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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 ...

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Did very well on midterms, but totally bombed the finally. What should I expect as a final grade? [on hold]

a brief description about me; a college student in one of the Ivy League, and as you see from the title, I totally bombed the final. So I was taking this course, and doing very well, I got the highest ...
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How to deal with bad department chair?

As students we have the right to choose our semester subjects (for the new semester beginning in 2019) So we went send an email to the department chair indicating what subject we would like to take. ...
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University whose main language of instruction is German [on hold]

I would like to study mathematics, at undergraduate level, at a university whose main language of instruction is German. I've found some universities in Switzerland and Germany, obviously. I would ...
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I started to attend the wrong school for me and got myself into a mess with the transfer, any advice? [closed]

So I feel like I have backed myself into a bit of an corner here. I haven’t made the smartest choices and I’m hoping for some general input. Now I feel like you need some background information to ...
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Graduate or Undergraduate?

Is someone who is currently pursuing his Integrated Master's course/ Dual Degree course (or any other 5-year degree course) considered to be a graduate student or an undergraduate student?
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Should students who copy homework answers from somewhere else state how they obtained the answer? [duplicate]

I'm an 3rd year undergraduate student, and this semester, I'm taking graduate course in one of my departments. We have homeworks each week, and while doing the problems on those, I sometimes get ...
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Is dropping one of my major considered “bad” if I were to study related to that field?

I'm a third year Physics & Mathematics student, and through the years, I have done lots of self-study in semesters/winter breaks/summer breaks. Now the thing has come to a point that I can learn ...
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As an undergraduate, should I graduate 1.5 to 2 years early with little research experience or 1 year early with a decent amount of research? [duplicate]

So I am an undergraduate student in my third semester and I am mostly done with my double major in Pure and Applied Mathematics/Statistics. I will be done with the requirements for my bachelors by my ...
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Art Major to Physics/Applied Mathematics, Advise? [closed]

Firstly, I'm yet unfamiliar with the query conventions specific to this stack exchange. If I've improperly tagged or placed this question, such that it need be closed or held, I apologize. Continuing,...
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CS Associate's degree in Brazil: go straight to master's or get a bachelor's first?

I am 23 years old and finishing my associate degree (3 years part-time) in Computer Science. I've been thinking about pursuing a career in academia; I've started to do research and got a paper ...
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What can be done when my assignment's requirements has been so vague that it is jeopardising the grade that can be achieved?

An assignment spec was released but it was poorly written and vague to the point where the requirements of the software system is unclear. As a final year undergraduate this unit counts a lot to my ...
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Computer science classes and their strange feedback standards [closed]

I'm young undergraduate kid who just stepped into the big world of computer science. I've had experience working as a developer at a companies and really liked it, and I decided that if I wanted to ...
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Is it a good idea to have really busy advisor? [closed]

I would like to have one of my department professors as an advisor mainly because he is an expert on the field that I am interested in and I'd like to work in. The problem is that he is a really ...
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Is it early to try to read Articles for an undergrad [closed]

As an undergrad student. I would like to read articles but i am not sure how to. So is it early to try to read articles or how to?
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Lack of motivation for self-study during the semesters

I'm a third year Physics and Mathematics student, and over the years, I've done lots of self-studies, and what I've realised is that, compared to what I learn & experience in my self-studies, the ...
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Should undergraduate researchers expect payment?

I'm about a junior-senior in college and got the chance for an interesting lab that's conducting research information theory, where the role would be to help write ML model code. This is an area of ...
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Impacts of “professional advisors” for undergraduates

In my department (math, US, medium-sized public university), the current practice is that undergraduate students declare a major when they enter, and are assigned a faculty advisor. The advisor is ...
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While applying to masters programs, how important is GPA of unrelated under-graduation?

For example: I'll soon apply for masters in Statistical Machine Learning after 4 years of relevant work experience. I've done under-graduation in Electrical Engineering from a highly reputed Indian ...
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what to do in 2 year gap before CS PhD [closed]

I am currently an undergraduate student in computer science, rising senior. I have had extensive research experiences throughout college at competitive universities and research companies (but no ...
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What is the appropriate response to students who peek at the exam questions before the exam starts?

I have been an invigilator for several exams for large classes. I am not formally affiliated with the classes. One thing I routinely notice is that, despite warnings, there will always be some ...
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Professor Matters for Independent Study?

From what I understand, independent studies are important if you want to get into a good graduate school. But does it matter who you’re doing the independent study under?
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How important is it for a professor to direct a thesis?

How important is it for a professor to direct a thesis? I mean, what can the professor get from it? I know it will help for his/her curriculum, but is it too much? Is the merit equivalent to the ...
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How to request a professor to let you into their class [closed]

For various valid reasons, I was not able to sign up for a certain math course that I need. The professor is amazing, and I really hope to get into her class. I went to her class every day for a week, ...
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Unfinished Paper Undergraduate Admission [closed]

I am currently in high school and I have written a research paper about a topic in mathematics. The paper however is incomplete and there is still quite a lot of research left. I am also writing my ...
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I have deep desire to study Physics after I graduate from Computer Engineering; want to know if I have what it takes to be successful in this field

I am now studying Computer Application, a bachelor degree in India. I can get a job in the IT sector if I try only a little harder. But I have this deep desire to study Physics starting from ...
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Do graduate schools dislike when students take 5 years in undergrad?

I am currently a junior Materials Science and Engineering major at a top engineering university, and have done research in a very physics-based materials science lab for the past two years. I love ...
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Can a university revoke my degree for not attending classes?

I have a 60 hour work-week due to work/school/commuting/homework, so I've had to make sacrifices -- usually this is attendance of mindless gen-ed classes. I'm worried that the university may revoke my ...
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What degree is necessary for a career in conservation? [closed]

I'm currently in school studying towards an A.S. in Natural Science. I'd like to have a focus on marine life, which leads me to believe I should get a B.S./B.A. in Marine Biology, however I want to be ...
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How do I tell thesis advisor I want to withdraw from research? (mental health)

Context: Back in May I had asked a prominent professor whom I really admire for research opportunity. He gave me some study material to do over the summer and said he'd decide in the Fall. So in ...
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Applying for Physics PhD program with strong application but weak test scores

I am a fourth-year physics B.S. student at the University of Virginia graduating this year. I'm planning to pursue a PhD program. I would like to get into the US top 50 schools. I don't really like to ...
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Assuming someone wanted to become an actor, What would the ROI be of a undergraduate degree in acting from a top school be? [closed]

Has anybody tried to calculate the ROI? What would a back of the napkin calculation look like? Is a BA even worth it for actors?
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Is there anything I can do about a teacher who is rumored to be unreasonably severe and whose class I am about to take?

Background Due to a change in schedule, I recently had to swap one course section (with a supposedly outstanding instructor) for another (with a different instructor). Problem Based on a number of ...
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How to deal with advisors who seem to not like me?

I'm an undergraduate researcher that's been doing research with another undergrad over a summer. Our project was supervised by a grad student. For some reason, sometime throughout the summer, that ...
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Can you get into a top grad school coming from UT Knox? [closed]

I went to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where I got a BA in Philosophy and graduated with a 3.4 GPA. During my senior year, I discovered an incessant love of physics. However, I’ve had to ...
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Publish as undergraduate in Elsevier

I am currently in the 3rd year,studying BSc in Economics. This period I finished a project which ended up with statistical significant results, covering a topic which was not mentioned in the ...
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issues regarding student research work in an undergraduate level

In the program of CS, in which I am currently working, we have a group of students that for ending their Honour´s degree they should submit and present a research in the field; limited to their ...
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Ghosted? PI of >1 year not responding to emails for new mentor?

I'm currently an undergrad who has been working at this lab for 1 year. In the beginning, I was pretty slow with research and I still make mistakes sometimes. For instance, it took me 4 months to get ...
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What are the stages for pursuing medical sciences in America

I am not an American citizen but wish to pursue my degree in America. I am currently enrolled in a bachelor's program and I am expected to graduate in 2020. Do I need do a master's program in America ...
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Sending a thank you e-mail to a professor as an external intern

I'm new to Stack Exchange and I apologize if my etiquette on posting a question on this platform is "wrong". So I took a course last year with a professor who was exceptional on her subject that gave ...
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What do you do if a person in your group purposely misleads you?

I'm an undergraduate researcher working with another undergraduate researcher in a group. I believe the other undergraduate researcher wants to look particularly good between the two of us for a good ...
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Do universities keep your college application materials, if you are rejected?

I guess I am just being curious, but I was wondering whether college applications are kept or saved (i.e common app) by the institutions you applied to? I assume that if you are accepted they are ...
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Less desirable graduate school vs. more undergrad

I finished my B.Sc. in physics 3 years ago, did a year of research, worked a year in tech, and have spent the last year off the grid living in the bush and running away from reality for a while. Now I'...
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Quitting undergraduate research internship

I am an undergraduate in theoretical chemistry, and I am currently having a summer research internship at one of the top institutions in the world. I was dreaming about this experience for a long time,...
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My professor presented a problem that I solved. He says I can send it to a conference. What is the etiquette in cases like this?

But I don't understand if it is ethical because he was the one who identified the problem. I wouldn't have thought of the answer if he hadn't asked the question. I am an undergraduate and this is my ...
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Cambridge University “overall grade”?

I'm from Brazil and the metric system for grades here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grading_systems_by_country#Brazil) is different from UK. So, I'm an undergraduate student who wants to apply to a ...
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Self-censorship to prevent grievance being filed by classmate

I am currently an undergraduate student in my last year at a Canadian university. Today, I gave a presentation about anti-censorship technology being developed at my institution. We were required to ...
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Is “B.Sc.” a diploma in engineering? [closed]

Does getting a B.Sc. mean I'm an engineer? What comes next? A master’s in engineering? Or a diploma in engineering is something different?
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Rigorousness in Proofs [closed]

I am in an extremely stressed out situation right now. I am pursuing Mathematical Sciences, as of now. I experience absolutely no difficulty in understanding the motivation or meaning underlying the ...
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Shoud I accept an offer as editor of a journal as an undergraduate?

I’ve recently received an offer from a reputable (but not top-tier) journal in my field asking if I would like to serve on the editorial board. I believe they reached out to me based on my ...
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Dealing with unprofessional/erroneous textbook and exams? [closed]

Background I am a Permanent Resident living in the USA (CO) and studying part-time at a Christian distance-learning institution which is accredited in the USA and based in Missouri. The course is a ...