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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Pursuing a PhD in applied math with a large amount of student debt [on hold]

I'm 36 years old and work as systems administrator and lab instructor for a computer science department at a small liberal arts college. I'm also an adjunct math instructor for a community college. I ...
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Why transcripts instead of degree certificates?

I've been offered a few adjunct teaching positions recently, and the colleges have said that degree certificates don't count in verifying my credentials and that only academic transcripts are ...
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Math PhD in US vs Master + PhD in Europe [on hold]

I'm currently doing my bachelor's degree in mathematics in Germany (Heidelberg to be precise) and I'll soon be applying for master programs / grad school. I basically consider two options: I) First ...
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Can one acquire “tenure” through teaching or being something like a Research Associate at a university lab?

This question is specific to the United States. Can one acquire something like "tenure" if either (1) their primary / only responsibility is teaching undergraduate courses and / or (2) they work ...
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How is a PhD by publication valued in the US?

A PhD by publication is more common in Europe. I am expecting a few first authored publication this year in decent journals, but I am not sure of the value of this. Thanks!
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Doing part of my PhD remotely in Europe while working full time?

my US company offered me the prospect of doing my PhD (in public health, public policy, international development or something similar) at a European university while retaining my employment. They ...
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How to send a reminder to a US prof who has accepted my internship offer but didnt reply to my follow-up mail

I am a PhD student and I wrote a mail to an US prof for an internship offer, which will be completely funded by my parent institute (fellowship available) and hence the host US prof does not need to ...
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Are athletes' college degrees discounted by employers and graduate school admissions?

This question and the pertinent answers suggest that, as a rule, college athletes in the United States are not held to the same academic standards as other students. It also seems that this is well-...
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Why is ASU asking for my wife's high school transcripts when she is already in college? [closed]

I know I graduated from the university many moons ago, but my wife has been attending community college for awhile and wants to transfer to an online program with Arizona State University (ASU). My ...
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Why are MBA programs closing in the United States?

There are various reports about full-time, on-campus MBA programs closing its doors, e.g. from LinkedIn: MBA programs are getting axed: The number of full-time MBA programs in the U.S. declined ...
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To become a professor in anthropology, can I get my PhD from a university in the UK and still have it be on the same level as a PhD from the US?

So ultimately I want to become a professor in Anthropology, but I want to get my degree ASAP. The UK has degree programs that run 3-4 years and the US its mostly 5-7. Are UK PhD programs, especially ...
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Is it rude to call a professor by their last name with no prefix in a non-academic setting?

I always address my professors as "Professor [Last Name]" in an academic setting. However, in an non-academic setting such as running into them out and about, would it be considered rude to say "Hi [...
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Why do some states have such opposite patterns of mobility for science and non-science PhDs?

The NSF conducts a survey of PhD recipients in the US. Among other things, they look at which states are attracting many new PhDs and which states PhDs are leaving. They break this data into science &...
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Final exams: What is the most common protocol for scheduling?

At my college this semester, just a few weeks before spring final exams, the administration decided to entirely throw out the prior process for scheduling final exams (which has been in use for at ...
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Toxic, harassing lab environment

I have just started a research position (around 2.5 months ago) at a top-10 university. I am having my own funding and was initially quite excited about the opportunity, and did and do love my project....
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Given 0s on Assignments with suspected and dismissed cheating?

Basically, I coded several assignments and a friend turned in code which looks almost identical. I didn't give him my code, and, as far as I know, he didn't even have any way to access it - but it ...
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What should a student do when they are the victim of a FERPA violation?

A student was subject to a clear Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) violation by a professor. Does student have any rights against the professor? How should they proceed when they ...
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At what point should I no longer include my former professor as a coauthor?

I graduated from university somewhat recently with a four year undergraduate degree and during my junior/senior year I worked on a research project with a professor. At the beginning of the project (...
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PhD in US for non american student [duplicate]

Does anyone know are there some standard procedures how can a non american student from small european university get accepted to PhD programme in mathematics in Graph theory in US? Is it enough to ...
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Major field of study and its specializations in the USA

I am not a resident of the USA and I am not familiar with the system and the hierarchy of fields of studies and specializations. I have several questions: Computer Science is a Major Field of Study, ...
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Calculating Cumulative GPA Across Multiple Colleges?

When a place asks for a cumulative GPA do you include all coursework taken at all universities (e.g.: do a weighted average of the unique units of coursework you did at Junior College + University), ...
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As an international instructor, should I openly talk about my accent?

I'm an international, teaching at an American university, and I have an accent, which can be strong at times. I'm working hard at it, have always been, but still, the accent is there. This has never ...
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My admission is revoked after accepting the admission offer

I applied to PhD program and gladly received official admission offer on the 29th of March. They guaranteed me four-year funding. I accepted the admission offer and was preparing for obtaining student ...
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Data on costs of two-year colleges in the US, by state?

I teach at a community college in California. Our students' tuition is approximately 85% subsidized for the half of our students who can't show enough financial need, and 100% subsidized for the other ...
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Transitioning from experimental to theoretical research after masters

I just graduated last summer and currently have a chance to do a research masters in applied physics in North America. The proposed project is very experimental in nature. My ultimate goal is to earn ...
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Not sure if a postdoc is for me. Terrible at quantitative methods [closed]

I am a finishing PhD student in the field of cognitive neuroscience. During my PhD program I was underperforming than anyone else in my department (in my belief at least). Although I liked research, ...
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What are advantages/disadvantages of Habilitation over PostDoc in case of academic career?

As far as I know a PostDoc in USA is 2 years of research program. Habilitation is 4-8 years program. So, why is this difference in time frame? What are advantages/disadvantages of Habilitation over ...
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Will my student insurance in US, as an international student cover my pre-existing ileostomy caused due to Crohn's disease? [closed]

I am planning on applying abroad for my further studies. But I have this disease called Crohn's, due to which currently I am having an ileostomy. Few of the costs associated with ileostomy are I need ...
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Time out of Academic Environment (Mathematics) [closed]

Earlier in the year, I applied to some graduate school master's programme in the US and have received a few offers last week. My goal is to obtain a PhD. Ultimately, I have two options. Take the ...
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Rights of academic researchers [closed]

I'm trying to find some documentation on how are the rights of academic workers defined and protected by law in my country. Unsurprisingly, all I found is strictly administrative stuff related to ...
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What do I do when my TA workload is more than expected?

Last year I was offered full funding for my PhD program to TA two courses a semester for the duration of my program (education psychology). Key words, Teaching Assistant. I expected this to mean I ...
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Applying to US Phd Programs while doing a UK Master's

I recently received a conditional offer from UCL in MSc Advanced Neuroimaging. I'll be completing this program through distance learning (meaning that I won't have to physically be present in the UK). ...
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How do internal fellowships work? [closed]

Most graduate students in the USA work as lab assistants or teaching assistants. But some people have fellowships from the school just to study. I know you probably need a very good GPA and GRE to get ...
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Tenured professor’s husband convicted of a drugs-trafficking felony – are there any career implications? [closed]

At the university I work at in the US, a tenured professor’s husband has been convicted of drugs trafficking. Would there be any likely (career) implications for the professor? Obviously, their ...
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What is a 'yield rate'? Do graduate department seats go unfilled?

This link states that the university has a yield rate (acceptance rate) of 40%. Does that mean 60% of seats are not filled at the end of cycle? Or does it mean university makes more offers than ...
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Am I required to return sabbatical payment if I do not return afterward? [closed]

I am about to go on sabbatical. I do not know if I want to return to the institution afterward. Our faculty handbook says that sabbaticals are granted with the expectation that faculty return for at ...
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If I had an average Bachelor degree and a year of working experience can I apply for a Master's Program? [closed]

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering and my GPA is 2.6/4 (German scale, so it was like 2.9/4 in American GPA), mainly due to years of depressions and a bad break up. If I picked up ...
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Difference between campus police and campus / public safety

Why do some American universities have actual campus police, with guns, while other American universities have "public safety" officers who don't have guns? For instance, Georgia Tech and the ...
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What should I do to prepare to apply to a math PhD program?

A little background information first. I am about a year out of my undergraduate program where I double majored in Computer Science and Mathematics. My main focus was computer science and the math ...
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Graduate student salary increase only for new students

Graduate student stipends on our campus were low, and our new president increased some stipends. This applied to our department. However, I figured out it only apply to the new students. So we are ...
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How do teaching buy outs work?

Normally a professor is paid for eight to nine months each academic year for teaching several courses in the period. However, if a professor gets research grant, he can support himself by the grant in ...
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Spousal hire for girlfriend in US university

I got a tenure-track academic offer in the US. I am wondering how common/likely is to get the University to do a non-academic spousal hire for my girlfriend. All the documents provided by my ...
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writing letter of support for H1-B visa applicant

I can't find a suitable tag for my question. I hope I'm posting to the right place. I apologize if not. I'm a prof in CS in US. I have been asked to write a letter of support for a graduate (BSc), ...
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What are the differences between teaching in the quarter and semester system?

I am currently working as a junior faculty member at a university where we teach a 2:2 (2 fall, 2 spring) on the semester system. I would like to know the differences between this and teaching a 2:2:2 ...
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Will my American GPA be 'transferred' to an Australian university?

I'm a first-year medical student within the United States considering a move to Australia. I am not looking at a "study abroad" or "foreign exchange student" type program. A direct move and goal to be ...
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Do postdocs have reasonable chances to acquire non-federal funding in the US?

This article argues that the portion of federal funding is decreasing more and more in the US while funding by corporate and philantropical sources is increasing within the last decade. I'm wondering ...
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Combining a conference with a personal vacation

I received a funding offer from a conference overseas (as a PhD student), which includes accommodation and travel. I was wondering whether it is ethical to combine this business trip with a personal ...
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Are postdocs in the US expected to work closely with a postdoctoral supervisor [closed]

In Europe, typically postdocs are hired to work under a professor's research group. This appears to be totally different in the US and some other countries (e.g. Israel), where postdocs are hired by ...
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Do US professors/group leaders only get a salary, but no group budget?

I was reading an interview with MIT Professor and physics Nobel laureate Wolfgang Ketterle in which he explained that he gets no budget, has to acquire funding even for his secretary, and this is one ...
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How to tell pushy “advisors” to back off?

TL;DR What can a PhD student on a research stay abroad do about postdocs that are supposed to be collaborators but behave like "helicopter advisors"? Background A friend of mine is doing her PhD (...