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How do I demonstrate that I've read relevant research in a motivation letter

The problem right now in computer science (in the US at least) is that there are just way too many students compared to the number of professors. In my department, every time we offer any course, it ...
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Is "lab" too informal a word for a formal cover letter?

You could (should?) use the word the lab uses in their official name, if there is one: eg Centre / Laboratory / Group / Unit. When I was an undergrad, the department where I studied had a Hydrological ...
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Mentioning researcher unrelated to institution I'm applying for in motivation letter

Yes, that's fine as long as you make it clear that you think University X is a good place to carry out your plan. In math, it's very common to come up with a research plan extending the well-known ...
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Asking for an REU recommendation letter from a professor in a different discipline

Yes, that's fine. I say this as someone who teaches linear algebra to students from many majors (including physics and computer science) and have written them letters of recommendation for successful ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

Frequently we perceive we are being pushy, when we remind someone to do something. But usually, this is just in our heads because we are anxious. Do you have an example of someone who was punished for ...
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How do I find small, teaching-focused universities in the European Union?

There are many American universities abroad, quite a few of them in Europe. They are accredited by accreditation bodies in the US, follow an American-style curriculum, and teach in English. Usually ...
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Will Israeli Military Service Affect My Chances of a Physics Master's Program?

Just adding that although I don't think it will affect your chances of admission, you might have trouble with the authorities. It might be more difficult and more troublesome for you to obtain a ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

This statement is to try to clarify that the institution does not have a duty or is not to be held accountable for incomplete applications regardless of how an applicant may interpret the situation. ...
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Will Israeli Military Service Affect My Chances of a Physics Master's Program?

From my experience, however, MINT (or STEM) topics, including physics, are nowadays relatively indifferent to political developments, as far as they are not concerning legal constraints on citizens ...
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Will Israeli Military Service Affect My Chances of a Physics Master's Program?

Probably don't mention it to be safe. You got an undergraduate degree, you spent a few years working, and now you want to get a postgraduate degree. It's not that uncommon for life to get in the way ...
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Will Israeli Military Service Affect My Chances of a Physics Master's Program?

No. Most physics programs will not care at all. There is a longstanding "boycott, divestment, and sanctions" anti-Israel movement in universities (which is irrelevant to admissions), but ...
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Will Israeli Military Service Affect My Chances of a Physics Master's Program?

There are places, of course, that will discriminate against you whether you have army service or not. But it won't be an issue in most of the world, including Europe, US, Australia, etc. And, I assume ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

One small but important detail that doesn't seem to come out clearly in existing answers: the instructions usually say something like Applicants are responsible for ensuring that two references are ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

What they mean with "it's your responsibility if the letter isn't uploaded" is "it's your problem if the letter isn't uploaded". As with many things in life, it may not be your ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

It's a warning! Warnings need to be direct, not subtle. It's "BIOHAZARD, DO NOT ENTER!", not "If you think about entering this room, please consider the effects biohazardous materials ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

In this context, it means that the end recipient of the necessary documents will not contact the document provider to request them. They will not make an initial contact, they will not send reminders,...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

The responsibility is similar to the project manager's responsibility in an industry project. They may not be the line managers of the people whose project they manage, and thus may not have any ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

You have a situation involving an interaction between three parties. Ignoring the details and thinking a bit more generally, let's call them Alice, Bob and Chris. Alice is asking for something from ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

I think you're missing the meaning of this. In the case of a supervisor submitting a recommendation letter, it's not that the supervisor doesn't have any responsibility, it's that the committee or ...
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Informing my potential PhD supervisor about an offer from another PhD program

"Burning bridges" does not so much happen by the fact that you accept an offer (accepting something always mean refusing all the rest!), but how you do it. There is a world of difference ...
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Emailing supervisor after applying for phd to discuss about research problem and funding

If the possible supervisor encouraged you to apply, (s)he is interested in your profile as much as you are interested in joining his(her) group! So you both share a common goal - make it work. Take it ...
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What are typical examples of "scholarly work"?

I just wrote an answer to a related question, from the point of view of a professor at a small liberal arts college (SLAC). I explained that, at a SLAC, "scholarly work" can be interpreted ...
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How do I find small, teaching-focused universities in the European Union?

I'm a professor at a small liberal arts college (SLAC) in the USA. We have about 250 faculty, and I can think of around 20 from Europe (however, many of those got their PhDs in the USA). So it's ...
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Should I wait to apply for Ph.D in Machine Learning - US/Canada

Yes, you should apply, and if you're worried about getting in, apply on multiple cycles. It will not take much of your time to apply in December of 2024, and it seems to me that your file is strong. I ...
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Should I wait to apply for Ph.D in Machine Learning - US/Canada

I see no reason to wait and lots of reasons not to. Next year will be just as competitive, and you are probably a decent candidate having some papers in their final stages. This assumes your professor(...
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What percentage of applicants to Harvard (or another well known R1 university) are international?

As another (non-US) example, the University of Cambridge publishes extensive admissions statistics. According to the report covering the 2022 admissions cycle, the breakdown was (Table 2.1)1 ...
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What percentage of applicants to Harvard (or another well known R1 university) are international?

As an example, the University of California publishes such data. UC Berkeley and UCLA are consistently some of the highest ranked public research universities in the US, and usually ranked very high ...
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How do I reframe getting an MPhil instead of a PhD the first time round, in the context of applying for a mathematical postdoc?

I don't think you have to frame it or reframe or anything, instead focus on your accomplishments and what you'll do next in your applications for post docs. Since you haven't finished your PhD yet, ...
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How does finishing my bachelor's degree in 4 years affect my academic career?

Most people in the US take four years for a bachelors. That isn't a problem. Taking four years may actually be an advantage if it lets you take a few more advanced courses in your field. And, it is ...
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What do you think is the best way for me to get into grad school?

Apply to countries other than Canada. For a variety of boring technical reasons there's a much bigger disparity between admissions for domestic vs. international students in Canada than in the US. ...
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Can I include my contribution to a internationally recognized research project in my college apps, if I wasn't part of the presenting team

You can certainly say specifically what you contributed to that project.
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What do you think is the best way for me to get into grad school?

You may well get admitted to one of the remaining places. But if they are all similar in some "ranking" then getting rejected by one means you are likely to get rejected by other similar ...
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Schedule for Job Applications

If the universities that are sending out late offers are the highest ranked in the field, then they have the most leverage and can afford to do that. For similar reasons, some lower-ranked ...
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Does publication importance diminish over time?

If you write your essays correctly, your application will be evaluated in the context of your career path. If your career path carried you outside of areas where you are expected to publish, your ...
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Does publication importance diminish over time?

No one can predict how an individual will judge something like this, but I would find it highly unusual that a small number of years would even be noticed. Twenty or so years might be, however. But, ...
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