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Overcoming poor results in first college for graduate school admission

In the US and (I guess/suspect Canada) the early grades won't hurt you and will be largely ignored, due to the later success. Just like high school grades have no real impact on doctoral admissions if ...
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Overcoming poor results in first college for graduate school admission

The grade from the school A will not hurt you. Your current academic achievements will show them that you have the perspiration to overcome hardship to achieve success again despite of that mental ...
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Are academic groups allowed to use grant funds to hedge against exchange rate changes?

Professional "bean counter" aka "research administrator" here with 12 years' experience at top US research universities, having managed funds at more than 20 US Federal agencies ...
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Are academic groups allowed to use grant funds to hedge against exchange rate changes?

Explicitly hedging as in financial institutions? No. I would be surprised if any grant funder or fundee would allow that. Are potential currency fluctuations taken into account when writing and ...
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How long does it take to prepare for applying to a PhD in the US?

For study starting in Fall of 2023, you should start now if you haven't already. In other words, give it a year or so prior to your intended start date. Due dates for US institutions might be as early ...
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Best website for giving details of a book mentioned in a Statement of Purpose

From my experience, only mention it in the PS if that book is truly important for your development (Do you have a good reason to justify that to yourself?). If the book is popular, it is probably ...
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Can I bring my dog to on-campus graduate housing?

If I would be accepted to UCLA ... PhD program, can I bring my Dog ... to campus? Yes, you may bring your dog to public outdoor areas on campus, provided that you abide by various rules. From UCLA ...
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Best website for giving details of a book mentioned in a Statement of Purpose

I'd suggest no link at all for several reasons. Most important is that you don't want the reader to go off somewhere else while reading your SoP. You want them to focus on what you write. Also, as you ...
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Is it possible to earn an advanced degree based on work done as a lab employee?

There are schools that offer Master's Degrees based upon life experience. https://www.degreemajor.com/life-experience-masters-degree is one such "school", but I offer that as an example, ...
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Is it possible to earn an advanced degree based on work done as a lab employee?

years of employment as the basis for a dissertation Years of employment do not provide any basis by themselves. Were you actively developing new tools, or designing new experiments in these years? If ...
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Are academic groups allowed to use grant funds to hedge against exchange rate changes?

Any organization that accepts a grant receives a check or transfer from the funding organization. The organization has rules on how that money is to be spent. Indeed, grants are considered projects. ...
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Are academic groups allowed to use grant funds to hedge against exchange rate changes?

Though I'm in the US and not the UK, my impression that in both places academic groups do not handle money, their institutions do. US government grants, in particular, are always to the institution. ...
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Does plagiarism count if 2 recommenders use the very silmilar style of writing?

Plagiarism really isn't the issue. If two such letters landed on my desk, I would probably think that the student had provided some sort of draft letter to both professors, who modified it to suit ...
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Does plagiarism count if 2 recommenders use the very silmilar style of writing?

It is not plagiarism, but a lack of diversity. For me, they are also too general. It is also not a good practice to mention something you already showed/mentioned in other parts of the application in ...
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Reasons for differences in the Ph.D. admission process in India vs U.S. and Europe

The main reason is the number of applicants. I know PhD applicants and Phd students from both India and Europe. I have also been part of interviews to select students from both. European countries are ...
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Are academic groups allowed to use grant funds to hedge against exchange rate changes?

From the guidelines for grant applications at https://www.ukri.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/BBSRC-051020-Funding-opp-20ALERTJustificationOfResourcesDoc.docx: If quotes are provided in foreign ...
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Is it better to merge my SOP and PS into a single essay or just join the two files one after the other to create a single file?

It is impossible to say whether any given university uses them interchangeably, though it is likely that some do. Actually, I'd suggest that you write three documents; an SoP, a PS, and a combination ...
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Are academic groups allowed to use grant funds to hedge against exchange rate changes?

As usual, it is impossible to answer questions of the form of "is XYZ allowed with grants?" with certainty - the answer to any question like this will always be "that depends on the ...
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Is academic letter of recommendation necessary for MS admissions through GRE?

I doubt that any place in the US with competitive admissions will admit a student based only on GRE general test scores. In fact, that is starting to disappear as a requirement (COVID among other ...
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Can I bring my dog to on-campus graduate housing?

Bringing your dog is tricky but not impossible. As others have said, it's very unlikely that you'll be able to live on campus with a large dog. There are probably few if any US universities that ...
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Can I bring my dog to on-campus graduate housing?

A quick search shows that pets are not allowed in UCLA graduate student housing (fish excepted with restrictions). I'd guess the same to be true most places (campus housing). But every US university ...
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Is it possible to take overseas trips to see family while completing a US PhD?

tl;dr The US makes it significantly more difficult to visit home than most other countries. In most countries, the visa is the document that grants you the permission to: (1) enter the country and (2)...
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Is it possible to take overseas trips to see family while completing a US PhD?

You specified Georgia as your home country and unfortunately I don't know what kind of student visa you will get but this can be an issue. From personal experience graduate students from Western ...
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Is it possible to take overseas trips to see family while completing a US PhD?

Yes, you can visit family; you will have annual leave in your program I have no experience with US programs, so I base my answer here on information in the sample of leave policies in this related ...
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Is it possible to take overseas trips to see family while completing a US PhD?

I don't know anything about the visa you may be granted to study in the US, so purely a calendar answer: There are traditionally three vacation periods in the US academic calendar: The end-of-year ...
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Is it possible to take overseas trips to see family while completing a US PhD?

Yes, it's normal for PhD students in the US to travel to visit family. You'll have to pay all costs yourself. You'll want to pay careful attention to any restrictions with your visa, and consider ...
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Is it possible to take overseas trips to see family while completing a US PhD?

Yes, there are holidays. Exactly when they are depends on the school. The biggest problem for international students is the possibility that your visa will be revoked or your home country will not ...
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Meaning of providing a reference

Sometimes, they want to have a short conversation with the referees via email. Here is the academic reference/letters of recommendation section in the guide for Master of Philosophy applicants at the ...
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Meaning of providing a reference

It is a bit ambiguous. You can ask for details. But before you provide names and contact information, ask the potential recommenders for permission and say that a letter will probably be asked for. ...
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Is it possible to study applied and pure math subjects on single PhD program?

If you are starting with a bachelors and if you choose your university carefully, then probably yes, it is possible. Harder if you start with a masters since there is less time. Suppose, however, that ...
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Is PhD considered as working experience in USA?

As noted in the comments, there is no universal rule. Some institutions may count every year in which you are employed or a student, while others may not count the student years, but will give you ...
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Are tenure-denying decisions public?

At my big state R1 university, the whole tenured faculty will be aware of a committee recommendation against tenure, and/or have actually voted on the issue. In some cases, the untenured person is &...
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Math PhD in the USA from a completely different academic system

The way to proceed it to apply and present the best application you can. It is fine to aim for top schools, but unwise to apply to only top schools. I'd guess that any R1 university in the US would ...
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What's the most respectful way to let my current advisor know I might have a different research interest later?

Actually, the most respectful way is just to be honest and direct. A sit down conversation about your future would be a good way to do it. No good advisor should expect that you will follow in exactly ...
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Are tenure-denying decisions public?

I’m not sure what you mean by “public”. The decision is technically confidential but basically nearly every person in the department will soon learn of the decision since someone is leaving. The ...
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Are tenure-denying decisions public?

Generally speaking, personnel matters would be confidential, and that includes tenure denial. However, if someone is familiar with a university, they would know that an assistant professor was hired ...

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