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How to react to colleague publishing my idea

Many months ago I informally explained to another PhD student of my chair the main idea I was working on. Today, 6 months after, I discovered that he submitted it to a minor conference, got it ...
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How can I have productive meeting with a very prominent researcher?

Summary: I am a shy/introverted PhD student and I have a collaborator at another university. They are setting up a meeting for me with an important researcher in the field. What should I even say in a ...
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How do you console colleagues that that attribute a bad experience to gender/race/disability? [closed]

There are some comments that appear on this SE as well as frequently on the academic subreddits, that mention how to deal with some situation because of personal trait X. Here is just generally one ...
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Should I talk to my advisor on this?

I really need some advice on this. I don't trust the other PhD student in our group at all. Reasons; The first week I came, he bothered me with his questions 'What is your religion?, When I will go?, ...
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Can I offer to help a collaborator to finish a calculation which he's not having time to finish right now?

I'm a PhD student and I'm collaborating in a project with a more experienced researcher. This is the first time I collaborate with anyone, so I'm new to this. Recently, in the subject we are ...
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Colleague stops replying emails about project, and later publishes the project with other colleagues?

I met a Chinese colleague in a conference, where we identified a research topic of common interest. So, we agreed on collaborating on a project and started exchanging some emails about the project, ...
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Sending a math paper to a journal and to experts

I have written a math paper myself, and wonder whether I have errors or not (I have not found ones, but maybe there are). Now I wish to send it to a math journal, and simultaneously send it to several ...
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Being a reserch student of some professor that I am not officially a student at their university

I am very much interested in some specific subject in mathematics that there is no professor in the whole country of my residency working or knowing about that subject. I am a first year masters ...
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Promised authorship was not given; am I supposed to get an automatic acknowledgement?

TLDR: I spent a long time helping with a paper from a group at another university. The first author, who was at the same institute as me, promised multiple times I would be one of the coauthors. But, ...
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Making friends in academia and building connections

I started a new faculty position this past fall, which also entailed moving to a new city where I don't know anyone. When I first moved here, I was excited about getting to know my colleagues, as they ...
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How to call colleagues who was once your professor or advisor?

After finishing my PhD in the US, I am now working in a university in an Asian country where I studied for my master. All of my colleagues are 20 years senior than me and are full professors except ...
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Colleagues don't congratulate me or cheer me on when I do good work

When colleagues that don't co-author with me and are in separate projects, writing different papers, I've noticed they don't congratulate me, when I give them exciting progress. They're around for ...
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Bullying at a previous affiliation, but now moved on. What to do?

This question is a personal one. I feel like going in circles inside my mind, so I might as well formulate it here for my peace of mind. Apologies if it is not in the right format, or if it does ...
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Can your colleague use your unpublished data for their postdoc fellowship application? [closed]

Can your colleague use your unpublished data for their postdoc fellowship application? I think it is unethical. But I don't know which organization in the US handles academic ethics issues if the ...
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How do I deal with colleagues/advisers who aren't responsive to e-mails?

I've had some frustrating situations with a colleague who will say that they will do something but then never do it. Is there a way to "encourage" him/her to respond more promptly? I take it ...
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I'm very concerned about the mental health of my co-worker: how can I help them?

So I was working with someone from a different University on a project and I have started to become very concerned about their mental and physical well-being. The messages which they sent me a day ...
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Colleague blames me for not spotting typos when I only reviewed the structure and content

I am a graduate student (PhD) in a STEM program. A fellow lab mate of mine asked me to review a chapter (basically the background/history of their project) of their graduate thesis a couple months ...
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How do I professionally communicate to a colleague that I am not interested in helping with his project anymore?

I'm a PhD student in a pretty large lab, and have come from a more theoretical background than the other members, so sometimes they ask me to help out with theoretical parts of projects. Generally I ...
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Is it okay to work on colleagues' ideas after they leave academia?

I've just discovered that a former colleague is now working on some research ideas that I developed and laid the groundwork for now that I have left academia following failure to obtain funding. I'm ...
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How should I talk to an unwelcoming future research group colleague so no interpersonal issues raise?

This year, I am going to join a research group in which one of my past classmates who used to study in the same university during my the bachelors degree years is also working. The professor who is ...
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Asking an academic for a cursory look at a paper

Suppose that Alice has a PhD but then left academia more than a decade ago. Alice has written a short paper on a topic unrelated to her thesis. Suppose moreover that : the paper has been submitted a ...
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Can I take a course and get credits without enrolling in a program in the US?

I am pursuing a master part time in my home country. My job is sending me to Houston for 2020, so I will have to pause my studies. I wouldn't like to stop studying next year so I wanted to know if I ...
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Can you switch the co-first author position after the article is published?

Can you switch the position of the first co-first author with the second co-first author of an article after it is published? Full story: During my PhD, I published two articles, both as the first ...
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PhD: When to quit and move on?

I am a second year PhD student at a technical / interdisciplinary lab in Europe wondering when to quit and leave a seemingly unbearable situation behind. My supervisor (a young-ish professor) mostly ...
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Two researchers want to work on the same extension to my paper. Who to help?

I recently presented a paper in a top-tier conference in a computer engineering field. I did that work as a research assistant under a Professor but now I am working in the industry. Two different ...
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The IT department bottlenecks progress. How should I handle this?

I'm currently working as a PhD student. I am not working on a tech-oriented PhD. However, my project requires a lot of programming. This involves both working on a computation cluster, servers, and ...
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Passive discouragement and less supportive senior colleagues: What should I do?

I am a budding scientist (27 years old, Doctoral candidate) and a lecturer at a university. In the early stage of my career, I have achieved some significant milestones in my field. However, sometimes ...
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Difficulties with behaviour of other PhD students in group

I'm in my first year of a PhD at a top UK university. I am part of a cohort of students, most of whom have come straight from an undergraduate degree and never had any "real-world" experience. I am ...
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I grade exams together with a colleague but disagree with their grading. What should I do?

Recently, I have graded exams (50 pcs.) together with a colleague from another department. I felt like my colleague was awarding too many points for wrong/incomplete answers. For example, awarding ...
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For STEM fields, is there self-segregation in United States academia?

I notice that often a lot of Chinese mathematicians collaborate with other Chinese, and Americans collaborate with other Americans. Many of the journal papers that I look up seem to indicate this ...
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I have been asked about a rumor of a collegue, what should I do? [closed]

A colleague of mine (C1) from other University (U1) has asked me, by email, if another colleague (C2) from my University (U2) is moving from U2 to U1. Should I tell to C2 about that rumor? Or should ...
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Colleague claiming first co-autorhip of my work

Some time ago I started my Ph.D. and my project was to attempt again to investigate a problem that a colleague (a senior Ph.D.) had failed to investigate because he lacked numerical/coding skills to ...
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Toxic colleague talks about me to Professors

I am a PhD student with a very difficult colleague - someone I thought was just socially inept, and rude. I was always friendly, giving her the benefit of the doubt, even though she offended me and ...
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Should I give a symbolic "thank you, and goodbye" gift to an abusive supervisor?

Within one week I shall leave my present institution, where I felt severely mistreated around salary payment and work conditions for 2 years, as a postdoctoral fellow. The PI who signed my contract (...
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How to deal with incompatible labmate?

I'm having trouble with one of my labmates that is severely impacting my work. He is a more senior student than me, but only has been in my lab for two months since my advisor came from a different ...
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Resolving dependency on a senior colleague before deadline

(Disclaimer: While this question pertains to interpersonal issues in a working environment, I feel it is better suited to this SE than Workplace because of it being in the context of a lack of formal ...
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Will declining a research award be problematic for me, or other people?

I recently received an offer for a research award for early-stage scholars producing outstanding research in my field. I have verified the award and the association are genuine and I have colleagues ...
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Academia's view on body modification

I'm a young undergraduate student currently finishing my next-to-last year as a math bachelor. I plan to apply for a Masters as soon as I finish, and I look forward to a job as an academic researcher. ...
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Soliciting citations

I have now several times experienced recieving mails after publishing a preprint, from authors asking me to cite their work before I submit it to a journal. In some cases it is probably fair, but in ...
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How do I communicate effectively and work in an interdisciplinary research team?

Forgive the MS paint. But as someone who often straddles two different domains of research and knowledge, how does one translate the jargon that is commonly found in one field and effectively ...
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Dealing with colleagues avoiding work

I doing a PhD in a research group where there are 4-5 PhD student and 1-2 Postdocs. Given the nature of the research projects, more than one person ends up working on one project and sometimes people ...
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Cover letter: List strangers as potential collaborators? And/or, can/should I be contacting them?

From The Professor Is In and from other sources, I've gotten the impression that it's very good practice to refer to possible collaborators both within and outside of your department or academic unit. ...
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How to stop weird labmate from staring at me doing experiments without damaging work relationship (too much)?

A few months ago my lab had a new member. Shortly after he joined I started hearing from students in other labs that he was being very weird, hinting that they were somewhat bothered. For instance he ...
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Is it ok to go on a swim with your colleagues while on a conference? [closed]

I'm attending a humanities conference in Italy in early September. Since the weather is supposed to be good and the venue is close to a beach, some coworkers are already planing to go for a swim ...
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Do people actually scoop others?

I was wondering if there are real faculty members who go to conferences or read the abstracts (if it's being published) and scoop others? If not why some professors are so paranoid? IMHO A real ...
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Who should be first author? Theory person or Experiment person?

The situation: Two PhD students named 'Theory' and 'Experiment' are working on a project. Both are experimentalists by training but, from experiences working on a separate project, Theory comes up ...
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Using masters lab colleagues as references for PhD application?

I'm thinking about applying to a PhD program in computer science this coming December and I'm wondering a couple things about getting letters of recommendation. For some background, I have a BS and ...
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A teaching situation.(long) Comments and suggestions welcome [closed]

Sorry there is a long lead-in to this question. It's a specific complicated situation and the background is part of it. I am on retirement/long-term sick leave. I do a certain amount of tutoring ...
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How to deal with a colleague who won't accept they're wrong

Sometimes an argument will arise between collaborators where two (or more) contrasted views or (mis)interpretations of a scientific issue exist. Sometimes both views are partially correct, sometimes ...
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Should I remind someone of a previous invitation to give a talk?

I recently emailed a senior professor in a neighboring state, that I've never met, with some comments on his recent paper and pointing to some of my papers with related results. It turns out he was ...
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