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 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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Would blogs and extracurricular activities be considered for admission to master's programs in the US and Canada?

I am a 16-year-old from India, and I am currently in my Junior Year of high school. I'm planning to apply to master's programs in six years' time (two years to prepare for a very tough competitive ...
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Is there any point in keeping the paper versions of one's college diplomas?

Aside from decoration, memory, self-infatuation or other personal reason, is there any non-personal reason in keeping the paper versions of one's college diplomas? Or can one just throw them away and ...
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Can I withdraw from a fully funded PhD offer from US just before joining date as I got a Job in industry and don't feel like doing a PhD anymore?

I am an international student currently working in my home country - India. I got admitted for a fully-funded PhD program in the US. Although I was very confident about doing a PhD when I applied for ...
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Understanding position for graduate school [duplicate]

I'm an 3rd year undergraduate student graduating this year studying computer science at a top 20 (read 10-20) school. I'm not sure how to even begin evaluating where I am compared to other students so ...
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Whom should I take recommendation letter from?

I am applying for a Ph.D. position in US universities. I am confused about whom should I use as one of my recommenders? One of them is from the school from which I graduated and he is the department ...
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Is programming experience relevant in a pure Math graduate program?

Programming skills such as experience with Java, Python, C++ or work experience as a software developer can be indispensable for applied mathematicians. How useful is it to have such experiences as a ...
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Graduate students funding availability in Pure vs Applied Math

Universities in the U.S. are sometimes limited in how many students they can accept by the available funding. How does funding compare in Pure vs. Applied departments? Is one generally more funded ...
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Converting my marks from Indian to US grading system makes it appear low [closed]

My profile: BSMS from IISER Trivandrum (7.67/10 overall; 8.5 in MS alone). MBA from MANAGE Hyderabad (74%). I'm applying to US universities for coming Fall 2022, for PhD in Marketing. However when ...
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Do outside-funded graduate students normally have TA or grading responsibilities in the US?

Assuming a student has full funding from an outside source. Do the TA and grading responsibilities become optional?
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In the US, can a college require a student to purchase an access code to turn in homework?

A friend of mine is attending a nursing program in the state of Washington. I was surprised to learn that her college is forcing everyone in the program to purchase an "e-access code" for a ...
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Can a student who graduated from a lower-ranking school in a developing country be admitted to a graduate school in a western country?

Most colleges in developing countries are sub-par by western academic standards. In one developing country, for example, professors are not obliged by law or by their institutions to pursue a doctoral ...
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How much weight do LoRs from Indian professors carry for US PhD admissions?

I'm applying to PhD admissions to the US. My undergraduate college is in India (non-IIT/NIT/BITS), where professors often ask students to draft their own recommendation letters. How much weight, if ...
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Accepting two offers for PhD in USA before April 15th

Suppose I accept two offers before April 15th and then get two I-20s issued. It is up to me to choose the one university I want to go to and I am the one who has to complete the SEVIS formalities by ...
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What is "Residency (Tuition) Claim" in the US universities?

I am an international student and applying for Ph.D. in a university in the US. The application portal is prompting me to select (Yes/No) the "Residency (Tuition) Claim" of that state. It is ...
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Is it normal for a professor to schedule a late night exam?

I'm in my first year of a PhD program in the U.S. One of my professors scheduled a midterm exam for 8:30-11pm at night, and I think it will be very hard for me to stay up that late for an exam. I'm ...
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What I can do to get a PhD position in the USA when my GPA is below 3.0?

I am looking for a Ph.D. position in the USA. My GPA is less than 3 which is the minimum for most universities. So I write to program coordinators with my CV before I apply. Till now only 1/2 have ...
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A student offered to let me read my letter of recommendation for a mentorship award

I am a graduate student at a US university, and earlier this week I asked a former undergraduate mentee if in her evaluation I qualified for an "excellence in mentorship" award. She ...
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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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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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Why do Americans care so much about recommendation letters?

In Europe, we judge students based on their work and abilities. How are their grades? Do they have relevant work experience (TA/RA, maybe part-time industry work, etc)? What projects have they done? ...
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Whom should I ask for letters of recommendation?

I am an undergraduate in an engineering field in the United States planning to apply to graduate schools, but am struggling to figure out who I should ask for letters of recommendation. Currently I ...
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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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Solliciting letter of recommendation from student for tenure package

A colleague of mine in a US institution included letters from some of his (undergraduate) research assistants in his tenure package / dossier. I was wondering If such practice was common, What should ...
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Are the opportunity costs of pursuing a STEM PhD in the US higher than decades ago?

Here are some things that are well-established: Being a PhD student is a (albeit, temporary) career-path with the poorest education-level/income ratio in the United States. It has been estimated that ...
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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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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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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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How difficult and common is it to switch labs after starting a PhD?

I am having troubles deciding between pursuing a PhD in lab that is more bioinformatics flavored or a lab that is more computationally flavored. What are the risks associated with switch labs after ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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