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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Advisor favoritism?

I’ve recently been having some concerns about my relationship with my advisor. This is my third year in his lab, and I’ve noticed that something about his behavior towards me seems off, and I am ...
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I need help with my potential PhD Supervisor who showed interest

So I went to a University in Canada to speak with Graduate studies coordinator to learn more about the program. While visiting, I bumped into the Chair of the department who is one of the Supervisors ...
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Can I ask letter of recommendation to my undergraduate thesis supervisor for PhD in other lab

I am doing my bachelor's thesis (4th-year 1st semester) in one of the top 5 research group in my field in the world (but not a renowned university). I want to do direct PhD (also called Masters track ...
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Am I being exploited by my supervisor?

It has been 4.5 years since I joined as a PhD student. My supervisor asks me to draft almost all of his important emails. He will begin by briefing me the issue, and ask me to draft the email in a ...
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Could your adviser make you to commit to work on your paper before signing your graduation form?

Here is a peculiar situation I face but I don't think it is uncommon in academia. My adviser asked me in an email to commit to continuing the work to publish a paper from my PhD work before signing ...
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Could anyone judge whether or not what I have experienced are types of abuse? [closed]

I am in a Ph.D. program. In my program, I declared my preliminary advisor who is supposed to guide me when writing my first field paper. Firstly, after I passed my qualifying examination in the last ...
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When is the best time to reach out to potential advisers while applying to PhD programs?

I am specifically applying to computer science PhD programs in the US. I have read the other posts similar to this, but I have some specific questions. 1) When is the best time to email professors I ...
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Dissertation topic in one field and degree in another field?

Feeing kind of stuck here. I started out as a math PhD student then switched to engineering. I thought by doing so I would be able to learn new skills and expertise in that particular field. But I ...
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Is it a good idea being involved in your advisor's consulting activities as an exploratory activity during your PhD? For how long?

I am a first semester PhD student. I am not paid by a grant or scholarship. My advisor has been including me in multiple teams and meetings in consulting jobs he is taking. Most of them are loosely ...
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Faculty advisor is leaving, any way to turn this into a good thing?

Asking for a friend who is a grad student in a social science. They have just finished their coursework and passed their quals. Upon entering the program, their faculty advisor suddenly left the ...
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Potential Collaborators insisting on Joining Supervision Panel

TLDR: Researchers wanting to join supervisory team instead of collaborating, why? I have started my PhD for awhile now and I am gearing up for my confirmation presentation (research proposal defence)....
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My advisor wants me to make my PhD thesis weaker

I am a final year PhD student in mathematics at a university in Spain and about to submit my thesis in a few weeks. During the last months, I have been writing up the remaining details of a project. ...
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Applying to Teaching Position in the Same Department as My Advisor… Should I Mention Her?

I'm applying for tenure-track teaching positions right now and have, more or less, a single cover letter that I modify for each one of my applications. It so happens that the department my advisor ...
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How do you advise an early career researcher who has an unrealistic opinion of their prospects?

One often reads stories along the lines of "I was told I wasn't suited to a career in academia; now I'm a professor at < Big Name University >". At the same time, given the structure of the ...
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Can I transition into quantum machine learning with a CS (rather than physics) background?

I'm currently pursuing an undergrad in Computer Science and Engineering from an Indian university. I really like machine learning, but of late, I've been doing some digging and I think I really like ...
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What do you think of the reply and do you think he is interested in me and my application?

Recently i have been applying to various Ph.D. programs and i have approached many professors as my potential supervisors and among those, i applied to Harvard and this is what the Director of the ...
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MA Supervisor who arrogant and unhelpful

I need to start with the fact that the MA I'm enrolled in is overseas, so i have a very restricted visa and moved my family here to get this degree. I have a previous MA in a different subject and am ...
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Is university allowed to refuse to confirm my masters theme due to lack of appropriate research staff?

I am paying for my studies and I have chosen my own theme for my MS thesis. It is in artificial general intelligence and symbolic methods, rather rare theme. I am promising to do all the work fully ...
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The choice between changing advisor or just ignoring her and do the PhD research alone?

I'am 2nd year PhD student and I'm in the phase of problem definition and exploration for my research. Other than research, I also do both RA (working on paper review, grants, etc) and TA jobs as well. ...
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How to work with a student who has a tendency to overcomplicate things? [closed]

I am supervising a senior reading course. As I cannot give a name to a problem I am having with one of the students, I will give an example. We are reading a paper, and he was not making progress. He ...
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PhD Application in Mechanical Engineering Research in Computer Graphics

I want to apply for PhD program in mechanical engineering at Stanford. Furthermore, I want to conduct research in the area of computer vision and computer graphics with application to robotics, ...
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Letter for Advisor's Promotion

I've been asked by my former department to write a letter for my doctoral advisor's promotion. What kind of information do departments typically want in these letters? They specifically asked to ...
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PhD advisor making start up company based on my thesis work. How do I prevent this from delaying my graduation?

I am a fifth year PhD student who has independently developed a project for my thesis. Recently, I have presented some promising preliminary results. My professor called it a 'gold mine', and wants to ...
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no reply from potential supervisor

I know there are already many similar questions posted on this website, but I need someone to comment on my email to potential advisors. I should mention that I've been sending emails to potential ...
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Supervisor getting another PhD student with the same project?

I just started a PhD supervised by a clinician and a bioinformatician. The bioinformatician informed me they have received funding to get another PhD student to work on the same disease/ broad ...
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Is it normal for professors to twist the truth about their labs?

This is related to my previous question here. I'm enrolled in a MS/PhD integrated program in computer science at a South Korean university and have just started my first semester. In the linked ...
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I feel I've done enough for a PhD but my supervisor disagrees

I have been working on a PhD for over 6 years, and in that time have published 5 (conference) papers, each of which I intend to convert to journal articles after my PhD. My supervisor has been ...
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Should I ask my master's advisor and co-advisor for a recommendation letter?

I'm doing a master's, and I plan to start a PhD next year. All the admission processes I've checked so far require two or three recommendation letters. My question is: should I ask my advisor and co-...
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example of mail to send to supervisor after a long period without news

I would like to contact my supervisor after a long time and I do not know what to say to him, knowing that I have not finished the part that I am supposed to have finished. indeed, because of personal ...
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Asking my PhD advisor for a postdoc position. Is it bad to appear desperate?

I am soon to defend my PhD thesis in computational materials science. I have just two publications, which I believe is the most important reason for getting no response from postdoc applications. The ...
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How should I tell my professor that I want to quit my integrated program midway?

I'm currently enrolled in an MS/PhD integrated program (computer science) at a university in Korea and I just started my first semester. My undergrad is at the same university, by the way. I've ...
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How to supervise an undergraduate reading a paper for the first time?

I am helping supervise a senior student who is reading a scientific research paper for the first time. The goal is to understand a portion of this paper and write an essay presenting the background, ...
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Must I share my transcripts with my supervisor? [closed]

I am in the data analysis phase of my Phd Dissertation. My supervisor has demanded that I share my transcripts with them so they can "help me" analyze my data. I do not want their help analyzing my ...
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UG Research Advisor Not Willing to Write LOR to support my transfer application. How to proceed?

This post is related to my situation Dropping Out And Applying Somewhere Else . After explaining to my undergraduate research advisor that I withdrew from my PhD program (1 month in) and that I ...
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Encountering former, abusive advisor at a conference

I'm a PhD Student in the US and am going to a conference for poster presentation soon. I just realized that my poster will be right next to my former advisor's poster (To be precise, it's his student'...
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Advisor asked for my entire slide presentation so she could give the presentation at an international conference

First, she never helped me on either my thesis or my slide presentation. After my presentation (which she did not attend), she asked me "how to present" it to her so she could use it in the ...
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Old supervisor not responding to email for reference [duplicate]

I have worked with my old advisor for 1+ year to produce my senior thesis. I'd say that our relationship was good when I left to do my masters (and he did write me a reference the first time around). ...
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Phd Student here: Where is the line between free labor abuse vs…whatever the “good” version of free labor is?

I have an advisor who is very supportive. She responds quickly, offers advice and helpful edits (often on a short turnaround from my own delays), and seems invested in my doing well in the program (...
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Supervisor demanding impossible workload at the very end of my PhD. Considering change of supervisor [closed]

I am a PhD student in computer vision and I managed to publish 2 conference papers (one as first author and other as co-author) as a side project, since I had low quality data during my PhD. ...
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Published paper without advisor's name while receiving stipend from her grant

I know people have asked similar questions before but I feel my situation is somewhat different. I met a graduate student at a conference and we realized that we had a very similar research idea and ...
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How to get through with an unsupporting supervisor?

My supervisor does not have time to neither read my report nor give me feedback. The topic I am working on is totally new and my supervisor does not know about that. There is another guy in my group ...
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Does it look good to have a paper without your PhD advisor as an author? [closed]

I am a senior PhD student in computer science. I have published several papers with my PhD advisor already. Someone told me that, when applying for faculty positions, it looks good to have a peer-...
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Importance of the current postdoc advisor's letter in TT job search

I have strong publication record in my Ph.D. and 1st Postdoc that went for two years. Got 4 TT interview calls before last year.. but not successful in any. Last year did not apply, but this year, ...
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My research paper filed as a patent in China by my Chinese supervisor without me as inventor

I completed my PhD 3 years ago from a university in the UK. Today I was looking for some papers in google scholar. I found a patent in China. The patent was written in Chinese however, all diagrams/...
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Looking for advices to stay motivated working with my master degree advisor

As English is not my native language I apologize for any mistakes in my following post. I did my Bachelor Degree in Mathematics in University "A" with advisor "a". The strees level of this University ...
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Can a promising graduate turn into a crank? How should their advisor react?

I have noticed from time to time that some PhD students at good, sometimes top, universities (who must have shown promise at some point) start to act as if they're gone a bit crankish. Say, they ...
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Supervisor wants me to support a diploma-thesis software tool after I graduated

During my last year of MSc. studies, I was part-time employed on the university project. The project was related to my diploma thesis, and my task was to create a data-mining software and run ...
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Effectiveness of career counselling or career coaching

Many questions on this SE tends to have a flavour of career counselling or career coaching. I have seen a psychologist specialising in career counselling myself and found it a bit wanting. I have had ...
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Professor refuses to write a recommendation letter to students who haven't written a research paper with him

I am currently a fourth-year Electrical Engineering student. I have been a top-ranked student in our department. I have passed 3 courses with a professor in our department and have received a full ...
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Supervisor not allowing to submit Thesis

I am in very tense situation. My supervisor is not allowing me to submit my Master by Research thesis. I have already told him that I have some potential fully funded PhD opportunity and he initially ...