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

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Should I tell my professor of my crippling anxiety?

It's really hard to admit, but I have a crippling anxiety when it comes to criticism from people of authority, especially university professors (at least I think so). This is currently negatively ...
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If you have severe problems with speaking, is it okay to use more text and equations on slides?

I understand that it is best to give a good oral presentation supported by slides with minimal text. Questions like this have been asked before, but in the context of a "normal" presenter. My ...
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Obstacles to collaborative research between experimentalists, theorists, and computational researchers

As an undergrad, I'm just starting to get a feel for the academic world. Obviously, the ability to communicate well in a collaborative relationship is extremely important. As a fledgling STEM ...
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Waiting to hear back from a professor—how long should I wait?

I have been contacting professors about openings in their lab for a PhD position. One professor who I really want to work with contacted me back immediately and told me he would turn over my info to ...
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Should I tell my professor that I may need surgery in the middle of the semester?

I am an undergrad in the second year of a 2-year transfer program at a community college. I am retaking a class that I was forced to drop a couple of semesters ago due to family issues. The instructor ...
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Is it appropriate to say “hi” to a professor in email?

There is a professor with whom I've taken two courses so far, and who has also agreed to write me a reference letter for graduate school when I complete my undergraduate program. I usually write to ...
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How to approach a researcher regarding his latest publication?

There is a group that I've been interested in for a while because we share some of the research interests and because of the very ingenious approach used by its PI. Lately, they published a paper in ...
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How do I politely remind a professor to respond to my request for feedback

I have just started my MSc studies. My professor asked me to do a literature survey and I sent some papers to him 2 weeks ago. He wanted some time to check them, but I have not yet got any email. I ...
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How to write an email to request a dataset to a professor [duplicate]

I'm interested in a dataset used in a scientific article, but I am not able to find this dataset on the Internet, I guess it is because the dataset was provided by NSTAR (an energy company) that no ...
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Changing advisors within the same department

TL;DR: I have better “chemistry” with a different professor doing extremely similar research to my current advisor. Is there a way to switch professors without leaving ill feelings? I have a question ...
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Seeking Feedback on Research Topic Outside Department/University

I am about to start my third year in an economics PhD program and I'm starting my dissertation. Part of the dissertation involves subject matter that none of the faculty in the department know enough ...
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How involved should your PhD adviser be in your project?

I just completed my first year at a PhD program at a University in the United States. It's been a semester since I joined a lab and I'm slightly confused about my decision at the moment. I feel like ...
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Should I meet my professors at a celebration party? [closed]

I finished my exams, the results came in, and I scored well but not in top 10. There is a celebration that all my professors will be at. I am in doubt whether I should go, because I fear my professors,...
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Re-asking a professor if I can write my thesis after I chose another one

I am currently a student in computer science. Because of my specialization, there are only two groups I could choose for writing my thesis. I spoke with both and then chose one. But now, my current ...
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My supervisor accidentally forwarded some private e-mail communication to me. What to do? [closed]

My supervisor has wrote to another cooperating professor regarding our project and had put me in the loop (CC). But I believe he has made a mistake and had also forwarded some of their previous ...
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Continuing a PhD in a different institution

I started my PhD two years ago in the UK. Now, because of the funding assigned to my project, I will be moving to Singapore for two more years. Also, instead of being placed in a University, I will ...
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How to cut ties with abusive supervisor?

While I read through a similar post written by K.Grayson, I couldn't find a response that overlaps with my case. In all honesty, I don't know in what way to explain how the situation with my M.Sc. ...
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How should I phrase an important question that I need to ask a professor?

When needing to ask a professor about something important and potentially delicate, what is an appropriate way to phrase the question or write the email? Examples include: Requesting a ...
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Is it rude to tell my professor about my other admissions? [closed]

I'd like to apply for a master degree! I have contacted a professor and he told me that he can me fund as a graduate student, starting from winter. It is a long time I like to start work as soon as ...
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How do you find the contact info of a professor in a foreign country?

I'd like to read the paper "New Fragments of the Ishvarapratyabhijna-vivriti" by Yohei Kawajiri. I can't seem to find it online, so I thought I'd contact the author and ask him for a copy. But I ...
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How to tell advisor I'm declining a scholarship?

I recently won a scholarship that could (in theory) pay for the remainder of my time in graduate school. However, it comes attached with strings that I'm not comfortable with, and so I've decided to ...
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When is the best time to send an email to a professor about a masters position?

Recently, I am looking for a master position so that I had to send emails to professors.I was wondering if you tell me when is the best time to send an email? morning or afternoon? could we send mail ...
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Professor announced that he would send me a project before master’s but didn’t

I am looking for a master’s position. I emailed a professor and we arranged a meeting on Skype, where he said that he would send me a project on which I should work for two months. I agreed and ...
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Co-authors either dismiss my ideas or don't understand them… and then dismiss them anyway

I'm a PhD student in computer science. I'm currently working with 2 co-authors in revising a paper for resubmission (I'm not the main author). They act very respectful and open to criticism, but they ...
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Where to publish a critical comment on an academic paper?

Background Last year, in October, an exceptionally weak paper was published in Nature. The publication of such a piece in a top journal was a clear violation of peer-review standards. Despite the ...
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When is it beneficial (or politically correct?) to mention somebody's race/culture in an anecdote? [closed]

Today, I heard a friend mention an exciting conversation he had with somebody of a different race. He mentioned this woman's race several times in order to paint a more detailed picture of what his ...
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What should I do when I do not get a reply to an email?

I have sent out emails enquiring about academic positions in departments active in my field. I did my best to write them properly, consulting websites and more experienced academics. However, it has ...
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E-assignment submission system made my effort go to nothing

My assignments deadline was due to March 13, 00:00. I uploaded my assignment half a day earlier, but did not confirm it, because instructions said we do not have to (last uploaded version always gets ...
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How to politely inform potential PhD supervisor that I must wait before responding to an offer? (Two-body problem)

I am a physics student in the UK. A university (university A) has made me a PhD offer. The email from admissions was very clear that there is a 30-day time limit on this offer. As it happens I am ...
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How to tell supervisor that you first want to do something else before accepting his offer?

My supervisor (in a big German company) has offered me a master's thesis and a PhD position in his company. Before I would like to start the PhD there, I would like to do some other internships to ...
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Undergraduate supervisor leaving on a sabbatical

I recently found out one of my undergraduate supervisors/mentors has been accepted as a visiting fellow at MIT. If all goes to plan, he'll be at MIT starting next fall. I'm a senior year student of ...
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How to politely tell the PI I'm working with to use the vector format for images

I have been working on a paper that is now ready for submission. I put a lot of time into polishing my figures in Illustrator, which are very detailed bioinformatics visualizations. I sent the figures ...
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How can undergraduate TA's better lead tutorial sessions?

I'm senior year undergraduate, and I have to say I love to teach. I have assumed the role of a TA for multiple courses uptil now, including courses in economics, physics and mathematics. I have had ...
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How to respond to a professor who was insulted by an email detailing mistakes in the exercise? [closed]

I am an undergraduate student. Preparing the solution to an exercise regarding computer assembly language programming I discovered an error in the program skeleton that was given to us to base our ...
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Seeking undergrad research position at another university: is it OK to email PI and copy lab member? What if there's no response?

I am an undergraduate research assistant in a laboratory at my school. Starting last year's fall semester through the summer and up to now, I have been working in the same laboratory, and I am hoping ...
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What can I do if my academic references are not responsive?

I provided references of two Professors from my previous University. I talked to them before supplying the references. I believe, the universities sent some Emails asking them for some kind of ...
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What are the potential consequences of responding in kind to a rude lecturer? [closed]

What are the potential consequences, if any, of being rude and abrasive with the lecturer of a course I am taking? Could I face disciplinary action? Could it affect the way my work is evaluated? Is ...
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My advisor said that I should be more modest, and we should meet more often. Should I tell him about my impostor syndrome? If yes, mail or personal?

I am a PhD student in Europe, currently in my second year, and I have some attitude problems concerning my work. I really want to work on my problem, that's fine, but what bothers me is the following....
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Is it rude to use tracking softwares for the emails that you send to potential advisors?

A considerable portion of emails that I send to professors abroad to see if they have any position available remains unanswered. Not receiving a response, I can not imagine if they didn't attract to ...
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Too many advisors

I hope that you can give me a good advice on my situation. I'm a PhD student with 3 advisors: one main advisor and 2 co-supervisors. I'm very happy with them all and we are working on a paper ...
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Governance Committee and Full Faculty

Part of my function is to head the committee that ultimately oversees the system of rules used in faculty governance. I was wondering if anyone had experienced a governance system that was ...
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Applying to summer research project, should I tell prof about mental health issues to explain poor grades last year? [duplicate]

I'm currently a junior undergrad in a mathematics program, and emailed a prof at a different school if I would be able to apply as a candidate for a summer project he advertised on the school's ...
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How to move your field away from a widely accepted practice that has a catastrophic error?

My sub-field has been haunted by the fact that for slightly over fifty years the key foundation of everything we do has been in empirical dispute. The empirical anomalies have generated tens of ...
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Should I take delay “ a few days” as a polite decline or literal?

What does “a few days” mean in the following context? In response to me sending a short paper to a professor for review, he said: Sorry, I'll look ..but might take me a few days". Is this a ...
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How to suggest textbook improvement to author?

There's a popular math textbook I enjoyed a lot when I was a grad student. Recently I noticed an extension to one of the many interesting exercises provided by the textbook. I'd like to communicate ...
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My professor thinks I deceived her, but it was miscommunication on my part. Should I send an apology email?

I will try to keep the situation short, but I am currently not on the best of terms with a graduate school professor. The term is over now and I have been on good terms with her until today. As part ...
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Is it my responsibility to refute misinformation in social situations? [closed]

Seldom does a day pass without a juicy piece of misinformation catching my eye. Generally these are the regular thoroughly debunked myths. Be it that vaccines cause autism, or humans cannot possibly ...
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Should acceptance letters be answered?

If somebody receives an email from a journal stating that their paper is accepted for publication, should they write back? If so, what should they say?
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How to work with an overly positive advisor?

I'm in my second year of my PhD and my advisor is very, very positive. She never gives me negative feedback, even when I objectively have made a mistake. For instance, two months ago, I noticed that ...
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Measuring the Effect of Public Relations on Scientific Journals Impact Factor?

I’m looking at the correlation between communications outreach and a scientific journal’s impact factor/citations. I intern for a communications department at a University’s engineering school and we ...