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How should a graduate student email a professor from another country in order to get feedback on their work?

I'm trying to contact with a professor from another country to ask him to see my work and send me a feedback. But I don't know what is better to say that, someone told me that I must "sell myself" and ...
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Professorship in the same university as graduated in Germany

I did my phd in a German university. I heard that it is not legally allowed to be professor in the same university. However, I see also some counterexamples in our field. Is this true? If so, why some ...
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Professors who excel in everything they do [closed]

I have always been amazed on the fact of how some professors excel in everything they do. I mean: Research. They have published in the best journals and conferences regularly. They have many ...
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Moving from government research to academia

I am a mid-career scientist at a government research organisation, and I am considering a move back into academia. My current employer is looking after me very well and I know I am valued, but I have ...
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The whole class given incompletes [closed]

My entire seminar class was given the grade of "Incomplete". This is apparently standard practice for this professor, who is of high status. Yet our university policy states that incompletes are for ...
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How does one go about finding out who the good instructors are? [closed]

I am an incoming freshman. I'd like the first set of courses I pick to be with great professors. By great I mean someone that's encouraging, honest, and patient, and that makes the subject ...
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Proposal for getting professorship position in German universities

It has bees several months that I am looking for a juniorprofessor position in German institutes. Basically there are just few opening which are far from my research interests. I have a good ...
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How closely to the deadline should I expect professor to submit reference letter on my behalf?

I asked a professor to write a reference letter for me and he agreed to it; however, the deadline is coming up and he has yet to submit the letter. As I am not experienced with the process, I wanted ...
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Do professors in Germany have other payment than their standard salary?

I checked the salary scale for a W3 professorship position in Germany. The annual income is about 75K Euro which seems pretty low for someone managing about 20 people. Is there any other payment ...
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How to pitch a research idea to a professor as an undergraduate?

I have an idea which I'd like to work on with a professor at my university. In my initial email would it be arrogant to ask if he's interested in working with me on this particular topic (he's ...
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Website for professorship positions in Germany?

Is there any website for professorship positions in Germany? I find few websites, but they don't cover most of the universities. There are more up-to-date advertisements on the website of ...
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Visiting professor opportunities for PhD candidates

In my field, economics, I occasionally see opportunities for ABD PhD Candidates to apply for one- or two-semester visiting professor positions (presumably as sabbatical cover). I have only ever heard ...
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When to use the word “Prof.” in an SOP?

When should I call a professor in my SOP as Prof. X, or just leaving their name as X? All I want is not to be disrespectful, but also not to make unnecessary repetition. I think the natural way to ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a professor about continuing my degree? [closed]

I'm in a very unfortunate situation. I have B.S. from Computer Science and I change my field to Applied Mathematics for M.S. (because of recommendations of my colleagues from research). In CS I was ...
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Can a professor grade students based on what she “remembers” with no proper record?

I was graded unfairly in a communication class. I participated more than some students yet the professor said she couldn't remember me speaking out in class. I asked her if she has any record on that ...
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In the United States, how customary is it for professors to not check their emails around Christmas?

I hope I don't sound like I'm complaining, and I understand professors and academics are humans. My question is more of one of inquiry rather than venting. I have e-mailed a few professors for certain ...
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What is my professor thinking right now? [closed]

Professor routinely post lecture notes to the blackboard website. The professor had storage folders for the current and last semester. After taking an exam, My professor routinely post the solutions ...
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Dealing with professor after not getting back to him on a project?

I was supposed to do a project for one of my classes and I talked to one of the math professors at my school for ideas and he was excited about my project and even got one of his grad students ...
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Should I hold back criticism in an anonymous survey for fear of identification by the professor?

At my university, at the end of every course, professors have to submit an anonymous survey to the students. In this survey students can write the good and bad aspects of both the course's program and ...
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How to write a letter to nominate an awesome Professor for an award?

How to write a letter to nominate an awesome past Professor for an award for work he has done in our university? This professor established a cyber security scholarship program at our engineering ...
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How brief I should be when contacting a professor for a PhD position for the first time?

I happened to find a PhD project that would align with my past experience really well. I would like to contact the professor responsible for the project. How brief should I be in my first email? In ...
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Is the professor's reputation taken into consideration by the admissions committee when they read her/his recommendation letter

I worked as an RA and a TA with a professor, therefore I am hoping for a solid recommendation letter. However, I am concerned if the admissions committee would run a background check on the professor ...
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How to tell a professor at a foreign university politely and impressively that I can’t cover the costs of living for my PhD?

When asking for an opportunity to do a PhD with a professor at a foreign university, he replied: As a prerequisite you would need to take care of your own funding to cover the costs of your entire ...
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In touch with a professor of a college I am applying to. I haven't mentioned his research work in my statement of purpose?

I am applying to College A where I found the research work done by two labs (Lab X and Lab Y) interesting. I emailed the professors heading these labs two months ago and I did not get a reply from ...
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Would it be rude to put my professor's name in for a reference when he hasn't responded yet?

I asked this professor for a recommendation letter last admissions season, and he said yes immediately and was very good about sending in letters. This year he's much much harder to get a hold of, ...
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Is it normal for professors to not have families or not spend time with their families over the holidays, due to pressure of work?

My sister is a professor. I was visiting her over Thanksgiving break and my father (who is also a professor) told me not to hang out with her because she had a grant proposal due. Is this normal for ...
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Finding/giving an appropriate thank you gift to university faculty [duplicate]

I'm a student at a large university, and recently had an especially hard semester due to a family emergency. I withdrew from two classes, and the only reason I didn't have to withdraw altogether was ...
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How much harder is it for an American mathematician to teach in France rather than in the U.S.? [closed]

How difficult is it for a U.S. educated (PhD level) mathematician to land a tenured mathematics research/professorship in France, relative to achieving the same position in the U.S.?
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What is the proper way of addressing a professor whom I work with? [duplicate]

I am a graduate student. Some part of my master thesis requires me to contact a professor from another university. In the first email I addressed him as "Dear Professor Smith". He started his reply ...
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Plagiarizing Professor [duplicate]

I have a professor that pulls slides from the internet to fill his lectures. He does occasionally attribute the slides to the original author (in class, not on the slide itself) but the majority of ...
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Professor X introduces professor Y to me. Should I CC prof X when emailing prof Y? [duplicate]

I email to prof X to ask about a PhD student vacancy. He refuses because of his retirement, but kindly introducing prof Y to me. When emailing to prof Y, should I CC prof X? I do this because at the ...
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Is it appropriate to send an email to a professor at the end of the semester thanking them for their teaching?

I'm aware of very similar questions previously asked - all with good answers. These usually pertain to following up with a professor after a recommendation. My question is specifically about sending a ...
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Professor cc to other professors when I ask about the PhD student vacancy. Should I answer as a group or to individuals?

I wrote an email to Prof. X to ask about a PhD student vacancy and talk about a topic in one of his papers. He refused to accept me because of his retirement and replied with a warming email. In that, ...
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How to deal with a professor that continuously dismisses student questions?

I'm taking a distributed systems course at a well known university in the U.S. I've noticed my professor has three primary forms of responding to student questions during his lecture: Immediately ...
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Why do professors want to make sure that their notes written on the blackboard will not be published?

I am a university student and have recently found out how much easier it is to use my smart phone to take snapshots of notes professors write on the blackboard during lectures (since I am quite bad at ...
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Should I write a “proof” to a professor I don't know?

TL;DR I solved two integrals left unsolved in a paper I'm reading. Should I notify the author? I am studying in a finance master and we have been assigned a project for one of our class. This ...
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Should I tell the instructor that I will miss the next class?

I have an interview scheduled at the same time as a class, and I'm wondering if I should tell the professor in advance that I won't be attending class that day. The class is important to me, but the ...
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What is a wise way and the right timing to inform a professor that supported you of your rejection?

Let there be some professor who whole-heartedly supported your application to some position in academia; let the decision be a rejection. Then what is a wise way and the right timing to inform the ...
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Meeting professor for the first time to discuss ideas

So I have been talking to a professor in quantum game theory from a unversity in my city whom I have never met. We have been going back and forth on mails discussing ideas. I did alot of research and ...
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Professor sleeps in class and makes cheating easy

I’m a senior in my final year of a B.S. degree in Engineering in the United States. One of my professors is in a geriatric state (he is not tenured). His class is largely themed around student ...
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Nominating a professor for a fellowship

I know a professor who is really brilliant, but also very modest. This professor has helped me to progress in life. Now, I want to express my gratitude by nominating him as ACM Fellow. However, I have ...
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What can I do if my professor says he won't let me publish my biology research?

My professor firstly approved everything I've written, and now he is telling me the paper is unworthy and even contains plagiarism. His words also were 'I don't want to be a part of your failure so I ...
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Should I use what the professor says to me in the email as a material to write in the SOP?

So a professor agree to accept me to his lab. I guess that I should write this down on my SOP to increase my chance. The question is: should I use what he said as a material to write in my SOP? Below ...
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Is my professor allowed to change the day the class meets and mark us absent if we don't show? [closed]

I have a Wednesday Friday gym class that meets at 7 am. Lately the professor has been changing the class to meeting on Mondays instead of Wednesdays because she has stuff come up on Wednesdays. I ...
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Can I take GRE year prior to applying graduate schools?

I will be taking GRE this November 2015 (giving four colleges name whose application I will fill fall 2016) , but will start the application process by next year. Will the college keep my GRE score ...
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Is it a faux pas to offer a favor to a professor who has written you a letter of recommendation / served as a reference?

I have a long and very good relationship with a previous professor of mine. I took two of his/her courses in college, got A+'s in both, and spent hours chatting with him/her on various academic topics ...
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How many professors should I mail in a single university? [closed]

This is a funny dilemma that's been bugging me for quite sometime now. I plan to pursue a PhD in Synthetic Biology and when I visit the faculty directory in a university, I see many profs working on ...
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What are some red flags that even the professors cannot help in the admission?

According to Wolfgang Bangerth's answer to Can a professor influence the graduate admissions committee if he or she is interested in a particular student?: If a professor sends us a note that ...
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Is there anything you can do when a professor discusses some of your personal concerns with other professors potentially mockingly?

I am an undergraduate student. Recently, my interest about a particular (difficult) field – somewhere between physics and maths – arose, a field that is only briefly mentioned in some lectures. For ...
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Making a joke in an email asking for a PhD vacancy?

In How to contact professors for PhD vacancies?, Suresh suggests (and I believe most of you agree with this): Think about their work. Find something intelligent to say (even a question). I have ...