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How do grad schools design courses for potential students?

For graduate schools in STEM which take students with a Bachelor's degree (BS/BE/BTech etc.) and graduate them with an MS and/or PhD, what do they assume about the student's prerequisite knowledge ...
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Important qualities for Research Assistanship applicants

1.What qualities do professors (assume STEM if necessary) look for in students (in their MS) when recruiting them for an RA (Research Assistantship)? 2.Consider the follow scenario: Person 1 : Has ...
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How to make a concise dissertation defence in Math department

I am a math student in the US preparing for an hour long defense of my thesis. I am assuming that the dissertation committee has already read my dissertation by the time of my defense. Any advice for ...
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Is it reasonable for me to expect an official and timely response to my PhD application?

I recently applied for a PhD position with a major university in Europe. However, I haven't heard back from them even though the dates for the interviews have passed. This somewhat provoces me since I'...
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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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Incompatibility with the PhD advisor

My PhD advisor liked me during the exams. Then, when I came with the thesis I wrote, he got very angry, maybe because I did not do what he suggested, maybe because what I did is not quite in his ...
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When does one go for an invited paper?

I have little understanding about invited papers, but as far as I know, I think these are non-peer-reviewed papers presented at a conference. Now why and when does one go for an invited paper? Is it ...
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What to do if undergraduate research has stalled for a long time?

So I'm pretty much working on my own project with guidance from two supervisors. Since it's my own project (and it's exploratory research), the two supervisors don't need to pressure me to get results....
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Is work experience necessary for tenure-track positions?

In India, a minimum of 3 years of work experience is necessary to be appointed as an assistant professor in any of the IITs. (Years during the PhD or master's are not counted, but any year spent ...
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How does the US National Science Foundation (NSF) research funding system work?

Sometimes here on Academia I read messages referring to American National Science Foundation (NSF), "the USA agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of ...
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How do professors usually discover "new" research interests?

Usually, a person starts out with a single primary research interest as a PhD student (closely related to that of their adviser). But then as they move on through the assistant professor stage, they ...
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If someone provided you with data does he become a co-author?

Say I'm doing some work which is closely related to someone's else's work. I want to study the same data that he studied. I know him well, and producing the data is no big deal but is time consuming, ...
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What are the trade-offs of working in the office versus elsewhere (as a professor)?

I find that when I'm working on research in the office, at least with the door open, I often get interrupted and am generally less productive. On the other hand, I often have students ask to meet ...
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I have an "integrated masters" degree. How can I eventually gain a PhD?

I graduated in the UK last year with an M Ost, an integrated masters of osteopathy. This is currently the standard qualification offered by colleges teaching osteopathy in the UK, although it's ...
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Publication sponsorship for research conducted elsewhere

Do universities sponsor a student's conference travel and publication costs if the research on the paper has been done elsewhere? For example, a student may have published a paper during a master's at ...
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Different CV for university position and research industry position?

Up to now, I've only applied to "public" academic positions (universities or public research centers). I have now an academic CV, that is roughly 7 pages long (2 pages of "classic" CV, and 5 pages of ...
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Can I apply for a post-doc in global studies in North America?

I am doing my doctorate in global studies in Germany, and would like to apply for a post-doc position in North America, especially in Canada. The topic I work on has considerable policy relevance, and ...
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My adviser threatens to kick me out if I am not to be a full time student

Background: I have been in the Phd Program since fall 2010, I have made great academic progress (two papers published in journals). From the 4th semester (spring, 2012), I have started working in a ...
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How much information should I divulge about on-going unpublished research at a conference?

I'm developing a paper right now based upon some of my preliminary results, and I'm attending several conferences to present and get some feedback on my results from other experts in my field. A ...
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Picking referees for a staff review?

For an interim (or tenure!) review, are their guidelines in place for choosing "neutral" referees, if asked? Obviously choosing the PhD advisor (and probably postdoc advisor) is a no-no, but are ...
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Are reviewers allowed to discuss their review with each other?

Suppose you find out that someone you know well or work with is reviewing the same journal paper you are reviewing (i.e., finding out this information on your own, and not via the journal or editor, ...
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How to get the most out of an internship (in industry)?

As a PhD student pursuing an academic career (but optionally a career in industry), what should I do do to get the most of a 10-week internship at a research lab? Things I've thought of: talking with ...
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Is "working from home" a bad thing in academia?

Is it a bad thing in academia if a student works from home? Missing department talks and seminars is obviously bad, but in case a student is pursuing a problem alone and he feels comfortable ...
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How do I become a journal reviewer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you earn opportunites to review journals or conference papers? Assume that I have just finished my postdoc and am now starting a professorship/scientist position (I am ...
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Which soft skills for research career?

In a previous question we stated that soft skills are pretty important for admission decisions in universities, so I suppose that you'll agree with me if I said that they are very important not only ...
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arXiv preprint and final paper differing by sections and appendices

Because of the style of a journal, and the space limit, I was asked to remove a section and all appendices. While I have no problem with that, I want to preserve it in the arXiv preprint. So: Is ...
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How much guidance should I reasonably expect from an MSc Thesis Supervisor

As part of my MSc I have to produce a Thesis/Dissertation which forms an integral part of the program and classification (roughly 1/4 - I imagine the subject can make a difference, so I should say ...
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Does university location affect job prospects?

My university is in Oklahoma and most companies are in east coast and west coast in the US. I am a bit worried if a PhD will be worthy from an average university with poor location. Should I apply to ...
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PhD to be advised by Mr. Enfant Terrible?

I have been admitted to a generally well-regarded Computer Science PhD program. My potential advisor's research interests match very well with mine. However, he appears to be an extremely ...
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Do senior PhD students form a part of the admission commitee?

Recently, I was having a chat with a few senior PhD students (almost done with their thesis) and they pointed out that the professors would, at times, solicit their opinion regarding the admission of ...
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Could faculty members earn a degree while being employed?

Is it possible for faculty members to enrol themselves for a degree while being employed? I have seen professors attending classes occasionally, but how about earning a full degree? I guess this may ...
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Who applies academic CS research in the industry and how?

After a paper is published, say in CS, who reads the paper? How are the ideas presented there applied to business and industry? How is industry collaboration done? I'm asking this question per this ...
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Undergraduate European Computer Science Schools and their application process?

I'm a U.S. sophomore (junior in the fall) studying Computer Science looking to transfer. I have three questions: What schools in Europe should I look into for Computer Science? To clarify what I'm ...
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Do interviews require taking vacation days?

When interviewing for a new position, is it common practice to count the days spent on interviews as vacation days? It wouldn't seem unreasonable to count these as vacation days, except that I could ...
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Do presentations given during interviews count as invited talks?

I am in the process of interviewing for faculty positions and trying to keep my CV up to date as I go. Should I include research (or teaching) presentations given during on-campus interviews as ...
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What are ways that academics make money? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do academics make money from applying their research? What are the various revenue sources for academics? Are some ways to earn money more usual than others? I'm asking ...
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What are the elements of an effective elevator pitch?

When I go to conferences and try to network, I want to be able to explain my research in a clear and concise manner while still effectively communicating what I do. What are the most effective ways ...
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Why do Math journals provide you with LaTeX class files and instructions and they also advise you not to spend time typesetting the paper?

This is what I don't understand. Journals provide you with LaTeX class files and instructions and they also advise not to spend time typesetting the paper into the exact format of the journal. What ...
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Professors and Liberal Arts Colleges

In general, do professors work at liberal arts colleges because they do not want to have to face the pressure of writing a lot of research papers? Instead they want their evaluations to be skewed ...
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Suggestions for high school student who is visiting a professor for HS research?

So this is what she sent me: i emailed a caltech neurobio prof, dr. X, and he emailed me back and wants to meet me, im visiting him on june 16...i went through this sort of thing with ucla and ...
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How active should professors be in writing papers with their students?

In recent months, I have found myself getting involved in varying degrees with the papers being written with members of my group. Some of the papers—by the more senior and experienced members of the ...
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How to salvage a rejected paper when you don't have time to correct it?

I just submitted a paper to a conference. The reviewers gave me their responses only two days before the deadline to resubmit the paper. They seemed to indicate that my paper was on topic, and had ...
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How to interview undergraduate candidates for research assistants?

I am at a public high-ranked Canadian university where undergraduates are heavily encouraged to participate in research, and currently recruiting an assistant for myself (and my supervisor). While at ...
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Physics masters and PhD degrees in England/UK

This question is about academia in the UK/England. I understand that in physics, the PhD thesis one produces must be of their own studies, almost like publishing a paper. If you will, a kind of ...
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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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Can a researcher get his full salary from a European Project?

I would be interested in creating with some colleagues a FET Young Explorers project, in which I would be Work Package leader. I've been involved in several european projects, but always as a postdoc ...
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How to prepare for a (PhD or PostDoc) admission procedure?

"Luck favors the prepared mind" ( Louis Pasteur ) During the MS degree program or PhD program, it's advisable for a good student to get used to take a look on scientific activities of ...
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Percentage of waiting-list students offered a PhD position

As a result of comments on my earlier question, I am posting another question. Is there a rule of thumb for what percentage of waiting-list students is eventually placed, or invited, for a PhD ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of having multiple advisers?

Could multiple advisers mean that it might be easier for you to get funding? (since you're not just limited to one person?) Could it also mean that you get more overall input in your project (the ...
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What are some good questions to ask current graduate students when visiting schools?

For the record, I'm visiting the University of Chicago as an accepted PhD student (in the geophysical sciences) next week. In particular, I'd especially appreciate creative questions that few other ...

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