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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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I do not receive proper support from my PhD advisor

I have started my fully-funded-PhD for about 6 months in North America. When I applied professor promised me that he was going to provide me with the funding. Yet, I have not received any detailed ...
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How do I support my advisor on his most busy weeks?

I'm a postdoc at a US university and I have a truly wonderful research advisor. Sometimes, during our regular meetings, I find out that things are particularly tough for my advisor this week. The ...
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Struggle to regain lost passion in physics

I am a PhD student currently in my second to last year. Last year something weird happened, my supervisor forced me into projects in which I was not interested. He forced me into collaborations which ...
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Masters advisors want me to become a Phd Student, but afraid he won't get tenure before I finish

I am a masters student in Computer Science in the U.S. I have been doing research with my advisor for the past year, and I really love the research area that I am doing, and been fortunate enough to ...
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How do I form a great relationship with my advisor? [duplicate]

I'm currently doing research work at a university for two years before I begin my doctoral studies. I just arrived here around 3 months ago. From what I've gathered, my advisor is genuinely a very ...
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How to recover from a bad time in a Master's program

I am in the second year of a engineering masters' program in the US. While I initially planned to go on to doing a PhD, my experience and performance in my masters' has not been great, and I am ...
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When Masters advisor said she will not gonna write a favorable rec letter to ph.d

I graduated from a Master's program in the US a couple of years ago. I had a conflict with my toxic advisor. It was a really really hard time for me. I came back to my own country and currently, I am ...
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How to communicate a late rejection of a PhD offer from a close contact?

My former supervisor from university offered me a PhD project two months ago. I gave it some thought, chatted with them once about the topic a month ago, talked to their current students, and then ...
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How long do I give my supervisor to read my paper?

I am looking to submit my paper in the very near future to a journal. What is a reasonable period of time to give my supervisor to read my paper? I set a deadline with my supervisor of when I would ...
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I ghosted a professor for two months. Not the first time this happens. Facing mental health issues but trying to recover. what to do now?

I am a delayed graduation facing (failed some subjects before, repeating a semester right now) 5th year integrated masters' student in a STEM field. I spoke to this professor about working a master's ...
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Master's supervisor said he didn't post projects because he's not taking in any students but said I should apply anyway for PhD in his group?

Basically the title. I have met my supervisor to ask for a LOR and he was genuinely surprised when I said I'm also applying to his group. He said he had already taken in 3 students and didn't want to ...
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How important it is to mention future research interests to a supervisor when asking for a LOR?

I saw this answer and thought I shot myself in the foot by messing up my meeting with my supervisor when asking for a letter of recommendation and not clearly mentioning what I am interested in. I did ...
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Convincing my advisor to let me submit to a relatively new conference

I'm a CS PhD student, I'd like to submit something at a conference that has a deadline next year. I mentioned submitting to this conference in an email to my advisor and after looking at it, they told ...
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Is there such a thing as "too much overlap" with the PhD supervisor?

Currently I am applying for PhDs in social anthropology in UK. I have multiple applications going on at the moment. One of my possible supervisors is directly working on the issue I proposed for my ...
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Should I exclude my supervisor as a reference when applying for academic jobs outside my PhD area?

I completed my PhD earlier this year and I will be applying for postdocs and faculty positions. My thesis is quite different to the field I'm applying to. Additionally, my relationship with my advisor ...
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Are my arguments valid?

Several weeks ago, I wrote an email to my supervisor asking for the purchase of a computer for me. He denied it it and told me that I don't need a dedicated computer. So, I though, I can apply to the ...
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Dealing with multiple projects and deadlines. Problem of co-authorships and funding

I'm in a tight spot: My advisor gave me an ultimatum of sorts—two projects (A, B), each with its own unique complexities and looming deadlines. My funding does not comes from these two research ...
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What to do when professor doesn't want to work with you anymore, but you want to submit past work done with him?

During the penultimate semester of my undergrad studies, I had approached a professor with a research idea, which he approved and both of us started working on it. We made substantial progress, but ...
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Is is appropriate to call a prospective PhD advisor?

Here's the general situation. I'm a prospective PhD student and there's this professor (say, professor X), that is very well established, is from a great institution, and works on a topic which is ...
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How do professors advise PhD students that are smarter than them?

I will be starting a position as an assistant professor shortly and I have recently received applications from PhD students who in my honest assessment are likely a bit smarter and more talented than ...
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How to find a mentor when your PhD advisor isn't enough?

I'm a third year PhD candidate and have been working in a field that is very cross cutting. For context, my department is chemistry, although my research is very far removed from chemical application. ...
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How do I ask for a few extra days to consider an offer of a PhD postion?

I emailed professor X some weeks ago. They had no PhD position open but told me they would get in touch again when and if some grant were to be approved (they might have a position then). He now ...
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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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PhD Advisor Slander to Postdoc PI

I recently, successfully defended my dissertation (2 months ago) and have been working as a postdoc in one of my committee member's lab since then. My PhD advisor is a malicious person who enjoys ...
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Choosing Between Postdoc Offers: Prestigious Institution vs. Favorable Conditions?

I'm faced with a choice between two postdoc positions and would appreciate some advice: Option A: Top 5 World University Project: Aligned with my expertise and research interests. Additional ...
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Asking reference to Y without letting colleague X know

Faculty member X offered me a PhD position, spontaneously. I have also been interviewing for a job. The company asks me now for a reference, and I clearly cannot provide X. I want to provide faculty ...
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What happens when a supervisor doesn't want to supervise a PhD student? [closed]

Suppose a PhD recruitment committee selected and assigned a PhD student to a certain supervisor. However, for some reason, the supervisor doesn't want to supervise this particular student. He wants an ...
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Ghosted by research colleague. How to proceed?

I am finding myself in a difficult situation with a research colleague. We worked on two projects - one currently with the journal and the other I am working on. She has gone completely silent despite ...
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Does a PhD student need approval of their supervisor to gather data?

Is it necessary for a PhD student to obtain their supervisor's approval before gathering data through interviews? How can you handle a supervisor who takes a longer time to respond to a student email?
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How to deal with a PhD student who is slow and disengaged

I am an assistant professor at a research institute (engineering discipline) in Eastern Europe. In our institute we operate a doctoral school. While our PhD students are required to complete ...
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Letter of recommendation from previous Masters advisor

I requested a letter of recommendation from my old MA advisor with whom I did an independent research seminar. They asked me to send them my Statement of Purpose, which I stated was a rough draft. I ...
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ABD candidate who developed cognitive deficits. Current functioning level is "borderline" with average intelligence. Is there a way to navigate this?

I'm a fourth year neurodivergent doctoral candidate who is also an instructor for this academic year (one year contract). I have had a tendency to make a fair amount of posts related to my struggles (...
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Is it possible to negotiate the PhD topic?

I have expressed my interest in the work of a professor. She does not perfectly match my interests but there is a good amount of overlap. Turns out that she has a PhD position open, with undefined ...
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PhD offer: what to do after a long reflection pause?

I have been offered a PhD position (to which I did not apply, it was from a professor who knows me). I am not entirely sure about accepting, but for various reasons I don't want to give a negative ...
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Reasonable to ask 2nd supervisor for more involvement?

Next week, I will be meeting with both my supervisors (and the PhD course director) to discuss coming back to the PhD after a break. This, I think, is a good chance to voice a variety of concerns. One ...
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Second PhD after a not successful PhD and not being trained enough by professor [duplicate]

It is my fifth year of graduate studies in chemistry. I haven't had enough training from my professor and I don't have enough confidence to do even a post-doc. It is so close to my graduation, that I ...
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Can I publish a paper during my PhD study without notifying my supervisor?

I have been working as a reserach assistant in an american university during my PhD study. My supervisor stopped my assistanship during a summer semester during my PhD. This was one semester before my ...
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Feeling lost with my master's thesis in a new field

Two years ago I started my master's course in mechatronics engineering in Italy. After one year of classes I applied for a double degree program proposed by the university. According to this program I ...
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Coworker hiding and stealing lab material

We found out that a graduate student coworker was hiding materials and even throwing them away when they realised they might get caught. With this they were not only stealing but also actively ...
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Writing to multiple PhD advisors in same group: a separate email?

I have contacted two potential PhD advisors in the same group, informing them that I also contacted the other one. They replied separately, one put the other in CC and the other mentioned having ...
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Advisor does not return paper

Two years ago I sent to my advisor and + 3 collaborators the paper that resulted from my dissertation. Two of them returned it within the deadline I set (30 days). An important collaborator who helped ...
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The UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings

I am planning to apply for a Ph.D. in management, and I am using The UTD Top 100 Business School Research Rankings to create my university list ( I only selected the journals related to my field). I ...
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My Master’s advisor is slowly killing me [closed]

I am Master’s student and finished 1.5 years. After first year, you are supposed to start your experiments but most people start even earlier. My advisor or PI or professor ,whatever you want to call, ...
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Cold emailing professors as a potential doctoral student 2024 [duplicate]

I graduated with a B.Sc in Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. I am planning to apply for Ph.D. programs for the spring/fall 2024 intake. My research ...
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Finding a PhD supervisor as an experienced professional working outside of academia

I am looking to apply for a PhD position at a UK university but I desperately feel I am in a catch 22 situation. What I've read online, is that supervisors are very busy and receive many such emails ...
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How to prepare/modify a CV for a PhD application?

I'm going to email a potential supervisor for a PhD opportunity in aerospace engineering (astrodynamics curriculum) for introducing myself and getting more information about the PhD. I would like ...
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What distinguishes top researchers from mediocre ones? [closed]

I am a PhD student studying theoretical physics at a US institution. I am now beginning my fourth year in the program, and struggling to solve my first research problem. I see PhD students around me ...
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Inquiring about PhD position

My uni advisor offered me, some months after my graduation, a PhD position in his group. I do not know any detail about such position. Right now I am more inclined going in different topics, and I am ...
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My advisor stopped formalizing my work, what should I do now?

Here is my situation: I am a Ph.D. student in theoretical CS. Since the start of my Ph.D. I have been sending my advisor the descriptions of my results verbally, he would usually ask me a bunch of ...
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The ethics of advisor co-opting idea

A few months back, I gave my STEM advisor (in the western world) an idea. He sounded excited, and we decided to work on it together. I told him about another idea, over email, that could be easily ...
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