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Questions tagged [etiquette]

The customary code of polite behavior amongst the academic world.

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Should I say/write the n-word in a quote?

I'm quoting a book (To Kill A Mockingbird) and using a quote where the n-word is used. Later I'm going to have to read that out loud while my teacher also has a copy. Should I censor the word when ...
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Asking a commitee to replace a letter of recommendation?

I have asked one of my thesis committee members for a letter of recommendation for a position I was applying to. He is a well-known and well-connected figure in my field, we have a good relationship ...
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Etiquette Question - Professor asked if I could meet after X time on Y day. I emailed to confirm a specific time but he has not responded

I have been looking to get started in undergraduate research (CS) and finally got a bite on a cold email. This professor said he read my resume and "liked my profile" and asked if I could meet him ...
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Letting another author know I'm using one of their results

Let's say I write a paper and use a result from someone that is rarely cited. Would it be polite/acceptable/unacceptable to email them and let them know of my application of their result before ...
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Does it violate academic social norm to email someone around midnight?

I do this often because this is when I wrap up the stuff for my day. But I wonder if it is considered intrusive. I imagine a scenario where a phone that is linked to gmail rings due to my email, and ...
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Forgot to lock bathroom door, teacher saw me with my pants down [closed]

As the title says, this happened in a college environment. For some unknown reason, I forgot to lock the bathroom stall's door. He saw that the door wasn't locked, so he opened the door, saw me and my ...
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Asking a professor to teach better

In my mathematics program, one of the qual prep courses is being taught by a professor who, put bluntly, is not putting in the effort. He is essentially reading from the book (which I don’t ...
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Letter of Recommendation Reminder (deadline tomorrow)

I asked my professor to write a letter of recommendation in late July, with the deadline of October 1st (which is tomorrow). He responded in the affirmative, and was quite happy to write my LOR. I ...
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Cover letter for job application to someone I have personally met

I intend to apply for a postdoc position. The contact mentioned in the job advertisement, to whom I should address the cover letter, is someone I have personally met and talked to on a first-name ...
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I need to gauge my chances of landing a postdoc - should I send an e-mail to the contact on the job advertisement?

I'm a recent PhD graduate looking to work in academia. I have applied for an assistant position (let's call it position A) that I think I have good chances of getting, that starts really soon. However,...
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How formal should the dedication section in a master thesis be? [closed]

I want to make a little practical joke in the dedication of my master thesis. It's nothing extraordinary, and it's harmless, but it is all but formal. I searched around and found this answer that ...
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Is it more respectful to address a professor who is an MD as “Dr.” or “Professor” in email?

Thus far in my postgraduate academic career I have leaned towards addressing my (US MD) medical school professors who are MDs, MD/PhDs, or PhDs as "Professor", since we are not in a clinical setting. ...
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Is it okay to repeat core findings of a cited work in detail?

Excuse me for keeping things abstract, I do not want to include more details than necessary. I'm working on an internship. The internship goal is applying known (published) information and evaluating ...
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Etiquette on giving negative feedback on a top mathematician's work [closed]

I want to ask a more general question that relates to a renowned mathematician’s recent proposed proof of a famous hypothesis, which seems to be widely considered not even close to being correct – ...
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Advisors asked for a complete draft of the thesis - should I include the acknowledgement?

I have written an acknowledgement in my PhD thesis thanking my advisors. Meanwhile they have asked for a draft of the thesis (before I submit it). Can I include the acknowledgment in the draft or will ...
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Responding to papers which reinvent ideas without citing them

A few months ago a very well-known (and controversial) authority in my field published a theoretical model of a phenomenon that one of my collaborators addressed many years ago. Interestingly, the ...
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How to connect distant with senior colleagues in their last PhD year? [closed]

I have some senior colleagues in their final year of PhD. busy most of their time and in quite stress (as much any last year PhD student). we share a lot of history together. and also have some sort ...
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Is it plagiarism to submit the same work in a course after withdrawing from the course on a previous occasion?

I took a course a couple years ago and was doing well until I could not attend any longer and abruptly had to stop. I am currently retaking the course and wanted to hand in the work I submitted years ...
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Professor not responding to LOR email after initially agreeing

My situation is a bit tricky, and I'm not sure if I'm reading too much into it. I asked for a letter of recommendation from two professors at my university. They both replied yes to the initial email....
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How do I address a colleague in an 3-way email with a student?

In my department, professors go by their first names with students and each other. My colleagues in some other departments go by their title and last name. To convey their preference, when referring ...
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Is it rude to send a self-correction followup email to professor?

I was wondering if I was rude to a professor. I am a Japanese student at a Japanese university and I'm planning to apply for a British graduate school. Then, I contacted a professor at the graduate ...
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What should I consider when making a complaint centrally to the university regarding the quality of a subject?

Background I recently was enrolled in a science course where I believed that the lecturer had a really poor understanding of the material at hand. I have had some bad lecturers before but this ...
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How should I politely address an email to two professors, one who holds a PhD and one who does not?

I am planning to request an override via e-mail for a class which is taught by two professors; one of them holds a PhD, while the other hold a master's; I have never met either of them. Usually my ...
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Answering form letter graduate school application emails

As a professor in a North American university, I receive a number of what I consider to be form letter graduate school application emails from outside the country. These emails generally feature some ...
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Postdoc interview follow-up: HR or PI and how should I approach the conversation?

I had an interview about 4 days ago for a postdoc in Scandinavia. The interview went well, from what I could tell, and the committee seemed approving and pleased with my answers. I am thinking of ...
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Approaching lab head about getting my name last on paper

In my field, computational condensed-matter physics, the last author name in a paper is regarded as having a supervisory role. I know this is common to many fields but not all (notably, math). I am a ...
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How to ask for advice regarding a position?

A colleague of mine has notified me of an upcoming opening for a TT position in my field in the US. She told me to contact a colleague of hers in the department hiring to "ask for advice" regarding ...
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Using rage faces in presentation

I was asked to give a talk at a workshop. I plan to tell a short story, 5 - 7 minutes, about how my collaborator and I came up with the idea presented in the talk. This story would: Give the ...
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How to tell my supervisor I won't use the data that a colleague prepared?

I started a postdoc about a year ago. At the time of my hire I was told another postdoc was preparing the large dataset I would eventually use. In the meantime, I was to run some sample models and ...
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Ghosted? PI of >1 year not responding to emails for new mentor?

I'm currently an undergrad who has been working at this lab for 1 year. In the beginning, I was pretty slow with research and I still make mistakes sometimes. For instance, it took me 4 months to get ...
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Am I entitled to any benefit by implementing an idea from my professor's published paper?

I'm an undergraduate student. A new professor joined our college this year. The new professor went about asking other department faculty about students proficient in programming and one of the ...
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Is it appropriate to email a professor during summer for a difficult question?

Tl; dr : Does a math professor get annoyed or think of it as a waste of time if he is emailed a difficult math question from an undergraduate student whom he is fairly acquianted with? Or is he ok ...
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How to deal with people in academia that have anti-science or opposing views from mainstream science? [closed]

I generally thought that these examples are rare and that I just had bad luck. The first time I met with pseudoscience mumblings from academicians was by a statistic professor in my junior year (even ...
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Reply to a professor's response to my email or not?

So I sent a thank you email to a professor who wrote me a reference letter. I updated her on the results of my applications. She replied back in a really nice email congratulating me and giving me ...
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how should I write my first email to co-supervisor? [closed]

My supervisor introduced me to a professor who has (already) accepted to be my co-supervisor, and wanted me to contact him and make an appointment. I want to write an email, but I do not know exactly ...
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Sending a thank you e-mail to a professor as an external intern

I'm new to Stack Exchange and I apologize if my etiquette on posting a question on this platform is "wrong". So I took a course last year with a professor who was exceptional on her subject that gave ...
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How to ask a, probably angry, PhD supervisor for a letter of recommendation after graduation from uni?

I was on good terms with my PhD supervisor throughout my studies. After graduation, I gave a talk at a symposium and my PhD supervisor was in the audience. I was planning to add a few sentences of ...
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Is it acceptable for a referee to suggest changing “theorem” into “proposition”?

In mathematics, it is usual to call terminal results "theorems" and intermediate results "propositions" or even "lemmas" depending on importance and place in the overarching proof. Suppose that one is ...
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How to ask professor to explain something again?

I had a class last week and I was 10 minutes late. I missed part of the class, and I want to write an email to my professor to arrange a time to meet. I prepared this email: Dear ..... I’ve ...
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Is it common to buy a gift for a supervisor when he invited me to a dinner?

I am an international student. I have just started my master degree in Canada and I have been invited to a group dinner by my supervisor. This situation and culture are quite new to me; I have not had ...
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Can a recruiter contact a postdoc's recent supervisor who was not listed as a reference on the application?

P, a postdoc applicant, lists 3 referees (A, B and C) on her strong application. A knows P's work best and gives a mixed (guarded) assessment. B knows P's work moderately well and gives a great ...
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My professor presented a problem that I solved. He says I can send it to a conference. What is the etiquette in cases like this?

But I don't understand if it is ethical because he was the one who identified the problem. I wouldn't have thought of the answer if he hadn't asked the question. I am an undergraduate and this is my ...
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Should I ask a reference letter from someone working where I am applying to use it for another application?

I am applying to a PhD program. I worked in the past with researcher A from research team T who was my bachelor thesis supervisor. Now, I am applying to a PhD progam within the research team T and ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for course notes ahead of time?

I am taking a course in Computer Science next semester (it is currently a vacation period for my university) and I would like to email my future lecturer and ask them for the set of course notes for ...
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How to address a professor in person at US universities?

At US universities, how should one address a professor while talking to him or her? In my home country, we usually address the professors as either "sir" or "madam" while talking about our queries in ...
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email asking professor for help [duplicate]

I have been rejected by a particular university for MS two times now. I really want to get into it to work with a professor. I am thinking of emailing him to ask him what I can do to improve myself to ...
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How can I ask a famous professor not to cut in line? [closed]

My sister was waiting in line at her canteen, and before her were some undergraduates. Then a famous tenured professor jumped the line and walked right up to the counter. As the others said nothing, ...
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Should I get my chair a card/small going away gift although she has never been there for me?

I'm a first year Master's student that works under the supervision of my thesis chair. At first, I was really excited to work with my chair because she is known as one of the nicest people & best ...
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What is the best way to deal with cranks?

Imagine you are minding your own business when you receive an email from someone who claims to have discovered the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. He provides ...
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How should I phrase an *unimportant* question that I need to ask a Professor?

This question is a variation of this canonical question about how to ask a Professor an important question. That question is presently used as a duplicate for many questions on Academia.SE, but it is ...