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Prolonging undergraduate school to do research

I am an electrical engineering (communications) undergraduate student. But my main interest is physics ( and/or CS, esp. it's common fields with physics - but it doesn't affect my question here ), and ...
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Is it advisable to upload theses to the arXiv?

I'm currently uploading my MRes thesis to my university website, but I have some doubts regarding the permanence of the link as it may change after I graduate. I do not have many illusions over who ...
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How do you comment on rapid improvement in a student's performance?

Sometimes, it can happen that a graduate student who is struggling on a project finally sees everything "click," and becomes far more productive. It might be due to a change in attitude, an improved ...
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Waiting after a review

Regarding this question on when to ask about a manuscript's status in review I wonder (since it is happening to me): What does it mean when a paper is "with editor" for two months after a first review?...
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Should I tell my supervisor that I will consult someone else?

I need an specific advice on a specific area (not the main one) in my PhD research (e.g. is it a good idea to include the factor x in the review and analysis of the topic y?). As far as I know, my ...
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How much value do papers without new scientific information have, i.e. seminar papers such as overviews of or examples for current methods in CS?

So I wrote a seminar paper in grad school (MSc) with examples on how companies use method x to improve their security. It includes zero original research, no new methods and it would never ever be ...
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PhD funding source for international student in the UK

I will start my PhD in computer science at a UK university soon. Even though the university has given me a partial funding, I still need to cover part of my tuition fee and living expenses. My ...
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Planning nondegree classes

I am thinking of registering for nondegree classes at a local university to give an impression to future admission comitee that my GPA does not really reflect me. But I have some concerns. How should ...
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Academic bullies

A question if I may, about appropriate methods of dealing with academic bullies (or as one of my students call them "wannabe nemesis"). What would be the best, most dignified way to 'overcome' them, ...
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What is the difference between department and faculty?

Some universities have independent departments, but some put departments under supervision of a faculty. For instance, a university has fifty independent departments, but another has 5 faculties ...
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How to get a .edu email address as an independent mathematician?

I am a hobbyist mathematician in China. I study maths by myself and make some course videos to teach commutative algebra, functional analysis and other topics on the internet, like the Khan Academy ...
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Waiting until MS thesis is Published before applying to PhD?

I was wondering if it would be a good Idea for me to wait until after my MS program is completed and my thesis is published before applying to a PhD program. There is no chance of me publishing my ...
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How to cite lecture notes? (and should I even do this?)

When learning a new subject, I would frequently use lecture notes found somewhere in the Internet. When writing a paper (or a master thesis, as in my case, but the rules should be similar, I believe) ...
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Should I add descriptions of courses taught on my CV

I'm working on my CV right now. I have been teaching EFL at a university for 2 years. It has been my first university position. I am planning on applying at universities back in the States soon. I am ...
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How do you cite articles from a “database?”

Cochrane reviews are great to cite in academic publications due to their systematic nature but I have no idea how to cite them in APA style because there's no obvious volume or issue to use in the ...
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How is a Masters different from the first two years of a PhD in the same field? [duplicate]

I'm interested in Neuroscience research but haven't quite made up my mind about what sub-field I want to specialize in. I think taking courses from various sub-fields will help me take a decision. ...
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Am I too old for academia after a PhD? [duplicate]

Currently, I am applying for PhD positions at United States and Canadian Universities. I will be 35 when I start my PhD in Computer Science/Machine Learning, and probably I will finish it around the ...
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Is the practice of lab members extensively citing each other's work looked down upon in academia?

In my lab, a few of us submitted our papers independently to a conference last week. We all had referenced each other's work in our papers. I have a concern if this is a bad practice in academia. It ...
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Is it possible to recover after a career setback such as this?

I'm sorry, I'm not a mathematician--I'm the wife of a very frustrated and depressed mathematician. My husband got a math PhD in 2009, and could not get a research post-doc in his chosen field. We ...
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Graduate Student Co-authorship Etiquette (Dissemination of Student Papers Not For Publication)

I recently finished my masters degree and co-authored a lengthy paper (It was my idea and I took the lead on the research and writing). The paper is not for publication but provides valuable ...
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Do you have to have a PhD to be a PI on a grant for your own funding?

Do you have to have a PhD in order to become a PI on a grant for your own funding? What if you only have a Bachelor's or a Master's degree, and are not even working towards a PhD?
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Is a combined BS/MS in math a good idea for pursuit of PhD?

If I want to continue mathematics into a PhD program, would doing a bachelor's and master's combined program be a good idea? Would I be required to retake some graduate courses in the PhD program? ...
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Is there a “scientific” online source for famous direct qoutes?

I'm searching for an online source that is considered "scientific" to look up some well-known quotes such as "There's no such thing as a free lunch." (Milton Friedman). I may want to use kind of an ...
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Find out author’s name in foreign writing system (Chinese, etc.)

I have some literature written by Chinese authors who I would like to attribute in my bibliography with their names in Chinese characters (汉字). The problem is that, as the literature itself is not in ...
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Do graduate school admissions appreciate individual “free time” study?

I am a year away from completing an undergrad degree in Computer Science and I find myself increasingly interested in more advanced subjects from pure mathematics that sometimes lie outside the scope ...
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Scientific presentations - black or white?

At most scientific conferences and talks I have attended, the speakers generally present black text on white backgrounds, which I personally find rather dull. Is there any reason / explicit convention ...
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How to find the best journal to submit a paper to (when having written the title, abstact and full text)?

Consider a case of a new researcher that does not know well all possible journals and has no access to human advice (from colleagues). (please do not comment that this is the best - out of scope of ...
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How to engage students in oral presentations?

Paper-based exams are not fully representative of knowledge, and it is good to consider oral presentations of students as a factor for the final grade to some extent. This is somehow the case in ...
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Motivating students to push their limits

I think I must be stranger than usual sometimes, I always seem to take on topics that are somewhat more difficult than the mainstream, in very trying conditions - but the outcomes are very much worth ...
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Is it illegal to share publications not in the public domain with collaborators?

Back in my university days, I got into the habit of saving papers I had to read to my hard disk. At first I did this simply to organize them more conveniently, and have quicker access to them. ...
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Is it necessary to send a corrigendum? Does it make my paper look ugly?

I have a paper which is accepted without any minor or major revisions in a good journal (lucky me). It is fully published. Since I had no chance to revise it, many small mistakes slipped into the ...
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Path to a good grad school in math during undergrad?

I'm a high school senior about to graduate in 1 month. I have a strong passion in math, and I want to be a mathematician. What is the best path to getting into a top grad school? How many REU's should ...
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Can I publish research in a peer-reviewed journal if parts of it have previously been published in a self published book?

The book was not published in English, and I am using a different perspective in the paper, but the same qualitative data.
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What are the differences between a cover letter and an application letter?

I would like to apply for a PhD position, and I have found the following requirement in their web page: An application letter that includes at least: contact information of the applicant the topics ...
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Gnuplot in thesis and articles or not?

I'm doing an astrophysics thesis with a lot of programming in Python. I'm currently using gnuplot for my plots, but I wonder if this is actually looking quite professional. Are there other options ...
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progressing from high school teaching into academia

I have been a high school teacher for coming on 14 years, in 8 schools, in 2 countries. While teaching still is enjoyable, I feel with the near completion of my PhD (in physics), that I am ready for a ...
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PhD Admissions Importance: Research vs. Grades

I have read and been told that research is the single most important factor for applying for PhD programs in STEM fields. But, I also hear that GPA and GRE scores are the first cutting point for ...
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What strategies can bring technology resistant faculty on-board?

Faculty tend to fall into these groups: early adopters hesitant but willing refusing to adopt b/c no time refusing to adopt b/c not technically inclined I would like to know what strategies I can ...
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Should recommenders be from the same discipline as the program one's applying to?

If I want to go to graduate school to study physics and am a math major, how bad is it to have recommendation letters from math professors, mostly? The problem is that I just have four physics courses ...
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Journals selection - alternative criteria to impact factor

While trying to select the journals I can submit my present work and future work, I realize the time between the date the authors send the article to the journal and when the revised article is ...
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Does submitting an enrollment intent mean that I am commiting?

I recently got accepted into two universities for the Fall 2013, and both of them asked for me to submit the enrollment intent. I submitted the intent for one of them but then one of my friends said ...
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What are the reasons for journals to have a policy against publishing material available as a preprint?

As it can be appreciated from this list of journals with varying preprint policies, certain journals consider a preprint to be "prior publication". In other fields like Chemistry, there is a strong ...
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What are good principles for creating figures?

This thought came into mind when I was reading Points of view: Elements of visual style. While there are a lot of questions on software and strategies to make and edit figures, I am more curious ...
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How can we change things so more researchers are willing to share their source code?

This is a followup to Why are CS researchers reluctant to share code and what techniques can I use to encourage sharing?. That question specifically asked how one can succeed in obtaining researcher'...
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Ph.D Transfer from other country to US

In this application cycle, I got a PhD offer from Nanyang Technology University at Singapore and will study in the field of programming language. However, I recently received a mail from my supervisor ...
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Do I have a chance to get into a great cs grad school?

I am an undergrad from India from a good university( not IIT,NIT). Our GPA is calculated on a different percentage scale and mine is 73-75% which is a very good score according to our system. My GRE ...
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Can one publish papers which give an improved presentation of old results?

A colleague of mine (I'm in mathematics) has shown me a splendid note. He took some of the results from a confusing, hard to read, and important paper from the 1970's, which have not yet appeared in ...
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Typical experiences of transgender people in academia?

I've recently come to accept that I'm transgender (MtF, male-to-female). I won't go into the exact details of this as it's personal, but I have a "girl mode" where I identify as a female. I'm also a ...
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How to know if these congresses (i.e. organized by ISCA) are good?

One of my colleages has published a couple of papers in the CS congresses organized by: http://www.isca-hq.org/ For what I saw that the papers that got accepted in their conferences, are indexed in ...
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White Paper & MS in Mechanical Engineering?

I am a Mechanical Engineering student & want to pursue Master of Science with specialization in Design/CAD. Recently I have come across white papers on website of some companies about their ...

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