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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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What documents to include when contacting a potential PhD supervisor? The recommendations differ

I am in the process of applying to PhD positions in educational sciences in the US and UK. However, I have come across two distinct recommendations regarding what to include in my email when ...
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Why does graduate application ask for "Faculty consulted regarding admission"?

I'm applying for PhD programs and a lot of applications ask for a list of faculty that I've contacted/consulted for admissions. What's the point of this question? Seems like a waste of time to answer. ...
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Best practices after the termination of your teaching assistantship

My university is an "at will" employer. Graduate students are not unionized. I'm a PhD student and I'm sensing a possibility for a TAship termination, so I want to explore possibilities. (1) ...
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Is having too many papers under-review something frowned upon by a PhD panel? (PhD CS USA)

Background: CS Undergrad applying to CS PhD Programs in the US. I have multiple posters published along with some mid tier conference papers. Along with these, I have 6 journal papers under review. ...
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Postdoc offer: Do I have the position? How long does HR take to prepare the formalities?

I applied for a post doc position in the USA. My interview was done with the PI and I had one-on-one interactions with all the lab members ten days ago. He then unofficially offered me the position ...
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Should I mention that I did the pre-revision review of a textbook on my CV?

Simple question: Should I mention that I did the pre-revision review of a textbook on my CV? (I suppose this is the revision done before the new edition of a textbook) They just invited me to do it ...
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Applying as a full professor to assistant professorships at other institutions

I have been on the faculty of a liberal arts college for over 20 years and have the rank of full professor. I have started to look for other academic jobs because of my college's financial problems, ...
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Are researchers allowed to keep applying to various IRBs until they finally get a seal of approval?

Let's say a researcher has a somewhat controversial research project (such as a vaccine challenge trial). Is it considered legal to keep applying for institutional review board (IRB) until you ...
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Will too many publications harm your chance of getting admission into PhD programs in the US?

One of my research colleagues has a BSc degree in Biology with a CGPA of 3.93 and has been involved in research for about 2 years after completing his BSc. Actually, he has been involved in research ...
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Do I need a letter of recommendation from my employer to vouch for the projects I worked on with them when applying to master's programs in the US? [closed]

I wish to apply for a master's in CS in the United States as an international student. It has been quite some time since I graduated and I currently work as a software developer. While I have worked ...
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Does having multiple PhD offers from top local universities help in US admissions? Should I mention them in my CV?

I have at least 3 offers from some of the top research institutes in my country (Written examination +interviews) in Computer Science. Should I mention them in my CV? Would it strengthen my CV?
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Is there any rule in US that prohibits recruiting as faculty the students studied in the same university/institution?

There is a phenomenon in my country. I am not judging whether it is correct or not because of my ignorance on it. My honest opinion, as per my current knowledge, is that the phenomenon is bad as whole....
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Should one pursue a Ph.D. with non-tenure track professors?

Are there any disadvantages with working for non-tenure track professors? Is it possible that they get fired and you need to restart with someone else? Do they have less funding? Any other drawbacks? ...
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For PhD admissions, do you mention who you want to work with in your application?

I was wondering how PhD admissions actually work. Do we have to mention the professor we want to work with in our application? Do we reach out to them before we actually apply? And what if my research ...
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Including photo and social links in academic cv

I am applying for MS programs in the US, and I'm wondering if I should include my photograph in the CV. According to this post one should never include photos because of anti-discrimination laws. But ...
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Will Chinese students applying for PhD in the U.S. be affected by the relationship between China and the U.S.?

I am Chinese, and I plan to apply for the 2022 Fall PhD in the U.S. I am confident with my research caliber and experience. However, I am worried about whether the terrible relationship between the U....
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Why not offer credit by exam to students who have failed a course?

Summary: Students who have never taken a particular course often can get "credit by exam". However, it's extremely common for credit by exam to be disallowed to students who have previously ...
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Applying to CS PHD with an undergrad degree in math

Would getting an undergrad degree in mathematics hurt my chances of of getting into a CS PHD program? Are there statistics on admissions rate by major online? Edit: in the us
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Is September too late to start sending emails to prospective advisors for PhD in the US?

I am planning to send emails to potential Ph.D. supervisors in my area of research at the start of September. I recently found out that most of my colleagues have already sent out these letters as ...
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How can I best prepare my application for a switch in Major for Master's programs?

I am currently a software developer in India and have been working for 3 years. I also have a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering. I have been shortlisting universities for ...
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Is it normal for a full-time instructor to be required to be present physically on campus 40 hours a week?

I am a new Instructor, started during the pandemic and am only going into my second year. I work for a smaller local college, full-time. The college is a located in the U.S. in the Mid-West (Ohio), it ...
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Recommendation letter choice: mild one from a famous scholar or strong one from my previous manager

I am applying for CS PhD programs in the US, most of which require 3 recommendation letters. I have already gotten two letters from my previous university advisors (a professor and an assistant ...
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How to write about awards in CV

I am currently writing my first CV to apply for grad school. While doing so, I am confused about how to write about some competitions. I tried to find this on internet, but the answer seemed not ...
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Applying to a Master's Program under special cirumstances [duplicate]

I know somebody who is applying to a Master's program in Computer Science. He has a learning disability and as an undergraduate, he got certain accommodations. One of then was extra time on tests. He ...
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How does the phd admission system of a large department work?

I am applying for computer science PhD in the US. From answers of @Nathan S. in Is it unwise to contact the professor directly before getting admitted to a program in US? and @aeismail in How to ...
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Can I study remotely in a USA university as a foreigner (Covid-19)? What are the prerequisites? [closed]

I thought because of COVID-19 and remote education plans, maybe some universities are providing a remote plan for international students. My goal is a PhD in machine learning, maybe I can start as a ...
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The university gave me a pay check less than my offer letter, what can I do?

I am a grad student at one of the University of California campuses. In my offer letter, it stated: Congratulations! On behalf of the Committee on Admissions and Awards and the Graduate Group in (...
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Do I have to apply to the department or to the graduate school for PhD application in the US universities?

I am going to apply for PhD in Cancer Cell Biology at West Virginia University. But before starting my application, I have come across a confusing problem. At WVU, the PhD in Cancer Cell Biology is ...
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Do US PhD applicants have flexibility in research area even if they have a Masters Degree?

I have seen other similar questions, but this one is specific to applicants with a Masters degree. Because it seems that US PhD applicants with Masters are held to a higher standard. Background I have ...
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What is the major difference in MSECE vs MSEECS and how should I pick?

I am a Fall'22 aspirant and looking for universities in the US. I have completed my undergraduate studies in Electronics and Communications Engineering. I want to pursue my master's degree in the ...
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Writing a postdoctoral fellowship proposal

This is not going to be a specific question and may be off-topic for this site: I'm looking for advice, tips, or a template for writing a fellowship proposal. I'm in my first computer science postdoc, ...
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Copyrights on epigrams in a commercial publication of academic work [closed]

An acquaintance of mine - let's call him Robert - is having a book published based on his academic research. The book targets the general public, and the publication is commercial, albeit with a ...
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Returning to the US as faculty during COVID [closed]

Question: I am a non-US citizen on an H1B visa trying to return from the EU (Germany) to the US to teach face-to-face classes this Fall. What are my options to get across the border as long as the ...
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Will there be any negative impact of applying to two grad programs offered by the same department?

I'm an undergraduate student and I'm about to start my applications to the grad schools. Some friends of mine recommended me to not apply to two programs offered by the same department at the same ...
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What do graders expect in a master thesis in pure mathematics?

I am writing a master thesis in pure mathematics the upcoming year and want to know what graders look for in a master thesis. I am in the US. How do they grade the thesis? What are the things that can ...
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How to arrange sabbatical leave in the age of COVID?

I am putting together my sabbatical year plan where I hope to get a visiting (research) position in a research university in USA that will provide at least half of my salary. My field is applied ...
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Is it important for postdocs to have a "postdoc mentor"?

I'm in pure math. It seems like "postdoc mentors" are common nowadays in U.S. universities. The idea is that you do a postdoc under the supervision of someone whom you can write papers with. ...
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What is the role of Personal Statement in phd application?

I have found that most top US CS PhD programs don't require a personal statement (PS). Only a few schools put the PS into their application checklist. As for the requirement of PS, take an example ...
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Strategies for the selection of graduate programs for borderline/weak applicants (STEM)

This question is aimed at the countries where the graduate program admission decisions are normally made at the department level; the primary sources of funding are TAs/RAs and there is at least one ...
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Returning Research Fellowship funding

I'm doing a PhD in the US and I got a research fellowship for a month this summer. I have done some work, but I'm not satisfied with it. There was no motivation and I haven't studied as much as I ...
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Planning for a faculty position in the USA [closed]

I have a PhD in education from a US university (ranked within top 20 public universities) in 'mathematics education'. Because of my scholarship requirements, I had to come back to my country. However, ...
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Adding papers under review on the CV when applying to CS PhD programs in the US

Background: CS undergrad applying to CS PhD Programs in Fall 2022 in the US. The question "Should papers under review be listed in CV?" talks about multiple "under review" papers ...
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What is the average age at which professors receive tenure in the US?

For the United States, is there a statistic of the age professors have when they are granted tenure? If such a statistic is not available, is there a way to (more or less reliably) estimate the mean ...
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How to respond to professor about visa problems when applying for a post-doc?

Currently I'm in the process of my post-doc application in the US, but I may encounter some inevitable problems with my visa (J-1) application. The professor said that they have not had any scientists ...
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Is it possible to fast track the tenure process?

I think I heard somewhere that in the USA, a tenureship at a university requires 8 years to obtain. Is there any way someone can fast-track this process? I.e. can this time period be cut shorter?
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What is the role in Admissions of a Graduate Coordinator in a Department [closed]

What is the role of a graduate coordinator or graduate chair (I have seen faculty called both) of a department in admissions ? Do they make the final decision or have the final say in all decisions ? ...
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Is it appropriate and/or reasonable to ask for period leave to a potential PhD advisor?

I'm a female undergraduate student applying to graduate school in the US this year, and I am in the process of contacting potential PhD advisors to enquire about positions in their labs, the nature of ...
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Is it possible to be admitted to a PhD program with a course based Masters Degree?

I did an undergraduate degree in one engineering discipline (electrical), and a course based masters in the same discipline of engineering (electrical) and another course based masters in another ...
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LOR from physics professor in a pure math phd application

I am applying to pure math phd programs, and looking to study algebraic geometry. I have one very strong letter from a professor who supervised some algebraic geometry research I did. I am not sure ...
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How can I find an American university that has an education department that appreciates homeschool? [closed]

I feel that most often the master's programs in education focus only on instructor-led curricular learning. How can I find a school in the U.S. that offers masters degrees in education that emphasize ...

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