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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Transferring PhD to another university because advisor goes on a leave of absence for two years?

I am starting my second year of PhD (in engineering) in the US after earning Master's degree outside the US. My advisor notified me that he'll be going abroad for leave of absence for at least 1 year, ...
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Should I avoid telling my PhD supervisor that I have started taking antidepressants (due to some issues in my personal life)?

I have not been having a good time in my personal life over the last ~9 months, and I’m currently having therapy (fortnightly) and taking antidepressants. I don’t have a depression diagnosis but I ...
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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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Queen bee syndrome in academia

The queen bee syndrome was first defined by social psychologists in the 70s, describing a behaviour of women in advanced positions in traditionally male-dominated areas that in part means that they ...
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Is it advisable to work on something your thesis advisor *isn't* an expert of?

Context: I'm looking for an advisor for my master thesis in holography, and I've received some interesting proposals that include "the necessity to be able to use numerical methods to solve ...
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Should graduate applicants follow instructions by department NOT to contact potential advisors?

I am applying for doctoral programs in biostatistics and have read multiple places to attempt to set up contact with a potential advisor before applying. What if the department website specifically ...
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Informing advisors on a tangential sole-authored paper

Over the last year, I conducted research under two professors A and B on two topics A and B. In the last few months, I have come up with an idea that uses concepts from topic A to present a solution ...
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A potential PhD supervisor wants me to visit campus for an interview before I know if I'm accepted

I’ve been in correspondence via email with a potential PhD supervisor who has agreed to take me on. After a few emails back and forth and polishing my proposal with his guidance I submitted my ...
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What is the best way to approach a PhD advisor to give them advice on how to improve their supervision?

I am a PhD student in biosciences the U.K. and I am almost about to finish. I have a great relationship with my supervisor and overall they have supported me very well. However, there are some things ...
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Seeking accommodations because of mental health. How to proceed?

A person I care about has problems with depression and anxiety and is starting a PhD soon. She has some questions I was not able to answer, so I was hoping you could give some advice. It is in a ...
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How to decline a potential PhD supervisor?

I have seen something similar has been asked but I seriously don't know what to do. I applied to 3 PhD programs all from quite good Universities. For all of them I contacted a potential supervisor, ...
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Supervisor cancels PhD students' salary when he feels productivity is low; what to do?

My friend's PhD supervisor (CS in EU) is severe to the point of cancelling a month of salary when he feels productivity rates are not met by his students. Given that the students are just starting (4 ...
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Does it make sense to contact potential PhD supervisors after having submitted the application?

I already submitted my application and they are about to start interviews, however learning more about the faculty I found a potential supervisor and I would like to know whether there are chances ...
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Having problem in getting LOR for higher study because of my corrupted undergrad thesis supervisor

I am an engineering graduate in Bangladesh. During my undergrad thesis, my supervisor took students for working on a topic that was for the first time in our department but he didn't help any of his ...
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How to tell my advisor that I didn't get much progress this week gracefully

Me and my advisor have weekly meetings. But this week, I didn't have much progress so we won't have much to discuss. I want to cancel the meeting. How to gracefully express that "I don't have ...
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My advisor wants me to put his name as the first author but he didn't have math contribution

I am in a masters program (mathematics) and I have written a paper with my supervisor. My supervisor taught me the whole general procedure of finding papers to start with, methods of research and ...
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About my relationship with my mentor

I can not evaluate my relationship with my mentor. I'm in a really bad mood. For example, I went to talk to him today because he told me he would visit to my office to talk, but he did not. He had ...
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Approaching a teacher outside institution for MS thesis guide

My institution allows me to pursue MS Thesis with a teacher from any other institute, I have interest in a topic and want to do my thesis in that. There are many researchers in different institutes ...
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Professor can't work on clearance projects

My advisor can work on DoD funded project but not at the level of requiring security clearance. I want to move into working on Applied research in sensitive areas which means any one with direct ties ...
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Missed online exam, Is there anything I can do?

Prior to this morning, there was no indication that the exam would only be at a specific time window. Nothing on the syllabus, class schedule, calendar, announcements.... I could go on. Nada- nothing ...
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Providing a recommendation letter directly to the student

I'm going to apply for a Ph.D. position in a nordic country, and as you know, I need my current supervisor recommendation letter. I asked my supervisor to provide me with a recommendation letter ...
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MSc thesis lacking content because of my mistake

In the final month of work before writing the thesis I found a bug in something I did a couple months before. I talked to my supervisor and we checked together that indeed something was off. I took ...
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My PhD advisor keeps asking me to revise the last manuscripts from my phd thesis in a very limited time

I have graduated last year and I sent my advisor the last manuscripts (In last May, which was actually the fourth revised version) to my advisor to review for journal publishing. She gave me the ...
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What should I do when the references are not replying?

I have worked in Y for 2 years as a research assistant and then I moved to my home country and worked here for almost 4 years and published papers in reputed journals. Logically I think I should ...
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I want to study human brain and consciousness. Should i study neuroscience or neuro-physics? [closed]

I am a high school student and my dream is to study about human brain and consciousness. Which subject should I study in university, neuroscience or neuro-physics (which is a branch of biophysics)?
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How should I ask for professional help over a problem at which I am stuck?

So here is the issue. In my masters project, I have worked on a problem and am hopelessly stuck on a mathematical equation that I cannot solve. I am a non-math student who uses math as a tool. I have ...
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Can my co-advisor be from another institution? [closed]

I started my PhD program and have finished qualifiers already. I had a discussion about topics with my research advisor. However, my advisor admitted he does not know so much about the topic of my PhD....
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Postdoc without letter of recommendation

What if my PhD advisor doesn't want to give me a letter of recommendation, because he doesn't want me to leave on postdoc? None of his young assistants have ever been on any postdoc or fellowship ...
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I feel like male professors don't feel comfortable taking me as a student. How should I address this problem?

It has happened in many instances in my education that my male advisors or professors get very uncomfortable around me and some refuse to take me as their student. They tell me that in a decent way, ...
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Off holiday time, as a Ph.D. student, would it be convenient to ask for few days rest

I feel a bit tired and even exhausted of the work i am doing, would it be convenient to ask my Ph.D. advisor for few resting days to full up some energy and return more productive ? Thanks
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How to deal with an absentee Ph.D. advisor and selfish fellow Ph.D. student [closed]

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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Will it be acceptable to talk to advisor about my apprehensions about my career?

Can I talk to my advisor about the difficulties I am facing with getting a job? Should I also discuss with him that I am probably mediocre at my work and I am in a wrong field of study. This has ...
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A recently published paper seriously impairs the novelty of my dissertation. Which should be the purpose of the next meeting with my supervisor?

I am a second-year PhD student in management, and I've recently started working on my dissertation. The topic I got assigned is a fast-growing one. Nonetheless, I initially managed to ensure the ...
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When sending email to potential PhD supervisors, Is it recommendable to attach a precis of their papers?

I am about to send emails to potential PhD supervisor. In order to show my initiative to understand their research, I am thinking of writing a precis of their recent papers and attaching it with the ...
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Should I email the program director of a department after being referred to them by another professor/potential advisor?

A couple of weeks ago, I emailed a professor (at a different university) about becoming my graduate advisor. While they didn't explicitly agree to do so (the program isn't accepting new students until ...
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Is it okay for a supervisor to require students to seek permission before publishing?

If I were a PhD student, should I be concerned if my supervisor always requires their permission before I can publish a paper? Under what conditions should I find it acceptable or unacceptable?
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What should I tell my department head (about my advising problems)?

I have two advisers. One primary adviser (PA) is from my department. The second adviser (SA) is from another department. The PA appointed the SA (as my co-adviser) unofficially without asking me 2-3 ...
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Are burnouts during Ph.Ds common among students?

My supervisor assigns to me many tasks a week and wants them finished in a short period of time, it's been a while now and i feel a bit exhausted. Is this scenario common amongst CS PhDs in the US ?
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Can a PhD student write recommendation letter for me under whom I worked?

A few years ago I did a month lab rotation in a lab. At that time I was doing my masters and I was directly supervised by the Ph.D. student (X) of that lab. He taught me all the techniques and ...
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I ghosted my previous supervisor for 15 days. How to improve my situation?

TL;DR: I ghosted (i.e. suddenly ceased communication with no explanation) my previous supervisor for 2 weeks when I had to do some minor final job regarding to my already finished thesis work due to ...
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Is it a good practice for PhD students in STEM to have supervisors who have no expertise in the students' field?

May I ask if it is a good practice for PhD students in STEM to have supervisors with no expertise in the students' field? I wonder to what extent should a PhD supervisor in the STEM knows about his/...
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What are the risks and benefits of being the first PhD of a new supervisor?

I am interested in a PhD project which will be supervised by somebody who has never supervised a PhD student before. In fact, this research group is not yet completely established. On their website ...
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Disagreement with advisor regarding journal choice

I have currently a disagreement with my advisor regarding the journal we should send our paper. My advisor wants to send it to a very specialized journal with low impact factor, and to add a lot of ...
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My former advisor wants to publish a paper that relies on code that I worked on without giving me any credit. What should I do?

I was in a research group for my MSc. dissertation (computational work) during which I developed quite a bit of code that went on being used in a publication which I co-authored (no code was published ...
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Why doesn't my PhD&Postdoc supervisor want me to be successful?

I'm currently a postdoc working with the professor with whom I did my PhD work, and it counts up to 7 years for the time working with this professor. Basically, the situation is that I'm the only one ...
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What to do when an advisor repeatedly changes graduation requirements?

My friend is a PhD student in the "Jessica" computer science lab. Before beginning, he and Dr. Jessica came to a verbal understanding that he'd be allowed to graduate in time for a job offer scheduled ...
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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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Would it be immature to ask my PhD advisor for more background for a paper they've asked me to help with?

I am doing a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at a U.S. university and after taking Professor X's class this Spring, he has agreed to be my advisor. About a month ago, Professor X asked me to read a ...
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In dilemma of choosing supervisor for postdoctoral research

I don't know whether this question has been posted previously or not. I just successfully defended my PhD thesis and right now I am unofficially a PhD holder. I have applied to several institutions ...
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Is this psychological abuse? Should I switch supervisors?

I am in the third year of my four year PhD, which is funded by the department. My supervisor a week and a half ago called a meeting with me, after an email complaining about sending off an updated ...

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