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 should I proceed when a (famous) professor says I'm not good enough for research?

I am a PhD student in a Computer Science department, doing research of a mathematical nature. Some of my research problems drifted from my advisor's area of expertise, so I reached out to a researcher ...
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In the writing phase of masters thesis, is it advisable to take a course that is unrelated? [closed]

I'm supposed to be writing my master thesis now in numerical optimization and I have a chance to attend an online course in Analysis. It is unrelated to my thesis topic and the course will require me ...
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How to proceed when PhD advisor leaves academia or moves to a new university midway?

How can a PhD student proceed when his/her advisor quits midway? What should be the student's considerations when the professor offers him a choice to move along with him? Should it be the ...
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Is it acceptable to mark off or comment on someone's presentation based on their non-standard English accent?

I am working as a TA for a seminar course and class presentations are considered a significant part of the total mark for the course. Some of the students in the class — who mostly happen to be ...
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Should I send a follow-up email or call again (to potential PhD supervisor)?

Sunday: I sent an email to a potential PhD supervisor. Sunday 4pm: he responded asking me to call him tomorrow . Monday 11am: I responded yes and asked if there's a preferred time. Tuesday 1am: he ...
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Is it possible to ask about RA positions after being rejected by the same lab for a PhD?

I am currently looking at PhD programmes (mainly in the US) and have been advised to email potential PIs before I put in an application. I am afraid my profile isn't very competitive and my back up ...
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How do I determine if a PhD is financially feasible for me?

I originally posted this in the personal finance stack exchange, but since it hasn't received any responses, I thought I'd try here. I just turned 38 and am contemplating pursuing an academic career, ...
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Engineering in Graduate School [duplicate]

I'm currently studying Physics as an undergrad at a solid research-oriented college. I want to work in the space industry, but it seems you need an engineering degree to do just about anything in ...
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How can a working professional getting into a new field [closed]

I have EE major and CS minor in my bachelor degree (overseas, GPA ~3.7) and a CS master degree (US, rank about 30 in CS, GPA ~3.5). I've worked in tech industry for 9 years as a technical staff, but I ...
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Recommendation for creating a graphical timeline representation [closed]

Can anyone recommend a site / program / software for sketching and creating a graphical timeline representation. In need of it for a paper.
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What are the practically relevant advantages/disadvantages of doing your Ph.D./Master in a crowded research group? [duplicate]

Please point me to the relevant question is this has been asked before. I have seen many research groups in Germany universities, German research institutions where a single PI has as many as ~15 ...
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Choosing among graduate schools [closed]

I am an undergraduate student who has been admitted to three universities with full funding it is almost two weeks that I am stressing over my choices, therefore I decided to post my situation here to ...
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Dreading starting PhD and wanting to opt for other option [closed]

Many apologies if this is not in line with the questions for this site, but I am seeking some advice for the following problem. I have finished an integrated masters degree and applied to PhD ...
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Shall I go and see my advisor's father who is on his death bed?

In my country in East Asia, it is extremely impolite if I don't do it when I have this information. However, the US and the EU are known to be more "professional", in my humble opinion. So, ...
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Focusing on GRE, subject GRE, TOEFLS, IELTS before applying?

Applying to the US: I just finished my master's in mathematical finance. I want to apply for a PhD in math (but not in mathematical finance). Can I start applying this year while studying and taking ...
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How should I reference the institution in my grad school applications if I went to a satellite campus?

I go to a well respected University of X. However, I actually attend a campus that is smaller and separate from the main large campus. As I look at graduate schools and begin drafting my statement of ...
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How do I convince professors about my research interests?

I'm applying to a coursework + thesis masters programme and am wondering how specific do I have to be when mentioning my research interests in my email to a potential advisor. I have applied to ...
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What are the 25th-75th percentile ranges for the annual income for graduate students in the United States?

And are there differences in average income between different types of fields, or different types of schools? The diagram below says that the average income for grad students is $17k/year. But I'm ...
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If you had a bad mentor for an REU program, should put that on my resume to get into grad school?

I did an REU research program in my undergraduate college career. However, I had a bad experience because my mentor was not helpful and was very condescending person. I was told too that you worked ...
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Before entering into a computational research PhD, should one gain strong coding & software engineering skills?

Main Question: Should someone gain good computer programming skills/experience through a software engineering job before entering a 5-year PhD program in Computer Science (Tentative specialization: ...
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Am I capable of doing PhD based on my advisor's words?

I am average student completed my under-grad and grad studies successfully. I am doing PhD since 4.5 years. I was a hard-working student. I was a self-motivated student always wanted to do PhD and ...
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What is the meaning of 'six-week course'?

Edit: I found the answer. In the preface to the english edition it says This book is a translation from the orginal Chinese text of notes based on a six-week course on algebraic curves and Riemann ...
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Pass/Fail decisions on 1st year PhD report

At my university in the UK, candidates doing a full time PhD (3 years) have to submit a 1st year report which includes literature review, the "gaps" that will be tackled by the doctoral work,...
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Are journal papers really viewed as strictly inferior to conference papers in Theoretical Computer Science?

To give a bit of context, I graduated 1 year ago from an undergraduate where I double majored in Math and Computer Science and I am planning to apply for a CS PHD this coming year with a focus on ...
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Is it worth writing and publishing a survey paper while a PhD student [closed]

There are opportunity costs associated with spending time on writing a critical analysis of the literature and submitting that review article to a journal as opposed to conducting research (although ...
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Would taking the GRE (when it is not required) be likely to help my application?

I want to go to grad school for Applied mathematics, and I have a high GPA in my undergraduate of 3.56 in Applied Mathematics. I wanted to take the GRE. However, they are very costly around $200, ...
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Is getting into grad school hard for applied mathematics? [duplicate]

I am looking at program for grad school in applied mathematics. If I currently A 3.56 GPA, will it be a challenge to get into grad school?
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Can a grad student take undergrad classes?

Maybe a dumb question, but for example: say I'm doing a PhD in Theoretical Physics (I'm not) but I need to have taken certain undergrad math courses to understand the material, which I never took in ...
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Updating a Professor on Denying School Offer

While considering my options, I reached out to a couple professors to inquire on their work. Ultimately, I've opted not to go to the school in question, though I would love to work with that professor ...
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is it ethical for a supervisor to exert pressure on a student because he is doing a project with a company?

I am currently a first year master student. My supervisor is having a project with a car company and this work was mainly assigned to a Phd student in my lab who volunteered for it. During the work, ...
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Is it rude to leave and switch to a lab that's collaborating with your own lab (and how to go about doing so)?

I've signaled to my advisor and collaborators my intent to quit pursuing my PhD at the school I'm currently at. I essentially gave a 3-month notice while I get as much done as I can on one of our ...
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My supervisors want to make me finish my Ph.D. in 2 years. What can I do?

After finishing my M.A.Sc. in Canada, I had been interviewed with my current supervision team in my current Swiss university to start a Ph.D. In that time, it was fairly obvious that the project I was ...
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Asking a professor to be my advisor (math)

I'm applying to graduate school and there is a professor at my home university I am interested in working with. As a bit of background, I have been doing undergraduate research with this professor ...
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MS thesis defense equivalent to publishing as a MS student?

When applying to Ph.D. at the top 10 programs in the US, does MS thesis defended to committee members have the same weight as publishing paper as a MS student? Or am I at the disadvantage of not ...
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Trying to volunteer as a research assistant post-Master's and not having any success so far [duplicate]

I'm an MS in CompSci grad who wants to do a PhD someday. The one thing I don't have from my time in undergrad and MS is significant research experience. Of course, I did undergrad research but was ...
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PhD supervisor is extremely “hands-off”: How can I get better feedback for my research projects and cope with this situation?

I'm currently a PhD student at a US University. The relationship between my advisor and me is extremely hands off, and she only contacts me to help write grants and to review papers. While she does ...
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From computational mathematics to abstract mathematics

I graduated with a bachelor in math/physics with a cgpa of 2.74/4.00 but didn't study many courses of abstract mathematics mostly computational math . I applied for a master's in the same Uni. and ...
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Testing out of Undergraduate Major Requirements [closed]

Background I am a pending transfer student (incoming undergraduate sophomore) at various universities. I plan on pursuing a double major in math and physics. Now, I believe that I am proficient in ...
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Is it common in academia to not have any written “contract” when you get a scholarship?

If you are been accepted into a Master's program which grants a scholarship to its participants, they just send you a letter outlining the scholarship in a brief manner. Is this common in academia? ...
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Is Relocating Necessary in Academia?

Despite experiencing a lot of drama and negativity at my university, I love my city and hate the idea of relocating. Sometimes I even think of reapplying there just so I could stay in this city (this ...
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Should I reach out to a potential PhD supervisor about applying when they have a relationship with my current PhD supervisor?

I've had a really bad relationship with my supervisor since I started. I've even had to take time off to get a mental reprieve from everything that was happening. At this point, I really want to go ...
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Chances of admission/how to overcome limited research experience

applying to PhD programs this coming cycle (MIT, Stanford + a few others) and wanted some advice on how to make up for lack of publications. Some details have been intentionally left vague: Raw ...
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Should I hide certain education history on my CV/resume? [duplicate]

Apologize in advance if it is not suitable for this site. I consider asking this in workplace exchange, but I think people on this site are more familiar with similar situation. For obvious reasons I ...
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Is Computational Social Science better as a degree or as a field of research for various disciplines to collaborate in? [closed]

I'd like to go to grad school, but I've been dragging my feet on it for so long (I'm three years out of college, with a Bachelors in Computer Science) because the sound of traditional CS research ...
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Should I include my latest job on my CV?

I just graduated this April from undergrad and I'm now applying to graduate programs that start September 2019. I'm taking a gap year between undergrad and grad school for various reasons, mostly to ...
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How do you deal with the ridiculous catch 22 to get into grad school [closed]

I have applied for a second round of 100% rejections and needless to say I am not feeling great about it. What I am especially angry/frustrated about is that neat little sentence every rejection ...
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The Downsides of Doing Undergraduate, Masters, PhD at the same institution

A bit of background: I attend University A. I have done all of my studying so far at University A. I completed my undergraduate degree in Faculty 1, I will complete my masters in Faculty 2, and I am ...
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What universities (especially in the USA) prohibit or restrict duplicate advanced degrees? [closed]

For example, University of California - Berkeley says The Graduate Council views academic degrees as evidence of broad research training, not as vocational training certificates; therefore, ...
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Very highly regarded (but also very abrasive) secondary PhD supervisor - how much should I involve him in my project?

I'm doing a PhD and I have two people listed down as my supervisors for the project, who I will call supervisors A and B. I get on really well with supervisor A, he makes constructive suggestions in a ...
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Applying same graduation school with my girlfriend, is it ethical?

Me and my girlfriend are currently studying in the same university and same department. We both applied couple of master's degree programs abroad. One of the programs is in both our interest and she ...

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