I have a difficult situation about limit of absences during classes in my university.

The teacher of one subject made a rule that 3 absences with disrespectful reason during the course leads to fail grade. I’ve exceeded this limit because of my part-time job, which I need to perform in order to pay for my education.

One (and almost the only) respectful reason for absence is illness. Illness must be proven using a medical certificate from a doctor. The teacher asked me to show a certificate. Obviously I don’t have it.

However, I did all the tasks and presented them.

Now I have a dilemma:

Try to forge the document about illness OR try to explain my situation about work.

Each option is a risk. The risk of forgery is obvious. And the risk of trying to explain my situation is that the teacher can say that he doesn’t care about that, and then forgery will be impossible, and so I will automatically fail the course.

What should I do in this situation?

My school’s comprehensive qualifying procedure has thee parts. 1) A paper that is a synthesis and analysis of the literature on my topic 2) A written exam that lasts 5 days and 3) an oral exam on your topic. This question refers to the second portion.

After reading your paper, each committee member writes a question for you to answer (total of 4). You have from 9 am Monday to 5 pm Friday to write a 2,500 – 3,000 word response to each question (not including bib). This isn’t necessarily something you can study for.

I am historically not the fastest writer. I also have a tendency to not always be clear in my writing (it is clear in my head, but not always on paper).

My question is: How can I prepare to successfully pass? I need to write a large amount of high quality work in a short amount of time with no time to prep for questions ahead of time.

Thanks in advance.

I finished my PhD in natural sciences in 2015. At some point during my PhD studies I did some measurements for some other scientists.

Now they are about to submit a paper containing my data, and I am listed as a coauthor.

I barely remember the experiments. I did not read the paper (yet).

Do I have to read that paper? Do I have to read it often enough to fully understand it? Should I disagree being listed as a coauthor?

I am a third year PhD student at one of Universities in the USA. I’ve already taken my qualifying exam and I’m planning to take my general exam next quarter. My adviser notified me suddenly yesterday that she accepted and offer from Northwestern University and leaving my school for Northwestern University in Sep.

She gave me two options:

  • Apply for Northwestern University. She said “Given the rules at Northwestern University, you have to start from scratch i.e., I have to take course and take qualifying exam again”. In addition, I have to take GRE and TOEFL and go through the admission process. Still, there is no guarantee they will admit me.
  • Stay at my current school and she continues supervising me. However, my department does not guarantee the funding (in the form of Teaching Assistant).

It is worth noting that I maintained a very good relationship with my department and my adviser and I have a good research record and TA evaluation.

In general,
how do you think I need to approach this situation?

In particular,
– does that make sense that Northwestern University say I have to start from scratch even if I am a third year PhD student who passed qualifying exam from an equally reputable school?

After pondering this situation for a little bit, I came with a plan. That is,

  • I take my general exam next quarter,
  • I stay at my current school for two quarters (because I have to pass a certain dissertation credits)
  • Move to Northwestern University as a PhD visiting student for one or two semester.
  • Get my PhD from my current school

Does this plan make sense?

The tricky question is that whether or not she can use her internal fund (or some other source of funding) to support me as a visiting PhD student for two semesters.

I would greatly appreciate if you share your thought and experience with me.

I’m collaborating with some others on an appendix to a historical paper for submission to a high profile journal. In the field the convention for authorship appears similar to mathematics (see also this discussion) in which authorship can be split between the main paper and appendices. Since the basic rule of thumb is that the CV should include all intellectual products what would be the proper way to include the appendix? Would it be appropriate to just include it as a publication, e.g.

Author, A., Author, B., Author, C., “Appendix: Neat Computer Simulation Justifying Historical Argument.” Appendix to Author, C., “Historical Argument.” High Profile Journal, vol. XX, no. XX, pp. XX-XX, XXXX.

I’ve done a lot of DIY projects over the years , ranging from electric arc speakers to Air quality & Climate control systems. Most of my projects involved Arduinos.

My qustion is , I’ve been thinking of conducting a 5 year study on Air quality & climate change using 10 arduino sensors (gas , dust , temp&humidity) and an arduino , I will collect data for 5 years and then conclude my findings ???

1) Can i publish such research anywhere ? 2) Do these type of projects have any value or are they a waste of time ? 3) What are other better ways to utilize the 2 month semester breaks during first year of a UG physics program ?

(I’m 17 and will be joining a UG physics program soon)

I read an article in the past – I forget the source now, but I believe it was credible – about how American STEM PhD programs (and master’s programs) admit a lot of qualified international students, e.g. from China and India, in order to help fill the skills gaps in the U.S., but an interesting phenomenon was that American medical schools don’t act in the same way, effectively not admitting international students and preserving the acceptance slots for American students. If this is indeed true, why is that the case? Doesn’t the United States have a skills gap in medicine and a shortage of medical doctors?