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When choosing a PhD program, which one gets the priority: the student's wellbeing or the academic prospect? [closed]

The question is quite simple: when one chooses his/her PhD program, should one give the priority his/her wellbeing or the prospect of publication / working on interesting work/prospect of a good ...
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If I am willing to repeat major courses, that I passed with a D grade, will they look bad on my transcript while applying for graduate school? [closed]

I am a student majoring in civil engineering and I am in my 3rd year.I had a harsh beginning: I took 2 intensive courses during my first year of college after a gap semester. I didn’t perform well ...
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How to make up for lack of publications in CV?

Just for some background information: I’m currently enrolled in a MS/PhD integrated program and finished my first semester last fall. I’m planning to opt out and apply to PhD programs this year and if ...
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Can you “refer” an offer to another applicant?

Say I applied to two graduate programs: A and B, in which A is my preferred program. It turns out that I am admitted by both, so I will accept the offer from A and turn B down. I heard from a friend ...
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Conditional acceptance [closed]

I just got a conditional admission from a highly prestigious master's programme in Europe but I have a question. What happens if I got conditionally accepted but I can't provide my diploma at a given ...
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Maths PhD in combinatorics/graph theory in France? [closed]

I am looking to do a PhD in combinatorics/graph theory, perhaps with some elements of functional analysis combined with the combinatorics. I am also interested in studying in France (I have already ...
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Should I withdraw from a graduate math class to make more time for a promising research project?

I am a junior graduating May 2021 with a double major in physics in math, and I will be applying to commutative algebra (math) graduate programs this upcoming fall. I was recently offered an ...
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Ways to spend a gap year before applying for Computer Science PhD programs? [closed]

I have just graduated from a Top 50 school in the US for Computer Science, and am considering applying for PhD programs in the near future, but I currently am taking a year and a half off to recharge ...
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Prospects for getting an assitantship | How do professors hire in Canada?

I have applied to one of the top engineering school in Canada: UoT, University of British Columbia & UWaterloo. I've interviewed a professor and he sent me his most recent research publications ...
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Is it possible to get a Phd with a course-based Master's degree?

I am about to apply to a grad program (Canadian universities) in math, but I am not sure what kind of Master's degree should I do? There are 2 types of Master's, the traditional one is to do a thesis-...
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Importance of undergraduate institution in grad-school admissions (math)

I am a applied math major, and very much want to enter graduate school for applied math. I spent my freshman year of undergrad at a very highly ranked (top 10 or 15 depending on ranking) university, ...
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Rescinding offers of admissions

I got some admissions offers from Ph.D. programs in the United States. In the near past, I worked as a research assistant for a professor. The advisor was completely unethical and abusive. All his ...
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Can't decide which research project to work on as an undergraduate to prepare for graduate school? [closed]

I'm an undergraduate engineering student at a top state university. I want to do high-quality research to build up my experience in preparation for graduate school (MS/Ph.D.). My research is out of ...
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M1 or M2 for masters in Mathematics for Engineering background

I want to apply for master's program in mathematics in France. I have a dual degree (M.Tech+B.Tech in 5 years) in Electrical engineering but my master's thesis was complexity theory in learning ...
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Chance of funding while applying for multiple PhD programs at the same school

I found the same question in here, however, my story is a little bit different: I contacted a faculty member in one of the US institution and he promised an admission. But, for the chance of funding, ...
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Scholarship rejection | Should I tell Supervisor

So I applied to an MASc program in Canada where basically the supervisor approves students to admit. I applied for a separate departmental scholarship and got rejected. Is it a good idea to tell the ...
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Rejecting a offer after accepting it (PhD US - Europe) [duplicate]

I recently was offered a PhD position at a prestigious university in Europe (ETH), but the project is in a subject indirectly related to my field. I actually focused on applications mostly in the US, ...
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Can you get into Good PhD programs if you've ever failed a courses in undergrad? [duplicate]

Unfortunately, I started off very mediocre in my first year of undergrad, all C's. Then C+, B's; failed two courses and had to withdraw from a program. Switched to a different program and improved a ...
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Is this a favorable response from the professor?

I am applying to a thesis-based Master's program where the professor hires the students in their research group. I've interviewed the professor on skype and we have emailed each other after the ...
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Upload it wrong documents

I am an undergrad applying for postgraduate math programme in university of Nottingham. But in statement of purpose option, I have have accidentally uploaded statement of purpose of a wrong university....
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I dropped out of my masters degree a year ago and am being threatened by my college that they will blacklist me

I took a masters a couple of years ago and dropped out because my supervisors weren't helpful, were demotivating (told me they could do my research in two months and asked why I hadn't finished mine), ...
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My adviser is leaving. Can I ask him to support my application for an other PhD position?

A little background: I started my PhD in August 2019 at university X. I wanted to work on project A, but after I joined PhD, my adviser asked me to work on project B. He said that if I start working ...
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To What Degree is Graduate School Acceptance Contingent on You Choosing a Specific Potential Adviser? [closed]

I applied to a graduate school in CS and got in. However, between application submission and acceptance a professor reached out to me and requested a phone conversation. It went well, as far as I ...
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Will it be a good idea to write professor who has just interviewed me for a PhD position?

I had been interviewed by a professor recently for a Ph.D. position(US). During the interview, he asked me if I had gone through his homepage. Actually I went through superficially as the interview ...
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Going from STEM to history

I am looking to leave my career in computing and go back to university to study a History MA. The trouble is I only have a 3rd class degree in Computing from around 1990. What would you recommend I ...
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Asking about how to write in email that there is a possibility of self funding and asking to prof about details [duplicate]

I am a master of mathematics student at an University in Asia and I wrote to some professors in Europe for Phd position in number theory. One professor replied me and said that they don't have ...
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Scheduled graduate admission interview never occured

I have applied for admissions in a Ph.D program in Mathematics. It's a small department at a public university. Some time ago, I inquired the graduate chair about my application status (he/she was ...
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How to write a mail to tell a professor that I am interested in his offer but need some time to search for funding [duplicate]

I am a master of mathematics student at an University in Asia and I wrote to some professors in Europe for Phd position in number theory. One professor replied me and said that they don't have ...
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How to nail a Ph.D. interview when the professors work is not a good fit with your background?

I saw an offer for Ph.D. positions (USA) where 4 professors were on the list. I chose one (Prof X) and wrote my SOP according to his research and applied. Now another professor (Prof Y) from the ...
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Accepted a PhD offer but no reply

I got accepted to a PhD program in England. I received a formal offer letter on January 20th, which stated that I was supposed to contact the Graduate Studies Administrator via email in order to ...
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Severe regrets because I lied in my PhD application [closed]

I am an international Physics PhD student who is currently finishing his second year successfully, with one publication and others in preparation. However, I have a problem that has not let me sleep ...
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Admission into a masters program with low CGPA(2.48)? [duplicate]

i am trying to get an admission on one of the university of us in the field of electrical engineering but my CGPA is low which is 2.48. how can i overcome this issue and probably get an admission on ...
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A confusing reply from potential supervisor

I emailed Professor X to express my interest in his research area and politely asked if he will be taking on new master students. First, I got a brief reply: Send me your transcript and any papers/...
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Can political issues between Iran and USA affect me?

I have already read this question and its answers. However, I believe my question is slightly different. I was born in Iran but I am from a religious minority called Bahai faith and the followers of ...
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Asking about how to say to a possible supervisor to give me some time as I look for funding opportunities

I am a masters student in mathematics at an Asian University and I mailed my CV to some professors in France for phd position in analytic number theory. One of the professors said that his ...
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How to write a very good curriculum vitae for a summer school application?

I have just graduated with a bachelor degree in Mathematics and Physics. I joined a master's program in mathematics and I have just finished my master courses with a 3.8/4 CGPA. I don't have ...
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When is asking for an update on PhD admission status appropriate (given international flight prices)

I am a US student who has applied to physics PhD programs while aboard on a Fulbright Scholarship in the Netherlands. Based on the dates of open houses last year, I will be heading back to the US for ...
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How to approach admissions when applying for a Master's without Bachelor's degree?

I have a decade of experience as a network engineer. At this point I'm consulting large ISP in a network design role. I am thinking about applying for a Master's in computer networking without a ...
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Asking math PhD admissions for a decision sooner, given that I have received an offer from a good school

Can I ask other math PhD programs that I've applied to whether they could give me a decision sooner than later, as I've gotten an offer from a good program? If so, should I name this program for them ...
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Typical research on experience for physics graduate school applicants

I am applying to US PhD programs in physics. I do not have much research experience because I am an international student transferring from a completely different field. When checking the profiles of ...
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Missing optional resume in graduate application

The department I am applying to doesn't explicitly require a resume (and doesn't even recommend it), but there is an item named "resume" in the "supplemental material" dropdown menu which I have ...
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What kind of work is expected in Masters dissertation for admission to PHD in Number Theory in Europe

I am a Masters students in mathematics at a University in Asia. I am applying to European Universities for Phd position in number theory. I am interested in Analytic number theory and wanted to do ...
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F in a P/F class hurt my chances for grad school?

I'm an undergraduate studying computer science at a top-10 US university and have a decent GPA of around 3.7. A few semesters ago, I took a one hour/credit programming class just for the sake of ...
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Am I too late to get research experience before applying for a master program (Canada)

I mistakenly waited too long before I really looked into general expectations before graduate school applications. Research experience was something I always saw only as a bonus to applications if you ...
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Is one spelling mistake in the academic CV a big deal?

Just after submitting my CV to graduate school for masters admission, I realized that there was one spelling mistake on the first page of my CV. I misspelled the word 'merchandising'(missed the h). Is ...
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what shoud i say in a follow-up email to prospective PhD supervisors after I submitted my applications

I am applying for Ph.D. programs. I reached out to several potential Ph.D. supervisors last year and had informal Skype interviews with some of them before I submit my applications. It's been a month ...
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Can I pursue a master's degree and research career after taking 16 years to finish undergraduate?

I've just finished my bachelor degree in Psychology as a second under-graduate degree. My first degree was in mathematics. I am 37 years old and I would like to know if it's possible to pursue a ...
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Getting accepted to present at a conference, but choosing not to go - including this in SoP

I am a masters student who has just had my extended abstract accepted to the largest conference in my field, however, I am faced with a very difficult decision that requires perspective. The Problem ...
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Is there any risk in applying for a different graduate program, while already doing a PhD?

I'm doing a Ph.D. (in Europe) in field X, but my interests have shifted towards a different subject (say Y) over time. I've tried to shift my research to be on interdisciplinary topics crossing the ...
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Including a research experience with no recommendation letter

I am applying to graduate schools in the United States this year. I have research experience for one year in algebraic geometry. I learned a lot from this experience, mostly by reading papers, books, ...

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