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Questions tagged [advisor]

The one who helps students to select courses or an academic major, engages in a short term and long term educational planning, assists in preparing the thesis necessary to obtain the degree; or a person who advises internship students on training in industry.

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Is it typical for STEM students to be responsible for coming up with their own thesis projects?

I'm a first year recent science/STEM international PhD student. My advisor has mentioned to me that it is my responsibility to come up with a project all on my own. I believe the understanding is ...
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How to work with an advisor that changes their mind regarding project scope?

I've been working with an advisor that has changed her mind regarding project scope for the past two projects I've been working with her. (So far I've only started two projects with her) For the ...
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Are appeals of termination from PhD programs common and are there any unambiguously successful or unsuccessful approaches to fighting a termination?

I'm currently in the process of appealing a termination from my PhD program and although there are many facts concerning my case that I feel are relevant and important, I'm not sure how relevant they ...
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producing quality research in non ideal laboratories

I will soon finish my masters course and have the opportunity to continue on in the same laboratory to do my doctors. This will be on a scholarship which would allow me to concentrate on research and ...
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Potential advisor ask for a paper review as a part of interview process, any difference between journal and conference paper?

I am applying for graduate studies in CS, and one of my potential advisors asked me to review one of his papers (listed on his homepage) and send him back a single page report. (discussing strengths ...
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What to do about advisor with history of possible plagiarism?

Recently, my MS advisor instructed me to submit a conference paper. They outlined what this paper would include, which would be a simulation study that is a near duplication of a ten-year-old ...
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Anxiety and depression about the future of my PhD study

I did my master in one lab and am continuing my PhD here. My advisor asked me to do some research that he doesn't know, and is also beyond the domain of my current major. I have no other choices so I ...
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Former advisor committed financial misconduct. How to apply to PhD programs

After three years in the workforce, I am planning on returning to school to get my PhD. I currently have a master's degree. Recently, however, there has arisen a complication: my thesis advisor for my ...
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What is more important in choosing a research advisor?

How would you weight each factor below on choosing an advisor? 1 - My interest in the advisor's research topic. 2 - How well he/she dedicates time and effort to guide me.
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Review website for research groups [closed]

I was wondering if there is a website that allows you to rate research groups/professors that you've worked for. I know about 'http://www.ratemyprofessors.com', but I was thinking about a website ...
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How should I avoid being in the shadow of my PhD advisor after I have my own faculty position?

I would like to receive some feedback from the community about the following situation. I have a permanent position as associate professor in an institution for some years now (3). This institution ...
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Undergrad thesis supervisor rejected request for LOR - how will this look on grad apps?

I haven't worked with my supervisor for long (~3 months now, 4 when apps are due), and she is well known in her field. I understand she has a reputation to uphold is honest in her letters from what I ...
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How to write an email to potential Masters supervisor? [duplicate]

I am interested in pursuing a Masters degree in Journalism. The university I wish to apply to states that I will require to seek a faculty member who agrees to be my supervisor before I can apply to ...
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Research activity conflicts with advisor

I've been in distress for the last several months because of this. My PhD advisor somehow decided to start her own field research in the same region where I have been working on for a few years now. ...
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Is it in the best interest of supervisors that his/her students publish their research results in top journals?

I am a math PhD student in a foreign country. When finishing my papers, my advisor (who is a big name in the field) always proposes me to submit them to a journal. The problem is that so far none of ...
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Etiquette for a female PhD student to reject her male supervisor's invitation to meet outside of work

The role of supervisor is a key role. The relationship between the supervisor and the students should be healthy. In this context, in India, there is a lot of difference between male and female ...
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Impacts of “professional advisors” for undergraduates

In my department (math, US, medium-sized public university), the current practice is that undergraduate students declare a major when they enter, and are assigned a faculty advisor. The advisor is ...
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How can a prospective PhD student know beforehand which universities have the most reputable teams/supervisors?

I am interested in astronomy/astrophysics and cosmology. It is my understanding that choosing the best supervisor/team to work with for the PHD is more crucial than choosing the best (and most ...
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Could I submit an abstract for a conference prior asking my supervisor permission about it?

I would like to submit an abstract for a poster presentation, I'm just worried that if I tell my supervisor before submitting, she might say I shouldn't do it, because she rarely wants me to be away ...
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The Priority Criteria for Selecting The Principal Advisor

Long story short, I have left behind a toxic PI and now I am considering applying for another labs at different demographic locations, however, I found it little bit harder to make a thorough decision....
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How should I discuss about a paper with my potential supervisor who is one of the authors of that paper?

Last week I met my mentor (and also my potential supervisor) for my PhD. He suggested me to read a paper which is also related to my master's thesis. I read that paper and some questions popped into ...
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When should I contact potential supervisors for PhD in the UK?

I am in the second year of my masters program and am sure that I want to go straight on to a PhD position when I finish in July of next year. I'm aware that some funding deadlines are as early as ...
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Graduate advisors: what are some qualities that make a graduate student difficult to supervise? [closed]

I am asking this question to seek some perspectives from graduate advisors. My question is: what qualities of a student makes him or her difficult to supervise? It is all the more valuable if this ...
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How do you build a healthy and productive relationship with your supervisor?

Some graduate students and post-docs have reported serious problems with their advisors and supervisors. Some of the problems are severe enough to be career ending. Not all problems can be avoided but ...
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My supervisor is making me work on something that is not my PhD project. What should I do?

My PhD project is a very little part of a big study that my supervisor is currently running. I am already four months into my PhD and I just have a 3 years position to finish my thesis. So far I haven’...
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How do I make the case to regain first authorship?

I am a senior Phd student in a very small lab consisting of me, my PI, and one other graduate student (one year under me). We began at an academic institution working on this paper related to my ...
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Supervised a PhD to 90% of completion; take credit for 100%; what could go wrong?

Let's say you had a doctoral student who you were main supervisor for {~advisor) throughout their data collection and most of their write-up, but just before they finished they changed to another main ...
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Should I decline unrelated work assigned by PhD advisor?

During the past years of my PhD program in biology, my advisor has developed a habit of lending my service to other labs/groups for potential collaborating opportunities. In addition to helping fellow ...
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Etiquette Question - Professor asked if I could meet after X time on Y day. I emailed to confirm a specific time but he has not responded

I have been looking to get started in undergraduate research (CS) and finally got a bite on a cold email. This professor said he read my resume and "liked my profile" and asked if I could meet him ...
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Bad advisor + a research area that interesets me or an active advisor + research topic that doesn't interest me?

I'm a beginning Master's student in Mathematics, I'm passionate about Mathematical Analysis and want to have my Master's thesis on some topic in Mathematical Analysis. Problem is, in my Department, ...
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PhD selection discrepancy

I've got 2 interview offers for a PhD application from 2 different professors (say A and B). Prof.A contacted me regarding the application in mid Sept. and informed me that he'd conduct an interview ...
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Just starting in grad school, I haven't heard from my advisor in three weeks …

I just started grad school this year. I met with my advisor over three weeks ago, on the first week of school. We talked about the school, she told me a bit about the department and showed me around ...
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How important is it for a professor to direct a thesis?

How important is it for a professor to direct a thesis? I mean, what can the professor get from it? I know it will help for his/her curriculum, but is it too much? Is the merit equivalent to the ...
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What to do when you hear many bad stories about your supervisor on the first day of your PhD?

Today was the first day of my PhD. It's a very prestigious institution and I was extremely excited to start. However, it seems there is a general feeling of discontentment with people in the group and ...
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My supervisor does not want to publish my research

I just graduated from grad school and to say that it has been hell is just a euphemism. My supervisor has been a bully all the time and every thing that I did and didn't please my supervisor was met ...
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Considering prospective grad schools; professor whose research interests me most may be visiting professor elsewhere currently, how to handle this?

At a certain grad school I am considering, there is a certain professor who I would be most interested in researching under, in fact if I couldn't have him as my advisor I my interest in this school ...
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How to handle conflicts with inventorship on a patent with my supervisors from the university and the company?

I am working on a research project funded by a company. So, I have two supervisors - one at the university and the other at the company. The company likes the work I did and is encouraging me to ...
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Supervisor in German Universities

I have sent many emails to lecturers within the nuclear field and at different German universities for the sake of supervision. I have attached my CV and complete detailed PhD proposal related to ...
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PhD failure aftermath [closed]

So, I've been part of an Erasmus+ PhD for nearly 3 years. I guess this can be seen as my review; but I'm really looking for input -- what went wrong? So far, I've got 0 publications as first author; ...
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How to approach a potential supervisor for “research students” in Japanese universities?

I'm planning to take MEXT scholarship exam. I've got a bachelor's degree and have done extensive research in cognitive science field. From what I gather, it's better to find a supervisor early. I've ...
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Just started PhD, feel lost and abandoned

I started my PhD some months ago. My advisor was also my Master's advisor. He was impressed by my skills and passion so I enrolled in a PhD program with him. What happened is that my topic changed ...
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Math PhD after graduating with average grades

I am currently an MSc student in math in Europe (I'm doing mainly analysis and applied math). During my Bachelor's I've had mainly average grades (I'm not sure what the exact GPA equivalent is, but it ...
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How to find a masters/phd program and supervisor?

I just graduated from university and got a job in my field. I made it to the dean list every year, completed an honours program with a thesis, and had a 3.689 overall GPA (Higher in math, similar in ...
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Medical doctor who tried science now wants to quit Phd and science altogether. How to explain to supervisor?

I am a medical doctor, but decided to go into a graduate program because I wanted to contribute to progress of humanity with new knowledge ( I know, very romantic). I got accepted into a graduate ...
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How to intervene with a student struggling in the major?

As a lecturer, at the start of each semester in all of my courses, I have students complete a first-day diagnostic quiz on topics from the prerequisite course. There are usually a few significant ...
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I just found out about a better methodology after already writing thesis - how should I prepare for my defense in 3 weeks?

I have written a thesis that seeks to analyze the ideological thinking of a newspaper through its editorials in a political situation during a certain period of time. I couldn’t count on my Thesis ...
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Should I send this e-mail to my instructor who is also my supervisor? [duplicate]

I am very mad about my grade and I prepared this letter. could you pls give me a piece of advice about how to write and complain about the grade? I really do not know what to write. I really want to ...
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Publishing with/without advisor as new Master student

I am a new master student in a ranked university. The academic program I have been admitted involves doing a Master and then continuing for a PhD (after fulfilling adequate academic requirements). As ...
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PhD Advisor is Inexperienced Junior Faculty, Possible Bully, Who do I Tell?

I was accepted into a PhD program 3.5 years ago. They hired a new faculty member 2 years ago and I was reassigned to this 'new' person since she didn't have any students of her own. She is ...
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I slept with my advisor's daughter and she is blackmailing me now. What can I do? [closed]

I am doing a PhD in the US. I am in my mid-twenties and will graduate next spring. My advisor was very good and nice to me. He invited me to have dinner at his home many times and then I met his ...