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Gifts are sometimes given in an academic environment, for example, a grad student may give a gift to their advisor/supervisor.

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Taking my Ph.D. advisor out for dinner after graduation

I recently finished my Ph.D. in the U.S. and will be leaving soon for a job in industry. I have got a precious gift for my advisor as I really admire him and he is one of my role models and totally ...
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When an academic researcher receives a gift funding from an industry partner, does the academic researcher's university take a cut?

When an academic researcher receives a gift funding from an industry partner, does the academic researcher's university take a cut, or does the academic researcher receives the entire gift funding? ...
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Should I give professor gift at the beginning of my PhD?

I will be in a PhD program in Germany in which the first year of the program consists of only studying courses under several different professors. Some people suggested me that I should give gift to ...
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Gift for mentor after his thesis defense?

I'm attending the thesis defense of one of my undergrad mentors this week. I owe almost everything about where I am today to him. I want to get him a gift, but I'm not sure what. He owns his own ...
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how to remind professor of a gift?

I answered a challenging question in one of my courses, I sent my answer through an email. The professor replied that I won a gift card for buying stuff from the university. It has been 2 months he ...
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Receiving gift from student before grading MSc thesis. Is it ethical?

As a follow up on this question I am wondering whether it is ethical to receive gifts from students before grading their MSc thesis (or any other project where students feel like they need to thank ...
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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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In the US, is it culturally acceptable for a graduate student to give a small gift to a professor? [duplicate]

I am an overseas student who was recently admitted to a PhD program in the US, and I will soon travel to the US to meet my future PhD advisor and my fellow grad students. My future PhD advisor has ...
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Is it weird to give your new PhD supervisor a “thank you” gift for supporting your application?

There is a similar question here as well as elsewhere. However my situation is somewhat different, so please read for marking it as duplicate. The questions I've seen asked has been about giving a ...
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suitable omiyage [closed]

I graduated from Japan three years ago. I am now going in a visit, and will meet my professor and previous colleagues at one gathering. What is an appropriate protocol for omiyage in similar situation?...
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Is it appropriate to give a gift to a teaching assistant for helping outside of work time?

I am thinking of buying a small gift, like coffee, for a teaching assistant, who helped me solve problems in a particular subject, even outside of work time, to thank for the effort. Is this ...
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Make my Professor a gift [duplicate]

I just received my diploma from my university. I'm very happy and my results aren't that bad either. Now, as the result is already known, I would like to thank my professor and my supervisor for their ...
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Ethics of giving students gifts?

I am instructing a section of a senior level capstone design course at an engineering university, split into two groups each working on a different project. One group of six is working with some ...
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Is it appropriate to buy a “thank you” gift for a MSc supervisor? [duplicate]

I'm about to finish my Master of Science and I was just wondering around this forum and the question "Is it appropriate to buy a “thank you” gift for a PhD supervisor?" inspired me for this question. ...
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Is it inappropriate to give one faculty member a larger thank you gift than another?

I'm a student at a large university, and, after a recent family emergency, received a lot of help from two faculty members in my department. My department adviser, after hearing about my family ...
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Finding/giving an appropriate thank you gift to university faculty [duplicate]

I'm a student at a large university, and recently had an especially hard semester due to a family emergency. I withdrew from two classes, and the only reason I didn't have to withdraw altogether was ...
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What is a suitable gift for an Italian PhD advisor based in the UK?

This question is already asked here. But I found the answers unhelpful, so I would like to ask again, and narrow to the case the advisor is Italian (but has lived in the UK for 20 years). I would ...
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Is it okay to give a gift to my research mentor who happens to be the dean?

I'm about to graduate and would like to give my research mentor a book as a gift. It is common in my institute (which is in the US) to give professors gifts as students graduate. However, the problem ...
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What type of gift could I give to my PhD advisor? [duplicate]

I will be defending my dissertation in this Summer and I'm planning to give a gift to my advisor. I'm not quite sure what would be the best and meaningful gift for a professor receiving from his/her ...
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How to thank a good teacher?

Say if you were a graduate of ABC university, and When you want to thank a teacher of this university because she used to help you a lot in some courses or because she has the same hobbies and ...
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Is it standard for graduate students to get gifts for their advisors?

Is it standard for graduate students to give their advisors gifts around Christmas, like chocolates or bottles of wine? What about other important people, such as their thesis committee members, or ...
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Is it appropriate to give university lecturers Christmas cards?

Are there any issues or concerns a with student giving lecturers Christmas cards? I am apprehensive that the religious connotations of Christmas might offend some card recipient(s). However, if the ...
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Is it a good idea to express my gratitude to a co-author with a gift card?

I am an undergraduate level student planning to put out a research paper for publication. The second author is a PhD student who has helped me to do much editing (including re-writing my entire paper ...
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Is it appropriate to buy a “thank you” gift for a PhD supervisor?

I am nearing the end of my PhD and I would quite like to buy a "thank you" gift for my supervisor (although, she's the socially awkward type who I'm sure will be greatly embarrassed to receive one). ...
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Is it ethical to accept small gifts from students? And how small is small?

Is it ethical to accept small gifts from students? In past years I have one or two students have given me small gifts, generally a box of chocolates. I judge the size of gifts on my international beer ...
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Gift to a supportive professor?

As you might have seen from my history I had a very bad advisor who deliberately underpaid me, stole my research work and undermined my career at multiple phases. Now I am done with my university and ...
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Advisor's wife is having a baby, should we be getting him something?

My advisor's wife is having her first baby and he told us about it at our last lab meeting. We understand that this will mean he might need extra time/patience as the big day approaches, but are we ...
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Advisor getting married, should grad students chip in for gift?

Our advisor is getting married over winter break. None of us are super close to him and the wedding is going to be a very private event that none of us are invited to. Should all of us (his graduate ...
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On giving gifts to LOR writers

Should one give gifts to those who one's close to, or those who one generally doesn't interact with very much? If the professors who wrote my LORs seem reluctant to meet me again for some reason (not ...