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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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Mention a specific potential adviser and project in the PhD statement of purpose

I am writing my statement of purpose for my Ph.D. and I want to work in a specific field with a specific professor in the department that I am going to apply for and I have a very good experience in ...
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U.S. universities on-campus residence for International PhD students?

I want to ask generally, do most U.S. universities offer on-campus accommodation for International Ph.D. students Who are married? If the student is benefitted from scholarships {Free tuition and ...
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Is it necessary that your partner (wife/husband) have English proficiency, when you are going to study abroad? [on hold]

I decided to go study Ph.D. in the United States. Is it necessary that my wife be good at English? I am expressly interested in legal and statutory requirements of English proficiency for a spouse if ...
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PHD in distance learning mode in the US [closed]

I have completed a Mathematics distance learning MA in a British university, now working in Austin, US. Now seriously considering attending a PHD in the same field. Any suggestions on Universities ...
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Which universities should I target for MS in Computer Science in United States? [closed]

I have completed my graduation in Computer Science from a Tier-3 college in India with a GPA of 3.7/4. I scored 314(Q-163, V-151, AWA-4) in GRE and 108(Speaking-26, Listening-29, Reading-25, Writing-...
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Emails being ignored by University

I am a graduate student in the U.S., specifically California although I am not sure it matters. After three months in the American university system I am almost convinced there is an organizational ...
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Can I say no when my principal investigator asks me to help cover lectures next semester?

I'm a postdoc at a US university, and my principal investigator (PI) asked me to cover some of his lectures next semester. I do not want to do any lecturing as I want to focus solely on my research. I ...
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How to react to a student proselytising during office hours?

A few weeks ago, a student asked me during my office hours whether I was religious or not. More specifically, he asked whether I believed in his religion, and was visibly disappointed when I replied ...
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Former advisor committed financial misconduct. How to apply to PhD programs

After three years in the workforce, I am planning on returning to school to get my PhD. I currently have a master's degree. Recently, however, there has arisen a complication: my thesis advisor for my ...
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For what reasons might a full professor lose tenure?

Recently, a full professor at my university lost their tenure and had their employment with the university terminated. I have never heard of a tenured faculty member "being fired" before. I am not ...
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Where to find details on Bachelor degrees majoring in IT?

I have been asked to design a major in IT (Information Technology). I am not based in US, and I didn't graduate in US. So, I am not familiar with US graduation system. However, I have been asked to ...
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Moving to a different PhD program in the United States.

I have been admitted to a Math PhD program in US. The school is ranked in the top 60+ range. I started school this August. I'm, however, considering the possibility of re-applying to a different ...
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What is a reasonable expectation for privacy of exam and homework grades?

I went to a large public state school for undergrad. In most of my classes, great measures were taken to keep assignment and exam grades private. When I became a TA, I had to complete a privacy/...
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What happens to NSF funding when someone passes away?

A young professor at my old university recently passed away. They were still in the process of setting up their lab, taking on graduate students, etc. What will happen to their NSF funding now? ...
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Lack of congruence in mathematical abilities versus writing abilities in faculty [closed]

Because of my background in mathematics and statistics, I have been called upon by my department (the Math/Stat Department) to assist faculty members from the humanities and linguistics departments in ...
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Applying to PhD programs while pursuing a PhD

Imagine the following situation. Somebody is doing their PhD in field A in the US. Suppose they became interested in a different field, field B, and consider doing PhD in field B instead. Suppose ...
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Differences Between Academic Research Positions in US and Canada?

I am considering the possibility of applying for a faculty or possibly other research positions at a Canadian university. I am curious to know what are the differences in terms of work experience, ...
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Do US universities publish an official definition of gender in the context of scholarships or admissions? [closed]

Let's say that a person assigned male at birth identifies as a woman. At which stage of their transition process would they be allowed to claim themselves as a woman in the context of college ...
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Obtaining academic positions after doing research in logic

Suppose one is starting their math PhD in the US and is considering doing research in logic. Let's roughly split "logic" into "pure logic" and "applied logic". How hard will it be for them to get ...
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Writing a letter of recommendation for a faculty colleague I cannot highly recommend

A colleague of mine has asked that I write him a letter of recommendation (LOR). I will call him Steve. He recently was denied tenure and is looking for a new position at several other universities. ...
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FAFSA and a recent permanent resident

I came to the US on 4th of August, 2013 from India on F1 visa as a Master's student. I was 1 day shy of being 24 and eligible for a late registration for Selective Service. But I had no idea that was ...
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How common is it for law schools to start by “smashing” the way a student currently thinks entering school?

Scope: United States (and/or other Common Law Practicing Countries) I spoke to a lawyer recently and she told me when students start in law school, the way they "currently think" is significantly ...
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Costs of having a US-based PhD supervisor doing a PhD in Germany?

A little background first, as this is maybe not familiar to people outside Germany: In Germany there are universities that can not award PhDs. So called "Hochschulen/Fachhochschulen". This means they ...
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How often do US graduate programs reevaluate their requirements?

The spark for this question was a remark (you'll know which one when you see it!) made in this answer. My other reason for asking is that I recently learnt that one physics PhD program went ~25 years ...
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Why do most mathematics PhD programs in United States have rigid qualifying and breadth requirements for every PhD student?

For a long time, I have been confused about the purpose of having (roughly the same) qualifying requirements and breadth (course) requirements for every mathematics PhD student (in many, if not most, ...
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Why do many graduate programs in mathematics (United States) still have foreign language requirements today (in 2010s)?

As far as I know, nowadays most of the mathematical literature is written and published in English and mathematicians communicate with each other in English. Although there are certain number of books ...
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How substitutable is Statistics for Mathematics in graduate admissions? [closed]

In some undergraduate programs, "Statistics" courses (including probability) are listed under the "Math" department. In others, they are "cross listed" with Math courses. And in some others, they are ...
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What is the “chalk talk” at job interviews?

It was only recently that I heard about the academic "chalk talk" at job interviews (from biologist friends). As I understand, this is a closed-doors talk the applicant must give to the existing ...
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Statement of Purpose, should one say “I did X …” or “My advisor and I did X .. ”?

In a statement of purpose for PhD applications, should one talk about their undergrad research like I did X ... or, should one (rightfully) say My advisor and I / we did X ... Would ...
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PhD thesis defense - is there a separate defense session with one's graduate committee? [closed]

I was watching a math PhD thesis defense on YouTube and it seems that after about an hour of the talk, a committee member tells the audience to leave except for the graduate committee and the PhD ...
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Postdoc delayed decision! Possible reasons?

I have been interview 2 weeks ago for a postdoc. The panel said that they will reply early next week and its already two weeks passed since the interview. I am wondering if i should wait more or ...
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U.S. grading system: Why discrete grades?

Background In the U.S., many colleges adopt an A–F grading scheme, topped with pluses and minuses. Professors vary in the way they assign A to F grades, but my sense is most rely on discrete “bins”. ...
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For STEM fields, is there self-segregation in United States academia?

I notice that often a lot of Chinese mathematicians collaborate with other Chinese, and Americans collaborate with other Americans. Many of the journal papers that I look up seem to indicate this ...
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Can a university revoke my degree for not attending classes?

I have a 60 hour work-week due to work/school/commuting/homework, so I've had to make sacrifices -- usually this is attendance of mindless gen-ed classes. I'm worried that the university may revoke my ...
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Is it good to finish a PhD fast?

I am not going to give details about the situation (for obvious reasons) but here it is: I got accepted for PhD to a very good American university, in experimental particle physics and I met a famous ...
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My university's policy is to consider only the most recent grade for a failed course that has been retaken, how should I declare my GPA?

Suppose that I am submitting my application form for admission to a PhD program in USA/Canada. When I am asked to declare my GPA, should I declare it the same original way that my university has ...
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Three Reference Letters

This seems like something that should already have been asked before but I was unable to find a duplicate question. Background: I took an undergraduate at a university in the UK and graduated two ...
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One more year left before I apply to math graduate school. Any advice to obtain good recommendation letters?

I am in the last year of my undergraduate studies before I apply to graduate school. I have some questions and I am also in need of some advice. I know one professor very well and I plan on asking ...
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Diversity Statement for Faculty Position in the US? [duplicate]

I am crafting applications for US faculty positions and Californian universities require diversity statements. Now, the problem is I have no idea what to write in it, since diversity can mean ...
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Best practices for sample size in disaggregation of data on educational outcomes

The California community college where I teach has a prescribed system for collecting and analyzing data on students' success and then disaggregating the data by race. As a department, we are required ...
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Getting a teaching recommendation as a mathematics postdoc in the UK

I am a postdoc in mathematics in the UK. When my current position ends, I plan to apply for positions in the US (among other places). Most of these positions will require some teaching experience, ...
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When Are Fall Semester Grades Usually Issued? [closed]

I am a middle manager at the US subsidiary of a large multi-national corporation, and a member of my staff has been accepted to grad school in her field of expertise. Our corporate policy is that we ...
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Are students who are asylees eligible for National Science Foundation (NSF) grants? [closed]

Are graduate students who are asylees pursuing a doctorate able to apply for funding from the National Science Foundation? According to the proposal preparation and submission guidelines (part E): ...
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Is it an advantage to be a resident of the state in which you are applying to PhD programs at state universities?

I just moved to a new state (California) for a temporary job and am planning to apply to graduate school (physics PhD programs) at state schools here. If I want, I can establish residency here; this ...
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What is “academic freedom”, when so many professors and post-docs do only the research that is being funded by external agencies?

Do professors truly get to work on whatever they want, in research? I just read a job description for a post-doc position; the job sounds extremely specialized, with no room to do anything else ...
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How can US universities check whether graduate students work outside TA/RA?

Some US universities ban first-year graduate students from working outside TA/RA. How can US universities check whether graduate students work outside TA/RA?
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Should I defer or start a PhD program right away? [closed]

I just completed a Master's degree in Canada and have been accepted to a US PhD program beginning this fall as an international student. My Master's degree allows me to work as a healthcare provider. ...
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Do universities in the USA help postdoc researchers with the visa process?

I am currently at the end of my PhD and will be defending my thesis in the next two weeks. I have been offered a postdoc position at a university in the USA that is set to begin in October 2018. I ...
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Are there meaningful downsides to a “guaranteed” (graduate) admissions program?

One school I know of, University of Pittsburgh, has an early admission program to its graduate schools (law, business, medicine, and others) for qualified juniors. That is, students can apply to the ...
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Do US universities publish an official definition of what constitutes a particular race/ethnicity in the context of scholarships or admissions?

As an example, let's say someone with 1/16 of African American heritage applies for a minority scholarship and claims themselves as African American. Would they be rejected, all other factors being ...