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Questions tagged [undergraduate]

On providing academic services (such as teaching, advising, and research mentorship) specifically to undergraduates. Questions about undergraduate-specific issues that could not apply to graduate or post-graduate academicians are off-topic here and will be closed and deleted. Questions about coursework, etiquette, and other academic issues that apply to both undergraduate and post-graduate students should not be tagged [undergraduate].

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What is the function or role of a propaedeutic diploma (in e.g. The Netherlands)?

I recently came across the term "propaedeutic diploma" in the CV of a Dutch academic. According to Wikipedia, it's a diploma given for successfully completing the first year of university study, and ...
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I think I may have violated academic integrity last year - what should I do?

I think I may be overthinking things, as I’m known to having a huge guilt complex. As an undergraduate last year, we were given a coding assignment to complete that was worth 15% of our overall mark ...
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Preparing for CFA while pursuing an undergrad degree, a good idea? [on hold]

I want to pursue a career in finance.I am from India. I got 80.5% in my CBSE class 12th(Commerce with Math). I am thinking of doing my undergrad[B.Com(H)] through Delhi University correspondence/...
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Why are we not teaching university student how to learn/study? [on hold]

Question is simple: Why are we not teaching university students how to learn/study ? Motivation: I've seen many university students who does not know how to study something, or learn something by ...
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Difficulty finding research mentor

I am a currently an undergrad sophomore and am aiming to go to grad school for a PhD. I would like to do research with a professor at my school during the semester for (among many other things) ...
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How badly will bad grades impact future college and career life?

So, I'm currently an upcoming sophomore in undergrad and my grades during freshman year weren't the best. I got a F during my second semester which gave me an overall freshman GPA of 2.9 I'm not too ...
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Work for college affecting assignment

For an assignment, I was paired up with a professor who also has an administrative role within my college. The assignment was unique to me, with a competitive process to be chosen for the assignment (...
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I just received a shameful F on 1st Year Writing. How negatively will grad school look at this grade [duplicate]

So this is the first time I am posting on this website, so I am sorry for any possible breach of etiquette. I have just finished my first year with a cumulative GPA of 3.55. However, with that I have ...
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Failing students when it might cause them economic ruin

The issue has crept up on me slowly over the last several years. I am increasingly aware of the massive debt that many of my students are taking on, debt which is far beyond the sort of debt that I ...
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Would doing an independent study or directed reading help me get into grad school with a poor undergraduate record? [duplicate]

My goal is to get into a math graduate program within the next 5 years. The trouble is that I have very poor undergraduate grades no research experience, and no current connections, since I graduated ...
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Pursuing MS in Biotech or Bioinformatics before PhD? [closed]

I'm currently a third-year molecular biology undergrad in the US, and am thinking about going to grad school. I have 2.5 years of research experience in the cancer biology field. My advisors are ...
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Best way introduce derivatives [closed]

I need to give a short presentation on introducing a class of engineering students to the concept and definition of the derivative. I'm to assume that the students are currently at the appropriate ...
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Should I apply for a research Internship if I'm not in touch with the subject matter?

So, I'm doing my undergrad in physics in India. I want to apply for research internships, but when I read professors' CV's and stuff they are doing reasearch on currently, I don't understand anything, ...
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How to address a class about cheating

An undergraduate course that I teach has roughly 50 first-year students, and without trying I noticed several egregious examples of cheating, both on assignments and on a recent midterm exam. Given ...
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Should I do exercises given in online course and accompanying textbook if I want to do research in machine learning ahead?

I'm a junior year computer science undergrad just began to study machine learning a month ago. My aim is to start reading papers in my area of interest under Machine Learning and begin to do research ...
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Switching Professor for Undergraduate Research - How should I let them know? [closed]

I am a junior at a public university in US studying CS. Since start of spring semester of this year, I began working with a professor for undergraduate research (with hope of doing a senior thesis ...
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Organization tips for a newcomer to academic learning

I missed my chance to attend university when everyone else did and I'm out of school for seven years. Now I'd like to get a degree (BA History & English) through the Open University. I've never ...
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How to explore Physics research as an undergraduate, keeping in mind the ever increasing weight on publications? [closed]

I am currently 3rd year Physics UG and have been working on Cosmology for past 3 years. I want to explore different areas like QFT, Quantum Gravity and maybe a bit of basic Math research as well, ...
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Didn't Pass Final Course for Undergraduate Degree - Already Have Full Time Job [closed]

Unfortunately I failed the last class I needed to get my undergraduate degree- even after walking on stage in front of my whole family. I emailed the professor back and forth to no avail and even ...
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All of the offered sections of a course I have to take next semester were full by the time I registered? [closed]

I absolutely have to take General Chemistry next semester for my major, as it's a prerequisite for nearly all of the other classes. However, all the sections are full. Only two of the sections would ...
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What are some steps an undergrad can take to get on a Ph.D. track?

I hope this question isn't too broad. I'm graduating next semester and I have been accepted into grad school, but I'm having difficulty finding a full map of what one should do to successfully go ...
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How to get into a top mathematics PhD program?

I'm a first year student undergraduate at a top US university, and I'm going to major in math. Of course, I still don't really know what I want to do with my life, but I'm really excited about going ...
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How to use over 40 book references in one single thesis?

It is a problem of methodology, I don't know how to contain all these books in my draft. Am I supposed to summarize them, critic them or to analyze them? Am I supposed to refer to every writer of ...
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Do the disciplines of my PhD thesis and of my MA thesis have to be identical?

I graduated in history, with a specialization in cultural studies. Now I want to pursue a PhD in literature. Is this possible? What are the potential obstacles and how can I avoid them?
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Submitted a 1000-word abstract to an undergraduate linguistic conference, is this ok? [closed]

Recently I just submitted an abstract to an undergraduate linguistics conference at an university in the United States. I had been very passionate about the working on the abstract since I believe I ...
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Should I push for my paper to be published as an undergraduate?

I've been doing a research attachment as an undergraduate in a malaria culture lab and my project involves the screening and hit prioritisation of anti-cancer drugs for repurposing use against malaria....
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Is it okay to apply to more than one professors for internship at the same time?

I am a math undergraduate in my second year. I was thinking of applying to internship but I am confused about this. 1. Is it okay to apply to more than one professors at the same time? If so if I get ...
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Can I ask a non-academic for an academic letter of recommendation?

A scholarship based on existing mental health problems and conviction to finishing/doing well in school and it requests 2 reference letters and doesn't specify from whom. I'm only a second year in my ...
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Is it worth going to college when you have no real passion for the subject you will study?

I'm in my last year of high school and about to move on to the next stage, undergraduate programs. The problem is that I don't care about any of my subjects enough to continue them at a higher level. ...
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What is a 3 Year (Indian) Engg. Diploma equivalent to UK education standards(HNC, HND or other)?

Can anybody assist me in knowing what is a 3 year engg. diploma is equivalent according to UK education system or ECTS? or Is it equivalent to HND or HNC?
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Should undergraduates cite their own unpublished photos, tables, etc.? [closed]

Please forgive me for joining the site and immediately asking a question. I hope to be more useful in the future. I checked to see if this question had been answered before, but no luck. I am an ...
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Can you switch from a non-competitive program to a more competitive program easily in university? [closed]

I don't really know how to properly phrase this question but can you transfer from any program, maybe one that's not as competitive, to a more competitive program in university? I've always been ...
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How can anyone assess their own Phd application prior to actually applying to determine its weaknesses and figure out what to do next?

How can an undergraduate student self-assess his/her PhD application prior to actually applying for PhD programs? As prospective PhD students, we can generally compare ourselves to other students at ...
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Do physics graduate programs recalculate undergraduate GPA's for admissions?

Do physics graduate programs recalculate undergraduate GPA's for admissions? This is quite common among medical schools but I would like to know if this is a common practice by natural science ...
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I hate taking lectures, can I still survive in academia?

I'm 3rd Physics & Mathematics student, and I almost hate taking and attending lectures; it is not because what is taught, I just don't like sitting in uncomfortable chairs with a lot of people ...
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Graduate course taken during undergrad: counting them for the course load in Phd [closed]

I'm an undergraduate student in Turkey, and am planning to do my Phd in US/Canada/Europe. I've taken various graduate courses from my departments - Physics and Mathematics - in following status: I ...
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Is is appropriate to specify what a general studies degree was in?

I graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering back in May. However, due to some extra credits I also have a general studies degree, the diploma for which simply states "Bachelor of Science" and ...
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Is publishing as an undergraduate a thing that really happens? [duplicate]

Sometimes, there are questions on here about undergraduate students publishing research (see here, here, and here). The answers don't seem particularly surprised that this is happening or try to ...
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If I delay my graduation for one semester and get accepted to a Phd program, can the submission be delayed? [closed]

I'm in my third year, and I was originally planning to graduate end of my 5th year, but now I changed my plans, I'm going to graduate at the end of my 4th year.However, there is a pair of courses ...
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Set up to fail classes

The last two semesters I've had classes where I've met all prerequisites. Yet upon the second week or so (when its too late to drop) I realize the entire class is based off another class which was not ...
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How can I select really nice project ideas for undergrad research projects? [closed]

I wanna do a challenging project at the end of each course I take in college and am interested in bigger projects with wider scope as well. But I'm unable to come up with good ideas. Where can I find ...
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Why don't some U.S. colleges celebrate American national holidays?

I was just catching up with a friend about the plunging temperatures in the towns that we live in, and they brought up that they actually have classes today, on Martin Luther King day, which is a ...
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Summer research opportunities for undergraduates [closed]

I am an American citizen but I am doing my undegraduate studies in math/physics in France. I am looking for a way to get some research experience this summer. My ultimate goal is to return to the US ...
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Are USA math graduate students ready for graduate school in math? [closed]

I have seen some answers on this site which say that a bachelor of science in mathematics in USA is a general degree and a student needs to study other subjects as well. It also seems to me that many ...
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Research in geophysics

I am an undergraduate student in geophysics. I have read two types of papers in this field. First, the field work papers that shows survey results using some particular methods. Second, paper in ...
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Having students grade each other on group projects?

I'm planning to have my students do a group project this semester. What are the pros and cons of having them rate how well their groupmates contributed to the project?
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Undergrad research in Computational biology

I am a freshman and been doing Computational data analysis(using R) and map(kallisto,bowtie,.....) the data a grad student gets from sequencing. I feel like my other lab mates who are doing wet lab ...
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Is it good to take a project even if the topic is not what I'm interested?

One of my university professors offered me a research assistant position which would require me to study for a master degree. I really wanted to take it but there are few problems for me. I don't ...
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Format for student “résumé” for capstone projects?

This coming semester, I am "managing" (teaching?) the capstone projects for eight undergraduate students. We are going to start from scratch in terms of ideas for projects, but one aspect I want to ...
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How can I maximize my chances of a professor of another university accepting to be my undergraduate research advisor?

Next year I'm going to college and would like to do undergraduate research in the second semester under the supervision of a certain professor, who I'll call Prof. M. There are three points against ...