Questions tagged [undergraduate]

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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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PhD admissions - (undergraduate) credit/no-credit influence on acceptance

I plan on doing a PhD in computational linguistics, which I intend to start in about 3 years. I have one more year of undergraduate study, and 5/6 of the courses remaining are for my minor in Applied ...
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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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How can I explain the complex ethics of AI to third-year college students? [closed]

Recently, a decision was made to allow the removal of AI-generated content in response to a letter from Moderators at Stack Exchange. This type of AI-generated content is increasingly used in response ...
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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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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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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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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 should I start Undergraduate Research in Mathematics?

I am a college sophomore in US with double majors in mathematics and microbiology. My algorithmic biology research got me passionate about number theory and analysis. I started pursuing a mathematics ...
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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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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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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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My class got fewer days than the other class to study for a test. Is there anything I can do?

I am in a class that has 2 sections. My class is now 2 days behind in material compared to the other section due to class cancellations. We have a test coming up and there is a stark difference in the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I have a bunch of incomplete degrees. Any chance to get in decent Masters?

I have a bunch of incomplete degrees. I nearly finished one bachelor's but the 16h work days made me focus on work instead of academia. Then I tried with other degrees but never got far in any of them....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is LaTeX an implicit prerequisite in Undergraduate Mathematics?

I am expected to start my first semester in college next spring as a math major. While preparing for undergraduate studies I heard from my peers that I should study this language/program called LaTeX ...
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Is it more probable to get into a college for master/bachelor, if we previously studied in that country for lower level?

Suppose I am an international student living in country Y and I apply to university Z in a european country/developed asian country Q. Would my chance for admission into Z, if applied, depend ...
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Is it too pretentious for an undergraduate student to have their own personal page?

I am an undergraduate student from Brazil. I am not a mathematician yet because I've never published an article. I am very close to starting my master's degree and would like to have a personal page ...
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How does getting an undergraduate minor instead of a major affect graduate admissions in the same area?

I'm currently a second year undergraduate student at UCSC well on my way towards a double major in Computer Science and Chemistry. I'm interested in either pursuing a graduate degree in Chemistry (...
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How to apply for a first ever physics research internship in the 2nd Year of Undergrad?

I am a 2nd year student studying physics in the UK. I am very interested in securing a research internship at the end of my 2nd year. However, I have not done any research internships in my 1st year, ...
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The exact meaning of the term *Alma Mater*

More often than not, the term Alma Mater is applied to one's place of undergraduate studies. Would it be reasonable of me to apply this term to a university where I received my doctoral degree?
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Is there any clear evidence that private universities tend to be better than public ones?

I keep hearing from Americans that on average, private universities tend to be better than public ones. This study by Klafke et al. concludes: A recurrent problem reported by the students, especially ...
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Is it ethical for a lecturer to require students to purchase an online learning kit where kit is used for course assessments?

I am taking a course in a may-not-be-top-but-still-decent university located in North America. The course lecturer forces us to pay for an online learning kit from Pearson by adopting all the graded ...
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How to handle a reflection exercise if a student skips the initial assignment?

For the next semester, I'd like to give students a reflection exercise after their first assignment -- specifically to confirm that they can access the feedback I leave in the online homework system. ...
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"Undergraduate graduation research assistant"?

I have a question regarding on how to list this specific activity in undergraduate school. I have helped many students (for free) in my undergraduate school with their graduation research by guiding ...
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What is the research on taking a gap year between undergrad and medical school (or PhD)?

I have some studies (below), but was wondering if anyone knows of any that I'm missing. Studies I've already read: 2020 study: “In multivariate analysis, gap years were independently associated with ...
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What is a college essay?

I have been reading about potential impacts of ChatGPT on education, and one thing that came up time and time again is something referred to as "college essay" or "undergraduate essay&...

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