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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

Ask her again, friendly, but with a special emphasis on the importance of her letter to your career and how helpful it would be. If she does not agree, take her offer to write one letter only, but ...
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Changing thesis supervisor to avoid bad letter of recommendation from current supervisor?

It sounds as though your advisor is an advisor only on paper as he declined to work closely with you after you decided not to work on a topic that was relevant to his research interests ("his ...
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What are my chances of being accepted into a UK Phd program with average undergraduate and masters grades?

None of us could say with any certainty what the exact odds of you getting into any program without far too much personal imformation. Regardless, it's probably more worthwhile for you to focus on ...
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Regarding generic reply from professor

The professor probably gets a lot of email, including a lot of messages exactly like yours. It's painful to reply to them all thoughtfully. Many PhD programs work by application to the program rather ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

You don’t want a letter from someone less than willing to write one. Could be that she doesn’t think she can write a good one for you, or it’s possible she is totally checked out. Doesn’t matter - if ...
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Great recommendations from people not in the field, or ok to decent recommendations from those in it?

Recommendation letters should strengthen one's case for the position in question. For graduate school application this mainly means showing that the one has the background necessary for the chosen ...
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Any good and easy to use .docx template for Academic CV?

https://github.com/hongtaoh/cv_emulate -- A Good place to get some inspiration. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rK2prBm6ga4EGdlbNZ66NS0_KBLrOCSf/edit - This one is from Harvard. Most universities ...
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Do I do another masters or keep on looking for a PhD

In the UK, Research assistant roles pay quite well (in comparison to most other academic salaries). Try spending a year in one of those instead of another master's. Many people I know convert their RA ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

I agree with those who say that writing a recommendation letter a norm. Even if the supervisor and the co-author do not think that you are a good candidate, they can still write an letter honestly ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

See if you can find another reference. Speak to someone else in the department and see what they say. Even if you don't know them too well they can write a letter and it can remedy the situation. ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

What this exercise tests, is "1) Can you cast a wide net? And 2 ) if you cast that net, will you land anyone who is in a position to help you, actually take an hour or two out or their time. If ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

@EthanBolker offers a clever potential solution. Also consider, though, whether there might be someone else who can write you a stronger recommendation. Is there another academic with whom you have ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

On the face of it that is strange. Most academics I know would be willing to write the necessary letters under those circumstances. Submitting one letter to multiple places would not be much more work ...
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Do I do another masters or keep on looking for a PhD

Only you really know what you should do. However, the main question to be answered when an advisor (or otherwise) is asked to write a letter of support for a PhD application is in essence "can ...
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Can strong research experience and recommendations offset low GPA for Master's application in Germany?

The application system in Germany is much different than in the US. Most masters (and bachelors) applications in Germany are solely decided by the grade of the applicants. The research and work ...
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Should I mention dropping out of M2 course in my statement of purpose for PhD application?

From my point of view you have two objectives: Making the strongest possible case for why you are a great fit for their program Covering your bases in terms of disclosure While I don't know the ...
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Pursuing PhD 5 years after master's

Generally speaking, the answer is: yes, you may be accepted. There is no reason why industrial experience should spoil your chances. Moreover, to a potential advisor whose research is related to ...
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Prospective PHD student currently majoring in CS

I was in a related position when I was finishing undergrad. I was interested in both math and CS, ended up with graduate degrees in both (one math, one CS), and became a professor of both. One thing ...
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Pursuing PhD 5 years after master's

do I have any chance to be accepted and what can I do for this purpose? I'm not German, but presumably if you have the aptitude needed to get into a PHD program (where academic research and so on are ...
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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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Recommendation Letter sent from an unofficial email of the director of a start-up

No need to worry. There will either be a portal to upload the letter, or the person on the other side of the email address to which the email is sent will accept it as is. While it is usual for people ...
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Grad application: how much do gen-ed summer classes taken elsewhere weigh?

It's entirely up to the admissions committee how to weigh things. Some people reviewing your application will focus most on courses in your major that are most applicable to your degree. Others may ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

Don't do that. I've needed my diplomas to apply to jobs and I have them on LinkedIn. You might hypothetically hang them somewhere. They make a good backdrop for a serious website or social media ...
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Part-Time PhD in the UK? How does this work?

I worked full time and launched (and later sold) a company while working on a PhD. It is possible, but you need to be really clear on what your reasons are for wanting a PhD and proceed accordingly. ...
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Part-Time PhD in the UK? How does this work?

Hi I work full time and PhD student for several years now. I think there are two answers here. It is possible. Don't do it. Job tends to be chaotic, changeable and normally not designed to be long. ...
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Leaving industry for PhD off-cycle

One possibility to explore is a PhD in Australia or NZ. Australia and NZ run on a different academic year to the UK and US. Applications for PhDs commencing in February 2025 (the start of the 2025 ...
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Leaving industry for PhD off-cycle

How would you recommend I proceed? Stop "staying humble about needing a lot of learning to catch up on geology." If you are after a research doctorate then show them that you have ...
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Leaving industry for PhD off-cycle

A BS degree in physics will add you points in the eyes of professors doing geophysics and planetary sciences. Your hands-on experience with ML and software development will boost your chances with (a) ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

A general answer to the titular question calls for a flowchart. A name is something that you go by. Do you actually go by "King of the Rats"? If not, the question of whether the name is &...
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How does Admit into unstructured Phd in Psychology in Germany work?

To add some context to my answer: I am a Phd student in Germany, albeit in a computer science (CS) related field. I studied at a different university before my Phd, and got my position by cold-e-...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

Prefereed name is for a alternative version of your given name, or an alternative given name (if you were given more than one name). "Rick", or "Dick" instead of "Richard&...
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Rejected from Universities: Grad School

Overall: By conventional wisdom, you applied to too few programs. Applying to a substantial number of institutions with a greater range of "prestige" (i.e., money per capita) is a typical ...
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Rejected from Universities: Grad School

People are going to disagree with me on this, but in my opinion there are really two tiers of US universities: Ivy League Everyone else And even that distinction is perhaps suspect. I'll go further ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

The place I work recently rejected an otherwise promising candidate for a job, because of a 'funny' Github name. The explained reason was "You should expect some level of seriousness when ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

Is it a bad idea? Yes. If you want another reason, in addition to the excellent ones that others have given, your diploma can look like test data. I have sometimes created demo or test output from ...
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Hopping areas and professors in undergraduate

Sampling lots of areas while an undergraduate is precisely what undergraduate education is (or can be) for. Doing that does not signify a bad attitude. To go on to graduate work you should be ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea? Yes, with conditions. If it is a military law school then any aka might be viewed as having a lack of self confidence in your given name, and thus a ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

In addition to the objections in the other answers: ask yourself how long the joke is going to stay funny. I made some weird comments in my high school yearbook that seemed funny at the time, but ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

As many others have said, don't do that. Even if the college were willing to do you such a 'favor', the decision would come back to bite you. If you truly want such a document (to hang in your home ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

My university has requested my "preferred name" to display on the diploma. I think it would be funny to submit "[my name], King of the Rats". You likely exaggerate the latitude ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

Bad idea. A diploma is not something that is meant to be funny. It is an official and professional document. At best, your example would signal a lack of maturity and disdain for official procedures. ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

You may wish to use your diploma in the future for legal purposes. E.g., work permit, immigration or hiring rules may require a diploma. Besides making a bad impression, your idea could lead to your ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

Yes, it's a terrible idea. I would not hire someone who is willing to joke with an official document. I prefer to work with serious and professional individuals. Consider that in a few years, you ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

There are strong arguments for presenting CVs without a photo of the person, to avoid bias, prejudice and non-relevant informations. What is the first-impression that a funny nickname can have on a ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

Yes, this is a bad idea. For 1): yes you will probably need to submit diplomas. Here's an example from Harvard Law school. They want: Online application form CV/Résumé Personal statement, parts (A) ...
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How can we find a professor's influence over the admissions committee?

You appear to have a fixation that seniority or academic credentials supersede standards of departmental governance, the quality of the applicant pool, or even the mutual respect of faculty colleagues ...
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How can we find a professor's influence over the admissions committee?

If there are 10 slots and 10 people ranked more highly than you by the admissions committee accept offers, you won't be given one, because they're full. "Satisfied criteria above the minimum"...
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How to get out of the situation where one needs better grades to enter a degree program and to get better grades, one needs to enter a degree program?

Roughly speaking, most German and Austrian universities don't care as much about your undergraduate GPA. For example, TU München, KIT or UniVie offer English-language M.Sc. degrees in Mathematics and ...
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How to get out of the situation where one needs better grades to enter a degree program and to get better grades, one needs to enter a degree program?

We would usually refer to this as a Catch-22 rather than a "chicken-and-egg" situation, but in any case, it's actually not the unsolvable situation you think it is. If you cannot gain entry ...
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Updating an already submitted graduate school application

First, in this day and age, I think it is EXTREMELY unlikely that professors are printing out candidate files to read them. Every position from PhD to postdoc to professor has hundreds of applicants ...
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