Archive for February, 2013

Some Facts about Higher Study @ USA

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

It’s a burning question of KUETians who are trying/planning for higher study with low CGPA. The USA universities usually put their minimum requirement around 3.00 for MS admission and 3.5 for PhD admission. This is not true always. In most cases, your admission and funding will depend on your overall package.

1) Academic Results
2) GRE
3) TOEFL/IELTS
4) Research Experience (you did it as a part of your undergraduate thesis, so don’t worry about it, just try to have some publications based on that)
5) Co-curricular activities

I saw many students with higher CPGA (>3.5), GRE (>1400 old/321 new) or IELTS (>7.00) or TOEFL (>100) not getting admission to the universities they prefer…

Also I’ve found students with low academic results (sometimes below 3.00) and higher other stuffs (sometimes with low GRE and TOEFL) getting admissions with funding to their desired universities.

Although some people will say it’s not an example it’s exception….But it’s fact..

You wanna know why????? Let’s see the available funding sources for students:

1) RA (Research Assistantship): most and possible in most cases
2) TA (Teaching Assistantship): few and competitive
3) GA (Graduate Assistantship; RA+TA): few and competitive
4) Fellowship: few and competitive
5) Other external and internal funding sources (such as Fulbright or alike)

For an example two students have applied in the same university in the same department to do research with the same professor with different academic profiles?

What do you think who will get funding?
The one whose research interest matches with Professor’s ongoing/upcoming research project. Professors usually expect a student having research experience…..I mean Professor wants you to be an independent researcher….although he will engage you to learn…

[One thing I need to mention based on my experience is that sometimes you will hear from someone like "r e tor/tomar/apnar to valo CGPA nai, tui/tumi/apni higher study korbi/korben kmnne!!!!!!!!!!" Just ignore....]

So my dear fellow KUETians: don’t be frustrated with your low CGPA (but please try to improve your GPA from the beginning of your undergraduate study)….go ahead…Wanna see u in a leadership position in the near future in the field of your interest…

Good Luck!!!!!!!!


~Mottaleb Hossain

Graduate Student, OSE/PA/ECE

University of New Mexico, USA

http://www.unm.edu/~mottaleb77

International Conference on EICT 2013 @KUET, Bangladesh

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Dear KUETians,

Submit your manuscript/research outcome/paper to International Conference on Electrical Information and Communication Technology (EICT 2013),  Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET), Bangladesh.

News and Events

  • Paper submission deadline:
    31 July 2013
  • Noti‑fication of acceptance :
    30 September 2013
  • Camera ready paper submission :
    15 October 2013
  • Registration deadline:
    31 October2013

http://www2.kuet.ac.bd/eict2013/

~Mottaleb Hossain

Graduate Student, University of New Mexico, USA

http://www.unm.edu/~mottaleb77

Student guide for research publications

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Prof. Bernstein’s Student Guide

  • Getting Published [PDF]
  • Writing Advice [PDF]
  • Writing a Paper [PDF]
  • Giving a Presentation [PDF]
  • On Review Practice [PDF]
  • A Students Guide to Precision Writing [PDF]
~Mottaleb Hossain
Graduate Student, University of New Mexico, USA
http://www.unm.edu/~mottaleb77

Major Scholarship/Fellowship information

Sunday, February 17th, 2013
Major Scholarship/Fellowship information for studying abroad at different organizations/countries:
http://www.erd.gov.bd/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=232&Itemid=259
Prospective Scholarship Information for Long Courses:

~Mottaleb Hossain

Graduate Student, University of New Mexico, USA

http://www.unm.edu/~mottaleb77

How to find professors relevant to your research track/interest?

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Many students are struggling to find professors relevant to their research track. But it is very easy to find Professors and openings/available positions in their (Professors) research group.

Just follow the procedures:

Best Engineering Schools According to US News:

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-engineering-schools/eng-rankings

State wise list of Universities: http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ/state/

For an example I consider School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) of Cornell University….

1) http://www.ece.cornell.edu/
2) http://www.ece.cornell.edu/research/ (you will find ongoing research at ECE Department)
3) http://www.ece.cornell.edu/ece/research/optoelectronics.cfm (choose the option which matches your research interest; for an example I’ve chosen Optoelectronics and Nanophotonic Devices, sometimes you will find research centers, just explore)
4) There you will find professors doing research on Optoelectronics and Nanophotonic Devices
5) Explore their profile and find whether they have available research positions or your research interest matches with…
6) http://www.ece.cornell.edu/ece/research/profile.cfm?netid=fr37 (I have chosen Farhan Rana)
7) Now you have Professor Farhan Rana’s profile (most of the time you will find Professors personal web page option in his profile section, it depends university to university web policy)
8) Now go to his research group webpage. http://people.ece.cornell.edu/rana/default.htm
9) You will find several options like research, people in his group, openings etc
10) Now go to openings section. http://people.ece.cornell.edu/rana/Openings/Openings.htm
11) You will see few graduate positions available in his group
12) Now e-mail to Professor and wait for response
13) Tile: Seeking research position in Semiconductor Optoelectronics Group or
Research interest in………….and graduate (PhD) admission..

Dear Professor,

Good morning. I’m very much interested in Optoelectronic Materials and Devices and intend to perform research activities at ECE Department in the graduate level. (I have formally applied for PhD in ECE for the Fall, 2013…..)

Please note that one of my research papers has been published recently at the IEICE Transactions on Electronics (or you are going to publish your research outcome…..)

Due to my eagerness & research interest, I am more than willing to carry out advanced research at ECE Department (or in your group) and add values to the cutting edge research environment under your direct supervision.

(Make it short as possible as you can because professors get lots of e-mail from students all over the world. They don’t have much time to read all of your stuffs.)

14) Wait for response

Apply

Please keep in mind that US professors usually want PhD students…..normally they don’t provide funding to MS students because the research projects run for very long time 2, 3, 4, or 5 years…..first one year (or less) professors will teach you what is research and help you to learn (literature review, lab works etc…)…then he will expect from you…

Most of the professors do not update their profile although they have currently available research positions. In that case search their CV or other related options.

Explore and find your future professors to whom you are going to perform advanced research.

Good Luck!!!!!

~Mottaleb Hossain

Graduate Student, University of New Mexico, USA

http://www.unm.edu/~mottaleb77