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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My PI publicly humiliated my colleague. I want to report the incident but don't have a recording. What should I do?

Background: I am a PhD student in my final year, and I'm writing my thesis now. My PI (not a professor) is in his late 40's and is generally kind in public. However, he is often moody, and I feel he ...
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Does working in a research group with poor funding means poor future prospects post graduation?

Background: I am pursuing PhD in a Canadian University in mechanical engineering. My PhD work is computational and I work in collaboration with experimental groups. I am in my 4th year and I have ...
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Contacting a potential PhD supervisor for a second time after some months

A couple of months ago, I mailed a potential PhD supervisor with the question whether she has an open position available in her research group. She replied that at the moment, she didn't have an open ...
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Is the '°' wrong in a degree centigrade mark? [closed]

My PI helps to modify my thesis. He keeps changing the degree mark '°' to '0' as the superscript in a degree centigrade mark. He also changes every 'in the phase' to 'at the phase'. As I searched, ...
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Asking a foreign professor to be your thesis co-advisor

I am a master's student and I started searching for someone to be my thesis advisor. I went to ask a well-known professor from my university, that I wanted to work with, and he was happy to help. ...
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Can my former PhD adviser force me to complete tasks after quitting his research group?

I quit my current research group after four and a half years. I am currently looking for other opportunities to join a new research group and finish my PhD. Based on recent meetings with my former PhD ...
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How to avoid giving honorary authorship to advisor who has not contributed?

I am just about finished with my PhD. During the past year or so, I managed to develop my own little spot of theory. I have done this almost entirely independently. However, my advisor typically adds ...
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Could I ask my supervisor to help me coding an implementation of a scientific paper's algorithm

I am stuck at an implementation of a scientific paper's algorithm, could I ask help from staff to code a part with me or even my advisor to do so? Thanks for the clarification.
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How do you do “research” as a fresh PhD student? [closed]

I started a PhD in applied mathematics and things seem to be going well after an initially terrible start. My supervisor and I have devised a clear set of objectives for the next three years and I’m ...
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Getting an extra advisor late in my PhD

TLDR: what's the smoothest way of getting a professor as a third advisor in the penultimate year of my PhD without offending my current advisors? (Note: I know I am lucky and this is not a big problem,...
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Adviser-Poaching and the Politics of Graduate School

My boyfriend, Mark, is pursuing his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at a prestigious school. He has just finished up his 2nd year and passed his qualifying exam last semester. His adviser is Chinese, and ...
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How frequently should PhD students update their advisor? [closed]

I'm a 1st year phd student in math. My advisor adopts a more ambiguous meeting policy that I approach him whenever I want to talk. So I was sending him long emails on a biweekly basis with updates of ...
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Should I feel obligated to include my advisor as coauthor? [duplicate]

I've been working on a project with a faculty member (let's call him S) that is not my advisor (let's call him A). They are in different departments, and have little overlap. I am working on something ...
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Postdoctoral Catch-22

I graduated with my PhD in January. In my field (biophysics) and country (US), we only have a 1 year time window to apply for fellowships. However, my advisor is sitting on the paper from my ...
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Should my master's thesis be related to my future PhD research?

I'm doing a master's degree in theoretical physics in Europe. After the end of the master, I want to pursue research in the area A. In fact, I've already come in contact with a professor that works in ...
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What is the value to a student of a professor offering to supervise their PhD?

I am currently getting my M.A.T. in secondary mathematics. As a part of my degree, I take graduate level math courses. I am currently in a PhD level math class, and the instructor of this course has ...
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Reviews, feedback and comments from collaborators/supervisors when writing in RMarkdown

Posting here rather than on StackOverflow as the question is not code-related. I have been wanting to make the switch to RMarkdown for academic writing (as opposed to Word) for a while now, but there ...
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Finding the right advisor in a US CS PhD program

I am a first year computer science PhD student in US. The department expects us to match with an advisor. However, there is no lab rotations or similar things. Due to COVID, I can't visit any faculty. ...
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Is there a “Rate my Advisor” type website?

I am not sure about the incentive effects of websites such as ratemyprof.com, as Professors with tenure may or may not care about undergrad students. However, they may be more serious about graduate ...
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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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How can a prospective PhD student assess whether a potential PhD advisor is hands-on or hands-off?

Different ways I thought of: Looking at the size of the potential PhD advisor's lab: e.g., if many (>10) PhD students or post-doc, then likely to be quite hands-off. Asking current or former ...
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My (ex-)advisor is holding our paper hostage

I left a PhD program in statistics last August after nearly four years in the program. The department graciously allowed me to finish out my Masters, so I graduated in December and have since started ...
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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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My PI assigned me to a direct supervisor who is academically incompetent. What should I do?

This is very closely related to this question. However in that question on top of the academic problems there are also major safety issues and the answers correctly focus on that. But this still ...
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Can I publish a research paper without notifying my supervisor (the corresponding author)?

My professor doesn’t want to publish and he keeps delaying it. I had an intense argument with him and I feel that if he will publish, he will not include me. He is quite rude to me recently, although ...
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My previous advisor published a paper with my work and did not include me as a coauthor or give an acknowledgement. How to continue?

During my undergraduate degree I was involved in a research project under a new, young professor. I was much more involved than a typical undergrad researcher (at least from what I have seen during ...
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When should a supervisor be an author?

I understand that in a lot of big-lab fields it is common for the principal investigator to append their name to a paper even if they did not write the paper, design the experiment, or collect data ...
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Publishing my work without advisor

Two months ago I submitted a manuscript to my advisor for reviewing and submitting to a journal. He didn’t reply to that and when I asked him about it, he said we should think about publishing after ...
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How to reconcile with an old mentor after (unintentional) plagiarism accusations

The question is not about plagiarism, it is about its aftermath. I am presenting the whole situstion. Three years back, in my undergraduate years (summer after sophomore, to be precise), I did my ...
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My advisor won't review my papers, and he does not let me publish them without his approval

I am a last year PhD international student in engineering. I have written so far 3 drafts that I need feedback + approval to submit them for publication. I delivered the first draft almost 2 years ago....
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Advisor ignoring his Ph.D. student after getting tenure

I am Ph.D. candidate, and my advisor got his tenure about 9 months ago and called me on zoom and said no one could fire him anymore, and that was the last time we talked. Since then, he has completely ...
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Is it a good idea to escalate if my masters advisor is incompetent?

I would like to know whether to escalate the issue when my masters thesis advisor is very careless, disorganized and does not provide anything useful to me. I have started with him around 9 months ...
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I just found out about a better methodology after already writing thesis - how should I prepare for my defense in 3 weeks?

I have written a thesis that seeks to analyze the ideological thinking of a newspaper through its editorials in a political situation during a certain period of time. I couldn’t count on my Thesis ...
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How to convince professor that I have read topics on my own?

I am keen to apply for Doctoral program in Europe. But I have some questions. All my mathematical interests are centred about Hyperbolic Geometry. And I am keen to apply for PhD position (or join a ...
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How to tell someone, that someone else “can”not answer a question I asked multiple times?

I work at a unversity in the physics department. Since quite some time, I have a very specific question regarding some equations and how they were rearranged into some result. I have asked my ...
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What terms should be better to set when creating a Startup with your PhD supervisor? [closed]

What terms should be better to set when creating a Startup with your PhD supervisor? I had the PhD project idea before starting the PhD and working on it for some years. Now my PhD research looks ...
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Is that normal for the PI to track their student in social media and even through the work?

Long story short, I am writing this on behalf of friend of mine for a different perspective. His supervisor is tracking them in each step, e.g. track the time on a Google Sheets when my friend worked ...
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Choosing between PhD offers - top supervisor at my current institution or good supervisor at new university [closed]

I have offers for a funded PhD at equally prestigious universities in the same country. One is the university I did my undergrad (and doing my masters) in, with a "rising star" PhD ...
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how to show my willingness to accept a PhD offer from a potential supervisor [closed]

My prospective supervisor have given me an offer to join his research group. Now, how do I express my willingness to join his research group? I have written a sample letter. Please give me some ...
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The influence of my supervisor has been harmful to my research. Should I still present my thesis? [closed]

Some background. After my bachelor's, I took an interdisciplinary masters that allowed me to switch to a field that interested me. I'm currently in a PhD student with a supervisor that took a similar ...
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Filing a patent which my research advisor will found a company on it [duplicate]

I'd appreciate your advice on my current situation a lot! So I'm an international phD student getting close to graduate. My research advisor got so interested in my recent project and he's working on ...
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How to ask my former PhD supervisor to stay away from me and do not contact my prospective new PhD supervisor?

There are a long list of stories about the issues with my PhD supervisor here in Academia.SE (see it here but these are not the only ones). So, I'm not going to repeat why I'm leaving my current ...
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My advisor has only met with me twice in the past year. Is this enough cause for me to change advisors?

Social Science PhD student (in the US) here. My advisor does not meet with me (met twice in a year, did not meet the entire summer, took 2 months to reply to email). I feel extremely demotivated. I ...
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Is this violation of academic integrity if I ask a question on Github public repository and post it as an issue?

Recently, I asked a question on a public Github repository about a formula that is used in the code that is hosted on that public repository. Basically, if you are familiar with Github, you can create ...
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My PI is publicly humiliating me: Why would a PI do this and what can I do to mitigate the damage from this?

My principal investigator (PI) and I tend to get along pretty well; however, he is often moody and has some quirks about him. Sometimes this means that he is in a bad mood and will take it out on me. ...
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Demonstrating capacity for independent work in light of parasitic co-authorship

I'm applying to a prestigious funding program for early-career researchers* that places a heavy emphasis on the "scientific excellence" and "intellectual capacity and creativity" ...
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Is it ethical for PhD advisor to collect ideas or even project description text from students/postdocs for his/her own funding proposal?

Is it ethical for PhD advisor to collect ideas or even project description text from students/postdocs for his/her own funding proposal? Not sure how common this situation is, but this seems strange. ...
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Should I quit a PhD with little supervision at a prestigious university and start a new PhD?

I am a second year PhD student studying at a prestigious university in the UK. My main supervisor recruited me 2 years ago just because he is interested in my field and hopes to develop a new ...
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How to build a better positive image of yourself to your Ph.D. advisor

I am currently a first-year Ph.D. student taking a course sequence with my Ph.D. advisor. The first class of the sequence went really well, however, the second class is not going as well. The most ...
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My PhD supervisor is against external collaboration. What should I do?

My PhD supervisor discourages me from initiating a collaboration with people outside of our group. He never explicitly told me that I could not do it, but I can realize it from his reactions (e.g., ...

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