I’ve heard of people transferring between graduate schools because of their advisor moving to another school and taking their students with them.

Do students ever transfer for other reasons? If a student isn’t happy at the school they choose, could transferring be an option? Presumably they would frame it as something positive such as “turns out I really want to work with Professor X” rather than “I hate my school”, but does this ever happen? Is there a certain timeframe in which this is possible? (Assume it’s a 5 year PhD program.)

If the answer varies by subject please mention the subject in your answer.

(Context: many friends have told me that if it turns out I’m not happy with my choice, I can always transfer. My impression is that this is actually difficult since many schools don’t accept transfer students and in any case not being able to stick with a program looks bad — but I don’t have evidence either way so wanted to ask people who are in academia. Of course the ideal would be to pick a school one is happy with in the first place!)

I have tried to pursue an MS course in Computer science, which was a 2 year course. But had to leave the course mid way after 1 year of study. I should mention, the reason was that my academic performance was not up to the mark. But, I was a good student who did my under graduation in Electrical Engineering at the best university in India. I did not really find the course material to be too difficult, I was just a bit aimless at that point of time.

It has been a few months that I have returned back to India. But, I feel like a failure which I need not feel like. I was able to find a 1 year masters course in a related field (in US and also elsewhere). But I want to know if I will face any difficulty in entering US, as far as the visa requirements are concerned.

I’m making my degree thesis on applied maths. An important part of the work is the implementation of some algorithms and simulations so code it’s part of the work. And I mean pretty a lot of code.

I don’t have references of works like mine so I’m not sure what to do with the code. Of course, it’s not going to be “printed” as part of the thesis. It’s supposed to be documented on internet and the link ir something like that in an appendix I guess, but I don’t really know how to deal with it.

Thanks, and sorry if it’s a very newbie question but I didn’t find it in other posts

well I’m perfectly ready to take my final exam until I look at the questions and on the first sight it is obvious that the questions are too long (it was a numerical linear algebra exam and we had to apply algorithms by hand and with our calculators for a 6*6 matrix !! and that’s way too big.) we could have applied all the algorithms on a much smaller question and still proved our understanding of the topics .

even better the professor was not present on the day of the exam!

besides, there were only two questions and we had 2 hours. and that was not enough to solve even one of them ! this is the other issue with this exam; we had many theorems that we could have proved and other types of questions but the exam had only 2 questions ! both of which heavy with calculations.

why would a professor do this? (actually, he is a new professor but that definitely does not justify this exam as a mistake; I as a student could see the low quality of the exam on a first look !).
also in his midterm exam we were only allowed to use a non-engineering calculator and it took 4 hours to complete that . is not this kind of an abuse! but at least that exam had a much better variety of questions.

I’m wondering if he was trying to somehow make us accept whatever score he wants to give us by doing that ?!

how should I deal with such a situation ? should I talk to him ? what should I tell ? our should I go to other authorities in my university and talk to them?

I come from a developing country, India. Its lagging not only in terms of thoughts, but from a perspective that’s too narrowminded. I have heard a lot about SATs these days and then I planned to give it. Can you tell me the universities that could take me after I score 1490/1600 in it. My financial status is questionable. Are there any provisions of earning there?. Can any body draw an arbitrary picture of the amount of money it’s gonna cost me till I graduate?
I am an individual that come from a backward and underrated native place. I need an ignition, a spark to light up my life.

Good morning,
My name is Gretel Echazú, I am an Argentinian anthropologist who researched in Brazil, Argentina and Peru. I got my PhD in anthropology with an investigation linked to health, race and gender issues in the Peruvian Amazon. I have a Post-Doctoral scholarship at a Federal University here in Natal, Northeastern Brazil. I´ve thought online once, for a plataform linked to ethnobotany. To make my work experience wider, I would love to start teaching online as an adjunct professor. I see that the majority of job offers come from US institutions that ask for “proof of authorization” to work in the US. I wander if it is possible for me to teach online from Brazil to create materials for institutions that are in the US.
Same question would go for European academic settings.
Thank you very much.

I am currently in a joint teaching/research post-doctoral position at a university that is different than where I obtained my PhD. There may be an opportunity in the future for me to return to my old PhD advisor and be hired on as a post-doc once my tenure is up here. I don’t really NEED the job as I have decent job security teaching where I currently am. It will, however, keep the door open for sustaining good research, publishing, and gaining grant-writing skills… the latter being something that my current post-doc advisor has never offered me… And yes, personally I would like to go back and work for them again (for a variety of professional related reasons).

I understand this will be a lateral move at best but I am trying to gain sufficient understanding on how this will affect future career options in academia. I’ve been told that this type of situation can cause people to simply overlook you when applying for faculty positions at higher-ranked schools. I’m not really interested in joining some “Top 50” research university either but I’m not willing to join a pure undergraduate research program just yet either.

Please advise.

A recent question about reducing stress in oral examinations asserted that

Oral exams can have various pedagogical benefits in certain circumstances

Based on the reputation of the poster I’m inclined to believe this, but what exactly are these benefits? As an engineer who has never had an oral examination in my academic career (excluding thesis and standard presentations), it’s not clear to me what the benefits are. The only intuitive benefit I can think of is for courses where the oral aspect is inherent in the subject matter, such as foreign language or debate. Are there benefits that are more general and not directly tied to the subject? Are there subjects for which an oral exam is never appropriate?

I’m a mathematician.

I noted that, by combining some results from the literature (all published) and some little effort, one obtains a proof of a big conjecture (at least in the field; it even has a Wikipedia entry). No mistake was found in my arguments yet, after asking some experts in the field.

In my opinion, it is likely that there is a mistake or at least missing details in (exactly) one of the papers I’m using. This paper seems highly complicated, leaving several details to the reader. So what is the best thing to do? Should I make it public (on Arxiv) or even submit to a journal in the hope that a referee takes care of it?

I don’t really care for having a publication from this or something else, but I’m interested where the mistake is or if it might really be a proof (of course it is not unlikely that I made a mistake somewhere).
Another motivation would be to simply make aware that one gets a proof of the conjecture by combining results from the literature and make people want to check those results from the literature again.