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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 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 [on hold]

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 ...
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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 ...