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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

2
votes
1answer
62 views

At the beginning of PhD research, how to balance independence with satisfying my advisor's expectations?

I am at the beginning of the research portion of my PhD program and as is standard in this department, I am to begin my research by writing a small literature review of some relevant papers in my ...
7
votes
2answers
469 views

Is it possible to have a PhD advisor from another university?

I am a graduate student, 2nd year, in a STEM field at a US university. I have passed my quals. Is it possible to ask from a Professor who is not at your university to be your advisor? Did anybody ...
-2
votes
0answers
76 views

how to get acceptance from a potential supervisor as soon as possible?

I am contacting professors for getting acceptance. I have obtained funding and there is a validity time period for that. I have to manage everything within that validity period or before an interview ...
0
votes
2answers
276 views

My new advisor didn't reply to my email, is it a sign that she doesn't care?

I am a 2nd year graduate student in physics, at one of the top 20 universities in the US. This semester, I am supposed to start a research project with a professor who agreed already to be my thesis ...
0
votes
2answers
206 views

What to write in email to potential PhD advisor?

I would like to apply for following PhD studies in the Nordic countries, particularly in the field of Computer Science. The problem that I found is that it says in the admission procedure that "before ...
42
votes
6answers
6k views

Is it appropriate to buy a “thank you” gift for a PhD supervisor?

I am nearing the end of my PhD and I would quite like to buy a "thank you" gift for my supervisor (although, she's the socially awkward type who I'm sure will be greatly embarrassed to receive one). ...
19
votes
6answers
3k views

Is it possible to restart a PhD due to issues with supervisor (and should I do it)?

I am a PhD student in Europe and I am in the state of permanent crisis because of my PhD supervisor. He is a very nice person, who is very active with public engagement, very successful at grant ...
3
votes
1answer
183 views

Chair of my committee keep adding and changing ideas

I am trying to defend my proposal and I have a very inefficient professor as the chair of my committee. He keep adding and changing ideas consistently. I get the feeling that he doesn't really know ...
5
votes
0answers
143 views

What do potential postdoc advisers seek in research statement letters?

I am putting together my application for a postdoctoral position in theoretical condensed matter physics. The position is not a fellowship and is a regular postdoc position. If you have gone through ...
1
vote
2answers
759 views

Should I inform my thesis adviser about current situation

I had unofficially agreed to start working on my thesis during September, with no concrete date being mentioned. However there are two factors which might delay this date: Me not being available ...
38
votes
8answers
12k views

Is it normal for an advisor to expect >80 hour workweeks from PhD students, and threaten them with dismissal?

My advisor always keeps pointing out that I should have publications and I should keep working and stuff like that. Recently he's been saying that not all student will finish Ph.D. and you should be ...
15
votes
5answers
3k views

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 ...
9
votes
3answers
148 views

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 ...
16
votes
4answers
1k views

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 ...
-6
votes
1answer
131 views

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 ...
24
votes
11answers
5k views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
805 views

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 ...
10
votes
1answer
366 views

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 ...
8
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
652 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
623 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
114 views

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 ...
7
votes
4answers
798 views

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 ...
16
votes
1answer
460 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
412 views

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. ...
6
votes
2answers
140 views

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 ...
-1
votes
1answer
70 views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
223 views

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 ...
14
votes
2answers
379 views

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 ...
16
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
531 views

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. ...
12
votes
1answer
459 views

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. ...
1
vote
0answers
56 views

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 ...
10
votes
4answers
470 views

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 ...
68
votes
12answers
11k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
425 views

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 ...
29
votes
4answers
3k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
206 views

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 ...
3
votes
3answers
324 views

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 ...
24
votes
6answers
2k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
598 views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
16
votes
3answers
276 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
281 views

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 ...
13
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
30
votes
3answers
2k views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
231 views

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 ...
28
votes
5answers
2k views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
175 views

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, ...