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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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What are the major ethical concerns with private tutoring?

I'm currently a computer science graduate student on a low stipend, and have started spending a few hours per week tutoring undergraduates to help make ends meet. I love teaching and want to be a help ...
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Can one really 'lose' old bad grades and get a fresh start?

15 years ago I was young and dumb, now I'm not as young. No way around it, I did poor in college. My grades were abysmal and were part of a period of my life that has long since passed. I'm now at a ...
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Why are academic libraries public? [closed]

According to the Global Library Statistics the United States consists of 3793 academic libraries with more than 7 million users. They are visiting their university library like other people the postal ...
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How insulated is guaranteed funding from an economic slowdown?

I received an offer for five years of guaranteed PhD funding. However, various sources have been prognosticating another recession for sometime soon. Between a science-hostile administration and a ...
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Racial discrimination at Duke University's Biostatistics department

The director of graduate studies at Duke's Biostatistics department has stepped down after her racially discriminatory emails, targeted at their international Chinese master's students, went viral on ...
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Do most Mathematics Phd programs accept class credit from a masters program to transfer?

I'm considering entering into a terminal masters in mathematics program. I was wondering if after completing the masters, if most US PhD programs will accept the masters graduate classes I took as ...
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Is there maximum amount of salary for postdoc? [closed]

I'm a Ph.D. researcher at a company, and my company wants to send me to a laboratory for postdoc training. In this case, is there maximum amount of salary for postdoc? Of course my company will fund ...
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Was there ever a time in American history when humanities PhDs were more sought after than STEM PhDs?

Was there ever a time in American history when there was greater interest in a humanities PhD, say, a PhD in Philosophy or Creative Writing, than a STEM PhD? Perhaps during the period of time ...
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Is there a difference in perception between a UK and a US Masters?

I grew up in the UK and I have a Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering from a highly-rated UK University. However, for the past 7 years I have been living and working as an Engineer in the US. I am ...
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Straight To PHD or work with an MA as part time professor?

So I've recently applied for my PHD in Economics and have found a a couple job offers to be a part time professor at a college (not a university) which only require an Masters degree. The contract is ...
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Why don't some U.S. colleges celebrate American national holidays?

I was just catching up with a friend about the plunging temperatures in the towns that we live in, and they brought up that they actually have classes today, on Martin Luther King day, which is a ...
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FAFSA for US PhD (hard sciences — physics) students?

I have a question regarding filling out the FAFSA or not as a incoming PhD student. What is the benefit of filling out the FAFSA if you are a(n) (incoming) PhD student? In the US (at least in physics)...
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Short postdoc abroad

I'm looking for some career/life advice. I am currently 9 months into my first postdoc job in the US (originally 1 year contract) in the life sciences, after finishing a PhD in the UK. My contract ...
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Professor requiring volunteer work

I am in a US graduate program and our professor has made a requirement that we have to participate in a program called VITA. It is a volunteer tax aid program for low-income individuals. As a ...
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What can I do with like-new, recent-edition textbooks that I'm not allowed to sell?

My employer is sponsoring most of the tuition and fees for my master's degree (in aerospace engineering), including required textbooks. Thus, it is unethical and against policy for me to sell those ...
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Government Shutdown - application deadlines for fellowships and grants [closed]

Will application deadlines for federally-funded fellowships and grants be extended, due to the ongoing government shutdown here in the States? Is there even anyone to contact (and get a response from)...
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Can one earn money from a product developed during research?

I have recently shared a video on LinkedIn about a project I was involved in while working as a part-time Research Assistant. Besides this project, I have a number of other robots that might be ...
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U.S. Government Shutdown — potential effects for the upcoming Spring 2019 semester

The U.S. government shutdown has continued through three weeks now; what would the effects be for the upcoming Spring 2019 college semester for graduate students who depend on federal student loans to ...
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Should I apply for a master in the US? [closed]

I am a CS student in Italy, about to get my bachelor degree. In the past few months I've been looking for some masters in my field (Computer Science with orientation towards Data Science) and have ...
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What should the startup package consist of at US (primarily) undergraduate institutions?

What should one list in the startup funds if you are taking up a tenure-track position at a public undergraduate university in the US, mostly focused on teaching? I'm asking specifically for ...
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What's the logic behind the European grading system? Why did they make it so confusing? [closed]

The European grading system also follows an ABCDEF system like in the US. However, an A in an European grading system is worth more than an A in an American system. So what is the point of using ...
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Why would a small paper (10 pages) with an important result take over a year to get accepted?

Below is an example that I had in mind, but my question is more general: does the reputation of some authors cause their papers to be prioritized for review sooner than other important papers, e.g. ...
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Letter of Recommendation for Business Analystics from Satisfied Client

I'm looking at MSBA programs in the United States and have the two recommended academic references lined, but should get a third reference slot open. Between my previous jobs I worked freelance and ...
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likelihood of Master's application being rejected due to obsolete GRE and IELTS scores [closed]

For those who submit obsolete GRE and IELTS scores (good scores), how likely is it for the admissions committee to reject/throw away the applications due to this? Will they instead review applications ...
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after-study work under an OPT

In the US, an F1 STEM student can have an OPT after graduation and work without a work visa for up to 3 years. But the work has to be related to the major of F1. How to determine if the work is ...
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funding for current Master's students in the USA

If one didn't obtain any funding before being admitted into a Master's program, is it hard to find funding in the middle of the Master's? Are RAs and TAs strictly reserved of PhDs? Any funding other ...
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TOEFL IELTS GRE scores expired but with work experiences in English speaking countries [closed]

If one wants to apply for grad school in the USA, and one's TOEFL, IELTS, GRE scores all expired, but one has all the following experiences able to prove ones' English proficiency: one did an ...
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apply for a Master's, already holding a PhD in a similar field [duplicate]

If one has a PhD in a similar field and goes apply for a Master's, will that hurt his/her chance of getting accepted? In the Statement of objectives, one can argue for some slight nuances between the ...
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How does the government shutdown in the United States affect research projects at universities and national labs?

Has federally funded research at universities and work done at the national labs in the United States been halted due to the government shutdown? If so, what typically happens then? Do researchers ...
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Master's (graduate school) fellowships/scholarships application links [closed]

I'm looking for links for Master's (graduate school) fellowships/scholarships application. Is there such a website encompassing funding from all schools (USA or UK)? Does one need to check school by ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a professor how my grade was calculated?

I took a graduate course (C.S) in a U.S university. We were not provided with any grading scale in the syllabus. I was assigned a letter grade but I have no idea how it was calculated. Below is an ...
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How common is mandatory attendance-taking in college courses in US?

A recent SE Academia question asked about how best to implement a university's requirement that the instructor must keep attendance records for all students. The top-voted answer there was to simply ...
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Why do professors use course-buyouts?

I am confused about how course buyouts work in the United States and about how the incentives play out for professors and the university. I will use a constructed example to frame my confusion. Please ...
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How can I pay for medical school in the US?

So I have a bachelor's degree and am planning on applying to medical school this year (in the US). I've previously used federal student aid to cover the cost of my undergraduate degree. My question ...
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In grading, professor takes into account submission time, performance compared to other students, and visibility of posters. Is it fair?

I came across this site trying to see if the way my professor has graded certain assignments is fair, and if it's grounds to complain to someone higher up at my college (I'm not sure who I would go to ...
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Reporting a student who may be psychologically disturbed

Yesterday, a colleague from my school's history department brought me a student's final project from her history class. The assigned project was to produce a "creative" project dealing with a ...
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Official Transcripts From Indian University

Most of the US graduate programs I'm applying to require official transcripts sent in a sealed envelope from the issuing university itself and not by the candidate. I visited my registrar office and ...
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When does the grad school classes begin [closed]

I want to know that when does the classes for grad school begin in US universities. Is it divided into two like summer and fall as i have seen in the websites of universities or does it have a ...
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Grade conversion for PhD application: Masters in France -> Phd in the US (Math)

I am Masters student in France and I am considering pursuing PhD in the US. Grading in France seems to be less uniform then in other countries, which results (from my experience) in that getting 90% ...
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Missing One Pre-Requisite Course for MS Application in USA and Canada [closed]

I have a Masters Degree in Chemistry, India. I'm applying for MS in Data Science for Fall of 2019 in Canada and USA. I have the Pre-requisite Courses in Algebra, Calculus and Programming. ...
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Junior faculty/senior faculty grant sharing

I am a junior faculty (research assistant professor) in a full professo's lab. I was a postdoc in this lab and got promoted to Asst. Prof. due to the grants I brought in to the lab. Oct 2017 I wrote ...
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As temporary faculty, how to deal with a colleague who, via email, questions agreements made in a meeting? [closed]

I'm on a short-term contract with a local state university. I have been teaching there as an adjunct for a while, but a full-time faculty needed to take emergency leave so I was asked to cover their ...
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Do private religious institutions ever consider hiring someone clearly not affiliated with said religion for a faculty position? [duplicate]

I am wondering if private religious universities consider hiring faculty members who are clearly not affiliated with said religion. For example, someone who is clearly Muslim applying to a Jesuit ...
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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? [closed]

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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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 ...