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This is exactly what I did when I applied to grad school. One of my recommenders asked me to create such a sheet, and I shared similar lists with the other recommenders, after checking if they would prefer to have them. It is a good idea, but ask first, particularly if you want them to check a box after submitting each letter. It might otherwise look a bit ...


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Let me make a (strong) suggestion that you broaden your search to include some schools down to perhaps the 50th ranked university. Don't neglect the ivies, but Stony Brook as a "safety school" is probably too ambitious if you don't want to be utterly disappointed. Let the school you apply to do the conversion and don't worry about it. It is what it ...


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It's helpful to get a concise list of the schools a student is applying to and the dates, but putting it into the email request is enough for me. TBH, if the list of schools you're applying to is so long it takes a spreadsheet to keep track of all them, the spreadsheet isn't really a solution to the actual problem. I'm always delighted to write the first ...


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There is no fix to the issue that works in a time scale of 1.5 months. A typical research paper probably takes 6 months to write, even if most of the results are already there, primarily because (i) it takes time to actually write 15-20 good pages, and (ii) one always realizes in the course of writing that something isn't quite right yet, was correctly ...


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Personally, if I were writing multiple recommendation letters for a student, I would find that extremely helpful. It also shows that you are systematic and well-organised, which is something I would note (to your benefit) in my recommendation.


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Let me suggest that you make an appointment to visit the head of department at some "interesting" department at the university. Ask for a meeting to discuss your future briefly. In the meeting ask to be put in touch with a professor or two, preferably in robotics, preferably educated outside India, so that they have some foreign experience. Then ...


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Just an alternative answer here. You may be able to defer your acceptance which basically means that you let the department know that you have been employed and would like to delay your entrance to the program. This changes from university to university so make sure to ask. I think this choice lets you have enough flexibility since you may be able to enter ...


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I deleted my previous answer as it was assuming undergraduate admission. Assuming graduate admission, and assuming an MS in Engineering (and not say an MBa or Art History), then pretty much everything you mentioned would not count for much. Maybe a little bit, but they would not make you stand out. Graduate degrees are research degrees, so the only thing ...


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If you don't have any choice, then you don't have any choice. Ask. It is unlikely to reflect badly on you whether it is possible or not. People have lives. Not all things are predictable. But you can also ask, first, whether there are any possible consequences of a deferment. Before you act you want as much information as possible. I think that the (pandemic)...


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Under the circumstances and if medically possible, the professor should take some (a lot of) responsibility for placing you somewhere or getting you done where you are. The professor is the one with the most relevant professional contacts. He might have to ask a colleague to act on his behalf, of course. Under the circumstances, another professor and their ...


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The difficulty is that in graduate school you seldom work on what you want, but you work instead on what your advisor will let you work on. The two do not always coincide. In other words, professors take students to work on the areas where they (the professors) have expertise, not in areas where students would like to work. Next, be aware that professors ...


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People will take relevant information into account, but you should also help them see your side by being explicit in your application materials. For example, if you are submitting a cover letter or research statement (or similar), you can say something like "over the 9 months in this lab, I have produced research results X and Y that will lead to two ...


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This is very unlikely. Like many (most?) German institutions a masters is required for admission as they make clear on their web site. But you can contact them directly. I don't know if they are willing to make exceptions. I suspect that an exception would be made only in an exceptional case.


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From my experience (US, biomedical engineering) this is actually quite common. There are many professors whose primary appointment is in a different department than the one you've signed up for. Again, from my experience, this actually tends to be a good thing; you get exposure to a wider range of faculty, students, collaborators, techniques, and ideas. The ...


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If you have already made contact with some professors, seek their advice on the best way to do things. I think you are likely to find problems, however. One solution you might suggest is to have more than one advisor, one in each department. This would be more likely to be acceptable to both departments. The other issue is that if you have TA funding then it ...


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