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  1. Governments should not fund any scientific research whose consequences are unclear. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the recommendation and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, describe specific circumstances in which adopting the recommendation would or would not be advantageous and explain how these examples shape your position. The bifurcation of government’s fund plays a pivotal role in directing the path in which the future of a country's success depends on, and funding new scientific research is the responsibility of the government. In my opinion, I strongly disagree with the above stated premise and argue that the Govt should underwrite to the scientific research due to the following three reasons: Firstly, new innovations catalyses the growth of a country’s economy exponentially. Every successful research was once in a rudimentary state where there were little or no empirical results or evidence. For instance, when the entire world was suffering from a pernicious pandemic called COVID from 2019 through 2021, scientific institutions from across the world were not able to come up with a vaccine with considerable efficacy. If the government at that time hadn’t provided enough funds for the research and development of the vaccine, the virus could have cost millions of lives. Moreover, the authority of a particular country providing support to the R&D gave hope to the residents of the same country that: they will overcome the difficult times and once again everything will be back to normal. The hope a commoner has galvanizes the scientific community to produce better results. So, in all a government providing help to these institutions is a win-win situation for both its citizens and for the scientists to fecundate a breakthrough. Another perspective which adds to the benefits of funding scientific research is that, the country which succeeds in these kinds of researches earns a great amount of respect and fame all over the world and in the longer run boosts the economy of a country, through several scientific strides a country can exalt from being a lower tier country to tier 1 country. For example, take the case of India whose then Prime Minister was Narendra Modi who invigorated the youth and the scientific community to innovate a vaccine which will help people to fight against the deadly Coronavirus. By mid- January two vaccines were invented namely- Covishield and Covaxin, each of which had an average efficacy of 80%, these vaccines came as a fortune to the country in multifarious aspects like: The exports of these vaccines helped the country to build better relations with other countries, in addition to this invention India was extolled for its efforts in fighting the virus and had etched its name in the history of pharmacology. On the other hand some people suggest that if the Government renders resources to scientific research with no consequence, it squanders both money and time. However, in my view it is never a waste of resources, even if the research fails to produce results as it acts as a yardstick to other scientists working in the same field. So, by the consistent efforts of a group of scientists working in a particular field of research will one day achieve heights of success, which in turn will help a country. So at the end, the government should fund the scientific research even if it has no consequences as “ A science today, is a technology tomorrow”.
  2. Dear All, I applied PhD programs in Economics however, I will probably not get accepted due to lack of research experience. So I would like to start preparing for next year, any suggestion where to find pre doctoral fellowships? Thank you D.
  3. Hi everyone, hope you all are well. I'm in a sort of precarious situation. I want to apply for MS in CS but I'm not sure which universities I should apply to. Here's the deal: I'm from India and I did my double major undergraduate (from a top tier uni FWIW) in mathematics and electronics and scored a 6.95/10. My grades in electronics courses are pathetic but math courses are fine. After working for two years in the industry, I want to get into a university that will help me get into a research program eventually possibly using my pure maths experience. Thankfully my GRE is alright q: 170, v: 160, awa: 4. And sadly no research experience other than an exploratory pure maths undergrad thesis. I have already thought of the following unis: Stony Brook, Rutgers, UM Amherst, NYU, UF, U of Virginia, NCSU and UT Dallas. Except UTD and possibly UF, you can see that all are sort of ambitious universities. If you have personal experience with any college, or any suggestions please write it down, it will be really helpful! The deadlines are fast approaching and any help is very appreciated!
  4. Profile Evaluation ==================== Field Interested in: MS in Computer Science and MS in Data Science or related fields Targetting Fall '19 College: BITS Pilani - Hyderebad Campus, India CGPA: 9.1 in B.E. Computer Sciece GRE: 328 (with 158 in Verbal), 4 AWA TOEFL: 115 (with 25 in speaking) Internships (all related to Data): Google Summer of Code - Summer of 2016 Research Internship in University of Bologna, Italy - Summer of 2017 Undergrad Thesis at LiP6, France - Fall of 2017 Work Exp: Working as a software developer (in Data Team) since July, 2018 at Oracle 2 Paper publications 1 in an obscure conference and the other one in a B rated international conference. Have done multiple pet projects in the area of interest and been a part of various cultural and technical groups at college. I like to play with data and would like to pursue a course with concentration on the same. After (quickly)going through the websites and courses of some universities, I following universities interesting: - UIUC, MSCS - GATech, MSCS - CMU, MSCDS - UMich, MSCS - UW Madison, MSCS - UWaterloo, MMath - UCLA, MSCS I'll be really grateful if someone could please help me in categorising these as Ambitious/Mod/Safe. Is this is a good set of school to apply or just over-ambitious? Also, it'll be great to know if there any other good programs/universities that I might have missed. Would also be a pleasure to connect with seniors who might be able to guide me in writing the SoP. Thanks in advance, all the lovely people of the group - it has been a great help.
  5. Hi everyone! I'm currently a senior at a tier-2 liberal art college with a double major in mathematics and computer science. My current postgraduation plan is working as a software engineer in a financial company, however, I would love to eventually go back to school to get my master or PhD. My only concern at the moment is my GPA (3.1 ~ 3.2), and I have not taken the GRE yet. I was wondering if anyone has experienced similar situations or expressed similar concerns? If so, please comment below and let's discuss about it.
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