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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A potential PhD supervisor declined to accept me as a student; can I ask a second time?

I found a relevant PhD supervisor who refused to supervise my PhD project by saying that he has no open position in his research group. Is it OK to mail him again and request to accept me as a ...
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How to assess the proportion of post docs in a lab that go on to become PIs?

Is there any good resource to figure out the track record of academic success of research lab’s alumni (e.g. how many of postdocs became a PI)? I'm a grad student in the US who will finish PhD next ...
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I found out my master's thesis topic has already been done (exactly), and my advisor didn't mention this when suggesting it to me - how to proceed?

I am really frustrated, I have started my research for my master thesis 6 months ago and I have to submit the final draft after 2 months. I was interested in a specific topic and I looked for a ...
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Should a professor be called the same way he signs his emails? [duplicate]

I was reading this question about calling a professor with her first name and saw somewhere in the question that the professor signs her emails with her first name. Is this fact a sign that the ...
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Should I call my adviser by her first name?

I have worked with my adviser for a few months as a graduate student. Everyone, including her other graduate students, seems to call her by her first name. She never expressed a preference to me, so ...
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Can I get some advice on pursuing PhD in signal processing and machine learning? [closed]

Summary Masters graduate interested in pursuing a PhD in the intersection/union of signal processing and machine learning. Looking for some general guidance, and specifically to direct me to some ...
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What should you do when your supervisor is ill?

While somewhat related to this recent question but this situation is different in that my supervisor has over the recent months had unspecified health issues. It has not overly effected our ...
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How to confront advisor about the expectation that I will support another student's project for extended period of time?

I work in a collaborative scientific research group at a public university in the US. Specifically, my lab has two graduate students: myself and another who is expected to graduate shortly. I'm told ...
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How to report on a badly supervised internship [closed]

A few days remain before I present my internship report to get a master's degree. I have a few questions: My field advisor insulted me several times during my internship period. (He is mean, he gets ...
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How to maintain a good relationship with advisor when there is no need for it but I want it?

I want a good relationship with my advisor. But he is very busy with his projects and I am very busy with my master thesis as well. It is very clear to me where my project is going, I just need time ...
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Low ranking university with fund VS Unsure opportunity at a higher ranking one

Two years ago, I completed my bachelor degree with highest honor ranking 1st of my class in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department in my university in Egypt. Since then I have been working ...
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E-mail communication with thesis advisor to inform about current updates

I am currently doing my Master's in the US. I've completed one year, and am about to begin working on my thesis, starting this fall. However, I'm in a peculiar situation now, regarding e-mail ...
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Is my adviser supposed to be assigning me my research?

I have just finished my bachelor's degree in computer engineering. I am doing an REU with the professor who will be my adviser this fall when I enter grad school. Currently my future Adviser has me ...
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How do I stop feeling intimidated by my advisor?

Whenever I meet my advisor and interact with him, in class or otherwise, I can't help feeling intimidated. I feel scared of the fact that I may fall below his expectations, and I become tongue-tied ...
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How to tell my MS advisor I've changed my mind about doing a PhD with him?

I did pretty much all my important bachelor and master courses within one working group, which maybe was not that efficient, but it offers a very nice and comfortable environment and colleagues. ...
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What is a faculty mentor for a junior professor?

I see JeffE mentioned the existence of a faculty mentor in his comment on this question, so I am wondering if there is usually a faculty mentor for every junior professor (e.g., newly hired untenured ...
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Do advisors allow their postdocs to pursue projects outside the advisor's core interests? [duplicate]

I would like to work with a professor in my field as a postdoc after I complete my PhD in Computer Science later this year, who has a remarkable record of supervising PhD students to become faculty at ...
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Ask how to pronounce advisor's last name?

I am an undergraduate working with an advisor, but I do not know how to pronounce his/her last name. I have talked with several different people who work in the department, and have heard the name ...
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Can someone change PhD supervisor without changing research direction?

Background: My supervisor wants to quit my supervision due to reasons beyond his control. He suggested few colleagues to replace him. My only concern is that I be asked to switch my current research ...
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How important is advisor's supervision for a Ph.D. student to be an independent researcher?

I have seen one extreme of the spectrum, where a person conducts great research without even attending college. For a student to become an independent researcher, how much is on the advisor's shoulder ...
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How to correct a fundamental error in a series of papers made by a colleague of your adviser?

I am a PhD student in mathematics. I recently found a fundamental error in a method used in a series of papers. My adviser confirmed that. One of those wrong papers was authored by a researcher who ...
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PhD four years ago; can I publish a paper from PhD work without my supervisor's name?

I did my PhD 4 years ago. I was not comfortable with my guide but I concentrated on my work, and I successfully completed the PhD. But I published a little work with his name as correspondence author. ...
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What are my obligations towards my adviser after the defense, revisions, and all forms signing is done?

Just few days ago, I completed all requirements for the degree, all is set and done. I am organizing a workshop with my adviser to be held in few months. Right now, we are reviewing the submissions. ...
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What to do when an advisor asks you to draft your recommendation? [duplicate]

A friend of mine is applying to graduate schools, and his research advisor asked him to write the recommendation and he would sign it as his own. It doesn't seem possible for my friend to write a ...
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Advisable to visit other labs?

Is it advisable to do a short (2-3months) visit to a different lab at a different university while doing a PhD? I would think that it would be good for setting up collaborations, but would a PhD ...
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Is it ethical for a professor to get masters students to work on open source modules related to the professor's profit-making company?

My professor (computer science) has a company that promotes an open-source software. Of course the software is free and open-source, but his company makes profit by support, training, etc. and they ...
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How should I take a potential PhD supervisor's age into account, when planning to follow PhD with habilitation?

I plan to apply for PhD in Finance/Statistics next semester, and I have searched for some potential supervisors. An issue I have is that many are above age 60, and in Germany Professors have to ...
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Advisor asking me to use my grant to cover his orders

I am now working as a postdoctoral researcher in Japan. I came to work at this institute when it received a big grant from government more than 2 years ago. My research budget is paid from a small ...
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Should a phd student try present a review paper in a conference?

I am a PhD student and I am doing a literature review for my dissertation. Despite the fact that I am working on the topic, I am not an expert; but I have enough information because of my previous ...
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Advisor's/University's rights in the PhD/MSc alumni's research projects and publications

After a series of discussions about the level of dependency of a research student on his advisor in this link and this link, a question comes to mind that when the person is graduated and leaves the ...
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To what extent should a professor give students freedom to do independent research?

During the discussion How/when to become independent in research as a graduate student?, there were one or two professors who not only agreed with the idea of independent research, but also said that ...
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How/when to become independent in research as a graduate student?

I am in the last months of my MSc and I have done my thesis. I have published some conference papers but most of them were literature reviews. My MSc thesis is about solving wave equations by means ...
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How to inform an adviser I am ceasing work with him?

There's a lot of text here, I do apologize. Many thanks to those who read it all and provide commentary. Background: I have worked with my adviser for ~7 years now carrying out research with him in ...
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Advice wanted concerning students who have had run ins with the law.

I am a first year grad student with an expunged felony in the state of Arkansas. I am looking for advice on if and how I should communicate this with my adviser. The felony is due to a drug crime and ...
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Postdoc without letter of recommendation

What if my PhD advisor doesn't want to give me a letter of recommendation, because he doesn't want me to leave on postdoc? No one of his young assistants have never been on any postdoc or fellowship ...
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How to get an advisor to finish their part of a publication when they have not done anything on it for over a year?

I graduated from a reputed North American university with a master's degree in 2013. Due to severe personal problems (deaths/illness in the family, war-torn homeland, divorce, financial issues, and so ...
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What should I ask my potential Ph.D advisor in advance, before actually signing a contract?

I'm currently applying for a Ph.D in Germany. Next week I'm sitting down with my potential Ph.D advisor to have a talk about the program. Currently I'm collecting questions about things like ...
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How much does topic and supervisor matter for honours in computer science when the aim is ultimately to do a PhD?

I am about to go in to my honours year in computer science. If I intend to apply for a PhD at another university when I finish, how much does it matter who my honours supervisor is? Will this make ...
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How to handle an advisor who communicates badly and puts me in a bad position as a result?

I'm frequently put in an awkward position by my advisor: he communicates pretty badly (vague, doesn't give enough information, isn't clear with what he wants, references things that could mean many ...
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Should I ask colleagues of my mentor for internship opportunity?

I have a mentor from an industrial research lab. I use the tool he has developed in my PhD research, and we have been working together for several months. We have some results that he likes very much, ...
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What to mention in your introduction to your research methodology chapter

My supervisor told me that I should write paragraph in which I introduce the problem that will be addressed by this chapter (research methodology). What are some of the key aspects I should focus ...
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How to respond to allegations of misconduct in authorship dispute?

I was working on a problem in the field engineering. I have used one approach and it turned out that it does not work well. After that I got into conflict with my supervisor, and realized that it will ...
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How to ask PhD advisor to work remotely on thesis for extensive periods?

I am in a PhD program in a top US institution but my SO,family,friends are somewhere else. I am considering a thesis that would require minimal/no field or lab work. This would be a big compromise as ...
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Informing your advisor that you are changing disciplines

As a sort of follow up to a previous question, what is advice you would give for telling my MSci advisor I am switching disciplines (pure maths to statistics) for doctoral work? I will presumably ask ...
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How to tell my advisor I am leaving the PhD program, when he is the reason I'm leaving?

I want to give up my current PhD program, which I started 5 months ago, because I really do not like my current advisor's personality and working style. He lives a relaxed life and has no enthusiasm ...
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Is it bad form to ask someone to be my advisor over email?

The faculty, of course, will not first hear from me over email - we have maintained semi-regular research-related meetings over the semester. I have not yet asked her to be my advisor, but now since ...
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Is it reasonable to ask for access to an advisor/supervisor during summer time?

At the end of a recent lengthy meeting with my supervisor, in preparation for my end of year GRC (Graduate Research Committee) meeting, I asked about if I would be able to contact them during the ...
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How to best leverage resources offered at small undergraduate school to be a competitive applicant to top law or architecture + planning schools

I am currently a senior in high school, and will be attending Hamilton College in Clinton, New York next year. Though Hamilton does not have 'core curriculum' requirements and is a small liberal arts ...
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Aftermath of rightfully submitting a solo paper without my advisor's name

After reading this question and this I haven't find my answer. My advisor hasn't contributed to my work and I know that my work isn't significant and it won't publish in top journals. But I want to ...
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How to get rid of unwanted and annoying co-author?

I'm currently a 2nd year PhD student from a computational field. I'm going to submit my first paper about a new optimization algorithm. I've been working intensively on the problem for the last 2 ...