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Am I making a mistake by going to a "mid-tier" program?

Reality check: First, "mid tier" schools by a reasonable definition are very good. And most of them have faculty that are there for reasons other than they can't be at a "top tier" ...
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Did my professor act unethically by publishing a paper with a figure from my thesis without any acknowledgement?

There really aren't two ways around it: Yes, using someone else's figure is unethical. The question of what to do about it is of course much harder to answer.
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Am I making a mistake by going to a "mid-tier" program?

If your goal is not academia focused, pedigree matters very little. As long as your program is accredited and produces publishable research, you will be fine. I have many contacts in government ...
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Am I making a mistake by going to a "mid-tier" program?

Feeling comfortable and happy through your program will be a key to your success so if you like the university and advisor where you have been accepted, I suspect that will be the best spot for you to ...
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Professor seemingly threatens students with incomplete grade because TA has not turned in their grade?

This is an email from the PI to the TA. A copy was sent to the students for information. Alice should do nothing, this is between the PI and the TA. Clearly, the PI is already aware of the ...
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Did my professor act unethically by publishing a paper with a figure from my thesis without any acknowledgement?

It’s a bit crass to do this and keep you out of the loop, but he did reorganize the figure so technically it is not “the figure from your thesis”, especially if it’s a redraft from and old study, i.e. ...
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Am I making a mistake by going to a "mid-tier" program?

The best students in "mid-tier" programs publish more than the average student in the most prestigious programs. There are many factors that help explain this. Happiness - being below ...
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PhD-Application: After how many weeks (approximately) is it fine to ask the committee if I didn't receive any decision?

I think it would be very appropriate to send a follow up email directly to your potential advisor at the University after this amount of time. In my experience Professors and admission committees are ...
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How to reduce stress before your qualifying exam

I hope "next Friday" means in a week, not in a day. Cramming is usually the worst option. Staying up late the night before also. There is a danger in late study that the mind may not have ...
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Failing my PhD courseworks and Possibility of Transferring to other Fields/Industry

Most employers won't ask to see your college transcripts; if you apply to a job that requires a BS in math or econ or similar, you won't need to let them know you've failed your math PhD. You don't ...
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How to reduce stress before your qualifying exam

There is no universal answer to this question, because different people find that different techniques work well/badly for them, and they also have different levels of aptitude for rapid learning and ...
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PhD-Application: After how many weeks (approximately) is it fine to ask the committee if I didn't receive any decision?

There has been plenty of time, actually, assuming the deadlines for application has passed. It is appropriate now to ask for an update on your application. You can also ask if there is anything more ...
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Professor seemingly threatens students with incomplete grade because TA has not turned in their grade?

The "darker" side of me, somewhat involved in the situation and really not a big fan of Dr. M. by any means, would like Alice to respond to the email ensuring to CC all students along with ...
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Failing my PhD courseworks and Possibility of Transferring to other Fields/Industry

I have a math Ph.D. degree from a really good American university, and I am doing high-performance computation job, and maybe I can share some of my thoughts about your concern. First and foremost, ...
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Failing my PhD courseworks and Possibility of Transferring to other Fields/Industry

Being hard worker and passionate about math contradicts the fact that you are failing the introductory PhD courses. These are usually pretty elementary. If they are not easy for you, you made a wrong ...
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Professor seemingly threatens students with incomplete grade because TA has not turned in their grade?

Alice should wait. Does any one of these options communicate any further information to the PI? No. The PI is surely aware that the students are unhappy and stressed out about this. Is the PI sitting ...
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