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

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How to enhance the research potential in junior academics?

Junior academics, just after graduation or Master's tend to relax after a strenuous period, and may not involve in research probably due to their inability to cope with the academic load. Hence the ...
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How useful is a master's degree if you're working in IT-consulting? [closed]

I'm currently working as a Software Developer (Azure, .NET, Scrum) for clients. I currently have an applied bachelor's degree in IT. I'm considering to do a parttime master but I'm wondering what the ...
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Can I bring my dog to on-campus graduate housing?

I am from the country of Georgia. I'am going to apply for US PhD program. My top choice university is UCLA. If I would be accepted to UCLA (or another American university) PhD program, can I bring my ...
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To leave or not to leave academia if you do not fully love what you are doing but are proficient at it? [closed]

So I know that the choice to leave or not academia is a fully personal choice. What I would like to hear is your experience. Basically, focusing on the web I think that there is a strong bias on one ...
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What to do with a physics PhD in Europe?

I am currently finishing up my doctorate in Europe and will start a post-doc next year. My understanding is that a lot of people end up doing post-doc after post-doc (easily till around their 40s), ...
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Politically correct way to answer that what are your plans after PhD? [closed]

Note: I have edited this question. So, kindly vote to reopen it. I am in 2nd year of masters in pure mathematics a university in Europe. I have been asked this question many times by profs in ...
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How not to get jealous with people in academia and research which are more sucessful than me? [duplicate]

I am a 2nd year research masters student in a University in Europe. My nationality is not European or North American. I will try getting admission in PhD after completing this. In childhood and ...
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What's worse, failing or be approved with a bad grade? [closed]

I am in a very bad situation and would like some advise and claryfy a doubt. I had a very troubled semester and I will probably fail most of the classes. It was an exception, but I can't save this ...
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Determining Specific Contribution of an author in a Research Paper

If a paper is written by multiple authors, say in mathematics, where it is clear who did what, is there a way to find the specific contribution of an author? For example, say a person name Paul Erdős ...
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Can one "turn" his college record around?

Vague question, I know. But allow me to explain it. I'm a second-year undergrad student in Physics. I entered in the pandemics, and, due to laziness and some personal issues, up to this point, I don't ...
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What should i do if my PhD supervisor move to another country in my third year? [closed]

My Ph.D. supervisor just informed me that he plans to move to another country after three months and I am still a Ph.D. student (not a candidate). What should I do? Is it wise to transfer to another ...
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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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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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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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