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

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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 ...
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How can a PhD student defend their correct ideas or claims to their supervisor?

I am a PhD student who works in theory. Too many times, I have to defend my ideas or claims in front of my supervisor. I have failed to do so in the past and it worries me. Please note that I am only ...
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Is it possible for non-debating person to survive in research?

I am a computer-science PhD student. I like to work on things and I enjoy doing computer science. But here is a problem: I am not that much into debates. When I meet with my supervisor, he asks me ...
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How to deal with the (hidden) feedback from research supervisor?

I am a PhD student who works in a theoretical field. Often times, I have discussions with my research supervisor, and I try to do as much work as possible. It seems that many times these days my ...
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Thank you note was never answered

I recently sent a thank you note to one of my college professors via email and never got a reply from her. I have not heard from her in a week and being that she is retired I would have thought that ...
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How to keep discussions with supervisor on interest?

I am a Master's student. I have one problem. I have regular meetings with my research supervisor, but during the discussions he takes me in the wrong direction. This often leads to him coming to the ...
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Professor expressed interest in working together, is not responding to emails?

Recently I received contact info for a professor close to me, with similar interests (Professor B), from another professor I have a long-standing working relationship with (Professor A). I spoke with ...
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Life after graduation; should I update my academic reference on my career progression?

In my undergraduate years, I have forged a rather close relationship with some of my professors including the head of school – they were supportive as I did struggled with mental-health issues and ...
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Should I write a rigorous draft before asking for comments?

I have a 10-page manuscript of my independent research and would like to ask a professor for comments. In short, I claim that I've seen a bridge between Shannon's information and semantic information....
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How to save one's ass in the last year of PhD with supervisors that never keep up with the project?

It is a doctoral project in engineering, a long, tedious, and grumbling story. I was contracted as a PhD candidate for another project but when I started, the director suggested me to change for the ...
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How to ask new advisor about her “style” in a professional way?

In the first meeting my new advisor, how should I ask her what her "style" is when supervising students, in a way that is straightforward but not cheeky? Bonus question: what are good questions to ...
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Should I report a PhD student’s incompetence to their supervisor?

I had a short exchange of mails with a PhD student who wished to ask some questions about a paper of mine, which was troublesome in many respects: The student had a blatant lack of basic knowledge ...
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An author of a paper included a blank supplementary file. Is it possible to make the journal correct this?

The authors of a paper explicitly wrote that they included their code as a supplementary file, and the file is actually available, however, it only includes the header and no code whatsoever. Is it ...
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How do researchers ask others for comments and advices for their research?

I have self-funded, 8-page long research which is highly suited a famous researcher, in both their academic and personal interests. How should I ask them for comments and advice? I am not asking them ...
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How to ask “Do you have any projects for me?” to a professor (who is not your own advisor)

Suppose that you already have an advisor and an ongoing project. Suppose that you are willing to get a "side gig" and that there is a professor you know at your school who is working in an area that ...
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How to contact Researchers once you are accepted

I'm a physics student from Argentina and I've just been accepted for a Physics PhD in Cornell University. There are a few research groups that I really like and I was wondering if it is a common thing ...
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How to negotiate with collaborators on adjusting procedures to interdisciplinary projects?

This is an issue I frequently face. As a biologist I like doing interdisciplinary science. In fact I believe interdisciplinarity is the key to producing any truly insightful observation, at least in ...
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How can I politely request that an authority figure respected protocol?

I am in a postgraduate program, part of which is to do an internship at an organization or school recommended by the program, mostly by observing a class or by shadowing a professor at his job. ...
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My supervisor misjudges my knowledge

I started working on my master thesis a few weeks ago. When I talk to my supervisor and try to discuss new ideas she always starts to explain very basic material that is only tangentially related. ...
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How do I approach my group about dividing up the work?

I am an International Civil Engineering student. I was assigned with a project that consists of three stages for my steel design class. Although we are a group of five people, it seems that no one ...
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Is it common to express interest in post-doc positions well before you are qualified to apply?

I'm very early in my PhD (just past 6 months) and out of interest I was looking at some post-doc positions that I could aim towards. I found a recently advertised position that is in the exact field ...
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Asking for Research Position in Person

I am an undergraduate student at a university with a strong co-op program. It is assumed and well-known by all the professors that all students will complete one or more co-ops, and that it is ...
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Department member forwarded complaint about professor to that professor

I am an undergraduate at a US college. I wanted to take a course in a specific area of my major so that I could do better research during the summer. I do not have the prerequisite courses but I have ...
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My advisor completely ignores me what should I do?

My advisor became an assistant professor nearly two years ago. I worked with him for one year but did not publish a paper, and he thinks my progress is too slow. He asked if I want him to assign a new ...
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How do I email my professor about assigning me to a group?

I have a class project coming up, the professor asked us to form groups of 6. Everyone in class seems to know each other and have already started forming groups. Unfortunately, I don’t know anyone in ...
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How do I tell my teacher I want him to be co-advisor but not advisor?

I am currently a master student at university A after having done my bachelor at university B. The class sizes are small in this field, so I am quite close to teachers at both universities. I want my ...
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What to do with a likely collaborator who is not answering mails? [duplicate]

A few months ago, I contacted a person who conducted research in a topic that could easily be combined with my own work. For this reason, I sent him an e-mail exposing my research and why it could be ...
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Is it socially appropriate to ring up a professor whom you have corresponded with briefly by email?

A couple of weeks back I sent an email to a professor in a University in my home country with whom I have never known on any personal or professional level. My intention was to seek potential ...
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Professional ways of saying “Keep me in the loop in case you have some other projects I may be able to contribute to”

I’m a student and I’ve been visiting a collaborator of my advisor to work on a project. The visiting period ends in a few days and it has been productive and enjoyable. We have worked well together, ...
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Forwarding a student’s question about exam modalities to a professor as a TA?

I am currently working as a teaching assistant. My tasks this semester include writing/putting together a formula sheet containing a lot of formulas and some graphs that the students should not have ...
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Repetitively emailing old lab group about a paper constantly on the backburner

Context About a year ago, I left a research team that I was involved with as a student for approximately 2 years. During this time, I did a variety of unpaid internships and paid scholarships as well ...
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Emailing professor for help with (non class related) project

I am involved in an extracurricular university-affiliated activity for which I want to do an analysis involving computational fluid dynamics (CFD). There is a professor at my university who has much ...
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How to approach professor about potential paper?

Earlier in my undergrad I co-authored a paper with one of my professors. Initially it was supposed to be just a class project, but on his suggestion I did some more work and went with it at a student ...
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Can I ask for promised feedback on my assignment?

I am a CS graduate student in Germany. One course I took required students to submit a program that solves a certain problem to pass. This problem requires a clever approach to solve efficiently, and ...
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Contacting a potential advisor: Where should I go from here?

About two and a half weeks ago, I contacted five potential advisors at a school that I am planning to do my master’s at. Three of them got back to me and said they are not expecting any graduate ...
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Dean will not tell me what upcoming meeting is about. What do I do?

I am a tenured professor and co-chair at a small teaching college. I received an email last Friday morning from the head of facilities requesting confirmation of my attendance at a meeting for this ...
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How to tell my current project adviser that I want to try working with someone else next semester?

I have been working with Professor 1 for a semester. He has been very helpful and we have spent some time together this semester discussing problems. I enjoyed working with him and also find his ...
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How to tell my advisor I stopped sending him weekly reports on my results because he was not answering my emails?

I have been working on my PhD from home for several months now because my mom is sick, which was fine with my supervisor up until a few weeks ago. Before starting to work from home (in a different ...
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Where do general researchers make general discussions, online?

I am involved in a project team to build a decentralized tool for researchers to share and peer-evaluate their findings, without any intervention of third party intermediaries (publishers, journals, ...
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What to do if Professor offers an internship position

I had been offered a position to work as a intern in one of my professor's lab. He had asked me if I would be interested. But the position was not confirmed. How do I ask him about the confirmation? ...
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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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Should I inform my old supervisor of new insights that lead me to think his hypothesis must be adapted?

I wrote my undergraduate thesis on the topic my supervisor was then doing research into. He now has a paper on that topic under review, which I had read and commented on while working on my thesis. I ...
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What is the best way to schedule an office hour appointment with big name professor?

What is the best way to schedule an office hour appointment with big-name professor? Directly email him. Email his secretary, asking for an appointment. Talk in person causally first and ask his ...
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Proposing a research project when contacting potential supervisors before master’s admission?

Is it okay to propose a project, with a brief introduction to what you want to do as your master’s thesis project when contacting potential supervisors? Specifically, I am interested in the work ...
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Clarifying email instructions with advisor

I receive sometimes one line instructions from my PhD supervisor on work I need to do and send. Not always clear though. He sometimes forgets what he had discussed in our last discussion, or does ...
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How to tell speakers that their English is terrible?

I just had a lecture from someone who has been a senior scientist (and has completed a PhD, post-doc) at a hospital for already 15 years. So I'm assuming this person is experienced in giving talks in ...
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Proper etiquette for withdrawing from an undergraduate research lab?

I am currently involved in two very different Biology research labs in two different areas at my university, as an undergraduate volunteer. Lab A has been a long-term commitment of mine, and Lab B is ...
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How do I deal with a stubborn co-author who won't respond to suggestions?

My research group is preparing a theoretical article in a field where author order matters (computational neuroscience), and it has to be submitted soon, as our funding ends soon. I am an author "in ...
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How to clearly lay out research ideas

A constant struggle for most graduate students is how to clearly lay out research ideas in a coherent manner. We are constantly in the "weeds" reading papers, move data around, running models, and ...
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Writing a letter for galley proof

My first paper is accepted for publication in a journal and I received its galley proof. The galley proof needs no corrections. Is there any good letter for responding to the journal?