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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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Reapplying to graduate schools

This was originally posted on math stackexchange and I was told this would be a better fit. If this isn’t the right place to post this question, please let me know. Question: Is it looked down upon to ...
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Asking a professor if you would be able to manage the material in their graduate course given lack of background

I am a graduate student in a US chemistry department and found a class (mechanical engineering) that would be somewhat helpful for my research but is out of my discipline. I'm not familiar with a lot ...
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Are fear and concerns stemmed from being sexual assaulted generally understandable by grad schools? Would it be seen as a negative trait?

I am a victim of sexual assault and I need to talk to the school (in the US) about it for accommodation reasons. I feel if I don't disclose enough I may not be able to get the accommodation, yet I don'...
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Can I write that I had a phobia in my personal statement?

I am writing a personal statement for a Ph.D. position. I had phobias of animals earlier which I overcame during my in-vivo lab experiments (for which I am really proud of). Do you think its a good ...
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How to search who exactly to cold-email for a research internship?

I am interested in cold-emailing some professors to ask whether they would be willing to offer a research position to me. However, I am not sure who exactly to email. I have an idea of the sub-fields ...
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Excellence as an undergrad Econ major

What defines excellence as an undergrad econ major? I was talking to a few friends in CS and they seem to be very clear on excellence for them - straight As, widely used/well built programs, and a ...
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What is the difference between personal statement and statement of purpose? [duplicate]

I am planning to apply for a Ph.D. program in the USA. Some universities ask for personal statement whereas some for a statement of purpose. What is the main difference?
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Should undergraduates add a “course-based research experience” section in their CVs?

I am an undergraduate student in the US getting ready to apply for some research internships as well as cold emailing some professors for some opportunities (all in the US). This will be the first ...
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Relative Advantages/Disadvantages of Interdisciplinary Degree vs Discipline-Specific Degree

I am applying for a PhD and when I was speaking to my potential advisor they discussed the possibility of me applying for an interdisciplinary degree that is offered by the institution as an option ...
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Pre-tenure faculty - should I ignore all possible troubles to get tenured?

I'm a tenure-track assistant professor who started in this fall. I heard that I should not get involved in any issues or conflicts to get tenured. However, I am unsure about this situation. I was in ...
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Is “cum laude with honors” meaningful or a tautology in the US?

In the following video, an expert witness is relating her academic background and, at one point she states that she graduated "cum laude with honours". Having looked at various sources I ...
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How much time do I have after drop out to come back to my country? [closed]

I am a full funded international student of PhD grade in US. I like to know if I drop out the study, how much time do I have to stay in US before come back to my country?
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Does a college have a legal obligation to offer advertised courses?

If a US college/university advertises itself as having a certain major, with supporting courses, are they legally obliged to offer the courses or similar ones? I am thinking of a new program where the ...
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I want to review my old college applications via FERPA - is this possible?

Several years ago I applied to a bunch of universities, many of which rejected or waitlisted me. Since then, there has been a lot of discussion about transparency in the college admissions process, ...
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Can FERPA or privacy laws be used to censor medical information on my college transcript?

I had to medically withdraw from one semester at an American university due to documented illness. My transcripts indicate that the withdrawal is due to a medical reason. Can I use FERPA or other ...
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Do instructors have the right to know how many students test positive for COVID-19?

My university tests every student. So they have the data. I can understand that for privacy, the names of the students who tested positive are not released to the public or the instructors. But do ...
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Should I approach my boss from my previous company for a LOR for my Master’s in Computer Science (From USA)?

I graduated in 2018 (in computer science) and worked in an education startup (Sept'18-Feb'19), as a co-founder of sorts, and later joined a well-known company in Mar'19 and have been working there ...
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Addressing Background Deficiencies In Statement of Purpose: An Initial Solution

Background: Did an economics major after switching out of physics and I did a math minor in university with somewhat inconsistent math grades (A+, A-, D, C+, ... ). The reason behind my grade spread ...
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How late is too late to reply to a professor's email? [duplicate]

I decided to make a separate post for this question, though I've mentioned it in other posts. A couple of weeks ago, I emailed a professor at another university about advising me, and I also brought ...
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Origin of 7 year sabbatical leave cycle

I believe many US universities have a 7-year cycle for sabbatical leave. For example, at my university a full-time tenure-track faculty is eligible for sabbatical leave after 7 years of continuous ...
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When to leave a postdoc as foreigner that doesn't have enough courage because of current global situation? [closed]

so i joined a postdoc in US six months back. Had to move from India. Even after six months have no clue what im working on how to proceed with work. I make suggestions to the PI but he shoots them ...
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Applying Late to Mathematics Graduate School

I have posted a similar question to this previously, but would like to reword it and re-ask it. I just recently completed my undergraduate studies with a degree in mathematics from a relatively well-...
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Graduate coursework for graduate admissions [closed]

I’m a rising senior in a mathematics program, and I’m planning to apply to top US schools in maths in the fall. I’ve completed most of my undergrad coursework requirements, and I’m looking into what I ...
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I have a crappy undergraduate.Does a Masters help me to get through the eligibility of the university? [closed]

This is what the university reads,"Admission to the doctoral Materials Science and Engineering Program (MSEP) requires a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). A Master of Science ...
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Is it acceptable for a professor to have multiple girlfriends at the same time? [closed]

A professor I'm familiar with has multiple partners, none of whom are his direct students, supervisees, or university affiliates. As he married to none of them, I understand that having multiple ...
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How to deal with hostility from administrators when starting a new postdoc position?

I applied for a postdoc at a lab in the US as I really liked the work of that lab. I had the initial interview with the professor and then with the lab members. All went well and the professor ...
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How does the American PhD system works for foreign students? [duplicate]

I'm a MSc Theoretical Physics student from Italy, and I'll most likely graduate around the end of next year: for the Italian academic system, this means that I'll be ready to try to get into a PhD ...
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What criteria are used to rank graduate programs? [duplicate]

I'm only asking this out of curiosity since I've seen posts/discussions about getting into "top" graduate programs etc. This mentally (wanting to get into a "top" ranked program) ...
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Which ranked universities in the USA is easier to get a PhD admission with low cgpa and high research skills? [closed]

I want to apply for a Ph.D. position in the USA (departments related to health sciences) in the upcoming session. My bachelor's GPA is very low (below 3.00). I have worked hard to cover it up and now ...
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Objectively speaking, is the opportunity cost of doing a PhD in STEM higher than it was compared to decades ago?

Here's somethings that are well established: being a PhD student is a (albeit, temporary) career-path with the poorest education-level/income ratio. It has been estimated that Post-Doc salary is ...
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A university's odd rule that inevitably affects students' final grades

My university had a quite strange rule that set an upper limit 78 on the average grades for each course. To be more specific, even if you're the number one student in your school, your GPA will still ...
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3.15 Undergrad 3.952 Masters Can I still get a PhD? [duplicate]

I got my BSc in Computer Science and AI abroad in the United Kingdom and now I am back in America, Finishing up my Masters in Data analytics and visualization. after translating the grade back to the ...
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Does the Americans With Disabilities Act require accommodations for students whose disability prevents them from behaving ethically? [closed]

Does the Americans With Disabilities Act require accommodations for university students whose disability prevents them from behaving ethically? Does it forbid punishment of unethical behavior which is ...
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Enquiry emails for grad school

I will be applying for grad school soon and have drafted a few informal enquiry emails. When would be the best time to send out informal enquiry emails to potential supervisors? Would it be advisable ...
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Trouble finding good letter writers for math grad school due to switching programs

I'm planning to apply to top US grad schools in the fall, and out of all the required documents, I would say that my weakest link would be in the quality of my recommendation letters. I'm currently ...
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Correct regalia when collecting a masters degree but you already hold a doctorate [duplicate]

What is the correct regalia to wear in the United States when you receive a Masters degree but you have previously earned a doctorate. (And you own your doctoral regalia ) I.e. you’re a physician and ...
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Will taking unpaid leave hurt tenure process?

I am in the last year of my tenure clock and will be submitting my tenure package this Fall. However, I will not be able to teach on campus this Fall partly due to COVID-19 disruption (school closing ...
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Have US universities seen a significant increase in administrative workforces relative to academic activity?

I was recently made aware of a study (caveat: from 2014) indicating that, supposedly, US academic institutions have taken on non-academic staff at a much higher overall rate than the increase in the ...
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Is a student eligible for PhD in Mathematics from top US universities with just B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology) in Electrical Engineering? [closed]

I have completed by B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology) in Electrical Engineering from India, and I have since then been teaching Mathematics to the students aspiring for the IIT-JEE examination for ...
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Going into a PhD in Europe or US [closed]

I am an International Student perusing a Masters in Actuarial Science in the US. I did my Bachelors here in the US (Actuarial Science), worked for 2 years as an Actuarial Analyst in the US. I am doing ...
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Is it inappropriate to ask department staff for syllabi previously used for courses I am to teach in upcoming year?

I've been hired to teach two courses as an adjunct professor in the US (my first time teaching). I would like to review syllabi previously used for these courses, simply to inform my thinking on these ...
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How long does a PhD take in the United States? [duplicate]

How many years does it take to get a PhD in the USA? What is the typical time to degree? I heard a rumor it was five years.
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May F1 students with a US PhD receive their stipend if they leave the country? [closed]

I am considering returning to my home country since my PhD classes are being offered optionally online (which means we can take them both in person or online) for the fall semester, and the US state I ...
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Choosing an undergraduate research advisor

I'm looking to complete a senior thesis (I would also want to do other research, but I doubt the viability of this) as an undergrad and I need help understanding how I would go about choosing the ...
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How Well is a US College Degree Accepted in Québec? [closed]

Though originally a Québecker, I am soon to graduate in the United States with a bachelor's in Computer Information Systems, and a bachelor's in Graphic Design, from a college accredited by TRACS. I ...
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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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Does politics and perception play a role in higher education? [closed]

One of my friends is now living in North America. He was enrolled in a Social Science-related program in one of the most reputed universities in North America. Right now, his degree is hanging in a ...
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Outreach activities in the COVID era

All the outreach activities planned this year for my project have been cancelled due to COVID-19 disruptions. These include Summer math camp for high school students and seminar in local high schools. ...
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Will there be consequences for not participating in ShutDownSTEM?

I am a tenure-track researcher in STEM fields. On June 9th, I was told that all meetings scheduled next day were cancelled so that we can be a part of #ShutDownSTEM. I was not aware of it, and I ...
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Postdoc salaries/taxes in California (Caltech) for foreigner

I have seen some confusing information online. I am looking into postdoc positions at Caltech (Pasadena, CA). From my understanding, the annual salaries are somewhere in the 55k - 60 k range. What ...

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