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MathCat last won the day on July 1 2015

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  1. They told me that the 'authorized institutional official' signature must come from somebody who can confirm you will be conducting your studies at that institution, e.g. dean, acting dean, or department head.
  2. It is unclear to me if I have to submit such forms (meaning 1A and 1B). The email/letter just says to email them with proof of citizenship to accept. To actually begin payment, the award holder's guide says we must send in the form " Request for Instalment and Reinstatement of Award" form, found here: http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/_doc/Students-Etudiants/InstalmentReinstatement_e.pdf The bottom right corner is the bit I am asking about.
  3. They told me I can accept my award in May. They didn't provide any explanation of what "coincides with your insititution's calendar" means, just said I could start in May. For direct applicants: do you know if the required signature of the 'authorized institutional official' on the installment request form is applicable to us, or just those at Canadian institutions?
  4. In general, I agree completely. But I'm currently two thirds of the way through my second year and have no summer funding, so I'd like to start it ASAP. Also, my department does all funding on a quarter-by-quarter basis (we are all guaranteed a full time TAships if we want them, but I could choose to take one quarter at half time, for example, or your advisor can fund you for just one quarter) so the exact timing in the academic year is less important for me. I hope I can take it up in July, if not in May. I'll see what they say in response to my email!
  5. @TakeruK, Thanks for the tax advice, that is good to remember. It's already enough of a headache filing in both countries! So, to clarify: I'm already attending and would like to start the award as early as possible. Do I need to wait until the next academic quarter? My next quarter begins in April, so I couldn't take it up that soon. But then the beginning of the next quarter would be in the summer - and I won't be taking courses or anything (though I will be working on research), so could I even start it then? Do I need to wait until October (the next quarter after that)? I'll email them for an official answer as well, though I suspect they will be rather flooded with emails just now...
  6. For people taking this up at a foreign institution, do you know what the phrase "Available start dates must coincide with the institution’s academic calendar." means with regards to choosing start dates? We can choose any month between May and October, with that restriction. For Canadian institutions you have the options of May, September, and January.
  7. They explicitly stated results by mail only! But I'm not complaining about the emails. I'm a direct applicant from the US, got a CGS-D3 that I must decline (and take PGS-D3 instead).
  8. I agree with the previous posters, but also want to mention that it's not uncommon for departments (or schools) to have loan programs for grad students. In my department, you can get paid a portion of your wages in advance (usually either to help move or to make up for choosing not to teach during the summer), and pay it back by a reduction in your future pay (exact form can be negotiated - e.g. skip a payment or just reduce subsequent payments). So you could also ask about this. I think @TheWalkingGrad's suggested phrasing would probably include this.
  9. I was able to get a visa card from Chase after having an account with them for about a year, but the limit is really low. However, I was able to get a (student) Discover card easily. I applied after having a bank account in the US for approximately 6 months, and received a generous limit that has been raised several times since. A drawback is that not everywhere will accept a Discover card.
  10. My "office" is basically a half-cubicle consisting of only a desk and a chair. The desks have partitions around them but the chairs are in the open. There's also about 20 people in this room.
  11. Lowering the difficulty of the second section by deliberately missing problems in the first section will limit the maximum score you can get.
  12. B. I think I would learn more with a (reasonably) challenging project, and especially if I'm more interested in it. This comes with the caveat that B should still be a project that can be completed within the normal PhD time frame.
  13. Definitely still apply. Many places don't care that much about the GRE, and the rest of your application sounds competitive. If you have time and money to retake it before apps are due, do so. Perhaps think about if you need to revise your studying methods. Also, if the format of the test threw you, definitely use their online practice tests that have the same software (if you didn't do this the first time).
  14. Numerous hate messages (including swastikas with Hail Trump written) were seen on my campus, both before and after the election, and I live in California. Police are investigating an Islamophobic hate crime at a nearby university as well, and allegedly the assailants spouted pro-Trump messages during the attack.
  15. I think it would be inappropriate in a SOP (unless it really influenced your research interests, I suppose), but it is completely appropriate when they ask about diversity in a personal statement.