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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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How to get approach in teaching a subject you are fluent in but not included in your degree

I am a Mathematics graduate and have done a post-graduate degree too, with a research component involving a mathematical application in cryptography. I'm currently working as a temporary lecturer in ...
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Should I disclose my academic dishonesty on grad applications?

I just graduated in May this year (2023), and in my last semester of senior year, I was caught cheating on an exam and have academic dishonesty on my record, and I'm trying to apply for accelerated ...
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Career opportunities switching from academia to industry [closed]

I'm a physics Undergrad with a huge interest in computation and want to switch to industry. But I also don't want to lose the aspect of the research component of academia. I'm widely interested in ...
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Industry or Pure Academic?

I am a woman in a conservative society, my parents are strongly arguing I should have industry experience before pursuing a career in academia, although most professors in my Uni did not actually have ...
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Recommended course of action if I am facing potentially biased grading and bullying due to my disabilities

It's obviously a very undesirable thing to even contemplate suing my university, but please hear me out on it. I'm leaning in that direction and seeking advice from anyone who's been there before, ...
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How do historians (or other academics) make confident judgements about the sources they use (be that in terms of interpretation or otherwise)?

I am a historian and wondering about this (hopefully not too abstruse) question: While historians (and other academics) obviously go through years of training in doctoral programs (including how to ...
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Wondering whether I should be worried about getting a professor fired for disability harassment?

Should I be worried about getting a professor potentially fired? I reported someone for disability harassment (name-calling and very specific hate speech towards me a student with disabilities. (I'm ...
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The academic lifestyle and climate change [duplicate]

I've got a friend who's currently travelling around the US visiting collaborators, attending conferences, giving talks, and building a giant carbon footprint. Considering our planet is on the verge of ...
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How to increase the replay value of presentation karaoke?

In the context of an event for academics up to the postdoc stage, we organisers are considering hold a presentation karaoke (a.k.a. Powerpoint karaoke) for fun. The general idea is that you have to ...
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Received an ultimatum from PhD advisor to leave that broke me completely. How to cope emotionally?

I am a PhD student in an American university, on year 4 of a 5-6 year program. Recently (three months ago), my advisor told me to leave the program since he doesn't think this subject is for me (he ...
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Can a university rescind written offer after they are signed?

I have received a written offer from a US university (University A) for a tenure track position which I signed and returned after agreeing on all the negotiating terms. However, I have not heard back ...
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I'm losing passion for my first choice of majors. Is this normal "jadedness" or do I listen to my heart's calling? [closed]

Although I'm physics and astrophysics (3rd/ 4th year or so as I've changed majors a few times) on paper, i.e. per my transcript, in truth, I've done a lot more math courses than physics ones. I've ...
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Offended My Professor [closed]

Last night in class we were having a discussion about how to handle an ethical dilemma in the workplace. I raised my hand said that I had read an article that said there are few times when we would ...
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Dropping out and parting on bad terms with my PhD supervisor [closed]

I need to take responsibility for my actions. I need to take responsibility for my actions. There was a behavioral incident. I harassed him. He doesn't want to speak to me anymore. I will mention that ...
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