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How to solicit feedback from students about faculty candidates?

I am the grad student on the hiring committee, and I have been tasked with gathering feedback from grad students about our faculty candidates. All of the grad students were invited to attend each ...
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Failing a student for attendance or grade?

My problem is pretty weird to describe. This semester I didn't keep track of student attendance in classes because the university system didn't become functional until two weeks before the end of the ...
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When do you switch a student membership to a non-student membership for a professional society

Students enjoy discounted memberships to many professional/academic societies. However, membership renewals rarely align with one's degree date. So when do you switch your membership from a student ...
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How to get IEEE promotion code

I want to join IEEE community by purchasing IEEE student membership. On the check-out page there is a field for entering promotion code which offers discount. How can I receive a promotion code?
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Alternate university course allocation mechanisms

When it comes to course enrollment/registration in a limited-enrollment course, most institutions use a sequential system where students pick their course schedules sequentially (often ordered by ...
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Can a PhD student write a letter of recommendation for coauthor/collaborator?

My good friend and I coauthored a paper that was accepted at a major research conference. He works in industry and has now decided to apply for PhD programs. He asked that I write him a letter of ...
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What is the most effective way to take notes in class? [closed]

I'm a freshman in college, so I'm pretty new to the lecture style of classes where you do most of the work outside of class, and the professor discusses it and gives more information in class. Well, ...
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How to deal with requests from prospective students that want to work with a faculty? [duplicate]

If some students are planning to apply to a university and send emails to faculty showing their interest to work with them. What can and should the faculty do? If the students are good, can the ...
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Students staying hours past end of office hours

Background: I am a fourth year math graduate student working as a TA for an introduction to proofs course with a focus on analysis. I really enjoy the teaching component of my position as a graduate ...
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What to do about fellow student that hogs lecture time with many questions

I am in a master's program, and one of my peers in the program is in two classes with me. He is a nice person, but he tends to ask a lot of questions in lectures; both of which are very large, and ...
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Suspecting an undiagnosed learning disability in a student

I have a student whose academic performance seems starkly disproportionate to his potential. He is full of interesting ideas and questions and enthusiasm, and frequently talks to me before and after ...
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How to email professor with group concerns about class?

I'm currently taking a 20-25 person graduate-level course in Computer Science. It's about 60/40 theory/implementation, which means the discussions in class tend to be a bit more abstract that the ...
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How do I speak with my professor about my mental health?

I'm an undergraduate in my junior year, and I've been having an especially bad month when it comes to my mental health and academic performance. Two weeks ago, I discovered that I had two midterms, ...
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I need an efficient way to catch up with all the work done in my field of interest

I have an academic problem that I'm very interested in and want to explore the related research fields. Of course no researcher knows everything going on in a field but I feel I know far too less to ...
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How to balance lecture participation and not being considered a show-off?

I am a student in a rather small (20-40 students) lecture. This lecture is mandatory for the students of this subject in this semester. In the course of the lecture the professor regularly asks ...
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Is the idea of “boarding university” still a formal policy?

In the past, most education centers were boarding schools in which students live full time. Still there are boarding school at high school or college level. However, for universities, students just ...
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Add author to existing arXiv paper?

I had a student write an excellent Master's thesis which is not publishable as novel research but which I think would serve as a great introduction to the topic. Although the student is happy to have ...
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1answer
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How to work with a RA unwilling to work with me?

I've recently started a new role on a three year project. I'm a research officer and I've joined onto the project about 8 months in at new research institute, there are three CIs. I've been brought on ...
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Why do professors list current position of their students on their webpages?

I see that most professors list their former Ph.D students and their current positions on their web page. Is it a kind of advertisement? If so, why? If not, why not?
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Is it ethical to offer a student a job during the final weeks of his thesis if you are partly grading it?

Our institute has an open position for a student research assistant where it is hard to find qualified applicants. Currently, I'm supervising a very good student who is in the final weeks of writing ...
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What level of computer skills should a university instructor expect students in a business class to have?

This questions has been bothering me for some time as I had to fail a student as you'll see later on. I am hoping that another SE member has seen a student or may have even been a student like this. ...
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Would you discourage your undergrad from taking a year off to work on a self-devised project?

The student is in fourth semester and wants to learn about a certain technical field on his own and try out a more complex project on that knowledge. The project idea is unique, but unlikely to be ...
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Contacting Potential PhD Supervisor: Including grades

I am starting to contact potential supervisors to do a PhD and I am wondering whether (and how) I should include my grades while contacting them. I am in the UK so there is no GPA standard (there is a ...
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How to answer “Your experience in supervision of research students”?

I finished my PhD in 2013. I don't have any experience in supervision of research students. When I apply for teaching job uni. always ask me "Your experience in supervision of research students". How ...
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Activities for welcome event for incoming PhD students?

My department is planning an event (2-3 hours) welcoming incoming PhD students and giving them a chance to meet the rest of the department. So far, the proposed activities for this year's welcome ...
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Requesting exemption of some assignments for holidays [closed]

I'm a second year bachelor student in western Europe. Most of the courses I take are with a group of around 50 students. The teachers know the faces and there is space for social conversation to some ...
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Anonymous Student Feedback: Moving forward from abusive comments

I'm looking for some guidance from some senior/experienced academics situated in the teaching space. As a relatively new lecturer (though I have some experience in lecturing in the past) I'm always ...
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Is it necessary for a grad student to respond to phone calls, as long as they're responsive on email?

I am asking this for a friend who hopes to enter grad school for a PhD next year in science. This person has a cell phone but almost always turns it off and has no voice mail (meaning there is no way ...
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Should I ask one of my university lectures to be my mentor?

'm a computer science student in the UK and I've just finished my first year. I know next year I will be doing a lot more programming but there is very little C in the curriculum. I know some of my ...
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Publication ownership for students

I have few questions related to the owner and independent of PhD students research. In my case for instance my committee members including my advisor are too busy to read deeply or know the details of ...
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How do I tell my advisor about mental health problems?

I'm an undergraduate student (20f). I have 2 academic advisors - one in the Honors College & one in my department. I met with the Honors advisor recently to discuss study abroad and we somehow got ...
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What are the possible pitfalls of a university employee and a student being roommates? Is it best to avoid this situation?

I have two closely-related questions: First: What are the possible pitfalls of a university employee (faculty or staff) and a student at the same university being roommates? And, in the event ...
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How to deal with a student who talks too much in my class? [closed]

I am teaching English for Employment course; it usually to takes 2 months for entire course. This semester I have a student who is talking too much in the class and for anything that I teach he has ...
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Dealing with students who sent email with empty body but the homework attached

I am responsible for the exercises for a graduate course. The students submit their solutions via email and all of them send a normal email: greeting me and telling that the solutions file is attached ...
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How to inform a student about my appreciation of his/her original solutions

In the final exam of a course, a student has solved some problems in a really ingenious way. He gets perfect score anyway. What is the appropriate way to inform him about my appreciation of his ...
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How to deal with failing a student?

I supervise a student who is working on her bachelor's thesis. The problem is that she has not delivered anything, never asks for any help, and when I offer her some help she claims that she ...
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Bonus Quizzes to entice students to read their syllabus?

Please inform me if this needs to be moved to the meta questions forum, I wasn't sure whether this would qualify or not As I'm sure many lecturers/professors would attest, one of the frustrations of ...
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What do people look for in a bioinformatics or genomics person for hiring? [closed]

I attend a lower ranked state school in New York state, and have taken a liking to the field of genomics. My computer science skills are weak, but I enjoy the field and would like to pursue it for a ...
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Providing Students Formal Exam Feedback?

I'm in the process of finalising my exam for my unit in second semester (based in Australia). The exam will have 3 essay questions out of a total of 6 that students will receive prior to the exam. ...
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Resources/methods to teach how to perform research logically

Can you point me to resources (e.g. book, articles, etc.) or methods on teaching students how to think more logically/systematically about doing research? I've seen a number of intelligent graduate ...
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What is a “professional student”?

What is a professional student, in the context of a "Graduate and Professional Student Organization"? For example, how are they different than or similar to post-docs?
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Data supporting educational entertainment media as an ineffective method to stimulate students to learn academic concepts outside of the classroom?

I define educational entertainment media as books, films, animation, video games, board games, toys, and such, designed with embedded practical examples of academic concepts. I am unfamiliar with a ...
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What is the motivation for a graduate student to help to develop a professor's MOOC?

I've seen graduate students act as course developers for their advisor's MOOC or play a key role in helping their advisor with some other endeavour that is not related to research. What is the ...
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Can a professor shout at a student? [closed]

Is there any possible penalty (from the educational institution) for the professor for disrespecting a student? What can and cannot do a professor in terms of respect to a student?
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Going to a lower-ranked school for better advisor fit

Computer Science PhD admit here. Is it crazy of me to turn down a top school (MIT/Stanford) for a lower-ranked school (think Cornell/UW/Columbia/Michigan) if I think there is better advisor fit? ...
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How should a university deal with outsourced essay writing?

My campus is full of flyers, typically attached to lightposts and so, advertising to write essays for money. There's plenty of such services offered on the internet as well. Presumably, many ...
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strategy to divide the class of large number of students

Let us consider that one is supposed to teach a class of a large number of students (say 100 or more). I am thinking of this scenario corresponding to undergraduate students, but hoping for a general ...
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How do I tell my supervisor his idea is incorrect?

My supervisor gave me some guidance in order to complete my Masters thesis and to publish the result in a journal. His idea to develop the work is not correct and in this case I know my thesis better ...
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Thanking fellow PhD students in a paper

I am just about to send a paper for publication, and I would be grateful for some advice on how I should acknowledge my fellow PhD students. The paper in question is my own, in the sense that I am ...
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Proper procedure when promised funding not given to Ph.D. graduate student

I have a friend who was accepted into an interdisciplinary program at the University of Arizona a few years ago. They are more than halfway to completing their Ph.D., however their advisor is ...