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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Margin spacing on graduate school applications (PhD) in the US

I understand the standard margin spacing on personal statements is 1 inch, but I've read that 0.75 inches may be okay. Most of the statements specify 1-2 page limits and nothing else. I'm wondering ...
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Question regarding recommendation letters for statistics graduate applications

I am currently a math and statistics undergraduate who is applying to graduate programs in statistics this fall. Two of my professors have confirmed they will write letters of recommendations for me. ...
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Physics Courses in Undergrad to Apply for Physics Grad Program [closed]

I am a sophomore physics student with an interest in studying applied physics or engineering in graduate school. I will take as many applied physics courses as I can in undergrad (and CS courses), but ...
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If I drop out, can I restart my Master's degree in the future? [closed]

I was enrolled in a prestigious school in central Europe, studying an MSc in computer science. I have decided to drop out because it seriously felt like my bachelor background was weak, and I had to ...
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What is necessary for mathematics graduate school? [closed]

I am an undergrad junior at a top 60 institution (big state school in the United States) majoring in Pure Math. Course selection for Spring 2020 is coming around, and I want to know which courses to ...
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Astrophysics after Aerospace Engineering?

I'm a second year aerospace engineering undergraduate student. I like this course because it might get me to the space industry; but it is not as closely tied to the subject of space sciences as ...
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Importance of Variety for PhD Recommendation Letters

I am a senior getting ready to apply to PhD programs in Applied Physics (I currently am located in and plan to attend grad school in the US). I am currently working a co-op at a large company in a ...
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Is auditing graduate physics courses (officially or unoffically) a viable way to eventually get into a PhD program? [duplicate]

I did very poorly in my first two years of college but I still want to get into a prestigious graduate program. The reasons why I did poorly are complicated and personal and certainly nothing I would ...
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Transitioning back to science after working outside of the field?

I went to university studying Immunology but university as a whole was rough for me because I was a poor international student (on scholarship) and my mental health was really bad in general. I ...
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Is it worth going to a conference [IEEE UEMCON] to get my undergraduate thesis published?

I'm weighing the costs/benefits of going to a conference in New York despite living in Seattle. My main motivation is that I want the undergraduate thesis I finished earlier this year to be published....
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I did not earn my Master's degree. Do I mention it in my Ph.D. program and onwards and on my CV?

I started my terminal Master’s degree program in Fall 2017. My plan was to graduate Spring 2019, and if successful, enter a Ph.D. program Fall 2019. My Master’s program is a more general program and ...
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Masters Dilemma: Does University Reputation Come First?

I'm a political science undergrad from Canada with a very good GPA (4.26/4.33), lots of experience as a research assistant and two papers submitted. I would like to pursue an academic career, so I'm ...
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How to prepare for STEM graduate program while in industry?

I recently graduated with my bachelor's in Electrical Engineering and started working in industry. During my undergraduate work, I had always planned on going back to school, but it wasn't until ...
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Doctoral Advising: No Available, Appropriate Chairs

I work at a regional university in the United States. Several years ago (before I arrived) our department admitted five years of doctoral students (approximately 50 students) as general admits to a ...
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Should I keep my achievements to myself? [closed]

I'm a PhD student and I have published several good papers and achieved some awards and leadership position early in my career. I always celebrate my work but not boastfully since I poured in a lot of ...
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Did I screw myself out of graduate school? [closed]

I graduated from a state school in 2009 with a 2.77 overall GPA. I technically should have graduated in 2008, but was only going part time, so I stretched it out and became a "super senior." I'll be ...
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How do academia and graduate advisors deal with the fact that the cost of living is dramatically higher but graduate wages is stagnant? [closed]

My supervisor got his PhD in the 1970s while having two kids and a house. He spent 25k on the house. Everyone from that era, even the 80s or 90s, said that their degree was dirt cheap and they were ...
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A question about authors listed as having “contributed equally”

There are few collaborating authors on the following list: Tom Cruise*, Will Smith*, Jackie Chan, Robert John Downey Jr., etc. *: These authors contributed equally. Tom Cruise is corresponding ...
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How do I write about suggested reading by my professor

I had a casual meeting with my professor and he recently learned about a topic and he asked me to look at that topic as well. This topic is not my research topic and it is just a further reading. I ...
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Looking for advices to stay motivated working with my master degree advisor

As English is not my native language I apologize for any mistakes in my following post. I did my Bachelor Degree in Mathematics in University "A" with advisor "a". The strees level of this University ...
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Invited to write a review on a field that neither my Prof nor I are experts in?

As a PhD student nearing the end of their degree my Prof invited me to write a review with him. A decently well known journal had asked us to write a review on a topic that is only tangentially ...
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Getting a Postdoc, Dropping out of PhD for Greener Pastures (I hope), or else Staying Competitive in Current Position

I've seen similar questions on here before so I'm sorry if it's a duplicate or anything. Frequently, I find myself in despair at my postdoc prospects as a result of the reputation of the university ...
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Are foreign language requirements beneficial for Physics, Math and Chemistry PhD students in North America?

Senior readers will recall that in North America (USA/Canada) it was required to show a reading knowledge of another language besides English in order to complete the academic requirements for a PhD ...
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Contacting prospective advisors before graduate school applications - courtesy or annoyance?

Last year, rather late during the MSc application cycle (after one round of funding was allocated - tardiness due to an abrupt change in my life situation), I emailed two professors from two schools ...
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How can a Poli Sci undergrad with a CS minor improve their chances for a CS masters program? [closed]

I'm a PS undergrad with a minor in CS that's 22 credit hours and covers most, if not all, masters pre-reqs that I've seen. The only issue I forsee is that I will only be taking one semester of ...
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Can a (stapler) PhD thesis comprise multiple unrelated papers? [duplicate]

Traditionally, a thesis is assimilated to a monograph and comprises a unified body of work. However, with "stapler" theses becoming more common, I'd like to know if a thesis is allowed to comprise ...
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Does not taking Vector calc in undergrad (US) affect my chances for grad school application [closed]

So I'm a current junior Biochem major thinking of doing a phd in a bioscience/life science field (something related to virology/immunology/biochem). One of my final math requirements is either Vector ...
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Infusing Graduate Studies with High Quality video content [closed]

Recently there has been a revolution in graphics technologies, which can aid in explaining (math and other) concepts visually to people (for example, the high quality content produced by 3Blue1Brown ...
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Discussing work with supervisor in an invited dinner with his family

I am a grad student. I have been away for an internship in another city. My professor came to meet me at the weekend and he invited me to dinner. I did not have any time to prepare and I did not bring ...
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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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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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Why should a P.I be motivated to write a strong LOR even if that means losing a undergraduate from his/her lab?

Suppose, you are the head of a lab, and there is a particular undergraduate in your lab that you want them to continue their studies in your lab while continuing their graduate studies in the current ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...