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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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My advisor said that I should be more modest, and we should meet more often. Should I tell him about my impostor syndrome? If yes, mail or personal?

I am a PhD student in Europe, currently in my second year, and I have some attitude problems concerning my work. I really want to work on my problem, that's fine, but what bothers me is the following....
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How to handle an advisor who communicates badly and puts me in a bad position as a result?

I'm frequently put in an awkward position by my advisor: he communicates pretty badly (vague, doesn't give enough information, isn't clear with what he wants, references things that could mean many ...
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Details an applicant should include/exclude in an introductory letter to a prospective grad school adviser?

I'm applying for graduate school (PhD in computer science), and I'm considering writing to faculty whose research areas match with what I intend to pursue, to understand: Whether they'd be looking ...
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How to proceed when PhD advisor leaves academia or moves to a new university midway?

How can a PhD student proceed when his/her advisor quits midway? What should be the student's considerations when the professor offers him a choice to move along with him? Should it be the ...
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How to deal with advisor who wants me to submit dissertation on time even though there's a major problem?

I'm on my last month before the deadline to hand in my dissertation. I found a severe problem with the work that renders it pretty much pointless and I pointed out to my advisor that I would need ...
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How not to lose confidence in front of supervisor?

I have been working on my doctoral thesis with a very well known professor in the field. I am going to finish 1 year of my study with him. As usual, we have been meeting every week at least once on ...
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A professor stole my dissertation topic. Now what?

After completing my dissertation proposal, I got data from a company for my idea. After that, I was searching to find an advisor for my dissertation. I talked with an assistant professor. Let's call ...
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In academic papers, is it really a bad thing to not report the relatively not good results?

I am going to submit a computer science paper to a conference. So the thing is fairly simple. On some datasets with 1:1 ratio, our model achieves really good performance. On datasets with 1:5 or 1:10 ...
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My advisor wants me to make my PhD thesis weaker

I am a final year PhD student in mathematics at a university in Spain and about to submit my thesis in a few weeks. During the last months, I have been writing up the remaining details of a project. ...
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How do I find a new advisor for an unvaccinated graduate student?

Summary: I am closing my laboratory, and need to find a new placement for a PhD student who has strong anti-vaccination beliefs. Every professor on campus knows about it. How I can help them find new ...
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Should I let my former undergraduate advisor know that my PhD advisor was abusive?

18 months into my PhD (after I had passed my quals), my advisor became so emotionally abusive and bullying that I had to take a semester off (I was already dealing with diagnosed depression). While I ...
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Could an inexperienced advisor hurt my career?

I have been offered a PhD position by an inexperienced professor in a great institution in Europe. Despite the fact that the institution is very strong in my area, since the position was offered by ...
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I believe my department is failing to enforce standards in doctoral examinations. How to proceed?

I have witnessed multiple doctoral examinations at my (top-10 rated) university in which the student did not, in my opinion, demonstrate the required level of knowledge and understanding under ...
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How can I finish my PhD in the next year when I don't have any interesting results yet?

I'm doing my PhD in mathematics (Germany) for four years, and I have agreed with my supervisor that I should finish within the next half a year. I am not very confident that this is a realistic ...
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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 handle a PI who constantly threatens to kick me out of their lab?

I am a first-year PhD student in Biology and I am currently working in a lab for a very hard-to-please PI (a new PI who started a couple years ago and only just recruited her first few graduate ...
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To stay or leave PhD after having completed 4 years

I apologize if this is too long a post, but I could really do with a few pointers about my current situation. I am 25 years old and I will complete 4 years of my PhD in a computational applied ...
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How do I become motivated after unfairness in research?

I'm a chemistry undergrad in the honors college at my school and the following happened: Last Spring, the college held a research conference and I did REALLY well with one judge (49/50) and ...
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How do advisors typically apply pressure on PhD students to get work done?

I tend to get much work done when some external force (a teacher) applies pressure. Skills such as speed reading and rapid writing come to me only while working under pressure. Also, sometimes the ...
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How to approach PhD admissions after leaving previous PhD because my advisor tried to force me to manipulate data

I started my PhD in one of the very well renowned institutes in Germany. Unfortunately, in the middle I was forced very much to manipulate the data. I was extremely upset and did not know what to do. ...
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Can I successfully adapt to an advisor who will not push me to work?

I am currently a first-year graduate student, now in the process of figuring out who I'd like to have as my thesis advisor. Of course, compatibility of research interests is quite important, but ...
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Should I secretly record a meeting to prove I'm being discriminated against?

I'm a PhD student at a university in the UK. The head and director of graduate studies at my department are trying to get me removed from the department. Almost all of this is going on over my head, ...
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Tips for being the first graduate student of a PI?

I have a very high expectation of a lab that I want to join and It's highly possible for me to eventually do that after my rotation period ends. The PI is the kind of person whom I have been looking ...
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Should I email old supervisor about my progress?

I might collaborate with an old supervisor in the future and would like to keep in touch. Is it a good idea to send an email to him about the progress I've made in my career? Also, what's the best ...
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Department member forwarded complaint about professor to that professor

I am an undergraduate at a US college. I wanted to take a course in a specific area of my major so that I could do better research during the summer. I do not have the prerequisite courses but I have ...
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How to tell my advisor I don't want to stay in academia

I don't want to stay in academia after finishing my PhD. My current research field is not exciting to me anymore, but also I am too old to change fields. Although my research and my interest were so ...
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Does it amount to plagiarism by supervisor?

I have been working on an idea for last 2 years almost independently along with other research works. My advisor did not believe in my work much initilally, so I did not get an RA for two years even ...
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As a supervisor, what feedback would you expect from a PhD who quits?

I’m quitting my PhD. The decision has been made. The reasons boil down to diminished interest in the research subject and disappointment with the university’s managerial practices (nothing is done on ...
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What should I ask my potential Ph.D advisor in advance, before actually signing a contract?

I'm currently applying for a Ph.D in Germany. Next week I'm sitting down with my potential Ph.D advisor to have a talk about the program. Currently I'm collecting questions about things like ...
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I found out my master's thesis topic has already been done (exactly), and my advisor didn't mention this when suggesting it to me - how to proceed?

I am really frustrated, I have started my research for my master thesis 6 months ago and I have to submit the final draft after 2 months. I was interested in a specific topic and I looked for a ...
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What if your advisor does not know anything about your research field?

I am a PhD student in Mathematics. I have found one advisor in my local University who does not know my research field at all, but has allowed me to choose my own problems and solve them ...
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How to deal with supervisor who required me to share all my work with him?

I am graduating with my Ph.D. very soon. In addition to my thesis and published journal papers, my supervisor required me to copy all my work—code, figure files, data, etc.—to him before my leaving. ...
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Shall I go and see my advisor's father who is on his death bed?

In my country in East Asia, it is extremely impolite if I don't do it when I have this information. However, the US and the EU are known to be more "professional", in my humble opinion. So, ...
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How do I tell my supervisor his idea is incorrect?

My supervisor gave me some guidance in order to complete my Masters thesis and to publish the result in a journal. His idea to develop the work is not correct and in this case I know my thesis better ...
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My undergraduate research advisor pressures me to work more hours than I want to, but I don't want to risk ruining the relationship. How to proceed?

I am burned out and exhausted and need a place to rant and get advice. =( I am an undergraduate student majoring in Information Systems who was hired a few months ago to work in a Human-Computer ...
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How to deal with constant pressure given by advisor

I am a third-year PhD student in mathematics from a very reputed institute in my country. I have one problem to share and discuss that is related with my guide. He is a senior professor in our ...
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Advisor asking me to use my grant to cover his orders

I am now working as a postdoctoral researcher in Japan. I came to work at this institute when it received a big grant from government more than 2 years ago. My research budget is paid from a small ...
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My advisor wants me to include a name of someone who has no contribution to the paper

My first advisor wants me to include my second advisor's name in a paper that I worked on before she (2nd advisor) came along. Should I include her name even though she didn't do anything in that ...
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Fellow student seems to be chasing rainbows. Should I step in?

I am currently writing my bachelor's thesis, and share advisors with a fellow student, who is also working in the same office as I am. We exchange daily about our progress. I am under the impression ...
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My adviser wants to be the first author

I am working on a paper after finishing my Masters. I did all the lab research and writing of the manuscript. My professor was only involved to guide me throughout the research and read my writing and ...
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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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What are the risks and benefits of being the first PhD of a new supervisor?

I am interested in a PhD project which will be supervised by somebody who has never supervised a PhD student before. In fact, this research group is not yet completely established. On their website ...
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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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Supervisor not approving submission because of coauthor he didn't approve of

Okay I'm pretty desperate here. I'm a PhD student. I had a cosupervisor (Prof Y) that my supervisor (and head of center, Prof X) removed (without consulting me) from my project and assigned (again ...
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What are some good things to make explicit between a student and his supervisor when beginning a PhD?

This question is motivated by the fact that my last research internship was unsatisfactory in my relation with my supervisor. Partly because of me, I may have tried to be too much autonomous, rarely ...
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How do I tell my advisor about mental health problems?

I'm an undergraduate student (20f). I have 2 academic advisors - one in the Honors College & one in my department. I met with the Honors advisor recently to discuss study abroad and we somehow got ...
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Advisor dies suddenly, advice needed for research students

This has not happened to me, but to a friend in the final stages of her PhD, she and the rest of the research group are understandably devastated, as the advisor was not only (in my friend's words), ...
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How to get an advisor for my amateur research?

I'm about to embark on a research project in complex systems on my own spare time. It seems like the idea I have is a good one. However, it would be better, for obvious reasons, to have an experienced ...
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How to write an effective but very gentle reminder email to supervisor to check the Manuscript?

I had submitted my first manuscript to my supervisor in 2013. He checked it after one year and finally submit it to a journal in Jan 2015. After one major revision, it got accepted with a minor ...
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My advisor refuses to write me a recommendation for my PhD application unless I apply to his lab

I got my master’s degree in China and had worked for two years as a visiting student in the US. Although my master thesis’s supervisor promised to write me a recommendation letter, my visiting student ...
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