I’m a 1st year admitted Ph.D. student at an Ivy League University and a former Fulbrighter. I’d like to ask for your advice on my situation. I have applied for the F1 visa at the American Consulate and had the interview on July 17th. My application is under the “administrative processing” since then despite submitting all of the required documents on the same day of the request, July 17th. Note that I’m fully funded by the graduate school. My program starts September 1st, and I’m worried that I won’t make it on time. Should I ask the school to defer my admission (which is unlikely as I’ve been told by a faculty), or ask my university advisor to try to reach the concerned authorities? I have worked very hard to receive such an admission offer by an extremely selective university and program and I’d appreciate any help in how to overcome this unnecessary delay.


I am in an administrative staff position, in a research compliance role, and frequently have to “cold” email professors I have never met or otherwise previously interacted with. In my institution almost all professors have MD degrees, so I typically address them as “Dr. X.” However there are a small number of professors with master’s degrees in areas of specialty that don’t offer doctorate-level degrees, and I am uncertain how to appropriately address these individuals.

My gut reaction is to address these individuals by their first name (as our institution’s culture considers first name acceptable for staff above you in the reporting chain), but to me this feels disrespectful when applied to faculty, especially considering the content of my messages are often directing them to do things (or stop doing things) they’d rather not. Conversely, calling them “professor” seems unusual to me since I am not enrolled at the institution. Finally, my school is very progressive, and I worry about (mis-)using gendered pronouns.


Am I worried about this unnecessarily? How should I address these professors when I can’t open by asking how they would like to be addressed?

We are writing a paper about an algorithm that takes a group of solutions and sorts them by their likelihood of being equal to the one and only ‘good solution’.

Internally, we refer to this ‘good solution’ as meromero, which is a Mexican street slang for ‘the most important’ or the precisely for ‘the one and only’.

I like the word because it allows naming an important concept with a funky and short sound. Also, it forces you to draw your eyes towards it, creating some kind of highlight about the ideas related to this ‘one and only good solution’.

However, I’m not sure of using it, precisely because it is a slang word and I don’t remember ever reading a paper using slang words.

Therefore, my question is:

Is using a slang word to name a concept bad taste in a scientific paper?

Notice that this is merely a personal curiosity, we have already choosen not to use the word.

I’m a PhD student in statistics in Europe, but I’m looking into the possibility of applying for jobs in academia in the US once I finish.

I am wondering what the job market looks like, generally speaking.

  • Is there a lot of competition for every position, or is it fairly “easy” to find a position somewhere?
  • How does the answer to the previous question change by type of position (tenure, assistant professor, lecturer, etc)?
  • How difficult is it for a European to get a position?

I know that the questions are very general, but it’d be very helpful to hear from anyone with experience from statistics departments.

I got my math PhD degree more than 10 years ago, and my major is algebra. I have published some papers in some journals such as Adv. Math.. I really love math, but I am still thinking I haven’t got a good and complete math education, and do not have a good picture of math. Someone may argue that I can teach math to myself. The problem is that I am a teather in a university now; I have to teach a lot of classes and have other duties. Now I have an idea which sounds crazy: I want to do another math PhD. But the problem is I am almost 40 years old. So I am wondering if this is possible. Does someone have experience of such a second PhD?

I have finished 5 years of my PhD, and I have 5 publications in top tier (A* computer science) conferences based on work done during PhD. However, most of the publications are in unrelated areas. I am finding it almost impossible to compile a thesis from all my publications.

All my publications have me as first author and my advisor as second author. My advisor hasn’t read any of the publications, and he is incapable of judging them even if he reads them. I know that the work I’ve done can’t be compiled into a thesis. Due to the completion of PhD duration, I have stopped receiving scholarship from my Institute.

Even without my PhD degree, I can easily get a high paying job. My other option is to compile my work in the form of a thesis and hope that the thesis reviewers accept it.

What should I choose?

I’m a new student in the inaugural class of an online MBA program at at large public university (25k undergrad, 8k graduate students). There is a bi-annual in person residency requirement and the dress code communicated to us is business casual. I work in operations management in the space industry and my daily dress code is jeans and t-shirt; some even rock shorts but I think thats a bit bold. I previously worked in a suit and tie everyday office and I’ll take the jeans any day.

My question is should I bend the knee and wear khakis and a long-sleeve button up? Or should I wear what is comfortable ans representative of the industry I come from? Is jeans and a polo slumming it too much?