I have recently read a few articles which suggest that test scores correlate with socioeconomic status. As a result, test scores are actually a better measure of economic status than education quality according to these articles.

What other measures might be better indicators of educational outcomes than mere achievement scores? For example, according to the above references, a student transferring from Liberty Elementary in California or Riverdale Oregon might perform far better and receive a much better education in Stubenville, Ohio; Bremen City, Gal; or Newport City, Tn because they have the highest scores after adjusting for socioeconomic status. Are there any other measures besides this which might be better indicators of education quality?

I have heard from quite a number of PhD students, that one can get a good post-doc, if the summation of the impact factors of the journals published by a PhD student is nearing 10. Is this true? How does the impact factors that you earn before your post-doc have an effect on getting a good post-doc? I am talking about the field of computational biology…

I am looking to apply for a professional masters program in computer science (M.E. in Computer Science). This program is designed to for the working software engineer and thus not advised for those interested in doing computer science research in academia. As part of this, I am going to need to submit 3 letters of recommendation. It has been a few years since I graduated with my bachelors and I did not have a significant relationship with any of the professors in my undergraduate program. Thus, I would not be comfortable asking them for a letter of recommendation.

I am now working and I am highly regarded at work. I am confident that I could get very strong letters from various managers that I have worked with at my company. Will 3 strong letters of recommendation from these individuals be enough? How will they be weighed against a less strong letter from an undergrad professor?

I am planning to apply for Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering. I have prepared most of the application requirements (GRE,TOEFL,transcripts,LORs,Resume). The only thing left is my SOP. I intend to take up the non-thesis (project option) in my final semester. Should I mention this in my SOP?
If yes, How do I go about stating this?

I’m about to defend my Phd thesis in november in software engineering. I have started this Phd program in february 2010. One of my thesis reviewer stated in his review comments that my bibliography references are too old: the most recent work I have quoted in my bibliography is from 2012; that was when I was elaborating my thesis’ state of the art. He stated that I have to check main works done in the field of research since 2012. I am not excited to make a new literature review at two weeks of my defense and as such was planing to answer at the defence any question regarding this comment saying that the bibliography references are old because my thesis lasted many years. But I would want to know what would you do in such a situation.

This semester I was assigned as a TA to a Class that I am not very familiar with.
As a result grading takes me too much time.
For example for a class of 74 people it took me 24 hours to grade their assignments (7 exercises per person). One of the reasons it takes me that much time is that I have to study in order to refresh the content in my head before grading.

What should I do in order to make the procedure more time efficient ?
Should I tell my concerns to the professor I am TA for and as well as my PhD supervisor ? I fear I might look lazy or unproductive.

To cope with workload whenever I have grading to do I make sure I finish it within one day so that I can focus on the other stuff I have to do in the next days of the week.

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Since people asked more questions about my situation here are answers:
I keep office hours for 2 hours per week.
I have to grade 3 packages of these assignments for the whole semester.
The firs package was for 91 people the second was for 74.
This is not a class my PhD advisor teaches.
It was assgined to me by the department.
The professor has given me indicative solutions but the answers are open ended

The internally funded Anne McLaren Fellowships at The University of Nottingham state in their eligibility that “Candidates for the Anne McLaren Fellowships must be female and pursuing a career in a STEM subject”. (link)

The Equality Act 2010 protects people from being treated less favourably because of their gender during recruitment. Section 159 of the Act does allow positive action (e.g. favouring an underrepresented group in a tie-break) but as those not classed as female are completely excluded from applying then this appears to be unlawful discrimination not positive action.

It could be that The University of Nottingham has a general exception due to being a charity. But then it would need to be included in the aim of the charity and the University’s Charter of Incorporation contains “16. The University shall treat students, staff and other people solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender”.

The internally funded Anne McLaren Fellowships at The University of Nottingham state in their eligibility that “Candidates for the Anne McLaren Fellowships must be female and pursuing a career in a STEM subject”. (link)

The Equality Act 2010 protects people from being treated less favourably because of their gender during recruitment. Section 159 of the Act does allow positive action (e.g. favouring an underrepresented group in a tie-break) but as those not classed as female are completely excluded from applying then this appears to be unlawful discrimination not positive action.

It could be that The University of Nottingham has a general exception due to being a charity. But then it would need to be included in the aim of the charity and the University’s Charter of Incorporation contains “16. The University shall treat students, staff and other people solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender”.

I’ve been invited to give a seminar looking for a postdoctoral position. The professor have been really kind, he looks like a very nice person. Also he helped me to looking for a postdoctoral position for my girlfriend. Now I received the tickets for traveling to the University with a first class location and luxury amenities. My question is if this force me to accept the position or if is common that researchers give these nice invitations.

I should say that is an international travel and also that I have been talked with other professors to see my best oportunity, I should say this also to the professor that have already invited to me?

Thanks for your advices