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Why would an international applicant with a perfect GPA and an undergraduate thesis get rejected from 16 grad schools? [duplicate]

I applied to 16 graduate schools for this coming fall. I am a transfer student at a Top 10 Public US school. I had GPA 4.00 at the time I applied (Not yet took graduate course yet, but I wrote that I ...
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Could it hurt my grad school application if I state a secondary research interest in which I have little experience? [closed]

Background: CS Undergrad applying to CS PhD USA. I am interested in this 'X' domain but have not really invested time to do 'research' in it because it is computationally very demanding and I do not ...
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For an undergrad, which is more important? LoR or publication

I'm an undergrad studying math and CS at a US college. My plan is to go for a PhD in machine learning afterwards. Currently, I have two research experiences under my belt. The first experience has ...
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Undergraduate research: confused about my role

I'm a sophomore student studying Mathematics and Computer Science at an US college. Since I'm considering applying for a PhD program after graduation, I've connected with a professor to work under him....
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I cannot find relevant information to use a tool for collecting data and the author isn't responding. What do I do? [closed]

I am conducting a survey to measure the impact of social distancing on family dynamics, for which I came across a tool that fits my study perfectly. However, I am not able to find information on the ...
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While applying for PhD in Deep learning, how useful are papers in some other topics like photonics? [closed]

I am a EEE student. My plan is to go for higher studies on Deep learning and neural networks. Suppose, I have an opportunity to do research on a photonics/nano material/device physics project. How ...
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Importance of domain selection for undergrad applying to a PhD program (USA CS)

Background: CS undergrad applying to CS PhD programs in the USA right after graduation. As an undergrad, I research on (and will be till applications are submitted) broadly on 3 applications of a ...
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Is better to make your own image or utilise the cited paper's image in a review?

Background: I am writing a review paper and have cited a paper who's model I want to include in the review. Question: Is it better to create a picture which denotes my own understanding of the model ...
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Plagiarism in undergraduate thesis

A friend recently confessed to me that she plagiarised a part of her thesis which was submitted to graduate with honors from her undergraduate university. She graduated a few years ago. Her thesis was ...
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Are there particular areas of mathematical research that attract universities to consider someone over another?

I thought of my question when considering if I wanted to be a math professor. Background: Currently I’m an undergraduate studying math with a concentration in computer science, and I am interested in ...
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How relevant are non-top conference papers to a PhD CS admit panel? (USA)

Background: While I am not sure about other fields, Computer science has several conferences an year for multiple of its domain. (there are around 150+ conferences for artificial intelligence alone). ...
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On choosing a license for software in academia

In my university, professors in Computer Science decide by themselves the licenses for the code of their research group. This happens without consulting the university legal team (or the university, ...
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Is it okay to leave a conference paper as a pre-print?

Background: I just got an acceptance for a conference paper. While the conference isn't half bad (Nothing top of the domain. It's a top 80 conference in my domain as per guide2research), they are ...
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Is undergraduate research typically funded? Should it be?

Are undergraduate research positions typically funded? If yes, why so - given that undergraduates do not have a lot to offer in terms of research outcomes? Also, which type of research positions are ...
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Doing two summer research internships at the same time?

I have recently got into a weird situation, that I didn't think I would be in. First of all, I had applied for a paid research internship abroad (at a foreign university) some time ago. Due to covid ...
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Is it advisable to add an appendix section in a review paper? [closed]

Background: There is an untapped aspect of a domain which I am currently writing a review paper in. The review paper is encompassing the domain in general. I want to add a short one page proposal of ...
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Weightage of a review paper on an undergraduate CV

Background: CS Undergraduate applying to CS PhD (USA) I am involved in a review paper as a 2nd author. The review paper is of a very high quality and most likely will get accepted in a journal with a ...
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Supervisor who accepted me for a research internship now says he doesn't know who I am

I've been accepted in a research internship. However, after I sent an email to my supervisor asking about some details, he told me that he has no idea about who I am, and that maybe I've been ...
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How to deal with incompetent PhD student as an undergrad

I am an undergrad who was recruited to join a lab by this PhD student and help her with her thesis, but since working with her I have come to the conclusion that she is incompetent and probably not ...
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Papers published during undergraduate degree: can they form the basis to a PhD? [duplicate]

I'm presently finishing up my undergraduate degree in Mathematics, and have written a number of papers, three of which have been published in reputable combinatorial journals (think journals published ...
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Someone has claimed my research papers on google scholar, I am unable to contact him [closed]

I have recently added 3 papers to my google scholar account. When I looked up these papers on scholar and click my name, it directs me to someone else's account (with the same name). I tried ...
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What do PhD admission officers look for when evaluating an undergraduate thesis? (CS) [closed]

Background: Undergrad CS Student (Junior year) I have a few problem statements in mind for my undergrad thesis. I have 2 semi-novel ideas (extension works) and 1 novel Idea for my undergrad thesis. ...
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Tactfully asking research advisor for a break

I am an undergraduate STEM student in an Asian university. At the beginning of the semester, I had about 7 courses which is the usual workload we need to deal with, so I gave a 'semester research plan'...
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Gaining research experience after undergrad

I have a 7.7CGPA (uncurved) from undergrad, 2 internships and therefore my chances of getting into a good CS Phd program are pretty slim. I can get a recommendation letter from the CTO of the startup -...
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I may have to write a bad recommendation for an underperforming student researcher in the Fall. How to avoid this without being exploitative?

TLDR: PhD student mentoring an undergrad in super competitive field. Undergrad has an amazing non-research CV, but no research experience. He says he's motivated but got very little done in 8 months. ...
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Is it okay to talk about a topic you want to research in but haven't done anything beforehand in your sop?

Background I am writing my sop for PhD Admissions. (Currently an undergraduate) I want to mention a prof's name because I am really interested in his research but the issue is that I don't have any ...
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Does “scut work” contribution to a paper as a math undergrad carry weight in grad school application?

I got an opportunity to collaborate writing a mathematics paper with some professor at my university, but I'm suspecting my role won't be much more significant except doing menial work in the form of ...
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How can I compare schools of business between universities in terms of research productivity and impact?

In trying to assess the learning, research and engagement opportunities of different universities at the undergraduate level (acknowledging that at undergrad level they all offer much more than the ...
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Is it appropriate to contact a professor about paid summer research before beginning PhD?

I apologize if this is specific to the field or professor, I'm still figuring out academia.StackExchange. Just flag me if it's a bad question. If it matters, I'm studying Electrical and Computer ...
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Have I offended my professor by applying to summer research at other universities?

Yesterday I applied to a bunch of internships and sent my professor a request for a recommendation letter. He denied me the request, and sent my request email, along with his reply, to everyone in the ...
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I have egregiously sloppy (possibly falsified) data that I need to correct. How should I go about this?

Several years ago, I did a summer project as an undergrad with a PI not at my undergrad institution (I'm in grad school now). Now, the project is finished and he wants to publish it with data that I'...
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Suggesting research topic of personal interest to my PI

I am currently performing some purely data driven research as part of my chemistry undergraduate research course. Through this work, I have developed a keen interest in what I’m doing. Several papers ...
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Is it necessary to publish in a “research” internship? (undergraduate-junior)

I am currently in a research internship where the topic which has been given to me is quite new to me and I don't think I'll be able to produce anything "publishable" by the end of session (...
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Careers in Mathematics

I am currently an undergraduate freshman student at Tulane University. I thought for a long time that chemistry was my purpose, but after actually interacting with the school's science department I've ...
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How does 'accepted' but not published paper look on my CV?

I am an undergraduate who recently worked on a 1-page abstract (as a team of 3) and got it accepted to the conference. However, neither our advisors nor the university agreed to aid us on the ...
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How narrow or broad should I look for undergraduate research?

I'm currently an American sophomore undergrad and I'm looking into research opportunities at the moment. My problem is that the area of mathematics that interests me the most is mathematical logic and ...
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contacting post-doc in a lab to join his research instead of his mentor

This question is unrelated to the previous one I asked earlier this week. There's a post-doc in a lab at my school who exactly fits my research interests-- as in, he is working in the exact subfield ...
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Reference recent paper to join group? [duplicate]

I'm in my second year at uni. There's a professor whose group I want to get into. My question relates to what's appropriate to send in a "hey can I join" email. For example, this man quite ...
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How do I find summer projects in math?

I'm a sophomore undergraduate majoring in mathematics, and I'm pretty sure about eventually applying to graduate school in pure math. However, I haven't done much other than coursework so far, and I'm ...
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Uploading of projects and theses

I’m an undergraduate currently working on a project with my supervisor. As far as I know, my supervisor is generally reluctant to publish (that includes the university database). I suspect this will ...
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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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For an undergraduate, what does it mean to publish an article in a peer-reviewed journal?

I'm an undergraduate and have been able to have my thesis on curing psoriasis published in a peer-reviewed journal. Does it qualify me for anything?
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Is it a good idea to include a work draft in application to US Physics graduate school? [duplicate]

I and my research advisor have a manuscript that still requires some final polish to be sent for peer review. In the meantime, I am applying for graduate school. Some graduate schools allow me to ...
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How to understand the broader goals of profs' research projects? [duplicate]

Firstly, I should note that this is a cross-post from Reddit r/AskAcademia, and the link to the question is: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskAcademia/comments/knw86c/...
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Applying to a research group for the first time as an undergraduate student [duplicate]

I am an Undergraduate student, currently towards the end of my freshman year in a Physics department. I had started this major in January 2020, and COVID-19 meant that the majority of my studies was ...
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My undergraduate thesis project is a failure and I don't know what to do [closed]

So I'm writing my undergraduate thesis and I have written around 80% of it. My project was to develop a device to use in the lab, but my first prototype doesn't work at all and I don't know if I ...
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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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Is it allowed to publish an explanation of someone's thesis?

Last spring, I did a research project where I tried to develop code, modelling a physical system using a method developed by a researcher and presented as his PhD. thesis. Now I have completed my work ...
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What should a student look for in an undergraduate thesis supervisor?

I am an undergraduate student (not in maths) looking for a topic and supervisor for my thesis. What criteria should I use to judge whether a project/supervisor combination will make for a good thesis ...
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Do I have to cite sources for my opinion when it was formed by reading other people's opinions? (undergraduate)

So I'm new to university and have written like 5 papers in my life, please help! So basically the scenario is, I have a paper about a certain topic which I know nothing about. So I do some research on ...

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