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Will a British MRes degree be beneficial for applying to US PhD programs

I'm a BA(Hons) Sociology graduate with a 2:1 in my degree. I applied to some PhD programs in the US but was rejected with no reason provided but it was likely due to a lack of research experience ...
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Most important things I should do during my CS undergrad if I want to get into a PhD program in the US

I recently switched my major to Computer Science at a top university in Costa Rica. I'm seeking advice on things I should do during my undergrad to improve my chances of gaining admission to a ...
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Will I be facing entitled students everywhere?

I work at a small regional university in the United States. Teaching takes up a significant portion of my time and energy, but I still enjoy it. I primarily teach undergraduate courses in math and ...
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Can I get funding for graduate study in the US with 3.4-3.5 GPA and 3 Cs in undergrad? [closed]

I'm from the Middle East, and I'm pursuing my bachelor's degree in Physics. I am looking for scholarship opportunities in the U.S., but I'm concerned about my GPA. I anticipate graduating with a GPA ...
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Is my topic of research internship going to affect my choice of future field? [closed]

I am currently pursuing a physics major and am in my second year at university. Currently, I am working on a project with a professor from a different university on quantum matter wave scattering, who ...
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Sources supporting sabbatical in the US for foreign mathematicians [closed]

I would be interested to spend my sabbatical year at one of the US math departments. I am a tenured mathematician affiliated with a non US university. I do not have a US citizenship. What are the ...
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Are general elective grades important when applying to a U.S. pure math PhD program?

I know this question may have no definitive anwser at all, please bear with me. I just finished my 3rd year of university, and I have one year and a semester left until (hopefully) getting into a math ...
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To apply for a CS PhD, is it a good idea to first get into a master’s program but a less competitive track to enter a top school?

I am applying for CS graduate school in the US this fall. I have a moderate 3.6 GPA in a public ivy university that is about top 60 nationwide. I do not have much research experience (I regretted ...
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Understanding the PhD Applicant Selection Process in US Universities: Committee vs. Professor-Based? [duplicate]

I'm interested in understanding more about how PhD applicants are selected in US universities. Specifically, I'm looking to find out whether a committee predominantly makes these decisions or if ...
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How Should I Convert My GPA for PhD Applications in the USA?

I am in the process of applying for PhD programs in the United States and am facing a dilemma regarding my GPA format. My current university uses a 20/20 grading scale, and I am unsure if I should ...
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Applying to math PhD with CS undergrad

As the title suggests, I am a CS undergraduate who wants to apply to math PhD programs in the US. I should also mention that I live and study outside the US. The problem is that my undergraduate ...
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Why do most American universities offer funded PhD positions but not similar opportunities for Master's programs?

I've noticed that in the U.S., universities commonly provide funding for PhD students in AI/ML fields, including scholarships, assistantships, and fee waivers. In contrast, Master's students have ...
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Pharmaceutics PhD in the USA where most time is spent in home country

Can apply for a PhD in pharmaceutics or clinical pharmacy in the USA? I already have a master's degree from Egypt. I was told that it is possible to enroll in a PhD program there and travel to the USA ...
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If the test agency send the scores today, how long does it take for university to receive it electronically? [closed]

I have already received IELTS test score report form. If the test agency send the scores today, how long does it take for university to receive it electronically? I am applying into the PhD program,...
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Supervising students in summer (US specific)

I have recently joined a US university on a 9-month tenure-track appointment. As I do not have any grant funding yet, my summer will be unpaid, so I pursued (and managed to get) a visiting researcher ...
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Generally, can a recent PhD graduate have too many peer-reviewed academic journal articles?

Generally, can a recent PhD graduate have too many academic journal articles (peer-reviewed papers)? It was suggested to me by one gentleman in my field (theology) that more than 4 might be suspicious,...
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German Equivalent of my Ph.D. in Computer Engineering

I got my Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from an ECE Department at a US university and need a printout of my degree and institution from anabin.kmk.org. The institution I found. The degree I cannot find....
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What should you do when asked by the chair to raise course grade distribution when the students do not deserve it?

I am an adjunct in a reputable North American university. It is my first semester teaching an upper-year/beginning graduate-level course. A student raised a complaint against me to the chair of the ...
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What are the pros and cons of working in a small or a large department?

If somebody has two tenure-track offers from two institutions of similar standing, with similar pay and tenure requirements, but one has a large department and one a small one, what are the pros and ...
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Would a 3.5 grade in the subject that I want to specialize in have a negative impact on my grad application? [duplicate]

I'm applying to math PhD programs in the US (I'm also in the US). In my statement of purpose, I write that I want to specialize in probability theory. However, this semester I took a measure-theoretic ...
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How many new course preps before tenure (R1, US, Humanities)?

I'm a humanities researcher at an R1 university, just a few years into the tenure track. So far, the job's been pretty dominated by prep for my courses. I've been getting better at it, but there's no ...
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Personal/Diversity Statement

I advised students to spend several weeks crafting a statement of purpose for PhD applications in the US, and have reviewed them. However, many students now report that there is an additional "...
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Appropriate/smart ways to decline students' requests of "begging for better grades" at the end of the semester without being too hurtful

Normally at the end of semester, there are always a couple of students begging for better grades. Let me just list a few sample cases: Case 1: I worked really hard during the semester. I attended all ...
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Salary Disparities Between Fields

Have professors just come to accept that there are significantly higher salaries in certain academic fields (generally engineering, some business, law, etc.)? Does it ever cause tension within a ...
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How to deal with inappropriate hiring instructions that are only given verbally?

Suppose I am chairing a hiring committee for a faculty position in a north American university, and suppose the administration have some verbal instructions on how the search should be conducted that ...
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In addition to naming three professors, should I mention that I am open to working with other professors in SOP?

I am naming three professors from specific Ph.D. programs with whom I have identified similarities in our research interests in my SOP. In the last sentence, I want to mention that I am also ...
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Interviewing Questions on Teaching

I've got an interview for tenure-track teaching jobs at an R1 and liberal arts college in the US. As part of the application, they've seen a cover letter, CV, teaching statement, 3 syllabi, and ...
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Mailing address for retired people in teaching applications

I am applying to be a lecturer, where most of my references are professional references. I am being asked for a mailing address for references. Professionally, it seems awkward to ask for someone's ...
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Pronouns of professors in Statement of Purpose

In recent years, we have seen the emergence of numerous pronouns beyond the regular he/him and she/her, such as they/them, Xe/xem, Ver/vir, and many more. However, the issue arises when browsing ...
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Attendance Date in PhD

I am applying for PhD for Fall 2024 in the US, I am still pursuing my masters degree. In the applications they ask for the attendance date for every institution, I am expecting to graduate in Spring ...
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How important is to show Extracurricular or Leadership skills in SOP apart from academic background and research interests?

I have an 83-word small paragraph in my SOP (computer science, PhD) mentioning that I am the honorary moderator of a computer club and how I organize events and motivate students to participate in ...
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I can't afford to pay for Statement of Purpose (SOP) proofread. What should I do?

Reliable SOP proofreading services are very costly, almost around $150-$200. I have written an SOP for my Ph.D. program in the USA, which is almost 1400 words, but I need to reduce it to 1000 words. ...
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What is considered a good research record for an assistant professor job (tenure-track)? [closed]

I'm a tenure-track professor in Brazil (and will receive tenure next year). However, I'm currently applying for some tenure-track jobs in USA. Currently, I'm developing my statements (research, ...
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How to prioritize which content to mention and what not in the Statement of Purpose

I am applying for the CS Ph.D. program in the USA. While writing my Statement of Purpose (SOP), I realized I have a multitude of accomplishments to convey. For instance, I hold both undergraduate and ...
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Government Job Hiring Process

I was recently contacted out of the blue by one of the national labs about a social science research position. I met with three members of the team shortly thereafter and they pitched the position to ...
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Should I submit my math subject GRE score? (Engineering undergraduate applying for Applied Math MS)

I scored 740 (63 percentile) in the math subject GRE. I am applying for a masters in Applied Math in the US. Given most unis have the GRE requirement optional, would submitting the score affect my ...
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How to mark paper as mainly my work before moving institutions

I have a paper that has some important work. I recently graduated and am about to work at a top 5 tech firm's AI research division. As part of the interview, they seemed really excited about this work ...
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How do I salvage my thesis and move on with my life

So I am a MS student somewhere on the east coast US as an international student. I have a rough draft of my MS thesis. I have been struggling really badly with motivation. I feel like I am able to the ...
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Do I still have a chance of funding with low english proficiency test scores?

I am from Georgia (the country) and I aim to apply for a mathematics Phd in the US. My application in general is good. I have Gpa of 3.96, strong letters of recommendations, two preprints etc. But my ...
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In college and grad-school applications, will the information of self-identified sex information be shared among all reviewers?

Speaking out one's own unusual sexual identity and unusual sex-orientation sometimes take a huge amount of bravery, yet most university applicants in USA are required to disclose that information (...
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Do university departments take on additional faculty members for existing lab groups?

I am coming into (hopefully) the last year of my PhD and starting to think more seriously about next steps. I am really enjoying my research, as well as several teaching assistant experiences that I ...
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Do all 3 recommendation letters carry equal weight? [closed]

In most of the universities in the USA/Canada, they want 3 letters of recommendation (LOR). I am curious to know do the admission committee reads or reviews all 3 LORs equally or do they give more ...
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Should I make room in the my cover letter for a service paragraph or can the CV take care of the service element?

I'm applying for a tenure-track job in a small humanities field at a good, well-respected university. As you might expect, the ad says that candidates should "demonstrate a strong commitment to ...
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Feasibility of a Makeup Exam

I'm currently a TA for a first-year math course (at a US university), and one of my students wasn't feeling well on the day of the midterm exam for this course. They emailed the instructor their ...
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Is it a red flag if a faculty offer is rescinded during negotiations, then reinstated when I agree to accept it on the spot? [closed]

Shortly after interviewing for a tenure-track Assistant Prof. position at a public R1 university, the Dept. Chair called to inform me that they were planning to make me an offer. After 4-5 email ...
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EU recognition of US postdoc without PhD

I originally got an MD from an EU country, and I'm currently working in the US as a postdoc (doing research only, not clinical work). I was lucky to get this postdoc position without the need for a ...
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Inquiries about affiliation of some universities to US universities [closed]

In some countries, I have seen that some universities are affiliated to US universities. What is the meaning of this affiliation? Does it have any affect on the educational system and quality of that? ...
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Submitted machine learning paper but realized citations did not build after deadline

I submitted a paper in a major machine learning conference two days ago, just before the paper submission deadline after the abstract submission deadline. I realized a few hours after the deadline ...
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Realized error in testing of machine learning paper

I submitted a paper in a major machine learning conference recently. The paper submission deadline passed ~2 weeks ago and the appendix submission deadline passed ~1 week ago. I just realized an issue ...
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Top 3% in Reference Letter when applying to Yale

I am applying for a master's program at Yale university. My advisor has given me a draft of his reference letter for me. Overall it is a very nice letter, and finishes "[name] always shows great ...
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