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I'm the 1st author of a paper in a top conference in my field, and even then my PhD application got rejected from 5 out of 6 programs, is this normal?

What you find is that admission isn't based on one criterion alone, but it is a holistic process of looking at an applicant's entire file. This includes not just this one paper, but also your grades, ...
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I'm the 1st author of a paper in a top conference in my field, and even then my PhD application got rejected from 5 out of 6 programs, is this normal?

Congratulations on being accepted. No, seriously. If you are about to start a PhD, and you have ambitions to go into academia, you need to come to terms with the fact that a large part of your ...
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How many applications are usually received for a given PhD position?

As mentioned before, in some US universities every year there is a cohort of new students entering a given PhD program (cohort size can vary a lot even between departments of the same university). At ...
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Asking another Professor for available PhD-position within the same research group

I think it depends on how you approach the situation. For example, if you talk to the second professor about your "shared research interests" and mention openly that you have also been in ...
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How to write Master's thesis summary for PhD application

Note that your essay will be read by other mathematicians, but most of them won't be in your specialty. An overly detailed presentation, such as you might present to your advisor won't be the best. ...
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Today is April 26th, and I still haven't received any response concerning my application to 2 Ph.D. programs. Is this normal?

I sympathize with you that getting a canned response "to read their FAQ regarding response time" on April 12th is incredibly frustrating, though it's likely your message did not go to ...
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I'm the 1st author of a paper in a top conference in my field, and even then my PhD application got rejected from 5 out of 6 programs, is this normal?

It's been mentioned that the process is very competitive and a publication alone doesn't imply a strong overall application. I would just add that PhD admissions are often about match to potential ...
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How to use a transcript with wrong course names in my application

You want to avoid any suggestion of impropriety. Find a way to send them a packet of documentation including the official transcript and the communication stream with the various administrators. But ...
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I'm the 1st author of a paper in a top conference in my field, and even then my PhD application got rejected from 5 out of 6 programs, is this normal?

I applied for MSc in Computer Science this year to 4 universities in Canada and got rejected from 3 of them (no decision yet from the fourth one). My GPA is 17.84 / 20, my last two years' GPA is 19.01 ...
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PhD-Application: After how many weeks (approximately) is it fine to ask the committee if I didn't receive any decision?

I think it would be very appropriate to send a follow up email directly to your potential advisor at the University after this amount of time. In my experience Professors and admission committees are ...
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How to write Master's thesis summary for PhD application

Make it in 3 parts Synopsis: This is what you have written at the start of your Master's thesis. Brief description of your work: Describe what (and how) you did in your Master's project. Results: ...
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How many applications are usually received for a given PhD position?

I have been part of the selection process of several high profile European research institutes in physics. For recent calls we received somewhere in the 150-200 applications for a handful of PhD ...
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Is it a good idea to ask for details regarding an interview for a faculty position?

I think it is ok to ask what format it will take - just don't send multiple nagging emails. The best prep you can do is revisit all the info you have on the department/ institute, look at the student ...
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Getting a Lecturer Position in the UK

I am sorry to hear that you are struggling to establish yourself as a Lecturer. I have to say that I am not completely surprised. Lecturers in the UK are "tenured" (permanent) posts, ...
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I'm the 1st author of a paper in a top conference in my field, and even then my PhD application got rejected from 5 out of 6 programs, is this normal?

I'm a professor in ML/AI at a Canadian school that's probably roughly in the same caliber for AI as the #15-25 schools on the US News list. (I got my PhD at the #1 school on that list, but at a time ...
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I'm the 1st author of a paper in a top conference in my field, and even then my PhD application got rejected from 5 out of 6 programs, is this normal?

It's very normal. Even if you had a stronger undergrad GPA and good GRE scores it would probably still be normal. Congratulations on being accepted. A single paper isn't going to do much for the ...
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I'm the 1st author of a paper in a top conference in my field, and even then my PhD application got rejected from 5 out of 6 programs, is this normal?

Rather than questioning your application and suitability, have you considered who your competitors are? In my experience of applying for and interviewing for a PhD I found that the position would ...
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PhD-Application: After how many weeks (approximately) is it fine to ask the committee if I didn't receive any decision?

There has been plenty of time, actually, assuming the deadlines for application has passed. It is appropriate now to ask for an update on your application. You can also ask if there is anything more ...
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Is it a good idea to ask for details regarding an interview for a faculty position?

Since you originally said that the interview is "tomorrow", it is probably too late to get any useful information, but I suspect that if they wanted a talk, other than a general chat about ...
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I'm the 1st author of a paper in a top conference in my field, and even then my PhD application got rejected from 5 out of 6 programs, is this normal?

You should thank the admission committee for not admitting you to their PhD program. This is the sanest thing to do when no professor is interested in further supporting your advancement in the ...
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