People keep telling me that if you can’t get your graduate degree paid for, you probably shouldn’t be getting a graduate degree in the first place. Is that actually true? Do that many schools even offer fully-funded programs anymore? — Less Money More Problems Dear Less Money More Problems, First, there are plenty of fully-funded graduate programs, and most of them are well-established PhD programs. Not all PhD…

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I am an early career academic and have managed to position myself well in a few NIH-funded grants. The problem I am running into is that there is a lot of “dead weight” on the team, especially among the tenured faculty. I completely understand winding down latter in one’s career and I hope one day to be there myself; however, many team members are not meeting their deadlines, which reflects…

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I am admitted in PhD program in UCONN starting from fall 2015. I have to submit top 3 advisors name under whom I want to do my PhD, before starting of fall semester. I emailed some PIs but they are either not accepting students or are not replying at all. What do I do in this case? –J007 Dear J007, First of…

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I got admit to two Universities and I need help to finalize the University. 1. PhD in Human Genetics, University of Pittsburgh. The department provides assistance only for a year. For the following year, the student should seek a position in any lab that helps with his/her funding. 2. MS/PhD in Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, Microbiology: I have to pay a year tuition fee (26,000$). From second year onwards I…

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I have Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science (full time 4 years). I have 9 years of Professional Working Experience in Software Development / Information Technology concentrated on Domain of Retail Industry. My future goal is to Teach IT to Undergraduate/Graduate Students in Public or Private Institutions. Am I eligible for PhD? What should be my plan and next steps? How many years do I need to spend in…

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I am looking to go back to grad school, but I graduated from my undergrad over 3 years ago. I didn’t go straight into grad school, because I was burnt out on school and knew I wouldn’t be able to give it my best effort. But now that I am thinking about going back, I don’t know what to do about recommendation letters. I never really developed a special…

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I have to complete an internship in order to get my Master’s in speech pathology. The department head approved the one I chose when I submitted it to him, but now that I have started the internship and have sent him a few reports, he doesn’t like it any more. He says he isn’t going to make me find a new one, since he approved it, but now he…

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I will be getting my PhD in about 6 months, and I am trying to decide if I should get a postdoc position, or apply straight to faculty positions. I have been in school for so long that the idea of moving again, taking a one year position, and a terrible salary is almost more than I can bear. At the same time, I want to be sure that I am setting myself up for a strong career in academia. Would you suggest that I suck it up and take a postdoc? –Postdoc Plateau Dear Postdoc Plateau, The decision to take a postdoc or full-time faculty position often depends on your progress as a researcher at the end of your graduate studies. Most students will apply to both types of positions because the market for full-time positions is so competitive.

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The GTA for my research class seems like a really cool person. We seem to have a lot of common interests, at least academically that is. He is also pursuing the degree that I would eventually like to pursue. I know we probably should not hang out while he is still grading my work, but is it weird to ask to be friends with the GTA after the course is over? –GTA: Friend Or No? Dear GTA: Friend Or No, College is a great opportunity to make friends and networks at all levels of education. It is not uncommon for undergraduate students to develop personal relationships with graduate students. Graduate students can offer guidance and support on your path to pursuing your graduate degree of interest.

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I have been collecting data for my dissertation for over a year now, and I still do not have enough participants. I have tried everything I can think of from sending the study out on every list serve I am on to Facebook to flyers. Do you have any suggestions as to how to recruit people for an online study? –Data Collection Rejection Dear Data Collection Rejection, The method of data collection for a dissertation is highly dependent upon the type of study being conducted and the population of interest. For instance, if your study’s population of interest is young adults, you may not need to look any further than your own university for participants.

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