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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 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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Will it hurt me if my advisor's last name is before mine alphabetically?

I'm a graduate student in theoretical particle physics, where the standard is that all author lists are alphabetized. However, even in other disciplines of physics, it's quite common for author lists ...
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What can I do if my supervisor does not publish my research results?

By this, I do not mean I did not obtain significant research results. My supervisor has told me to finish up a draft of paper for submission, I wrote it, then after few months, he told me to correct ...
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How to deal with an abusive advisor?

I am a graduate student in mathematics. I've been having a difficult relationship with my advisor, and I need some help on the matter. Some background When I just started my graduate studies, my ...
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I ghosted my previous supervisor for 15 days. How to improve my situation?

TL;DR: I ghosted (i.e. suddenly ceased communication with no explanation) my previous supervisor for 2 weeks when I had to do some minor final job regarding to my already finished thesis work due to ...
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My current PI is telling me that I am a very shy person and he is really pissed off, what I should do?

Today in the lab we had a birthday, I had participated, but not so much as I feel anxious in crowded areas. I felt very shy and that's true, so I withdrew from the party after 15 minutes and wished ...
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Are there rules dictating that a Ph.D. supervisor must have a Ph.D.?

Is there any specific rule that requires someone supervising and awarding a Ph.D. to have a Ph.D. themselves? I learned recently in some parts of Asia it is possible to have a Masters degree and ...
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How to to deal with advisor's criticism of my writing?

I am about to finish my PhD, which means I have to write a lot. I am also a non-native English speaker, so my English sucks a lot, especially when it comes to formal writing. In contrast, my adviser ...
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My PhD advisor is writing most of an article without considering some of my inputs

We are currently writing a first article with my PhD advisor. The research was mainly designed by him; I performed all the experiments and found a model to explain the results. The article is soon to ...
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What a PhD student should do when their supervisor orders them to have a name on their paper just because of grant purposes? [duplicate]

We are preparing a new paper and my supervisor tells me that we have to put the name of a person on our paper because he was involved in getting us the grant. He says it is because of future grants ...
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How do I tell my PhD advisor that I'm about to start medications that impair my cognition?

So I'm bipolar, and earlier this year my doctor put me on antipsychotics. They made it really hard for me to think, and my advisor expressed frustration with me not doing calculations fast enough, ...
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How should a student defend his 1st authorship in front of his advisor politely and effectively?

Inspired this good question, I think posting this question will surely benefit the next generations of students, albeit this does not happen to myself. The research students will publish several ...
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Master thesis advisor gave me an ill-defined question. I worked on it for a year!

My master thesis advisor gave me an ill-defined question. His expertise is in mathematical optimization, but he wanted to shift to heuristic optimization so he assigned all his graduate students ...
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What would be a good approach to make sure my advisor goes through all the report?

As the question suggests, is it ethical for me to check if my supervisor is reading my whole report/paper? If yes, then can I add a line somewhere in the middle of the report to test whether or not he ...
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Is it possible to restart a PhD due to issues with supervisor (and should I do it)?

I am a PhD student in Europe and I am in the state of permanent crisis because of my PhD supervisor. He is a very nice person, who is very active with public engagement, very successful at grant ...
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Advisor to spend some funds to buy things that make group members feel better working at home. Is it selfish to request a tablet and stuff?

Due to the recent COVID-19 event, all of the members in our group have been working at home. My advisor proposed to get us some items to make us more productive or happy when working at home. I feel ...
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How can I distinguish harsh treatment from my advisor from "tough love" and direct feedback?

Usually during our meetings my advisor will complain a lot and tell me I am doing stuff wrong. How can I tell if he thinks I am a bad student or if he is just trying to give me direct feedback? ...
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What is the "power" a PhD advisor has over their advisees?

I'm an undergraduate Physics and Mathematics student, who is planning to do a PhD. I have seen many PhD students on this website who are struggling to solve problems about their advisor in authorship, ...
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What to expect as a supervisor's first PhD student? [closed]

Very much as the title states; what should I expect being my supervisor's first PhD student? I understand that there are likely both pros and cons to this - however I'm looking to hear the experience ...
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How do you build a healthy and productive relationship with your supervisor?

Some graduate students and post-docs have reported serious problems with their advisors and supervisors. Some of the problems are severe enough to be career ending. Not all problems can be avoided but ...
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Etiquette for a female PhD student to reject her male supervisor's invitation to meet outside of work

The role of supervisor is a key role. The relationship between the supervisor and the students should be healthy. In this context, in India, there is a lot of difference between male and female ...
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How to conduct an effective regular group meeting?

My research group has regular group meeting but I usually think it is not effective. In particular the research area of the group is very diverse, every time I just listen on something I cannot ...
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What should advisors do if one of their PhD students has to withdraw?

Unfortunately, there are circumstances when not everything goes right in a student's PhD career, or there can be personal circumstances that require doctoral candidates to withdraw from a PhD program ...
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Word choice for salutation in a formal email to your PhD adviser, Is *Dear Boss* appropriate?

I am a first year PhD student in France, born and raised in India. It is not customary in here where I am doing my PhD to call one's adviser boss but I do, partly due to my reluctance to call her by ...
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COVID-19 - how do I navigate this situation with my advisor?

I am a Master's student in epidemiology. It's an insane time in our field right now. Of course, I find what's going on fascinating (that's why I am in this field), but extremely stressful as well. I ...
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What is the academic approach when the supervisor attacks student's religion?

What is the academic approach when your supervisor goes off-topic? In other words, what is the academic reaction for a PhD student when his supervisor starts attacking the student's religion? I ...
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Supervisor wants me to support a diploma-thesis software tool after I graduated

During my last year of MSc. studies, I was part-time employed on the university project. The project was related to my diploma thesis, and my task was to create a data-mining software and run ...
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Advisor transferring to better school

I am currently at a Top-20 engineering school in the US. I am making great progress on my PhD and have an excellent relationship with my advisor. My advisor is transferring to a Top-3 engineering ...
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My research supervisor left the university and no one told me

I am currently doing my Masters in a program that has both a practicum component and a thesis component. My research supervisor and I had been working over the past few years on a thesis topic. The ...
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How do I impress my prospective grad advisor? (first meeting)

I am supposed to meet with a PI to discuss the possibilities of joining his lab as a MSc student. I have had one meeting with another PI last week, but it went bad. Essentially he was repulsed when I ...
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What should I do if the professor I intended to work with has moved to a different school?

So, without giving out the details about the school. I joined a graduate program at school X, because I was really interested in work of professor Y. I met him during the graduate school visit and I ...
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Prospective PhD contacts potential supervisor but receives no answer after 2-3 emails, what to do?

Say a prospective PhD has a high reply rate (90-95%) to first contact emails with potential superviors. He/She has a well thought out e-mail, but a particular professor (here: USA) that is in the top ...
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Ph.D. adviser or Ph.D. advisor?

I think I have seen it spelled both ways. Is one spelling more common or formal than the other ? (e.g. in the U.S.)
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Failing postdoc?

After a successful PhD in computer science (including some awards from top conferences, internship at top industry research labs, and a good number of citations to my ~15 papers) in a top-10 US school,...
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How do I stop feeling intimidated by my advisor?

Whenever I meet my advisor and interact with him, in class or otherwise, I can't help feeling intimidated. I feel scared of the fact that I may fall below his expectations, and I become tongue-tied ...
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A potential PhD supervisor wants me to visit campus for an interview before I know if I'm accepted

I’ve been in correspondence via email with a potential PhD supervisor who has agreed to take me on. After a few emails back and forth and polishing my proposal with his guidance I submitted my ...
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My supervisor is making me work on something that is not my PhD project. What should I do?

My PhD project is a very little part of a big study that my supervisor is currently running. I am already four months into my PhD and I just have a 3 years position to finish my thesis. So far I haven’...
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Is it offensive to ask my PhD advisor for permission to record our research/technical discussions?

I will be joining a graduate program in the US this fall. To keep track of important technical/research discussions with my advisor, I think it would be a good idea to record conversations with my ...
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Should I email my professor to clear up a (possibly very irrelevant) awkward misunderstanding?

I’m doing my master’s and I recently had an exam with one of my favorite professors. I spent a lot of time on my paper and got the highest grade and I’m very happy. But during the oral part of my ...
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What is the best way to approach a PhD advisor to give them advice on how to improve their supervision?

I am a PhD student in biosciences the U.K. and I am almost about to finish. I have a great relationship with my supervisor and overall they have supported me very well. However, there are some things ...
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What is exactly the role of a phd advisor?

I'm a westerner doing my PhD in an Asian country. While writing this I've just finished my first year, but I'm getting so fed up with my academical environment that I decided to move my PhD. One of ...
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Is it ethical to have two (undergraduate) researchers in the same group "compete" against one another for leadership/credit of a research study?

When I was previously an undergraduate research assistant in a small lab group (seven members), there was a situation where the PI had pitched a research study idea to multiple students independently, ...
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Supervisor keeps "showstopping" defense with nit-picky grammar errors

My supervisor keeps on delaying and postponing my defense date, taking long periods of time between revisions (1 month of "revision" where the document is in his hands). He has done this 2 times ...
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How to respond to the teacher who puts the feet up while talking to student?

A friend of mine who is from Japan told me that his professor in USA puts the feet up while talking to him. He was saying that he felt very bad with that. Is this acceptable culture in USA academia?
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Getting a letter of recommendation from a socially controversial PhD advisor

I am about to finish my PhD at a US university and am starting to apply for jobs and postdocs in physics and computer science. Throughout my PhD, I maintained a good relationship with my PhD ...
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What should I do if my master's advisor used a figure from my thesis in a publication without citation or acknowledgment?

A year ago, I finished my Master's degree and ended 6 months of working for an incredibly manipulative and demanding supervisor. We started working on a publication of my Master's results, which is ...
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Should I avoid telling my PhD supervisor that I have started taking antidepressants (due to some issues in my personal life)?

I have not been having a good time in my personal life over the last ~9 months, and I’m currently having therapy (fortnightly) and taking antidepressants. I don’t have a depression diagnosis but I ...
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How can I secure a solo-authored paper as a PhD student, while working with a supervisor who has reputation of forcing coauthorship?

My supervisor has a bad reputation of forcing their name on papers at the final stage of research. The advisor is literally contributing zero or close to zero to my project, nothing more than- or ...
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Feeling pressured to publish thesis results by advisor I don't want to work with anymore

A couple of months ago I finished my masters in computer science. A few days a go the following happened. My main supervisor wrote an abstract of results from my thesis. He put me as the first author ...
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How to convince my supervisor that he is wrong?

I do not have any particular situation at hand but I am about to start in a new short-term (research assistant) position. The thing is, I will be working on a topic that is very controversial. There ...

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