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Does Being a TA for an Irrelevant Course Benefit My Resume?

Would having experience as a TA for a course outside my field be seen as a positive on resume? How might this experience be perceived by potential employers or academic committees, especially when it'...
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How can student grades from different countries (e.g., India and China) be compared when applying for academic positions?

In the global academic landscape, students often apply for positions or programs abroad where the grading systems can differ significantly. For example, India and China have distinct educational and ...
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How to negotiate such toxic competitiveness during my master’s studies?

I came to a university for my master's studies in computer science, along with five batchmates from my country. Since most groups are formed in threes, two teamed up with me and instructed me not to ...
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Academic careerism: How can there be biased research or dishonest inquiry in theoretical hard sciences? [closed]

From Wikipedia: (emphasis added) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_careerism Academic careerism is the tendency of academics (professors specifically and intellectuals generally) to pursue their ...
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Academics in the USA that were sponsored for H1B visa, can you tell me about your experience? How long did it take, how was the process?

I am currently being sponsored for the H1B and my proposed start date is mid-August. I am not sure about the feasibility of this as most websites say it takes around 3-8 months to obtain the H1B. Can ...
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Banned from the Journal Cureus [closed]

Unfortunately, I forgot to correct the ethical approval number of my manuscript and included the approval number of an already published article. I have been informed that my article has been blocked ...
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Is a PhD program the stage at which you define and carve out your own research niche?

Is a PhD the time when you define your academic path, or at least outline what it may become? While researchers have the freedom to change topics throughout their careers, would you recommend striving ...
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Unforgivable sins in academia [closed]

What would be unforgivable mistakes in academia i.e. mistakes that would potentially and actually tarnish any possibility of further successes and opportunities in academia? Specifically those tied ...
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Passionate about research in general but open to many fields: is academia for me?

I've completed my PhD, gone into industry, and now considering returning to academia. I loved doing the research, all stages of the process, from the exploration of ideas to drafting papers - I ...
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Should I have social media profile? Is it truly useful to create networking?

I don't have social apps since the pandemic because I considered it disturbing to my mind and a way where to I was wasting too much time. Now, I'm starting master degree. I attended a conference and ...
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Can you receive a PhD offer in late April? [duplicate]

I had applied for PhD to a university, I was asked to sit for an interview in late January with my prospective supervisors who told me that they like me. 15th April has passed and I have had no ...
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How prevalent are popular criticisms of academia? [closed]

I have seen this video by a very popular science communicator (Sabine Hossenfelder) shared around the academic community criticizing aspects of the academic industry and why they left: https://www....
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Is Dumping PhD Work on a Junior Scientist a Form of Academic Misconduct? Who Should I Report it to?

A potentially controversial issue that can jeopardise the career of one or more people, so I am treading lightly while protecting the concerned persons as much as possible, save a few details for ...
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Withdrawal of Acceptance for Postdoctoral Position

I am a PhD student in mathematics in the US, scheduled to graduate this year. Last fall, I applied for postdoc positions. My situation is a bit complicated: in late January, I was offered a postdoc ...
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What was your eureka moment, and how can I create one for myself? [closed]

As a first-year graduate research student in science passing through several alternate "Peaks of Mount Stupid" and "valleys of despair", it would be great if some of you could ...
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Feasibility and Legality of Simultaneously Being a TA and RA During a PhD Program in Different Countries

I am currently exploring the possibility of undertaking a PhD and have a query regarding the roles of Teaching Assistant (TA) and Research Assistant (RA). I am particularly interested in understanding ...
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Ethical and Normative Aspects of Unpaid TA Positions with High Workload for Recommendation Letters

I'm facing a situation at my university that I'm not sure is standard or ethical, and I'd like some outside perspectives. In certain courses, we have about 60 teaching assistants (TAs), all of whom ...
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Inclusion of a Personal Photo in Academic CVs: Appropriate or Not? [duplicate]

I'm in the process of refining my curriculum vitae (CV) for academic purposes, and I'm contemplating whether to include a personal photograph. This decision seems to vary greatly across different ...
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How many times do people ask the same referees for reference letters to get a postdoc position normally?

When you look for a postdoc position, how many times do you ask your references to write a letter? I know it depends on the working place, but what do you think in your region? I sometimes feel it's ...
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Optimal Length of an Undergraduate CV: Is 4 Pages Too Long?

I'm an undergraduate student currently updating my CV and seeking advice on its optimal length. Until recently, my CV was 2 pages long. However, this year, due to gaining additional teaching ...
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Is it ethical for a professor to reuse exam questions annually without changes?

I'm facing a situation at my university that raises some ethical concerns and I'd like to get your perspective on it. One of our professors has a consistent practice of reusing the same exam questions ...
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Would Making My Literature Review Open Source Be Beneficial to Others in Academia? [closed]

I am currently working on a comprehensive literature review for a paper in my field of study. As I delve deeper into this project, I am considering the possibility of making the literature review open ...
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Does Responding Quickly to Rebuttal Questions in Peer Review Benefit the Review Process? [duplicate]

I'm currently in the midst of the peer review process for a paper I've submitted. Recently, I received a set of rebuttal questions from the reviewers. I am able to provide answers to these questions ...
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Seeking Additional Funding During PhD: Feasibility and Variations Across Universities and Countries

In the midst of PhD journey, can someone contemplate the feasibility and norms around seeking additional funding in the second or third year? This could be for various reasons such as increased ...
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Is It advisable to release a manuscript as a preprint while it is under submission at a conference

It is common, especially in Computer Science fields, to see papers that are under review at conferences and are also available as preprints (e.g. arXiv). However, I am uncertain about the potential ...
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How has Academica changed in response mental health disorders? [closed]

How do universities handle the ever so growing influx of people that are Neurodivergent, and Neurological disorders? Furthermore, what resources, and protocols are there present at the post-secondary ...
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Understanding "Mastering Out" in Graduate Programs: Implications and Consequences

One of my friends have been currently navigating through graduate studies and have come across the term "mastering out." My questions are that: What does "mastering out" of a ...
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What is the Standard Duration of Collaboration with a Professor for a First Research Paper? [closed]

What is the standard or typical length of time students work with a professor while both are at the same university, specifically for the purpose of writing their first paper together? I understand ...
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Understanding the value of short-term undergraduate internships for host universities and professors

I am currently exploring the possibility of participating in a summer internship. While researching, I've noticed that many internships offered by universities last for approximately two months. This ...
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How to Find a Professor for a Summer Internship in My Field?

I'm an undergraduate student looking to gain practical experience in my field of study through a summer internship. I understand that working under the guidance of a professor can be incredibly ...
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Does a recommendation letter from a professor at the university I'm applying to enhance my application?

I'm currently preparing my application for a graduate program and have the opportunity to include a recommendation letter from a professor who is part of the faculty at the university I'm applying to. ...
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Key considerations when applying for a Ph.D. abroad

I'm in the process of applying for a Ph.D. in a foreign country, and I'm trying to determine the most crucial factors to consider. How should I prioritize aspects like the reputation or expertise of ...
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Why are Applicants Often Asked to Draft Their Own Recommendation Letters in Academia [duplicate]

As I know, it's not uncommon for professors to ask students to draft their own recommendation letters in academic settings. Firstly, I want to know how this impacts the authenticity of the ...
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What Types of Publications Are Common in Student Research Competitions at Academic Conferences?

I am interested in understanding the specific types of publications that are typical for student research competitions at academic conferences. What are the common formats (like extended abstracts, ...
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Challenges and Considerations in Unfunded Remote Research for Researchers from Restricted Countries [closed]

I am interested in understanding the nuances and core objectives of pursuing remote research studies, particularly in scenarios where funding is not available and the researcher's nationality (e.g., ...
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How to Professionally Conclude a Collaboration with a Professor to Pursue New Academic Opportunities?

I've had a fruitful period of collaboration with my current professor, but I'm now looking to explore new academic opportunities and challenges. What is the best approach to professionally conclude my ...
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Careers in Academia in Belgium and Salary (Intend to move from Canada as a PR)

I am currently working as an Assistant Professor since more than a year in Canada after my PhD (graduated last year). In near future, I intend to move to Belgium, I am looking for some insights what ...
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What should I do if my professor is selectively favouring natives for TA positions?

I'm a third year graduate student pursuing a PhD in Europe. My field of work is computational chemistry (mostly involving developing software packages). In addition to that I have a masters in Physics....
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Work with structure and clearly defined performance outcomes after my Ph.D?

I'm a fourth year Ph.D candidate in Experimental Psychology who earned an MA also in Experimental Psychology as I matriculated into my Ph.D program. I am posting here because I've come to the hard ...
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Could my visiting instructor position be terminated due to low course reviews? Full time instructor position is not going well at all

I'm a fourth year doctoral student in Applied Experimental Psychology who earned a Master's prior to enrolling in my program (which my Ph.D program accepted on full). Long story short, my funding ran ...
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How to maintain your professional status and not get troubled by the junior lecturers

A new senior lecturer, say A has been assigned to work in doing some tutorials with a set of assistant lecturers. These assistant lecturers, say B1, B2, B3 etc. don’t know some of the theoretical ...
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What to do when corresponding author insists adding an affiliation that I do not belong to?

We have recently finished writing and submitting an article (I am the first author). When submitting the article, I uploaded the files and filled in the necessary information, but the final ...
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How to decide about the university to stay for the future after facing some troubles

In our country working in a state university is regarded as a priviledge. Even when we consider the degrees offered, people accept the state university degrees more. Usually first preference is given ...
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Is reading newspapers good for academic vocab?

As I'm not native speaker and I aim to improve my academic English (spoken and written) i'm asking if reading newpapers is good way to improve academic English? Or they don't use academic English in ...
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How to face some tough academic superiors who give undermining comments in the academic environment

If a group of Computing undergraduates ask to explain why 3 is greater than 2, what is the best way to explain it? When I asked the above question in the Math SE, one of the Mathematicians said this ...
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Leaving postdoc after 6 months (or less)?

I just started a postdoc position at a prestigious institute in the US. I am one month in and the contract is for 1 year with a possibility of renewal (the project I work on received a 3-year grant). ...
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Advice on Transitioning from Master's to PhD in the Same Research Group

I am a master's student in theoretical physics currently in my final semester in Germany. My master's thesis is already underway, and I aim to complete it by April next year. Recently, my partner and ...
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What is more important, one semester less or a top final grade? [closed]

So I (in Germany) have two options: Option 1: finish my bachelor's in Maths at a renowned university now, with a very good grade (1.x), but not a top grade ("ausgezeichnet") finish my ...
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Post docs in online/distance learning mode [closed]

For a Mathematics scholar, who is interested in Cryptography, AI and Computer Science related fields, are there any post-doc researches available to be done by online/distance learning mode? If there'...
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Is it possible to return to academia after an industry experience?

After Ph.D. I went to pursue a position in industry. But after 2 years I figured that the company culture is not suited for me. Will the hiring professors in academia accept the fact that I wasn't ...
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