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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Graduate admission offer and supervisor selection

I am a final year undergrad and applied for graduate programs in various universities for Fall'16 admission. I recently got an admission offer from one of the programs. The admissions chair cc'd the ...
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Is it appropriate to buy a “thank you” gift for a MSc supervisor? [duplicate]

I'm about to finish my Master of Science and I was just wondering around this forum and the question "Is it appropriate to buy a “thank you” gift for a PhD supervisor?" inspired me for this question. ...
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Co-advising - how does it work?

I was wondering how co-advising works in graduate school, specifically: Is funding primarily provided by one advisor, or equally shared between two advisors? Does the student work on two separate ...
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Should I quit my PhD for a lecturer position? [closed]

I have started my PhD in fall 2015, now we've just started the second semester, however, since I started I wasn't feel that I'm so keen. I was looking to find some job, and stay some time take 1 or 2 ...
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Advisor unresponsive after agreeing to introduce me - What to do?

I asked a question over here about the best way to go about meeting a prospective PhD advisor (Prof X). It was mostly agreed that I should ask my current advisor (who knows Prof X) to introduce me. I ...
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What questions to expect from Skype chat with potential supervisor for a Masters in Neuroscience?

I am applying to a Canadian University for a Master in Neuroscience. I have contacted a professor and asked for a place at his laboratory even though he only accepts PhD and post-doctorate students. ...
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How do you go about asking your advisor/research assistant supervisor for a week off? [closed]

Spring break is coming up and I plan on taking that week off to go traveling in Europe. Do I ask my supervisor/advisor for permission or do I just inform them that I am doing so? Do I do it via ...
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Supervisor does not ask for opinion of graduate student about an undergraduate thesis that the graduate student assisted with

As a graduate student, I have recently supervised an undergraduate with her thesis work in co-operation with my own supervisor. I took care of the daily in-detail supervision, and my supervisor had ...
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Would a Professor be responsive to a meeting request from a PhD student like this?

I am a graduate school applicant and am considering requesting a meeting with a professor while I'll be visiting a city near their university town. The current e-mail format I have in mind goes ...
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What can I do, if I don't like the proposed research subject by my potential supervisor?

I am supposed to be admitted to a M.A.Sc. graduate program in engineering at a reputable Canadian university. I am now communicating with my potential supervisor about the potential plans for my ...
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Should the PhD proposal be discussed and adjusted by supervisor and student before formal application?

Many social science departments in EU/UK recommend getting in touch with potential supervisors first before submitting a formal application which involves a proposal. Should the applicant approach ...
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Is it a bad idea to change/remove a co-author from a manuscript which is revision?

One of my manuscripts is in revision. The co-authors in the paper are my advisors. Now I had sent the paper to a journal and it is in revision phase now. One of the co-authors has taken a U-turn and ...
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Is writing a grant proposal at the end of Ph.D. a good idea?

I will be getting my Ph.D. in computer science in several months, from a US university. Over the course of my research I have stumbled on a number of interesting directions that I didn't have time to ...
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Submit a new version of my paper if my supervisor only commented on an old, very different version?

As a PhD student, I face the requirement to publish at least one of my papers at one conference from a defined list of conference. In late November, I submitted a "draft version" of my work to my ...
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Can I add my current supervisor name in a conference paper if he pay for me the conference fees without taking a consent from my ex-supervisor?

I have completed my master‘s degree work one year ago under supervisor A, and now I am doing PhD under supervisor B. I have presented a part of my master’s degree work and included supervisor B’s name ...
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How to get big-picture feedback from advisors, rather than just details, during fieldwork

I am a PhD student in the social sciences and halfway through my fieldwork. It recently became clear that my original research project would not work out as planned and significant changes were ...
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What incentives does an advisor have to help PhD students graduate in a timely manner?

I've heard it suggested several times on this site that advisors (especially in experimental fields where the PI may benefit from a cheap, highly skilled workforce) have an incentive to prevent their ...
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Professor asks me if I have other options (to apply). How should I answer?

A professor who agreed to advise me asked, "Have you found any other options?" I interpreted this as him asking if I have applied to other schools. I think he knows that I should spread my application ...
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To senior researchers, how would you view a student you wanted to work with, but who could not?

I am a Ph.D. student and met this senior scientist in a local conference, let's call him Dr. XX. (He is working in a research institute like Bell Lab, not exactly in academia.) We took some interest ...
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How to Start Biomedical Engineering Coadvisement

I am a BME PhD student at a top-tier university with interests in data science applied to medicine (specifically neuroscience). I am currently not able to work with one of the faculty (call him Bob) ...
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I may not be admited to the school that have the professor I have interest in. What should I do?

I have been following a professor whose research I really like. To simply illustrate the impact of his research, let me quote a quote from Quanta Magazine: [He] says he usually gets two responses: ...
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What happens if you don't enjoy your research partially through your degree?

I'm a sophomore at a Canadian university studying mathematics. Since near the end of first year, I've thought about attending graduate school for some mathematics field (this could also be because I ...
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2.5 years into PhD: I discovered that the paper my research is based off of is wrong! What to do? [closed]

Rant/ Looking for guidance / I want to get some outside opinions before I really discuss this with my adviser because the nature of my problem is partly due to my adviser's oversight I am 2.5 years ...
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What to remember when supervising female PhD students?

I have been supervising a female PhD student for a couple of months. She is the first female PhD student I am supervising and got the position on merit. My view is that her gender does not/should ...
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When should one change advisors? When should one keep going? [closed]

I see the continuous growth of research potential as the most important measure of success of an advisor-advisee relationship. I do not think there is the perfect advisor for a person. I see the ...
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Pros and cons about graduate programs [duplicate]

I was accepted into a MSc program at a highly regarded university in my country (let's call it University A). However, I still don't have an adviser: all of the interesting ones are already taken, and ...
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Writing a letter of recommendation for your own, new grad student?

I have a new PhD student who needs a rather large number of letters of recommendation for a fellowship. Normally I would not agree to write such a letter without knowing the student for a longer ...
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Do I need to inform my PI about every single project I am working on?

I feel like my PI doesn't care much about my thesis (as if I already had one), and keeps assigning me several unrelated tasks to support the publications of his postdocs. Even worse, I don't feel like ...
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What to do if you have a troubled relation with your postdoc supervisor? [closed]

It seems my relation with my postdoc supervisor has hit troubled waters after an amazing start. Things started to turn towards the worse since our first publication together, particularly after I took ...
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How can I transfer to a different Ph.D. program after experience with a bad advisor?

I just started my Ph.D. in fall 2015 in a very good, high-ranking school in the United States. However, my advisor and I were not able to work together and I did not like her way of advising, since ...
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My undergraduate research advisor pressures me to work more hours than I want to, but I don't want to risk ruining the relationship. How to proceed?

I am burned out and exhausted and need a place to rant and get advice. =( I am an undergraduate student majoring in Information Systems who was hired a few months ago to work in a Human-Computer ...
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Is it possible to write and defend a dissertation on work for a private company?

I am in an oddball situation where I have amassed a number credits beyond a masters at University in the US. I am currently working in a research setting, but I am aware that without the PhD by career ...
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How should a PhD student deal with an unprofessional and unhelpful advisor, who misses most scheduled meetings?

My advisor is extremely unhelpful and unprofessional. I don't want to get into the details, but suffice it to say he has 0 interest in what he told me to do, and only rarely shows up for scheduled ...
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Should I send a thank you note to the reply of a potential PhD adviser?

I am considering applying for PhD degree. Regarding this I contact many professors to see if they are accepting new students or if I am a good fit for their research group. The responses will be ...
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How can I finish my Ph.D within 9 months (when my funding runs out) when I have few results until now? [closed]

Currently, I'm doing my Ph.D. in Biochemistry in Germany. I'm now in the 4th year. My fund will finish within 9 months. My topic was changed after two years. Actually I was a lazy student with many ...
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What to do when one my co-authors is openly insulting me but the others remain silent?

I previously asked this question Senior co-author is jeopardizing two years of work. I have been trying to address my senior co-author's concerns. However, he is still not happy, and has now started ...
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How to avoid my advisor as a reference? [closed]

I had a bad relationship with my advisor. He told me evidently that he won’t write the recommendation letter for me in the future. Of course, I will not put him in my reference list in my future ...
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Moving between universities for PhD studies

I'm studying for an MSc in Theoretical Physics. I did my undergrad studies at university A. I then moved to another country to do my Masters work at university B. I did my BA thesis with a big name ...
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Applying for PhD position to multiple professors in the same department

I got interviewed by a potential supervisor but she said she couldn’t accept me because I have no research experience related to her projects. I still want to do research in her field; so I contacted ...
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Finding it hard to find a Master's thesis advisor in mathematics, all the professors I've asked say they are too busy

I attend a competitive mathematics department that is very active in research. The downside of this is that it is hard to get any professor to agree to work on a Master's thesis with. I have tried ...
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If I quit my PhD, would it make my advisor look bad?

I am considering quitting my PhD in computer science, because after doing a software engineering internship I realized I enjoy that kind of work much more. My advisor has been very kind to me, on ...
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I had a “quarrel” with my bachelor thesis advisor, should I ask him to be my one of my referees for grad application?

Last year this happened to me : I have asked a professor if he were available for being my graduate thesis advisor, now my bachelor thesis advisor is angry with me After that, I decided to apologize ...
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How to proceed with a supervisor who won't read paper manuscripts? But won't allow submission until they have read them?

I have patiently waited for over six months for my supervisor to review two 30 page manuscripts. They have yet to do so. Furthermore they will not allow me too submit them to journals unless they have ...
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Supervisor doesn't give me a chance to contribute more and gives himself first authorship, how to approach this?

My supervisor proposed a test, just a concept and I designed the experiment and executed the lab work all by myself. After the experiment was done and I presented the data (in nice figures and ...
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I can't trust my supervisor anymore, but have to have his letter of recommendation. What should I do?

Background I did my masters research project with Prof X. While doing this I joined his lab, where he used to ask me to do random tasks i.e. taking part in different projects, conducting lectures to ...
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Is it ethical to request the advisor to share the registration fee for submitting a conference paper?

My advisor and I have decided to present some resent research results in a well-known conference, selected based on our discussions. Now the aforementioned joint paper has been accepted and the ...
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The importance of having a “big name” as your thesis advisor

When it comes to postdoc positions in mathematics in the US, does it make any difference for the hiring committees if your thesis adviser is a big name (say, someone like Gromov or Milnor)?
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Post Doc recommendation letters sent but no response [closed]

I have three letters of recommendation sent to a potential post doc employer but when I asked if my recommendation is completed, I did not receive any response from him and it has been a week. Before ...
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How do I deal with an old reference letter from an advisor for job applications?

I wrote my graduate advisor asking him to updated his reference letters for me, but he has yet to respond. I e-mailed him again, but he and I did not have the best relationship, and I am worried that ...
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I'm RAing for a friend who's a professor at my school. How should I address him in conversations about the research?

I returned to school a few years ago to earn the grades I needed to get into medical school; consequently, I'm the same age as some new professors. One of my acquaintances from a sports club I belong ...