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The customary code of polite behavior amongst the academic world.

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How long to wait before contacting another arm's length referee?

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 due August 13. ...
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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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How can I ask a professor about funding for Master?

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 assess my knowledge and he told me that he will tell me the result ...
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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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Would it be advisable to ask to be a research intern for prospective PhD advisors

I do math, and currently do not have an REU opportunity for the coming summer. Part of this is due to me being a US citizen studying in the UK (meaning many opportunities start before my classes end), ...
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Should I also send a cover letter along with my CV while applying to PhD programs in math

I will apply to a PhD program in math at French universities for session 2022. I will write e-mails to the professors I want to work with, asking if there are open PhD positions in their group. I ...
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At what stage of the selection process for a faculty position should I ask for references from colleagues?

I'm second year faculty in my first position (practitioner/accounting). It is in a small business school. I am treated very well. However, a position has opened up at my alma mater. I am qualified, ...
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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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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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