FourierFlux
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Why does this site give different answers about leaving a bad situation compared to Workplace.SE?
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To answer the question OP: Because they can, simple as that. This is basically a labor supply and demand issue and professors at this point enjoy having an over-supply of labor. It's the same reason ...

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Studying a second undergraduate degree part-time while doing a PhD?
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I know people who did multiple second BS and MS degrees while doing a PhD. Mainly business.

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What do professors do if they receive a complaint about incompetence of a teaching assistant?
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I have had professors not care, I once TAed a course and gave everyone As so nobody complained about me. Rubber stamp that shit and get on with your day.

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Why do past PhD exams appear more difficult than current ones?
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I don't really agree with this, I have looked at qualifying exams from the 60s and their difficulty was less, or at least their assumed background was less. For example, many only tested on an ...

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Is it common to study mathematics without any computer programming? Why would this be considered acceptable?
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Math undergraduate programs are generally horribly behind when it comes to usefull skills. Had I graduated with a BS degree and only followed the guidelines given by academics I would have been mostly ...

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Conflict of interest -- recommendation letters
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No? I straight up got picked for MS and PhD programs through directly talking to some professors who then decided they wanted me.

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Choosing between Bachelors's in a higher uni vs masters in less reputable uni?
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Paying for a masters degree in physics is a poor idea, even a poorer idea is a second BS in physics. Get an engineering degree if you're going to spend your own money.

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What steps could universities take to reduce Ph.D. drop-outs?
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Pay, if you paid me what I would make working on an industry project I would have been a lot more compelled to stay. At the moment, even looking purely at GRA hourly rate it's almost half the hourly ...

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Why are there so many PhD positions and so few PostDoc positions?
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It's not an academic reason, it's because the labor supply is saturated pushing up qualifications people are chasing.

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Are my chances of getting into a PhD program better if I do not need funding?
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Yes, but make that clear in your application or email a professor directly.

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While doing PhD I did not consider the job prospects or requirements in my field. Will it be alright to ask my advisor for help with career path?
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Most advisors don't know how to get jobs outside of academia, it's kind of humorous how delusional many of them are.

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CS Masters Prerequisite Courses
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If you're paying nobody cares. Being rejected from a self funded masters program if you have demonstrated a degree of competency is pretty low.

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How detailed should proofs be in a mathematical PhD thesis?
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It should be stronger than the Italian geometers who made entire theories which were false.

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Is 14 references enough for physics research?
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People like to add references to make the paper look more informed. An advisor I had kept a huge list of references he added to every paper remotely related.

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Is it impolite to not reply back during the weekend?
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Only reply within working hours, if they attempt to ask for more - ask for over-time.

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How do I get back on the horse and get a part time Ph.D. admit?
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Since your CS MS is done you should try to find a program without much course requirements, preferably your same institution.

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Admission and advisor selection
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I did an unfunded MS, but I was getting in state tuition and lived with my parents. I then entered a funded PhD program at the same university. I wouldn't pay out of state tuition for a PhD where I ...

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Some possible ways to respond to a student complaining about not having enough time on exam
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A major problem with exams is when you're tested on something that isn't the focus of the course. EX: I once took an exam in an EE class where I had to do all the calculations by hand within the given ...

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NSF postdoc as graduate student: Should I list highest degree as Ph.D. or Masters in application form
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Normally when applying to NSF grants you want to downplay your education as the standards move up the longer you're in academics. But since it's for a position which requires a PhD obviously you need ...

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Failed my BEng dissertation in a computer/electronics related field twice, how do I move forward?
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Honestly, a BS project isn't expected to be great or even functional. It's expected to demonstrate problem solving methodology and show some results. I would argue your problem is that to even show ...

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What terms should be better to set when creating a Startup with your PhD supervisor?
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I was curious about this, universities like to attempt to take IP if it's related to your formal thesis/project/what-ever. You need to be careful that nothing you do that you want to sell is developed ...

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A professor I know is becoming head of department, do I send congratulations or condolences?
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Department chair has almost double the salary and the position is rotated at my university. There is no reason to be sad someone is getting an extra 100k.

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My university does not do anything to prevent cheating in online exams, and grading is relative. What should I do?
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The student should do what ever is needed to be successful. Inability to adapt means you're kind of useless. Companies don't care if you cheated or not, they care if you can be successful. If cheating ...

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Impact of Master's Degree on Physics PhD Admission in the United States: will I be held to a higher standard?
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The standards are usually different, you will probably have less time to take quals, 1.5 years vs 3.

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Exam requires self-imposing a time limit: what should I do when others are likely to use more time?
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Most of my graduate exams were take home and pretty much everyone talked to each other. I mean even the professor knew it was going to happen. Exams were basically there to force you to keep up with ...

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Should I be concerned that my (successful) application to grad school only barely survived the first cut?
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It depends on the field, for engineering as long as you have a degree you will benefit. For areas of pure science or mathematics I would be worried, mainly because the jobs just aren't there - even ...

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Do I need to disclose my academic misconduct on this grad school application?
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How likely are your LoR going to mention it? If they won't I would probably ignore the question if it's not on your transcript.

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What is the daily life like as a machine learning PhD student?
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30% you spend working on a pointless poorly constructed project that the PI conned someone into giving them money for, 30% on classes, 30% on meetings nobody cares about or wants to join in and 10% on ...

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How to defend plagiarism in master's thesis
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A masters thesis in math rarely has any significant original research in it. In fact I know people whos MS thesis in math consisted entirely of citing other peoples results and discussing them in an ...

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How do I find a new advisor for an unvaccinated graduate student?
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As an uninjected graduate student who won't be compromising on this, it was really a non-issue for me. I did everything online. In-person was always unnecessary, and I think classes should have been ...

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