Questions tagged [undergraduate]

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How to test my understanding of an academic paper?

I am an undergraduate student in Computer science who has recently developed a very strong interest in logic and computability. I enjoy a lot reading academic papers but I am afraid that my ...
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Professor wants to use required class project for research

In one of my required undergraduate courses, my professor has given a mandatory assignment. He has indicated that he will use our code from the assignment for his research. He has not mentioned ...
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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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How common is it for grad school admissions to use a whitelist of undergrad institutions?

I was talking to a professor recently and he mentioned something that I found surprising. Namely, for graduate admissions in his department (top-30, US public) they had a whitelist of universities and ...
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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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As an Australian student with a UK citizenship, can I study in the UK? [closed]

Disclaimer: I wasn't sure where to post this but I thought this was as good a place as any so sorry if this is the wrong place. I am a high school student in Queensland, Australia studying for a ...
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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 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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e-mailing a professor: first lines of an email (US/UK) [closed]

Not being a native speaker of English, I would like to know how to best introduce myself, what sounds too formal, and what is maybe a bit too colloquial. I have a few questions I want to ask, but I am ...
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What is the English term for a Belgian non-university higher education institution?

I graduated from what is known as a "Hogeschool" in Belgium. When trying to explain this term on English websites, I've always used the term "University College" or "College", However, I'm not sure ...
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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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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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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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What should I do to maximize my chance at grad school (mathematics)?

I'm a second year student who has had a terrible semester. I don't live in a great place this year and I became really unhappy because of it. I'm also involved with too many extra curricular ...
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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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What makes a stellar undergraduate thesis?

In mathematics, what distinguishes an exceptional undergraduate thesis for the rest? How do original contributions, accessibility of the topic (ie more or less prerequisites), novelty of the topic, ...
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Can I ask a professor to do work for him/her during the summer as a form of an internship?

I am a newly transferred undergraduate Earth Science major and because of this I haven't had any internship experience in my field, even though I will be going into my senior year this fall (I also ...
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Advice for teaching older “non-traditional” undergraduate students

I will be teaching a class in my university's evening degree program. The students are undergraduates but are what I've heard referred to as "non-traditional" students. Basically, the students are all ...
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How to request a professor to let you into their class [closed]

For various valid reasons, I was not able to sign up for a certain math course that I need. The professor is amazing, and I really hope to get into her class. I went to her class every day for a week, ...
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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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How do we solve the problem about bad behavior (unfair evaluation) in lab?

My undergraduate student told me that he had some problems when he attended the lab session in our department. This lab session is mandatory and one of the components of the course evaluation. The ...
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Translating a foreign degree's name?

I plan on obtaining a bachelor's degree at a Norwegian university in what is called "dataingeniør". In the future I'd like to continue my studies in a different country, so I'm going to need to know ...
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How to address an author showing replicated results from his paper?

I have replicated a method of interpolation recently proposed by certain author, and I want to tell him that I have done so. I suppose the author is interested in knowing that students are engaged ...
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Asking a High School Teacher for a Letter of Recommendation

I am an undergraduate senior applying to graduate programs in Computer Science (with math-y specialties, such as Machine Learning and Data Science), and am trying to figure out who the best people to ...
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Do non-Russian technical universities use Olympiad-style math/problem solving entrance exams?

In the U.S., colleges typically don't use entrance exams to select students. For test results they rely instead on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT. I heard that the top technical math/science ...
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Writing a recommendation for highschool student

I am a full time researcher at a research institute, we are part of a university, but the institute does not have students, just researchers. I mostly have assistant researchers and interns that are ...
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What do you do if a person in your group purposely misleads you?

I'm an undergraduate researcher working with another undergraduate researcher in a group. I believe the other undergraduate researcher wants to look particularly good between the two of us for a good ...
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For an undergrad, how long should a short-term volunteer position in a lab be?

I've been working as a research student at a biochemistry wet lab since my final years of high school (as a result of cold-emailing a professor). I'm entering the same university as that of this lab ...
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Course of action after failing a (non-maths) course in hopes of entering grad school for maths?

I'm currently a second year student in a general science program with a specialization in mathematics (it's kind of like a double major, almost). I'm hoping to go to grad school for combinatorial ...
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Can you increase your undergrad gpa after graduating? [closed]

I've googled this question a few times and I've seen multiple different answers. I read that you can raise your undergrad gpa using a post bacc and I also read that post baccs provide a separate gpa. ...
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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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What undergraduate work stays on a CV once you start graduate school?

I'm about to graduate with my BS and I'm trying to decide whether it's worth it to submit a paper for publication in an undergraduate journal, given that I've already applied to and picked a PhD ...
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How do top graduate programs in mathematics verify the validity of an enrolee's undergraduate degree from abroad? E.g. IUM in Russia

Even if the title might seem self-explanatory, I would ask you to read the entire post to understand what exactly I'm trying to understand here. I'm from Russian Federation. We don't have a lot of ...
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Teaching Special Adult Populations: How Much is Too Much?

I teach in a social services environment, where adult dropouts are working toward a GED and perhaps furthering their education. I embrace a transformative education model (Mezirow, 1991) and strive ...
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Publish as undergraduate in Elsevier

I am currently in the 3rd year,studying BSc in Economics. This period I finished a project which ended up with statistical significant results, covering a topic which was not mentioned in the ...
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How much does a low undergraduate CGPA affect chances of getting a faculty job in a top-tier university?

Your undergraduate CGPA is quite low, but you were somehow accepted into a respected Masters and PhD program, and completed your postgraduate work quite successfully. Your undergraduate major was the ...
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I have deep desire to study Physics after I graduate from Computer Engineering; want to know if I have what it takes to be successful in this field

I am now studying Computer Application, a bachelor degree in India. I can get a job in the IT sector if I try only a little harder. But I have this deep desire to study Physics starting from ...
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Why do some articles recite/repeat known concepts?

I am currently reading a paper which devotes a section to reciting key valuation basics in finance, such as the time value of money and DCF analysis. The paper goes so far as to explain the ...
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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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Can I do a thesis project in an area if I haven't taken a course on it?

To provide a background, I am currently a Physics major and along the way I ended up getting really interested in Mathematics, so much that I'm now planning to do pure math in graduate school. Now, ...
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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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Can mathematical ideas applied to CS problems count as “undergraduate research”?

I ran across this thread, in which the accepted answer mentions to "[..] Start on a research project (independently or otherwise) if you have not already ASAP. " I'm an undergraduate studying ...
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Dealing with professor after not getting back to him on a project?

I was supposed to do a project for one of my classes and I talked to one of the math professors at my school for ideas and he was excited about my project and even got one of his grad students ...
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What happens to a professor if too many students drops out of his or her class?

I am taking a course this semester for an upper year undergraduate course in mathematics. The course instructor had some experience of teaching lower year courses, and her performance in those ...
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How to transition into computer science

I currently hold a BA in Middle Eastern History, which was a pretty good fit for my last job in the Army. I'm getting ready to move on to the civillian world now, and computer science/programming has ...
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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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What can I do to get an admit in a Neuroscience program?

About me: I work full time often more than 60 hours a week but I want to go to college to be a neuroscientist. I live in the US and have bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering. My goal is to get ...
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Should I include self-studied courses/topics in undergraduate resume?

I'm preparing my resume for internship application. I have already included courses that I emphasized more on (reading extra advanced material outside of the course's material scope). I read lots of ...
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Giving back to my undergrad program

So, I'm starting up a small business (a software shop) and as far as I'm concerned, that puts me in the 'giving back' phase in my life. One thing that I'd like to do is help my alma mater improve its ...
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Appropriately thank a supervisor for giving you a chance when you actually failed?

In general: What is the proper manner in which to thank a supervisor for allowing you to take a really long shot? I am talking about when a professor (supervisor) who did not really know you decides ...

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