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

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Professor didn't acknowledge a late hand-in by email. Is it appropriate to follow up?

I missed a class where I was supposed to hand in an assignment. I arrived at my school at the end of the class, and the teacher had already left, so I sent them immediately by email. It has been a ...
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How to keep team morale and efficiency when dealing with poor communication in a mentorship-like relation

I am working in a academia-related field and the type of relationships tend to be pretty much as kind of mentor-students. I have mentored many persons in the past with very nice experiences and ...
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Choosing the best fit sentence to mail prospective PhD supervisor

I am applying for a PhD scholarship which was posted on the university website and for that, I am writing mail to the professor. I have written about my background, academics, interests and experience....
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Go to grad school or not? Help! [closed]

I'm having a hugely difficult time deciding on grad school. I'm almost 25 and I'm working for a non-profit, which I love, but I love the people and the mission... I'm not too passionate about the ...
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Is it fine to ask this kind of question to the corresponding author of a paper?

First some context: I'm a Ph.D. student in Physics. I have been discussing with my supervisor the objectives for the Ph.D. project and we have been looking at some papers from the field. In that case,...
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Asking a Professor to sign me to a group

I have a class assignment coming up. On the syllabus, it was indicated that groups would be assigned this week. I assumed that the professor would be assigning groups. However, last week the professor ...
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Professor asking me about my financial condition

For masters degree, I have contacted one of the professor of university of Tokyo. He told me in his 1st email reply that he would not like to have students only for 2 years. He wanted a student for 5 ...
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How to deal with a research internship manager with very bad English?

I am a computer science student in a research internship. My superior is technically a professor, but I work with a PhD student. My goal is to help them run experiments to finish their thesis. They ...
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Communicate Author or Publisher for asking detail?

I have trouble finding out an expression in a theorem (click here to the problem)of a paper by Yann Bugeaud (page 12) , and I tried to contact the author through his e-mail but he didn't reply (don't ...
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PhD Advisor to Stop Funding Me

I am going into my 4th year PhD in a STEM field. I am my advisor's first student. While things started off okay and the research had been interesting, my advisor developed a tendency to switch ...
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Performing Poorly on Mentor's Exam

I was recently assigned a research mentor in my Master's program who also happens to be my professor (in a quantitative economics course). We've had a brief meeting to introduce ourselves, and I made ...
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Dealing with misconceptions when proposing a new idea as an outsider to a field [duplicate]

I have some ideas related to computer architecture/electrical engineering on which I would like to get feedback from academics. A professor at a university I visited has the belief that something I ...
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how to reply a professor is not available for research guidance [closed]

Thanks for your interest. But I am not available for guidance or mentorship. This is my professor's reply. I don't know how to reply back formally. I want to know if this professor can suggest my ...
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How to respond to an e-mail asking me to suggest a doctoral research topic?

With networks like ResearchGate and Academia.edu, it's easy to connect with and follow researchers from a variety of different nations and backgrounds. I personally think this is great, and I hope ...
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Physician assistant school rescinded my acceptance [closed]

I'm in a complicated situation. I was accepted to physician assistant school and was told I'm one of the most qualified candidates. I'm also a mother of 2 children (under age 3) and living with their ...
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Writing to a professor who contributed to my research paper

I was working along with a professor on a research paper during my masters in 2014. I graduated in that year but we still worked on the paper for next year. After that I moved to another city for my ...
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How to approach bad communication with my department

I am a mathematics student at a top 10 math department in the US. Something I have been struggling to handle is an on-going situation I have been facing with with the administration. When I was ...
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How do you address holders of non-Ph.D. doctorates such as an Ed.D. or Sc.D. etc.?

It is customary to call Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) holders by the prefix "Dr.", but I wonder whether the same holds for other doctorates, such as Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) or Doctor of Education (Ed....
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A senior colleague that belittles my contributions, expertise and won't acknowledge a published error that I identified

I am a PhD student and the most junior person on our small team (me, a lab manager, a statistical analyst, a wet-bench scientist, a senior statistician, and our PI). The statistical analyst has been ...
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How to find out whether my advisor expects to be author of a paper to which she did not contribute?

I am a postdoc and I prepared a paper that is now ready for submission. I did this work by myself. I know that adding my advisor as an author would violate authorship standards, but it is a widespread ...
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How to ask a professor via email about possible postdoc positions?

I have sent emails to a few (about 10) professors in different Computer Science research labs (related to my research interests) to see if they have any postdoc position available. However, I ...
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How to email researchers for the first time [duplicate]

Sometimes I reach out to professors (who are almost always significantly older than me) via email. Maybe I'm working on a specific question they asked in a publication, or I'm working on something ...
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How can I deal with a significant flaw I found in my previous supervisor’s paper?

Suppose that I found a technical flaw in one of the papers coauthored by my previous advisor. This mistake will substantially change their major result, but their contribution will be still worthwhile ...
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Is it rude to visit a professor's office during office hours after he/she doesn't respond to my email?

I'm currently about to enter my final semester of undergraduate life and plan on continuing graduate studies (master's) at the same institution. Applications for the fall semester this year open in ...
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Manage communication with students (as advisor)

I feel a little unproductive in managing students as their advisor. I have both undergrads and graduate students, and especially with undergrads, it's hard to make them respect scheduled updates. ...
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Polite message for my supervisors who do unfair things that would totally leads me to lose my study [closed]

I am currently working on finishing my PhD thesis. For about 3 years and 6 months of my study, I am suffering from the absence of my supervisors. She always travels for 6 months, sometimes two months ...
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Polite message to my supervisor

I am at the end of my study (almost 6 months). I need time to edit my English (my supervisors do not want to help with that. It is Ok for me.). However, they asked me to add extra computation to my ...
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Permission for changing the title of a paper

I am revising a paper and want to change the title of the paper and send for editor-in-chief. My Question: Is there an formal sentences to announce to editor-in-chief and reviewers that I want to ...
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What is the proper way to ask for ideas for a research topic to a professor on a different institution that I have no connection with?

I am planning to start a new project on a certain topic, which nobody in my institution is an expert in. I have spent several weeks on literature research on this topic (by superficially reading ...
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How to politely request payment for extra hours of TA service rendered?

My TA letter indicates 90 hours working. However, I worked for 120 hours due to the volume of the students. Now my work is finished I want to let them know by writing an email to the professor. I want ...
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How can I maximize my chances of a professor of another university accepting to be my undergraduate research advisor?

Next year I'm going to college and would like to do undergraduate research in the second semester under the supervision of a certain professor, who I'll call Prof. M. There are three points against ...
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Same problem solved in a totally different way

If I solved a already solved recent problem with a totally different method, can I communicate my solution in a journal? How likely is the acceptance of my paper?
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How should I ask a potential advisor why they haven't published in the last 3 years?

I'm using a throwaway account for privacy. I know professors are human beings and "I can just ask", but, as this is the start of the relationship, I don't want to seem rude - or to seem that I am ...
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Is asking your PhD supervisor a basic question considered inappropriate?

I've done my Master's degree in Computational Mathematics. Then, because of several reasons, I decided to pursue my Ph.D. in the field of Quantum Chemistry. The problem is, obviously, my lack of ...
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Asking for the second/third recommendation letter, should I tell the referee he is writing the third letter?

Many have suggested me to include a sentence like this while asking for recommendations: "Do you feel that you are able to give me a strong reference?" I am afraid that my third referee, who was ...
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Contributing to the cause of biology (beyond research)

I've been studying microbiology for a while (undergrad sophomore). I've been finding something to do other than my regular academic work and projects. Someone told me that Nature allows freelancers to ...
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Letting another author know I'm using one of their results

Let's say I write a paper and use a result from someone that is rarely cited. Would it be polite/acceptable/unacceptable to email them and let them know of my application of their result before ...
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Just starting in grad school, I haven't heard from my advisor in three weeks …

I just started grad school this year. I met with my advisor over three weeks ago, on the first week of school. We talked about the school, she told me a bit about the department and showed me around ...
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How to request a professor who has moved colleges to acknowledge project work?

At the end of last semester , I had taken up some research work under a professor of a different department. Now , I had been updating him with my progress on a weekly basis until my final exams ...
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How to ask professor to post more example?

My professor always posts solved problems on the course website but for the last chapter, he did not post any solved problems. Although we have our textbook, I think solved problems help me understand ...
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I begin researching in three weeks and I have no idea where to begin. What should I say in my email to my advisor?

I have been accepted to a funded master’s program under an advisor. I already came up with a research proposal months ago with the advisor’s help as I needed one in order to apply. The last time I ...
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How to tell my supervisor I won't use the data that a colleague prepared?

I started a postdoc about a year ago. At the time of my hire I was told another postdoc was preparing the large dataset I would eventually use. In the meantime, I was to run some sample models and ...
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email asking professor for help [duplicate]

I have been rejected by a particular university for MS two times now. I really want to get into it to work with a professor. I am thinking of emailing him to ask him what I can do to improve myself to ...
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How to inform the editorial office that a special discount has been received?

I just submitted an article in a special issue. This article is based on a talk given in a conference, and we received a discount. So after I submitted the article, the website told me to contact the ...
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How should I phrase a question about an *ordinary academic matter* to a Professor?

Question: Suppose you need to communicate with an academic about some ordinary academic matter that is not especially important. Perhaps this is a standard administrative or pedagogical matter that ...
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How to write an apology letter for a professor?

A couple of months ago, I defended my Master's thesis and got graduated. One of the referees, a professor of mine with a history of verbal contentions between us, did me an overt injustice and despite ...
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How to get the word out about an academic competition?

I'm hosting an academic competition, and I need to get the word out to any peers that may be interested in participating. My advisor told me to search for academic mailing lists, but I can't find any. ...
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How formal should I be when sending an email to the University's staff?

I'm about to write an email to the department of an English speaking University (I'm not a native speaker) to clear up some doubts I have regarding enrollment. I have never spoken to them before. How ...
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How do you deal with aggressive and rude (irrelevant) questions in a conference? [duplicate]

I was at a conference recently as a member of the audience and during the Q & A segment, an audience member (unsolicited) jumped up and said that the presentation was 'absolutely wrong' quite ...
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How can I tactfully ask a professor to bring requests to me earlier?

I'm a PhD student. A professor that I collaborate with (not from my university) asked me on two separate occasions to help with grants that were due in a week. In both cases I managed to squeeze out ...