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Are dissertations always submitted to the school library?

I am trying to confirm if an individual actually graduated with a PhD from a university at around 2010. At my university, the PhD theses are archived in the university library. In some cases, the ...
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How to list paper on CV where one is not listed as author

I used to be in the lab of a professor at a top 10 US university with an h-index of 90+ (essentially very well respected). I was working with a PhD student in the same group on a paper (the professor ...
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How do US Math PhD admissions committees view students who come from Industry?

Context I am a few years out of undergrad and have been working in a finance job since I graduated. As an undergraduate I identified going into a math PhD as a very likely plan for myself early on. I ...
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What does it cost for universities and colleges in the U.S. to sponsor H1B and why many of them don't sponsor H1B?

From what I learnt, many universities do not sponsor H1B for postdocs and would like their postdoc employee to use OPT and J1. I wonder if there is a quota restriction (but academic H1B is non-cap) or ...
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How do I know which research directions are the most "fundable"?

I am interested in doing math research that will be fundable. I don't work on anything fancy or prestigious like the p-adic Langlands correspondence though. Should I try to move in a direction where ...
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Will a Second Masters Degree help my chances of getting into a PhD program (Economics)? [duplicate]

I am currently in the second year of my masters degree (MSc. Economics) in India. I want to pursue a PhD (preferably in the US) that is funded. Post my PhD, I want to work in MDBs/International ...
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Does a professor emeritus typically retain full health benefits? [closed]

Across four-year universities in the U.S., do professor emeriti tend to receive full health benefits? Do professors ever retain health benefits in retirement? If not, how do retired professors ...
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What happens when a supervisor doesn't want to supervise a PhD student? [closed]

Suppose a PhD recruitment committee selected and assigned a PhD student to a certain supervisor. However, for some reason, the supervisor doesn't want to supervise this particular student. He wants an ...
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How to move forward after microaggression allegations against my TA

Context: I am an associate professor of mathematics at a small liberal-arts college in the US. I am teaching multiple sections of a general-education mathematics course this fall, and I have an ...
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What type of doctoral robe does law professor get? [closed]

Most law professors have a JD. Often, the JD robe for a school is different. One easy example: Harvard JDs wear a black robe at graduation instead of the crimson robe. At Yale, the JD robe is black ...
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In the U.S., is it appropriate for math professors to ask students to rewrite their messy (poorly handwritten) homework to be graded?

Many students write their math homework assignments in a messy, barely readable way. When I was a student TA/grader, I didn't have the right to ask them to rewrite them. But as a math instructor, I ...
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How should I present my German medical degree (Staatsexammen, Dr. med) degrees in the US?

I have recently graduated in Germany and will be moving to the US. I have completed my medical degree (Staatsexammen) and my doctoral thesis in medicine (Dr. med), so I will have two degrees. For the ...
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Should I contact the search panel before applying for a tenure-track position?

I'm applying for tenure-track jobs in the US and I wanted to know about the American etiquette concerning contacting the search committee before submitting an application. In the UK, where I am based, ...
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Choice of Location for Math PhD Grad

I am currently a data scientist working in natural language processing, with an undergrad background in math and CS, and a masters in CL/NLP. Mathematics was always my preferred area, but I wasn't ...
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Thesis corrections didn't save

I have been a bit "haunted" by something that happened to me in graduate school. After submitting my MA thesis my advisor and the second reader corrected lots of typographical errors. I ...
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Are there fully-funded Software Engineering Masters degrees in USA for UK students? [closed]

I am looking to get into software development. I have an offer for a Masters with a UK university but it an expensive course and the job market is much better in USA, paying much more generously. ...
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Are extremely-time-constrained tests typical of the American higher educational system?

In this video, the guy claims that his sociology test consisted of 38 multiple-choice questions and that he only had 15 minutes to finish it. The lady claims that her control engineering test ...
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How can I develop a "reasonable" list of Ph.D. programs to apply for?

I'm an undergraduate student entering the final year of my program and preparing to apply to Ph.D. programs in physics. I'm currently trying to narrow my options down to 8 or 10 schools that I'll ...
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Should a TA position which requires teaching a class offer more money than one that doesn't?

I am currently a PhD student (international) at a University in the US (TX). I was offered a TA position, however the position requires me to work as an instructor of the course. I worked before as ...
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Roadmap for getting into a US graduate program in physics as an international student

I got admitted to Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University, for a bachelor's in physics. I am starting this fall and it'll take around 4 years to graduate. It'd be good to do the right ...
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Legal procedures for foreigners visiting an American university

I am a professor at an American university, and I regularly invite visitors to campus for short-term visits to give seminar, colloquium, or conference talks. Many of these visitors are not US citizens ...
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How to look for external reviewers (NTT)?

To be promoted in my school as an NTT, one needs external letters of recommendation. The requirements are similar to the tenure promotion recommenders (basically, the recommenders cannot be your ...
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Why do universities consider TOEFL IBT scores by sections, but IELTS scores as an overall band score?

I am aiming to apply for PhD in USA. As I've reviewed the admission requirements for certain universities I noticed that in most of the cases TOEFL scores are considered by sections. For example, in ...
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Co-first author dilemma?

My PI wants to put me as co-first author, listed second, on a paper where I've done about 5-10% of the work. I didn't come up with any of the project, or do any of the writing or analysis, just helped ...
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How to discuss a women's college mission while applying for a job there?

I'm applying for a job at an elite women's liberal arts college, which is part of a co-ed group of liberal arts colleges where students can easily take classes at any of these colleges (in the ...
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Where do French departments in the US posts jobs?

I'm near the end of my PhD and so going on the job market for posts in academia. I'm in linguistics, but I specialize in French. My chair is familiar with where linguistics departments post jobs ...
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SLAC TT job cover letter

I'm applying for a TT job at Smith College and wondered how to go about this. All the information on job applications to SLACs say to make teaching an important part of the cover letter but just how ...
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Should education times include "leave of absences"?

I enrolled in a grad school for two semesters (Fall 2019 and Spring 2020). Because of the Pandemic, I could not continue my studies. I took a "leave of absence" for the next two semesters (...
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Use of Prof title for academic moving from US to UK

In the United States, we use the title Professor or Prof. (in writing) for all faculty at the assistant, associate and full professor levels. In the United Kingdom, we use the title only for the most ...
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Are there lists of academics fired for controversial personal lives?

This previous post explores possibilities of academics not getting hired or getting fired because of their personal lives. Answers and comments there focus on the US legal concept of Protected Classes....
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Specific Advice about Grad-Undergrad Friendships & Relationships (US)

I am 21/M, and I am about to start my PhD at a R-1 university in the US in two weeks (if it matters, it's a southeastern state.) A month ago, I started talking to a 19/F on an online chat platform - ...
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Chances for master student from EU to stay in US as research assistant?

I'm a first year physics master student from EU currently doing a research internship at an Ivy league school in the US. It is also to fulfil the requirement of my home university to get an internship ...
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How common is it for US universities to ask a postdoc to bring their own laptop computer etc.?

I am from Europe, I have a PhD in biology and I'm doing my postdoc in a prestigious US university. I like the lab and I love my job. However, I noticed some important differences compared with EU ...
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Funding for Masters for international students

Is it tough to get funding for a Masters in the USA/Canada? My undergraduate CGPA was 3.94, and I graduated last month, but I don't have any publications yet. My thesis was on VLSI, but I want to ...
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Being asked if I would like to be considered for a non-funded admission offer for PhD math

I had applied to Florida State University, among other schools for a PhD math for fall 2023 and the application is still showing "under review". Recently I finished a 5-week summer research ...
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Should I ask the professor, whether he can give funding for masters instead of phd

I recently had an interview with a professor regarding a PhD opening in their research group, for which I applied and successfully interviewed. The professor has offered me the opportunity to pursue a ...
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What is the etiquette for reaching out to potential PI's in physics?

I'm an undergraduate student majoring in physics and mathematics, who is preparing to begin applying to graduate programs in physics. In doing so, I've reached out to a few people for advice, and I've ...
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As a research assistant professor funded by a NIH grant, can I accept a new job before the grant expires?

I am a senior postdoc in a American university. My PI and myself have written a NIH grant that extends some of the work I have done. If awarded, it will have money to support me for next 3 years (...
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Using preferred name in publications - Green card application

I intend to apply for a green card in the US after my PhD. I want to use my family name in my publications. However, it's not the same name in my passport (legal name). How difficult will it be to ...
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condolence and work-related request in a single email

So my professor lost a family member a couple of weeks ago and went back home. I have not communicated with him since he announced this (in a lab meeting), work-related or otherwise, because I was ...
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Is there a reason Ph.D. programs are focusing on the GPA of the last 60 credits?

I've been researching getting into a Ph.D. program for neuroscience, and I'm seeing stuff like this: A minimum average of 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate ...
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Academic Help - 4 year College transfer

I’m aiming for a BA degree. Basically, I’m taking classes for a AS degree in Computer science and AA, but now I’m nervous since I don’t know the answer for: will both of my AS degrees transfer to a 4? ...
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Earning Additional Income as a (citizen) PhD student in Natural Sciences at a US Institution

I'm used to the UK system, where it is common for PhDs to take on studentships, and supervision roles to supplement their funding while pursuing their PhD. I've been told this is not common in the US (...
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Rejected from grad schools what now? [duplicate]

I just graduated with a bachelor's in mathematics and I want to pursue mathematical logic. After being rejected from all the programs I applied to, I am left with wondering how to move forwards. My ...
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I’m an international PhD student getting kicked out from my research group. I really need a PhD. Any advice?

I'm at the end of my second year in a top chemistry Ph.D. program in the US. Unfortunately, I've been struggling a lot with depression and low energy: I'm having a lot of personal issues, no support ...
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Import of Recommendation letter from a previously submitted graduate application

I got accepted to some graduate program in USA as an international student. For some reason I can not start my program this Fall semester. So I have two options now : defer my admission or submit new ...
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How to proceed with a problem with a professor and class structure as a whole

I am a teaching assistant for an introductory summer term class. I have not previously been a TA for this specific course, but have worked within this department and typically teach an accelerated ...
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Is it common to apply for a tenure track position while having a tenured position?

A colleague of mine has a tenured position in mathematics in Europe. He is interested to move to another country (US, Canada). In order to increase his chances to find a job, he does not mind to apply ...
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Lab is moving to a new university, what's negotiable for research faculty?

I'm research faculty (early career scholar, with more extensive professional background) with a lab at a major R1 and the PI is moving the lab to a recently upgraded R1 in a major metropolitan area. ...
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How to measure performance of a computer science algorithm for an academic paper? Wall clock or cpu time (cycles)? [closed]

I'm a new computer science PhD student tasked with benchmarking the performance of a new algorithm. What is the status quo for measuring performance? Is it wall clock time or cpu time or something ...
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