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Is it appropriate for assistant professors to supervise PhD students?

As pointed out in another question, the general tendency today as compared from classical times is to make junior professors (at assistant level) more and more independent. However, I wonder that ...
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How are PhD students assigned to supervisors/professors?

In my experience, there are two types of PhD students (1) A professor offers a PhD studentship. Then, students apply directly and know their supervisor from the first day. In this case, how a ...
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Finding a Professor for my Honors Project

I am doing an undergrad in Computer Science, and am seriously considering entering in the honors program at my school. I fulfill all the requirements (certain courses, GPA, etc) and now I just need ...
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Can a honours supervisors be called a Project Leader?

I am completing my undergraduate honours. To do some of my experiments I am considering applying for some supercomputer time. I would be applying to a external organistation who manages supercomputer ...
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How to deal with my academic advisor who offered me a postdoc position and try to prevent me getting other offers?

I recently graduated and my co-chair offered me a postdoc position which I haven't started yet. I first thought he was trying to help me. But, now, I get other good offers from others. I got a very ...
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Explaining change in PhD project

I was enrolled in a PhD program within an experimental topic (experimental physics), but 6 months in the project I had a talk with my supervisor: I was not satisfied with the lack of theoretical work ...
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How to highlight the text changes to the supervisor?

How to highlight the changes I made to a text (report, thesis etc) to the supervisor? Red colour/adding bubble comments, you name it. I use Word.
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What should you do when you have no feedback about your work?

I am consistently facing this issue: NO one (except some reviewers when I submit a manuscript) provides me with a detailed/core criticism over my PhD work. My supervisor usually gives me general ...
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How to get a mentor or supervisor for PhD studies in Computer Science?

If I have already completed a master's degree, but no longer belong or have contact to the institution in which I followed my master's degree; how to approach one professor to see if he or she wants ...
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How to work efficiently under loose supervision during graduate studies?

I work in a very cross-disciplinary field, which has caused me some headache* over the past couple of years, partly due to the fact that my supervisor isn't very knowledgeable regarding the day to day ...
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What incentives do supervisors get for supervising undergraduate projects?

What is the prime motivation/incentive for people to supervise undergraduate projects? Students want the degree obviously, but what do the supervisors get? Is there some incentive? Are undergraduate ...
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What are the potential pitfalls of putting a PhD on hold to be employed by the university?

I am a PhD student in an applied science subject at a UK university, part way through my first year. I have two supervisors: 'A' is a senior professor, and 'B' is a PDRA. Most of my work is centred ...
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PhD Supervisor warnings

I'm a third-year PhD student. First year, due to my ill health and lack of command over the subject research progress was slow. My second year, I picked up well but still no clarity over the research ...
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Ph.D. Topic Problem- Changing Topics/Labs

Initial Edit: Changed the title for clarification purposes. Even though title itself seems quite similar to other questions asked here, my question is a bit different from other similar questions. I ...
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How much is the teaching duty of university administrators?

Due to the time-consuming nature of administrative jobs, university administrators normally reduce their teaching duties. This reduction is normally proportional to the level of administrative job: ...
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External advisor for graduate students?

Some graduate students (MSc and PhD) have a second advisor from outside the university (and even outside the country). In most cases I've seen, the second advisor is a collaborator of the primary ...
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Does my supervisor want me to do my Ph.D. with him or elsewhere?

I am currently doing my master's under the supervision of an assistant professor. He's brilliant, professional and an amazing mentor. He is supportive but at the same time knows when and how to be ...
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What are some good things to make explicit between a student and his supervisor when beginning a PhD?

This question is motivated by the fact that my last research internship was unsatisfactory in my relation with my supervisor. Partly because of me, I may have tried to be too much autonomous, rarely ...
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Is it okay for a PhD supervisor to claim co-authorship… even if it's my work, and he didn't ask?

About a year ago I noticed that my PhD supervisor has listed on his faculty page that he co-authored a conference presentation together with me. The problem is, he didn't-- the research itself was ...
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Easy going advisor versus expert advisor and research experience

I am fortunate to have a very nice, easy-going advisor (the last because I have seen some horrible PhD advisors). He respects me and my work (I did my master degree under his guidance). Then, I went ...
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Authorship with Past and Nearly Absent Supervisor

Inspired by the following question: Co-authorship for not very involved supervisor I have got to ask a slightly different question: I have a past supervisor while I did my masters and she wasn't ...
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How should one choose a supervisor if they haven't yet narrowed down their research focus?

From what I know, every Phd student needs to choose a supervisor in the first year. For someone who is entering a Phd with a broad interest in a field, this might be difficult since they don't ...
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Should I tell my supervisor that I will consult someone else?

I need an specific advice on a specific area (not the main one) in my PhD research (e.g. is it a good idea to include the factor x in the review and analysis of the topic y?). As far as I know, my ...
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What to do when emails to a potential advisor are not replied?

I asked a potential advisor for possible research projects but I haven't received a reply. What is the appropriate thing to do? Reply with my previous mail quoted, and say something like I having ...
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How often do you email a supervisor?

I'm doing a PhD related to my supervisor's research area. Sometimes, I think about problems that I do not immediately know the answer to. Naturally, I come to Stack Exchange and other forums and ask ...
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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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Supervised self-study

Imagine an education model in which teacher/supervisor/mentor does not teach the syllabus to students. Instead, just pushing them towards key topics, and students must study by themselves. The teacher ...
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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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Email contact author on a paper

I am reading a paper and have questions about the details of the procedure described. I have read other papers by the same team but they don't explain too much about that procedure anyway. I think it ...
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Informing my supervisor of discrepancy in the results

I am working on my MPhys thesis, on a certain dataset. Part of this dataset has been analyzed by my current supervisor during his PhD, with published results. He asked me to expand on that work by ...
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Supervisor keeps “showstopping” defense with nit-picky grammar errors

My supervisor keeps on delaying and postponing my defense date, taking long periods of time between revisions (1 month of "revision" where the document is in his hands). He has done this 2 times ...
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What is the academic approach when the supervisor attacks student's religion?

What is the academic approach when your supervisor goes off-topic? In other words, what is the academic reaction for a PhD student when his supervisor starts attacking the student's religion? I ...
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What do co-supervisors get out of a PhD?

PhD supervisors usually get paid to supervise. They also have the prestige of having lots of students under their belt. It's common to also have co-supervisor (I think it's mandatory in many fields, ...