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  1. likescience

    Rice Vs Virginia Tech

    Hello, I got admitted to Rice PhD engineering program and to Virginia Tech PhD engineering program. Both fully funded however, I can have much better life with rice stipend compared to VT's where I can just survive. Here is my question, the adviser for Rice is very young he graduated in 2018 from top 5 school, he is very nice with five papers, two of them are published in nature journal. Also, his lab is concerned with exactly the area that I desire and want to do research in. On the other hand the adviser in VT is became a full professor 3 years ago, he is not one of the nicest people you will meet but he isn't very bad. He have a very good number of citations and have running projects and he graduated from top 1 university, however I will be doing research not exactly in the area that I prefer. I want to eventually pursue a career in academia as a faculty member, Which choice have the higher chance to make this easier, the more prestigious Rice or the more experienced professor. Note: I'm an international student.
  2. Jules2003

    Still Undergrad

    I know this forum is for graduate students. However, I plan to apply to grad school as soon as I'm finished my undergrad. I'm one class from finishing, and I need advice from others who have faced down the dragons of academic bureaucracy as well. I've been receiving my education at a well known Canadian research Uni. In my final semester, with one class left to complete, our family moved to Oregon. This was unavoidable, bankruptcy was involved, my family sold our home, and a job was offered in the Pacific Northwest. I needed to move with my family and try to finish my degree in Oregon since on my own, I can't afford the $20,000 that Canada requires in your bank account to extend a Canadian student visa (I'm an international student). Since moving to the state I've been submitting syllabus after syllabus to the advisers back in Canada, in attempts at finding a match for the one upper level statistics course I need to complete. I've been able to find two matches, the math and psychology departments agree the courses I found are on par. My stumbling block is one person. The "study away" adviser at the school. Despite my department signing off on the courses being equivalent, she's putting her foot down and refusing to let me take a course since Oregon State University is not on McGill's pre-approved host University list. When I asked how to get the University on the list she tried to deter me from even trying, telling me it's time consuming for her department. I insisted on applying anyway. It was extremely time consuming for me to do so. I had to call Oregon State and gather five pages of info for an application. I had to find the US department of education serial number for the school. Detail their grading system, and provide access to an adviser at Oregon State for McGill to send further questions to. This process took about four months, sine McGill's advisers refused to answer my emails, phone calls, or provide guidance multiple times. I started this process in May, and I completed the application in July. I only just heard back from the McGill advisers Oct 2nd. They only spent 30 seconds of their time to refuse my request. The adviser told me that since Oregon State University is on a quarter system instead of a semester system my request is refused. However there are many American Universities on the pre approved study away list on the quarter system, rather than the semester system, and my department had told me the class I'm trying to take *is* equivalent to the McGill stats class. I'd try to take a different equivalent class at a local uni with the semester system, except that all the STEM universities out here are on the quarter system, and the math is so high level, even at the STEM schools it is usually taught as a hybrid course that undergrad students need special permission for What would you do? I'm running out of time to get my application in for studying away, that's another consideration.
  3. Dear all, I've been offered admission by two universities (UCSD and UVa). I am currently weighing these two wonderful options, and I’m considering a lot of factors including prospective advisors and mentors, academic culture, university resources, graduate placement, funding, and location. I know that the most important of these is my future supervisor. Now, if all other things were equal, I'd be left with what seems to be a Manichaean dilemma. My recruiter/prospective supervisor at UCSD has been simply great. Besides the fact that my research seems to be perfectly aligned with their* work, the current students at UCSD with whom I've had the chance to talk have had nothing but superlative praise for this particular professor. My prospective supervisor already has plans for me--for example, they're already including me in a panel session that they're preparing for the AAAs in San Jose this year. That being said, the said professor is young and is a very new hire in the department. I believe this is their first job post-PhD, and I also think I might be the first PhD student they will supervise. I can't help but worry about the possibility that my prospective supervisor might eventually want to move to another university before I finish my PhD there. The work of the other professors in the department isn't as aligned with my research interests, although I'm sure one of them would be able to supervise me if I were to stay there. My prospective supervisor and I are going to have another Skype session soon. What should I ask? My situation at UVa is quite different. While I'm not aware of any specific professor at UVa who really wants to get me in the program, I think there are more members in the faculty (than at UCSD) who can supervise me. One of them is a very famous scholar in the subfield of anthropology that I identify with, and I would definitely love to work with them. Current students there have told me that this professor seems like a likely supervisor for me. However, I know that because they are older and more popular, they are definitely busier and in greater demand. I am afraid that I might not get as much attention and support from them because of this and that this would somehow hurt not only my PhD but also my professional career. What do you think? Both universities and both professors are really, really great, and I am having such a difficult time deciding. I would greatly appreciate your thoughts! If anyone is interested in specific details, I would be happy to provide them in a PM. If you know anything specific about these two departments, please PM me, too! Looking forward to hearing from you! * I'm using the gender-neutral singular pronouns they and them.
  4. I need advice on how to take this interaction I had with a potential PhD adviser, call him professor A. I have been admitted to the program, due to his support and suggestion to the powers that be that I should be admitted. Professor A spoke with me several times prior to me submitting my application and he even spent time helping me apply for the NSF-GRFP. He was even a letter writer for the application. Sounds good, right? Sounds like he wants to work with me, right? Well, not so sure. I had a conversation with him just the other day via Skype after I had been admitted. We discussed my questions regarding funding options, which he said he had none at the moment. Ok, fine. Then I mention, well hopefully I get the NSF-GRFP and he responds, we would definitely take you then, but had to correct himself and say well we would take you either way...awkward. Then later in the conversation, he tries to make small talk with me and asks me how my masters work is going...I completed my masters in 2014. I have been working for the past 4ish years all of this information is obviously in my application materials (transcripts, CV, essays, etc.)...not even sure what to make of this. It's also hard because I have also been admitted to another school where the potential adviser, professor B, is super interested and is trying really hard to get me to come work with him. He wants me to tell him about other offers I get so they can make better ones to get me to go there. He has invited me to come visit for an event and even said I could start this summer. These interactions are so drastically different that it makes me wonder if professor A is going to be a good adviser or not and now I am feeling not so great about our potential relationship. Especially considering how interested professor B is. The school where professor A is at was my top choice, but now I am no so sure. Does he actually care if I come there if he can be so careless with what he remembers about me as an applicant? Help!
  5. Hi All, My adviser recently got tenure (yay!) as a professor in Physics and EE. What do graduate students typically do to help their adviser celebrate? Anecdotes and gift ideas please! Thanks!
  6. I'm in an unusual situation and any thoughts/advice would be much appreciated. I started a PhD program in CS in the fall and I have two advisers (not typical for the school but was condition of funding). The one adviser that I have much more in common with has been offered a job at another school. If he decides to go, I would like to go with him as I'm worried that since I would still have one adviser left at the school my relationship with the (possibly) departing adviser might not be as strong. When would be the appropriate time to ask him about his plans? Should I mention that I would like to go with him or let him bring it up? Should I even ask him about any of this at all or wait for him to bring it up? (I heard about the offer from the adviser who will be staying.)
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