I entered my university a year ago. I am enrolled in the master’s thesis program. I wanted to do a thesis , but none of the faculty in my department who do fluid dynamics have an opening for a new researcher in their group. It seems I wont be able to find a thesis advisor in my subfield.
What’s my best option in this situation?
is it possible to transfer schools a year in?

I am studying at a university that provides with a CGPA (as mentioned on mark sheets) but they are not a curve.

The thing is, although my cgpa is 7, I am fourth in the class from a total of 40 students. I am worried that it might be taken negatively when I apply for Graduate Studies. How can share this information across the admissions committee?

I am studying in a not so top university from India. I am studying computer sciences and will be applying for the same.

I have had recently come across this article from Reuters in which it is claimed that based on statistics of chinese students, are notoriously cheating in an organized manner! Honestly, reading more on this, I felt irritated. If this is true, why universities do not take it seriously. I think it would prevent our truly talented and hardworking students to enter good universities because of their mediocre (yet true and honest) resumes, they get disappointed of themselves and they talents remain undiscovered, just because we have trusted a whole community of people who do not respect rules.

  • Why do not universities underestimate this? Doesn’t these people after graduation get the jobs the honest people deserve? Although they might pay tuition but later they absorb in the society and in long term its cost would be more that its benefit.

I have had recently come across this article from Reuters in which it is claimed that based on statistics students of a specific country (you can read its name in the article, I do not want to blame a whole country and meant this as a well known example), are notoriously cheating in an organized manner! Honestly, reading more on this, I felt irritated. If this is true, why universities do not take it seriously. I think it would prevent our truly talented and hardworking students to enter good universities because of their mediocre (yet true and honest) resumes, they get disappointed of themselves and they talents remain undiscovered, just because we have trusted a whole community of people who do not respect rules.

  • Is there some double check procedure to verify students after being admitted?

I have made some wrong decisions during my PhD studies in a US university (let’s call it University X). One year ago, I got another admit(let consider this University Y) when I got admit to University X. I didn’t have fund to join university Y, thats why I got accepted the offer from university X.

Now university Y offered me admission plus funds and I accepted it, even the admission procedure has been completed. I have not transferred my sevis no yet.

After a lot of thinking I have decided that I will not transfer to another university, rather I will complete my PhD here.

How can I email to the graduate director of University Y that I want to cancel my admission there and I do not want to join their program?

I will be graduating with a degree in Software Engineering. I have a 4.0 GPA at this institution (not counting the 3.85 GPA I transferred in with). The institution is awarding me Outstanding Scholar for my degree program/campus/year.

I am seriously considering not walking in graduation. Being on stage in front of people is not my definition of celebration, and I am not a fan of tradition unless there is a logical reason behind it. (I’m an INTJ personality type.)

For the outstanding scholar award, they will be giving me a certificate and honor cords at an awards banquet that is before graduation. Does that imply they expect me to walk? Is it an insult to not do so when they are giving me an award?

Actual diplomas will be mailed sometime after the ceremony in the summer. The ceremony doesn’t cost anything to be a part of (other than the cost of getting a degree :). There are about 20 people graduating this year in my major. I have a sister graduating the same day in a city 8 hours away (and only an hour from home), so most parents/relatives will be at the other graduation anyway. As an alternative to the ceremony, I am thinking of writing thank you cards to the teachers and mentors who were influential in helping me get to this point.

Recently, my state has declared graduate students as employees giving them the right to unionize. The students in the Engineering School are very well compensated. The benefits that we get are

  1. Minimum stipend of 29k$ (which was increased ~3 years ago).
  2. Top tier health insurance plan fully paid for by the University and Engineering School
  3. Deans that largely respect student needs and actively address current issues
  4. Plethora of funding for student lead activities
  5. Free services like legal council, psychiatrist, campus clinique, campus shuttle buses, etc.
  6. TA opportunities are always available for those that need them.

Additionally, my department has a very high standard set forth for us. We have nice offices, the Chair actively addresses our concerns and complaints, funds for student activities and community building, computational resources, and more. The quality of life for students in my department (Applied Math) is quite high.

Lately, we’ve had outside people dropping by to advise us to join a union. The humanities students are largely in support of this movement since they are not compensated as well as the engineering students. In my point of view, there are very few reasons why I can see joining a union will benefit the Applied Math graduate students. Given how well we, the graduate students in my department, are currently treated, what are the advantages and disadvantages of unionization?

I have worked as a mobile dev in a small creative software company for a year, and I’m preparing to apply for CS masters in US as an international student (for AI-related field).

Question: Do you think it’s good idea to use a letter from my employer?

I only have one strong letter from my senior project supervisor and I can’t find another strong (and personal) one from my undergrad university since I’ve never really been close with the rest of faculties.

I think having one letter that talks about me personally (like work ethics) would be great. With this I’d have 2 letters from professors (1 strong, 1 generic), and 1 letter from my employer.

However, I’ve heard that it’s not recommended to use a letter from someone not in academia, especially someone who’s not in the field I’m applying to (more like in business). My current job title is also not related to AI at all, as I’m doing mobile app development.

I’m thinking that since I graduated last year, and didn’t have nice projects to show in my portfolio, the letter from employer will at least demonstrate the work, or fill the gap of what I’ve done in the past year.

Thanks for reading! Any suggestion is welcomed.