Questions tagged [group-dynamics]

Regarding how people relate to each other in groups.

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A group project was made without me, what should I do?

I'm currently working in a group of two where I and another person is supposed to compose code for an assigment we recived. This worked well in the beginning, as we discussed various solutions and ...
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Signs of toxic behavior in my peer group

I've been experiencing a phenomenon for a couple of months now that I cannot understand. I'm a first year phd student and I'm working on a problem that my advisor has suggested. I've made some ...
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When is it appropriate to publish independently without an advisor? [duplicate]

With pre-preprint servers readily accessible, I'm wondering if it is possible for graduate students to directly publish their work without their advisor. Is this taboo? If a student conducts ...
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Can I offer to help a collaborator to finish a calculation which he's not having time to finish right now?

I'm a PhD student and I'm collaborating in a project with a more experienced researcher. This is the first time I collaborate with anyone, so I'm new to this. Recently, in the subject we are ...
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How to address group member's poor writing skills

I am a STEM undergrad. Many of my upper division assignments are group reports with a lot of writing (literature reviews, lab reports). A lot of my cohort does not seem to have college level writing ...
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What does it imply if my PhD supervisor is not a referee for my postdoc applications?

I feel that the communication between me and my supervisor is not clear enough to discuss my future career plans with him. Also, while discussing my progress in half-yearly meetings, he expresses ...
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Would it be cheating to say we did things we didn't in teamwork project report?

I am studying an undergrad CS course about agile project management. We are supposed to create a project using agile techniques and document how we did it. The project is finished, but some people on ...
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Research team writing using different tools

I work on a research team of four people. However, different members use different tools and this makes working together more challenging. I'm wondering if there are any solutions to this problem (...
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Is it Okay to Appear Constantly as Offline but Reply Back Instantly? [closed]

On apps such as Mattermost, there are the following online status symbols: To be honest, I don't (i) like and (ii) want people to know on which times I'm online, and on which times I'm not. I feel ...
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How would you write to your in-class team, that you are going to drop the class, leaving no hard feelings?

We have a project to do with them but I don't have the time and am not sure if this email is appropriate for them. What do you think? I would greatly appreciate your advice. Here is what I am thinking ...
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Having team-members split the grade among them by their personal contribution

In a project-based class the submission is in teams of 2 (self-assigned teams). In most teams, the grade is the same for both members. However, in some teams, I suspect that most of the work was done ...
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Sharing with research team about being affected by a natural disaster

Is it professional enough to share personal worries with your research team and your supervisor where you are pursuing doctoral studies away from home and your hometown has been affected by a natural ...
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How do I mitigate my group project members plagiarizing off me and taking advantage of me?

In a Statistics related class, Whenever I do a group project, my group members don't know how to do anything as much as I do, and if it's a big group such a 5 person group, one person may help me ...
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One of my group members did not contribute anything and I notified my course lecturer. Did I do the right thing?

So to describe the scenario, here is what happened. We were assigned a group task for business throughout the entire semester. Each of us discussed what topics to cover and came up with an equal ...
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How do you respectfully remove someone from your research group?

Recently, I began my work on an independent research project. A few months ago, while I was writing the research proposal for submission, I talked with a peer of mine who hadn't done independent ...
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How does one avoid bikeshedding in paper reading groups?

We read papers once a week in my group, and I'm additionally part of a graduate class that involves reading multiple papers a week. I've noticed that, when asked to think about limitations or future ...
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What should I do about a group project in which I did almost everything?

I had a history project at school. There were two other partners besides me. So I did basically 98% of the work, another person did approximately 2% of the work, and the last person did 0%. :( Now we ...
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How can I handle group projects?

I'm a grad student and have been assigned to a group with several other students. This is a semester long group that will work on various projects. From the start, this group has been a disaster. I ...
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Encouraging team-work while discouraging free-riding

I teach several courses for computer science undergrads, including algorithms, programming and game development. In all my courses there are weekly homework assignments. I encourage my students to do ...
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I was graded unfairly on a group project

We had a group project that involved 4 people. 3 of us worked really hard. Personally, I feel I did about 1/2 the work. We had a Viva at the end of the project. I got nervous and did quite badly. When ...
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Supervisor getting another PhD student with the same project?

I just started a PhD supervised by a clinician and a bioinformatician. The bioinformatician informed me they have received funding to get another PhD student to work on the same disease/ broad ...
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How to protect your authorship when trapped in "collaboration"?

Some time ago, my advisor has put me working together with some group colleagues on a very loosely defined theoretical physics project. From the beginning, I didn't like this too much because I felt ...
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Optimal configuration of a research group [closed]

In most of the European Universities I know, research groups are created from the equivalent of Assistant Professors and the Principal Investigator is voted in some sort of election, where there are ...
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Where to find documents/information about research group policies

Due to different problems I have had in my research group (I am the PI) and in order to solve them I have decided to write down in a public document, what is our research group policy. I considered ...
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How to impress a professor the most? By showing how smart you are or by being a pleasant coworker? [closed]

I am a young grad student, also having the luck to be collaborating a bit with a (rather) big shot. Of course, it would be nice if he gets a good impression of me for the future, as he could probably ...
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Disappointed with my own level of performance in group projects and activities

I'm attending a CDT (Centre for Doctoral Training) course and am very nearly finished with the first year of my DPhil programme. Part of this has involved doing scientific group projects with other ...
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Group Project Dynamics— how to present advanced ideas without offending others?

For my research masters, one graded activity is to undertake a piece of research and present findings. We collected data and the analysis part was self-assigned to one member and myself. The analysis ...
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Having students grade each other on group projects?

I'm planning to have my students do a group project this semester. What are the pros and cons of having them rate how well their groupmates contributed to the project?
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How much is a PhD worth without publications or a reputation?

I asked this question a few months ago about addressing in-group bullying during my PhD. How to address in-group bullying without compromising PhD/career? Things have not improved over the past few ...
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How to address in-group bullying without compromising PhD/career?

I've been bullied by my supervisor and other members of my research group for the past couple of years. Some of the things which have indicated bullying include snide remarks being made during group ...
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Writing process in a group

I'm doing a PhD in chemistry in a small group of 1 postdoc and 3 other PhDs. When it comes to writing a manuscript, our advisor leaves for us only marginal part of the work to write such as formulas,...
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Group-work course, part of the group failing [closed]

This question is based around a hypothetical, but realistic, scenario. The situation revolves around a group-based course in which the main deliverable is a report. Every group member is responsible ...
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Do universities care about bias experienced in group projects?

I am a master's student, and I will complete my master's program soon. During my second year of my MA program, I had to work on a two-semester group project because it was a requirement for the ...
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How to get in situ anonymous global evaluation from students about the works of their peers

My undergraduate students are going to present their group works to the whole class. I would like that their companions globally and anonymously evaluate them, so that each team can in situ get a ...
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How detrimental is a large lab cohort to a graduate students’ success? [duplicate]

A PI I might potentially apply to is planning on making three or so offers. Said PI only has a few students at present which I think is the reason for their doing so. I worry that I will not get my ...
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Should I do a group project on my own? If so, how?

Recently in one of my courses I have been assigned a task to be done in small groups (of 3 people). It turns out not to be too long (especially with some previous knowledge that I had), so over the ...
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Is there academic research that supports individual over group work for better learning?

I'm in an undegraduate program in the US where group work is a major focus in most classes. Faculty often cite the important benefits of knowing how to collaborate in teams, claiming how educational ...
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Should I hide the fact that I did a group assignment completely by myself?

Three students and I were assigned a small (~14 hours of work) group project. Because there was no effort on their side to meet and work, my e-mails regarding their progress remained unanswered and ...
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How can I handle publication jealousy among peers in my research lab?

I have been involved in a research lab for a while now. I have a set of peers who work on related, yet non-overlapping fields. I find myself uncomfortable when other's works get accepted in some ...
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Group members barely doing any work but studying a lot for exams

As a university student, how should I deal with students in our group who barely do any work, albeit they study a lot to get good grades in their exams? We've talked to them, but they are convinced ...
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How to know a supervisor's working style before joining his group?

I have recently joined a research group, where everything was excellent until two weeks of my joining. My supervisor was very friendly when I met him for the first time at a conference. He was very ...
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Team conflict in a large research project [closed]

I am an undergrad working in a large research project (1 PI, 5 grad students, 15 undergrads). The project has 5 main facets, each of which is the primary responsibility of a single grad student. The ...
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How to work effectively with unengaging labmates as a graduate student?

This might seem like a small problem, but one I've been thinking about lately, and was hoping for some insights. I joined a new lab around a year ago, and while things have mostly been going great, my ...
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What should I do if the lab I am studying at uses a language that I do not understand?

The lab I am studying at is using a language which I completely do not understand at the current time. Almost all of the discussions and presentations are in this language. Sometimes the lab members ...
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Who should I tell about switching a group-based course to pass/no credit?

First, some background: I'm currently involved in a course which is based around a major group project. However, the end of the semester is coming up, and I honestly can't see this project becoming ...
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How to inform adviser that morale in group is low?

Recently, morale in the lab that I work in has been dropping. I don't want to speak for everyone in the lab (there's >10 grad students and >5 postdocs/research faculty), but at least 3 or 4 of the ...
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How do I help minimize interruptions during group meetings as a student?

The project I work on has numerous members -- several graduate students, a couple of postdocs, and my advisor. We meet every other week to discuss progress and update one another on our status. Almost ...
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Group members want to work using virtual meeting (google hangouts) but we already have bad group dynamics

I am in the first semester of my masters degree in a professional field. I have been assigned to a group with a (fake) political stance. Every week of the semester we are expected to make ...
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What should I do in the yearly group event?

I am a first year PhD student. In our group there is this tradition of going to a small village town during an extended weekend and giving presentations. Being a rookie in the group I have never ...
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A postdoc joining my group is interested in my experiment. How to proceed with respect to leadership on the project?

The situation is the following: I have been researching, in an experimental science, the capabilities of a new way how to perform a given experiment. Due to the challenging nature of the project, I ...
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