Questions tagged [etiquette]

The customary code of polite behavior amongst the academic world.

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How can I salvage my relationship with a professor whom I lashed out against during a mental health episode? [closed]

After experiencing a lot of stress during my last undergraduate semester (and an episode of depression), I lashed out at a professor. I had made several rather foolish attempts to impress her and then ...
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Erroneous paper published and reviewed on MathSciNet

An article claiming to solve a great long-standing mathematical open problem was published in a conference proceedings, and was refereed on MathSciNet positively, i.e. the reviewer makes an impression ...
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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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How do I go about making a program suggestion to my department chair as a graduate student?

For context, I am a graduate student in my academic department ⁠— agricultural economics. I wanted to bring up the idea to the Department Chair that introducing some applications like JupyterLab, ...
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Do I have to tip the bartenders and hotel staff, when a U.S. University hosts an event for researchers?

Prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, I attended a generously-funded research meeting that included a hotel stay, free dinners and bar drinks. There was a dedicated bar section just for us. 😋 I always ...
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Politeness of a follow-up E-Mail regarding administrative task

I have to get a certain document filled in by a professor in regards to my major/curriculum. Initially, I reached out 3 weeks ago, and she instantly replied that she'll be happy to do so, and asked ...
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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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Ask for a letter of recommendation after 11-year hiatus?

Is it unusual to ask for a letter of recommendation from an advisor who sat on my thesis committee a decade ago? I received my MA in (human) geography in 2009. One of my committee advisors was a ...
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Should I reply to email from institute director congratulating me for being shortlisted for a position?

I have received an email from the "director" of a prestigious research institute, sent to me and another candidate, announcing and congratulating that we have been shortlisted for a particular ...
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Is it appropriate to attend a friends' dissertation defense/FPO (USA)?

My initial reaction would be that it would be highly inappropriate to attend someone's defense unless explicitly invited, and you should never ask someone for and invitation to anything. It should be ...
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Did I anger my PI by not sending my data/notes after leaving their lab?

Last year I was informed by my PI that the lab was too busy to take on undergrad students. I said that I understood and found another lab that I was interested in to join. However, I had been ...
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Should I thank the professor for forwarding me webinar/seminar invites?

I work in the research group of one of the professors in my college. My professor forwards me emails which he receives regarding some webinars/seminars being organized in college/companies or articles ...
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One line thank-you emails to lecturers/professors - yes or no? [duplicate]

I have always wanted to know the answer to this question (sorry if it's silly): If a professor or lecturer answers a question or gives advice when replying to an email I sent them, in general, do ...
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Too many people writing a letter of recommendation

I am an undergraduate student applying for a study abroad program that requires I submit two letters of recommendation. I just received the notice that the deadline for submission is in two weeks and ...
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Etiquette for whether to send a follow-up email to a professor who will not have a reliable internet connection?

I am writing this post regarding how to approach a situation I am currently in. First, I am an undergraduate student in math who started working under a professor last Fall. Prior to the start of ...
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Do I have to inform a graduate program that just admitted me about my attendance to a different program?

I have received acceptance from a graduate program physician assistant. I have already been attending this semester a different program. I want to withdraw and attend the other program. Do i have to ...
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Is it appropriate to express concerns to a professor about a new exam format?

I'm taking a math class at community college. The class has three regular exams (25% of grade) and a final (25%). Normally, the professor generously grades the fifteen-question exams with partial ...
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Is it appropriate to mention that authors refused to provide code samples when asked?

I work in a sub field of computer science. There was a recent paper (2020) that was published in a reputable conference that claimed to achieve state of the art performance on a specific data set. ...
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Course requiring students to use Examity

I am an undergrad student and one of my professors is saying that we will be using Examity for the final exam. I am concerned with downloading this software on my computer for various reasons, ...
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Is it okay for a potential post doc to send an email to professor on the weekend?

I am talking with a professor to apply to a postdoc program. I sent a cold email earlier this week and we have exchanged a few emails. In his last email he sent me some papers to read. The thing is, I ...
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Is it appropriate to email a professor about something unrelated to class?

I have a professor currently that I have previously had in a class on a different subject. Would it be appropriate to email them with a link to an article I found that relates to the previous class' ...
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Advisor wants first author. Do I have any leverage?

I'm doing undergrad research with a team, advised by a professor. I have a good relationship with this professor, but told us after the research started that he would be first author. I was at first ...
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Is there a clear etiquette on providing full text paper when you are a coauthor?

As a coauthor, I occasionally receive requests for full-text pdfs of research I have worked on in the past (vis Researchgate for instance). Thus far I have generally ignored those requests - leaving ...
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I think my TA winked at me and have developed feelings. Should I ask her out after the semester ends? [duplicate]

TLDR: I have feelings for my TA, think she winked at me, and would like to ask her out after the end of the semester. So my eyes do this weird thing sometimes when I'm sleep-deprived or stressed ...
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I expect much more commitment from my PhD-supervisor. How do I communicate this to him?

I am a doctoral student in economics and have problems with the progress of my doctoral thesis because my supervisor hardly cares about my work. I currently need some feedback and comments from him, ...
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Thanking a professor for their effort [closed]

Some time ago I had emailed a professor regarding the original data of an experiment they'd conducted almost two decades ago. He replied today to apologize as he had unfortunately not found the data ...
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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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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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Is it acceptable to ask my professor for help for another class during her office hours?

I am in two classes (1 and 2), and my 1 professor never answers emails or holds office hours now that we're online. There is also no TA. Oh well, there's nothing I can do except include this ...
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What to do with a thesis adviser that doesn't respond to emails or offer any help?

I am a master student in computational mathematics, my thesis adviser assigned me a problem in a subfield that is outside his expertise. He is lazy and doesn't know much about the problem he assigned ...
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How to cope with YouTube and use it as an aid for effective teaching

YouTube rules the roost. It is first resource that people refer to when they want to learn something new. After all, who would teach me how to replace a RAM on my laptop or to change the new ...
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Letting grant funder know that funds no longer needed?

I am a English PhD student (focusing on literature), but this year one of my assistantships through my university has involved some grant writing for local non-profits. Recently I've been working on a ...
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Should I ask for deferral before accepting a PhD offer or after accepting it?

I am currently in a PhD program, and have applied and received offers to start another (changing fields). Both are in the US, so I do not need to finish a master's or anything. The plan was that I ...
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Asking current advisor whether they have funds for remainder of my degree

So in my first year of my PhD I was strongly encouraged to apply for fellowships. I submitted fellowship applications happily, but at some points was concerned about how urgent it seemed to my advisor ...
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Should I write a bilingual email to a professor who can't speak German very well?

Should I write a bilingual email to a professor who can't speak german very well? That's basically the question. I don't know if this is the right thing to do, because it could mean that I ...
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Non-binary, more modern alternative to "Dear Sir/Madam" [closed]

I'm emailing a graduate STEM admissions department in the UK, and don't know the modern preferred way to begin the email. Many authors suggest "Dear Sir/Madam," but of course this implies a ...
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How do I salvage a 1-week old research internship offer, if possible?

I'm a pre-university individual. About a week ago I cold-emailed university professors inquiring about interning at their biology research labs. A professor replied on the same day expressing ...
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Is it "inappropriate" to write in a manuscript "this problem is unsolved, though arguably progress has been made" and then reference your own work?

Is it considered inappropriate to write in a manuscript "this problem remains unsolved, though arguably progress has been made" and then reference your own work? Because you would be saying that your ...
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Is it appropriate to phone a researcher/academic? (Germany)

I am applying to do a master's thesis at a German research institute. The institute's website encourages applicants to contact the researchers directly (and does not give more information about the ...
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Can I still ask my prospective advisor (guide) for a confirmation letter in the middle of Covid-19

I am a masters of mathematics student in Asia and I wrote to some professors for PH D position in number theory. One of the professors in France said yes to me but he said that I should look for other ...
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How is the production of a Festschrift usually initiated?

For the first time I have been asked to contribute to a Festschrift. I was surprised to read in the invitation that it is being prepared "in consultation with XY's institution and himself". I had ...
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Publishing a paper on research with a previous employer, funded by my current employer

I will be an author or co-author on a few papers at an upcoming conference. The papers are on work that I did as a government contractor. As of a few months ago, I accepted a position with the ...
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Colleagues exaggerate problems in department

I know this is a topic that some people have strong opinions about, but a toxic culture is developing in my department whereby several postdocs have convinced themselves that they are being mistreated ...
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I drunkenly told a professor something fundamentally wrong about a friend's thesis work. Should I clarify and/or apologize?

TL;DR: I told a professor something fundamental about a friends' work that is absolutely wrong, and I should have known, but I was drunk. Will it help the situation if I clarify and apologize via e-...
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Ask former PhD supervisor advice

I did my PhD on topic X, and my PhD advisor is an expert on X and on Y. For a problem I have come across in my postdoc, I think that Y would be a good approach. There is no one I am currently working ...
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How to React to an Introduction Email [closed]

So, someone (A) introduced me to someone else (B) via email, so that I can ask B questions and get advice. The email is directed at B, and I am copied. Should I wait for B to email me, or should I ...
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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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I am confused if this professor will fund me or not, I feel it is rude to ask directly

Recently I applied for a summer research internship in a lab in South Korea. This was the reply from the prof. Dear Student, Thank you for contacting me for internship. You have worked with ...
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Can you "refer" an offer to another applicant?

Say I applied to two graduate programs: A and B, in which A is my preferred program. It turns out that I am admitted by both, so I will accept the offer from A and turn B down. I heard from a friend ...
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Can a professor tell you that you can’t use your phone before or after their class?

So, I have this one professor who refuses to let anyone use their phone. I understand this during class hours but now he’s saying he will give a demerit to anyone using their phone even if it’s before ...

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