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 ever answering “No Basis for Judgement” on a reference request a red-flag

I am filling out a reference form for a student I supervised on a medium sized project who is applying for graduate studies. The student is great, of all that I have supervised in this way they are ...
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contacting post-doc in a lab to join his research instead of his mentor

This question is unrelated to the previous one I asked earlier this week. There's a post-doc in a lab at my school who exactly fits my research interests-- as in, he is working in the exact subfield ...
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Is it appropriate for professors to ask students to type notes for their classes (with or without paying students) in United States?

I wonder if it is appropriate for professors to ask their students in class to type notes (in latex whatever) for the classes they are teaching and if there is any "elegant" way for students ...
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Do I have to include my pronouns in a course outline?

I am a TA in a US school and my professor told me to include my pronouns in the course outline. I personally would rather not for social and religious reasons. Her argument was that I will confuse ...
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How do these UK certificates convert to the US?

Due to the pandemic, many UK universities have expanded opportunities for people to potentially earn a UK degree without leaving the US. I see several types of programs listed. All say they require &...
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Where do I find the funding information for each math PhD program? [closed]

I will be applying for math PhD, and was wondering if there is any way to find the amount of stipend I can get for each program (already checked each school's website, without avail). Are top 50 math ...
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Can I request to see a reference about me?

From USA universities, Can I request to see a reference about me? Do they offer the Right to Information and request the information provided in a referee report about me to release? I can have this ...
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Do professors starting at a school in the US in the future have any say/influence on the decision process for that particular round of admissions?

I'm a master's student applying to PhD programs this round, and a few schools will be bringing in new professors in my field of interest starting from 2021. When I sent in my applications and checked ...
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Dynamics for running students in a large lab, when there isn't money for everyone

I see many big research labs in public R1 universities. Sometimes 6-10 students, or more. Based on these calculations (Ballpark estimate for running a lab with 3 students and 1 postdoc in the US in a ...
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What are the ways a professor in top R1 public universities can increase their salaries (through research)?

I understand that professors can pay themselves +2/9 of the 9-month salary to cover summer. Are there other ways to use research grants (private or public) to increase salaries (working in research)? ...
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What is a good rule of thumb for the cost of a Postdoc, in the US at an R1 university [closed]

Suppose I want to pay a postdoc $65K for salary. How much research fund do I need to have to support this postdoc (on average, of course, not exactly)? Is it only the 65K or are there many other ...
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One tenured job to another tenured one? [duplicate]

I have recently been promoted to associate professor with tenure. But I want to relocate to another institution of similar rating. Is it possible to get an offer with tenure from another institution ...
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Is it bad to submit applications for two different degree programs in the same department of a same university?

I am referring to US graduate schools here. I am now having schools that I like very much, but I am not sure whether I can withstand the competition towards PhD admission so I am thinking about also ...
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Is it ethical for students to be required to consent to their final course projects being publicly shared?

In a course, students were required to sign a consent form to share their final course project. There were two options that they could choose from: either anonymous sharing or sharing with attribution/...
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Should I drop out of the IB Diploma Program if I am about to graduate with an associate's degree? [closed]

I'm a junior in high school who goes to an IB (International Baccalaureate) school in the US. I also have been taking enough community college classes to graduate with an AA in Computer Science before ...
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Continuing Education PhD

With TA/RA stipends continuing to decrease relative to CoL, I'm wondering if there is any ongoing work to open up more PhDs with a continuing education model? I know some companies basically do this(...
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Can F1 students work simultaneously on-campus and off-campus with a total of 22 hours during academic year?

I am an international Ph.D. student with F1 status. I'm wondering is it possible to simultaneously work as Research Assistant (20 hours/week, on-campus) and also work on part-time CPT (2 hours/week, ...
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Difference between university/departmental service and extracurricular university service on CV

I'm a first year assistant professor and the service component of the CV is somewhat unfamiliar territory for me, since my previous jobs never required service. For the last few years, I've followed ...
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Can a non-enrolled/non-registered student use the instructor's intellectual property under fair use? [closed]

What is the transaction being made by paying tuition at most US colleges/universities? Are you paying for the time spent teaching, the price of education/intellectual property, or the diploma itself? ...
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What's the meaning of Visiting Researcher / Ass. Professor?

I want to know how actually (and on the basis of what) visiting researcher (for PhD students) or visiting Ass. Professor (for lecturers) opportunities are offered worldwide (especially for USA/Canada) ...
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How Long Should I Wait After a “I’ll be in touch soon” reply, to follow Up?

After writing to a potential postdoc advisor in the US, I got replied like; "... will follow up soon. .................... ...new project is matching with your profile. .................... ...
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tips for Assistant Professors applying for new Assistant Professor positions after being cut

The major at my school was cut and I am first to go in the department. What do I do different when applying for new AP (in US) now compared to when I was coming off a post doc? Do I address the ...
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Faculty TT verbal offer made, but no written offer (it's been about 10 business days)

I went through 2 rounds of interviews with a public university in the United States, was given a verbal offer 10 business days ago. The professor who spoke with me said that I should get a written ...
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What should I do now to go ahead and restart my aspirations to become an appropriate candidate for a Ph.D. program?

Due to my undiagnosed clinical depression and, apparently, insufficient math background, I dropped out of two Masters in CS programs from two different EU universities. Now, I am taking medication ...
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What early career development questions to ask during a Postdoc Interview? Is is polite and acceptable?

I recently finished my PhD. I am going to have a Zoom interview for a postdoc position (in life sciences). My postdoc goal is to get a better experience in Research and become independent in R&D -...
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Lower division vs Upper division

In the United States, what is the difference between lower division and upper division in colleges and universities?
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How to help my school advertise assistant professorship job searches in USA? [closed]

I want to help my school advertise job searches for assistant professors in STEM so we may have professors who teach more different classes and expand the curriculum. How do I help them post or what ...
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Sabbatical in mathematics in the US

I am wondering how a mathematician can find a sabbatical in the US. More specifically is it necessary to have people interested in a collaboration with them in the department they wants to visit? Is ...
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Including “Thanks Card” in my graduate application

I am applying for graduate schools in the US. In the applications, I can upload supplement materials (like CV, publications), and I am considering including a "Thanks Card" I have received ...
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How do I acquire research experience for a PhD in Computer Science after I've started working in industry?

Here is my background: I was a high school teacher that transitioned into data science about 4 years ago. I've been a data scientist and software engineer for the past 3-4 years and made a pretty good ...
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Are US universities generally reluctant to admit PhD students who already hold a PhD? [duplicate]

I am planning to do a Ph.D. in Math Education from one of the prominent universities in western Europe, and then do a Ph.D. in EEE/CSE. The reason being, I have a STEM background but due to clinical ...
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When submitting a CV as part of my graduate school application, should I include hyperlinks?

I am currently in the process of applying to different PhD programs. As part of my application, I am required to upload a CV. On my CV, I have included hyperlinks to my GitHub home page, my Google ...
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Should I mention a part-time job that may have affected my undergraduate grades in my PhD application?

I'm applying to top 10 CS PhD program in the USA. During my undergrad semesters, I sometimes (for financial reasons, ie, to pay the bills) had to work part-time jobs (sometimes as a developer, ...
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Is it considered offensive to address one's seniors by name in the US?

In my country (India), there are several implicit norms that need to be followed by almost every one. Among all, an important norm is that juniors does not address their seniors by name. It happens in ...
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Should I skip MS in Computer Science and directly opt for PHD? If so, what to expect from a PHD program? [closed]

I just finished my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. I'm 100% sure that I want to pursue a specialization in AI and ML through Computer Science. And becoming a Professor is something that I ...
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Is it normal to have grad student instructors for upper division classes?

I'm almost done with my undergraduate degree (B.S. in a physical science) and, looking back, a good portion of my upper division major classes have been taught by grad students. Is this normal? I hope ...
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Will reference letters from a researcher who does not have a Ph.D be valid?

I'm applying to Ph.D. programs in the biomedical field in the US but I have a question regarding reference letters: Can I request a reference letter from a co-worker that has no Ph.D. (instead has ...
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What should be the path to go from an R3 to R2 or R1 school?

I am currently a TT faculty at a R3 (4 year teaching) school and I would like to go to a more research focussed place. After talking to seniors in my field, I understood that I need strong research ...
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How soon do I need to submit the reference letters? (TT job) [closed]

I'm applying for tenure-track positions for the first time (STEM). One of the schools (School A) contacted me today, saying the committee would like to see my reference letters. The application ...
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What is the meaning of the various postdoctoral job descriptions in the US?

As somebody who wasn't born or raised in North America, is there a schematic explanation what those various terms are supposed to be mean? Does it differ between the types of institutions? Are there ...
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What do US universities mean when they mention anything above the “Calculus” course?

I am applying for a PhD in pure maths. Now a lot of places that I am applying to are asking for detailed lists of courses and books that I have followed for anything more advanced than calculus. Now I ...
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Difference between “2-year community or junior colleges” and “4 year undergraduate program” in USA

I am confused about the USA education system. I looked up the Wikipedia page about K-12. In particular, the figure on the right of that page. Let's supposed I have just finished high school and I want ...
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Is non-degree studies a viable path to a master's degree?

I had a very rocky undergraduate math career that ended with me having around a B- average due to undiagnosed/untreated anxiety issues. This means my final GPA is around a 2.8. Would non-degree ...
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How common is it for universities to cover tuition and offer stipend for Master's students for RA/TA positions (USA)? [closed]

From my googling I found that only about 30% of the universities I looked at (in Computer Science) offer Research Assistant (RA)/Teaching Assistant (TA) positions to Master's students that cover ...
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Could lecturing from a textbook constitute copyright infringement?

If a course instructor closely follows a textbook when delivering a lecture (e.g. even listing the subsection they're discussing) could they be in violation of copyright law? What if they upload the ...
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Why don't most law schools show, let alone teach how to draft and interpret, complete contracts?

The author's just referring to US. I don't know if Commonwealth law schools show students complete contracts and/or teach how to draft and interpret. But I'm flabberghast that you can graduate JD ...
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What are some questions that you can ask your prospective Ph.D. supervisor during interview? [duplicate]

I have an interview with a professor for a Ph.D. position in the US next week. As I was going through the possible questions that a professor can ask, so I was wondering what if they ask me if I have ...
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Buying a gift for my PhD student after his graduation

All posts here on the "graduation gift" subject are about a gift from the PhD candidate to the professor (after the graduation of course). What about a gift for the student from the ...
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What valid reason can I give for my low CGPA to a prospective PhD advisor? [closed]

I am applying for PhD in US universities and my CGPA is lower than they ask for. But I believe my research experience is good enough to get a position. When I contacted a professor with my CV, he ...
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Can I get into a US CSE PhD if I don't have a good CGPA? [duplicate]

I am currently pursuing Masters (M.Tech) in CSE from IIT Madras. But my Master's CGPA is not so good. It is around 6.1 in out of 10 scale. Scoring here in IITs is really really difficult. I have an ...

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