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  1. Hey everyone, Good luck to all, I will be entering the PhD program in HRIR. PM me those who would like to talk.
  2. Hey guys, So if the University sends a new I-20 to me with the name updated according to my Passport which is as follows - Surname - *blank* Given name - XXXX YYYY Will I be having any problems after reaching the United States? I mean, having no surname in my official documents (I-20, Passport VISA) woudn't tend to create a problem for me in any way, right? I would be able to receive financial aid, open a bank account and file taxes? Or having a surname is important in USA?
  3. @TakeruK@fuzzylogician Thanks a lot! I have written to the International Office, hoping that the problem gets solved. Good day!
  4. Hey guys, I received my I20 last month, but until now I hadn't seen that the my name on I20 is different from the name entered in my passport. I realized the mismatch of names while filling the DS160 form today, I don't know how long it would take the embassy to issue the VISA, and I still haven't submitted the VISA application, so I'm really worried now and I feel short of time. In my I20, Surname is - XXXX YYYY Given name is - *blank* While in my Passport, Surname is - *blank* Given name - XXXX YYYY I don't know what to do now, shall I fill the Names
  5. Hey everyone, I am about to join a PhD program in US this fall. I recently came across an Article about debt during PhD. The article mentions that the average grad school debt for Social Science PhD holders is $24,581, but it doesn't mention how students go into debt. My field is Social Sciences. Although I have been offered a tuition waiver and stipend for 5 years. Should I be concerned?
  6. Bumping this thread here, I recently declined an offer, and the Program coordinator has asked me which school will I be attending. Is it important for me to reply? What could be the consequences if I don't reply, anyone who has had a similar experience?
  7. I have to choose between UIUC and Rutgers. I am inclining towards Rutgers as my field is Social Sciences, and UIUC is known just for Engineering. Although the stipend offered by UIUC($21K) seems appropriate when compared to the Rutgers offer($25K), considering the lower cost of living in Urbana. Its hard to decide for me, in case of Rutgers, I like the fact that its near NY and Philly, while UIUC is nowhere close to a big city. I also feel that at Rutgers I would be able to save more of my stipend and maybe afford a better standard of living. As for research compatibility, I like the research
  8. Hey everyone, So when I initially joined gradcafe and went through the list of forums and subforums, I was astonished to find that so many academic disciplines exist in the world. I am keen to keep myself updated about latest research in all disciplines. As I like to read and gain knowledge. So I wanted to know is there any particular website or app which lists latest research developments(such as Journal articles, PhD thesis from top universities, Articles from influential scholars in the field, Review Articles etc. etc.) in all fields(Social Sciences, Applied Sciences, Pure Science
  9. @GreenEyedTrombonistThanks a lot for your answers. They have been helpful for me in my decision making process. Good luck for the journey ahead. @schenarThank you for your insight @rising_star That is really helpful and clears a lot of my concerns. Thanks. I am intrigued by the story of your friend having completed a US PhD in 3 years! I received my second acceptance, so now it has become harder for me to decide. Hopefully will be able to take a final decision and accept one of the offers within a week.
  10. Happy to receive my second acceptance. Although I am not sure about how good the Financial Aid Award [20% Research Assistantship($10.5K)@12 hours per week + $11k Fellowship] is to cover my costs of living in Illinois as compared to the $25k(Graduate Assistantship@ 18 hours per week) Financial Aid package in New Jersey. Anyone would know which of the offers would be more wiser to accept? Anyway, still waiting for responses from some more universities.
  11. Hey, Yes I did write to some of the current students, but I haven't yet received a reply from any of them yet. Yes, I did use the search function and got an idea regarding some of my doubts, but I wanted to know things in more detail. @Levon3 Thank you for your response. That helped @Bleep_BloopThanks a lot, that does simplify things for me. Is 60-70 hours a week including Saturday and Sunday?
  12. Hey everyone, I got admitted to one of the Social Sciences PhD programs I applied to, which was rather surprising for me as I didn't really expect to receive an offer. So now, I am really confused and finding it hard to take a final decision. I am an International student and I would like to learn more about various aspects of the PhD life in USA. So here are some questions, expecting to receive inputs from all, especially from current PhD students and graduated students. Help is highly appreciated 1) So while reading answers to a question about the challenges during a PhD o
  13. Hey, thanks a lot for your response. That helped Thank you so much. Another question I have - The Program coordinator has asked me on what dates would I like to visit their department. Now, as I'm an International student, I am supposing that it would be difficult to obtain a VISA in a short span of time to be able to travel to United States. Besides, I have just about a month and half (Until April 15th) to respond to the offer. So in this case, what shall I do? Personally, I am highly interested in the visit as it would help me in my decision making process. But I am w
  14. Hey all, I finally received my first ever offer letter and funding details in response to my PhD application to a US university. I am excited but I am still rather perplexed as it is a huge life decision. 5 years is a long time. There are some points mentioned on the letter which I don't understand. I would highly appreciate if someone could give me a clear explanation of these - 1) You will be expected to work no more than an average of 18 hours a week during the term of your Graduate Assistant appointment. Does it mean that apart from what I have to do for progressing tow
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