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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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Will a MS with ~3.7GPA with good research experience and strong recommendations offset my horrible U-GPA to get into PhD? [duplicate]

My u-GPA is about 2.8 and GRE is 330, from now on is a hypothetical scenario as I haven't done my masters yet so if you could treat it as an actual case and give me subjective answers that would be ...
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COVID-19 Pass/Fail Option [duplicate]

I am currently an undergraduate student, and looking to apply to grad schools in the future. In response to COVID-19, my school is offering the ability between choosing the letter grade earned to ...
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Instructor listening in secretly in simulated intake assignment — allowed? Ethical?

I am in an online, accredited, public, post-baccalaureate degree program. I think it's the first time my instructor is teaching a university course -- at least at this institution. The instructor ...
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Is rejection the default decision for international applicants to PhD programs in the US?

I am applying to PhD programs in the US. I am wondering if there is a default decision imposed on international applicants. This question may sound ridiculous, but, I still ask here because I have ...
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Can PhD students turn down teaching assistantships?

This question deals with PhD programs which guarantee their students funding via teaching assistantships in the US. In order to have more time for themselves (e.g., for PhD research, or for working a ...
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At United States PhD programs, is the research / TA stipend taxed as income tax? [duplicate]

Is the research / TA stipend for PhD students at U.S. universities taxed as income?
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COVID-19 impact on university tuition fee [closed]

If US universities switch to online education during the Coronavirus crisis, what will the impact it will have on tuition fees?
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Postdoc position “on hold” due to covid-19

I am currently in a job in the US (on STEM OPT). I had a postdoc offer from a large US university that was supposed to start April 16. I signed an offer letter for a two year contract. We were in the ...
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Graduate Admissions Gender Bias

Both my girlfriend and I (both white) applied to the same PhD programs in mathematics. Most of these schools are AMS Group I and some Group II. I got denied by a majority of these programs while she ...
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Does any country have free college & open admissions?

Here's my rough understanding of differences in higher education in different countries: In the U.S., college is paid for in general by the individual student, not the state. On the other hand, ...
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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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How to enter graduate school in a social science discipline from a computer science background?

I am a senior computer science major at a state school in the US. I have done internships at "Big 4" companies in my field as well as CS research with NSF grants. I am interested in getting a Master'...
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Is it acceptable to report private incident of a PhD candidate to the university

A PhD candidate has damaged possessions of a flatmate in non-university housing by purposely dropping their laptop and keying their car. Is it acceptable to report such behavior to the university of ...
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Easy (funded PhD) vs Hard Path (Unfunded MS) [closed]

Notes: I want to do PhD I understand that ranking doesn't say much and that the professor and the research is what is important AOI - Area of Interest This question is not personal nor opinionated ...
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What is US equivalence of “diplome du baccalaureat technologique (STL) spécialité chimie de laboratoire et de procédés industriels”?

If someone who has "diplome du baccalaureat technologique Sciences et technologies de laboratoire (STL) spécialité chimie de laboratoire et de procédés industriels" and wish to study further in the US,...
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Is it legal to download textbooks from academia.edu? [duplicate]

There is a website called academia.edu. It seems like they have papers on various topics - but my question is about their textbooks. It is possible to download certain college textbooks for free ...
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How to support students whom other faculty abuse?

Some of the students in my class take a class with another member of faculty. That other, tenured, member of faculty has taken to abusing individual students in front of the whole class. This abuse ...
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Master's institution forcing me to deposit $5000 immediately — what can I do if I accept?

I applied to CS masters programs in the US, and I have recently received an offer from a top-15 institution. The program is unfunded, and I want to wait for decisions from other programs I applied to,...
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How will the topic of my Master's thesis affect my PhD?

Main question: Will the admission committee care about specific research topics or do they only care if I can/cannot do research irrespective of the topic? Will an off-topic thesis be looked as sign ...
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How should I respond to a worrying email from an ex student?

I run a lab at an R1 university in the USA. Almost ten years ago I removed an undergraduate volunteer student from my laboratory group for harassing another student. Today I received a multi-page, ...
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As a post-doc applicant, should I address a professor by their first name in email after they addressed me that way?

Regarding a post-doc position, I recently wrote to a professor in the US by starting my mail "Dear Professor X" where X is the surname and she replied to me "Hello Y" where Y is my first name. I am ...
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Using first name only for university email alias

I’m an incoming grad student at a US university and I’ve been asked to set up my email alias. The university doesn’t have an explicit policy on what the aliases should look like, but I’ve noticed most ...
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Kinds of jobs that ex-biologist can apply? [closed]

I am in need of some “brainstorming” help/advice for my job search. Here is a brief re-cap of my situation: a person from Eastern Europe, did a lack-luster Ph.D with zero supervision or mentorship in ...
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Academia or industry: which is easier to begin a CS research career without a bachelors degree?

I'm an engineer from the US at a large tech company who had to cease their undergraduate studies due to family complications. Previously, I was an assistant in a CS research lab during college, and in ...
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What if point systems for tests were different?

What if when taking a test you could select multiple answers and the percent per question you got was (100)(1/n), n being the amount of answers selected (only award points if any a selected answer ...
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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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Negotiating mathematics postdoc salary when having an offer with higher salary

I recently won an NSF mathematical Science Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at University 1. At this University, the math NSF postdocs have a have a much lower salary and benefits than regular "named ...
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What are the academic career prospects for someone in their late 30's starting a PhD?

I'm in my late 30's and started a Ph.D. program and am wondering what my academic career prospects are. From my understanding, after the Ph.D., there are 2-3 years of postdoc, then 4-6 years of tenure-...
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Strategy for revealing pregnancy to new department/department chair

I am a new tenure-track assistant professor who is expecting a baby in January (just after spring semester starts). I will be arriving on campus in the next couple of weeks and need to tell my ...
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What are the mechanics of negotiating a faculty job offer?

I would like to know the following. This is for the US. Is the deadline in the offer letter a deadline to come to a finished negotiation, or a deadline to say you'd like the job and then to enter ...
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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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Getting a Masters at a school without courses I want?

I was accepted into a Masters program (MS in Computer Science) at a nice university that has research groups working on the things I want to research (natural language processing). However, looking ...
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Can a professor tell you that you can’t use your phone before or after their class?

So, I have this one professor who refuses to let anyone use their phone. I understand this during class hours but now he’s saying he will give a demerit to anyone using their phone even if it’s before ...
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Can you “refer” an offer to another applicant?

Say I applied to two graduate programs: A and B, in which A is my preferred program. It turns out that I am admitted by both, so I will accept the offer from A and turn B down. I heard from a friend ...
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Which professors are involved in the tenure decision (in USA)? (associate, full, tenure-track who becomes tenured before I get tenure etc…) [closed]

Which professors are involved in the tenure decision? Is it all tenured professors, or also the one still on tenure-track? If only tenured, which is the date in which they get tenure that matters? For ...
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Chance of funding while applying for multiple PhD programs at the same school

I found the same question in here, however, my story is a little bit different: I contacted a faculty member in one of the US institution and he promised an admission. But, for the chance of funding, ...
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Applying to state-side Graduate programs with European degree(s)

So I'm a bit confused because the structure of higher education is different in America than it is here. In the States the typical undergraduate degree (for example in physics) is around 4 years. From ...
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Requesting a change to conference lodging before accommodations have been verified?

I have applied and been accepted to a conference as a graduate student attendee (not presenting any material). They were able to give lodging and promised to reimburse a good portion of travel which ...
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How to Ask for a Shift in Graduate Assistantship from Research to Teaching?

I am a graduate student in NYC and would like to learn how to ask my advisor and my professor to shift from research assistantship to teaching? I have been working on a research project for one ...
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My human subjects research is “exempt” under US regulations. Does that mean I can skip ethics review?

This question was inspired by some wrong information on this site. Human subjects research usually requires review by an ethics committee (IRB). Some research is "exempt" under US law. If my ...
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To What Degree is Graduate School Acceptance Contingent on You Choosing a Specific Potential Adviser? [closed]

I applied to a graduate school in CS and got in. However, between application submission and acceptance a professor reached out to me and requested a phone conversation. It went well, as far as I ...
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Will it be a good idea to write professor who has just interviewed me for a PhD position?

I had been interviewed by a professor recently for a Ph.D. position(US). During the interview, he asked me if I had gone through his homepage. Actually I went through superficially as the interview ...
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How to nail a Ph.D. interview when the professors work is not a good fit with your background?

I saw an offer for Ph.D. positions (USA) where 4 professors were on the list. I chose one (Prof X) and wrote my SOP according to his research and applied. Now another professor (Prof Y) from the ...
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Is it normal/okay if my professor grades me lower “in comparison to my peers”?

My Uni is in Minnesota and classes started a couple weeks ago. I'm taking a class for my undergraduate degree. I knew it was going to be writing intensive from the syllabus. Every week we're going ...
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Missing optional resume in graduate application

The department I am applying to doesn't explicitly require a resume (and doesn't even recommend it), but there is an item named "resume" in the "supplemental material" dropdown menu which I have ...
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Is a PhD degree from a European university considered equally valuable as one from the US?

I earned my PhD in continental Europe. Except going to a few conferences outside Europe, my network, collaborations and events were all in Europe so I was pretty much living in a European bubble. I am ...
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Recognition of achievements over time

I am applying to a university in the US. In the online application, they've asked about: Additional Educational Experiences; Which of the following have you had experiences in? (select all that ...
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Asking math PhD admissions for a decision sooner, given that I have received an offer from a good school

Can I ask other math PhD programs that I've applied to whether they could give me a decision sooner than later, as I've gotten an offer from a good program? If so, should I name this program for them ...
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Contacting professors for PhD supervision past the formal application deadline of the university in USA

I am interested to do PhD under the supervision of a renowned professor based in the USA. But, I have missed the formal PhD application deadline for the university. Is it possible to do PhD in the ...
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What is the average teaching load for a math postdoc position in the US?

What is the average teaching load for a math postdoc position in the US? And can someone please explain this in reference to the trimester or quarter system, which I'm not too familiar with. ...

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