Questions tagged [academic-life]

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

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Complete stranger asking PhD student to review paper before submission

I am a PhD student and I have been contacted today by some other PhD student with a very odd request. He is from a different university in a different country and I don't know him at all. He is asking ...
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Are pure mathematicians at U.S. universities expected to win research grants?

Are pure mathematicians, e.g., Algebraists, Number Theorists, Geometers, and Topologists, at good U.S. research universities expected to win research grants to fund their work, in order to gain tenure ...
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During one's career in academia, in the STEM fields of research at U.S. universities, what are typical examples of academic politics? [closed]

What are some typical examples of "academic politics" that professors face in academia? Does academic politics mainly affect younger professors? I've seen the term "academic politics" come up in ...
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Can someone in his mid 40s start an academic career? [duplicate]

Suppose that one gets his PhD (electrical engineering) in his mid 40's; is it too late to get an academic job at a university?
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Has there ever been a trend in academia like the one we're experiencing with Data Science?

At a panelist event that I attended recently, exactly 100% of the current students and alumni in the room who didn't have PhDs in Machine Learning stated that they wanted a PhD in Machine Learning -- ...
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Why don't mathematics professors use social media to promote their work?

I notice that many computer science professors do a great job of self-promoting; they are very active on Facebook, Twitter, Quora, and many of them have tens of thousands of followers. They post ...
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Should I inform my bosses that I'm about to start doing a PhD research?

I was recently admitted in a PhD program, I haven't started any research yet and Intended to keep my full day job and try do a research while working. I think my bosses are unaware of this for now ...
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Academic calendar in the USA

How could one characterize the typical academic calendar in the USA? I never managed to understand how it works (from Wikipedia, etc.)! It is so confusing. In Belgium, you basically have this: ...
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How do traveller academics get reimbursed for accommodation shared with families?

I will travel to a conference at which I will present my work. My funder usually reimburses me for fees of conference registration, travel, and accommodation. However, since my wife and kids will ...
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What are the perks of being a tenured professor at U.S. universities, besides having academic freedom?

For instance, one of my professors went to Princeton (for his undergrad math degree) for free, because his parents are tenured faculty at Princeton. Is such a benefit available to tenured faculty at ...
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How do I get out of my overly vain 'trophy' mindset when it comes to universities?

I have friends who went to pretty good universities (world top 10), and I would love to apply too after my Masters although I am not sure how realistic this is, as I also had some personal problems ...
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How might being disciplined for participating in a non-violent protest on a public college affect my academic career?

I go to a government-owned school that has certain policies regarding a student's speech, namely: That speech shall not be discriminatory/offensive. That on-campus protests take place only at a "Hyde ...
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Having a retired professor write my letter of recommendation, [duplicate]

One of my math professors (in a U.S. university) retired this semester. He was one person that I had planned on asking to write my letters of recommendation this coming fall semester, when I send out ...
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I am determined to be a professor, should I quit my low-tier Ph.D. program and go to a higher-tier school for a PhD.? [closed]

I have been studying as a computer science Ph.D student for 3 years in a relatively low-tier school. I have done pretty bad during my first 1-2 years as an undergraduate. Even though I have received ...
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Faculty criticizing students in front of other students

As a graduate student, I often discuss the performance and abilities of undergraduates in very frank terms with fellow graduate students. However, I would never do so in front of other undergraduates. ...
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Appropriate response(s) to a possibly rude 'off-duty' academic staff [closed]

In my university, students doing their Phd or Honours are regularly recruited on a part-time basis to assists with students in lab experiments. As a student in the Math and Physical science, my ...
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Math Adjunct Professor positions and salary in a big city

From searching online, I see that the salaries for math adjunct professors are about 36k. That's insanely low for New York City standards. An undergraduate business school student that graduates from ...
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Applied vs academic future goals

The universities and programmes I am going to apply emphasizes their research, hands-on experience, startup environment, etc as well as strong academia. Is it fine to state in the Statement of ...
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How does a suspended student deal with an unprofessional university counselor?

I am a suspended student and I have been getting counseling for three months. During those three months, I have noticed extremely unprofessional behavior from my counselor. When I started counseling, ...
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'Introduction to Subject X' & Guide books : How do they influence the academic reputation?

Many professors publish introductory books on their subjects, for undergraduates or sometimes books for a non-academic audience. something like "Introduction to Art History" or a 'guide book' to '...
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How to deal with an uncommunicative advisor?

So I have an advisor who seems to be kind of peculiar. He is quite famous in his field and has good reputation. However, his way of working with students is more like waiting for him to come up with ...
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How do you organize your academic papers? [duplicate]

I have nearly 1750 papers in PDF on one folder, all pertaining to medical research. What's the best way to organize them? I have thought about creating one folder for every subject/sub-category, but I ...
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Is it OK to go to postdocs for help?

There is a postdoc from another group in my department that frequently helps PhD students in his area when they have questions or want to talk about a particular subject. I would like to know if this ...
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How can you change a bad course run by somebody else?

I am a (very) junior post doc in a prestigious university, and for the last three years I have taught a first-year undergraduate level course on statistics, designed to be taken by biochemists. By "...
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Measuring Progess in Academia Solely By Using a Person's Publications?

Over the last couple of days, I happened to exchange comments with users who disagreed with me about the fact that progress in academia is based on publications. Am I missing something here? What I ...
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Seeking a permanent job during a postdoc in a different country/continent: official and moral responsibilities

I'm going to refer two countries/continents as X and Y. I'm citizen of neither. A week back, I started my third year of postdoc in X (with no teaching duties), after living two years for my first two ...
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Fraternity/Sorority and Graduate Application

I'm going to start applying to graduate schools (Masters and PhD) for Economics in a few months primarily in the US, but also to a few schools in Canada, Australia and the UK. During my time as an ...
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Is it common for a postdoc to develop the whole commercial systems on his own for his supervisor's industrial customer

If a postdoc has strong coding technique, can he be assigned to develop commercial systems from the scratch on his own, including user requirement developing, model design, algorithm design, GUI and ...
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I am afraid of being stuck in the administrative/teaching side of the academia in my country

Disclaimer After I have read the title, I have understood that it might be misleading. I do not mean that being a teaching staff or administrative staff is somewhere to be stuck with. For starters, I ...
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Why doesn't the academic year start on January first?

The academic year starts somewhere in the middle of the normal calendar year in almost all schools. Even if the courses are divided into semesters, the Fall term is essentially considered to be the ...
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Insulting email from another graduate student [closed]

I'm first year international graduate student in US and recently I have received an insulting email (for example including "be thankful and keep your mouth shut") from a domestic student who is my ...
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What if you love your field but can't take the heat of academia?

Imagine "a person" who may or may not be brilliant in her field, but certainly has new things to contribute, some of them (in her opinion) fascinating. Imagine she adores her field, relates to it ...
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I have a Ph.D. in Educational Science from Iran. Do I need accreditation to work in the U.S.? [closed]

I have a Ph.D. in Educational Science from Iran. Do I need accreditation to work in the U.S.?
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What to do if referees take a long time to upload their recommendation letters?

I have(am) applied(ying) for a junior faculty position (i.e. tenure track assistant professor level) at a research-intensive US university from this fall. I am planning to apply to at least 30 ...
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Why do we not introduce the concepts and professions of “Academia” to younger students?

I'm a first-year student at a private university in America. One of my classes for my first semester is essentially our English General Education requirement - it's called "Rhetoric & Composition"....
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Does a degree in economics/corporate finance from an Italian university prepare me for a PhD in economics?

i am a master of corporate finance student in Bocconi. i have a bachelor degree in economics and wanted to continue on it but decided to switch to finance due to some restraints (my scholarship from ...
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Does the personal life of a researcher interfere with their work? [closed]

I came across this, this, this and this. This professor at IIT is very well known for his books on physics in India. I can't find the exact link on Quora, but the answer said that he didn't marry ...
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Outcomes of the Greek Life for a graduate student

A graduate student's main task would be the concentration on the research and scientific stuffs for stepping on the path of progression, as well as possible. Social programs within the university ...
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What do universities usually do with a student's graded final exams?

Personally I do not recall ever having seen any of my final exams I have taken during my undergrad (except in my nightmares). Midterms, quizzes and homeworks are usually returned to the students ...
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On-campus or off-campus residence for a married couple?

My friend has been recently admitted to a Ph.D. program at a university in US, west coast. His wife has a specific situation, suffering from Parkinson's disease. In one hand, his wife needs ...
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How do you (digitally) catalog the books you've read over the years?

I wonder how you keep tracks of what you've been reading over the years. I'm not talking about things that are 'relevant' and 'precious' to your academic work (to that end, all hail to EndNote or ...
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Good thinker, bad problem solver in graduate school?

I was curious, what is academia's perspective on the following type of student, assuming that the student is well qualified via research experience, letters of recommendation, grades, GRE, passion, ...
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Is the idea of “boarding university” still a formal policy?

In the past, most education centers were boarding schools in which students live full time. Still there are boarding school at high school or college level. However, for universities, students just ...
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How essential is curiosity? [closed]

This is going to be a rather soft question, I am not completely sure it is appropriate for this place. But still. In your opinion, how important is the presence of strong curiosity (passion for ...
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How reasonable is it to ask my referees to send their recommendation letters to me?

I am applying for a junior faculty position (i.e. tenure track assistant professor level) at a research-intensive US university this fall. As a part of the application process, the university asked ...
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How to obtain a degree equivalency certificate in UK?

I have a degree in Social Education (done in Portugal). I am wondering whether anybody can help me in finding organizations that can provide an equivalency certificate (report) for this degree. I have ...
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Distinctions between programs, departments, and institutes

I am applying to tenure track jobs at high research activity universities in the United State. Wading through open positions, I've become increasingly confused about what is the meaningful distinction ...
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Why do professors list current position of their students on their webpages?

I see that most professors list their former Ph.D students and their current positions on their web page. Is it a kind of advertisement? If so, why? If not, why not?
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How to alleviate “back to school” anxiety as a graduate student?

I find myself experiencing back to school anxiety as a new semesters begins in less than three weeks, mainly because the unpredictability associated with graduate life. In some ways it feels less ...
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How to address the ability to work with culturally diverse populations and on interdisciplinary teams in an academic job application?

Sometimes it is mentioned in the US academic position announcement that "Applicants must address in their application their ability to work with culturally diverse populations and on interdisciplinary ...