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There is no doubt in my mind the person in question earned two different distinctions, and used them correctly. Here are some examples at how they might be used throughout the US. At my undergraduate institution, "Latin honors" (cum laude) were solely a function of your overall GPA. The minimum to earn each distinction was a percentile determined ...


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There's a lot to parse here, particularly in the lengthy comments section. The way I see it is you've got two options: Go outside of the department for help Avoid these conflicts and finish It seems apparent that the department is not going to help you through this, since you mention both the Dean and the department chair being involved negatively. If ...


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I get multiple emails about this every year, so I certainly consider it normal. It's my impression that most faculty will. Before you do that, see if the syllabus is available to you somewhere. That will show the professor that you did some due diligence on your own, and may even answer your questions. Also note whether or not the class has a firm ...


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This isn't a full answer, since it depends on the laws and regulations of the place of employment, including university contract rules. However, note the following. There is a big difference between holding a patent and monetizing it. The latter is a business process, not a research process, and takes lots of inputs. Money doesn't automatically flow from the ...


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Can you get a lawyer? I know the universities give legal advice, but in this case they won't. Can you reach out to Indian communities? Perhaps a lawyer can offer you free services? 1) please go to the International Student Services for guidance. If all fails, 2) please go to HR and talk to them, but remember HR is not your friend, they will most likely try ...


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It is a judgement call. On the one hand, if you are sure it is no longer relevant, then mentioning it could be a problem since some would doubt you are cured, I think. On the other hand, it shows personal growth. Congratulations. But having grown as a person may not be as relevant to future research as you think. At least in the minds of others. On balance, ...


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It is probably worth stating this up front: The relationship you describe has the appearance of an abusive relationship -- and I'm also going to say that I'm sorry you find yourself in this situation :-( Part of abusive relationships are threats that, in many cases, can or will not actually be realized. While I don't know for sure, my best guess is that your ...


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There are three entangled issues here: an issue of personal relationship gone wrong, your former partner not allowing you to collect your personal items and not returning the money you paid for his trip; an issue of tenure which potentially gives your former partner some power over your future career; an issue with him being in a relationship with you when ...


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If you have irrefutable evidence of this harassment, you might want to go to the press. The university newspaper and/or local or even national newspapers. Your life will be turned upside down, but maybe it will protect future students of color from this harassment.


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In North American English, "doctor" without a name usually means a medical doctor. To address a PhD or university instructor in that manner is neither appropriate nor inappropriate, but it is unusual. "Professor Lastname" is a safe choice, but customs vary.


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There are two parts of your question - how to get accommodations and whether you will be judged in some way. Also, this answer assumes you are a current student, not a prospective student. The first part of the question varies a bit from university to university. It sounds like you would like to figure out accommodations without making a formal report, which ...


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A personal statement is a story/pitch that describes/sells your suitability for a position. Your historic phobia of animals might be a starting point for your story. Overcoming that phobia showcases part of your personality. Do you think its a good idea to include that I overcame my phobia by myself? I don't think overcoming your phobia is the key message, ...


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In the US, the Bayh-Dole Act gives the university first shot at and practically encourages it to patent anything discovered using federal funding. My university organizes this in a way that the scientists that made the discoveries leading to the patent get a cut of the royalties from the licensing. You sign something when you join handing over some, but not ...


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The US does not have a centralized system in this regard. Each organization decides for itself how to consider your degree. Anyone with international awareness who hires PhDs regularly should know that your degree is equivalent, but everyone makes their own judgement; there is no centralized body.


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Ex-academic here. I would err on the side of caution. I would suggest that you: Investigate your legal options. This does not need to involve your school or telling anyone you work with - you have a right to keep your private life, private. For example is there a small claims court you could access that doesn't involve the school? Get your documentation in ...


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Officially, age discrimination is illegal in hiring in the USA after the age of 40, but it still happens. Still, you won't find hard cutoffs in grant language or tenure tracks that have to do with your date of birth, but many impose timelines that initialize the year you finish your PhD, or the date you got hired, etc. 1 Another thing to consider is how ...


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To me your description sounds like a fully grown mobbing/bullying situation. The conclusion is that I'm afraid your best bet is to get away from there, the sooner the better. This is not a single misbehaving (harrassing, racist,...) individual or incident who may be made to behave themselves, but a whole group who ganged up, including some of your superiors ...


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Is it looked down upon to apply to PhD programs in the US if I’m currently enrolled in one somewhere else? No: You've found a bad fit with your current programme, so switching is a rationale decision, just like you'd switch ill-suited jobs.


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What types of schools will allow non-matriculated participation? I'll skip this part, because honestly it was news to me that there are universities that don't do this. Usually the emphasis is on job-related courses. What is the application process like? Very simple, if you can pay. They want your money. How do I find these? Look for a "school of ...


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From my experience with faculty searches, departments at first care only about whether a candidate is actually good. That is the key basis to form a short list, and only after that do they care about the practicalities of hiring someone. These practicalities includes salary, spousal accommodations, visa status, etc. As a consequence, I think that your ...


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The linked duplicate question answers your query regarding applications in the US. This answer will address the UK situation. In the UK, if you haven't graduated and got your final mark yet, your offer of a PhD place and funding will almost certainly be conditional on you finishing your degree with a certain grade. They may specify a certain GPA you need to ...


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I think it's perfectly fine to email the professor and ask him about taking it with limited prerequisites from your end. I'm an undergraduate student (in ECE), but I've taken multiple ECE/Math/Physics grad courses after emailing respective professors and convincing them I can succeed in their courses despite not having official prerequisites (read Jeff's and ...


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I believe so. I would provide some specifical information on the e-mail: I would tell them all the classes I've taken that are more or less (since you have a different area of studies) related to their subject so that they could know exactly what you knew, any relevant internships or experiences, why I was interested in taking the class, and I would ...


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Just call it "Research Experience." The fact that you happened to earn course credit at the same time you did the research is irrelevant to the needs of employers.


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Could you maybe contact the American Civil Liberties Union and ask them for advice? https://www.aclu.org/faqs#1_5 I'm not American and have no experience at American universities but these guys are always in the news with cases similar to yours. Maybe someone who knows more about the US system can expand this answer.


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US universities are not very interested in the chronological age of their faculty. Your age just won't be noted as much as your gender, race, or linguistic background. It will not be an official hiring criterion.


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In germany, if the inventor is employed the employer has certain rights to inventions connected with their business. This holds for both industry and academia. One of the perceived benefits of academia is the ownership of your own work, be it papers or patents. This is a misconception. For many papers, the economic/exploitation rights go to the publisher (...


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If you're talking about classes, you can appeal in the usual ways. It doesn't sound like you're talking about classes though, which makes it tough. If it's a bias / microaggression type situation your best bet is avoidance - find a new advisor. Quietly tell people who could be in the same situation (especially if you have an international student ...


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I believe that is the updated list, since it's linked from here for example. While that list doesn't name your field, there is a separate CIP code for Industrial and Organizational Psychology defined by the Department of Education. As you can see here it falls under category "42.28 Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology" rather than "42....


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Meet with your advisor, put forward a proposal for finishing all outstanding works, raise authorship and explain that you feel you should be the lead author. Move-on to discuss future works. Assuming your advisor is positive, suggest timing might be an issue and ask whether an extension is possible. If not, suggest dropping some or all of the discussed ...


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