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Questions about how to communicate with others appropriately and professionally; communication etiquette.

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My PI publicly humiliated my colleague. I want to report the incident but don't have a recording. What should I do?

Background: I am a PhD student in my final year, and I'm writing my thesis now. My PI (not a professor) is in his late 40's and is generally kind in public. However, he is often moody, and I feel he ...
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Should response to an email of accepted article with some comments

I received an email from one journal telling me that my paper will be accepted if I consider all the comments from the reviewer. They did not ask me to write a response to the reviewer as the comments ...
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Cold emailing another grad student at your institution to ask a question

I’m stuck in my research (I'm a PhD student) with a task/question that neither I nor my advisor are knowledgeable about (we are looking for vendors of a niche item and have had very little success in ...
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Why did I receive a negative response from a professor when emailing about course content and prerequisites of a course I am considering taking?

I wrote the following email to a professor (I've removed any personal or specific details): Dear Prof. Last name, Hope this email finds you well. I am Name, an undergraduate in the mathematics ...
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Can my school fire me on the grounds that I have applied to another school?

I'm in the middle of a 4-year Ph.D. program on a full scholarship, in a foreign country. Due to expertise issues, lack of community, and other reasons I have decided that this program is not suitable ...
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Getting an extra advisor late in my PhD

TLDR: what's the smoothest way of getting a professor as a third advisor in the penultimate year of my PhD without offending my current advisors? (Note: I know I am lucky and this is not a big problem,...
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A measure implementation from my group deviates from an official implementation

In my master's thesis work, I am using several algorithmic measures to assess the difference between conditions. One measure in particular is important to predict 'quality'. This may sound weird in ...
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Is it Okay to Appear Constantly as Offline but Reply Back Instantly? [closed]

On apps such as Mattermost, there are the following online status symbols: To be honest, I don't (i) like and (ii) want people to know on which times I'm online, and on which times I'm not. I feel ...
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Is it impolite to not reply back during the weekend?

When someone writes to me while I am online during the weekend (a student or a colleague), is it impolite to not reply back, especially when they can see that I am online (on Mattermost for example or ...
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How to ask my former PhD supervisor to stay away from me and do not contact my prospective new PhD supervisor?

There are a long list of stories about the issues with my PhD supervisor here in Academia.SE (see it here but these are not the only ones). So, I'm not going to repeat why I'm leaving my current ...
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What kind of mailing lists do academics use? [closed]

I have to create a mailing list. One of those kinds that are used in academia, with just one address through which anybody can share an email with everybody included in the mailing list. I've searched ...
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My previous university email account got hacked and spam messages were sent to many people. What should I do?

I am having serious trouble with my previous university email account (Office365), provided by the university where I finished my master’s studies last year (I am currently pursuing a PhD at another ...
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Professor submitted my letter of recommendation after I removed him

I had sent a reminder to the professor for submitting my letter of recommendation about two days before the deadline, but he didn't reply to me. He was highly unresponsive after initially agreeing. As ...
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Struggling with Lab Dynamics and Mental Health

I am currently pursuing a master's degree and I am one of two students working on one project. This project takes a team science approach to answering a question, which normally one would find ...
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How to deal with incommunicable co-author

The background: In the grand area of Mathematics in which I do research, there is a famous Professor, let us call him 'A', who started a joint project with another younger colleague, let us call him '...
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I found that a method I was hoping to publish is already known. What would be a proper way to retract emails sent to professors asking for help?

Continuation of this post. Basically, I emailed a publisher and two profs, asking for help on a paper I had written but not submitted. Turns out the method was not as novel as I thought, as an MSE ...
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How should I consider a possibly rude reply from a potential PhD advisor?

I am in my first semester of my applied math PhD program in the United States. The professor (potential PhD advisor) of the course I am auditing has replied to my question about the schedule for the ...
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Doing a PhD at a famous football school: how can I ask for time off to attend games?

Consider a famous football school in the U.S., for example Penn State, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Auburn, and Ohio State. I am doing a PhD in a STEM field at one of these schools, and on 6 or 7 ...
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How to resolve current situation with a lecturer that comes across as overly critical/abrasive? [closed]

I am currently in my final year of a Computer Science degree in which there is a database module, and the first large-scale assignment is in progress. The Lecturer that has led most of the classes has ...
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Interacting with Non-academics: How to Not Compromise One's Rigor? [closed]

This is a question about interacting with other people (in particular, non-academics). Hopefully, this is a common-enough problem that it is appropriate for this community. I consider myself an (...
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How should I write an appropiate email for a PhD position? [duplicate]

I am a graduated Master's student from Asia and really want to take a PhD position in Canada, America or Germany. My English language skills are good but I don't have an IELTS degree. Some of my ...
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How to handle unresponsive ex-supervisor on the submission of an article?

During my master's, I had done a project which yielded some interesting results that I and my supervisor started to write up. I moved to a different university (and country) for my PhD and kept ...
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How do I tell my private teacher I want to stop learning subject with him/her [closed]

I would like to tell it politely, because there is a chance I will hire the teacher in the future. Now I just want to stop working with the teacher.
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My wife's contributions are not acknowledged in our group's paper that has me as coauthor. Should I speak up for her?

The background is that my wife and I are in the same lab. Recently our group did a paper together, and I am an author. However, my wife had contributed to draw a figure to a publication level. ...
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Verbal warning based on student complaints without evidence and investigation

I am working as a lecturer at a university. My students hate math and stats. Due to that, they hate my class. There is a group of students who are always shouting, yelling, and showing disrespectful ...
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How should I request a professor to restrict communication to email?

My instructor for an undergraduate math course (a professor) has been interacting with me over WhatsApp lately, and I feel that that is very unprofessional (and uncomfortable), since I (and everyone) ...
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How to react to some students who book an appointment and do not show up?

I wonder what is the best strategy to follow to respond to students who book an appointment with you and do not show up. It is just so un-nice when this happens. I do not want the student to be upset ...
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How can I enable productive online meetings with my supervisor?

I am currently writing my master's thesis. My advisor is very busy, and I reckon he will allocate about 1-3 hours a month to actively supervise me, at least in the near future. Due to the ongoing ...
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Is the salutation and/or the signature of an email indicative of the intended level of formality?

I wrote an email recently to the author of a book. I'm working on the master's degree in Hungary, the author is a professor in Canada. I'm not a native English speaker. My letter looked like the ...
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I worked in a specific direction without communicating it to master's thesis advisor, problem?

I am currently waiting for a meeting with my master's thesis supervisor and two people from a research institution i am associated with. The plan is to for me to talk about my literature review, and ...
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What is a good way to deal with non responsive Proffessors? [duplicate]

I am not currently in academia but trying to get into. For this reason I put myself in contact with professors, and I am trying to finish an undergrad project with one, as well as having a ...
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Turnaround time for abstract review/approval from collaborator [closed]

What is a reasonable turnaround time to request from a collaborator for review/approval of a short piece of writing like an abstract? Context: This morning, a co-investigator asked me to review/...
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In what language do scientists communicate with each other in European research institutions?

I was just wondering out of curiosity. Nothing relating to my own circumstances. In what language do scientists in facilities like the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (whose campuses are there ...
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A retired professor welcomed me to talk with him after I asked about doing a master thesis

(This post is related to A professor invited me to their seminar when I enquired about working on a master thesis with them: did they reject me?, I have a follow up question so I decided to open a new ...
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Telling a former supervisor you don't want to publish

I graduated from my PhD in the middle of last year and have since landed a full time job in industry. Currently I'm pretty ran off my feet with work, but I'm also enjoying having free time at weekends ...
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How can I politely tell a student that I already support him several times and that is enough?

I have a student who sends me emails twice a week showing me his updated dissertation. At first I supported him a lot. But he literally does what I say word by word and never goes beyond what I tell ...
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How do I ask professors to give feedback on my online articles that are based on their work?

I am working on a website that contains a list of free courses. My aim is to promote our field (semidefinite programming). Each course consists of a number of articles. Each article is built using ...
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Was my student being disrespectful by using shouting language in her email to me?

I have a PhD in statistics and teach statistics for humanities students in a university. One week before the start of the semester I posted all the required information regarding the course textbook, ...
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Fighting for academic fairness: My authorship is unaffected but my PhD advisor pushed up authorship of a co-author at the expense of other co-authors

I’m Nick, a postdoc currently working on publication of my PhD work. There are several authors on the paper - two former graduate students as co-first authors (myself and Aubrey), followed by five ...
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How should I address my two supervisors (one man, one woman) in an email?

I am currently doing a PhD. My professor, which is my first supervisor, is a man. My second supervisor is a woman and works for my first supervisor. The etiquette and the courtesy, at least in my ...
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Is it okay to change advisors in the same university between Masters and PhD?

I have almost finished my master's in Computer Science the only reason that I don't want to directly continue with a PhD is my advisor and co-advisor. I was left out during almost all my master's ...
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What's a polite way of confirming if a position offered is official?

I'm an undergrad student, and I intend to start assisting a senior PhD student with her research work. I'm really interested in the work (definitely don't want to let go of this opportunity), but I'm ...
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I found an error in my exam that caused me to lose time on other questions, resulting in a lower grade. How can I appeal?

I'm a student in college, and while I was taking a linear algebra exam, I noticed that there was a mistake in the last exercise. Our exam is composed of two parts: multiple questions and exercises. ...
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Are fear and concerns stemmed from being sexual assaulted generally understandable by grad schools? Would it be seen as a negative trait?

I am a victim of sexual assault and I need to talk to the school (in the US) about it for accommodation reasons. I feel if I don't disclose enough I may not be able to get the accommodation, yet I don'...
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Do I need to be in a constant touch with the community to get the admissions?

I just completed my masters degree. Some of my seniors are constantly advising me to "increase" my touch with the academic community. They say that this increases the chances of getting the ...
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overlapping grant/fellowship ideas for postdoc positions

I'm a PhD student in social science, currently preparing for grant or fellowship applications with two PIs. Specifically, I'll apply for a postdoctoral fellowship with PI #1 and co-write a research ...
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It it appropriate to request a letter of recommendation via LinkedIn?

I had a professor who told me during the year that he'd be happy to write me a letter of recommendation for a research degree I was contemplating applying to. I've since decided to apply. My ...
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How would most professors feel and/or react if they recognized that a post here (or on any similar forum) was about them? [closed]

Obviously, the purpose of this forum is to ask questions relating to academia, but I've been wondering how most professors would feel if they recognized that a post was about them (assuming that the ...
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A professor invited me to their seminar when I enquired about working on a master thesis with them: did they reject me?

I am a master student. In the next year I need to start my work on master thesis. I have sent letters to two professors in the same group, stating my interest, and have asked if they have a suitable ...
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How could one build connections with professors at a potential graduate program? [duplicate]

I emailed the director of a graduate program I'm planning on applying to, and while the program isn't accepting a new cohort of students until next year, they suggested that I reach out to other ...

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