Questions tagged [academic-life]

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

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Feeling like stuck in a wrong field of study due to inept technical background. Seeking advice on how to sustain in academia and research?

I completed my PhD from North America recently in a particular subfield in mechanical engineering. Though, I have published 3 decent publications and got a postdoctoral position afterwards, I am ...
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Kicked out of PhD program, I have been delayed two years until find a new one [closed]

It maybe sounds emotional, but I am struggling because I have been delayed two years until I found a new program that could accept me. I was kicked out because of a racist supervisor. It hurts me as ...
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Advice needed for leaving academia

TLDR: I am being targeted by an institution where I previously studied/worked and would like to leave academia entirely without giving anyone the knowledge of where I'm going next. Backstory: I ...
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I wasted six years of my life getting a PhD degree. What should I do, and how will I survive?

I struggled with low self confidence throughout my bachelors, masters and PhD in chemical engineering. After spending two years in Masters and six years in getting a PhD degree, I am lost at what I ...
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How to deal with the postdoc offer without a contract

I was recently interviewed for a postdoctoral position at a top-three institution in the world. The PI has now offered me a position via email which does not include any form of contract. How do I ask ...
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Should phd candidates spend time on extra-curricular?

Suppose an engineering PhD candidate in the USA is trying to pursue an academic profession (e.g. Assistant Professorship in a Research Institute), is it even worth-while to commit to extra-curricular ...
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Contacted by head of school regarding an issue - should I be worried?

I am a PhD student at a UK university. A small part of my time is taken up by (voluntarily) organizing a monthly seminar series. The seminar is open to all PhD students in my school, and is regularly ...
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Is it acceptable for the secretary to have full access to our entire Outlook agenda?

Today we were asked by the management of our department to give full access of our agenda in Outlook to the secretary. By full access, I mean the possibility to look, read, write, delete (own) slots ...
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Tenure and tenure denial rates by universities

Is there a way or website to find the tenure and tenure denial rates by universities and departments? I heard from some faculty that the tenure rate at X university is Y%, so I wonder if there is a ...
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The choice between changing advisor or just ignoring her and do the PhD research alone?

I'am 2nd year PhD student and I'm in the phase of problem definition and exploration for my research. Other than research, I also do both RA (working on paper review, grants, etc) and TA jobs as well. ...
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Potential Postdoc advisor giving exams (assignment) as part of hiring process

I will be graduating with a PhD from a US institution in computational sciences. I have published 10+ papers in peer reviewed journals in the field I am applying for jobs. I have been interviewed by ...
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Finishing with only 2 papers (both co-authorship)

So, I am about to gain my PhD degree in Biochemistry (Cancer biochemistry) in december. But I'll have finished it only with 2 papers (3rd one, which is the one totally about my thesis project is due ...
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Academic life in China [closed]

I was offered a tenure track assistant professor position in China. However, I am not familiar with the admin culture and academic environment of China. Is it difficult to cope with the university ...
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Discussing one's working ideas and possible research projects in PHD application

I am a senior year undergraduate student in Computer Science, graduating in a year and looking forward to pursuing a PhD. I have a good experience with the research topic I want to work on, with a ...
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Is a good PhD student/researcher expected to spend some part of thier day/week regularly reading new research papers/pre-prints?

Or alternatively do good PhD students/researchers spend some part of thier day, regularly, reading new research papers/pre-prints? Please give some reasoning of why and why not, if possible. ...
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What are some lifestyles that you have adopted in order to excel in academia? [closed]

So the basic idea is that I want to become a theoretical physicist in the future( in 12th now)and with those conditions, I understand that a person requires originality creativity intuition and good ...
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Medically undiagnosed condition: how to inform?

I am currently a final year grad student. Sometime last year, I developed severe pain in one of my hands which led to a lot of time lost. I have seen some of the best doctors in the country for my ...
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Is success due to hard work sustainable in academic research?

I am a physics master's student hoping to pursue physics research by doing PhD, post-doc, etc., following the standard path. To put it straight, how far can sheer hard work take one in academia until ...
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Which is more important in academic promotion: getting funding, or its secondary effects? [closed]

Follow up question to How does research funding work in determining academic promotions? since it was too broad. Take two equally talented researchers, Alice & Bob. Alice has acquired a large ...
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Can one compensate for poor funding performance elsewhere in determining academic promotion?

Follow up question to How does research funding work in determining academic promotions? since it was too broad. Take two equally talented researchers, Alice & Bob. To what extent will it matter ...
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Does the source of funding matter in determining academic promotion?

Follow up question to How does research funding work in determining academic promotions? since it was too broad. Based on this answer, one needs to get funding to be promoted. Does the source of the ...
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How many papers per week does a professor typically read?

I'm curious as to how many papers one would need to read per week, in order to keep up with the latest research in a particular field. For example, how many papers on average would a typical tenured ...
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Is prolonged Phd in accounting means the end of your academic career? [closed]

I have completed my PhD this month, but this month also marked the completion of 8 years of my PhD journey. Standing on the new road ( and long road) of establishing myself as an academic. I wander if ...
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How do academia and graduate advisors deal with the fact that the cost of living is dramatically higher but graduate wages is stagnant? [closed]

My supervisor got his PhD in the 1970s while having two kids and a house. He spent 25k on the house. Everyone from that era, even the 80s or 90s, said that their degree was dirt cheap and they were ...
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Have made several mistakes during the course of my PhD. Can't help but feel resentment. Can I get some advice about how to move forward?

I am about to defend my thesis. My PhD journey was not a pleasant experience. I worked in an area not within the field of expertise of my advisor. Though she was present to discuss; the conception, ...
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Moving from a R2 university to a R1 university

I am currently negotiating a TT position with a R2 university. This is my first faculty job offer after 4 years of postdoc experience in ecology and biogeochemistry related area. My long-term goal is ...
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Does academia have a lazy work culture?

I'm a rising sophomore at a top US university, and I've become really fascinated with the world of academia over the past year -- so much so that I'm considering doing a PhD after I graduate and ...
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Can a cat be a co-author in academic paper? [duplicate]

One of the most famous cat physicians must be F. D. Willard, who co-authored many physical papers. My question is simple: Is it academically correct to have a cat/dog as a co-author of a paper, in ...
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Interview question

I have a question regarding an interview at a university. The candidates are asked to prepare a presentation on the topic of 'How will you contribute to the teaching, learning, and research in the ...
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Chinese Mathematics Education [closed]

I often wonder about Mathematics Education in China, particularly at the late high school and undergraduate level. In the US, a typical undergraduate math degree will include lower division: 1-2 ...
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How Important is the rank of a school in a certain specialty?

I am interested in applying for PhD programs in discrete mathematics, but one of the schools I'm looking at isn't included in the top 10 rankings of discrete math programs (at least not according to ...
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Doing research in academia and not liking competition

In short: is it possible to do research in academia (starting from a PhD position up to being a professor) while not liking competition? I was an athlete in high school and I left because I was not ...
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“Mansplaining” in an academic setting [closed]

I am a math grad student, who was recently accused of mansplaining by a female grad student. As I tend to be left leaning, this caught me by surprise. This question is an attempt to perhaps learn more ...
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How to deal with the fear of missing out?

I will be soon starting my Ph.D. but have already experienced some of the research environment. I have chosen to work on a field in machine learning that is becoming increasingly popular. Every time I ...
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How many postdocs should one usually do before it is realistically possible to get a faculty position? [closed]

I am interested in the amount of postdocs one usually has to do before one gets a "good" faculty position while considering the apparent differences in various academic disciplines.
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Is it common to have a mentor in academia?

At a recent networking workshop (not one of the "just don't be an introvert" ones, an actually helpful one with applicable ideas) I learned that it is supposedly very common to have a (career) mentor ...
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Why is the UK such a brain magnet? [closed]

It's not hard to find sources that say that the UK punches (punched?) above its weight in the research, and there're lots of people who want to go to the UK for work or study. We can see this in ...
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How can I request for a pdf of a book on academia.edu?

How can I request for a new document or pdf on academia.edu.Will academia find it for me?
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I may leave a postdoc for industry after 6 months for health/family reasons…is it ok?

I have started a postdoc far away from home overseas, away from my family and with quite a large time difference. The original idea was for my wife to move over after obtaining a work visa, although ...
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Question on academic integrity and using summaries

I was taking a philosophy class, which met twice weekly. Assignments for each class consisted of reading select passages from different philosophical works. In addition to the selected passages, our ...
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What happens if a professor's interests shift dramatically? [closed]

Let's say Alice is a professor in underwater basket weaving. She likes the topic, has several PhD students & postdocs, a lab, and so on. But then one day, her husband Bob is knocked down by a car ...
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Difference between good and not so good university? [closed]

Here is my analysis for a theoretical subject like Math: (Also assume I am super-smart which I am not): I assume the stipend would be the same. So will the facility. There is a change that a good ...
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Why do academics prefer Mac/Linux? [closed]

In the commercial world, Windows utterly dominates. As of time of writing its market share is somewhere around 85%. I don't have similar statistics for academia, but my personal observation is that ...
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PhD opportunity | Confusion [closed]

Recently I am offered a Ph.D. position ( Industry Project) in Australia and they want me to join ASAP. (It will be fully funded , fees will be waived off and even I will get monthly stipend) but my ...
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How does academics form discussion & study environments efficiency and effectively?

As a student, I often read & hear academics meeting in workshops to discuss problems in their fields with their colleagues, or with academics in other field etc.. As a Physics & Mathematics ...
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Should I get informal with a professor if they didn't explicitly invite me to do so but the situation seems to suggest it's appropriate?

Some years ago I completed my B.Sc. in a university. I was very young and the default behaviour for all the students (especially the young ones) was to formally address the professors. PhD students ...
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Does still it matter to be the “first author” nowadays [duplicate]

It used to be that the first author (meaning, the author whose name comes before the others) is thought to have contributed most to the publication. But in the last couple of decades, it seems that ...
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Do I have an “anti-research” personality?

I am a second year Ph.D. student in a North American university who is mostly working on applied mathematics with a supervisor/advisor/PI. I have been troubled by a pattern of my own behaviour that ...
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Do professors submit grant proposals just before the deadline just as students submit assignments just before the deadline? [duplicate]

It's well-known that if one sets an assignment with a given due date two weeks in the future, most students will submit the assignment in the 2-hour period leading up to the deadline anyway. I'm ...
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Does Joseph Campbell's advice work for the natural sciences? [closed]

This article quotes famous mythologist Joseph Campbell as saying: "Reading what you want, and having one book lead to the next, is the way I found my discipline. I’ve suggested this to many of my ...