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The one who helps students to select courses or an academic major, engages in 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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I suspect that my PhD supervisor is trying to push me out of the lab and not give me credit for my work

I just started the third year of my PhD and my contract expires in December. My project comes under a broader much bigger project involving 5 teams. I was the first one to be recruited on this project ...
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My PhD supervisor gave up on me

I'm a 4th year PhD student in Germany. I started my PhD in a fully funded project and the funding will run out by next month. I'm still not close to finishing my PhD but I believe that I can finish it....
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Wrong Data, Wrong Direction, Career suicide [closed]

I am on a very weird situation once again. Being doing my phd in Europe since 2020. The field is computational multi-omics. I had a nice supervisor to work on a very interesting topic. After analysing ...
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How to foster a positive relationship with my team in a PhD program when I am older and have work experience?

I recently joined a PhD program after accumulating nine years of work experience. My decision to pursue this program was driven by personal ambition, aiming to refine my skills and engage with ...
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Is there a portal that will let me find historical PhD candidates who worked under a given supervisor?

I am a freelance writer doing some reporting on the 120th birthday of a scientist who died in the 90s. I've already talked with one of his colleagues and have plans to talk with more of them, but I'm ...
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To break or not to break with advisor at the end of a Ph.D.?

I am a Ph.D. student in the U.S. in my final year. During my 2nd year, I wasn't very excited with where my project was going, and I had the idea of adding a coadvisor to the mix, whose research I ...
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I want to change my PhD supervisor after two years, I have a DAAD scholarship. how can I write email to ask PhD position from other groups?

I am considering changing my PhD supervisor after two years into the program and currently hold a DAAD scholarship. How should I approach writing an email to inquire about PhD positions in other ...
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Am I being dishonest with my advisor by not being open about my future goals?

At my undergrad I was living only with research in my mind. I had great professors and I did very well academically, maybe overperformed is the right word. Then I did Master's also decently. I didn't ...
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How should I deal with a well-intentioned, but poorly organized advisor?

I am doing my PhD with a supervisor who is well-intentioned but very busy and disorganized. (It doesn't seem they're uninterested in my work.) It's always been a struggle to meet up, e-mail answers ...
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Should I report my advisor didn't show up as agreed for my thesis presentation?

My advisor confirmed date and time for the presentation of my bachelor's thesis. Then they didn't show up. I presented anyway (co-supervisor was there). Couldn't reach supervisor since then (24 hours)....
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How to tell my advisor that I would probably search for a job?

A bit of background: I'm a non-european phd student in europe doing a phd in a computational field. Recently I've applied and obtained a grant. The grant came with a unfortunate pay cut of 15% and I ...
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How to cut ties with abusive former supervisor?

I’ve seen a few similar posts but am hoping someone might have specific advice regarding cutting ties with an abusive ex-supervisor. For context: I started working in this supervisor’s lab as an ...
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How to push supervisor so I can publish papers?

I have been a while in my postdoc. I need to publish papers so that I can move ahead. I specifically need papers from this job because papers from my current job shape my future positions. My ...
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How to manage inconsistent behaviour and communication from a supervisor?

I've been in this lab for a year (one year Master's finished and three years to go in PhD in marine ecology) and I thought my PI was great (chill, kind and supportive) despite forgetting absolutely ...
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Why are PhDs without publications seen as questionable? Does this also apply to PhDs who don't secure external grants and/or fellowships?

I'm a 4th year PhD student in Experimental Psychology who should be graduating sometime in May 2024. I'm graduating from an R2 in a rural area of Michigan that recently suspended admissions for their ...
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When to contact potential supervisor in USA PhD?

When filling out US PhD applications in the Humanities, there is a part that asks to list three faculty members one would like to work with. I only know their biographies from the department website. ...
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Is it appropriate to assign two PhD students to do the same research topic?

I have asked one student A to do a research topic A. He used 2 years to learn a skill. I ask him to apply this skill to a new data and research topic B recently, however the progress is still bad even ...
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Dealing with Delayed Recommendation Submissions from Thesis Advisor

I'm in the process of applying to graduate schools and had secured a commitment from my thesis advisor for a recommendation letter. However, I've noticed delays in their submissions, with a few ...
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Covering application fees for peer review, when your university declines to proceed, but expert in the field consider the work excellent

Situation - I produced a MSc thesis in applied data science (I mean, using data science but applied on a certain domain X), which was A-graded. An expert in the field X said it is excellent and worthy ...
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How can I avoid this unproductive pattern with my PhD supervisor?

I’m currently a PhD student in electrical engineering in the US, and I changed supervisors after the end of my first year as a PhD student. There were several reasons for this, but the main one was ...
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PhD: alignment with a supervisor

I am contemplating a PhD degree where an industry partner connected me with a senior lecturer at University. I have full confidence in the said partner as their contributions to the discipline are ...
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In my Statement of Purpose (SOP), is it best to write about my specific area of interest, or to broaden my options?

I am currently a 4th year CS undergrad student. If I tailor my Statement of Purpose (SOP) around my research interests (which are related to the research project I am working on with my professor), I ...
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Publishing without supervisor (sidelining Ph.D. supervisor)

Hope you are doing well. I am a third year PhD student. I have very good relationship with my phd supervisor. However; I am secretly dissapointed at him. I am listing the reasons one by one: My ...
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How to deal with supervisor's contradictory comments

I'm a PhD student at the end of my 3rd year and I've been working with my supervisor since my BS.c degree. I was diagnosed with clinical anxiety when I turned 18, so when I started my PhD it was ...
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Nerves and putting a lot of pressure on myself for meetings and talks with supervisors/professors present

I’m a second year PhD student experiencing a great deal of pressure for meetings and talks when supervisors/other professors are present. I want to find methods for relieving a bit of this tension as ...
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What to do when corresponding author insists adding an affiliation that I do not belong to?

We have recently finished writing and submitting an article (I am the first author). When submitting the article, I uploaded the files and filled in the necessary information, but the final ...
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I do not receive proper support from my PhD advisor

I have started my fully-funded-PhD for about 6 months in North America. When I applied professor promised me that he was going to provide me with the funding. Yet, I have not received any detailed ...
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How do I support my advisor on his most busy weeks?

I'm a postdoc at a US university and I have a truly wonderful research advisor. Sometimes, during our regular meetings, I find out that things are particularly tough for my advisor this week. The ...
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Struggle to regain lost passion in physics

I am a PhD student currently in my second to last year. Last year something weird happened, my supervisor forced me into projects in which I was not interested. He forced me into collaborations which ...
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Masters advisors want me to become a Phd Student, but afraid he won't get tenure before I finish

I am a masters student in Computer Science in the U.S. I have been doing research with my advisor for the past year, and I really love the research area that I am doing, and been fortunate enough to ...
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How do I form a great relationship with my advisor? [duplicate]

I'm currently doing research work at a university for two years before I begin my doctoral studies. I just arrived here around 3 months ago. From what I've gathered, my advisor is genuinely a very ...
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How to recover from a bad time in a Master's program

I am in the second year of a engineering masters' program in the US. While I initially planned to go on to doing a PhD, my experience and performance in my masters' has not been great, and I am ...
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When Masters advisor said she will not gonna write a favorable rec letter to ph.d

I graduated from a Master's program in the US a couple of years ago. I had a conflict with my toxic advisor. It was a really really hard time for me. I came back to my own country and currently, I am ...
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How to communicate a late rejection of a PhD offer from a close contact?

My former supervisor from university offered me a PhD project two months ago. I gave it some thought, chatted with them once about the topic a month ago, talked to their current students, and then ...
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How long do I give my supervisor to read my paper?

I am looking to submit my paper in the very near future to a journal. What is a reasonable period of time to give my supervisor to read my paper? I set a deadline with my supervisor of when I would ...
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I ghosted a professor for two months. Not the first time this happens. Facing mental health issues but trying to recover. what to do now?

I am a delayed graduation facing (failed some subjects before, repeating a semester right now) 5th year integrated masters' student in a STEM field. I spoke to this professor about working a master's ...
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Master's supervisor said he didn't post projects because he's not taking in any students but said I should apply anyway for PhD in his group?

Basically the title. I have met my supervisor to ask for a LOR and he was genuinely surprised when I said I'm also applying to his group. He said he had already taken in 3 students and didn't want to ...
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How important it is to mention future research interests to a supervisor when asking for a LOR?

I saw this answer and thought I shot myself in the foot by messing up my meeting with my supervisor when asking for a letter of recommendation and not clearly mentioning what I am interested in. I did ...
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Convincing my advisor to let me submit to a relatively new conference

I'm a CS PhD student, I'd like to submit something at a conference that has a deadline next year. I mentioned submitting to this conference in an email to my advisor and after looking at it, they told ...
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Is there such a thing as "too much overlap" with the PhD supervisor?

Currently I am applying for PhDs in social anthropology in UK. I have multiple applications going on at the moment. One of my possible supervisors is directly working on the issue I proposed for my ...
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Should I exclude my supervisor as a reference when applying for academic jobs outside my PhD area?

I completed my PhD earlier this year and I will be applying for postdocs and faculty positions. My thesis is quite different to the field I'm applying to. Additionally, my relationship with my advisor ...
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Are my arguments valid?

Several weeks ago, I wrote an email to my supervisor asking for the purchase of a computer for me. He denied it it and told me that I don't need a dedicated computer. So, I though, I can apply to the ...
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Dealing with multiple projects and deadlines. Problem of co-authorships and funding

I'm in a tight spot: My advisor gave me an ultimatum of sorts—two projects (A, B), each with its own unique complexities and looming deadlines. My funding does not comes from these two research ...
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What to do when professor doesn't want to work with you anymore, but you want to submit past work done with him?

During the penultimate semester of my undergrad studies, I had approached a professor with a research idea, which he approved and both of us started working on it. We made substantial progress, but ...
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Is is appropriate to call a prospective PhD advisor?

Here's the general situation. I'm a prospective PhD student and there's this professor (say, professor X), that is very well established, is from a great institution, and works on a topic which is ...
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How do professors advise PhD students that are smarter than them?

I will be starting a position as an assistant professor shortly and I have recently received applications from PhD students who in my honest assessment are likely a bit smarter and more talented than ...
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How to find a mentor when your PhD advisor isn't enough?

I'm a third year PhD candidate and have been working in a field that is very cross cutting. For context, my department is chemistry, although my research is very far removed from chemical application. ...
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How do I ask for a few extra days to consider an offer of a PhD postion?

I emailed professor X some weeks ago. They had no PhD position open but told me they would get in touch again when and if some grant were to be approved (they might have a position then). He now ...
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Applying for a PhD in a different area

I've seen many posts in this website about changing fields (sample: 1, 2, 3, etc...). This is very reassuring for me, since I wanted to do just that. Just to sum up, I want to study an area of ...
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PhD Advisor Slander to Postdoc PI

I recently, successfully defended my dissertation (2 months ago) and have been working as a postdoc in one of my committee member's lab since then. My PhD advisor is a malicious person who enjoys ...
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