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How do I stop feeling intimidated by my advisor?

Whenever I meet my advisor and interact with him, in class or otherwise, I can't help feeling intimidated. I feel scared of the fact that I may fall below his expectations, and I become tongue-tied ...
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What to do if I can't find references about a listed project of my potential supervisor

I am currently preparing for my graduate school application. There is one professor whose research interest in general matches mine. He has listed several potential research projects for prospective ...
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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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What does it indicate if a professor from other departments is included in applied math department?

Currently I am preparing for postgraduate application. My research interest is fluid mechanism. There are several professors whose research interests are similar to mine and all of them are included ...
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Is it acceptable for me (an undergrad) to call professors and other research professionals by their first names? [duplicate]

I'm a second-year undergrad, and I've always been on a first-name basis with anyone in academia or in a research setting. I first worked in a laboratory in high school, and since everyone was on a ...
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What do the Dutch academic titles “prof.dr.dr.h.c.ir.” mean?

Some Dutch academics - I think probably full professors with chairs - have a rather confusing string of abbreviated titles. One example is prof.dr.dr.h.c.ir. M.J. Plasmeijer, but many other examples ...
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Is it ethical for a professor to get masters students to work on open source modules related to the professor's profit-making company?

My professor (computer science) has a company that promotes an open-source software. Of course the software is free and open-source, but his company makes profit by support, training, etc. and they ...
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Do universities hire graduates from lesser universities

Recently, someone analyzed computer science professors at top universities and found that over half of the professors at the top 51 universities graduated from a top 10 university. Others have also ...
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How should I take a potential PhD supervisor's age into account, when planning to follow PhD with habilitation?

I plan to apply for PhD in Finance/Statistics next semester, and I have searched for some potential supervisors. An issue I have is that many are above age 60, and in Germany Professors have to ...
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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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My professor gave me a bad grade and wouldn't discuss it further, I think some prejudice may be involved. How should a student proceed?

Background: I was a senior at a very prestigious, high-ranking university in the US. At the time my GPA was around a 3.9 and had never had any issues with professors (and actually socialized with a ...
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When can asking a question during lecture be offensive?

During my masters, I used to ask a lot of questions in class and during the lecture. Whenever I had a doubt I used to ask questions. It was my habit which my undergraduate teachers inculcated in me ...
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Tips on dealing with difficult professors?

I'm planning on going back to college (university for those folks across theĀ  pond) and I was wondering what are some things that you guys have done to dealĀ  with difficult professors. I had a C++ ...
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Sabbatical work

The standard situation in US research universities is for the university to pay one semester of salary for a year of sabbatical leave, and faculty typically take this sabbatical at another university ...
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Advice wanted concerning students who have had run ins with the law.

I am a first year grad student with an expunged felony in the state of Arkansas. I am looking for advice on if and how I should communicate this with my adviser. The felony is due to a drug crime and ...
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What does “DeWitt W. Buchanan, Jr.” in a professor's title mean?

I've got to cite the author of a text and her full title is Jeanne Brett, DeWitt W. Buchanan, Jr.,Distinguished Professor of Dispute Resolution and Organizations; Director of the Dispute ...
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How to contact an Emeritus professor?

Question is in the title. More specifically, do emeritus professors (generally) check the emails which are listed on their university websites? I have emailed a few professors lately, asking about ...
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How should you address academic colleagues in the United States? Is the “Prof” title necessary? [duplicate]

I've recently been hired as an assistant professor and will be starting this fall. As I'm beginning to be included on departmental e-mail and in certain decisions, I'm starting to interact (at least ...
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Is it appropriate to e-mail a researcher asking about progress on a follow-up paper?

Recently, I saw an online presentation by a researcher and professor regarding a series of recently published papers. At the end, she mentioned she was working on a follow-up paper, regarding such and ...
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Can I ask a professor (via e-mail) for a citation for a result presented in lecture notes?

A mathematical result is presented in a set of lecture notes by a professor, and I have not been able to locate any journal papers which include the result. Would it be appropriate to ask the ...
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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 normal to feel dread before starting a faculty position?

I need some advice. After several months of interviews and work, I secured a faculty position at a good business school, which was a relief since jobs are so hard to get around here. Everyone tells me ...
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What can I do if a professor agreed to write a recommendation letter, but never sent it?

Years ago, a professor agreed to write me a recommendation letter. So I applied to many grad schools indicating him as one of my referees. However, I didn't find out until later that he didn't write ...
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Where can I discover, in legal academics' own words, why they studied law in university?

Are there any interviews or references in which law professors answer this themselves? Moreover, I'm interested in why they studied law, on the condition that they don't plan on being lawyers or ...
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20/80 rule for success in academia [closed]

Let's say success in academia is defined as gaining a professorship and publishing many papers. To succeed to academia, I think you need to be really great at a small number of things. Let's say you ...
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Is it appropriate to show concern for a professor's well-being?

I am an student and in one of my college courses, the professor seems stressed or frazzled. He is always running late and unprepared, which seems odd because the Powerpoint slides are already done and ...
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Translating British faculty titles into American equivalents

A recent job posting at a British university has specified available openings at multiple levels: lecturer, senior lecturer, reader, and professor. However, it's not clear how to map these titles to ...
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What are the obligations of a principal investigator?

Obviously a Principal Investigator (PI) has many responsibilities toward his or her subordinates, including mentoring them, helping to direct their research, providing funding, and resolving ...
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My Supervisors are not helping in writing recommendations letters

Maybe they are helping and I am the one who does not know how things really work and that's why I am seeking help here. I am about to finish my Master in Computer science (waiting for the oral ...
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Is the classical chair system (in which a senior professor supervises junior professors) obsolete?

Historically, only full professors could have a specific chair, and assistant and associate professors could only wonder under supervision of a chaired (full) professor. Now, every assistant ...
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What is the difference between academic and administrative department heads?

In a comment, it was quoted that some universities have administrative or academic department head. I sensed this difference before (but do not remember specifically), but I always thought that the ...
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What is the procedure for hiring a professor?

When a department head needs a faculty member, how is the process of hiring one started and conducted (at least in US and UK universities)? Of particular interest is the following; Finance: ...
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How to effectively evaluate your instructor?

I am a graduate student and going to assess my instructor in a month, with whom I was not very much satisfied. I had been writing the teachers' evaluation in past but didn't see a scintilla of ...
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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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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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What costs should be covered when inviting a university professor from another country to attend your university?

What costs should be covered when inviting a university professor from another country to visit your university? For example, imagine you wanted to invite a university professor from Harvard to a ...
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Can MS be done with full scholarship?

Although graduating from a low ranked college I was able to become research associate at a well known research institution. My work there provided me with three research papers. Is there any ...
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Can research papers be mentioned as projects in a cv?

After working as a research associate at an institute i tested and assisted in the development of some research works with little contribution, which gained me research papers as a second author.Can i ...
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Contacting professors about research

I am starting a MS in CS program this summer. My department is small and my particular concentration is both small and new. Currently only 3 professors at the school are listed as having research ...
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Should professors intervene if a student is wearing offensive clothing in their classroom?

A question about university dress codes reminded me of an incident that happened when I was an undergrad, in which a classmate came to school wearing a really offensive and misogynistic t-shirt. I ...
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How to handle getting offers from two PhD supervisors who know each other?

The problem: I have a professor that accepted me to take on a thesis when i'm ready but another one offered me one also. The second one did it while the first professor was in the room and I felt the ...
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How to finish Master's Thesis when my adviser is too busy to help me thoroughly edit what I have written?

I have finished my B.S. and I am now finishing my M.S. thesis (already finished M.S. classes). My original thesis topic was not getting me anywhere and I came to my adviser asking him to allow me to ...
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Is it OK to hire another lab's student?

An undergrad who's worked with me for just over a year (for course credit or for pay, depending on his preference in any given semester) presented a poster on his work with me at an event hosted by my ...
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What ratio of PhD graduates in STEM fields ultimately end up as (tenured) professors?

I recently saw this infogram circling around various social networks: It appeared in this Tweet with the following claim: Got a PhD? Your chance of becoming a Professor is 0.45%. Good luck. ...
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Applying for jobs without significant publications: is it worth the pain and what to highlight?

I'm in a conundrum. Due to a change in areas half way through my PhD, I find myself at the end of my training with no significant publications. I have one in press, and several in prep so in the next ...
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Stay or leave for PhD

I'm a master student at a univ. in Korea and going to graduate next June. By now, I think about doing PhD and have to make a decision on "stay" or "leave". Stay: My professor is very nice and ...
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How to deal with students asking very incremental questions?

I'm a TA/grader for an online course in introductory programming. We have students ask us questions related to homework/labs/etc. on Piazza where we can have quick back-and-forth with questions and ...
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What do departments/universities do about unethical behavior by faculty?

I see questions on this site that describe extremely unethical behavior by professors (e.g., not giving a student authorship when it is obviously warranted). I've also seen some behavior of this ...
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After initial contact, how long should I address a professor as “Dr. Smith” or “Professor Smith”?

Let's assume that I've contacted professors in the United States and referred to them appropriately as "Dr. Smith" or "Professor Smith" based on their having attained a Ph.D. If they respond to me ...
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PhD applications in France & Contacting Professors

I would like to apply to a PhD program in France, but I am having trouble understanding the admission process. How should/could I submit my application? Is it proper to contact the Professor I would ...