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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How do I impress my prospective grad advisor? (first meeting)

I am supposed to meet with a PI to discuss the possibilities of joining his lab as a MSc student. I have had one meeting with another PI last week, but it went bad. Essentially he was repulsed when I ...
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COVID-19 - how do I navigate this situation with my advisor?

I am a Master's student in epidemiology. It's an insane time in our field right now. Of course, I find what's going on fascinating (that's why I am in this field), but extremely stressful as well. I ...
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How can I encourage my advisor to adopt better work practices?

I'm a second year PhD student. In general I love my advisor, but recently we've run into some small bumps in the road while working on a paper together. He's controlling the "master" copy and I send ...
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PhD - Well known professor or well known school? [closed]

What is more valuable broadly speaking (assuming all else equal): A PhD from a decent school (top ~100) with a very well respected (but not famous) professor; say for example the head of department A ...
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What do supervisors have to gain from a success or failure of a PhD student?

I'm finishing a really messed up dissertation. Maybe decent in some sense, but all the PhD has been done without following any of the supposed methodology and criteria. Since I'm in a sort of arm ...
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Not enough guidance from advisor

I'm a third year PhD student. I'm not getting much guidance from my adviser. We only meet once a month, and he keeps giving the same general advice. As a consequence of that, we have had to cancel one ...
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Publishing a paper without supervisor

I recently wrote a scientific article (let's say, about a methodology for predictive analyzes) I would like to submit. The article is beneficial for my PhD as it has close relationship with another ...
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Etiquette for establishing contact with multiple professors for PhD guidance

Assuming that one has begun a PhD program at a university which allows a student to choose an advisor after his/her first year in the program and the student has narrowed down to a couple of potential ...
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What to do when a thesis adviser refuses to recommend me?

After I completed my PhD program, during which I published one refereed paper, I applied for several academic positions. For a while, my two main thesis advisers agreed to write letters of ...
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From whom do I get references when my original advisor leaves academia?

This is similar to a previously asked question, but deals specifically with addressing the problem on the CV. My adviser had a bit of a personal meltdown and left the department while I was finishing ...
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Is it appropriate for assistant professors to supervise PhD students?

As pointed out in another question, the general tendency today as compared from classical times is to make junior professors (at assistant level) more and more independent. However, I wonder that ...
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Encountering former, abusive advisor at a conference

I'm a PhD Student in the US and am going to a conference for poster presentation soon. I just realized that my poster will be right next to my former advisor's poster (To be precise, it's his student'...
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How to respond to the teacher who puts the feet up while talking to student?

A friend of mine who is from Japan told me that his professor in USA puts the feet up while talking to him. He was saying that he felt very bad with that. Is this acceptable culture in USA academia?
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what do you do if your PhD advisor publishes a solo paper on your topic?

I was working with my advisor on a research topic for six months and we had some results. The important idea was his, but the initial idea was mine and we worked on it together. Now my advisor has ...
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How do I change schools/advisors without making my advisor angry?

I am currently a PhD student in a program that I do not find challenging. A part of that may be due to the fact that my advisor has an EXTREMELY hands off approach. He will not return my emails for ...
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Too many advisors

I hope that you can give me a good advice on my situation. I'm a PhD student with 3 advisors: one main advisor and 2 co-supervisors. I'm very happy with them all and we are working on a paper ...
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How do I convince my professor to keep me as his student?

This is a continuation of my previous question, I believe my advisor doesn't think I am smart. How should I deal with this? It just so happens that when I asked my prof for feedback, he decided ...
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Adviser wants to be joint first author, even though I did most of the research

In my research, my adviser only gives minimal advice that is limited to the direction of the research and defining the problems. I can say I do most of the thinking, the actual solutions of the ...
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Signed up for conference, having second thoughts

My advisor suggested that I should sign up for a conference, which I did - I now have to give a 15 minute talk. However, the conference is taking place very far from me (+20 hour flight), and I am ...
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How should one choose a supervisor if they haven't yet narrowed down their research focus?

From what I know, every Phd student needs to choose a supervisor in the first year. For someone who is entering a Phd with a broad interest in a field, this might be difficult since they don't ...
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What to do when you hear many bad stories about your supervisor on the first day of your PhD?

Today was the first day of my PhD. It's a very prestigious institution and I was extremely excited to start. However, it seems there is a general feeling of discontentment with people in the group and ...
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Publishing my work without advisor

Two months ago I submitted a manuscript to my advisor for reviewing and submitting to a journal. He didn’t reply to that and when I asked him about it, he said we should think about publishing after ...
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Article-based PhD and advisor's (new) role?

My engineering university offers a relatively new option to do an article-based dissertation, where the primary research is submitted (and hopefully published) in several scientific journals (at my ...
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Incompatibility with the PhD advisor

My PhD advisor liked me during the exams. Then, when I came with the thesis I wrote, he got very angry, maybe because I did not do what he suggested, maybe because what I did is not quite in his ...
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PhD Research under guide/advisor of a different department

I am a physics undergrad, who is also interested in pure mathematics. I am not very sure what I want to pursue for my PhD. Though I have specific interests in each of the two, and also inter-linked ...
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How should one address negative circumstances with past advisor in a Statement of Purpose?

I am referring to a situation described in a previous question of mine: How to deal with an abusive advisor? To summarize for those who don't want to read the lengthy story: I had a difficult ...
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Would a Professor be responsive to a meeting request from a PhD student like this?

I am a graduate school applicant and am considering requesting a meeting with a professor while I'll be visiting a city near their university town. The current e-mail format I have in mind goes ...
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A professor matches my previous research and the other matches my interest. Which one should I choose?

I am a fresh PhD student and I need to choose an advisor to guide my research. Currently I find it difficult to choose. One professor's current project pretty well matches my previous research ...
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How to ask PhD advisor to work remotely on thesis for extensive periods?

I am in a PhD program in a top US institution but my SO,family,friends are somewhere else. I am considering a thesis that would require minimal/no field or lab work. This would be a big compromise as ...
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PhD four years ago; can I publish a paper from PhD work without my supervisor's name?

I did my PhD 4 years ago. I was not comfortable with my guide but I concentrated on my work, and I successfully completed the PhD. But I published a little work with his name as correspondence author. ...
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Is it a good idea to name some mathematical objects after my thesis advisor?

I am doing my Ph.D. thesis in mathematics. I am wondering if it is a good idea to name some mathematical objects after my thesis advisor. The two objects I have in my mind are: A representation, ...
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Pros and cons of not having PhD advisor's letter of recommendation after postdoc?

I have finished my PhD and am currently a postdoc. Since receiving my PhD, I have not worked with my PhD advisor. I am planning to apply for jobs for after I finish my postdoc — mostly tenured-track ...
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My advisor escalated things after not getting a coauthorship he did not deserve

I am a 3rd year PhD Student (Computer Science, India). I have two advisors, one internal and one external. The internal advisor has no knowledge of my area and he doesn’t care what I am doing. He has ...
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Ask how to pronounce advisor's last name?

I am an undergraduate working with an advisor, but I do not know how to pronounce his/her last name. I have talked with several different people who work in the department, and have heard the name ...
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What should a student look for in an undergraduate thesis topic/supervisor?

I am an undergraduate student (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 and ...
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What can I do to convince my advisor of my ideas?

I started my PhD within the last one year in a STEM field in the US ,and I cannot seem to convince my advisor about any of my ideas. I usually don't get concrete research directions from my advisor, ...
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Should the PhD supervisor's name be first in a scientific journal? [duplicate]

I am a self funded PhD student and have been told by my supervisor that her name should be first on any future journal I will be publishing during my studies under her supervision as "this is the only ...
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Just started PhD, feel lost and abandoned

I started my PhD some months ago. My advisor was also my Master's advisor. He was impressed by my skills and passion so I enrolled in a PhD program with him. What happened is that my topic changed ...
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My Supervisor is not an expert

I just started my PhD which is in Artificial Intelligence (AI). My supervisor is specialized in Electrical Engineering with a hint of AI. He knows that it is not his area of expertise and suggested ...
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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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I'm a PhD student, my supervisor is a complete bully. Should I take legal action? [closed]

If a PhD student has been bullied by their supervisor, should they take legal action and sue for damages? Taking legal action could prevent the supervisor from subjecting others to this treatment in ...
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What do you do when you are asked to perform an official review for a journal of a manuscript written by your supervisor?

I was just handed a paper for review (official review request by an editor of a journal) written by my current supervisor (the guy with the grant). I have not been involved in this work, and I don't ...
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What should I do if my master's advisor used a figure from my thesis in a publication without citation or acknowledgment?

A year ago, I finished my Master's degree and ended 6 months of working for an incredibly manipulative and demanding supervisor. We started working on a publication of my Master's results, which is ...
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My supervisor is making me work on something that is not my PhD project. What should I do?

My PhD project is a very little part of a big study that my supervisor is currently running. I am already four months into my PhD and I just have a 3 years position to finish my thesis. So far I haven’...
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I can't trust my supervisor anymore, but have to have his letter of recommendation. What should I do?

Background I did my masters research project with Prof X. While doing this I joined his lab, where he used to ask me to do random tasks i.e. taking part in different projects, conducting lectures to ...
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As a dissertation advisor, how can I best help a “typical” graduate student?

I am about to officially become the Ph.D. advisor to a math grad student at a second-tier state school. (He is about to pass his comprehensive exams.) He is strong, motivated, and talented, but not ...
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What do I do if my supervisor insists that the classical CLT is false and wants me to write that in my paper?

We are in a physics department. My supervisor, upon reading a Physical Review Letters (PRL) paper, concludes (and claims that the paper also concludes) that the classical central limit theorem (CLT) ...
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Is it okay for a PhD supervisor to claim co-authorship… even if it's my work, and he didn't ask?

About a year ago I noticed that my PhD supervisor has listed on his faculty page that he co-authored a conference presentation together with me. The problem is, he didn't-- the research itself was ...
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“Professors do talk, you know” - What exactly does that mean?

This is a phrase that I have heard on multiple occasions, both on this forum and in real life. But what exactly does that mean (in reference to talking about students)? When I hear this, I can't help ...
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Should I decline unrelated work assigned by PhD advisor?

During the past years of my PhD program in biology, my advisor has developed a habit of lending my service to other labs/groups for potential collaborating opportunities. In addition to helping fellow ...