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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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Backing out after expressing initial interest in a reading course

I am a first year math PhD student in the US. I was initially interested in the work of a professor and I contacted him to ask for the possibility of a reading course. We didn't make any concrete ...
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Friend looking to return to study without transferring any credits

A 28 year old friend wants to go back to school for an undergrad degree to become a social worker. She dropped out of school 10 years ago within the first year. She'd like to start fresh and not ...
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Workshop dates on a CV

I am currently working on my CV (I am looking to apply to local community colleges as an English Comp and ESL Instructor) and a coworker recommended that I include the workshops I present for my job ...
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What is the long-term professional status of a spousal hire?

I have some questions about the process of spousal hires, particularly in US academia. As I understand it, the system is as follows: when two married academics Ann and Bob enter the job market, they ...
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What is the equivalent of the Mexican distinction "Titulo de Ingeniero en Sistemas Computacionales" in the U.S. higher education system?

An individual has a degree from a technology institute in Mexico. His diploma says, "El Tecnologico Nacional de Mexico otorga a [name] el titulo de Ingeniero en Sistemas Computacionales." In ...
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Is it common to be asked to take days off to go to a conference/workshop? (US)

My colleague and I started as postdocs this year in a US lab. Recently, we respectively decided to go to a conference and a workshop. The conference was planned since a long time for my colleague, so ...
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I accepted two law school admission offers with two different start dates. Do I have to tell the latter that I've already taken classes at the former?

I applied simultaneously to several law schools with start dates in January 2022 and September 2022. I received and accepted multiple offers and paid for all the seats I accepted. I've now finished my ...
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Is GRE still useful for Fall 23 masters applications in US? [duplicate]

I am planning for masters in Computer Science / Software Engineering or Data Science in US for the Fall'23. I've heard many universities are waiving GRE. Is it important to give GRE in this scenario? ...
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Should students' nonhuman identity be taken seriously in classroom settings?

For students who identify as nonhuman animals, should the requests for nonhuman pronouns, animal names, and animal vocalizations be taken seriously in college classroom settings? My question is not ...
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Instructor promised to remove curve this semester, but didn't and is now unresponsive. What should I do?

I'm currently in a grad program and took a class this semester that was graded on a curve. This semester had assignments completely online, something not done before for this class, so at first it was ...
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(United States) Proof that you can get into a Master's program with a Bachelor's degree

I have finished my college studies and am graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. I have thought about what would be my next step and decided to pursue a Master's degree abroad, namely in Spain. ...
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failing a lower division class - impact on grad admissions?

I am a third year math major at a top 30 US university. I fear that I may have destroyed my chances for graduate school (or perhaps I am being dramatic). I would really appreciate if someone could ...
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What is the best way to approach professors in USA and Canada about the possibility of an internship (as an unfunded, international student)?

I live in an Asian country and completed my master's in Math in June 2020. I want to do a PhD in Europe, but I have had some difficulties in finding a suitable position. I do not believe doing a PhD ...
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Is it possible to enroll in a college just to do a master's thesis?

So I graduated with a master's degree 5 years ago. Back then my priorities were different and I didn't opt for the thesis option. I kind of regret not doing a thesis. Is it possible to apply to the ...
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How to find conferences based on locations

I use EDAS to look for conferences. Is there another way to look for conferences based on a specific "location/country" as I have a limited travel budget and would like to plan and find ...
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Grading on a curve in required doctoral course, failing as a result

After an undergrad degree in mathematics, I am doing a PhD in theoretical computer science. To satisfy my PhD program’s requirements, I'm taking a very challenging coding class this semester. I know ...
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Precedents of student affair/DEI providing input in faculty hiring, promotion, and evaluation?

Has there been any examples of office of student affairs or office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) or equivalent offices in university administrations providing (direct and nontrivial) input ...
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Is the ranking of a university/PhD program any more (less) influential for a non-traditional student aiming for Industry Research?

How does the ranking of a university relate to a future career in mathematics? University rank/stature - How much does it affect one's career post-Ph.D? Dove-tailing off of the second Academia ...
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Today is April 26th, and I still haven't received any response concerning my application to 2 Ph.D. programs. Is this normal?

I also tried contacting both schools, but they fail to give me a clear answer concerning the status of my application. Also tried looking on the application page on the site of both universities, but ...
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I want to change PhD programs because the city is unsafe, how do I approach this?

I am an international grad student in a middle-tier mathematics PhD program in the USA. I am still in my first year. Soon after joining the program I realized there is no active faculty who works ...
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Do universities generally allow faculty members to teach while getting NSF summer salary?

What is the general practice for universities in USA in deciding if there any conflict between receiving 2 month salary funded by an NSF grant (the maximum) and teaching a Summer course (which ...
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Without SAT or ACT, how will college admission function? [closed]

During the pandemic, many universities in the United States have suspended the requirement of SAT, ACT, or equivalent tests. I work in one of them. It seems that some universities have removed such ...
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Can I apply for research assistantship at universities abroad?

I am a recent master's graduate looking for a job. However, instead of working in the industry, I would prefer to work for a couple of years as a research assistant. My long-term goal is to apply for ...
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Declining PhD offer after accepting

I’ve been in the process of deciding on a PhD program for a while now and last week I thought I had made the right decision, so I went through with it and accepted the offer. For background, the ...
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Why did physics departments pivot away from applied and defense work?

During the 50s, 60s, 70s there was pretty intense cross disciplinary work between physics and engineering departments and industry with a focus on the US arms industry. This appears to almost have ...
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Why are exercises in US university classes graded?

I have been wondering a while why many universities in the US have graded homework in the STEM field. I completely understand the grading for mid-term exames or final exams. In those exams you have to ...
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Masters if not accepted for PhD? [closed]

Several CS graduate programs in the US have a checkbox stating something along the lines of "Would you like to be considered for MS if not accepted for PhD?" in their applications. I'm ...
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Pros and cons of teaching in a department with no graduate program

Currently, I work in a small regional university, in USA, and my department has no graduate program (at least no Ph.D. program). On the one hand, I do not have to supervise graduate students, which ...
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J-1 Postdoc visa, sponsor change

I have two postdoctoral job offers (both under the J-1 category, different sponsors). My questions are: If I apply for J-1 with the DS-160 issued by one of the sponsors, if my visa is eventually ...
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Does “Historically excluded groups” in job posting mean that they want to hire Black/Hispanic?

I have spotted a job posting for tenure-track positions at an R1 school in the US, saying that they look for candidates who bring perspectives in their research that reflects membership in groups ...
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How to Self-Study in Ph.D math

I was recently admitted to the Top 10 Universities in Math Ph.D. The department is really strong at the Number Theory, I am primarily interested in the Number Theory so it is a good thing. I will be ...
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Why are high pass rates for courses considered acceptable in the US?

(Sorry, I just couldn't resist the temptation to use this somewhat provoking title.) This recent question motivated me to finally ask the following, somewhat dual, question which I've been wondering ...
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University admission offer

I have applied to some US and European universities, which all have somewhat different acceptance timelines. I was offered a graduate student position with certain funding at a US university. There is ...
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I do not want to invite my PhD advisor to my commencement ceremony

I really do not want to invite PhD advisor to my commencement ceremony and would like to invite another senior professor from my committee. How to go about doing this? In the future, I plan to block ...
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Emailing professors regarding funding for PhD after getting accepted?

I have been accepted as a doctoral student (aerospace engineering, US). The email I received suggested that I get in touch with the faculty of my interest to discuss funding and research. I did try ...
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Should I ask the program coordinator regarding an offered PhD TAship for 11 months?

I have been offered a Ph.D. position in the USA where the offer says 'the admission comes with an 11 month per year teaching assistantship that carries a $2,000/month stipend, health insurance, and a ...
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Is it possible to enter a competitive PhD program with a mediocre GPA and several publications? [duplicate]

I'm intending to apply to biostatistics PhD programs this fall and can't stop worrying about the fact that I'll almost certainly have a lower-than-average GPA (< 3.5) when I apply to the ...
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Should I "threaten" my advisor in order to get funding?

I've been working hard on research with my advisor, and he seems to be happy with my progress. I would like to get an RA position next semester. Should I tell my advisor that I'm going to cut back a ...
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What does a Bioinformatics research assistant do in a US university?

I am interested in the field of Bioinformatics in the USA. As far as I know, a Research Assistant (RA) is a Ph.D. student or postdoc fellow working in a funded project under a research professor, ...
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Role of ongoing work when starting a postdoc

This coming year I'm going to be starting a quantitative post doc in the United States after finishing a PhD. Is it typical that I will be expected to fully stop all of my PhD work while I'm at the ...
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My peers think I slept with my overly friendly TA - what do I do?

I am a female undergraduate student and in a bit of a situation here. Last semester, I had a male graduate teaching assistant for one of my classes, and I got the very strong impression for months ...
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Is requesting to change US units to SI units reasonable?

A paper I am reviewing very clearly originates from the US. The authors don't use SI units. As a European, I am always put off by non-metric units and I would like to request to change the units to SI ...
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What to focus on in a 20 minute research talk?

This is question is regarding tenure-track job (in STEM) interview in the US. I will be giving 20 minute research talk during my on-campus visit for a teaching focussed school. Audience will all ...
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Given tertiary education is so expensive, how is the Anglophonic academia still surviving? [closed]

Tertiary education is very expensive in the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, etc. On the other hand, on average, tuition fees in the EU are 1/5th the cost of that of the USA. Why don't students from ...
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Should I quit PhD in Germany to apply for Top Universities because of Personal Reasons? [closed]

I guess similar questions have been asked but I didn't find one which is close to mine. To my background: I have two bachelor degrees in two natural sciences from a well known university in Germany (...
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Drastic changes in tenure process and requirements during evaluation

I am an assistant prof. on a tenure-track in the US, in an institution that was heavily oriented toward teaching when I was hired, but that is gradually gearing toward more intensive research ...
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Phd in Statistics (query on topic selection)

I will be applying for phd in Statistics for admission in fall 2023 in the US. Currently I work in R&D of a top multi national company. Here my work is to support statistical analysis of clinical ...
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Faux pas to send personal email along with letter of reference?

I'm a new professor and am writing my first letters of recommendation. I have an undergrad student that is truly quite good applying to a summer research program at an institution where I have people ...
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Faculty Vacation Time

At my university in the US, faculty are granted twenty-two (22) days of vacation leave annually. Except for emergencies, faculty may not take vacation while classes are in session. The only time ...
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Pushback on unorganized professors, for older adult student

I'm hoping you can help. My background is that I became a parent at an early age, and chose at the time to prioritized raising and feeding my child over going to college. Doing both really wasn't an ...
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