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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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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looking for an advisor to start my thesis [closed]

I am looking for an advisor because I am doing an MA thesis. currently I am facing some sort of difficulties with my topic, so I decided to get some help because I have a limited time..I really ...
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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 ...
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Asking for funds to attend a conference from a current advisor for previous work

I have an accepted publication in a conference from work I have done in a previous research group, my adviser from the previous research group wants me to present the work in the conference, but he ...
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If I get an encouraging but noncommittal response from potential advisor, should I continue to pursue other potential advisors at this school?

Hoping someone can shed some light, or at least quell my worrying. Probably the latter. Anyways I emailed a professor with just an introductory email, I had read some of his work and would like to ...
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What should I do if I want to work in computer science but my advisor actively despises the field?

I am a PhD student in computer science. My advisor is a Professor in another department and complains that computer science has a poor culture, where people publish lots of rubbish papers instead of ...
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Concerns about a very old PhD advisor?

I’m thinking about taking a 70-year old math professor as my PhD advisor, in a US school. I like his teaching and research. If I don’t choose him, I would probably have to switch fields, which I can ...
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My advisor demands second authorship, but my collaborator contributed much more than him. I don't want to be unethical, what should I do?

My PhD supervisor has contributed 0% to my research and he even does not know the basics of my research. On the other hand, I have a collaborator from another university who has contributed ...
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What material should I bring to my first meeting/interview with my prospective advisor?

During a very brief email exchange, a professor of my university (mathematician) said that he is available to take on a masters student at the moment and gave me an appointment during his office ...
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How important is the choice of a guide/adviser for pursuing PhD in a topic

I am really in a fix in my career. I completed my Masters in 2014. I qualified in a PhD Scholarships Test in 2015 and in the same year joined in a University for research work. My interest lies in ...
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What exactly does termination from a PhD program entail?

I am an engineering PhD candidate at a US university. I left the university a couple of years ago after 5yrs of PhD work to work as an independent scientist, while also working with my advisor on the ...
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I've been admitted to multiple PhD programs, how should I choose between them?

I've been admitted to more than one PhD program, and I'm having a very hard time making a decision. The programs I'm accepted to have advantages and disadvantages with respect to one another. How do ...
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Etiquette: senior and junior professors co-advising

I'd like to ask two professors who work at my university to be the co-advisors of my Masters thesis (mathematics). They work in the same research group on (almost) the same topic (which is ...
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Have I embarassed my supervisors by solving a problem that a PhD student in my group was working on without success?

I'm a bachelor student in mathematics writing my thesis at a small university in the US. A PhD student that has the same supervisor has spent a very significant amount of time working exclusively on a ...
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Word choice for salutation in a formal email to your PhD adviser, Is *Dear Boss* appropriate?

I am a first year PhD student in France, born and raised in India. It is not customary in here where I am doing my PhD to call one's adviser boss but I do, partly due to my reluctance to call her by ...
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What should a student look for in an undergraduate thesis topic/supervisor?

I am an undergraduate student (in maths) looking for a topic and supervisor for my thesis. What criteria should I use to judge whether a project/supervisor combination will make for a good thesis and ...
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What's the impact of PhD Advisor on your faculty job?

Are there people out there who can provide first hand account or refer me to literature that discusses the influence of PhD advisor on your chances of getting a faculty job?
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What can I do to convince my advisor of my ideas?

I started my PhD within the last one year in a STEM field in the US ,and I cannot seem to convince my advisor about any of my ideas. I usually don't get concrete research directions from my advisor, ...
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How to deal with an uncommunicative advisor?

So I have an advisor who seems to be kind of peculiar. He is quite famous in his field and has good reputation. However, his way of working with students is more like waiting for him to come up with ...
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Deciding about publication venue with Advisor

I have been working on a paper as the first author. The paper looks good to my advisor and other collaborators, and we are almost ready to submit. I have already submitted the abstract for a good ...
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How should you approach your adviser and tell him that he has a communication problem

(Not his actual hand writing) I am currently working under an academic research adviser who is a very nice person and very knowledgeable but I think he has problem in communicating with others ...
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How much should university ranking matter while choosing a place for graduate studies?

How much should I weigh in on the ranking of a university (provided by various academic ranking websites) while choosing a university for graduate studies? The universities that I am considering have ...
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What should I do when I would like to move to a new lab because my current PI is abusive? [closed]

I started to work in a Lab as a Researcher 4 months ago, with the prospect of being a PhD student. This Lab carries out research topics I am interested and passionate about but when I started there ...
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What can I do if my advisor threatens to take away authorship of my undergraduate research work?

My mentor professor has threatened to take authorship of my work away from me because of a disagreement. Can she do this? Is this plagiarism on her part for not including me as an author? I wrote the ...
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Is it okay that my supervisor insists for me to work from my room at night?

I am a female PhD student in the end of my second year, and my supervisor has been acting weird lately. He asks me to run the experiments from my laptop and not from my PC in the lab (it does not ...
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Do students needs to be specifically mentioned on grant proposals for projects funded by government agencies in the US?

Let me start by giving some background. I joined a research group about 3 years ago and at the time the PI (who became my advisor) told me that he would not be able to support me until either one of ...
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What does it mean when a department has 'retired professors' as part of their faculty? Can I still work with them?

What exactly does this mean? Could I do work with them? If not, why are they listed there? I am confused!
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Unable to complete journal paper by deadline, is this a problem?

Main Question: I submitted an abstract to a well known journal (in the field of Civil, Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering) a couple months ago and the abstract was accepted. Due to major changes in ...
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How to review a paper that is not related to my field, when my advisor has asked me to review it for him and I can't refuse?

I am an M.Sc. student in computer science, working on machine learning. Recently my supervisor assigned me a paper on biomedical signals field to review. The review task is assigned to my advisor ...
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How to turn down a MSc supervisor after we had already agreed to work together?

I applied to a university in Canada for a MSc. As part of their requirements, I needed to have a supervisor in order to be granted admission to the program. So I did contact a supervisor and he took ...
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PhD supervisor is taking really long to read my thesis

I am at the final point of my pretty satisfying PhD. I like working alone and I did not need constant supervision, and I had a pretty good relationship with my supervisor until now. I noticed in the ...
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E-Mailing supervisor during Masters Thesis - How often and how much?

I am in a terminal masters program in the Humanities. I will have to write my masters thesis at some point and have been told that I will have 3 meetings with my professor. I have never worked on a ...
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I signed up to present at a conference and didn't tell my advisor about it. How to handle this now?

I have a little bit of the dilemma here... A month ago, I signed up for a conference talk and I got accepted to present there... However , I actually found out about that conference and decided on my ...
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Getting Help From Adviser's Friend

My MSc thesis is about a subject that my adviser isn't completely familiar with. In my work, I found some new result. He said it is better to show the results to one of his friend that has expertise ...
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How to handle unprofessionalism in academia? [closed]

This question is in part related to this question and this one. In my case, I’m part of a double-degree Master’s programme¹, and am having a lot of difficulties at my German exit university. There are ...
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Major Career Change --> Grad School Help? [closed]

I received a B.A degree in political science with a minor in natural resource conservation & management last year but after an internship in Washington D.C. and looking through job postings I have ...
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Is it any unwritten rule, that for how long after getting PhD is it appropriate to publish with your advisor?

After reading this question on What is wrong with continuing to publish with your PhD adviser I wonder whether there is something like an "unwritten rule" for how long after getting your PhD is it ...
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Is it always bad if you continue to publish with your PhD advisor? What about the small country vs. big country bias?

Is it any biased view from a viewpoint of a big country, where you have many chances to change laboratories/universities/working groups, vs. a small one? Suppose you are from a small country when ...
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Accepted in msc program but not invited for a visit?

I tried looking this up online and could not anything related to this, so figured asking here would make sense. Kind of related to this. Here is the story: So I live in US (not an International ...
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I need to change PhD topics. Should I pursue one of my advisor's ideas, or one of my own?

I had an idea for a PhD proposal and found a supervisor for that topic. My supervisor is pretty busy and is reachable only once every month or two at best. Unfortunately, I saw that my research ...
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How to motivate students you supervise to produce high-quality research when other graduate students in the program don't?

I have a good friend who is in his first year as an assistant professor right now, having earned his PhD last year. He is frustrated because in his new department, standards for graduate student ...
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Whether to take a holiday or get research experience when transitioning from masters to PhD?

Background: I'm in a precarious situation. I'm currently in the sixth semester of a ten-semester (five-year) combined bachelor's/master's program in engineering. So far I've had two relevant industry ...
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How can I find a second supervisor?

I'm in the second half of my Phd in a technical field in Germany. As it is common in Germany, it is not a structured PhD program but an independent PhD without any course work/mentors etc. I am not ...
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Dealing with an advisor who is not interested in publishing

My advisor is a full professor nearing retirement age. Although he does not seem to be planning to retire anytime soon; he has this "been there/done that" attitude toward publications. He says that he ...