Questions tagged [mentoring]

Questions regarding the role of a more senior or experienced individual (a mentor) providing guidance and advice to a more junior colleague or student. This relationship does not have to involve a formal supervisory position.

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Performing Poorly on Mentor's Exam

I was recently assigned a research mentor in my Master's program who also happens to be my professor (in a quantitative economics course). We've had a brief meeting to introduce ourselves, and I made ...
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Bad mentor in undergraduate research

I have a research undergraduate advisor that has not help me on the research project we agreed to do im which such individual wants credit for it. I don’t feel comfortable with the situation, I don’t ...
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How to prepare academically-minded students and postdocs for the eventuality of not finding secure academic employment?

Graduate students and postdocs are predominantly trained to be -- and driven by the prospect of becoming -- full-time academics. For a majority of them, there comes a point of reckoning when they ...
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Does mentoring a summer student during a postdoc help get tenure-track position?

I am interested in a tenure-track position at a university with 9 months hard money and 3 months soft money during the summer (by this I mean something between a liberal arts college and an R1 ...
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About a mentor who want to supervise postdoc

I have been accepted for a postdoc position. My mentor is a young and according to his list of publications he has not many papers and/or many citations. I would like to know whether this position add ...
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Isn't the PhD supervisor required to teach the student the research subject and prerequisites, in order to save time?

My friend is completing her PhD comprehensive test and is going to start research. Her supervisor is emphasising the importance of self-learning. He is saying that "I will provide the necessary ...
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Mentoring students - Computer Science [closed]

I am interested in mentoring students (undergrad / MSc) in areas of Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering. Unfortunately, the university I graduated from/ currently work at do not offer ...
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A Last Minute Meeting Request at the End of the Year

The class and year has ended. I wanted to meet with a professor who served as a great mentor with me during this year. I wanted to thank her in person and discuss pedagogy. I unexplainably dissed ...
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How to approach student in lab with very bad English?

Short version I am a senior postdoc in a research lab mentoring a first-year graduate student from another country, and he has very poor English: Would it be rude or unethical or just silly to ...
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Asking for possible collaboration if unknown and early-stage researcher

I wonder if anyone can help with the following question. I'm doing research after a different professional experience, so I'm presently in an early stage of my new career - although I'm in my middle ...
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How can a TA help a student who is certain she sucks at programming?

I am a TA for an undergraduate Signals and Systems class (Electrical Engineering). As part of this, I lead a lab session, where we teach students how to code up various signal transforming operations ...
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Accepting a postdoc position (in a different field) after industry [closed]

After a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (focus on Imaging and Robotics) with a decent publication record and some prestigious fellowships, I took on an industry research position at a well-known company,...
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Would it be appropriate to ask depressed brother's professor to reach out to brother?

My brother is severely depressed and has absolutely minimal support, in any form, from my family. He's a very bright guy with no direction and no resources at home. After graduating from high school, ...
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Research as a (truly) lone wolf

How do I as a solitary student with no guide and no research lab and limited access to research material and books perform research that is of good quality? The field I am interested in is AI, NLP, ...
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Express interest to join mentor's group with whom a fellowship application got rejected

I applied for a prestigious US national laboratory post-doctoral fellowship with a potential mentor. Unfortunately, I got rejected. However, I am very much interested in working in this mentor's group....
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Introducing myself to a research mentor [closed]

I am a PhD student and apart from academic supervisors I also have a mentor. This mentor I haven't met in person yet and have only communicated through email once. But I am going to meet the mentor in ...
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Working in Artificial General Intelligence and robotics: how to avoid passion for communism and be successful in capitalist society? [closed]

I was junior science engineer, then went to business and now I am doing my masters degree in computer science and playing with idea about my own startup. Artificial General Intelligence and cognitive ...
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Bringing an unprepared student into the lab

I'm thinking of bringing a new student in the lab. His theory background is seriously lacking. He didn't take enough math and physics classes, and has insignificant programming experience. He has a ...
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How to cut ties with abusive supervisor?

While I read through a similar post written by K.Grayson, I couldn't find a response that overlaps with my case. In all honesty, I don't know in what way to explain how the situation with my M.Sc. ...
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How to help students with career goals?

Every time I get a new research student, I ask them what they want to do after they graduate. I want to help them achieve their goals. Invariably, it goes like this. Me: What do you want to do ...
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I'm confused and frustrated by my postdoc mentor's stubbornness and not caring for my future at all. What should I do? [closed]

Background: I did PhD in pure math, then postdoc in medical imaging for 2 years. Because of funding running out, I started a postdoc in France in mesh processing since last 6 months. I'm somewhat ...
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Finding undergraduate research mentor? Etiquette for responding to email from potential mentor

Me and another student at my university are interested in applying for an undergraduate research grant that is offered by the university. It is 'collaborative' and requires the assistance of an ...
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Should I drop a course to prioritize self-studying out of class with the risk of having taken too few courses for grad school

This may be an unusual question: I have soft question on how to finalize my course plan in my senior year. Here's a brief background: I am an Economics and a Mathematics major who has been taking a ...
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How honest should one be with their students when talking about the realities of academia?

January seems to be that time of the year that I ponder this question often. After the grades have come out, I always get a few students with very low grades (D or lower) coming to talk to me, and ...
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A question regarding renewal of postdoc fellowship, and the mentor not making the picture clear

I'm a postdoc in Europe on a one year contract, where the renewal is not necessarily guaranteed. When I was interviewed, I was told that the his grant was for a year, and whether it'd renew would ...
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Does the person who downloaded the data deserve to be a co-author?

As a part of my post-doctoral project, I am working on some problem. Apart from my post-doc mentor, another junior member had been added to the project to assist me and been given the position of ``...
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Is dishonesty sufficient to terminate a grad student?

I am a professor who runs a research lab at a university. I have a grad student who works with me, and who also has a history of lying. Most recently, he took information home with him that should ...
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Formatting and grammar of sponsoring scientist statement

Is there a formatting guide for the Sponsoring Scientist Statement for NSF postdocs in the Department of Mathematical Sciences? All I'm finding is this two page document, which is much less precise ...
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Faculty criticizing students in front of other students

As a graduate student, I often discuss the performance and abilities of undergraduates in very frank terms with fellow graduate students. However, I would never do so in front of other undergraduates. ...
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What data analysis software should a supervisor recommend to their research students? [closed]

Often I have found that research students who have learned to do experiments have not learned to use software to handle their data effectively. It's not within my power to insert the appropriate ...
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How to let a PhD student know that their research is not as good as they think it is

I am a postdoc and I have been talking to a PhD student about his research, as his interests are closer to mine than to his advisor's. He is generally nice, smart, and hard working. However, I think ...
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How to find an academic mentor as a professional

I'm a professional programmer with 15 years of experience, working in game development as a game and engine programmer, currently working at a prestigious game company on two well known games. I've ...
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Should I say something to an undergraduate research assistant who isn't really working full time?

I'm supervising an undergraduate research assistant this summer, who I hired for a full time position. There are several other full time research assistants in the lab, who work about 35-45 hours a ...
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Should I ask one of my university lectures to be my mentor?

'm a computer science student in the UK and I've just finished my first year. I know next year I will be doing a lot more programming but there is very little C in the curriculum. I know some of my ...
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Finding a mentor

I completed my PhD in pure math but wound up in industry immediately after completing the program. I dislike industry but love academia and research; and so as quixotic as it is, I would like to find ...
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Is praising students' aptitude harmful?

As a computer science professor, I have told some talented students one-on-one that they show a real aptitude for computer science and that they should seriously consider taking more classes in it. I'...
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Tips for supervising interns

My advisor will be taking on a number of summer interns, some of whom have been assigned to my projects. The interns are a mix of sophomore and junior undergrads with varied levels of research ...
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Am I helping my graduate students too much?

As a new university professor, I have been informally tasked with making sure the MSc students in my program are prepared for their dissertations, by prepping them in my research methods course. My ...
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Getting a Mentor

I'm starting my Maths undergrad and I've been told by several people (other, older students, mainly) that I should really apply myself at getting a "mentor", finding a good teacher/researcher and ...
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What is the optimal balance of time spent on research vs. volunteering/leadership/organizing in grad school and beyond?

In graduate school I have found that along with being a producer of good research, fellowships/post-doctoral advisers/faculty search committee are also often interested in what one has done outside of ...
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How familiar should you be with a topic before assigning it as a thesis to an undergraduate?

I am a postdoctoral researcher in a university where undergraduates have to undertake a diploma thesis in order to finish their studies. My professor says we should put in our lab page some short ...
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How to ask for feedback from research students on my supervision abilities?

As the lone experimentalist in my group, I end up supervising most of the students (M.S., B.S. and high school) who do experimentation-focused research in my lab. I am always trying to improve my ...
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What is a faculty mentor for a junior professor?

I see JeffE mentioned the existence of a faculty mentor in his comment on this question, so I am wondering if there is usually a faculty mentor for every junior professor (e.g., newly hired untenured ...
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New to USA - Masters vs. Staying with my mentor

I'm 23, I recently immigrated to USA (legally lol) and I'm loving the amount of opportunity here and I sure want to make good use of it. However, I'm confused about a major decision and need your ...
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When should you stop asking your PhD advisor to do advisor like things?

After you have finished a PhD when does it become inappropriate to ask your advisor for advice, read over a manuscript, or do any other "advisor things"? Presumably if every student an advisor ever ...
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Guiding a mentee towards greater independence

I am a Master's student who is mentoring a recent graduate through a research project in the same field (of astronomy). He is a very good student, but struggles with one of the realities of being an ...
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Should graduate applicants follow instructions by department NOT to contact potential advisors?

I am applying for doctoral programs in biostatistics and have read multiple places to attempt to set up contact with a potential advisor before applying. What if the department website specifically ...
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What benefits are there to university alumni mentoring undergraduate students?

My faculty is starting a mentorship initiative where they match undergrad students with alumni from the same program. I was contacted by one of my old professors, and asked whether or not I could be a ...
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Supervised self-study

Imagine an education model in which teacher/supervisor/mentor does not teach the syllabus to students. Instead, just pushing them towards key topics, and students must study by themselves. The teacher ...
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How to encourage students to work more carefully and independently?

One of the challenges of advising students is working with students whose "quality control" expectations do not agree with that of the advisor. When such mismatches occur, how do we encourage them to ...