Questions tagged [undergraduate]

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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?
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How do I stay motivated with repetitive tasks as an undergraduate research assistant?

In a nutshell, I'm drawing circles on images for most of my day (more precisely, ROIs around cellular components in fluorescence imaging). I volunteer to do this on weekdays from 10am to 7pm, and I ...
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Article Authorship Conflict

I'm an undergrad student and I got together with 2 people to write a research article (lit review) for publication. We divided the project in 3 sections and each did our part. When it was time to ...
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What does this professor mean by saying “I do not have time to respond”

I am an undergraduate in CS and engineering. Approximately a week ago, I sent an email to a professor whose research really interests me. I sent him couple of my questions and confusions rooted from ...
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How do the grades of higher degrees equate with undergraduate qualifications, in terms of quality of work?

How do the grades of higher degrees math up with undergraduate qualifications, in terms of quality of work? I'm in the UK. At my current institution, where I'm sitting an MA 70+ -- Distinction 60+ -- ...
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Should I take a student loan now, if I intend to become a mathematician? [closed]

I intend to pursue my degree in Mathematics and Physics at Ecole Polytechnique in France. The institution has offered me an interest free loan of 18,000 euros, which has to be repaid three years after ...
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What kind of information are expected in the “Additional comments” section of a letter of recommendation?

A student of mine asked me to write a letter of recommendation for undergraduate admission. I know Academia.SE focuses on questions about graduate schools and above, but I hope my question is general ...
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How to talk to other UG researchers and/or PG researchers?

I'm an undergraduate at a research-intensive university and I have received funding with other students to do research. The other students involved in the project are all undergraduates. I'd really ...
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Can a college or university withhold your degree for non payment and change your degree?

Just to explain my question a little bit. I know that if you owe the school money they are allowed to withhold your diploma and transcripts. My real question is if this is the situation and the ...
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Asking about a colleagues post-grad work?

This may not be the best place to ask this question, if so please inform me. I am approaching the end of my program and will be applying for jobs soon. But some of my colleagues (some of which I'd ...
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Exactly _what_ is different about being a graduate student vs. undergraduate? (Think: day-to-day) [closed]

I'm entering the last year of my undergraduate. In all honesty, I'm getting tired of it; I want to move on to something new. For a long time, I thought a master's degree was New Game Plus (that is, ...
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What can a undergraduate do to get the strongest recommendation letter possible? [duplicate]

This is basically a follow up question from Tom Church's answer to this question: How much does a student's ranking in their cohort matter for PhD applications?. What can a undergraduate do say ...
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Can faculty in the United States get access to your grades without your explicit consent?

Note: This question is aimed at "in general, in the United States, given the laws (including FERPA) and typical practices of US Universities". I'm wondering if my schools' departmental advisers can ...
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First day as an independent study student

My IDS class has just started today and I am the only student. I have not received any email from the professor and no assignments or due dates. I cannot determine if he is waiting for me to show that ...
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How to get a TA for a thesis

I’m writing an academic paper for a B.Sc. We only have the professor and a PhD student from another university plus random friends and volunteer collaborators helping us. We were not specifically ...
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Is it wrong to cite a source I did not use? [closed]

I am writing a paper for an English class on a topic that I know well. for this paper, there is a minimum requirement for cited sources but I did not meet that requirement and was able to meet the ...
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How to translate French “colleur”/“khôlleur” position into english?

French higher education system is quite singular: besides traditional universities (following Bologna Process scheme with Bachelor (3 years), Master (2 years) and PhD (3 years)), there are so-called ...
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Is it rude to send my professor a link with teaching advice?

I know the title sounds terrible, but it's not as bad as it sounds so please hear me out. I am an undergraduate and have set up an independent study for this fall about topic X. The professor doesn't ...
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Doing more than asked for? [closed]

In a course I am not doing as well as I wanted and I asked the professor for extra credit but he refused saying his goal is to see how well we do compared to our peers. Giving extra credit to one ...
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What incentive does a professor have to allow a student to enroll in a course that is already full?

I'm hoping trying to register for a course I need that is currently full, and am told that I can try contacting the professor for permission to enroll. Under what circumstances are such requests ...
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Pros and cons of double majoring vs a Master's [closed]

I've looked into double majoring at my university and it seems that, as is apparently common, it's very likely that if I go down this track I will not graduate in 4 years, but probably in 5 or 6. This ...
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Can published papers outweigh average marks when applying to top institutions for MS? [duplicate]

I haven't been paying much attention to my marks during my undergrad (4 year undergrad), they haven't been terrible, but they are decidedly average. However, it looks like I could publish an economics ...
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How much damage could a 'C' in Abstract Algebra Course cause? and How to minimize the effect? [duplicate]

I'm an undergraduate math major student in my junior year. I've taken Abstract Algebra 1 last fall. I got a C in that class (I got 65%). In most of my previous courses I got A's, and in some courses ...
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Are industrial bachelor/master theses worth it?

We had a job fair at our university recently, and there were renowned IT companies like Cisco, for example, who offered us topics for our bachelor/masters theses (I'm double major in physics and math, ...
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How to politely refuse note sharing

I am an undergraduate student. This semester, I'm taking a 1.5 credit course, which is a 1.5 hour lecture once a week from a rotation of different speakers. There will be a final at the end of the ...
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Terminology & description: what are the steps after A Levels [closed]

I'm a science student currently doing my A levels under EDEXCEL from Bangladesh. I've never really paid attention to or had any counseling about career paths and the steps necessary to finish my ...
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Undergrad GPA: Will a C affect grad program application? [closed]

I am currently in a public university (top 50 nationally, top 10 among public schools) for undergrad (3rd year), double majoring in operations research and economics. The past quarter I took 5 major ...
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Professor got me involved into working with him, but the experience was poor. How can I avoid him without facing negative consequences?

I am an undergraduate, #1 in my year in terms of GPA, and one of my professors asked me if I was interested to help him with a research competition. The goal was to publish a paper and hopefully win a ...
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Do grad students in the USA typically have more or less student debt than undergrads? [closed]

A student advocate at my institution recently claimed that grad students have more debt than undergrads. This surprised me, because I would expect that typical grad students are the kind of student ...
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Do professors think that teaching undergraduates is a waste of their time? [closed]

I am confused as to why highly intelligent professors would want to teach undergraduate students. It sounds to me like a lifetime of toil. Do professors find the time spent teaching undergraduates a ...
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Is it okay to grade some students harder because of their perceived potential?

If a college professor has a clear rubric for their expectations for an essay, is it unethical -- or even illegal -- to grade certain students harder than others? A few students I know are in a ...
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On the importance of an “honours degree” for PhD applications

I am currently studying in an undergrad programme in the social sciences/humanities in North America, and I am debating whether I should pursue the honours degree option (which would require me to ...
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Examples for non-math department students to be used for Calculus course

This semester I am a teaching assistant for Calculus. There are many students from different departments like International Relations, Economics and more taking the course. The course is comprehensive....
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How should I approach the scholarship committee for reconsideration if they have rejected my application?

I applied for a scholarship at Ecole Polytechnique in France and received a rejection early this morning. I want the committee to reconsider my application but I can't find a good enough reason apart ...
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What to do about an unprofessional instructor?

I'm a Chinese freshman majoring in statistics. It's not me, but my classmates who are suffering from poor teaching in their Python course. They have no prior programming experience, so they aren't ...
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As an engineering student, will there be a problem listing my graduate school on my resume when I haven't accepted the offer yet?

I will be going to a career fair tomorrow where no company with my undergraduate engineering specialty (it is a rather distinctive field) will be there. Therefore, it would be very hard to obtain a ...
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Does the International Math Olympiad help research mathematics?

I was reading a note of Hojoo Lee on inequality which is written for International Math Olympiad (IMO) participants. Although he writes that “target readers are challenging high schools students and ...
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Found reply for a research application from 2 months ago in my junk mail

I am a third year undergraduate biology major student. At the beginning of this quarter, I sent out a bunch of emails looking for research opportunities. I heard back from some of them and got a ...
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Why would a student go to a lecture at all if everything was in the book already? [duplicate]

Why would a student go to a lecture at all if everything was in the book already? The lectures make sense if and only if the lecturer tells more than in the book(s) and in more detail (or at least,...
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Undergraduate seeking advice about future career and working relationship with PI

I am currently a second year undergraduate student at a public university in the US working in a lab run by a successful new PI who is on tenure track and is currently in their 3rd year at this ...
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How much of an onus is on the teacher in an undergraduate course?

I am an assistant professor at an undergraduate college in India. I teach a rigorous compulsory course in microeconomics, requiring some intermediate-advanced math knowledge. There is no add/drop ...
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Will a low grade in my final year of an undergraduate program affect my chances of being accepted into graduate school? [duplicate]

I am currently taking a course where my final mark is determine by 2 papers worth 50% each. I really hoped to get at least a B on my first paper. Unfortunately, I got a B- (71%?). I worked for 2-3 ...
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How can an undergraduate challenge a professor on a misleading homework question?

Thinking back to when I was an undergraduate, one of the homework assignments in a probability class was: In a lottery, is it possible for the winning combination to be 1,2,3,4,5,6? To paraphrase ...
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How do pass/fail classes look to PhD admissions committees?

I'm a junior hoping to do a PhD. I'm in a graduate level class right now in a different field. I believe almost all the other students are PhD students. The first couple weeks of the course were just ...
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Having Trouble Finding a Faculty Member for Math Undergraduate Research [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate pursuing mathematics and computer science in the research university at U.S. Inspired from the applications of algebra to math and statistics, I have been trying to find a ...
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Visa and funding options for undergraduate internship in US

I wrote to a professor (let's say Prof. X) in a US university (cannot disclose the name) for an internship over the next summer. Prof. X is happy to have me work with him. The university has a ...