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 is the role of the supervisor in paper writing? [closed]

Should the supervisor be involved in writing parts of the publication with their students? correct parts the student writes or shoould the supervisor just submit the paper after the student has ...
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PhD advisor ghosting me to escape unethical behavior sabotaging postdoc applications [duplicate]

I've graduated 7 months ago (I did my PhD in a Lab in Europe as an international student) and since then I am looking for a postdoc. I managed to get two prestigious opportunities in the US before my ...
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I have just realized that my PhD supervisor is probably going to provide a bad recommandation letter? How can I stop him?

I spent the last 7 months looking for a postdoc after my PhD graduation. My toxic PhD advisor killed my previous postdoc, as they have withdrawn their offer after his non-negative but not enough ...
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Should I tell my supervisor about my upcoming paper?

I'm doing a PhD on theoretical physics. The last months, I'm working on a paper that my supervisor is not aware of. I'm now finishing the paper. The idea of the paper is closely related to my PhD ...
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What should i do if my PhD supervisor move to another country in my third year? [closed]

My Ph.D. supervisor just informed me that he plans to move to another country after three months and I am still a Ph.D. student (not a candidate). What should I do? Is it wise to transfer to another ...
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Conflict of Interest regarding research question and company ownership

I suggested an interesting research question (exploratory data analysis) to my advisor and he really wants me to get started. However, I realized today in reading the agreement attached to the data ...
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Publication on hold

I am working in the field of HCI. My relationship with my advisor turned sour due to difference of opinion and eventually I changed my advisor. Now I am stuck in a situation where my paper as a first ...
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Is it “too much” if I ask to meet with my PI and ask her to sign my copy of her dissertation?

I got into an internship with my PI this summer. She accepted me. 😭😭😭 I’m so thrilled, I’m loving it, but today was the first day she actually came in, as she is usually at her other lab in NY. I ...
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Disappointing advisor for stupid reason

I am a first year PhD student in computational physics in Germany working for some old big name in the field, which means that, of course, I never see him and he's not really my advisor and instead I ...
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how to distinguish a bad Ph.D. superviser when the system deceives them as the good one? [closed]

Regarding my recent question about a traumatising situation, what advise you would provide for newbie/ novice/ beginner researchers to spot an ineligible or corrupt Ph.D. advisor? Especially when ...
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Should a professor acknowledge a student research funding source after the student left?

I am in a weird situation. I changed my advisors during my Ph.D. program. I received research funding for my doctoral research before I changed advisors. The funding source does require funding ...
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Second-guessing my decision to do a PhD and looking for opinions

I'm a Master's student that has recently been persuaded into transitioning into the PhD program. I have been at this lab for a year and enjoyed the work I'm doing. I was scared of the pressure of ...
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The understandability bias [closed]

I am a PhD student. I feel like I am increasingly experiencing situations where ideas that are explained in a way everyone can understand them are criticized as being too simple to be a major ...
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Where to add a name which is added by force without contribution in a paper to keep my supervision and contribution?

A few months ago, I asked here a question about a student in our group who claimed the authorship in our paper, because he was planning to work on the same problem that we did. I said that I refused ...
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Can my supervisor force me to publish my master’s thesis?

I defended my master’s thesis in engineering. My advisor didn't help me much. Now he wants to publish the thesis as a scientific article. Even if he will write the article, I don't want the project to ...
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Coauthorship and feedback delays

I received my MSc. in 2020. Subsequently, I wrote a paper on the same topic of my MSc. dissertation. Initially, I was going to publish it with my advisor and co-advisor, and the work dynamics was that ...
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Providing data of unpublished thesis

As part of my thesis in an ML/NLP I build some datasets (corpus and word embeddings) and of course the thesis. After the first revision round, the lectors suggested to cut many of the topics discussed ...
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Remote advising for remainder of PhD?

I'm currently in a very unique situation and in need of advice. For context, I am a first year PhD student in the United States. Basically, my advisor's wife accepted an academic job offer at another ...
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About approching advisors and switching advisors

I joined a PhD program last fall with the idea of working with a particular Professor. This Professor requires their students to pass his research seminar first to do research with him. I enrolled in ...
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How to overcome supervisor who is interested in pushing their own research ideas independent of original advertised PhD project? [closed]

I have been undertaking a PhD for three months. I have two supervisors, one is easy to get hold of, the other one isn't. I presumed that when starting this three months ago, a clear initial starting ...
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How can I finish my PhD in the next year when I don't have any interesting results yet?

I'm doing my PhD in mathematics (Germany) for four years, and I have agreed with my supervisor that I should finish within the next half a year. I am not very confident that this is a realistic ...
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Advice regarding advisor-student relationship

I'm a first semester student in a PhD programme on a bioinformatics related topic. Before being accepted, I spent around 7 months in learning about the topic of my project. I have a BC degree in ...
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Can I apply for research assistantship at universities abroad?

I am a recent master's graduate looking for a job. However, instead of working in the industry, I would prefer to work for a couple of years as a research assistant. My long-term goal is to apply for ...
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Advisor refuses to let me get my Master’s after my thesis defense

I am currently a Master’s and PhD student. I am in my last semester of my Master’s program. After a year of being in the PhD program, I have realized that academia is not for me. I received a job ...
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Organization of a paper -- completely treat simple case first, remark on harder case after, or unify presentation?

I have a question about how to organize a paper, and completely disagree with the way my advisor wants it done. The field is operations research, and involves mostly a bunch of mathematical theorems. ...
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Declining PhD offer after accepting

I’ve been in the process of deciding on a PhD program for a while now and last week I thought I had made the right decision, so I went through with it and accepted the offer. For background, the ...
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PhD advisor switching schools wants me to go with him

I'm a 4th year PhD Student in engineering in the US. I'm in school #19 (ranking). My advisor is moving to #4, and wants me to go with him (promises no delay on time to graduation.) There are no other ...
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Potential PhD supervisor not responding after showing interests [duplicate]

I contacted a professor to see if he would be interested to be my supervisor. He very quickly replied and indicated he was interested. He was very sincere in a way he even included a guideline to help ...
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My PhD supervisor doesn't guide my project, and I am concerned about my progress

I am doing a very technical computational STEM PhD, which has been very wide open to me in terms of what direction I take it. I have 2 supervisors. One supervisor has always been very responsive but ...
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Accidentally burned bridges with PhD advisors

Late last year, I had accepted a research fellowship/startup position tied to a PhD position. The advisers were extremely supportive and I got my visa and was ready to move abroad. However, after ...
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My research supervisor has asked if he can submit a paper on my work to a journal, should I be named as an author?

My research supervisor has asked me if he can submit a paper on my work to a journal. I just want to know how that works. Do I get authorship if he is the sole writer of the paper, even though it is ...
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Advised by professor near-retirement age, is this bad for my career?

I am currently looking for grad school for MS programs. In my school (where I did undergrad) there is a pretty well known professor A whom I've worked with as research intern. He already expressed ...
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Who should I ask for help? a conflict with my academic advisor

I am an international undergraduate student in the US. My university sponsors my visa. I will graduate this quarter as a civil engineering major. Before the Spring term started, I met with my academic ...
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Advisors keep adding project requirements on last year PhD

I am a fifth-year CS PhD student in an US institution, co-advised by two professors, and I already passed my thesis proposal in the fourth year. In the thesis proposal, I promised to deliver one last ...
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Half done PhD - is there a way to finish it off at another University?

Sadly I stopped a PhD when halfway through. My Professor left the University, I had some family troubles and lost steam and the University terminated my registration. I would like to finish this PhD ...
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Can a bad relationship with PhD supervisor spoil one's future career?

I have completed my Ph.D. in cancer biology. I want to apply for a postdoc position in the USA, but my supervisor is not on good terms with me. She is a very quarrelsome and arrogant lady. I am ...
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What do I do with my advisees while on parental leave?

My wife and I have just been notified that we may get children for adoption in the coming month (apparently, it comes at a much shorter notice than having a biological child...). The law allows me to ...
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Advisor's paper fundamentally flawed, what do I do?

My advisor and another student collaborated on a paper, after reading it carefully myself, I've come to the conclusion that the approach is fundamentally flawed and the main result is plain wrong. As ...
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I do not want to invite my PhD advisor to my commencement ceremony

I really do not want to invite PhD advisor to my commencement ceremony and would like to invite another senior professor from my committee. How to go about doing this? In the future, I plan to block ...
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Can a research associate in UK supervise a PhD position in UK?

I have completed my master's from a country in Latin America in Mathematics in October 2021. I want to do PhD in Europe in Algebra. I was looking at the profiles of Algebra groups of the Universities ...
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Ph.D. advisor severely ill right before dissertation proposal... what should I do?

My dissertation advisor (committee chair) just informed me that he is severely ill and will leave the program very soon. His physical condition does not allow him to continue with any kind of advisory ...
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How can someone build their early-stage career without help from their advisor?

A PhD student I know is having trouble with their academic advisor. Their advisor is very hands-off (to the level of being neglectful) and has a very sink-or-swim mentoring style. To be clear, the ...
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Should I write a third e-mail to prospective supervisor? [duplicate]

I am a student from 3rd world Asian Country and want to do a PhD in Pure mathematics. I wrote to prospective supervisors of UK and France on 22 December, 2021 (I have never met any of them before). ...
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How difficult is it to change supervisor during a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship?

A couple of months ago I started my Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. My relationship with the supervisor is pretty bad, which is surprising to me as she was involved and seemed to respect ...
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Should I "threaten" my advisor in order to get funding?

I've been working hard on research with my advisor, and he seems to be happy with my progress. I would like to get an RA position next semester. Should I tell my advisor that I'm going to cut back a ...
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Condensed matter PhD supervisor choice: well-known old professor working on traditional project or young prof working on hot direction? [closed]

Specifically, traditional direction means project related to ferroelectric material while hot direction means topological material. The thing I'm most concerned about is that whether PhDs who working ...
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Giving profile updates to a potential supervisor

I had been interviewed for a research-based master's position two weeks ago. Since then, I have submitted two papers to top-tier venues in my field. Additionally, a few days before the interview, I ...
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Being considered for a PhD program I didn't apply to but then experiencing radio silence [closed]

I had an interview for a Ph.D. Biostatistics program at a US university. Later, I received an unofficial rejection email from the interviewer after I asked him about my status. However, during the ...
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Most important factors when selecting grad program? [closed]

When selecting grad programs, is PI fit the most important factor? I'm a prospective PhD student in the biological sciences and I need to choose between two programs. I'm struggling to prioritize the ...
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Should PhD students tell their supervisor about the paper they review?

I am a PhD student and have recently accepted a review request from a (quite prestigious) journal. I wonder whether I should tell this to my supervisor. Of course, the benefit of telling them is that ...
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