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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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About switching advisors

I am a third-year PhD student at a US institution. I have been thinking of changing my research group basically for two reasons: 1) my research interests have become quite different from the interests ...
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My old advisor won't let me go ahead and submit my paper. What do I do?

I am a PhD student currently needing advice on a paper submission issue with a previous supervisor (or advisor/mentor in some countries). Last year, I discovered that my supervisor had not gotten ...
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Undergraduate supervisor is way too hands-off. Is that normal?

I'm a junior student at a competitive university in my home country and I major in a mathematical field. Last year, I went to the (tenured) professor who matched my interest and she said she normally ...
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Advisor never included me in their research

I am a current 4th year Ph.D. student in social science. In my first year, my advisor asked me to focus on my courses so I did no research even though I wanted to. In my second year, I proposed my own ...
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Should I tell my advisor about the way she has advised me?

I am approaching the end of my PhD. My relationship with my supervisor has been really complicated: I get on very well with her personally, but in terms of supervision/research it's a struggle. I didn'...
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Should my advisor be an author when I found the research question and answered it?

My master's advisor proposed to me a research point that was already published. I found another question, modified the methodology, and got new results, and I am planning to publish the work. He didn'...
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What should I do after my PhD supervisor calls me a retard to my face?

I am in the 5th year of my Ph.D. studies. My Ph.D. supervisor always likes to mentally and verbally abuse me and some of our group members. This time, I really could not take it anymore and I want to ...
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Can I submit articles in top math journals from my master's thesis (after the defense)?

I am writing my master's thesis and my advisor is taking the total hands-off approach (I am mentioning that because I am still waiting to hear his feedback on the work when he reads it). He wants me ...
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Is it right to ask my advisor to let me prepare my defense talk alone?

I'm a math major and I'm finishing my bachelor thesis. I was lucky enough to find a hardworking and caring advisor to work with. I'm very grateful with him for his guidance but, during this time, I ...
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Choosing a conference and a paper publishing house - is it only a student responsibility when cooperating with supervisor?

I wrote an article that was a conference paper with my supervisor. It is to be published online in Conference Proceedings Magazine. Just some of the few of the chosen articles are about to be ...
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Contraints for an article

I'd like to write a scientific article from my master's thesis. My supervisor offered to collaborate on this, and become co-author. I would answer positively if it wasn't for the following ...
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Supervisor accuses other person of copying my PhD ideas and now he offers her my teachings next semester. What should I do?

I am on my 2nd year of PhD. Some months ago, a woman from another department had similar PhD ideas to me and my advisor's other student. Our supervisor was furious when he realised this and he accused ...
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One of my postdocs elegantly solved a problem another postdoc had been working on for years. I have no idea how to navigate this delicate situation

I run a lab in an applied computational field (e.g. computational biology/chemistry/physics etc.) One of my postdocs (“A”) has been working on a problem for the last two years. They have made good ...
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Can my major advisor leave if I have co-advisor

My major advisor has asked another professor to be my co-advisor behind my back. What does that mean ? I have told the other professor that if the arrangement will be beneficial for him, I am ok. My ...
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How to help PhD students when they get blocked (for months) trying to figure out an extremely complicated technical procedure?

My Ph.D. student is stuck on some technicality of their project. It's taken months already, and there is no good progress. The problem lies beyond their project focus and skill set. Thus, even after ...
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Could I ask an ex-advisor to show me the letter of recommendation he wrote for me?

Is it possible to ask somebody who wrote me a letter of recommendation to show me the letter? or is it impolite in academia? - The letter is a requirement to participate in a top networking conference ...
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Who is the PhD student to their supervisor?

I do not fully understand which interest a supervisor has in their student's work. Is the Ph.D. student somebody who the supervisor should teach, a colleague, an employee, or an independent researcher ...
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How do I get better feedback from my PhD advisor and when I do move on if I can not?

I am a PhD student and the next milestone in my program is my thesis proposal. I need to present what I plan to do for my thesis including specific aims, major contributions, timeline, etc... to my ...
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Do I need to have a well defined PhD Research proposal before contacting a supervisor?

I am in the UK and I am looking to contact a supervisor about starting a PhD. First, I know the area that I want to focus on but I don't have a defined research project just yet. I'd like to define ...
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how to deal with unengaged supervisor MSc thesis?

I am MSc student, data-science, and a senior student - I mean, I invested on a degree in later age of my life with desire to get into research roles. I was assigned a supervisor for my MSc Thesis who ...
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How much technical / debugging help should I expect my advisor to provide?

My supervisor said to me that a supervisor isn't expected to help a student with such problems as errors in statistical packages (R, etc). I suppose it refers to all sort of data managing questions. I ...
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PhD Admissions Decline/ Accept

I have been admitted to three PhD programs but I am leaning to program A. Program B is attractive and simply only with the admission letter and fellowship letter I'm not sure if it's the right school ...
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How do you decide whether to let a student asking for a (professor-level) advisor to be apart of their senior/junior undergraduate thesis? [closed]

What are your expectations for a student asking for an advisor for a senior/junior undergraduate thesis and what do students need to have to write a approvable junior/senior thesis? Is there some ...
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How to communicate with my former co-advisor and professors I want to decline a PhD offer to re-apply next year? [closed]

Recently, I got accepted into a very top PhD program in humanities will full-funding in the UK (Cambridge). On paper, my situation seems ideal. However, I strongly doubt whether or not I should accept ...
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Do I need to sign ex-advisor's PhD dissertation?

This post is an extension of this previous situation that I discussed a few years ago here: Supervisor has said some very disgusting things online, should I pull my name from our paper? That advisor ...
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How do I handle a conflict with my former mentor about a potential paper correction?

During my postdoc, I published two research papers as the first author, with my mentor (a Professor at an Ivy League institution) as the corresponding/senior author. Months after publishing the papers,...
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Does telling people that I (undergrad) want to stay in academia come across as naive and/or big-headed?

I am an undergrad planning to apply to MA-PhD cognitive neuroscience programs either this year or next. I've decided to try to approach grad school in a way that will maximize my chances of getting a ...
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Help with navigating a publication related conversation with my PI

I have been working on a research study remotely with my PI for over two years and we finally submitted our paper early last year. We received some promising feedback from the reviewers and had most ...
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My assigned postdoc mentor is not a good fit. How to proceed?

I finished my Ph.D in applied mathematics in a US institution last May. I have now started my postdoc position at another US institution last Fall. My post-doc is funded by the department of ...
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Advisor published some of my ideas (that I am working on in my master's) without informing me

My advisor gave me a broad topic to research. I found a really good question and have done a big part of the work answering it but, have not finished yet, then applied to a prestigious conference to ...
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My supervisor is suggesting implementing an idea that they previously rejected

I am in a very confusing situation. I am almost 3 years into my PhD project, and just today my direct supervisor suggested to me to read a paper in the best journal a PhD student would want to publish ...
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How can I deal with being overwhelmed with large/not very concrete tasks and little support as an undergraduate?

I'm an undergraduate doing research and I have some friends in a similar field who also started in a close timeframe. While my friends have very detailed and concrete tasks (e.g. watch X lecture, do X ...
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How to deal with depression due to changing PhD advisor?

Previously I was working with professor A. During that time I feel lost: progress moved much slower than I expected and it's quite difficult to learn new skills required in the lab, which cannot ...
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When citing your advisor's past work, how can I proceed when their papers are poorly written?

I am reviewing the MsC. dissertation of a friend of mine before it is submitted to the evaluation board. I started looking for formatting errors, badly written parts, malformed citations, typos, ...
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Supervisor taking first authorship after student has left university

(I am posting this for advice regarding somebody else’s problem, but for simplicity, let me pretend it's me. To clarify misunderstandings in the comments: I am asking on behalf of my partner and can ...
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Advice to get new PhD opportunities

I have a master's degree in Mathematics in a specialty X. I got a scholarship to do a PhD thesis in a specialty Y in another country. I have started working on my thesis and I have devoted most of my ...
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Guide won't let me publish research that supersedes his own work

This is a follow-up from Patching things up with advisor? He has been avoiding me since I found a simple answer to a problem he thought would be challenging I'm a math PhD student in the western world....
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What to do if my former master’s advisors gave my PhD topic idea to other students?

At the beginning of the year, I sent an email to my former advisor to ask him for advice on PhD topics. I sent him several ideas, one of them was a four pages research proposal (with methodology and ...
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Potential grad school advisor and GPA for admissions

Does your GPA matter if you already have a potential research advisor in the wings? I ask because I realize that I may struggle when applying for graduate schools. It looks like I will do a masters ...
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After almost three years of research, I am at my wits' end. What should I do now?

After I got my masters, I started my PhD project three years ago. My start coincided with the start of the pandemic. I spent many many months all on my own with little to no help and no equipment at ...
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PhD supervisor with cases of scientific misconduct

I started my PhD with my present supervisor a couple of years back. Her profile looked interesting. However, suddenly her previous work started receiving comments on publicly available domains (...
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Are my expectations unprofessional about my graduate advisor?

I am in my first year of MSc program and I have some concerns and I would appreciate it if you could let me know whether these expectations are unreasonable. Before I start my work with my advisor, we ...
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Travel reimbursement for grant: The lab doesn't want to provide bank account details

I am a PhD student, who has been awarded a young researcher grant, which I intend to use to work at another (host) institute which my home institute is collaborating with. In order to accept the grant ...
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changing lab during PhD [duplicate]

I have started my PhD recently (4 months back). I did not enroll at university yet due to technical reasons. From the start I was having second thoughts about the institute and place and it feels like ...
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What impact does a potential advisor have in Phd admissions?

Sorry if this question has been asked before. I recently reached out to the advisor I want to do my PhD with. This is a person that I have corresponded with in the past (I wanted to collaborate with ...
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Is it possible to switch advisor if I am already behind in progress?

My professor has recently told me she might need to fire me because I am very behind in progress, unless I switch to a different lab and advisor. Because of the pandemic and everything, I've been ...
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How exactly should I change research groups during the PhD? [closed]

I am a PhD student in physics at a US university. I am currently in my third year and I do not feel that my research interests are perfectly aligned with that of the group. Besides a mismatch of ...
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To what extent can good Honours marks and research experience make up for middling undergrad grades?

I am halfway through my Honours at an Australian University and am wanting some advice about grad school admissions and acceptance. Last year I got accepted into an honours program at one of the top ...
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What do PhD supervisors think when their senior graduate student makes mistakes? [duplicate]

If a senior math PhD student makes mistakes or gives a wrong mathematical argument that illustrates some misconception in the understanding of the concept, do the PhD supervisors think less of him? ...
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How to deal with my former MA advisor behavior

I graduated last year with a Master’s degree in history at a top institution in my field and received a very good grade for my dissertation. Unfortunately, my relationship with my advisor was not very ...
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