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Introduction to Programming with Pseudocode

In the University in which I will start teaching the course sequence for Programming goes in this way: Algorithms and Data Structures Structured Programming Languages Object-Oriented Programming ...
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Do you have to find out/ prove something to get a PhD?

I went on a trip to Oxford with my school, and I asked a lady whether or not you have to go and discover something in a PhD? She said no, and it's more research. But I read up somewhere that you do ...
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Should I choose easy modules? [closed]

So I'm in my third year of university and I'm at the point where I have to choose my modules for next year. This is a simple question, but I really wish I asked it a long time ago because I have no ...
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Do US universities still use imperial units in teaching?

How much of the teaching content at universities in the US is delivered in imperial units instead of SI? I imagine that industry (e.g. Engineering) is still stuck using imperial units, but research ...
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How do I make a bad semester not look bad during my scholarship application?

I am applying to the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, and they require a transcript. Now, I have a problem with my grades, in that I had good grades until my final year, where a combination of ...
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How to teach programming to first timers at a college level?

I am currently teaching at a local college an Introduction to programming using C#. Most of these students have never had any programming experience. The only prerequisite is an ICT course that ...
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Do grad schools need an official transcript from universities where I was an exchange student for only one semester?

I am a European non-EU student that went on an Erasmus exchange for one semester in the UK during my third year. Now, two and a half years later, I am applying to grad schools in the US, and the ...
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What happens to equipment purchased using a startup package after an academic leaves the university?

I am on the faculty of a large American university, and I have bought a lot of equipment (laptops, tablets, batteries, etc.) for research purposes using a startup package. I will be leaving for a new ...
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What would I need to show to change fields and get into a physics PhD program?

I've been working as a software engineer for a few years now, and have a bachelor's in computer science and math. My interest and knowledge in physics has been growing since I graduated, but I never ...
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How can I change the assignments in the syllabus in a way that is fair to the students?

In my syllabus there is series of writing assignments that are worth 10% of the final grade. Over the course of the semester there were supposed to be 4 assignments, however as a result of snow days ...
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Do any schools maintain records of when instructors arrive and depart the classroom?

Recently, my college began placing staff around the school to record when instructors arrive. The record is to the second. A school announcement also warned against arriving late and ending lessons ...
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Are there “uninteresting” publications in high profile journals?

I always want to read a high profile publication papers. It is true that they are in general hard to understand but they have very important results (in general). It happens to me sometimes. ...
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Aligning my Master's degree with prospective PhD's

I'm at the cusp of selecting a MSc programme in Europe before re-applying to American PhD's and I'm at a loss how to decide which MSc position I should take. I'm strongly convinced I want to do a PhD ...
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Are TOEFL requirements waived for foreigners with US bachelors degrees?

I notice that perhaps most US graduate programs require non-native English speakers to get a certain mark on the TOEFL. Is this requirement typically waived for students who completed their bachelors ...
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Design of “Members Page” for Academic Lab Website?

I am a Computational Biologist as part of an academic lab group working on the Immunogenomics of disease vectors (which may be relevant to the following). I am designing part of a web-page that ...
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Where should be original quotations be type-set in a translation?

I'm writing a scientific manuscript in German and since I want to give the German readers the opportunity to understand everything of it, I will include translations of all foreign quotes. How would ...
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Gift to a supportive professor?

As you might have seen from my history I had a very bad advisor who deliberately underpaid me, stole my research work and undermined my career at multiple phases. Now I am done with my university and ...
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What is the likelihood of a PhD-holder from the USA remaining unemployed?

In our country (Bangladesh), a PhD from the US is considered as a pinnacle of achievement in one's life. But, in some of my discussions in one of my previous questions I learnt that even a PhD from a ...
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Article awaiting reviewer invitation 6 months after submission

I submitted a paper to an internationally reputed journal. Two months after submission I was asked to suggest possible reviewers, which I did after a couple of days reflection. Since then it has been ...
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Is it possible for reviewers to mistakenly reject a quality paper?

If I am not wrong, turbo codes was submitted to the ICC conference and rejected but accepted later on. I want to know if there are other similar works (strong works) that were rejected at first but ...
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Issues in self-publishing old work. Recommendations for Necromancy?

Main Issue: What credit should be given (and how should it be given) to the alma mater in publicizing old work? Background: I entered and left a Ph.D. program in another millenium. During this time ...
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Comma before end quote in bibliography

Why is it correct to use comma after paper title and before end quote? For example: [X] A. Author, "Paper title ," Journal, vol. X, no. XX, pp. XXX-XXX, Year XXXX. It seems natural to use it after ...
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Doctoral Consortiums: When, How Many and Are they actually useful?

I am a fourth year graduate student of information science. Broadly, I work in a rather interdisciplinary area at the intersection of location based social networks, usable privacy and surveillance ...
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Are frustrations with lack of fairness and transparency on PhD qualifying exam warranted?

I apologize for the length of this post but I feel it is necessary to accurately convey the severity of the situation. I greatly appreciate those who take the time to offer advice. I am a prospective ...
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Is “no late work” a common policy?

When I wrote my syllabus for this term, I added the line "Late work will not be accepted." In the past, I just took off a large percentage of the grade per day, but I became tired of the added work of ...
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How can I find the original article of an often-plagiarised work?

I am currently trying to read an article on a particular topic. I really want to read and reference the proper original article, and attribute the work to the ones who deserve it; however, I'm finding ...
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What is the differences between purchasing Harvard Business Review PDF and reading the article?

I was reading this Harvard Business Review article, The Making of an Expert and they were offering a PDF purchase. Are there major differences between the content of the PDF and the free article?
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What is “research-based intervention program”?

I received the following comment from a journal reviewer: There is a need to conduct a research-based intervention program which compare between other solutions and your solution. Such research ...
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I believe I have solved a famous open problem. How do I convince people in the field that I am not a crank?

I am interested in the situation where you have a very interesting result. For instance, you have solved a very important open problem. However, you are not known in the field and do not have any ...
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Claiming sole credit for an academic outreach program - not a written paper. Is there a moral right?

I conceived and co-developed (including the program itself and training protocols for participants)/piloted the program locally/managed three national pilots, and assessed the effectiveness of the ...
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Is it unethical to submit an older paper to a conference and then update it after acceptance?

I have had a paper accepted for a conference this summer, which presents the preliminary results of my PhD research. However, I'd like to present my final results at another conference in the fall, ...
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PhD duration in the USA

I am trying to find out what the average duration of PhD studies are in the USA. Here in Spain it used to be 4 years, but it seems that Europe is moving towards a 3-year scheme since students are ...
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Reliable Rankings of US Universities?

I am aware of US News which publishes the rankings for US Universities every year. But somehow I feel that they try to emphasize more on private universities than public(state) universities. Also they ...
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Fastest way to browse journal papers (from Web of Science)?

The search engine which I typically use to browse journal papers is WebofScience. It allows me to sort by times cited, and check out who cited what. The problem is that to get to the actual article ...
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Remote work employment opportunities for someone with chronic health problems

I have a PhD in physics, and my career path of choice has always been in physics. Unfortunately, I have been struck with a series of chronic health problems which have caused me to be fired and ...
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How Math Heavy is Graduate Finance

This post concerns grad school options. I am undergraduate math major who is going to complete my studies soon. I am considering finance/financial engineering. How math heavy is the financial math ...
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How do I find or request a copy of someone's thesis if this person did their work in mainland China?

I hope this question is appropriate for the forum here. I was hoping to locate and read a thesis outside of the United States, specifically for someone who went to a reputable University in mainland ...
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What are some of the issues one should keep in mind while choosing between a fully funded offer and another with no funding?

I have been offered a place for a masters program in 2 places. One which is fully funded and another one where there is no aid that has been offered at the time of admission. I guess if the ...
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Does a masters degree help completing PhD sooner?

Do students with Masters Degree complete their PhDs (in US, but I am curious about other countries too) sooner than the one's who have entered the PhD program after their undergrad? I know it ...
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I have found an error in a textbook. What can I do about it?

In the book Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory (10th edition) by Boylestad and Louis Nashelsky, I have found a technical mistake. What can I do about this? To whom should I send an email, the ...
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Can we submit our research paper for review at two IEEE conferences simultaneously?

Can we send our research paper to two IEEE conference simultaneously, and then after acceptance, decide which conference proceedings to publish it in?
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International Student Funding for Graduate Programs outside North America

I'm considering doing a masters or a PhD program outside of North America, in particular Europe or Australia. I had originally expected every graduate program to fund students the way North American ...
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Non-English literature: should we check for prior work?

How far should we go when considering the possibility that a (non spectacular, bur relevant) result has already appeared in any other language different from English? Is it safe to ignore non-English ...
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Will my methods chapter be less solid, if it is based on one book or the work of one scholar?

I'm writing a Bachelor research paper using netnography or virtual ethnography. I've found that this new methodology was mostly advanced by two scholars: Kozinets and Christine Hine. I managed to ...
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Writer's contact information in recommendation letter

Should a recommendation letter for graduate school contain the writer's contact information?
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Advantages or disadvantages of using public repositories for paper writing?

What are pros and cons of using public version control system such as github for writing my papers and reports ? Is it good to store copies of papers/reports being submitted to conference/journals on ...
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Tools for remotely updating the advisor?

I am a research student. Though me and my advisor used to meet regularly, nowadays due to workload, I usually remain outstation and not able to meet him personally. I do work continuously and meet ...
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Is there any way to automatically link in-text citation to individual references on the reference list?

I have an article with in-text citations and list of references. I have not used any of reference managers, just used word. Is there any way to automatically link in-text citation to individual ...
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Should I reward points for an incorrect answer if it is the result of misinformation presented in a TA's office hours?

So a TA came to me asking for advice. He gave wrong information in office hours leading a student to a wrong answer. The TA showed the student how to solve the problem via the wrong statistical test ...
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How to find the most related publications for a batch?

On Google Scholar, I can explore the related articles or books individually - clicking on the "related articles" gives you the related articles for that specific publication. How will I find the ...

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