Questions related to an academic advisor, one who helps students to select courses or an academic major, and engaging in short term and long term educational planning, including assistance to prepare the work/thesis job necessary to obtain the degree.

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Sabbatical and advisor

I am a Math PhD student at a US university. I have made a decision on who I want to work with for my PhD, but I was made aware that the professor in question is going on a sabbatical next year, to be ...
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Can i get out of an GRA contract earlier than usual due to hostile lab and advisor? [closed]

Please refer to my earlier post: "I have been betrayed and isolated by my advisor and I am mentally drained. What should I do now?" My semester ends this May and that is when my contract ends, but ...
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How to find help when writing a master's thesis

What methods could you recommend for attaining assistance when writing a master's thesis, in the particular case when one feels uncomfortable seeking any more help from the advisor, because of his own ...
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How do I convince my professor to keep me as his student?

This is a continuation of my previous question, How to deal with advisor not thinking I am smart? It just so happens that when I asked my prof for feedback, he decided to just drop me. Obviously I ...
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I believe my advisor doesn't think I am smart. How should I deal with this?

My advisor is a brilliant new professor and my efforts don't seem to impress him. When I show him something in person, we always have a very careful intensive discussion for hours. But he does make ...
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Leaving soft-money job for tenure track position that doesn't start until August: when to tell current advisor?

A verbal offer has recently been extended to me for a tenure track position that I'm 95% sure I want to accept, although I have not officially (verbally or otherwise) done so yet. This position is ...
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Gift to a supportive professor?

As you might have seen from my history I had a very bad advisor who deliberately underpaid me, stole my research work and undermined my career at multiple phases. Now I am done with my university and ...
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A PhD student without an adviser

I joined "X" university (US) for my PhD to work with a specific adviser (Y). For 3 years, I prepared my background to work in Y's area (through education and research exp.). But now Y says that, "I am ...
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Becoming a maths lecturer

What is the initial process to become a Mathematics's lecturer at a University in London. I want to be able to lecture in a Top university in the UK such as Kings College. What academic ladder do i ...
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Transitioning between two advisors who work in the same department

A PhD student has been working with Prof A. However, after a year, the student decided that he doesn't like the field and wants to change his advisor to Prof B, who works in the same department with ...
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Are academic jobs easy to get in New Zealand for someone with a good PhD and Post-Doc experience?

I have a Ph.D student (in a science related field, I don't want to be too specific) who seems to think that getting a professor job in New Zealand (his home country) would be no problem since he ...
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Change PhD Department, but still keep the supervisor

I am in my first year at grad school, and I am thinking about changing from EE/CS to BME. My supervisor is the professor in both departments (actually, full professor of the first and joint appointed ...
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What is difference between funding an MS and a PHD student

I am trying to understand this regarding aspects of funding only and not quality of research.What is difference between funding an PHD and an MS student. I thought both took courses, get some ...
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When should you stop asking your PhD advisor to do advisor like things?

After you have finished a PhD when does it become inappropriate to ask your advisor for advice, read over a manuscript, or do any other "advisor things"? Presumably if every student an advisor ever ...
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How to get letter of recommendation from current advisor if transferring PhD to another university for family reasons?

I've been in engineering PhD for 6 months and now considering transferring to another university. The reason is not academic, but family -- I'm in a long distance relationship with my boyfriend. We're ...
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What to do if I can't trust my advisor no more? [duplicate]

After so many incidents happen that my advisor trying to bad mouthing to my committee, sobstege my publication, secretly removing me from my PhD projects I feel I cannot trust my advisor anymore. Now, ...
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Advisor walked in while I was complaining about her [closed]

I work in a lab. This evening, thinking that my advisor had already left for the day, I started telling my peers in the lab that she has a bad attitude about a few things, and she was showing off a ...
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How to approach potential PhD advisors

What is the correct way for a new PhD student to approach an interested faculty member to discuss becoming their student? Is it better to come with a few thesis project ideas prepared to pitch? Or is ...
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How to convince your PhD adviser about the research value of the topic?

I'm already in the second year of my PhD studies and my advisor insists on pursuing a very vague track, in order to produce some results that may be publishable. The problem is that the topic itself ...
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Post-doc positions in Mechanical Engineering

What is the best way to approach professors when looking for a Post-Doc position ? Are there any particular search tools for this type of position ? I found a similar question on this website: How to ...
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Which role should other graduate students serve in a PhD defense?

In some countries and at certain universities, graduate students are advisory members of the committee during the PhD defense. In other countries like the Netherlands, a PhD defense takes place in ...
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Writing an appeal for a rejected PhD application

I have applied for Phd scholarship in Computer science at a European university. My master is from Malaysia. Unfortunately, my application has not been selected (only 9 has been chosen among 116 ...
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How to bring one's PhD research to another university?

I was talking about a probable research topic that I got in mind for following a Phd in Computer Science to one of my past Lecturers. This professor told me that I should make a research proposal and ...
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Look for a second advisor while on the first, any advice?

Due to incompatibility with my current advisor, I am currently looking for other advisor on his back. Any advice? I am so scared that what if he discovers that I'm looking around. Now I have tried to ...
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Teaching a class because advisor bought out and advisor input

The situation is thus: my institution allows professors to buy out of teaching a class. This semester, my advisor has done so and as a result they needed someone to fill in. After discussion with my ...
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Any way to prevent my advisor from destroying my publication?

My advisor said he will edit and submit my manuscript for me but the version he submit to the journal was full of mistakes that was not original in the manuscript that I send to him. Is there anyway ...
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Advisor's bad decision results in co-authored mediocre publication. How to prevent this from ruining my career?

I happen to be involved in this project in which my advisor has made such a bad decision that the result turned out to be mediocre/uninteresting. While I am not the lead author, I will be one of the ...
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Losing faith in my PhD advisor?

What should I do if I have lost faith in my PhD advisor (leadership, research direction, everything)? I have worked in this lab for three years and from my observation, none of my advisor's project ...
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Careless uninterested potential advisor

A professor, call X, who is with strong probability about to be my future MS Thesis supervisor/advisor, seems very interested to work with me. Mostly on lectures, X seems interested in my ideas and is ...
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How to manage your advisor's jealousy over your work?

Say you made a smart move in solving an important question that your advisor did not think of and all of a suddenly your advisor becomes jealous because you have made your advisor look bad. What are ...
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When is it appropriate for a PhD student to discuss personal problems affecting his productivity with his advisor?

Below is an example using my scenario, but I think the question is very general. I had a parent diagnosed with a life threatening illness, and that brought up terrible suppressed emotions that were ...
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How do I choose a lab to rotate in?

Normally, graduate students at my university go through three rotations. I've done two and will need to choose a permanent advisor after this next one. So choosing a rotation is similar to choosing an ...
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Getting letters of recommendation for a master's degree if I don't get along with my current advisor

I'm currently in my final undergraduate year and I really want to go to graduate school, but there are some problems: I'm not sure if I can get recommendation letters. < rant> My current advisor ...
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My master thesis is going in the wrong direction

I'm a CS master student in a German university. Here we have to do a master project in one semester and the master thesis in another semester, so in total 12 months. In the project you start in ...
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Competition with your advisor?

My PhD research interest is very aligned with my advisor. However, my concern is that if I want to stay in the academia, will my advisor become my competitor in the future?
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Is it possible to do a Master's degree without obtaining a Bachelor's degree?

Is it possible to get admission to a master's program in economics without finishing up your undergrad? I have completed 105 credits so far for my BA Honours in economics and math degree, and still ...
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What would you call the temporary advisor assigned after enrolment?

What would you call the temporary advisor assigned to a PhD student upon enrolment, who is in charge of the student until the student finds his/her research advisor? "temporary advisor", or "course ...
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Publishing paper as a PhD student without advisor's name

I'm a Computer Science PhD student in a US university. Recently, I worked on a problem and wrote a paper. When I asked my advisor to submit the paper to a good journal (such as IEEE Trans. on ...
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My advisor tried to find my faults and kick me out of the research?

I am a international student in a ivy league school under J1 visa ( i can work only in school). I am now working as a researcher after I got the degree. I did sign the contract that I will work for 2 ...
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Will it hurt me if my advisor's last name is before mine alphabetically?

I'm a graduate student in theoretical particle physics, where the standard is that all author lists are alphabetized. However, even in other disciplines of physics, it's quite common for author lists ...
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What to do when a thesis adviser refuses to recommend me?

After I completed my PhD program, during which I published one refereed paper, I applied for several academic positions. For a while, my two main thesis advisers agreed to write letters of ...
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Contacting potential advisers before deadlines

I am applying to PhD programs in physics in US. Majority of the deadlines are in one week from now. My question is, does that help at all at this time to contact potential advisers and let them know ...
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My transcripts are not an accurate indication of my academic ability

Can the absence of an official academic adviser in the department at which I finished my undergraduate studies be used in my graduate application to justify some deficiencies in my undergraduate ...
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Adjunct professor capacities

Can I mention an adjunct professor as my proposed supervisor for graduate studies, or adjunct professors are not allowed to be supervisor? Are there anythings that I should be aware of before ...
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Advisor's wife is having a baby, should we be getting him something?

My advisor's wife is having her first baby and he told us about it at our last lab meeting. We understand that this will mean he might need extra time/patience as the big day approaches, but are we ...
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When would be a good time to ask a professor if he will consider being my PhD advisor?

I just started working with this professor, I am beginning to really like the work they are doing in his lab. When do you guys think I should ask him if I can do a PhD under his tutelage?
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Who is to decide the main idea(s) of research in a PhD Proposal, the student or his/her supervisor?

I'm a pure math phd student and the supervisor gave me two papers so as I find an idea to research but the subjects are unrelated and I can't concentrate on one of them and can't decide which one is ...
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Advisor is moving. Issues with quitting PhD and settling for a MSc

I'm an international student. I have been in a PhD program in the US for 1 year and this is my second. My advisor informed me earlier this year that he is moving to another lower-ranked school. How to ...
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How to better prepare myself for the application to masters degree programs in the U.S.?

I am an undergraduate student in China. I am currently a junior, majoring at Mathematical Economics and Mathematical Finance. My goal is to apply to a graduate school in the U.S. to learn Finance or ...
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How do I change schools/advisors without making my advisor angry?

I am currently a PhD student in a program that I do not find challenging. A part of that may be due to the fact that my advisor has an EXTREMELY hands off approach. He will not return my emails for ...