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 do a good job of undergraduate advisement?

Among my other duties as a tenure-track assistant professor (in math), I serve as an advisor to undergraduates: they are required to meet with me and get my approval on their choice of courses before ...
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Should the Advisors and PIs always be a coauthor? [duplicate]

I am collaborating with another person on a paper and I was wondering if we are suppose to write our advisor's name in our papers merely because they funded us and looked over the paper?
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How to stay in touch with professor after graduating?

Disclaimer: I asked this question on academia since it is very much so a student/professor relationship despite both him and me being significantly more industry oriented. About Me: I recently ...
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How to clarify that supervisor writing a reference is not related to me even though we have the same last name?

By chance, I have the same last name as one of the supervisors of a project I worked on. If I ask him to write me a recommendation letter, will the admission committee misconstrue that we are related ...
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Undergraduate thesis main author credit and prestige

Our thesis instructor, after rejecting our proposals, became one of our thesis advisers after we've accepted his suggestion. Every time he's telling us that our proposal doesn't seem like a thesis (in ...
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I have asked a professor if he were available for being my graduate thesis advisor, now my bachelor thesis advisor is angry with me

A couple days ago I was asked by my former bachelor degree advisor (let's call him X for short) if I were interested in doing a MD thesis with him. I have replied him that I wasn't sure yet about what ...
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Is it normal for a graduate student's fate to depend on the success of a breakthrough idea?

I am officially a graduate student in a different department than where I have been working for the last ~6 months. (..(un?)fortunately this department where I were I now work is ranked almost the ...
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Do journal titles need to be included in a brief literature review in the introduction?

One of our thesis advisers insists (not suggests) that we include the title of the journal we are citing in the introduction, one part of which is a paragraph containing some of the reviews we will be ...
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How to persuade my advisor to keep working with me even if my grades are poor?

So I am an international grad student in ECE in USA, in the field of Wireless Communications, and I am on my 2nd semester of my Master's program. Last week I talked with my advisor and he told me he ...
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Frequency of appointments with Ph.D. supervisor

I am a recent PhD student. My advisor is really a very nice, kind, and open-minded guy. He is always open to discuss about subjects of my interest. As I am almost at the half of my first year, my ...
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Faculty or industry applications without phd advisor's letter

How is an application for an academic position seen if there is no reference letter from the graduate advisor? Are any of the potential issues for academic positions the same for industry positions? ...
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How can I get a Copyright Transfer Form without notifying my advisor?

My case is that we already have an adviser. She's not allowing us to register for conference (rank B). We have prepared everything after getting acceptance letter. Now she's telling us to submit the ...
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Advisor interferes too much with my research

I have an advisor who interferes too much with my research. When I am in the lab he always comes and sits near me telling me exactly what to do even the tiniest details, and most of the time he is ...
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Re: the advice of “You should never pick a nice advisor”, is it true that 'nice' professors fail to produce good students?

This is a very tough question to ask because there are so many advisors on this forum so I am expecting most inputs from the current grads. This question largely stemmed from a post I read online ...
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Which department does a professor in a joint appointment get his/her graduate students from

If someone is a professor of department A, however, s/he also affiliates with department B in a joint appointment. Which department does the professor in a joint appointment get his/her graduate ...
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How to decide whether to publish masters project in computer science alone or with supervisor?

I am working on my Master CS project. I would like to have this published as article before my Master ends. Now I see 2 options: I try to get it accepted and published at my own (not a affiliated ...
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My thesis advisor is absent in my final stage of completing my Ph.D. programme

I am a mathematics Ph.D. student who are in my final stage of completing my Ph.D. programme. My advisor is visiting an institute for a few months. The institute that he is visiting is in another ...
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How much non-thesis work should a GRA do, and how to let PI know if I think it's too much?

I am a PhD student, and am being asked to do increasing amounts of non-thesis work. Some of this is general lab paperwork and small extra projects, which I'm happy to do and expect to lead to ...
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How harmful is it for a PhD student to work with a supervisor whose ambition is greater or lesser than that of the student?

How harmful is it for a PhD student to work with a supervisor whose ambition is greater or lesser than that of the student? I can imagine that if the supervisor aims much higher than the PhD student ...
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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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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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How to approach my supervisor when I've finished the task he assigned early?

Given that it's a very broad question I'll try to create some context: I'm in my first year (just started) and at the moment my task as PhD student is closer to learn the techniques and technologies ...
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Should I continue a project someone else started?

I think there are two situations where your supervisor might ask you to continue a project someone else started: Someone produced some data, but never wrote a paper about it Someone wrote a paper ...
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How to approach PhD admissions after leaving previous PhD because my advisor tried to force me to manipulate data

I started my PhD in one of the very well renowned institutes in Germany. Unfortunately, in the middle I was forced very much to manipulate the data. I was extremely upset and did not know what to do. ...
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Should I (an undergrad) call potential industry research intern supervisor by first name?

I am corresponding via email with an industry researcher regarding an internship. He always signs off his emails with his first name, Bill. Still, I have addressed him as "Dr. X" for several emails ...
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How interchangeable are PhD students to most professors?

Do most professors value their PhD students, or do they see them as easily replaceable by fresh, new blood? If a PhD student stops working, will the professor try to fix things, or replace him like a ...
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Is it okay to ask advisor how I am doing with my research?

I have some idea of how well I'm doing with my research in PhD, but maybe it differs from what my advisor thinks. Is it okay to ask (e.g. at the end of a meeting) how well I'm doing with my research? ...
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My adviser is hesistant about letting me graduate. How should I handle it?

I have seen the work of previous and current students and I have done a lot more than them, and my dissertations is about 60% written already, however, my adviser seems to not be comfortable with the ...
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Will my advisor regret taking me if I start slacking off?

I just found an advisor, and the semester after that, I took a much harder courseload because I'm behind on my course requirements. As a result I haven't gotten a lot of research done. Is my advisor ...
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Would most PhD supervisors stop working with a student who was unproductive due to clinical depression?

Suppose a PhD student got clinically depressed and stopped producing research for a year or two. What would most PhD supervisors do in this situation? Would it be considered usual or acceptable to ...
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Is it okay for a PhD student to devote substantial work time to projects the advisor is not involved in?

For example, if he spends 20 hours a week on his advisor's project, and 20 hours a week on a project with another professor (that the advisor is not involved in). Do most advisors find this ...
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Trust issues with my PhD advisor, is it worth fixing or can I get out?

I am a math PhD student considering changing universities. I have suspicions that my supervisor has not been very honest with me since I told him that I considered changing universities (and therefore ...
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How hard is it to succeed in research after an adviser's death midway through PhD?

TL;DR: How hard would it be to finish out a Ph.D. and have an effective early career (as a pure mathematician) after my adviser has unexpectedly passed away? My department does not have any ...
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What should I do if my master's advisor used a figure from my thesis in a publication without citation or acknowledgment?

A year ago, I finished my Master's degree and ended 6 months of working for an incredibly manipulative and demanding supervisor. We started working on a publication of my Master's results, which is ...
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Inventors on patent regarding research results

In our research institute, advisors give phd students a lot of freedom and sometimes are not so much involved in the research. This was also the case for my latest research project. I gave him some ...
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How do you prepare for a meeting with a potential masters thesis advisor?

I want to do a thesis masters with a specific teacher in the field of Antennas. I am supposed to meet with him to discuss about this in 2 weeks. I am undergraduate in electrical engineering graduating ...
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How to gauge the prestige of an individual researcher when selecting a PhD advisor

Is there a process one could follow when assessing the prestige of a specific supervisor when evaluating PhD programs? I ask because in the academic world, the professor almost trumps the school. I am ...
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What is the role of a PhD advisor after a student has graduated?

It seems from answers to certain questions (such as Should a mid-career faculty application include a letter from the former PhD advisor?) that the role of an advisor may continue after a student has ...
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Is it OK to start a PhD with a side project still running from your master's?

I just finished my master's and I am about to start my PhD studies. As I am very used to do many independent projects during my bachelor's and master's, I am willing to continue a side project on a ...
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My supervisor wants me to include another professor's name in my paper while… what should I do? [duplicate]

My supervisor wants me to include another professors name in my paper just because he was declared as my second adviser on the project. But the problem is that this man has not done anything but ...
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Graduate without a job offer or delay

I am posting here for the first time. I am Canadian 6th year grad student in USA. My adviser is rushing my graduation, which is a good thing. But, he is telling that he has ran out of funding and want ...
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How do I stop feeling unwelcome in my department?

I could not find a PhD advisor and the person in charge of my PhD program suggested that I leave with a master's degree. He said that I was good at carrying out tasks but I did not have the ...
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What is meant by rewarding No-Grades when one's adviser remained satisfied towards one's research?

Being a PhD student (in U.S), if one's adviser looked satisfied (if remarked "good" in satisfied mood) towards one's research during all the semester but at the end of semester rewards you "NO Grades" ...
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Should I talk to my professor about my grade? [closed]

I just found my grades for the fall semester, in an introduction to international relations class that I took, I got a B. I got a 93% on the midterm, which was worth 25% of the grade. I always ...
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Decision and PhD. Take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity or pursue a life dream [closed]

Young male student soon to receive an Engineering Degree unsure about the next steps to follow. Undecided whether to go for a PhD directly or do a Master studies first (if he goes for the Master, he ...
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Failing postdoc?

After a successful PhD in computer science (including some awards from top conferences, internship at top industry research labs, and a good number of citations to my ~15 papers) in a top-10 US ...
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Ask an advisor (co-author) to contribute to manuscript other than just critiquing

I'm nearing the end on a manuscript and will be submitting it to my advisor any-day for her feedback. She is a co-author. My question: Is it OK to ask my advisor to contribute more to the paper (other ...
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What are the key components of being an effective supervisor of undergraduate researchers?

Quite a few tenure-track job ads I've come across recently have mentioned supervising research of undergraduate students as one of the position responsibilities specifically. I have had plenty of ...
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Grad student protecing ideas in a research paper for futher development

I am working on a graduate school research paper in finance/accounting. My adviser is really excited about my paper and this professor is a prolific publisher. The paper has progressed enough to hand ...
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How much involvement should my advisor have in deciding my availability and actions for me? [closed]

I worked in the industry for a few years before starting my PhD and learned many do's and don'ts in the workplace for how you guide subordinates to attend meetings and do things you want them to do. ...