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Queries relating to professors, academic staff members whose job responsibilities may include research, teaching, and service.

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Contacting a professor of an ancient language I translated poems to

I am a high school sophomore and have been studying Sanskrit for 6 years. Recently I started studying Pali (similar to Sanskrit) and translated some classical English poems. I am in India, and luckily ...
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What should I do when my supervisor refuses to write a recommendation letter for applications to institutions outside my country?

I want to apply for a PhD position in country X. My supervisor lives in country Y and wants me to apply only in Y. He is the corresponding author of my 4-5 publications. He said if I want to apply for ...
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How to respond when a professor compliments you via email?

In a certain STEM graduate course, my professor made a claim and provided an solution without showing any derivations. After doing this, he mentioned that the students should derive the solution at ...
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Whom should I take recommendation letter from?

I am applying for a Ph.D. position in US universities. I am confused about whom should I use as one of my recommenders? One of them is from the school from which I graduated and he is the department ...
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What I can do to get a PhD position in the USA when my GPA is below 3.0?

I am looking for a Ph.D. position in the USA. My GPA is less than 3 which is the minimum for most universities. So I write to program coordinators with my CV before I apply. Till now only 1/2 have ...
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Professor says, "I am an especially harsh grader". What does that mean?

So I'm taking an architecture class and there was a word limit for the essay of 500 words. I was wondering if I could go over the 500 word limit and in the email tagline/heading I wrote: "How ...
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What are the expectations (if any) for time between students' replies to professors' emails?

I am an undergrad student who has recently taken a course under a professor. I sent him an email last Thursday for confirmation that I will be allowed to register for his course (it has not started ...
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Recommendation letter for a professional program and choosing a professor

I am applying to a professional program for a Master of Social Work. The only requirements for the program are that the person have a degree from a related discipline (not necessarily a bachelor of ...
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How can I contact a professor after few months?

I have written Professor X (Australia) for a Ph.D. position with my CV (in June) and he asked for 3 reference names in return. I sent it. As I did not write him seeing any advertisement so I waited. ...
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Professor said: "I will encourage you to apply. You can apply for Spring, 2022 or Fall, 2022." I do not know how to comprehend this? [duplicate]

Professor said: "I will encourage you to apply. You can apply for Spring, 2022 or Fall, 2022." I do not know how to comprehend this?
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Do topmost professors have something to read daily (in their locally saturated domain)?

I have this doubt from last year. This doubt arose in me after an academic incident. Incident During last year, I presented my progress before a panel of four experts and it went almost well. The ...
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When to switch from "Hello/Dear Professor X" to "Hi X" in email [duplicate]

I am just starting a PhD, and I have been in contact with the supervisor for about 3 months now, that means before the interview so you can assume I was SUPER polite when emailing him! Since then, I ...
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Why don't poorer countries suffer a complete brain-drain?

My question is about countries such as: EU countries like Bulgaria, Romania or Poland and non-EU countries like Russian Federation, Ukraine or Belarus. A PostDoc fellow might earn at most US$ 2500, ...
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How to deal with too many interfering unnecessary questions from professors about my career plans?

In my department, there is a professor who is not my advisor who constantly asks me about my career plans and how is it going with my research, how far I went in my research, and what did I do in that ...
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How to ask professor to work on domain we decided on

I am doing a undergrad thesis under a professor. We decided to work on some domain say "X" however now he is giving me work related to some other domain say "Y". Both "X" ...
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Is it bad for professors/supervisors to have their PhD students drop out?

Does it hurt the professor's career in any way if their students drop out? Assume a PhD student gets the professor's funding and publishes an adequate amount of papers. They then decide to quit (maybe ...
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Having lunch with my advisor and his wife after graduation [duplicate]

I have a lovely professor who I've become very close with over the past three years. I am an international student and we are both from the same original culture. I recently finished my master's and ...
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Is the process for firing endowed professors different from that for tenured professors?

Tenured professors can be fired for a variety of reasons, the most common being incompetence, negligence, immoral/personal conduct, and financial exigency. Several questions: Do these four reasons ...
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Is there a distinction in a thesis between a background section and a literature review? [duplicate]

I wounder to know the difference between the background and literature review chapter in the Master Thesis.
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Professor not replying after agreeing for internship

A professor had agreed for an internship and asked me to remind her again before august starts. But she has not responded to the reminder email I sent 10 days ago . Should I mail her again? Is it ...
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How do university professors earn money beyond their salary?

How do university professors earn money external to their salary from the institutions where they teach? As far as I understand: Obtaining funding from government/companies for doing research. ...
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Ignored by supervisor

I have worked in a lab as a full-time PhD student; now, I am part-time. Since last week, my supervisor is not giving attention to my progress. Whenever I ask for a meeting, he denies it. When I send a ...
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Ethics of dating former students/professors [duplicate]

In many US universities (public and private) it is generally regarded against the code of conduct/unethical for a professor to have a romantic relationship with a current student. However, generally ...
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Can I contact a corresponding professor before I accept a grad studies offer?

A professor/department provided me with an offer for graduate studies in engineering in Canada. The professor and I talked briefly before I applied, but the project(s) I would work on during my ...
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Addressing professors with their first name only [duplicate]

I am going to apply for a postdoc call and I have commenced exchanging emails with a professor. In his first reply to my initial email he addressed me with my first name (Dear (my first name)). In my ...
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How to deal with professor who is ignoring my questions? [duplicate]

I am studying data mining in a college in Nepal. In Nepal, students and teachers communicate using Facebook Messenger. Teachers don't share email, and are instead friends with students on Facebook. I ...
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Is it true that the workload of professors has increased?

In general, a professor teaches basic, intermediate and advanced courses. The content of basic and intermediate courses is generally based on textbooks. Advanced courses may require recent results. ...
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Determination of College Grades

Suppose a professor liked a student because he was "nice" and was hard working but objectively received bad grades. Is it against the rules to inflate the grade of the student in a US ...
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Professors' opinions on former students [closed]

Suppose student A did horrible in college but somehow managed to graduate. Also suppose Professor B did not like the student while he was in his class. Is it generally considered awkward if student A (...
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Is it advisable to work on something your thesis advisor *isn't* an expert of?

Context: I'm looking for an advisor for my master thesis in holography, and I've received some interesting proposals that include "the necessity to be able to use numerical methods to solve ...
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Can I share my recent published article to my prospective supervisor?

I am applying for Ph.D. in US universities and for that I already wrote a professor with my CV, asking if he has any vacancy in this lab or not. His reply was positive and encouraged me to apply. So I ...
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Missed online exam, Is there anything I can do?

Prior to this morning, there was no indication that the exam would only be at a specific time window. Nothing on the syllabus, class schedule, calendar, announcements.... I could go on. Nada- nothing ...
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Assistant professor vs lecturer in the UK [duplicate]

I have been looking at various graduate programs in the UK, and noticed a lot of people under the title "lecturer" taking incoming PhD students. I've completed some graduate studies on a ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for both potential PhD and reference letter?

I'll be applying for PhD positions in the UK in the coming fall, and have only a small pool (5-6 professors) whom I can sensibly ask for reference letters from. Some of these professors are in a field ...
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How to negotiate salary raise after promotion to associate or full professor?

Several posts on this website discussed the negotiation process and tips for new faculty in US. However, I wonder if there are any possibilities or tips to negotiate the salary after being tenured and ...
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Sending a follow up email to prof and ask for the data availability

I sent an email to a professor to share the data they published a paper on (and they are obliged to do it). It's been more than 2 weeks, he has not replied yet. Should I send a follow-up email under ...
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Advisor wants to put his name on my paper when I did all the work and found the idea

During my master's work, when I was trying to solve the problem the advisor assigned to me, I solved another problem. I got an idea and it worked, I tried to talk to him about it, he refused. So, I ...
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My supervisor does not have time to read my thesis, what do I do?

I am a master's student, I started my degree in 2018. I wrote my thesis and sent it to both my main supervisor and co-supervisor a month ago and ask them to read but my main prof did not have time to ...
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What is the hardest part of transitioning from a PhD to a full-time career in academia?

Multiple users on this site have stated that only around 1 in 10 (or maybe an even smaller ratio) PhD students are able to successfully continue in academia, beginning with an Assistant Professor ...
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It is appropriate to call the professor for this situation?

I have a great relationship with one of my professors(at least I think), and a few weeks ago we discussed the possibility of doing a research project together this summer. However, he never replies to ...
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Is it rude to visit a professors office during the summer if they have not responded to my email?

I understand that a somewhat similar question has been asked before, but my parameters here are slightly different. Essentially, I have been emailing a professor since early April about joining their ...
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Academic Job Interviews for Asst Prof Positions in Ireland

I have an upcoming interview for an asst prof position in a university in Ireland. I am wondering what questions are asked in such interviews. I am used to the hiring process in the US. It will be my ...
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Should I inform my letter writer about a summer school rejection? Should I ask the same professor to write me a letter for grad school?

I'm an undergraduate math major (just completed my second year), and I had applied for a summer school (online due to the pandemic) in one of my interest areas. I have taken two courses in this area ...
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Can a PhD student write recommendation letter for me under whom I worked?

A few years ago I did a month lab rotation in a lab. At that time I was doing my masters and I was directly supervised by the Ph.D. student (X) of that lab. He taught me all the techniques and ...
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Is it appropriate to call a research professor by phone or to email one of his postdoctoral assistants if he doesn't reply to emails?

I've just completed the first year of a biological sciences PhD program and I still haven't chosen a lab for my doctoral studies since 3 of the labs I rotated in were not good fits and another had ...
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What should I do when the references are not replying?

I have worked in Y for 2 years as a research assistant and then I moved to my home country and worked here for almost 4 years and published papers in reputed journals. Logically I think I should ...
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How does a tenure track professor get money to recruit PhD students? [closed]

Does the university/institution or department give money to their tenured-track professors to hire PhD-students? Do they have to write grants to get funded to recruit PhD students? What are the ...
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Solo publication in a low-rank journal or co-authored with a famous professor in a high/medium-rank journal?

Is it better to have a publication in a high/medium-rank journal co-authored with a very famous professor or would it be better to publish the same paper solo, in a lower-ranked journal? I am asking ...
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How does a Professor contact another professor regarding a PhD student?

I sent my CV to a Professor regarding a PhD position. He asked me to send the name of three referees. I could have sent him the names, but here is an issue. I have worked in Germany for 2 years as a ...
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Can professors generally keep books paid for with university funds?

I'll soon be leaving the faculty position I've held for over 20 years at a private college in the United States. Do departing faculty typically keep books that might have been purchased with ...

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