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On emotional issues such as guilt, discouragement, jealousy, anxiety or feelings of inadequacy affecting academics and researchers.

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Meeting dishonest ex-supervisors at large international conference — Should one speak out?

I have returned to my country after one negative experience as a postdoc in China. In short, I was hired based on false salary & funding expectations supported by shady vague contracts written in ...
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How to feel less guilt about teaching?

I just got a permanent position. Hooray! My question is the opposite of this one (that popped out as a suggestion from this site): How to care less about teaching? During my PhD studies I TAed a ...
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Is it OK if I hate a piece I wrote several months after publishing it?

I wrote a blog post for a magazine run by scholars. A few months later, I read the post again. I hate it! I can think of three-four different ways I could have written it differently. Granted, I was ...
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How do I handle plagiarism professionally and emotionally?

So I have been trying to get an article accepted since 2016. It is an article dedicated to a machine learning based prediction of a biological dataset. It was rejected 4 times. Today, on searching, I ...
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How do I respectfully correct a professor from making the mistake of saying “reason why”? [closed]

According to English, the S.A.T. scholastic test, "reason why" is redundant, incorrect, and should be replaced with either "reason" or "why". My professor always says the "reason why" .... happens is ....
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How to deal with unnecessary stress introduced by the supervisor?

I am doing my PhD in a high prestige UK university. I am finishing my second year and I have funding for three years in total. I have already two papers finished (pending to be published) and ...
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Finished a research paper and feel horrible now

We've all heard of postpartum depression, though I'm not a woman so I have no idea what it's really like. I am wondering if there is any medical/psychological evidence to support similar (reported) ...
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How can I overcome feelings of unworthiness after finding mistakes in my research?

I'm currently a PhD student suffering from extreme anxiety after finding some mistakes in my scientific paper 7 months back. I've talked to my supervisor about it and he said that those were simple ...
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Bad relationship with PhD supervisor

I'm at the end of the second year of a phd in engineering. My project is going well: I'm involved in an international project and I submitted 6 journal papers and 5 conference papers. The problem is ...
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How does an Erratum on one's own paper affect one's career as a researcher?

I'm still early in my scientific career, with only a few papers published. However, I've discovered a typo in a non-critical equation of my paper, and one of the graphs in the same paper should have ...
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What makes academic failure different from failure in another career?

It is my understanding that academia as a nebulous whole has its own culture and speaks its own language that makes it a very different environment to work in compared to other so-called "industry" ...
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How to deal with unavoidable failure in my first year of tenure-track applications?

I got my PhD recently. I applied to many tenure-track positions and got selected for several onsite job interviews. Yay. However I have actually been told in no uncertain terms by several trusted ...
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Are there math graduate schools without stressful tests? [closed]

I am one year from graduating and am starting to look for Graduate programs. I would like to know if there exist graduate programs where the focus is on research from the start (apparently this is the ...
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My supervisor won't accept that I won't stay in the lab for a PhD

I have recently graduated a M.Sc. I have agreed with my supervisor that I will complete the work required in order to make my project publishable (we have agreed that this does not entail any ...
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Postdoc overwhelmed by incomplete work

I take on more than I can handle and everything is left incomplete. Constant reminders from my previous supervisor, my current advisor, and colleagues, increases my anxiety level and sometimes I end ...
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How can I start to write my final paper? [closed]

How can I start to write my final paper? I have been doing nothing during the whole week. I just stayed at home and slept. I'm afraid to do anything even cooking. I can't focus and can't concentrate ...
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How do I maintain motivation in a completely awful grad program? [closed]

I am a 2nd year PhD student. I regret my choice of grad school severely. The program here has a good reputation and I have no idea how or why it has a good reputation. The program here is absolutely ...
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What training is appropriate to get to help students deal with stress?

I often have undergraduate students in my office who are clearly under considerable stress. These students are usually first years who are making the transition from high school. This goes beyond ...
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How to prevent work from exacerbating situational depression?

I am experiencing situational depression. This isn't 'discouragement' due to research. Me feeling inadequate in my research is NOT the problem. The problem is that the steps involved in research seem ...
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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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As a non-researcher, how to tell new knowledge that the speaker might not know?

A talk was closely relevant to a problem which had no breakthrough for a long time, but the speaker didn't seem to know a recently new method which is proved be able to solve it yet. What should I do? ...
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International postdoc struggling with PI demands. Should I quit?

I am an international PhD graduate who joined a postdoc in a private univ in the U.S. four months ago. After careful research and studying the group profiles, I joined a group (less than 2 years old) ...
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How to care less about teaching?

Fifth year math grad student as of this Fall. ABD, currently on target for six years in total. I have very strong feelings about the way courses should be taught, graded, and organized. I have ...
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How to get out of a data use agreement?

My project is based on data hosted by a different university than the one where I used to work. When I requested the data, I understood that the work (and cost) to extract it from the database ...
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Dealing with stereotypes and stigma while pursuing a career in academia [closed]

How do professors successfully cope with negative stereotypes and stigma while pursuing their research careers? Specifically, some issues that come to mind are: Women scientists who are perceived ...
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How can I handle publication jealousy among peers in my research lab?

I have been involved in a research lab for a while now. I have a set of peers who work on related, yet non-overlapping fields. I find myself uncomfortable when other's works get accepted in some ...
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Where did I lose control of my studies?

I am a 5th MSc semester mathematics student at a local German university. Since fall, I have been working on my thesis, which is the only remaining task for finishing my studies. I had not had ...
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Contacting advisor after long hiatus

I am enrolled in a master in CS, and finished all course work. Professors were happy with my work and I managed a 3.7 GPA -good for my university- without too much effort. When it came to the thesis ...
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Advice for somebody who considers to join a PHD program in order to go to research about the possibly negative sides

A friend of mine considers to join a PhD program in order to go to science. I think she has a very idealized view of science and the prospects there. (I personally am somebody who left science after ...
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Extremely stressed person

I have a classmate who is extremely stressed up. He has a 4.0 GPA and is an exception student. But seems like he is pushing himself way too hard and this is very obvious if you talk to him. He is very ...
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How to stop hopping the learning chain and actually begin somewhere?

Here is what I feel whenever I find something interesting and feel like pursuing it : Oh so I like X (Computer Graphics), let me read up papers/books about it. Ok let me begin with reading up Y (...
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Evidence for/against practical exams and their “added stress”

Numerous science course labs (especially anatomy labs) incorporate "practical exams" into their lab assessment. These exams involve having students visit multiple stations containing various visual ...
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Is it research to just combine other people’s work?

I am currently a second-year undergraduate double-majoring in math and computer science. I am currently doing a joint research paper with one of the faculty in my university. My advisor gave me ...
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“Brain doping”: Can drugs compensate a lack of concentration while learning? [closed]

I am almost at the end of my bachelor degree but I am afraid that I never will be able to finish this mere rest. Not only because the rest of my degree (around 20 credit points) is downright ...
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Is it common to feel anxious when reading papers?

I am a graduate student, and I often feel strangely anxious when reading papers. I was wondering whether the same is true for other people. There are basically two scenarios where I feel that way: a)...
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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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How to deal with fear of failure as a PhD student?

I am working on a mathematical topic that is basically my own concoction. I have days where even the simplest thing takes ages to do and I realize that's because, deep down, I am terrified that ...
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Good at coursework and learning background material, but attempts at original research go downhill. How to overcome psychological block?

Okay, so I am a math student currently on leave from a graduate program in math and computer science. I have always been good at coursework. I ace examinations and manage good grades. I can ...
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How to help reduce students' anxiety in an oral exam?

Oral exams can have various pedagogical benefits in certain circumstances, but can also make some students feel anxious. After watching several students nervous-sweat their way through such an exam, I'...
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How do I become motivated after unfairness in research?

I'm a chemistry undergrad in the honors college at my school and the following happened: Last Spring, the college held a research conference and I did REALLY well with one judge (49/50) and ...
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Is it commonplace for students to feel anxious about graduation?

So, I am but a semester away from graduating from college as a Computer Programmer in Canada. All is well in the grades department - I've completed all assigned work and maintained a ~4.0 GPA ...
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I'm feeling discouraged after getting tenure; should I quit?

A few months ago, and seven years after I obtained my PhD, I finally got tenure. Hence I have a permanent position in academia. After a few months in this new position, I find myself thinking of ...
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Level of difficulty of exams in math PhD and anxiety over being able to do well

I am a first year PhD student in math. I have a course right now that is pretty challenging as expected. I get high grades on all the homework. On our midterm the highest grade was a 35 percent. I was ...
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How not to lose confidence in front of supervisor?

I have been working on my doctoral thesis with a very well known professor in the field. I am going to finish 1 year of my study with him. As usual, we have been meeting every week at least once on ...
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Is it bad if I don't feel like an impostor?

I started graduate school recently. A professor was talking about impostor syndrome and said that everyone goes through it. They made a joke saying that if you don't feel like an impostor, something ...
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Should I tell my advisor I am academically overwhelmed?

I studied humanities in undergrad but am a first-year PhD student in a STEM field. Until recently, I was very proud of teaching myself the requisite background material to be competitive for a top-...
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How do really talented people in academia think about people who are less capable than them? [closed]

To be more specific, how do really top professors think about students who are much less smart than them, the students can be their Ph.D. students or just students who were taking his/her class. This ...
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How do I talk to my professor about my anxiety/depression?

I am 22 years old and I have recently began my first year of grad school. It is very overwhelming. Everyone seems to have more developed thoughts than I do, and all my classmates are 2nd or 3rd year ...
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Quit PhD program after one year, thinking about reapplying to other programs

I recently left a PhD program after finishing my first year. I think one of the biggest driving factors in my decision to leave was the uncomfortable department atmosphere. To add more context, I was ...
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Is there a place in academia for someone who compulsively solves every problem on their own?

To be honest, I'm not entirely sure how I'm still in grad school. I've been researching under one professor's wing for two years now, ostensibly shooting for a PhD (note: no topic yet), and I have ...