Questions tagged [academic-life]

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

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Can professors have romantic relationships with post-docs? [closed]

Can professors have romantic relationships with post-docs (in the same department)? I feel like this point is a bit more subtle than, say, professors hooking up with students, since post-docs and ...
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Do most professors in North America eventually have to give up directly doing research for a purely managerial role in research?

I enjoy doing research directly and this was my motivation for seeking an academic job in the first place. I am aware that many professors at some point cease directly doing research and transition to ...
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What is done to teach international students in America about campus safety? [closed]

I have been reading about the chilling story of the abduction and (presumably) murder of the researcher, Yingying Zhang, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, over the past few days and ...
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Should I meet my professors at a celebration party? [closed]

I finished my exams, the results came in, and I scored well but not in top 10. There is a celebration that all my professors will be at. I am in doubt whether I should go, because I fear my professors,...
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Why does achieving some success in research not feel satisfying?

Are our academia research minds just so trained to constantly climb our mental mountains that when achieving some success, one feels, "that was it?", even when the past leading up to the success was ...
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Why don't professors give talks at their own departments?

Why don't professors give talks at seminars in their own departments? They travel to other schools to give talks, while seminars at their home departments consists of talks given by visitors. Is ...
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Is there any forum or FB group where people would exchange academic literature? [closed]

Does anyone know any forum, FB group or other platform where students from different univerisites would exchange academic literature available in their libraries?
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How to talk to other UG researchers and/or PG researchers?

I'm an undergraduate at a research-intensive university and I have received funding with other students to do research. The other students involved in the project are all undergraduates. I'd really ...
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How to overcome difficulties of social interaction at my first academic conference

In a few days I'll be attending my first academic conference in Spain. I'll be going alone and this never became apparent to me that it might be a problem until I spoke to a few people about their ...
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What should a graduate student be doing in the summer? [closed]

What should a grad student do during summer?
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writing the learning outcomes and the syllabus

I'm confused when it comes to writing learning outcomes. When searching online I become more confused. How can I understand how to write good learning outcomes. The same for me when it comes to the ...
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if an academic writer critiques your study using an approach you are not familiar with, should you bother responding?

I came across an article claiming that 82 percent of peer-reviewed publications in Humanities are not even cited once, let alone read by the general public. What's more interesting is that the ...
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Computer Science Papers - English Language Quality [closed]

Do you have any suggestions on how it is possible for a non-English speaker to publish a paper in a top-level journal without asking a native speaker to professionally edit the paper and fix the ...
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Harsh marking - is it worth complaining?

I know that we have to be meticulous in pure mathematics courses, and I appreciate that. Comparing a particular course I took recently to the other pure math courses I've taken before, it appears that ...
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If you know a family member who is much more qualified and capable in mathematics than you are, should find another field of specialisation?

Imposter Syndrome and depression: I feel pretty depressed that I am not as "qualified" as a close family member. In particular, this family member has undergraduate and graduate (PhD) degrees from Ivy ...
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Become researcher after PhD at 40 [duplicate]

How real is it to become a "formal" researcher (that is someone holding some research position) after earning a PhD at the age of 40? Sometimes it so happens that people discover their true interest ...
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Should I tell my PhD supervisor that I am looking for an other position?

I am not satisfied with my PhD and the research group and I was thinking of looking somewhere else. I would like to stay in Academia for now and I want to apply to other programs (in an other country ...
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Want to get back in touch with professor so he won't forget me but don't know what to say

I want to get back in touch with professor so he won't forget me but don't know what to say! I took a class with him, but that's about it. I would like to keep in touch, so that he will remember me in ...
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Competition in department among professors

My professor that I've worked for, and other professors that I've met in undergrad, often complain about how it is "publish or death" situation in their department. Specifically, they have told me ...
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Quit a PhD program and transfer to another?

I am currently enrolled in a PhD program in electrical engineering in Europe since 1 year up to now. I am not absolutely satisfied by the outcome of this year and the environment inside the institute. ...
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My professor keeps opening my office door without knocking at the door [closed]

Is it polite when my professor keep opening my office door without knocking at the door whenever he wants to ask anything? Since the door closed, I am supposed to hear knock before breaking into, or ...
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How should I ask my PhD advisor to let me work remotely…permanently?

My wife plans to graduate in a few months. I have 1-2 years left before I defend and graduate. I'd like to move away with my wife so we can stay together. My work is entirely on a computer, so ...
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What is this “can I hire you as a tutor” scam?

From time to time (presumably because I have an academic address, or am listed on a university web site) I get an e-mail like this: "My son will be in your city next month for two weeks. He is ...
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How should I spend my time as a pre-doctoral fellow?

I have written to my potential PhD supervisor and he has replied that he would be happy to supervise me on a project. I have not applied to the university yet and I think the process will take several ...
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Has a STEM professor ever won an Oscar? [closed]

Has a STEM professor ever been nominated for - or won - an Oscar for their academic research?
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Professor and Class Laughed When Asking About Overflow In Project. Did I do something wrong? [closed]

I'm looking to stop lurking the stack exchange community and actually participate a little more. A little background, I am a student in University in my freshman year of my Computer Information ...
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Quitting PhD program after 1 year

I am currently enrolled in a PhD program in electrical engineering in Europe (not in my home country). When I enrolled to this program, I was a little concerned about the research group, since it has ...
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How to write horizontally across the blackboard while keeping handwriting as horizontal as possible?

Does anyone have tips on good ways of writing horizontally across the blackboard? I notice whenever I write across the blackboard, the line will have a slightly downward slope of 15 degrees and it is ...
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Nobel laureates and where they currently work

There are a lot of lists of Nobel laureates by institution available online. However I cannot find any that list laureates by where they are currently working. Does such a list exist?
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Is machine learning causing a brain drain in math, science and engineering academic community? [closed]

Engineering undergrads that I talk to often express a desire to go learn about machine learning, AI, or data science. Even students in specialized fields, e.g. computer architecture or pure math, ...
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Do researchers study topics outside their field for fun?

This question is partially inspired by this one. Do researchers, who actively publish, even have time for that? They seem to be a busy lot. I am not talking about publishing outside the filed, but ...
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Returning to academia after 6 years in industry [closed]

I graduated with a Masters in 2009 in US. Since then, I have been working as a Software Engineer. I am mostly intellectually bored in professional life and feel I am not learning. The idea of going ...
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Which are the most popular cartoons on academia? [closed]

I find self-criticism and irony are strong means to communicate genuinely and involve people who are not necessarily expert in a field. As cartoons offer a quick yet poignant way to describe how ...
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lab relations and busy professor

I am currently in a lab that I feel I cannot grow sufficiently in and am considering changing labs. The background is I chose to join this lab because it was aligned with the work i wanted to do, but ...
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Scientific Research Publishing - Unspoken Rules [closed]

I would like to know more about some (unspoken) rules in scientific research publishing. More precisely, i am interested in computer science field. Can someone expect his papers to be published in ...
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How much of a maths background is necessary for a PhD in Software Engineering?

I am a third year undergraduate majoring in Software Engineering ,and hope to continue studies until a PhD. I am from Sri Lanka.I intend to go for USA or New Zealand to do my masters and eventually my ...
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What are the potential consequences of responding in kind to a rude lecturer? [closed]

What are the potential consequences, if any, of being rude and abrasive with the lecturer of a course I am taking? Could I face disciplinary action? Could it affect the way my work is evaluated? Is ...
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Asking for recommendation letter to a Prof on New Year, deadline in a week

I am applying for graduate school. The deadline is in one week. I need to ask for one more recommendation letter to a professor who I have not spoken to in a year. The problem is that today is ...
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What type of lawyer (criminal, civil, family, etc.) would I need to help me deal with issues of academic misconduct? [closed]

What can stop a university from doing whatever they want and screwing students over in terms of accusing them unfairly of cheating, plagiarism, or a misunderstanding of professor authorization of ...
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Is research in private industry more result-oriented than research in academia?

I have been working for a year and a half in a lab doing research in applied computer science. Ever since I was a kid I had dreamed with being part of a lab and do research. However, I have now ...
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What happens to a professor if too many students drops out of his or her class?

I am taking a course this semester for an upper year undergraduate course in mathematics. The course instructor had some experience of teaching lower year courses, and her performance in those ...
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Tips for purchasing food and drink for a talk

Can people who hosted talks at your university provide some tips on purchasing food and drink for the event? We have a visitor from another American university and I am tasked with buying "food and ...
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Typical academic leave notice period?

I was wondering what is the average notice (leave) period for academic positions (eg lecturer/post doc/teaching fellow). I have just received a 14 month contract stipulating a 3 months notice by ...
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Do I belong in academia? [closed]

I went to a great college, did well enough to get into a good master's program and probably land in a good phd program at some point. But I don't know if I'm meant for this. I'm 27 and coming out of ...
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Why are the number of reported sex crimes so high at Ivy League Schools?

It seems like the % of sex crimes (rape, statutory rape, etc.) are way higher at ivy league schools / schools with a low admission rate compared to other schools. Other crimes like assault and ...
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Uncertainty about following academic career [closed]

I recently got my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (2015), and now I am doing a postdoc in Computer Science at a top tier university. I have a decent number of publications (>12) in respectable ...
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How do really talented people in academia think about people who are less capable than them? [closed]

To be more specific, how do really top professors think about students who are much less smart than them, the students can be their Ph.D. students or just students who were taking his/her class. This ...
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Can I be a professor just by publishing scientific papers and teach 2 or 3 courser per year without writing a proposal (Electrical Engineering) [closed]

I am an academia person having some good publication records. It seems that I may need to spend most of my time in writing proposal if I join as a university faculty in North America. I have ...
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Why professors spend most of their time to write proposals than doing research?

I have been working in academic career in several years. I have noticed that almost all professors spend most of their time to write proposals? And to my surprise, they are not working on research ...
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Do authors appreciate the work of peer reviewers? [closed]

It’s International Peer Review Week, and this year’s theme is “Recognition for Review.” This makes me wonder whether authors feel a sense of appreciation for their reviewers. As an author, I have ...