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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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Will my research work be considered a year experience inspite of the gap

I am in early stage of my career. I did research work at one of the prestigious institute for a duration of six months just after my btech but due to funding problem i had to leave that institute ...
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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 ...
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How do I know if I'm good enough to be a math professor?

I would like to apply for graduate school to become a mathematics professor. However, given that the opportunity cost of grad school is high and that I already have a stable, good paying job, I would ...
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How to initiate an application of a research attachment fellowship directly with the potential advisor?

I am currently trying to seek a summer research attachment in the US institutions. CalTech offers a really attractive program, SURF, to the undergraduates. However, in order to apply for the ...
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Has anybody had any success with a college level “flipped classroom?”

The "flipped classroom" seems quite successful and growing in popularity in high school. Students get their lectures at home from youtube or kahnacademy, write clarifying questions about the material ...
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Undergraduate in Computer science and now graduate in Bioinformatics

I am a computer engineering undergrad (from Asia) and now trying to pursue my graduate studies in bioinformatics (in US). I have quite a strong programming skills and now more than one year of ...
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Endowed Assistant Professor vs Assistant Professor

In US education system, the university academic positions start with Assistant Professor. But there are some occasions that positions for Endowed Assistant Professor are advertised. I could not find ...
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Should I challenge my professor who thinks he's always right?

One of my professors has been in the IT development fields for over 40 years. He thinks he is up-to-date with all the latest research and technology. But in reality, he's not. The problem is - he ...
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How to get a Ph.d (doctorat) in France?

I asked this question in Mathematics.StackExchange: How to be a professor and a researcher in academia if I only have a baccalauréat in maths and don't have much money? ...
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Asking a celebrity prof to sign a paper he/she wrote?

So we are all fanboy/gal of some professor at some stage of academia. If I see him/her in an upcoming conference/workshop, should I ask him/her to sign a paper that he/she wrote and it's also one of ...
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How can I hire a professor to write a research paper?

I'm part of a trade group that's looking to hire a professor to write a whitepaper on our industry. We plan to release and promote the study to help people understand our business. What's the best way ...
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What is done about academics who do not do research anymore, or who teach badly?

There are two loosely related questions here: What is done about academics who do not do any research anymore? What is done about academics who teach badly enough that it shows up? I insist that I ...
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choose a professor to work with

I am a fresh PHD student. And I need to choose a advisor to guide my research. but currently I find it difficult to choose. one professor's current project pretty matches my previous research ...
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Doubt while applying for phd

Academic Background-Pretty neat.Average.Bachelors in Computer Science. Professional Life-Working in a big-shot MNC as a developer for 2 yrs now,future software architect in some 8-10 yrs. Now I want ...
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What are the risks associated with taking a semester off while doing a Master's degree?

I am curious about this - I'm currently undergoing a Masters degree and am almost finished. I finished the coursework, however I still have the thesis project plus the thesis. And it's looking ...
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Convincing professors to help with founding of new university

Background I'm doing some work for a new online-only university that is being founded, based in the US and offering degrees up to doctorate in courses like history, philosophy and literature. It's ...
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How should students react to inaccuracies in professors' teaching without causing resentment

I am an undergraduate in the UC system. I sometimes encounter situations where professors or TA's make errors, or there are inaccuracies in the material. These situations tend to be quite awkward ...
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How did modern western post-secondary education become tied up with research and publications?

Teaching, research and (academic) publishing are three different pursuits. Our society and its institutions, particularly most universities, enforce links between these in various ways. People who ...
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Responsibilities of instructors to students when teaching controversial subjects

When teaching a course on a topic that might be controversial, what are the responsibilities of instructors to facilitate an open learning environment? If the instructor has a strongly held opinion, ...
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Exam exceptions for student with disabilities

I am registered as a psychologically disabled student with my University, and (for disability reasons) have asked my professor to allow me to take the exam at a date later than the ordinarily ...
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Which recommender should I go for getting a LOR for graduate school admission?

Before I state my query, you should know two things about me: I'm an EE graduate I'm working in field of VLSI for past one year. I'm applying for Masters in VLSI for fall-2014 and I'm in a ...
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Good responses to “Ivory Tower” accusations?

Recently I have come across a few articles on Google that are really distressing. I typed in "professor real world" and it just mentions how professors have lost touch with the real world, how they ...
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Is it possible to become a research assistant just after b.tech?

I am a recent bachelor of technology graduate from India and want to become a research assistant just after b.tech at any abroad university (USA,CANADA,UK, etc). If it is possible then what kind of ...
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How to highlight the importance of past positions in CV?

When addressing the past positions in a resume, although titles somewhat describes the role, they cannot clarify the importance of positions. For example, listing a past position of department chair ...
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Why is headhunting uncommon for academic positions?

In scientific conferences, there are usually many headhunters who come to offer newly graduated scholars jobs in the industry sector. As a matter of fact, the recruitment in industry mostly works with ...
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What to include for a strong research statement?

An application for a faculty position normally needs a strong research statement, but what is included in a good research statement? Highlighting the past successful research projects evidenced by ...
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How long the curse of bad education remains in academic career?

It is understandable if considering the educational record (where s/he has studied and how is his/her transcript) of an applicant applied for junior academic positions such as postdoctoral fellow or ...
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Why are recommendation letters highly relied upon?

For any kind of academic application (from graduate admission to professor position), recommendation letters have a major impact on the outcome. The basic idea is understandable: discovering what ...