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

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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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How to say “I'm not interested” in a polite way?

I'm a PhD student, sending cold emails to potential PIs for postdoc positions these days. I sent an email to this one PI that I've been interested in and asked him about the possibility of joining his ...
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Should I email the program director of a department after being referred to them by another professor/potential advisor?

A couple of weeks ago, I emailed a professor (at a different university) about becoming my graduate advisor. While they didn't explicitly agree to do so (the program isn't accepting new students until ...
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PhDs in the UK: should you know supervisor beforehand?

(context: undergrad/integrated masters student in a math-related field, planning on a PhD in a CS-related field) In Asia (at least in India and Singapore), students are generally expected to ...
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How do I reply to a professor whether I accept his postdoc. offer?

I have been applying for postdoc positions recently. Yesterday I got an offer from one professor, but I didn't reply to him whether I accept it or not. The reason is that I am waiting for another ...
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How can I deal with a professor who refuses to communicate?

Required information: Germany, maths, and undergraduate Situation: In order to finish my undergraduate degree, I have to do one final oral exam with two professors (A & B). However, A and B refuse ...
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Is it fine to exclude an email salutation for short messages?

I've had a habit of always starting with "Dear Prof. X" but have noticed professors sometimes drop the header past the first reply. For shorter emails, is it polite to omit these formalities ...
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Communication difficulties with advisors - starting to impede work

I could use some advice about my relationship with my doctoral advisors. Some context: I'm about 1 year and 8 months into my PhD. My program has relatively heavy course requirements. I have now ...
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Advisor not responding to emails, conference fee deadline approaching

TL;DR:: My advisor, who is in charge of paying a conference paper registration fee, is nonresponsive and the deadline is approaching. What can I do? I am working part-time in a research institute, ...
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Advice for a hypersensitive postdoc who has a hard time reading social cues and making small talk [closed]

Sorry to bother everyone, I am currently a postdoc at a research institution. I have trouble in my scientific collaborations/discussions because I am hypersensitive to (get easily offended at) ...
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Getting no responses from professor and being worried about my future

I decided to pursue a PhD degree after a few years in industry, so I contacted a professor from the university where I had received my Diploma 3 years back. We had some conversations in the beginning ...
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Reputable alternatives to The Conversation for science communication? [closed]

What are some popular press alternatives to The Conversation that are perhaps more reputable than Medium or HuffPost that accept pitches from academics communicating their research for a general ...
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How do I go about making a program suggestion to my department chair as a graduate student?

For context, I am a graduate student in my academic department ⁠— agricultural economics. I wanted to bring up the idea to the Department Chair that introducing some applications like JupyterLab, ...

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