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how can I kindly reject PhD students?

I have just begun as an assistant professor in the humanities at a prestigious university, and I am getting more emails from prospective PhD candidates than I can handle, gracefully or otherwise. I am presently a total n00b (read: incompetent at my job) and can't realistically take more than one a year. But I have no idea how to deal with these emails. Any suggestions on how to handle them, from anyone in similar but wiser positions? Agonized details below. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Jun 30, 2014 - 21 answers

academic library access for the independent academic?

I live in the West Midlands, home to a few good university libraries. Unfortunately, none of these libraries offer memberships to community members. My own alma mater, Birmingham City University, does not have an alumni library membership. It's very annoying. I would really like access to SagePub and T&F for journal articles. Can you recommend a university or college in the UK, Europe, or anywhere that offers remote access to their library's databases and where I could buy an annual membership?
posted by parmanparman on Jun 27, 2014 - 15 answers

What to expect at a university comms/marketing position?

I've been hired to be the Director of Marketing for a humanities faculty at a small but prestigious North American university. I've spent the last nine years at a mid-sized national ad agency. I start in two weeks. What should I expect in my new position? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jun 16, 2014 - 22 answers

Four Years in our Nation's Capitol!!! What to do?!! What to do?!!

What should be my nephew check out while he's going to school in Washington, D.C.? [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 on Jun 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Master in Bioengineering at EPFL vs Biomedical Eng. at Imperial College

I summarize this dilema below: I have been accepted at EPFL (Switzerland) for the master in bioengineering with an EPFL Excellence Fellowship and also at the MsS in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London. Both Universities are very well ranked in these areas, as you can see in this bioengineering rank. In most rankings, Imperial College is a few places above EPFL and London is a great city but I would have a really good scholarship if I go to EPFL (18000$ per year) and the tuition is much lower (about 1000$ vs 13000$ at Imperial). [more inside]
posted by tsuwal on Jun 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Posthumous PhD

Do you know of anyone who received a posthumous PhD? How was the graduation ceremony handled? Who accepted the degree on their behalf? And, where were they in terms of their dissertation -- already filed, soon to file with a few revisions, etc.? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on May 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Restaurant Gift Certificate Recommendations at University of Indiana

Our nephew will be attending the Kelley (sp?) Business School of the University of Indiana at Bloomington. He will not have a car, and will be living in the dorms. Mrs. W and I would like to get him some gift certificates to nice eateries within walking distance. What restaurants do you recommend?
posted by wittgenstein on May 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Should I take an extra (extra) year?

Please help me navigate the final stretch of undergrad. Mountain of details (for a relatively small decision) inside. [more inside]
posted by btfreek on May 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Academic Job Dilemma: My PI screwing me over?

I have a staff position in academic research. I received a verbal job offer two and a half weeks ago for a higher position in a different lab, and I gave notice to my current PI (my boss) immediately. I haven't gotten the official job offer yet, and I think my PI might cause me to lose the offer... Also, I'm kind of just freaked out in general and need some fresh eyes. Am I freaking over nothing, or is trouble brewing here? [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on May 11, 2014 - 14 answers

Timeline for graduate housing?

How far ahead should I be looking for graduate apartments? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on May 3, 2014 - 8 answers

Masters in comp sci?

I started my undergraduate career as a math/comp sci major, and did that for two years at two different schools (transferred to a better school after my first year). At my second school, I went through some rough emotional times, and changed my major for several reasons... [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Apr 28, 2014 - 4 answers

You don't usually come to these things...

Want to rejoin the herd at my University hall! Any tips on doing this without seeming awkward and desperate? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Apr 22, 2014 - 7 answers

Migrating to Medicine from Computer Science

I did my Bachelors (in Computer Science) in India and Masters in Computer Science in USA. I now intend to migrate to medical field and aspire to do a PhD or an MD in psychiatry or any other branch of study in medicine. Can anyone tell me if there are any premier institutes in India or abroad that might have my credentials as an eligibility criterion for an admission? Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by godugu on Apr 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Mature student in University with younger student body - how to fit in?

I expect to return to university after a 2 decade absence, to facilitate a career change. What should I expect, socially speaking? [more inside]
posted by thermonuclear.jive.turkey on Apr 19, 2014 - 30 answers

Student loans for certificate program?

What options are available out there in regards to educational loans for certificate programs with a university? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2014 - 5 answers

Not academic now, but academic later?

What should I do now to increase my chances to getting into academia later? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Apr 5, 2014 - 26 answers

What cool events can I attend in the US next month?

I'm involved with an organization at my university that has funds for members to travel to events that are relevant to their interests or fields of study. I'd like to take advantage of this before I graduate in May. So, I'm looking for conferences/events/etc. that are occurring in the United States (no passport) during the month of April. The organization has a pretty large amount of funds left, so let's assume that cost is not an issue. (I mean, nothing crazy. Let's keep it under a few thousand). My interests are many and varied. I'm majoring in geography, so I like maps. I like design, architecture, journalism, web stuff, arts, literature, history, and food. Seriously, I can get interested in anything. Ideally, this event would allow some flexibility so that I can explore whatever place it's in. [more inside]
posted by rensar on Mar 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Demorialized about teaching the the University level

I feel like I am teaching to the lowest common denominator... What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 27, 2014 - 26 answers

Tenure and promotion letters for college faculty

Academics, what is your institution's policy about tenure and promotion letters? Specifically, once the decision to award or deny tenure is made, does a candidate standardly get a letter detailing the committee's reasons? What is the letter like and who reviews it? Looking also for pointers to faculty handbooks where the letter process is described, and links to policies/recommendations from professional associations like AAUP or MLA on this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2014 - 12 answers

Relative and her college parted ways. She needs a new college. Help?

It's a really raw deal, but the point is that she needs to find a new college. She was going to a top-tier school (Ivy League). I'm helping her navigate this next challenge - but where do we start? What are good resources or people to talk to that could help us create a list of attractive and viable colleges? Or, if you have actual college suggestions, that's great too. Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by Anonymousness on Feb 12, 2014 - 36 answers

Non-student Non-professor Attraction

As a late 20s non-student, how do I proceed with my attraction to my late 20s non-professor? Please share your perspective and experiences. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2014 - 23 answers

What is an appropriate level of email communication from a university?

I might be getting a bit curmudgeonly in my graduate student years, but I'm starting to get annoyed at how many mass emails I get from my university. What should I be expecting here, and should I do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum on Feb 4, 2014 - 15 answers

Daily Academic Newsletters

Do you have a daily email newsletter from your university that has a few notable stories and research that the University has done? I am looking to subscribe to daily academic newsletters from American colleges and universities. Something that goes out once a day, Monday-Friday, with something like a research story, a spotlight on a faculty member or student, notable news about the university, and things like that. I'm just looking for a link to the signup page. Thank you!
posted by cashman on Feb 4, 2014 - 13 answers

Yet Another Law School Question

Please help me decide between business and law school! Difficulty level: I need to decide by Monday and also I'm getting married this weekend and my brain is all over the place OH GOSH SO MANY WORDS INSIDE. [more inside]
posted by jaynewould on Jan 31, 2014 - 14 answers

How do I begin working with a partner on school project?

I've managed to avoid working in school teams or groups since I was nine years old but no more. I have to do a research project to be submitted to journals for publishing with a classmate. Designing and carrying out a feasible project in a semester would already be a lot to me, but I need some guidance on how to facilitate the process with a partner. [more inside]
posted by Danila on Jan 26, 2014 - 9 answers

How to list my university on my CV/Resume?

The (state) university I attended was absorbed by a larger state school and the name of the school changed. How should I list this school on my resume - by the name it went by when I attended, or by the new name? [more inside]
posted by Sheppagus on Jan 22, 2014 - 15 answers

College sophomore and switching majors

I am a second semester sophomore, pre-med student who has been reconsidering his options for the past few weeks. My grades in pre-med courses, no matter how hard I try, are extremely lackluster and my GPA in those courses barely hovers over a 3.0 (luckily, this is calculated after only four eligible courses). Furthermore, when I calculated my non pre-med courses I found that I had a 3.8, which was both encouraging (since I go to a top 10 school; I was a little happy that I had a GPA like this) and demoralizing because I've pretty much convinced myself that my academic strengths lie in anything BUT the natural sciences. [more inside]
posted by JYuanZ on Jan 21, 2014 - 17 answers

Quarter Life Crisis + Indecision Paralysis: How to deal & move forward?

I'm a 26 year old female "Commitment Phobe" seeking advice on 1) How to feel ok making a temporary/final decision about what to do with my life and 2) When to scrap, adjust, or follow through on my decisions when the going gets tough? Messy details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Three odd negs?

Lecturer's odd behaviour from the semester is still niggling at me, what was it about? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Dec 28, 2013 - 31 answers

Aspergers Career Paths?

I'm somebody who's classic Aspergers (very focused interests, excellent with little pieces of data, sociable but utterly clueless), who's increasingly aware a lot of jobs revolve around the political side of things, and who's currently tossing up on university courses for future career potential (environmental/geosciences being a current lock). [more inside]
posted by solarion on Dec 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me find the right Master’s Programme specialising in Oil in Germany

Hi there, I’m in a conundrum - I hold a Bachelors Degree in Physics and I am currently searching for a Master’s Programme at a German University specialising in the management of Oil resources and/or the relation to Oil and Physics that I studied. [more inside]
posted by theTrap on Dec 20, 2013 - 3 answers

Etiquette for contacting possible post-doc opportunity

I'm about to finish my PhD this coming Spring in the U.S., and although the funding I received was specifically for creating "practitioners" I'd actually like to sharpen my research and publication skills via a post-doc. The thing is, most researchers in my area are in the U.K. How do I introduce myself to them? [more inside]
posted by absquatulate on Dec 19, 2013 - 5 answers

I might finally come to be worth something to society! Maybe...?

Hi Mefites. I'll be starting an online medical coding and billing course in January ( given by the AAPC), after graduating from a relatively well respected state school with a psychology BA in May and finding out far too late in the game that it would leave me with nil in terms of job prospects. After building up quite a bit of credit card debt and deciding that man cannot live on Hulu and Facebook alone, as I've been doing for six months, I decided to look into opportunities that required relatively little training to get started with, and happened upon medical billing, something that seems to fit me quite well. I'm tempering my enthusiasm however, because no amount of Googling seems to give me a clear sense of my path once the course is over. Help? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Dec 8, 2013 - 4 answers

What to do with my life?

I'm at a crossroads, and I want to figure out a few things: a) What I can do with my interests, in the long run. b) What I need to do in order to achieve my goals. c) Whether I should start undergrad next year. d) What I should do with the next year of my life if I don't start undergrad next year. Long details inside, but if you have a personal story of how you handled these decisions that has nothing to do with my special-snowflakeyness, I'd love to hear it, too. [more inside]
posted by alona on Nov 23, 2013 - 7 answers

I've reached a crossroads

Have completed 2/3 of an undergrad course and want to transfer out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2013 - 13 answers

What do you wish you'd read before you left college?

I'm helping to design a course for college juniors and seniors in the health sciences. What books (textbooks, popular non-fiction, or even novels), articles, essays, and websites would be most helpful for the students as they finish up their degrees? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Nov 12, 2013 - 19 answers

How do get into Science grad school w/an Art undergrad degree ?

I have a bachelors degree in film. I want a Masters in Cell and Molecular Biology. I want to work in a research lab. Getting into grad school in general is a mystery to me, but my special circumstances make it seem that much more impossible...is it? [more inside]
posted by Telomeracer on Nov 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Is Office 365 university for mac able to be bought by teachers?

Hi, I am a high school teacher in the UK (11-18). Can I buy office 365 for mac at (£54) and be eligible to install it? It is unclear about the installation process. I have my school email, bank slips etc. but it is not a .ac address so do I need to get the home and student addition instead? Don't want to waste money either way! Thanks
posted by starrjenny on Oct 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Letter of recommendation from department graduate?

I'm considering applying to an MS program in statistics at a competitive school. A guy I've worked with holds a PhD from the statistics department at that school, and I think he'd give me a pretty good recommendation if I asked him for one. But I'm unsure whether or not that's a good thing to do, as this fellow isn't a professor. [more inside]
posted by mf_ss on Oct 14, 2013 - 8 answers

When did laptops become a standard purchase for college?

That is, when did the vast majority of US college students/their families start seeing laptop computers as a necessary purchase before going to school? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Oct 9, 2013 - 100 answers

Studying in Romania?

I want to study abroad in Romania, but none of the organisations I know about (e.g ISA, CEA, IES) have programs in Romania. Are there any programs out there? [more inside]
posted by acthelight on Oct 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Final-year Marketing student Worries

I am fourth-year student, soon graduating with a Marketing Management (BComm) degree from Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. This University doesn't exactly have an amazing reputation, especially for its Business Management program...It isn't bad, but it isn't great. I think the institution is good and I enjoyed (for the most part) my years here. I'll probably be graduating with a 3.5 GPA. Tell me mefites, how can I improve my chances for meaningful, successful employment when I'm graduating from a university with a lame reputation, a less-than-amazing GPA? [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Oct 6, 2013 - 10 answers

What are some useful directions for grad school?

I'm an engineer with a career in software and I recently finished an MBA from a good school. I'd like to keep the learning going, preferably in something that complements my background, but I don't have any specific direction in mind. I guess I'm hoping that someone might suggest something that's entirely off my radar. What should I be thinking about? [more inside]
posted by mf_ss on Oct 5, 2013 - 7 answers

What's the deal with the MSL degree?

Goes by several names: Master of Studies in Law, Master of Legal Studies, Master of Science in Law. Wikipedia says: "a master's degree offered by some law schools to students who wish to study the law but do not want to become attorneys." I'd never heard of such a degree until recently -- is it present in the public consciousness? I read MBA or MFA and I have intuition for what those involve, but not so much MSL. [more inside]
posted by mf_ss on Sep 27, 2013 - 12 answers

What was it like to be in college on 9/11/2001?

What was it like to live on campus at a residential U.S. college on Sept. 11, 2001? How and when did news spread about the attacks? How did students around you respond? Did people flood outside, gather in small groups indoors, congregate at television sets? Did professors cancel class, or set rigid attendance requirements? I'm interested in generalities as well specifics. What was the mood like on that day and immediately afterward? How did the pulse and the life of the campus alter that day? Especially interested in colleges and universities NOT in communities that were directly attacked.
posted by croutonsupafreak on Sep 26, 2013 - 103 answers

How to get Emory to Rescind Award to Anti-gay Activist?

Emory University is planning to give a distinguished alumni award to H. Eddie Fox, who has been leading the fight against the inclusion and equality of gay Methodists in the Methodist Church (among other accomplishments). Students/staff/faculty are currently mobilizing to have that award rescinded. We have less than a week left. What is the most effective way to pressure Emory to rescind that award? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Sep 22, 2013 - 6 answers

Academia and travel/living abroad

I would like to become a professor but I'm a little worried about picking a spot in the U.S. to live for the rest of my life... [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Sep 20, 2013 - 23 answers

what happens when you fail a dissertation defense?

i got to thinking this question after the recent firing Elizabeth O'Bagy from her think tank gig. O'Bagy had written a wall street journal op-ed that was cited by both Kerry and McCain in talks about possible intervention in Syria. Ms. Bagy's employer fired her for falsely representing that she had a Ph.D, but it seems more complicated than that. [more inside]
posted by camdan on Sep 11, 2013 - 18 answers

Best printer for artists in a networked Mac lab?

What would be the best price-conscious inkjet printer (probably at or below $600 though if that's unrealistic, let me know) that can be networked easily to Macs in a school setting for artistic purposes (think high print quailty in color and b/w, low cost ink refills, possibly a high quality scanner as part of it, ideally able to print bleeds or pages larger than 8.5x11")? I've been told that Epson and HP might be good brands for this, but Brother's been mentioned as well...
posted by vegartanipla on Sep 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Overprotective Dad wonders what should he do?

So my awesome daughter is going to a University 2 days from home, she like myself is very introverted but self conscious... [more inside]
posted by mrgroweler on Sep 7, 2013 - 37 answers

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