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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PhD advisor lost funding, need advice

I am an international PhD student in an engineering department in US and was fully funded for all two years, but just two weeks before the fall semester (without any warning), my advisor informed me ...
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Why does the Discipline of the Bachelor Degree matter for most Non-US Architecture Master Programs but not for US Architecture Master Programs?

After some research, I've noticed that in the US it's mostly possible to apply for M.Arch programs regardless of the Bachelor discipline while outside the US a Bachelor in Architecture is required. ...
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Low GPA Letter of Explanation

I have decided to go back to college and have to write a Low GPA Letter of Explanation. Who is going to be evaluation this and how is this graded? I understand that everyone's reason is different, ...
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Have there been fewer applicants for permanent academic jobs in the US after the 2017 immigration ban?

It seems the US is experiencing a decline in international student applications. Reasons cited include: Cost (around $20,000 a year for public institutions to more than $70,000 for elite private ...
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What are these mathematical groups in U.S. universities?

I have just finished my bachelor degree and I will be entering a PhD program in mathematics. On the home page at my schools (and others) I have seen that there are various groups, composed of teachers ...
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Is it common to do a MS in Germany and then a PhD in USA? [closed]

I am considering to follow this path. (Will be joining Masters course at TU Dresden this winter). I was just wondering if it is possible to get into a really good USA PhD Program after doing MS in ...
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Difference between Statistics and Machine Learning? [closed]

What would I learn as a Ph.D Student in Statistics that I wouldn't learn and vise-versa in Machine Learning Ph.D program?
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Should I accept an invitation to give a talk from someone who might review my proposal?

I submitted a grant application a few weeks ago where I was asked to list some potential reviewers. One of these potential reviewers just invited me to give a talk at their university. I would like ...
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How do I handle academic references for US PhD program, when I have been out of academia for a (very) long time?

I live in the US and have been working as an engineer in industry for over 10 years. I graduated from a top UK University, with outstanding grades in a Masters degree and several university-level ...
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Is gift authorship for PhD advisors rampant in academia? [duplicate]

I have had an issue with my PhD advisor where they were essentially attempting to coerce me into inappropriately adding them as a co-author on a paper that they had no part in. They agreed that they ...
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Chinese Mathematics Education [closed]

I often wonder about Mathematics Education in China, particularly at the late high school and undergraduate level. In the US, a typical undergraduate math degree will include lower division: 1-2 ...
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How common is it for people to apply for a PhD from industry?

I have been working as a Senior Engineer in Industry for about 13 years since I graduated. However, I am seriously considering applying for a PhD program, because I am feeling acutely unchallenged in ...
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Is it ethical to tell my teaching assistant that I like him?

I, a twenty-year-old female, have come to admire the graduate teaching assistant for my summer course quite strongly. I'm extremely interested in what he has to say, I always pay attention, never use ...
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Is there something between auditing and taking for credit? [closed]

Is there a system in place that is in between auditing a course and taking it for credit? I have audited a course before and I didn't learn enough material to prepare for the actual course.
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Why do departments hire GTAs instead of more permanent faculty? [closed]

I notice departments often hire graduate students as teaching assistants. I'm curious why departments do this instead of hire a lecturer to do the teaching. I'm sure this is helpful for the GTAs, ...
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Converting UK grades USA GPA [duplicate]

I would like to convert my UK grades to USA GPA. Are there recognised institutions that perform such service? I am in the process of applying for further studies in the United States but the ...
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Why do so many pure math PhD students in the USA drop out or leave academia, compared to applied mathematics PhDs in the USA? [closed]

I notice that many pure math PhD students, doing things like algebraic geometry or representation theory, drop out and enter industry and become software developers. The ones who finish their pure ...
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Professor falsely accusing me of cheating in a class he does not teach, two months after end of the class. What precautions should I take?

I'm a domestic student in the US. Despite my poor English, it's my first language. In May 2019, I finished a class on web development. My final submission was a simple but fully functional web app. ...
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Is there an equivalent in another country of the French “CIFRE”?

A "CIFRE" in French is another type of doctorate where the French government helps to fund a company to hire a doctorand. There are several differences between a CIFRE and a "doctorat" in France, or ...
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How relevant a PhD that takes >8 years would be, specially in STEM fields?

I am thinking of starting a PhD in CS while holding a full time job. If someone has a full-time job and starts a part-time PhD, it's reasonable to expect the PhD to take more than 8 years to be ...
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Is it possible to complete a PhD in CS in 3 years?

I have always wanted to get a PhD. I'm in my thirties now and have a full time job. I don't necessarily need to get a PhD for my job, though it could open doors to a few research jobs that I can't ...
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Administration threatening expulsion over absences in audited class

I just received an email from my school's administration (Pima medical if that means anything) that due to having an average of over 15% absence from class, I have to meet with someone from student ...
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Coming from Europe, can I work while doing a Master Thesis in USA?

I understand this question is not strictly academic, but what I hope to find here is some feedback from someone who already had similar experience. I live and study Electronics Engineering in Parma, ...
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Pursuing a PhD in applied math with a large amount of student debt [closed]

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 [closed]

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 ...