Questions tagged [gifts]

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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...