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answered What is the purpose of an e-book with random verbatim abstracts pulled from journals?
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answered Is it unethical to send unofficial feedback to authors of a paper which I declined to review due to conflict of interest?
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comment Why modern linguistics are descriptive rather than being perspective?
It's worth trying to clarify the question as well before posting it elsewhere. It's not clear what you mean by the distinction between "descriptive" and "perspective".
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comment How much does an undergraduate degree matter for an academic career?
Keep in mind that success rates for academic job applications are usually tiny. I don't know about your field, but for mathematics candidates in the U.S., you're doing impressively well if you get offers from ten percent of the universities you apply to. Getting turned down is the default, even for positions that are truly appropriate and a good fit, so you should try not to take it personally.
Feb
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comment Ratio of applicants to jobs for engineering professor or assistant professor
What are you measuring by the 1:6 ratio? That your institution graduates six students who are looking for academic jobs for each person you hire?
Feb
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comment Undergraduate thesis main author credit and prestige
Interesting, I was imagining an individual project, but the question is equally valid either way. The typical focus here is graduate studies, but your question involves the same issues (so I wouldn't consider it off topic personally). The main difference is that a Ph.D. thesis is required to include innovative content, while an undergraduate thesis might but could also be more expository or work out other people's ideas. This puts you in a more awkward situation since people might be more willing to believe it's really all your advisor's ideas.
Feb
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comment Undergraduate thesis main author credit and prestige
The plural pronouns sound like this is a joint thesis with one or more other students. Is that what's intended? In formal academic writing people sometimes have concerns about using the first person singular too much, and I wonder whether that's what's going on here, but "how to deal with our advisor who only got us as his advisees because..." really sounds plural.
Feb
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awarded Enlightened
Feb
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comment How much weight does the tripos III carry for further PhD admissions?
I don't know the Cambridge admission policies regarding the Tripos. In general I think it's a very worthwhile program and a wonderful learning experience, just not ideally suited to building credentials for US graduate admissions (because of the timing issue). By the way, your application might still look stronger even if you can't get letters from Cambridge faculty, because it will include your senior year accomplishments as an undergraduate (and any bad grades from earlier will be further in the past).
Feb
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awarded Good Answer
Feb
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awarded Nice Answer
Feb
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answered As a department head, what to do if a professor leaves without giving out grades?
Feb
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comment Are US PhD admission offers binding?
@Mehrdad: In my experience U.S. departments (at least the ones I've been at) actually admit students, and don't just make recommendations to the university. Once the department makes an offer, everything is official and no further approval is needed. If there needs to be any verification that the choices comply with university rules or are acceptable to the administration, then this happens before the offer is sent out.
Feb
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comment Are US PhD admission offers binding?
It's a good point that an offer could be made by mistake, but as far as I know this has always been caught quickly. (I don't know of any case in which a mistake was caught a week later. It's generally the same day, or occasionally the next day.) If you've had an offer for a week and corresponded with the department about it, I think it's safe to assume it won't be rescinded as a clerical error.
Feb
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answered Are US PhD admission offers binding?
Feb
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revised Is it a standard practice of tenure and promotion committee to ask for review reports of some published papers of the one evaluated?
removed commentary about whether this is an invasion of the researcher's rights (not needed for the question)
Feb
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comment How much weight does the tripos III carry for further PhD admissions?
I don't think this is a duplicate of these previous questions. Math Ph.D. admissions practices are somewhat different from those in many scientific fields, and the Tripos is really a special case (far more prestigious and demanding than any other such program in mathematics). I think a student could study all three previous questions and still legitimately have no idea what the answer to this one is.
Feb
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answered How much weight does the tripos III carry for further PhD admissions?
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awarded Guru
Feb
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comment Which free online academic plagiarism checker is closest to Turnitin?
This question doesn't seem answerable in its current form. What do you mean by "closest"? Are there specific features you are looking for that Turnitin has but some free programs do not? Is it a judgment of overall quality (with Turnitin setting the standard)? Are you trying to run your work through another program to discover whether you have anything to fear from Turnitin?
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