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

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How do you enforce handwriting standards for homework assignments as a TA?

I am a TA who is helping to grade student homework assignments for an undergrad engineering course which involves a lot of mathematics. The homeworks all together count for miserly 5% and is only ...
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What does it mean if a professor suggests to contact in future?

I am a final year Computer Science student from South Asia and expected to graduate by August 2017. I thought of starting to contact professors for masters program from now. Today I received a reply ...
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Is it inappropriate to tell my students to check their school email?

I am a new STEM faculty member at a primarily undergraduate institution. I emailed my students (through the school-mandated online course management system) before the beginning of the term about the ...
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I want to do research in A about its applications in B. Don't know exactly what people in B need from A. What's a good way to acquire this knowledge?

Issues related to climate change, mitigating it and making humans deal better with its negative consequences are super important to me. I am not an environmental scientist though - I'm an engineer. I ...
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Should I mention a mistake made by a third person?

A professor asked from me to send one of his books I've had. Because I've had to leave for some days from the country I've arranged with a relative to send the book. However, he ignore it and now the ...
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interdiscplinary phd communication [closed]

An engineer (me), a mathematician and a social psychologist (my supervisors) walked into a bar and decided to do a PhD project together. How do the three ensure that they do not have communication ...
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Is it OK to use fonts, i.e bold, italic, in an email to a professor or to any other academic?

Is it acceptable or appropriate to use fonts, i.e bold, italic, in an email to an academic in order to do emphasise or organise the text ? or would it be perceived as offensive ?
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How to express appreciation for an offer of science research funding

What is an acceptable way to state that you are very happy to have been offered funding for a research proposal? "I am honored to have this offer of funding for my research" "I am grateful for this ...
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How can I appropriately bring up topics of agenda to my professor in a meeting?

I have been working as an undergraduate research assistant in my professor's lab for about a year now. I've enjoyed working under his supervision, and though I wish I am acquainted with him more, I ...
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What, if any, are the quantifiable differences between a rhectoric/communication PhD from an English vs a Communcation department?

I'm currently pursuing a master's in Communication and plan to seek admission to a PhD program afterword, most likely in the field of technical communication. Many schools offer such a program fully ...
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Would it be rude or helpful to ask a foreign coworker if they'd like for me to correct their English when there are obvious mistakes?

I have a colleague who is very new to this country (USA). His English leaves a lot to be desired, to the point that it often actually hinders communication. I think he's trying to learn, but it's ...
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Should I email old supervisor about my progress?

I might collaborate with an old supervisor in the future and would like to keep in touch. Is it a good idea to send an email to him about the progress I've made in my career? Also, what's the best ...
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How do I politely and tactfully tell my advisor that I would like more consistency in meetings?

I am a PhD student. My advisor is great, but like all academics is very busy (administrative duties, other students, research...). What happens almost every time I try to have a meeting, since the ...
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How does one politely request an instrument from a researcher?

I have just discovered that the (psychological) instrument I've been reading up on for my research team has never been, itself, published, though research into its validity and reliability etc has ...
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The GRE vocabulary is infrequent to meet in academic life. What is the purpose of learning them?

My question stems from this paper: An analysis on the validity of the lexicon required by GRE® test takers. According to the paper, "the great majority of these words are too infrequent to be deemed ...
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How to ask for code from authors who have proposed algorithms in computer science? [duplicate]

I am developing an algorithm, and I want to compare its performance with various existing state-of-the art methods. I would like to contact the authors of these methods and ask if they can send me the ...
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How to contact professors as a high school student?

I am a high school student who is interested in mathematics. As such I have been emailing several professors from prominent universities. I have been running into trouble when trying to figure out ...
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How should you approach your adviser and tell him that he has a communication problem

(Not his actual hand writing) I am currently working under an academic research adviser who is a very nice person and very knowledgeable but I think he has problem in communicating with others (...
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How should a student deal with personal criticisms from an assistant professor?

I am a PhD student. In the past I have met with an assistant professor for some general advice about my research, both times he has made off the cuff comments on my lack of competence as a researcher ...
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Would it be impolite to ask the time of selection decision, although the information is available online?

I applied for summer internship(BSc level) in applied math in one of the North European countries a month ago. I would consider myself as a good applicant but I suspect that they accept very few ...
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Did requesting more info/contacting admissions too early hurt my chances of getting in?

Before saying anything I would like to point out I have no knowledge on the how to apply for graduate schools and this may very well be a stupid question. I'm getting my Bachelor's degree in Spring ...
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Hiring an academic researcher to implement an algorithm in a paper they wrote

I recently joined a technology startup company where a key business value-proposition depends on solving certain various problems that no current business competitor solves. There is one particular ...
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How to nicely communicate to my professor that I prefer a different topic/project

Soon I will be assigned to a project with industry partner X which will start in couple of months and is very loosely related to my major research interests. The project might not be very challenging ...
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Is the author obliged to answer all emailed questions regarding his or her paper after it had been published?

Is the author obliged to answer all emailed questions regarding the details of his or her paper after it had been published?
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Should I inform my professor of a very recent paper vaguely related to his research?

I'm currently an undergrad student and have found a recent paper, published in Nature a few days ago, that represents a huge breakthrough in its field (I'm active in that area, so I'm aware of it), ...
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Research that was released to the press early, which remains credible?

The words science by press conference are pretty much universally used in derision. Wikipedia has a list of results that where rushed into a press conference and later turned out to be erroneous. ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a professor about continuing my degree? [closed]

I'm in a very unfortunate situation. I have B.S. from Computer Science and I change my field to Applied Mathematics for M.S. (because of recommendations of my colleagues from research). In CS I was ...
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Primary Investigator gets really nervous around me?

My new Primary Investigator, who is well respected in her field, gets really nervous when talking to me for some reason. We are the same gender and both married so it's not a problem of that sort... ...
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How to politely communicate that you would prefer an earlier starting position to the offered one?

I had already asked a question here Just to provide a gist, I was being chosen as a third candidate for the PhD grant and there was only single vacancy. Now the 1st chosen candidate has been approved ...
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How to tell a professor at a foreign university politely and impressively that I can’t cover the costs of living for my PhD?

When asking for an opportunity to do a PhD with a professor at a foreign university, he replied: As a prerequisite you would need to take care of your own funding to cover the costs of your entire ...
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Etiquette with regard to email consolidation

Background: I am a fourth year math graduate student in the US. I currently have three active email accounts: personal (gmail), graduate university (windows live), and undergraduate university (also ...
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Why do academics frequently write very short email replies?

Why do many academics write short replies to emails? For example, I write Professor MK some polite email with salutation, etc., just polite and decent email. MK then responds like this: OK, MK ...
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Leaving academia for financial reasons - how to communicate the reason of departure in a professional manner?

I recently finished my PhD and continued to work at the same department as assistant professor. Amid lack of funding, and other academic joys, the department went an extra mile to procure my contract ...
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Can't attend conference but would like to get copy of papers presented

There are a couple of papers to be presented at a upcoming conference that I will not be able to attend but that I am very interested in. It is my understanding that they will not be published after ...
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How to ask to review for a specific conference or journal? [duplicate]

I have been invited to review technical content in the past. However, if I want to be part of review process for specific conference/journal – how do I go about and suggest my availability?
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Should I write a “proof” to a professor I don't know?

TL;DR I solved two integrals left unsolved in a paper I'm reading. Should I notify the author? I am studying in a finance master and we have been assigned a project for one of our class. This ...
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Am I allowed to share a final copy of my published paper privately?

Suppose I published a paper in a journal with no open-access policy, but with the usual constraints regarding copyright. A researcher that I do not know in person has asked me for a copy of a this ...
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How to email professor with group concerns about class?

I'm currently taking a 20-25 person graduate-level course in Computer Science. It's about 60/40 theory/implementation, which means the discussions in class tend to be a bit more abstract that the ...
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Is it a good idea for an applicant to a graduate program to call a potential supervisor, if he does not answer emails?

I am going to apply for a graduate program, whose outcome totally depends on the potential supervisor's propensity to recruit any applicant for his/her research group. One of the professors' research ...
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What can professors do to encourage properly written email messages from students?

(Motivated by https://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/55082/hey-i-was-wondering-of-your-students-write-like-this) The writing style probably [stems] from the electronic age of text messaging. In ...
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Asking professor about certainty of a new opportunity

Recently I had an interview for a PhD position in Germany. After couple of days, I received a congrats email stating that I'm ranked 3rd candidate. Originally there was only single opening in the ...
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How should I inform my advisor about struggles with Aspergers syndrome? [duplicate]

Although similar questions have been asked before, I hope this is not a duplicate as I'm not asking about whether I should inform my advisor (that's already decided), but how and when to do it. My ...
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Forgot to email a professor back about a research opportunity. What to expect? [closed]

First off, I messed up big time here. I'm applying for a Fulbright academic fellowship after having finished my undergrad last year. This spring, I figured I would email some potential advisors and ...
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How should a non-native English presenter respond to a question they did not understand?

I'm not an English native speaker, and my question is, probably, only relevant for non-native speakers. Sometimes, native speakers just don't care how easily the presenter can understand the ...
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Justification that 'good exposition' is uniquely defined

What evidence is there that changes to exposition that improve clarity for one reader will necessarily improve clarity for another reader? The context I'm thinking of here particularly is referee ...
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How should I email dissertation to committee?

I have to send my doctoral dissertation to the members of my committee and I wonder how I should write the email. It is not a question of inviting them to be on the committee (they have already agreed ...
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How to respond, safely, to a student's 'risky' email?

A student I had emailed me to ask about working in the industry-because I have years of experience in it-after they finish school and how their past may affect how an employer will react to them. To ...
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What is the etiquette for asking a professor to waive the prerequisite for a course?

Should I mail the professor? Should I meet him in person? I am a MS student in CS who wishes to take a graduate level course in Statistics department. The course is Machine Learning and I did cover ...
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Conference is on the Yom Kippur holiday [closed]

After doing well at science fair, I started working with an extremely nice professor at the local university who encouraged me to submit my work to the relevant conference. I was rejected at large, ...
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What are the main difficulties for someone who is mute to be successful in academia?

There are several posted questions regarding people who have had struggles, but ultimately were able to succeed, in academia while being blind. My question is regarding being mute (by choice or ...