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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What is the best advise for someone who is going for a conference for first time? [on hold]

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 ...
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Wanting to take some courses but my school won't cover it? Should I take a loan? [closed]

I'm in a little bind at the moment. I wanted to take two summer classes but my school won't pay up. I need 10 more courses before I get my degree. So far I owe $0 and I'm not sure if I should start ...
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Is it okay to give a gift to my research mentor who happens to be the dean?

I'm about to graduate and would like to give my research mentor a book as a gift. It is common in my institute (which is in the US) to give professors gifts as students graduate. However, the problem ...
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Should a “good” Ph.D. student still get some strong supervision?

I am getting closer to the end of Ph.D. studies and in some months I expect to stop the research to seriously work on the thesis. My supervisor has two other students working on slightly different ...
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Full scholarship and student advisor relationship

If a phd student is completely funded by an outside institution and don't cost the school or the university anything, what impact would that have on the student relationship with his advisor? ...
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How can I find an adviser for my PhD study? [closed]

I'm a phd student in applied mathematics and software developer in a university. I have completed my Msc thesis about numerical solutions of stiff differential equations via implicit Runge-Kutta ...
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Could there be a problem with my PhD supervisor (lack of assertiveness, essentially a “yes woman”)?

I am a first year maths PhD student at a UK university, and I recently made a very long post about potentially quitting my PhD and I am severely lacking motivation (see here for much more details). I ...
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Recommendation letter from a supervisor after falling out

In the event of a falling out with a supervisor (Master's thesis or PhD) is there generally anything one can do about it if one wants to apply to a (different) PhD program, for which one would need a ...
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Going to a lower-ranked school for better advisor fit

Computer Science PhD admit here. Is it crazy of me to turn down a top school (MIT/Stanford) for a lower-ranked school (think Cornell/UW/Columbia/Michigan) if I think there is better advisor fit? ...
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What contributions from your advisor must you specifically acknowledge in your dissertation?

When you're writing your dissertation, your advisor will undoubtedly make many contributions. They might suggest literature to look into or ways of tackling a problem. Many of these contributions I ...
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As a Ph.D. advisor, how do you feel about taking on students with diagnosed depression or bipolar disorder?

Assume a student with diagnosed depression or bipolar disorder has already been admitted to the university, and thus has a resume comparable to their peers. How do you feel about taking them on?
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As a postdoc, how to deal with supervisor who keeps trying to involve my student in other projects?

I would appreciate very much an advice on the case which I will describe after a short intro about myself. Such introduction is not really necessary for the matter of question, but I hope it can ...
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Should a PhD Supervisor have a PhD in the same research subject, as the PhD student?

Is it generally accepted in academia, that a PhD supervisor should have a PhD in the same research area as the student's PhD research area? For example, let's assume that my research area is the ACM ...
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How do I tell my supervisor his idea is incorrect?

My supervisor gave me some guidance in order to complete my Masters thesis and to publish the result in a journal. His idea to develop the work is not correct and in this case I know my thesis better ...
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How can I approach my professor when he is sending me indirect messages with another person?

After achieving my masters degree, i applied for a phd program at the same university i was graduated from. In Germany, a person has to find 2 advisors to be registered as a phd student and thats it ...
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I graduated last year and my advisor passed away unexpectedly soon after. What should I do now for subsequent academic job searches?

I received a PhD in mathematics last May. Last December, my advisor passed away quite unexpectedly. My advisor was an extraordinary person; in addition to being a fantastic advisor mathematically, ...
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Understanding an advisor’s refusal of an internship

I am graduate research assistant in Computer Science in the US. A while ago, a master student in the research group, who plans on a career in industry after graduate school, received an internship ...
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Supervisor announced he's going to present my work without asking permission, how can I get credited without damaging my career?

Short: My master thesis supervisor want to present my findings at a conference. He did not ask me for permission, just informed me he will do so, how should I react? Long: My supervisor early on said ...
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How should I contact the Professor again?

I have applied to a university for Research Masters. Following application, I contacted the Professor I had listed on my application and told him about my research and profile. He asked me to send him ...
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What type of gift could I give to my PhD advisor? [duplicate]

I will be defending my dissertation in this Summer and I'm planning to give a gift to my advisor. I'm not quite sure what would be the best and meaningful gift for a professor receiving from his/her ...
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Working on multiple research projects as an undergraduate with different professors

I am currently a sophomore undergraduate Mechanical Engineering major at a mid-sized public university. I know that I really do enjoy research, I love learning, and I love teaching. I am ...
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About Appliying for MSc Program [closed]

I want to work on a specific topic that I find interesting. So, I need to have an advisor who works on this field. How should I apply for something like that? Should I firstly find a professor, or is ...
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When is it okay to ask your advisor solution to a technical problem?

For example, if (hypothetically speaking) I am stuck on proving a theorem, is it okay to ask my academic advisor some help for next step? My approach has been, "this is what I have tried, I am stuck ...
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How to improve my capacity to follow my advisor's instructions during research?

I am a Computer Science undergraduate doing a research project in Bioinformatics. I know my weaknesses, especially that I am not good at speaking, listening, and interacting with people in all social ...
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Choose people or topic preference for PhD? [closed]

I have two PhD offers: Team a) I like the people but the research topics rather just ok. Team b) I like the research topics but the people are a bit strange and not as well qualified. Can someone, ...
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Are there any negative consequences associated with asking your former advisor about the status of a joint paper collaboration?

I coauthored a paper with my former advisor and he sent it to an expert for review before submitting it to a journal. A couple of weeks have passed by and I would like to know the status, but I have ...
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Can my PhD thesis supervisor be a reviewer for my paper?

I want to know whether my PhD thesis supervisor (with whom I have co-authored many papers) is allowed to be a reviewer for one of my journal submissions?
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No reply from potential supervisor of my dreams: is it OK to try meeting them in person?

After much research at many universities, I have found a supervisor whose research perfectly matches my research interests. I believe that I have truly found a good match...and believe that I would ...
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What, if anything, obligates a student to work with an advisor who lobbied for him/her to get funding?

In my department, PhD admissions and funding are two separate processes, which means many PhD students are admitted even if there is no funding for them. To be admitted, an applicant typically needs ...
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Impact of student suicide on PhD advisor's tenure prospects

If a PhD student kills himself, how does that affect the advisor? Does it count against him for tenure purposes?
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I'm the only grad student who wasn't asked to write a tenure recommendation for my advisor. Should I be concerned?

I'm a few months away from defending and my advisor is going up for tenure shortly after I finish. I found out that every other student of my advisor, including a student who graduated a year ago, ...
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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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How to request that collaborators add my supervisor's name to a manuscript

I am collaborating with a foreign author. As I am still pursuing my degree, I have to add my supervisor's name in that paper, even though my supervisor has not contributed to the preparation of this ...
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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 ...