Questions relating to academic supervision, which is broadly defined as the supervisory relationship between advisors and their students.

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How do project supervisors address the “freeloading” problem in group projects?

I am currently leading a three person team to tackle an undergrad engineering project that involves several parts. I am responsible for data analysis using sophisticated computer algorithms, another ...
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PhD supervisor is not willing to co-supervise?

I started my PhD two years ago on a specific problem. The problem is to study a given computer science structure from one specific perspective. My current advisor is an expert in that perspective and ...
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What to do when a former supervisor keeps contacting my current supervisor as a way to pressure me to publish my Master's thesis?

I'm all for publishing my own work of course. Since I have coursework and new projects during the semester I have temporarily put aside my manuscript and I have communicated with the former (Master's) ...
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How to know whether my PhD advisor knows the area of research?

Ok here is the situation: My advisor gave me a paper about new model X. After reading and researching in X, I became very familiar with X and had many interesting ideas to extend its capabilities. ...
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Should I email a potential supervisor who agreed to support me?

I am applying for a PhD at a certain university that requires the student to provide and evidence of support from a potential supervisor before submitting the application. After mailing some ...
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Is it possible to restart a PhD due to issues with supervisor (and should I do it)?

I am a PhD student in Europe and I am in the state of permanent crisis because of my PhD supervisor. He is a very nice person, who is very active with public engagement, very successful at grant ...
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How to ask for feedback from research students on my supervision abilities?

As the lone experimentalist in my group, I end up supervising most of the students (M.S., B.S. and high school) who do experimentation-focused research in my lab. I am always trying to improve my ...
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Can someone change PhD supervisor without changing research direction?

Background: My supervisor wants to quit my supervision due to reasons beyond his control. He suggested few colleagues to replace him. My only concern is that I be asked to switch my current research ...
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How should I take a potential PhD supervisor's age into account, when planning to follow PhD with habilitation?

I plan to apply for PhD in Finance/Statistics next semester, and I have searched for some potential supervisors. An issue I have is that many are above age 60, and in Germany Professors have to ...
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Is there a conflict of interest when the supervisor and co-supervisor are husband and wife?

I have been co-supervised by my primary supervisor's wife. Suffice to say that this has been problematic where both have different research interests. Each asks me to do different jobs and they often ...
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Should academics allow student to submit a possibly flawed paper?

I let a student associated with me (but who is not really my PhD student) submit a paper to a fairly-local meeting (some people do come from abroad). Because I'd been tasked with supporting the ...
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My supervisor spells my name incorrectly

I've discovered that every time my supervisor has cited any of the papers or technical documents I've written she/he would: spell my name incorrectly or forget to add my name spell the ...
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Is it acceptable to require a student to use the supervisor's preferred software/tools?

I'm about to supervise my first bachelor student and I'm not quite sure what is acceptable and what is not. The thesis will contain math formulas, illustrations, images, graphs and tables - like any ...
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What to do when a PhD supervisor is not collaborating on publications after the PhD from it?

If someone's (SO) PhD supervisor is not collaborating on publications from SO's PhD. The problem arose as SO raised his mistrust (for the supervisor) on other academic issues. The supervisor treats ...
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Shrink the paper or pay for extra page charges?

A PhD student has started his research about two year ago by research scholarship from university. His supervisor won a huge grant on a topic very close to his research project couple of months ...
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What is the minimum one should expect from the day-to-day supervisor?

What minimal responsibilities can a student expect from their day-to-day supervisor? In my institute, we usually have the head of the institute as the formal supervisor, followed by another ...
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Is it common to review papers assigned to your supervisor?

Is it common to supervisors to email their students papers to review (which were apparently assigned to the supervisor, and not to the student). The field is Computer Science, but I would also like ...
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How to withdraw from an application process in a polite manner

Say a candidate has met with a potential PhD supervisor and it was rather evident that he would be willing to take on the candidate. You have emailed a lot and met in person a few times, but nothing ...