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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 is the equivalent of European "seminar" in US universities?

At my Czech university where I study computer science (but I believe math and physics are organized the same way here), most courses have both lectures (professor presenting the topic to a large class)...
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How important is the statement of purpose in a PhD application for admission to a top school in the US?

According to this MIT statement of purpose guideline, the statement of purpose seems to be an important part of a PhD application. However, I have also heard that, in the case of MIT, the statement of ...
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What percentage of admitted phd students have peer-reviewed publications?

I'm interested in knowing what percentage(a rough estimate) of admitted phd applicants in top-60 university have peer-reviewed papers. I'm particular interested in theoretical computer science.
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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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Why there is a lack of transparency in US tenure-track job searches?

I find it strange that most US departments have so little transparency in tenure-track jobs searches. In the UK the system is a little cleaner. Jobs are generally announced in one place (jobs.ac.uk) ...
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Government Shutdown - application deadlines for fellowships and grants [closed]

Will application deadlines for federally-funded fellowships and grants be extended, due to the ongoing government shutdown here in the States? Is there even anyone to contact (and get a response from)...
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Could research data fall under the Freedom of Information Act?

When I refer to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) I mean either the federal act or similarly implemented state laws. Clearly the validity of such requests would have to be limited to institutions ...
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How do professors choose their summer salary?

In the United States, most professors are paid by the university on a 9 month basis for teaching (Sep - May). During the summer months a professor is typically paid from their grants and other revenue ...
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Can an international student gain admission to medical school in the USA?

I have been an international student in the US for quite a few years now (since 11th grade, 4 years to be exact), and I have always been interested in studying medicine in order to become a doctor. ...
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US accreditation and online degrees

In the past I have never worried too much about accreditation, because it was fairly easy to tell reputable schools apart from the mail order degrees. Unfortunately, this line is getting blurred by ...
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Impact of type of institution (public vs. private) on long-term tenure track career perspectives

I am curious about to what degree and how, if any, type of educational institution (public vs. private) has an impact on long-term career perspectives in academia (with eventual target of a tenure-...
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How to write the Graduate Coordinator regarding admission

I have received an admission offer* from a US University for PhD program with full tuition waiver plus a TA offer. The deadline of accepting the offer is April 15. Graduate coordinator wrote me that ...
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PhD program application - CV (3+ pages) versus resume (1-2 pages) in the US

I am applying to neurobiology Ph.D. programs in the US that focus on disease research. I am seeking opinions on my personal situation regarding the decision to include either a resume (1-2 sides) OR ...
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How to deal with a professor skipping his office hours?

As a preface, this is a related question but it is from a different perspective. I am an undergraduate student in physics and have a professor that routinely ignores his own office hours. He has ...
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How can I help my advisor not lose face when changing from a thesis to non-thesis program?

I am a comajor masters student who is experiencing difficulties in timely responses from my advisor. It has taken an average of almost 4 months for me to get feedback each time I have received ...
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Should I disclose gender, race, disabilities etc. in tenure track job applications?

I am applying for assistant professor positions in the U.S. and Canada, and I often have to fill in forms of voluntary self-identification disclosing my gender, race, veteran status, disabilities etc. ...
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Do they really mean "in all areas" and "will continue to be accepted until..." in Computer Science faculty opening ads in the US?

The following is an extension of the question Job applications reviewed "until the position is filled" (i.e. soft deadline): What does that really mean?. In most US job announcements of ...
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Can deadlines for PhD admission in US be approximated?

I am expecting to finish my masters degree in computer science by mid October and then I was planning to apply for a PhD program this year. My question is, how much time will I have after being done ...
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How common is mandatory attendance-taking in college courses in US?

A recent SE Academia question asked about how best to implement a university's requirement that the instructor must keep attendance records for all students. The top-voted answer there was to simply ...
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Do you necessarily need to wait one year before attending a PhD in the US?

I see many LinkedIn profiles from Ivy League graduates that start a Ph.D. program only a few months after they get their Bachelor's (assuming that they graduate early in the summer). Given that ...
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Are there post-doc grants available for non-US citizens in the US?

I was looking for postdoctoral grants/fellowships for a potential post-doc opportunity in the US. It appears as the entire grant/fellowship system is geared towards US citizens, or permanent residents ...
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What are the major ethical concerns with private tutoring?

I'm currently a computer science graduate student on a low stipend, and have started spending a few hours per week tutoring undergraduates to help make ends meet. I love teaching and want to be a help ...
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How formal should a recommendation be in the US?

I am a lecturer in a European university. A student from my department asked me to write a recommendation for a program somewhere in the US that he wants to attend. I have read the horror stories ...
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Funding of research by commercial companies, what is the sentiment in the USA?

I attended graduate school in Switzerland, where for engineering, it is not uncommon to have research projects that are funded, in part, by commercial companies. I'm not talking about consulting, but ...
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How does hiking in Himalayas show academic promise, as an admission criterion?

I am a student from India and I have been reading a lot about graduate admissions in US lately. I have read in some article that an average(below average) applicant from the "maybe" pile is moved to ...
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How to find GPA distributions for US universities

I have been tasked with making a grade equivalence table for a small list of US universities to translate to grades at a European university. To do this I thought it would be easiest just to look at ...
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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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Is it even useful to report cheating anymore?

I'm taking my 8th course since the Covid-19 shutdown of universities has forced everyone to come home. When looking up stuff, I have inevitably come across almost all the questions from psets, quizzes,...
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Is obtaining a professorship contingent upon the ability to secure federal grants?

I am a DACA student in the US in my last year of my PhD program, and that means that I will be applying for postdoc and professor positions. However, DACA status means that I am ineligible to apply ...
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Interdisciplinary PhDs?

Is there such a thing as an interdisciplinary PhD, where the student chooses the fields, courses, etc.? If so, which U.S. universities offer such a thing?
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Is it okay to leave a conference paper as a pre-print?

Background: I just got an acceptance for a conference paper. While the conference isn't half bad (Nothing top of the domain. It's a top 80 conference in my domain as per guide2research), they are ...
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Statement of purpose: how important is correctness of grammar and punctuation?

English is not my first language, and I am concerned that my statement of purpose might contain some grammatical and punctuation mistakes that neither Microsoft word nor I can see. What is the best ...
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GRE: how important is it to get it in time?

I am student at a UK institution and looking to apply for a PhD programme in the USA. The application deadlines are nearing and I haven't taken the GRE general test yet. It seems that if I take the ...
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Difference between public and private university education

Is there any noticeable difference between public and private university in US in terms of the education provided. Or, the only thing that matters is the way that universities are funded. For example ...
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How common is a must-pass-final requirement?

For a course with a final exam, is it more common to: (a) require that the final exam be passed to pass the course, or (b) allow for a student to fail the final exam and still pass the course? How ...
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Consequence of declining an accepted offer after the universal deadline 15th April

This is my cousin's problem. In the first week of March he was offered a PhD offer (Upper Middle ranked School in USA) in Physics and he received his I-20 to get the visa.The admit was fully funded. ...
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Should I do a second PhD in Canada or the US?

I am three years into a PhD in Germany in an interdisciplinary social sciences field (Global Integration/Global Studies), but I am quite disillusioned with the faculty and the quality of guidance here....
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What is actually confidential in communications in state universities?

I have been hearing things like nothing you write in an email is confidential in state universities because of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or other similar state laws. Questions: Can I ...
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Applying twice for the same position

I applied for a tenure-track assistant professorship position in computer science (CS) in the US. The particular opening announcement was broad, non-specific to the subarea. In my application, I ...
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In case of admission of international students, do the US,Canadian universities prefer more on TOEFL than IELTS?

TOEFL and IELTS are both standardized test and used as a measurement for English language proficiency.Do the universities have any particular preference in case of admission (MS/Ph.D) of international ...
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Math PhD Applications: Is it better to show just my good GRE score, or should I also send my low initial score?

I am applying for mathematics PhD programs in the United States. I did not major in mathematics as an undergrad and I did not do so well the first time around on the GRE Math subject test (about ...
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Can individual international scholars apply for US federal funds?

When checking the grants.gov I found that individuals can directly apply for available grants. Since it was not mentioned that individuals should be US citizen, I thought that everyone can apply, and ...
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What are the advantages of top 20 universities over top 70s for CS PhD in USA? [duplicate]

I am a Computer Science M.Sc. Student in a university in a developing country. I am planning to apply for PhD this year. Actually my main reasons to not continue my PhD here, are the issues related to ...
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What is a "residency requirement" in the context of Canadian and US PhD programs?

An acquaintance is planning to apply to law schools for a Ph.D in Canada. She is reading about the residency requirement and is sure that it means that she would have to live on-campus, possibly even ...
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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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In a statement of purpose for a PhD in computer science in the US is it better to express interest in a single subdiscipline or multiple? [duplicate]

It seems that if I were to just express interest in a single subdiscipline (computer networking for example), and none of the networking professors are taking on students, I would not be considered ...
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Do US PhD programs prefer applicants without a Master's degree?

The question is essentially in the title. Do PhD programs in the United States prefer it if an applicant does not have a master's degree beforehand? This question is particular to engineering, as I ...
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Final Exam: Proficiency Needed for Guaranteed Pass

Is it common to guarantee students a passing course grade if they demonstrate proficiency in some subset of topics/skills on a final exam? Note that this is in contrast to setting an upper bound on a ...
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Is there an equivalent in another country of the French "CIFRE"?

A "CIFRE" in French is another type of doctorate where the French government helps to fund a company to hire a doctorand. There are several differences between a CIFRE and a "doctorat&...
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Statement of purpose for applying to graduate school in a different field of study than high school

I have to write a statement of purpose for a computer science graduate program. In high school I was in a different field of study (aeronautics), then I switched to computer science for my ...