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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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I am on scholastic warning. What should I do?

Start by getting more information about the policy. If you haven't already, find out: If you really only have the summer semester to increase your GPA, or if it's fall. Often some university ...
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I have good results from a project that my advisor told me not to do and refused to help me with. Do I have to make them a co-author?

If he did no work on the paper then he should not be a coauthor. That said, it may not be in your best interest to insist on the ethical course of action. At this point in your career you do not want ...
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I have good results from a project that my advisor told me not to do and refused to help me with. Do I have to make them a co-author?

Is it fair to put his name: perhaps not. Can you get away not putting his name? Best way to find out: tell him you want to submit, ask him if he wants to be a co-author. Second best way: send him a ...
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Impression of field have worsened after applying to and accepting PhD programs

Happiness during a PhD seems to follow a bimodal distribution. And a top predictor of being on the sunny side of it is intrinsic motivation: being super curious about the topic you work on. If what ...
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Impression of field have worsened after applying to and accepting PhD programs

If you let go of the romanticized version of the PhD, which many people hold, and instead view your PhD as what it is (see below), you will be happier. The (sub)topic or even (sub)field of your PhD is ...
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Impression of field have worsened after applying to and accepting PhD programs

This question is just the PhD-centered version of "Why do we always feel that the other queue moves faster?" Doing a PhD (and research in general) is an extremely boring task, where it ...
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Impression of field have worsened after applying to and accepting PhD programs

You must define your goal first: are you after a title PhD for better chances? Or can you create your own chances in your own business? In which case you must test your talent for academic study in ...
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Impression of field have worsened after applying to and accepting PhD programs

After getting a PhD after five years in Biochemistry, I can say don't do a PhD. It's not worth it unless you need the comma PhD in your LinkedIn to be a better candidate for a job position. There are ...
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How should I discuss the idea of a 6th year with my PhD advisor?

Finish up and leave in your fifth year. No one cares about what happened during the PhD, and if you're not making groundbreaking research, your dissertation will go onto a dusty shelf that will only ...
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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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How should I discuss the idea of a 6th year with my PhD advisor?

Generally speaking, staying for a sixth year is common during a math PhD. I did so myself. Most advisors would be happier to have you stay an extra year vs. a new first-year PhD student, because of ...
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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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What if I found out that I missed adding some citations to my thesis after the final submission

In academia, it's very common to learn about papers related to your research after you've written your literature review, after submitting, or even after publishing. It's expected. No literature ...
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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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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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