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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Are Mathematics graduate programs open to admitting a student out of high school with graduate work?

During my high school career, I had the unique opportunity to take multiple mathematics courses at my local university, and after graduating, I took two graduate level math courses: Measure theory, ...
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Why are academic institutions now looking to judge their students in multiple choice questions tests?

Multiple choice questions are nowadays very common in many of the world's institutes. Particularly in entrance tests, they use multiple choice testing. Why are these academic institutions now looking ...
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Is it ok to fail with analysis?

I'm a graduate student and I am really worried about the quality of my master thesis. It's my second year in graduate school and I've already done some pilot studies. But, entering the school, I was ...
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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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Very demanding adviser

I have an adviser who wants to know every minor details of my work and spend countless amount of time arguing with me over insignificant things. Basically, she tries to control everything I do, from ...
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Should I quit my job and travel the world before applying to PhD programs? [closed]

I plan to apply for PhD programs in foreign policy this upcoming year. It's a field I'm passionate about and something that, after much deliberation, I am positive I want to pursue. With that said, I'...
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When being asked, what's the most harmless way to address my past record of leaving Ph.D. program in a different field?

Background As the title suggest, a year before I'm in the current program I'm in, I left another Ph.D. program in a different field and got a master. Issues As for now, I prefer not to talk about ...
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Should I include high school details in Grad School Resume?

I was wondering if I should include my high school details in the resume of my graduate school application ? It's unclear about this bit since we are not actually submitting any proof of high school ...
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“Professors do talk, you know” - What exactly does that mean?

This is a phrase that I have heard on multiple occasions, both on this forum and in real life. But what exactly does that mean (in reference to talking about students)? When I hear this, I can't help ...
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School's Admissions office ignoring me after accepting admission offer

So I'm in a bit of a weird situation right now. I recently graduated from university with my BS, but was expecting to continue my education at the school as I was accepted into a BS/MS program at the ...
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How to efficiently use time while preparing for a class?

I am a teaching assistant for multivariable calculus this semester. As an undergraduate, I took the course but we learned few. To add, it has been more than 5 years since I took the class. So, every ...
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Tuning the PhD journey for Industry jobs

I have just started my PhD and although I love research and everything that accompanies it but I am put off by Academia a bit and would prefer an Industry job at the end of my PhD. What can I do ...
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My mental health has been damaged. I don't want to quit my PhD but I don't know how to continue? [closed]

I have been in the lab for more than a year and my mental health has been damaged seriously due to the harassment of my PI, and I believe my PI has breached my confidentiality by sharing information I ...
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As a student, how much time should I spend helping other students with research?

Assume that one has a skill (assume, programming) and is one of the very few in the department to have it. The other students need a bit of this skill for their projects and you help out when you can. ...
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Learning/Reviewing New Material Quickly

My question is : What is a time effective way to learn new material/ reviewing old material you don't completely remember? Motivation: For my research in Computer Science, I need lots of elements of ...
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What resources do you use when developing a new course from scratch?

I am in the process of developing two new state-of-the-art graduate courses. In the past five years I have been heavily involved in these fields and will use my own research and research from other ...
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How do I plan for my PhD now that I have graduated with a Masters degree without thesis?

A bit of background: I am an Indian citizen with an undergraduate degree in Electronics from India and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Computer Science (Funny, it is called ...
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Recommendation letters for “good enough” students

I'm a math professor. I get asked to write a number of recommendation letters to graduate schools where my honest view of the candidate is "this student would fall somewhere in the bottom 25-50% of ...
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How do I respond to a professor’s email refusing my recommendation request?

My professor has refused to provide a recommendation that I requested from him and directed me to approach the head of the department. How do I close this communication with him? Would a thank you ...
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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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Why do graduate student contracts state “RAs shall work no more than 20 hours per week?”

I recently signed a graduate student contract. I had outside funding for some time but recently became a normal research assistant (RA) again, so must have missed a contradictory clause when I signed ...
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How do I convince my professor to keep me as his student?

This is a continuation of my previous question, I believe my advisor doesn't think I am smart. How should I deal with this? It just so happens that when I asked my prof for feedback, he decided ...
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Is grad school typically time-intensive?

I would like to know what is graduate school supposed to be like? I started grad school for mathematics 2 months ago and I find myself studying all the time with no time for anything else (except ...
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Path to a good grad school in math during undergrad?

I'm a high school senior about to graduate in 1 month. I have a strong passion in math, and I want to be a mathematician. What is the best path to getting into a top grad school? How many REU's should ...
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What does one do the summer between graduation and graduate school?

I am about to graduate with a B.S. in mathematics and will (hopefully) be attending a PhD program somewhere starting in the fall. What is one supposed to do the summer between? I don't have any ...
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Advisor's wife is having a baby, should we be getting him something?

My advisor's wife is having her first baby and he told us about it at our last lab meeting. We understand that this will mean he might need extra time/patience as the big day approaches, but are we ...
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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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Value of having done applied math research when applying to PhD programs in pure math

I will be a second year math under-grad in September, and currently doing an internship at applied math research institute. Most probably, I will come up with a research paper at the end of the ...
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Advisor moving to Industry for a year, How should I reapply for PhD elsewhere?

I am in my second year of PhD. A lot of the past 1.5 years was coursework and little research. I have been working with my current advisor for the past 5 months and have a publication in the pipeline. ...
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Statement of Purpose in Graduate School Application

First, I hope this isn't the wrong place to put a question like this. I have a very specific graduate school question. I graduated last spring with my BS and intended to go to graduate school. I ...
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Business cards for graduate students

It's come up in our lab that we should probably have business cards for when we attend conferences, however, we've been given very little guidance for what is appropriate for a graduate student. Some ...
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Is it a red flag for a PhD program if their graduating students cannot find postdoc?

I got accepted to one of my top choice schools for a math Ph.D. However the graduate students there said in the past few years, the Ph.D.s before them (both pure and applied math) had quite a bit of ...
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Are there any differences in how new vs. well-established professors select students?

For any professors out there, do you feel that there are any differences in how you selected and recruited students from the time when you were newly hired, to a well-established stage (i.e. after ...
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A comprehensive question about personal statement

I have some questions regarding my personal statement for graduate school in math. I hope this is not the wrong place to ask. My question(s) are comprehensive and long, as the title suggests, thus I ...
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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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Assessing a potential supervisor who had a fallout with a previous PhD student

I am a PhD student and I have been thoroughly searching for future supervisors. I have been speaking with current PhD students about a certain professor to get to know more about them, and they let ...
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Why are Ph.D admission numbers low?

I am applying to a few Ph.D programs in mathematics and I found that most schools only admit about 5% of applicants. I know most programs fund students; some schools give stipends to all incoming ...
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Are relationships between faculty and graduate students at different universities acceptable?

It is commonly understood that romantic relationships between faculty and students at the same university are frowned upon, or explicitly forbidden. However are romantic relationships between faculty ...
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Should I use self-made animations in my scholarly presentations?

What do you think about the addition of animations to powerpoint presentations? I'm not talking about the generic animations that can be added to powerpoint slides, but the use of animated films to ...
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Should I publish work from my undergrad now that I am in graduate school and no longer working in the same field?

During my undergrad (past 3 years) I worked in a niche ecology lab and during the time generated some data. The work I did was not exactly groundbreaking but I think it was solid publishable work and ...
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Worth attending discipline's national conference as early grad student if not presenting?

I just finished the 2nd year of a PhD program. I was planning to present a poster at the national conference but (probably) need to cancel. Now I'm deciding whether to attend the conference anyway. On ...
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What to do when PhD advisor wants student to work on two disjoint projects?

My PhD advisor wants me to work on two different problems during my PhD. One is the a problem of their suggestion and another is collaborative work with some company. Both the problems are disjoint. I ...
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What advice would you give students applying for graduate school in mathematics?

I work in the mathematics department of a university that has a new, small, mathematics bachelor's degree program, and no graduate mathematics programs. Some of our students are looking for advice on ...
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Acceptance into graduate math programs

I have been hearing different views about my likelihood of getting accepted into a math graduate program. Which of the following factors contribute most to the acceptance of a non-math ...
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Should I link my research in my SOP?

I have done some independent research that I wish to mention in my SOP. The full account of what I have done till has been published as an e-print on arxiv.org. Can I give a hyperlink to this e-print ...
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Due to my depression, the department wants to kick me out of the graduate program. How to stay in this environment?

This is the third installment of the series: What can I do if my advisor wants me to keep working, even while I'm on medical leave for severe depression? So, many months were gone and I'm still ...
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Letters of recommendation: what information to give to a recommender

The head of our department is writing a letter of recommendation for me for MD-PhD (MSTP) programs. I have two graduate level classes with him. He is very busy and writes letters regularly for ...
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What does “Contribution to Knowledge” mean?

We've been having this discussion about what actually formulates 'contribution to knowledge' when doing a masters or a PhD in a particular field. For an example from my field (Computer Science), say ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of having multiple advisers?

Could multiple advisers mean that it might be easier for you to get funding? (since you're not just limited to one person?) Could it also mean that you get more overall input in your project (the ...
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How can I get a reference letter if I was never “close” to any professors?

I am currently thinking about getting a masters degree and many of the schools I look for require 3 reference letters from professors that has taught me. Unfortunately, I've never really invested ...

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