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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What should I do if my advisor doesn't know my research field?

I have just started my PhD with the same advisor of my Master Degree. We are working in Cosmology, a new topic for my advisor who has worked for years in QFT. I owe him a lot and I learnt a lot of ...
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Prospective student’s first email to a potential advisor? [duplicate]

I am applying for an MSc program and I need to find an advisor prior to sending in my application. I have heard conflicting advise regarding what to put in my first email. I would like some opinion on ...
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When sending a CV for MSc thesis, should I omit any evidence that I am not going to end up doing a PhD?

Before long, the research interests of the faculty members at the university I am at will be expressed to us with regards to MSc dissertation ideas. (I am in the computer science department at a ...
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Changing research field mid Ph.D. vs Leaving Institute with no Ph.D

I am doing my Ph.D. (physics) in a country where there is a countrywide Ph.D. entrance exam. I appeared for the entrance exam and got into (arguably) the best institute in my country. This was 3 years ...
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Which is more important for phd? university or supervisor? [duplicate]

If you ought to choose a Phd program in scientific/engineering field: a top 10 university without good supervisor and almost self-guiding or a top 200 with expert in the field?
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How should I tell my PhD advisor that I want join a PhD program at a different university abroad?

I began my PhD in October 2016 following my master's degree. I have been progressing quite well in terms of the work but I want to address and take up some other (but related) problems for my PhD. ...
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Is it possible to transfer schools in the middle of a Master's program? [duplicate]

I entered my university a year ago. I am enrolled in the master's thesis program. I wanted to do a thesis , but none of the faculty in my department who do fluid dynamics have an opening for a new ...
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A question about thesis supervisor responsibility

I have heard many people in academics state that a thesis is a students own project and that only the student is responsible for its quality and completion. Unfortunatelythis does not agree with my ...
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Advice for choosing PhD advisor and university [duplicate]

I am confused about choosing my PhD advisor and university. I have got two offer from professors in A and B universities. the rank of University A is around 45 and the advisor is very nice, flexible, ...
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First email to potential PhD advisor

I am currently doing a PhD in university X, but I am planning to quit, since I am looking for something more involved in my research interest. Should I mention it in my first email to a potential phd ...
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Is it possible to do a PhD with a Professor Emeritus? [duplicate]

The professor I want to work with for my PhD has recently changed status to Professor Emeritus. Would it still, in principle, be possible to do my PhD under his supervision or this just not possible? ...
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I am close to admission to a PhD program. How should I get a co-supervisor from another school?

I am close to be admitted to a PhD program. How can I get a co-supervisor from another school ? U21 is not the only alternative, but I did explore it. My potential school participates in U21. However, ...
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Asking professors to advise me during a self study after graduation in exchange for programming work

I plan to study a topic which is at the intersection of several fields. I am not aware of a graduate degree in this topic, so I will self-study it after graduating. I will receive my undergraduate ...
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Should the Advisors and PIs always be a coauthor? [duplicate]

I am collaborating with another person on a paper and I was wondering if we are suppose to write our advisor's name in our papers merely because they funded us and looked over the paper?
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A potential supervisor didn't respond to my email. It's been a week, does this mean he's not interested? [duplicate]

A week ago I contacted a potential supervisor with shared interests. He answered back on the same day, positively reflecting his will to cooperate and support my application. I replied to him on the ...
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How to decide if an advisor should be considered as a co-author of a paper or not? [duplicate]

I’m a PhD student working in CS. My advisor does not understand the subject I’m working on as it’s a bit off-topic compared to the topics addressed in the lab. He does get the main idea, but does not ...
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What to do when an advisor asks you to draft your recommendation? [duplicate]

A friend of mine is applying to graduate schools, and his research advisor asked him to write the recommendation and he would sign it as his own. It doesn't seem possible for my friend to write a ...
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Pros and cons to having two advisors [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the advantages and disadvantages of having multiple advisers? What are the advantages to having a single advisor vs having two co-advisors?
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Is it my responsibility as an undergrad student to figure out if my thesis is affordable?

I have an undergrad thesis idea that involves transformers. I am trying to take the lead on the idea before I contact a professor about it - i.e. figuring out exactly how I'd make it happen, and if it ...
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Talking to supervisor about PhD projects

I am an international PhD student, in the last lap of my PhD, and have a little more than a year to defend my thesis. My work is in theory, and our simulations take a lot of computing time. As we are ...
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My Phd advisor does not appreciate anything I do, and provides no help [closed]

I have completed five years in my Ph.D. (computer science) in a reputed research institute in India. The area of my research is not Machine Learning or Data Science, nothing to do with data. I have ...
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Stuck with an advisor who is unprofessional

I'm a Masters student in computer science. My current advisor is completely un-professional. He doesn't only write bad letters of recommendations for his students in order to keep them working for him,...
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PhD completion hanging in balance [closed]

I am a Bioinformatics PhD student at a US university. I left the university (stopped enrolling after informing my advisor) in Aug 2014 since I was not making much headway with my research for a long ...
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Is university allowed to refuse to confirm my masters theme due to lack of appropriate research staff?

I am paying for my studies and I have chosen my own theme for my MS thesis. It is in artificial general intelligence and symbolic methods, rather rare theme. I am promising to do all the work fully ...
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Should I talk to my professor about my grade? [closed]

I just found my grades for the fall semester, in an introduction to international relations class that I took, I got a B. I got a 93% on the midterm, which was worth 25% of the grade. I always ...
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Look for a second advisor while on the first, any advice?

Due to incompatibility with my current advisor, I am currently looking for other advisor on his back. Any advice? I am so scared that what if he discovers that I'm looking around. Now I have tried to ...
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Can I publish a research paper without notifying my supervisor (the corresponding author)?

My professor doesn’t want to publish and he keeps delaying it. I had an intense argument with him and I feel that if he will publish, he will not include me. He is quite rude to me recently, although ...
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What do you think of the reply and do you think he is interested in me and my application?

Recently i have been applying to various Ph.D. programs and i have approached many professors as my potential supervisors and among those, i applied to Harvard and this is what the Director of the ...
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Do I call my supervisor “dean” or “professor”?

My supervisor is the dean of an engineering department at my university. Should I address him as Dean Smith or Professor Smith? Personally, dean sounds a little clunky for me talking to my faculty ...
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Host prof stole my Ph.D. topic during my visit [closed]

I have been a visiting researcher to fulfil my Ph.D. and to do the experimental step of my Ph.D. A month ago I understood that my host professor stole my Ph.D. topic and idea and he is writing a ...
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Thanking supervisor after a year

About a year ago, I finished my Master's thesis, which was supervised by one professor from my university, and two people from a different university. One of the two is a professor, but he was not ...
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How do I tell my current research advisor I want to work in a related field with another professor?

I am currently an undergraduate student looking to work on a senior thesis. Over the course of the past summer and sporadically throughout the Fall semester, I worked with a professor in extremal ...
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Are there any negative consequences associated with asking your former advisor about the status of a joint paper collaboration?

I coauthored a paper with my former advisor and he sent it to an expert for review before submitting it to a journal. A couple of weeks have passed by and I would like to know the status, but I have ...
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About my relationship with my mentor

I can not evaluate my relationship with my mentor. I'm in a really bad mood. For example, I went to talk to him today because he told me he would visit to my office to talk, but he did not. He had ...
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Advising a high school research project

I have been contacted out of the blue by a seemingly highly motivated high school student who has requested the opportunity to do a research project under my supervision (in the field of stellar ...
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Queen bee syndrome in academia

The queen bee syndrome was first defined by social psychologists in the 70s, describing a behaviour of women in advanced positions in traditionally male-dominated areas that in part means that they ...
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Submit a new version of my paper if my supervisor only commented on an old, very different version?

As a PhD student, I face the requirement to publish at least one of my papers at one conference from a defined list of conference. In late November, I submitted a "draft version" of my work to my ...
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What should I tell my department head (about my advising problems)?

I have two advisers. One primary adviser (PA) is from my department. The second adviser (SA) is from another department. The PA appointed the SA (as my co-adviser) unofficially without asking me 2-3 ...
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Shooting For a Star Supervisor VS Mediocre Supervisor and Consequences For Your Academic Life Career [closed]

I have asked this question before, but it seems easier said than done. I think this question is really important for prospective students for making a sound decision for their career life. Academia, ...
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should I go for a Ph.D.in electronic/electromagnetism engineering? [closed]

Hello Academicians and everyone, As you noticed from my question. I am willing to do a Ph.D. in electronic/electromagnetism engineering. I am very interested in the topic of electromagnetism and its ...
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How to ask a former advisor to resume 'contact'?

A few years ago, I completed by bachelor's by creating a 'bachelor's thesis'. My advisor for this thesis. The thesis went very well, I've got a high grade and my advisor was very much impressed by my ...
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How to handle research advisor meeting stress

I'm starting my master's thesis work with a new professor and had a really bad meeting with them recently. They asked me questions I am supposed to be able to answer, but I was so stressed I couldn't ...
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Asking professors in other Universities for comments on research

If you are working on an individual research paper with the help of your advisor (e.g. M.Sc Thesis), what is the academic convention on asking for comments from other professors? For example, if your ...
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How to decide whether to publish masters project in computer science alone or with supervisor?

I am working on my Master CS project. I would like to have this published as article before my Master ends. Now I see 2 options: I try to get it accepted and published at my own (not a affiliated ...
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Will my advisor regret taking me if I start slacking off? [closed]

I just found an advisor, and the semester after that, I took a much harder courseload because I'm behind on my course requirements. As a result I haven't gotten a lot of research done. Is my advisor ...
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I am doing a PhD and I want to start a BA on the side, not sure how to approach this with my supervisor

I am close to the end of my second of five years of funded PhD in philosophy. Because of personal interest, I would like to start a part-time BA in Law on the side, which is tailored to people who ...
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Does it make sense to contact potential PhD supervisors after having submitted the application?

I already submitted my application and they are about to start interviews, however learning more about the faculty I found a potential supervisor and I would like to know whether there are chances ...
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Identifying a bad advisor (before applying)

Earlier this year, I contacted this Professor (Applied Math) from a top Canadian university and we talked twice this year. He earned his PhD from an Ivy League school and must be around 60 years old. ...
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Conflicting views with my supervisor on how a thesis should be written [closed]

My supervisor gave a lot of feedback (in actuality they are mostly complaints) about a part of my thesis (while I have let others read my work and they were more understanding of what I wrote). There ...
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Asking an external professor for a feedback on my BSc. thesis

In my senior year. I have put so much effort in writing my thesis and my supervisor didn't even read what I have done or even bothered to do his work, I wrote my thesis in a topic in mathematical ...