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I am trying to select the five classes I should take at Tufts for this coming semester.

Math courses taken: multivariable calc, discrete math, complex variables, number theory, and abstract linear algebra, probability

CS taken: data structures, algorithms, intro to CS, and discrete math

I have also educated myself on various topics in philosophy, sociology, history, anthropology and psychology. I wish to do research on AI and on cultural diffusion. I am lacking knowledge in bare bones biological sciences, which I fear may be important for me to take. Additionally, I hope to take a course in modern physics before I graduate. Below I will list courses I am considering taking this coming semester.

  1. nonlinear dynamics and chaos- important in model natural change/growth. Additionally, it will help me for when I want to take my math GRE subject test
  2. real analysis 1-required for my major, and if I want to take a grad course on it senior year
  3. mathematical psychology- a seminar on mathematical models in psychology, I think I will enjoy this seminar thoroughly if I dedicate enough time to it
  4. statistical pattern recognition- a class focusing on bayesians, the class will handle regression and classification problems, model selection, machine learning algorithms, etc. basically a survey into machine learning applications and theory, so I think it would be well worth my time)
  5. Foundations of Rationality- see phil link
  6. philosophy of mind- see phil link
  7. logic103- see phil link

    I have a lot I want to take, and only a little bit of time. I am a rising junior, and I need to decide my trajectory given my goal, which going to a decent graduate school so I can do research. What classes would you recommend for the next semester, and what tips do you have for me moving forward? I am a math major currently. I will take any suggestions. A list of classes I should take by the time I graduate would be wonderful. So would a list of papers to read. Literally any piece of advice that pops into your head I would welcome with open arms. I can’t supply all the links, but googling “Tufts insert given department course descriptions” will bring you to the course description pages in case you for some reason wish to real go deep in advising me.

I am studying on reviewing the emerging research field of Industry 4.0 and I want to identify where the field is going. Due to the slow pace of academic publication, research behind published papers is typically done years before. To understand the current situation, I need your thoughts. Thank you very much.

I asked a professor for a PhD position, and he said that he dont have an open PhD position, but i can go there as a self-funded visiting scientist or apply for a PhD position later. As i am from middle-east, and this university is in Europe, it is very hard for me financially and i have to ask my family to support me. so, i want to be sure that i can start a paid PhD after being there as a visiting scientist.
please help me to use appropriate word to impress the professor and he give me a promise that I can start a PhD position there.

I posted a highly-upvoted answer on Skeptics Stack Exchange based upon numerous Chronicling America database newspaper quotations, and chatted in comments about this with a psychology professor.

The professor, listing himself as sole author, then submitted an article with highly overlapping content to a peer reviewed journal, without any citation to my Stack Exchange answer.

(More specifically, in Stack Exchange comments, I criticized a specific 2012 paper of the professor, which was primarily based upon google book ngrams, and showed in my answer numerous quotations from the Chronicling America database that result in a different conclusion. The professor then submitted an update of his 2012 paper to the same journal adding numerous quotations from the Chronicling America database.)

Is this ethical? I’ve only published in chemistry/biochemistry journals and don’t have any idea what is typical for psychology journals.

Preface: I’m an applied math PhD student nearing completion and beginning to submit some applications.

I’ve read a lot about writing research statements, including excellent answers to this question and this question, and I’ve asked for examples from friends and junior faculty members in my department, all of which have been extremely helpful. For the most part, I have a clear picture of what my research statement should look like when I apply for positions in academic departments. However, I am also applying for a few more general-purpose postdoctoral fellowships that are not necessarily mathematics specific (my work is related to biomedical issues). Should these research statements be more generally accessible? For instance, should I avoid equations? Emphasize figures?

There’s a researcher whose work I’m studying, and I was curious and looked him up; Google Scholar says that he has 16,000 ish citations. But when I scroll through his publications on Google Scholar, some of his top papers have a couple hundred citations only. That can’t possibly add up to 16,000. So, how is that total number actually derived?

For student employees in a higher education institution, what laws are there to protect them?

From my experience, university human resources does not provide much help if at all to student employees. A good amount of student employees depends on the financial aid (assistantship, some sort of tuition waiver etc) to stay in school.

these seem to be very common for student employees

  • low pay, usually not much higher than minimum wage
  • not eligible for benefits
  • no vacation days (paid or unpaid)
  • expected to work after hours, weekends, holidays without compensation (grade, financial aid often used as leverage to enforce the expectation)
  • discrimination in workplace
  • unsafe work environment, work related injury

I got a strong recommendation from my former supervisor. He wants to recommend me to one of his former colleagues who happens to have no position now. So I have to wait until the Spring Quarter. But I want to stay in contact with him because everything could happen during this period from now to next March.

Basically, in that university, the professors have the absolute power. If I can get permission from him, I can secure this position. And I really value this opportunity as he is like among the top 5 in our field.

How should I do? I have no idea what should be in the email which could increase my admission chance and would not bother him. I guess he must be busy every day.

I am a latinamerican student and I am not sure about the responses from potential PhD adviser email responses, I had a very nice interview with one of them who told me that he enjoyed our conversation ( our interview) two days later he wrote me an email in which he said that ” I enjoyed our conversation a lot” and that he decided on aother candidate. He also said ” be assure that you did an excellent job I just simply had to make a decision”

Is this genuine ? or a polite way to reject me? I would prefer the truth from a PhD adviser in order to improve other interviews!

In my Country too much politness is not used

Thanks in advance