The customary code of polite behavior amongst the academic world.

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Etiquette: Interrupting your supervisor having a meeting

I'm doing an internship as a high school student in a lab and am wondering about etiquette in research/life. The problem is that I interrupted my supervisor while he was having a meeting to tell him ...
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How to politely and logically explain that I don't want to receive notification at my private social media account?

My department is becoming more and more annoying by posting everything in Facebook group, from exam results, seminar schedule, to private information about students ( telephone numbers, addresses, ...
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What is the best way for an amateur researcher to communicate with an academic? [on hold]

If a amateur researcher believes that he has a result (average result,not ground breaking result), what should he do to communicate an academic (who is a stranger)? How should one approach?
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Can I ask to be assigned to another project, if the ones I'm on seem unsuccessful?

I'm doing my MSc. in Computational Mathematics in Central Europe. Right after finishing my Bachelor's degree I began to work in our National Supercomputing Center, a research institute that is ...
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Any ethical problems with dating a former student?

Assume the student recently graduated but works nearby; has not been my student for over 1 year; has never expressed any interest in dating until very recently; has a father who is a coworker at my ...
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How does one politely request an instrument from a researcher?

I have just discovered that the (psychological) instrument I've been reading up on for my research team has never been, itself, published, though research into its validity and reliability etc has ...
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Advisor threatening to pull his name from accepted paper that I submitted without his knowledge

Recently, I submitted a research article in the journal "Applied Mathematics and Computations" and fortunately my work got accepted with a very good response from reviewers. However, I made the ...
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Graduation attire - masters hood while receiving an associate degree [closed]

I earned a MS degree a while back. I went back to school for another degree that happens to a "lower" degree...associates of science. Can I wear my Master's hood while getting the AS degree at ...
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When to use professional e-mail address during PhD application

When corresponding with administrators and/or academics regarding graduate school/PhD applications, are there any guidelines about which e-mail address to use (personal vs. professional)? In the ...
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Faculty criticizing students in front of other students

As a graduate student, I often discuss the performance and abilities of undergraduates in very frank terms with fellow graduate students. However, I would never do so in front of other undergraduates. ...
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Should I contact professors directly if a visitor's office exists?

I want to visit certain laboratories at Tokyo Institute of Technology (TITECH) when I go to Japan three weeks from now to get a feel for the research they do and if I would be a good Master's ...
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Visiting a research lab as an undergraduate?

Some context: I'm an engineering undergraduate student seriously considering doing a masters degree in a japanese university once I complete my current degree (in two years) In the next month or so, ...
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Found mistake in my professors book: Tell her or publish? If so, how?

I just came across quite a big problem for an interpretation my professor puts forward in her recently published book (a book containing original research in the humanities, not a textbook). I am not ...
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How should a student address a professor in a letter of recommendation?

I am a graduate student in Computer Science, and I recently received an email from my department requesting that I write a letter of recommendation for a professor who is being considered for a ...
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Ethics and etiquette, and permissions of posting student work to my online “teaching portfolio”

I want to create an online teaching portfolio on my website, and I want to post examples of student work on my blog and teaching portfolio. What are the ethics and etiquette of posting student work ...
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When to refer to a paper as “seminal”

I am writing a paper that relies heavily upon some important work done 10 some years ago. The paper was well received gathering well over a 100 citations and is a must mention within my niche field. I ...
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Is it acceptable for a student to ask a professor to be included as a co-author on the professor's paper?

This semester I participated in an independent study with a professor and one of his/her PhD students. In this independent study, I spent a very substantial amount of time building (coding) things to ...
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Parents attending thesis defense?

My wife is defending her thesis soon, and in her department, defenses are open to the public. I will be there along with several of her friends/colleagues. Her mom also wants to come to the defense. ...
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How long should you wait for a professor who's late for class? [closed]

I've heard that you should wait 15 minutes for a professor who is late to a class, before leaving. Some of my classmates have said that the 15 minute rule is only for professors without PhD's, and ...
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Asking a complete stranger for a subreview for a conference?

This question is about Computer Science firstly, I don't know if it applies to other domains I am a PC member of some international conference in my field. I got a large number of papers to review, ...
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Can I ask a reference letter from someone I met at a place I interviewed?

I had an interview at a university for a tenure track position. They decided not to give me an offer, but I met a professor there (for the first time) that supported me as a candidate. This ...
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How to suggest merging papers with a more senior author?

Here is my situation: A well-known senior researcher - let's call him Prof. Bigshot - wrote a paper. His paper is based on a good idea, but the implementation of that idea is (in my humble opinion) ...
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Visit to a different university - is it OK to bring my girlfriend along?

I am a PhD student, and I was recently invited to visit a university which happens to be at a very attractive touristic location. It goes without saying that the purpose of the visit is purely ...
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Mention religion in CV [duplicate]

I have a muslim sounding name. But I was born to a christian family and I consider myself an atheist. I have been trying to get fellowship in Canada. Will mentioning my religion in the CV help?
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How to handle rude and distracting fellow graduate student who sits in the same office?

In a nutshell, I hate one of my fellow PhD students. I am sitting in the office with that fellow graduate student who frequently interrupts me when I want to focus on my work. He also often is very ...
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Etiquette: senior and junior professors co-advising

I'd like to ask two professors who work at my university to be the co-advisors of my Masters thesis (mathematics). They work in the same research group on (almost) the same topic (which is ...
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Word choice for salutation in a formal email to your PhD adviser, Is *Dear Boss* appropriate?

I am a first year PhD student in France, born and raised in India. It is not customary in here where I am doing my PhD to call one's adviser boss but I do, partly due to my reluctance to call her by ...
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Formally asking a univerity for contact information of PhD

I'm using certain software for my research and have some questions about troubleshooting and the output it creates. All the available information (manual, website and publication) isn't very extensive ...
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How to turn down a MSc supervisor after we had already agreed to work together?

I applied to a university in Canada for a MSc. As part of their requirements, I needed to have a supervisor in order to be granted admission to the program. So I did contact a supervisor and he took ...
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How to ask professor to let me audit lectures at university I am not enrolled in?

There is a professor in the city I am currently living in who does some interesting work. I would like to sit in on his lectures, but I do not know how to ask him. What is the best way for me to ask ...
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Alongside my book proposal, I included by mistake a chapter with some typos (just a few, but major).

Should I email the editor and resubmit the corrected version of the chapter? I have been trying to meet a deadline so I worked very hard on my book proposal. It was polished and ready to be ...
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E-Mailing supervisor during Masters Thesis - How often and how much?

I am in a terminal masters program in the Humanities. I will have to write my masters thesis at some point and have been told that I will have 3 meetings with my professor. I have never worked on a ...
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Is it rude to ask the status of an application?

I have applied for a PhD position in October 2015. I was not informed about the result since then. Is it appropriate to send a mail to a member of the hiring committee (with whom I have contacted ...
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Are dressing habits at poster presentations influenced by implicit sexism in STEM disciplines? [closed]

I am currently attending the meeting of the American Chemical Society and was surprised by the way people were dressed for the poster presentations. In particular, many young women (and some young ...
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Are faculty hiring committees overly polite on “denial” answers

I applied to several tenure track positions this season. For some of them, I received an e-mail letting me know that I was no longer considered. That's cool and expected, since most of them were in ...
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As a student, is it appropriate to use my university's letterhead for a letter I write, to give it extra weight?

A program I participated in for six years, while I was in junior high and high school has just had a huge chunk of their funding removed by the school. I credit this program with the majority of my ...
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Is it good for the speaker to read notes during a presentation?

I am wondering whether it looks odd if a speaker reads notes during a presentation? I am asking this because, I noticed that a few presenters can’t present their work or research well due to ...
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Did requesting more info/contacting admissions too early hurt my chances of getting in?

Before saying anything I would like to point out I have no knowledge on the how to apply for graduate schools and this may very well be a stupid question. I'm getting my Bachelor's degree in Spring ...
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How to give crtitical feeback without sounding obnoxious?

I'm going to a conference in a few days. Among the presentations I'd like to listen to, there's one paper that is nicely written but is extremely flawed methodologically. In short, the authors violate ...
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Write a reminder about a possible undergraduate project

I am currently doing some research for choosing a topic for my M.Sc. thesis. A week ago I sent an email to an external professor (I mean, not one in my University) asking about whether we could ...
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Should I warn a professor about his bad internet security practice?

A relatively old professor from another institute "forwarded" to me, using his work email, a work-related message he had received on his Gmail account. However, he actually saved the entire Gmail ...
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Response time of a research supervisor

I had an informal interview with a foreign professor on Skype and things went well. We talked on Friday and he said he will discuss my case during the meeting for recruitment of students. He showed ...
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How can I ask a teacher to follow the textbook more closely?

This term I'm taking a (graduate) course which is crucial for my degree. The teacher's plan for the course is quite ambitious and all along he's been following the structure of a given text, but he ...
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When do I let other places I applied to know I have an offer? [duplicate]

I currently have a job offer, but I have had two other campus interviews. The other search committees often mention that I should update them on my job search. I am not sure what this means exactly. ...
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Do you acknowledge someone mentioned in your paper/presentation that is in the audience?

Say for example you are giving a paper at a conference and someone you name in your paper is in the audience. Is there any expectation that you make reference to this persons presence when giving your ...
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how to ask help from an area expert and getting feedback?

Actually I am doing my PhD in Computer Science, and it is advancing a little bit slow. I am convinced that I can use a technique to solve a problem in my research, but my supervisor is not very keen ...
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Is it advisable (or even usual) to invite a foreign member of doctoral jury to give a lecture just after the defense? Or is it inappropriate?

I will have my doctoral defense next month, in Italy. In my jury there's a foreign member, who comes on purpose from Belgium (I know him in person and I invited him to be member of the jury, through ...
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Dress code in Japanese academia

I've been invited to a workshop in Japan, and I haven't been to an academic event there before. In my field in the UK, it would be normal to attend an event in "smart casual" wear, eg a polo top or ...
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How to greet when having a PhD panel interview?

What is the most proper greeting for when you enter a panel of faculty members for a PhD Interview, and what for when you leave? I'm in the UK, in case that's relevant.
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Send link to a document/draft instead of attaching it to mail [closed]

When sending a mail to a professor/ academic, is it OK to send link of a document/draft/preprint instead of attaching it to the mail? What is the convention? The reason is, if you attach it, it ...