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 criteria are used to rank graduate programs?

I'm only asking this out of curiosity since I've seen posts/discussions about getting into "top" graduate programs etc. This mentally (wanting to get into a "top" ranked program) ...
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Is it okay to mention what a different chair is working on?

I'm a university student and am looking for a master's thesis topic. I also have a job at a company and this company is cooperating with a chair / staff of a chair (i.e. people working for a teaching ...
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Supervising same work again and again

I found few professors having supervised more than 200 masters theses 'each' in the past 14-15 years. When looked at these theses, I found that out of 200 theses supervised by a professor, more than ...
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My advisor asked me to co-author a paper, but I have no interest in an academic career

I recently finished an undergraduate program and obtained an engineer’s degree. I am working as a software engineer at an automotive company and I can only imagine myself having a career in “...
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Is it okay to ask a professor what they expect in a grad student for a research assistantship position?

I'm joining a grad school for a research-oriented Masters in CS in Germany, early next year. There's a professor whose research interests me, but I certainly don't know enough currently to contribute ...
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Why use 'advisor' or 'supervisor' instead of just 'collaborator'? [closed]

This bugs me a bit. I understand that technically the advisor or supervisor relationship may be a bit different from the more senior-level collaborations, but I can't help but think when I see people ...
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How do I email my co-authors asking them to review a manuscript very quickly?

I feel really bad asking for my co-authors, who are also my dissertation committee, to provide edits on my paper so quickly, but it looks like it needs to be done. I submitted a paper to a journal a ...
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PhDs in the UK: should you know supervisor beforehand?

(context: undergrad/integrated masters student in a math-related field, planning on a PhD in a CS-related field) In Asia (at least in India and Singapore), students are generally expected to ...
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My PhD Supervisor is founding a startup based on my thesis work and wants me to be first hire. Unsure if want to join

I'm a current PhD student and PhD supervisor is in the process of making a startup company largely based on the devices that I've developed during my PhD thesis. My supervisor is trying hard to ...
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Supervisors constantly rejecting my ideas. What to do?

I just started my PhD. I work in an interdisciplinary field so I have 3 supervisors from different fields. Up until now, we had 4 research meetings together and the weird thing was everytime I came up ...
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PhD Partial thesis and changing advisors(or transferring universities)

Suppose you have written part of a thesis(normally a PhD thesis in my field has 2-3 parts, each part may be different from the others). How is it handled if you change advisors? Can you keep the parts ...
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How to show special respect to a famous PhD advisor?

I am about to enter a 3-year PhD. Neither my bachelor’s nor my master’s were research-oriented nor very typical for my field, and I had to find a potential supervisor on my own. Due to my background, ...
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Finding an advisor without enrolling into a university

I want to break into academia by becoming a PhD student of computer science. However, I need publications and letters of recommendation in order to strengthen my application. The ordinary way of doing ...
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Is it fine to exclude an email salutation for short messages?

I've had a habit of always starting with "Dear Prof. X" but have noticed professors sometimes drop the header past the first reply. For shorter emails, is it polite to omit these formalities ...
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Communication difficulties with advisors - starting to impede work

I could use some advice about my relationship with my doctoral advisors. Some context: I'm about 1 year and 8 months into my PhD. My program has relatively heavy course requirements. I have now ...
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Choosing an undergraduate research advisor

I'm looking to complete a senior thesis (I would also want to do other research, but I doubt the viability of this) as an undergrad and I need help understanding how I would go about choosing the ...
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Is there a multi-supervisor multi-author PhD thesis culture anywhere in the world?

Current PhD training culture involves supervisor student relationship, atleast at my institute. There is a risk associated with single point failures that might arise as a result of testing a ...
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Can a graduate student on a university stipend work a remote internship concurrently?

Due to the current public health situation, my graduate studies and research work have moved entirely online. I was offered a remote full-time internship for summer. Both being online, I am able to ...
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What to do when your advisor says your research is at a dead end? [closed]

I have been working on my dissertation proposal for 2 of the last 4 years of my PhD program. I have been publishing at conferences, collecting data, and building out my thesis. About a year and a half ...
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Could I choose a PhD supervisor from a different university?

I want to apply for a PhD at a Canadian university, but I currently am in a Masters Program in the US. If I attend this new university, would I be able to choose a PhD supervisor from my current ...
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How to handle one doctoral supervisor being unhappy over a doctoral student's preference for the other supervisor?

For my doctoral programme, I have 2 supervisors: 1 academic (i.e. a professor) and the other an industrial. Over the past few years I've found that my industrial supervisor isn't really able to ...
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I ghosted my previous supervisor for 15 days. How to improve my situation?

TL;DR: I ghosted (i.e. suddenly ceased communication with no explanation) my previous supervisor for 2 weeks when I had to do some minor final job regarding to my already finished thesis work due to ...
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can I publish (alone) papers which are a continuation of my PhD research (without my supervisior's name as a co-author)?

During my PhD, my supervisor wasn't very helpful. Now I have finished my PhD but I still have plenty of ideas (improvements) about my PhD topic that I can transform to papers and be published. these ...
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How do I convince professors about my research interests?

I'm applying to a coursework + thesis masters programme and am wondering how specific do I have to be when mentioning my research interests in my email to a potential advisor. I have applied to ...
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Would leaving my current PhD program ABD be a red flag when applying to other universities?

tl;dr: I am considering leaving my current PhD program ABD, after four years, several publications and a strained relationship with my bully advisor. How, when and do I explain why I'm leaving if I ...
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Relationship with doctoral advisor? [closed]

My question is that do most people keep in touch with their doctoral advisors after they graduate? Do doctoral advisors forget their PhD students after the students get their degree? I am mainly ...
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PhD advisor does not correct my writing: how can I get feedback?

My PhD advisor did not provide any kind of feedback or correction on my writing for the manuscript we recently submitted. My writing is good for a PhD student but for sure far from perfect. Yet the ...
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Am I capable of doing PhD based on my advisor's words?

I am average student completed my under-grad and grad studies successfully. I am doing PhD since 4.5 years. I was a hard-working student. I was a self-motivated student always wanted to do PhD and ...
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Advisor not responding to emails, conference fee deadline approaching

TL;DR:: My advisor, who is in charge of paying a conference paper registration fee, is nonresponsive and the deadline is approaching. What can I do? I am working part-time in a research institute, ...
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Supervisor using my dataset without my consent to submit papers with his other students

During my PhD (field of machine learning) I've been working in collecting a very large dataset. The whole work took more or less 1 year. I had the idea, collected most of the data and wrote all the ...
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Bachelors thesis supervisor headed for emeritus; professorship won't be restaffed

First off, I'd like to acknowledge that I am not sure whether this post fits here, as most discussions on here revolve around higher levels of academic life. Let me know/remove this post if it does ...
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Getting a letter of recommendation from a socially controversial PhD advisor

I am about to finish my PhD at a US university and am starting to apply for jobs and postdocs in physics and computer science. Throughout my PhD, I maintained a good relationship with my PhD ...
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How do I prepare for my research program 2 months ahead of its beginning?

I'm starting a PhD program in the Fall. I know this can be specific to my program, but more generally, what's your advice for an international student preparing for academic success? I'm going to ...
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Query related to not including supervisor name in publication

I completed my MS by research under a supervisor. There was considerable delay in completing because my supervisor suddenly lost interest in research midway through my program. I had sent him a ...
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Advisor is unhappy with M.Sc. research results and is showing signs of preventing the student from graduating. What should be done?

I am having difficulties with an advisor who has not been clear with me on my research project, and I am fearful that I will not be allowed to graduate on time. What should I do? Please allow me to ...
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non-responsive academic program advisor/manager

My graduate program advisor/manager (one, who manages logistics of students; not for thesis) and I had arguments about how he proceeded the work. Last semester, he dropped my course without my notice, ...
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Advancing my academic career in mathematics without university support

I am about eight months away from completing a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics. I am what you would call a "nontraditional" student - I am an adult who decided to change careers and I'm ...
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How much help should one expect from their PhD advisor to get a job (academic or industry)?

How much help can one expect from their PhD advisor to get a job (academic or industry)? Is it true that graduates often get positions just by having their advisor make a "phone call"?
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Updating a Professor on Denying School Offer

While considering my options, I reached out to a couple professors to inquire on their work. Ultimately, I've opted not to go to the school in question, though I would love to work with that professor ...
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Improving work relationship with my advisor

I'm new to the research scene. I asked my advisor questions about the suggestions he gave in a couple of meetings. From then on, he insulted me a few times whenever he has to provide feedback on my ...
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Is it rude to leave and switch to a lab that's collaborating with your own lab (and how to go about doing so)?

I've signaled to my advisor and collaborators my intent to quit pursuing my PhD at the school I'm currently at. I essentially gave a 3-month notice while I get as much done as I can on one of our ...
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Asking a professor to be my advisor (math)

I'm applying to graduate school and there is a professor at my home university I am interested in working with. As a bit of background, I have been doing undergraduate research with this professor ...
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My supervisors want to make me finish my Ph.D. in 2 years. What can I do?

After finishing my M.A.Sc. in Canada, I had been interviewed with my current supervision team in my current Swiss university to start a Ph.D. In that time, it was fairly obvious that the project I was ...
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PhD expectations of commitment

I was discussing the possibility of entering a PhD program from a professor who I had during my masters degree. We discussed the level of commitment he expected and he stated he expects PhD students ...
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What department level internal accountability standards can be developed for improving problem advisors

My dissertation has just been approved and I can not be more relieved. I am not relieved because of impostor syndrome or because the work load was too high. I am relieved that I never have to ...
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Do visiting professors make for good PhD supervisor?

I am currently thinking about pursuing a public policy PhD after my MA is completed. One of my top target schools employs a visiting professor who has been at that university for the past several ...
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PhD supervisor is extremely “hands-off”: How can I get better feedback for my research projects and cope with this situation?

I'm currently a PhD student at a US University. The relationship between my advisor and me is extremely hands off, and she only contacts me to help write grants and to review papers. While she does ...
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Should I reach out to a potential PhD supervisor about applying when they have a relationship with my current PhD supervisor?

I've had a really bad relationship with my supervisor since I started. I've even had to take time off to get a mental reprieve from everything that was happening. At this point, I really want to go ...
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Incorporating results of supervised student theses in own thesis

During my PhD thesis, I supervised the creation of Bachelor's and Master's theses. The official supervisor was always my own PhD supervisor (since I am officially not yet allowed to do university-...
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Difficulties with advisor inattention during MSc

I'm currently half-way through my research MSc in Computer Science (Natural Language Processing) at a university in Canada. I have two advisors, one that was supposed to be my main advisor (who ...

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