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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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What should I do if I end up without an adviser?

I am a 2nd year PhD student and I have passed all prelims. However, I am facing a problem: I may not be able to get an adviser. There were several potential advisers I was trying to approach. One of ...
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What should I do if advisor asks me to move to another university or lab for strange reasons?

Summary: Yesterday, my advisor told me that he wants me to change labs through because I said something "inappropriate" that made the lab unstable. He is a really famous professor and his citation is ...
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Does an advisor owe his/her student anything? Will an advisor keep a PhD student only out of pity?

I know what imposter syndrome is. But, believe me that's not the case with me. I have worked hard for the 4.5 years of my PhD, but I feel that my research is absolutely mediocre and as a result my ...
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Should I warn new/prospective PhD Student that supervisor is terrible?

My supervisor got some funding and is hiring new PhD students. Today one of them came to an interview and we told him about the things that we do. The main problem is that my supervisor is a terrible ...
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How to complete PhD when your advisor knows very little about your subject area

My advisor is very young full professor who has been an advisor for only less than 10 years. She has many diverse projects. The project which I've started is 1 year old and this field is quite New to ...
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How to apply for a new PhD while being enrolled in one? What to provide as motivation letter, CV and references?

The background story I am a PhD student where I have been all by myself without much chance of being able to sit face to face with my advisor and get some help as my advisor does not have time for ...
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How to tell pushy “advisors” to back off?

TL;DR What can a PhD student on a research stay abroad do about postdocs that are supposed to be collaborators but behave like "helicopter advisors"? Background A friend of mine is doing her PhD (...
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My adviser wants to be the first author

I am working on a paper after finishing my Masters. I did all the lab research and writing of the manuscript. My professor was only involved to guide me throughout the research and read my writing and ...
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Stuck with an advisor who is unprofessional

I'm a Masters student in computer science. My current advisor is completely un-professional. He doesn't only write bad letters of recommendations for his students in order to keep them working for him,...
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advisor seems to have taken my work

I'm a PhD student, and my advisor published what appears to be the theoretical frame I came up with for my dissertation as a standalone paper with some other people (not me). It seems (to me, though ...
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Changing proposed project post-acceptance

I recently applied for a research based degree and I have indeed been offered admission (with funding), scheduled to start this fall. Prior to my acceptance, I had an interview with my prospective ...
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Does my lab head need to be a co-author on my manuscript?

I am a biology student working in a laboratory. I am planning to submit a solo author paper to a journal/book. I conceived the work, drafted and revised it. My question is if I need to include my ...
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Postdoc offers when supervisor did not get involved [closed]

I am a finishing PhD student in Mathematical Physics in a very good and prestigious EU University. I have excellent publishing record, including a single authored technical paper, have been awarded ...
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How much does the academic family tree matter for a PhD?

I remember my MSCS advisor often refers to his "academic grandfather" (his advisor's advisor Dr. Leonard Kleinrock) as the person who sent the first data packets. Although distant, I think it is cool ...
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Quitting a collaboration project without hurting collaborators

I am a PhD student collaborating with another PhD student A, under supervision of Prof. B & Prof. C. I am student of Prof. B. Student A is co-advised by Prof. B and Prof. C. Prof. B chairs the ...
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Advisor accused of personal misconduct — what should I do?

My advisor was recently accused of personal misconduct. He says he is innocent. I am posting here to ask what I should do. I am heavily reliant on his letter of recommendation. I will always be ...
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4th year PhD, considering leaving for different program

I'm a 4th year PhD student at a top school in Canada studying chemical physics. For the past few years, I have been floating around the idea of leaving with a Masters and pursuing a PhD at a different ...
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Should I aim at publishing a single-author paper on my PhD?

This is the situation. I'm a 2nd-year PhD student in Computer Science. The research group I belong to is very large, and during my first two years I have worked with many different people from the ...
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How could I convince my PhD adviser that the method, which is provided by him to me, does not work?

I'm a PhD student in the US in the middle of my third year. We use a method for some simulations that is initially provided to me by my PhD adviser, despite the fact that all other research groups, ...
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What to do when advisor does not want to work together?

I have been a PhD student for 3 years (UK), and recently there has been severe trouble with the relationship with my primary advisor. I had been struggling on a problem, for quite some time, with ...
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Publishing paper after graduation without advisor's name

I recently submitted a paper derived from my masters thesis to a journal. Before submission, I sent an email to my masters adviser but did not get any reply. I guess he might have forgotten my name or ...
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whether necessary to continue to work on unfinished academic work

When one finishes a degree or a research position, the boss asks to carry on sth unfinished (unpaid), does one need to agree to do so?
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Formulating research question [on hold]

I am international student and have a problem with formulating a research question. I know the gap, but I could not make it clear. + my supervisor is not convinced of what I am doing and believes that ...
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Is it wise to ask a PhD supervisor about the quality of my work?

She says, why do you want to hurry? Let's put the defense in December, then you can have several publications out till then. I am thinking of asking directly, "What do you think about my PhD work? ...
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How important is the availability of funding of a professor as a factor to determine one's thesis advisor?

I'm a first-year PhD student in Machine Learning, and I've often heard that some students end up having to be a TA because his/her advisor does not have a sufficient funding for them to have a ...
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Is it possible to know about the research quality of a professor from the number of citations of his/her papers in Google Scholar?

I am in the process of advisor searching for a PhD in mathematics. I came across this site called Google Scholar which lists nearly all the publications of a professor. I found that many professors ...
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Supervisor with no expertise in the field [duplicate]

How feasible it is to be supervisored by a professor who doesn’t know the area? She told me it’s my research and she will only provide general research guidance.
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my supervisors put me as a last author [closed]

my supervisors put me as last author in an article submitted to a journal. I had written the majority of the paper and even if it's not my idea, but it's my thesis subject. My supervisor who proposed ...
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My current PI is telling me that I am a very shy person and he is really pissed off, what I should do?

Today in the lab we had a birthday, I had participated, but not so much as I feel anxious in crowded areas. I felt very shy and that's true, so I withdrew from the party after 15 minutes and wished ...
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PhD Advisor is lying about funding and doesn't write their own grants

I am currently enrolled in a science research PhD study in Canada. I am co-supervised by 2 people in different fields. The problem is that I started my PhD ~1.5 years ago and was told that there was ...
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Why does my PhD supervisor not talk to me directly?

There is an incident between me and my PhD adviser, which is repeated for the second time (The first time was a couple of months ago), and its details are: My PhD supervisor talked about me and my ...
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Applied Math PhD Advisor dilemma [closed]

I was hoping to get some opinions on my current situation involving leaving one advisor for another. Background: I am a second year graduate student in applied mathematics and I have passed all my ...
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It seems my advisor doesn't trust me, but why?

Even though my advisor is reasonably friendly with me, it feels like he doesn't 'trust me' as much as he trusts the other grad student (let's call him X) in the lab. A few examples: I joined a lab a ...
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Email to a potential Phd advisor: how to make a research proposal if you don't have one? [closed]

I'm a third year Physics & Mathematics student, and I want to work with a specific advisor. I have read almost all the related questions in this site and this blog post. However, almost all of ...
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How to judge a Professors quality while choosing a PhD?

How to judge a Professors quality while choosing a PhD? I have completed my Masters in Pure Mathematics. I want to work in fields which involve Algebra,Functional Analysis,Complex Variables. I also ...
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Asking Thesis examiner for guidance

I am currently writing my undergraduate final year thesis. It happens so that I have to consult papers written by my thesis examiner on a particular topic. My question is is it appropriate to seek ...
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Can professor terminate student's stipend at anytime? [closed]

A friend of mine who is a last year international PhD student in the US got his monthly stipend terminated by his advisor. He still has GTF and is working for as a RA for the last three years. During ...
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Should I provide feedback to a PhD application I have received?

I usually reply to e-mails from students asking for PhD positions to let them know if I am interested or if they are competitive / up to standards for continuing with an application but this tends to ...
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How to do a masters proposal?

Suppose that I have an idea "not fully developed" of course but a sketch somehow. If I want to convince an advisor by it and let him take me seriously. What should I do? My field of study is ...
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Fellow student seems to be chasing rainbows. Should I step in?

I am currently writing my bachelor's thesis, and share advisors with a fellow student, who is also working in the same office as I am. We exchange daily about our progress. I am under the impression ...
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I did everything on my own regarding my B.Sc. thesis. My supervisor did nothing. I want to publish it without his name

My B.Sc. thesis advisor did nothing regarding my B.Sc. thesis. I chose the topic, I have done everything on my own. He didn't even read the work or provided me with any guidance or any advice. Just ...
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How do I tell whether I need another advisor?

I am a second year PhD student in math. I recently feel miserable working with my current advisor so I am considering switching advisor or adding a second advisor. A few problems I can think of at ...
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Post-graduate publication, adviser is not in my field

I finished my PhD degree last year. I had a bad experience with my adviser over the 4 years. He treated me like a technician. He used the data I collected and analyzed to publish with his post-doc in ...
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How should I interpret advisor overly positive feedbacks? [duplicate]

I am currently in the writing phase of my master thesis in a US-based university. Almost all of the feedback I am receiving from my advisor is either linguistic suggestions or just positive supportive ...
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Polite message for my supervisors who do unfair things that would totally leads me to lose my study [closed]

I am currently working on finishing my PhD thesis. For about 3 years and 6 months of my study, I am suffering from the absence of my supervisors. She always travels for 6 months, sometimes two months ...
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I'm about to tell my advisor I want to leave my PhD. Do I mention this when scheduling a meeting or do I drop a bombshell while there in person?

I meet with my PhD advisor quite irregularly so we arrange meetings on an ad-hoc basis depending on work progress, availability etc. Usually we communicate a bunch by email about the state of work. I'...
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How to ask for a recommendation letter from a professor after long time?

I had worked under a supervisor in 2015 and that year I asked a recommendation letter from him for a Ph.D. He wrote it very well. On 2016, I again asked him for one and he sent me again. Both of the ...
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Changing advisors during coursework [closed]

Can an advisor suddenly say one day - "I have decided not to advise you anymore"? Thanks!
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Professor wants me to accept his school's offer early

I just received my first offer to a Mathematics PhD program at a reasonably good US institution, where one of my recommenders is also working. He sent me an email saying he "hopes I can accept the ...
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Why would a prospective advisor ask if I'm meeting other advisors?

I am currently in the process of changing my advisor and hence looking for new prospective advisors at my university. I got interviewed by one and she asked If I was in touch with any other advisors. ...