Recently I received contact info for a professor close to me, with similar interests (Professor B), from another professor I have a long-standing working relationship with (Professor A).

I spoke with her at the beginning of the month, and had what I thought to be a great call. She expressed interest in having me work with her on an upcoming grant remotely, in preparation for applying to her graduate program in the upcoming application cycle. We ended the call with the decision to have me touch base with her in a week, when she would know more about her grant.

The next week, I sent her an email to follow-up, and set up a call to talk more about the project and set up time to visit her lab (something we discussed on the call. No response for one week.

I sent another email, and received a one sentence response: “Things are hectic now, please touch base in a few days”. I waited 4 days and sent another short message. It has now been a few days and I still haven’t gotten a response.

What are my best next steps? Should I write this lead off, and not bother sending anymore emails if I don’t hear back?

EDIT: That is to say, how long should I wait for a response before reaching out again? I don’t want to be bothersome, but I also don’t want too much time to elapse and this project to possibly be scrapped or forgotten.

I also have the option of going to Professor A and starting some work on the project while Professor B is otherwise occupied. But at the same time, I don’t want to seem like I’m “going around” or otherwise excluding Professor B.

I applied to PhD programs for Fall 2018, and am currently evaluating my options. I have narrowed myself down to two options, both good choices with potential advisors who are a good fit, though I prefer one school slightly over the other.

The reason for my post is that I am interested in deferring my admission for a year. My understanding is that graduate schools typically let students do so when the student has a “good reason”, i.e. those who want to spend time studying abroad, doing volunteer work, etc. The catch here is that I don’t have any particular opportunities I want to pursue, I just want to take a break and work on some mental health issues I have before signing on for a 5-6 year commitment (really even longer considering the time afterwards spent in post-docs, trying to find tenure-track jobs, etc. if I want to try to stay in academia).

I haven’t heard of any situations like this, and I’m not sure how the graduate schools will react if I ask. Is it possible that they’d revoke my offer? I’ve also already spoken to potential advisors, should I let them know? I’d be worried what they might think if they knew I wanted to defer graduate school for this reason.

I’m currently a computer science graduate student nearing the end of my graduate program and getting ready for my graduation project. A year ago I contributed to a research project for which we published two papers. In this topic I verbally agreed to also do my graduation. A six month research project.

However, in the past few months of regular education I’ve been invited by a professor in a different field to contribute to another project. This second project went well and we’ve been accepted at a conference where I’ll present our work in a few months.

During these two research projects I’ve decided if at all possible to do a PhD after my graduation. I really liked doing these projects and would love to stay in academia.

While working on the second project I’ve vocalized my plan to follow up with a PhD, and the supervisor of the second project gave me some advice. This pertained mostly to picking a field to specialize in, and to maybe consider doing a research project or graduation abroad.

The catch is that the I probably don’t want to pursue a PhD in the topic of my first research project, and the topic I agreed to do my graduation in. The second project I did, I would consider as a possible field to do a PhD in.

However, as a graduation project I would consider both fields as great opportunities and as very interesting projects. Therefore, I’m purely wondering whether I wouldn’t like a project in the second field more, which would probably also help PhD applications in that field.

Therefore, my question is should I go back on my word and consider a graduation project in the second field? Or should I stick to it, graduate in the first field, and then orient myself as to what I want to do after my graduation.

I have currently been accepted to Ph.D. in CS programs at 2 schools in the USA (let’s call them A and B). Both have offered 5 years of TA/RA funding. A is my preferred choice, but I haven’t accepted the offer formally since I’m waiting to hear from a couple of other places.

However, school B is offering a fellowship in my first year in addition to TA/RA, which would be helpful as I am planning to attend a conference in Europe in September (not sure if new students get travel grants that early).

Is it acceptable to contact school A and ask if I could be considered for any incoming student fellowships (I know they have at least one) BEFORE actually accepting their offer? If so, should I mention that I have fellowship offers from other schools and/or my interest in attending the conference?

Note: I have an oral paper under review at this conference as the first author, and my advisor is confident it will be accepted, but I’ll only know for sure in late April. Also, even if the paper is rejected and I do not have to attend, a fellowship will be useful in attending any other conference, not to mention boosting my academic profile.

I am going to be taking a Ph.D. program in statistics, and I kind of want to have two people for my supervisor (for my Ph.D. research), but I don’t know if this would be a good or bad idea. I have two questions:

  1. What are the pros and cons of having two supervisors for my PhD research?
  2. In case of having two supervisors, would I be expected to choose the one of the two professors who will act as my “main supervisor” (can both supervisors be my “main supervisor”)?

I have never taken a Ph.D. program before, so any answers would be appreciated.

A few years ago, I completed by bachelor’s by creating a ‘bachelor’s thesis’. My advisor for this thesis. The thesis went very well, I’ve got a high grade and my advisor was very much impressed by my work (for an undergrad, at least) during and after the project.

However, he left almost immediately after that. I do think he left amicably, he even showed up briefly during his former course and I believe that some other university simply gave him more opportunity to do what he wants.

That was the last time I spoke with him. A lot has happened since and I’m thinking of perhaps contacting him to do a PhD in his expertise, although I’m not certain.

I do wonder how I should re-initiate contact. I have much to tell and ask, but long mails may be unread for long. I think meeting ‘in the flesh’ is unlikely to be possible (he isn’t exactly far away, but still in a different country)

If this is useful, I am Dutch, the university is in the Netherlands, the advisor has a Germanic mother-tongue and is now in Germany. (I think)

Hi I am a graduate student in HEP-TH ~ String, looking for summer school in QFT. I think the idea of the summer school is a compact education for materials usually not taught in class/covered in books and are mainly frontier of the research.
Does anyone know how to find the schools?

As examples, last year in Brazil there was the Bootstrap school and this summer in Indiana there will be a summer school on CPT and Lorentz violation.


ps: i have looked but that is more exclusively for strings, not much for formal QFT stuff.

I’ve been working as a research assistant at a fairly reputable lab for about 1.5 years now (it will be two full years come November.) My field of study is Cognitive Neuroscience.

I plan on taking the GRE in November, and I’m confident I will score highly on it.

(Aiming for at least the 95th percentile.)

My undergrad GPA was quite low.

I completely bombed my first year and a half of undergrad, and ended up with a 1.33 GPA the second semester of my Sophomore year.

(I’ll add that I also chose my courses terribly, instead of getting my general education requirements out of the way I took Psychology courses that were not even relevant to what I want to do, and usually skipped them).

I almost got kicked out, but I appealed and committed to getting my life together. By graduation I managed to raise my GPA to a 2.85.

I excelled in the advanced courses within my major, and developed great relationships with the faculty. My GPA within my major is probably closer to a 3.2, I haven’t calculated it yet from my transcript. I really can’t understate how badly my first two years went.

My issue is I’m having difficulty narrowing down a list of PhD programs to apply to. I’m uncertain how much my work experience offsets my low undergrad GPA. Obviously I want to apply to the best possible programs, but I also don’t want to waste potentially hundreds of dollars applying to schools I have no shot of being accepted to.

One of my top-choice schools, as of now, is the University of Washington.

Am I deluding myself hoping that I could be accepted there? I plan on meeting with some of my former professors/undergraduate advisor soon, as they know my history and can most likely offer the best advice, but I figured asking on here was also worth a shot.

this is my question and it would be appreciated if you could provide your opinions.

I am now a first-year direct-PhD student (i.e., without an MS degree) at a public flagship university in the south, engineering subject. I obtained my bachelor degree from a top university in Asia, ranking top 20 in my field over the world. I have published/co-authored 7 journal papers (IF > 4) and 3 peer-reviewed conference papers, so I guess I am “distinguished” (pardon me if it makes me seem arrogant) among peers considering that it’s the first year of my graduate study.Bearing any unforeseen circumstances, I will publish/co-author 20 journal papers (IF > 4) by the time I graduate.

I always want to pursue a faculty position in the top 30 universities in the US, e.g., UT Austin, U Maryland or UIUC, or some better ones like HYPSM. But somebody told me that it’s nearly impossible for the Ph.D. from low-ranking universities (my uni ranks 80-100 nationally) to apply for the positions in top 30 universities. They only hire people from the universities which are equivalent in ranking however excellent you are. So, is that true? Is it possible if I apply for a second PhD program after graduation (MIT, Stanford, Berkeley,etc.)? And if possible, does it help?

Thanks so much!