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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Grad student publishing a paper with a section that my advisor likes and my co-authors dislike?

I'm a MS student working on publishing my first manuscript. I wrote the draft, had it reviewed by my advisor (a co-author), then sent it out to my other co-authors for feedback. Two of them (out of 4) ...
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Contacting external reviewer (post-review) to discuss issues with my supervisor

A few months ago I passed my first Ph.D. review: I got interviewed by an external reviewer on things I produced during my first year. My supervisor was present during this virtual meeting. Through his ...
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Does the admissions committee contact potential supervisors again if they start considering waitlisted students?

A professor showed interest in my PhD application (Australia, educational sciences) several months ago. He interviewed and recommended me. However, the university kept my application for the next ...
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How to switch to different university's PhD program on the fourth year while your advisor is ill and actually advise you to do so?

I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in a Chemistry program (4th year beginning), my advisor is diagnosed with a serious disease and in hospital recently. He does not agree with me graduating with a PhD ...
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Asking a former supervisor if they killed my postdoc application

I received a PhD in the US a bit more than a year ago. Recently I interviewed for a postdoc position. The interview went very well, and I think there was a great match between the planned research ...
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The Professors I want to work with are almost all in a different department to the one I want to apply to, is that a problem? This is for US unis

I am in the process of contacting potential advisors at various universities, and finding out if they would be willing to take me on as a student, and then mention this in the application. However, I ...
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My PhD advisor sent me a plagiarized draft

While working on a paper, my PhD advisor (at a prestigious school, if that matters) sent revisions that included three pages plagiarized from a book. Thankfully I caught this before the paper was ...
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What does it mean if a PhD supervisor has 20+ students? [closed]

In a department I'm applying to (UK), some professors have 2-3 PhD students while others have 20+ current students. Would my chances of admission be proportionately higher if I apply to work with the ...
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When is a good time to ask for a next academic position?

As a final year PhD student with less than 1 year to go before the PhD is completed, I am interested in continuing in the same group as a PostDoc. However, I do not know if I should wait until I am ...
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My advisor is not letting me graduate my masters and join Ph.D in a new lab

It has been almost 3.5 years since the start of my Master's, and I want to graduate this December. My advisor wants me to stay and work with him for some more time. I don't want that. When I asked for ...
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Should I take out a life insurance policy on my advisor?

An advisor relationship is consequential, and losing your advisor has a real cost. Has anyone seen a student take out a policy on their advisor?
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Is it appropriate to invite one's PhD advisor to life cycle events?

I have a good relationship with my PhD advisor that extends a little beyond the strictly academic (nothing inappropriate - for example I have met members of her family and she has let me borrow her ...
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Who should I talk to to request removing wrong information about me from website of my former PhD adviser?

I was a PhD candidate from September 2016 until May 2021 in an university in the US. After that I dropped my PhD studies and switched to master's degree and graduated this August. Now, it's a couple ...
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What to do when the supervisor is not timely suggesting corrections to research articles?

I have written a research article and everyone else has timely submitted their part of corrections after reading the paper. My supervisor is really busy, all the time. I can understand that. However, ...
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How to explain thesis topic/advisor change during masters?

I changed my master's advisor after working on a thesis topic for several months. Then, even though I liked the research domain (computational study), I felt the project was all over the place and I ...
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Why would a PhD adviser ask to be removed from the "Acknowledgments" of a paper? [closed]

I have two papers. In the acknowledgment of the first one I thanked my adviser for his mentorship and there was no problem. When I finished my second paper and I sent it to him to review, he replied ...
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How to ask for letter of recommendation without giving the impression you want to leave the group?

I am a final year PhD student and given the competition and burden of finding a PostDoc position, I want to try to apply to some positions early on. At this stage I am satisfied with the group and ...
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Unable to find a PhD advisor: Questions about leaving the program and other options

I am an international PhD student at a top 50 computer science department in the United States. Due to COVID, I had to start in Spring which was a tough time for everyone. So I thought that the ...
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What documents to include when contacting a potential PhD supervisor? The recommendations differ

I am in the process of applying to PhD positions in educational sciences in the US and UK. However, I have come across two distinct recommendations regarding what to include in my email when ...
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PhD Supervisor not answering any emails

I am an accepted PhD student with funding and thesis based supervised by a professor. For 2 weeks my supervisor has not answered emails I have sent and I have sent the same one 3 times in the last 2 ...
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Is it okay if you rely heavily in your proposal on information that you got from a PhD thesis rather than a well known book by a well known author?

Would potential supervisors be concerned about whether my main source is credible enough? (this is for a PhD in Literature)
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What does it imply if my PhD supervisor is not a referee for my postdoc applications?

I feel that the communication between me and my supervisor is not clear enough to discuss my future career plans with him. Also, while discussing my progress in half-yearly meetings, he expresses ...
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PhD in Physics transfer to another university (advisor leaving for industry) [closed]

I finished my coursework and am about to become a candidate in a university in the USA, but due to his reasons, my advisor is leaving academia to work in the industry. I already have multiple posters, ...
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From research in machine learning to pure math PhD

I am currently working as a research technician in applied math (machine learning) for a European institution that also does some research in pure mathematics. I find some research lines in pure math ...
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Switching Phd topic (and advisor)

I am a PhD student in computer science. My current advisor was also my masters advisor, and I stayed with him for a PhD because back at the time the research I did under him was interesting for me. ...
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I am doing a PhD and I want to start a BA on the side, not sure how to approach this with my supervisor

I am close to the end of my second of five years of funded PhD in philosophy. Because of personal interest, I would like to start a part-time BA in Law on the side, which is tailored to people who ...
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Telling prof how summer went [closed]

I wanted ask how you guys would go about sending a prof/advisor about how a summer abroad trip went? I have a close professor that I have and would like send them a little email about my summer abroad ...
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Professor is not publishing my work. Should I try to publish on my own adding him as a coauthor?

I went to do my postdoc (organic chemistry) in ICCAS Beijing, although I also had offers from other places. As soon as I arrived there, I was informed the professor had many unsubmitted works. After a ...
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Should I keep my orbit around a prospective PhD supervisor, and how do I politely do that?

I am planning to pursue a PhD and I have been in touch with a prospective supervisor in a different country. He is currently employed with a research center affiliated with a university, where many of ...
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How to deal with a toxic academic supervisor?

I am a person who does not have an "invisible personality". I talk, help around and friendly with everyone. It took me a great deal of efforts to be finally able to open up, which let me ...
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Advisor will not write a recommendation letter for me to participate in a conference

There is a leading conference that will take place in Jan 2022. Graduate students are encouraged to present a poster about their thesis work, however, the slots are limited so a recommendation letter ...
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Should one sacrifice their core research time for citations?

I focus on a domain X with my prof. My research has been taking a lot of time for certain reasons. While I have some publishable material, it will not gather much citations. There is this other ...
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Add supervisor on social media [duplicate]

Is it weird to add the master's thesis supervisor or have any contact/like their posts etc on social media if the supervisor is a PhD student? What about after they finish their PhD?
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My advisor left. Can I apply for another phd program?

I just finished my second year in a social science PhD program and have only one semester left to finish my coursework. Last semester my advisor A told me she was gonna take a job offer from another ...
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Publishing single author paper while doing a postdoc under a supervisor

I am doing my second postdoc under someone who is well known in the field. I did some extensive calculations and got very good results in my grad school on a topic out of curiosity. My PhD advisor was ...
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My project is being reassigned to a postdoc and I will no longer be involved in it out of a sudden. Please share your thoughts

I am a first year CHEME PhD student and I’d appreciate some feedback on my situation. I recently developed a hypothesis and a concrete potential project. My advisor was also very excited about the ...
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What is the right time of year to write to professors in France asking for PhD positions?

I am a citizen of an Asian country who completed his master's in math in June 2020. I wanted to study more topics before applying for a PhD (in one of the pure mathematics subjects) in Europe, but got ...
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Admitted to Thesis Based Graduate Degree but Supervisor has no research paper experience in the area except during his PhD

I am in the USA, admitted to thesis based graduate degree (PhD), but my supervisor has no research paper experience in the area on the research he wants me to do. He did his PhD in something related, ...
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PhD Supervisor Jekyll/Hyde

I have a Phd supervisor who yo-yos between being overly critical and mean and then thoughtful and kind. I find it very confusing, as it's so inconsistent. I would hope that I am a good judge of ...
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Tips for dealing with fickle advisor

Field: Neuroimaging Location: India Current position: post doctoral fellow Background: I am continuing to work in the same group where I did my PhD. My advisor/supervisor/mentor is a nice person who ...
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It has been 5 months since my postdoc appointment in a project and I have still not started my work. How can I tell this to my advisor?

I have been working as a postdoc with my PhD advisor since June 202O. Since March 2021, my funding comes from an industrial project X that is very new to me. I never worked with the simulation ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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