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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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No Letterhead or official email id for Letter of recommendation

I worked with a professor on my final year project who has now left the college to finish his Ph.D. He is currently working as an assistant professor at some other college. As I worked closely with ...
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If one professor gives recommendation letter to too many students then does it affect the admission of students?

I am planning to apply for masters in US universities for fall 2020. I graduated from a school where the staff is quite less. Because of this reason, students tend to ask for recommendation letters ...
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Do US REU programs sponsor the student visas (J1 or F1) for international candidates? [closed]

US REU programs sometimes accept "self-funded" international students. However, do they also sponsor the student visa (J1 or F1) for the selected international candidates? Or do the students have to ...
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What is the difference between an academic CV in the US and an academic CV in France? [duplicate]

I am currently applying for graduate school in France. How (if at all) would I modify my existing CV in the standard US format to conform to French academic standards? I have searched online, but ...
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Contacting a Professor for a PhD in the US (Engineering)

I am new around here so go easy on me :) this question is directed at anyone with experience with graduate studies in the US. A little background information about myself: I am wrapping my up my M.Sc....
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What to do when the professor does not stand up to cheating? [closed]

I was the teaching assistant (TA) for a very introductory physics course at a large state university. In the course of grading for this class, I came to learn that my university used the same course ...
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Which scholarship is better for international students to apply to U.S. Ph.D. programs? [closed]

I am a Japanese student who will apply to U.S. Ph.D. programs this year. I successfully acquired two external Japanese scholarships, but I should choose the one. Which do you think is better when we ...
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Work History / Professional Experience Section of US Grad School Application - Listing Research Internships

I'm applying to biomedical sciences Ph.D. programs, and the applications typically allow me to type in my "Work History / Professional Experience." I know that undergraduate research would not fall ...
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Does any country have free college & open admissions?

Here's my rough understanding of differences in higher education in different countries: In the U.S., college is paid for in general by the individual student, not the state. On the other hand, ...
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Is it typical to not list class instructors during undergraduate enrollment?

Enrollment for undergraduate students has just started at my university. Perusing the classes for my department though, only a couple of the dozens of classes being offered have an instructor ...
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How many courses should I discuss in an academic video interview?

One of the questions some academic hiring committees sometimes ask job candidates during the interview process is, "What courses would you like to develop and teach?" How should a candidate respond ...
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Possibility of getting a Computer Science / AI PhD in 2 years or less in the US?

I've heard a lot of horror stories about PhD programs taking several years, and that US universities typically force you to go through many steps before you're able to be considered for graduation. I'...
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Should I be worried about the fact that I will be too old for applying for tenure track positions by the time I complete postdoc?

I am 30 years old. I have spent 4 yrs in undergrad, 2 in masters and 5 in PhD with half a year of work experience in between. I have just finished my PhD and will start with a postdoc position early ...
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Two people with very similar profile for grad school admissions

Is it a problem if two students from the same university with very similar profile (similar number of publications, similar grade range, as well as the same strongest letter writer) apply to the same ...
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Noting posters/presentations (formal project titles/dates/locations) essential for statements of purpose in US PhD programs?

I am applying to biomedical PhD programs in the US. I have taken part in 2 summer internships that resulted in poster sessions and presentations at local conferences. I have also taken part in ...
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Is it worth the sacrifices to choose the United States instead of the E.U. for a Master's programme? [closed]

I'm graduating from my Bachelor programme in Computer Science and Engineering at EPFL (Switzerland) next year, in July. Although I can continue at EPFL for my Master's degree (or an even higher ranked ...
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Is it possible to be admitted to CS PhD programs (in the US) with scholarship at age 18?

I have a son (currently 16) who is a junior in computer science at a well-known university. We are Canadian. He is very passionate about AI research and has published several first-authored papers in ...
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Racial Classification in US College Admissions Process [duplicate]

Elite U.S. universities are known to have affirmative action policies based on race and sex (and maybe religion?), in an effort to promote diversity. I wonder how they can classify applicants based ...
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When to apply for master scholarships?

So I am a bit confused as to how the standard scholarship application works (North America, mainly Canada). When applying to a masters program, most schools ask me if I have applied to any ...
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To submit or not to submit GRE Scores for PhD programs in the United States [closed]

With the GREs being phased out of so many PhD applications in the sciences, I think this question is reasonably fresh. I have taken the GRE and scored in the 70 percentiles for verbal and math. I ...
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I feel I've done enough for a PhD but my supervisor disagrees

I have been working on a PhD for over 6 years, and in that time have published 5 (conference) papers, each of which I intend to convert to journal articles after my PhD. My supervisor has been ...
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Do having 2 masters increase the possibility of acceptance in a joint PhD program?

Suppose, a research school in the USA offers a Joint/Dual (Education + English) PhD program. That university has an acceptance rate of 27%. Understandably, someone with either an MA in Education or ...
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Timeline-wise, is it safe to plan attending the SODA conference if I apply for positions this year?

I am applying for faculty positions in the US this year (in computer science). Ideally, I would want to attend the SODA conference (January 5th-8th) and was wondering if it is safe to assume that on-...
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Is it disadvantageous to have recommendation letters from postdoctoral fellows rather than professors? [duplicate]

I am a math PhD student in a US university and also a teaching assistant. This fall I’m expecting to apply for jobs. I’m looking for math lecturer/instructor jobs. However, when I worked as a ...
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Is it common to have peer teaching evaluation for tenured/tenure-track faculty every year?

Is it common for US public universities to enforce peer teaching evaluations (have professors sit in each others' classes) for tenured faculty member every year? What about requiring evaluation twice ...
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Order of a PhD application in the United States

I am applying to biomedical science PhD programs and have been working on personal statements for a while now. Many of the programs seem to have a very similar lineup with how they want the statement ...
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Have there been any recent studies on the effect of age on PhD success rates in the US?

I think the title is fairly self-explanatory. I am wondering if any recent studies (past 20 years or so) have been published that look at possible correlations between age and the 'success rate' of ...
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What is the average age of first tenure track positions in the Physics in the US?

On average, in physics departments in the US, at what age do people get their first tenure track positions? What about associate professor and full professor? Update: Several commenters have asked ...
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The professor for one of my classes has no direction

I'm in my final semester of a Computer Science degree at University and we have general education requirements. I'm in a Public Speaking course with an interesting professor, lets call him professor ...
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Does work experience in non-related field help in grad school admissions?

USA: Does work experience help for graduate admissions non-phd in STEM fields? Someone told me yes, because if I already have a job, the grad school can be assured that I'll have a job after ...
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What is an informed evaluation of resource availability?

I am applying for a postdoctoral fellowship at an American University and I have to submit the research proposal. Besides the usual description of my own research, it is written that I must describe ...
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Etiquette for undergraduate research and job search

I am an undergraduate currently conducting research in a physics research group at my university. I really enjoy the group and am planning to stay with them during my next few years here. However, as ...
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Why do universities announce interviewees for positions as lates as possible?

My (R1) university is hiring a number of upper administration positions. We keep getting these emails about the dates of the interview, but the names aren't released until 24 h beforehand. My ...
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Will American high schools recognize a foreign MA? [closed]

I'm an American who's getting a Master's degree abroad. It's my understanding that an MA leads to an automatic pay raise in public schools, but I'm not sure if my two-year foreign MA would count. To ...
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What is this 'tenure track' thing really about?

I'm planning to apply for PhD programs in Engineering in the US this fall. If I get in then, following the PhD program, I will most likely end up going back into Industry (hopefully landing a higher-...
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Margin spacing on graduate school applications (PhD) in the US

I understand the standard margin spacing on personal statements is 1 inch, but I've read that 0.75 inches may be okay. Most of the statements specify 1-2 page limits and nothing else. I'm wondering ...
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Is there usually an on-campus interview when hiring a lecturer with a one year contract?

In this case, I am asking about "Lecturer" in the North American sense, which means a faculty member who teaches but is not required to perform research.
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Is having your hand in your pocket during a presentation bad?

Someone I know has given a presentation at a American University. He supposedly had his hand in his pocket while giving the presentation. A foreign student attacked him for this. The person ...
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To include part of a published paper in a dissertation?

Context It's becoming common in the natural sciences for grad students to include papers they have previously published as part of their dissertation as a "sandwich thesis" or "stapled thesis". Some ...
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Is it ok if I haven't decided my research topic when I first meet with a potential phd advisor?

I'm currently in my last semester as a master student and planning to apply for phd degree. I'm going to have a first meeting with my potential phd adviser in a few days and I'm really nervous. All I ...
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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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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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Do high-ranking US grad schools typically interview PhD applicants?

I am planning to apply for Engineering PhD programs in the US this Fall; however, I am a bit confused as to whether US Engineering grad schools typically conduct interviews for PhD applicants. I had ...
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How important is the TOEFL speaking score? [closed]

I am a student from China, and I want to apply for (pure) math PhD this fall, in the USA. Now I have a TOEFL score which has 102 points in total but only 20 points in speaking section. I am hesitating ...
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PhD application interviews on same day for different programs

I'm not sure if anyone has experienced this type of issue or has advice, but I've noticed that many of the doctoral programs I'm applying to conduct interviews at the exact same time. I'm applying to ...
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What does my colleagues' question really mean? [closed]

I have been a tenured faculty member at a math department in the US for a few years. Recently two colleagues of mine asked (apparently independently) why I do not have PhD students. I honestly ...
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What would a good written policy for scaling exam grades look like?

I'm not in the habit of scaling exams, although I'm aware that the practice is widespread and highly recommended in some circles (such as grading on a curve). To my recollection, none of my college ...
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At what point does a PhD student have to commit to a research group (US)? [closed]

I am planning to apply to PhD programs in the US this Fall (to start in 2020). I have been looking at various institutions and research groups in my area and I am wondering at what point a PhD student ...
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Importance of QUANT score on GRE for math grad school [closed]

I am not the best at standardized test taking and scored a very poor score of quant 153 on the GRE. I go to a good undergrad institution with no grade inflation (Purdue university). My grades, ...
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Does FERPA require parental notification of disability assessment?

There are significant barriers asking and negotiating disability supports and accommodation at a college/higher education level. There is also a lack of awareness and education of the rules and ...

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