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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Can I put my NSF fellowship on reserve in order to investigate leaving academia?

I'm currently a PhD student in mathematics at a well-ranked school. Unfortunately, after a few years of increasing frustration and self-doubt, I'm considering leaving academia and trying to start a ...
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advice for future software engineer [on hold]

I am a freshman college student currently attending a 4 year university and persuing a career as a software engineer. Currently, I am teaching myself C++, GNU Make, and Python. I am teaching myself ...
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How may I calculate Research Contribution as Per UGC rules?

University Grants Commission (U.G.C)[ "http://www.ugc.ac.in/"] is the autonomous and statutory body in India, to govern the rules and regulations of the Universities and various other academic ...
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What postgraduates do after Phd? [closed]

I'm currently applying for a four year Phd programme as my life-time ambition is to be a University lecturer in Computer Science. However I'm concerned about finishing the degree and not finding a job ...
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Career advice: How can I move on from my probable PhD flop?

So thing aren't going well for me with my PhD and I sort of think I'm not going to get there (hard deadline is September and frankly I think I'm fairly close to having a breakdown). I'm in the UK and ...
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Accept a PhD offer from a local school while applying to others?

I just completed a masters in CS at a local school while working as a developer. I liked the process and want to go on to a PhD in other places. My adviser supports my choice and is writing me letters ...
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dealing with non-faculty two-body problem? [closed]

When I look for resources for dual-career couples, I always find information for faculty members. What about others? I've been employed in non-profit/ academia for more than 7 years and now my wife is ...
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How much do my career prospects suffer if I start a mathematics/CS PhD. at the age of 27?

I was doing a phd in a different subject and that was going nowhere and I lost interest in everything that I was doing. But I always loved mathematics and during the dark days of my 3rd of my (former) ...
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How to decide whether to publish your paper in conference proceedings, as a journal article, or as a book chapter?

I thought that this simple question has been already asked here on Academia, but it seems to that it did not happen (or, I was not able to find it). So, I will ask it. You have accomplished some good ...
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How to ignite your research career when your advisor is so disappointing?

How can I ignite my research career when my advisor is so disappointing and I can learn nothing from him? He rarely publishes academic papers, but he has his fingers in many pies(engineering ...
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Can I be admitted to a graduate program in Computer Science with relevant work experience, but academic background in Electronic Engineering?

As mentioned, I have an undergraduate degree in Electronic Engineering but my work experience (>3 years) is in server-side software development including development of horizontally scalable and ...
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What are the career-path for failed PhD student? [closed]

I was pursuing PhD in mechanical engineering. I have completed 4 years. My PhD problem was very tough and my professors told that completion of PhD requires 3-4 more years. Also, no funding from the ...
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Career Paths for Mathematics and Physics

I'm just looking at the Mathematics & Physics program at University of Toronto (I think it's like Mathematical Physics, correct me if I'm wrong), I'm wondering what career paths I can choose if I ...
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Should I Postpone Graduate School?

I have a goal: It is to be a mathematical physicist (something like the type that would work on, say, the Amplituhedron). This goal is non-negotiable. From what I've read, it is difficult for a ...
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Is it better to submit a paper to a journal “normal” issue, or wait 4 months and send it to a more focused “special section” of the same journal?

I am a recently PhD graduate student in computer science. In the last months, I wrote a paper about an aspect of my thesis, with the collaboration of my former supervisor. We found a call for papers ...
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What academic functions does a Professor Emeritus usually serve?

I for one have never understood the distinction between a regular prof with a prof Emeritus/Emerita aside from the obvious fact that a Prof. Emeritus is someone who is usually fairly elderly and has ...
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Math or Physics Combined with Computer Science [closed]

I'm thinking of taking a double major/specialist course at university, combining computer science with either math or physics. I am better at current high school math, but I think physics will have ...
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Math - PhD or Master's + PhD?

I'm an undergrad and have been looking at my professors' CVs. While some of them went straight from earning their undergraduate degree to earning their PhD (which is what I was thinking of doing since ...
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Benefits to serving on an IEEE Standards Association?

What are the benefits of being a member of IEEE Standards working group? From my limited knowledge: you get another badge on your cv you get to have a say in outlining a specific IEEE Standard you ...
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How detrimental is involvement in politics to a scientific career?

I am an undergraduate student in the hard sciences, and am thinking of pursuing a research career after graduation. I am also quite politically involved on the left, and have political articles ...
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Would a 5-year prison sentence totally ruin one's academic career?

For committing a crime unrelated to academic life, but considered severe in the U.S. and some countries (hence the 5-year or so sentence)? The crime, however, is not that bad in some other countries ...
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Degree programs or careers with a focus on plagiarism detection?

Are there any formal degrees that offer training in tools for detecting plagiarism? Or on understanding fair-use, proper attribution of sources, and avoiding plagiarism? Are there career options ...
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What kind of career path might be possible for a professor following a plagiarism scandal?

Prior to transferring to the university I'm currently enrolled in, I went to a different college in a different state with a renown reputation for integrity and academic rigor. The year before I left, ...
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Are there graduate programs available specific to one programming language? [closed]

I am a Java enthusiast. I only know Java and its frameworks (like struts2, spring). Are there any graduate programs available specific to this field?
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Are there studies following up on people who left academia?

Is there any extensive research/study/survey that looked at what percentage of people who left academia were happy with their decision after X years? I mostly interested in the computer science field ...
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Why do research faculty pursue administrative positions, such as dean, provost, president, etc. ? Do such positions spell the end of one's research?

At a recent seminar talk, I was amazed to note that one of the two coauthors (not the presenter) was the president of a large and well-known university, since I had always assumed that taking on such ...
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Where do people leaving academia go?

Is there any extensive research/study/survey that looked at where people that leave academia go? I mostly interested in the computer science field (machine learning) in the US, but curious about ...
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How commonly do researchers spend a long time (>10) years on soft money?

In Academia, a soft money research position is one where uncertain money comes from an external source. The employee or xyr supervisor/boss might need to secure funding every couple of years or so, ...
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What are the main reasons why academics leave academia? (Looking for references, not personal opinions)

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at the main reasons why academics leave academia? I did read a few articles explaining why some particular academics left academia, but I would like to ...
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What are pros and cons for an adjunct professor job at a community college for an IT professional?

I've just been contacted by a friend's friend who decided I'd make a great adjunct professor at a community college, IT department, application development. Suddenly I heard myself agree to an ...
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What is a non-tenure-track assistant professor position in the USA and is it harmful?

I see some offers on the Chronicle jobs website (such as this one from UC San Diego) for non-tenure-track assistant professor positions. Is the work of a non-tenure-track assistant professor exactly ...
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Transitioning from pure research to a teaching position

I have a PhD in Computer Science and have been working as a "pure researcher" in an academic setting for the past 10+ years. I have a decent publication record, with a large number of citations to my ...
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What countries offer the best opportunities to advance one's academic career? [closed]

I am currently finishing my PhD and I have just started the search for postdocs or tenure-track positions worldwide. For the last five years I have been in the same town working with the same people ...
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Who to ask for letters of recommendation when changing fields after PhD?

I want to apply to competitive postdoc programs in a different field than the one of my PhD. It asks for 3 recommendation letters. What to do if none of my collaborators is well-known in the target ...
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Why would a senior PI need to take a part-time job at another university?

A senior professor works at one university, has his own lab and research group(s). Recently, he took another part-time job at a better university. So why do professors need to take part-time jobs? Is ...
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Helping spouse adjust when relocating for an academic position?

I am moving to a new place to take a new academic position. Now that we have committed to it, what can I do to help my spouse adjust to or enjoy the new location? We are both academics. Edit: ...
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What is the optimal balance of time spent on research vs. volunteering/leadership/organizing in grad school and beyond?

In graduate school I have found that along with being a producer of good research, fellowships/post-doctoral advisers/faculty search committee are also often interested in what one has done outside of ...
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Should I leave my current PhD if I don't like the research problems my advisor suggests?

Warning: Extremely long post. Not really even the full story but one must stop somewhere. My problem is the following: I am a pure mathematics PhD student in (a remote part of) Europe and am part of ...
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Does deferring admissions to PhD affect future (post-PhD) career path?

I'm currently in my final year of undergraduate study, and will be applying to physics PhD programs (for condensed matter theory) soon. Without going into details, I am convinced that deferring my ...
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Effect of passing management courses on research career

By reviewing syllabus of a MBA course, and its entry requirements such as some years of industry job experience; it comes to mind that these type of management courses are designed only for the people ...
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What position should a young researcher moving to a UK university apply for?

Having obtained by PhD in Computer Science five years ago, I have been working in R&D projects for the last years. I want to pursue an academic career and I am currently considering moving to UK. ...
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On the verge of being “fired” from post-doc position, how to act towards supervisor?

I am in month 5 of an extremely unfulfilling post doc position in France. My sole responsibility is debugging 10k+ lines of spaghetti C++ code. I am a mechanical engineer and although I did my PhD ...
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Restoring self confidence - possible? [duplicate]

I am having a personal crisis and I thought maybe I should ask for some guidance in this forum. I have been in grad school in 4 years, failed qualifiers once passed at second attempt. I am dedicated ...
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How to change to Mathematics PhD program following M.S. in Computer Science?

I wonder if anyone can give me some advice about how a computer science graduate shifts career to mathematics? I'm currently doing a Master's degree in computer science and i was thinking about doing ...
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Advices on which to choose, uncertainty or certainty?

Currently I am doing my final year project(FYP) on Large-Scale Distributed Storage System, where I apply finite field and coding theory to design new codes which can improve existing codes. I plan to ...
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How do CS graduate school admissions weigh an unrelated master?

I am a Computer Science graduate living at a developing country and I have two options to choose, Option I: Pursue CS masters at a reputable, but not leading, national university with a limited ...
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Literature for commercialisation of research

What are some good books to read for people who have been in academia their entire career (regardless of length of that career) and now want to commercialise something from their research? I am ...
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Which is considered more valuable for faculty job applications, teaching experience or participation in conferences?

As a PhD student from top university, I have the opportunity of having a minor called "teaching minor". For me, I am personally mostly interested in mathematical application into material science ...
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How long to wait for an optimal/good PhD thesis/program, should settle for less exciting topics?

When I started applying for Phd programs I had big dreams and goals on working on certain topics and spending lots of time in the field. I also had in mind some location and universities but I was ...
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Is it possible to do a Postdoc without travelling?

I am soon to finish my PhD and would love to do postdoctoral research (UK). However, for reasons I shan't go into, it is not viable for me to travel outside of my city and so I am unable to attend ...