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Is Spending an Extra Semester in Undergraduate Research Worth It Or Should I Just Graduate [closed]

As I detailed a bit in a question I posted a couple weeks back I am at a bit of a fork in the road. I know after I am done with my undergraduate degree, at least at some point, I would like to either ...
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Is it possible to get into a highly ranked math PhD program in the US without doing an REU or having research experience?

It seems that most students at graduate math programs in the US have participated in an REU or some sort of program where they can do some sort of research or do something outside of taking ...
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Is it going to hurt me that my undergraduate research was conducted in a group, but not one-on-one with a professor?

I conducted summer research with my Computer Science(CS) professor last summer. However, we were a group of three students. The end result was three papers written and all three of them contain our ...
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My undergraduate research is in a different area from what I want to study in graduate school (PhD). Is this bad?

I am looking for CS PhD programs in the US. I am currently an undergraduate and have conducted summer research in Theoretical Computer Science/Coding Theory. However, this is not something I wanna ...
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Credit as Undergraduate Researcher PI

(PI: Project Initiator, I get this term from proposal-writing) I am an undergraduate student (and have been off and on over the last 7 [now almost 8] years). I went to a professor at my university ...
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Undergrad research program application: should I say explicitly that I want to make connections?

I'm applying to a summer undergraduate research program at a top research university (in US), and the application asks for a statement of purpose. In particular, I need to talk about why I'm applying ...
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Semester Long Research Internship

I'm a non-US Computer Science Student enrolled in a bachelor's + master's integrated program at a top institute in Asia. I wanted to do a semester-long in-person research internship in the Fall of ...
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How can I get my idea published as an undergrad student with no professors at my University whose research areas line up with my idea

I am an undergraduate computer science student. I have come up with a new machine learning algorithm which I would like to get published and I have no idea where to start. The research areas of the ...
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Should I mail a professor after applying to a programme?

I have applied for a summer research program for 2022. The application involved listing a preference order of professors I would like to work under. Each professor had a one line summary of the work ...
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Listing acknowledgements on CV as a final year undergraduate student?

I have read a lot of threads on this forum and others where listing acknowledgements in research papers on CV is mostly advised against, but then again it seems like most of these advice are directed ...
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Is data falsification in undergraduate courses bad?

I remember that I had a course in college called "Integration Project" and we had to do surveys, I went to the local mall to do surveys to people, everything fine. Then I discovered that my ...
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Good grades vs published research

I'm in the penultimate year of my undergraduate education and about 20% of the year's grade is a research project. It is essentially an exercise since not everybody is expected to produce much in a ...
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How do I ask for an advanced topic to a Prof? [duplicate]

I asked a prof for a project and he gave me a book to read. However, I am already familiar with its content(I did an online course). I want to request him to change my topic. Is it okay to ask for a ...
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Do I have to acknowledge my dissertation supervisor when they never even replied to any of my emails?

My dissertation is just for an undergraduate degree, but acknowledgements are required. I have sent two direct emails to the internal supervisor who was assigned to me, one introducing myself and one ...
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Is being shy a sufficient reason to avoid in-person meetings? [closed]

Suppose, hypothetically there is a group project. We can either meet in person or online. The choice is not democratic though because according to the university guidelines, everybody must agree on ...
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Can I apply to a postdoc for internships in the UK as an undergrad?

I understand there might be funding issues but I am more curious about if there are any modalities preventing a postdoc from taking an intern.
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Does the Tech Industry outside Academia know which Journals are predatory and which aren't?

The question is pretty simple: Are HR/interviewers/recruiters outside of academia who parses through your CV/resume, aware of which journals are predatory (say, from Beall's List) and which are not (...
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PhD Admissions - Does it matter if I work in the same lab for 4 years?

I started working in a lab on campus as a freshman and I really like what we are doing and in a perfect world I would be more than happy to stay here for my remaining time. But, since I want to get my ...
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Citing research within another research paper, is it okay? [closed]

So I've been instructed to write an essay that has citations for research that must be within the last 5 years. The exact phrasing is "Minimum of 20-30 up to date (within 5 years) references"...
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Is having too many papers under-review something frowned upon by a PhD panel? (PhD CS USA)

Background: CS Undergrad applying to CS PhD Programs in the US. I have multiple posters published along with some mid tier conference papers. Along with these, I have 6 journal papers under review. ...
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How should I approach a researching professor as an undergraduate? Should I go humble or confidently? [duplicate]

I'm a third-year CS major undergrad at a not so research-oriented campus. I was looking through a list of research professors (given some professors only do lectures), I found a professor leading ...
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Do lower tier papers reduce the value of a PhD Applicant? (CS PhD USA FALL 2022)

I have a 5 page paper "technically published" (No online doi, just a certificate and a best paper award) at a conference which was organised by my university. The paper is broadly focused on ...
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Will too many publications harm your chance of getting admission into PhD programs in the US?

One of my research colleagues has a BSc degree in Biology with a CGPA of 3.93 and has been involved in research for about 2 years after completing his BSc. Actually, he has been involved in research ...
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Mentioning publication venues for SOP (FALL 2022 CS PhD USA)

I am writing my SOP for CS PhD Programs in the US. I have a few experiences to note down in the SOP and those works have resulted into posters/publications. Question: Is it necessary to mention the &...
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Is a case study a type of research paper?

I can’t find an answer that explicitly says that a case study is a type of research (e.g. analytical research paper, persuasive research paper, definition research paper, etc.). There’s this site that ...
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Undergrad research: How to ask my advisor if our results are paper-worthy?

I worked with a professor over the summer where I explored a slightly original avenue in a fairly niche domain. Basically, I ran simulations that validate previous lab experiment results. The work ...
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Disagreeing with faculty coauthor as an undergraduate

I am an undergraduate who is determined to attend grad-school, and as such, I am hungry for opportunities to demonstrate my academic worth. In a recent course, my dialogue with the instructor ...
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Should one sacrifice their core research time for citations?

I focus on a domain X with my prof. My research has been taking a lot of time for certain reasons. While I have some publishable material, it will not gather much citations. There is this other ...
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How to search for a suitable journal to publish my paper?

I'm an undergraduate math major, recently I've written a paper about approximation by neural networks in a theoretical settings because I really like the mathematics involved in neural networks. It is ...
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How to give credit to short term undergraduate research assistants?

My field is applied mathematics, and I regularly hire short term undergraduate students as research assistants to work on various projects. Most students, for a variety of reasons, cannot make any ...
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Undergrad researcher frustration with PhD collaborator

I'm an undergrad doing summer research in a CS lab. For the past few months, I've been working closely with a PhD student. I initially contacted his supervisor and his supervisor connected us to work ...
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Is it helpful for graduate school admissions to publish in undergraduate research journals?

I’m a fourth year undergrad majoring in math at a university in the US. I’ve been working independently on an elementary graph theory problem for a while and I’ve found some nice results. It’s not ...
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Should (confirmed) future appointments be mentioned in an academic CV?

Background: CS Undergraduate India. I have a confirmation about an internship for Jan - July 2022 but will send out applications of PhD CS USA Programs on Nov 2021. Question: Should I add that on my ...
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Can you call your paper a research paper if it's not being published anywhere?

I'm a 3rd year undergraduate student. I was thinking of making a side project where I analyze the effects of different vaccines on the rate of new cases. I will be using methods I've learned from my ...
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What are certain work ethics and habits I should start developing right from my undergraduate to be an effective researcher?

I am a physics undergrad in India, about to graduate in a month or two. Now, I love my work and the research method, and love to read about things from many different perspectives to give myself a ...
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How to mentor an REU virtually?

I am a postdoc and I am mentoring a research exchange undergraduate (REU) student from another university virtually and I will say it's a bit strange. The student is not responding well to my emails ...
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Can I ask a professor from another institution about getting involved in their research (undergrad CS)? [duplicate]

I am going to be a senior next year and was hoping to get involved with research for my capstone. The professor I was planning on asking to advise me had been one of my favorite professors and seemed ...
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3 Letters of Recommendation for Bio Grad School [duplicate]

I'm a rising senior in college and I'm looking into grad programs in biology. For the Letter of Recommendation requirement I have found that usually 3 are required. Currently I can only think of 2 ...
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Do all research grants for (under)graduate students lead to high quality research paper?

I want to know Question: Do all research grants (funds) for (under)graduate students lead to high quality (Q1 or Q2) research papers? How do institutions trust (under)graduate students so that they ...
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Attaching an unpublished draft on the CV

Background: CS undergrad applying to CS PhD FALL 2022 I am working on a project but don't think I will be able to publish it before I send out my admits. I am planning to just attach a draft on my CV. ...
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How can a working student reference a completed co-authored manuscript in their online portfolio?

TLDR: Please advise how a tech professional/working student may go about referencing co-authorship on manuscripts that were submitted to academic publications in a resume or online portfolio? ...
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Does research experience in mathematics help when applying to a master's degree in electrical engineering?

I am a second year electrical engineering undergraduate student. This summer, I found an opportunity to do research on geometry analysis with a mathematics professor. Can this help with both ...
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Is it rude to visit a professors office during the summer if they have not responded to my email?

I understand that a somewhat similar question has been asked before, but my parameters here are slightly different. Essentially, I have been emailing a professor since early April about joining their ...
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How to draft a SOP when one wants to work on a sub-domain they have never worked on before? (CS PhD USA)

Background: CS Undergrad applying to CS PhD Programs (USA) I have experience in a certain domain X. Within X, there are multiple application based sub-domains. Example Domain: Deep Learning Example ...
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How to mention a paper as a citation which is to be published and not present as a preprint? [duplicate]

Background: I have written a paper X. In X, I mention 3 future works which I had thought to take a lot of time to solve. But somehow I managed to finish those early. Now I want to write a Paper Y on ...
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Is there an increase in papers authored by undergraduates?

I am an undergraduate student in STEM. I have noticed that several of my peers (also in STEM) have published in journals or conferences (multiple times). I have also seen that in online forums for ...
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How should I prepare my write-up for an internship program?

I am going to apply for an internship programme. It is written that the selection is based on write-up. To apply for the program I need to include an write-up with 1200 words. Also, some outlines of ...
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Advice on choosing a CS undergraduate thesis advisor (picking between 2 profs)?

I'm currently a college junior and looking to apply to grad school for CS in the fall. I'm currently choosing a thesis advisor for next year but would love some advice. One of my options is a HCI ...
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Bad semester - Math PhD application [duplicate]

I wanted to bring up an issue I faced recently and figure out how much my graduate school application will be affected by this. For some background, I am a sophomore math major at a good public school....
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What to do with my ideas as an undergraduate

Long time lurker first time poster (to this specific Stack Exchange that is). I think its best to start with some context: I am currently an undergraduate student at a fairly decent computer science ...

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