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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Job market in academia: applied/computational math vs. pure math

Many people told me it is much more easier for an applied/computational mathematician to find a job in U.S. than a pure mathematician. I believe that it is largely due to the fact that applied/...
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Information on Grants & Funding in mathematical research

Professors of mathematics in research universities get grants and funding from time to time. I have two questions regarding this issue: 1) There are many sources of grants and funding, are there any ...
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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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Undergraduate Research as an Irregular Student

I am currently a Japanese college student. I am going to do research in artificial intelligence from this April. After completing the first year of research, I am planning to go to the United States ...
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What is the average age of first tenure track positions in the Physics in the US?

On average, in physics departments in the US, at what age do people get their first tenure track positions? What about associate professor and full professor? Update: Several commenters have asked ...
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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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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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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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How often do US graduate programs reevaluate their requirements?

The spark for this question was a remark (you'll know which one when you see it!) made in this answer. My other reason for asking is that I recently learnt that one physics PhD program went ~25 years ...
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Returning to academia from industry: Asking to postpone starting date to wait for H1B visa?

I am currently working in industry and will be in H1B status starting October 1st. I am returning to academia for a postdoc and my advisor wants me to start around July 20th. The process has already ...
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How much weight does previous research experience carry for an admit to MS in computer science?

I don’t have publications from research projects or internships. However, my letters of recommendation may state about my research experience. I am applying to universities in the USA. I have all the ...
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How many online courses have been removed due to accessibility laws?

Is there any research/study/survey/database that tried to quantify how many online courses/videos/audio lectures/other educational materials have been removed due to accessibility laws such as the ...
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Importance of undergraduate honors thesis vs. research published in undergraduate research journal, for graduate schools in the United States?

I have the option of graduating from my university (U.S.) a semester early. If I do so, I would not be able to complete my honors thesis and have it approved by the honors committee of my university. ...
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How do visa issues factor into industry vs postdoc decision in United States?

I am planning to graduate this fall with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics) from UT Austin and is in the process of making a decision to choose between industry and academia as a career choice....
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Path to US board certification for international medical doctor

I would like to get a board certification in order to practice is US as a doctor. I am graduating in October in Italy and I am aware that before getting a residency in US I should pass USMLE exams ...
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Do postdocs have reasonable chances to acquire non-federal funding in the US?

This article argues that the portion of federal funding is decreasing more and more in the US while funding by corporate and philantropical sources is increasing within the last decade. I'm wondering ...
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Can I negotiate for fellowships from a graduate department before accepting their offer?

I have currently been accepted to Ph.D. in CS programs at 2 schools in the USA (let's call them A and B). Both have offered 5 years of TA/RA funding. A is my preferred choice, but I haven't accepted ...
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When is the earliest a US university will create an official transcript?

This question about not supplying a transcript from a university they just started attending in an application to a different graduate school got me thinking. At what stage of being a student will a ...
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If I order GRE score reports before my Subject GRE score is available, will schools receive it?

I am planning to send both General and Subject GRE scores to some universities using the "order additional score reports" option. My subject GRE score is not available yet. It would take twenty more ...
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Is it safe to address university administrators as “professors”?

Last time I had an appointment with one of the university advisors, she kept mentioning that she is going to "teach" later after the meeting. Long after the appointment I realized that I should have ...
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How many academic STEM PIs are there in the United States?

Are there statistics that are more specific than the NSF Science and Engineering Indicators that can tell me how many PIs doing STEM research there are in the United States?
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Is it possible to transfer schools in the middle of a Master's program?

I entered my university a year ago. I am enrolled in the master's thesis program. I wanted to do a thesis , but none of the faculty in my department who do fluid dynamics have an opening for a new ...
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What protections exist in the European Union against discrimination in an educational institution?

For those who aren't familiar with it, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act ("504" for short) is the U.S. law that protects the civil rights of students with disabilities at institutions that receive ...
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Is it possible to be enrolled into a PhD programme in electrical engineering with an integrated UK masters?

I'm an undergraduate in London South Bank University. After I finish my four year integrated master programme, can I directly apply for a 3 year PhD programme in the UK or Europe? Likewise, if I apply ...
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The drop/switch major rate for people “intended” major in engineering in US?

The drop/switch major rate of engineering bachlors programs for people "intended" major in engineering except software engineering in US? Please notice that the attrition rate from most source are ...
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How to find a good match for a PhD program based on possible advisors?

After extensive research online, it's clear that possibly the best way to choose a PhD program is to find an advisor first, and worry about the program later. In other words: find someone with whom ...
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Getting admission in the US after a BSc and MSc from India

Since the US considers BSc and MSc together to be equivalent to a B.Tech degree (or any 4 year degree) how should I report my result? With both degrees from different institutes and in unrelated ...
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Where to solicit graduate student applicants for a unique teaching opportunity?

I am currently writing a grant proposal that involves a unique (and, I hope, very appealing) two-week teaching opportunity in the US for mathematics graduate students or recent Ph.D.'s. I want to ...
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What are the differences between PhD programs in the US and UK? (biology/bioinformatics)

A significant part of the PhD process in the US involves deciding on and doing the background research for your project. Is it true that in the UK you basically get a predetermined project handed to ...
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Can I attend a PhD program with the intent to transfer my PhD credits to an MS and after 2 years, apply to a better university for a PhD?

I have been admitted to a PhD program at a US university in the department of physics. The department ranking is 100 (according to the US News ranking). In the PhD program, most of the students in ...
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What is the dropout/switch major rate for engineering bachelor?

What is the average dropout and switch major rate for US 4 year engineering college for students entering bachelor's degree program after 2010? It is pretty hard for me to find any good reference.
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Funding opportunities as a guest researcher in the US

I have an opportunity for a monthlong stay this summer in a laboratory in the US. I am looking for funding sources that would be available for such a stay. Looking at the NSF website, I couldn't ...
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USA (or worldwide) Equivalent of H2020-ITN program

I am involved in the preparation of a project proposal. If you are from Europe and you do research the chances are high that you have heard of the Horizon 2020 (H2020) programme. For the ones who are ...
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Should phd candidates spend time on extra-curricular?

Suppose an engineering PhD candidate in the USA is trying to pursue an academic profession (e.g. Assistant Professorship in a Research Institute), is it even worth-while to commit to extra-curricular ...
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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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Is the Psy.D. degree (US) equivalent to the “Licenciado en Psicologia” degree?

I am not sure about this. In some scenarios, seems like a "Licenciatura/Licenciado" degree is equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree, or sometimes to a Master's Degree. Nevertheless, in some cases "...
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Splitting 20 hours work between on-campus and off-campus employment for F-1 students in the US

I'm in my last year of Ph.D. (US University); Lately I worked (paid position) full-time (35-40 hours/week) as a summer intern with a company off-campus with CPT authorization. The work was directly ...