Approach Professor for Assistantships

Guys, I am receiving message and email how to approach professor for graduate research/teaching assistantships for MS and PhD in universities of USA. I am putting a piece of suggestion in this blog post just to make my tips public and make it more accessible to all candidates. It is not a perfect suggestion but something, indeed good information, if you don’t have an idea about how to start writing an approaching email. Just check this piece of information. Hope, it would be helpful to you all.

Dr. (Last Name)


(Introduce who you are with your name, your degree [Eg: B. Sc. (Agriculture) from Tribhuvan University, Nepal] with your academic achievement, GRE  and TOEFL score and your working experience if any, in 2-3 lines/sentences and close first paragraph. Make it more formal and systematic. Give impression like you are professional and you are ready to take the opportunity. Don’t make email looks like you were just throwing an email just to check professors, which is not good.) Continue reading

NSFC2016: National Small Farmer Conference Posters!

I have collected posters that I found interesting in National Small Farmer Conference in Virginia Beach, VA (#NSFC2016). Hope some of these might give you research ideas as well as information about various aspects of small farmers! Enjoy the post!!! :) img_1601-1

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How to Recognize Peer-reviewed (Refereed) Journals

In many cases professors will require that students utilize articles from “peer-reviewed” journals. Sometimes the phrases “refereed journals” or “scholarly journals” are used to describe the same type of journals. But what are peer-reviewed (or refereed or scholarly) journal articles, and why do faculty require their use?

Three categories of information resources:

  • Newspapers and magazines containing news – Articles are written by reporters who may or may not be experts in the field of the article. Consequently, articles may contain incorrect information.
  • Journals containing articles written by academics and/or professionals — Although the articles are written by “experts,” any particular “expert” may have some ideas that are really “out there!”
  • Peer-reviewed (refereed or scholarly) journals – Articles are written by experts and are reviewed by several other experts in the field before the article is published in the journal in order to insure the article’s quality. (The article is more likely to be scientifically valid, reach reasonable conclusions, etc.) In most cases the reviewers do not know who the author of the article is, so that the article succeeds or fails on its own merit, not the reputation of the expert.

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