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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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How to persuade my supervisor to write a recommendation letter for P.h.D in the US?

I am currently a MS student at EE department at my final year pursing my thesis. I could not publish any of my works yet however I am willing to submit one journal paper for publishing at the end of ...
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Is it impolite to not to respond to professors' replying email asap?

I emailed to a professor about a research question. In most cases I reply to them asap. In some scenarios I think I cannot do this asap because: He asked me a very difficult question that takes a ...
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Soft question: Transition from math to machine/deep learning

I am currently a first year grad student who is currently seeking a math M.S. degree in US a focus on differential geometry and topology. My question is, what efforts do I need to make to make a ...
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Asking for a letter of recommendation from someone on a hiring committee that is also reviewing your application

I applied to a job at university A. It happens that a life-long friend (and, much later, professional colleague) is on the hiring committee for that job. Yay for that job. It's for my secondary ...
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Writing a large part of a grant as a postdoc

Background: I defended my PhD in 2018 and took a postdoc job with my same lab as a matter of convenience. The job had a 3 year contract, funded via an R01 grant, for whom my dissertation advisor was ...
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Are there academic institution-specific equivalents to attorneys (a professional who assists in navigating conduct and justice systems)?

There's an interesting question over at Law.SE on the possibility of suing a university over what the OP saw as unfair disciplinary practices. I have often wondered... Is there a type of professional ...
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My experiment supports a theory. Shall I contact the theorist attaching with my drafts?

We did an experiment and the results unexpectedly support a famous theory. I am not entirely sure how to write the full paper or sell the results because I am not too familiar with that theory. And I ...
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Two body problem in academia in the US

My question in about the general situation in the US universities related to the two body problem. My impression from what I have heard is that most of American universities are located in small ...
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Is it still possible to get a decent job in academia (specifically physics) nowadays?

I am an American high schooler considering what to do in university. I am immensely interested in theoretical physics, and I would quite like to become a professor in the subject (I've self-studied ...
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Humanities Research with Professors as a High Schooler?

I am a high school student (legally old enough to work) looking for opportunities to work with professors in political theory. The way research is done is quite different from many folks in STEM, so ...
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Thanking administrators for bulk information email

I have recently started to communicate with scholars and administrators at an American institution (I myself am based in Europe) as part of a fellowship program. I have since then received several ...
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Is it appropriate to email a professor with a simpler solution than the one she provided?

I am in a graduate math program in the US, and the professor is teaching via online lectures. The proof she provideed for one of the theorems is a little bit tricky to understand. I think I found a ...
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US physics graduate school preparation assessment on candidates [duplicate]

I am trying to apply for US physics graduate schools this year. I found that many universities has an assessment of students' preparation for the program in which they ask you to provide what courses ...
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phd admission- both professor from same university agreed to be mentor

2 professors from the same university same department have agreed to be my mentor. But none have funds, prof.1 may give me TA, while prof.2 can give me RA. Which one should I choose? Can I put 2 ...
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How can teaching assistants deal with grade disputes?

From the answers to this question, it is clear that TAs in the US are usually responsible for grading students' work. In my country, most of the TAs face the following challenges: Students confront ...
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Renaming Master of Divinity

I no longer feel comfortable with my master's degree (Master of Divinity). Especially for theologists, the title of education should not be racially problematic (calling myself a master might make ...
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Do TAs in the US usually grade student responses?

In my country, many institutes have the custom of TAs evaluating and distributing the marks of students of that particular course the TA is handling. I am wondering whether it is a part of academic ...
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Who to ask for letters of recommendations?

I am an undergrad from a pretty unknown Asian university and I would be applying to PhD programs (mostly US) in pure mathematics this application cycle. However, my major is physics and my intention ...
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Does it make sense to apply for assistant professorship positions before Ph.D. graduation?

In the course of browsing a couple of positions for brand-new (STEM-related) assistant professorships (in North America), I am wondering whether it does make sense if one applies for such positions ...
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What goes in a statement of objectives for a US university? [duplicate]

I've been in industry for the last five years working as a control systems engineer in the UK. I'm an Embedded Digital Electronics Engineer by trade and achieved a first class degree with about an 85% ...
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How much course preparation, grading, and student question handling can be reasonably expected of a graduate TA? [closed]

I am creating all homeworks, quizzes (two per week), exams (2x75 questions), review questions (2x75), projects, 20-page lecture notes (two per week), and answering all student e-mails, along with ...
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Is there a more gender-neutral and specific term for “Underclassman”?

Yale has changed their language, but I don't see a clear alternative here. At this point, I think referring to students by their specific class years ( "First-Years and Sophomores" vs. "...
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Postponing faculty start date due to covid and Pregnancy?

Any advice? I’m just a few weeks pregnant, due in June. I’m supposed to start a faculty position (tt - great fit) at a research intensive R1 school. Our plan had been to move back to the US in ...
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Conversion of GPA from scale of 10 to 4 (India) [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate student from India, interested in applying for Ph.D. programs in Astronomy in US institutes. My institute evaluates the CGPA from a scale of 10. Since the cutoff for Astronomy is ...
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Can I use my maiden name professionally if it isn't my legal name anymore? [duplicate]

My bachelors lists my maiden name. I took a 4 year break - during which I got married and took my husband's last name - and will soon be starting my masters and eventually PhD in a STEM field. I would ...
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Applying for a mathematics PhD in the US after getting a BSc degree from Imperial

This summer I finished my BSc maths degree at Imperial College London and ranked around top 5% of the class. I was considering the idea of applying to some US universities like Stanford, Harvard, etc.,...
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Relevance of Research Papers from another field for Grad Admission [duplicate]

I am a student of Indian nationality, currently pursuing my bachelor's in Electronics and Communication Engineering. I wish to pursue a Ph.D. and later a career in astronomy (with an inclination to ...
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Can I defer a math postdoc for a year till I complete my current postdoc? [closed]

I currently have a postdoc position at University X. Now, I was wondering: if I apply to math postdocs advertised by the departments in the U.S. (sth. like Szego Assistant, Benjamin Peirce etc.), ...
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Should I mention my undocumented status in faculty applications?

I am looking to apply to several junior faculty positions this Fall and Winter. Many positions allow you to submit an optional diversity statement where I had intended to discuss my undocumented legal ...
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How do American universities handle cases of discrimination? [closed]

Many non-American students come to America in the hope of good education and support from their academic advisors. How should anyone handle discrimination based on national origin by American ...
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Impact of Master's Degree on Physics PhD Admission in the United States: will I be held to a higher standard?

I am an American undergraduate studying Engineering Physics. I am planning to stay at my current school for a sequential Master's program (in Electrical and Computer Engineering). I wonder if Physics ...
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How can I join a university class conducted online as a non-matriculating student during COVID-19?

I'd like to join a class at a university, as a non-matriculated student, that I can participate in online, due to COVID-19. I already have a PhD (in a technical field), and am looking to take a class ...
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If a research project leads to potential financial benefits, who owns such benefits?

I am deciding if I should follow the academic path or work in industry. One of the perceived benefits of academia is the ownership of your own work, be it papers or patents. I want to know how much ...
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Is industrial organizational (I/O) psychology considered a STEM subject according to USCIS/DHS?

I'm looking to do a PhD in I/O psychology in the US. I learned that only a few psych subjects were considered STEM according to the list released by ICE in 2016 and I/O psychology is not one of them. ...
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Is there any age criteria in selecting new faculty in STEM universities in the USA?

I plan to start my Ph.D. quite late at age 31. I wanted to know if this would have any implications on my career if I decide to stay in academia and apply to faculty positions after completing my Ph.D....
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Is it appropriate to address a PhD holder as “doctor” (without name)?

In the US and Canada, I addressed my lecturers and instructors as "Professor X", "Dr. X", "Mr. X", or "Ms. X" (depending on their formal education and academic ...
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Do I have any chance to get a PhD admission with “scholarship” at the age of 44 from Canada, or USA, Australia, New Zealand? [duplicate]

It was my yearning to pursue my PhD program outside my home country, Iran, but many difficulties, especially financial problems set me back. I have been working since 2001 in different industries. In ...
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Why was I advised to contact prospective advisors when following up on my PhD application?

I applied for a PhD program in a US university for Spring 2021 in the 1st week of August, 2020. I have mentioned a professor's name and work, who encouraged me to apply and permitted me to write his ...
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How to deal with an absentee Ph.D. advisor and selfish fellow Ph.D. student

I am a Ph.D. student in North America, I am three years into a four-year program. The relevant people in this story are my advisor (A), the other Ph.D. student in my group (B). A is a very well ...
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How to proceed after being threatened and treated poorly by university faculty after reporting physical assault? [closed]

I’m an Indian PhD student at a mathematics department in the US. A few months back, I was deliberately shoulder-bumped for a few seconds by another PhD student. This student had previously chased me ...
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Has it become harder for Chinese students to be accepted into graduate programs in the US?

There've been ominous news articles recently about the prospects of Chinese students (here meaning students from the People's Republic of China, as opposed to ethnic Chinese students from other ...
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Does your final-year GPA matter once you apply for graduate school during your undergradate study?

I am a final-year undergraduate student studying Anthropology. And I am willing to apply for graduate school. And I am curious whether one's final-year GPA matters. Because once you apply and receive ...
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How can I accredit my Russian kandidat nauk in biology to PhD in USA?

I have a kandidat nauk in biology from Russia, and as I know it's equivalent to a PhD degree outside post-Soviet countries. My question is what do I need to do to accredit my degree in the USA? Which ...
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Reapplying to graduate schools

This was originally posted on math stackexchange and I was told this would be a better fit. If this isn’t the right place to post this question, please let me know. Question: Is it looked down upon to ...
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Asking a professor if you would be able to manage the material in their graduate course given lack of background

I am a graduate student in a US chemistry department and found a class (mechanical engineering) that would be somewhat helpful for my research but is out of my discipline. I'm not familiar with a lot ...
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Are fear and concerns stemmed from being sexual assaulted generally understandable by grad schools? Would it be seen as a negative trait?

I am a victim of sexual assault and I need to talk to the school (in the US) about it for accommodation reasons. I feel if I don't disclose enough I may not be able to get the accommodation, yet I don'...
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Can I write that I had a phobia in my personal statement?

I am writing a personal statement for a Ph.D. position. I had phobias of animals earlier which I overcame during my in-vivo lab experiments (for which I am really proud of). Do you think its a good ...
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How to search who exactly to cold-email for a research internship?

I am interested in cold-emailing some professors to ask whether they would be willing to offer a research position to me. However, I am not sure who exactly to email. I have an idea of the sub-fields ...
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Excellence as an undergrad Econ major

What defines excellence as an undergrad econ major? I was talking to a few friends in CS and they seem to be very clear on excellence for them - straight As, widely used/well built programs, and a ...
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What is the difference between personal statement and statement of purpose? [duplicate]

I am planning to apply for a Ph.D. program in the USA. Some universities ask for personal statement whereas some for a statement of purpose. What is the main difference?

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