Questions tagged [research-undergraduate]

About research projects performed by (or involving) undergraduate students

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I am confused if this professor will fund me or not, I feel it is rude to ask directly

Recently I applied for a summer research internship in a lab in South Korea. This was the reply from the prof. Dear Student, Thank you for contacting me for internship. You have worked with ...
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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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Undergraduate Research in Non-science subjects [closed]

I am going to university this August for a BA degree. I have not quite sure about going into academics, but I like the prospect of it. So, I wanted to experience research as a undergraduate, before ...
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How Should I Write a Scientific Write-up?

I am an undergraduate student in mathematics from India. I have been shortlisted in the written test of TIFR GS-2020 (a nationwide entrance), and for the second stage of selection, they are asking for ...
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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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Some results of my grad research have been used in a recent paper, but I was not told. Should I do something about it?

Some of the work I did during my undergrad research (before my PhD, 4 years ago), exactly two figures, have been used in a recent paper. My ex-adviser (at the time of my undergrad research) is co-...
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Stay at university for summer or apply for other research programs?

I am currently a 3rd year undergrad who assists with research at my current university. I have been working on a project since September 2019, and the PI says it is possible to get a publication with ...
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Can a published well-received research paper contain misprints?

I have been reading a research paper for my university course. The paper is the PhD thesis of a student of Berkeley mentored by a reputed engineer. I strongly feel that an expression mentioned in the ...
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Withdrawing paper from a conference after presentation due to error

Please refer to the following link for details. I am planning to send an e-mail to the conference chairs regarding my withdrawal. I wanted to seek help from the experts in the community for drafting ...
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How to explain missing grade on transcript

I am an undergraduate mathematics student in the United States. I'm applying to many REUs in a certain topic. My only coursework in this topic is a graduate-level course I took last year. However, for ...
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Found a severe error in a conference paper after presentation but before the proceedings

I am a final year undergraduate student and had worked on a very fundamental project(there is no available literature on this field presently) during my sophomore year. The results obtained were quite ...
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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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What affiliation should I use for a paper that I partly wrote in a previous institution?

I am writing a research paper to be submitted to an IEEE conference. Part of the work was performed as a part of my University. I have graduated from there and am no longer a part of the university. ...
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Is it acceptable to write a report for one university mentioning unpublished research done in another?

Last year I got in touch with a professor by email. I was somewhat familiar with their topic, and very enthusiastic about working with them. I had a very positive exchange with them and did a call, ...
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How important is having research experience in the same department you are applying for?

I have a B.S. in math from the United States and am returning to school in the US for a second B.S. in microbiology because: 1) I have no research experience; 2) I have no excellent LORs as a result ...
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Undergrad research with friends; one of them does nothing

About halfway through last semester, my professor asked me to do research under her with a group of people I had been friends with since freshman year. Dream come true! These are all people I already ...
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Math REU low GPA

I have a GPA ~3.2 because I did poorly on my courses during my freshman year. I am currently a junior. I did terribly during my freshman year because I was experiencing culture shock and I was burned ...
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Do One-year MS/MEng Programs Prefer Candidates With Research Experience?

I am a first-year undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering in the U.S. I want to either do the 5-year BS/MS program at my university, or - preferably - do a 1-year non-thesis MS or MEng ...
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Professor wants to submit paper, but no real results

I am an undergraduate student who is working on some research projects applying machine learning to medical problems at a small, primarily-undergraduate college. In one of these projects, a Master’s ...
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What impresses more in a graduate school application for CS: an REU or an honors thesis?

I'm a prospective applicant (or will be in the near future) for PhD programs in Computer Science. I recently did an REU this past summer at a top-ranked CS school and am seriously considering ...
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Changing research area and ArXiv

As an undergrad I posted an undergrad research paper on the arXiv. It was not very interesting at all and I did not try to get it published (I essentially only used it for grad school applications). ...
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Student not giving mid-project report and not coming to defense [closed]

Context: I am a researcher in a Western European university. As part of a masters courses in my uni, students have a rather long project to do (each student has its own project). This project is ...
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Is it possible to get research experience between undergrad and grad school?

I will be graduating from my undergraduate with a B.S. in Computer Science & Applied Mathematics with a ~3.25-3.30 in less than 2 weeks from now. I'm taking at least gap year and a half after I ...
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Can I ask letter of recommendation to my undergraduate thesis supervisor for PhD in other lab

I am doing my bachelor's thesis (4th-year 1st semester) in one of the top 5 research group in my field in the world (but not a renowned university). I want to do direct PhD (also called Masters track ...
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How should my name and affiliation appear in a scientific journal publication as a student?

I am an undergraduate student who is co-authoring a publication for a scientific journal for the first time. My advisor has asked what I want my name and affiliation to be but I need some guidance. ...
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Do US REU programs sponsor the student visas (J1 or F1) for international candidates? [closed]

US REU programs sometimes accept "self-funded" international students. However, do they also sponsor the student visa (J1 or F1) for the selected international candidates? Or do the students have to ...
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Work History / Professional Experience Section of US Grad School Application - Listing Research Internships

I'm applying to biomedical sciences Ph.D. programs, and the applications typically allow me to type in my "Work History / Professional Experience." I know that undergraduate research would not fall ...
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The Page Rank effect of Academic recommendations for Graduate School

I am an undergraduate who comes from a relatively small department, with moderate research activities being done around. We don’t have any research lab or dedicated research personnels in my field of ...
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How to work with a student who has a tendency to overcomplicate things? [closed]

I am supervising a senior reading course. As I cannot give a name to a problem I am having with one of the students, I will give an example. We are reading a paper, and he was not making progress. He ...
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What is an academic profile?

I am filling out an application & research profile form for a Masters program. The form consists of four open-ended questions, with plenty of space to fill out information for each. One question ...
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While applying for PhD in a particular topic, how useful is research in a different (maybe slightly related) topic?

I have done 2 research projects on a topic, say "A". But now I am changing my field of work slightly, to say topic "B", and will do my masters thesis on "B". How useful will my projects on "A" be ...
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When should I send the so-called “inquiry email”?

I’ve heard that, prior to applying, undergraduates sometimes express interest to faculty members of graduate schools via email. I know that this is most often done (fairly?) close to the time of ...
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Noting posters/presentations (formal project titles/dates/locations) essential for statements of purpose in US PhD programs?

I am applying to biomedical PhD programs in the US. I have taken part in 2 summer internships that resulted in poster sessions and presentations at local conferences. I have also taken part in ...
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How can I make the most of this opportunity? Any suggestions for a 2nd/3rd year student interested in research? [closed]

I am currently a student about to come towards the end of my 2nd year at University. I had a great professor at the start of the year, and I was interested in trying something outside of traditional ...
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Is it a good idea to include working papers on Curriculum Vitae?

I am a senior undergraduate student and looking to apply to PhD programs. I am doubtful whether I should put my working papers on my CV alongside the already published works. I don't want to exclude ...
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Discussing one's working ideas and possible research projects in PHD application

I am a senior year undergraduate student in Computer Science, graduating in a year and looking forward to pursuing a PhD. I have a good experience with the research topic I want to work on, with a ...
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Question about Data analysis [closed]

My thesis title is : Important of user-generated contact in tourism decision making. I am worried about my methodology. I am not sure what kind of data analysis that can I use. I will use survey ...
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First author added random co-authors to our paper without informing me (second author)

Our paper in the computer science area has been accepted to a well-known conference and we are getting ready to submit our final draft. This is our first publication and I'm an undergraduate student. ...
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Will an Honours year grant me a second degree? [closed]

I am about to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology (Hons). I plan to further my studies with a Masters in Research. I would like to apply for an Honours year in Medical bioscience or ...
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How to supervise an undergraduate reading a paper for the first time?

I am helping supervise a senior student who is reading a scientific research paper for the first time. The goal is to understand a portion of this paper and write an essay presenting the background, ...
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Etiquette for undergraduate research and job search

I am an undergraduate currently conducting research in a physics research group at my university. I really enjoy the group and am planning to stay with them during my next few years here. However, as ...
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Questions Regarding a Senior Project [closed]

I’m currently supervising an undergraduate senior project in the Department of Physics. I’m responsible for supervising a last year physics student who will be graduating by the end of June. As a new ...
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Is consistent disregard for students' time “normal” in undergraduate research?

The title has my primary question. My research professor whom I have known since the beginning of the calendar year has quite consistently canceled on meetings last minute, most often due to personal ...
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As an Undergraduate student can Join at conference with Full research paper? [closed]

I am Hasnain Imtiaz Sakib. Under graduate student (2nd year) from University of Dhaka. I have been selected and my abstract has been selected for "6th World media and mass communication conference ...
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PhD program application - CV (3+ pages) versus resume (1-2 pages) in the US

I am applying to neurobiology Ph.D. programs in the US that focus on disease research. I am seeking opinions on my personal situation regarding the decision to include either a resume (1-2 sides) OR ...
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Is it worth the risk to apply to REUs? How likely am I to be accepted? [closed]

I am applying to biology REUs(Research Experience for Undergraduates) this summer. Would a white female junior from a small R2 university, 3.9 gpa, and one summer of research experience be likely ...
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Is it worth going to a conference [IEEE UEMCON] to get my undergraduate thesis published?

I'm weighing the costs/benefits of going to a conference in New York despite living in Seattle. My main motivation is that I want the undergraduate thesis I finished earlier this year to be published....
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How to ask for lettler of recommendation from supervisor when he would be interacting very little with me?

I am an undergraduate student in my final year and started doing my bachelor's thesis in a research lab. My official thesis supervisor is head of the lab, and a highly experienced expert and equally ...
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How often should I meet my direct mentor in bachelor's thesis?

I am doing my bachelor's (undergraduate) thesis in a research lab. My supervisor, who is head of the lab, has assigned a junior professor and his PhD student as my direct point of contact. With both ...
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Asking PI I barely interacted with for letter of rec?

I'm a rising senior and will be applying to PhD programs this fall. I'm wrapping up a research project I was doing this summer at another school (basically an REU-like program) and the school is at ...

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