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How to write statement or letter of intent for US graduate school?

I am applying for a Ph.D. position in US universities. One university asked for a statement or letter of intent. There is nothing written on their website(e.g. what I should include, what they are ...
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Pros and cons of living in the same building as faculty members, during one's PhD

What are the pros and cons of living in the same shared apartment building that house faculty members? Some pros: It's an opportunity to network with faculty and spend quality time together, outside ...
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Is it appropriate or acceptable to thank a professor for their dissenting public opinion?

This is a question mainly in case I haven't foreseen any potential repercussions. The pandemic is a contentious issue, and a particular academic in my country has been outspoken with the same view as ...
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Is it appropriate for professors to ask students to type notes for their classes (with or without paying students) in United States?

I wonder if it is appropriate for professors to ask their students in class to type notes (in latex whatever) for the classes they are teaching and if there is any "elegant" way for students ...
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Should I send a second (but not consecutive) follow-up email?

By the end of the term, I am supposed to choose my MA supervisor. Normally, I agreed to meet her to confer on a possible common area of interest this week. On Monday, I sent her an email asking when ...
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Why would a professor not reply? [duplicate]

A professor has offered me a summer research project at his lab. The last we had talked was on a Zoom call during which I was offered the position. He had then asked me to send my academic records ...
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Can I request to see a reference about me?

From USA universities, Can I request to see a reference about me? Do they offer the Right to Information and request the information provided in a referee report about me to release? I can have this ...
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Missed to add the name of co-author

I submitted a conference paper to an IEEE conference via edas system. I included the details of co-author in the uploaded document but missed to add in the system. I noticed it when I received the ...
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problem with online class

I am a student at my local community college taking prenursing classes. my professor for A&P II requires a 360 camera while taking all the tests online on response. I have two small kids who I ...
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What's the best way to ask a professor for their syllabus before the term starts? [duplicate]

"I am taking your course in Spring 2021. Is it possible for you to send the syllabus if there is one ready?" Is the wording okay?
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Should I email a professor during Christmas and New Year Holidays?

I got a project confirmation from a professor 2 days ago. The project would require me to travel abroad during the summer vacation period of May-July 2021. The formalities such as offer letter and ...
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A professor I know is becoming head of department, do I send congratulations or condolences?

I don't know much more about the transition - only that the professor is becoming the new head effective [date], and that they have the support of the department. Do I send congratulations (because it'...
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Associate Professor vs Assistant Professor vs Lecturer [duplicate]

I want to know the difference between associate and assistant professor in terms of contract length, status and salary. And also how both positions are published and what's the recruitment process of ...
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How Long Should I Wait After a "I’ll be in touch soon" reply, to follow Up?

After writing to a potential postdoc advisor in the US, I got replied like; "... will follow up soon. .................... ...new project is matching with your profile. .................... ...
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My professor skipped me on Christmas bonus payment

I am a fourth-year data science Ph.D. student and my professor always tends to send bonus payment at the end of November for all of his Ph.D. students. This year, all of my teammates got the bonus, ...
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How early should I start asking professors for a summer position?

I am a high school student and have several professors at colleges nearby who are conducting research I find very interesting. I am going to ask them to consider letting me work under them during the ...
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How should a high-school student approach professors in research institutions about research opportunities?

I am a high schooler who lives in the vicinity of many premier research institutions and am very interested in going into STEM. I know that I will have to ask a lot of professors to let me work under ...
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I am about to fail a required course due to difficulties caused by mental health issues. How can I save my degree? [closed]

So I expect to finish my master degree next August, and I was supposed to pass one undergraduate course to fulfill my degree requirements. I took this course last year and I failed it, so I had to ...
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How can I ask to not be assigned a seat near a particular person during exams?

I'm going to write my exams next month, but since COVID-19 we have special rules on how exams should be carried out and one of them is that every student is assigned a place to sit in the examination ...
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Professor deviating from the syllabus mentioned apriori

I am currently taking a graduate course which is a combination of two subjects and we have two faculty teaching it - call them A and B - one for each subject. Before my classes started, we had an ...
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Our final exam has us work in pairs. I am struggling with personal issues and worried about being able to pull my weight. Should I ask to work alone?

I am an undergrad about to graduate this month. I've been dealing with post-traumatic stress and severe depression for almost two years now. This time of year is especially difficult for me due to ...
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Which is a better combination for PhD recommendation letters?

My field is language-related and I have been conducting research in it with two professors in the past couple of years. Is it better for me to request recommendation letters from these two professors ...
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What is the meaning of this poem on a professor's personal webpage? [closed]

I've found a few extremely high performing computer science professors listing The Satrapy, a relatively obscure poem, on their personal webpage. Does it have any special meaning with relation to CS/...
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I am (likely) being accused of cheating by my professor, what do I do? [closed]

I took my final last Wednesday (it’s Monday) and on Friday I received an email from my professor asking to meet to discuss my performance on the final. I got a little stressed but was more worried ...
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Is this tenured professor plagiarizing his lectures?

A tenured professor at my university has hand-copied an out of print textbook in his field. His lectures consist of reading his hand-written notes from the text to his students. He does not deviate ...
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Doing a PhD at a famous football school: how can I ask for time off to attend games?

Consider a famous football school in the U.S., for example Penn State, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Auburn, and Ohio State. I am doing a PhD in a STEM field at one of these schools, and on 6 or 7 ...
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How can I apologize to my former research professor whom I ghosted?

At my university, I worked with a professor in knot theory for about a year. I am an undergraduate, and I wanted some experience in research. This professor was one I had a fairly good relationship ...
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What are some questions that you can ask your prospective Ph.D. supervisor during interview? [duplicate]

I have an interview with a professor for a Ph.D. position in the US next week. As I was going through the possible questions that a professor can ask, so I was wondering what if they ask me if I have ...
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Buying a gift for my PhD student after his graduation

All posts here on the "graduation gift" subject are about a gift from the PhD candidate to the professor (after the graduation of course). What about a gift for the student from the ...
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What valid reason can I give for my low CGPA to a prospective PhD advisor? [closed]

I am applying for PhD in US universities and my CGPA is lower than they ask for. But I believe my research experience is good enough to get a position. When I contacted a professor with my CV, he ...
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How important is outreach for applying to tenure track professor position?

I often see outreach listed in the CVs of professors, which makes me believe that doing outreach is beneficial to advancing a professors career. What I'm wondering though is if this is only import for ...
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A current PhD applicant in a dilemma between current lab and other programs

Some of my backgrounds: Currently a master's student in a good but not top school. Now in a research group that could have been more productive. I am applying for PhD programs in this round of ...
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My University professor copied parts of my assignment for the sample solution. Should he have credited me?

So I just saw this and found it kind of funny, a bit weird, I guess flattering and wondered if he should have at least asked me or gave me some credit and is he allowed to do this as the professor? ! ...
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How should I request a professor to restrict communication to email?

My instructor for an undergraduate math course (a professor) has been interacting with me over WhatsApp lately, and I feel that that is very unprofessional (and uncomfortable), since I (and everyone) ...
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Advice on choosing recommenders

Currently applying for master programs in US and UK, in the track of media and communications / marketing. I don’t have many connections with Professors and here and my options: The project ...
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Can I ask BOTH the lab manager and the professor for a recommendation letter?

I am gathering letters of recommendation for my masters graduate program application. Basically, I have been in a lab for 2+ years - the lab is huge, has 50+ research assistants, and is separated into ...
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Exam requires self-imposing a time limit: what should I do when others are likely to use more time?

I am enrolled in an upper level STEM class. My teacher has recently announced that we have a "downloadable" midterm. The midterm is not officially timed, and we have a week to submit it, and ...
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How to write my project contribution in graduate application essay?

I am applying for PhD position in the USA. In the application, I have to write a essay on my research experience. Its not a SOP, rather how I worked there, why, findings, what were my contributions, ...
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Contacting a researcher for academic queries, but he/she may be a potential reviewer?

So I have a paper submitted in a conference which requires double-blind review. But while this paper is under review, I had a query in a paper I was reading of the very same field. Now, the authors ...
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How do (STEM) professors keep up with the latest tech or development in order to publish research?

From an outsider/student's view, STEM professors are: not taking courses mostly not doing things outside of their research comfort zones not (?) studying up much except for their research, certainly ...
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My original plan was academia. I'm a grad student. I'm uncertain if I want to keep this is my end goal [closed]

I'm posting this here because I frankly am not sure where else to ask a question like this. If anyone has a better idea where this should go let me know. I'm a third year American graduate student in ...
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Am I right to be frustrated that my professor does not actually teach?

This is a 101 philosophy class in an online format. Each week we have over 100 dense pages of a textbook to read as our sole source of information for the class. The teacher does not do any teaching ...
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Is it impolite to not to respond to professors' replying email asap?

I emailed to a professor about a research question. In most cases I reply to them asap. In some scenarios I think I cannot do this asap because: He asked me a very difficult question that takes a ...
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Interrogated for cheating based on discrimination a potential lawsuit? [closed]

I have been taking a couple online classes. I also had a baby a week before the classes started. It has been an incredibly stressful 10 weeks. Anyway, I had a project I had to complete for a business ...
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Are research opportunities common in India and how can I enroll in a research program in India during my undergraduate studies?

I am an Indian, currently in 12th standard and I am pretty sure next year I am going to be in a decent UNI for my bachelor's in physics. I have read a lot about undergraduate research in Western ...
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How would you write to your in-class team, that you are going to drop the class, leaving no hard feelings?

We have a project to do with them but I don't have the time and am not sure if this email is appropriate for them. What do you think? I would greatly appreciate your advice. Here is what I am thinking ...
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Humanities Research with Professors as a High Schooler?

I am a high school student (legally old enough to work) looking for opportunities to work with professors in political theory. The way research is done is quite different from many folks in STEM, so ...
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Is it appropriate to email a professor with a simpler solution than the one she provided?

I am in a graduate math program in the US, and the professor is teaching via online lectures. The proof she provideed for one of the theorems is a little bit tricky to understand. I think I found a ...
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Should I apply to schools I am not sure I would attend?

I graduated 2 years ago. I am now seeking to apply to a Master’s degree in Finance. I am currently applying to 6 universities. My letters of recommendation are from renowned professors who are really ...
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How can a present software-engineer (with experience of 5 years at least) turn into a physics professor? [closed]

There are often many people who switch careers midway. Some from software engineering to a product management role which is quite popular given relevance of previous career to current career. Another ...

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