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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 to respond to a professor asking for investment in their business?

A few weeks back the prof asked me to invest in his business. That is a significant amount for us, I do not understand why he is proposing that. I wonder what should we do with this proposal. What can ...
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I have found that academia is not for me. Expected last year of my Ph.D soon. Any advice on transitioning out?

I am an upcoming fourth year Ph.D student in Applied Experimental Psychology with an accepted MA in Experimental Psychology who has realized that academia is just not for me. The notion that all of my ...
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How to handle potentially gaslighting and very confusing PhD advisor?

I’m a new PhD student (3 months in) of a niche area, and I now feel like my supervisor (f, 56) has been constantly gaslighting me. English is not my first language and this is a really confusing ...
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Possible choices for switching programs in the same university

I am in a program A as a first year student and I failed one of two qualifying exam parts. However, when I applied for double checking my answers, I met plenty of obstacles. One professor initially ...
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Conference, poster, and publication gaps due to COVID and poor advising. How to explain for the future?

I am a soon to be fourth year doctoral student with an already finished Master's degree in the same field (Experimental Psychology). I interviewed for a consulting company a few weeks ago and the ...
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Is a second PhD a good way to change research direction as I approach finishing my PhD? [duplicate]

I am sorry here but I am very anxious about my future. The conditions are as follows: There is only one year left before I get my PhD in physics major. I need to finish my dissertation in 6 months. ...
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I want to quit my PhD in year 4 because I'm depressed and unhealthy. How to do it nicely? [closed]

I'm an international student doing a PhD in California (UCR) for the past 4 years. This period of time has been nothing but nightmares. At least I got my masters last year, but immediately after I ...
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Completed a Master's at a program with a bad reputation and no tuition waiver. Will that be judged post Ph.D? [duplicate]

I am a soon to be fourth year doctoral candidate this coming academic year. I previously completed a Master's in Experimental Psychology (now called Psychological Sciences. No Ph.D program there) that ...
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Negotiating the number of articles during PhD

I have contacted a professor at a prestigious university. They mention they'd be glad to have me as a PhD student, if some funding gets approved. However, to complete the PhD program I am expected by ...
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No answer after one week follow up. Contact administration office appropriate? [duplicate]

I have contacted a professor (in Germany) to ask if he would take me as a PhD student. I have written to him a follow up email 7 days after the first contact, and now it's two weeks with no answer. Is ...
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How to handle endless revision requests for PhD thesis?

I am in my 5th year of my PhD and handed in the draft of myentire thesis in December 2022. I discussed wanting to defend in August 2023, and was told that this was doable and to look for an external. ...
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What are some effective strategies for successfully advising a part-time Ph.D. student in Engineering?

I have experience of working with a few full-time students, but I am now faced with the prospect of advising a part-time student for the first time. To gain insights into this unique scenario, I ...
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Drop from co-authorship of manuscript

I was on a internship abroad. We started a topic that is also carried out by their other student. The new research was repetitive, so I decided to take my time and automate the process. I spent some ...
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Confused over these terminologies "Dissertation" vs. "Thesis"

I'm a Master's student and I will defend my study in a month. Tomorrow is the deadline to upload my manuscript. The university announced two deadlines a week apart from each other One for Thesis (...
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Second email to professor or secretary?

Professor X says on his page that to apply for a PhD position, one should send (unspecified) application documents to his secretary. After 7 days of doing so I have received no answer. The professor's ...
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My supervisor suddenly told me not to submit to the top conference

As a newcomer to research I'd like to ask a question about submitting papers to conferences. My supervisor has been telling me before that my project can be submitted to the top conference and she's ...
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Best practices to manage the workflow with your thesis committee (Ph.D.)?

I am doing my Ph.D. in the Social Sciences and I am reflecting on how to optimize the workflow with my thesis committee (three advisors) in the implementation of feedback on chapters or papers. I ...
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Change of University Marie Curie program

Hello I'm in a cofunded PhD program with the University X (This means that the University X pays half of my salary) but my suepervisor decided to quit the project and I couldn't find a supervisor ...
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Where should I put a plot that summarizes my entire thesis?

My thesis is structured as: Introduction Methods Study A Study B Conclusion Appendix Bibliography. I have a plot that summarizes both study A and study B. The logical place to put it would be the ...
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Changing PhD supervisor before officially starting program

TL; DR: I want to switch my supervisor that I confirmed with before beginning my neuroscience PhD in September. I'm officially accepted into the program under this supervisor, signed the letter of ...
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Can I ask a specific person to leave my defence meeting?

There is a student that I helped a lot which I shouldn't. Now I don't like her to attend my defence while she has the same supervisor as me. Can I ask her to leave if my supervisor invited her by any ...
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PI cutting 2/3 of stipend without notice. Any recommendation?

I am asking on behalf of a friend who is in their second year of their PhD in the US. This month, without any notice or warning, their stipend is reduced by two-third (normal stipend is $2300, now is $...
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Do I have an obligation to finish papers after submitting my PhD?

I'm aware this is similar to questions which have been asked previously (e.g. this question about PhD supervisor requests), however I believe due to the specific nature of the supervisor-student ...
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What do you do with graduate students who don't want to work, sit around talk all day, and are negative such that others don't want to be there?

I have a biomedical lab. There are graduate students who don't do their work. Instead, both of them spend most of their time talking (not about their research). They also complain a lot and make a ...
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Shall I quit as a co-author on this paper?

I was involved with a physician in the write up of a unique case report. In May 2022 we started the project. I wrote the introduction, case reports after interviewing the patients, prevalence data ...
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How can I supervise a careless student?

I am a postdoc in physics and was in an advisory role in a project with an undergraduate student majoring in math. It was my first time collaborating with someone junior to me. The collaboration was ...
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My PI suggested that another postdoc draft an individual fellowship proposal centered around my original idea

I won a grant that I wrote myself, but it was awarded under my PI's name due to the rules that prohibited including my own name. Nevertheless, I was thrilled about it as it is highly beneficial for my ...
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How to deal with supervisor that changes prerequisites for PhD completion?

I am currently facing a challenging situation with my supervisor, which has persisted for a considerable time. I wont go into too much detail but she more or less thinks of PhD students as slave. ...
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What are desirable traits for a PhD advisor?

What is your advice on how to select a graduate advisor? What are the must have, good to have, must avoid, and "run, disaster ahead"? traits in a PhD advisor? How does one get this ...
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Was I wrong to tell about communication issues to my supervisor?

I am a PhD student working in Europe in the stem field, and I have recently told my supervisor about an unpleasant email (-reply) which I received from his previous PhD student. He is currently ...
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Advisor not responding to MS student, not sure if he hates me

So I'm a MS student in Computer Engineering just doing a capstone project as one of my requirements for graduation. My advisor had been nice and assigned me a partner to work on the project. However, ...
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Can a professor advise a Ph.D. student while taking extended leave (one year without pay) from a university in the USA [closed]

My advisor is planning to take a one-year leave for personal reasons. He will be returning to his home country, and the leave will be without pay. I am currently in my second year as a Ph.D. student. ...
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Would I get a PhD offer without reference letter? [duplicate]

I am putting this question because I have not seen a question that addresses if a candidate can get admission into Ph.D. without a reference letter. I am considering looking for PhD positions but I ...
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Does a professor's lack of belief in you mean you're a bad researcher? [closed]

I have always struggled with confidence issues and impostor syndrome. Which means that I have never believed that I'm an extraordinary researcher, getting by at best. But I have done some things that ...
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Ph.D candidate (ABD) in a tough position. Any advice? [closed]

I am an upcoming fourth year doctoral candidate (ABD) in an experimental psychology Ph.D program with a Master's (before matriculation to my Ph.D program) who is expected to wrap up sometime next ...
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When Masters advisor is toxic, is it a good idea to request a rec letter for ph.d?

My former Master's advisor is toxic, and we had conflicts. I cannot go into detail, I am afraid it will reveal who I am. I am an international student, and I earned a master's degree in the United ...
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Supervisor excessively adding self-citations to our paper

I'm a first-year PhD student working alongside my supervisor on my second paper. So far, the process has been that I write a draft, he adds some comments/text where necessary, and we re-iterate. This ...
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Applications from external candidates should be sent to graduate school

I would like to pursue a PhD. The professor I am interested in collaborating with states on their website that applications from students outside their university should be directed to the university'...
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Received an ultimatum from PhD advisor to leave that broke me completely. How to cope emotionally?

I am a PhD student in an American university, on year 4 of a 5-6 year program. Recently (three months ago), my advisor told me to leave the program since he doesn't think this subject is for me (he ...
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PhD advisor keeps insisting I define commonly used terms (terms of art) [closed]

I work in an NLP-adjacent area and while my advisor is pretty familiar with NLP in general, she isn't super familiar with the specific sub-domain I'm working in. While editing my paper, she strongly ...
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Is it okay to debug for student?

I am an assistant professor at an R1 university. I am advising an undergraduate student whose major is mechanical engineering. He tried really hard but cannot figure out how to do a python code (~300 ...
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Taking a long time to graduate from my MSc. How this is going to impact my PhD admission?

I enrolled in a master's program in computational mathematics, I completed my courses in a year and a half and got 3.98/4.00 CGPA (ranked 1st in my batch) then, I waited for some time to find an ...
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Coauthor ghosted me after paper rejection

I'm early in my career (undergrad in US) and I coauthored a paper with a graduate student. The paper is not groundbreaking by any stretch of the imagination, but it is my first publishable(?) research ...
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Will I be able to complete my PhD? Or should I search for other PhDs?

I have finished my Masters in physics in 2020. After two years of work experience as a research associate, I secured PhD at a good university. My adviser took me solely because of my old advisor's ...
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Collaborators have asked me to oversee another PhD student’s work, how to proceed?

A newer PhD student in my lab has begun conducting research very similar to mine. We are both working on a large body of research, and although the projects are similar, their research will ultimately ...
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How much control does my advisor have if I'm on fellowship?

I'm a second year Ph.D. student in STEM and I have a lot of "clashes" with my advisor. Some are serious issues: (1) he wouldn't talk to me, the 1st author, about a project and instead met 1-...
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Phd Advisor with Apparent Mental Deterioration

I am a 3rd year phd student in Europe, and my advisor told me that he has a neurological issue. I believe that this is causing some terrible form of mental deterioration which is affecting my work. ...
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How to discuss/arrange/settle on a graduation plan with my PhD advisor?

I am a sixth year PhD student in a STEM field at a US university. I want to do a postdoc after graduation and remain in academia. I am unsure how to discuss/arrange/settle on (couldn't find an ...
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Retaliation after grade dispute (story shortened) [closed]

After submitting my grade dispute request to my department (STEM field), my advisor started to become abusive towards me. Originally I speculated that the department may have let him know the fact ...
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Looking for a PhD but I don't know how to find an advisor and my chances of success

To begin with, I must point out two things: first, to read this post faster, you can skip directly to the questions and the paragraph before them; second, although I mention a specific field of ...
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