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Ethics: How to deal with a professor who will not accept their inaccurarcy in judging my work?

First, I am a mathematics major who is doing an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) in mathematics at my school. Initially, I wanted to do an REU outside of my school because I have had this ...
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If a professor says he will not fund my internship as it will be my first visit, how can I convince him politely?

I contacted a professor in a foreign university for a possible research internship in his lab. He is willing to accept me as an intern, but has stated that since he barely knows me and it is the first ...
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How to request a professor who has moved colleges to acknowledge project work?

At the end of last semester , I had taken up some research work under a professor of a different department. Now , I had been updating him with my progress on a weekly basis until my final exams ...
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My professor cancelled research for the summer, unsure what to do

Around halfway through my spring semester (around April), I met up with my CS professor for research opportunities and he said he'd be happy to take me on for a project. He sent me papers to read over ...
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My professor presented a problem that I solved. He says I can send it to a conference. What is the etiquette in cases like this?

But I don't understand if it is ethical because he was the one who identified the problem. I wouldn't have thought of the answer if he hadn't asked the question. I am an undergraduate and this is my ...
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I'm about to graduate and enter a 1-year master's program. I don't really know any professors, and I've never done research. How can I get involved?

I'm a senior in CS and will be finishing my undergrad this coming semester at a university with a well-respected CS department. My school has a 1-year extension to our B.S. that gets you a master's, ...
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How much programming experience is needed before contacting a college professor for research/internship?

I'm currently a sophomore in high school looking to work with a college professor in the near future. I'm interested in the computer science field, and I was wondering how much programming I should ...
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What does this professor mean by saying “I do not have time to respond”

I am an undergraduate in CS and engineering. Approximately a week ago, I sent an email to a professor whose research really interests me. I sent him couple of my questions and confusions rooted from ...
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Having Trouble Finding a Faculty Member for Math Undergraduate Research [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate pursuing mathematics and computer science in the research university at U.S. Inspired from the applications of algebra to math and statistics, I have been trying to find a ...
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How to address an author showing replicated results from his paper?

I have replicated a method of interpolation recently proposed by certain author, and I want to tell him that I have done so. I suppose the author is interested in knowing that students are engaged ...
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Research supervisor is easily distracted in meetings with me [closed]

I don't think my research professor takes me seriously. I have noticed that in several of my meetings with my PI, he gets distracted very easily. Now I know of people my age who get distracted (in ...
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How do I explain to a prof who is not happy with my actions which were simply a mistake due to miscommunication? [closed]

I had emailed a professor for a summer internship opportunity. He had accepted me and aksed me write a proposal for applying through a fellowship. I replied back putting down some points for my ...
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Write a reminder about a possible undergraduate project

I am currently doing some research for choosing a topic for my M.Sc. thesis. A week ago I sent an email to an external professor (I mean, not one in my University) asking about whether we could ...
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How to pitch a research idea to a professor as an undergraduate?

I have an idea which I'd like to work on with a professor at my university. In my initial email would it be arrogant to ask if he's interested in working with me on this particular topic (he's ...
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Dealing with professor after not getting back to him on a project?

I was supposed to do a project for one of my classes and I talked to one of the math professors at my school for ideas and he was excited about my project and even got one of his grad students ...
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Mentioning a Professor and his comment in a mail without his permission

Can I mention someone's(academic) name and comment which I got from a mail, to another academic (to increase the credibility of my work) without informing the first academic that I am going to use his ...
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What does it mean if a professor does not respond to an email about research in a week

I emailed a professor a week ago about any potential undergraduate opportunities he might have in his research lab. I have not yet gotten a response. Is this normal? the end of my email went like this,...
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Professor wants to change my thesis' interpretation in favor of his research. How to react?

I am about to finish my undergraduate thesis. The interpretation/conclusion i wrote is basically a statement which matches well with research of other groups and has a widely accepted scientific ...
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How to explain to department's president that my time spent as an undergraduate assistant/intern was goalless?

This is a follow-up from my question here on my atrocious relationship with my internship/assistance as an undergraduate at a teaching lab. Since I only have some weeks left to end this awful ...
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At what point can I call my professor by their first names as an undergraduate research student? [duplicate]

I'm currently working closely with a professor on a research project as an undergrad student. I always address her by her last name: Dr.xx. However, this makes me feel distant from her.. I am ...
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How can I politely tell a professor that I'm too busy to do research with him this term?

I'm an undergraduate. I sent two emails to professors regarding potential research work. Both responded positively, which I didn't expect, and I started work with one of the profs last term. As for ...
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Two professors want me to work at their labs, and I'd rather work with one of them than the other

I'm an undergrad who wants to do research but I don't know many professors, so I asked my school's Dean for Undergraduate Research for help. He told two professors about me, and both showed interest ...
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How do I turn down an internship offer by a professor because I have a better offer in a corporate research lab?

I applied to several corporate research labs for internships. Seeing no progress on my application, I emailed a professor in a top university asking for an internship. He was impressed by my work and ...
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How do I stop feeling intimidated by my advisor?

Whenever I meet my advisor and interact with him, in class or otherwise, I can't help feeling intimidated. I feel scared of the fact that I may fall below his expectations, and I become tongue-tied ...
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Is it acceptable for me (an undergrad) to call professors and other research professionals by their first names? [duplicate]

I'm a second-year undergrad, and I've always been on a first-name basis with anyone in academia or in a research setting. I first worked in a laboratory in high school, and since everyone was on a ...
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How to initiate an application of a research attachment fellowship directly with the potential advisor?

I am currently trying to seek a summer research attachment in the US institutions. CalTech offers a really attractive program, SURF, to the undergraduates. However, in order to apply for the ...
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How to deal with racial insensitivity in an academic environment?

I am an undergraduate research assistant in a biology lab. I was having an informal conversation while working at lab with my professor and a colleague of him. In the middle of our conversation, my ...