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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How to explain in SOP for a second masters at a different field in a different university?

Specifically, after having masters in electrochemistry, can I apply for a masters in environmental chemistry?
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Does politics and perception play a role in higher education?

One of my friends is now living in North America. He was enrolled in a Social Science-related program in one of the most reputed universities in North America. Right now, his degree is hanging in a ...
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Outreach activities in the COVID era

All the outreach activities planned this year for my project have been cancelled due to COVID-19 disruptions. These include Summer math camp for high school students and seminar in local high schools. ...
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Will there be consequences for not participating in ShutDownSTEM?

I am a tenure-track researcher in STEM fields. On June 9th, I was told that all meetings scheduled next day were cancelled so that we can be a part of #ShutDownSTEM. I was not aware of it, and I ...
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Postdoc salaries/taxes in California (Caltech) for foreigner

I have seen some confusing information online. I am looking into postdoc positions at Caltech (Pasadena, CA). From my understanding, the annual salaries are somewhere in the 55k - 60 k range. What ...
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How to handle requests for a race-based exam structure?

A colleague of mine is a non-tenured teaching-track faculty in a neighboring university. We work together frequently through our joint outreach and REU projects. He is currently teaching a summer ...
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Getting a letter of recommendation from a socially controversial PhD advisor

I am about to finish my PhD at a US university and am starting to apply for jobs and postdocs in physics and computer science. Throughout my PhD, I maintained a good relationship with my PhD ...
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Where can I find standard high school textbooks used in the US and UK? [closed]

So for example, India has this government organization called The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). They produce their textbooks which are also available to download for ...
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How do weekly seminar speakers get picked by a STEM department? [closed]

When there's a weekly seminar in a STEM department that professors and grad students attend, how are these speakers given slots? Are they invited? By whom? Can they apply to speak at some weekly ...
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Can a poor work history reduce your chances of acceptance into graduate school and/or later securing a tenure-track position? [closed]

In my last post (re: financial feasibility of grad. school), I mentioned having a poor work history (I'm 38 and haven't worked except for a few years of self-employment years ago), and some said that ...
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How can I minimize the damage of my PhD advisor's bad recommendation when applying for industry jobs?

I did not get along well with my former PhD advisor. I was able to defend and graduate; however, I have learned that my advisor was giving bad recommendation letters. No wonder why all of my ...
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How do I determine if a PhD is financially feasible for me?

I originally posted this in the personal finance stack exchange, but since it hasn't received any responses, I thought I'd try here. I just turned 38 and am contemplating pursuing an academic career, ...
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Do US universities allow a professor to work in a brothel?

Watch Sold in America: The Workers at 5:15, the owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch Dennis Hof says: I have three PhDs working for me. One of them is a professor at UNLV (University of Nevada, Las ...
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Are Graduate Schools Less Likely to Fund and/or Accept Nontraditional Students?

I once heard that nontraditional students are less likely to be funded for graduate school. Supposedly (according to this person), this is because 40+ year old students rarely get tenure track ...
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When should a professor recommend a student drop out of college?

I am a college professor, and sometimes I learn of a student's career goals. I think some should drop out despite having good grades. If they do not learn much (because they are advanced or because ...
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When a student or professor gets disciplined, e.g. for cheating or scientific misconduct, does the department chair determine the disciplinary action? [closed]

Let's say a student is caught cheating on an exam or a professor is caught plagiarizing a paper or committing some serious scientific misconduct. Does the department chair decide on the disciplinary ...
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Locating the journal in which a paper was published

I found a singular paper on an extremely specific CS topic on arXiv. How would I find which journal this paper has been published in? I ask because I would like more detail on this paper, however ...
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When to transliterate words in foreign languages?

I'm writing a philosophy paper relying heavily on Aristotle and discussing several of his primary terms, including their etymologies. Therefore I say words like ἐντελέχεια and θεωρεῖν a lot. Since a ...
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Requesting suggestion regarding Deferring a PhD offer

I am an international student (from the Non-EU region) and I have a Ph.D. Offer in the area of Information Systems from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA. The program was supposed to commence ...
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Are racist/xenophobic opinions sufficient to revoke tenure? [closed]

Think of a tenured (in the US!) professor who asserts something like "Jews are nepotistic" or "Shoot all Muslims and let Allah sort them out" (the latter statement is a real example although better ...
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How much time does a university typically give a professor to draft a syllabus and how long before they are approved? [closed]

I was wondering about the process of accepting a syllabus, and if it was different for the Humanities and in the Sciences. Suppose, just so the question is less abstract, there is a new software ...
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Testing out of Undergraduate Major Requirements [closed]

Background I am a pending transfer student (incoming undergraduate sophomore) at various universities. I plan on pursuing a double major in math and physics. Now, I believe that I am proficient in ...
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Researching with someone as a stopgap

I am currently an undergrad student looking to research with one particular professor. On talking with his colleagues, it was suggested that I first get some research experience under my belt; the ...
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PhD supervisor is extremely “hands-off”: How can I get better feedback for my research projects and cope with this situation?

I'm currently a PhD student at a US University. The relationship between my advisor and me is extremely hands off, and she only contacts me to help write grants and to review papers. While she does ...
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Is Relocating Necessary in Academia?

Despite experiencing a lot of drama and negativity at my university, I love my city and hate the idea of relocating. Sometimes I even think of reapplying there just so I could stay in this city (this ...
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Is It Legal To Prevent A Student or Alumni From Communicating With Their University or Alma Mater? [closed]

The details are in my post history, but my university sent me a cease and desist letter stating that I can only communicate with their Assistant General Counsel. For example, say I wanted to email a ...
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Do I Have a Shot at Graduate School? (Master's Program/Humanities Field) [duplicate]

While I graduated with a relatively high undergraduate GPA (3.93), I don't have any publications, research experience, or strong (maybe any) letters of recommendation. In context, even my GPA isn't ...
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Found out I might have unknowingly cheated after term completion

One of my classes had a midterm scheduled right after we were all sent home due to Covid-19. The professor said that for this midterm, we were allowed to use notes, both his and our own, browse the ...
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Postdoc application: having your own funding vs. depending on your mentor's funding

I wonder, in the general field of electrical engineering and computer science and in the USA, how often does a postdoc applicant secure her own fundings before applying to a certain open position? Or ...
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Notating one rough semester GPA-wise

My first semester of college was extremely rough GPA wise. I am an otherwise almost straight 4.0 student (up to -0.02), but my first semester of college I got a 3.46 because of both adjusting to a new ...
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Do I have to tip the bartenders and hotel staff, when a U.S. University hosts an event for researchers?

Prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, I attended a generously-funded research meeting that included a hotel stay, free dinners and bar drinks. There was a dedicated bar section just for us. 😋 I always ...
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Is it valid to modify a student's exam grade if you feel they did not earn it?

I am a graduate student who teaches their own class. I have a supervisor who I report to for everything, including final grades. We have a meeting every semester at the end to review our final grades ...
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Understanding “prerequisites” for undergraduate research with a certain professor [closed]

I'd like to do research with one of a few professors within a certain group in my (American) university's Computer Science department. I'm having some trouble contacting them, but I'd like to ...
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Covid gap year and grad school admissions

I'm a sophomore at a public university in the U.S. I'm thinking of taking a year off before my junior year, but I'm worried I'll have to explain the gap in my transcript when I apply to math grad ...
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What universities (especially in the USA) prohibit or restrict duplicate advanced degrees? [closed]

For example, University of California - Berkeley says The Graduate Council views academic degrees as evidence of broad research training, not as vocational training certificates; therefore, ...
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Is it too late to ask the faculty for a summer research internship position?

I am wondering if it's too late to ask the faculty about the availability of a summer research internship position? When would be the best time for this? More information as requested: I am looking ...
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Should I admit to cheating when it appears I cheated but I did not?

One of my TAs is accusing me of cheating. The professor had shared a 2-question quiz through our online portal (Google Meet). One of the questions contained a 9-digit sequence. Somehow, I misread ...
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How difficult is it to switch majors going from a BA to MA/Phd?

A few years ago, I received a BA in English. While I was studying my focus on English, however, shifted when I took a class on literary theory in the latter half of my 3rd year, which inspired in me a ...
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Does affirmative action apply towards international students as well?

I know that when picking and choosing students for a new cohort, many prominent US universities tend to use affirmative action to support those from less affluent backgrounds. Does this also hold when ...
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Taking a course while dating the TA

Is it OK to take a graduate-level course at a US university while you are already dating one of the prospective TAs? I think that the instructor should be informed. My question is about the ...
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What will my academic path look like after testing out of high school math classes? [closed]

I am currently a 15-year-old in the 9th grade, and I am studying to test out all of my high school math classes, which is something I didn't realize I could do in the 8th grade and would have if I had....
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How is an academic course structured in its content (USA)? [closed]

I don’t even know if “course” is the better word choice in the title of this question. Those things may be obvious for Americans, but it’s tricky to understand the elements of the academic life in a ...
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Should prospective cheating be reported

Over the past 3 months due to Covid-19, many of my peers have pinged me during exams asking me for answers to questions. I, of course, turn them down (albeit after I'm done with the exam so even if I ...
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US Academia and sick days

In a comment to their answer to the question Faculty member brought sick (feverish) child to class - is this unethical?, the user Anonymous Physicist writes: " @quarague It's okay to cancel class for ...
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How Competitive is applying as a graduate Special Student to a Ivy League university? [closed]

Some people say that it is easy to get into a Ivy League school by applying as a special student. Others say it is just as competitive or is looked down upon. If an individual has the resources to ...
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Course requiring students to use Examity

I am an undergrad student and one of my professors is saying that we will be using Examity for the final exam. I am concerned with downloading this software on my computer for various reasons, ...
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Perception of Phi Beta Kappa on a resume?

I'm a student in the US, about to graduate with a BS in zoology. I've just been invited to join Phi Beta Kappa and am trying to find some more up-to-date discussions of whether or not it's worth it ...
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How difficult is it to transfer to a different field of study in a master's program compared to getting admitted in the first place?

My friend in China has been admitted to some schools in the US, but hasn’t started his program yet, and is having some second thoughts about his field of study. It would be in the same school, from a ...
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Is giving condolences to a professor socially acceptable?

I'm an undergraduate in the US. My professor just told us via email that he will not be able to grade an exam until next week because his family member died from complications due to COVID-19. I don'...
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Math postdoc in Europe or the USA

I am a PhD student in mathematics in the US. I got a 3 year postdoc position at a R1 university in USA and I was extremely happy about that as the department is pretty strong in my research area and ...

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