I sent a reminder email one day before the due date for a couple of my applications to grad school. It said something along the lines of

“This is just a reminder that first due dates are tomorrow: [list of a couple of schools]. Hope you aren’t too busy to write still. If you haven’t received an email from these schools on instructions let me know.”

I also sent “resends” to this professor’s email via the schools’ application portals. The professor responded with something like

“You’ve already sent a list of deadlines [I did, but this was about a month ago]. It is not helpful to send repeated reminders.”

I thought it was standard to send reminders before deadlines, especially if due dates are tomorrow with no letter sent. I feel that I have said or done something wrong. How can I prevent this from happening in the future?

I am now not only reluctant to send reminders for January schools, but I am now worried about the strength of this professor’s letter. I have four letter writers, and I am tempted to drop his letter on some January schools. The reason for this is that this is not the only time he has been a bit snappy with me, although never like this. But I did tell him a while ago that I did not want his letter if it would not be strong, and yet he still agreed to write for me. So assuming he is honest about that, I feel I should maybe keep his letter.

This is all a little confusing and stressful. Thanks for your time to read.

I am in my first year of a finance PhD at a top 25 program. I could get through the program and get an okay job, but my goal isn’t just to be another professor, I want to be absolutely outstanding, which I think I am capable of, but I feel like right now I don’t have the math and stats background to be the best, and I can’t take enough electives during my coursework years to get that foundation I’m looking for.

Honestly I’d also like to get my PhD at a better school. Part of it is looking for better placement opportunities, part of it is looking for a better education/mentor, and part of it simply vanity I guess – if I’m going to get a PhD I want it to be the way is prefer, and I’d prefer a degree from a school I can really feel proud of.

So… what I’d LIKE to do is get an MS in statistics, an MS in math, then reapply to top 10 finance PhD programs (not only am I looking for more background, yes, I actually WANT to do this). And no, I’m not interested in just “learning after I’m an assistant professor”. I don’t see myself having time to get top publications while learning a bunch of background information, and I want to hit the ground running with my first job.

I’ve had some people tell me getting an MS in math before beginning my PhD was pointless and a waste of time, but I’ve discovered that a lot of the PhD advice I’ve been given was bad advice and I should have simply done what I thought was a good idea.

My question is whether this is a feasible plan or not.

I have applied to a postdoc position in aerospace at a US school. The advertisement was posted in May’17 and review of applications began in October’17 and will continue until the position is filled. Until November end, I hadn’t heard from anybody and my online application status was “in applicant pool.” So I sent an email to an administration person to check if my application is still under consideration or a final selection has already been made. I got a reply saying that applications are still being considered (not specifically confirming or ruling out MY particular application).

This is a very good project. I find it hard to believe that the PI hasn’t still found the perfect fit. I am also wondering where do I stand? Am I still in the running?

If any body has any ideas as to what to make of this situation, please do share.

I came across an advertisement for a postdoc position at a US school. While I have a PhD from a (different) US school, currently I am in India (my home country). I had contacted the PI to check with her to see if visa support is available for this position. She replied saying that she will support my visa if the fit is right. She also gave me a small problem to work on and asked me to return my solutions in a week. I did. It’s been two weeks since and I haven’t heard anything back.

While I realize that there could be any number of reasons for not replying (such as she’s busy, or no longer interested or waiting for more people to apply), a simple reply confirming the receipt of my solutions would help.

If anybody has any ideas as to what to make of this situation, please do share.

There is an optional prompt on my PhD application:

censoredSchoolName University regards the diversity of its graduate
student body as an important factor in serving the educational mission
of the university. We encourage you to share unique, personally
important, and/or challenging factors in your background, such as work
and life experiences, special interests, culture, socioeconomic
status, the quality of your early educational environment, gender,
sexual orientation, race or ethnicity. Please discuss how such factors
would contribute to the diversity of the entering class, and hence to
the experience of your censoredSchoolName classmates.

If I were to answer, what I would write is something about how I grew up in a large family with five siblings all attending college around the same time, so though I come from a middle-class family, I have had to handle much of the financial responsibility of my education. In addition to this, neither of my parents have attained higher than a non-scientific Bachelor’s degree, and I have mostly blazed this path under my own independence and ambition.

But I feel that this might not be what the question is really looking for? What I’ve written above does not make me diverse in the way that I think the University probably wants. I’m a middle-class white male, I will say, which my application has of course already reflected. I’m wondering if I might be better off leaving it blank rather than coming off as forcing a hollow answer, or even pitying myself when there are certainly other applicants with serious disadvantages.

I’m trying to fill application forms for colleges in the USA. The last name field is mandatory. My last name field in my passport is empty and all these websites say fill according to passport, but as you can see I can’t do that here. The DS-160 FAQs say that in this case I should fill my first name as ‘FNU’ and my last name with my full given name, ‘Arjun Mohan’

Is this the protocol to follow?

I will be going to college soon and since I live in an area with few education options, I have very little idea what I would need to do to get into various colleges. Would it be appropriate to email a professor at a given college and ask them what their program requires/likes to see/what skills most good students have? What is the culture at their school? My parents are college professors and I see the ins and outs of academia every single day and I want my college of choice to have certain attributes that are not always obvious from their website.

I am writing my statement of purpose for a PhD in mathematics for various universities. I know that it is a good thing to motivate why you want to go to that university in particular, but I was wondering at what point one should do this.

What I have for the moment is a paragraph in the end where I explain my reasons for applying, and talk about why I think that university in particular should be fitting for me. Is that enough? Or should there be mentions of the university in the whole statement?