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 it possible to get into a funded master's-level graduate program by applying to labs?

I graduated from a third-tier university majoring in Aviation engineering with a 3.2 GPA. I want to go to graduate school in order to pursue my dream to become a researcher/research engineer. I landed ...
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PhD in Biology: how time consuming?

I am currently pursuing my master's in bio-medicine. I am taking classes, doing research, and working as a graduate assistant at the same time. So far it has turned out to be very time consuming. I ...
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Graduate level advising - how to put limits to the nature of questions and make students independent?

I just started advising graduate level students, but I am having a lot of problems. I thought I would be a patient, understanding, helpful advisor but really I am being tested. One of the students ...
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Can someone get his previous credits counted in a new Master's programme in the EU? [closed]

Suppose, someone studied in a 120ECTS MSc program in CS in a country 'X' in the EU. He obtained 60 ECTS there, but he also has some failed courses. He then abandons the program. Now, he moves to a ...
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Does waiting a few years before pursuing a PhD affect chances of getting admitted?

This is a somewhat long question. I hope you can take the time to read it carefully. I obtained my bachelor's degree in physics in June 2019. I decided I wanted to go to physics graduate school in the ...
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Whether to submit mixed GRE scores?

I wrote the GRE recently and got very divergent scores. I scored exceptionally high in Verbal reasoning (168/170, which is 98th percentile) but exceptionally low in quantitative reasoning (147/170, ...
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Finding it difficult to keep up with coursework after joining a strong master's program in mathematics. How should I study? [duplicate]

I am doing M.Sc. in Mathematics from a reputed college in India. But I have a humble background in mathematics. At my undergraduate college most of my batch mates were not interested in mathematics, ...
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Will MCS be worth it for a Computer Science graduate?

I have completed my BSc in Computer Science from a local university in my home country. Universities in my home country are not that great! For example, the university ranked first locally was ranked ...
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What are the economic incentives for professors to hire and train graduate students?

I am a current graduate student at a research-oriented university. Nonetheless, for me, it is a big mystery why and how the professors are incentivised to recruit and train the graduate students. In ...
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I'm worried my former collaborators are going to publish without including me as an author. What should I do?

I have worked for a project of a Ex-Postdoc, as I was promised an authorship. I was told “You will be a major author”. I did almost all the labor job as postdoc was my cosupervisor too. I trusted the ...
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Choosing between Bachelors's in a higher uni vs masters in less reputable uni? [closed]

I graduated with an EE degree last year and interned in two Physics labs, From September until March for experimental physics in Lab until COVID struck and lab closed and another one from Mid Summer (...
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Asking a professor if you would be able to manage the material in their graduate course given lack of background

I am a graduate student in a US chemistry department and found a class (mechanical engineering) that would be somewhat helpful for my research but is out of my discipline. I'm not familiar with a lot ...
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Is it possible to get a PhD by writing only review and survey papers?

Suppose that a PhD (in engineering) student has 3-4 review/survey papers in their domain, and has received more than 500 citations in total. In a situation like this, can they pass the oral defense ...
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Should I ask for a LOR from my future Master's Supervisor?

I start my master's year project in mid November this year and am currently applying to graduate school, most of whose deadlines are 1st of December. I was wondering if it was acceptable to ask my ...
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Computer Science: Workshop paper in top conference vs. Paper in mediocre conference?

What do you think would be the better choice prestige wise? Prof I'm working with gave me the choice to choose which to submit to. To be clear, the top conference is CVPR and the mediocre conference ...
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Chances of getting admitted to USA universities for Fall 2021 [closed]

As I see, a lot of students have already deferred their Fall 2020 applications to Fall 2021 next year due to Covid 19. In this scenario, does this mean that, the fresh applicants for Fall 2021 will ...
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Getting into grad school from an unknown undergrad university? Is it possible?

Pretty much what the tittle says. I'm currently studying for my TOEFL exam and considering start a graduate school application process for the next year or so, in Europe or Canada probably. I recently ...
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Should I finish my undergrad in 3 years (this year) or 4 years? Which option is better for graduate school application? [closed]

Chemistry major, I can graduate this year with a high GPA (3.95+, with 2-3 graduate-level class) decent research (2 year+, started in freshmen year) and likely 2 publications (one first author, one ...
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Can outside observers discern graduate student agency from a CV or papers?

Sort of a gripe post but here it goes.... Not all PhD experiences are the same. I am not advocating that they should, but I feel your perceived competence and capability is highly dependent of the ...
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Can I move to another department for a PhD within the same university? [closed]

I'm starting a PhD in Development Studies at a well known university in the UK. I'm considering requesting to be moved to the department for political science. My topic is much better suited to ...
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What is important in choosing a Ph.D. program? [closed]

I'm now choosing a Ph.D. program between two schools and am struggling a lot. Please let me know your thoughts and I'll greatly appreciate any help! The two universities are very similar in reputation ...
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Should I email the university admin to explain that one of my references is out of office until Monday?

I emailed my undergrad supervisor back in July asking them to write a reference letter, which they agreed to. I had an email from the uni I am applying to yesterday stating they were yet to receive ...
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Switching labs, need advice on how to communicate with old PI regarding project

I’m currently a master’s student (rising second year) wanting to applying for PhD, in the US. I completely switched field with the M.S. program so when I chose a lab, it was not an entirely educated ...
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Is it normal to not understand things from undergrad?

I graduated from college with a physics degree faster than my peers (because of various reasons: financial constraint and ambitions as well as near-burn-out state). My undergrad is a decent research ...
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A new PI or the brilliant current PI [closed]

We, STEM students, until we get somewhat a permanent position in our career, we work in different labs, with different PIs and people throughout our student life, starting from bachelor to our post-...
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Development Economics Minor for CS Major [closed]

I am an undergrad CS Major and am looking to minor in Development Economics, basically economics for understanding challenges created by world poverty (this is the only form of an economics minor that ...
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How could one build connections with professors at a potential graduate program? [duplicate]

I emailed the director of a graduate program I'm planning on applying to, and while the program isn't accepting a new cohort of students until next year, they suggested that I reach out to other ...
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Meeting PhD advisor during first year (coursework year)

I'm starting my Ph.D. this year. My first 2 years will only be coursework. So, I won't be able to do any serious independent research. My research will only be in the context of what's required for ...
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Can external examiners be from research institutes?

Firstly, I understand what matter are the regulations from my own college and advice from my supervisor. I would like to ask this question more as a survey of experience and opinions. It happens that ...
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What criteria are used to rank graduate programs? [duplicate]

I'm only asking this out of curiosity since I've seen posts/discussions about getting into "top" graduate programs etc. This mentally (wanting to get into a "top" ranked program) ...
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Importance of GRE for computer science PhD applicant [duplicate]

I am currently a prospective computer science Ph.D. applicant with a 3.75/4.00 GPA at an R1 CS school ranked in the top 30. I am considering applying to 15 schools roughly in the top 50. I have an ...
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How do I move forward after working with a toxic academic supervisor?

How do I move forward after working with a toxic academic supervisor who ruined my all job opportunities by giving negative referrals, when my next job is asking referee report from him? If anyone has ...
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Enquiry emails for grad school

I will be applying for grad school soon and have drafted a few informal enquiry emails. When would be the best time to send out informal enquiry emails to potential supervisors? Would it be advisable ...
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How to network as a new graduate student in a new country

First of all, let me admit something from the beginning; I don't understand exactly what is meant by networking in an academic setting. I am a new Master's student in a country where I never studied ...
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Is it common to ask professors for an editable copy of their lecture notes (so I can improve them)?

I'm a grad student in Italy, for context. My professor wrote some lecture notes about a course I just finished. They are not well written, not because the professor isn't good but because he wrote ...
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What to do about past errors or inconsistencies in assignments I graded?

I was a grader for my university couple of years ago. I'm also a PhD student. Out of the five semesters I graded..I got a "not fit for rehire" 3 times. I was not responsive, didn't cater to ...
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I'm very concerned about the mental health of my co-worker: how can I help them?

So I was working with someone from a different University on a project and I have started to become very concerned about their mental and physical well-being. The messages which they sent me a day ...
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Is it OK to have a significant drop in grades when moving from the Middle East to the EU?

I did my Bachelor's Degree in physics in the Middle East, graduating with the highest honors and an academic transcript full of A's. I was accepted to pursue my graduate studies in one of the best ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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