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Is it considered unethical/bad etiquette to contact another potential PhD supervisor while waiting for a response from my first choice?

I have contacted a potential PhD supervisor and currently he is reviewing my work, however this evaluation process seems to be taking too long. Is it ethical to give my research proposal to another ...
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6answers
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Is it appropriate to buy a “thank you” gift for a PhD supervisor?

I am nearing the end of my PhD and I would quite like to buy a "thank you" gift for my supervisor (although, she's the socially awkward type who I'm sure will be greatly embarrassed to receive one). ...
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1answer
207 views

Should a professor be called the same way he signs his emails? [duplicate]

I was reading this question about calling a professor with her first name and saw somewhere in the question that the professor signs her emails with her first name. Is this fact a sign that the ...
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Should I call my adviser by her first name?

I have worked with my adviser for a few months as a graduate student. Everyone, including her other graduate students, seems to call her by her first name. She never expressed a preference to me, so ...
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2answers
829 views

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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1answer
386 views

How to confront advisor about the expectation that I will support another student's project for extended period of time?

I work in a collaborative scientific research group at a public university in the US. Specifically, my lab has two graduate students: myself and another who is expected to graduate shortly. I'm told ...
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2answers
3k views

Ask how to pronounce advisor's last name?

I am an undergraduate working with an advisor, but I do not know how to pronounce his/her last name. I have talked with several different people who work in the department, and have heard the name ...
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3answers
1k views

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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1answer
565 views

Gift to a supportive professor?

As you might have seen from my history I had a very bad advisor who deliberately underpaid me, stole my research work and undermined my career at multiple phases. Now I am done with my university and ...
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1answer
107 views

Transitioning between two advisors who work in the same department

A PhD student has been working with Prof A. However, after a year, the student decided that he doesn't like the field and wants to change his advisor to Prof B, who works in the same department with ...
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3answers
4k views

Advisor walked in while I was complaining about her [closed]

I work in a lab. This evening, thinking that my advisor had already left for the day, I started telling my peers in the lab that she has a bad attitude about a few things, and she was showing off a ...
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3answers
588 views

Advisor's wife is having a baby, should we be getting him something?

My advisor's wife is having her first baby and he told us about it at our last lab meeting. We understand that this will mean he might need extra time/patience as the big day approaches, but are we ...
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3answers
1k views

Should I tell my supervisor that I will consult someone else?

I need an specific advice on a specific area (not the main one) in my PhD research (e.g. is it a good idea to include the factor x in the review and analysis of the topic y?). As far as I know, my ...
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2answers
5k views

What to do when emails to a potential advisor are not replied?

I asked a potential advisor for possible research projects but I haven't received a reply. What is the appropriate thing to do? Reply with my previous mail quoted, and say something like I having ...
11
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3answers
543 views

What is the minimum one should expect from the day-to-day supervisor?

What minimal responsibilities can a student expect from their day-to-day supervisor? In my institute, we usually have the head of the institute as the formal supervisor, followed by another ...
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2answers
594 views

Advisor getting married, should grad students chip in for gift?

Our advisor is getting married over winter break. None of us are super close to him and the wedding is going to be a very private event that none of us are invited to. Should all of us (his graduate ...
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2answers
429 views

Appropriate time for contacting professors after PhD enrolment

Assume that one has begun a PhD program at a university which allows a student to choose an advisor after his/her first year in the program and the student has narrowed down to a couple of potential ...
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1answer
1k views

Etiquette for an initial meeting with a prospective advisor: What is expected of the student?

Assuming that one has begun a PhD program at a university which allows a student to choose an advisor after his/her first year in the program and the student has narrowed down on a couple of potential ...
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2answers
421 views

Etiquette for discussing authorships, expectations, etc. with potential advisors

Assuming that one has begun a PhD program at a university which allows a student to choose an advisor after his/her first year in the program and the student has narrowed down on a couple of potential ...
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3answers
689 views

Etiquette for establishing contact with multiple professors for PhD guidance

Assuming that one has begun a PhD program at a university which allows a student to choose an advisor after his/her first year in the program and the student has narrowed down to a couple of potential ...
8
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2answers
216 views

Etiquette to take external help

Assume that the student (during his PhD) is faced with a problem which he and his advisor are both completely new to; The advisor is trying to help the student but owing to his lack of ...