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Advisor for Phd- Should i choose an tenured advisor good at research but bad at teaching or an untenured professor good at teaching?

I have a Phd option with two professors. Professor A is tenured and is doing very good in research .But many people have complained against him that they cannot understand his class. He has 2 Phd ...
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Do postdoctoral studies have official certificate?

I have seen that some universities give postdoctoral fellows an official certificate (similar to the PhD diploma) after finishing their postdoctoral job. On the other hand, some of postdoctoral ...
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What's the difference in responsibilities between a committee member, a co-advisor and an advisor in an PhD committee?

What are the differences in responsibilities among them? Can anybody give me an example to elucidate that. Also why are non-tenured faculty more interested in a co-adviser role than a committee member ...
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How much leeway will i have in suggesting a co-adviser or committee member when i am funded by a professor?

I have completed Master's thesis with an advisor in Industrial Engineering and i am pursuing PhD with another professor in same department. My Phd involves stats heavily and i am not at all good with ...
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Unsolicited request for a scientific collaboration

I have a research problem in an area of Mathematics. There is mathematician whose domain of expertise is very near to the subject of my problem. I read frequently his works, he probably doesn't know ...
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Good Papers vs. Bad Papers: Read and Learn vs. Read, Learn, and Find? [on hold]

First, when someone reads a good paper he will probably read and learn only. But when he reads bad papers, he will probably, read, learn and find worthwhile contribution. I am writing this question ...
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Collective PhD by a research group

When being accepted individually in a PhD program, one needs a certain amount of publication work to come up with along with their dissertaition. Are there any rules regarding the number of ...
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Can I use someone else's research commercially?

I found a published research paper from the research arm of a company. I would like to use what is presented in the research paper commercially. The materials presented in the research paper do not ...
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Does PNAS allow authors to request referees who have not co-authored with them but work at the same university?

I'm looking to request an academic who works in an entirely different department and is an expert in the field, but he is the same university and we have yet to co-author a paper together. Do you know ...
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Why do teachers and faculty oversimplify things? [closed]

I remember when I first went to college the teacher said: Remember when you were told at school that the earth is spherical? Well, they lied. I discovered then that the earth is not spherical . ...
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Should definition of terms section be included in the introduction or the literature review chapter?

I 'm writing a Master thesis. I have some terms that should be defined. Where should I put this section? In the introduction or literature review chapter? Thank you Additional Information I think ...
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Is it a negative that my PhD research has been in several unrelated areas?

I'm a PhD student in Computer Science. Long story short: I do not have a good relationship with my advisor. I don't trust his guidance or his ethical integrity. Therefore, I am seeking external advice ...
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Are Mathematics graduate programs open to admitting a student out of high school with graduate work?

During my high school career, I had the unique opportunity to take multiple mathematics courses at my local university, and after graduating, I took two graduate level math courses: Measure theory, ...
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Should I take every math course in order to do good research? [closed]

What are the basic steps that someone must follow to do good research? I mean what are the necessary background to do research? In my research I fell that I need Mathematics and Computer science. So, ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of doing a PostDoc

Maybe the answer to this question varies depending on the field of study. I am asking it from an Engineering perspective. I am currently enrolled in a PhD program in Mechanical Engineering (carried ...
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How far can research deviate from the original research proposal?

During the course of a research project, one may have new, more promising, ideas that were not foreseen and thus not covered in the original research proposal. What should one do in this case? Is it ...
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How to get better at identifying research gaps?

One of the crucial skills of a scientist is to identify research gaps. Unfortunately, students rarely receive much formal training in this skill during their studies. How can one get better at ...
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How to proceed when advisor asks you to resign?

This happened with a friend of mine and I am asking this question on his behalf. My friend was recruited for a sponsored research project in the university and offered a part-time PhD along with ...
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Error Correction Model in Stata [migrated]

I have run an ECM in Stata, where my model has six variables, having found 3 cointegrating relationships. When putting this table into a paper, what are the coefficients I need to report on each ...
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Returning to academia after a year in industry

I need an advice about returning to academia as a visitor/post-doc after working for a year in finance. I finished my PhD in summer 2013 with a good record of publications (3 papers in high impact ...
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Paid position at a US lab

Can one get paid while conducting research at a US university lab, without being a staff, student, visiting student, or a postdoctoral fellow? What are possible titles that are acceptable by grants? ...
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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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Research before surveying the literature - is it ever a good idea?

The dominant narrative on how research "should be" done is to begin with a literature survey and then make your own contribution. But I get the impression that it often happens the other way around - ...
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Starting a research with a professor as a business professional

When I graduated from college in 2012, I was quite excited about my job (although it is a small hi-tech company.) My goal has always been to either start my own business or get back to school for PhD. ...
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Should limitations of a methodology with proposed solutions be discussed in the Limitations Section?

My methodology is online ethnography. This methodology has certain limitations such as identity play, falsification, and artificiality of data. However, its proponents have suggested some strategies ...
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How/when to retract a project from a student?

Take, for example, that a student is nearing the end of their thesis project. The supervisor has an idea for a new method that can help to verify the results of part of the project. He does not think ...
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How often do you get to “play with” scientific instruments?

I tend to learn and understand a subject to a much deeper extent if I am able to play around/experiment/mess with something that demonstrates the principles. I'm starting a Neuroscience PhD program ...
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Can i volunteer to work with my Masters thesis advisor, when i am funded by different advisor for PHD

I completed my master's dissertation with an adviser and was interested in the PhD program. Unfortunately my master's adviser didn't have funding(at least this is what i was told) and the other ...
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Harvard Multiple authors- Alphabetical or not?

I apologise if I have missed this in the Harvard guidelines but I was wondering whether the order of multiple authors matters. For example a book by A Smith and A Jones. How should it be written: ...
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Is it a bad idea to do research with multiple different professors at the same time?

I am set on going to graduate school in computational science, specifically computational molecular biology and biochemistry. I am from a CS/Math background however and intend on applying to ...
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Creating a research questionnaire with repeating sections

I am preparing the questionnaire for my Doctor of Business Administration research; for the purposes of this question (on Academia SE), I am investigating techniques used in customising cars. It is ...
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What makes a Bachelor's thesis different from Master's and PhD theses?

All the three types of research revolve around an argument, a thesis. They of course differ in terms of student level, that is complexity. But, what makes a bachelor's thesis different from master's ...
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Design of “Members Page” for Academic Lab Website?

I am a Computational Biologist as part of an academic lab group working on the Immunogenomics of disease vectors (which may be relevant to the following). I am designing part of a web-page that ...
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Is it possible for reviewers to mistakenly reject a quality paper?

If I am not wrong, turbo codes was submitted to the ICC conference and rejected but accepted later on. I want to know if there are other similar works (strong works) that were rejected at first but ...
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Fastest way to browse journal papers (from Web of Science)?

The search engine which I typically use to browse journal papers is WebofScience. It allows me to sort by times cited, and check out who cited what. The problem is that to get to the actual article ...
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What are some of the issues one should keep in mind while choosing between a fully funded offer and another with no funding?

I have been offered a place for a masters program in 2 places. One which is fully funded and another one where there is no aid that has been offered at the time of admission. I guess if the ...
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Non-English literature: should we check for prior work?

How far should we go when considering the possibility that a (non spectacular, bur relevant) result has already appeared in any other language different from English? Is it safe to ignore non-English ...
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Advantages or disadvantages of using public repositories for paper writing?

What are pros and cons of using public version control system such as github for writing my papers and reports ? Is it good to store copies of papers/reports being submitted to conference/journals on ...
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Tools for remotely updating the advisor?

I am a research student. Though me and my advisor used to meet regularly, nowadays due to workload, I usually remain outstation and not able to meet him personally. I do work continuously and meet ...
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How long should I wait for the response of the referee?

i wrote a message to the Editor to inquire about my revision sent about 4 months ago. He informed me yesterday(March 20th, 2014) that my manuscript has already completed 1 review. However, we are ...
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How does laboratory funding and money management work in grad school?

there's something I've been curious about regarding the funding of labs in graduate schools. I imagine it's different in different schools, but there's probably a most common scenario. How is money ...
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how to express my thought to my supervisor without being disrespectful?

I applied to a not-so-well-recognized university for my PhD studies. The reason behind it was that one of my undergraduate professors moved to that university for some financial benefits. I have been ...
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Difference between conference paper and journal paper

Many times I heard about papers published in conference. But still I am not able to find the major difference between papers published in a conference and those published in a journal. What is the ...
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Example Research Paper for teaching methodology and experiments?

Are there recommended or standard published papers (not books) that show great research methodology/ scientific methods. I am trying to help out a friend who is in business and they are trying to ...
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Are Undergraduates allowed to collaborate with other students for their dissertation research?

I'm not sure if this is common practice or not, but much like how we see co-authorship in research papers, I was wondering if an undergrad would be allowed to collaborate with other students (possibly ...
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When there are multiple ISBNs, which should be reported in a reference list?

Which ISBN number should I use in my literature list? I have for example used a book about Design Patterns for my thesis. But I found that books have two ISBN numbers. Which is prefered to use? ...
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Graduate training programs from other departments, how helpful are they?

I notice that there are quite a number of graduate training programs across departments in my university that encourage multidisciplinary researches. For my case, I am an EECS/ Computational Biology ...
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Submitting paper to arXiv as an undergrad

I wrote a rather extensive research project for one of my courses, and would like to submit it to arXiv. But, I am not entirely sure about the copyright/other issues behind it. Is it acceptable for a ...
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Writing a research proposal in mathematics for graduate school

My question is about research proposal, I want to apply for a PhD program which requires writing a research proposal. What exactly should I write for the methodology section of a research proposal in ...