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Do US REU programs sponsor the student visas (J1 or F1) for international candidates?

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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Calculation of molar mass ratio between two gasses of different masses under same pressure vessel [closed]

When 2 grams of gas A is introduced in an initial vacated flask kept at 92k,the pressure is 1 atmosphere.3grams of substance B is introduced the 2grams of A.The pressure is 1 atmosphere.Find the ratio ...
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Should I stay in the Honors College at my University [closed]

So I am in the honors college in my university and one of their requirements is that i complete a year long seminar. That is, two classes of 3 credits each, each semester (fall and spring). there are ...
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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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Strong, Specific Letter of Recomendation by Postdoc or Strong Letter from Prof [duplicate]

Let me start by saying that the professor in question tends to put minimal effort in outside of face-to-face meetings due to it being a very busy personal time for him. Therefore, nothing here is ...
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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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Coding bootcamp vs. computer science [migrated]

I was a college student majoring in computer engineering, but dropped out because of several issues (social situation, interest, etc). I always wanted to study computer science, but didn't do it ...
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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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Professor stopped replying to my e-mails about lab positions

I emailed a professor about a potential lab position in the summer about two weeks ago. He replied a very nice e-mail the next morning saying that he is interested and has open positions. He asked for ...
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How to study for the exams which are mathematical in approach but subjective in nature? [closed]

Predominantly whenever we are to face objective questions we generally tend to practice more and more objective question papers and sort of "remember the mistakes that we make while solving them". ...
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Ways to demonstrate (“show-off”) contributions as an undergraduate in research

I am an undergraduate CS student at a US college. Before this summer, I contacted a professor in Game Research and was offered the opportunity to work with one of his PhD students. Currently, I am ...
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Does it matter how long ago you took a course for graduate school admissions

This might be a strange question, but I was curious how much weight goes into when you took a course. I took some math courses 4-5 years ago and did well in them. Will the fact that I took courses ...
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How to ask for approval letter from dean? [closed]

I've studied in this college for Diploma and have now proceeded to the Bachelor's Degree. I am facing some problem that may cause me to extend my course. The system of the faculty is like this: When ...
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Do bachelor programs in Germany with no Numerus Clausus accept any a level grades? [closed]

I am planning to apply to a bachelor program in Germany with no Numerus Clausus, using my cambridge A-levels. If I am eligible for a direct admission, does this mean that I can be sure that I will be ...
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How important is your undergraduate degree when it comes to graduate admissions at top universities?

Let's say I have an undergraduate degree from a top university in my country which is, however, not renowned around the world. Does this have a negative impact on my chances of getting into a good ...
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Phd in AI with an undergraduate degree completely unrelated

I am not sure if it is the right place to ask such a question, but I don't know any other place that would provide a serious answer or advice for me. I am an undergraduate student (and a Sophomore ...
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Teaching a class likely meant to inflate the GPA of student athletes

Premise My department recently finalized the faculty teaching assignments for the Fall 2019 semester (starts at the end of August 2019). As these assignments were being discussed a few weeks ago, my ...
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When did US undergraduate education become so expensive?

As far as I know, in the majority of countries in the world, especially in Europe, undergraduate education, even at the top universities, is almost always significantly less expensive than at ...
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Should such CS coursework be subject to plagiarism?

I just joined a new CS course and have some trouble understanding whether I should be worried that my coursework is to be considered plagiarized or not. The following is the situation. I am doing a ...
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In the upper echelon of universities, is it the case that international students generally perform better than local ones?

This question is aimed at undergraduate level, since postgraduate students are more mobile. By "upper echelon" I mean those that are, say, in the top 200 universities in the world (presumably there ...
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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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Why are we not teaching university student how to learn/study? [closed]

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? [duplicate]

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 ...