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Is it appropriate to ask an interviewing institution to reimburse nonrefundable hotel costs after flight cancellation?

I have an interview scheduled for tomorrow for a faculty position. However, today my flight got canceled. I tried to get another flight today, but unfortunately I could not. I informed the university ...
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What is the normal timeline between verbal offer and written offer? [closed]

So I was offered a tenure track verbally. I am going to accept this offer next week verbally. Because I asked for a week to think about this. So I was wondering how long it can take to get the written ...
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What are the consequences of backing out a tenure track position?

This position is at an undergrad university (tenure track). Can I backout after accepting the offer for a research-based university (graduate R2 university)? What are the consequences of backing out a ...
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When is a student's failure to pay their editor an ethics violation?

Some years ago, I was stiffed for $100, but I let it go and took steps in my business model to be sure it never happened again. However, my colleague, is being stiffed for $600, an amount that is ...
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Funding opportunities for small project collaboration between EU and US?

I'm a early career researcher in Italy (University of Bolzano) and I have a colleague who is Senior Research Scientist at the National Institute for Aerospace (private contractor of NASA at the ...
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I inadvertently conveyed acceptance of an admission offer when inquiring about funding

I was accepted to a fantastic [U.S.] program last year I was surprised to get an offer from but because they didn't offer me any funding and my life was still in a whirlwind due to the pandemic, I ...
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What happens if another PI puts me on their payroll?

I’m fairly new to the research world and currently working with a university research institute. My PI put me on a project for a lab he is collaborating with from another research institute. The work ...
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Can an applicant who has 16 years of education directly apply for PhD admission in electrical engineering at US universities? [duplicate]

Can an applicant who has 16 years of education (BS Electronics Engineering) directly apply for a PhD position in electrical engineering at US universities? Or are they only eligible for admission in ...
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Inability to provide a course but still charging tuition - is this fraud?

My university has recently moved to a new location. Last semester, we were informed the new campus would be ready come start of this spring semester. The semester has just began, and we have been ...
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Need help with students who've turned my class into a dating service

I'm a professor at a local university. I'm passionate about teaching, and am proud to teach 100-level science and mathematics courses to young and aspiring students. Some senior engineering students ...
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Faculty stop responding after reaching out for interview

This Thursday, I received an email from a faculty member from an applied math program at a top U.S. university at around 5:00 AM (I'm in the U.S. so there shouldn't be a huge difference in time zone ...
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I have a PhD from Russia, is it realistic to find a postdoc/job in a field unrelated to my degree in the US? Should I do another MA or PhD?

As mentioned in this very good post (How) Can I switch from field X to field Y after getting my PhD? In some cultures/fields, it is common to take a short master’s degree, summer school, or “boot ...
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Should I give up on academia after failing my qualifying exams?

I failed two of my PhD qualifying exams (STEM) and will be mastering out from the program. I do not want to give excuse for myself but I feel like a lot of it comes from my bad relationship with my ...
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How long does it take for a admissions decision to be made after a P.h.D interview [closed]

how long does it take to get an admission decision after a Ph.D. interview? I had an interview for a P.h.D position in a school in the US with two professors in the faculty(neuroscience) and I was ...
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Any significant differences between tenure track interviews between Canada and the US

I've been invited to a zoom interview at UBC, Canada, for a tenure track job in physics. I'm more or less familiar with the US academic system and how either the phone/zoom interviews or campus visits ...
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Is it common for the head of a department to be able to reduce a tenured professor's salary to 0?

I'm referring to an incident at Purdue. The head of the Purdue math department tried to pressure an older tenured faculty member to leave by setting his salary to 0 (among other things). I actually ...
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What impact does a potential advisor have in Phd admissions?

Sorry if this question has been asked before. I recently reached out to the advisor I want to do my PhD with. This is a person that I have corresponded with in the past (I wanted to collaborate with ...
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Letter of recommendation contains wrong name of journal, how will this hurt my application?

I’m really freaked out. My professors and manager have submitted my LOR’s to colleges. When I asked one of my professors to send me the letter she wrote for me, I noticed that she mentioned the paper ...
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What is satisfactory progress for a postdoc?

I am a first-year postdoc in the field of material science, and this is a new experience for me. The most difficult question here is self-evaluation. For example, during this year I have prepared an ...
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Regarding emailing to prospective Professors after submitting application

I have applied to a US university for Fall 2023. I have mentioned 4 Professors name in the SoP though I haven’t contact them before submitting application. Now I want to email them to inform them that ...
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Is the grad school of my current undergrad a safety?

I am currently studying mathematics at College A (In the United States). Assume that College A is not a notoriously "prestigious" college, but that it's also not a "nobody" college....
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STEM to non-STEM PhD program

I am an international student, applying to Ph.D. programs for Fall 23 in the US. My background is in STEM and I am changing my career path to Psychology or Public Health. Many of these programs are ...
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Obtaining Academic Work Permit in Europe/USA

What is the process of obtaining a work permit (to work in Academia) in US and Europe? I have noticed on many job postings there is a question along the lines of "are you authorized to work in ...
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My supervisor uses my scientific jokes and metaphors in his talks. What's a healthy way to deal with this?

I'm a PhD student in the US. During my PhD I gave many conference talks, seminars, and presentations at our group meetings. In my talks, I often mention a creative way to phrase a problem, sometimes ...
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Whether or not move upward to better universities: What factors should be considered

Short version: For tenured professor in small and less prestigious universities. What are the factors to be considered and balanced when making the decision on whether or not to try hard to move to ...
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LOR from advisor who hasn't taught me but knows me well

I am applying to math REUs in the United States, which require letters of recommendation. I wanted to ask my faculty advisor for the letter - I get along well with them, they have seen my progress ...
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Are decision making processes for a tenure-track position totally transparent to all members of its search committee?

Assume a North American STEM-based tenure-track position to which a search committee, including a couple of faculty members and the chair of their department, corresponds. Regarding decisions to be ...
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Can a school make a grad student TA if the student was promised an RA by admissions?

A student applied to a 5-year PhD program after graduating from an undergraduate program. The student was accepted to the graduate program and was promised a research assistantship and tuition waiver ...
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Why are we required to self-report "Cumulative GPA as listed on your transcript"?

As I apply to Ph.D. programs in STEM, I noticed that many online application systems require us to enter "Cumulative GPA as listed on your transcript". I wonder how my response is going to ...
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How can two people as a couple enter into the same PhD program? [duplicate]

My partner and I are from the same background [math/stat], and we are study buddies as well. We plan to enroll in Ph.D. in the public health program at the same university. It's important for both of ...
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Pure mathematics PhD fellowships for international students in the US [closed]

I am an Indian student that completed both undergraduate and masters degrees outside India. I am currently looking for PhD fellowships that might fund my pure mathematics degree at US/Canadian ...
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Why do Chinese universities hold many more patents than other universities?

On the list of top 250 largest patent holders worldwide (2021), I see that Chinese universities hold many more patents than other universities, even normalizing by population size or student ...
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Best way to discreetly share a link to your academic website when a PhD math application doesn't request a CV

I’m not from the US and I'm applying to US grad schools for a PhD in Math and I'd like to share my academic website containing details about six of my favourite courses that I took in my masters and ...
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Best way of mentioning specific non-famous/named theorems in my Statement of Purpose (SOP) for PhD math

In my SOP for PhD math in US grad schools, I am mentioning a specific instance where I came up with an easier solution to a problem using elementary theorems, instead of using more complex theorems. ...
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What should I do with late LoR, after submitting PhD applications?

I submitted a bunch PhD applications for US programs, but a very important letter of recommendation didn't make it before the deadline. I have the required number of letters, but for this one letter I ...
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Can I skip the master's of an American PhD.? [closed]

I am interested in studying abroad in America. I am currently doing a M.Sc. in Quantum Science and Technology in Germany and would like to start a Ph.D. in the same subject at one of the big American ...
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Visa for old dependent parents [closed]

Recently, I have been offered a postdoc position in the USA and I have been entitled to a J1 visa. I have an old mother who is entirely dependent on me. My father has passed away two years ago and ...
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Is redacting the names of other grad schools I'm applying to in my unofficial GRE and TOEFL score report acceptable?

I've been asked to upload these reports in the admissions form but both of them combined mention names of several of the US math grad schools I'm applying to for Fall 2023. I've read in other posts ...
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Can I get accepted into a PhD program in Electrical & Computer Engineering with an MS in Computer Science?

I am wondering if it's a wise idea to apply for a PhD in electrical & computer engineering (I believe if i take this route, i would need to take pre-requisites before being accepted into the ...
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What are objectives and incentives of journal editors?

I am trying to understand better the factors that affect the decisions of journal editors (re: publication). I am not interested in strategies to boost my chances of publication, rather I want to ...
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What makes a university prestigious in the United States?

What makes a university prestigious? Is it that they are harder and more rigorous? My intuition would tell me that the more prestigious a university is, the harder should be the curriculum and the ...
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Parts of my e-mail address can be seen as controversial in Western countries. Can this affect my Ph.D applications?

I have already finished my Mathematics Ph.D. application form for several universities. However, I noticed that my email address in my CV and personal information contains the number "666", ...
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Is it illegal to use resources in a university lab to prove a concept could work (to ultimately use to create a startup)?

While I understand this is not a legal help site and it may differ from university to university, I am curious if anyone has any thoughts on this. I am in an undergraduate programme in a life sciences-...
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Would using Interfolio affect the credibility of letters?

One of my referees asks me to use Interfolio so that she does not have to upload her recommendation letter multiple times. Basically, she uploads the letter to Interfolio, which generates a random ...
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Is it necessary to mention that you discontinued your BS at one place if you have a BS from another place, in your PhD math application?

I am applying to several US grad schools for a PhD in Math for fall 2023. After my schooling I got admitted to a prestigious research institute (say X) in my country for a BS with double honors. I had ...
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How are courses scheduled for undergraduate students at US universities? Is there a pre-set schedule by major? [closed]

Can you explain how course schedules are structured in the United States? Is there a pre-set timetable? Do people generally attend classes with the same people? Do most people graduate on time? For ...
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Why do American universities have so many general education courses?

Americans spend 12 years in school which is more than in many places, yet, when they come to university, they continue to study a general education program that may be unrelated to their major. My ...
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Why do American universities cost so much?

Being from Russia, the idea of paying 5-6 digit sums for a university education sounds ludicrous. I understand that prices in the US are different but surely there have to be cheaper options. Besides, ...
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What are some ways to legally get around or postpone the J-1's 2-year home country residency requirement?

I am currently on a J-1 visa in the US. I have been a postdoc in the US since November 2019, therefore with the J-1's 5-year limit, I will have ~2 years left to be in the US unless I change to another ...
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Can I enroll in an engineering PhD as an MD?

I currently have a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering and soon I will get a Medical Doctor's degree (which technically is a Master's degree). I want to start a PhD after finishing medical ...
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