I am currently an undergraduate student looking to work on a senior thesis. Over the course of the past summer and sporadically throughout the Fall semester, I worked with a professor in extremal graph theory. There has been some (from my point of view) subtext between us that I would continue this work into my senior year, though this was never explicitly said.

However, I want to pursue something more algebraic, and have been in contact throughout the Fall semester with a professor working in algebraic graph theory.

How do I tell my current research advisor I want to work in a related field with another professor?

A few days ago there was an article on the LSE blog about scientific reproducibility which made little sense to me until I realised they were equating ‘low reproducibility’ with ‘scientific fraud’:


I’ve tended to assume that most reproducibility issues are poor reporting of experiments, poor recording of external factors, poor statistical analysis inflating p-values etc but I realise that I don’t have much evidence to back that up apart from personal experience. Are there any studies that report the relative proportion of irreproducible experimental results resulting from fraud versus poor experimental/statistical/reporting standards?

I am a final year undergraduate student of Mechanical Engineering from Nepal. I plan to do master’s in aerospace engineering (propulsion systems, to be specific) at a prestigious university in the US. With virtually zero scope for aerospace engineering research in our country and little to no guidance from experts, I have been involved in many research projects for years and have already got a number of papers published so far. I hope to add at least three more conference papers to my profile before I apply to any graduate school.
But the problem is that I am going to have a very low CGPA, anywhere between 2.4 – 2.7. I have heard that many schools don’t bother to look at anything else in an application when they see a low GPA and reject it straightaway. Does that mean I have no chances at all? I have been working very hard to offset my low GPA and make my resume look better than those of most other applicants.
MIT, for example, recommends a minimum of 3.2 as a guideline. What does that mean for me?
Please respond.

I got PhD admission offers from 2 Universities (say A and B) and yesterday decided to accept one of them (University A).
Today I decided to let University B know that I would not be able to join them. After they acknowledged my refusal to join, they asked for the name of University A since they keep track of the same for statistical purposes.

Is there any harm in letting them know? Or is it better to keep it private?


I guess I was fretting out over nothing. I sent B a brief reply saying that I was going to accept the offer from A (I’ve already signed documents with A so I’m reasonably confident they won’t leave me in the lurch). B replied wishing me the best of luck at A.

Thanks for the comments! I wasn’t sure this was a common thing to ask for universities.

I’m afraid a failed grade 12 elective will look bad to certain employers in the future if I don’t retake it and replace it with another course to graduate high school. I wanted it taken off so employers wouldn’t see it but they say it cannot be done.

What is the logic behind this? Is it just for the purposes of universities to see for admission consideration? Or are there any other reasons?

I know such type of questions has been asked lots of times, but I do believe people’s conditions vary and there is not necessarily someone who has an identical condition to mine, so please allow me to ask such question again with some details.

I was applying for master’s degree in computer science, and got accepted by the one that I’ve accepted and the other one that I have to turn down now. It was the professor who contacted me first, and one month after I received my offer, I went to the city and visited the school and met professor in person. We talked about a number of things including the research, her supervision style and such. However, I don’t think I ever speak like I will for sure go to that university, as I pretty much kept myself conservative. Now I’ve made up my mind to attend the first school already, so I want to know:

  1. Should I send an email to the professor, besides one to the admission office, that I am about the decline the offer?
  2. If yes, what content should be included in the email? How long should that be? Should I explain carefully my reasoning of picking school?

I well understand that it needs to be extremely polite, but other than that, I am not very sure what to mention.

Also, it would be nice if you can share some experience you have in general when you turn down your offers.

If it helps, I applied to schools in Canada, but I also welcome experiences in the US.

I always see tutorials on Harvard referencing saying things like:

Last name, First initial. (Year published). Title. Edition. City published: Publisher, Page(s).

What do I need to put for year published?

Is that the year of the book’s first publication, or the year that the copy I have was published.

Specifically, I am trying to cite a translation of A Doll’s House.

It was originally published (in its original language) in 1879.

This translation was first published in Great Britain in 1994. Reprinted 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 (twice)

Its ISBN number is 978 1 85459 236 1