Questions tagged [undergraduate]

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failing a lower division class - impact on grad admissions?

I am a third year math major at a top 30 US university. I fear that I may have destroyed my chances for graduate school (or perhaps I am being dramatic). I would really appreciate if someone could ...
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Self-plagiarism in coursework?

Suppose somebody is repeating a class, where the assignment topic is the same every year. Is it self-plagiarism if that person is handing in the same or a similar paper, essay, etc.?
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how to assess student experiences from research opportunities?

I teach a Course for Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) on marine soundscapes and communication. Throughout the semester each student leads a project of their choosing using my own databases, ...
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Teaching Vector Calculus for a demo [closed]

I have applied for a teaching position, and will have to appear for a teaching demonstration. I need to pick a topic from Vector Calculus taught at undergraduate level. My main concern: It has been a ...
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Can I write a systematic review as an undergraduate and get it published in a journal?

I am an undergraduate of Animal and Environmental Biology. I don't have much research experience, but I have taken some courses on research writing and have assisted some senior students in their ...
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Without SAT or ACT, how will college admission function? [closed]

During the pandemic, many universities in the United States have suspended the requirement of SAT, ACT, or equivalent tests. I work in one of them. It seems that some universities have removed such ...
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Topics for consideration for someone interested in graduate school [closed]

What are some topics or questions that undergraduates or post-baccalaureates would have when they are considering applying to graduate school, particularly in the fields of biology, ecology, natural ...
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How can I politely request a professor to avoid late evening/night classes?

Background: I am a junior undergrad math major in India, and I am taking a graduate-level math course this semester for which attendance is mandatory. This is the last week of instruction (i.e., ...
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Who should I ask for help? a conflict with my academic advisor

I am an international undergraduate student in the US. My university sponsors my visa. I will graduate this quarter as a civil engineering major. Before the Spring term started, I met with my academic ...
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How does one appropriately navigate the situation of having a lot of prior knowledge before applying to university + courses not on main interests?

I am new here (but have been around MSE for some time). Generally on the mathematics stack exchange it's considered inappropriate to ask for personal advice but I see many such posts on this stack, so ...
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What does success look like in undergraduate research projects?

I've fortunately gotten a placement to do supervised mathematical research over the summer. The field is probability/statistics. My research topic has already been given to me. I'm planning on asking ...
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Student gives two different answers to one exam question, one right and one wrong. How should I mark/grade this?

I am marking an exam for a course I tutor. One student has given two answers for a particular question in the exam – one answer is fully correct, while the other is completely wrong. Each answer has ...
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How can I switch from 'knowledge acquisition mode' to the lifestyle of a post-graduate student?

I'm an undergrad student studying physics and math and I will be graduating very soon. I might be going to a PhD program in the US and an MSc program in the UK (in the same field). When I reflect on ...
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My peers think I slept with my overly friendly TA - what do I do?

I am a female undergraduate student and in a bit of a situation here. Last semester, I had a male graduate teaching assistant for one of my classes, and I got the very strong impression for months ...
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Help Me Evaluate A Conference [duplicate]

I am now trying to get my article published before the end of the year. My advisor suggests me to submit my full paper to ICISE-IE 2022, a international conference on information technology and ...
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will failing an exam in undergrad affect the persons chances of getting into a good phd program

let's say someone failed in a major subject in their end semester examination in their undergrad. that person had to retake the exam. will this affect the person's chance of getting into a good Ph.D. ...
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Is it normal for students to ask for summary statistics of exam grades?

I'm a tutor for a university course that has just had a midterm exam marked and returned to the students. One of the students emailed me asking for summary statistics of the midterm exam: the maximum ...
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Do I have to do what my senior project advisor tells me to do? [closed]

I'm an undergraduate writing my senior project paper. Had a good advisor who approved my topic and just let me write, we talked once every other week and he'd just share useful articles, give feedback ...
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Are German university of applied sciences (Fachhochschule) Bachelor degrees recognized in US UK NZ or Australia?

I'm a prospective student looking to apply for an electrical engineering course (in English) at Karlsrhuhe, Rhine-Waal and Ravensburg-Weingarten universities of applied sciences. After doing a little ...
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Can independent study classes hurt/help grad school admissions?

My liberal arts college does not offer many courses that are considered required by many CS PhD programs. Our college offers an independent study option where I can propose the topic I want to study ...
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Is it unprofessional that my TA texted me on a Saturday night?

I had an academic issue during the week and I reached out about via text (he is okay with this method of communication. In fact, he gave me his number without me asking for it). I reached out to him ...
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Transitioning to pure research in physics after an electronics engineering degree

I have always been a lover of physics but due to certain circumstances I was unable to take up a physics degree in my undergrad. I was aimless for a while but have now again decided to take a shot at ...
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Preparing for undergraduate research but feeling unprepared

I'm trying to prepare for undergraduate research by reading papers that are similar to what I will be working on, but I am having trouble understanding much of what I am reading. I have taken one ...
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What should I do if I want to change my track for Master's degree that is completely different from Bachelor's?

What should I do if I want to change my track for Master's degree that is completely different from Bachelor's subject in USA (non-US resident)? Currently, I am pursuing bachelor's degree in Film and ...
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How to go about getting into a Master’s in Economics program despite poor performance in undergrad?

I graduated recently with a BS in Economics. I am interested in pursuing my education in Economics but I realize that I am not adequately prepared as I did not perform well in my undergraduate ...
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Which one to choose.... Interests vs Skills? [closed]

I am supposed to choose between mathematics and biology for the next stage of my academic career, i.e. college at undergraduate level. This will broadly classify my local career options into ...
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Is intentionally delaying graduation questionable?

I'm in a 3 year pure math BSc in Europe, currently on my 5th semester, definitely can graduate by the end of the spring semester of 2022. I have heard in this SE that graduating earlier than planned (...
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I have been rightfully caught with plagiarism in my Math finals online, will I be able to continue my academic path? [closed]

I am a first-year Physics student and I decide to challenge myself by taking a Math course that's well above my level. I was doing pretty well during the first half of the semester with offline ...
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Postdoc roommate with student

I’m a postdoc (at a North American research university), and due to the high cost of living in the area, I’ve been rooming with other people. One of said roommates is an undergrad in a relatively ...
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How to describe an integrated master's degree outside of the UK and Ireland?

In the UK and Ireland (and I think it's a uniquely in these countries) there is such a thing as an integrated master's. This is a course where one does an additional 1-2 years of study at the end of ...
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How to deal with poor final semester as undergrad

I'm an undergrad at a top 20 school in Computer Science in the US. I'm applying to top 5 programs for PhD/Masters and have been told I'm top 1% of interns at FAANG companies, to establish background. ...
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Undergrad research program application: should I say explicitly that I want to make connections?

I'm applying to a summer undergraduate research program at a top research university (in US), and the application asks for a statement of purpose. In particular, I need to talk about why I'm applying ...
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What am I able to do if the school wont help me? Can I deal with it in court?

Im a third year in college and my advisor hasn't talked to me since the beginning of my second year. 3 semesters counting now, I am trying to apply for classes and I cant because I have a registration ...
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Academic misconduct [closed]

My professor sent out an email saying he had evidence of me cheating in a Physics class. Exam was done on gradescope. And I don’t really know what evidence he has. He is requesting a zoom meeting with ...
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Pass/Fail on Grad Classes

This quarter, I made a series of bad decisions on what classes to take. I'm a senior, and I have taken ~10 grad math and cs courses up until now, and have gotten around a 3.9 on average in them. This ...
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Is "top student in xxx module" worth writing on a grad school application?

So I'm currently a university undergrad, and I was notified that I was among the top students (out of ~200) in one of the modules that I took, let's call it CS4321. I'm also thinking of applying to ...
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Should I review a paper as an undergraduate?

I recently received an invitation to review a paper for publication in an MDPI journal. This is the first time I am being invited to review. I do feel qualified to do it since I have several ...
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how should i reply to this mail from professor? [closed]

I got a positive reply from the professor, how should I reply politely? This is the response from my professor: "let me go through and get back to you on the article " Currently, the ...
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How can I communicate with my advisor over repeated revision of my undergraduate thesis?

I am an undergraduate student writing a thesis. I am stuck in a cycle of revisions and would like to be able to complete my thesis and move on to other things. I have both an advisor and co-advisor. ...
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How to cite my advisor on my own thesis?

There is one section inside a chapter of my thesis that ended up written by my advisor. As it stands right now, I think it should have quotation marks, and then to add the reference from where it's ...
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How should I answer a question asking to compare the applicant to students previously sent to the university, if there are none?

One of my students is applying to Caltech for a PhD. He asked me for a recommendation letter. I haven't written a recommendation letter before. He is a bright student and I want to help him. On ...
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Masters and PhD [closed]

I am currently an undergraduate student in Asia. In my university, there's this unique program where students can pursue their bachelor's and master's degrees in 5 years instead of the normal 6 years. ...
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How do I ask for an advanced topic to a Prof? [duplicate]

I asked a prof for a project and he gave me a book to read. However, I am already familiar with its content(I did an online course). I want to request him to change my topic. Is it okay to ask for a ...
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How to address group member's poor writing skills

I am a STEM undergrad. Many of my upper division assignments are group reports with a lot of writing (literature reviews, lab reports). A lot of my cohort does not seem to have college level writing ...
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Do US English departments still teach formal elements of literature? [closed]

I am currently an undergraduate English student at an Ivy-league college and thus far have been disappointed at how few classes focus on my interests. Most seem skewed toward popular culture (genre ...
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Is doing a PhD equivalent to studying for an undergraduate diploma? [closed]

Can a person do PhD with same knowledge as that of undergraduate level.
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What is the difference between bachelor's, master's and PhD? [closed]

What's the basic difference between these degrees? Who might choose one versus the other?
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How to prevent burnout and recover from burnout fast

We have 7 subjects to study every semester. You must be thinking "Oh that's a lot". It is not actually if you look at the exams. I am from India, here 90% of exam questions are already fixed(...
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Are modern-day classes primarily for distillation of knowledge or are they primarily for testing/examination/certification?

This is a philosophical question. From undergrad (which I did stem), I have noticed that in some classes, the teachers taught the absolute bare minimum, almost like overviews of a topic, often times ...
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One strong recommendation over one strong and another very short but still strong

I am applying for an undergraduate internship that requires at least one and at most 2 recommendation letters. I have two recommendation letters: One with a prof. who knows me personally for a year. ...
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