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What is the meaning of this poem on a professor's personal webpage? [closed]

I've found a few extremely high performing computer science professors listing The Satrapy, a relatively obscure poem, on their personal webpage. Does it have any special meaning with relation to CS/...
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I am (likely) being accused of cheating by my professor, what do I do?

I took my final last Wednesday (it’s Monday) and on Friday I received an email from my professor asking to meet to discuss my performance on the final. I got a little stressed but was more worried ...
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Is this tenured professor plagiarizing his lectures?

A tenured professor at my university has hand-copied an out of print textbook in his field. His lectures consist of reading his hand-written notes from the text to his students. He does not deviate ...
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Doing a PhD at a famous football school: how can I ask for time off to attend games?

Consider a famous football school in the U.S., for example Penn State, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Auburn, and Ohio State. I am doing a PhD in a STEM field at one of these schools, and on 6 or 7 ...
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How can I apologize to my former research professor whom I ghosted?

At my university, I worked with a professor in knot theory for about a year. I am an undergraduate, and I wanted some experience in research. This professor was one I had a fairly good relationship ...
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What are some questions that you can ask your prospective Ph.D. supervisor during interview? [duplicate]

I have an interview with a professor for a Ph.D. position in the US next week. As I was going through the possible questions that a professor can ask, so I was wondering what if they ask me if I have ...
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Buying a gift for my PhD student after his graduation

All posts here on the "graduation gift" subject are about a gift from the PhD candidate to the professor (after the graduation of course). What about a gift for the student from the ...
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What valid reason can I give for my low CGPA to a prospective PhD advisor? [closed]

I am applying for PhD in US universities and my CGPA is lower than they ask for. But I believe my research experience is good enough to get a position. When I contacted a professor with my CV, he ...
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How important is outreach for applying to tenure track professor position?

I often see outreach listed in the CVs of professors, which makes me believe that doing outreach is beneficial to advancing a professors career. What I'm wondering though is if this is only import for ...
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A current PhD applicant in a dilemma between current lab and other programs

Some of my backgrounds: Currently a master's student in a good but not top school. Now in a research group that could have been more productive. I am applying for PhD programs in this round of ...
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My University professor copied parts of my assignment for the sample solution. Should he have credited me?

So I just saw this and found it kind of funny, a bit weird, I guess flattering and wondered if he should have at least asked me or gave me some credit and is he allowed to do this as the professor? ! ...
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How should I request a professor to restrict communication to email?

My instructor for an undergraduate math course (a professor) has been interacting with me over WhatsApp lately, and I feel that that is very unprofessional (and uncomfortable), since I (and everyone) ...
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Advice on choosing recommenders

Currently applying for master programs in US and UK, in the track of media and communications / marketing. I don’t have many connections with Professors and here and my options: The project ...
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Can I ask BOTH the lab manager and the professor for a recommendation letter?

I am gathering letters of recommendation for my masters graduate program application. Basically, I have been in a lab for 2+ years - the lab is huge, has 50+ research assistants, and is separated into ...
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Exam requires self-imposing a time limit: what should I do when others are likely to use more time?

I am enrolled in an upper level STEM class. My teacher has recently announced that we have a "downloadable" midterm. The midterm is not officially timed, and we have a week to submit it, and ...
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How to write my project contribution in graduate application essay?

I am applying for PhD position in the USA. In the application, I have to write a essay on my research experience. Its not a SOP, rather how I worked there, why, findings, what were my contributions, ...
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Contacting a researcher for academic queries, but he/she may be a potential reviewer?

So I have a paper submitted in a conference which requires double-blind review. But while this paper is under review, I had a query in a paper I was reading of the very same field. Now, the authors ...
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How to (STEM) professors keep up with the latest tech or development in order to publish research?

From an outsider/student's view, STEM professors are: not taking courses mostly not doing things outside of their research comfort zones not (?) studying up much except for their research, certainly ...
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My original plan was academia. I'm a grad student. I'm uncertain if I want to keep this is my end goal [closed]

I'm posting this here because I frankly am not sure where else to ask a question like this. If anyone has a better idea where this should go let me know. I'm a third year American graduate student in ...
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Am I right to be frustrated that my professor does not actually teach?

This is a 101 philosophy class in an online format. Each week we have over 100 dense pages of a textbook to read as our sole source of information for the class. The teacher does not do any teaching ...
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Is it impolite to not to respond to professors' replying email asap?

I emailed to a professor about a research question. In most cases I reply to them asap. In some scenarios I think I cannot do this asap because: He asked me a very difficult question that takes a ...
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Interrogated for cheating based on discrimination a potential lawsuit? [closed]

I have been taking a couple online classes. I also had a baby a week before the classes started. It has been an incredibly stressful 10 weeks. Anyway, I had a project I had to complete for a business ...
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Are research opportunities common in India and how can I enroll in a research program in India during my undergraduate studies?

I am an Indian, currently in 12th standard and I am pretty sure next year I am going to be in a decent UNI for my bachelor's in physics. I have read a lot about undergraduate research in Western ...
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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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Humanities Research with Professors as a High Schooler?

I am a high school student (legally old enough to work) looking for opportunities to work with professors in political theory. The way research is done is quite different from many folks in STEM, so ...
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Is it appropriate to email a professor with a simpler solution than the one she provided?

I am in a graduate math program in the US, and the professor is teaching via online lectures. The proof she provideed for one of the theorems is a little bit tricky to understand. I think I found a ...
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Should I apply to schools I am not sure I would attend?

I graduated 2 years ago. I am now seeking to apply to a Master’s degree in Finance. I am currently applying to 6 universities. My letters of recommendation are from renowned professors who are really ...
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How can a present software-engineer (with experience of 5 years at least) turn into a physics professor? [closed]

There are often many people who switch careers midway. Some from software engineering to a product management role which is quite popular given relevance of previous career to current career. Another ...
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Does an associate professor work in the laboratory on a daily basis? [closed]

I got a position as an associate professor at new university. I observe my colleagues that they do not work in the lab normally which is quite strange for me. In my previous job as assistant professor ...
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What do professors do if they receive a complaint about incompetence of a teaching assistant?

If a professor is teaching a course with a significant number of students. My university randomly assigns teaching assistants (TAs) to courses. For example, I was given the assistantship of an ...
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Is it common/ ethically acceptable for PhD advisors to propose and supervise topics on which they lack basic knowledge?

I've just graduated in STEM in a small but respected university in Europe. I had two supervisors who hold their PhD in my field. The aim of my PhD was to utilize a particular chemical compound in the ...
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Are letterhead and signatures necessary in the LOR?

My manager (one of the recommenders) said that he is working from home for several months due to coronavirus. It will not be possible for him to give the recommendation letter on the letterhead. ...
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What should I do when a professor is teaching inaccurately? [duplicate]

I have a professor who is teaching an upper class man renaissance art history course. I am very passionate about this subject so I already have lots of prior knowledge. I found some inaccuracies in ...
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Choosing between two different professors to advise my undergrad thesis [closed]

I am a computer science undergrad student (second degree student, on the road to a PhD). I am in a bit of a pickle. I came up with a feasible research idea for my thesis and I want to work on it ...
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Is it appropriate to address a PhD holder as “doctor” (without name)?

In the US and Canada, I addressed my lecturers and instructors as "Professor X", "Dr. X", "Mr. X", or "Ms. X" (depending on their formal education and academic ...
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Is it my responsibility as an undergrad student to figure out if my thesis is affordable?

I have an undergrad thesis idea that involves transformers. I am trying to take the lead on the idea before I contact a professor about it - i.e. figuring out exactly how I'd make it happen, and if it ...
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Getting into a PhD program with a low gpa but good profile [duplicate]

I am going to apply to few PhD programs in Microbiology (I'm particularly very interested in Microbial ecology) but I'm afraid my undergrad gpa (8.5/10 for the first 6 semester as I'm currently in my ...
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Emailing a professor about a potential research idea, is there a risk?

I am an undergrad who worked at a computer vision related lab. The lab I used to work at raised some red flags by saying that even if I contributed, my name could not be on the paper. I also ...
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What is the difference between personal statement and statement of purpose? [duplicate]

I am planning to apply for a Ph.D. program in the USA. Some universities ask for personal statement whereas some for a statement of purpose. What is the main difference?
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Generally how much time is spent in reviewing an undergraduate/graduate applications to universities [duplicate]

Generally, how much time does a professor grant to review a single application? With thousands of applications, how is it ensured that each application is given proper weightage and importance because ...
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Is there any provision to provide reference to the paper which is in process to get published in journal at the time of graduate applications?

I will be presenting my paper to a conference this month. The papers presented in the conference will usually take 3-6 months to get published and indexed in the journal. While applying for admissions ...
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In law schools do JD professors supervise PhD students?

I know that law schools, unlike most other academic faculties hire a significant portion of their professors without a doctorate (PhD, D.Phil, etc) but just with a JD law degree. I come from a science ...
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Chances of getting admitted to USA universities for Fall 2021 [closed]

As I see, a lot of students have already deferred their Fall 2020 applications to Fall 2021 next year due to Covid 19. In this scenario, does this mean that, the fresh applicants for Fall 2021 will ...
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How would most professors feel and/or react if they recognized that a post here (or on any similar forum) was about them? [closed]

Obviously, the purpose of this forum is to ask questions relating to academia, but I've been wondering how most professors would feel if they recognized that a post was about them (assuming that the ...
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How late is too late to reply to a professor's email? [duplicate]

I decided to make a separate post for this question, though I've mentioned it in other posts. A couple of weeks ago, I emailed a professor at another university about advising me, and I also brought ...
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How could one build connections with professors at a potential graduate program? [duplicate]

I emailed the director of a graduate program I'm planning on applying to, and while the program isn't accepting a new cohort of students until next year, they suggested that I reach out to other ...
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Is it a bad idea to ask professors questions weeks before the class starts?

I am a graduate student, and my fall classes start in a few weeks. I have already began reading the textbook for one class, and I have come across 1 or 2 things that I couldn't figure out. It's not ...
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Is it acceptable for a professor to have multiple girlfriends at the same time? [closed]

A professor I'm familiar with has multiple partners, none of whom are his direct students, supervisees, or university affiliates. As he married to none of them, I understand that having multiple ...
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Is a professor who's never had to write a grant application disadvantaged in the job market?

As I understand it, today's professors spend a large amount of time writing grant applications, many of which fail. As a result, I'm thinking of endowing a professorship someday with enough funds to ...
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Is it common to ask professors for an editable copy of their lecture notes (so I can improve them)?

I'm a grad student in Italy, for context. My professor wrote some lecture notes about a course I just finished. They are not well written, not because the professor isn't good but because he wrote ...

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