Queries related to progression of academics in various capacities from a student to a professor and the various stages involved in the process.

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What inspired you to choose your career path? [on hold]

I am having trouble deciding what to study and college is only one year away. People have told me to try new things in order to find my passion, but so far I have no idea where to even start. So I ...
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What's it like to be a synthetic biologist? [on hold]

I find the field of synthetic biology very interesting and I would like to know what people in the field work on. Where do you work and what do you do there? What did you study to become a synthetic ...
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Avoiding conferences: Potential effects on an academic career and mitigation strategies

The following question is triggered by reading this recent question as well as by a recent case of an organizing committee member approaching me with invitation to present at a well-known (at least, ...
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How can I improve my chance of getting a tenure-track position

My job search (for tenure-track Assistant professor in Computer Science) last year failed miserably. I submitted applications to about 10 US schools (top 30 -- top-100 quality). In the end, I got ...
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Aerospace and electronics at MIT [on hold]

My sister's doing electronics engineering (bachelors) in India and wants to do masters in her areas of interest. She's pretty geeky about electronics and wants to do something that connects with ...
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what are the basic requirements for CMB phD program in USA [closed]

I have completed my engineering in biotechnology and planning for CMB phD program in USA. Let me know what are the basic requirements for this program. Which are the universities i can plan. I'm ...
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Subject is Maths that would complement Physics? [on hold]

Suppose Math has 5 sub parts- Analysis: Analysis, Complex Analysis, Measure theory and integration,Functional Analysis Algebra: Group Theory, Vectors space-rings-modules, Galois, Algebra Number ...
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Love research and learning, hate academia and political backstabbing- pursue a phd or move on with my life? [closed]

Love research and learning, hate academia and political backstabbing- pursue a phd or move on with my life?
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What weight does a visiting assistant professorship in a different field carry in tenure track faculty applications?

I am finishing my PhD next month in Philosophy. I've been offered a Visiting Assistant Professorship (VAP) in Mathematics at a very good (nationally recognized) Small Liberal Arts College (SLAC). I ...
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What are these abbreviations in brackets with year numbers next to author names? [duplicate]

I just read a paper in an IEEE magazine which had a biography section. Next to the author's names, there were a few abbreviations and (what I guess are) year numbers: John Doe [M’08, SM’09] ...
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What are the salary bands specifically for lecturer/senior lecturer/reader/professor in the UK?

This question is related to this question Academic position salaries in the UK (and to some extent to this question too: Academic rank equivalence between the UK and the US systems), but my question ...
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Academic rank equivalence between the UK and the US systems

What are the US equivalent ranks to the Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader (or Associate Prof), Professor ranks of the UK system? Is it correct that in the US system they are Assistant Prof, Associate ...
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Does the course number matter?

I have a doctorate already and have circled back to complete an MBA. My doctorate is in another discipline. My MBA program just told me that, rather than using the proposed course numbers for an ...
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What is the scholarly value of a report containing experimental results and the procedure

I have performed some experiments on approximately 400+ data sets, my PI is thinking of publishing online a report that contains some background information, the software and the procedure used to ...
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There is some indication that I am not that good at teaching – should I still strive to become a professor?

Since I was an undergraduate I have been a tutor many times, either a drop-in tutor or a private tutor. However, somehow these students politely turned away from me for reasons I do not know. In all ...
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How do weak students who want to do PhD's get into masters programmes in the first place?

One common piece of advice for weak students who want to go into academia is that they do a terminal master's degree first before applying to PhD programmes. This, however, bothers me for two reasons: ...
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Market research & consulting: perception and acdemic career perspectives

Those of you, who had a chance to read some of my questions on this site, are likely aware of my ongoing job search, which I am doing on both academia and industry fronts. Since, naturally, I am ...
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Method of self-assessment of academic potential

I am a soon-to-be-CS-grad at a small teaching university I'm sure you haven't heard of. I have had several internships, most of which were more development than research (teaching programming at ...
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How possible is it to do mathematical research outside academia?

Does anyone know if it is possible for a Ph.D. graduate of mathematics to successfully do research in his/her spare time? The work environment and conditions in academia seem somewhat deplorable at ...
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Deferred admission but funding not guaranteed

I received an offer from a top US school for PhD this March and accepted their offer. Due to some family circumstances, I would not be able to join the program this year. I am an international ...
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How does job security in academic untenured soft money positions compare with job security in industry?

With tenured hard-money positions being increasingly competitive, some researchers spend their entire career on soft money untenured positions. To me, it would seem quite bad to never know more than ...
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Master's program advice

A little background on my question. I recently gradated with my BS in Computer Information Systems and am looking to pursue a Master's program. I am also married with 3 children. I am looking for ...
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Is it possible for a high school student to conduct research into computer science? [duplicate]

I am currently half way through year 10 and I am interested in conducting research into computer science. I am from a public high school in a small town in Australia. I want to go to Massachusetts ...
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What matters most : published papers or GPA? (for scholarship and future career) [duplicate]

I studied BSc chemistry and because I didn't like it, my BSc GPA is 2.46. Alongside with BSc duration, I studied mathematics at home as a self-learner. Since my BSc-GPA was too low, so I got admission ...
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Career in applied mathematics after MS in abstract mathematics?

For someone who is more interested in applied mathematics than abstract, which degree should one pursue in order to have a career in applied mathematics, considering he/she has pursued an MS in ...
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Is there a way to influence research in multiple areas of a field?

So, the title may be a little convoluted, but let me explain. My current interests are regenerative medicine and neuroscience. I'm an undergraduate working in a neuroimaging lab, and while I enjoy the ...
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Can I publish a report from a personal project?

During the course of my post-graduation, a friend and I worked on a personal project in pattern recognition. I honestly am not hesitant to admit that although the technique has a decent result on a ...
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Accepting organizing duties in a year…but waiting for a new position

This question is strongly linked to a previous question of mine: Tenured position to be started very soon…what to do with the old affiliation Roughly speaking, my situation is the following: I am a ...
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Is it necessary that lawyers receive a solid training in subjects that are related to their chosen field of concentration?

Should a criminal lawyer, for example, have a solid background in biological sciences and ballistics? Or is it enough that he or she understands criminal law?
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MS in Computer Science? [closed]

I'm a 3rd year undergrad currently studying Computer Science in India. I will be giving my GRE this August with hopes of going to US to further study Computer Science. I am confused as to which ...
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How to become a professional design researcher?

I graduated from BA art design (mostly practical) and MA communication design (where I fell in love with research). Now I have been working as a interactive designer (mostly visual) for a digital ...
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Are there any professors with PhDs in Humanities from Asian Universities working outside of Asia?

tl;dr: "Are there any professors in Humanities working in North America or Europe who have recieved their PhDs from a University in Asia (Japan in particular)?" (I'm specifically interested in Asian ...
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What are the industry career prospects for a CS Ph.D. student who doesn't publish in CS?

I am a computer science Ph.D. student, and my advisor is in a different department. My work is very computational, and kind of CS related, but my advisor mostly wants to publish in journals outside ...
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How to get Industrial Jobs after PhD maths? [duplicate]

I am a Doctorate in mathematics in the area of Queueing theory, Operations research. I want to work in Coorporate sector, industries rather than working as an academic person. Kindly give some ...
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Age vs career in natural science [duplicate]

Due to my country's education (we finish high school later than other countries), a year off, doing master's degree, I am finding myself in my first year of PhD in States being 26 years old, ...
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PHD Part Time vs Full TIme

Will it make any difference if you do a PHD full time or part time ? In my case my diploma/certificate will mention that the PHD was done part-time, how will this affect my career afterwards? will it ...
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What specialization in Computer Science is closely related to front end development? [closed]

I'm a front end developer with 3 years of experience. I'm working with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and JavaScript frameworks. My under graduate in not Computer Science. Now, I want to pursue my Master's ...
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Career options in scientific/academic publishing for PhDs and Postdocs

I finished my PhD a few months ago and am now settling into a postdoc position. The last 6-8 months of my PhD had been quite stressful (well, nothing unusual there, of course) and when it came to ...
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How does a recognized and well-known Professor help his students in getting an academic job?

It is often told that working under big shots (I mean, recognized professors) in a particular research field is always beneficial on the way towards getting a faculty job in top research universities ...
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How should I convince my parents about a career in mathematics?

I am an 11th grader and studying undergraduate mathematics and living in India. I want to become a mathematician, but there is one problem in this path. My parents want me to become a medical doctor, ...
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US PhD to Developing Country Professorship

So I was listening to this story on The Moth about a woman who earned a degree in Egypt and then an advanced degree in England and then went back to Zimbabwe to be a professor at local university: ...
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How common is redundancy in the British (UK/Australia/NZ/Ireland) system?

The British permanent faculty system seems to differ from the US tenured system mainly in that in the former the management can 'fire' one on the basis of redundancy (What is the difference between ...
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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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Is it fair to all applicants if you were admitted to a prestigious law school partly because the dean endorsed you? [closed]

Let's say you came from a good law school and have good grades. But for some reason, you decided to transfer to an even better school. To be admitted, you need high grades and entrance exam scores. ...
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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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Tenured position to be started very soon…what to do with the old affiliation

Nowadays I am a second year assistant professor (without tenure) in physics at a German university (rank W1, Juniorprofessor), advising 2 PhD students. Today, it came to me the information about a ...
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Role of positions' geographical diversity in (US) academic career perspectives

I'm curious about the impact of geographical diversity of positions (postdoctoral or junior faculty) on career prospects in academia. In my current job search I see a small number of positions at ...
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Normal career path for lecturer in Computer Science

I'm 27 and looking for advice on the career path for lecturing in Computer Science. At the moment I have just started a job at a blue chip company in Software Engineering. However my prime goal is to ...
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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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How difficult is it to obtain a postgraduate qualification in the academic field that's unrelated to your undergraduate programme?

How hard is it to obtain postgraduate qualification in the academic field unrelated to your undergraduate programme (or sharing a rather strenuous connection with it)? I'm looking for answers that ...