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Should a student shake hands with the professor?

Strangely I could hardly find any information about it on the internet. The question is simple: should a student expect to shake hands with a professor who is academic advisor the supervising ...
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Why do professors list current position of their students on their webpages?

I see that most professors list their former Ph.D students and their current positions on their web page. Is it a kind of advertisement? If so, why? If not, why not?
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Professor wants to change my thesis' interpretation in favor of his research. How to react?

I am about to finish my undergraduate thesis. The interpretation/conclusion i wrote is basically a statement which matches well with research of other groups and has a widely accepted scientific ...
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What are the best questions to ask a PI upon the first meeting to join some of his projects?

I'm planning to see a professor today, in our department, he is the director of one of the labs there and a PI of a couple of projects. I knew that, he's looking for some student to join his ...
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How do I politely ask a professor to contact another professor he knows to accept me as PhD student?

I sent an email to a professor for possible acceptance as a PhD student, but sometimes it takes too long to hear back. I know another professor, that has a good knowledge (experience) with the first ...
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Should I let my professor know that I cited a text written by him…that I pirated from online

I wrote an essay for a professor of mine, in which I cited a book he had written. As it so happens, the citation is based on my having obtained a (most likely) pirated PDF copy of the book. The text ...
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Joining a professor's research group that is full

I am starting my graduate studies in CS this fall. I had 1 particular professor in mind whom I wanted to work with. Before joining, I had a few emails exchanged where prof. asked to setup an ...
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Why do faculty use the software “Blackboard”?

It is becoming apparent to me that, outside my field, use of Blackboard and other LMS software is becoming extremely common. Indeed, a rash of technical problems here is making it apparent students ...
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Forgot to email a professor back about a research opportunity. What to expect? [on hold]

First off, I messed up big time here. I'm applying for a Fulbright academic fellowship after having finished my undergrad last year. This spring, I figured I would email some potential advisors and ...
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What are the general rules for faculty attendance?

Other than attending classes and meetings, faculty differ in their daily attendance. Some faculty may show up only during days they have classes, others are in their offices daily from 8-5, others ...
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Is it appropriate to promote my article to a professor related to the article's field?

Pardon but I couldn't find a better title for my question. I am one of the editors of an undergraduate journal, created alongside 2 other undergrads of the same school, in which we publish ...
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Professor ranking system

It is commonly accepted that professorship is the final rank of promotion in universities. I would like to study the possibility for promoting professors further. Is there any grading or ranking ...
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How do professors choose their summer salary?

In the United States, most professors are paid by the university on a 9 month basis for teaching (Sep - May). During the summer months a professor is typically paid from their grants and other revenue ...
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What is the etiquette for asking a professor to waive the prerequisite for a course?

Should I mail the professor? Should I meet him in person? I am a MS student in CS who wishes to take a graduate level course in Statistics department. The course is Machine Learning and I did cover ...
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A professor has offered to send me a hard copy of his new book. Would it be rude to ask for a PDF file instead?

While working my way through one textbook, I spotted several errors, TeXed them up and emailed to the author of the textbook. He thanked me and asked for my physical address so he could send me a copy ...
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No e-mail reply from professor [duplicate]

Long story short, in the previous semester two of my courses were taught by this professor. He knows both my face and my name. During that semester I sent two e-mails to him regarding important course ...
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Requesting endorsement for arxiv from future professor as a high-school graduate

I finished high-school, and would like to publish articles on arxiv. I got into university, and found out that a professor of the institue of mathematics is submitting papers to the site. I start my ...
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In an interview, should I greet a professor I know in one of his speech?

In an interview that I'm going to attend, (top) professors from other countries will travel to my country. Because they cannot just come, judge candidates and go home, usually they will have their ...
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Are scientifically detached professors referred to as ‘clinical’?

I have come across this term fairly often, where full/associate/assistant professors are referred to by the term ‘clinical’. Given that their departments had nothing to do with medicine, I thought the ...
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How do you answer “Oh, you're a professor? What do you teach?”

I suspect anybody who's a professor knows this story: you meet someone new in a social setting and it comes up that you're a professor. The inevitable next question is, "oh, what do you teach?" It's ...
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What is the best English equivalent for the Spanish 'Profesor Contratado Doctor'?

This is a question about academic ranks or positions. I am interested in knowing the best equivalence for the Spanish 'Profesor Contratado Doctor' in English language (UK, US, etc.). Description of ...
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Grounds for complaint? Professor skipping class, inaccurate grading criteria

I am taking a graduate-level summer course and have observed several problems. I would like outside opinion on whether these observations are valid grounds for an official complaint, or whether I am ...
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What are the salary bands specifically for lecturer/senior lecturer/reader/professor in the UK?

This question is related to this question Academic position salaries in the UK (and to some extent to this question too: Academic rank equivalence between the UK and the US systems), but my question ...
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Academic rank equivalence between the UK and the US systems

What are the US equivalent ranks to the Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader (or Associate Prof), Professor ranks of the UK system? Is it correct that in the US system they are Assistant Prof, Associate ...
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Talking to professors without attending that University

I tried looking up the answer for this one online already, but I couldn't find something for my specific scenario: I am interested in reaching out to a few professors in the field that I am ...
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There is some indication that I am not that good at teaching – should I still strive to become a professor?

Since I was an undergraduate I have been a tutor many times, either a drop-in tutor or a private tutor. However, somehow these students politely turned away from me for reasons I do not know. In all ...
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Contacting A Professor for Master of Science (Thesis)

I want to know whether or not the professors are generally interested to supervise students in their M.Sc. (Thesis) program. How many students they may supervise? Do professors insist that we know ...
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How to “keep in touch” with a potential advisor?

I contacted a professor by email in order to introduce myself to him and ask for a research position in his group at some point in the future. He expressed interest in me, but, when we finished our ...
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How to proceed when you are coordinating a project among several research groups and they do not contribute to the progress of the project

I am principal investigator in some project that involves other research groups from other countries. When I was writing the proposal, I asked them if they would like to joint the project, and they ...
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How to inform a student about my appreciation of his/her original solutions

In the final exam of a course, a student has solved some problems in a really ingenious way. He gets perfect score anyway. What is the appropriate way to inform him about my appreciation of his ...
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What's the average retirement age in the universities in British (UK/Ireland/Australia/NZ) system?

In UK/Ireland/Australia/NZ, they don't seem to have a set retirement age. However, when do faculty members actually retire, or 'have to' retire (due to peer pressure, for example)? This question is ...
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Finding a mentor

I completed my PhD in pure math but wound up in industry immediately after completing the program. I dislike industry but love academia and research; and so as quixotic as it is, I would like to find ...
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How does a recognized and well-known Professor help his students in getting an academic job?

It is often told that working under big shots (I mean, recognized professors) in a particular research field is always beneficial on the way towards getting a faculty job in top research universities ...
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US PhD to Developing Country Professorship

So I was listening to this story on The Moth about a woman who earned a degree in Egypt and then an advanced degree in England and then went back to Zimbabwe to be a professor at local university: ...
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Ask a professor to attend a conference

I am an undergraduate student. In about a month, there will be a conference a professor of mine suggested that I go to. The subject of the conference is part of his research field and I am interested ...
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How common is redundancy in the British (UK/Australia/NZ/Ireland) system?

The British permanent faculty system seems to differ from the US tenured system mainly in that in the former the management can 'fire' one on the basis of redundancy (What is the difference between ...
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How to pick the brain of a professor with whom you have no connection

I want to learn more about a specific part of a narrow, fledgling field. I want to have a 30 minute conversation with a the burgeoning experts in this area of study -- they are all researchers at ...
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A professor wanted me to wait for his decision. It's been about 10 days, what should I write to show that I want to know how long it is going to take?

I am a PhD applicant and a professor interviewed me for joining his team. I waited for his intention regarding my case, after two weeks he emailed me that I should "wait a little bit longer". It's ...
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How to explain to department's president that my time spent as an undergraduate assistant/intern was goalless?

This is a follow-up from my question here on my atrocious relationship with my internship/assistance as an undergraduate at a teaching lab. Since I only have some weeks left to end this awful ...
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At what point can I call my professor by their first names? [duplicate]

I'm currently working closely with a professor on a research project as an undergrad student. I always address her by her last name: Dr.xx. However, this makes me feel distant from her.. I am ...
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What is the best way to decline an interview after applying for it?

I have applied to 2 postdoc jobs in the same university and have been selected for a 2nd interview in one before doing the first interview in the other lab. The interviews are set at different times ...
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What is the difference between permanent faculty positions in the UK and tenured faculty positions in the US/Canada?

Is there any technical as well as practical differences between the two academic positions, one being a permanent faculty position in the UK (or Australia/NZ and other similar systems) and the other ...
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A professor may have stolen an idea I discussed with him: how to proceed?

I'm really not sure how to proceed from here. I'm an undergraduate Computer Science student, planning to earn my MSc in the next couple of years. A couple of weeks ago, I spoke with a professor ...
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Is it ethical for a Professor to disseminate wrong answers online?

I recently took a class where the Professor created multiple online study guides, on popular student sites, which intentionally contained the wrong answers. He did this because his exams were based ...
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Re-initiating the discussion with a seemingly busy Professor

A couple of weeks back, I reached out to a Professor stating my interest in a project he had put up on his website. The professor was impressed with my resume and gave a brief description of his ...
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Is it okay to view my recommendation letter once I've been accepted at a college?

I had a really reputable person write me a recommendation letter for colleges. He told me that he wrote the best recommendation letter in his life. He told me that the recommendation letter hints that ...
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Is it acceptable to ask how a professor would like to be addressed through email?

I am an undergraduate student working for a professor this summer. Up to this point, I have referred to the professor as Dr. LastName. I have met his research group; his graduate and PhD students ...
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Is Dean-hood largely irreversible, and if so why?

In academia, I have noticed a number of cases where a professor who becomes a Dean (or other non-department administrative post like Provost) effectively permanently stops being a researcher ...
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Are politicians attempting to destroy tenure?

Apparently, Iowa's politicians intend to enrich the tenure experience by annual gladiatorial games at state schools, regardless of tenure: those being evaluated below some threshold shall be ...
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How can a full professor from a developing country get a job in the United States?

I am a full professor of chemistry from Iran. I want to move to the United States. I have a good record of publications, teaching, executive positions, conference participation, etc. However, as I ...