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Teaching job application: Should I make any references to a gap year in my employment history due to depression?

No. It's nobody's business. People take breaks for all sorts of reasons, including having children, caring for family members, to travel, and also for (mental) health reasons -- but these are all ...
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After a few years away from school, inactive students may need to reapply for admission. Why?

To encourage students not to drop out in the first place by adding a barrier to that path. You're right, schools are ranked in part on having a path to successful graduation, but the university likely ...
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After a few years away from school, inactive students may need to reapply for admission. Why?

This, in turn, might also decrease the school's graduation rate statistics. Not really. Graduation rate statistics are usually based on four-year, five-year, and six-year graduation rates; see for ...
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Why do some admission applications ask what you've been doing in the years since you left school?

Admissions is meant to gauge how well you fit a program and whether you'll be able to be able to successfully complete the degree. Someone who is successfully doing other things is more likely to be ...
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How to reach out to a professor with an unsolicited PhD application?

If it is unsolicited then it should not be an application. How can you apply for a position that does not exist? Reach out with a succinct and professional email enquiring if there are any current or ...
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Why do some admissions applications ask where I've been living and what I've been doing for the last few years?

In addition, several US states (including mine) have restrictions on country of origin that make it impossible to admit graduate students from certain nations. On a lesser level, getting a student ...
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Joining a research lab for research experience

I think it really depends on where you decide to apply and what you're doing in industry. I am in my 3rd year of my PhD in the US and have a very similar background. I did not publish my MS thesis, ...
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Joining a research lab for research experience

You already have research experience and a graduate degree. If you intend to pursue a PhD, then start applying for that. I cannot see how a few months here and there as a volunteer/intern will help ...
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Should you list all possible professional goals or be specific?

This may be subject dependent, so the following is from math. Keep it short. One sentence describing your long term goals is fine at this stage. Getting more specific doesn't really help, and runs a ...
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List of "possible publications" at international conferences

It actually means if you have come up with a research plan as a part of PhD application, you should have got some research directions. If yes, you can propose list of "possible publications" ...
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How to reach out to a professor with an unsolicited PhD application?

I had literally the exact same situation! I graduated in 2020 with an MSc in physics, went on to work as a researcher at a startup and in summer of 2023 decided that I want to do a PhD. I am also from ...
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