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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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Potential rotation advisor reaches out — with her entire academic record!

I am an incoming PhD student (for the fall). I recently received a message from a faculty member saying she was impressed with my application and asking if I wanted to talk about rotations. Ordinarily ...
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As an undergrad, how to leave a research group that I told them I will do my PhD there

I am a 4th-year undergraduate student and have been working in two joint research groups (voluntarily, no credit from a course, no pay) for more than a year. I have applied to some Master's and PhD ...
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Asking current advisor whether they have funds for remainder of my degree

So in my first year of my PhD I was strongly encouraged to apply for fellowships. I submitted fellowship applications happily, but at some points was concerned about how urgent it seemed to my advisor ...
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Advisor to spend some funds to buy things that make group members feel better working at home. Is it selfish to request a tablet and stuff?

Due to the recent COVID-19 event, all of the members in our group have been working at home. My advisor proposed to get us some items to make us more productive or happy when working at home. I feel ...
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My advisor is giving my idea to his new student, what should I do?

Now I'm preparing for my thesis and have one article which is already published and my thesis has been developed from my previous work. For my thesis, I derived a model based on the literature ...
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How do I politely decline a professor who's really keen on having me for a PhD position?

I wrote an email to my potential advisor, politely declining an offer for a PhD position. And he has replied saying that he's sad to hear that, and asking if there's anything he can do to convince me ...
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Pros and cons of doing PhD in a research group with a high number of post-docs?

What are the pros and cons of doing PhD in an experimental/theoretical research group with a high number of post-docs? For example, if there are a lot of post-docs, this means that the group is doing ...
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How can I tell if I'm making enough progress when working remotely?

I am starting a PhD abroad, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic I cannot leave my country at the moment. My advisor has agreed that I can work remotely (starting later is not an option). While we can ...
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Asking an external professor for a feedback on my BSc. thesis

In my senior year. I have put so much effort in writing my thesis and my supervisor didn't even read what I have done or even bothered to do his work, I wrote my thesis in a topic in mathematical ...
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Quarantined at home because of COVID19 - how can I do engineering research productively? [closed]

I started grad school last September, and so far have been primarily busy with courses, but have been trying to do a little research on the side whenever I can. I recently finished all my courses ...
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How to to deal with advisor's criticism of my writing?

I am about to finish my PhD, which means I have to write a lot. I am also a non-native English speaker, so my English sucks a lot, especially when it comes to formal writing. In contrast, my adviser ...
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How to respond to potential power abuse from project supervisor?

Over the space of a now concluding 20 week long project, my appointed supervisor has made a number of questionable decisions that appear to have negatively affected my work and solidified her grip ...
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Changing interests after joining grad school

I joined graduate school in the US with interests in theoretical chemistry/chemical physics. Though I was enrolled for a PhD in chemistry, I was taking classes in physics for an entire year. This made ...
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How unwise is it to change fields/advisors late in my PhD?

I’m sorry for asking a dumb question I already know the answer to, but I’m asking it because I feel desperate and need someone to talk sense into me. Some background: I’m a fifth-year PhD student, ...
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How should I handle disinterested/unorganized adviser?

I've been working with Dr.X since the summer of last year. Things were going well until this past fall. He mislabeled some research files and asked me to do some analysis to help me determine if they ...
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COVID-19 - how do I navigate this situation with my advisor?

I am a Master's student in epidemiology. It's an insane time in our field right now. Of course, I find what's going on fascinating (that's why I am in this field), but extremely stressful as well. I ...
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What do you say to a professor/potential advisor when you accept the offer from their school?

Is it common to contact professors you've been in communication with to let them know that you're accepting their school's offer? Do you usually contact the professors that met with you on a campus ...
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Lost respect for advisor. How to complete PhD?

Overview I am a physics PhD student, currently in my fourth year, in a US university. During the last couple of years, I have been experiencing a decrease on the respect I have for my advisor, for a ...
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Dealing with inconsistent feedback on your dissertation

I'd appreciate advice on how to navigate the final stages of the dissertation with an inconsistent advisor. I've been struggling with my advisor for years, but there is no one else to advise a ...
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Plagarism by a co-author in my paper

I recently submitted a manuscript for review to a journal. The manuscript was a result of an independent study and therefore, had 8 authors (students, advisors and a few other relevant collaborators). ...
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Doubts whether to continue a PhD due to supervisor's lies and loss of funding [closed]

TL; DR: PhD with a supervisor who states things that turn out not to be true in order to manage people; funding lost and replaced with smaller financial contribution; serious doubt whether to continue ...
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Coronavirus, school lockdown and future uncertainty [closed]

I am a master student expected to graduate in April. I want to work as an R/A for my thesis advisor after graduation and want to do a PhD afterwards. However, the entire school is closed and I cannot ...
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How to determine if I'm just incompetent, or if my work is more difficult than expected? [duplicate]

I'm a PhD student in my (planned) last year, with no journal publications until now (one rejection, though, due to not having the level of research the journal aims for). Several things which were ...
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Should I contact my advisor again about a meeting? If so, how?

I finished the next step of my project and sent it along to my advisor last Friday. In my email I said "When would be the best time to meet to discuss these results?". I do have access to her calendar ...
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Ask former PhD supervisor advice

I did my PhD on topic X, and my PhD advisor is an expert on X and on Y. For a problem I have come across in my postdoc, I think that Y would be a good approach. There is no one I am currently working ...
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Evaluating potential supervisors on the basis of past graduate student results

I am lucky CS senior undergrad who has received offers from a number of good departments in the USA. I am currently going through the usual factors for evaluating departments and supervisors. In the ...
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What to do when you're not confident your advisor will be able to write you a strong LoR?

The title is pretty self-explanatory, but let me explain. The lab I'm at right now is very big. It's around 30-40 people. I'm a master's student that just finished his first semester and am looking ...
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Changing MSc supervisor late in the game

I am considering asking another professor to be my thesis advisor. My situation differs from that of other question-askers in that: I am in a position where I have done enough research to write my ...
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Tips for being the first graduate student of a PI?

I have a very high expectation of a lab that I want to join and It's highly possible for me to eventually do that after my rotation period ends. The PI is the kind of person whom I have been looking ...
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Didnt take the final exams yet I got an A grade [closed]

Well to start with, I dropped out of college for reasons that have to do with mom's health and hence I was ought to go back my home country. It was just right before my finals, to be more precise ...
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What to do when phd advisor wants me to work on side projects but i'm starting a post-doc?

I'm currently finishing up writing my PhD while starting a post-doc at another university in another country. The post doc is a great opportunity at a top tier university. Between finishing my ...
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Is this violation of academic integrity if I ask a question on Github public repository and post it as an issue?

Recently, I asked a question on a public Github repository about a formula that is used in the code that is hosted on that public repository. Basically, if you are familiar with Github, you can create ...
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Help! Professor/Advisor Refuses to Publish Any of His Students' Research

I'll be finishing a PhD in physics in about five weeks. I've worked hard, have done a lot of research, and have written 3 papers for publication. But my professor refuses to take any action towards ...
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Postdoc in good environment, but haven't accomplished anything on my own: How long is it reasonable to stick around?

I'm about 5 months into my postdoc now, and I am seriously questioning the choice. Most posts I read about this mention bad advisors, situations with the lab, etc. but in my case actually everything ...
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How would you ask your professor to be your supervisor?

I am currently a graduate student. I've completed all the exams and I am currently looking for a supervisor for my master's dissertation. Few months ago I surveyed the professor I would like to have ...
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Trying to finish a paper with a professor, but also needing to let them know I switched advisors

I need a bit of advice. I am currently in my third year of a math PhD program. I have been working with Prof. X for about 2.5 years now. He thinks he is my advisor but I have also been working with ...
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Is there a dedicated academic principle that focuses on designing systems for human organizations so that corruption is minimized? [closed]

I always had an interest in learning about what other people have discovered about designing a system where people do what they should do or at least never certain things, as in they should have ...
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Unclear answer from my prospective PhD Supervisor

Is it positive to get the first reply from potential PhD Supervisor such as this: “Thank you for your interest in our PhD programme. I take it that you have looked at our admission criteria. If not, ...
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Advisor's Negativity

How do you deal with the constant flow negativity from an advisor? Examples: How worthless I am, how I am the worst student he ever had. Absolutely good for nothing. Whatever I am doing is ...
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Is it right for a supervisor to try to prevent his students from pursuing other research directions by simultaneously working with other professors?

I have faced a problem recently with my academic advisor and I seek some advice. I have been working with my advisor for one and a half year now. No publication resulted so far. One of the problems ...
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My adviser is leaving. Can I ask him to support my application for an other PhD position?

A little background: I started my PhD in August 2019 at university X. I wanted to work on project A, but after I joined PhD, my adviser asked me to work on project B. He said that if I start working ...
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To What Degree is Graduate School Acceptance Contingent on You Choosing a Specific Potential Adviser? [closed]

I applied to a graduate school in CS and got in. However, between application submission and acceptance a professor reached out to me and requested a phone conversation. It went well, as far as I ...
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Asking about how to write in email that there is a possibility of self funding and asking to prof about details [duplicate]

I am a master of mathematics student at an University in Asia and I wrote to some professors in Europe for Phd position in number theory. One professor replied me and said that they don't have ...
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Is it too early to switch advisors if I just finished my first semester as a master's student?

I'm aware that questions regarding changing advisors have been asked frequently on this community, and I've also asked a few of my own previously. However, after doing some thinking on the answers ...
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Asking about how to say to a possible supervisor to give me some time as I look for funding opportunities

I am a masters student in mathematics at an Asian University and I mailed my CV to some professors in France for phd position in analytic number theory. One of the professors said that his ...
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How should I talk to an unwelcoming future research group colleague so no interpersonal issues raise?

This year, I am going to join a research group in which one of my past classmates who used to study in the same university during my the bachelors degree years is also working. The professor who is ...
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Situations where changes in advisor/lab interests makes you feel lost

I'm currently enrolled in an MS/PhD integrated program in a school in Korea. I was originally planning to study in the US, but I wasn't confident that I'd get funding and the lab/advisor that I'd met ...
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How should I ask my advisor on help with something I should know how to do?

I am creating a mathematical model in R (programming language) as part of my thesis. I created the first part of the model no problem and sent it to my advisor. She said I did a fantastic job on it. ...
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What is limit for the number of students for one supervisor in India?

How many number of students can be supervised by a supervisor in India? Is there a limit imposed by the government of India?
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Vacation for Summer Graduate Research Assistantship

First year PhD student here, in Computer Science I will mostly likely be on a research assistant ship this summer. Is it too much to assume I will be able to take two 1-week vacations at different ...

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