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On standards or conventions specific to the United States higher education system, which differs in structure and style from the systems in other parts of the world.

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German PhD in Psychological Sciences ---> Transferability to the United States

Without going too much into my background, I am an American who will soon complete a masters degree in psychology/neuroscience in the United States. I am 29. I am still unsure of my ultimate career ...
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How to arrange sabbatical leave in the age of COVID?

I am putting together my sabbatical year plan where I hope to get a visiting (research) position in a research university in USA that will provide at least half of my salary. My field is applied ...
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Is it important for postdocs to have a “postdoc mentor”?

I'm in pure math. It seems like "postdoc mentors" are common nowadays in U.S. universities. The idea is that you do a postdoc under the supervision of someone whom you can write papers with. ...
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What is the role of Personal Statement in phd application?

I have found that most top US CS PhD programs don't require a personal statement (PS). Only a few schools put the PS into their application checklist. As for the requirement of PS, take an example ...
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Strategies for the selection of graduate programs for borderline/weak applicants (STEM)

This question is aimed at the countries where the graduate program admission decisions are normally made at the department level; the primary sources of funding are TAs/RAs and there is at least one ...
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Returning Research Fellowship funding

I'm doing a PhD in the US and I got a research fellowship for a month this summer. I have done some work, but I'm not satisfied with it. There was no motivation and I haven't studied as much as I ...
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Planning for a faculty position in the USA [closed]

I have a PhD in education from a US university (ranked within top 20 public universities) in 'mathematics education'. Because of my scholarship requirements, I had to come back to my country. However, ...
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Adding papers under review on the CV when applying to CS PhD programs in the US

Background: CS undergrad applying to CS PhD Programs in Fall 2022 in the US. The question "Should papers under review be listed in CV?" talks about multiple "under review" papers ...
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What is the average age at which professors receive tenure in the US?

For the United States, is there a statistic of the age professors have when they are granted tenure? If such a statistic is not available, is there a way to (more or less reliably) estimate the mean ...
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How to respond to professor about visa problems when applying for a post-doc?

Currently I'm in the process of my post-doc application in the US, but I may encounter some inevitable problems with my visa (J-1) application. The professor said that they have not had any scientists ...
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Is it possible to fast track the tenure process?

I think I heard somewhere that in the USA, a tenureship at a university requires 8 years to obtain. Is there any way someone can fast-track this process? I.e. can this time period be cut shorter?
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What is the role in Admissions of a Graduate Coordinator in a Department [closed]

What is the role of a graduate coordinator or graduate chair (I have seen faculty called both) of a department in admissions ? Do they make the final decision or have the final say in all decisions ? ...
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Is it appropriate and/or reasonable to ask for period leave to a potential PhD advisor?

I'm a female undergraduate student applying to graduate school in the US this year, and I am in the process of contacting potential PhD advisors to enquire about positions in their labs, the nature of ...
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Is it possible to be admitted to a PhD program with a course based Masters Degree?

I did an undergraduate degree in one engineering discipline (electrical), and a course based masters in the same discipline of engineering (electrical) and another course based masters in another ...
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LOR from physics professor in a pure math phd application

I am applying to pure math phd programs, and looking to study algebraic geometry. I have one very strong letter from a professor who supervised some algebraic geometry research I did. I am not sure ...
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How can I find an American university that has an education department that appreciates homeschool? [closed]

I feel that most often the master's programs in education focus only on instructor-led curricular learning. How can I find a school in the U.S. that offers masters degrees in education that emphasize ...
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Mentioning location of paper submission while under review [duplicate]

I just submitted my first paper to a rather prestigious conference/journal (“XYZ”) as an undergrad. I’m currently applying to jobs, so I’d like to mention “the paper is under review for XYZ”. However, ...
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Can I share my recent published article to my prospective supervisor?

I am applying for Ph.D. in US universities and for that I already wrote a professor with my CV, asking if he has any vacancy in this lab or not. His reply was positive and encouraged me to apply. So I ...
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4 page vs 2 page CV for PhD programs [closed]

Background: CS undergrad applying to CS PhD Programs FALL 2022 USA. I have two different CVs. 4 Page CV: Contains 3 bullet points for every internship 2 extra projects Separately spaced headings ...
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Are my chances of getting into a PhD program better if I do not need funding?

I searched the site and couldn't find any information on this topic so I thought I would ask myself. I have been at work for quite a while now and am fortunate that they have offered to support me ...
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Do professors need to pay to send letters of recommendation via postal mail?

I'm an international student currently studying in a community college in the United States. I'm applying to a Japanese university and they require me to send them two recommendation letters from my ...
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Attending math seminars on sabbatical in U.S

I am planning to go to one of the U.S. universities for sabbatical. (I do not live in U.S.) Most of my salary will be paid by my university, but my host university will pay for my apartment in the U.S....
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Can you transfer universities after successfully passing qualifying exams and begin with ABD status at the new university?

If a PhD student were to transfer universities after completing Course requirements Qualifying exams but not yet started a dissertation, could the student start at a new university with ABD status? ...
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Transferring PhD from Germany to US?

Background info: I am a PhD student in Germany who is rather frustrated with his research progress. I am almost 3 years into my PhD now. My field is Theoretical Computer Science. I started working in ...
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Is it okay to ask references for their opinions on other faculty candidates?

I'm head of a search committee and will be checking references for finalists for a fixed-term position. Two finalists worked with the same non-profit and gave the names of different people who work ...
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I am expecting a baby a month after starting a postdoc. Should I tell the PI before signing the offer?

I was just offered a postdoc position, but my wife is pregnant, and we are expecting the child a month after starting the postdoc. This is my second child, so I know what is required to take care of a ...
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Is it common to drop 50% of PhD students in a program?

I recently spoke to a graduate coordinator of a mathematics PhD program I was planning to apply to. I asked about admission, requirements to complete the degree and such. The program coordinator ended ...
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Is a gold medalist at 2.96/4 GPA considered Summa cum laude or magna cum laude or none? [closed]

Indian university(IIT BHU) CGPA of 7.4/10 but highest in the class, hence gold medalist. Can anyone please guide how the translation to US academic system will look like in terms of the label? Note: ...
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How can I get financial aid for a BSc as a young US Citizen with no family in the US?

I have lived abroad and want to move to the US to pursue a BSc degree. I have no family there except for the sibling of my parent who lives in a far away state from where I wish to be.
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Should Thank You Cards be Written After an Acceptance or After an Educational Experience's Conclusion?

Circumstance: Recently, I received acceptance to a Certified Nursing Assistant training program and I plan on writing thank-you cards to the program director as well as each faculty member. Question: ...
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How realistic is it to pay for one's living and tuition with a student job? [closed]

How do people pay for a Bsc without taking massive loans? Is there enough time in a waking day to both study and financially support yourself with a job that is relevant to your field of study? Is it ...
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PhD application in the US? [duplicate]

I'm a graduate physics student from Italy, and I'll be graduating in one year or so. I would like to pursue a PhD in theoretical physics, and I don't really want to close any possible path, so I'm ...
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Sharing student recommendation forms with students

I sometimes get asked to give recommendations / opinions about students by potential employers or third party HR Firms. Is it acceptable to share the opinions with the students once I provide them? ...
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Can I work as a postdoc with EAD as a J-2 visa holder?

My wife started to work with a J-1 visa in the US as a postdoc. I am also a scientist, but i am here as a spouse with J-2 visa. I would like to know, if is it possible to work as a postdoc with ...
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Do admissions committees look at any applicant information beyond submitted materials?

My question concerns PhD applications that are handled on a departmental level by graduate admissions committees, as is the case in the US, Canada and a few other places. Further, I am interested ...
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How long does it take to get a green card as a US faculty?

I'm European and I'm about to accept a tenure-track position in the US where I will come up for tenure review after 2 years (i.e. get tenure after 3), as I have already spent a number of years in a ...
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Potential side effects of submitting several applications within a single university system in the US?

I'd like to understand if there could be disadvantages to submitting applications to several graduate programs within a single university system (e.g. Texas A&M, University of California, etc)? ...
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Graduate admissions: applying to the same programs twice

A few years ago I applied to several engineering graduate schools in the US. I received some offers and interview invitations, but I was not able to attend due to work-related and personal reasons. I ...
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Are undergraduate TAs appropriate/ normal in upper level courses?

I came back to school after a long break (5+ years) and jumped right back into higher level courses (junior and senior level courses). First thing I noticed was that a professor did not lecture or ...
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Are independent PhD students evaluated differently than PhD students in research groups?

I've just finished the fourth year of my engineering PhD in the US and am anticipating graduating next year. In that time, I've essentially been conducting research independently, through no fault of ...
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How do I find CS research positions after graduating?

I am in computer science (CS). Is it possible to volunteer to do research in a CS group at a university during summers or part-time after I have already completed my bachelor's degree in CS? I want to ...
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It is appropriate to call the professor for this situation?

I have a great relationship with one of my professors(at least I think), and a few weeks ago we discussed the possibility of doing a research project together this summer. However, he never replies to ...
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No Systems Course CS Master's

I majored in math and minored in CS. My grades are excellent and I have coursework in all the core areas of CS except for Computer Systems/Computer Organization/Computer Architecture. Is this going to ...
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Would it be immature to ask my PhD advisor for more background for a paper they've asked me to help with?

I am doing a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at a U.S. university and after taking Professor X's class this Spring, he has agreed to be my advisor. About a month ago, Professor X asked me to read a ...
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MS incoming student: How to convince my department to give me financial support? [closed]

I am an international student. I have received a MS admit (Fall 2021) from X University (USA) in Y department (STEM). My initial application to this university was for PhD, but I got a reject for PhD ...
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Is it appropriate to apply for assistant professor positions a few months before obtaining my PhD?

I am finishing my PhD at a famous research institution located in Europe. I am quite delayed due to COVID-related disruptions, which forced us to devote most lab equipment to vaccine development and ...
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Should I mention future works in my SOP? (CS PhD Fall 2022 USA)

Background: CS Undergrad applying to CS PhD Programs I am working on my senior thesis and have thought about 2 major chapters. Assuming I apply to my preferred universities by dec 1st I will only be ...
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How to disclose a major change in scope from orignal F31 submission

I am trying to pull together my first progress report on my F31 fellowship. My concern is due to to COVID19 my ability to work with certain collaborators was diminished and my PI thought it was best ...
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Why do undergraduates pay for their education, but postgraduates are paid?

Per title. Undergraduate tuition often costs tens of thousands of dollars per year, but postgraduates are commonly paid a stipend. Not a lot of money, but still much better than having to pay for ...
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What is the value of a summer project on cv of someone who wants to pursue graduate studies?

I got accepted in a summer research project in the US with a very famous professor in the field, however, it is so expensive for me. I am not a US citizen but planning to pursue graduate studies there....

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