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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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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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Advancing my academic career in mathematics without university support

I am about eight months away from completing a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics. I am what you would call a "non-traditional" student - I am an adult who decided to change careers and I'm ...
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What to do if the corresponding authors do not share the referees' response?

My PhD advisers and I have an under review paper in a top tier journal. Recently, I received an email from the chief editor of the journal informing us that the paper has been reviewed and they ...
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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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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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Submitting to Journals - impact factor versus subject specialism

I am coming to the end of my PhD in which I have been working under an NDA and not yet published anything directly from the thesis itself. Pretty soon we will be able to publish the work, and I am ...
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Bad Relationship with Master's Supervisor: Missing Reference

I'm in the situation that I'm completing my master's research degree and I'm in the process of applying to several applied mathematics / computational science programs. Here's me complaining: I do ...
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How to avoid giving honorary authorship to advisor who has not contributed?

I am just about finished with my PhD. During the past year or so, I managed to develop my own little spot of theory. I have done this almost entirely independently. However, my advisor typically adds ...
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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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Is there a multi-supervisor multi-author PhD thesis culture anywhere in the world?

Current PhD training culture involves supervisor student relationship, atleast at my institute. There is a risk associated with single point failures that might arise as a result of testing a ...
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Changing university and advisor midway through PhD

I have read several posts regarding this question such as "Is transferring to another university an option for an unhappy PhD student?" and "Changing University in First year of Phd", but none of them ...
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A question about thesis supervisor responsibility

I have heard many people in academics state that a thesis is a students own project and that only the student is responsible for its quality and completion. Unfortunatelythis does not agree with my ...
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How to find a good match for a PhD program based on possible advisors?

After extensive research online, it's clear that possibly the best way to choose a PhD program is to find an advisor first, and worry about the program later. In other words: find someone with whom ...
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Switching advisers in the same group

I am currently in a PhD program where I have it good. My adviser and my group are both about as good as one could ask for. My adviser is patient, helpful (albeit sometimes unclear), and happy to ...
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Path to US board certification for international medical doctor

I would like to get a board certification in order to practice is US as a doctor. I am graduating in October in Italy and I am aware that before getting a residency in US I should pass USMLE exams ...
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Dealing with Delayed Recommendation Submissions from Thesis Advisor

I'm in the process of applying to graduate schools and had secured a commitment from my thesis advisor for a recommendation letter. However, I've noticed delays in their submissions, with a few ...
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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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Picking advisor that you will also ask letters from to transfer

I am wondering whether it is worth asking your advisor for a recommendation letter to transfer right away (*). Background: I just finished the 1st year of my math PhD and will reapply to transfer to a ...
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What are my responsibilities as a PhD student (among other questions on the "big picture")?

Background: I'm a second-year Ph.D. student at a Canadian university that ranked 100 ish in the world (so that hopefully means we do a decent amount of research not just teaching). I'm fully funded (...
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What to do when distantly related project is draining research time

I'm a PhD student in mechanical engineering, although my research is more interdisciplinary. My supervisor's background is in electrical/mechatronics engineering. There is a mechanical design project ...
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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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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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My PhD supervisor doesn't guide my project, and I am concerned about my progress

I am doing a very technical computational STEM PhD, which has been very wide open to me in terms of what direction I take it. I have 2 supervisors. One supervisor has always been very responsive but ...
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What am I able to do if the school wont help me? Can I deal with it in court?

Im a third year in college and my advisor hasn't talked to me since the beginning of my second year. 3 semesters counting now, I am trying to apply for classes and I cant because I have a registration ...
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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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Is it okay to mention what a different chair is working on?

I'm a university student and am looking for a master's thesis topic. I also have a job at a company and this company is cooperating with a chair / staff of a chair (i.e. people working for a teaching ...
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Waiting for thesis corrections from supervisor, how should I write an email reminding him?

I sent part of my thesis to my supervisor a month ago. He replied that he would contact me as soon as he finished the correction. I'm afraid he forgot that. Would you have an example of a formal ...
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Dealing with inconsistent feedback on your dissertation

I'd appreciate advice on how to navigate the final stages of the dissertation with an inconsistent advisor. I've been struggling with my advisor for years, but there is no one else to advise a ...
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Potential Collaborators insisting on Joining Supervision Panel

TLDR: Researchers wanting to join supervisory team instead of collaborating, why? I have started my PhD for awhile now and I am gearing up for my confirmation presentation (research proposal defence)....
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Can I transition into quantum machine learning with a CS (rather than physics) background?

I'm currently pursuing an undergrad in Computer Science and Engineering from an Indian university. I really like machine learning, but of late, I've been doing some digging and I think I really like ...
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How should I tell my professor that I want to quit my integrated program midway?

I'm currently enrolled in an MS/PhD integrated program (computer science) at a university in Korea and I just started my first semester. My undergrad is at the same university, by the way. I've ...
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Trying to find out whether my advisor is ignoring me

So the story is something like this: Week-1: My advisor meets me. We have a chat. Then he explains me about his time management style. I said okay. Week-2: No email replies to anything. Week-3: I ...
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In-house code used in paper methods section but not shared

I am muddling my way through my program an stumbled upon a technique I would really want to employ in my research. The technique is well outside the realm of my PI's expertise and my PI would not run ...
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How to teach "puzzling skills" (for coming up with examples) to PhD students?

Background: Some sub-areas of computer science are concerned with developing new methods to solve practically motivated problems of certain shapes (determined by the sub-area). While obviously using ...
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To what extent do doctoral advisors "pick" their grad students?

I am just starting a graduate program in physics. I have read a few posts describing what a PhD student should think about when looking for an advisor, but I have a question regarding the advisor's ...
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Writing to prospective advisors who co-authored a paper

I wrote an enquiry mail about graduate positions to a Professor who is working in the field I am interested in. I cited a paper authored by the professor in my e-mail. The paper is co-authored by ...
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How to work with an advisor that changes their mind regarding project scope?

I've been working with an advisor that has changed her mind regarding project scope for the past two projects I've been working with her. (So far I've only started two projects with her) For the ...
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Emailing multiple potential Ph.D advisors, post admission and visitation

I have recently been admitted into a Ph.D. program for Engineering, and have already visited the campus and met with potential advisors. After my meetings, I have decided that I would be interested ...
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What should I do if my advisor doesn't know my research field?

I have just started my PhD with the same advisor of my Master Degree. We are working in Cosmology, a new topic for my advisor who has worked for years in QFT. I owe him a lot and I learnt a lot of ...
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When sending a CV for MSc thesis, should I omit any evidence that I am not going to end up doing a PhD?

Before long, the research interests of the faculty members at the university I am at will be expressed to us with regards to MSc dissertation ideas. (I am in the computer science department at a ...
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Changing research field mid Ph.D. vs Leaving Institute with no Ph.D

I am doing my Ph.D. (physics) in a country where there is a countrywide Ph.D. entrance exam. I appeared for the entrance exam and got into (arguably) the best institute in my country. This was 3 years ...
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How should I tell my PhD advisor that I want join a PhD program at a different university abroad?

I began my PhD in October 2016 following my master's degree. I have been progressing quite well in terms of the work but I want to address and take up some other (but related) problems for my PhD. ...
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First email to potential PhD advisor

I am currently doing a PhD in university X, but I am planning to quit, since I am looking for something more involved in my research interest. Should I mention it in my first email to a potential phd ...
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I am close to admission to a PhD program. How should I get a co-supervisor from another school?

I am close to be admitted to a PhD program. How can I get a co-supervisor from another school ? U21 is not the only alternative, but I did explore it. My potential school participates in U21. However, ...
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Undergraduate supervisor leaving on a sabbatical

I recently found out one of my undergraduate supervisors/mentors has been accepted as a visiting fellow at MIT. If all goes to plan, he'll be at MIT starting next fall. I'm a senior year student of ...
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Asking professors to advise me during a self study after graduation in exchange for programming work

I plan to study a topic which is at the intersection of several fields. I am not aware of a graduate degree in this topic, so I will self-study it after graduating. I will receive my undergraduate ...
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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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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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Applying for a PhD in a different area

I've seen many posts in this website about changing fields (sample: 1, 2, 3, etc...). This is very reassuring for me, since I wanted to do just that. Just to sum up, I want to study an area of ...
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