Questions tagged [undergraduate]

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How should work experience affect decision to get an MLIS (or another similar specialized Master's)? [closed]

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree is widely discussed as a potentially bad investment as a graduate level degree at this time because few programs are funded, it is rather ...
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How do grad schools train grad students to be teaching assistants?

I am an international student and doing Ph.D. in Physics at a US university. My teaching assistant (TA) duty is to tutor undergrad students. I am supposed to solve whatever problems undergrads ...
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What should I do while in an undergraduate engineering course to keep a proof of the math knowledge I gain by self-study?

I'm an undergraduate electronics and communication engineering student (sophomore) at an Indian university. I joined this engineering course because I found the areas of quantum computing/information ...
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Why do people say that elite schools are inflating grades? [closed]

Ivy League students had 4.0 GPA in average at high school, but their average college GPA is 3.45. A student from a random school had 3.3 from their high school, and then 3.3 exiting GPA from the ...
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How do I approach my group about dividing up the work?

I am an International Civil Engineering student. I was assigned with a project that consists of three stages for my steel design class. Although we are a group of five people, it seems that no one ...
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Department member forwarded complaint about professor to that professor

I am an undergraduate at a US college. I wanted to take a course in a specific area of my major so that I could do better research during the summer. I do not have the prerequisite courses but I have ...
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Requesting for my class rank information after graduation

For advance and challenging courses undertaken in one's undergraduate academic career, absolute grades or GPA does not necessarily indicates the abilities of a student. This is especially so where ...
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Homework is to be submitted according to a guideline that is nowhere to be found [closed]

I am a new transfer student from a much, much smaller university to a semi-prestigious one. The first set of homework has been assigned (due in three weeks) and says it should be “submitted according ...
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Will low grades on my transcript ruin my chances of getting into an MBA program, even if I retake classes for course forgiveness?

I'm sure this question has been asked frequently. However, I'm an undergrad, currently finished my sophomore first semester. I have gotten Ds (twice currently, not in the same semesters) on my ...
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Overcoming a profound basis of underperformance as a freshman [closed]

Relevant background: Freshman at large public research university, pursuing Engineering/Applied Mathematics dual major. Labeled 'gifted' after neuropsych evaluation in Elementary school. Processing ...
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How to deal with inactive students in undergraduate projects?

I am in the field of computer science, and I have noticed a trend among a group of students when dealing with undergraduate programming projects. The situation is that there are some students that ...
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Freshman applying to REUs, only know one professor well

I've just finished my first semester and I'm planning to apply to physics/math REUs. I know my math professor well and he agreed to write me a reference, but I do not know any other professors at that ...
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Does two lines of copied code constitute plagiarism?

I copied (and failed to cite) two lines of code from the OpenJDK source for an undergraduate Data Structures project. Yet, the code comparison shows an alarming amount (40%) of similarity. Here is the ...
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How to start research as an undergraduate CS student

I am an undergraduate CS student, and I would like to start doing research, because I want to boost my chances of entering a graduate school, and research is something that sounds interesting to me. ...
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Is it okay to assign free marks for students assignments?

Regarding to a course for undergraduates (especially in computer science, but i would love to hear opinions from others too): Is it okay to assign free marks for assignments? Meaning, the students ...
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Emailing a student corrections to their typed notes

I study undergraduate mathematics at university. In one of my units, the lecturer does not provide any notes (typeset or otherwise), but has said that if anyone else who attends the lectures wants to ...
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Evaluating an opportunity for undergrad thesis in computer science

I am a pre-final year undergrad student of computer science. I am interested in getting into research. I have already done some research, but it has not been very formal, and I have not been able to ...
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How to show mathematical proficiency? [duplicate]

I am computer science graduate from India. My mathematical background in under-graduate was two semesters of multi-variable calculus. I worked as a researcher in a Data Mining firm where I worked on ...
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How can an undergraduate be recognized for work done on a paper, with a fellow PhD student and a professor?

I am an undergraduate student, and recently I was introduced a PhD student in my university's math department. In a brief interaction with him, he mentioned that he was doing work in Differential ...
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How can I prevent students from writing answers on an assignment, then claiming I didn't see their answer?

What is a good way to prevent students from writing an answer after you hand back a graded assignment (exam/homework) and claiming that you did not see their answer? It is clear to me that this ...
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What can we do as faculty to make tuition more affordable for students? Do we have an obligation to make tuition more affordable? [closed]

The inflation rate of tuition in the US has been higher than the general economy's inflation rate for some time, sometimes it is twice as high What can the faculty do to stop/slow this down?
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Concerned about REU eligibility given new graduation plans

My school recently developed a 1-year, intensive Masters program in Mathematics following the typical undergraduate B.A. In an effort to get more experience with more advanced math, I've decided to ...
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How to have a competitive research group in a school doesn't have graduate program?

I'm applying to assistant professor positions and my research plan is based on three main projects. My initial idea is having 2 PhD students and one postdoc working on each project. However, there is ...
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Our instructor threw together freely available YouTube videos and Wikipedia articles instead of lectures. What should I do?

I'm currently attending university online (at a notable public institution, not a crappy school—I feel compelled to mention this because one typically expects quality from good institutions). ...
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What is the reason that once a student has passed a university course, the student cannot take the course again?

This question geared towards STEM but can definitely be expanded for courses in the arts as well. Imagine the following scenarios: A student has taken a course, but passed the course with barely a ...
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How do I find a job that actually uses what I learned in school? [closed]

Many of my peers in my program, Computer Engineering, are of the opinion that what you do in school is a "head-fake", that you take all this intense math and science essentially to prove that you can ...
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Am I obliged to answer student queries that can readily be answered by reading the syllabus? [closed]

I maintain an email group for my class where the reading list and other course materials are made available to the students. Despite sharing all relevant information with them, I still have students ...
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What does “senior graduate student” mean in this context?

I am an Indian student enrolled in an integrated master’s-of-science program and currently in my fifth (final) year of the program. So should I be called a senior graduate student or senior ...
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Is it weird to visit a scientific conference as an undergraduate student?

I'm an undergraduate (Bachelor's) student and I'm thinking about attending a conference which exactly matches the topic of a research project that I'm working on at the moment. I have never attended a ...
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Is it ok to ask my professor about a project for a second time?

Note that I am currently an undergrad. One month ago, one of my professors agreed to let me work on a research project with him. After a few weeks of not hearing anything from them, I emailed the ...
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Late Drops and Graduate School Admissions [closed]

I'm a 4th year (7th semester) undergraduate student at an American university. I've recently got very interested in obtaining a PhD in Computer Science. I'm wondering whether having late drops on my ...
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How to deal with arrogant e-mail of a student

I have sent the solutions of some assignments to the students of my class. One of my students sent me a message that reads as follows (not greeting or anything, no closing, just the following): ...
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Is offering to work for free a bad idea for an undergrad researcher?

I’ve read that PhDs are almost always funded, and being accepted into a PhD program without funding is equivalent to a polite rejection. Is this also true for undergraduate research? For example, ...
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Proof of proficiency in mathematics

Apologise if this question isn't relevant to this forum, I tried my best to look for similar questions but couldn't find one. I am a computer science major enrolled in a not-so-renowned university in ...
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How important is an (Honors) undergraduate thesis to graduate school admissions?

I'm an undergraduate Honors student in a STEM major, and in the upcoming years I will have the option to complete an Honors thesis in my field, either as a research/data analysis or a literature ...
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What is the basic structure of American higher education?

When I go to university for four years and study, e.g., law or medicine, do I earn an undergraduate degree? And do I have to go to university for another two years or so to get a graduate degree? Also,...
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How good are Harvard undergrads? [closed]

I Studied Computer Science Engineering in India from an average private institute. I wanted to and I still do want to become a great programmer. I have seen "The Social Network"(facebook) built and ...
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How to establish a relationship with a department head as an undergraduate?

I am an undergraduate who is line for a first author publication in a field I absolutely love, and want to continue my research in the same department. At my school there is a program, I have heard of,...
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Does GPA matter ?! [closed]

I'm still undergraduate, have 2 years to graduate but i don't like my major so much and my college. i go twice a week. i don't attend lectures too much because professors and the contents are so weak ...
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Is there such a thing as a “general semester”?

I’m an MSc student and write my thesis about academy retention. So far the only model I know is that a student enrolls to a certain faculty and begins his studies there. I’m trying to find models in ...
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Does taking FF from a not included piano course have any effect on my application to Phd? [duplicate]

I'm a second year Physics(Major) and Mathematics(Double Major) student and in this summer term I'm taking a piano lecture as not included, i.e it doesn't have any affect on my CGPA and taking FF or NA ...
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Difficulties with exams

I am a German undergrad Math student (3rd year) at the university of Munich and I would classify our courses as relatively hard compared to what I have heard from other (German, but also some other ...
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How do I get to know research areas in Physics and Mathematics? [closed]

I posted this on the Physics Site and I was warned that I would be best fit here. I'm a freshman undergrad and I plan to get a Physics major. I don't know actually in what area I want to follow, I do ...
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What happens if too many student withdraw from a course

I am taking a four week online summer course in the U.S. and the professor just canceled it because all but me and one other student (out of 30+ students) withdrew from the class within the first week....
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How can I make self-studied course in undergraduate official when applying to graduate school?

I'm a second year Physics and Mathematics student. Although I haven't attended many different professor's lectures, from what I have experienced, and what I know about the professors in both of my ...
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I had a rough first year in undergrad— what now? [closed]

I think I'm off to a poor start to my undergraduate career. Some context: my major is Materials Science and Nanoengineering at the University of California, San Diego. I'm on the BS/MS track for 2020....
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Does Mathematics research in proven problems have any importance?

This is my first post in this community, please excuse me if this kind of post is inappropriate. I completed my second year of my Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics (where I study, all Bachelor's ...
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How to list undergraduate paper on CV

Mathematics. Not novel research ~ merely an analysis / reformulation of an existing, proved theorem Not a thesis, but was a major (50%) component of a senior course. Never published. The math isn't ...
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What do you call a person with a bachelor's degree?

I am a nutritionist in Mexico and I have a bachelor's degree.(I studied for four years at a university) In mexico my bussiness card says L.N. which means licenciada en Nutricion. I don't know how to ...
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US university scholarship for international students [closed]

what the US universities look for for giving scholarship?Can an international student get scholarship from US universities through sat exam?