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 to approach potential advisor who's going on sabbatical?

I am a Math PhD student at a US university. I have made a decision on who I want to work with for my PhD, but I was made aware that the professor in question is going on a sabbatical next year, to be ...
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As a postdoc, how to deal with supervisor who keeps trying to involve my student in other projects?

I would appreciate very much an advice on the case which I will describe after a short intro about myself. Such introduction is not really necessary for the matter of question, but I hope it can ...
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Dealing with an advisor who is not interested in publishing

My advisor is a full professor nearing retirement age. Although he does not seem to be planning to retire anytime soon; he has this "been there/done that" attitude toward publications. He says that he ...
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What is the optimal number of times one should meet one's PhD. advisor?

I see sad students who meet may be once in a month and they complaint of not having enough progress. I have seen systems where the prof meets almost every few hours on weekdays and the prof is ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of a PhD advisor who is experienced vs. one at the beginning of his career? [duplicate]

I know in most of the cases, PhD seekers do not have many options and we must stick to what is offered. However, it happened that I initiated connection with two advisors from different institutes ...
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Supervisor not satisfied and only willing to see me every two weeks, what should I do?

My research supervisor is a quite strict person who constantly criticizes me for my faults (such as slow progress, or always asking others for help on programming issues). I don't blame him being a ...
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Where do I get advice and guidance from in my PhD if my supervisor is not an expert in the field I am working on?

I decided on my supervisor because he is the only professor working in this field in my country, and he is very resourceful. He helps me out a lot on every aspect other than technical guidance because ...
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Problems in coping with my PhD Supervisors

I'm a PhD student at a reputable institute in my country. I joined the group of a supervisor who is good at experimental and not so good in analytical front. I also have a co-supervisor who's good at ...
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Bad relationship with PhD supervisor

I'm at the end of the second year of a phd in engineering. My project is going well: I'm involved in an international project and I submitted 6 journal papers and 5 conference papers. The problem is ...
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How to maintain a good relationship with advisor when there is no need for it but I want it?

I want a good relationship with my advisor. But he is very busy with his projects and I am very busy with my master thesis as well. It is very clear to me where my project is going, I just need time ...
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My new advisor didn't reply to my email, is it a sign that she doesn't care?

I am a 2nd year graduate student in physics, at one of the top 20 universities in the US. This semester, I am supposed to start a research project with a professor who agreed already to be my thesis ...
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Student supervision when student loses motivation to work

I am a professor at an academic institution in applied mathematics. Last year around summer, a Masters student in my research group wanted to switch from his supervisor towards my research interests ...
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How to deal with an adviser that wants to force you to get his desired results?

I'm doing research for my PhD thesis based on a sensitive subject related to biomedical applications. In fact, our workflow is: Build a computational model Verify the developed computational model ...
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My MS thesis advisor wants me to delay my graduation for one semester. What should I do?

I planned to graduate this summer, and I went through all the process of applying for graduation and my advisor signs all of these. Now I have just 2 weeks to meet the deadline to officially ...
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How to intervene with a student struggling in the major?

As a lecturer, at the start of each semester in all of my courses, I have students complete a first-day diagnostic quiz on topics from the prerequisite course. There are usually a few significant ...
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Dealing with poor management, lack of supervision, and the desire to move into a different field

I am halfway through the 4th year of my PhD and I have grown to find that I dislike the direction of my dissertation and the project that I am working on. My supervisor is extremely absent as he is ...
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Transitioning between two advisors who work in the same department

A PhD student has been working with Prof A. However, after a year, the student decided that he doesn't like the field and wants to change his advisor to Prof B, who works in the same department with ...
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Shrink the paper or pay for extra page charges?

A PhD student has started his research about two year ago by research scholarship from university. His supervisor won a huge grant on a topic very close to his research project couple of months ...
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Is it OK to start a PhD with a side project still running from your master's?

I just finished my master's and I am about to start my PhD studies. As I am very used to do many independent projects during my bachelor's and master's, I am willing to continue a side project on a ...
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If I take a PhD from a not so well standing university, will I be less respected in science?

Let me give you additional context on the question. I am a master student in Computer Science (hopefully graduating this year). I want to do a PhD later on (after working in the industry for a bit). ...
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PhD with a supervisor who has not published anymore since 2014 [closed]

I'm finishing my master's degree in physics and I'm searching for a PhD position. A potential professor for PhD is almost 60 years old and he has not published any paper since 2014! What do you think ...
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PhD expectations of commitment

I was discussing the possibility of entering a PhD program from a professor who I had during my masters degree. We discussed the level of commitment he expected and he stated he expects PhD students ...
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Should my master's thesis be related to my future PhD research?

I'm doing a master's degree in theoretical physics in Europe. After the end of the master, I want to pursue research in the area A. In fact, I've already come in contact with a professor that works in ...
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Strategy for applying to PhD in the US

My question was originally designed to be very related to this one. However, I have continued to write it because it has a second part. I am currently sending email to PIs in order to know if they ...
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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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My supervisor wants to put someone else as first author on one of two papers when I have done most of the work on both. What should I do?

I have completed experimental research on a novel topic. I was the instigator of the direction of the research and the one to find the results. Then, theoretical work was performed to support my ...
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Are there rules dictating that a Ph.D. supervisor must have a Ph.D.?

Is there any specific rule that requires someone supervising and awarding a Ph.D. to have a Ph.D. themselves? I learned recently in some parts of Asia it is possible to have a Masters degree and ...
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PhD to be advised by Mr. Enfant Terrible?

I have been admitted to a generally well-regarded Computer Science PhD program. My potential advisor's research interests match very well with mine. However, he appears to be an extremely ...
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How can I help my advisor not lose face when changing from a thesis to non-thesis program?

I am a comajor masters student who is experiencing difficulties in timely responses from my advisor. It has taken an average of almost 4 months for me to get feedback each time I have received ...
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What does a PhD Committee do?

I have been reading that many students have a PhD committee. I assume this is a group of experts supervising the student. In my case, and I think this is quite common, I had two people. One was the ...
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How do I complain to chair if my advisor regularly writes to scam journals to get tenure?

My advisor and his PHD Students are writing regularly to journals published by a publisher, which is on Beall’s list of Predatory Journals. I emailed Beall and he told me that the journals were ...
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Advisor's wife is having a baby, should we be getting him something?

My advisor's wife is having her first baby and he told us about it at our last lab meeting. We understand that this will mean he might need extra time/patience as the big day approaches, but are we ...
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Advice wanted concerning students who have had run ins with the law.

I am a first year grad student with an expunged felony in the state of Arkansas. I am looking for advice on if and how I should communicate this with my adviser. The felony is due to a drug crime and ...
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Does a supervisor have right to submit paper without consents of coauthor students?

Me and another PhD student, we are first two authors in a paper. We had a disagreement with our supervisor about submitting our paper to conference. We both opposed the submission as we think it's too ...
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I have asked a professor if he were available for being my graduate thesis advisor, now my bachelor thesis advisor is angry with me

A couple days ago I was asked by my former bachelor degree advisor (let's call him X for short) if I were interested in doing a MD thesis with him. I have replied him that I wasn't sure yet about what ...
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Etiquette for an initial meeting with a prospective advisor: What is expected of the student?

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 on a couple of potential ...
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Informing my supervisor of discrepancy in the results

I am working on my MPhys thesis, on a certain dataset. Part of this dataset has been analyzed by my current supervisor during his PhD, with published results. He asked me to expand on that work by ...
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Does recording video of a scientific presentation violate the privacy of a PhD student?

The answers to this popular question were somewhat controversial, but many including @dan-romik whose answer was highly upvoted mentioned that recording a video is a violation of personal privacy and ...
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How to review a paper that is not related to my field, when my advisor has asked me to review it for him and I can't refuse?

I am an M.Sc. student in computer science, working on machine learning. Recently my supervisor assigned me a paper on biomedical signals field to review. The review task is assigned to my advisor ...
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What should I do if advisor asks me to move to another university or lab for strange reasons?

Summary: Yesterday, my advisor told me that he wants me to change labs through because I said something "inappropriate" that made the lab unstable. He is a really famous professor and his citation is ...
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Authorship with Past and Nearly Absent Supervisor

Inspired by the following question: Co-authorship for not very involved supervisor I have got to ask a slightly different question: I have a past supervisor while I did my masters and she wasn't ...
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I wish to try out a technique which my supervisor does not want me to, because its not his expertise

As a part of my PhD work, I wish to try a technique which is upcoming and frequently in use. I am not sure if it will be successful, though I have a good feeling about it. My supervisor is simply ...
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My advisor has literally no idea what my research is about and I am freaking out (phd student) [duplicate]

I am a PhD student. This is my first month in the program. I met my advisor a while ago. Very nice guy, but as the title says, he does not know what I am writing about. I don't mean it figuratively. ...
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Advisor's Negativity

How do you deal with the constant flow negativity from an advisor? Examples: How worthless I am, how I am the worst student he ever had. Absolutely good for nothing. Whatever I am doing is ...
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How many papers should a Ph.D. student review for their professor per year?

My professor asks us on a frequent basis to review papers and get together, discuss their merit and come up with a review. This happens in bursts, where I may do 2 one week 2 another and then go for 3 ...
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Professor will agree to be my thesis advisor but only if I can find a co adviser, what does this really mean?

I am in my first year of my master's program in computer science. I have been sitting in on one professors lab meetings whose research I am really interested in when I asked him if he was comfortable ...
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How much should university ranking matter while choosing a place for graduate studies?

How much should I weigh in on the ranking of a university (provided by various academic ranking websites) while choosing a university for graduate studies? The universities that I am considering have ...
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My advisor wants to co-author a paper on my thesis work, but drags out the submission, claiming it isn't ready. Should I submit without him?

I have just finished my PhD thesis defense in applied mathematics. My supervisor suggested me the initial problem. He was not an expert in the small area that I was working, and thus the assistance ...
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Need a thesis extension due to mental illness, but supervisor seems unwilling. How to proceed?

"Prependum" clarification: Strictly speaking, the supervisor has no actual authority in this decision (I think)-- it is between myself and the course convenor. However, I feel that `...
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My advisor does not provide any solutions and wants me to work alone

So, my advisor works in a group style, meaning we have these weekly meetings, where all of his PhD students and RAs are present. We plan the work ahead and set aims, but these aims are always very ...