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Questions tagged [academic-life]

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

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I believe fellow TAs are giving students answers and inflating their tutorial average, what should I do?

I am first-year graduate student doing teaching assistance for an introductory calculus course. The course is taught by four instructors, with 12 teaching assistants in total and I am one of them. ...
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Request not to be named as a co-author on my own paper

In a semi-hypothetical situation, assume that I'm a postdoc at a certain university and my supervisor pushed (forced) me to work on a journal paper that I hated but finished eventually. I say I hated ...
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Differences Between Academic Research Positions in US and Canada?

I am considering the possibility of applying for a faculty or possibly other research positions at a Canadian university. I am curious to know what are the differences in terms of work experience, ...
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Graduate advisors: what are some qualities that make a graduate student difficult to supervise? [closed]

I am asking this question to seek some perspectives from graduate advisors. My question is: what qualities of a student makes him or her difficult to supervise? It is all the more valuable if this ...
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Why do colleges force students to study for so many years when most of won't be needed? [closed]

I have all the respect for students of sciences who go to a university to fully divulge themselves into a certain topic and understand it in and out. But the truth is, that description simply doesn'...
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Why don't I want to learn anything? [closed]

I'm an undergraduate student, rising senior. I've been immersed in academia now since freshmen year, and I'd like to pursue a PhD in Computer Science in the future. I'm posting here because I just ...
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Does it violate academic social norm to email someone around midnight?

I do this often because this is when I wrap up the stuff for my day. But I wonder if it is considered intrusive. I imagine a scenario where a phone that is linked to gmail rings due to my email, and ...
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As a Head of Department, how can I make my faculty happier?

I am HoD for a department with over 30 members. The dept is socially inactive with only one or two social gatherings per academic year. No politics or "serious personal issues" among members. Just ...
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How to grow as a researcher outside of research?

I am a Ph.D. student (after mid stage) working in theory. I do as much hard work as I can, but there is something I think I am missing. My experience so far is many people don't know what I do and ...
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What ‘academic effort’ is? [closed]

I have heard people into Academia speaking about ‘academic efforts’. I am wondering what they actually are and how they are related (if any) to a scholar’s academic career.
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Is it appropriate for a PI to appoint someone who is a family member?

I am a junior faculty in one of the top-tier research US institutions. I just joined the department and hired two GRAs meanwhile. In addition, I would like to appoint one more individual in my ...
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Is it okay if a PhD student's work seems insignificant compared to others'?

I am a theoretical computer science student working on algorithms. I am doubting myself a bit, as I have spent the last 6-7 months working on one problem. Although I am not able to solve the desired ...
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Missing out on a position due to false HR advice. What should I do?

Following up on my previous question (Academic Progression via Promotion vs via Recruitment), where I wanted to apply for an assistant professor position at a university where I am currently a postdoc....
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I am interested in retracting my old journal articles. Would it have any negative effects on my academic career?

I managed to successfully publish my old bachelor thesis in a good quality national journal in my country. However, I am thinking of retracting the article due to certain circumstances. First, I felt ...
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Should I defer or start a PhD program right away? [closed]

I just completed a Master's degree in Canada and have been accepted to a US PhD program beginning this fall as an international student. My Master's degree allows me to work as a healthcare provider. ...
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How to ask for advice regarding a position?

A colleague of mine has notified me of an upcoming opening for a TT position in my field in the US. She told me to contact a colleague of hers in the department hiring to "ask for advice" regarding ...
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Is “How good am I?” a reasonable question to ask a supervisor?

I have recently completed my undergraduate degree, in mathematics. As part of the final year, we had to complete a "project", which was effectively a 40-page (ish) dissertation on a topic of our ...
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Is Academia a dying field? [closed]

In many countries in Europe, you need to study for 8+ years in order to be ready to become a researcher, a proper academic. Think 3 years bachelor, 2 years master, 3 years PhD. However, that is the ...
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What to do when research is ending up in useless clinical trial

I wonder a bit whether I should have behaved differently. I worked in a institute. They developed "drug candidates" for a disease. At the end of my PhD I definitely proofed that the binding mechanism ...
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Why don't we still have a good eInk reader device for research papers? [closed]

There are so many people in academia. A lot of people who are not in academia also read research papers. And I'm not talking about the formatting part. I'm talking about just looking up research ...
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Is there any scientific reference about position of the LGBTQ community in STEM academia?

According to the Nature article "LGBTQ scientists are still left out" there are some "heteronormative assumptions" in the STEM field which artificially suppress the number of LGBTQ people in the field....
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How to address in-group bullying without compromising PhD/career?

I've been bullied by my supervisor and other members of my research group for the past couple of years. Some of the things which have indicated bullying include snide remarks being made during group ...
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How can I fill in the missing background I need to be a good computer scientist?

I'm doing my PhD in computer science and I'm almost finished (maybe one more year). In fact, my background was engineering, but in my MS study I got interested in CS and took courses about "pattern ...
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Why do academics drink so much coffee? [closed]

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems -- Alfréd Rényi All the universities whose staff lounges I've been to have had coffee machines with free coffee. I've seen groups name ...
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What should I start doing to improve my prospects since deciding on an academic career? [closed]

So, I have had a year out to work and am now going to do my Master's degree in Computing. I have decided to fully embark on a career in academia. What can I start doing NOW that will help improve my ...
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Is there a way to do serious social justice-related work or research while working on scientific research?

I am currently working in the sciences (broadly speaking, the STEM field) in the United States as a researcher. I have been following quite closely to the social-political trend of the US for the ...
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Switching from academia to industry-software [closed]

I am an associate professor at a university in the US and I teach Computer Science. I am feeling stuck in my career and want to switch to industry. I have given many interviews but they only ask for ...
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Effectively studying research papers

How to read one to more research papers that are nearly 20- 30 pages in a short time since I have other miscellaneous works ?
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What is the best way to deal with cranks?

Imagine you are minding your own business when you receive an email from someone who claims to have discovered the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. He provides ...
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Postdoc project: Bait and switch

Earlier this year, I interviewed and received offers for two postdoc positions from competing universities, with one- and three-year contracts, respectively. The first is more related to my PhD, while ...
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Does making Youtube videos improve your CV?

Is the creation of youtube content/lectures in your field worth showing off on an Academic CV? In the most extreme case: if someone who is considering hiring for a teaching position in a university/...
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Is this statistic about how many Latinos/Hispanics have a PhD in the USA correct?

According to Ileana Freytes-Ortiz, < 2% of people in the US have a #phd Of those, 6.5% are Hispanic By defending my PhD yesterday, I just became part of the 0.13% in the US that is #...
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Is there any such career as a medical researcher?

A little context here: I graduated from medical school in 2012, practiced briefly till 2016 and stopped. I simply got bored with traditional medical practice and then decided to pursue my first love - ...
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Is it worth it to accept this PhD scholarship?

I got a scholarship offer which requires me to work for a financial institution for three days (24 hours) a week. The scholarship is quite generous (50k AUD per year). Is it worth it to take it if I ...
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After PhD, no support from PhD supervisor

I am writing here to get good advice for my career. I completed my PhD in Mathematics last year. I was quite happy after my PhD that I have gained a PhD degree, but I don't have any idea what I could ...
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Improving work conditions of student assistants, PhDs, Postdocs etc

I have been following threads on this website for a few months now. However it's my first time posting. I am a postdoctoral researcher from a Western European country who has done reasonably well ...
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What is the career roadmap for a physicist? [closed]

How does one find money for living expenses during studies?
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How much patience is needed in a PhD?

I am a PhD student who works in theory of abstract mathematics. I have been patient but nowadays I am losing my temper, patience, etc. Many publications have been rejected as well as my proposals for ...
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Why do so many people go into Academia when the career prospects are so grim? [duplicate]

Judging by a lot of the questions on this site, a career in Academia sounds very grim. Lots of pressure, extreme working ours, few benefits, mediocre salary, and, because one has to work with so many ...
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What makes academic failure different from failure in another career?

It is my understanding that academia as a nebulous whole has its own culture and speaks its own language that makes it a very different environment to work in compared to other so-called "industry" ...
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Is it possible for non-debating person to survive in research?

I am a computer-science PhD student. I like to work on things and I enjoy doing computer science. But here is a problem: I am not that much into debates. When I meet with my supervisor, he asks me ...
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My Department head is very condescending - anything I can do about it apart from leaving the new job?

I have been facing the following "problems" with my department head at an undergraduate institute. I joined it just under a year ago and am already facing (what appears to be) a lot of negativity from ...
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Supervisor choosing PhD topic for student

When a student is undertaking a PhD in pure mathematics, is it the case that the supervisor typically chooses the topic for the student?
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“Academic time”: why is 110 minutes called two hours?

I found an exam online from the MIT that states: You have two hours (academic time, 110 minutes) to complete the exam. What is this academic time unit and where does it come from?
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Being artist and scientist at the same time [closed]

Although I do research in science as my day job, I spend most of my free time for my life-long hobby, drawing cartoon. But I keep this fact in secret to my research co-workers since the culture of ...
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Who to ask about the update after a campus interview. [closed]

I was in contract with the search committee after a campus interview. A week or two after the campus interview, the search committee chair told me that if I don't have a higher salary expectation, ...
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Graduate school culture and expectations [closed]

I am a master's student in International Relations (IR) at a graduate school on the American East Coast. I am in my fourth and final semester, and there are only about six weeks left of the semester. ...
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How do academics deal with growing old?

Everyone grows old, grow less dexterous and energetic, lose cognitive ability, and so on. In most jobs these don't matter that much since one doesn't need to be the best, and "good enough" is good ...
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Life after graduation; should I update my academic reference on my career progression?

In my undergraduate years, I have forged a rather close relationship with some of my professors including the head of school – they were supportive as I did struggled with mental-health issues and ...
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How are simultaneous discoveries handled in biomedical publishing?

So my situation goes like this : I happened to land upon a significant discovery in my lab In a very field very hot right now. My bosses are awesome and we send our findings to a ~20 impact factor ...