Questions tagged [academic-life]

Questions related to academic culture, academic communities, and the coexistence of "life" and "academia."

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Can you suggest me what books to start with as I am going to be a Computer Science Undergrad this year? [closed]

I find it really confusing as to which book to start with. Many say Operating Systems, and the others suggest Algorithms. I have a really good hold on numerous programming languages and subjects like ...
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What is the ideal time gap between an email and reminder email? [duplicate]

I have recently sent an email to a prof in my institute asking for a semester project. He hasn't replied me for 3 days. Ideally, I send a reminder email after a week but waiting this long might reduce ...
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Should I switch majors? How will this look on grad school application?

At the school I study at there are several majors for life sciences. I am currently in a program called Life science - origin of diseases specialization. This program is very similar to the general ...
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Sending a follow up email to prof and ask for the data availability

I sent an email to a professor to share the data they published a paper on (and they are obliged to do it). It's been more than 2 weeks, he has not replied yet. Should I send a follow-up email under ...
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Mature PhD maths student going through a crisis and feeling pretty anxious and depressed about future - advice needed [closed]

So, to provide a bit about my background, I did an undergrad degree in mathematics from 2010-2014, and started a PhD immediately afterwards and dropped out after 9 months due to it not being a good ...
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Why is it not the norm to pay for travel expenses for academics moving to new jobs? [closed]

In industry, when someone is hired, it's typical for the employer to pay for the flight costs of the new employee. But when grad students and postdocs are moving to different countries, typically they ...
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What is the hardest part of transitioning from a PhD to a full-time career in academia?

Multiple users on this site have stated that only around 1 in 10 (or maybe an even smaller ratio) PhD students are able to successfully continue in academia, beginning with an Assistant Professor ...
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Shall “the” be placed before the author (Government report) with in-text citation (Harvard style)?

I have finished my thesis and the only thing which I am not certain about is the following. In my reference list, government reports such as e.g. Public Defender of Indonesia, (2016), does not start ...
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What's the proper response after receiving an email from an unfamiliar sender accusing an academic of my discipline of misconduct with evidence?

I have recently received an email from an unknown source where an academic (who I don't know) is accused (backed by some evidence which I haven't examined in detail) of misconduct, particularly ...
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Is it considered bad if a student replies late to a professor?

We know that professors are busy, and more often than not we (students) do not receive quick replies from them. However, the tables have turned (sadly, and just once). This summer, I'm working on some ...
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Are there reasons to revoke my degree if I shared old notes with a current student who was caught plagiarizing my work? [duplicate]

I graduated university (UK University) a couple of years ago with a first. My friend is currently enrolled at the same university and was struggling with an assignment I had completed and still had a ...
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Academia vs. Industry for Machine Learning [closed]

For PhD students in machine learning, academia vs. industry is an increasingly strange choice. Getting a faculty job at a good university is still quite hard, but the pay is hugely lower than in ...
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Sending a follow up email for a research assistant position

I have submitted an application for a research assistant position in field of psychology and neuroscience in the USA. The person to whom I submitted my application seems to be the lab manager (not ...
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Without any contribution from my supervisor, is it reasonable to write my papers all by myself?

Background: I am finishing up my PhD. I'm lucky to be at a good school and my PhD was funded by a competitive scholarship. I have published work from my master's in humanities as a solo author, and as ...
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Seeking advice: Failed PhD due to academic + psychological reasons. Should I apply two years later?

Failed my PhD in Physics after 3 years in graduate school. I spent the whole first and a half year on foundation (courses and some learning projects) since I jumped in from a completely different ...
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As a PhD student, should I attend group meetings when they just make me feel bad?

Should I attend group meetings? In our group meetings, scientific issues (experiment or results) are not discussed, participants only tell their situations (I will have a paper) or material, economic ...
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Are Asian-Americans considered an “underrepresented minority” in academia in the US?

As an Asian-American I sometimes feel as though I am "stuck." There are certainly many Asian academics, but only a few Asian-Americans. This is complicated by the statistics. In absolute ...
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I feel left out from the group

My supervisor had a surgery. She notified the other doctorate student other than me and the other members of the group. I have no information. No one in the group said this to me. I feel like an idiot ...
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Dealing with unpleasant people in conferences

My current strategy when seeing unpleasant, toxic academics in conferences is to ignore them, but I'm wondering if people have other suggestions. When I was a grad student, I spent a few months at a ...
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Is My Mentality Good for Academia / Grad School? [closed]

I am wondering if my mentality is good for an academic. Or does my mentality mean I should not go to academia: (1) I am not an avid reader and I do not read for leisure. I do not read in the free time....
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How to reconcile desire to succeed in academia/willingness to prioritize research with ethical concerns about fair work practices?

I'm not 100% sure how to phrase my question, but I've been grappling with this for sometime and thought maybe the responses would provide me some insight. I'm currently at PhD student soon to be on ...
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Faculty hiring after campus interview

I did a campus interview two weeks ago (US universities, R1, Engineering). I was not the last candidate, so, by considering the last one, the search was closed one week ago. In the last meeting with ...
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What to do with students requesting deadline extension due to the death of a relative (but without a doctor's note)?

I am currently working as a teaching assistant for several courses in STEM in the US at the college level. During the past two semesters since Covid19 started, I have noticed that whenever a deadline ...
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Taking an applied internship postponing the end of the PhD

I'm a PhD student in Europe, currently in my 3rd year of pure mathematics. It was supposed to be the final year of my studies before finding a position either in industry or in academy. However, the ...
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I believe I have a clever idea/tool that should be widely adopted by the research community. How to interpret a lukewarm response?

Related to this question, except I do not believe (and have not claimed) that I have solved an open problem, famous or otherwise. I came up with an idea (specifically, how to pronounce numbers in ...
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What is the least amount of effort needed to ensure no copyright issue of using online pictures in lecture notes/slides

I have noticed that in many university's course notes/slides, particularly those in the CS department, and in particular those dealing with computer animation/graphics, a large amount of instructors ...
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Working as an Academic researcher difficulties [closed]

What do you do if you have to perform research in a field that you didn't like, as I'm currently passionate about computer vision stuff, but my research is about Android security. More than that the ...
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How to gracefully leave a lab due to poor infrastructure and aiming to move into a new field of research?

I am an early career postdoc in a prestigious high-ranking university in US. I did my PhD in from a good state university in US and published a decent number of papers. My current PI has no expertise ...
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How to deal with career anxiety and manage to remain concentrated on the matter in hand?

I am just over 30 years and about to finish my PhD. I will obtain my PhD from an EU country, and I must obtain residence permit to keep staying in EU. My thesis is almost a staple thesis which ...
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What should I do the day before submitting my PhD thesis?

I am submitting my PhD thesis in less than two days. I have checked all the tables, figures, appendices, references, and also checked spelling and any potential typos (which I believe there might be ...
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My PI is publicly humiliating me: Why would a PI do this and what can I do to mitigate the damage from this?

My principal investigator (PI) and I tend to get along pretty well; however, he is often moody and has some quirks about him. Sometimes this means that he is in a bad mood and will take it out on me. ...
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What day rate should I set for consulting work?

I am a final year social sciences PhD student in the UK. A professor reached out to me and asked if I am interested in a three-day consultant work for their project and if so, what my day rate is. I ...
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Is there any way to do good research without people noticing or follow up on my work?

My research, which in my opinion, is quite important, has unfortunately been getting noticed by people who has previously ignored them and systematically avoided to cite them. This is not ideal for me!...
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Government versus Private Institute as a Faculty in India [closed]

I am from India. I have two different offers for Assistant professor (computer science) positions in India. The one of the institute is government funded and second is private college. The main ...
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Can phd students submit their paper on their own?

Can phd students submit their paper on their own? I have finished writing and polishing my manuscript (with my advisor listed as the corresponding author) and then sent it to my phd advisor almost a ...
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Doubt about a study technique [closed]

How to revise analytical subjects like Material Science and Engineering the night before the exam or maybe when the exam lies in three days. For mathematically oriented subjects what I basically do ...
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Articles about different types of colleges and universities, from math faculty perspective

I'm looking for an article, web site, book chapter, whatever, that I can share with some math graduate students so that they can read and learn a little about some of the different types of colleges ...
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Importance of campus for mathematicians [closed]

I am a graduate student in mathematics, currently working from home due to the COVID crisis. Even though , yea, pure mathematicians can work from home, but I really miss the campus and the environment ...
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Should I leave this PhD and start another one? Would I be in trouble?

I am currently doing a fully funded PhD in a European country. I just finished my first year. The topic is ok but i dont feel very passionate about it. I dont feel i connect with the topic even though ...
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problem with online class

I am a student at my local community college taking prenursing classes. my professor for A&P II requires a 360 camera while taking all the tests online on response. I have two small kids who I ...
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Writing grant applications as a new academic/faculty member [closed]

I am a new faculty member at a University. In the last 5 months since I started, I have applied (or in process of applying) 4 research grants (2 internal applied, 2 external in the process). What I ...
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Questions about Mathematicians [closed]

I will be completing high school at the end of this academic year. I have a strong love for Maths, and I am considering becoming a pure mathematician or pure mathematics researcher when I'm older. I ...
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I am (likely) being accused of cheating by my professor, what do I do? [closed]

I took my final last Wednesday (it’s Monday) and on Friday I received an email from my professor asking to meet to discuss my performance on the final. I got a little stressed but was more worried ...
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Would it be a good idea to drop out of my Bachelor's program and look for scholarships to restart abroad?

Currently, I study BA in Mathematics, and because of some problems related to the environment I found myself in, I cannot complete my studies in this place. I studied most of the courses, except ...
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Removing a grant number from a published paper [closed]

How can I remove a grant number from the acknowledgment of a published paper? since my institution refused to pay the reward for publishing this paper.
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Is it okay to send a thank-you-for-teaching to a professor who taught a course a few semesters ago?

In my first semester of Ph.D., I took a course about machine learning (ML), because I find it very fancy and interesting (however, my field of research is theoretical physics, far away from ML). The ...
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How do (STEM) professors keep up with the latest tech or development in order to publish research?

From an outsider/student's view, STEM professors are: not taking courses mostly not doing things outside of their research comfort zones not (?) studying up much except for their research, certainly ...
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Should I let a bad mark from 10 years ago discourage me from taking on a TAship? [duplicate]

10 years ago it was my first year in University and I bombed a course in programming. I had no programming experience and was competing with people have been programming since 10. I felt stupid and my ...
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Research between different campuses of the same university

I was recently applying for a tenure track position at a university. I had found people who had adjacent research interests, and thought it would be good to mention them as possible collaborators for ...
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How can faculty best telegraph work-life balance challenges under COVID to our administration?

Work-life balance is more challenging for faculty than ever under COVID-19. What are equitable, privacy sensitive ways to telegraph needs at the individual level? What are acceptable accommodations ...

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