Questions about how to communicate with others appropriately and professionally; communication etiquette

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How to email current students in graduate programs you're considering?

What is the right approach for sending emails to contact the graduate students in the graduate schools that we are applying to? Some questions to ask current graduate students are suggested in this ...
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Efficiently communicating new research ideas to/with potential supervisor

Background/context: I am a PhD student in experimental physics. I expect to graduate by the end of this year and have begun applying for postDoc positions. I recently contacted a professor (I'll call ...
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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 ...
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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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My student told me his mother has cancer, what do I do?

Today I saw that one of my students in the class was looking very sad. He sat down at the end of class and he looked like he was in a bad mood. After all the students left the classroom I called him ...
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Filling in gaps in lecturer's instruction

I am studying a Honours level Reading Unit. A Reading Unit is quiet unlike the traditional be lectured to type units. It is based on the principle that everyone in the unit has mastered how to do ...
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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 it okay to ask a professor if he is going to attend a certain conference

I am planning to attend a prestigious conference in the near future, and I was wondering if a certain professor who I wish to meet and I would love to do my phd degree and research under his ...
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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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How to go about contacting an author regarding questions on their research?

There is a scientist I am interested in contacting with expertise in peptidomics. I would like to email them to ask if they had ever explored findings from a related area of research. How do I ...
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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 explain to college that religious observance precludes me from living on campus, as required?

I am planning to attend a college that requires students to live on campus, in a coed setting. As an observant Muslim, I cannot do that. The college asked me to write a letter explaining why I cannot ...
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How should academics handle communication with the media?

I'm not famous enough of a scientist to be frequently solicited by the media* (plus my field has little political/social controversy around it), but I had a few encounters with local newspapers and ...
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Should I charge entry for a public lecture?

I am a research scientist, and as part of my role I am expected to perform some form of public outreach and engagement. I enjoy outreach activities and giving public lectures. I have a suspicion ...
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What leads to contentious tenure cases and can they be avoided?

After hearing about an incredibly contentious tenure case at my alma mater and several other contentious ones, I'm curious to hear how such issues come to be. Some issues that seem to be at play: ...
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Presentation Rules (e.g. 7x7 in Undergrad Communications Courses): are they supported by evidence?

I taught a Business Communications course that brashly asserted that good presentations follow the 7x7 rule (max 7 lines of text per slide, max 7 words per line). I also "learned" this in my ...
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Should a student use the email account provided by the university to communicate with professors?

I am an undergraduate and I do not know much about the rules of writing an email. The email system used by our university is not convenient at all: it responds slowly, often crashes, and its common to ...
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Etiquette for effective workshop comments

After a few years of graduate school, I've noticed that I may not be asking questions and making criticism in the workshops in the best way. By "best," I have two goals for comments. The first ...
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“Soft” ways to contribute to the research community in a new and growing field

I am doing my PhD research in a new multidisciplinary field within Computer Science. It is new in the sense that there are still no tools/implementations publicly available and several workshops ...
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Can I tactfully change my mind after agreeing to do an independent study with a professor?

I recently asked two professors by email if I could do an independent study with them. Both of them responded, saying that they can sponsor me for the study. As soon as I received the first ...
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Dealing with irresponsiveness from far-away scientists

When meeting some scientists in person, I've had good conversations with decisions upon interesting plans for research cooperation and personal visits. But then, subsequent contact by e-mail is ...