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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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Advisor ignores my email to meet after he suggests a date and I ask for a time

I've been trying to schedule this meeting with my PhD advisor for a month now. He's busy so he keeps rescheduling. But at 3 different points during email exchanges, he suggested a date, I told him ...
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My advisor is toxic

I have recently defended my dissertation. It was not my wish to defend since I was only three and a half years into my PhD. The reason was my advisor was pushing me to graduate. Even though I thought ...
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What should I do if my advisor is incorrectly advising me?

I am a fourth year PhD candidate in theoretical physics at a U.S. institution. Two and a half years ago I began working with my advisor on a topic I found interesting, despite my limited prior ...
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Do professors normally explicitly state on their web page that they aren't taking new applicants?

Do they? Otherwise there is a big risk of applying to their departments and programs (implying paying the admission fee) and listing them as potential supervisors but later on getting to know that ...
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What should I call my graduated PhD advisee?

How should a PhD advisor refer to their PhD advisee after successfully defending and graduating? "Former PhD advisee" sounds like it didn't end well. "PhD alumnus" sounds too ...
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How to prepare to talk with my advisor about concluding our relationship before the defense?

I'm in the last semester of my PhD program and trying to pull together my dissertation, which has not been going well for the past 2 years. I shoulder most of the responsibility for this situation, ...
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How to tell new grad advisor that I need to transfer after I just picked his university

So I recently chose between two schools. On the surface they looked really similar but one of them (school 1) was offering my degree in 4.5 years instead of 6 and also had some other specialized ...
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Potential PhD advisor may lack qualifications

I am an applied mathematics student and recently finished my MSc. During my second year of the bachelors I had many personal problems and was at risk of losing the entire year. To avoid this delay, I ...
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Will the journal contact my supervisor without me knowing?

I sent my supervisor a manuscript, he did not have time to read it, gave me no feedback, and told me to put his name in the acknowledgements. I worked all by myself and one month later, my supervisor ...
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My master's supervisor and paper co-author is not willing to give a letter of recommendation for PhD admissions?

She is saying that since she has left the University and moved to another country and working in a full time job there, she won't be able to write the letter. She maintains she is very busy and is ...
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How to proceed if your post-doc advisor gives you terrible project ideas?

I'm currently doing research in computer science. It's been nearly a year since I began working on my project, as a postdoc, but we haven't achieved any tangible results yet. Initially, I was working ...
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Should I change my primary supervisor? [closed]

I'm in my second year and 8 months into my PhD, I am supposed to complete one SLR and two empirical studies to successfully complete the PhD. I am supposed to be working on a pre-existing database ...
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How should I discuss the idea of a 6th year with my PhD advisor?

I am a PhD student in mathematics, finishing up my 4th year. I am meeting with my advisor early next week, and we will discuss my plan for next year (my 5th year). I see my plan as depending on ...
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Supervisor does not want me to do my own research

This is a bit of an unusual problem, I feel, but I am conducting a PhD at a university, where it technically is possible to graduate without any first author publications. So my supervisor wants me to ...
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My paper has been rejected for accusations of "gift authorship", what now?

I posted a month ago sharing conflicts that I had with my retired co-advisor about an article. This article was the remaining piece left to complete the basic requirements to acquire my PhD. This ...
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Whom to ask for a recommendation letter

I'm gearing up to apply for a PhD position in AI and aiming for one of the top schools in the US. Currently, I'm wrapping up a research project (based on my graduation thesis) and preparing it for ...
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I work on a meaningless problem, no idea how to proceed

When I contacted my advisor, he had an interesting project proposal. However, since I'm a foreigner, it turns out I'm not allowed to work in that area. So, my advisor changed the project to something ...
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PhD supervisor wants to assume my apartment lease and buy my improvements to the apartment when I move out

I am about to finish my PhD. I am moving cities when I'm finished to start a new job. I've told my supervisor and he asked whether my apartment becomes free then. He is currently looking for a second ...
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How to deal with an advisor that refuses to accept my evidence for a negative result?

I am in what should be the final year of my PhD. Essentially, the problem is as follows: The goal of my thesis is to reduce the uncertainties in a study performed by a previous PhD student. I have ...
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How to deal with co-supervisor that does not contribute but requires coauthorship?

I'm a PhD student with two supervisors, one main PI which I has nothing to complain about, and a "co-supervisor" that had a long history with my PI. He was my PI's student, then post-doc, ...
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Switching advisors after they got a grant

I am a third-year PhD student, and I have lost interest in my research area; after finishing up a recent project, I have had trouble for several months coming up with a new project in my advisor's ...
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How to read when the professor changes mind and rejects you [closed]

In my PhD program, I would like to go abroad to visit a foreign university, and ideally engage in research there. The thing is, I have met a relatively famous professor, who has agreed, in-person, ...
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I have good results from a project that my advisor told me not to do and refused to help me with. Do I have to make them a co-author?

My advisor gave me a published approach (algorithm) used to solve some type of numerical optimization problems (however, it is old and ditched compared to better algorithms that came out after it). ...
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Is it okay to ask your undergraduate final project supervisor for a letter of recommendation for Phd admissions?

She will be my third referee. First one is my Master's thesis supervisor and the second was my masters co-supervisor, both phds. The person in question has just recently undergone her phd proposal ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

It is very common to see statements like "it is your responsibility to make sure [someone with higher rank, like your advisor/supervisor/mentor] to submit/upload [something like a letter/approval]...
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Does it matter who your thesis examiner is?

I am a MS (research) student and recently finished writing my thesis. I have put a lot of time into it and tried to make it explanatory. At my institute, the advisor names five external tutors to ...
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Master's thesis on uninteresting topic not really related to my background

I have started a master thesis in applied mathematics with the aim of studying a paper of my supervisor. This paper uses some "basic" results of a theory (semi algebraic geometry i.e. SAG) ...
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What is the proper etiquette when my advisor asks me to add non-contributing authors to author list?

I am currently working as a post-bacc research assistant in theoretical physics group. I have been working on my current project for a couple of years, and it is finally finished. I have been going ...
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Changing Ph.D. supervisor or changing (applying for a new) PhD project

I have moved abroad to do a PhD in Europe (in a STEM field). Currently, I am in my second year, and I have realised that my supervisor has little to no knowledge about the fields (simulations and ...
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Not having a reference from my supervisor

I was working as a research assistant in Germany for 3 years in the field on cell and molecular biology to write a doctoral thesis at the end of the project. But unfortunately, my supervisor was very, ...
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Individualized Instruction Summer Course Question [closed]

I am a grad student but have an out-of-state bachelors that does not meet teaching cert requirements, so I have an undergrad class that I need to take as well. My advisor offered to do it as an ...
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How do you deal with a dishonest graduate advisor?

Assume that you are a Ph.D. student in math who after a few years of working in the field discovers a new idea (independently). You present the idea to your advisor. Later your advisor realizes the ...
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Do both first-author and co-author publications from a potential advisor imply current research activity?

I want to apply as a PhD candidate and therefore looking up on various potential supervisors who have common research interests. My approach is by first visiting their webpages, looking up on the ...
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Guaranteed advisor in choosing a PhD program

I am currently in the process of deciding between two PhD programs. One program is at a university with a very new thrust in the subfield, while the other is at a university known for having a more ...
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How old should the "recent" published works of a potential supervisor be exactly?

What if "recently" published works of a potential supervisor are 9 or 10 years old but relevant to the research work one wants to pursue? Should one only go by the recent publications or the ...
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Ex-advisor wants to publish my work in a journal I don't like

My ex-PhD-advisor submitted my paper to the journal I explicitly stated I don't want to submit to. I believe the ex-advisor is busy with other things and doesn't want to bother with submissions, so ...
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My main advisor quit, my retired co-advisor is being unhelpful and I am under pressure to leave the country. How do I proceed?

I was recruited by an advisor who retired midway during my PhD but agreed to keep on advising me with the help of a co-advisor. This co-advisor quit one month ago. I am currently without a main ...
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PhD Suggestion in 3 rd year without any progress

I am a Mathematics PhD student currently in 3 rd year. I have a funding of 5 years. But being in 3 rd year also I haven't started working on a problem yet. Whenever I ask my supervisor he always says ...
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How to deal with an absentee advisor who is unreachable when trying to set up thesis defense

I'm a fifth year PhD student, which is the average year a student in my department graduates. For the majority of my time in my PhD program I've had an absentee advisor. He doesn't respond to emails ...
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PhD supervisor complaining about not getting paid for supervision

I'm a PhD student and my supervisor complained several times before about me getting a bit more money than the rest of PhD students just because I'm a foreigner given the fact that the scholarship ...
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What should you do when your professor disagrees with your research direction?

I am a graduate student working to get my master's degree, but my professor and I have differences in research directions. While his personality is very strong, I don't think he is capable enough in ...
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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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