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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Academic Research [on hold]

I am bit confused about the way of research in universities !! In one research culture, your mentor wants you to do everything on your own. He has positive intention behind this approach to make you ...
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Differences in the working styles of American and international graduate students (and professors)? [on hold]

I will be soon joining a PhD program in physics at a US university. I am very interested in knowing the differences in working styles of American and international (especially of non-European descent) ...
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What are the trending areas these days to follow a PhD in Statistics? [on hold]

I'm thinking of doing a PhD in Statistics, but I can't find a proper area to do my PhD. If anyone can tell me what are the trending areas in Statistics PhD these days, will be very helpful Thank You. ...
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How do I tell my advisor about mental health problems?

I'm an undergraduate student (20f). I have 2 academic advisors - one in the Honors College & one in my department. I met with the Honors advisor recently to discuss study abroad and we somehow got ...
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When is the right time to tell my advisor that I plan on leaving my PhD program?

I've previously asked a question on this forum about leaving grad school and moving to a new field. I'm a chemistry PhD student in my (now) second year. I've decided to leave my PhD program because my ...
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Will these “errors” in my advisor's letter raise red flags when I apply for academic faculty positions?

I am currently on the job market. One of the positions uses the online application system where I am able to open the letters of recommendation and read them. I found out that there are "errors" in my ...
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How to set up lab rotation when commencing a PhD?

I'll be starting a science PhD program in the fall, and I'm required to do at least three lab rotations. I haven't received any instructions from the program as to when and how I should secure a spot ...
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How to “keep in touch” with a potential advisor?

I contacted a professor by email in order to introduce myself to him and ask for a research position in his group at some point in the future. He expressed interest in me, but, when we finished our ...
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Dealing with unsupervised research as novice researcher

I am currently working on a research project at a non-academic institution as part of a summer internship. They've brought me in to work on a topic that is somewhat within my area of study. However, ...
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Approaching research adviser with worries about project feasibility

I'm a brand-new (read: started 3 weeks ago) Ph.D. student in Computer Engineering at an R1 institution in the U.S. I was offered a position in a particular lab due to some prior experience I had on a ...
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What should you do if a co-author has an unethical affiliation?

A person I know was in the process of publishing her first manuscript when her supervisor told her to add his newly acquired affiliation from a university in Saudi Arabia to his name. The Saudi ...
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How to reconcile with an old mentor after (unintentional) plagiarism accusations

The question is not about plagiarism, it is about its aftermath. I am presenting the whole situstion. Three years back, in my undergraduate years (summer after sophomore, to be precise), I did my ...
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What if my professor writes me a negative LOR, in order to keep me working with him?

I am a undergrad student, and I am currently conducting summer research under a professor. During our last meeting, I have revealed that I wish to go to school A for my graduate study. But my prof ...
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Current Masters student, need advisor for PhD (no public announcements in the department)?

I am a masters student at a top-rated US university in electrical engineering. I have been working under a professor who joined the department last semester. He is quite happy with my progress, but ...
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My Professor is pushing me in a problem that isn't solvable for the deadline

I have a month to finish an undergraduate research project required to receive my diploma and I am facing the situation when an undergraduate is too low in the academic scale to fight his/her ...
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Transferring to a Top-10 PhD program in Theoretical Physics from a Top-50 program in US for better job prospects in Academia? [duplicate]

I will be soon joining a Top-50 school for a PhD in High Energy Theory. They have some very good professors who have published top quality journal articles in their area of expertise (even with some ...
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How can I earn a professor's attention if I am not his/her student yet?

I am trying to find a professor to do my first research under his/her supervision. I am a high school student. However I have already self-studied all the BSc and MSc (Pure Mathematics) books [based ...
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What is a suitable gift for an Italian PhD advisor based in the UK?

This question is already asked here. But I found the answers unhelpful, so I would like to ask again, and narrow to the case the advisor is Italian (but has lived in the UK for 20 years). I would ...
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Advisor wants me to take ownership of my projects, but shoots me down whenever I contribute my own ideas

My advisor says I should take ownership of the project I'm working on, so I can get to the point where I know more about it than he does. But it seems that every time I do something extra, that I do ...
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How an international student can get a grant by himself?

First of all, I am open for a new title for this question to help me reach more people. I am an international Masters student at a top 5 electrical engineering program in USA. I applied for a PhD ...
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How can a young student get a mentor?

I am a young student. However, I do have a lot of curiosity and am very hard-working and will try my best to work with others and try my best to learn new things. I have been reading Security Papers ...
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PhD project ownership conflict after changing university

Student starts a PhD at University A, the student is offered a project conceived by University A supervisor. Then student transfers to University B in agreement with University A supervisor that they ...
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Should I try to warn administration about truly unacceptable professor behavior?

I was kicked out of my lab late in my grad school career, which destroyed my confidence and obviously delayed my graduation by 2+ years. What's more, my advisor tried to convince me to drop out of ...
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Under what circumstances is it beneficial for an advisor to seek sole authorship when their advisees deserve to be listed as co-authors?

I have seen several questions on this site which suggest that there are (presumably and hopefully rare) occasions where an advisor seeks to publish work as the sole author on a collaborative project ...
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What is the procedure with regard to unfinished thesis if I am terminated from the program?

I am an international student and was enrolled in a PhD program for the last 4 years. My GPA is above 3.8. I was recently given a termination letter(without any warnings) from my department regarding ...
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Looking for some advice about Ph.D [closed]

I am stuck at a problem and looking for some advice here. I am a student of Integrated Ph.D(2+3) and have completed first two years of the course and now have two choices- To go through ...
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What is the effect on a supervisor if a graduate student has been found to have plagiarised?

In a well voted comment in a question about responsibility to detect plagiarism it notes that it rests with the author. This well voted answer on a now on-hold question about removing plagiarized ...
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How to find a high quality PhD advisor in another country?

I an currently finishing my first year in a Masters program in Computer Science / Mathematics and thinking about getting a Ph.D. I'm not really sure, however, that I want to make my Ph.D. with the ...
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How to pick the brain of a professor with whom you have no connection

I want to learn more about a specific part of a narrow, fledgling field. I want to have a 30 minute conversation with a the burgeoning experts in this area of study -- they are all researchers at ...
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Changing PhD programs: should I submit a recommendation letter from my old advisor if it's not purely positive?

I am in the process of changing PhD programs, and my previous supervisor cannot write a letter that is purely positive. The main difficulty is that she wants to include details about what happened at ...
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How many papers should a Ph.D. student review for their professor per year?

My professor asks us on a frequent basis to review papers and get together, discuss their merit and come up with a review. This happens in bursts, where I may do 2 one week 2 another and then go for 3 ...
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“Anonymous” is so distressed that he is having trouble functioning [duplicate]

I am posting this question on "Anonymous'" behalf. It was suggested on Meta that he re-post. I have drafted a compassionate and practical response which I hope will be of help to him, but without ...
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Asking potential PhD supervisors about research

Is it considered acceptable to ask potential PhD supervisors to recommend some of their recent publications for reading to get some idea what they are doing? Or is it considered the applicant's job to ...
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How desperate is too desperate when it comes to contacting supervisor?

I am trying to create a solid basis for applying for a highly competitive PhD position in the field of CS. I am now getting as much research experience as I can by doing internships in academia and ...
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Are there any differences in how new vs. well-established professors select students?

For any professors out there, do you feel that there are any differences in how you selected and recruited students from the time when you were newly hired, to a well-established stage (i.e. after ...
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How to say good-bye to an unhelpful and undisciplined professor? [closed]

DISCLAIMER: the following story does not necessarily correspond to the facts in reality. In particular, it does not necessarily correspond to the author of this post and his/her supervisor. I joined ...
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Is praising students' aptitude harmful?

As a computer science professor, I have told some talented students one-on-one that they show a real aptitude for computer science and that they should seriously consider taking more classes in it. ...
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Adviser-Poaching and the Politics of Graduate School

My boyfriend, Mark, is pursuing his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at a prestigious school. He has just finished up his 2nd year and passed his qualifying exam last semester. His adviser is Chinese, and ...
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How to design an undergraduate internship project?

I am postdoctoral fellow working on computer science and bioinformatics, and it seems I might have the possibility soon to supervise some undergraduate internship students. Internships should last ...
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When is a proper time to consider quitting a phd?

I am considering the possibility to quit from the phd program I am involved in ( to be completely honest it is not me BiA considering that, but another person that wants to remain anonymous ) The ...
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apply US professor/faculty position without PhD advisor's reference letter [duplicate]

I got my PhD degree from the one of the most excellent universities in Asia and am currently postdoc in US. However, I had the worst nightmare PhD advisor who thought his own students as potential ...
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How do I deal with an advisor who's biased and doesn't give you time?

My primary advisor is on a sabbatical and is currently working in the industry; he doesn't return till before I graduate. He passed me onto another advisor who's roughly in the same research area. ...
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How to make my Thesis supervisor aware of my Visa issues?

I am finishing my Master in a foreign country on a student Visa. The Visa will expire in one and a half month, the exact time I was appointed to receive graduation, but my Thesis supervisor wants me ...
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Should I use self-made animations in my scholarly presentations?

What do you think about the addition of animations to powerpoint presentations? I'm not talking about the generic animations that can be added to powerpoint slides, but the use of animated films to ...
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Whether to change supervisor in UK Masters degree when supervisor is not providing much feedback and says I can change supervisor if I want?

I am pursuing a taught Master's degree in UK, and my field is social science. I was assigned to a dissertation supervisor by department. My supervisor is a very nice person with good personality, he ...
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Seeking a biology mentor: is my advisor's advice in my best interest? [closed]

I’m a fourth year PhD student in the life sciences, and I need mentorship, preferably from someone who recognizes the differences between ideal Academic Scientific Research and the actual realities ...
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What is the best advise for someone who is going for a conference for first time? [closed]

What is the best advise for someone who is going for a conference for first time.
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A professor stole my topic. Now what?

After completing my dissertation proposal, I got data from a company for the idea. After that, I was searching my dissertation advisor. I talked with an assistant professor(A), and then he asked ...
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What's more important in choosing a PhD program, advisor or institution?

In terms of judging a doctoral program--and possibly also relevant for postdoc-ships(?)--which is the more important consideration, who your advisor is or the institution at which you study? ...
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In computer science, what does winning a Sloan research fellowship say about an advisor?

Some background: I'll be starting my PhD in computer science this fall and just noticed that my prospective advisor won one of the 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowships. Obviously the standard ...