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What are the common things to keep in mind when writing a survey paper? [duplicate]

I am a faculty of computer science and Engineering. I have done my PhD in theoretical computer science. From last 6 months, I am interested in applied machine learning. I have done a course on machine ...
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Differencea in working at academia and corporate technical jobs [duplicate]

What are some differences in working at corporate technical jobs and academia (in pursuit of pure research on field X)? I am working in tech company and I'm slowly getting fed up with deadline ...
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Schoolteaching Research and Academia [closed]

I am struggling getting research interest in a suite of schoolteaching research topics. I feel that many of my topics should not threatening and should be of interest to schoolteachers and ...
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What does a regular academic or research position mean>? [closed]

I am applying for a post-doctoral position. The advertisement specifically mentioned the following criteria for application: "The applicant must first choose a mentor and the Mentor should hold a ...
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A jerk is becoming a professor, should I alert their faculty?

During the early stage of my research career many years ago, as a graduate student, I met this young and bright but yet very manipulative PhD student. Let's call the person A. At the beginning A was ...
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Can researchers cite their own papers? [duplicate]

If a researcher cites their own paper, does that count towards their h-index? I am referring to meaningful citations not just citing for the sake of it. For example, research that takes up a large ...
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Accused of being dishonest for not informing a professor of a clerical error she made

One of my professors returned an assignment that was graded by hand. After the semester ended and the final grades were submitted, the professor discovered that the grade was incorrectly entered in ...
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It there a non-academic job that reviews conference or journal submissions?

I am a research student at the moment, but it has occurred to me that it could potentially be profitable to be a "pre-reviewer". I will explain what I mean. A pre-reviewer is not an academic ...
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I was absent when midterms were returned weeks ago, but now need it to study for the final. Prof and TA can't help. What can I do?

I was absent when the midterms were handed back for a course and now the semester is almost over but I need the midterm to study for the exam (as neither a copy of the test nor the solutions are ...
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Does age matter in graduate application? [duplicate]

At what age is it too late to pursue graduate studies? Does age matter in graduate application? How would potential supervisors think of candidates who are older than themselves?
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Microaggression in our group towards me

I am a Bulgarian PhD student in Germany. I am Muslim, but not religious. Our group is international and most of the other students are from developed countries. Since the day I started my PhD, there ...
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Rejecting an accepted PhD offer for another - Would really appreciate some advice/opinions! [duplicate]

I just got some great news that I have been offered a full studentship on a PhD program that's currently my second most favourite option. I have only until March 16th to accept it or reject it. In the ...
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Is scientific progress hindered by page limit and page format? [closed]

There is a trend in STEM: things get more and more complicated over time. There seems to be two things that are not matching up with the pace of our time: page limit, and page format. Page limit: for ...
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My peers think I slept with my overly friendly TA - what do I do?

I am a female undergraduate student and in a bit of a situation here. Last semester, I had a male graduate teaching assistant for one of my classes, and I got the very strong impression for months ...
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Should I quit PhD in Germany to apply for Top Universities because of Personal Reasons? [closed]

I guess similar questions have been asked but I didn't find one which is close to mine. To my background: I have two bachelor degrees in two natural sciences from a well known university in Germany (...
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How should I not get in trouble due to my political views in academia as a student in my time left in my home country given these political conditions

This question has been in my mind for about an year. Finally, I am asking it here. I don't know I would be getting knowledge about it anywhere else. I think it is on topic here. Kindly help. I live in ...
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Do potential postdoc mentors judge candidates negatively if their advisor in graduate school was denied tenure?

I heard some postdocs discussing at a meeting that if assistant professors get denied tenure their students usually can’t find jobs. I think by this they meant academic jobs i.e., postdocs. This seems ...
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Pushback on unorganized professors, for older adult student

I'm hoping you can help. My background is that I became a parent at an early age, and chose at the time to prioritized raising and feeding my child over going to college. Doing both really wasn't an ...
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Signs of toxic behavior in my peer group

I've been experiencing a phenomenon for a couple of months now that I cannot understand. I'm a first year phd student and I'm working on a problem that my advisor has suggested. I've made some ...
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Is it practically possible to rise to the highest ranks of academia in STEM in the US system after finishing a PhD at 34? [closed]

I am about to finish my Ph.D. at the ripe old age of 34. I plan to stay on and try to become a part of the faculty at a university. Considering the time it takes, not to mention the competition ...
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Difference between mathematical physicist/Theoretical Physicist

What's the actual difference between what a Mathematical Physicist and a Theoretical Physicist do? When I look at the curriculum from some Applied Mathematicians from the maths department at my ...
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Is it rude to be messaging your supervisor if he is in hospital? [closed]

My advisor is currently in hospital waiting to have an operation. It is nothing serious but nevertheless he is away from work. I've noticed that some of my lab mates continue messaging him despite him ...
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Should I change college to have a better undergraduate foundation? [closed]

I am 21 and I study Electronics Engineering. I am at the end of my third year, and I realised where I wanted to put my focus in my graduate studies. What fascinated me the most about EE is the physics ...
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Addressing a colleague's lack of contribution/input

I am a recently hired postdoc. I was tasked to prepare two documents for my first project. The project was for a company where we needed to provide results when it's over. I was working well on my own ...
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FOMO in PhD specialization

I recently graduated from my Master's program in theoretical physics. Throughout the program I did most of my coursework in high energy physics and did my thesis in the same. However, I also did ...
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Academic integrity and plagiarism issue related to an idea. How to handle and communicate?

In 2018, I shared an idea with an assistant professor from another university. I shared this because this is an idea many people are working on and are developing approaches to solve it. My PhD ...
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“Tables 1 and 2” or “Table 1 and 2” [closed]

In an academic thesis would you rather use "tables 1 and table 2" than "table 1 and 2"?
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Can someone who did mostly theory in academia survive in the tech industry?

I am currently seeking a career outside of academia (STEM) and every "entry-level" career in my field seems to demand familiarity with dozens of technologies. For example, here is a data ...
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Can degree students be forced to speak in classes (answering targeted questions,etc) and be forced to sit in a particular way? [closed]

I'm a first year degree student in a college affiliated with the OU. Can the teachers force me to write and maintain neat running notes, tell me how to sit (I keep my legs crossed), which seat to sit ...
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Near finished with PhD, average record, academic-career hopeful, next steps?

Short Question: What to focus on for the academic-career hopeful average terminal PhD student? Background: I am soon to finish a dual PhD focused on computer and cognitive science at an average ...
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What resources are available for academics of color to navigate academia from postdoc onward?

Many people have commented that there is a "hidden curriculum" in academia. In colleges, there are student groups that discuss issues related to race and ethnicity. In industry, there are ...
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No publication after doing a postdoc

I am currently a postdoc at one of Europe's universities. I have a grant that covers my postdoc position (1.5 years) and it's coming to an end soon. I have been working with one member of the research ...
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Help with becoming overly obsessive (about mathematics)

TLDR: I love mathematics but can't find a way to study/do research without becoming unhealthily obsessive. Any tips on how not to think about mathematics all the time, on how to manage intrusive ...
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How can I recover (academically) from a significant (physical) injury?

I am a young academic – I accepted a permanent academic position at the start of this year. I wrote a very large number of grant applications, and got "my big break" with a large, multi-...
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My paper has advanced into the 2nd phase of a 2-phase review process in a top conference, does it in itself help in a PhD application?

So, I just finished my master's in Computer Science, and I plan to apply to some PhD programs later this year. The review process works in 2 phases: during 1st phase the paper goes to a group of ...
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How to politely ask for at least acknowledgement when I help people?

In recent years, as a PhD student in West Africa, I have helped several undergraduate and PhD students who were stuck with some particular problems to the point where they were barely to leave (I can'...
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How to Deal with Demanding Parents

I am currently a 5th year PhD student in math at an American university. I was talking with my parents recently and I told them that I had come to terms with the possibility of me not graduating with ...
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Is it normal for a professor to schedule a late night exam?

I'm in my first year of a PhD program in the U.S. One of my professors scheduled a midterm exam for 8:30-11pm at night, and I think it will be very hard for me to stay up that late for an exam. I'm ...
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Does the Tech Industry outside Academia know which Journals are predatory and which aren't?

The question is pretty simple: Are HR/interviewers/recruiters outside of academia who parses through your CV/resume, aware of which journals are predatory (say, from Beall's List) and which are not (...
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Effects of having a few publications in predatory journals in the beginning of my research journey?

The question might feel a little common out here, but allow me to explain more. I am a Junior Year CS Student and in my early days of getting involved in publishing conference papers, research ...
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Is it fine to inform my professor that I'm not able to follow his class?

I'm a student in an Integrated Ph.D. course in Physical Science (Physics). Currently, I'm in the first year of this course where I'm taking core courses. I'm doing this course on Fundamentals of ...
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Math Ph.D. does not know what to do with life? [closed]

Background: I am a Math Ph.D. student in the U.S. (originally from a developing nation) in partial differential equations (PDEs) but on the theoretical side of PDEs (no simulation, no numerical). I am ...
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University is allowing PhD students in campus again - any advice for a first year? (UK based)

I went to this uni for my undergrad so the staff/layout of buildings isn't a problem - I've had my introductions. The problem is I've been made to work from home, so I've never had on-campus ...
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How to overcome "reader's block" as an undegraduate student?

This semester I am reading lots of textbooks. In the beginning I learnt a lot by reading books but soon after, the amount of my learning started to decline. I feel like I have hit the reader's block ...
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How to deal with too many interfering unnecessary questions from professors about my career plans?

In my department, there is a professor who is not my advisor who constantly asks me about my career plans and how is it going with my research, how far I went in my research, and what did I do in that ...
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Seriously considering quitting my current PhD program after 1 week of starting - any advice?

Edit #1: Thank you all for the comments. After sorting out some messes in my recent life and thinking things through. I do realize quitting isn't just a "magic bullet" to make world perfect. ...
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What are the pros and cons of different research career paths? [closed]

As a student thinking about a career in research, more precisely pure or fundamental research, I would like to know more about possible careers. I haven't decided on the field yet, so I'm interested ...
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How does the Dutch academic culture compare to other countries in Europe?

I am Dutch, but have only studied in the Netherlands for my undergraduate degree. I am now applying to assistant professorships. The places where I have been for my PhD and afterwards were quite ...
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Is it normal for a full-time instructor to be required to be present physically on campus 40 hours a week?

I am a new Instructor, started during the pandemic and am only going into my second year. I work for a smaller local college, full-time. The college is a located in the U.S. in the Mid-West (Ohio), it ...
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Is working from home a sustainable model for PhD students and academia as a whole? [closed]

I suppose it has its advantages but I’m really starting to struggle with the lack of social contact that working from home entails. I’d very much like my university to start considering options for a ...
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