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Questions tagged [professors]

Queries related to professors, a highly accomplished and recognized academic and an expert in their respective discipline.

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Why is research at highly productive research institutions better than those at not-so-highly productive research institutions?

As of time of writing, the University of Oxford is top of the Times Higher Education world university ranking list, while the University of Southampton is 118th. (Nothing special about the THE, Oxford,...
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how to have publication from thesis?

I have studied for two semesters so far, I got a research proposal from my supervisor now and I am reviewing it. It is crucial for me to have at least 2-3 papers based on my thesis. I am thinking of ...
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how to remind professor of a gift?

I answered a challenging question in one of my courses, I sent my answer through an email. The professor replied that I won a gift card for buying stuff from the university. It has been 2 months he ...
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How many papers does a mathematician publish (on average) in a year? [closed]

I wondered about the number of papers published by mathematicians because I heard that they publish less than other academics or scientist. It would be nice if you could distinguish between the number ...
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How to politely request payment for extra hours of TA service rendered?

My TA letter indicates 90 hours working. However, I worked for 120 hours due to the volume of the students. Now my work is finished I want to let them know by writing an email to the professor. I want ...
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Will an assistant professor take on new students at the end of their assistant professor “term” if they are unsure of whether they will get tenure?

I’m wondering how well professors know whether they will get tenure or not, and if that will affect their decision to hire a new student? I figure that if a professor needs new students they wouldn’t ...
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Asking a professor for a bonus [closed]

I did bad on the midterm exam not because I did not understand the material well enough but I was anxious on the exam day and did not get enough sleep the night before. I feel terrible about my ...
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Why is a professorship sometimes called a chair?

Why is a professorship sometimes called a chair? Are chairs only the correct term when the professorship has been endowed? (I don't think so, because endowed professorships are rare in the UK, but ...
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Can you jettison a project to work on another in the wake of a big discovery?

Let's say Alice is a PhD student who's well into the research phase of a PhD. She's got a nice exciting project she enjoys, a helpful supervisor, she's making good progress. And then there's a big ...
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How to deal with bad department chair?

As students we have the right to choose our semester subjects (for the new semester beginning in 2019) So we went send an email to the department chair indicating what subject we would like to take. ...
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professor pushing me to get result when nothing is right! [duplicate]

Background My professor assigned me a project as part of a course. The project is part of another student's thesis and has several flaws. I explained the problems of the project to my professor. ...
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In grading, professor takes into account submission time, performance compared to other students, and visibility of posters. Is it fair?

I came across this site trying to see if the way my professor has graded certain assignments is fair, and if it's grounds to complain to someone higher up at my college (I'm not sure who I would go to ...
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Including link to professor's page in resume

I am applying for PhD positions in computer science. I have been fortunate to get the opportunity to research under some really good professors (specifically, one who has a high h-index, another who ...
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I'm scheduled to graduate next week but my professor has gone MIA due to a death in the family… what can I do?

Next week I'm scheduled to graduate from a major university. One of the required courses that I've taken over the past semester is an independent research study with a single professor. Throughout ...
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how to ask supervisor for a recommendation letter for scholarship?

I've just started my master in Canada and I just passed one course so far and it was with my supervisor. could I ask my supervisor to fill out a strong reference letter for me for a scholarship? or ...
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How to deal with a micromanaging supervisor?

I am doing my PostDoc with a reputable professor, who achieved a lot in our research area. I really learnt a lot of things from him, but the problem is that I am uncomfortable with his supervision. ...
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Thanking the teacher

I'm an Erasmus student and I've had pleasure to meet a really great teacher who taught me more than anyone before. I would like to show my appreciation and thank her, but I'm leaving a week bofore the ...
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Dispute grade penalty for reading in class?

I am in an large, entry level course targeted at engineers. A few weeks ago, I was reading for another class while my professor covered material I was familiar with, and she marked me down as absent ...
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how to stop working for other people's thesis?

Last semester, I took a course with my supervisor and he assigned me a project. This project is part of one of his student's theses. I did the project and passed the course. Later, I was asked to ...
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I haven't received the support promised in my funding letter. What should I do?

It has been 4 months that I have started my master's degree in North America. I got my funding letter from my supervisor when I was in my home country, in my letter it was written that I will be a ...
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Can I write my thesis supervisor to complete my thesis?

I had worked in a lab for my master's thesis. But I could not complete a course from the previous semester so I could not register for defense at X University. This university asked me to transfer my ...
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Help - drowning in non-thesis related work from supervisors during PhD

I’m not quite sure how to handle this situation and hoping you may be able to help! I am over a year into my PhD and have supervisors who, although we don’t have a bad relationship from their point ...
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Is it a good idea to have really busy advisor? [closed]

I would like to have one of my department professors as an advisor mainly because he is an expert on the field that I am interested in and I'd like to work in. The problem is that he is a really ...
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How should I feel about a professor using an entire online course for his own course?

I'm taking a machine learning class at a school in South Korea. I've heard some good and bad things about this professor in particular, but I didn't really know until I actually took his course. I've ...
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producing quality research in non ideal laboratories

I will soon finish my masters course and have the opportunity to continue on in the same laboratory to do my doctors. This will be on a scholarship which would allow me to concentrate on research and ...
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How to Ask via email for supervision of professor for Japan Graduate program admission

I would like to apply for graduate programs in Japan, and I have sent email to several professors in Japan (e.g., Todai, Tohoku) using this format (I only change the name of the professor and ...
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Do professors remember all their students? [closed]

One of my high school teachers once said that if I ever meet her again, I should identify myself by name because otherwise she will probably not remember me (there are simply too many students every ...
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Why do the prerequisites to enroll in PhD programs vary between research groups in Germany?

I have been trying to get a Ph.D. position in Germany so I follow the advertising sites frequently. A few days ago I saw a position from a group of X Institute. I wrote the professor about the ...
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Should I send professor an email clearly asking if he is going to take me in his group?

I have communicated with a professor about joining his group as a Ph.D. student. He had shown his interest and told me to apply to that school after a Skype interview, although the deadline for ...
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Does D2L have a way for the instructor to access my submission while it appears “unread”?

My school uses D2L for all classes. When I submit a paper (or other file) to D2L, I can see in the "Dropbox" whether or not the professor has read a submitted file. In most of my courses, I see the ...
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For what reasons might a full professor lose tenure?

Recently, a full professor at my university lost their tenure and had their employment with the university terminated. I have never heard of a tenured faculty member "being fired" before. I am not ...
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Having collaboration with other professors [duplicate]

I graduated with math degree. Now I want to conduct research which is a kind of combination of two subjects X and Y. I found another professor (by googling) in different country who is working on Y. ...
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Calling a professor regarding an advertised postdoc position

I have sent an email to a professor regarding a postdoc position that I saw advertised in the careers web page of her university. The email was very polite and extensively detailed. However, it has ...
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Can research project scholarship offers ever get retracted?

I got an offer (written) for a research project scholarship, emailed the supervisor about the start date and they asked me to come in mid December. I sent an email back confirming that I can start ...
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When not to contact a professor for a PhD based on what is written on his web page?

I am trying to reach out professors in my research area of interest. Some professors say on their (lab) web page that prospective grad students should submit an application for admission... In this ...
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Review website for research groups [closed]

I was wondering if there is a website that allows you to rate research groups/professors that you've worked for. I know about 'http://www.ratemyprofessors.com', but I was thinking about a website ...
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How should I address a professor's inconsistencies?

"How do I address the following incidents before the end of semester, without alienating the professor whose good graces I rely on to pass his class?" I have a professor who is quite friendly, and ...
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Can a professor use his/her student's work as his own work?

I'm studying in a college in India. I have a course with a professor who is insisting that we submit our presentations in ppt format so that he can use them as his own ppts for his later batches. Is ...
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What should I do when my work has been published by my supervisor without my knowledge?

I had worked on a project for my bachelor thesis in 2012 and in 2013, I moved to Germany for further study. Now when I am facing several interviews for Ph.D. and the supervisors ask if I have ...
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Should I mention a professor's name in my SOP for MSc if the professor is only taking PhDs?

Some facts: I am applying for a Master's program in Computer Science at a university in US. My research interests exactly match with the professor's. I am applying to the university because of the ...
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How to request a professor to let you into their class [closed]

For various valid reasons, I was not able to sign up for a certain math course that I need. The professor is amazing, and I really hope to get into her class. I went to her class every day for a week, ...
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How to talk to an intimidating professor?

I'm studying for a postgraduate degree and my courses with a certain professor will start in some time. I have been meaning to speak to him since a very long time but I'm scared to go over to his ...
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Is it more respectful to address a professor who is an MD as “Dr.” or “Professor” in email?

Thus far in my postgraduate academic career I have leaned towards addressing my (US MD) medical school professors who are MDs, MD/PhDs, or PhDs as "Professor", since we are not in a clinical setting. ...
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Contacted the head of a group I want to join, but she didn't reply. What to do now?

An institution in New Mexico is offering a scholarship to people that want to join the institution, and I think I may be a good candidate. I contacted the head of the group I would like to join, with ...
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Professor not responding email about his grading, do I have to email again?

I received a failing for a course; however, one of my project (which worth around 10%) was not graded. It is possibly due to my late submission (one minute late). Previously many of his students ...
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What should I reply to graduate office?

I have applied for a PhD position with scholarship where the assessment is still going on(I will get the result on November). I have only applied in the projects where a bachelor degree is the minimum ...
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Long distance collaboration with a professor – wrote manuscript, getting ignored. What to do next?

This summer I was involved in a long distance collaboration with a researcher at an institution for clinical research. I was essentially CC'd to this person via an old colleague who currently works ...
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Applying for research assistant (What can I speak about?)

I will be applying for a research assistant position under a professor at my college (master's program). I have an interview with her on phone (competition will be stiff, many students have applied). ...
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Should I send this e-mail to my instructor who is also my supervisor? [duplicate]

I am very mad about my grade and I prepared this letter. could you pls give me a piece of advice about how to write and complain about the grade? I really do not know what to write. I really want to ...
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How to make a complaint about grades? [closed]

My professor announced the grades. He told us in each part what grades we had. My oral presentation for the project was way better than other students. But he just gave me 89 for oral and gave others ...