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 to find a new PhD advisor if relationship with current advisor is not working out?

Currently I am not in a good relationship with my research advisor and I do not think it will be good as previously. So I decided to change my research advisor if it's possible. Would you guide me how ...
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How can i improve my programming skills? [on hold]

As a Beginner in software engineering student , how i improve my logic with programming skills.. What are the things to do improve my programming skills like a master programmer. what are the ...
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Should I email old supervisor about my progress?

I might collaborate with an old supervisor in the future and would like to keep in touch. Is it a good idea to send an email to him about the progress I've made in my career? Also, what's the best ...
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Should I mention that I was an athlete in a curriculum for a PhD application?

I am going to apply for a PhD in mathematics in north Europe. During my high school and undergraduate years, I was also a semi-professional athlete, and I retired when I was a graduate student to ...
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I can't find a masters thesis advisor. Can I publish independently in a math journal and get my MSc degree that way?

Is it possible publishing original work in math research without having an adviser? I had some thought of matrix multiplication which I posted in this forum which wasn't welcomed that well, I plan to ...
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Trouble with advisor in final Ph.D. phase

I am a 6th year Ph.D. student in the sciences. The typical duration of a Ph.D. in my program at my institution is 5 years. I am months away from finishing the last component of my research; however, ...
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Publishing without your supervisor

A professor in the same department has asked my friend to collaborate with him in writing a paper which is close to his area of research. My friend is not sure what to tell the professor since he is ...
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Is it fair to hide information or lie if you are a drop out?

If you are a drop out and you write it when you apply further or other departments,does not it make a bad impact on the selector?I think they just discard the application.and if you hide,then its also ...
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Is it normal to start your master's study without an advisor?

So I've been admitted to master's program in Mechanical Engineering at a US university. I contacted 2 of the faculty in the department in my chief area of interest , but neither had an opening/ ...
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How to talk to PI about dropping out of graduate school?

There are a lot of threads about whether people should drop out of grad school, or PIs forcing students to leave. My situation is a little different, some people might call this ungrateful, but I want ...
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Advisor moving to a different school, should I move with him?

I am currently a PhD student studying robotics at university A in my third year, and I've recently finished my qualifying exams and advanced to candidacy. My professor has been in contact with another ...
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Etiquette when a student attends a conference with his/her supervisor

I am attending a conference with my PhD supervisor! So, I was a little bit nervous how to treat for example in welcome cocktail, during the conference time and at the gala dinner! Do I need to ...
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How much feedback to give for an undergraduate / master's thesis?

I'm a post-doc who has been the primary supervisor for two master's students this year (computer science, UK). Their theses are due in soon, and I have asked for a draft beforehand so that I can give ...
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On the ethics of continuing current project with another advisor

I have been trying to work with a certain professor for a year, since the time I joined PhD. I wasn't paid by her, rather, funded by TAships. This past quarter, I did a project for a class I took ...
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How can I distinguish harsh treatment from my advisor from “tough love” and direct feedback?

Usually during our meetings my advisor will complain a lot and tell me I am doing stuff wrong. How can I tell if he thinks I am a bad student or if he is just trying to give me direct feedback? ...
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How should I approach my advisors about switching research topics, when they're counting on my results for a grant proposal?

I'm a second year PhD student in Computer Science in the United States. I started on a research topic in my first year of PhD. There are two advisors jointly involved in it and I don't get along with ...
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Quitting current PhD programme and impact on future PhD applications.

I am currently enrolled in a PhD programme in a north American university and I am considering quitting my current PhD and applying for a PhD in another institution. The reasons for me doing this ...
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How to write a reminder email to a professor about a phd position?

A professor whom I had contacted previously for a phd position has asked me to contact him via email after a 'few months'.After how many months should I contact him ? How to write the email ?
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Do I always have to discuss conference attendance with advisor?

As a PhD student (in the US), should I always discuss whether I should go to a conference or summer school with my advisor before I apply? Even if The conference is providing full financial support,...
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Potential advisor does not seem willing to accept me into group. How do I approach others in the same field?

I have been trying to get into this professor's lab right from the time I joined my PhD program last Fall. We are in EE, and she does very theoretical work which is what I want to do. She told me in ...
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What should I do if my advisor is forcing me to vote on a specific candidate in IEEE elections?

The IEEE holds yearly elections for senior positions in its societies. Every member of the IEEE has the right to vote in these elections, including me. My advisor, however, has candidates who, for one ...
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Is it appropriate to suggest to a professor how to communicate more clearly?

I've recently began working as a research assistant (in the humanities), mainly helping a professor with a book she is editing and with lecture notes for a future course. The problem is that it is ...
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How do I politely and tactfully tell my advisor that I would like more consistency in meetings?

I am a PhD student. My advisor is great, but like all academics is very busy (administrative duties, other students, research...). What happens almost every time I try to have a meeting, since the ...
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Having my first supervision soon, but I have nothing to tell or even ask

I have my first supervision soon, but I don't really know what to talk about. I am working on a particular problem in the Humanities; my supervisor has given me a reading list, and well, I am ...
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Changing current supervisor

I am a first year graduate student in Physics at a US university. I am on a TAship as usual. For the summer 2016, I have just working for a professor. But I have not liked the project at all and the ...
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Is it a risk working for a graduate advisor who has over 20 students in their lab?

I recently contacted a professor whose field of study is something that I really want to work on. He replied, that frankly his lab was pretty full at the moment, but he'd love to hear about my plans ...
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If a PhD student is working slowly on a project, is it bad form to give the project to another student?

I think my advisor may have done this to me. Initially he hired a master's student to "help me" with the project and he told me I would be supervising him. But now he wants the master's student to ...
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My advisor wants to co-author a paper on my thesis work, but drags out the submission, claiming it isn't ready. Should I submit without him?

I have just finished my PhD thesis defense in applied mathematics. My supervisor suggested me the initial problem. He was not an expert in the small area that I was working, and thus the assistance ...
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Is it common for supervisors to approach their student and ask to work on publishing the student's masters thesis?

My supervisor emailed me asking if he can work on trying to publish my masters thesis, with me being the first author. I have said yes, is it common for supervisors to approach students asking to ...
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Advisor threatening to pull his name from accepted paper that I submitted without his knowledge

Recently, I submitted a research article in the journal "Applied Mathematics and Computations" and fortunately my work got accepted with a very good response from reviewers. However, I made the ...
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Are you limited to the interests of the professors or your advisor during graduate research?

I am applying to school for a degree in food science and am looking at potential schools and advisers. I've stumbled upon a particular subset of food science that I really want to get into, but only ...
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How to avoid crossing my advisor if I write a paper as a sole author?

A bit of a controversial question here. I am a PhD student currently away from campus on an internship in another state (in the US). I left campus with my advisor-provided laptop and some dataset I ...
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Publishing poor research at advisor's request

I'm currently in the first year of my PhD. Some time ago I published a paper at a very small, accessible venue because I was required to do so by my advisor. It was my first publication, and I wasn't ...
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Advisor tries to reproduce my results to ensure my honesty. Is it the norm?

I am a M.Sc. student in Machine Learning, about to finish my thesis this month. My advisor wants me to meet him in person to reproduce my results under his control. It is obvious that the main reason ...
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Supervisor gave my PhD project to another student

I am a PhD student in life sciences. My PhD project goal is to analyze specific data and to check totaly new idea in the field I am working. This project is risky, however much promising. With ...
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How faculty might assess a PhD applicant who already has a PhD degree?

What concerns/worries a potential PhD supervisor might have when he/she sees an application from someone who already has a PhD and applying for the second one? The fields of study are distantly ...
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My advisor does not provide any solutions and wants me to work alone

So, my advisor works in a group style, meaning we have these weekly meetings, where all of his PhD students and RAs are present. We plan the work ahead and set aims, but these aims are always very ...
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What does potential PhD adviser want to see from a candidate that is applying for a second PhD/restarting a PhD?

I'm about to (not) graduate from a grad school. I've put "(not)" intentionally. This is my situation. I started working on a project that was new to our research group. The new topic only remotely ...
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Benefits to supervisor presence at viva in the UK?

I was wondering if anyone can help me decide if I should ask my supervisor to be present at my Viva.
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Host prof stole my Ph.D. topic during my visit [closed]

I have been a visiting researcher to fulfil my Ph.D. and to do the experimental step of my Ph.D. A month ago I understood that my host professor stole my Ph.D. topic and idea and he is writing a ...
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Appropriate to mention using a lab's dataset when seeking grad student position in that lab?

I'm in the scenario where I'm approaching my final year of undergrad and am looking for a potential advisor for grad school; I've done my research on their research, including reading through several ...
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Reputation of Masters thesis supervisor

I have two options for my masters thesis (theoretical physics), Professors A and B. A is senior and globally renowned. B is very junior but appears to be making a strong impact in the field. When ...
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My supervisor blocks the submission of my paper to a journal [closed]

From the start of my PhD (applied mathematics), I had many disagreements with my supervisor on the research topic (no funding) she gave me. This made our relationship bad and collaboration unpleasant. ...
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I don't want to kill any more mice, but my advisor insists that I must in order to get my PhD

When my supervisor pitched the PhD to me, it was all about analyzing "big data". I had BSc/MSc experience in wet-lab biology (mainly culturing cells), however I wanted to branch out into ...
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How common is it for a professor to require students to work for him?

I'm in a computer science master's program in a university in asia. It's a three-year program, and halfway through our first year, our professor told us to come work for him at his company during our ...
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Have I given my PhD supervisor enough time to react to serious issues before raising it above their head?

I've been having doubts about the progress I've been making during the start of my PhD. About 2 weeks before I was due to go abroad for a placement at another lab I raised these concerns with my ...
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Thesis: supervisor's project or my project?

Two years into my PhD, I am troubled by a situation that made me having to decide on whether to focus mainly on my supervisor's assigned project or my own project as part of my thesis. The story ...
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Bad phd experience

I am a theoretical chemistry PhD student. I've been stuck on my PhD problem for the last 5 months. I told this to my supervisor at that time, but she didn't paid any attention. Even if I go and meet ...
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I have accepted a PhD offer. When to contact potential supervisors?

I have accepted an offer for a CS PhD at a US university. Unlike most other schools to which I applied, this university does not require that incoming students immediately start working for a ...
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What should I do if my advisor is replacing me with younger, more energetic masters students? [closed]

I was working on a project with my PhD advisor that was going kind of slowly. Now he has hired two masters students to "help" me. They are better at coding than me and seem a lot more interested in ...