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PhD admissions - Contacting multiple profs from the same university

Presently, I am writing to potential PhD guides in US universities. There are two professors from the same department who work on topics that cannot be considered closely related, but I would be happy ...
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Should you respond to a call-for-papers rejection email?

This question is related but I don't think it is a duplicate. I recently sent the abstract of my first paper to a call-for-papers for a conference. I received an email thanking me for the submission ...
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Precedence: Address or P.S [closed]

At which position, in an e-mail similar to the following one, is it correct to write a "Post Script"? Position I or Position II? Dear Professor X. Hello, I am John Smith. And this is my ...
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How to answer a professor asking “what your masters work is about?” when my thesis is not in English?

I have contacted a professor, looking for a PhD position. He replied that my field is so near to his research field, and to consider my application; he needs to know more about my masters thesis. ...
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Slow to no email response from distance-learning university administration. What can I do?

June this year, I applied to study a distance learning postgraduate course at a university in UK. I received a conditional offer and was required to pass an IELTS exam. I did and they offered me an ...
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How can I show my potential in my mail to the professors?

I am hoping to continue my masters in machine learning or data mining. So as a part of the process I am mailing to professors. I have a decent GPA and GRE score. I have research experience in these ...
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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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What do I do if a professor at a foreign university doesn't respond to my emails?

I want to know about appropriate actions to take when not receiving an e-mail reply from professors after 2 to 3 weeks of sending an e-mail. When writing my e-mails, I try to highlight questions and ...
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If a professor is not offering funding to a PhD applicant, does it mean that he doesn't really want to be his advisor?

In some countries, it is required for students to contact a professor and find an advisor before they start their application for that university. I have heard from some of my friends who are studying ...
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How to make a paper's author willing to help me with his source code like a semi-supervisor?

I am really in trouble. I am doing my MA thesis on wireless sensor networks, and I have a source code with more than 16 files and each one more than 5000 lines. It's very complex and has no ...
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Reference for use of name@math.univ.edu for mathematics department email addresses?

I have noticed that many mathematics departments (a little over half of the public and private Group I departments) follow the name@math.univ.edu format. Does anyone know of a reference to a ...
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Sending a *digitally signed* email to prospective employer/supervisor

I have been digitally signing (and encrypting, whenever possible) my official emails for sometime. While I am not extremely paranoid (but serious, certainly) about cryptographic security, I also think ...
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When applying to graduate school, is it a good idea to email professors to express interest in joining their research labs?

I live in US and I am applying to graduate school.I wonder if it is a good idea to send an email to graduate school professors and mention that you like their research and would like to join their ...
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Are informal inquiries about postdoctoral positions liable to be perceived negatively?

I will graduate in 6-8 months with a PhD in physics and am looking to contact potential postdoc advisers. I will be applying to positions without an advertisement or prior contact with the potential ...
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What is the etiquette for asking a professor I don't know to suggest universities for me?

Because of the current political situation, I cannot apply for a PhD in the USA. There is a very remarkable professor on a U.S. university and I want to ask him to suggest for me other universities ...
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Is it appropriate to reply every time to a professor's “thank you” email?

I want to know, since I am not a native English speaker, whether or not it is appropriate to reply to a thank-you email from a professor? For example, if every time you get an email from a professor ...
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What to do when haven't heard back from potential supervisor who is moving?

I had contacted a potential supervisor and got a positive response from him. He said that he is interested but he said we should do a skype interview first. He also stated that he is moving to another ...
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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 ...
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Should I email a potential supervisor who agreed to support me?

I am applying for a PhD at a certain university that requires the student to provide and evidence of support from a potential supervisor before submitting the application. After mailing some ...
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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 ...
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Emailing professor too early has any impact?

I was just wondering when should we start contacting professor of grad school for admission. Does contacting professor too early cause any impact? like, professor gets irritated and never reply back ...
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Is it a good idea to email to potential grad advisor with personal website email domain?

I was reading about email etiquette. Dos and don'ts when you are sending mailing your professor. One of them was about email domain. I was wondering if it is a good idea to use personal website ...
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Ask the author of paper about an idea

I am doing my MS thesis on wireless networking, I give the codes from the author of the paper, for some month, after reading his paper and also working on the some aspects of his codes (the ...
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Should I thank paper author for replying to my email? [duplicate]

I sometimes (approximately once a week) send an email to the author of a paper. S/he often replies to my email after one or two days. Should I send them "thank you for your answer" or not each ...
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What is the etiquette for repeatedly emailing questions to an author whose work I'm building on?

I am doing my master thesis on wireless networking. I am working on the source code, which the writer of one of the articles provided to me. Initially, I sent him an email and I asked him to send me ...
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Is it okay to email the authors of a paper questions not directly for research?

I read this paper: http://citpsite.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/oldsite-htdocs/pub/coldboot.pdf I have a very quick question about recreating the experiment, and this isn't for academic ...
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Are there any drawbacks in adding hyperlinks in PhD application email?

I'm writing an application email to a professor for a PhD program. One dilemma that I have is whether I should add hyperlinks and if there are any problems in doing that. Consider the imaginary ...
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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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Professor reviews proposal as a favor, should I send a reminder

I am applying for PhD, and in the application I am required to write a research proposal. I asked my thesis supervisor to write a recommendation for me, and he agreed,but he told me that I need to ...
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Applying for undergraduate research - include transcript with bad 1st year GPA?

I'm a 2nd year student writing a request to volunteer as a research assistant to a professor. From what I've read, attaching a transcript to the introductory email is a good idea. [1][2] I'm ...
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What does it mean if a professor does not answer your email in time?

I recently sent an email to the professor, who accepted me to carry out my postdoctoral research in his group. However, I wrote him an email to ask quick but important questions, like, when do you ...
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Requesting review of short proof by professor

I'm a student enrolled in an university in Italy. I'm currently taking a course on probability theory, but the way is it taught is, whilst very good, not very thorough; I mean that in class some of ...
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The last sentence in the official email to a professor

I have to write an official letter to a professor to explain my research interests and my research plan to him, so that he could evaluate my eligibility for support through a research assistantship. ...
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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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Etiquette on sending a thank you e-mail to respondents who gave me helpful information

Sometimes there are cases in a e-mail correspondence with academia staff (professors and bureaucrats) in which I don't know which is the best practice. I wonder if there is any best practice for the ...
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How to react to an angry email / argument as a third party

I'm finding myself in an uncomfortable position these past couple of days. Our IT/lab manager has been working on a new website to store data that is to be shared with about 11 other institutions, all ...
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Signature for Doctor of Information Technology prefix and suffix

How can I sign my name with the degree of "Doctor of Information Technology"? Is this all correct? Dr. Full Name Full Name D.I.T Dr Full Name (Doctor of Information Technology) Dr. Last Name ...
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I have found an error in a textbook. What can I do about it?

In the book Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory (10th edition) by Boylestad and Louis Nashelsky, I have found a technical mistake. What can I do about this? To whom should I send an email, the ...
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How to tell a faculty member that I don't need him on my thesis committee anymore?

Out of five needed members for my doctoral thesis committee, four are fixed. For the fifth member, I approached Mr.A. He has no real connection to my research or topic but I contacted him because he ...
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Optimal structure for PhD application submitted directly to PI

I am currently applying for PhD positions (mainly - though not exclusively - around Germany and Switzerland). As I would like to start as soon as possible and would rather be paid than receive a ...
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Keeping email records when moving between posts

This question is about maintaining email records when changing institutions. I’m writing it here because it seems to be a problem quite specific to the academic context of managing long-term ...
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Can I contact the author of a paper for questions, even if I've never studied over high school?

I've never been in a University in my life, but I enjoy reading research papers to expand my knowledge and go deeper in the understanding of details which are not covered by books. A recent paper ...
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Should I use both surnames when addressing a Spanish professor as 'Dr' in an email?

I'm writing my professor. She has two surnames. So far, I've been using only her first surname; however, I'm curious whether that's, generally, how I should address a professor with two surnames. I ...
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Best way to respond to a request for CV

A couple of weeks ago I met this person who had come to our institute for an invited talk. Her domain of work was same as my area of research. Later I discussed with her some of the topics and asked ...
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Which one of these is more appropriate for academic email

I have a membership from an organization e.g. ieee.org and I have some options for my email ID which I want to use in academy and professional work. I'm not a native English and I'm not familiar with ...
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communication after job offer and acceptance

I am a US-based researcher and was offered a position as a postdoctoral researcher at a Swedish institute. The offer came in December, and I have negotiated some terms, which the school accepted. All ...
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How to address an academic without a PhD

I am currently writing an e-mail to a member of Oxbridge staff. He is a "lecturer," full-time staff, who co-ordinates a well-known program, but does not hold a PhD, only an MA. I can't call him "Dr. ...
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Author's email address in a published paper is not working

I have stumbled upon a paper that is very related to my field of research and after reading and discussing it with my supervisor, I found some issues in the paper that I need more information about, ...
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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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Increase chance of reply when e-mailing an eminent researcher?

I found this question, but it does not exactly match what I would like to ask. In my case, it's almost surely appropriate to send the e-mail (since my adviser suggested it), I'm just wandering as to ...