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coverletter for postdoc

Several things to keep in mind. What is the nature of the advertisement? Is it (A) an actual position which you have to apply to through either a University hiring portal, or (B) by initiating contact ...
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Applying to academia and industry at the same time issue

Many math PhDs leave academia and end up working in industry. The best approach is to first decide which type of job you want, then craft your job search (and your activities) to maximize your chance ...
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Academic view of graduates who go to US national labs?

Professor at a top-3 engineering dept here, so probably among the snobs. In my field, with a few exceptions, the PhD students who have gone to National Labs have not been the top ones. So if I saw ...
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Second Master in Finance Engineering (US)

Nope, not worth it, unless you do that second master in USA which can be seen as a form of investment, admitting that your current master was a waste of time and money. There is nothing a master in ...
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Official Transcripts From Indian University

During applications, US graduate programs generally make do with unofficial transcripts - you don't need to fedex them, just upload a scanned pdf. Check out if that is the case. However, once you're ...
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Academic view of graduates who go to US national labs?

The national labs are not looked down upon in academia (beyond a few snobs, but those kinds of snobs will look down on anyone who isn't them, anyway). National labs are doing world class research and ...
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Academic view of graduates who go to US national labs?

Your underlying questions seems to be: How do I increase my chances of working at a U.S. DOE national lab? My PhD coadivsor and their partner went from a national lab to their current position. They ...
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Academic view of graduates who go to US national labs?

Most of my Ph.D. graduates go on to the national Labs. The research is top notch, and who doesn't like going from a graduate student stipend to ~100K for a postdoc? I don't think I have ever ...
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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?

I'm a professor of mathematics who teaches a lot of linear algebra and calculus. I did not downvote, but I suspect downvoters disagree with the premise of the question, that access to AI tools should ...
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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?

at least the basic things like epsilon-delta language This is one of those things where, once you understand it, it seems trivial. It probably seems to you like you should be able to explain it in ...
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What are my options if a prof ghosted me after agreeing for recommendation letter?

Anecdotally, I had this same issue occur to me. Some of the programs did not even look at my incomplete application, but one of them did and accepted me despite lacking the additional required letter. ...
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Institution wide style guides for theses - rationale and context

I got my Ph.D. from a US university with such a style guide now nearly 25 years ago. It annoyed me so I asked, in polite fashion. The answer I received was a sensible historical reason. Ph.D. theses ...
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What are my options if a prof ghosted me after agreeing for recommendation letter?

What you can do now is work with the fellowship people to see what your options are. Explain, calmly, that a letter wasn't sent and you don't know why. Don't make accusations, but ask what might be ...
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What are my options if a prof ghosted me after agreeing for recommendation letter?

Look, many professors have problems with procrastination too. They agree to something that is far in the future, even though they might regret it later. It's a form of future discounting. A standup ...
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Salary for math professors at 4-year liberal arts colleges?

I am a professor of mathematics at a small liberal arts college (SLAC) in Ohio, got my PhD at a SLAC in Connecticut (2700 undergrads, 18 math PhD students), and went to undergrad at a SLAC in Maine. ...
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Coming back to finish my PhD after 4 years

Even though you got turned down by your department, I believe (could be wrong, as your explanation for what happened is rather terse) that your best chance for picking up your degree program anywhere ...
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Coming back to finish my PhD after 4 years

Unless there are some special circumstances, I'd guess that your chances of a quick solution at another university are remote. They will have procedures that must be followed, etc. If you are co-...
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How does finishing my bachelor's degree in 4 years affect my academic career?

Most people in the US take four years for a bachelors. That isn't a problem. Taking four years may actually be an advantage if it lets you take a few more advanced courses in your field. And, it is ...
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Is it acceptable to email a professor about an article they wrote years ago?

I have written professors a couple of times with questions about things I read in preprints... I got answers a couple of times. Sometimes they were questions I maybe should have already known the ...
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background check before interviews

If you are not American, and depending on the state and University laws of wherever you are applying, you may be subject to extra background checks. This is the case especially for individuals from ...
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background check before interviews

If the institution wants to conduct a criminal background check, I would expect it to occur around the time an offer is made, not before an on-site interview.
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Is it acceptable to email a professor about an article they wrote years ago?

Part1 - Personal experience I did this once for my final project of graduate school, where I had to report on a paper. I was praised by my instructor/supervisor that I got a reply from the author of a ...
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Is it acceptable to email a professor about an article they wrote years ago?

It is not just acceptable, it is desirable. Academia is all about the pursuit of truth and knowledge, and the ability of any “random” person to contact any academic with a question about the academic’...
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Is it acceptable to email a professor about an article they wrote years ago?

Is it an acceptable practice for random people to write to professors they have no connection to about material they've written? Absolutely (though beware that your email might easily get lost in a ...
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Is it acceptable to email a professor about an article they wrote years ago?

When you say "language that implies" X, can you point at where in the article where X manifests itself? Also, by stating the "author belongs to the ethnic group that keeps systemically ...
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Is it acceptable to email a professor about an article they wrote years ago?

I think that all of the options are acceptable. Whether or not the recipient replies is a matter for them to choose (I like to assume that the authors are adults with free will) ... as is whether or ...
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Is it acceptable to email a professor about an article they wrote years ago?

If someone puts out something into public view, they can expect to be contacted about it from time to time, though depending on the contents, being contacted might be a very rare occurrence. In your ...
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Is it acceptable to email a professor about an article they wrote years ago?

First, 2019 isn't that long ago. When I read your title I was thinking it was an article from 20 or 30 years ago. But, to answer your question, I think it depends on "acceptable to whom?" ...
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Can privately administered colleges and universities in the USA successfully run without government funding?

This seems a broad question as there are a great variety of institutions and programs. Some might, but many important ones could not. Regardless, the status quo is that federal funding for research is ...
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Can privately administered colleges and universities in the USA successfully run without government funding?

The situation in the UK depends on your definitions of public funding and public/private universities. In the UK all universities are non-governmental institutions (the most common corportate form is ...
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Can privately administered colleges and universities in the USA successfully run without government funding?

Yes. There are some colleges/universities (in the US, I do not know about the UK) that do not accept federal fundings due to their belief and principles. These institutions are the "counter-...
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Can privately administered colleges and universities in the USA successfully run without government funding?

In the US, very few colleges and universities, even public ones, receive direct Federal funding. Or, at least, no substantial contribution to cost of operation. Public universities in the US have ...
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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?

It might be a little difficult to give you exact figures for the overall EU region because the statistics maintained by the US Department of Education mainly profile and characterize data from the ...
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A postdoc in China vs a postdoc in the US

I hate to write this answer, but I think you should go to Los Angeles. Things like this happen to people who (look like they are) associated with China. It's silly and biased and racist, but some ...
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A postdoc in China vs a postdoc in the US

For better or worse, networks and networking are important in academia. The opportunities that you get - collaborations, invitations to give talks, 'encouragement' to apply for jobs, etc - depend ...
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A postdoc in China vs a postdoc in the US

I think the recommendation from your supervisor comes from the belief that the quality of the research happening in China is inferior to that happening in the US or in Europe. You wrote that at both ...
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How are US schools prioritizing students from India over China?

It is unclear which statements by The Institute of International Education this refers to, but the IIE Fall 2023 Snapshot on International Student Enrollment report (which contains that 36% figure) ...
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PhD Suggestion in 3 rd year without any progress

Your situation sucks, I know. My PhD supervisor was a big shot that just didn't talk to me. In fact, he derailed me more than helped, all in all. Here are some points you should consider. Talk to ...
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What is the percentage of recent graduates with a 4-year degree who have passed a Calculus I course?

The Conference Board on the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS) conducts a survey every five years that includes data on enrollments in Calculus courses. Sadly the 2020 report isn't yet available, but the ...
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Strategizing Post-Undergraduate Career Path for Aspiring Physics Doctoral Student

Actually you sound like a good candidate for admission to some R1 university in the US. But the higher ranked the institution is, the tougher the competition, and in some cases the smaller then ...
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