I am currently a 3rd-year undergraduate majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Till now, I have co-authored one paper for the reputed conference and another paper which I have authored is under review process in the journal. I am also working on another paper. I want to pursue MS in the USA and the main reason for my concern is my current CGPA (8.00/10).
Do top universities mainly focus on undergraduate CGPA (more than that of publications)? Or they have equal importance?

Currently I’m a student at one of the russian universities which obviously requires me to write theses and similar academic papers in Russian. Most russian universities (and CIS unis, in my observation) follow locally modefied versions of Soviet thesis structure guidelines. In my writing I regularly rely on English-language papers from JSTORE and the like, but one particular thing I’ve noticed is that the structure of those papers was, though logical, nontheless depended on a given author, even in cases when authors work and publish their papers in the same uni. In other words, I couldn’t track a hint of more or less universal structure across multiple papers. Such practice is very uncommon in post-Soviet countries, as structure here is explicit and tengible (for example, paragraphs within introductory chapter are clearly defined and have comparable composition across the majority of papers in CIS countries).

Back to my main question. Are there any official guidelines which students/researchers are compelled to follow within a solitary uni or a cluster? Can you point out to a resource that can shed light upon academic writing tradition in English-speaking and/or European countries?

I’m currently studying software engineering for 1,5 year. I will need 2,5 more to finish it because I did bad in first year. I’m not sure whether I’m doing bad because I don’t like it or because I don’t like the way teachers are behaving. They are behaving as if they were gods, most of them are arrogant and for several times I’ve failed some exams because of something that I wouldn’t think of a good reason enough to fail someone (calculation misstep for example).

I was an all A’s student and I’ve participated in numerous extracurricular activities. Now, I don’t think I want to be a software engineering. I’m losing all of my ambitions and it’s like I’m living a completely different life. I want to change this.

The biggest problems are that if I fail I do not have money to study anything else and I am under lots of stress from all of this, which is impacting my health.

Is there a way to stress less and do better at school I absolutely hate?

Edit: I study in a foreign language.

I am a third-year bachelor student, studying electrical engineering in The Netherlands.

Last year, I signed up for an extracurricular program offered by my university that offers a separate research project and gets you extra credits. I was enthusiastic when I signed up, however, after some time my enthusiasm dwindled.

There are two main reasons for this:

  • I was not as interested in the subject of the research as I thought I was.
  • The course itself is poorly organized, proving little to no useful information to its participants and with my mentor even forgetting that I was enrolled in the program.

After some consideration and discussions with some professors, I have decided to drop that program and pursue my personal projects instead. However, I can’t help but feel that by doing that, I am intentionally putting myself into a position of disadvantage. As I want to do my Master’s degree afterwards and find a good job, I feel that I should pursue such a project anyways even though I do not enjoy it for the sake of having it on my CV. In a way, I am also afraid to disappoint my professors and my parents, as I am generally regarded as a good student and a lot is expected of me.

Should I drop the program, and what are the long-term consequences of doing so?

I am studying My master of science Biotechnology in Norway,I am a international student , I am completed my 60 credits in 3 years in Norway university, But its 120 credits course. Remaining,I have to do my 60 credits thesis . .But Norway universities allow only 3 years for
International master studies.I would like to do thesis some other country in europe or someother university anywhere, Its possible to do my thesis like that?

I have a couple of offers for my bachelors thesis in computer science (machine learning, to be precise). The options are such that one is interesting work at a not-so-well-known institute (in my home country), while the other is at a better institute (foreign university) with less interesting work. What is more important given that I want to pursue research in future in terms of masters / PhD?

Please note that I have only provided the information below to give context, so that if someone is interested in having more information before answering he/she can do so by reading below. This is NOT meant to be a “shopping” question where one asks others to make the choice. The information exists only to provide context for those interested.

Some context in this regard (optional details):

In my final year, my university allows me to pursue my undergrad thesis at any university / research institute where I can find a professor willing to advise me.

I have a couple of offers for my thesis in this regard. One is at a not-so-well-respected institute in my home country (India) with a great professor. I call him “great” based on his publications – most of them are in top notch conferences, and his projects also seem very interesting to me.

The second is in Germany, at a slightly better known institute (again, not very well known). The professor and my potential supervisor seem to do good research, but their publication record is not as good as the first professor mentioned above. And while their project is interesting, I don’t find it as interesting as the project above.

So I seem to be faced with the question of choosing between quality of work and the reputation of the university. On the one hand, option India provides me with interesting work and the recommendation from a professor who has a strong publication record. On the other hand, option Germany provides me with foreign experience on my resume and a potentially bigger name to throw around, along with a recommendation from the same.

What should the relative importance of reputation versus quality of work be?

I want to request for scholarship to get masters in electronics.

I’m from Saudi Arabia. I have bachelor degree in general electronics but in the bachelor I didn’t get advanced topics in electronics because half of the program was about pedagogy courses and little electronics so basically I’m the diploma background + my simple hobby in microcontrollers.

I’m at the beginning in microcontollers, I’m moving around communication protocols; like, SPI and I2C. And, didn’t finish the UART.

But, I have to request for masters scholarship now to get the approvement very soon.

My question is which country is the best? Australia or USA, these two countries are the best options. And, which universities are the best?

I’ve been advised to try this forum for an answer, so here it goes.

Due to personal circumstances, I’m currently living in Israel, and I’m considering the possibility of doing a PhD at an Israeli university.

I’m in the social sciences and would likely do research appeals to more left-wing academic (economically and socially), and perhaps the same ones that would be inclined to adopt a BDS stance. My question is: how much should I be concerned about this? If I choose to do this PhD, is the boycott movement likely to hinder my academic career in a significant way?

Since I will be living here anyway for the next three years, the options are not “apply in Europe or the US” vs “do the PhD here”, but rather “do the PhD in an Israeli University or “do something else” (like, remote work, or try to find work even though it seems to be rather tricky to get a work permit for non-Jewish foreigners).

So the question is whether the BDS concerns are important enough to consider delaying beginning a PhD for another 2-3 years, or to try and find some convoluted way to live between 2-3 countries during that time.

I’ve asked a few local scholars and have received mixed responses.

My PhD research will not be conflict-focused, and I’m not sure yet if the PhD topic will have a local component, as I’m originally from a developing country and may have the research focused there.

Thanks in advance