Questions tagged [united-states]

On standards or conventions specific to the United States higher education system, which differs in structure and style from the systems in other parts of the world.

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Can you “refer” an offer to another applicant?

Say I applied to two graduate programs: A and B, in which A is my preferred program. It turns out that I am admitted by both, so I will accept the offer from A and turn B down. I heard from a friend ...
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Can a professor tell you that you can’t use your phone before or after their class?

So, I have this one professor who refuses to let anyone use their phone. I understand this during class hours but now he’s saying he will give a demerit to anyone using their phone even if it’s before ...
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Which professors are involved in the tenure decision (in USA)? (associate, full, tenure-track who becomes tenured before I get tenure etc…) [closed]

Which professors are involved in the tenure decision? Is it all tenured professors, or also the one still on tenure-track? If only tenured, which is the date in which they get tenure that matters? For ...
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Chance of funding while applying for multiple PhD programs at the same school

I found the same question in here, however, my story is a little bit different: I contacted a faculty member in one of the US institution and he promised an admission. But, for the chance of funding, ...
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Applying to state-side Graduate programs with European degree(s)

So I'm a bit confused because the structure of higher education is different in America than it is here. In the States the typical undergraduate degree (for example in physics) is around 4 years. From ...
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Requesting a change to conference lodging before accommodations have been verified?

I have applied and been accepted to a conference as a graduate student attendee (not presenting any material). They were able to give lodging and promised to reimburse a good portion of travel which ...
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My human subjects research is “exempt” under US regulations. Does that mean I can skip ethics review?

This question was inspired by some wrong information on this site. Human subjects research usually requires review by an ethics committee (IRB). Some research is "exempt" under US law. If my ...
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To What Degree is Graduate School Acceptance Contingent on You Choosing a Specific Potential Adviser? [closed]

I applied to a graduate school in CS and got in. However, between application submission and acceptance a professor reached out to me and requested a phone conversation. It went well, as far as I ...
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Will it be a good idea to write professor who has just interviewed me for a PhD position?

I had been interviewed by a professor recently for a Ph.D. position(US). During the interview, he asked me if I had gone through his homepage. Actually I went through superficially as the interview ...
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How to nail a Ph.D. interview when the professors work is not a good fit with your background?

I saw an offer for Ph.D. positions (USA) where 4 professors were on the list. I chose one (Prof X) and wrote my SOP according to his research and applied. Now another professor (Prof Y) from the ...
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Is it normal/okay if my professor grades me lower “in comparison to my peers”?

My Uni is in Minnesota and classes started a couple weeks ago. I'm taking a class for my undergraduate degree. I knew it was going to be writing intensive from the syllabus. Every week we're going ...
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What are the mechanics of negotiating a faculty job offer?

I would like to know the following. This is for the US. Is the deadline in the offer letter a deadline to come to a finished negotiation, or a deadline to say you'd like the job and then to enter ...
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Asking math PhD admissions for a decision sooner, given that I have received an offer from a good school

Can I ask other math PhD programs that I've applied to whether they could give me a decision sooner than later, as I've gotten an offer from a good program? If so, should I name this program for them ...
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Contacting professors for PhD supervision past the formal application deadline of the university in USA

I am interested to do PhD under the supervision of a renowned professor based in the USA. But, I have missed the formal PhD application deadline for the university. Is it possible to do PhD in the ...
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Missing optional resume in graduate application

The department I am applying to doesn't explicitly require a resume (and doesn't even recommend it), but there is an item named "resume" in the "supplemental material" dropdown menu which I have ...
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What is the average teaching load for a math postdoc position in the US?

What is the average teaching load for a math postdoc position in the US? And can someone please explain this in reference to the trimester or quarter system, which I'm not too familiar with. ...
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How to dress for visit to math phd program for accepted students?

How should I dress for my visits to math programs as an accepted student? As if I were showing up to a job interview? Shirt and tie? Suit? The visit seems nicely planned by the program - jam-...
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Institution refuses reimbursement for grant awarded?

After managing a project at a research institution in the US, I was awarded a grant (did it for free, so this is the remuneration). The grant covers travel, books, research equipment ("that does not ...
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When a graduate student be a part of a research grant, does he get paid in addition to a university stipend?

This year I will graduate from a European university and willing to start a Ph.D. program in the USA. As a graduate student, there is a “guaranteed financing” opportunity of approximately $ 32,000 per ...
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What is the meaning of “…the cost of a 5 year R01…”?

I assume this is something related to the US and NIH Research Project Grant Program (R01), but I don't understand how one put value on a "single word" Is there anyone who understands this sentence ...
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Recognition of achievements over time

I am applying to a university in the US. In the online application, they've asked about: Additional Educational Experiences; Which of the following have you had experiences in? (select all that ...
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Co-author refuses to share final manuscript or list of submissions

While completing my PhD, I was assisted by my advisor in writing three papers. Because he had to go on medical leave for a period, we have been slow in getting them submitted for publication. (He did ...
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advantages in applying early to PhD programs

I am applying to PhD schools in physics in the United States. I would like to know if there is any advantage to applying early rather than just before the deadline. Honestly, I was trying to focus on ...
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Discussing diversity and underrepresented groups in personal history statement for PhD application

I am applying for a PhD program in US. The university has asked to address the following in personal history statement: How your perspectives or activities contribute to social or cultural ...
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Is a PhD degree from a European university considered equally valuable as one from the US?

I earned my PhD in continental Europe. Except going to a few conferences outside Europe, my network, collaborations and events were all in Europe so I was pretty much living in a European bubble. I am ...
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How to Ask for a Shift in Graduate Assistantship from Research to Teaching?

I am a graduate student in NYC and would like to learn how to ask my advisor and my professor to shift from research assistantship to teaching? I have been working on a research project for one ...
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Are there mathematics online degree options in the USA for a foreign student with SAT scores? [closed]

Are there universities/colleges in USA which offer undergraduate and graduate online degrees in mathematics and consider SAT scores? How can I find a list of such institutions? I was unable to find ...
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Is promotion from staff scientist to professor possible? (Considering job offer in US)

I am a researcher making its way (very slowly) to professor in Europe. After several years of effort and relocations, I have now my own research program and have earned a promotion to supervise PhD ...
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How do you differentiate STAT/ML/DS in SOP?

I'm going to apply to graduate programs in both Statistics and Data Science. To me, Statistics, Data Science, and Machine Learning essentially refers to the same subject, but some universities are ...
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Will it be a problem if I take a letter of recommendation from a lecturer in my department?

I have a pretty well connection with him academically(taught several courses and was one of the teachers of my final year major) and personally. But I am confused if the designation is going to be a ...
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Do universities in US contain rooms for discussions between students

In India, many universities I know personally does not have any discussion rooms intended for students. There are class rooms(for normal lectures), faculty cabins, seminar halls, administrative ...
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As a post-doc applicant, should I address a professor by their first name in email after they addressed me that way?

Regarding a post-doc position, I recently wrote to a professor in the US by starting my mail "Dear Professor X" where X is the surname and she replied to me "Hello Y" where Y is my first name. I am ...
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Graduate School Offer of Acceptance Due Dates in the US?

I am applying to biomedical science Ph.D. programs, and the programs have very different deadlines for applying. For instance, many applications were due at the end of Nov/start of Dec, however, I ...
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What are the ethical implications of lying to get into a course?

I attend a small liberal arts college in the US. Through the cross-registration program, we are permitted to take classes at a large state university at no extra cost to us. However, we are only ...
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USA (or worldwide) Equivalent of H2020-ITN program

I am involved in the preparation of a project proposal. If you are from Europe and you do research the chances are high that you have heard of the Horizon 2020 (H2020) programme. For the ones who are ...
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Should phd candidates spend time on extra-curricular?

Suppose an engineering PhD candidate in the USA is trying to pursue an academic profession (e.g. Assistant Professorship in a Research Institute), is it even worth-while to commit to extra-curricular ...
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How should I refer to PIs in a statement of purpose (US)?

I am applying for PhD programs at graduate schools in the US and I am wondering how I should refer to researchers that I name in my statement of purpose? In particular, I am wondering whether to refer ...
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Applying to schools in the US - Theoretical fundamental physics

I am a theoretical physics masters student, currently on the process of applying to universities. I find it incredibly hard to gauge which universities I'm most likely to be accepted in. All the ...
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Would a B grade PhD-level course in part time help or hurt graduate application?

After graduating from college, the student (in part-time) took a PhD level course while working. It was a very difficult hardcore course and the student got a B. Would this grade help or hurt the ...
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Why does general education occur in high school in the UK, but in undergrad in the US?

Alexandra Lyons of Cambridge University writes: For starters, undergraduate education [UG] in the UK is a bit different than what you have probably seen in North America, where 4-year liberal arts ...
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UK MSc to US PhD

I'm currently a student at a UK university studying towards an MSc in Statistics, and I had some questions about how graduate schools in the US would view this type of program. As I'm much more ...
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What it feels like as a PhD student in math or computer science in the US [closed]

I am currently an undergraduate in Canada, but I am interested in math/comp sci PhD in the US. I heard that an academically supporting environment(the environment of the school? of the department?) in ...
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Does failing in a different program affect graduate admission application? [closed]

Suppose, someone failed in a STEM grad program 'A', and hence it is incomplete. Then he gets acceptance in a non-STEM grad program 'B', and completes it. Now, if he applies for a position in a ...
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Can it be viewed as a negative for PhD applications in the US if I have children?

I am currently working on PhD applications in Engineering to start in Fall 2020. I am in my late 30s and have one child. I am planning to apply to at least one quite highly-ranked school in the US. I ...
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What exactly happens when a department head is contacted about a specific instructor in a specific course?

Related, but not what I'm getting at In one of my courses at a University, I overheard some of my classmates talking before a very difficult test (we knew it was going to be hard beforehand based ...
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No Letterhead or official email id for Letter of recommendation

I worked with a professor on my final year project who has now left the college to finish his Ph.D. He is currently working as an assistant professor at some other college. As I worked closely with ...
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If one professor gives recommendation letter to too many students then does it affect the admission of students?

I am planning to apply for masters in US universities for fall 2020. I graduated from a school where the staff is quite less. Because of this reason, students tend to ask for recommendation letters ...
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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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What is the difference between an academic CV in the US and an academic CV in France? [duplicate]

I am currently applying for graduate school in France. How (if at all) would I modify my existing CV in the standard US format to conform to French academic standards? I have searched online, but ...
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Contacting a Professor for a PhD in the US (Engineering)

I am new around here so go easy on me :) this question is directed at anyone with experience with graduate studies in the US. A little background information about myself: I am wrapping my up my M.Sc....

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