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What is the best way to solicit teaching feedback from students (before the class is over)?

I sent my students a feedback form (I'm a TA) and I got three responses. While they were helpful and informative responses, I am not sure how to interpret them, because there are only three of them ...
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During recitation sections, should I ask students for help in coming up with the answer?

Typically when teaching recitation sections (in lower level applied math classes), I bring a problem or two, and ask students to fill in the steps in the solution. Usually 4 or 5 people (out of ...
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Changing PhD Programs/Universities and the gap between

If one plans to quit one's current PhD program and apply to other PhD programs in other universities, is it recommended that one tries to get to the new program as fast as possible? Waiting could make ...
2
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2answers
165 views

Which math departments in the U.S. have people known for their contributions to Lie-admissible algebras?

Which math departments in the U.S. have people known for their contributions to Lie-admissible algebras? (I asked this question on Math SE, but it was voted off-topic there. I hope it's not too ...
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Importance of the average mark [migrated]

I'm doing my master's degree in computer science in a university in Germany. Unfortunately, I'm not one of the best students; my average mark will be around 2.8. How important is the average mark ...
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29 views

BibTeX by the Wikipedia references

I am a Ph.D. candidate, and I am writing my thesis. I have chose to use BibTeX (because Google uses it, and it is easy to find), but not always. The example is when I use Wikipedia, I find the ...
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254 views

Explaining Math in Academic Papers

In any academic paper dealing at least in part with math, the authors have to make a choice how much explanation to actually give the math. It can range from pretty much no explanation: Given a ...
5
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2answers
204 views

Informal offer before any recommendation letters have arrived

A person I know applied for a time-limited position (i.e. a post-doc) somewhere in western Europe. Xe gets invited for an interview. The next day, xe receives an informal e-mail, We will recommend ...
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158 views

Does research require a certain kind of personal abilities or is it a matter of hard work?

I've failed to finish my master thesis, I thought this was attributed to the minimal supervision of my adviser - he/she wasn't an expert in the domain of thesis and didn't give me any kind of insights ...
2
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2answers
133 views

Should all voluntary self-identification forms for faculty positions be filled?

When applying for a faculty position, usually there will be an request to fill a self-identification form about things like race and disabilities. The request will mention that it is a “voluntary” ...
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0answers
64 views

Reapplying in graduate school after disciplinary dismissal [on hold]

recently i got dismissed from my grad school because of improper citation in a course paper. I would like to apply again for other grad schools. Can anyone tell me what is the possibility I have to ...
11
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5answers
632 views

Running out of Algebraic Symbols

I'm currently writing my thesis in computer science. My work contains a large amount of equations to do with linear algebra, data transformations and calculus. On receiving feedback on my first draft ...
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0answers
68 views

The exam time was less than the students expected

Some time ago, a course I visited had final exams, and the time announced to the students in advance was 3 hours. Rather shortly after the students began to write, it was announced as a clarification ...
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1answer
23 views

How can I cite an company website using IEEE style?

I would like to use some information about the MathScript RT Module RT module, found at the link: http://www.ni.com/labview/mathscript/ This might not be standard so I cannot find any example online. ...
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128 views

Should a scientific paper have copyright?

Should a scientific paper have copyright? I guess not. It seems to me that science and copyright are not compatible. Let's say I wrote a very important paper in, say, cell biology. Suppose I have ...
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2answers
123 views

A case study on copying a part of another person's paper to your own paper without mentioning the source [on hold]

Here's a quote from the paper: Stimulus-triggered fate conversion of somatic cells into pluripotency Nature 505,641–647 (30 January 2014) ...
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2answers
123 views

What are the common signs that a graduate interview has been a success or a flop

I am not familiar with the graduate interview process. Are there signs during and after the interview that student will be able to tell whether he or she will be accepted or rejected in into the ...
3
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1answer
110 views

What to do when you have small yet additional results to a submitted paper?

Suppose I finished work on a manuscript and submitted it to a journal. After X weeks, I suddenly realized I can prove one of the conjectures I left open in the concluding section. It seems that X is ...
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0answers
19 views

How can I get ceramic composites at a low price? [on hold]

I am a graduate student at Utah State University. I am currently carrying out my research in solid mechanics at high temperatures, with applications geared towards the aerospace and nuclear ...
3
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1answer
132 views

Master Thesis topic after someone did it in another language

I picked a very unique topic for my Masters Thesis, only to find out that there is a Dissertation on the same topic, from 2008, in French. No other books have been published on this topic. \ Ugh... I ...
2
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1answer
113 views

What is 'academic identity'?

I've heard the term 'academic identity' used a fair amount. Although initially it seemed like a simple concept, there are many papers on the subject and no-one seems to have a concrete definition. Is ...
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2answers
182 views

Figures of Merit (Erdős number) in Resume/CV

I've noticed recently that colleagues, friends, and others seeking employment, have shown, among other things, their Erdős number on their resume/CV. I've also seen some put down their h-index, or ...
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1answer
122 views

Feeling like I wasted 6 months on a side project that won't benefit me

I'm doing an MSc in Electrical Engineering. In about August of 2014 my supervisor approached me, asking if I would be able to finish off a project someone else has started since I was the only one ...
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1answer
74 views

What are acceptable “relationships with referees”?

I am applying for a job and need to give referees, and their relationship with me. I am not sure how to phrase things. My referees are: A colleague in my department I publish with A previous boss in ...
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0answers
28 views

Phrasing for one current fellowship and one previous fellowship

I'm receiving support from Fellowship X, and previously I received support from Fellowship Y. I want to write on my website I am fortunate to be supported by Fellowship X. Previously, I was ...
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1answer
94 views

Math Undergrad Wants to do Master's of Statistics

BACKGROUND I am a Canadian who is just finishing my undergraduate studies in mathematics. I enjoy mathematics, but I have recently realized that I would rather study statistics in graduate school, ...
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2answers
563 views

Is it OK to add extra paragraph to a paper during the proof stage?

My math paper recently got accepted and I was told that I will be sent a proof soon. It's just four lines I want to add.. is it OK to add it to my paper? It's additional explanation of something, and ...
3
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2answers
82 views

How does one become an Affiliate Professor?

I've noticed that several faculty members (both in my institution and beyond) are affiliate professors in some other institutions (beside being a professor in their own institution, of course). What ...
5
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1answer
49 views

What is an “L.Mgt” qualification?

I'm a software engineer in the process of building an information system for a UK university, and one of the staff members' (whose details I have to house in the system) highest qualification level is ...
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0answers
42 views

Would it be an “academic paper” to write an essay to discuss, compare and propound results of some scientific methods? [on hold]

I have implemented some methods of a new computer science field. I need to report my working as an academic paper and it would be much better if it is a significant and publishable paper. To compose ...
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2answers
29 views

Harvard citation style: Is it “…as mentioned in Author (year)…” or “…as mentioned in (Author, year)”?

I know that you can distinguish two ways of referencing scientific work in the Harvard (or author-year) citation style: You cite the idea or work in general: "Recently, a new approach for SOME ...
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0answers
12 views

How do I reorder notes in readcube? [on hold]

My question relates to readcube's ability to have notes on the side of your pdf. The only problem is that it throws a timestamp on it and it doesn't arrange them by page, but in the order you made ...
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0answers
24 views

Physics summer internship 2015 (for foreign students) [on hold]

I am searching for summer internship for undergraduate foreign students inside US or any European country, by the way I was applied on CERN and Fermilab forms ?!
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1answer
519 views

How to become a journal editor?

Being an editor of a journal can be time-consuming, but has obvious benefits (especially if one enjoys reading and reviewing manuscripts). So I expect many academics have a desire to become an editor. ...
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8answers
2k views

How to show extreme gratitude in an email?

When contacting universities, in many cases, I find the replies to my emails extremely well detailed and helpful, therefore in such cases I find a simple "Thank you" to be just insufficient. For ...
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1answer
393 views

How to respond to PhD offer emails politely

So it is the season where PhD offers are doled out (for US universities anyway). I am lucky enough to have received a number of offers via email. These typically comprise of a polite email from a ...
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1answer
36 views

Can my Specialist degree be equalized to Bachelor degree?

I have graduated from Russian university after 5 years of education and got a Specialist degree (Engineer in Computer Science). According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specialist_degree), ...
4
votes
1answer
105 views

What is “paper bidding”?

I am currently preparing for the submission of my first paper to an academic conference and I've just seen this table of important dates: What is "paper bidding"? Why is that before the submission ...
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7answers
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Some possible ways to respond to a student complaining about not having enough time on exam

A student emailed me after a recent exam, complaining about not having enough time to finish the exam. Out of all the students, most managed to finish within 2/3 of the provided time. I wonder what ...
9
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1answer
2k views

Is it a good idea to name some mathematical objects after my thesis advisor?

I am doing my Ph.D. thesis in mathematics. I am wondering if it is a good idea to name some mathematical objects after my thesis advisor. The two objects I have in my mind are: A representation, ...
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27 views

String s2 is being skipped. [on hold]

import java.util.Scanner; public class FinalGradeComputer { public static void main (String[] args) { Scanner keyboard = new Scanner(System.in); String s1, s2, s3, s4, s5, s6; ...
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0answers
14 views

How to cite a reference of a study that appears in a review paper [duplicate]

I am actually writing a review paper and I am getting a little confused with how to cite some studies. The main problem is when I find a review paper (eg: Smith et al., 2011) that cites a study (eg: ...
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0answers
57 views

Plagiarized Homwork Prompt [duplicate]

I'm currently taking a graduate-level class, and from what I can tell, the professor has explicitly lifted the homework prompts from a course that he took during his graduate work at a different ...
7
votes
1answer
150 views

What should I do if a professor says she doesn't understand my questions in office hours?

I am having difficulties in math, and every time I try to go to my math professor's office hours she always seems annoyed. When I ask her a question she always says something to the effect "I don't ...
4
votes
1answer
239 views

PhD with Master's but without Bachelors

I left University early (during the final year) and was only awarded an associates degree (one level below a full bachelors) in Computer Science. I've been an IT professional for a few years now ...
4
votes
2answers
223 views

I need some code that was made available by a student 15 years ago, but is no longer online. How can I contact someone in the group to get the code?

I need Matlab code of a method to compare it with the results of my proposed method. The method which I want to use happened to be available online by a research group in a university in US in 1997 ...
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2answers
97 views

What are the best online libraries for downloading free Ph.D thesis examples? [on hold]

I just started my Ph.D in philosophy; phenomenology of the body and perception. I'm looking for an online phd-thesis library, from where i can download data as free PDFs. Do you have any suggestions ...
3
votes
1answer
111 views

Is it OK to let somebody know I refereed their paper? [duplicate]

It is not uncommon, especially for narrow fields, that you review papers authored by people that you might, at some point, come to interact with more or less closely. This can range from meeting them ...
5
votes
5answers
880 views

Self-publishing academic book [on hold]

I am an amateur mathematician. I am writing a research monograph in the field of abstract mathematics (general topology, specifically). Should I publish it traditionally or self-publish? There are ...
6
votes
4answers
678 views

How to keep one's focus during discussions, meetings and lectures

I noticed that I have more and more serious problems keeping focused, and despite my efforts to fix it the problem is just getting worse over time. When I'm in a research-related discussion with ...

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