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How to avoid student favoritism in the classroom?

FYI: I am teaching undergraduates, and am fairly recently out of grad school myself. I find myself unconsciously treating/regarding students differently based on their engagement with the class. I ...
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How do I build connections with professors I have never met before? [duplicate]

Some Egyptian friends of mine are considering applying for Ph.D.s in the US. I have read that knowing faculty or having a faculty member who is familiar with you and wants to work with you can be an ...
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Should I report a professor/instructor for plagarism? [duplicate]

I asked a question a while back dealing with peers cheating and the ethics of reporting them to the professors. This questions deals with a professor who is "cheating", or in this case plagiarizing. ...
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When are reference letters requested during applications for a professorship (W1/W2/W3) in Germany?

When applying for a professorship (W1/W2/W3) in Germany one always has to list three and sometimes more previous employers/supervisors who are willing to write a reference letter. At which stage of ...
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What are some unwritten rules in a graduate student-professor relationship? [closed]

I am going to be starting as a MSc student in bioinformatics soon. To boost my yearly income, I was looking to do some extra TAing in a different department .. I was about to apply but I asked the ...
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If I previously failed to follow up with professors, are they likely to remember this and hold it against me if I ask them for advice again?

I'm going into my third year of university, and the past year (my second year) was a very bad time for me. I was admittedly overzealous, and quickly exhausted myself with my research work, overloading ...
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Does an unbalanced focus on “appropriateness” and “offensiveness” suggest educating has become a lesser priority? [migrated]

On the sidebar of this page, just now I saw 3 of the 6 "hot topics" were about "appropriateness" or "offensiveness" (image attached). A search in this site for questions containing "methodologies" ...
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Principal investigator that runs 2 labs at 2 different universities?

I found a principal investigator that appears to have 2 labs at 2 different universities at the same time. In University of Cambridge and ETH Zurich. Also, the 2 labs are doing the same research. ...
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How should I ask for letters of recommendation whose strength is dependent on intended program if the professor is unavailable to meet personally?

Same as previous question How should I ask for letters of recommendation whose strength is dependent on intended program? except Erin (see "[Details removed following suggestion in comments]") is ...
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How should I ask for letters of recommendation whose strength is dependent on intended program?

TL;DR I finished bachelor's and master's in mathematical finance but want to pursue pure mathematics, particularly in probability theory. I'm not sure if I should apply directly for a PhD. I might ...
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What happens if a professor is fired the last few weeks of class? [closed]

The professor in the class (chemistry 2) I'm taking right now just got fired because he basically gave the answers out to each tests. That being said, everyone doesn't know what's going on in the ...
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is it possible for me to Co-author research paper(s)/article(s) and get it published?

I hold a M.Sc. in Finance from UK and currently live in Toronto, Canada. I want to Co-author research paper(s)/article(s) with a professor/PhD academic and get the paper published in good journal. I ...
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How to communicate with research advisor politely?

Which way is good to communicate or deal with my advisor about research issues? writing an email or talking directly with my professor? What would you do if your professor is busy to check your email ...
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OK to ask a professor at my institution with whom I have no previous relationship some questions relating to hobby-project?

I go to community college so our professors aren't busy with lab research. They're still busy people though and I wish to respect that. I'm pretty much just working through some neuroscience ...
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Career path to professor with an engineering background in Germany [closed]

I am in the final year of my master in mechatronics engineering in Germany, and I want to work as a researcher or a professor in a university since i believe a professor/researcher has more freedom ...
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Should I email old supervisor about my progress?

I might collaborate with an old supervisor in the future and would like to keep in touch. Is it a good idea to send an email to him about the progress I've made in my career? Also, what's the best ...
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How much influence do individual professor have on grad admissions? [duplicate]

Say I have emailed a professor a few times, and told him I would like to work with him for my PhD etc. and that professor is interested: How much of a factor could this possibly be in my application? ...
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Can a student with a weak or average undergraduate math GPA realistically become a professor?

I just finished my second year of undergraduate studies as a double major in computer engineering and mathematics at the University of Iowa. Although I came in believing that I wanted to become a ...
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Are professors required to perform research as a necessity to teaching?

In my country, in order to teach mathematics (or any subject) to college students one doesn't have to have a PhD. Just a good academic record in the masters level of one's subject and one must clear a ...
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How should I begin to Publish paper in Electronics Domain? [duplicate]

I'm in final year of my Electronics and Instrumentation engineering, I have not published any paper so far, but before completing my undergraduate study I wish to write and publish few. My area of ...
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How to boost academic profile for Master's application

I want to apply for a Master's degree program in Robotics at some top schools in Europe and America. However, I feel my current profile is not strong enough to get into a top school and I am looking ...
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Do german professors like to be called “Herr X”?

I am a German student at a German university. I and everyone I know usually addresses my professors with "Herr Lastname" or "Frau Lastname". Sometimes I wonder whether they would prefer if I addressed ...
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Is it appropriate to ask my professors what they think of me before I ask for letters of recommendations from them?

As some students know, sometimes it is not easy to determine whether a professor (restricted to the professors in U.S.) will write a strong letter of recommendation for a student. So the question is, ...
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How do professors view a student who has good grades but always asks stupid questions?

I am planning to apply for Ph.D programs in mathematics in U.S. and I am thinking about which professors I should ask for letters of recommendations from. In order to get "strong" letters, I need to ...
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How to approach a professor for research?

There is a similar question posted here, but the answers don't exactly fulfill my needs, as will become obvious in this post. I just graduated from an undergraduate program in engineering and in ...
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How to write a reminder email to a professor about a phd position?

A professor whom I had contacted previously for a phd position has asked me to contact him via email after a 'few months'.After how many months should I contact him ? How to write the email ?
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Reminder email about acceptance letter

A professor at a university replied to my PhD application email with a yes. I asked him further about his current research projects but haven't heard from him for nearly 2 weeks now; should I write ...
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Asking Professor for teaching assistantship

I am an undergraduate student and have taken a course which interests me a lot(Details won't matter I guess). The course is split into lectures and lab sessions. The lab prof had a graduate student ...
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Cost/benefit of interim professorship

What is the cost/benefit analysis for a Post-Doc taking a position as an interim professor? Some costs I can think of: High teaching workload. Current projects suffer and a gap in publication record ...
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Professor dismissed error I found in her work. I need more feedback, but the field is small

Background / My problem: I believe to have found a substantial error in my professor's original research. After getting answers to my previous question, I emailed her about it, but she was ...
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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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Should I send email expressing my gratitude to professors who provided me with letters of recommendation?

I have asked for LORs from two professors that I haven't cooperated in the past and they were happy to provide them. Now, I've been admitted in the MSc program I was interested in. Should I write an ...
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What's the point of maintaining a CV after tenure?

Once you have tenure, presumably you're never going to have to search for a job again. However almost all professors have a CV on their website, and fairly recent ones. Why? They already made it.
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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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Would a professor write a bad letter of recommendation?

I asked a professor from my online graduate degree to write a letter of recommendation. It was when I first started looking at graduate school, so was not prepared with what you would usually want to ...
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Is it proper to propose a thesis collaboration to a professor you don't know?

I am a master student at one of the best universities in Europe. As I am studying finance, I would like to have an experience in the US or London. I will have to start working on my master thesis ...
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Math Adjunct Professor positions and salary in a big city

From searching online, I see that the salaries for math adjunct professors are about 36k. That's insanely low for New York City standards. An undergraduate business school student that graduates from ...
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How to counteract poor academic instruction and demanding workload at German university?

I am an undergraduate student at a university in Germany. I already hold a bachelor's degree in an unrelated field from a university abroad, and I also have a solid secondary school background with ...
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Is it okay for professors to completely copy another professors' notes, assignments, and exam questions word for word from another university? [duplicate]

I have a professor who used the same lecture notes, same assignments, and same exam questions word for word from from another professor at a different university (who posts his notes, assignments, and ...
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How to contact professors as a high school student?

I am a high school student who is interested in mathematics. As such I have been emailing several professors from prominent universities. I have been running into trouble when trying to figure out ...
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Two applications to different departments at same uni. But: One professor is affiliated with both departments

I would like to apply for PhD programs in two different departments, but at the same uni. I am interested in both fields, but not in the overlap between the two. Generally, this shouldn't be a problem....
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What should do when you don't have your masters anymore and you can't apply for PhD? [closed]

I have been a Masters student in a German university. I had 4 semesters and as a rule in my last semester, I went to an other city to do my masters thesis. When I was doing my thesis, after 3 months I ...
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How should I address a potential FERPA violation by a professor?

In the United States, federal law prohibits professors from releasing any student's grades to any party other than the student and any party whom the student authorizes to receive the grades. One of ...
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Do professors work through all the homework problems they assign to students?

I'm wondering if this is case especially for time-consuming work like programming problems in computer science spanning several thousand lines of code. Or when a professor teaches a new course they ...
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I want to quit PhD after 4 months. Should I? [closed]

I am a first year PhD student. I am doing it from an institute in a remote part of the world where the temperature is -10 degrees most time of the year. I took this opportunity after doing my Masters ...
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'Introduction to Subject X' & Guide books : How do they influence the academic reputation?

Many professors publish introductory books on their subjects, for undergraduates or sometimes books for a non-academic audience. something like "Introduction to Art History" or a 'guide book' to '...
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How to deal with an unprepared professor?

For one of my classes (upper-level), the professor seems to be quite unprepared for the class. More specifically, As they openly disclose, they haven't looked at the course material in many years (...
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Are professors' salaries a function of the amount of grant funding they obtain?

Some professors direct large research programs. What is the typical practice for compensating them? For example, it is not unusual for a top professor to be directing $30 million in research grants ...
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Can I address my professors by their first name? [closed]

A couple of my professors always signs off on their emails with their first name only, such as, "best, Simon". Does this mean that I could write my emails to them with, "Dear Simon" or "Hi Simon" ......
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What does it mean when a department has 'retired professors' as part of their faculty? Can I still work with them?

What exactly does this mean? Could I do work with them? If not, why are they listed there? I am confused!