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Funding for an Undergraduate Conference [closed]

I'm currently an undergraduate international summer research student in Canada and I'm interested in attending a five-day long undergraduate (math) conference, which is being held at a location that ...
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Online checker for Plagiarism: How accurate are they?

I've finished writing my thesis and have done an online plagiarism check. I used https://www.check-plagiarism.com/ to check and got a lot of plagiarism. I don't understand why. You can find an example ...
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Are all graduate Guaranteed Admission Programs the same?

I've been researching the various GAPs, Early Assurance Progs, etc. There is enough overview information on applying and the requirements, but what happens after a student is accepted into the program?...
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how to assess student experiences from research opportunities?

I teach a Course for Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) on marine soundscapes and communication. Throughout the semester each student leads a project of their choosing using my own databases, ...
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Valuing Proprietary Research for Grad Admissions

I am a second-year Math and CS undergraduate in the US. I am beginning to consider my prospects for graduate school, or possibly industry research. My research experience thus far is from an ...
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Help! I think I'm dealing with a predatory journal

I'm currently an undergrad without much experience in publishing scientific papers. Due to the pressure of many of my teachers and peers, I felt the need to get something published so I contacted an ...
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Is a journal article published as a third author and a dissertation for an undergraduate student good enough for funding for master's studies as RA? [closed]

I am an undergraduate about to graduate within the next six months. I have a research article as a third author in a journal with an impact factor of 3+ related to machine learning used for ...
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Can I write a systematic review as an undergraduate and get it published in a journal?

I am an undergraduate of Animal and Environmental Biology. I don't have much research experience, but I have taken some courses on research writing and have assisted some senior students in their ...
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How to write an apology message to a professor when you've accidently been arrogant?

I'm a first year and our professor was taking students for a research paper; we had to call the professor so he could ask us some questions. I was kind of nervous, and when he asked me if I'd done any ...
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Lab mate and supervisor got ideas from my experimental results, tweaked it and submitted to a journal without giving me credit. What do I do?

I am an undergraduate senior studying computer science and engineering continuing to work in deep learning and Artificial Intelligence. I had been working on some datasets from June 2021. My ...
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Can I switch disciplines in PhD programs? [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate student, looking to apply to PhD programs in Computer Science next year. I am interested in quite a lot of things in CS, especially Theoretical Computer Science and Artificial ...
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Research proposal and research project [closed]

I'm an undergraduate student I wrote in my research proposal that is was going to divide the outcome variable into mild, moderate but now when I'm writing my research project I found that I have to ...
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How to handle disagreements with supervisor on aspects of research?

I am in a research project roughly related to applying machine learning in a particular application, and the supervisors (multiple) has decided the main research direction, because my role is ...
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What does success look like in undergraduate research projects?

I've fortunately gotten a placement to do supervised mathematical research over the summer. The field is probability/statistics. My research topic has already been given to me. I'm planning on asking ...
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I'm an undergraduate seeking to recruit academics for a research project: where and how can I recruit?

I am currently searching for participants to take part in my research exploring the work-life balance of academics who are fathers. However, so far recruitment has been unsuccessful. Does anyone have ...
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I am an undergrad and I am working with my mentor on a project. However, I did the majority of the experiment. Should I be the first author?

I’m an undergrad researcher at a lab. I started to work with my mentor, a PhD candidate, last year. She was nice at the first, and I learned a lot from her. Quickly, like in 2 weeks after starting my ...
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How to de-escalate a heated argument with my undergrad advisor? [closed]

The original issue is explained in detail here - the gist of that is that the advisor used the "I have a PhD and you are a puny undergrad" line on me while arguing about the substance of my ...
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Preparing for undergraduate research but feeling unprepared

I'm trying to prepare for undergraduate research by reading papers that are similar to what I will be working on, but I am having trouble understanding much of what I am reading. I have taken one ...
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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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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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