I maintain a technical blog (posts are in direct correspondence with my interested field of study) which has around 150000 followers. I have two questions:

(a) Do I mention the number of followers in my SOP/CV?

(b) Would mentioning the fact that I maintain this technical blog have any impact in admissions? (or do I even mention the blog in my CV/SOP?)

Thanks !

I am currently in my 3rd year pursuing my major in Mathematical Physics. I love Mathematics and Physics. Ever since I joined college, my scores have been lurking around the pass grade.I did amazing well in high school.I topped Mathematics and Physics in high school in every grade.In college, I failed 3 subjects that were a vital prerequisite to other subjects in my course. I attempted 2 of them once again and did not get great marks at all, inspite of working sincerely. I understood every piece of information that taught. I used to ace my assignments, but I don’t know how my I would mess up in the exams. I am currently attempting the 3rd failed subject now. I am not backing down. I have continuously kept backing myself up. I am trying to be as positive as one can be. I am also an international student. My parents are spending massive amounts of money just for my education. I love Mathematics and Physics so much, that I am willing to go through this. I want to be able to do at least graduate level research in applied mathematics.

What do I do?

In the next few weeks I will embark on a multi-year research program to partially fulfill the requirements of a master’s degree and possibly a PhD. I have an adviser whom I’m excited about working with, a low-risk source of industry funding, a specific and impactful topic, and lots of industry experts willing to assist me.

Based on my initial meetings with my adviser, it looks like the approach to my topic will be intricately connected to his areas of expertise (at least at the outset), which is reasonable and seems normal. Again, I’m excited to be working with him on this topic and more than happy to pursue his approach; I currently don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t work well together long term.

However, I come from industry, where bosses, colleagues, leads, and mentors move around continually. Often, there is only one chance—right about now—in the life cycle of a project to set it up for success in such an environment without a lot of rework.

But perhaps that industry experience won’t be as relevant in this case. Tenured faculty tend to move around much less than corporate employees and enjoy more latitude in what they can choose to work on within their current position (I think—maybe there is data on this?). Nevertheless, it nags in the back of my mind that my adviser could at any point unilaterally chose to go somewhere or do something else. So, to the question, should I be concerned about setting up my research program for a possible adviser change even if I have no reason to believe that there will be one? If so, what are some ways I can do that?

Note: “Come from industry” isn’t exactly accurate: I’ll be maintaining my day job while working on academics consistently but part time. It is highly unlikely that I would uproot my career to move to another institution along with an adviser.

after having gotten the bachelors, of course. In the only subject that matters: mathematics.

To satisfy the peanut gallery wanting me to prove Ive done unfruitful research:

I googled “where are my favorite kitties” and I didnt get any answers to grad school strategizing. See for yourself: https://www.google.com/search?q=where+are+my+favorite+kitties

I’m a fourth year undergraduate student planning on applying to grad programs this fall. I will mainly be applying to PhD and research thesis master programs in machine learning and computer architecture. They would fall under the computer science or electrical/computer engineering departments.

I did part time research under a professor this school year. It was something I initiated/approached him about, asking for something interesting I could work on. We eventually co-authored a paper together and successfully published it.

Because of this being a positive experience, I plan on asking this professor for a reference letter for grad school. However, he has expressed interest in supervising me for grad school in the past, so I’m expecting him to ask me if I want to work with him again.

He was an incredible supervisor, and I really enjoyed the work, however I don’t see myself spending my life working in his field, so I’m not particularly interested in going to grad school for it. I’m looking for advice for how I can ask for a letter while refusing to work with him.

He’s obviously not a kid and I highly doubt he’ll take it personally, so I’m not worried about him being insulted. However, as I mentioned before, I approached him at the beginning of the year saying his work looked interesting. Additionally, he was happy with my work so he decided to pay me for it. My main concern is that he will be annoyed that I made him invest so much time and money in me only for me to then claim I’m not really interested in his work. I did find the work interesting, but not interesting enough to spend years working in it. His field is signal processing algorithms, so fairly different from the machine learning and computer architecture programs I’ll be applying to.

I am so tired of contacting potential supervisors and submitting applications only to get rejected! Is the problem in my qualifications!
I graduated university with a GPA of 4.94 out of 5 (A Saudi Arabian University), and then I got my masters from Warwick University with a Merit but a distinction on the dissertation. I scored 7.5 in the ielts exam as well.

Additional details: I am considered as an overseas student, and I have a sponsorship. My field is in digital marketing but my Bachelors was in Management Information Systems, and my masters was in e-Business Management. The research proposal I wrote discussed the bad and good behaviour of customers in the financial services industry, and its implications on the companies’ ecosystems.


I was recently accepted into a graduate biophysics program and have a couple questions about what I should expect going into my first semester. While I’m going into a physics PhD, I’d like general advice from any field. I have two specific questions, but welcome any advice that you are willing to share.

What is the biggest thing to overcome/accomplish during your first semester and a graduate student? Looking back, what is something you wish you would have done differently?

I’m going to be applying to grad school (a combination of direct PhD and research thesis masters programs) this fall, and I cannot make up my mind between two different fields – machine learning (essentially artificial intelligence) and computer architecture (essentially processor design). They would fall under either the Computer Science or Electrical/Computer Engineering departments.

I obviously need reference letters to apply and I’m going to be asking professors I’ve done research with in the past. However, I’m worried that asking for reference letters for two very different fields reflects poorly on me; it makes it look like I’m not entirely dedicated towards either.

I’m afraid that the letters I get from the professors will be a lot weaker than if I only applied to one field, because in that case it would look like I’m extremely passionate about it, compared to now where it looks like I’m not entirely sure what I want to do.

I’m wondering if this is a valid concern, and if so, how I should best address it. I could obviously pick one field now, but I’d prefer to put it off till after I get offers, so I have more time to make up my mind.

Just for context, out of the three professors I’m going to ask, one of the professors worked with me on a machine learning project, one on a computer architecture project and the last one on a signal processing project (not directly related to machine learning or computer architecture).