keshlam
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Does any university require reporting of misconduct at other universities?
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I have to believe that at least one school's ethics policy says to report without specifying that misbehavior should only be challenged on their own campus. Indeed, professional ethics suggest you ...

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Why do academics frequently write very short email replies?
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E-mail is its own medium, and in some ways is closer to spoken conversation or text-messaging than to letter writing. Many experienced E-mail users dispense with formalisms and basically just write ...

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How should I communicate that I do not hold the views expressed in a paper I wrote
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I'd like to point out that the traditional debate form often involves defending a proposition that you don't agree with, as may the traditional essay form. A brief statement at the start that this is ...

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Meaning of "Degree of approval" in a recommendation letter
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I would presume that what they're asking for is a tl;dr-style summary of your letter into a single sentence: I emphatically recommend this candidate. I believe they will be top-quality students and ...

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What are some red flags that even the professors cannot help in the admission?
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Remember, admission is competitive. Avoiding "red flags" (anything which indicates you will not be able to complete the degree respectably), you're competing against all the other applicants for a ...

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Do people compete for self-funded studentship?
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At most reputable schools, self-funding will not exempt you from the admissions process. At the best schools, admission is often completely independent of funding.

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Why do American universities receive lots of endowments?
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Another factor may be that, since in the US the student is very aware of how much the official costs have been offset by scholarships and/or loans through the school itself, many of us feel an ...

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Is it possible to participate as a research assistant as a nondegree student?
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3 votes

Ask the school. Some have programs which give undergrads the chance to work in research labs, with the actual jobs being determined by the researcher's evaluation of their skill level. It may just be ...

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University club executive committee
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Personal reaction: It matters -- it's a chance to develop and demonstrate leadership skills -- but it's a low-level effect. Election is something of a crapshoot anyway; not all good candidates get ...

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Can I publish my Master's Thesis that I've claimed copyright on?
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The rules are: These days, in most countries, everything is copyrighted from the moment you write it; you don't need to explicitly "claim" copyright (though making it formal puts you in a better ...

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How do I comment the code I wrote for a course I am lecturing in?
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The same way you would comment this if writing it professionally -- unless you really think you're doing something too obscure for the students to follow after you've pointed it out.

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What is a "provisional transcript, stating your provisional grades"?
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Provisional transcript: The school's current best indication of your classes and grades, subject to correction if necessary.

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What level of sponsor ownership is normal for an industry-sponsored research project?
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Not at all uncommon. The school is essentially acting as a paid contractor -- school gets the funding and the project to play with and possibly some equipment and unpublished results to start with, ...

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Why do tenured professors still publish in pay-walled venues?
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Since folks objected, let me simplify my answer to the key point: Because the journals they want to publish in decided to paywall their websites. To change this, you can create an equally (or more) ...

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Is it reasonable to request an exemption from certain degree requirements?
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Exemption from a humanities requirement generally needs a much better argument than "I have two additional classes I want to squeeze in" -- more like "I've published a novel; can we count that against ...

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Is it important to dress in formal clothing for a postdoc interview?
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Standard advice for any job interview, academic or not: Unless you think quirky would definitely be to your advantage, dress fairly conservatively. It's easier for interviewers to think of you in ...

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Is it possible to work from my parents' home on a postdoc?
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28 votes

Only your school and your department and your group can tell you what their expectations are. Ask them. But face-to-face networking with others is hugely valuable both for your current tasks and for ...

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Conference is on the Yom Kippur holiday
5 votes

Tell them exactly what you told us. Scheduling disasters happen, whether due to illness or unexpected conflicts. Someone else in your group might be able to attend in your stead, present for you, and ...

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How to Remain Competitive at a Mediocre University?
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One thing that makes the top schools "top" is that they only admit the students who would get a great education anywhere, even if they had to go outside channels to find additional resources -- get ...

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How to get confidence in myself after making several errors?
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Look at the kinds of problems you're having, figure out what general category each belongs to, alter your procedures to prevent that kind of error happening again. Repeat as necessary until you have ...

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Why would an author forward my inquiry about a paper to all its other authors?
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Why should this be scary? It was presumably forwarded because it was an interesting or amusing question. Hopefully the former.

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Reference letter from third world country
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If he writes the recommendation in his native language, the school can probably find someone to translate it. Not sure re the other issues.

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Talking to professors without attending that University
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Remember, one of the things tuition pays for is professors' salaries, and as part of their teaching role they make themselves available to students at that school. If you aren't a student or colleague,...

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Are Stack Exchange sites good pedagogical tools?
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The best thought I have is that students might pick questions from SE, research them, and submit their answers to the instructor (perhaps after passing thru a student-level peer process), with only ...

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Can you do research at home, without being backed by a university? [electronics]
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If you really mean research -- as opposed to experimenting with components already made, which is almost always going to be development -- you probably can't do it without a major investment in lab ...

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How can I sell independently created software to my university?
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If you have previously given the software to them for free, with no license agreement in place, I don't think you can charge them for continuing to use those copies. You could charge for support, but ...

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When I was 16 I took 30 credits a quarter and my math GPA suffered will this effect my ability to go to grad school?
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Be prepared to explain that bad term and what you learned from it. Other than that: it's a given that frosh are foolish; that's why some schools run the freshman year as pass/fail.

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Which e-mail address should I give for a recommender in an application?
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Ask them which address they want these to arrive on.

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How many people does it take to establish a theory?
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A theory is "established" when it makes reliable predictions, has withstood all tests thrown at it, and for those reasons has been accepted as a practical working model of the system in question. ...

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Is it ethical to publish homework?
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Just a quick observation: a good copyright lawyer might be able to argue that homework answers are a Derivative Work, which would put you at risk of being sued if you publish without permission from ...

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