Questions tagged [academic-life]

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

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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 ...
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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 ...