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Should a student mention about contacting a faculty in a SOP even if the faculty has not replied yet?

In most cases it is advisable to contact faculty while applying to the graduate school. But not all professors reply to the emails and in most cases none of them reply to emails, so is it advisable to ...
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Should I link my research in my SOP?

I have done some independent research that I wish to mention in my SOP. The full account of what I have done till has been published as an e-print on arxiv.org. Can I give a hyperlink to this e-print ...
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Does research experience in a different but related field help in PhD application? (Pure Math->TCS)

I think the title itself is a good summary of my question. But to make the situation more specific: I am a double major in math and computer science, and would like to apply to PhD program with ...
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How can I get all my papers under the same Scopus profile?

I have recently searched my publications in Scopus and I have found that they are all scattered around. The reason behind that maybe is because I have a compound last name. The situation has gone ...
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Ordering Chemicals for a laboratory on a Student or J1 Visa

I just wanted to ask, if any time, any of you have had any issues ordering hazardous chemicals in a laboratory located in the US. Specially if you had any of your students or postdocs do it, since I ...
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What do I do when a co-author takes too long to give feedback during the peer review process?

Two years ago I did a piece of research for a journal's especial edition. I got the reviewer's comments, did all the corrections and sent it to my co-authors. One of them took so long to return his ...
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How far do you commute to graduate school? [closed]

I decided that I want to go to graduate school. I started looking into some local schools, but none of them have any programs that are very appealing. I found a program that is two and a half hours ...
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How large may included parts from other people's work be in an academic paper?

Of course, it is absolutely important to quote all thoughts that did not originate from the author. This makes one think that it would be OK to include works of others when referencing them correctly. ...
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Choosing universities or programs

I am currently applying for two universities for graduate studies at the US, assuming both universities accept me (Hopefully) should I choose the university that fits me better or the university which ...
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What do I do if a university does not inform me of my masters application status?

I have applied to a Canadian university to study a Masters degree starting Fall 2013, and they didn't accept or reject me, the online application clearly states that I will get notified by an email of ...
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Do Master of Research programs require prior research experience?

I have a research question that I want to explore, so am considering completing a Master of Research (MRes) degree in the UK. I will soon finish a terminal master's program by coursework (in the US), ...
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Financial Support

If I do have a sponsorship for continuing my masters degree, will that increase my chances of getting accepted, or is money irrelevant in admissions decisions? I am considering computer science or ...
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Adjunct professor capacities

Can I mention an adjunct professor as my proposed supervisor for graduate studies, or adjunct professors are not allowed to be supervisor? Are there anythings that I should be aware of before ...
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Optional essays

If you can upload a writing sample or a second statement of purpose in a university online application, and the department I am applying for doesn't require these two essays, would I get extra ...
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Statement of purpose book reference

I am applying for graduate studies in the US and in my statement of purpose I mention the name of a book and it's author, as the book is very relevant to my previous research work and the author is ...
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Using comments from examiners in a CV

I have just received feedback about my PhD (in my University, we do not do an oral defense, our dissertations are peer reviewed) - and I have received great and useful feedback and criticisms which ...
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Why do conferences have such short page limits?

These days, most of the conferences I attend provide their proceedings on a USB stick, or online only. Yet at the same time they have a strict page limit, which is usually set to something between 4 ...
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Should a student use the email account provided by the university to communicate with professors?

I am an undergraduate and I do not know much about the rules of writing an email. The email system used by our university is not convenient at all: it responds slowly, often crashes, and its common to ...
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“and” in section title: “Apple and Pear” or “Apple & Pear”?

In the main text of scientific papers, one should use and and avoid using &. I wonder if it still holds true in section titles. Is Apple and Pear or Apple & Pear more appropriate as ...
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Post-Baccalaureate Online BS Programs? [closed]

I am going into the field of computer science after getting my original bachelor's and masters (in city planning) a few years ago and finding out I like the technology much more than the actual field ...
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Advisor's wife is having a baby, should we be getting him something?

My advisor's wife is having her first baby and he told us about it at our last lab meeting. We understand that this will mean he might need extra time/patience as the big day approaches, but are we ...
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Is it acceptable to have a research paper with no references?

I (an undergrad) and 2 other profs from my department have been working on something and we were thinking of submitting our work to a conference (a pretty well known one) this week. The fact is there ...
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Computer Science PhD with Geology BS

I am planning to do my PhD in CS (Robotics to be specific). I will be completing my masters with a thesis and a publication in a field that is very closely related to CS. However, my BS is in Geology. ...
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Caption or title: which should I use?

I have a figure in my paper. If there is much to say about the figure, I will have a brief title and a descriptive caption for it. What about the figure about which I have not much too say? Do I ...
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Mention impact factor or conference acceptance rate in CV

Some people, in their CV or publication list, add bibliometric information to each entry. I've typically seen: mention the impact factor of each journal number of citations of each paper mention the ...
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Abbreviation of qualification

What is the correct abbreviation for National Certificate in Financial Planning? NatCertFP or maybe NatCertFinPlan?
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Applying to MSc vs PhD in CS with science background in US

I hold a BSc and MSc in physics and want to do graduate studies in CS. I did computational and theoretical research and thesis on quantum memories which are useful in quantum communications (not sure ...
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Is there a case for SLOs?

SLO stands for student learning outcome. At the community college where I teach, what seems to have happened is that our accrediting body told us we had to have them, and since they effectively wield ...
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Data Collection in Academia: Insights?

Data Collection is a primary objective in many academic fields and can be approached primarily through three different lenses - qualitative,quantitative and mixed methods. With particular attention ...
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Abbreviation of a journal name

How do I find abbreviation of the journal name Engineering?
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What's the reasoning behind phrase “dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements”?

Phrase "dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements" seems strange. Can one submit dissertation in full fulfillment of the requirements?
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While contacting professors should we mention if we have contacted some other faculty in same department?

If a student is contacting faculty member and finds that there are two professors that are of his interest. So, he decides to contact both of them. While contacting should the student mention that he ...
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How should I cite an invited paper?

My discipline is Telecommunication engineering and I am writing a paper for an IEEE journal. I want to cite an invited paper published in IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. My question do I need ...
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Obtain a secondary school teaching certificate?

I am currently taking a year off to reapply for PhDs. My ultimate aim is to work in academia. I am currently teaching secondary school biology as a way of filling this year. My government presents the ...
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How are British PhDs looked upon in the United States?

Assuming I got a PhD in Computer Science from Oxford or Cambridge University, how would that affect my chances at becoming a professor at a top US university versus getting a PhD from a top US ...
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Responsibilities of instructors to students when teaching controversial subjects

When teaching a course on a topic that might be controversial, what are the responsibilities of instructors to facilitate an open learning environment? If the instructor has a strongly held opinion, ...
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Copyright date or publication date, which one should I cite?

Can't believe I've got to the end of my PhD before asking this one! I want to cite a work whose copyright date is 1996 but whose first paperback edition (the one I'm referencing) is 1999. Which date ...
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Short reference on writing numbers and units

What's a quick and useful reference, either in print or online, for writing numbers and reporting measurements in scientific texts? Something I could distribute to all new students, which would cover ...
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What is the significance of the Master thesis (topic and quality) when you apply for a job in the industry/academia?

Today this question came to my mind. Currently I am a Master student enrolled in University. All my previous studies I have passed thinking that I am a fan of Telecommunication/Computer Networks and ...
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Is scanning an handwritten peer-review suitable for editor/authors?

I peer-reviewed a manuscript and am about to send my conclusions to the editor. It occurs to me, though, that because there are many details to be checked/changed in various places of the paper (...
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Emphasizing in paper: italic or bold?

I am preparing a paper for a conference in EECS field. (Generic suggestions are also welcomed!) What should one do when he or she wants to emphasize one particular word? Should that word to be ...
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Is it worth it to add substitute teacher work in a CV?

As a graduate student, i've had to substitute teach a number of times for a variety of classes. I'm wondering if it is really worth while to add this information into my CV. Obviously, it won't hold ...
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Choosing reference letters

I'm applying from Europe to US or US-styled Ph.D. programs and I'm wondering about who to choose for referees. I graduated 2 years ago and my undergraduate professors don't remember me well, or at ...
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Selecting the relevant papers for a survey paper I have to write?

I have to write a paper as an assignment for one of the courses that I take in University. The main outcome of this lecture is having a good final paper in the end. As we are Masters students, the ...
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How do you cite a Github repository?

I am working on a honours thesis and have developed a Fortran library that I would like to cite in it. In some places they suggest to quote the documentation of the project but this is something I ...
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Following literature - What is a good configurable publication notifier?

I would like to keep up to date with public literature in my research field. All relevant publications are of too big a volume to follow and so the problem invites some automatic mechanism of ...
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Why do so many people apply to so few PhD programs?

Most of the schools that I've looked at for PhD programs in Computer Science have between a 9-15% acceptance rate. I've noticed similar acceptance rates for other programs outside of computer science;...
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What precisely does “ISI-indexed publications” mean?

I'm currently looking at the requirements of a (Comp. Sci.) job that seems to only take into account "ISI-indexed publications". I'm vaguely aware of what ISI is and so forth, but I'm struggling to ...
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How to write a Cover Letter for applying to a PhD programme

I am applying for a PhD programme in Europe. For that I need to write a cover letter. It will be more like a SOP (technical but shorter version, as it's one page) or it can be more general stuff, as ...
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How to disclose in a review of an edited book that one was offered a chapter?

Some time ago, I attended a conference. The organizers later compiled an edited book with the revised presentations of the conference. I was also offered to contribute a chapter. But after the sending ...

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