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how will transferring in undergrad affect my chances at a biosciences phd in a top program?

I'm a freshman at a t100 state school undergrad interested in pursuing a PhD in the biosciences. Recently, I was accepted as a transfer to UChicago, Brown, and Cornell. I originally applied to ...
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What should I do with my 60 page undergraduate thesis?

I recently finished my undergraduate thesis in philosophy. It came out to about 60 pages/16,000 words. Now that I'm done, I'm wondering what I should do with it - if I should send it somewhere for ...
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Path from humanities undergrad to math PhD

This is out of left field. I have recently been realizing that, since my favorite classes are math, my best friends have all been future mathematicians, and I love nothing more than thinking about ...
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Would an F and repeating some C courses affect my Grad admissions [duplicate]

I am a 3rd year student in Communications Engineering undergrad. Previously I was a physics major for my freshman and half of my sophomore years (1 year and a half ). Unfortunately for my university ...
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Why do some schools not allow part-time students in some programs?

My friend Josh is 40 years old and unemployed. I might suggest that he goes back to school, to get a bachelor's degree. I might like to suggest that he apply to Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU), ...
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After a few years away from school, inactive students may need to reapply for admission. Why?

At many schools in America, undergraduate students can freely take a semester or two off. But some students might want to take a longer break: perhaps two or three years. At many schools, after ...
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Should I include high school IB diploma on CV/resume?

I graduated high school with an IB diploma. I am a current undergraduate and I am wondering: Should I include high school IB diploma on CV/resume? I have read this question, so I am essentially asking ...
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Hopping areas and professors in undergraduate

I'm an undergraduate student at a good University in India. The issue with me is I get interested in almost everything and overcommit to too many projects. I continually wish the day had more than 24 ...
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Not getting credited on a paper I worked on for a year... (undergraduate researcher)

I worked in a lab for about a year as an undergraduate researcher, and my research team recently published the paper in a huge journal, which is super exciting for the lab. However, while my PI had ...
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Academic misconduct effect on potential acceptance

I’ve received an academic misconduct (yes my fault) which will result in an F in the course and a term suspension. However, they take a very long time to issue a punishment and so oftentimes you’ll ...
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Is it right that I'm a student research assistant (undergrad) and yet I'm being asked to write a research paper on my own? [closed]

I'm currently a second-year university taking up bs industrial engineering. I applied to the student assistantship program in the school earlier this year. Nowhere in the post states that it also ...
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Applying to PhD programs with only 3 years of undergrad in the US [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate at UC Berkeley majoring in statistics. I can graduate in three years because of high school credits. I originally thought I should add another major or just take lots of extra ...
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Is it okay to ask your undergraduate final project supervisor for a letter of recommendation for Phd admissions?

She will be my third referee. First one is my Master's thesis supervisor and the second was my masters co-supervisor, both phds. The person in question has just recently undergone her phd proposal ...
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How to deal with students wanting the answer versus working through the process

I am currently teaching an undergraduate forensic photography course, but I'm having a difficult time this semester. Many of my students seem disengaged, and they expect me to simply give them the ...
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How to deal with students who regularly ignore my ban on using laptops in the classroom?

In my class (for undergraduate students) I do not allow students to use laptops so that you can focus more the lecture. (I do allow taking notes on tablets or using mobile phones.) Most students ...
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How to solve problems in state-of-the-art work with introductory knowledge

Edit: I consulted with the professor regarding this matter today. (The reason why I didn't ask before posting the question was because I feared I might have lacked some understanding --- I mentioned I ...
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How to deal with students who are regularly late?

I teach a class that starts at 8:30 AM. Some students come late almost every day, usually 5 to 10 minutes late. In the past, I tried punishing late students by making them sing a song or blocking the ...
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Seeking Advice: Combining Control Theory, Machine Learning, and Applied Math in Graduate Studies

I'm an electrical and computer engineering undergrad in Portugal, considering a switch to machine learning or applied math for my master's. I've completed Andrew Ng's deep learning specialization and ...
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How to study and follow a lecture if it feels like the professor is info dumping and cramming too much information in 1 class period?

I am taking 8 classes my spring sophomore semester as a finance major and 3 of which feel like the professors are info dumping without following the textbook, lecture slides, and scheduled chapters. ...
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Why is Sorbonne ranked higher than Polytechnique in mathematics? [closed]

Looking at the rankings, I saw that Sorbonne and Paris-Saclay are usually ranked higher than ENS and Polytechnique in the field of mathematics. This came as a surprise to me since it's well known that ...
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To provide lecture notes or not?

I teach Intermediate Microeconomics to a large class (150 students) in a University. I use a graphics tablet to write the explanations and project it on the screen. I am mostly open to pausing and ...
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What are the drawbacks for only taking one class a semester as an undergraduate?

I am currently an undergraduate student in mathematics at a US university, I am looking to go to graduate school and my dream is to be a mathematics researcher. I am currently in my second year and I ...
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Most important things I should do during my CS undergrad if I want to get into a PhD program in the US

I recently switched my major to Computer Science at a top university in Costa Rica. I'm seeking advice on things I should do during my undergrad to improve my chances of gaining admission to a ...
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How to decide and narrow down the broad topics I should get an astronomy internship on?

This is to inform that I am a third-year Physics Major student. I am enrolled in a five-year dual degree BS-MS programme at IISER Bhopal, India. I had a keen pop-science-like interest in astronomy ...
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What are the Key Elements to Highlight in an Undergraduate's CV When Applying for a PhD Program?

I am an undergraduate student preparing to apply for PhD programs and I am currently refining my CV for this purpose. I understand that a CV for PhD applications may differ in focus compared to one ...
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Optimal Length of an Undergraduate CV: Is 4 Pages Too Long?

I'm an undergraduate student currently updating my CV and seeking advice on its optimal length. Until recently, my CV was 2 pages long. However, this year, due to gaining additional teaching ...
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Somewhat bad grades and repeated courses in first few semesters, will it affect my chance to write a bachelors thesis? [closed]

I'm currently studying Computer Science in my 4th year and due to some personal reasons during my first few semesters, I wasn't really performing too well and had to retake a few classes. Although my ...
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Is It appropriate for students to express interest in becoming a non-funded TA for a specific course?

I am an undergraduate student and along with some of my peers, we are interested in the possibility of becoming teaching assistants (TAs) for a particular course taught by a professor in the US whom I ...
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Understanding the value of short-term undergraduate internships for host universities and professors

I am currently exploring the possibility of participating in a summer internship. While researching, I've noticed that many internships offered by universities last for approximately two months. This ...
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How to approach mentor about moving from unpaid to paid research position as undergraduate

I am an undergraduate student in my fifth year. I am currently working on a research project with a professor I met while studying abroad. I am no longer abroad, but I plan on continuing my work with ...
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Applying to math PhD with CS undergrad

As the title suggests, I am a CS undergraduate who wants to apply to math PhD programs in the US. I should also mention that I live and study outside the US. The problem is that my undergraduate ...
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Participating in iGEM vs. Joining Professor's Lab? [closed]

I'm currently a first-year undergraduate student in Computational Biology, and I'm deciding between two opportunities for this summer. Here are my choices! I work in a professor's lab at my ...
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Seeking Advice on Transferring Foreign Exchange Credits and Degree Completion [closed]

I'm facing a bit of a unique situation regarding my academic credits and would appreciate some guidance. Background: I was a foreign exchange student in the US for one semester. Upon returning to ...
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How to become a competitive candidate for grad school after a ruined integrated master's degree?

I am 22 years old, about to graduate (delayed by one semester because I failed in two courses) with a dual major (one of which is an integrated Master's degree in a Physics, and the other a Bachelor's ...
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Can two people write one letter of recommendation?

I have two cofounders who I've worked with in a similar capacity. Can they write a joint letter of recommendation for me?
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Should I copyright my figures in my report?

I am writing a report for an assignment in which I have used Tikz/LaTex to make several plots, block diagrams and figures in general. Due to the hard work that has gone in to making them I do not want ...
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How do PhD letter of recommendations actually get sent?

Is there usually a person at the undergrad university that handles it? Or does my recommender have to fill it out for every single program? Or something else?
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Joining three labs in the same university on the CV for a grad school [duplicate]

I am a sophomore. I have joined two labs now as an undergraduate. At the first one I joined, I had an interest in science but my supervisor was not good with me and she created a very competitive ...
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Should I switch labs to work on a topic that interests me more or stay with great current PI?

I am doing research now as a sophomore majoring in molecular biology and biochem. I am in a lab and my current PI is awesome and she is so supportive. However, I do not like the science practiced in ...
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Is it better for a statement of purpose for a physics PhD program to be straightforward as opposed to attempting to make the style interesting?

Consider a statement of purpose of a physics PhD program. Some people say that the statement of purpose does not matter, but a horrible one can hurt you. So, all that is necessary is to write a decent,...
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What is "Total Possible" in Undergraduate Grade Point Average

While working on a university application, I found the following, please see the image below. Here, what should I write in Total Possible field? Could you briefly explain with an example? Thank you.
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Advantage In Delaying Physics Grad School Application For Senior Undergraduates

I am a senior math/physics major at a T20 American private university who aspires to pursue a PhD in physics. I became involved in undergraduate research position with a non-tenured faculty member (a ...
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Undergraduate university gave out too much scholarship money. I now know years after I graduated. What could happen?

Long story short, I was not a responsible young adult and I didn't know how much I had taken out in student loans for my bachelor's until well after it was over. I recently asked my undergraduate alma ...
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Feasibility of a Makeup Exam

I'm currently a TA for a first-year math course (at a US university), and one of my students wasn't feeling well on the day of the midterm exam for this course. They emailed the instructor their ...
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Should I go to an average university for summer research

I am an U.S. undergraduate in math and computer science at a university that is very good (top 5 in some rankings) in electrical engineering and computer science. I am planning to apply for PhD at ...
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Is doing undergraduate research during an ongoing semester worth it?

I have been interested in pursuing undergraduate research opportunities and have been going to experimental chemistry labs since my freshman year. However, something bugs me quite a bit. The fact is ...
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How to get started on doing a research internship or a project in Mathematics?

I am an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics at an Indian University. I want to get involved in a research internship, or a project in Mathematics. I don't know where to ...
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What to do if a professor with whom I have worked with for a long time is unable to provide a letter of recommendation for medical reasons?

I have been working with a professor for almost 2 years of my undergraduate degree and shared a nice bond with them. The work done under this professor is the soul of my Statement of Purpose and how ...
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I feel so overwhelmed by my professors' work. When and how to approach them for undergraduate project?

I am a 3rd year Undergraduate Student looking to work on mini-Projects/Projects under professors in my department. I am interested in Signal Processing and Communication Systems, and while I have done ...
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Should I mention in CS PhD apps that I was accepted into Math PhDs?

I am applying to CS graduate programs, coming from a background in mathematics. As an undergraduate I developed research experience and a strong background in mathematics and was accepted into math ...
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