I am doing my master’s degree in Robotics Engineering. So far I have taken all of the core courses and now have to choose electives, which lead me into a dilemma. I cannot decide about the best strategy to be employed while choosing the electives.

As I am in the Master’s level, I believe I should be specializing in a specific field. Some of the options are as follows:

  • Collaborative, Cooperative, Networked Robotics
  • Medical Robotics
  • Miniature Robotics
  • Robotics for Extreme Environments (e.g. Space robotics)
  • Unmanned Vehicle (e.g. Autonomous robots)
  • Bio-Inspired Robotics
  • Cognitive Robotics
  • Social Robotics

I have a great interest in Unmanned Vehicles and Bio-Inspired Robotics. However, the Unmanned Vehicles greatly involve in the Defense Sector and hence require a security clearance* and the industry appears to be behind the academia in the field of Bio-Inspired robotics – I couldn’t find any job opening in this area. As a result, in order to maximize my chances of finding a job, I have considered to specialize into Medical Robotics.

Should my strategy be:

  1. Specializing into a specific field (Medical Robotics)?

Some of the available electives are (1) Medical Robotics, (2) Rehabilitation Robotics, and (3) Human Robot Interaction.

Counter point: If in the future I realize that this isn’t what I really wanted, there is no way back.

  1. Choosing the electives that I am already familiar with the content and maximize the chances of getting good marks?

In this case I would choose (1) Digital Control Systems, (2) Artificial Intelligence, and (3) Engineering Optimization.

Counter point: this option doesn’t make me an expert in any of the listed fields. I will have a good understanding of different disciplines such as Control Systems, Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning. This might be a better option to find a job.

Additional information:

  • In Summer 2018 semester, I will conduct a semester-long independent study, for which I need to prepare project proposals and contact faculty members to find myself a project supervisor. The project subject greatly relies on my decision about the electives to choose.
  • My undergrad dissertation was on Bio-Inspired Robotics.
  • *I am an international student studying in the US.
  • I do not have any intention of pursuing a PhD.
  • I am currently not considering to work for research laboratories.
  • I have recently applied for a job and upon my interview they have redirected me for another position. Would that be a smart decision to choose the electives that will allow me to fulfill the requirements for the position and hence try to secure a position at this company?

I am studying grade 11.I have a problem.Whenever I learn a new thing in science or maths (For example electronegativity, square root), I am going too deep into the subject with the internet.I have the eager to learn the whole chapter(Sometimes until A/l or university), and I can’t control myself.Even when I see something on the internet I want to learn about it completely.

By studying like this it is very hard for me to concentrate on other subjects(Sometimes I don’t have the time to study other chapters.)

I also love to code, do electronics, study calculus, do sports; and I am going to a great extent in the fields.I can’t control myself.Please give me some advice.

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I am currently doing a Master’s degree in applied mathematics. I am worried though about after I complete my degree and I apply to another graduate school for an applied mathematics PhD program. While I have a good relationship with my supervisor an expect to get a good recommendation letter, most graduate schools and research award applications require three.

My question is what should I be doing now to ensure that I can easily get good recommendation letters when I graduate?

Right now I spend most of my time doing research which by it’s nature in my field is a solo activity in collaboration with my supervisor. The rest of my time is being a teaching assistant, and doing a few extra circulars. I want to start working on getting good recommendations while I still have time before I graduate.

More Personal Notes

  • I am in my first year, started September 2017.
  • Things I do outside of research and being a teaching assistant include being part of my school’s graduate society, and mentoring undergraduate students in the department.

I am beginning to realize that I may need to suddenly bombard my referees with several emails. They have both confirmed that they would be references.

Firstly, I would like to know whether the school I’m applying to has sent them the form yet that they need to fill out. They should have, but I’m not sure if they did. The application is due January 31st.

Secondly, I sent one of my referees a document of the tasks I worked on during my undergraduate research project to help with the reference. I had a meeting with him last week and he asked me to send this to him. I did yesterday morning and still haven’t heard back. He usually replies very quickly. Should I confirm he received it?

Thirdly, The internal scholarship just opened up and I just found out I need a couple of references for this (it’s only one application). This reference form is nearly identical to one of the other ones I asked them to fill out. I would like to ask them for this reference as well (it’s due at the very beginning of March).

Lastly, assuming they don’t send in their references until right up until the deadline, I will also need to eventually send them a follow up email to make sure they send them in.

I feel like a huge burden emailing them as they are extremely busy (they work with the government in addition to being a professor). How should I go about sending these emails?

I want to mathematically model reality and use these models to solve problems. Will a degree in Computer Science Engineering allow me to do this?

Additional background. Reading the overview of a master’s graduate degree (MSC to be exact) in modelling mechanical engineer, it really spiked my interest. I am not a mathematical genius though, and I need to at least see applications and more or less concrete problems/implementations. Also relevant could be that I am a senior in high school and I learned programming all by myself.

Systems I would find interesting to get to know better by creating mathematical models

I am most interested in physics and general mathematical patterns, like the approach found in Albert-László Barabási‘s book Network Science.
I am not interested in specializing in any particular field just because of the field itself.

I am beginning to realize that I may need to suddenly bombard my referees with several emails. They have both confirmed that they would be references.

Firstly, I would like to know whether the school I’m applying to has sent them the form yet that they need to fill out. They should have, but I’m not sure if they did. The application is due January 31st.

Secondly, I sent one of my referees a document of the tasks I worked on during my undergraduate research project to help with the reference. I had a meeting with him last week and he asked me to send this to him. I did yesterday morning and still haven’t heard back. He usually replies very quickly. Should I confirm he received it?

Thirdly, The internal scholarship just opened up and I just found out I need a couple of references for this (it’s only one application). This reference form is nearly identical to one of the other ones I asked them to fill out. I would like to ask them for this reference as well (it’s due at the very beginning of March).

Lastly, assuming they don’t send in their references until right up until the deadline, I will also need to eventually send them a follow up email to make sure they send them in.

I feel like a huge burden emailing them as they are extremely busy (they work with the government in addition to being a professor). How should I go about sending these emails?

I am a graduate student here. There are two set of rules applying to the degree I am seeking:

  • rules from the university

  • rules from my department

Using the above sets of rules, you have to make a plan of study (POS) which would be the list of coursework you complete towards your degree.

I followed all those rules, but a few days ago the administrative assistant who’s in charge of all this suddenly said that I was not allowed to take courses from a certain department.

I asked them for the reason for this and got varying responses which included:

  1. The university office raised an objection.
  2. The department in question raised an objection.
  3. There was some new rule which has been in power since last year.

    (I found this hard to believe because as long as you follow the university and department rules to the letter, which I did, you’re basically allowed to take whatever courses you want to fill in your additional requirements.)

After some digging in, it turns out there’s no such rule. In fact many people from my department have taken courses from that certain department this semester.

What should I do? I feel like I’m being singled out here. I feel this is also unfair if I’m the only one who’s forced to follow this non-existing rule.

I wrote a research proposal (edited by my potential advisor) for an external scholarship application. This application is due at the end of the month.

I just found out that the internal scholarship also requires a research proposal. Would it be ethical to use to exact same proposal (i.e., copy and paste) for the internal scholarship application which is due at the end of next month? Or would this be considered plagiarism?

The department will have both of my scholarship applications. So they will be able to see they are the same.