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Didnt take the final exams yet I got an A grade

Well to start with, I dropped out of college for reasons that have to do with mom's health and hence I was ought to go back my home country. It was just right before my finals, to be more precise ...
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Can a professor tell you that you can’t use your phone before or after their class?

So, I have this one professor who refuses to let anyone use their phone. I understand this during class hours but now he’s saying he will give a demerit to anyone using their phone even if it’s before ...
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What to do when phd advisor wants me to work on side projects but i'm starting a post-doc?

I'm currently finishing up writing my PhD while starting a post-doc at another university in another country. The post doc is a great opportunity at a top tier university. Between finishing my ...
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How to make human growth and development interactive? [closed]

I am a first time human growth and development teacher at our local community college. There are a lot of theories, stages, and sub-stages involved in human growth and development and I'm trying to ...
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Identifying pleasant PhD supervisors

I want to pursue a PhD at an institution in Japan that I don't know first hand. As lab websites or personal webpages don't really reveal the personalities of professors, it isn't easy to know in ...
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Report written alone, but graded identicaly to those who wrote it in groups of 2

Our biology professor asked us to write a report. We had one week to hand it in. Groups were formed. Being in a class with an odd number of students, I was the only one left, and so wrote the report ...
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My Professor thinks class ends 30 minutes earlier than it does

The title pretty much says it all - it's a 2.5 hr class and he thinks it's 2 hrs. The first 3 classes have been rushed and I want to tell him - but when I mention it to my classmates they tell me it's ...
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How can I hire a professor to answer my advanced technical questions in a niche area?

In short, How does one go about hiring a professor or someone really well established in their field for a private tutoring session? I tried looking online but can’t find much, mainly websites for ...
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Will it be a good idea to write professor who has just interviewed me for a PhD position?

I had been interviewed by a professor recently for a Ph.D. position(US). During the interview, he asked me if I had gone through his homepage. Actually I went through superficially as the interview ...
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What is the necessary entity that cannot be done by professor without physical classroom with assembled students? [closed]

I want to know whether there is any necessary entity (quality/property) in the traditional classroom teaching that cannot be done without a physical classroom with intended students. Please keep aside ...
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Is the practice of keeping written papers or presentations for delivering lectures recommended?

Professors of my institution use PowerPoint presentations or written papers or some other aid material for delivering a lecture in the classroom. But doesn't it indicate less expertise? I have this ...
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How to nail a Ph.D. interview when the professors work is not a good fit with your background?

I saw an offer for Ph.D. positions (USA) where 4 professors were on the list. I chose one (Prof X) and wrote my SOP according to his research and applied. Now another professor (Prof Y) from the ...
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I can't figure out why my professor hates me [closed]

I now have Professor X for the third semester in a row. I have not interacted with him very much outside of class, but I am positive he used to like me. But now, I can tell that he dislikes me. I can ...
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Is it normal to CC my professor when they introduced me to someone?

Research student in Japan here. Recently, my professor (Japanese but studied in the U.S. for long) introduced me to his friend who was a guest lecturer. I got the guest’s contact information and ...
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Is it normal/okay if my professor grades me lower “in comparison to my peers”?

My Uni is in Minnesota and classes started a couple weeks ago. I'm taking a class for my undergraduate degree. I knew it was going to be writing intensive from the syllabus. Every week we're going ...
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Is it recommended for a professor to not entertain advanced questions for a basic course?

Recently I worked as a teaching assistant for a digital logic course. The topic for the day was full-adder. Professor explained the full concept of the full adder, along with question and answer ...
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How to handle a lecture course remotely?

I am a grad student in Canada. I moved to another city due to my internship and research, I had one course left which graduate advisor required me to take it this semester. Due to the internship, I ...
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Faculty member brought sick (feverish) child to class - is this unethical? [closed]

A faculty member recently brought their young child to a graduate seminar. The child had a fever -- and therefore was deemed not healthy enough to be at school. The faculty member did not ask the ...
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Is getting a GPA 7/10 worth asking a recommendation letter?

I had taken a course in mathematics previously and scored a GPA of 7 in 10. Presently I would like to take a summer research internship related to that subject and was wondering whether it was wise ...
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Advice on what to do about academic situation that ended badly?

‪(Content warning - some people may find this post distressing due to discussions of mental health and self-harm. Hello academic community - I could use some advice! I’m a 1st year PhD student, and I ...
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What is the proper response when a professor teaches a side topic related to the course but the information is wrong?

I've been a software developer for about 10 years or so and am familiar with various security related concepts (SQL injection, server-client validations, man-in-the-middle attacks, etc.) I'm ...
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Can too many submitted manuscript hamper your candidacy for getting a position?

I've been working in a lab for more than 3 years and during this time I have worked on several projects. I have collaboration works too. Most of my projects have been submitted recently. For example, ...
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Do I need to tell my rec letter provider that I have language disorder?

This might be a weird question. But here we go. I'm applying for business/data-related master programs. I'm a stutter with a certified moderate language disorder. Do I need to tell my professors (...
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Are 16 schools too many for a professor to provide recommendation letters to?

I plan to apply to approximately 16 schools and am wondering whether that's too many for my recommendation letter providers. It's happened before that a professor of my friend refused to provide all ...
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What should I do if a professor is not writing the recommendation letter whom I already suggested?

I have applied for a Ph.D. position and I had to suggest two referees who will write a letter for me. Previously one of my professors had written one for me so I write her name again. The system is ...
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how to congratulate for professors's grant achievements?

I recently got the news that my prof and his colleagues were got many grants/funding. Is it common to write him a congratulation? I prepared this simple sentences, how should I wish him more ...
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What can be some strong reasons not doing a masters?

I am writing a motivation letter where I have to write why I am directly applying for a Ph.D. position without masters. What can I write so that it seems valid and convincing to the professor? (The Ph....
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Can university educators provide private tutoring to anyone seeking it? [closed]

Let me elaborate: I’m aware that school teachers often do private tutoring for children on the side (although I believe it’s only ethical/fair if they tutor children from other grades, classes or ...
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How to write a research proposal for a PhD position?

I want to apply for a Ph.D. position in a group where there is only their research summary written on the homepage. An applicant should write a research proposal and if the PI likes it then they will ...
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A tenured position with less pay and less responsibilities than a professorship

At the moment I am a (soon to be graduating) PhD student. The reason I went to graduate school is that I love doing research. In graduate school I discovered that I absolutely hate teaching but I had ...
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Shall I go and see my advisor's father who is on his death bed?

In my country from East Asia, it is extremely impolite if I don't do it when I have this information. However, US and EU are known to be more "professional" in my humble opinion. So in US, is asking ...
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What is the difference between publications and pure publications?

I saw there are two sectors named 'publications' and 'pure publications' in some lab home pages. What is the difference?
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What typically happens when two or more professors from the same department want the same prospective PhD student?

If a talented PhD applicant names (in their statement of purpose) two or three professors at a department that they'd like to work with, and this student is accepted by the department, with all of the ...
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Is promotion from staff scientist to professor possible? (Considering job offer in US)

I am a researcher making its way (very slowly) to professor in Europe. After several years of effort and relocations, I have now my own research program and have earned a promotion to supervise PhD ...
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As a post-doc applicant, should I address a professor by their first name in email after they addressed me that way?

Regarding a post-doc position, I recently wrote to a professor in the US by starting my mail "Dear Professor X" where X is the surname and she replied to me "Hello Y" where Y is my first name. I am ...
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How should I reply to this Professor's email?

The following is the last email I received from a Professor in June 2019, and recently (in Dec 2019) I submitted my Ph.D. application to this University. "Thanks for writing and for the great ideas --...
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Professor doesn't reply email even after I talked to him?

So basically a professor pitched his project that needs research assistants at an event in my department on Monday. I talked to him after the event about 5 five mins, telling him my background and ...
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Professor Lost Assignment Grade, But So Did I

I am a first year undergraduate student (direct entry engineering) and today something happened that I have dreaded for a long time. I received an email from my professor saying that he lost all ...
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Is it okay to request to do a reading project with a professor at a later time if he had politely denied it before?

I was planning to do a reading project with a professor in my institute and had asked him in the last semester whether it would be possible for me to do it under his guidance. However he had politely ...
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Asking letter of reccomendation to a Professor I've had this semester

I want to be admitted to a European program that would mean so much to my future carreer. Particularly important documents to be sent with the application are reccomendation letters from professors. I ...
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Contacting potential advisor for PhD

Over the past few months I’ve contacted around 10 potential advisors at various schools of interest, and the only professor who has gotten back to me told me to wait until I was accepted if I wanted ...
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When is the best time to reach out to potential advisers while applying to PhD programs?

I am specifically applying to computer science PhD programs in the US. I have read the other posts similar to this, but I have some specific questions. 1) When is the best time to email professors I ...
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Is there any benefit of being treated as “professor” by students and admin?

I just joined a faculty as assistant professor, at a university in South America. The admin team and students treat me as "professor". Moreover, because the official language is Spanish, people refer ...
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Is there any job security for tenured academics in Denmark?

There recently was some bad press regarding job security for tenured academics in Denmark. A critical article in a newspaper edited by University of Copenhagen employees mentions the firing of two ...
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How is the “special aptitude for in-depth independent scientific work” proven if the professor candidate does not have a doctorate?

My PhD is almost finished (writing last paper of the cumulative dissertation) and I have applied for a full W2 professorship at a German university of applied sciences . I have been invited by the ...
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Shall I give a template to the rec-letter writer?

Many professors, specifically in China, wants students to provide at least a template (half-written letter). In US, is it similar? I've read an article from Harvard Business Review website saying that ...
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Professor didn't acknowledge a late hand-in by email. Is it appropriate to follow up?

I missed a class where I was supposed to hand in an assignment. I arrived at my school at the end of the class, and the teacher had already left, so I sent them immediately by email. It has been a ...
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What exactly happens when a department head is contacted about a specific instructor in a specific course?

Related, but not what I'm getting at In one of my courses at a University, I overheard some of my classmates talking before a very difficult test (we knew it was going to be hard beforehand based ...
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How to publish in genetics without access to funding or a lab?

I am currently working in quite new university as lecturer for applied medical science undergrad in genetics subjects. I am facing some issues: The university requires every lecturer do some ...
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Contacting a Professor for a PhD in the US (Engineering)

I am new around here so go easy on me :) this question is directed at anyone with experience with graduate studies in the US. A little background information about myself: I am wrapping my up my M.Sc....

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