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Concurrent MA and PhD programs at different universities?

I was accepted into an MA in economics at a very prestigious school without funding and a PhD in politics at a reputable state school with full funding/stipend. My intended research in the PhD program ...
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The registrar's office requested me to raise the cap of my courses

I work for a small private college and today I received an e-mail from the registrar's office requesting me to raise the cap of two courses that I will be teaching in the spring since there are a few ...
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Ask about political climate at a department during a job interview?

I am on the job market this year, and one of the main things I'm looking for is a good department culture fit. Naturally, the political views of the department and its members plays a role in this, ...
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Leaving my undergrad research assistant position mid-project? (With two months notice)

After a lab meeting today, I am absolutely fed up with the state of my lab right now, and the current project being worked on going… nowhere. A year and a half ago, I joined a mechanical engineering ...
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Does publishing in Russian journals or collaborating with Russian researchers on a paper harm my reputation? [duplicate]

Ever since the escalation of the war in Ukraine in 2022, numerous institutions have reacted to the event in different ways. Some cut partnerships with Russian scholars completely while others took a ...
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Are there any countries whose academics/editors are prohibited from working with North Korean affiliated researchers?

Quote from Swiss sanction on North Korea: Any scientific and technical cooperation with persons or groups officially sponsored by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea or representing the ...
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Need help to choose a master degree [closed]

I'm Russian citizen. I graduated in the field of Computer Science (cybersecurity branch) from a Russian university. The specialist degree is a 5-year study. I want to make a change and take a master ...
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Are Ukrainian researchers currently able to review manuscripts?

Per title. There's a war going on in Ukraine, which presumably makes it hard to do research, especially if one is suffering from constant blackouts. If Ukrainian researchers are currently not able to ...
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How would growing tensions between PR China and United States affect academia?

As in the title. The relationship between two countries seems to go towards a colder climate and actual war scenarios are discussed (slightly) more openly. What are possible implications for academia ...
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Is it normal to reject a peer-reviewed paper and then reject it after accepting it without specifying the exact reasons?

It seems that a paper has been peer-reviewed and then rejected again, which is weird: An "independent, internal review" had "identified a number of issues with the peer-review and ...
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How not to get jealous with people in academia and research which are more sucessful than me? [duplicate]

I am a 2nd year research masters student in a University in Europe. My nationality is not European or North American. I will try getting admission in PhD after completing this. In childhood and ...
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Is it reasonable to have concerns about the recognition of Russian degrees given the war in Ukraine?

I would like to pursue my master's studies in mathematics in Russia. Yet, I was told that there's a possibility of foreign universities not recognizing Russian degrees due to the current political ...
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How should I not get in trouble due to my political views in academia as a student in my time left in my home country given these political conditions

This question has been in my mind for about an year. Finally, I am asking it here. I don't know I would be getting knowledge about it anywhere else. I think it is on topic here. Kindly help. I live in ...
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How to express my unwillingness to contribute to military projects

I recently enrolled in a Master's program in electrical engineering at a public research university in the midwestern United States. I am currently focusing on power distribution and transmission, as ...
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If Trump was bad for science, why hasn't the rankings of universities based in the US worsened? [closed]

Follow-up question to If Brexit is bad for British science, why hasn't the rankings of British universities worsened? For example, Berkeley for engineering and technology even managed to surpass ...
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If Brexit is bad for British science, why hasn't the rankings of British universities worsened?

Follow-up question to Why do most scientists think Brexit is bad for British science? If Brexit is bad for British science, then naively one would expect that the rankings of British universities ...
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Do US English departments still teach formal elements of literature? [closed]

I am currently an undergraduate English student at an Ivy-league college and thus far have been disappointed at how few classes focus on my interests. Most seem skewed toward popular culture (genre ...
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A question for UK academics and students: How will UK universities respond to a professor showing controversial religious images to class?

Over a month ago, a group of Muslim parents protested for several days at Batley grammar school, in West Yorkshire, England, after a teacher at that school showed in a Religion Education class the ...
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How did Russia produce a comparable COVID vaccine with inferior resources? [closed]

It seems that the Sputnik V is slightly less effective than the most effective vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech), but has some advantages as well (in particular it can be stored at higher ...
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How does the US plan to avoid research falling into Chinese hands work?

U.S. doubles down on protecting university research from China Apparently the US is taking action to "prevent sensitive technology from being stolen by the Chinese military". The article ...
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Are non-mandatory sensitivity trainings mandatory? [closed]

This is probably a very USA-specific question: My university is implementing a new sensitivity training framework. This is so new that no information about it can be found in faculty handbook, ...
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Successful survival strategies for academic departments threatened with closure

Every now and again, academic departments are threatened with closure by university administrations. One current example: Pure Mathematics in Leicester is under threat of closure (making academic ...
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Writing thesis that rebuts advisor's theory

A potential masters thesis advisor became pretty famous (in his field) for the development of a certain theory in behavioral economics. However, I find that his theory is relatively unexplainable, and ...
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Is it proper to discuss unrelated subjects during class to increase interactivity?

It is common that students may experience monotony if the instructor continuously teaches. And there are many ways to grab attention. I am particularly interested in knowing whether it is a proper ...
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How do researchers cope with political backlash from working on controversial topics? [closed]

Suppose, a researcher is very interested and enthusiastic about a controversial topic. If he works on that topic and publishes papers, he may be in political trouble from his government or another ...
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Has it become harder for Chinese students to be accepted into graduate programs in the US?

There've been ominous news articles recently about the prospects of Chinese students (here meaning students from the People's Republic of China, as opposed to ethnic Chinese students from other ...
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Attitudes towards External/ Political Motivations for Technical PhD

How would potential research advisors view someone entering graduate school because of interest in particular "real-world" problems, with the ultimate hope of leaving or changing fields if ...
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Can public political criticism of my alma mater result in my BA being revoked 35 years later?

Perhaps it is a sign of paranoia that I even ask, but is there a chance that the private college I got my BA from back in the 1980s would revoke my degree if I were to publicly complain about its ...
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Will there be consequences for not participating in ShutDownSTEM?

I am a tenure-track researcher in STEM fields. On June 9th, I was told that all meetings scheduled next day were cancelled so that we can be a part of #ShutDownSTEM. I was not aware of it, and I ...
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How bad is it to accept a competitive Fellowship, then reject it BEFORE April 15

My situation: I applied to school A (R1 school, US News ranked, aligned research) and is nominated by POI for a competitive Fellowship. This fellowship covered tuition + stipend for a couple of years ...
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How are academic relations between mainland China and Taiwan?

Both mainland China and Taiwan have internationally notable universities. How are the relations between their academic research communities? Does getting involved (as a Westerner) with either of ...
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How much political influence is involved in the academia in Poland?

I heard that Polish national politics influences the appointment of tenured positions in their universities. E.g. if some party is in power, they would like to see somebody loyal to them as the head ...
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No vote from department, up vote from university level committee. What does this mean?

I am an assistant professor who went up for tenure, got a negative vote in my department and then a positive vote at the university level committee. I have asked a number of people who have been in ...
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Thesis: including an information not officially accepted (legal issue)

In the preface of my thesis, I have written an information that involves me, my supervisor, and my university, in a project driven by a government agency. I say in the preface that I have designed the ...
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Is listing annexed territory listed in author details a valid reason to decline to review?

I recently accepted a paper review based on an abstract. On seeing the paper, at least one of the authors has listed their address as being within an unrecognized annexed territory, like this: ...
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How to deal with political (literal) situations in the workplace?

A few days ago, I went to have lunch with my colleagues (working in the same group). Somehow, the conversation turned towards politics and the "immigrant emergency" that Europe is currently facing. ...
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Field-dependency of politics and public shaming in academia

I have recently been quite shocked to learn of the blog of an accomplished string theorist, which includes a lot of personal invective against physicists he disagrees with, as well as a lot of non-...
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How to deal with alma mater pushing crack science?

I am aware that in US there is controversial support of facilitated communication and every public is dealing with a different kind of process. The European university and faculty where I finished my ...
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What are the upsides for British science from Brexit?

This is a companion question to Why do most scientists think Brexit is bad for British science?. Based on this meta discussion, it was suggested that I ask a new question about potential upsides of ...
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Why do most scientists think Brexit is bad for British science?

From what I've seen in the media, almost all British scientists think Brexit is bad for British science. However I don't understand why. Some of the most common reasons I've seen are: Loss of funding ...
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Disputed territorial claims in academic submissions

This year I was asked to blind-review a paper which showed a map of China in the disputed Nine-Dash Line borders. I have seen the Nature Editorial from 2011 which discusses and criticizes this ...
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Is there a way to do serious social justice-related work or research while working on scientific research?

I am currently working in the sciences (broadly speaking, the STEM field) in the United States as a researcher. I have been following quite closely to the social-political trend of the US for the ...
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Rainbow flag in paper

I am making a diagram in my paper. In that diagram I use several squares of different colors and one rectangle of multiple colors. An easy way to get a rectangle full of colors is the rainbow flag. I ...
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What research explains political attitudes of academics?

According to the Times of Higher Education, there are more liberals* than conservatives in the social sciences. The ratio of Democrats to Republicans in economics is 5:1, in law it is 9:1, in ...
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Leveraging offers [closed]

I am currently working as a full time lecturer after two years of unemployment post disatorous tenure denial. I have two on campus visits lined up for associate professor positions. The lecturer ...
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Are political/ideological reasons for career moves acceptable in academia?

Suppose one is happy at one's institution until something happens that makes it impossible to stay given one's strong ideological beliefs. Is it a good idea to mention these beliefs if they are the ...
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What would be a good research question on Nationalism? [closed]

I'm trying to find a research question on Nationalism in Taiwan, Hong Kong and PRC. I need a research question that can be supported with data readily available online. If anyone can help me that ...
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How will the academic boycot of Israel (BDS) influence my career if I get a PhD in Israel?

I'm considering doing a PhD in the social sciences at an Israeli university. My research will not be conflict-focused, and I'm not sure yet whether it will have a local component. I would likely do ...
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How do I survive academia as a Trump supporter? [closed]

Academia is highly liberal - which is fine. I don't mind liberals in general. However I voted for Trump. I had a weird experience recently. I was chatting with some people at a conference at dinner ...
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Appropriateness of dedicating my thesis to a Jewish mathematician who died in a concentration camp

I am a Muslim student in a non-Arab country. Would it be unwanted/inappropriate for me to dedicate my thesis on Tauber theory to Alfred Tauber, and more generally to all those Jewish mathematicians ...
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