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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What to do if my university does not offer any advanced math courses?

I am enrolled in a university close to my home in a bachelor of electrical engineering and a bachelor of data science. The university I am attending does not offer a lot of math courses. The only math ...
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Is it rude to ask a professor you do not know and in a different department to borrow equipment?

I am a grad student in new lab and my PI like to pinch pennies a bit. I want to purchase an accessory for use with an already purchased piece of equipment. I have emailed a few vendors about getting ...
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3.1 GPA, but 2 Ds and a F on transcript [duplicate]

I am graduated in computational physics and from south asian country. i got F and D- grades for elective physics courses in my first and second year. but i didn't retake those classes. another D+ ...
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Help me decide on a grad school [duplicate]

First post Little about me (without being too specific). I’m in my final year of undergrad at a top U.K. school. I did a year abroad at a top 10 American school and loved it, so applied for PhDs in ...
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How to follow-up after doing a bad job on a “role play” interview question for grad school admissions?

I recently interviewed for a very competitive clinical mental health counseling Masters program(didn't know how competitive until the day of the interview). During the interview we were asked to role ...
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No response after PhD interview

I had a face-to-face interview at a German University for a PhD position on Feb 12. The project is co-supervised by two professors. I was asked to prepare a presentation of my Master thesis for the ...
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How to manage imposter syndrome during the job hunt?

There are lots of questions on here about dealing with Imposter Syndrome throughout the whole Ph.D. experience. I have struggled with Imposter Syndrome throughout my whole Ph.D., but was able to ...
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i'm 23 years,high school dropout ,looking for a second chance [closed]

i'm from morocco,23 years old,dropped out of high school and i got into freelancing,but now i want to go back to school (school based in canada or europe "overseas"). which type of programs would suit ...
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Leave Industry for Ph.D. without Burning Bridges

I have been working for one of the big tech companies for the last year, but I plan on leaving in August to start a Ph.D. The company I work for has a reputation for not always treating all of its ...
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About to submit my PhD thesis in 4 months, feeling lost about my future and inadequate for any job. What should I do? [duplicate]

I am about to submit my PhD thesis in 4 months and have to move on from being a student. I am already 30 (so a sort of mid-life crisis catching up). I feel that I made a really big mistake in entering ...
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How can anyone assess their own Phd application prior to actually applying to determine its weaknesses and figure out what to do next?

How can an undergraduate student self-assess his/her PhD application prior to actually applying for PhD programs? As prospective PhD students, we can generally compare ourselves to other students at ...
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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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Can someone explain European graduate programs in STEM fields? [closed]

I'm a US undergraduate in math and physics and I'm looking to ultimately do a PhD in either physics or math. It seems that a lot of the research I connect with the most is happening in Europe. I also ...
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Asking for more time to respond to admission offer

I have an admission offer from a European Ph.D. program, and they have given me just 1 week to respond. Considering it is really early to hear anything back from the US universities (and I am keen to ...
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I hate taking lectures, can I still survive in academia?

I'm 3rd Physics & Mathematics student, and I almost hate taking and attending lectures; it is not because what is taught, I just don't like sitting in uncomfortable chairs with a lot of people ...
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Formulating research question [closed]

I am international student and have a problem with formulating a research question. I know the gap, but I could not make it clear. + my supervisor is not convinced of what I am doing and believes that ...
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Is it wise to ask a PhD supervisor about the quality of my work?

She says, why do you want to hurry? Let's put the defense in December, then you can have several publications out till then. I am thinking of asking directly, "What do you think about my PhD work? ...
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Should I expect to be invited to visit the grad schools I was admitted to?

I applied to grad schools this year. I haven’t heard from some of them but the one I was admitted to I was invited to come and visit. My understanding is that this is relatively common, but I would ...
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Group Project Dynamics— how to present advanced ideas without offending others?

For my research masters, one graded activity is to undertake a piece of research and present findings. We collected data and the analysis part was self-assigned to one member and myself. The analysis ...
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Do professors tailor recommendations to universities? [duplicate]

Preferably from a professor's candid viewpoint. When writing graduate recommendations for an undergraduate, do professors write general recommendations describing why #insert name# is a great fit for ...
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Graduate course taken during undergrad: counting them for the course load in Phd [closed]

I'm an undergraduate student in Turkey, and am planning to do my Phd in US/Canada/Europe. I've taken various graduate courses from my departments - Physics and Mathematics - in following status: I ...
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How common is it to get an academic position in a different country after getting a PhD in the US?

For someone who is doing his PhD in a US institute (STEM filed), how likely is it to be employed (as a post-doc for example) in another country (which is not my home country, in general) ? For ...
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Would it be weird to cold email former students of a prospective advisor?

I was accepted to a PhD program, and the two professors I mentioned in my application have reached out to me to discuss research. Now I am wondering what is the best way to gather information on them. ...
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Passionate about a PhD in math, but unsure how to explain my chaotic transcript due to mental illness

I'm passionate about getting a PhD in Math for a career as a research mathematician and then as an educator working at a community college. I got A's in community college. I transferred to our local ...
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How insulated is guaranteed funding from an economic slowdown?

I received an offer for five years of guaranteed PhD funding. However, various sources have been prognosticating another recession for sometime soon. Between a science-hostile administration and a ...
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Lose my nerve while doing research

I'm a starting graduate student in math. Without a doubt I'm not a genius or even that smart, and that creates a serious problem: I often lose my nerve while doing research or studying other people's ...
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Applied Math PhD Advisor dilemma [closed]

I was hoping to get some opinions on my current situation involving leaving one advisor for another. Background: I am a second year graduate student in applied mathematics and I have passed all my ...
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It seems my advisor doesn't trust me, but why?

Even though my advisor is reasonably friendly with me, it feels like he doesn't 'trust me' as much as he trusts the other grad student (let's call him X) in the lab. A few examples: I joined a lab a ...
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Negotiating for a higher hourly rate for RA position?

I am a Ph.D student. A professor from another university is interested in hiring me part-time for a project that he just received funding for. I am interested in the work (to hone my own skills) but I ...
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Email to a potential Phd advisor: how to make a research proposal if you don't have one? [closed]

I'm a third year Physics & Mathematics student, and I want to work with a specific advisor. I have read almost all the related questions in this site and this blog post. However, almost all of ...
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How much does having published in high IF journals as an undergrad counts in the masters admissions process?

I expect to have at least 3 publications (2 as co-author and 1 as first author) at respected venues by the time I apply to grad school (Mechanical Engineering) and want to know how much can that ...
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Is it a good idea to include the writing of a wikipedia article(s) on your CV before grad school application?

I am considering applying for graduate school at some point, and I am wondering how academia looks upon contributions to Wikipedia. Essentially, the article will be a dedicated to a very specific ...
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4th year PhD student(24 years old). I am lost

Lately I have some issues with my academic life and my life. I am not doing anything. literally anything. This week, I was home all day, doing nothing. Just sleeping. I am seeing a therapist, but it ...
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Can professor terminate student's stipend at anytime? [closed]

A friend of mine who is a last year international PhD student in the US got his monthly stipend terminated by his advisor. He still has GTF and is working for as a RA for the last three years. During ...
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Internship concerns [closed]

I started my internship in the summer of 2018 and was unable to complete all the hours during the semester, I received an incomplete for a grade until I could finish my hours in the Spring of 2019. ...
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What to do if you do not understand a lot coming up with a research interest? PhD admission

I know it is strongly advisable to read up on your prospective PhD supervisors' work. However, I find that most of the things are too esoteric and I would need a substantial period to absorb them. I ...
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Is it ok to contact multiple potential supervisors?

I have applied for MASc. (graduate research) programs in Canadian universities and there is a requirement to have a supervisor. My question is: Should I contact more than one professor from the same ...
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Contact professors whom are not listed on application

I forgot to include one of the faculty members who works in my area of interest in my application for grad school. Since I have not mentioned him in my application, does contacting him and requesting ...
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Why are some graduate schools' students so much more productive?

I'm a math PhD student. I've noticed that graduating students in top 5-10 schools, by the time they apply for postdocs, will regularly have several math research papers and several articles in ...
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Why don't some U.S. colleges celebrate American national holidays?

I was just catching up with a friend about the plunging temperatures in the towns that we live in, and they brought up that they actually have classes today, on Martin Luther King day, which is a ...
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How to make a list of potential graduate school? [closed]

I will be applying to graduate schools the upcoming fall and I have a list of schools that I like based on professors, research work, etc. But, how can I realistically narrow my list to schools I can ...
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FAFSA for US PhD (hard sciences — physics) students?

I have a question regarding filling out the FAFSA or not as a incoming PhD student. What is the benefit of filling out the FAFSA if you are a(n) (incoming) PhD student? In the US (at least in physics)...
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Phd Supervisor is asking me to work remotely with him for next 3-4 years? What should I do? [closed]

My current university is not good and the other faculty are not good enough for my field, I only joined that particular university to work with my supervisor and now he is leaving. Please help. I am ...
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Is my method of learning new mathematics efficient?

I am a graduate student in mathematics and from time to time when I need to learn new concepts either in a research paper or just courses, I feel that just reading the words (and just writing the ...
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How do professors get positions in multiple departments?

I will be applying to PhD programs in statistics this upcoming fall and I have noticed that at many institutions, the professors in the statistics department also hold positions in other departments ...
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Advisor wants me to break our group out into a different area

This is my first year in graduate school. I am studying computer science. Our group has 2 faculty advisors and ~8 students (faculty are married). The group is established in a niche part of the ...
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Professor requiring volunteer work

I am in a US graduate program and our professor has made a requirement that we have to participate in a program called VITA. It is a volunteer tax aid program for low-income individuals. As a ...
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Should I question this grading scale

I am in my second semester in a Post-Bachelors Doctorate of Nursing Practice program. The class is a graduate nursing informatics course. My instructor posted the following grading scale. My initial ...
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Handling PhD funding offers that come before hearing back from all schools I applied to

So I applied to several PhD programs at different schools of probably different levels of selectivity and prestige. From a few of these schools I have been admitted and in contact with certain ...
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Are USA math graduate students ready for graduate school in math? [closed]

I have seen some answers on this site which say that a bachelor of science in mathematics in USA is a general degree and a student needs to study other subjects as well. It also seems to me that many ...