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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Not sure how to respond to lack of response from potential PhD supervisor [duplicate]

I am a masters student at the University of Ottawa (a Canadian university) who is interested in doing a PHD at the same university. I recently sent a relatively "in demand" professor an ...
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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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History MA Thesis: Advisor wants my research sent to her

So, in my planning phase of my MA thesis in history, my advisor says I should have my research to her by X date. What does this mean? What does this look like? I asked her and she answered me with ...
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When do I tell my advisor that I'm leaving the PhD?

I am doing a funded PhD in humanities and don't really enjoy what I am doing (the topic and area). I applied for another PhD and got admitted. The problem is that I need to apply for visa and wait a ...
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Should I leave this PhD and start another one? Would I be in trouble?

I am currently doing a fully funded PhD in a European country. I just finished my first year. The topic is ok but i dont feel very passionate about it. I dont feel i connect with the topic even though ...
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Trouble coming up with a title for PhD dissertation - strategies? [closed]

This may be a question that is too open-ended for Academia SE, but I thought I would ask here. I have already consulted some online resources, but the solutions were not that helpful. How does one ...
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Should I send a second (but not consecutive) follow-up email?

By the end of the term, I am supposed to choose my MA supervisor. Normally, I agreed to meet her to confer on a possible common area of interest this week. On Monday, I sent her an email asking when ...
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What can I do if I face conflicts with my supervisor?

I am an international Ph.D. student in Canada. I have many conflicts with my supervisor and I really don't enjoy working under his supervision and I prefer to change my supervisor. However, the ...
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Post nominal letters [duplicate]

I have recently graduated from my Masters postgraduate degree in MA Education and Social Justice. However, before this I graduated my undergraduate in Computer Science BSC (hons). When styling my post ...
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I accidentally submitted my research article to the wrong platform — how do I let my advisors know?

I’m an MSc student in Computer Science in the last month of my program. A few months ago, my advisors and I completed an article that I then submitted to a conference. The notifications of acceptance ...
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Who should write summary papers and what are the pros and cons of doing so?

My advisor has suggested that I write a survey paper. I am concerned because neither my advisor nor I are know for, or are knowledgeable in, the topic my advisor is suggesting. We would be starting ...
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I'm moving quickly with a potential advisor, how good are my chances, and should I ask them? [closed]

Background: I am a Computer Science Master's student set to graduate this June. I recently, somewhat haphazardly applied to an RA position at a research group at a top university for CS in the UK, and ...
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Writing thesis that rebuts advisor's theory

A potential masters thesis advisor became pretty famous (in his field) for the development of a certain theory in behavioral economics. However, I find that his theory is relatively unexplainable, and ...
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To what extent can advisors edit our writing?

When advisors edit our thesis work, what kind of changes can they make? Is there a limit to what they can do? There's proofreading and also editing for style and clarity. Is asking students to ...
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Identifying a bad advisor (before applying)

Earlier this year, I contacted this Professor (Applied Math) from a top Canadian university and we talked twice this year. He earned his PhD from an Ivy League school and must be around 60 years old. ...
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Bad experience with my PhD supervisor [closed]

Recently, I defended my PhD thesis in one of the universities in this "lovely" world. I was studying in a university out of my country, in a different environment, language, and culture. ...
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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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Is it normal for good PhD advisors to micromanage early PhD students?

I am a first year PhD student in science. I have a good advisor, the kind that will spend time with you (he is busy not emeritus), read what you send him, reply emails, give good advice for future, ...
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What should a student look for in an undergraduate thesis supervisor?

I am an undergraduate student (not in maths) looking for a topic and supervisor for my thesis. What criteria should I use to judge whether a project/supervisor combination will make for a good thesis ...
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I have publications in one area but I want to focus on another one for my PhD? Could it go wrong?

My previous published research has focused on teachers' psychological characteristics (e.g., motivation). However, for my PhD, I want to change my focus to student learning. Thus, although the broader ...
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Advisor doesn't let me graduate and prevents me from working

Posting for my friend Brief background: I am in the middle of my 4th year PhD at a US university. I opened up a new direction for the lab, which led me to 2 impactful publications and 1 manuscript ...
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How to deal with unwanted physical contact, presents and attention by a postdoc supervisor?

Posting this to academia stackexchange, but if this may fit better in other place please let me know. My girlfriend is a new PhD student in a male dominated field, and is supervised by a postdoc in a ...
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What do people exactly mean when they say “PhD supervisors guide their PhD students in their research” [closed]

I am a statistics PhD student, and I just want to know what do people exactly mean when they say "PhD supervisors guide their PhD students in their research". My supervisor is a Statistician....
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When PhD advisor (in an interview) says “Tell me about your research interests”, should you also say how it relates to their interests?

Just curious about this. On the one hand, I feel like it's a bit heavy-handed to say "And these interests relate to your research interests because of XYZ." It sounds like you are trying to ...
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Involving additional staff members in PhD supervision (beyond co-supervisors)

Is it possible that a staff member (Asst. Prof.) offers their help to a PhD student even they are not their co-supervisor ? How involved (if solicited) could Lab members (mostly Asst. Prof.) be in the ...
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Advisor manipulated/threatened me into sharing my first authorship

My last Phd work was submitted to a high impact journal (IF >35). The manuscript came back for revision with 2 positive comments and 1 no-suggestion on my last day in his lab. Given its positive ...
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Confused about masters project

I am an integrated master student doing a rather short project of only 4months in the lab (due to covid). The project is quite a weird one as it either works or it doesn't and if it doesn't I have no ...
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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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If you had the chance to give your past self advice for your thesis, what would they be? [closed]

As mentioned in the title, when you look back on your master thesis- the one that brought you to your Phd life, which advice that you think if you had known them before, you would have had a better ...
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Is it fine to ask my advisor if I can appear as first author in our paper?

My situation is the following: I am a prospective graduate student and recently worked with a professor and a high school student on writing a physics paper. This will be my first paper, and since I ...
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Working with a supervisor who is not expert in my research field

I am a PhD student, and I am working with a supervisor who is not expert in my research field. I am wondering what I should do to remedy this. When I just started out my PhD program, as I was applying ...
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How should I consider a possibly rude reply from a potential PhD advisor?

I am in my first semester of my applied math PhD program in the United States. The professor (potential PhD advisor) of the course I am auditing has replied to my question about the schedule for the ...
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It may not be in my best interest to ask a professor I have done research with for recommendation letters. Can this seem suspicious in my application?

I am not from the US and my field is in the social sciences. A while back, I started collaborating with a foreign professor on a research project which is now under review and another one which is ...
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Doing an individual PhD in Germany from abroad

In the next months I was planning to start an individual PhD in the Humanities at a German university. However, due to coronavirus restrictions I might not be able (or it might not be advisable) to ...
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Does cum laude mean the end of an academic career in Germany

I have recieved the grades for my PhD, and the defense is yet to be done. I have a magna cum laude for the course work, and a cum laude for my dissertation. Do I have an academic career in Germany if ...
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Forced out of an abusive advisor relationship, how to find an advisor in another university?

I'm posting for a friend in the interest of anonymity. For context, they're in the third year of a US mathematics PhD, and are currently without an advisor following the failure of an 18 month ...
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What resources should a PhD student expect their advisor to have?

I am contemplating changing PhD advisors and wanted opinions as to whether I am being too critical and if there is any basis to my concerns. I am a little over a year into the PhD program and am with ...
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Can I take two consecutive classes simultaneously? [closed]

For example, I would like to take Intermediate Spanish I AND Intermediate Spanish II at the same time. Can colleges, in general, allow that? If my advisor says to me that they think it cannot be done, ...
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PhD Advisor not responding to emails for letters of recommendation

I am an immigrant in US and graduated in 2018 from a good public university on the east coast. I had a cordial relationship with my advisor during my PhD. Currently, I am working on my immigration ...
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How to politely ask my thesis advisor that I want to work independently as the meetings are not productive for me?

I am a master student, my advisor gave me a topic he is not an expert at, a new field to him. The point is he is not an expert in the field he throw me in, he doesn't even give me technical advice in ...
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How to handle unresponsive ex-supervisor on the submission of an article?

During my master's, I had done a project which yielded some interesting results that I and my supervisor started to write up. I moved to a different university (and country) for my PhD and kept ...
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How much does the future career of a PhD student matter to the advisor?

I am struggling with my Post-PhD career. I am still looking for positions and I getting zero response. My advisor is giving me no leads and I don't know if she's even bothered about my career ...
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How to refuse to work with graduate students?

How do you refuse to work with graduate students when they come to you and explain they want to work with you without necessarily being offered a job (e.g. a project that pays). My advisor was very ...
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Advisor writing bulk/entire student thesis

I am forced to write this question as I believe it is unethical and needs to be addressed in my faculty. I suspect a faculty member in my university has the habit of writing his master's degree ...
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How to get professors to reply to my email of inquiry for research opportunities / Co-Advising

I am now in a thesis-track Master's program and will be applying to PhD next year. Now I want to do some research projects with some of the professors who have areas of interest that I am also ...
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Meaningful research in PhD with no publications

I have been doing my PhD in Computer Science for one year and a half now (Europe-based) and I feel my research is not going much far. I choose to do this after my master studies because I actually ...
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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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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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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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