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  1. Hard to say, in this case it's more along the lines of what your interests are. I looked at international schools when I was looking to apply; however I didn't want to take out loans so I went straight into a PhD (can only do this in America and I believe some Canadian universities). If you're looking to move back home when you're done, then you'll have to also consider what the job prospects look like at home. I.E. I have many friends from Iran who come here (America) to study, and they all get degrees in either mechanical/electrical/chemical engineering since that's what's hot back in Iran.
  2. Hello everyone, Some grad students at my university are creating an outreach program where they go to low funded schools and try to expose students there to science via workshops and lectures. And from there, bring a select few to the university and spend a few weeks in the lab. They also wanted to create a resource where these students could reach out for help and advice (very much like gradcafe). I had a slightly different idea, I wanted to create a branch of this program that focused more on getting these students jobs in science. The truth is, most undergrads are overqualified f
  3. As above, I'd recommend you include it. Something minor like that shouldn't be an issue. I believe this question is more being asked for those that may have been expelled/probation from a prior university for things such as drug use, plagarism, research fraud, low gpa scores etc. Things that would actively apply to the current program you'd be applying to.
  4. I'd strongly recommend getting some type of plastic hard casing to transport it. You don't want to spend half a gran+ on a laptop only to realize you now need to spend a couple hundred bucks on repairs for a monitor or a keyboard. I don't use any antivirus on my computer, I find those things heavily slow down my computer, and I only use my computer for lab work (i.e. reading papers, journals, powerpoints etc.). So there should be no way I get a virus (although I back up all my data on a weekly basis). Treat it gently, and try to minimize transport. I have 2 computers, one at work
  5. In terms of what to do, every university should have a research ethics committee/department, you could go talk to them about your complaint (I believe these are used to report fraudulent research, but they should still be able to lead you into the right direction). However, as Marine said, it could be a department culture, and this plague can go up the chain so that your complaints mean very little and nothing will done about them. It's also difficult because abuse comes in different forms. Many professors can be the nicest of people, but they don't realize the burdens and difficulties o
  6. Highly depends. A MS will have a dissertation, and potentially publications (your defense is considered a publication), so you automatically have a step up and evidence of your work compared to undergrad applicants. A MS will also have experience in the graduate process (writing, reading papers, doing research, etc.), this again will give you a step up. A MS will also have at least a LOR from their PI, a person who has gotten to know them (hopefully) for sometime and has followed their work and should have a good idea of their personality (these are substantially stronger than professors you'v
  7. There are multiple things people look for in a letter of rec. Some of those may include your knowledge or skill in the particular field you're applying for, but others will be about your character and personality. I'd say it's always better to get a letter from someone who knows you well outside your field of focus, than someone in your field that doesn't know you very well. They could write about how well you work with others, how hard working you are, how good of a writer your are, etc. ( all of these things are incredibly important in grad school). I would say ask your professor.
  8. Thought I'd give in an update from my previous answers since now I've been in grad school for over a year....and wow has my perspective changed. 1) My perspective was from a person living in LA. A city with lots of activities (bars, clubs, basically an active nightlife), so many opportunities to go out and meet people. 2) I wasn't in grad school quite yet. That being said, as someone who's now living in a smaller city in CT, and been in grad school over a year. It's definitely doable, but it's not easy. I've remained in my relationship, so I haven't actively been looking, but
  9. Some programs have certain specifications for who they'd like your letters to be from (i.e. they don't want letters from family or work). So when they say academia, it usually implies a letter from a faculty member (e.g. this could be a professor you took a class in, your PI, a collaborator, etc.).
  10. Can you please help me out? I recently saw your post while searching for "low GRE acceptances". I am in the same boat, need guidance 


  11. I'm currently in my first semester as a grad student, and I applied straight as an undergrad. Overall, MS students don't have many differences with undergrads. They may have more experience in the field (although you could do research in your undergrad) and their thesis is considered a publication (you could also have a publication in your undergrad). The biggest differences is MS students have gone through the same process that a PhD student has gone through (thesis defense, lit presentations, etc.), so the assumption is if they are going to continue to a PhD, they know what they're get
  12. Hello everyone, My first semester of grad school is coming to a close, and there is a feeling that has been slowly growing in the back of my mind. I wouldn't call it imposter syndrome, because I have no problem with the program I'm in, or feeling like I don't belong. This environment is exactly what I wanted, quick paced, cutthroat, and the difference in my knowledge between now and 4 months ago is staggering...which I love. However, in this atmosphere and environment, I'm coming to realize how slow I am relatively. I wouldn't say I'm dumb, but some of the people in this program are
  13. Yeah my PI is funding me, I don't know if it's from the grant money for this specific project I'm working on. My plan was to do this for the first year, maybe see how much I can really get out of my first year. I was just curious if it was even possible,.
  14. Hello everyone, I've started a project my current PI has given me, but after working on it now for a couple weeks, I have some concerns. First and foremost, this isn't his project, it's someone else's that they gave to him (his names apparently on the grant), but he knows very little about the project and system itself. Secondly, I have my doubts about whether or not we're really going to be able to accomplish what the project outlines and sets out to do. I feel like this project 2-3 years from now is going to hit a dead end, and probably end up in a....eh publication or 2. My PI has info
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