I began working on a fairly complex project with a few friends a few months back. It began as a hobby project, but became more serious as we realized how effective it may be. We collaborated with a professor a fair amount, and he registered us as ‘undergraduate researchers’ with the university. He is listed as our official mentor, but just gives advice when we have questions rather than steering the research.

We have no intention of publishing, and we are not even sure if our research is novel. We do incorporate very rigorous topics in our project, and I am wondering how I should describe this to Grad schools. “Undergraduate Research Project” seems misleading, but it seems like the most apt way to describe it. Thoughts?

So I had been in conversation with this Professor for a long time. He said that he encouraged me to apply and mentioned that I should mention his name clearly in my statement and that he had said so. He also read my statement via email and said it was very well and would definitely make comments when my file reaches him. Recently, he told me that he made his comments on my file. However, I haven’t heard anything from the graduate admissions committee. Can a professor actually influence a grad committee? Is there a chance of getting an admit?

My university offers an optional specialisation (e.g. algorithms, software engineering, networks…) during my masters program (which will appear on the degree). To qualify, you basically need a certain amount of credits on that topic.

I think I rather not specialize, so I can hear a broader spectrum of topics.
How important is such a specialisation for future job search (in academia and industry)? Does it matter at all?

I have a Simulink signal, and am using FFT to analyze it’s harmonic content. I need use the magnitude values of each harmonic obtained from the analysis in a fuzzy logic controller as one of the inputs. The purpose of the simulation is to analyse the harmonic content in the system, and the fuzzy logic control needs to give me the frequency with the highest magnitude compared to the fundamental frequency.

The word “paper” on this site seems to be extensively used to refer to serious scientific publications/articles by PhD students and other researchers.

Now I am coming across its use by students completing a diploma in legal executive studies — which is not even bachelor’s degree level. Here are real examples:

  • I live in … and will be continuing on with my Legal Exec papers from home, having completed two papers last year.
  • I have finished 3 papers and I hope to complete 3 papers this year.
  • Only 2 more papers towards completion!
  • I am hoping to complete my two final papers this semester (Business and Estate Law).

Never having been a student in an English-speaking country before, I am now struggling to perceive what exactly those “papers” are. Can someone please explain? The examples above are from New Zealand.

I refer only to academic PhDs, not doctorates in education. Many swanky fee-paying schools in England and the US hire PhDs as teachers. So what qualities are likely unique to PhDs and may not be mastered (pun intended) by teachers whose highest degree is a Masters?

Charterhouse‘s PhDs in math include:

Dr Graham Kemp, MSc, MMath, PhD
Dr Philip Langman, PhD
Dr Stephen Marshall, MMath, DPhil

Phillips Exeter Academy:

Zuming Feng, “Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University with an emphasis on algebraic number theory and elliptic curves.”
Panama C. Geer, M.S., Ph.D.
Filip Djordjije Sain, PhD Applied Math

St Paul’s Girls’ School (in London):

Damon Vosper Singleton (Head of Department) — MMath (Oxon), PhD
Pip Bennett BSc, MA (Durham), PhD (Bristol)
Alexandra Randolph MMath (Oxon), PhD (Nottingham), MIMA


Head of Department
Dr Ian Jackson

MA (Hons) Mathematics : Trinity Hall, Cambridge
MMath : University of Cambridge
PhD (Radial Basis Function Methods for Multivariable Approximation) : University of Cambridge

Dr Jeremy King
MA (Hons) Mathematics : St. John’s College, Cambridge
PhD (Finite presentability of Lie algebras and pro- groups) : University of Cambridge

Dr Zi Wang
MA (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics: Christ Church, Oxford
MMATH: Christ Church, Oxford
PhD (Sparse multivariate models for pattern detection in high-dimensional biological data): Imperial College London