I am currently at a Top-20 engineering school in the US. I am making great progress on my PhD and have an excellent relationship with my advisor.

My advisor is transferring to a Top-3 engineering school and wants to bring me.

I am concerned because I’m afraid that the Top-3 school will reject me (average undergrad GPA, crappy GRE, etc.). The good things I have are a fellowship with 3 more years of tenure, a high quality paper and a few talks.

Anyways, when advisors move does the new university just automatically accept students? I’m afraid that my bad undergrad GPA and GRE score will keep me from following my advisor and doing the research that I love.

A similar question has been posted before, but it caters only to graduate studies in the US.

My question is whether a 3-year undergraduate degree would be sufficient to take up a Masters/PhD program in Europe (E.g. ETH Zurich) or Japan (E.g. University of Tokyo). Is it more to do with just the duration of the program, or with the number of credits that have been earned in the degree?

From what I’ve observed, universities in the US seem to be concerned with the duration of the program (they require 4 years of undergraduate studies) while those in Europe and Japan require a certain number of credits to be completed. However, I would like to verify these facts on this forum, before enrolling myself in a 3-year undergraduate program (I’m keen on taking up graduate studies abroad in the future).

I would like to major in Biology (Pure Sciences).

I am an undergraduate math major at a top-5 university. This term I got a C+ in a computer science algorithms course, and I’m wondering how that would affect my prospects for grad school. My overall GPA is still okay (3.8), but I’m concerned how this C+ will look on my transcript for grad schools, since it is in a (kind of) related subject (CS), vs something like a humanities class.

I am doing research, etc. alongside my academics, as well as studying for the GRE to get as good test scores as possible. I guess I just want to know whether a C+ in this class would be a red flag for admissions, or whether it won’t be much of a factor. As a note, I am aiming for ~top-5 grad schools (since my undergrad is top-5), so I’m not sure if the criteria are different for these schools. Thanks in advance!

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

I have been working with 2 faculty members on the same project. I took a class from each of them, and the three of us meet in person on a weekly basis. I think it’s reasonable to assume that they’ve seen the same level of research ability from me.

I am planning on applying to graduate school, so I was wondering if it’s appropriate to ask them for a joint letter? My motivation behind this is

  • the two of them mentor me on the same project, so 2 separate letters may have unnecessary overlap?
  • applications typically require 3 letters (I already have 2). For schools which you can submit > 3 letters, I would think they still value quality > quantity
  • may be slightly less work for both of them (?)

I don’t want to come off rude by asking the two of them to co-write a letter of recommendation for me. Is it generally deemed appropriate to ask two faculty members to do this? I think this is quite uncommon because on applications I only get to designate one writer per letter of recommendation (i.e. provide just one name, his/her title, email, phone, etc). If so, how should I phrase the question of asking both of them to co-write a strong letter of rec for me?

I am in the process of trying to formulate my statement of purpose/intent for a PhD in criminal justice. I’m not sure how to go about this when I have two distinctly different areas that I’m very interested in. The first is wildlife crime (falls into conservational criminology, a very new field) and the other is biosocial criminology/mental illness. These are not related to each other in any way, but I’m fascinated by both.

There are a lot more schools that have faculty working on biosocial than wildlife crime. However, I have found one school that has one professor working in wildlife crime, and the rest working on mental-illness-related issues. I don’t know what to do. Should I write two different SOPs and submit them to the appropriate school? One for wildlife and one for biosocial?

When my past professors ask me for my research interests, I want to mention both of these, but I don’t want them to think I’m unfocused. I am going to a criminology conference in November, and I will be talking to the professors who are writing my letters of recommendation. Should I tell them everything I’m interested in or narrow down one specific thing?

I was just wondering if a website exists that posts openings for grad school positions. It’s a bit frustrating to go from professor’s website to website only to find they aren’t accepting students right now, or they don’t have any information about prospective students. I’m most interested in ecology/biology/conservation. Thanks!