I am enrolled in a new hybrid Business/Mathematics graduate program at a small liberal arts college in the Pacific NW. Since last fall, I have completed 6 of the 12 courses required to obtain my MSc. These were mostly business courses. Now I am at the point where I need to take my mathematics courses in advanced statistical topics.

My intention was to complete the program in 2 years (as per discussions with my admissions counselor), but my advisor has now told me that given the low enrollment, I may be looking at 3+ years to graduate.

Does this situation seem acceptable? I would like to approach a dean regarding this to see if these courses can be offered 1-on-1 or guided-study so that I may graduate in a reasonable amount of time, but am not sure what is the norm in this situation.

To note:

  • There are roughly 10 students in the program. There is no “cohort”,
    and most of the students take only one course per semester, as that
    is what their employer will cover. Because of this, it is unlikely
    that these students will drive significant enrollment to these
    advanced courses in the near future.
  • This is an accredited college. The program is unaccredited (it is not a typically offered program at many colleges). However, all of the other graduate programs offered at the college are accredited.

I have started my master’s degree and I am a fully funded student.
I want to get perfect marks and do my research perfectly.
What steps should I follow to become an outstanding student in my supervisor’s mind?
How can I be a perfect student?
I also have a class with him this semester. I am also doing research with him.

It really does matter to me to have a very good relationship with my supervisor.
Please, give me any advice that you think is useful.

I am currently a fixed income trader and I work 10 hours a day from 5 am – 3 pm. I am a mathematician by education but unfortunately I am not doing much math and programming at my job. So, I try to study an hour during lunch and three hours after work to keep up with my skills and learn more. Specifically, I focus a lot of time in C++, computational mathematics, stochastic calculus / differential equations, and machine/deep learning as a little hobby.

Until I find another job where I actually use my education I feel a bit frustrated with the little time I have during the week to study. On weekends I plan to devote more time to studying but I have to be realistic and relax a bit and have a life.

I guess this post is more for advice as to how I should study and gain as much time as I can to study because now I feel like I am kicking myself in the butt for not continuing my PhD and just walking away with a masters.

My son is interested in classics and is thinking of going to college at a UK school, presumably Oxford or Cambridge. What’s involved in going to one of these schools for a US high school student? Do either have an office set up to bring in foreign students from the US? I’ve also been told that one does not apply to Cambridge, but to one of it’s colleges; this seems very complex. Is it worth the effort?

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’m a student who, due to circumstances beyond my control, is having to take a gap year.
I want this gap year to be productive, however! And would love to engage in citizen science projects/activities. However, given where I live, the citizen science projects and open-lab type spaces are non-existent.

Could I perhaps:

Read a bunch of research papers on a common topic and synthesise a review paper? Do journals publish review papers written by non-academics/amateurs?
I certainly enjoy reading review papers: What sorts of criteria are review papers assessed on for publishing? (I assume that the style and format and referencing follow their preference/convention is a necessity for publishing. But what else?)

In doing so, I’d learn about a topic, how to write a review paper and perhaps being published could be an advantage when I look for research internships in the future?

Does anyone have any other potential endeavours to suggest?
I’ve already shadowed & volunteered in hospitals & performed a few lab experiments. I’m currently looking for something that I could do to genuinely contribute to science and use this gap year as a learning experience.

Thank you!

I’m not sure this is the right place to ask this question.

I’ve noticed that almost everyone I have met is intellectually uncurious. In a world where our daily lives depend on technology that would have been called magic a century ago (cell phones, computers, etc…), it’s hard for me to understand why people aren’t even interested in how it all works. Perhaps they’ve hust gotten used to it – I once I asked a friend if he knew how his computer worked, and his reponse was no, and I don’t care I just use it”.

This lack of intellectual curiosity sadly permeates into academic settings, in my experience. Even my peers who study mathematics and engineering don’t understand my fascination at lightning storms, or an airplane passing overhead,etc. The physics students seem to be pretty curious in general, but I don’t understand. My engineering friends always tell me the same thing “we don’t need to understand it at a deep level in order to build new things with it”.

I thought kids were naturally curious creatures? I would guess it’s a result of bad schooling, but i’ve never heard of teachers actively discouring asking good questions.

So what’s going on here? What factors contribute to the apparent lack of intellectual curiosity amongst the general public, but more importantly amongst STEM students.

I`m interested in neuroscience and despite the obvious subjects ( like biology and chemestry ) what other stuff should i learn that will help me become a better neuroscientist ? ( i was once told that i should learn math , pyshics , statistics and computer science . Is that correct ? If yes , in what degree? )

I know that neuroscience is a multidisciplinary subject and the subjects that I should study will depend on what I`m most interested about. But generally speaking , what are some important subjects that a neuroscientist should know?

Ps : Try to answer in a specific way ( eg. Instead of saying just math , be more specific than that – write a topic inside math – )

All help is appreciated . Thanks.

My IDS class has just started today and I am the only student. I have not received any email from the professor and no assignments or due dates. I cannot determine if he is waiting for me to show that I am independent, or if he is just very busy.

We had a 1 week break between semesters, and during that time I have solved some problems from the textbook. Now I am trying to determining whether I should type them up and email the to my professor today.

On one hand, I want to show my professor that I am motivated and can work by myself. On the other hand, it is not my intention to put pressure on him to grade my work right away; maybe he was expecting to deal with me only 1-2 weeks into the semester. What should I do?