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Can I include my published paper in the mail?

I have written a professor from the USA about a Ph.D. position with my CV. He replied saying its excellent and I should apply in the next fall. Now I have some queries which I will ask him in my next ...
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How to connect with a professor?

I am a mathematics undergraduate student from India and am presently in my final year. Being a bit less talkative, I had not had many conversations with my professors even though I had tried to ...
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Requesting a professor I barely know a recommendation letter for postdoc

I met a professor (a big name in our field) at a workshop and we worked on the initial idea for a paper as part of a group project. We stayed in touch for a couple of weeks but our conversation ceased ...
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Should professors with Chinese names be addressed with surname only or both names?

How would I address a professor with a Chinese name? I am unsure whether I should use only the surname, or both forename and surname, because the order of mentioning forename and surname is reversed. ...
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Do professors like answering questions from non-students/private citizens? [closed]

I am a non-student/private citizen and I am eager to meet with professors at universities in my area so I can ask these professors a particular question about a particular subject matter. I want to ...
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A professor may have stolen an idea I discussed with him: how to proceed?

I'm really not sure how to proceed from here. I'm an undergraduate Computer Science student, planning to earn my MSc in the next couple of years. A couple of weeks ago, I spoke with a professor (I'...
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How many emails do professors get every day? [closed]

When I was in academic publishing, I received about 50? emails a day. The bulk of these (~60-70%) would be semi-automated emails of the form "so-and-so has agreed to review this paper" or "the first ...
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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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A female professor was found responsible for sexual harassment – what can happen to the signatories of a letter in support of her?

The New York Times article reported a day ago that Prof Avital Ronell at New York University was found to be responsible for sexual harassment. There's a letter of support for this professor (see ...
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How do I speak with my professor about my mental health?

I'm an undergraduate in my junior year, and I've been having an especially bad month when it comes to my mental health and academic performance. Two weeks ago, I discovered that I had two midterms, ...
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What happens to unproductive professors?

I notice that past a certain age (sometimes as early as 50), some professors tend to be significantly less productive, to the point that they essentially do not publish or have graduate students and ...
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E-Mailing a Professor about interest in his research group during application for a master and before admission(in Germany)

I hold a Bachelor in physics and I am applying for a master program in Germany. There is a research group by a professor, with topics very close to what I'd like to study and furthermore work on. On ...
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What are the typical research requirements for an application to lecturer position to be successful? [closed]

When someone is applying for a position as a lecture at an average ranking university in Sweden (equivalent to associate professor elsewhere), what is the typical number of research papers and of what ...
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Conducting a Podcast with A Star Researcher In Our Field

I am doing a podcast on a voluntary basis with researchers in our field! I have been asked to try to reach the X star researcher in our field who is highly respected in the field. I feel excited, ...
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Connection with professor

I have applied for an integrated MS and PhD program. I have sent am email for that purpose. The professor had an interview of me via skype. Then he sent me 6 of his papers and told me read those. At ...
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ratemyprofessors' alternatives for francophone or German-speaking countries

Are there some equivalent/alternatives for the sites like ratemyprofessors.com for francophones or German-speaking countries?
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If I interview a professor, should I pay him or her?

As part of my Toastmasters club, I am preparing a speech where I have to research a topic I am not familiar with. One suggestion is that I could interview an expert (e.g. a professor) in a field ...
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About sending email for postdocs after finding a potential mentor

Two weeks ago one of my emails was replied by a professor who expressed his interests in my work and consider me as a potential postdoc. He told me that he is going to apply for funding then will ...
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How much do grades matter for a future academia position?

I am completing my PhD and I was wondering how much does the PhD coursework grades affect future academia applications? My undergraduate and master's was somewhat decent grade wise (3.8/4) in both. ...
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How to exchange email with potential professors

I sent an informal query to a professor in UK and she replied me with her strong interest in my research works and considering me as a potential postdoc. She mentioned that she wants to apply for ...
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A professor who is less knowledgeable in certain subjects than a student [closed]

What is a proper way of showing academic knowledge with assignments when your professors and or school is not on par with a particular students knowledge, so-to-speak? A student is extremely smart ...
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How to impress a professor the most? By showing how smart you are or by being a pleasant coworker? [closed]

I am a young grad student, also having the luck to be collaborating a bit with a (rather) big shot. Of course, it would be nice if he gets a good impression of me for the future, as he could probably ...
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How do academics change their area of research in the middle of their academic career?

Often, I have come across profiles of tenured faculty members who are now doing research in completely different topics than what they had done in their PhD, postdoc or in the beginning of their ...
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How to write an email to a professor to inquire about a visiting researcher position?

I am currently a postdoc and plan to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship as the funding to be a visiting researcher in other institutes. However, to be eligible for applying the fellowship, I would ...
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Fair use: Instructor sharing notes from textbooks

I am a new instructor, planning a course; this post comes from good faith. Basically, I am designing a course and am trying to give my students the best learning outcomes without demanding that they ...
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Professor says he won't report my cheating if I admit it in writing. Is it a trap? [closed]

I cheated on a homework assignment. The professor found out. I am afraid of what is going to happen. I know I should face the consequences. I am thinking about just withdrawing from my PhD program now,...
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Submitting a trivial correction to a CS assignment/coursework (i.e. source code)

I am a University student. I had some course work which I had to submit. This work is a computer program, a very large codebase. Due to technical reasons, which are entirely my fault, I submitted the ...
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No response from recommenders after they agreed to write recommendation letter

I am planning to apply for green card for which I need recommendation letters from well known researchers/professors. In February 2019, I had contacted one professor and one industry based researcher ...
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abusive teacher failing my life partner

this teacher has done the following in a required, non-elective class: forced students to provide personal reflections in their health, including those with trauma for whom that is triggering ...
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Is it rude to call a professor by their last name with no prefix in a non-academic setting?

I always address my professors as "Professor [Last Name]" in an academic setting. However, in an non-academic setting such as running into them out and about, would it be considered rude to say "Hi [...
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Consequences for a tenured person of not getting grants [duplicate]

As far as I heard in (some of) the universities a person having a tenure track position who fails to get grants may not get tenure. I am wondering what might be consequences of not getting grants ...
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Is it acceptable for a professor to tell male students to not think that they are smarter than female students?

The situation occurred in the first lecture of an undergraduate course in a STEM field at an university. The professor said that there are less than 20% female students in the class, while the usual ...
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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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What happens if a professor's interests shift dramatically? [closed]

Let's say Alice is a professor in underwater basket weaving. She likes the topic, has several PhD students & postdocs, a lab, and so on. But then one day, her husband Bob is knocked down by a car ...
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Replying potential PhD supervisor with documents

I applied for PhD at a University and receive a mail from the supervisor, he asked me to mail my cv and transcript. I am thinking to reply like this: Dear Professor XXX, Thank you for your ...
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How to handle students not returning borrowed equipment?

I frequently bring my own equipment to the classroom for student use. Some students forget my announcements to bring certain items. Some items are infrequently used or kept ready on standby when time ...
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Professor Misinformed class on exam structure [closed]

In my module for the last 4~ months whenever the structure of our exam was brought up, our lecturer stated that we would get 3 questions and be required to answer only 2 of them. This had been the ...
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The Professor-Postdoc Relationship in Research Supervision

I am in the second year of my Postdoc working with a successful professor. I joined his team just after I obtained my PhD. During my PhD, my advisor (as all advisors) used to proofread my manuscripts ...
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Can a good but unremarkable PhD student become an accomplished professor?

Given that PhD students and professors often need to use different skill sets to accomplish their jobs, are there instances of people who had good but unremarkable careers as a PhD student, but much ...
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What is a common way to tell if an academic is “above average,” or outstanding in their field? Is their h-index (Hirsh index) one of them?

If one claimed that a particular scholar was "above average" or "noted" in their field, is there any good metric by which to support or deny such a claim? Is there a generally accepted way to ...
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Percentage of tenure track positions promoted to full professors [duplicate]

I wonder if there are statistics on the overall percentage of people promoted from tenure track positions (assistant professor) to full professor in fields like mathematics and science (first-rate ...
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What are the biggest changes when transitioning from graduate student to professor?

I often hear the adage that graduate school never actually trains you to be a professor. I would be curious to know what were some of the biggest hurdles assistant professors had to overcome when they ...
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How do professors find consulting projects?

How do professors find consulting projects to be a part of?
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Should I get informal with a professor if they didn't explicitly invite me to do so but the situation seems to suggest it's appropriate?

Some years ago I completed my B.Sc. in a university. I was very young and the default behaviour for all the students (especially the young ones) was to formally address the professors. PhD students ...
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How to deal with an unprepared professor?

For one of my classes (upper-level), the professor seems to be quite unprepared for the class. More specifically, As they openly disclose, they haven't looked at the course material in many years (...
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How to mail a professor informing that I am interested working at different place

I have asked a professor for summer reading project(he agreed). Later, I was also selected for summer internship programme a top institute in the country, how do I tell the professor that I don’t do ...
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Do professors submit grant proposals just before the deadline just as students submit assignments just before the deadline? [duplicate]

It's well-known that if one sets an assignment with a given due date two weeks in the future, most students will submit the assignment in the 2-hour period leading up to the deadline anyway. I'm ...
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During an application/interview should an applicant justify leaving a current faculty position (pre-tenure)?

I have been in a tenure-track position for 3 years and am going back on the job market. Would I be expected to "explain" why I am leaving, especially when it is pre-tenure? I suspect that a search ...
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For a new assistant professor in CS, how to build/manage a publication pipeline

I am a new assistant professor in a research institute, where the number of top-tier publications matter a lot. In short, they simply count the number of tier-one papers. I am highly advised to work ...
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My professor thinks I deceived her, but it was miscommunication on my part. Should I send an apology email?

I will try to keep the situation short, but I am currently not on the best of terms with a graduate school professor. The term is over now and I have been on good terms with her until today. As part ...