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How to deal with co-supervisor that does not contribute but requires coauthorship?

I'm a PhD student with two supervisors, one main PI which I has nothing to complain about, and a "co-supervisor" that had a long history with my PI. He was my PI's student, then post-doc, ...
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What are my options if a prof ghosted me after agreeing for recommendation letter?

I asked one of my professors, who I had a great relationship with, to write me a LoR for a fellowship. They're not my advisor. I had informed them of this 2 months prior to the LoR deadline. They ...
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Changing Ph.D. supervisor or changing (applying for a new) PhD project

I have moved abroad to do a PhD in Europe (in a STEM field). Currently, I am in my second year, and I have realised that my supervisor has little to no knowledge about the fields (simulations and ...
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Supervisor is acting weird [duplicate]

I am female and married. My PhD supervisor told me that I am lovely and he likes me. He asked me to go for a special date. I rejected as I am married though my husband is in my home country, not with ...
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What are the consequences of letting my advisor be the first author on my work when I have done it all?

My advisor suggested to implement an approach X on problem Y and he suspected that this is a fruitful approach. (This approach is not original but was done in the literature and no one uses it now in ...
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Does my contribution to an editorial project merit a more formal acknowledgment?

For the past several years, I've worked remotely and without pay in an archive in order to assist a colleague (who has actually left academia) with a book project. The project consists of compiling an ...
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How to deal with an absentee advisor who is unreachable when trying to set up thesis defense

I'm a fifth year PhD student, which is the average year a student in my department graduates. For the majority of my time in my PhD program I've had an absentee advisor. He doesn't respond to emails ...
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What do I do about a professor that demands I publish a nonsense proof?

tl;dr: Skip the first two paragraphs. I'm a student working in theoretical computer science. I recently did some research where I came up with most of the ideas, but would regularly receive feedback ...
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What should I do if my group members are uncooperative after a warning?

I'm doing a marketing project with five members (including me), and I was elected to be the group leader. (I also forgot to say that it's a school marketing project) As part of the project, we made a ...
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How to foster a positive relationship with my team in a PhD program when I am older and have work experience?

I recently joined a PhD program after accumulating nine years of work experience. My decision to pursue this program was driven by personal ambition, aiming to refine my skills and engage with ...
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My supervisor published a poster about my (master) thesis without mentioning my name

Last year, I completed my master's thesis, and my supervisor expressed interest in collaborating on a paper based on my work, with me as the second author. However, the paper was never published, and ...
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How to politely ask for credits in a shared project?

I am a PhD candidate working on a component of a larger, transnational project that my professor got funded by an external donor. In this project, I am to work with two other PhD candidates and a ...
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How to manage inconsistent behaviour and communication from a supervisor?

I've been in this lab for a year (one year Master's finished and three years to go in PhD in marine ecology) and I thought my PI was great (chill, kind and supportive) despite forgetting absolutely ...
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It is rude to offer a teacher the study guide you made for their class?

Is it rude to offer my professor a study guide I made for their class? I throughly enjoyed his class but the class he is teaching is extremely hard being it is a premed requirement. I made a study ...
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What to do when a senior co-author is very disrespectful?

I am a researcher and professional in the social science field, writing a paper in the field of Computer Science together with CS colleagues to be submitted to an interdisciplinary journal, which is ...
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A colleague who ignored my request for a favor is now asking me for a favor. How should I respond?

I asked a colleague to give me a short tour of their lab to see how they have established it. Later, I followed up saying I was still interested in visiting their lab. They told me that they would ...
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How to Politely Decline Sharing My Research Proposal with a Fellow Student?

I recently finished my masters program and for my thesis, I was able to do something that not many people in my department had done before which was be able to conduct my research in Malawi (my school ...
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How to handle a students' complaint of my teaching method?

I feel an international student has a grudge against me and has complained about me regarding my teaching methods etc. during lectures and that I read off the slides which I really don’t. The thing is,...
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How can I work well with a fellow student whose speech I cannot understand?

I am a graduate student, and I am having trouble understanding one of my cohort mates. They are an international student, and it is often impossible for me to understand their speech well. They are ...
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How to deal with behavioural difficulties of other PhD students in the same cohort

I'm part of a first year PhD students most of whom either came straight from undergrad or master's (one student). Me and the other student are the oldest by age; a bit of an age gap between us and the ...
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How to respond to "you must be reviewer #X of my paper!"

Say in a face-to-face conversation, if a researcher says "You must be reviewer #X of my paper!", which is true, how should one respond? (I doubt this would be field-dependent, but I'm ...
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Ghosted by research colleague. How to proceed?

I am finding myself in a difficult situation with a research colleague. We worked on two projects - one currently with the journal and the other I am working on. She has gone completely silent despite ...
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Reasonable to ask 2nd supervisor for more involvement?

Next week, I will be meeting with both my supervisors (and the PhD course director) to discuss coming back to the PhD after a break. This, I think, is a good chance to voice a variety of concerns. One ...
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Second PhD after a not successful PhD and not being trained enough by professor [duplicate]

It is my fifth year of graduate studies in chemistry. I haven't had enough training from my professor and I don't have enough confidence to do even a post-doc. It is so close to my graduation, that I ...
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At what point does research criticism become academic hazing?

I've been collaborating on a paper with a junior colleague and a senior colleague, among others. The junior colleague is the lead writer on the paper and has done about 85-90% of the research. Junior ...
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Tricky situation with affiliation [closed]

I would like to hear an advice for a slightly complicated situation. I'm currently a postdoc working on a revolutionary project during the last year. During this year, my boss gave me a real hard time ...
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Do I have an obligation to tell my brother that his paper may not meet the standards of a "legitimate" research article?

My brother has written a paper which is essentially a survey of different techniques to accomplish a certain security related goal. He has also managed to present it in some conference. Unfortunately, ...
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Coworker hiding and stealing lab material

We found out that a graduate student coworker was hiding materials and even throwing them away when they realised they might get caught. With this they were not only stealing but also actively ...
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How to deal with bad undergrad researchers

I am a grad student in the life sciences. I have to mentor several undergrad students. One student in particular is just so bad and is always getting confused with protocols. He can't follow a ...
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How to respond to a professor asking for investment in their business?

A few weeks back the prof asked me to invest in his business. That is a significant amount for us, I do not understand why he is proposing that. I wonder what should we do with this proposal. What can ...
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Drop from co-authorship of manuscript

I was on a internship abroad. We started a topic that is also carried out by their other student. The new research was repetitive, so I decided to take my time and automate the process. I spent some ...
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How to respond to a professor not happy with me

I am in the final year of my bachelor and only need to pass one last course to complete my bachelor. The thing is I failed this course this year. Which means I have to continue for a whole other year ...
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What do you do with graduate students who don't want to work, sit around talk all day, and are negative such that others don't want to be there?

I have a biomedical lab. There are graduate students who don't do their work. Instead, both of them spend most of their time talking (not about their research). They also complain a lot and make a ...
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Shall I quit as a co-author on this paper?

I was involved with a physician in the write up of a unique case report. In May 2022 we started the project. I wrote the introduction, case reports after interviewing the patients, prevalence data ...
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My PI suggested that another postdoc draft an individual fellowship proposal centered around my original idea

I won a grant that I wrote myself, but it was awarded under my PI's name due to the rules that prohibited including my own name. Nevertheless, I was thrilled about it as it is highly beneficial for my ...
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How to kindly tell my supervisor that I will pursue my career in the industry?

I have received my MSc. degree at software engineering 5 months ago after a 3-year period of study and research. At the time of graduation, my supervisor asked me whether I would like to continue as ...
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How to deal with supervisor that changes prerequisites for PhD completion?

I am currently facing a challenging situation with my supervisor, which has persisted for a considerable time. I wont go into too much detail but she more or less thinks of PhD students as slave. ...
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PhD Frustration and plans [closed]

I have recently (a couple of months) started a Ph.D. in Germany in the field of reinforcement learning, which I try to combine with Optimal Control to give guarantees and /or analyze performance and ...
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I sent a Facebook friend request to my ex-professor, should I apologise?

Summary: after graduation, I sent my professor a friend request on Facebook, but didn't have response for a few days. I feel really bad and I really want to apologize. I just graduated and I have ...
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Can I request that my PI remove a poorly-behaving member from my research group?

I am a third year student at a R2 university that puts an emphasis on undergraduate research. This university requires all students to participate in an off-campus research project during junior year (...
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Is it wrong for students to report suspected / borderline plagiarism?

Last year I came across a student in our department (we are both PhD students) who copied a journal article in her final paper. To be sure, she didn’t copy the article word from word but did use the ...
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Collaborators have asked me to oversee another PhD student’s work, how to proceed?

A newer PhD student in my lab has begun conducting research very similar to mine. We are both working on a large body of research, and although the projects are similar, their research will ultimately ...
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Talking to a professor about a potential research idea [closed]

I am a Master's student in the US. I am in a course and was discussing an idea with the professor and TA for the course. Both of them seemed pretty excited about the idea and said it can become a ...
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How to survive a mean professor

I am an undergraduate student who has been conducting research with a professor for the past year. Unfortunately, I have been feeling defeated lately because the professor I am working with is ...
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Accidentally overlapping research projects

During my research, it appears that I have managed to stumble upon a new kind of solution for a problem that our lab has previously worked on. My classmate in the lab worked on that problem prior to ...
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Being pushed out of a paper by a toxic postdoc - what should I do?

TLDR: I am being excluded of a paper for which I worked, and I am not sure how to proceed. Long story short, I am a theoretical physics PhD student and I was approached by experimental physicists ...
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My assigned postdoc mentor is not a good fit. How to proceed?

I finished my Ph.D in applied mathematics in a US institution last May. I have now started my postdoc position at another US institution last Fall. My post-doc is funded by the department of ...
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My supervisor is suggesting implementing an idea that they previously rejected

I am in a very confusing situation. I am almost 3 years into my PhD project, and just today my direct supervisor suggested to me to read a paper in the best journal a PhD student would want to publish ...
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PhD supervisor is getting too involved in my Postdoc, which is supervised by another academic close to him. How to diplomatically draw a boundary?

I had a rocky relationship with my Ph.D. supervisor. He has a my-way-or-the-highway style of supervision and was a relentless micromanager, so much so that I feel I "own" very few of the ...
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What should I do if I feel that a senior academic is trying to take advantage of me?

A while ago I asked a senior mathematician a question. He made some suggestions for some papers to read and had a broad outline for what steps might work. Then I read those papers and proved a theorem ...
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