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Questions tagged [undergraduate]

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Should I Quit University?

As a computer engineering student, I think this is the right place to ask for help about my career. Well I am in my sophomore year at one of the leading university in Turkey. I want to specialize in ...
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Distance learning: taken seriously?

I'm currently in the first year of a six year bachelor's degree aiming for astrophysics. The course is a home/distance learning setup run by the Open University. While I am enjoying it thoroughly, I ...
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Undergraduate recitation/discussion session: when is it (not) counted as a credit hour?

I am a member of a curriculum committee where we want to improve our undergraduate physics program. One way of doing that is to include weekly discussion sessions with our courses. After looking at ...
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Resources for students designing surveys?

Somewhat similar to this question, but looking for resources (books/articles, etc) for undergrad students who are not very familiar with designing effective surveys, (for example, one student is ...
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Scantron Tests For Math Courses

I'm a student at State University of New York. My math professor gives scantron exams which consist of true/false questions for calculus and graph theory courses. Each question presents a problem and ...
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Should an undergraduate writing an article for a semi-academic magazine list a university affiliation?

I'm an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo. I'm writing a paper potentially for IEEE Security and Privacy, which is a semi-academic magazine. Basically, papers follow the abstract, ...
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US School System

I live in Sweden and I'm currently in the second last year of "Gymnasiet" (Senior High School), years 16-18. In Sweden, the next step is "Högskolan." Is that the same as undergraduate education in the ...
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Exactly How Important Is The Quality Of My Degree (Grades, GPA)?

I don't want to bore anyone so long story, very, very short: This is for the Computer Science / Software Engineering industry. I am combating laziness and extreme procrastination due to depression. ...
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European BS - American PhD (Graduate Admission) [closed]

I posted something similar a while back and it was closed, but I believe this post will be more suited for discussion. I'm heading to Europe from the U.S. to complete my BS in physics. I intend on ...
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What benefits are there to university alumni mentoring undergraduate students?

My faculty is starting a mentorship initiative where they match undergrad students with alumni from the same program. I was contacted by one of my old professors, and asked whether or not I could be a ...
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How much does “having publications” mean to a undergraduate direct-PhD applicant?

I am an EE student specializing in Communications and Networks (actually a bit more on sensor networks/signal processing) who plans to apply for a direct PhD program in the top US universities. I ...
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Is it worth it for me to try at this point?

Basically, I came into this university on a scholarship, doing their most prestigious undergraduate degree. For a variety of reasons including but not limited to depression and anxiety, I basically ...
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How do PhD admissions committees view double majors?

I have read and heard conflicting opinions on this topic, and would like to see what some of you have to say, particularly related to CS. Does earning two bachelor's degrees as an undergrad, ...
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Balancing between students who do homework and those who do not

This other question is about assigning videos as homework and this one is about what to do when students do not do their homework. However, there is another question to ask which is similar, but I ...
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MOOC / video integration into classroom schedule

Please forgive the rambling intro... Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are all the rage when people write about teaching. So many articles have been written about MOOCs killing universities while ...
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How to Remain Competitive at a Mediocre University?

I am attending a university with a mediocre mathematics department. The courses at my school cover fewer topics and are less challenging than the same courses at top universities. How can I avoid ...
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What should an undergrad CS student know to publish to a conference?

I'm a junior looking for insights on intro to academia. My GPA is considered low (~3.2), but I believe I have a reasonable understanding and experience in the field I'd like to study and would like to ...
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How good is the International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics? (http://www.ijpam.eu/) [duplicate]

I had recently submitted my paper to this journal on the advise of my guide and quite fortunately, I received an email a few days back saying that the paper had been accepted for publication. So ...
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How common is college graduation at an early age?

I am interested in the statistics of early college graduation, or more generally, the statistics of extreme ages in academic settings (highschool, college, grad school, etc.). For instance, how many ...
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How might I improve my math department as an undergrad?

I am an undergraduate math major at a small state university in the US. Our math department has about 20 tenured/tenure-track faculty, including applied mathematicians and statisticians. We have only ...
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Is a combined BS/MS in math a good idea for pursuit of PhD?

If I want to continue mathematics into a PhD program, would doing a bachelor's and master's combined program be a good idea? Would I be required to retake some graduate courses in the PhD program? ...
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How to engage students in oral presentations?

Paper-based exams are not fully representative of knowledge, and it is good to consider oral presentations of students as a factor for the final grade to some extent. This is somehow the case in ...
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Is there other way to get into more advanced study of math, with a low GPA?

I am a second-year undergraduate majoring in mathematics. In my first year of studies, I didn't do really well on my exams and therefore my results were not good, with a GPA at around 2. I didn't ...
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I am a 2nd year undergraduate student. What should I do now to prepare for my PhD?

I am a 2nd year undergraduate student in Aerospace Engineering, in India. I am really willing to go into Academia as a researcher. I am specifically interested in Aerospace Controls. Some points to ...
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To pursue research career in physics; How much physics courses should I pass in my undergraduate engineering degree?

I am an undergraduate student of electronics and telecommunication engineering in a govt. college in India. But I am extremely interested in physics and mathematics. I want to pursue a research career ...
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Expected undergraduate semesters and requirements for graduate students

I have been wondering recently about how graduate schools and in general anyone who reviews my academic record views coops. By coop, I mean a semester taken off from undergraduate studies to work in a ...
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How to explain a bad grade to a delusional student?

I guess this comes up quite often in educational context. There is a student who attended a seminar where they were supposed to study an assigned research paper and deliver a presentation to the class....
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How to evaluate undergrad CS programs when eventually aiming for PhD?

My daughter has a strong interest in theoretical computer science, and she has just been admitted to several different universities as a freshman. She is just a bright student, not a genius, with a ...
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Undergraduate not doing homework (case method)

I've recently started teaching undergraduate students using the case method (management subjects). However, I'm finding that most of the students simply don't do the reading at home. Even though I (so ...
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Lecturing (teaching methods) for a diverse group of students with weak science backgrounds

I just started teaching three courses at small medical training college: anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and microbiology. Most of the students have a weak background in the sciences, and ...
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Is ABET accreditation important for a bachelors degree in software engineering?

Would getting a non ABET accredited degree in Software Engineering put a person at a considerable disadvantage when it comes to employment, or applying for graduate school? I ask because I was ...
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Drawing Lines when Giving Ideas to Undergraduate Students

I teach quite a few 'unprepared' students and I find they struggle with finding source material on which to base their reports. Basically, they need to read a lot and apply theories to different ...
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How to deal with racial insensitivity in an academic environment?

I am an undergraduate research assistant in a biology lab. I was having an informal conversation while working at lab with my professor and a colleague of him. In the middle of our conversation, my ...
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Will a self-designed major lower my chance of acceptance for graduate school?

I am in the process of designing a major. However, I am worried that using a self-designed major can make an application look bad. As it stands, this potential major is about 70% computer science ...
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Do other countries have a oral exam system similar to French “colles”?

The French classes prépas system includes, during the first two years of undergraduate (post-baccalaureate) education, a series of regular oral exams, known as colles. Basically: every week during ...
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The importance of the title “Mathematical Physics” vs. “Physics” on one's degree for grad school/jobs

I've got a question for anyone that cares and knows how to help. I'm a third year physics student, currently enrolled in the "regular", straight-up physics stream. However, since I've realized I don't ...
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Is it hard to get a scholarship for graduate school in Mathematics?

I am currently majoring in Physics but I am thinking about changing my major to Mathematics because feel more attracted to it as a subject. However, I have been told that in Physics, one almost always ...
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I attended a poorly ranked school for my undergraduate education. Will this affect my chances for a PhD in economics?

I studied math and economics at a poorly ranked university, and I will graduate in the near future. I have a position lined up at a prestigious, data-heavy research institution, where I'll work with ...
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Is there a credit hours requirement for applying to a masters course? [closed]

I am currently taking an undergraduate degree, and by completion, I would have 112 credit hours accumulated. This is fine and all if I don't plan to continue my studies or apply to a local university,...
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Replacing tech reports: can we put good undergrad dissertations in arxiv?

My department requires dissertations from all honours students (being England, that's basically all of them). Some of these are extremely good, even though they are written by undergraduates. My ...
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In a class with both graduate and undergraduate students, is it normal for a single grading curve to be applied for both groups?

I took a class with graduate students as an undergraduate student. The grading was on a curve and combined (as in graduate students were graded along with undergraduate students). Is this normal in ...
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Overlearn in undergraduate College - good or bad idea?

I have no choice but to take courses I've already learnt in college. So is it a good idea to overlearn? Would overlearning help me to get into graduate school? There are many ways for me to spend ...
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How essential is your GPA for admissions to PhD programs to US universities in Theoretical Physics?

I am a Physics undergrad aspiring to pursue mathematical physics(string theory etc) as a future career. How much importance is given to your GPA by grad schools in the US or Europe for admitting ...
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How do MIT OpenCourseware and real MIT courses compare?

Are MIT courses much different from MIT OpenCourseWare? I am curious, because as a high schooler, I have some intent to study from MIT OpenCourseWare. Will this allow me to be more comfortable if I ...
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How to demonstrate mastery of courses not taken during undergraduation

In this answer, Anonymous Mathematician says, "You need to demonstrate that you have mastered the undergraduate material that is less relevant for computer science. For example, mathematical analysis ...
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Coordination of a class taught by different professors: how to be fair to the students?

A typical freshman course on calculus has about 100 students every semester. If the course is divided into 4 sections, each has 25 students and a different instructor. Because the instructors are ...
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Graduate early with average GPA, or later with better GPA?

I've seen similar questions here, and I wish there was a narrower tag than the broad soft-question and career-development. I am currently a freshman/sophomore-to-be at a top ten math program in US. ...
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Will delaying entering grad school for a year to pursue study abroad put one at a strong disadvantage?

I'm a year away from getting my undergrad degree in (computer) engineering, with a minor in Japanese. I never had the opportunity to do a study abroad due to the rigors of the major. As some probably ...
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BSc in CPSC or CIS: How will this affect Grad School applications (Stanford, UBC)?

I am trying to decide whether or not I should pursue an undergrad in Computer Science (link to curriculum) or an undergrad in Computer Information Systems (link to curriculum). Specifically, I'd be ...
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Were there changes in approaches to undergraduate education in the 1970s or 1980s?

I was recently reading some papers regarding bridging the gap between academia and industry, specifically in undergraduate computer science and software engineering programs. The papers I read were ...