The one who helps students to select courses or an academic major, engages in short term and long term educational planning, assists to prepare the thesis necessary to obtain the degree; or a person who advises internship students on training in industry.

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How do I tell my PhD advisor that I'm about to start medications that impair my cognition?

So I'm bipolar, and earlier this year my doctor put me on antipsychotics. They made it really hard for me to think, and my advisor expressed frustration with me not doing calculations fast enough, ...
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Is it better to join a PhD or opt for a job in public sector/government? [on hold]

I have completed my undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. I had done my master's thesis at a famous university in my country as a part of my curriculum. Now I am working in the same ...
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Why is it so hard to convince professors to write recommendation letters for me?

I am trying to shift graduate schools to change subjects and over the last year I have been studying the new subject in my current graduate school. I have good grades and in collaboration with a few ...
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Advisor asking me to do review work after my PhD is finished

In the question Is it common to review papers assigned to your supervisor?, it is answered that it is not uncommon for the advisor to ask a student to review a paper. I was ok with it during my PhD ...
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Is it common practice in the US for students to propose master thesis topics themselves, or do labs have a list of topics to pick from?

I'm currently doing a masters in electrical engineering (image and video processing, machine learning, etc.) at a renowned European university. For my masters thesis, I'd like to go to the US (or ...
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How to finish my PhD dissertation before funding runs out?

I am in the 4th year of my PhD and still has no paper published. I am working on my first ... but it has taken a long time because I had not been very satisfied with that piece of work and had been ...
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Two years into my PhD program, and Mom is dying of cancer. Should I tell my advisor about it?

I just finished my 2nd year of PhD, and my mom has been dying of cancer since the end of my 1st year. She nearly died in January but thankfully pulled through. She was just diagnosed again a few weeks ...
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The university does not want me to include my advisor's name on my PhD dissertation [on hold]

My advisor is leaving academia and I will graduating and writing a dissertation on the work that I have done in his lab under his supervision. I have no problem to include him on my dissertation but ...
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How should I inform my advisor about struggles with Aspergers syndrome? [duplicate]

Although similar questions have been asked before, I hope this is not a duplicate as I'm not asking about whether I should inform my advisor (that's already decided), but how and when to do it. My ...
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How to assign authorship when publishing with Bachelor's and Master's students

The usual recommendation I have read here is that when you publish together with a (PhD) student of yours, the student should be first author, and the supervisor will be second author. Although this ...
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PhD advisor has stolen all my work [closed]

I am specializing in astrophysics and a very sincere friend of mine just notified me that my PhD advisor has submitted three of my thesis works to various journals, including ScienceMag under her own ...
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First-authorship was taken by my Master's supervisor; how to strengthen my PhD application?

I have two papers in CS published during my Master's studies. The idea, the experiments and the writings were done all by myself, but my previous supervisor took the first-author place forcibly. I ...
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What can I do if I want to publish my PhD thesis work as is, but my advisor wants months of additional work?

I recently completed my PhD thesis with minor corrections and I presented most of the data in international conferences (posters and talks). Now I am focused on writing up the data for publication in ...
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Is Ph.D. the right choice for me? [closed]

I am a fresh MSc graduate and now I have to decide what to do in my life. I've always thought taking a Ph.D. but during my MSc thesis many doubts came in my mind. The topic of my thesis was quite ...
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How to deal with advisor who wants me to submit dissertation on time even though there's a major problem?

I'm on my last month before the deadline to hand in my dissertation. I found a severe problem with the work that renders it pretty much pointless and I pointed out to my advisor that I would need ...
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Can PhD students do summer internship or work part time in US [closed]

I am a PhD student in a engineering discipline in US. My advisor has no funding and I have to be TA in Fall, Winter and spring quarters.I would like to know do you guys know would that be OK if I work ...
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Is it rude not to take a course with your adviser?

This semester I need to take a course that is offered in two sections, one of which will be taught by my M.Sc. thesis advisor. The problem is that I personally prefer to take the course with the ...
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How to leave graduate school without pain

I am an international student in one of the top universities in Canada. The graduate admission in Canadian university is a little bit different from other countries; if you want to pursue Phd, you ...
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First meeting with my PhD supervisor [closed]

In my country, the graduate school and department assign you to a supervisor based on your research and specialization. After admission, you are expected to formally meet your supervisor. I never ...
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How can I help my advisor not lose face when changing from a thesis to non-thesis program?

I am a comajor masters student who is experiencing difficulties in timely responses from my advisor. It has taken an average of almost 4 months for me to get feedback each time I have received ...
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Am I obligated to work on a project unrelated to my thesis because PI asked me to?

My principal investigator (PI) got a grant from a company and wants me to work on this. However, this is not related to my thesis at all and we might not be able to publish anything on this. My ...
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Is it appropriate for a student to have an advisor who is also a family member?

We know that family can have a lot of impact on academic direction of a student, but is it appropriate for a student to have a supervisor/advisor who is also a family member? For example, a dad might ...
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Grant fraud, should I bust my PhD advisor?

For obvious reasons I will try to maintain some anonymity here. So I defended my thesis. Which was funded through a government grant. In order to obtain this type of grant, a professor needs to ...
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How to choose new advisor when advisor suddenly leaves in middle of PhD?

I did research and advanced in the proposal, but suddenly my advisor left the university. They said that I must choose a new adviser. I know some general criteria about selecting an advisor. could you ...
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My advisor escalated things after not getting a coauthorship he did not deserve

I am a 3rd year PhD Student (Computer Science, India). I have two advisors, one internal and one external. The internal advisor has no knowledge of my area and he doesn’t care what I am doing. He has ...
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How to ask for a co-supervisor? (master's program etiquette)

I'm finishing up the first year of my master's program, heading into the second starting September. I had proposed a topic to my (then potential, since confirmed) supervisor in October and we agreed ...
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“Professors do talk, you know” - What exactly does that mean?

This is a phrase that I have heard on multiple occasions, both on this forum and in real life. But what exactly does that mean (in reference to talking about students)? When I hear this, I can't help ...
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As a grad student how to approach a possible breakthrough research?

I am in this peculiar position whereby I started off my grad school in subject X and got very boring projects in it and eventually around my 3rd year I started studying a new subject Y (partly ...
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Potential PhD supervisor expressed interest, then didn't follow up about meeting. Should I continue with admissions process or move on?

After a Skype conversation and several correspondences with an Irish professor, the professor wrote that he will take me as PhD student. Although we had agreed on which project to work on and we ...
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Path to US board certification for international medical doctor

I would like to get a board certification in order to practice is US as a doctor. I am graduating in October in Italy and I am aware that before getting a residency in US I should pass USMLE exams ...
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How to ask summer research advisor for publication?

I'm an undergraduate currently doing summer research with an REU program. I feel that the research we've done this summer is publishable (although what do I know), and I'd like to do that, especially ...
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PhD completion hanging in balance [closed]

I am a Bioinformatics PhD student at a US university. I left the university (stopped enrolling after informing my advisor) in Aug 2014 since I was not making much headway with my research for a long ...
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Strategy for applying to PhD in the US

My question was originally designed to be very related to this one. However, I have continued to write it because it has a second part. I am currently sending email to PIs in order to know if they ...
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How to approach a research group for potential PhD advisorship

Here is the situation: I am looking for a PhD in a field somewhat different from the field of my previous studies. I have several research groups in this area in mind and they have a very large number ...
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How to make my work publishable if my supervisor isn’t any help?

I just finished a bachelor’s degree in applied maths. The thesis was designed to be a fairly formulaic implementation affair of an (obscure) NP-problem, but I happened to develop a novel heuristic ...
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Why should students be asked to register for a co-supervisor? [duplicate]

The university where I'm doing my PhD is asking me to register a co-supervisor. However, I don't really know the role of co-supervisor. What exactly is it for? Does it mean that for every ...
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PhD Scholarship Top-up

If I receive a large scholarship (i.e. greater than $20,000), should my supervisor top up the award? If so, do I simply ask my supervisor, or is a top-up seen as a "gift"?
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How to deal with a PI who is erratic in decision making?

This question was actually asked previously, but it went on hold. So I simplified to make it visible, as I need a quick advise. I am an international graduate student, currently working in a lab for ...
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Is it offensive to ask my PhD advisor for permission to record our research/technical discussions?

I will be joining a graduate program in the US this fall. To keep track of important technical/research discussions with my advisor, I think it would be a good idea to record conversations with my ...
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Advisor/PI keeps changing his decisions about funding [closed]

I am a graduate student in one of the US universities. I have been working in this lab for 2 months now. As an international student, I had spent lot of money paying tuition for 2 semesters. I didn't ...
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How committed should I be to a specific research area before and shortly after I enter a doctoral program?

I am an electrical engineering undergraduate student and entering my final year of study. I plan on applying to doctoral programs in the field of power engineering. Specific advice from the field ...
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Supervisor seems to be abusing me?

So I'm a summer student at a lab and I feel thoroughly abused and I just wanted to know if this was normal. I only have a two-month summer this year as a medical student and I wanted to do some ...
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How is a research direction determined between a graduate student and their advisor?

My question applies to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math disciplines (STEM). Q: By what process does a graduate student determine his or her research direction? (Assume that the graduate ...
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PhD Supervisor Issues

I am currently near the end of the first year of my 3 year PhD. Unfortunately my experience has been very very disappointing. Well when I started the program, I was full of passion and enthusiasm for ...
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Is it ethical to send my research proposal to a potential supervisor, when another professor has accepted to be my supervisor?

I have contacted a professor and he accepted to be my PhD supervisor, but he want me to finish the application procedure by September. The institution that I am applying for is not in my home country, ...
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Good questions for a student-advisor compatibility test

There are online a good amount of tests aimed to assess "compatibility" between two persons in a given life or work commitment situation; for instance, between coworkers, roommates, lovers, ...
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What should I do if my advisor won't give me input into my own projects?

I am a third year PhD student, and since joining my advisor's lab, I feel like I have made very little intellectual contribution to any of my projects. My advisor tells me exactly what to do, rarely ...
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Justifying sub-optimal research quality by lack of supervision

When starting a Ph.D. position, one naturally expects that there should be some kind of supervision of his work. That is, their advisors should be aware of the state-of-the-art and be willing to sit ...
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Who will be my final adivsor? [closed]

I am presently a third year graduate student. I am currently being supervised by professor A. Recently, I am co-supervised by professor A and B. Now professor A decides to leave, and if I graduate in ...
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Transferring to a PhD program I had been previously admitted to

I will be beginning my PhD (in a field that's halfway between social sciences and humanities) in the fall. During my application cycle, I was admitted to all three of my top choice programs, and was ...