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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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What to do when visiting a lab or a university for prospective application?

In his famous and interesting article "Ten Simple Rules for Selecting a Postdoctoral Position", author Philippe Bourne states, in the 2nd point: Rule 2: Select a Laboratory That Suits Your Work and ...
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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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Why don't professors start companies?

Why don't more professors attempt to use the knowledge gained during the course of their research work by starting a company and commercializing their findings? I'm asking this question per this ...
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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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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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Etiquette for seeking collaboration via E-Mail?

I work on a certain topic on the theoretical side and just came across a publication that I think would be a nice starting point for collaboration with an experimental lab (developmental biology). I ...
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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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Dissertation acknowledgements

I'm at the stage in writing my dissertation where most of the substantive aspects are finished and the only tasks left are more or less administrative. However, one thing that I've been avoiding is ...
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How to reference different sources in a list?

I am writing my master thesis and I am not sure how to reference/cite different sources in a list. I have a small list like: The benefits of an "incredibly interesting topic" are: benefit ...
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Are faculty salaries negotiable?

Are faculty salaries negotiable in general? Wherever they are negotiable, how could applicants gain insights about the statistics of offers or the extent of safe negotiation?
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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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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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Time spent marking essays

A stack of psychology exam essays has just landed on my desk for marking. It was a 3 hour exam with 3 essay questions. This is a final year essay so I do not have to provide written feedback. How long ...
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How to start a startup based on university research?

This is a follow-up to How good are entrepreneurial opportunities for faculty members?. Say, a few researchers, professors and their students, at a university would like to start a company to exploit ...
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How do academics make money from applying their research?

There are a lot of very smart people in academia. They are at the front of human knowledge and push it further. Obviously, the research that comes out of academia is very new. My question is who ...
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How does a PhD student make meaningful comments or suggestions regarding a professor's work?

So bobthejoe said this: The PhD students I remember the most are the ones who came up to me and made meaningful comments or suggestions regarding my work. They get extra bonus points if in the ...
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What does it take to get a tenure track position at an Ivy League School?

I see some professors at Ivy league schools who didn't go to Ivy league schools. I also see professors who went to Ivy League schools that end up working at mediocre universities. So clearly pedigree ...
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Why don't colleges and departments teach social skills?

After all, to do research with a professor, a student has to have good social skills. So why not have classes that teach social etiquette and social skills? It seems that many courses in college are "...
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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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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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Citing sources of problems in assignments

This question was raised by Dave Clarke here. When a textbook author approaches a topic in a novel way or presents a particularly interesting example, I believe that a teacher who creates lecture ...
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What can I do as a graduate student to maximize my chances of obtaining a professorship?

I've already completed my first grueling year of the PhD program, and graduation is still a yet to be seen light at the end of the tunnel. I'm very sure that academia is for me, and I really want to ...
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Chances of getting R&D job in industry after PhD in AI/Robotics [closed]

I am a student of computer science from India and specialize in Artificial Intelligence & Robotics. I have completed M.Tech (for those who do not know, it covers 18 years of education. It is ...
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Can students ask for changing grades?

If a student feels that the grade he received is lower than he expected, because he has been working very hard, and truly trying to understand things, but sometimes at the cost of sacrificing details. ...
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Does getting awarded your PhD in physics depend on the quality of university?

Say you wrote a good thesis on some discovery you made in physics. If it was a mediocre discovery, nothing special, are you more likely to get awarded the PhD at a 'not very good' university than at ...
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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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What kind of questions can I expect to see on a qualifying exam?

In mathematics, there are certain open questions which are the subject of current research (think of the newest papers in the top journals). I have also heard that some graduate programs ask ...
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Is it okay if a student wears a mask to class to conceal scars?

Like a halloween mask to conceal injuries of a burn?
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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 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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What are the main goals of administering preliminary / qualifying exams to graduate students?

If I were a Spanish Major as an undergraduate and decide to pursue a PhD in a completely unrelated field (like Theoretical Physics), it makes sense to give a qualifying exam to check that I had the ...
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Setting exercises and assignments when everything is on the web

These days there is so much material on the web that it is difficult to set good exercises/assignments for students, because they often find the questions on the web simply by googling (or else ask at ...
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How do I prepare for the UK Research Excellence Framework submission?

I want to strengthen my return for the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF). My publications are fine, but how can I improve my REF "impact"?
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How might changing topic affect a career in academia?

I am curious whether it is common working on different subjects in an area throughout an academic career. I think life is long enough to work on different and interesting subjects, but how common is ...
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How to indicate shifting research interests on a CV or a website?

My research interests are shifting, due to papers I read and talks or conferences I attend (and also due to change of tastes). However, I don't know how to communicate it on my CV or my website. One ...
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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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If you get stuck in research, at what point in time should you ask for help?

It's always worthwhile to take some time to try to figure it out by yourself. But eventually there's a point where you're unsure how much more time it would take to figure it out by yourself (which ...
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Releasing one version of a Scientific Paper under an Open License

I am going to release a Technical Report that will be archived and made available online by the university's library. An abridged version of the work was accepted by a peer-reviewed conference and ...
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Dressing etiquette for interviews in academia

Are there expected dressing norms at faculty interviews? Will a casual tee-jeans be discouraged? In the same vein, what is expected when a student visits the campus for an interview?
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Guidelines to follow if my adviser suggests that I work on dead-end projects

I generally chase after whatever my adviser/supervisor tells me to do, although I know that it's sometimes a project that they don't want to spend their time on. I know that I can learn a lot even ...
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Is it rude to ask for accommodations due to a learning disability?

I have a learning disability where I can only learn through seeing (not seeing and hearing). As a result, I need to have headphones in class to block all sound. Should I just tell the professor this?
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Contribution of gifts and hospital services to university revenue

This question is based on the pie-charts shown in this link, such as this one for the University of Michigan. In most of these charts, around 5% of the revenue comes from gifts. What are these ...
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How to communicate achievements on the StackExchange network in an academic CV or job interview?

I think contributions to StackExchange constitute a valuable thing for an academic to do. In many cases such contributions are directly related to the aims of an academic department: community ...
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How to archive an academic blog or website?

Academic blogs and websites are emerging as an important component of academic discourse. However, I often lack confidence that the content will remain accessible in the short term (e.g., 5 years) ...
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How to find grant proposal samples?

Compared to writing a research paper, I found writing a grant proposal to be much more intimidating, because there aren't any finished products that I can compare to. I am wondering if there are any ...
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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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How to select a Master's thesis topic if your advisor won't suggest one?

If a master's degree candidate needs to select a thesis topic, but their advisor is unwilling to offer suggestions on the matter, how should one go about selecting a thesis? How might one select an ...
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What percentage of admitted PhD students comes from waiting lists

I was wondering if there is a rule of thumb for the following. What percentage of students that are accepted for a PhD position were initially put on a waiting list, and were only admitted after high-...
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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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