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The customary code of polite behavior amongst the academic world.

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Etiquette for academic job interviews in Ireland

I am scheduled for an interview for a Lecturer position at a leading Irish university in a couple of weeks. I am trained, and have a job in the North American academic system. Thus, I am well versed ...
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How to cold email multiple faculty members to propose a collaboration?

I am currently looking at an advertised postdoctoral fellowship (in the US if that matters), where it is stated that the topic of the research proposal should be discussed with faculty members before ...
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How long to wait before contacting another arm's length referee?

Good afternoon, I am trying to find an external referee to review and evaluate an application package for a postdoctoral fellowship. This assessment, which is a required element of the application, is ...
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If I accept and defer a PhD offer, should I comply with the April 15th agreement for this year, or next year?

I got PhD offers from a few US universities this year, and I've been deciding between two of them. I needed to defer my start date to the next year, so I asked both departments. University A deferred ...
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Should I contact professors in Europe to enquire about PhD positions given the ongoing pandemic?

I am a 2nd year masters student in Mathematics in an Asian University and my masters will be completed this month. I wrote to professors in December and January asking about open positions in their ...
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Practical Aspects of Workshop Organization

I'm surprised I couldn't find any similar question. Please mark as duplicate if you know one. What are the practical aspects one should not overlook when organizing a (small) workshop? Organizing a ...
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Contacting old honours advisor

First a brief explanation (I'm not sure if other schools have different systems): at my university, if one took the correct courses during their degree - pure math in my case - then one had the ...
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Is it in poor form to write a paper on the same two texts that someone has already written about in a published article?

I have a proposal for a comparative literature paper that I hope to publish and/or include in some form in my dissertation. I’m discussing a wide variety of texts in my article, but the primary focus ...
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Formally asking a univerity for contact information of PhD

I'm using certain software for my research and have some questions about troubleshooting and the output it creates. All the available information (manual, website and publication) isn't very extensive ...
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Academic changing universities: How to negotiate start date to minimise problems with leaving previous university with little notice?

I have an offer at another university. It is late June, just got it. They want me asap. I have asked to not go until after the fall semester as we have an accreditation site visit as well as a ...
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PhD student I am working with as an undergrad may pursue something similar to what my senior thesis is on, is this a conflict of interest?

I began researching for my thesis on subject X several months ago, and the thesis program is starting in a few weeks. I did not tell the grad student at the old uni about this yet - because originally ...
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How do I politely and concisely ask for an external reference? And how long should I wait on a non-response before moving on?

For two fellowship applications, I need to ask an external referee, so an academic I don't know or don't know well, to independently evaluate my research proposal and background. I'm working on ...
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Should I signal to the department I'm rejecting a PhD offer from, that I may take their offer next year?

This is a follow up to this question I asked yesterday. Briefly, this is the situation: I have two (US) PhD offers, I deferred admission offer from Uni A without guaranteed funding, but Uni B ...
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How to seek advice/collaboration from other profs in the dept

I am a postdoc who changed the topic quite drastically entering the postdoc phase. The big issue is that my advisor does not provide any guidance or advice at all regarding my project. It has been ...
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Trouble handling simultaneous PhD application in two different teams of the same institute

So, there are team A and team B of the same institute and I have been interested in both since I started looking for a PhD, especially in team B. I have been writing an application for team B but had ...
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Contact previous postdocs of a potential postdoc supervisor to receive feedbacks

I have been offered a postdoc position in a very good university. However, I had a quite negative impression from the PI, who looked a bit bossy. Also, I had the sensation that he is looking more for ...
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Submitting feedback to hiring committee on job candidates — stay positive or say negative things too?

As they do every year, my department is running multiple searches for faculty hires. After all the talks for a given position, the committee solicits feedback on the job candidates. When submitting ...
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How do I politely say that I am not applying to my alma mater anymore?

I am a PhD student in Y university in United States and I finished my MS in X university before my PhD. All professors who provided my recommendation letters work for X. Lately, I have been feeling ...
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Is it safe to address university administrators as “professors”?

Last time I had an appointment with one of the university advisors, she kept mentioning that she is going to "teach" later after the meeting. Long after the appointment I realized that I should have ...
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Unclear whether professor will provide assistance after sending through CV and an essay

I am a graduate civil engineer and want to pursue to academic career in the same field. I have been in contact with a professor, entirely by email, since March and he is responding me since March very ...
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Can I ask to be assigned to another project, if the ones I'm on seem unsuccessful?

I'm doing my MSc. in Computational Mathematics in Central Europe. Right after finishing my Bachelor's degree I began to work in our National Supercomputing Center, a research institute that is ...
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How to write a proper subject line for a follow up email

I emailed a professor about a postdoc position three weeks ago. He replied me on Friday that week and showed his interest. I answered his question about partial funding in the new email but have not ...
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Ethicality of submitting a manuscript without a peer's name on it if they didn't contribute and you didn't pursue their edits?

I work at a very large institution with multidisciplinary faculty and staff, and I was acquainted with someone (we'll call him Dr. StackExchange) by a close friend of mine for a collaboration prospect,...
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Time management during a poster presentation competition

I had a poster competition and given 4 minutes to explain everything in brief to the judges plus 1 minute for Q&A. I prepared in that way and explained my work to the judges in 3 minutes and 58 ...
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How to quit an RA ship I just started as gracefully as possible

I am currently working full time and was not being given intelectually stimulating work at my job, so I approached a professor to ask to do an RA ship and he agreed. It seems we had some miss ...
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Changing proposed project post-acceptance

I recently applied for a research based degree and I have indeed been offered admission (with funding), scheduled to start this fall. Prior to my acceptance, I had an interview with my prospective ...
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Asking REU professor for a recommendation letter when applying to their university. Ethical?

Is it ethical (or advisable) to ask a professor I did a REU with for a recommendation letter when their university is among my application choices? Note: if I get admitted (the admission process is ...
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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 ...