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What's the etiquette for a short visit to a US university department by a faculty member from another university?

In May, I'll be visiting a department at Columbia University in the US for a few days. What's the etiquette on visiting (answers relevant to US in general are welcome, to prevent this question getting ...
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How should a “brief synopses of each paper” look like?

I'm a exchange student that just arrived in the US. The professor is asking us to do this: Please write and submit brief synopses of each paper before class which include the following: the ...
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How much do soft skills matter for admission decision?

By reading the very intersting question Priority of application materials for admission decision about which material is most important to be admitted as PhD candidate, or PostDoc or researcher, in a ...
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What to do when graduate admissions haven't gone well?

OK, here is the deal: I am a computer science student in Turkey graduating this June. I have applied to PhD programs in the US to work in computer architecture. I have a decent bachelor's degree, and ...
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My research work stolen and published as his own by the co-author without my consent

My research paper was stolen by the co-author and published as his own. What do I do? All the data the paper is based on is my own work. I got it accepted in another journal but now I cannot get it ...
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PhD opportunities when lacking publications

This question in some sense, complements this question. Suppose a good student completes his master's degree in a less-than-top-ranked university. He has excellent academic grades both in his ...
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Postdoc opportunities in mathematics

I am expected to finish my Ph.D in mathematics (if relevant, more specifically - in commutative/homological algebra) by the end of this academic year. I am studying in a somewhat minor university, ...
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At what point do you decide to jump into research?

Before diving into "real research", there are some students who prefer to learn bare minimum prerequisite courses/material and then start off reading survey papers and develop their skills. There are ...
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Considerations when negotiating a promotion from postdoc to researcher?

I am currently a postdoc at an American university, and have been offered a promotion to something between postdoc and faculty (there is not a specific title, yet, but something like "soft-money ...
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Priority of application materials for admission decision

As I've already saw, many people here are related to admission process. And I want to ask their opinion on what is priority of all stuff from application: what is the most important (letters of ...
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How to write a rebuttal for a conference

What are good practices (does and don'ts) when writing a rebuttal for a conference? For example, for a journal rebuttal letter you can make changes to your paper, and resubmit it for another revision....
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Publishing policies for conference papers

I got two papers accepted and I am just wondering how to know their policy towards publishing my papers also on CoRR. is it fine to publish the same paper in CoRR and in the conference?
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Interview strategies for faculty positions - to focus on their research or your own?

What's the best approach for talking to faculty that are in distant/unrelated areas during a campus visit for a faculty position? Is it preferable to show that you are interested in their research ...
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How to take advantage of scientific international association membership for career?

In the last decades, many international scientific associations have been created. Organizations such as AAAS, IEEE, ACM, involve thousands of scientists and professors that have similar scientific ...
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How to act as an editor?

I have been on both the author and the referee sides, but I was wondering how editors approach their task. In particular, to what level of detail do you read the paper you assign to referees, and when ...
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How to get an advisor for my amateur research?

I'm about to embark on a research project in complex systems on my own spare time. It seems like the idea I have is a good one. However, it would be better, for obvious reasons, to have an experienced ...
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How important are citations when applying for jobs or promotions?

How important is citation count for fresh doctorates? Is this number more important for joining the academia than the industry? What is the importance of citations for someone seeking tenure? Does ...
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How to contact professors for PhD vacancies?

I know many master's students who get an opportunity to talk to their potential PhD advisors well before applying. In most cases this opportunity is available by the professors with whom they worked ...
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How do I get into a masters course in pure mathematics?

My question is as stated in the title and to elaborate more: I would like to know if there are any standardized international exams to enter a masters course in pure mathematics (besides GRE Math) ...
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How could I calculate my GPA?

I have my GPA in the 100 point system, how could I calculate it in 4.0 point system? I searched, and I didn't find a good answer,
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“Challenging” Teaching Experiences for Math Grad Students?

I am currently a graduate student, who will (hopefully!) graduate in the next year (or two . . .). I have slowly come to realize that I enjoy teaching, and consequently want to do more of it! My ...
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Who typically serves on a graduate school admissions committee?

Suppose a student is applying to a graduate school. Who is typically on the admissions committee? Is the chair of the department on the admissions committee?
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Why do universities place a weight on GRE/TOEFL scores?

This is one question that has been bugging me for a long time now. Why do universities consider GRE/TOEFL scores at all? Perhaps it is fine for master's degrees, where there will be an enormous number ...
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Age and Graduate school

I am 33. I live in the US. I am a neither a US citizen, nor a green card holder. I have worked in various jobs as a research assistant (physics, biology, economics) usually involving programming, ...
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1 or 2 Year Master's Program

I originally posted this on math.stackexchange but was recommended to post here. I have been admitted to two Master's Programs in math (both with funding). One is 1 year long and the other is 2 years ...
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When / how should I ask about a manuscript's status in review?

I have a manuscript that has been in review for 60 days. The journal asks for reviews within four weeks. At what point is it acceptable (and not detrimental) to contact the editor for an update? How ...
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Travel grants for International students in the US?

I am an international student in the United States (originally from India) and have been here for my PhD in Mechanical engineering since Fall ’06. I've attended a bunch of conferences all in the US ...
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Non competitive grading system

I go to school at a University in the US. We use a competitive grading system where teachers give grades based on how you do relative to other students. This type of grading system doesn't encourage ...
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Rules for affiliation for student doing unpaid research in his/her free time?

Lets say an undergraduate student does some research in his/her free time and wants to write a paper about the findings. What are the rules regarding affiliation when the student tries to publish? ...
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Is there a rule or style guide on use of gender-specific pronouns in academic papers?

Some authors use "her" whenever they employ a pronoun referring to a noun whose gender is immaterial to the discussion. Is there any rule (university or journal or conference-specific) which ...
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Does mentoring an undergrad give an edge on job or grant applications?

Simple and short question: as a postdoc (or a senior grad student), is it a good idea to mentor an undergrad? How much edge will it provide perhaps for a future (NSF) grant, or a job application?
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What is the academic route to study Archaeology?

I am really fascinated by ancient civilizations and cultures. I do not know what subjects one has to take up to study Archaeology (like what subjects in A Levels or High School) at an academic level? ...
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If I abandon my PhD program, will it prevent me from continuing elsewhere?

After some bad experiences in a master's program, I decided to become a PhD student in the same program. My plan was to finish a paper and leave as soon as possible, meanwhile earning the ...
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Getting the best out of a book-reading exercise

A doctorate involves plumbing the depths of a problem and often this involves a lot of knowledge breadth-wise in related areas. Though the latter is provided by coursework, education about a precise "...
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Question regarding how to slow down and enjoy academic life

I am currently an undergraduate student taking an Honours Pure Mathematics degree with an additional major in Astrophysics and I plan to go to a good graduate school (as good as I can get into) for ...
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Free ways to automatically get notified if new papers are published on ACM or IEEE?

I'm looking for a way, tool or technology that allows me to define keywords and/or authors and/or conferences for which I want to be notified if a new paper is published on ACM or IEEE. I couldn't yet ...
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Keeping track of bibliography references for an entire research group

This is a related question to my previous one about keeping advisees aware of literature. Given the relatively large number of papers that are out there, it's inadvisable to force every student to ...
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Can I pursue a PhD while working as an Instructor/Lecturer?

So, I'm applying for jobs as an instructor/lecturer. They explicitly only require a master's degree, which I have, in addition to some valuable industry experience. It's plausible that I could get ...
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As a teaching assistant, how important are student evaluations?

I have seen a number of résumés of doctoral students, but only a few of them listed their evaluation scores when presenting their teaching experience. How important are these scores in evaluating ...
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When addressing academic departmental assistants via email, should I use their first name or just Mr./Ms. X?

It seems very common for them to normally prefer being addressed by their first names (since Mr./Ms. seems to be very rarely used in Academia).
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Who determines whether or not a professor receives tenure?

Does the department determine it, or does the president determine tenure after the department recommends it? Or does the process go through both ways? And how does this vary from institution to ...
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Updating my CV post-Academia ( UK )

I've got a pretty awesome CV (I think), through hours of trailing through websites and reading tips. However that was back when I'd just finished University and now it needs updating! I'm 25 and I am ...
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How should an educational institute woo good faculty?

What steps must an educational institution wanting to recruit good faculty take? There is a cycle in the academia: Good doctorates from top universities invariably join other top universities as ...
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Different types of conference publications

Consider a conference publishing papers related to any EC/CS engineering field. What is the exact difference between different types of papers published in such a conference, i.e., main conference ...
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Is it beneficial to publish papers not related to your primary research field?

I know there is nothing preventing me from publishing an article in a different research field, but is it beneficial other than for satisfying my own interest/curiosity? Presumably these may be added ...
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How can a master student get research opportunities?

I'm an international student in a master program in applied math department in the United States. There are two ways that I have known in which the person like me can find the research opportunities: ...
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What does it mean when a paper is copyrighted by an organization?

While I was searching for materials for my research topic, I found a research paper which is signed as copyright by "Some organization". Does that mean that I could not use the content of this paper ...
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How to assess the chance to get accepted to a master's program in the United States?

Currently I am a student in the Netherlands following a bachelor program in computer science. I am currently considering applying for a master's program in the United States. It is hard to asses my ...
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How independent should an academic be?

I am a computational scientist and I often find myself much more productive when working with others with resonating mind. When working alone, my motivation level is lower, distracted more easily, and ...
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How can one successfully run a reading group?

This is related to "Skimming through a math paper with a group" and "What do professors gain out of teaching reading courses with individual Ph.D students", but from the other side :) I've ...

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