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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I applied to a postdoctoral fellowship to another lab and I think my P.hD. director is boycotting my thesis defence to i wont reach my deadline

first time writing. I'm from a sudamerican country (I don't know why I feel that I had to state that). In May of 2021, the last year of my Ph.D., I presented my second thesis pre-defense (weird ...
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Contacting multiple potential advisors, while already a PhD student. What is the etiquette?

I am currently a PhD student in the US, and have an advisor, but I am in the process of changing my advisor and consequently my project and area of research. I was advised by the department to contact ...
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How to Change Labs Within The Same Field?

Short version: I started a PhD with an advisor who I am no longer interested in working with. Can I still leave this lab and find another lab in the same field (how)? Long version: I am an American ...
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selected Phd student did nothing for the first year [closed]

What would be the fate of a CS PhD student in the US that wasn't able to implement something during the first year of their program? How the supervisors react to such students considering they ...
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Patching things up with advisor? He has been avoiding me since I found a simple answer to a problem he thought would be challenging

I am international STEM PhD student in the UK. My advisor asked me to try and attempt a question that he has been thinking about for more than five years. He was always very encouraging, but wasn't ...
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Prospective supervisor's team has projects in many not so related areas, is this a good lab to join?

I did an internship with a professor at the university, which I enjoyed and I was offered an opportunity to do a PhD with her. However, I'm having some doubts because it seems her team are working on ...
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Does a Dissertation need to be one big cohesive story?

I'm late into my 5th year of study. The first project I worked under as a graduate student lasted 2 years and I published 1 paper and presented at a handful of conferences. The advisor for this ...
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Can I dedicate my dissertation to my previous advisor?

My dissertation advisor & Chair was professor A. He all of a sudden was severely ill and left the program right before I proposed my dissertation study. I built the study under his supervision, ...
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Former advisor/coauthor not answering emails

I am a PhD student and my masters advisor is not replying to my emails. Why is he not replying? When I was in the masters program he and I published a paper on a big journal. I am the first author. ...
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Problem with adding PhD co supervisor [closed]

I just started my PhD in physics. It has been 6 months. I have had a mentor for sometime and I have wanted to add him as a co-supervisor. My university told me he cannot be added as a co-supervisor ...
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Conference scam verification [duplicate]

Planning to attend a Global exchange conference on mental health, Wellbeing and leadership sam or not ? I have called the venue and the verify but I cant be too careful https://...
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What to do if my PhD advisor does not care about my field and consequently about me and my thesis?

My advisor used to work with A LOT of different fields and topics, but just one had good chances of grant money. I started to work with her studying a topic that it´s not "the chosen one", ...
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Potential problems with a research advisors with whom you have never taken a course

There is a particular professor who I would like to supervise a summer research project (summer 2023), which is a necessary component of my MA program, since we share similar research interests. I ...
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Asking advisor to become co-author

I am a STEM PhD student in the UK, and my advisor had given me a semi-ambitious thesis problem a couple of years back. He helped me understand the problem, helped shoot down all my wrong ideas over ...
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Do French master's programs let you choose an advisor at a different institution?

I am about to begin my second master's degree in math in France. I am not from France; I did my first master's in my country. In my course, master's thesis is in 2nd semester but I want to start ...
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How to address a PI's issues with organization?

I am a postdoc at an european university and for the most part get along very well with my PI. However, one issue that can be challenging to deal with is her complete lack of organization. Very often ...
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Criticizing students (in an emotional way)?

My question is about interacting with students/colleagues, and criticizing them specifically, and to what extent a certain kind of criticism is productive. I hope this will not become about "...
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Advisor is using my ideas as grant proposal

I am having a hard time deciding what to do or feel so I wanted to ask this question here. For background, I am a PhD student and am doing pretty well overall. I also happen to have a fellowship that ...
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My supervisor has different standards for different topics and students when it comes to a thesis. How should I approach this? [duplicate]

I've been given a master's topic that is quite complicated and feel it was not really well thought out to begin with nor communicated to me how difficult it would be when I asked. So naturally I'm ...
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Advisor uses student's work unethically [duplicate]

Alice's ex-advisor accused Alice of plagiarism. It wasn't plagiarism in any way and Alice tried to reason with her ex-advisor. It seemed at the time that they reached an understanding. Alice's ex-...
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Ex-advisor stopping work

Alice developed a technology and the development of the tech was funded by her ex-advisor. No user study has been done yet and there is no publication in the picture. Only the tech has been developed ...
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How to handle meeting schedules with many supervisors?

I am a third year PhD student co-supervised by supervisors A and B. I am starting a visiting researcher exchange in another university for three months, where I will be supervised by C. I agreed with ...
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I just realized that my published papers are based on a buggy version of my dataset (due to a SQL error). How to proceed? How to tell my advisor?

I am in an advanced stage of my phd, finishing next year. I have 2-first author publications in which I used data from my group. My research group has different datasets stored in MySQL server, in ...
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My thesis advisor expects more and harder work from me than other students, possibly because my work is for their client. How should I approach this? [closed]

I'm working on a Masters thesis and have been feeling really uneasy since working with my supervisor. From the beginning, she would not discuss expectations, and given the exploratory nature of the ...
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Is future academic placement an important factor in picking a PhD advisor?

I'm a M.A. student in Art History looking to apply to PhD programs in the Fall. I have heard that it is important when choosing an advisor to pick one that is good/efficient in getting their students ...
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Qualities to look for in a PhD Supervisor [duplicate]

I am currently looking for a suitable PhD advisor in a relatively new and uncommon discipline which is only offered by a limited number of institutes, thus supervisors are of limited choices too. ...
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Managing difficult situation with PhD advisor: substance abuse/health crisis or emotional abuse? Do I speak up?

I am at the very end of my PhD, and my PhD advisor has been repeatedly inappropriate and overstepped boundaries that would probably fall into "mandated reporter" territory, if I were to tell ...
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How much help should Ph.D. candidate expect from advisor (if at all)?

I'm a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate doing research in STEM. I'm in a US research university. I'm genuinely confused as what to expect from a Ph.D. advisor in general. To start off, should the student ...
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Authorship Issue with Ph.D. Supervisor: Is it ethical for the first author to make less contribution to the manuscript?

I am a Ph.D. student. I recently have an issue with authorship on the paper where my advisor was the first and the corresponding author, I was the second, and our Dean was the third. I felt very ...
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What is the role of the supervisor in paper writing? [closed]

Should the supervisor be involved in writing parts of the publication with their students? correct parts the student writes or shoould the supervisor just submit the paper after the student has ...
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I have just realized that my PhD supervisor is probably going to provide a bad recommandation letter? How can I stop him?

I spent the last 7 months looking for a postdoc after my PhD graduation. My toxic PhD advisor killed my previous postdoc, as they have withdrawn their offer after his non-negative but not enough ...
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Should I tell my supervisor about my upcoming paper?

I'm doing a PhD on theoretical physics. The last months, I'm working on a paper that my supervisor is not aware of. I'm now finishing the paper. The idea of the paper is closely related to my PhD ...
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What should i do if my PhD supervisor move to another country in my third year? [closed]

My Ph.D. supervisor just informed me that he plans to move to another country after three months and I am still a Ph.D. student (not a candidate). What should I do? Is it wise to transfer to another ...
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Conflict of Interest regarding research question and company ownership

I suggested an interesting research question (exploratory data analysis) to my advisor and he really wants me to get started. However, I realized today in reading the agreement attached to the data ...
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Publication on hold

I am working in the field of HCI. My relationship with my advisor turned sour due to difference of opinion and eventually I changed my advisor. Now I am stuck in a situation where my paper as a first ...
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Is it “too much” if I ask to meet with my PI and ask her to sign my copy of her dissertation?

I got into an internship with my PI this summer. She accepted me. 😭😭😭 I’m so thrilled, I’m loving it, but today was the first day she actually came in, as she is usually at her other lab in NY. I ...
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Disappointing advisor for stupid reason

I am a first year PhD student in computational physics in Germany working for some old big name in the field, which means that, of course, I never see him and he's not really my advisor and instead I ...
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how to distinguish a bad Ph.D. superviser when the system deceives them as the good one? [closed]

Regarding my recent question about a traumatising situation, what advise you would provide for newbie/ novice/ beginner researchers to spot an ineligible or corrupt Ph.D. advisor? Especially when ...
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Should a professor acknowledge a student research funding source after the student left?

I am in a weird situation. I changed my advisors during my Ph.D. program. I received research funding for my doctoral research before I changed advisors. The funding source does require funding ...
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Second-guessing my decision to do a PhD and looking for opinions

I'm a Master's student that has recently been persuaded into transitioning into the PhD program. I have been at this lab for a year and enjoyed the work I'm doing. I was scared of the pressure of ...
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The understandability bias [closed]

I am a PhD student. I feel like I am increasingly experiencing situations where ideas that are explained in a way everyone can understand them are criticized as being too simple to be a major ...
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Where to add a name which is added by force without contribution in a paper to keep my supervision and contribution?

A few months ago, I asked here a question about a student in our group who claimed the authorship in our paper, because he was planning to work on the same problem that we did. I said that I refused ...
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Can my supervisor force me to publish my master’s thesis?

I defended my master’s thesis in engineering. My advisor didn't help me much. Now he wants to publish the thesis as a scientific article. Even if he will write the article, I don't want the project to ...
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Coauthorship and feedback delays

I received my MSc. in 2020. Subsequently, I wrote a paper on the same topic of my MSc. dissertation. Initially, I was going to publish it with my advisor and co-advisor, and the work dynamics was that ...
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Providing data of unpublished thesis

As part of my thesis in an ML/NLP I build some datasets (corpus and word embeddings) and of course the thesis. After the first revision round, the lectors suggested to cut many of the topics discussed ...
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Remote advising for remainder of PhD?

I'm currently in a very unique situation and in need of advice. For context, I am a first year PhD student in the United States. Basically, my advisor's wife accepted an academic job offer at another ...
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About approching advisors and switching advisors

I joined a PhD program last fall with the idea of working with a particular Professor. This Professor requires their students to pass his research seminar first to do research with him. I enrolled in ...
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How to overcome supervisor who is interested in pushing their own research ideas independent of original advertised PhD project? [closed]

I have been undertaking a PhD for three months. I have two supervisors, one is easy to get hold of, the other one isn't. I presumed that when starting this three months ago, a clear initial starting ...
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How can I finish my PhD in the next year when I don't have any interesting results yet?

I'm doing my PhD in mathematics (Germany) for four years, and I have agreed with my supervisor that I should finish within the next half a year. I am not very confident that this is a realistic ...
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Advice regarding advisor-student relationship

I'm a first semester student in a PhD programme on a bioinformatics related topic. Before being accepted, I spent around 7 months in learning about the topic of my project. I have a BC degree in ...
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