Questions tagged [advisor]

The one who helps students to select courses or an academic major, engages in 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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Is it okay to ask your undergraduate final project supervisor for a letter of recommendation for Phd admissions?

She will be my third referee. First one is my Master's thesis supervisor and the second was my masters co-supervisor, both phds. The person in question has just recently undergone her phd proposal ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

It is very common to see statements like "it is your responsibility to make sure [someone with higher rank, like your advisor/supervisor/mentor] to submit/upload [something like a letter/approval]...
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Asking my advisor to work hybrid due to my program's extension [duplicate]

I am a second year MSc student and employed at the University lab of my MSc advisor. My employment duties go until January, with my MSc program ending in September. I am eligible for an extension, if ...
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Does it matter who your thesis examiner is?

I am a MS (research) student and recently finished writing my thesis. I have put a lot of time into it and tried to make it explanatory. At my institute, the advisor names five external tutors to ...
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Emailing supervisor after applying for phd to discuss about research problem and funding

I had contacted a potential supervisor regarding phd position in his lab. He was interested in my profile and advised me to apply for the program. I have applied for the program and informed him about ...
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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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What is the proper etiquette when my advisor asks me to add non-contributing authors to author list?

I am currently working as a post-bacc research assistant in theoretical physics group. I have been working on my current project for a couple of years, and it is finally finished. I have been going ...
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Master's thesis on uninteresting topic not really related to my background

I have started a master thesis in applied mathematics with the aim of studying a paper of my supervisor. This paper uses some "basic" results of a theory (semi algebraic geometry i.e. SAG) ...
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How do I handle a conflict with my former mentor about a potential paper correction?

During my postdoc, I published two research papers as the first author, with my mentor (a Professor at an Ivy League institution) as the corresponding/senior author. Months after publishing the papers,...
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Not having a reference from my supervisor

I was working as a research assistant in Germany for 3 years in the field on cell and molecular biology to write a doctoral thesis at the end of the project. But unfortunately, my supervisor was very, ...
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Changing Ph.D. supervisor or changing (applying for a new) PhD project

I have moved abroad to do a PhD in Europe (in a STEM field). Currently, I am in my second year, and I have realised that my supervisor has little to no knowledge about the fields (simulations and ...
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What should advisors do if one of their PhD students has to withdraw?

Unfortunately, there are circumstances when not everything goes right in a student's PhD career, or there can be personal circumstances that require doctoral candidates to withdraw from a PhD program ...
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Individualized Instruction Summer Course Question [closed]

I am a grad student but have an out-of-state bachelors that does not meet teaching cert requirements, so I have an undergrad class that I need to take as well. My advisor offered to do it as an ...
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How do you deal with a dishonest graduate advisor?

Assume that you are a Ph.D. student in math who after a few years of working in the field discovers a new idea (independently). You present the idea to your advisor. Later your advisor realizes the ...
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Do both first-author and co-author publications from a potential advisor imply current research activity?

I want to apply as a PhD candidate and therefore looking up on various potential supervisors who have common research interests. My approach is by first visiting their webpages, looking up on the ...
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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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Letter of recommendation from previous Masters advisor

I requested a letter of recommendation from my old MA advisor with whom I did an independent research seminar. They asked me to send them my Statement of Purpose, which I stated was a rough draft. I ...
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PhD Suggestion in 3 rd year without any progress

I am a Mathematics PhD student currently in 3 rd year. I have a funding of 5 years. But being in 3 rd year also I haven't started working on a problem yet. Whenever I ask my supervisor he always says ...
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Guaranteed advisor in choosing a PhD program

I am currently in the process of deciding between two PhD programs. One program is at a university with a very new thrust in the subfield, while the other is at a university known for having a more ...
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Ex-advisor wants to publish my work in a journal I don't like

My ex-PhD-advisor submitted my paper to the journal I explicitly stated I don't want to submit to. I believe the ex-advisor is busy with other things and doesn't want to bother with submissions, so ...
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My main advisor quit, my retired co-advisor is being unhelpful and I am under pressure to leave the country. How do I proceed?

I was recruited by an advisor who retired midway during my PhD but agreed to keep on advising me with the help of a co-advisor. This co-advisor quit one month ago. I am currently without a main ...
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How old should the "recent" published works of a potential supervisor be exactly?

What if "recently" published works of a potential supervisor are 9 or 10 years old but relevant to the research work one wants to pursue? Should one only go by the recent publications or the ...
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How to deal with an absentee advisor who is unreachable when trying to set up thesis defense

I'm a fifth year PhD student, which is the average year a student in my department graduates. For the majority of my time in my PhD program I've had an absentee advisor. He doesn't respond to emails ...
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PhD supervisor complaining about not getting paid for supervision

I'm a PhD student and my supervisor complained several times before about me getting a bit more money than the rest of PhD students just because I'm a foreigner given the fact that the scholarship ...
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Is it normal for an advisor to expect >80 hour workweeks from PhD students, and threaten them with dismissal?

My advisor always keeps pointing out that I should have publications and I should keep working and stuff like that. Recently he's been saying that not all student will finish Ph.D. and you should be ...
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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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What should you do when your professor disagrees with your research direction?

I am a graduate student working to get my master's degree, but my professor and I have differences in research directions. While his personality is very strong, I don't think he is capable enough in ...
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What to do when professor doesn't want to work with you anymore, but you want to submit past work done with him?

During the penultimate semester of my undergrad studies, I had approached a professor with a research idea, which he approved and both of us started working on it. We made substantial progress, but ...
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I suspect that my PhD supervisor is trying to push me out of the lab and not give me credit for my work

I just started the third year of my PhD and my contract expires in December. My project comes under a broader much bigger project involving 5 teams. I was the first one to be recruited on this project ...
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My PhD supervisor gave up on me

I'm a 4th year PhD student in Germany. I started my PhD in a fully funded project and the funding will run out by next month. I'm still not close to finishing my PhD but I believe that I can finish it....
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What are desirable traits for a PhD advisor?

What is your advice on how to select a graduate advisor? What are the must have, good to have, must avoid, and "run, disaster ahead"? traits in a PhD advisor? How does one get this ...
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How to foster a positive relationship with my team in a PhD program when I am older and have work experience?

I recently joined a PhD program after accumulating nine years of work experience. My decision to pursue this program was driven by personal ambition, aiming to refine my skills and engage with ...
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Wrong Data, Wrong Direction, Career suicide [closed]

I am on a very weird situation once again. Being doing my phd in Europe since 2020. The field is computational multi-omics. I had a nice supervisor to work on a very interesting topic. After analysing ...
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To break or not to break with advisor at the end of a Ph.D.?

I am a Ph.D. student in the U.S. in my final year. During my 2nd year, I wasn't very excited with where my project was going, and I had the idea of adding a coadvisor to the mix, whose research I ...
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How to inform an emotionally abusive advisor I don't want to work with him?

I am an incoming PhD student. Before I applied, I chose a particular school because it had a specific PI. (Of course, this is not a good idea, but I did not know better at the time.) The PI is very ...
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Is there a portal that will let me find historical PhD candidates who worked under a given supervisor?

I am a freelance writer doing some reporting on the 120th birthday of a scientist who died in the 90s. I've already talked with one of his colleagues and have plans to talk with more of them, but I'm ...
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I want to change my PhD supervisor after two years, I have a DAAD scholarship. how can I write email to ask PhD position from other groups?

I am considering changing my PhD supervisor after two years into the program and currently hold a DAAD scholarship. How should I approach writing an email to inquire about PhD positions in other ...
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Am I being dishonest with my advisor by not being open about my future goals?

At my undergrad I was living only with research in my mind. I had great professors and I did very well academically, maybe overperformed is the right word. Then I did Master's also decently. I didn't ...
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How should I deal with a well-intentioned, but poorly organized advisor?

I am doing my PhD with a supervisor who is well-intentioned but very busy and disorganized. (It doesn't seem they're uninterested in my work.) It's always been a struggle to meet up, e-mail answers ...
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Writing a recommendation letter for PhD advisor

I said yes to writing a letter for my advisor who is getting nominated for a mentorship award. Now I am stuck and not sure what to put into the letter or how to organize it. Might anyone have advice ...
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Should I report my advisor didn't show up as agreed for my thesis presentation?

My advisor confirmed date and time for the presentation of my bachelor's thesis. Then they didn't show up. I presented anyway (co-supervisor was there). Couldn't reach supervisor since then (24 hours)....
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How to tell my advisor that I would probably search for a job?

A bit of background: I'm a non-european phd student in europe doing a phd in a computational field. Recently I've applied and obtained a grant. The grant came with a unfortunate pay cut of 15% and I ...
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My old advisor won't let me go ahead and submit my paper. What do I do?

I am a PhD student currently needing advice on a paper submission issue with a previous supervisor (or advisor/mentor in some countries). Last year, I discovered that my supervisor had not gotten ...
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How to cut ties with abusive former supervisor?

I’ve seen a few similar posts but am hoping someone might have specific advice regarding cutting ties with an abusive ex-supervisor. For context: I started working in this supervisor’s lab as an ...
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What should I do if I want to work in computer science but my advisor actively despises the field?

I am a PhD student in computer science. My advisor is a Professor in another department and complains that computer science has a poor culture, where people publish lots of rubbish papers instead of ...
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What to remember when supervising female PhD students?

I have been supervising a female PhD student for a couple of months. She is the first female PhD student I am supervising and got the position on merit. My view is that her gender does not/should ...
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How to push supervisor so I can publish papers?

I have been a while in my postdoc. I need to publish papers so that I can move ahead. I specifically need papers from this job because papers from my current job shape my future positions. My ...
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In my Statement of Purpose (SOP), is it best to write about my specific area of interest, or to broaden my options?

I am currently a 4th year CS undergrad student. If I tailor my Statement of Purpose (SOP) around my research interests (which are related to the research project I am working on with my professor), I ...
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Why are PhDs without publications seen as questionable? Does this also apply to PhDs who don't secure external grants and/or fellowships?

I'm a 4th year PhD student in Experimental Psychology who should be graduating sometime in May 2024. I'm graduating from an R2 in a rural area of Michigan that recently suspended admissions for their ...
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How to manage inconsistent behaviour and communication from a supervisor?

I've been in this lab for a year (one year Master's finished and three years to go in PhD in marine ecology) and I thought my PI was great (chill, kind and supportive) despite forgetting absolutely ...

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