Questions tagged [united-states]

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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How do American universities handle cases of discrimination?

Many non-American students come to America in the hope of good education and support from their academic advisors. How should anyone handle discrimination based on national origin by American ...
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Impact of Master's Degree on Physics PhD Admission in the United States: will I be held to a higher standard?

I am an American undergraduate studying Engineering Physics. I am planning to stay at my current school for a sequential Master's program (in Electrical and Computer Engineering). I wonder if Physics ...
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If a research project leads to potential financial benefits, who owns such benefits?

I am deciding if I should follow the academic path or work in industry. One of the perceived benefits of academia is the ownership of your own work, be it papers or patents. I want to know how much ...
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Is industrial organizational (I/O) psychology considered a STEM subject according to USCIS/DHS?

I'm looking to do a PhD in I/O psychology in the US. I learned that only a few psych subjects were considered STEM according to the list released by ICE in 2016 and I/O psychology is not one of them. ...
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Is there any age criteria in selecting new faculty in STEM universities in the USA?

I plan to start my Ph.D. quite late at age 31. I wanted to know if this would have any implications on my career if I decide to stay in academia and apply to faculty positions after completing my Ph.D....
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Is it appropriate to address a PhD holder as “doctor” (without name)?

In the US and Canada, I addressed my lecturers and instructors as "Professor X", "Dr. X", "Mr. X", or "Ms. X" (depending on their formal education and academic ...
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Do I have any chance to get a PhD admission with “scholarship” at the age of 44 from Canada, or USA, Australia, New Zealand? [duplicate]

It was my yearning to pursue my PhD program outside my home country, Iran, but many difficulties, especially financial problems set me back. I have been working since 2001 in different industries. In ...
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US STEM graduate schools: fact-check [closed]

I am contemplating on submitting a few applications to graduate schools in the US, while being based in the EU. Having read a little bit about the graduate schools in the US, I have formed certain ...
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Why was I advised to contact prospective advisors when following up on my PhD application?

I applied for a PhD program in a US university for Spring 2021 in the 1st week of August, 2020. I have mentioned a professor's name and work, who encouraged me to apply and permitted me to write his ...
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How to deal with an absentee Ph.D. advisor and selfish fellow Ph.D. student

I am a Ph.D. student in North America, I am three years into a four-year program. The relevant people in this story are my advisor (A), the other Ph.D. student in my group (B). A is a very well ...
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How to proceed after being threatened and treated poorly by university faculty after reporting physical assault? [closed]

I’m an Indian PhD student at a mathematics department in the US. A few months back, I was deliberately shoulder-bumped for a few seconds by another PhD student. This student had previously chased me ...
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Has it become harder for Chinese students to be accepted into graduate programs in the US?

There've been ominous news articles recently about the prospects of Chinese students (here meaning students from the People's Republic of China, as opposed to ethnic Chinese students from other ...
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Does your final-year GPA matter once you apply for graduate school during your undergradate study?

I am a final-year undergraduate student studying Anthropology. And I am willing to apply for graduate school. And I am curious whether one's final-year GPA matters. Because once you apply and receive ...
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How can I accredit my Russian kandidat nauk in biology to PhD in USA?

I have a kandidat nauk in biology from Russia, and as I know it's equivalent to a PhD degree outside post-Soviet countries. My question is what do I need to do to accredit my degree in the USA? Which ...
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Reapplying to graduate schools

This was originally posted on math stackexchange and I was told this would be a better fit. If this isn’t the right place to post this question, please let me know. Question: Is it looked down upon to ...
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Asking a professor if you would be able to manage the material in their graduate course given lack of background

I am a graduate student in a US chemistry department and found a class (mechanical engineering) that would be somewhat helpful for my research but is out of my discipline. I'm not familiar with a lot ...
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Are fear and concerns stemmed from being sexual assaulted generally understandable by grad schools? Would it be seen as a negative trait?

I am a victim of sexual assault and I need to talk to the school (in the US) about it for accommodation reasons. I feel if I don't disclose enough I may not be able to get the accommodation, yet I don'...
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Can I write that I had a phobia in my personal statement?

I am writing a personal statement for a Ph.D. position. I had phobias of animals earlier which I overcame during my in-vivo lab experiments (for which I am really proud of). Do you think its a good ...
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How to search who exactly to cold-email for a research internship?

I am interested in cold-emailing some professors to ask whether they would be willing to offer a research position to me. However, I am not sure who exactly to email. I have an idea of the sub-fields ...
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Excellence as an undergrad Econ major

What defines excellence as an undergrad econ major? I was talking to a few friends in CS and they seem to be very clear on excellence for them - straight As, widely used/well built programs, and a ...
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What is the difference between personal statement and statement of purpose? [duplicate]

I am planning to apply for a Ph.D. program in the USA. Some universities ask for personal statement whereas some for a statement of purpose. What is the main difference?
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Should undergraduates add a “course-based research experience” section in their CVs?

I am an undergraduate student in the US getting ready to apply for some research internships as well as cold emailing some professors for some opportunities (all in the US). This will be the first ...
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Relative Advantages/Disadvantages of Interdisciplinary Degree vs Discipline-Specific Degree

I am applying for a PhD and when I was speaking to my potential advisor they discussed the possibility of me applying for an interdisciplinary degree that is offered by the institution as an option ...
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Pre-tenure faculty - should I ignore all possible troubles to get tenured?

I'm a tenure-track assistant professor who started in this fall. I heard that I should not get involved in any issues or conflicts to get tenured. However, I am unsure about this situation. I was in ...
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Is “cum laude with honors” meaningful or a tautology in the US?

In the following video, an expert witness is relating her academic background and, at one point she states that she graduated "cum laude with honours". Having looked at various sources I ...
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How much time do I have after drop out to come back to my country? [closed]

I am a full funded international student of PhD grade in US. I like to know if I drop out the study, how much time do I have to stay in US before come back to my country?
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Does a college have a legal obligation to offer advertised courses?

If a US college/university advertises itself as having a certain major, with supporting courses, are they legally obliged to offer the courses or similar ones? I am thinking of a new program where the ...
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I want to review my old college applications via FERPA - is this possible?

Several years ago I applied to a bunch of universities, many of which rejected or waitlisted me. Since then, there has been a lot of discussion about transparency in the college admissions process, ...
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Can FERPA or privacy laws be used to censor medical information on my college transcript?

I had to medically withdraw from one semester at an American university due to documented illness. My transcripts indicate that the withdrawal is due to a medical reason. Can I use FERPA or other ...
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Do instructors have the right to know how many students test positive for COVID-19?

My university tests every student. So they have the data. I can understand that for privacy, the names of the students who tested positive are not released to the public or the instructors. But do ...
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Should I approach my boss from my previous company for a LOR for my Master’s in Computer Science (From USA)?

I graduated in 2018 (in computer science) and worked in an education startup (Sept'18-Feb'19), as a co-founder of sorts, and later joined a well-known company in Mar'19 and have been working there ...
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Addressing Background Deficiencies In Statement of Purpose: An Initial Solution

Background: Did an economics major after switching out of physics and I did a math minor in university with somewhat inconsistent math grades (A+, A-, D, C+, ... ). The reason behind my grade spread ...
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How late is too late to reply to a professor's email? [duplicate]

I decided to make a separate post for this question, though I've mentioned it in other posts. A couple of weeks ago, I emailed a professor at another university about advising me, and I also brought ...
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Origin of 7 year sabbatical leave cycle

I believe many US universities have a 7-year cycle for sabbatical leave. For example, at my university a full-time tenure-track faculty is eligible for sabbatical leave after 7 years of continuous ...
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When to leave a postdoc as foreigner that doesn't have enough courage because of current global situation? [closed]

so i joined a postdoc in US six months back. Had to move from India. Even after six months have no clue what im working on how to proceed with work. I make suggestions to the PI but he shoots them ...
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Applying Late to Mathematics Graduate School

I have posted a similar question to this previously, but would like to reword it and re-ask it. I just recently completed my undergraduate studies with a degree in mathematics from a relatively well-...
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Graduate coursework for graduate admissions [closed]

I’m a rising senior in a mathematics program, and I’m planning to apply to top US schools in maths in the fall. I’ve completed most of my undergrad coursework requirements, and I’m looking into what I ...
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I have a crappy undergraduate.Does a Masters help me to get through the eligibility of the university? [closed]

This is what the university reads,"Admission to the doctoral Materials Science and Engineering Program (MSEP) requires a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). A Master of Science ...
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Is it acceptable for a professor to have multiple girlfriends at the same time? [closed]

A professor I'm familiar with has multiple partners, none of whom are his direct students, supervisees, or university affiliates. As he married to none of them, I understand that having multiple ...
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How to deal with hostility from administrators when starting a new postdoc position?

I applied for a postdoc at a lab in the US as I really liked the work of that lab. I had the initial interview with the professor and then with the lab members. All went well and the professor ...
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How does the American PhD system works for foreign students? [duplicate]

I'm a MSc Theoretical Physics student from Italy, and I'll most likely graduate around the end of next year: for the Italian academic system, this means that I'll be ready to try to get into a PhD ...
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What criteria are used to rank graduate programs? [duplicate]

I'm only asking this out of curiosity since I've seen posts/discussions about getting into "top" graduate programs etc. This mentally (wanting to get into a "top" ranked program) ...
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Which ranked universities in the USA is easier to get a PhD admission with low cgpa and high research skills? [closed]

I want to apply for a Ph.D. position in the USA (departments related to health sciences) in the upcoming session. My bachelor's GPA is very low (below 3.00). I have worked hard to cover it up and now ...
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Objectively speaking, is the opportunity cost of doing a PhD in STEM higher than it was compared to decades ago?

Here's somethings that are well established: being a PhD student is a (albeit, temporary) career-path with the poorest education-level/income ratio. It has been estimated that Post-Doc salary is ...
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A university's odd rule that inevitably affects students' final grades

My university had a quite strange rule that set an upper limit 78 on the average grades for each course. To be more specific, even if you're the number one student in your school, your GPA will still ...
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3.15 Undergrad 3.952 Masters Can I still get a PhD? [duplicate]

I got my BSc in Computer Science and AI abroad in the United Kingdom and now I am back in America, Finishing up my Masters in Data analytics and visualization. after translating the grade back to the ...
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Does the Americans With Disabilities Act require accommodations for students whose disability prevents them from behaving ethically? [closed]

Does the Americans With Disabilities Act require accommodations for university students whose disability prevents them from behaving ethically? Does it forbid punishment of unethical behavior which is ...
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Enquiry emails for grad school

I will be applying for grad school soon and have drafted a few informal enquiry emails. When would be the best time to send out informal enquiry emails to potential supervisors? Would it be advisable ...
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Trouble finding good letter writers for math grad school due to switching programs

I'm planning to apply to top US grad schools in the fall, and out of all the required documents, I would say that my weakest link would be in the quality of my recommendation letters. I'm currently ...
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Correct regalia when collecting a masters degree but you already hold a doctorate [duplicate]

What is the correct regalia to wear in the United States when you receive a Masters degree but you have previously earned a doctorate. (And you own your doctoral regalia ) I.e. you’re a physician and ...

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