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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How to get most from this meeting with a "possible" potential supervisor

This question is a related to this question which has been closed. I will explain the whole situation here again and the question is different: I wrote to a prof. on December 15 in Germany whose ...
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How many days should I wait for e-mail of Prospective Supervisor in this condition

I am a citizen of an Asian country who e-mailed a prof in France 4 weeks ago that I am interested in discussing PhD research opportunity in Pure mathematics. He replied 2 weeks ago asking me to send ...
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How to ask my supervisor to "take the wheel" following a nervous breakdown?

I am in the third year of a STEM PhD at a top university. My supervisors have all been very happy with my progress since my project started in Oct 2019, and thanks in part to antidepressants and other ...
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How should I follow up with this professor?

I e-mailed a prof in France (Paris) on 10 Jan that my research interest align with his work and I would be willing to work for a PhD under his supervision in Pure Mathematics. I am a student living in ...
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How to approach professors when I am changing lab?

I am a second-year Ph.D. student and due to some unavoidable circumstances, I have decided to leave my current supervisor/lab. I tried to resolve all the issues but apparently, the supervisor told me ...
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Cultural differences and etiquettes to be kept in mind for a PhD interview

I am a student who has completed his master's and I took an year break to prepare for PhD and living in a poor Asian country. I applied to PhD programs in Germany and France this year in Pure ...
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How much is PhD admission procedure in France different from that in UK? [duplicate]

I live in an Asian country and I have planned to apply to PhD positions in France and UK in Pure mathematics. I wrote to one professor saying that I am interested in his work and would like to work ...
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How to know when academia is not for you?

Edit Thanks to all the people who read the question, I have devised a plan to hopefully solve my situation. But first, some stuff that I learn as a result of this post and talks that I have with other ...
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How should a reminder e-mail asking for a PhD position be written so that it is not considered rude?

I live in an Asian country and I wrote to three professors in France asking to discuss PhD research opportunities in Math. I introduced myself and told them my background in the particular branch of ...
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Should I follow up with this professor?

I emailed a Prof. in Germany my CV and my research interests and that I want to discuss PhD research opportunities with him. His reply was the following: Thank you very much for your message and your ...
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How much should this setback be mentioned to admission committee/ potential supervisor for PhD admissions? [duplicate]

Edit 2:My question is not a duplicate of this question: Should I tell my recommendation writers about my self-studying since graduating? Should I also mention my illness and depression? because I am ...
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How to handle a lack of authorship even though you deserved it? [duplicate]

In Summer 2020, I worked on a research team with 2 colleagues and a supervisor on a ML paper. We (myself and my 2 colleagues) heavily built on some work that the supervisor did in the past to come up ...
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What does it mean for a professor to take on someone as their PhD student?

To give more context, I am in the US. I am a first-year PhD student in CS, and I was admitted without an advisor. Over the first semester, I have talked to many professors to see if our research ...
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Plagiarism in a work I'm advising

I'm a research assistant in an university. I'm advising some students, in the capacity of co-advisor with another colleague, to write a work which is necessary for them to graduate and which will add ...
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When is it appropriate to publish independently without an advisor? [duplicate]

With pre-preprint servers readily accessible, I'm wondering if it is possible for graduate students to directly publish their work without their advisor. Is this taboo? If a student conducts ...
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How many days I should wait before writing a reminder E-mail to Potential Phd Supervisor

I wrote to 6 professors whose research aligns with my interests (all in Europe) on December 21 for disussing PhD opportunities and attached my CV along with the mail. One of the professors replied ...
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What exactly to deduce from this e-mail of a potential supervisor? [closed]

I wrote to a professor whose area of specialization aligns with mine in pure math and I wanted to discuss the possibility of a PhD. I got the following reply: Dear X thanks for your message and ...
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Leaving PhD in the US and moving to Japan? [closed]

I am PhD student at a US university (QS ranking>500). I have completed my 2 years here. I am thinking to quit the PhD here and move to the University of Tokyo. The reason behind this is my PhD ...
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Asking supervisor for PhD after MSc

I recently completed a MSc. I would like to start a PhD. I would like this to be at an institution that is different to where I did my MSc. I have reviewed the academics in my area (London) and ...
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I think my advisor wants me gone... what do I do? [closed]

I started my PhD 2 years ago and I was my supervisor's first PhD student. He had no funding for any of the projects he promised me at the time. Later, he received a grant and so I was able to switch ...
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After our first Zoom interview, my potential supervisor asked me to prepare a presentation for the next Zoom meeting

After our first Zoom meeting, my potential supervisor asked me to prepare a PowerPoint presentation about my thesis or any research I've done (it doesn't matter if it's not related to her research ...
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How is work with students judged?

I imagine it is fairly common for students (at the PhD level) to produce work of lower quality than their advisors. Indeed, even excellent students must start somewhere, and if they were able to ...
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Postdoc at another university in another country. My previous team wants to stay connected and do research with me!

I obtained my PhD from a very low ranked university in Africa. Research was really hard due to a lack of many resources. But by working hard I managed to land a postdoc at a top world research ...
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What am I able to do if the school wont help me? Can I deal with it in court?

Im a third year in college and my advisor hasn't talked to me since the beginning of my second year. 3 semesters counting now, I am trying to apply for classes and I cant because I have a registration ...
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My advisor wants me to quit the program. What should I do?

Today I've just been told by my advisor that she thinks it would be better for me to quit after this quarter. I asked her why and she told me she thinks I don't have what it takes to complete grad ...
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Asking an advisor about the source of their funding

I am a PhD student in a program where everyone is funded by the department by default, generally through teach, but many students are sometimes funded their advisor. The upside to being funded by your ...
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How to reapply for another PhD program after quitting existing PhD?

I am in 4 semester of my PhD program. The moment I joined the XYZ University, I was not that much happy with the lab, supervision, system, environment. Then, the pandemic happened. On and off I tried ...
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How to deal with a PhD supervisor that acts like a company manager?

For the background: I am a Ph.D. student (UK) in a computational field (my job can be done anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection, no experimental work involved). I started around ...
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First year postdoc at career crossroads - how do I communicate this with my PI?

I'm in a predicament on where and how to take my next career step, and how to communicate this to my PI. Important note - so far they've been really supportive of me and my career. TL;DR at bottom of ...
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Is providing funding and minimal corrections to a paper enough to become an author in it?

Recently a researcher shared on Twitter I've reached that stage as a supervisor where the students have the idea, do the math, write the code, run experiments, draft the paper and I contribute by ...
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Why do some professors state on their website to contact them prior to applying for admission to a PhD?

I've noticed some potential professors explicitly write to contact them prior to applying if interested in working with them. Why is that?
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How do I interpret multiple meetings with a potential research advisor?

I have had one meeting with a potential research advisor that went really well. They want to touch base again and go over my work experience that is applicable to my research interests before I apply. ...
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A potential supervisor asked for a Zoom meeting, then didn’t show up. What should my next step be?

A potential supervisor asked to speak with me over Zoom, and sent me a Zoom link. However, the day came and went, but they didn’t show up, and haven't replied to my emails (for about 5 days now, as of ...
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How can I communicate with my advisor over repeated revision of my undergraduate thesis?

I am an undergraduate student writing a thesis. I am stuck in a cycle of revisions and would like to be able to complete my thesis and move on to other things. I have both an advisor and co-advisor. ...
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How to cite my advisor on my own thesis?

There is one section inside a chapter of my thesis that ended up written by my advisor. As it stands right now, I think it should have quotation marks, and then to add the reference from where it's ...
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What happens if a letter of recommendation for a grant contains a mistake about the title of the proposal?

I submitted a proposal for a grant. My advisor read the first "final" version of the proposal and approved it. He really knows the project as we both have been working on it for months. Then,...
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I switched advisors during my Master's, but I need a recommendation letter from my ex-advisor, is it possible?

I've recently finished my Master's. I'm going to apply to some PhD programs, and I need another recommendation letter. I'm thinking of contacting my ex-advisor in my Master's to ask for a letter. Even ...
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Is the reference letter from PhD supervisor important in the future?

I just submitted my doctoral thesis yesterday. I finished my project two years ago and published it in a high level journal. My supervisor asked me to give the co-first author position to a postdoc, ...
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Can one be kicked out of Doctoral School because of not being able to find a supervisor?

I proposed a project about twistor formulations in noncommutative geometry for alternative theories of gravity to a professor to apply for a PhD program in physics in 2019, and though the professor ...
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My supervisor refused me to submit after I got the reply from the journal [closed]

I submit an extended abstract to a high impact journal, and the journal said that my work in the same scope. The supervisor mentioned that this is very different level of research needed and said dont ...
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Is it inappropriate to contact my Master’s supervisor on Facebook or Instagram for a reference while she’s on maternity leave?

I am currently applying for a PhD degree in Canada and one of my potential supervisors from the UK asked if he could ask my Master’s supervisor for reference. So I emailed my ex-supervisor about this ...
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How long does it typically take to edit and finalize a research paper? [closed]

I have submitted a draft paper (word count is about 11000 words) to my supervisor in Late July 2021. My supervisor has started editing the paper in late September but hasn't finished it yet. Editing ...
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Can one judge a Professor as researcher from his teaching in classes?

You would surely have read the quote which says If you can't explain it to a six-year-old, you don't understand it yourself. I'm a Master's student in Physics currently in my first sem. Soon, We ...
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What if university guidelines are not clear about contacting professors/potential advisors?

Some universities do not clearly state that I should not or must not contact potential PhD advisors. For instance, one says it is not "necessary" to contact an advisor during the application ...
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How do I find a new advisor for an unvaccinated graduate student?

Summary: I am closing my laboratory, and need to find a new placement for a PhD student who has strong anti-vaccination beliefs. Every professor on campus knows about it. How I can help them find new ...
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University affiliation of potential supervisor

Day before yesterday, I emailed a potential supervisor asking whether she is accepting PhD students. The profile of the supervisor is in the faculty directory of University of Southern California. She ...
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In order to write a good email (not generic or close to generic) to prospective phd supervisors, in what level of detail should I read their papers?

This question is an extension of this particular question: Is this way of writing e-mails to professors asking for funded PhD positions to work under their supervision good? I am a person in an Asian ...
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Do I have to acknowledge my dissertation supervisor when they never even replied to any of my emails?

My dissertation is just for an undergraduate degree, but acknowledgements are required. I have sent two direct emails to the internal supervisor who was assigned to me, one introducing myself and one ...
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How to communicate to my supervisor that I might not be ready for PhD completion yet?

I am a 5th year Ph.D. student in Computer Science. My advisor thinks that I have made a good progress during my Ph.D. and I should give my Ph.D. synopsis presentation. In the Ph.D. synopsis ...
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First year of PhD, I feel anxious all the time because of the coursework

I'm in my first year of a linguistic PhD program. I have courses to take, which is nice because I always think these would equip me with deeper knowledge about this field and prepare me to be a decent ...

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