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Why such apathy towards double-counting of courses?

Many universities in the US disallow double-counting courses for double-major students. Why is that? The course content is basically the same, right?
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How appreciated is "Part III" in the US?

I will complete an MSc in physics, including a thesis, this year. I have received an offer for a 9 month taught math master's course at Cambridge called Part III, although I don't yet have a funding ...
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Academics in the USA that were sponsored for H1B visa, can you tell me about your experience? How long did it take, how was the process?

I am currently being sponsored for the H1B and my proposed start date is mid-August. I am not sure about the feasibility of this as most websites say it takes around 3-8 months to obtain the H1B. Can ...
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Under what circumstances is it appropriate to have video cameras as part of exam proctoring?

When professors proctor exams, part of our job is to answer student questions and clarify the exam, and part of our job is to prevent/catch cheating. At my university in the USA, there is also a "...
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Is there no liberal arts "school" that is also a research "school"?

Note: Using "school" as an alternative word, because "college" and "university" have different implications for degree level awarded, at least in the US. Edit: apparently ...
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Finding the equivalent title/position of "Oberassistent II" in both the US and in the Italian university system

What is the equivalent title/position of the Swiss "Oberassistent II" in both (or at least one of the following) the US university system? the italian university system? I have heard that, ...
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Is there generally a relationship between a dept's research grant numbers and the teaching loads they give PhD students?

To me, one of the most important factors that differentiates a good PhD program in the US and a bad one is the teaching expectations placed on the student. In some departments, PhD students are ...
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Cover letter for a postdoc position [closed]

I want to write to a professor for a postdoc position (advertised). I have read her recent paper that I wish to discuss in my cover letter. Is it ok to write her about additional experiments that ...
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Applying to academia and industry at the same time issue

I will apply to both industry and academia while graduating with a PhD in math, but I'd prefer the industry. The deadline to commit for the academia position is very early (end of Winter?). But one ...
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Academic view of graduates who go to US national labs?

I am an undergrad currently finishing up a research internship at a Department of Energy national laboratory. I've enjoyed my time here, and I want to work at a national lab post-PhD. With my PhD ...
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With computation tools available, why are we still not teaching any proofs in the first-year calculus/linear algebra for deeper understanding?

My understanding of the first-year calculus/linear algebra in the U.S. is that: students basically only need to memorize all kinds of math formulas instead of theories (even for theorems, for example ...
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What are my options if a prof ghosted me after agreeing for recommendation letter?

I asked one of my professors, who I had a great relationship with, to write me a LoR for a fellowship. They're not my advisor. I had informed them of this 2 months prior to the LoR deadline. They ...
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Institution wide style guides for theses - rationale and context

Under this answer here on Academia StackExchange, Xander Henderson and I observed that there seems to be a large difference between the United States and, for instance, Germany regarding how specific ...
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Coming back to finish my PhD after 4 years

Four years ago, I withdrew from my Ph.D. program for several reasons. I had passed all exams and only needed to write and present my disertation, I had a 4.0 GPA, several publications under my belt ...
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How does finishing my bachelor's degree in 4 years affect my academic career? [closed]

I started university early and some unexpected events happened and my first year wasn't so great, however, I have high scores like +100/110 and a very good CV with work experience and research papers. ...
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background check before interviews

Is it normal to have a background check before having an on-site interview for a tenure-track assistant professor position in US?
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Is it acceptable to email a professor about an article they wrote years ago?

I'm an undergraduate from a non-academic background. I have a personal interest in researching about some ethnic minorities, and came across a Routledge Handbook that focuses on that topic. The author ...
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Only one co-supervisor is supervising, but my project is in other co-supervisor's field

I'm currently a PhD student at a US-based university in electrical engineering. I started my PhD in 2021 with co-supervisors A1 and B1. However, I found working with A1 and B1 to be very difficult due ...
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Can privately administered colleges and universities in the USA successfully run without government funding?

Can privately administered colleges and universities in the USA and the UK successfully run without government (either state or federal) funding? By "government funding," I mean any kind of ...
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Are there any statistics as to the percentage of European students getting a PhD from the USA and then getting employed?

I have a feeling that US PhD degrees (or, at least, a US PostDoc after a PhD from the EU) are valued more in the EU than EU PhD degrees. However, I cannot prove that. Are there any statistics as to ...
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How are US schools prioritizing students from India over China?

Source The Institute of International Education, which publishes annual reports on international students, has found that U.S. schools are prioritizing students from India over China, especially for ...
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What is the percentage of recent graduates with a 4-year degree who have passed a Calculus I course?

I'm fairly certain that this exact statistic doesn't exist, so educated estimates are welcome. According to the Education Data Initiative, almost exactly 2 million Americans graduated with a bachelor'...
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Strategizing Post-Undergraduate Career Path for Aspiring Physics Doctoral Student [closed]

I'm a senior undergraduate physics student who hoped to attend graduate school starting next fall, but who was unfortunately not admitted to any in this admissions cycle. I remain very interested in ...
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A postdoc in China vs a postdoc in the US

I am a PhD student about to graduate from a university in Western Europe, and recently I have received two postdoctoral job offers - one in Beijing and another in Los Angeles, and I find it hard to ...
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Is expanding post-doc research idea independently as a faculty a good idea?

I am currently a postdoc in the US, and will likely become a STEM tenure-track assistant professor at an R1 university. Background. During my postdoc, I was working on a project that was unsuccessful ...
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PhD Suggestion in 3 rd year without any progress

I am a Mathematics PhD student currently in 3 rd year. I have a funding of 5 years. But being in 3 rd year also I haven't started working on a problem yet. Whenever I ask my supervisor he always says ...
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Reaching back out to PIs of interest to inquire about PhD application status

I'm a senior undergraduate student awaiting (physics) PhD program application decisions. I spent a chunk of last summer writing to and, occasionally, informally interviewing with PIs of interest, and ...
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Received a verbal offer via videoconferencing - how long to wait for initial written offer?

I received a verbal offer via video call with the Dean of the institution (East Coast university) They indicated they would send an email the next day. It has been around 10 days with no email - I'm ...
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Whom to take recommendation letter from if master thesis advisor never replied?

I am from a poor country in Asia . I will apply for PhD positions in pure mathematics in USA in the upcoming year. I completed my masters in mathematics in June 2020 but I am still not able to find a ...
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How do I best identify weak points in myself along a path to academia

I will be graduating from university (in the states) this semester with a bachelors in physics and mathematics. I applied for physics PhD programs (in the states) this cycle and obtained a few ...
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Are there any funding issues going on in the US universities which are affecting PhD admissions this year?

Location: USA Department: Computer Science I’ve applied to 8 schools for PhD admissions this year and have only received a rejection from one so far (a private university). Rest of my applications ...
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Why do most US regional colleges/universities/institutions have poor reputations in academic circles?

I'm at the tail end of my Ph.D. at an R2 institution that's considered a regional institution in the United States. I attended a regional university for my undergrad at an R2. I did my Master's at a ...
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Logistics of job offer negotiation

My question about the logistics of negotiating academic job offers (in particular salary) is two-folded. Is it best: to simply point which items of an offer can the department improve on (e.g. salary,...
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How many hours of teaching do "12 taught US credits per academic year" correspond to?

It looks like that "12 taught US credits per academic year" is a common teaching load in research universities. However, I am not able to find the correspondence between "1 taught US ...
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Is there any ethical problem with a tiered grading system?

I am currently teaching undergraduate level courses in mathematics and engineering in a university in the United States. My university requires us to go through some training on how to make our ...
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Is there any chance I can be accepted into a good graduate physics program without any bachelor's? [closed]

I am someone who did plenty of self-study in physics and has learned pretty much the entire undergraduate physics curriculum by himself. I have plenty of evidence to prove this (including a physics ...
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Does having qualifying exam subjects on my transcript help? (Math)

For context, I am a international (undergrad) student in mathematics willing to apply to a pure math PhD program in the U.S. this year. Recently I've been interested in commutative algebra and ...
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Different strategies to mentioning the need for negotiating a faculty position in the US

Today I received a written offer from a great US department in my field (Biology) and still did not reply to the email. I want to start negotiations about a few points in that offer, but I need also a ...
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In the U.S. academia, why do many institutes never send rejection letters for postdoc positions (to save the hassling of inquiries from applicants)?

As far as I know, many, if not most institutes in United States never send rejection letters for postdoc positions. As a result, applicants have to keep asking them to update the status. Is there a ...
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Industry-funded postdoc at university -- how does it work? [closed]

I am recently discussing an opportunity of joining a university as an industry-funded postdoc. Both the company (in the US) and myself do not have any experience about this so I would appreciate any ...
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Do universities have an agreement on when acceptance letters can be sent?

Most universities agree on the deadline of December 15 for graduate application submissions, and on the deadline April 15 for committing to an offer from the university. My professor claims there is a ...
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If you're already out of your school, what's the best way to validate that you are a good student, it's just that circumstances hindered you?

We all have certain phases in life where we fail to give our 100% for some reason. Some get it earlier in life, while some get it later. For me that phase was university. I could not get good grades ...
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If you can fund your PhD, how it affects your chances of admission? [duplicate]

Most PhD programs in math has more applications that what the funding for program can afford if they admitted everyone. Assuming you have normal grades and good RLs, and you can fund your PhD program ...
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Will a British MRes degree be beneficial for applying to US PhD programs

I'm a BA(Hons) Sociology graduate with a 2:1 in my degree. I applied to some PhD programs in the US but was rejected with no reason provided but it was likely due to a lack of research experience ...
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Most important things I should do during my CS undergrad if I want to get into a PhD program in the US

I recently switched my major to Computer Science at a top university in Costa Rica. I'm seeking advice on things I should do during my undergrad to improve my chances of gaining admission to a ...
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Will I be facing entitled students everywhere?

I work at a small regional university in the United States. Teaching takes up a significant portion of my time and energy, but I still enjoy it. I primarily teach undergraduate courses in math and ...
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Can I get funding for graduate study in the US with 3.4-3.5 GPA and 3 Cs in undergrad? [closed]

I'm from the Middle East, and I'm pursuing my bachelor's degree in Physics. I am looking for scholarship opportunities in the U.S., but I'm concerned about my GPA. I anticipate graduating with a GPA ...
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Is my topic of research internship going to affect my choice of future field? [closed]

I am currently pursuing a physics major and am in my second year at university. Currently, I am working on a project with a professor from a different university on quantum matter wave scattering, who ...
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Sources supporting sabbatical in the US for foreign mathematicians [closed]

I would be interested to spend my sabbatical year at one of the US math departments. I am a tenured mathematician affiliated with a non US university. I do not have a US citizenship. What are the ...
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Are general elective grades important when applying to a U.S. pure math PhD program?

I know this question may have no definitive anwser at all, please bear with me. I just finished my 3rd year of university, and I have one year and a semester left until (hopefully) getting into a math ...
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