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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Is it polite to ask to be the corresponding author in a paper that I contributed the most?

I wrote a paper and have done the majority of the work. I am coauthoring with my advisors and a few other researchers. In the paper the authors will be alphabetically listed due to a cultural factor. ...
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Are Graduate Fellowships or Research assistants in state university considered a government employees in US?

I am applying for a post which asks me you ever part of government entity like federal/state/local government entities including publicly funded universities. I was a research assistant with ...
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Are Ph.D. programs easier to get into with an already obtained Master's?

To give specifics about my questions, I am on track to completing my Master's degree in Europe (Switzerland) and I have been looking at applying to the U.S. in case I cannot get a Ph.D. at my current ...
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Potential supervisor didn't reply to my email, can I still show my interest on my SAP?

I am an undergraduate student applying to graduate schools. I tried to get in touch with a potential Ph.D. supervisor (in Electrical Engineering) but haven't heard back from him. In my application ...
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How do I find a new advisor for an unvaccinated graduate student?

Summary: I am closing my laboratory, and need to find a new placement for a PhD student who has strong anti-vaccination beliefs. Every professor on campus knows about it. How I can help them find new ...
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No Systems Course CS Master's

I majored in math and minored in CS. My grades are excellent and I have coursework in all the core areas of CS except for Computer Systems/Computer Organization/Computer Architecture. Is this going to ...
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Mention incomplete PhD in Europe in the Statement of Purpose for PhD in USA?

I started a PhD project in Europe. However, as the project was going in a direction quite different from what I had expected, I spoke to my supervisor and converted it into a research position for a ...
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What should I do when a professor changes the interview time and doesn't write me back?

I am applying to US universities for Ph.D. so I wrote to some professors from X university. Actually, I wrote them at the beginning of this year but I was late for admission so I did not get any ...
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Getting a LOR without any mention of the work in the SOP

Background: CS Undergrad applying to CS PhD Programs. I have an internship experience under a HOD of a department in my university. The work was on computer vision, there was a paper published at a ...
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asking professor for letter of reccomendation and then not using it

I just realized I'd like to apply for graduate school. This gives me about 1.5 weeks to get everything together. I think I have most things in order, but I need to ask professors for letters of ...
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On the request to see the content of the recommendation letters which are issued to support my tenure-track applications

I am applying for a tenure-track position in a university located in California. While sending the auto-request emails to my recommenders, I just noted that the following information is automatically ...
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Does one have to mention every single publication they have worked on, in their SOP? (PhD CS USA)

Background: Undergraduate applying to PhD CS programs in the US. I currently have quite a few posters/publications and manuscripts under review for a domain X. I have structured my SOP around the fact ...
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Can I ask my friend who is a PhD student to recommend me to his supervisor?

I have a friend who is a PhD student in a program at a major US university. He will graduate this year, and he knows me. I am trying to ask him to indirectly recommend me to his supervisor who I am ...
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Are people with mental disabilities given preferences in graduate admissions?

Say if someone had a mild mental disability like ADHD, would they be given preference within graduate school admissions, due to the diversity initiatives that exist? I have such a mild "...
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References or Citations in Personal Statement to Papers/Research [duplicate]

I have a paragraph in my personal statement where I describe potentials areas in a subfield of computer science that I'm most interested in contributing research in. For US applicants, especially to ...
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What should I do when my LORs are submitted for a previous application?

I want to apply for a Ph.D. position in a US university (X) this year. Last year I started the application but did not finish and submit it. But my recommenders already sent their LORs and its ...
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Attaching proofs of Internship in Supporting Documents

I am applying to CS PhD Programs in the USA. I am filling the applications now and there is space given for "Supporting Documents". Lets assume I have 4 internships, out of which 1 is on-...
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Can an F-1 visa holder work outside of the university?

Is it possible for an F-1 visa holder who is an international PhD student in the US, work outside of the university? Also, is it possible for him to establish a company and work for his company during ...
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Consequences of mistakenly rounding up GPA on fellowship application?

First of all, I am not asking whether it is ethical to round one's GPA. I essentially rounded my GPA by accident and want to know the possible consequences of this. I applied to the NSF GRFP. Recently,...
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Is it okay to ask references for their opinions on other faculty candidates?

I'm head of a search committee and will be checking references for finalists for a fixed-term position. Two finalists worked with the same non-profit and gave the names of different people who work ...
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What are the best practices for writing a letter of recommendation for an absolutely excellent student?

I’m writing my first recommendation letter for a student (for grad school) who is excellent. I’d like to, thus, write a very good recommendation letter. Are there informal guidelines for writing ...
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How to answer non-research-related questions on PhD application?

In a particular math PhD application, there are multiple questions along the lines of "please describe personal experiences and perspectives and what you would bring to our community", as ...
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Department forcing me to teach a course even though my advisor has funds available to fund me from a grant

My advisor has funds for me to use for research from his grant so that I don't have to teach in my final semester. Unfortunately my department is denying the request and forcing me to teach a course ...
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Being asked to start teaching before being employed as a new faculty

I'm going to join a US university as a teaching-focused faculty. My official starting is set to be January 4th and, at that university, classes start in the same week, and I will be teaching 2 courses ...
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If a professor accepts me as a PhD student, does their offer bypass the committee's selection?

I'm applying for Ph.D. this year. As far as I know, many universities are strong-committee, i.e. one has to pass the committee so that he/she could get a Ph.D. offer. But when I contacted one ...
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Writing dual degrees (and GPAs) on resume for grad schools

I'm an undergraduate student in the U.S. writing my resume for grad school applications. I'm pursuing double degrees (will have two diplomas) in physics and mathematics (both in Bachelor of Science), ...
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Do US PhD programs prefer applicants without a Master's degree?

The question is essentially in the title. Do PhD programs in the United States prefer it if an applicant does not have a master's degree beforehand? This question is particular to engineering, as I ...
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Who will be more suitable as recommender?

I want to apply for Ph.D. positions next year. I have research experience of more than five years, so I am considering applying for research-based universities mostly. Now I am confused about who I ...
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How to find a full scholarship with accomodation?

I'm trying to immigrate outside my country and found that all employers require degree certificates before work permit sponsorship. I've dropped out of college and have been studying at home online. I ...
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Can secretary of a faculty upload letter of recommendation on behalf of the letter author?

I am applying for Ph.D. positions in the USA and for that I have asked the department head of my past institute to write a LOR for me. He agreed to write one for me but the problem is I am applying to ...
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What resources are available for academics of color to navigate academia from postdoc onward?

Many people have commented that there is a "hidden curriculum" in academia. In colleges, there are student groups that discuss issues related to race and ethnicity. In industry, there are ...
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British Law Lecturer USA

Im a mature student, i am almost finished with my undergrad and looking to continue to a masters or maybe go straight for a PhD. The end game is to emigrate to the USA to teach in the universities and ...
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Unwelcome Communication as new Grad Student

I started a PhD program in the US in August. My supervisor didn't respond to numerous emails, copied to department staff, for a month. Finally, I got some rather hostile responses -- all caps, abusive ...
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Given admission based on current GPA for graduate school, but GPA drops during final term [duplicate]

How do graduate student admissions work if a student meets requirements at time of application, gets accepted, and drops below minimum requirements during their final term before graduation? For ...
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How are Ph.D. applications evaluated in the US, particularly for weak or borderline students? Am I likely to get into school X?

This is a special community wiki 'canonical' question that aggregates advice on a frequently-asked question. See this meta discussion. Please feel free to edit this question to improve it. When ...
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Does being a corresponding author add extra value in SOP of PhD application?

I work in a private research organization. After completing one of my projects, when I send it to my supervisor for review, he said- he doesn't want to put his name in that project and asked me to be ...
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Does completing official graduate admission application mean that I'm not allowed to apply for another university?

I'm working to prepare my master's degree admission. So the admission team provided me with a declaration form and I'm want to know what exactly the last two points mean: Read the following and agree ...
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English translation of transcript for admission that can't be from university

I attend a university in Italy, and they don't issue transcripts in English language. The university I am intending to apply for in USA ask for English translation coming from the same university and ...
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Are all PhD stipends the same amount?

Controlling for a specific department/university/fellowship do more desirable students get better stipends? For example, is everyone who's offered an RA position at University of Washington (or ...
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Is this statistic about how many Latinos/Hispanics have a PhD in the USA correct?

According to Ileana Freytes-Ortiz, < 2% of people in the US have a #phd Of those, 6.5% are Hispanic By defending my PhD yesterday, I just became part of the 0.13% in the US that is #...
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How will me leaving my program effect my lab's funding?

I'm currently dealing with some personal issues that are affecting my progress in my Ph.D. program. As a result, I intend to leave my program as soon as possible (end of this semester). However, I ...
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Can you be a part-time (research) assistant professor in the USA?

(I am new to the USA academic system, so please apologize if this is very naive.) In the USA, is it possible to have a full-time job (e.g., industry scientist) and also pursue a part-time Assistant ...
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What to do when PhD approval takes so long?

I am a PhD student in mathematics in Israel. I still have a couple of years until I graduate, so I am asking this question mostly out of curiosity. I've recently learned that at least in my ...
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Advice on pursuing higher education after working for 7 years

I completed bachelors in Mechanical engineering in 2013 and have been working since Jan 2014. My current job as a 'manufacturing engineer' is a non-technical back office job (because I'm from India ...
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I feel I've done enough for a PhD but my supervisor disagrees

I have been working on a PhD for over 6 years, and in that time have published 5 (conference) papers, each of which I intend to convert to journal articles after my PhD. My supervisor has been ...
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Do Universities in the US usually accept requests to defer an admission offer from international PhD students?

An international student has got a conditional admission offer to a PhD program in the US that s/he has to complete his/her on going masters program first. Suppose, he/she were to start their PhD ...
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How good/bad is my Indian CGPA according to US GPA scale?

I will be applying for PhD programs in USA this fall. I know there are many nuances for GPA conversions and I won't convert my CGPA. Colleges don't ask to convert GPA but still mention that their ...
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how are internships considered when applying for grad school

I've heard that internships in industry are not considered in graduate school admissions. However, all but 1 of my internships are research-based internships, where I was doing computer science ...
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are years in university considered in graduate admissions

I'm a 3rd year computer science undergrad in a top 20 (read 10-20) applying to graduate school. Because I simply have less years in college, the papers I'm writing just don't have enough time until ...
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how to convert personal projects to papers

I'm an undergrad student in computer science. Throughout my undergrad studies, I did a few projects trying to solve problems that interested me. This necessarily meant something novel had to be done, ...

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