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I wanted to apply PhD in Clinical Psychology, but my research activities and research interests are a bit different [closed]

A bit background about myself after finishing my bachelor degree in Psychology from a private university in a developing country. I worked at my family business for a couple of years before realizing ...
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No interesting research topics available - should I quit and pay back my stipend? [closed]

I’m currently enrolled in Mechanical Engineering MSc program in the UAE. I’m on a scholarship program as a TA/RA. I just finished my first semester through which I suffered greatly but I ended up with ...
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Not Included in Publication Author List

Approximately a year ago, I finished a graduate degree under an abusive and bullying advisor. I successfully defended my thesis, and agreed to stay around for a while longer to finish a publication ...
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How do I choose research project topics for the project requirements in graduate classes?

Most graduate classes include a research project component in the grading scheme. I am taking such a class now and I need to complete a research project. The instructor has presented us with 4-5 ...
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To become a professor in anthropology, can I get my PhD from a university in the UK and still have it be on the same level as a PhD from the US?

So ultimately I want to become a professor in Anthropology, but I want to get my degree ASAP. The UK has degree programs that run 3-4 years and the US its mostly 5-7. Are UK PhD programs, especially ...
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Why are there limits on scholarship amounts for graduate students?

I'll be starting my MSc next year, and just got informed that I won a Merit-based scholarship that covers tuition (although the school is in Israel, where tuition is heavily subsidized anyway), and ...
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How to prepare effectively for teaching a graduate course?

Next year, I will be teaching a graduate-level course about an advanced topic for the first time (in a West European university, in science). I'm a lecturer and this is the first time I will teach ...
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Is it weird to contact a professor in foreign university for research internship opportunity if I am not a student?

I got a Bachelor degree few years ago and I have worked (non-research job) for few years since then. Recently, I would like to pursue a master degree in a foreign university but I cannot obtain ...
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Discontinuing Masters Program in Coursework after census date [closed]

I am planning to discontinue my studies due to health and financial reasons.Will I be able to get a job after this? I have good programming skills though.
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Would doing an independent study or directed reading help me get into grad school with a poor undergraduate record? [duplicate]

My goal is to get into a math graduate program within the next 5 years. The trouble is that I have very poor undergraduate grades no research experience, and no current connections, since I graduated ...
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How does a candidate look like when he applies for another PhD program while being enrolled in a program?

Suppose, someone is enrolled in a PhD program in a university 'X' in, say, Serbia (totally hypothetical and suits my analogy). After one year, after publishing 5-6 research papers, he thought that a ...
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How to increase the chance for PhD admission while I am working?

I graduated as MSc. of Software Engineering in 2017, and then I started my career in the industry as "software tester". I am going to apply for the Graduate School of Decision Sciences in 2 years. ...
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Didn't attend field-specific conferences during my PhD; how much of a disadvantage is it?

During my mechanical engineering PhD, I was not able to go to my field specific conferences and had to go to diverse conferences. Thus, I couldn't interact with researchers directly in my field of ...
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What do I do if my advisor made a mistake?

I am a first year masters student and I am just beginning my research project. I had to send a protocol out to my committee and they all have to approve it before I begin the project. The protocol is ...
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Phd, Graduate School, Transfer

I was pursuing Ph.D. at a certain institution, let's call it X. After I started working, my experiments would fail repeatedly. My supervisor started calling me incompetent in the first two months of ...
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Should I look for research internships or stay at my university for the summer? [closed]

I am in my last semester of Physics and Mathematics and, at the same time, my first semester in a MS in Applied Math (which I will finish in two more semesters) in one of the top universities for ...
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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 ...