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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Admission and advisor selection

I am an international student and I received admit from X university (USA) for PhD in computer science. I reached out to all the professors who match my research interest and only one of them ...
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How prevalent are abusive advisors?

I have read lots of posts here about abusive advisors, and I have heard about and even experienced some similar experiences in my own academic life. Is there any data available for how prevalent this ...
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What is the best way to approach a professor for “formal” guidance/advisorship when they have no proficiency in the topic?

My situation is as follows: I have studied and completed a maths degree from a very prestigious and competitive university. I have then worked a few years as a mathematician and have then decided to ...
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Seeking advice with dissertation chair: possible theft of idea and possible blackmail [closed]

I am hoping for advice in how to move forward. Last spring I submitted two proposal ideas to my dissertation chair. He told me that the first idea was 'inappropriate.' I proposed a comparison of ...
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Software Engineering Roadmap

I am a first year student and has just started my 2 semester. The problem is my teachers are not teaching properly. Many students in my class are learning other things like web development and basics ...
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Changing PhD/ collab PhD with a different department

I've started a phd in fluid dynamics. I always wanted one in general relativity or quantum field theory really, I got interviews for that (many really) but none where successful, I got into fluid ...
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How can I enable productive online meetings with my supervisor?

I am currently writing my master's thesis. My advisor is very busy, and I reckon he will allocate about 1-3 hours a month to actively supervise me, at least in the near future. Due to the ongoing ...
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How to deal with an abusive advisor?

I am a graduate student in mathematics. I've been having a difficult relationship with my advisor, and I need some help on the matter. Some background When I just started my graduate studies, 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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Is that proper to get messages about your work from your lab head at the early dawn? [duplicate]

Is that proper to get messages about your work (almost critique no constructive feedback) at the early dawn, I freaked out from my sleepings not the first time to expose that besides the high pressure ...
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How to deal with an absentee Ph.D. advisor and selfish fellow Ph.D. student

I am a Ph.D. student in North America, I am three years into a four-year program. The relevant people in this story are my advisor (A), the other Ph.D. student in my group (B). A is a very well ...
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How to reject an advisor for master's thessis?

(I could not find the same question. If this has been asked before please let me know.) I wrote an e-mail to a professor to be his student and he responded with his area of interests. Then I wrote for ...
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Is it okay to ask a supervisor for the email addresses of their current students?

I am doing an integrated Masters course as part of my undergraduate degree, and we have been asked to select the top 6 projects from a list of ~40 projects. We will then be allocated projects (and ...
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Are professors typically financially compensated for advising masters theses? [duplicate]

I have a professor that has given me some early advice on developing my thesis topic, but I have not yet formally selected a thesis advisor. I was thinking about choosing to work with a different ...
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I refused adding a gift author to my paper and my advisor threatened me that he won't let me graduate

I am a phd student and I am writing a paper with my advisor, which is also part of my thesis. When we were going to submit it for publication, he asked me out of the blue to include in the paper the ...
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How often should I chat or exchange messages/emails with my previous advisor? [closed]

For example, it will be really awkward if I never chat with my common friends for a year, and then asking for help when I need it. A lot of people here on ASE has been suggesting that we should treat ...
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Masters application: No mentions of funding on professor's acceptance response for an Masters position

Hope everyone's doing great. This is with reference to asking for views/opinions on how to approach this situation based on your similar experiences in past during masters applications. Upon multiple ...
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Discouraged by advisor to take courses, is there a way to navigate through this situation?

Graduate schools in North America usually have a required number of courses that you need to pass. Afterwards, the school is usually pretty flexible at the student taking more courses (and it is often ...
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I downoaded articles from libgen (didn't know was illegal) and it seems that advisor used them to publish his work

I did download some articles from libgen and by then I didn't know it wasn't right to do so, well some people say that there's no problem but honestly I think it is and I'm scared for what this ...
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How to justify research assistant's role in the grant application

How can we justify the role of Research Assistant in the grant application? Everyone knows that faculty members are busy with teaching, admin tasks, writing grants etc. so they actually seek PhD and ...
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I worked in a specific direction without communicating it to master's thesis advisor, problem?

I am currently waiting for a meeting with my master's thesis supervisor and two people from a research institution i am associated with. The plan is to for me to talk about my literature review, and ...
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I am totally disappointed of publishing a paper, is there any way to find hope?

I am a 4th year Ph.D. student majoring in computer science. Even while I'm writing this, I feel so embarrassed. I cannot publish a paper. My advisors don't do anything for me. I am totally alone. When ...
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My research supervisor left the university and no one told me

I am currently doing my Masters in a program that has both a practicum component and a thesis component. My research supervisor and I had been working over the past few years on a thesis topic. The ...
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phd admission- both professor from same university agreed to be mentor

2 professors from the same university same department have agreed to be my mentor. But none have funds, prof.1 may give me TA, while prof.2 can give me RA. Which one should I choose? Can I put 2 ...
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Impact of student suicide on PhD advisor’s tenure prospects

If a PhD student kills himself, how does that affect the advisor? Does it count against him for tenure purposes?
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Confused about potential supervisor response

I asked my professor to supervise me. I took several courses with him. He replied to me that he is confused about whether he will have enough time to supervise me. He is extremely busy though! I ...
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How to prepare a talk for my PhD interview?

My PhD Interview in mathematics at an Austrian university is right around the corner and I need to prepare a talk of approximately 15 to 20 minutes about my "research interests" and present ...
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My advisor cited her colleague's papers in her own methodology even though she did not use those methods. Does this qualify as scientific misconduct?

I'm currently working on my MSc thesis under a PhD candidate's supervision. She has very recently published a paper as first author in a well-known journal where she claims to have followed ...
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How to ask politely to a potential supervisor? [duplicate]

I have some initial conversations related to the scope of the research area with my potential supervisor. I took a course with him as well. He knows me well too. I asked him to supervise me in my ...
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What to do if the corresponding authors do not share the referees' response?

My PhD advisers and I have an under review paper in a top tier journal. Recently, I received an email from the chief editor of the journal informing us that the paper has been reviewed and they ...
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Co-author refuses to share final manuscript or list of submissions

While completing my PhD, I was assisted by my advisor in writing three papers. Because he had to go on medical leave for a period, we have been slow in getting them submitted for publication. (He did ...
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Reviewers had questions about why my supervisor wasn't on manuscript

I completed my MS by research under a supervisor. There was considerable delay in completing because my supervisor suddenly lost interest in research midway through my program. I had sent him a ...
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Telling a former supervisor you don't want to publish

I graduated from my PhD in the middle of last year and have since landed a full time job in industry. Currently I'm pretty ran off my feet with work, but I'm also enjoying having free time at weekends ...
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Ask thesis supervisor for permission to include his name as co-author of a journal paper and risk being denied?

I did my Masters Thesis at a reputed organization, under a supervisor who is an expert in the field. The organization is notoriously protective about the data I acquired from there which I need in my ...
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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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What to ask a prospective supervisor regarding advertised PhD position?

I have completed my master's degree in aerospace engineering from India, and I am continuously looking for PhD opportunities in Europe in the field of aerospace propulsion. In this regard, I have come ...
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Choosing between two different professors to advise my undergrad thesis [closed]

I am a computer science undergrad student (second degree student, on the road to a PhD). I am in a bit of a pickle. I came up with a feasible research idea for my thesis and I want to work on it ...
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Graduate level advising - how to put limits to the nature of questions and make students independent?

I just started advising graduate level students, I am having a lot of problems. I thought I would be a patient, understanding, helpful advisor but really I am being tested. One of the students only ...
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Is it my responsibility as an undergrad student to figure out if my thesis is affordable?

I have an undergrad thesis idea that involves transformers. I am trying to take the lead on the idea before I contact a professor about it - i.e. figuring out exactly how I'd make it happen, and if it ...
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Change of research area for Postdoc [duplicate]

I did a Ph.D. in the area of engineering mathematics. The thesis used some of the concepts from Mathematics, such as basic probability and statistics (Bachelor/Master level), calculus (Bachelor/Master ...
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Contacting a potential PhD advisor

I am a senior who is graduating in December 2020. In May, I contacted a potential PhD advisor at my own university, and he was interested enough to offer early admission (in Spring as opposed to Fall)....
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Starting a PhD without wanting an academic career afterwards: should I tell my advisor?

I'm about to start a PhD in Europe. I'm seeing the PhD as a "normal job" that I'll do for a few years, because I'm interested in the job and I find it stimulating and interesting, and I want ...
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A group run by my advisor's former student keeps scooping my work. Is my advisor sabotaging me?

I'm worried that my advisor is sabotaging me either knowingly or unknowingly. I'm entering the 5th year of my PhD in a hard science. I had prior publications, but I have yet to publish any papers ...
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Asked to Provide a Submitted Manuscript that is not Published Yet

A student of mine and I submitted a manuscript for publication. It is currently under review. My student applied for a postgraduate degree program. The advisor (professor) of this program asked her to ...
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How to follow up with a master's advisor who abandoned me?

I was recently awarded my master's degree. This was a very difficult process since my master's thesis advisor completely abandoned me halfway through. She literally did not answer my e-mails . No -one ...
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Getting a second opinion

(I'm a math PhD student) I'm writing a paper and part of my work relies on an old result of my advisor. Recently, I started to become concerned that the old result does not have a proof (only a sketch)...
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How is auditing a course viewed by professors teaching the course?

I'm a first year math Phd student. I'm undecided between focusing on mathematical computer science (MCS) and pure maths, so I'm taking courses in both. To keep my workload light enough to avoid stress,...
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Should one disclose “red flags” when contacting a potential supervisor?

If one has a "red flag" in their history (in terms of non-academic issues), is it best to disclose it to a potential supervisor? This can apply to any type of situation (a conflict with a ...
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Is it okay to change advisors in the same university between Masters and PhD?

I have almost finished my master's in Computer Science the only reason that I don't want to directly continue with a PhD is my advisor and co-advisor. I was left out during almost all my master's ...
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Is it appropriate to informally address my supervisor in the thesis acknowledgements?

All of the acknowledgment examples I have read online address the supervisor with formal title and full name (i.e. Prof WhatNot). In my case, I'd rather use the first name only ("nickname" ...

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