Questions tagged [undergraduate]

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Importance of undergraduate institution in grad-school admissions (math)

I am a applied math major, and very much want to enter graduate school for applied math. I spent my freshman year of undergrad at a very highly ranked (top 10 or 15 depending on ranking) university, ...
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Is it unethical for a professor to misrepresent the format of an exam?

If a professor at a university explicitly states an exam will contain "multiple choice questions and true/false questions" and then administers an exam with several short answer and essay questions, ...
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Can't decide which research project to work on as an undergraduate to prepare for graduate school? [closed]

I'm an undergraduate engineering student at a top state university. I want to do high-quality research to build up my experience in preparation for graduate school (MS/Ph.D.). My research is out of ...
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Is it wise to apply Internship again? [closed]

I have recently completed my 6 months internship as required by my University. After that, for almost 2 months, I've been sending out resumes everywhere and went for interview, but REJECTED because ...
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Applying to state-side Graduate programs with European degree(s)

So I'm a bit confused because the structure of higher education is different in America than it is here. In the States the typical undergraduate degree (for example in physics) is around 4 years. From ...
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How to ask for excused absences or switching to online class [closed]

I am a junior at a large state university. Lately, as you all have probably heard, the coronavirus is spreading like a wildfire and we all should be scared. My instructor is from China, and my school ...
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Is it smart to transfer from a local University to OSU for mathematics after two years? [closed]

I am a senior in high school and having a hard time deciding where I want to go for college. I will definitely pursue math as I love the subject. I've done some research and OSU seems like a very good ...
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Stay at university for summer or apply for other research programs?

I am currently a 3rd year undergrad who assists with research at my current university. I have been working on a project since September 2019, and the PI says it is possible to get a publication with ...
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Is it normal/okay if my professor grades me lower “in comparison to my peers”?

My Uni is in Minnesota and classes started a couple weeks ago. I'm taking a class for my undergraduate degree. I knew it was going to be writing intensive from the syllabus. Every week we're going ...
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Is it appropriate (as a current student) to ask professors questions not directly related (but related enough) to course material?

I am an undergraduate mathematics major. During office hours I asked a question to a professor which was not a homework problem, but which was related to a homework problem (and I had made the ...
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How can a double major in Physics and Math help outside Academia? [closed]

I am a freshman at Stony Brook right now and intend to pursue Theoretical physics in the future. I will likely apply to graduate school immediately after graduation and have no plans of working in the ...
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What is the proper response when a professor teaches a side topic related to the course but the information is wrong?

I've been a software developer for about 10 years or so and am familiar with various security related concepts (SQL injection, server-client validations, man-in-the-middle attacks, etc.) I'm ...
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Can I take online courses to make up for poor past community college performance when applying to a four year college? [closed]

I am wondering if there is a place where I can take online mathematics courses that do not require a transcript for admission. I did ok in high school and not so great at community college, but I ...
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Create YouTube videos on exercises of a University level course

Is it acceptable to create YouTube videos about exercises of a University level course ? I struggle to follow a quantum mechanics course I need to take and thought about making YouTube videos where I ...
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Professor ignoring emails and not attending office hours

I recently received back an exam, and noticed after reviewing it a few days later a serious grading discrepancy. I sent my professor an email to confirm that he would be available in his next office ...
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Can I pursue masters in Psychology from the US with a graduation degree in Bharatanatyam (Prabhakar) and an Honours degree in Psychology (DU)? [duplicate]

I have a Prabhakar degree in Bharatanatyam (Arts degree in classical dance) that is equivalent to graduation in India. I am currently pursuing Psychology Honours from Delhi University. I wish to do my ...
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What are the ethical implications of lying to get into a course?

I attend a small liberal arts college in the US. Through the cross-registration program, we are permitted to take classes at a large state university at no extra cost to us. However, we are only ...
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Guide to reviewing a scientific article [duplicate]

I'll be reviewing a scientific article soon and I've not done this before. It'll be reviewing a popular article on an astrophysical topic. Undergraduate level but I'm open to any level of guidance. ...
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How should my name and affiliation appear in a scientific journal publication as a student?

I am an undergraduate student who is co-authoring a publication for a scientific journal for the first time. My advisor has asked what I want my name and affiliation to be but I need some guidance. ...
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Worries because I'm slow in understanding course materials and my mind goes blank in exams [closed]

I am undergraduate in Computer Science and my problem is that i don't quite understand what's wrong with me When I am taking a course I am able to understand it but at much slower rate then other ...
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Do grad schools look at the overall GPA in applications, or do they look at particular courses?

I'm wondering whether it'd be worthwhile to spend an extra semester in my undergrad or two getting my grades up. Unfortunately I've taken all the courses relevant to my field, so this would mean using ...
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Do US REU programs sponsor the student visas (J1 or F1) for international candidates? [closed]

US REU programs sometimes accept "self-funded" international students. However, do they also sponsor the student visa (J1 or F1) for the selected international candidates? Or do the students have to ...
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Is it typical to not list class instructors during undergraduate enrollment?

Enrollment for undergraduate students has just started at my university. Perusing the classes for my department though, only a couple of the dozens of classes being offered have an instructor ...
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On areas of overlap between Computer Science and Economics [closed]

For those who want to be involved in both disciplines throughout academia (BS to MS to PhD) as well as in the workplace/career, what are some places of overlap between Economics and Computer Science? ...
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I have been accused of copying two lab reports from the previous year even though I had done everything by myself

Today I got accused by my professor of cheating and copying two reports I submitted. I had a formal meeting with the professor where he tried to push me into admitting I cheated by showing me the ...
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How to make sure one understands each and every detail while reading a textbook/research paper without leaving any gaps?

I am a physics Master's student. I have good grades, with CGPA above 9(/10)(However, all courses in my university are graded on a curve so the actual marks are significantly lower than 90%). This has ...
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How to supervise an undergraduate reading a paper for the first time?

I am helping supervise a senior student who is reading a scientific research paper for the first time. The goal is to understand a portion of this paper and write an essay presenting the background, ...
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Waiting with a lot of uncertainty [closed]

I have to choose between industry and academia (1 year left). I think the success of below two points according to me is a minimum qualification to get accepted for PhD. But I am afraid of total ...
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GED instead of finishing school [closed]

Are there any drawbacks to dropping out of school and completing a GED instead of finishing and getting a diploma? I am in the midwest United States and am currently unemployed. I would eventually ...
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Etiquette for undergraduate research and job search

I am an undergraduate currently conducting research in a physics research group at my university. I really enjoy the group and am planning to stay with them during my next few years here. However, as ...
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How do I write long answers? [closed]

I am a Material Science and Engineering major.What I am having doubt with is how I am supposed to write long answers.Lets say someone asks,"What is a Lomer Cottrell barrier?" or may be,"What is solid ...
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Is consistent disregard for students' time “normal” in undergraduate research?

The title has my primary question. My research professor whom I have known since the beginning of the calendar year has quite consistently canceled on meetings last minute, most often due to personal ...
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Astrophysics after Aerospace Engineering?

I'm a second year aerospace engineering undergraduate student. I like this course because it might get me to the space industry; but it is not as closely tied to the subject of space sciences as ...
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Should I invite my idle team mates to participate in our project discussion with our professor? [closed]

I am about to deliver one year-long project assignment I've been working at my undergraduate school. This was a group project, but out of the three of us, I was the only one to do work on it (100% of ...
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Is it worth the risk to apply to REUs? How likely am I to be accepted? [closed]

I am applying to biology REUs(Research Experience for Undergraduates) this summer. Would a white female junior from a small R2 university, 3.9 gpa, and one summer of research experience be likely ...
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Did I screw myself out of graduate school? [closed]

I graduated from a state school in 2009 with a 2.77 overall GPA. I technically should have graduated in 2008, but was only going part time, so I stretched it out and became a "super senior." I'll be ...
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Is it appropriate for a professor to require students to sign a non-disclosure agreement before being taught?

There's a professor at my school that claims to be writing a book. He is requiring students to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before certain lectures because he wants to maintain certain ideas ...
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Professor refuses to write a recommendation letter to students who haven't written a research paper with him

I am currently a fourth-year Electrical Engineering student. I have been a top-ranked student in our department. I have passed 3 courses with a professor in our department and have received a full ...
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My teachers refused my BSCS thesis proposal. Were they legit?

When I was a computer science student at my university, I wanted to delve into the code of operating systems. I was (and still am) attracted to such software and hoped for a course project that ...
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How to find balance between overconfidence and lacking confidence?

Main Question: I am a current undergraduate student who just attended my first conference and gave a podium talk on my research from last summer. I tried talking with a researcher who is well-known ...
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How to “know” if I have a passion? [closed]

Most students encounter a life-changing decision during their undergraduate years. That is either to choose a high-paying career, yet such that they might not be passionate about or a career they like ...
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Took GRE two times, same scores with minor differences - worth sending both?

I took the GRE for the 2nd time recently and unfortunately, after 4 months of studying (again for the 2nd summer in a row), received the exact same score overall as my score last summer. Last summer, ...
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Professor said we should meet again, but never answered my email

Recently I tried to join a lab as an undergrad and do a research project next semester. I e-mailed the professor and he arranged an interview. Interview was pretty normal, and we talked about an ...
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Becoming a self-taught software engineer

I am currently at an odd point in my life that has me looking back with regret, at the present with questions, and to the future with optimism and excitement. I am entering my senior year as an ...
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Should students have access to past exams or an exam bank?

Something I never understood is how in so many undergrad classes North America, the students are allowed to have past exams that they are allowed to study over. It never made sense to me because it ...
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Should I intervene when a colleague in a different department makes students run laps as part of their grade?

Basic Premise Can a microbiology professor require students to run laps on the track during class for a grade, even if the class usually has no physical component to it? Background As part of my ...
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How do I politely decline a project with my (to-be) supervisor

I'm an undergraduate student, and one of my teachers asked me & my friend to work with him in the summer break (1 month remaining) and he would award us internship certificate from his lab (paid ...
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Does academia have a lazy work culture?

I'm a rising sophomore at a top US university, and I've become really fascinated with the world of academia over the past year -- so much so that I'm considering doing a PhD after I graduate and ...
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What does the term “highest qualification” mean?

For example, if I am a current undergraduate student, does that mean my highest qualification is "undergraduate degree" or should it be my high school (12th grade)?
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Best path for a PhD in CS from a top school? [closed]

In short, I recently got admitted to a computer science and engineering programme at the KTH royal institute of technology which basically is a Bsc. in CS + Msc. in one of a dozen choosable related ...

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