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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Who exactly is a pseudo professor?

I was recently in a meeting with other university professors and one of them introduced himself as a "pseudo professor". The other, when introducing themselves reiterated that they ...
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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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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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Could I reject an accepted PhD admit after April 15? [duplicate]

I have already clicked on the acceptance of an admit(without funding). The deadline for response is Apr.15th, and I did not have any other options at that time. However, I just received a funding ...
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Does a PhD student get paid without a TA/RA job?

Can a PhD student be paid simply for doing research? If yes, is it applicable right from the beginning? I am talking about UK and the US specifically.
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Should I inform about an updated CV post deadline? (CS PhD USA)

Background: CS Undergrad applying to CS PhD Programs, USA. (Assuming) I have a paper A in review at a Journal B, and I get the acceptance for the same 2 months post the deadline of applying. Question: ...
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Can I ask my supervisor how long would it take to complete my PhD before beginning my PhD studies and post getting acceptance letter?

Can I ask my supervisor how long would it take to complete my PhD before beginning my PhD studies and after getting my acceptance letter? If so, what would be the best way to do so? Country: US/Canada ...
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How good do master's rec letters have to be?

I'm going to be out of undergrad working for 2-3 years before I go back to grad school. My end goal is a PhD, but I would do a Master's first because I think I would be able to hack it financially and ...
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How much does college name matter for doctoral program application? [duplicate]

I wanted to know how much weight the college someone got a master's from matters while applying for a doctoral program? So for instance, if a person is enrolled in a college which is not well known ...
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Do you think it's possible to pay off student debt during a PhD?

I was recently talking to someone who mentioned that they managed to pay off around $40,000 in debt incurred from their masters program, during their PhD. They said they managed to do this from their ...
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Why does the application portal ask 'To what other programs/universities are you applying?' while applying in US universities? [duplicate]

I am applying for higher studies in US universities. Every time I fill up the online form, there is a section where they asked which other universities or programs I am applying too? Why do they ask ...
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Should I include a letter of recommendation in my dossier for teaching positions?

I'm a full professor in a US STEM field about to go on the job market for teaching professorships because of a terminal financial emergency at my current institution (a liberal arts college). I am ...
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Doing an unpaid Post-Doc in the US with own savings, visa

I was wondering if it is possible to do an unpaid post-doc in the united states (Boston, MIT) for one year, especially in regards to the needed visa (I am german). I am unsure if I would be eligible ...
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How do I voice my opinion that the teaching of students is being neglected?

I'm in a Phd program right now and it seems there are some unethical practices going on in my department. Examples include: testing over irrelevant material or material that was not really covered, ...
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Can I change the referee once the letter of reference has been submitted? [closed]

I am applying for a PhD position in US universities. I started an application for a specific university and suggested my referee names. My referees have already submitted their LORs. But I did not ...
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Age restrictions for teaching in united states [duplicate]

I am asking this question in a general sense (in the majority sense) and is not particular to any institute or topic. Is there any upper age limit to join as an assistant professor in the US? If a ...
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Can my former PhD adviser force me to complete tasks after quitting his research group?

I quit my current research group after four and a half years. I am currently looking for other opportunities to join a new research group and finish my PhD. Based on recent meetings with my former PhD ...
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When a public university in the US receives an industry grant or gift funding, is that information publicly accessible?

By "that information", I mean the fact that a firm gave some money to a public university, and perhaps also the amount. If it is publicly accessible, how to access it?
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How relevant are non-top conference papers to a PhD CS admit panel? (USA)

Background: While I am not sure about other fields, Computer science has several conferences an year for multiple of its domain. (there are around 150+ conferences for artificial intelligence alone). ...
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Professor using student paper as an example of what not to do in class?

So a professor used a grad student's paper (anonymously) as an example of what not to do or what she doesn't want to see in the papers. The student was blindsided as the student wasn't notified that ...
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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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Why can't you get an E on a test in the United States? [duplicate]

So, in testing in the USA, an A is the best score you can get. Then comes B, which most students desire, and then comes a C, where you're on the verge of shattering your gradebook by getting a bad ...
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Current timeline for hiring a tenure-track position amid the pandemic

Even though there are already a lot of posts concerning the timeline for hiring a tenure track position in the US, I am curious to know the current timeline amid the COVID-19 pandemic starting 2020. ...
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Would having two words in my surname in my passport be a problem for US colleges/GRE/TOEFL?

I'm Indian and my full name is X Y Z (such as John Doe Johnson). In my passport, Given Name is X and Surname is Y Z. Would that be any issue? Or should I get it corrected to update Given Name to X Y ...
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Applied Mathematics Master's Thesis Practicality

First a little background on me. I am a first semester masters student in applied mathematics who is on the wait list for a decision on admission to the PhD program. I have reached out to a specific ...
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Weightage of a review paper on an undergraduate CV

Background: CS Undergraduate applying to CS PhD (USA) I am involved in a review paper as a 2nd author. The review paper is of a very high quality and most likely will get accepted in a journal with a ...
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What happens when the information of the graduate application and the recommender does not match?

I have applied for Ph.D. positions in US universities (still applying) and I asked one of my collaborators to write a recommendation letter for me. She has my CV. Today she sent me a copy to check if ...
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The role of a good collaborator

I'm midway through a PhD in Physics in the United States. In my short time in academia so far, I've had several distinct kinds of collaborations. I've collaborated with peers who are working on ...
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Is blogging experience (on medium) relevant on the CV for PhD CS Admissions? (US)

Background: Undergrad applying to PhD CS Programs in the US I had done a blogging internship in my sophomore year and I had written 10 blogs during the tenure. All the articles are relevant to my ...
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Why do W (i.e., Withdrawn) grades exist?

At American colleges and universities, it is nearly universally the case, to the best of my knowledge, that students who choose to withdraw from a course after a short window early in the semester ...
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Are American universities letting international students start their PhDs from their home countries? [closed]

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, not only international traveling but also obtaining visas is very difficult and sometimes impossible, depending on the country. Are American universities ...
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My advisor has only met with me twice in the past year. Is this enough cause for me to change advisors?

Social Science PhD student (in the US) here. My advisor does not meet with me (met twice in a year, did not meet the entire summer, took 2 months to reply to email). I feel extremely demotivated. I ...
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Research Scientist vs Staff Scientist in US academia

I am wondering what is the difference between a Research Scientist and a Staff Scientist in the US academia. Are these positions like a senior postdoc?
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Do PhD Committees separate applicants based on whether they are a fresh undergrad or have MS/Work experience? (USA)

Does the PhD admit committee look at applicants differently based on the number of years they have invested? Example: Set 1: Undergraduates directly applying Set 2: Master's applicants Set 3: ...
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How long should I wait for graduate admission decisions before moving on? [closed]

I really searched for advice on this issue but without any luck. So here goes. Background: This concerns PhD admissions to Computer Science in the US. In the current cycle, I applied to ten programs ...
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Why are there so few visiting (research) associate professor position postings?

The field is mathematics (including applied and computational mathematics). While there are plenty of visiting assistant professor position on sites like MathJobs.org, I rarely see visiting associate ...
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Are there official criteria what undergraduate programs in different majors must cover at US schools?

I recently found that the largest share of students in program X at my school do not need to take classes on topic ABC, even though topic ABC is considered as critical and fundamental by virtually ...
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How does the US plan to avoid research falling into Chinese hands work?

U.S. doubles down on protecting university research from China Apparently the US is taking action to "prevent sensitive technology from being stolen by the Chinese military". The article ...
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Are Graduate Fellowships or Research assistants in state university considered a government employees in US?

I am applying for a post which asks me you ever part of government entity like federal/state/local government entities including publicly funded universities. I was a research assistant with ...
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What can I do, being on a Tenure-track position and noticing that the promised start-up package, course release and ... were just false promises?

This fall I started a tenure track position. They offered me a very good start-up package. Half of it was state money for buying equipment and the other half was for course release, research ...
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Waitlist Game Theory - am I just overthinking?

So, I'm on the dreaded waitlist (PoI says I am "near the very top" of the list) for my top choice PhD program and naturally I've spent the past couple days driving myself nuts trying to game ...
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Can we use online video lectures to free university professors from lecturing for lower-division courses in mathematics? [closed]

During the 2020-2021 Covid-19 season, universities and colleges around the world made most of their math classes online over Zoom and many professors have their recorded lectures. Most math lectures ...
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PhD Mathematics Admission Advice

Some background on me: I graduated in 2020 with my BS in Accounting with a minor in Mathematical Sciences from a non-special public university. I decided I wanted to make an educational career change ...
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How Can I Get a full scholarship to a University by my Skills | as an International Student? [closed]

I'm a student in my last year of high school, I'm from Europe but I'm looking for studying Computer Science in USA for the next year. My grades aren't great (around B/B+) and my family can't afford ...
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Exploitation of foreign graduate students [closed]

During my time in graduate school I have noticed that many foreign graduate students basically view graduate school as a way to get into the US that wouldn't normally exist. This creates some ...
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Do US Graduate Admission Committee review and assess International Applicants country-wise?

To be specific, my application field is physics. And I am from a country where students are aggressive on standardized tests like gre's since we put much emphasis on training for these tests. I was ...
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Adjuncting with a "day job"?

Let's say I want to be a college professor, but the field I am interested in is known for having an unbelievably bad job market (worse than usual). We're talking people coming out of top 5 programs ...
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Post Undergraduate Research

I am currently an undergraduate student who has a strong interest in becoming a theoretical physicist. I have applied to 4 physics grad schools this year but it seems that my chances for going to grad ...
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Would I be facing any kind of trouble in the future for leaving my degrees incomplete?

I have dropped out of 2 MSc in CSE programs because of my health issues and lack of proper math background. You can check the full story from my previous question. What should I do now to go ahead ...
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Graduating a year early and applying to a philosophy PHD: looking for advice!

I am currently a second year student at an American mid-ranked liberal arts college, majoring in philosophy with hopes to attend a PHD program in philosophy (in the US) and become a philosophy ...

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