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Can One Poorly Written Research Paper Derail Your Academic Future? [duplicate]

As mentioned in prior posts, I experienced a lot of stress and an episode of depression during my last undergraduate semester. The stress was caused by constant moving and housing insecurity for half ...
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Do visiting professors make for good PhD supervisor?

I am currently thinking about pursuing a public policy PhD after my MA is completed. One of my top target schools employs a visiting professor who has been at that university for the past several ...
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Do US university professors consider papers published in IJERT [closed]

Do US university professors consider papers published in International Journal of Engineering Research and Technology (IJERT)? For an undergraduate student applying for research program, what do ...
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Minimizing cheating in online final exam?

What technologies or techniques are practical for minimizing cheating and collaboration in a University final examination that is to be held online? I have seen some third-party arrangement which ...
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How can a student stop/report conversations with a professor that make her uncomfortable, while avoiding negative consequences for the student?

I have some concerns about the behavior of a professor whose class I am taking, Professor A. First, Professor A has been trying to involve me in his attempts to get another professor in the ...
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Friendship with Professor okay?

My professor and I walk to and from for every class I have with her, I am a female senior student and my professor is in her 30's. I've gotten to know her really well, we even had a random dinner ...
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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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How to proceed if email asking for a recommendation letter hasn't gotten a response after 3 weeks (during COVID-19 pandemic)?

I know this question has been asked before but here is the Covid-19 Pandemic Edition: I emailed my professor asking if they would consider writing me a LOR almost a month ago and haven't gotten a ...
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How to Interpret This Response to a LOR Request [duplicate]

As I mentioned in my last post, I experienced a lot of stress during my last undergraduate semester as well as an episode of depression due to my professor's upcoming retirement. (I deeply admired her ...
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How to approach a PhD if I want to have a career in academia?

I am towards the end of the first year of my PhD where most of my time went towards doing courses and a small research project in our lab. I plan to continue in academia after my PhD and aspire to get ...
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Do I have to tip the bartenders and hotel staff, when a U.S. University hosts an event for researchers?

Prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, I attended a generously-funded research meeting that included a hotel stay, free dinners and bar drinks. There was a dedicated bar section just for us. 😋 I always ...
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My PI is irresponsible and I worry about my career as a postdoc [closed]

I am a postdoc in life sciences in the US and have started my postdoc around 6 months ago. I am at a great (top-10) university. I like the university, lots of smart people and friendly environment. I ...
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Approaching Professors for Technical Consulting/Endorsement

I work for a technology company and our company is interested in inviting some professors to review some of our recent technological innovation. It'd be more like writing an endorsement, or a preface ...
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How long does it take from the application for a professorship to the invitation to a lecture?

On average, how long does it take from applying for a professorship to being invited to a lecture, provided that one is actually invited? I am referring to an application for W2/W3 professorships in ...
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US Academia and sick days

In a comment to their answer to the question Faculty member brought sick (feverish) child to class - is this unethical?, the user Anonymous Physicist writes: " @quarague It's okay to cancel class for ...
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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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Very highly regarded (but also very abrasive) secondary PhD supervisor - how much should I involve him in my project?

I'm doing a PhD and I have two people listed down as my supervisors for the project, who I will call supervisors A and B. I get on really well with supervisor A, he makes constructive suggestions in a ...
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Can the president or chancellor at an American university actively vouch for Joe Biden or Donald Trump, or must they stay neutral? [closed]

I notice that many senior-ranking, tenured full professors at American universities have the freedom to go deeply into politics on their social media pages such as Twitter and Facebook. Can the ...
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Professor stopped responding to emails suddenly. What should I do? [closed]

I am an MS student in France. It is commonplace here to seek out professors from other universities or scientists at research centres to do the MS thesis under them, which is usually during the final ...
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Should I thank professor for forwarding me webinar/seminar invites

I work in the research group of one of the professors in my college. My professor keeps forwarding mails which he receives regarding some webinars/seminars being organized in college/companies or ...
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Are we losing quality research because of money and political stunts? [closed]

Now-a-days, I see a lot of friends, who went abroad to study for masters and PHD, are under financial pressure and worried about the immigration policies of the country. Therefore, I see that a lot ...
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One line thank-you emails to lecturers/professors - yes or no? [duplicate]

I have always wanted to know the answer to this question (sorry if it's silly): If a professor or lecturer answers a question or gives advice when replying to an email I sent them, in general, do ...
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How to negociate your grade wih prof who is discriminating? [closed]

I am a grad level student and took my last course this semester. We had several assiged him better since he is advising that student. What would you do a prof grade you less than what you expected? ...
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How to handle a lecture course remotely? [closed]

I tried to contact my classmates to ask for their notes, I email 5 of them and none of them have replied back. I have a high GPA and this course is my last course at the university, I really want to ...
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How to address a professor in letter?

When writing letter to an academic professor (not necessarily from student to professor), what is the appropriate way to address his/her title? I have seen in letters using Dear Prof. X even when ...
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Having trouble responding to professors' emails due to anxiety,

I have crippling anxiety around "authority figures", and I'm irrationally deathly afraid to the point where I will cry in a room when alone with them, likely due to my upbringing, namely, always being ...
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Course requiring students to use Examity

I am an undergrad student and one of my professors is saying that we will be using Examity for the final exam. I am concerned with downloading this software on my computer for various reasons, ...
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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 a professor takes an affiliate appointment in another department, do they get an increase in salary? [closed]

Let's say an associate professor of Math makes 120k per year USD in a United States university and takes an affiliate professor position in the Quantitative Biology department. Would they get ...
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Should I let my professor know that I cited a text written by him…that I pirated from online

I wrote an essay for a professor of mine, in which I cited a book he had written. As it so happens, the citation is based on my having obtained a (most likely) pirated PDF copy of the book. The text ...
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Is it appropriate to email a professor about something unrelated to class?

I have a professor currently that I have previously had in a class on a different subject. Would it be appropriate to email them with a link to an article I found that relates to the previous class' ...
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Can i ask for help from a college prof?

A few weeks ago I told my college professor that im depressed. She said I can go to her at anytime if i need help. Then my psychologist kicked me out, because I didnt want to tell her the details of ...
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I expect much more commitment from my PhD-supervisor. How do I communicate this to him?

I am a doctoral student in economics and have problems with the progress of my doctoral thesis because my supervisor hardly cares about my work. I currently need some feedback and comments from him, ...
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Thanking a professor for their effort [closed]

Some time ago I had emailed a professor regarding the original data of an experiment they'd conducted almost two decades ago. He replied today to apologize as he had unfortunately not found the data ...
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I failed a written exam and I don't know how to reply to my professor

As a preface, I would like to explain that have ADHD and anxiety issues and tend to be very slow at writing (mostly due to overthinking/over-analyzing and having OCD-like tendencies when writing). I ...
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How to formally address two individuals with different titles for PhD cover letter

I am in the process of writing a cover letter for a PhD application. The two supervisors of the project are part of my faculty (where I am doing a postgraduate degree), and I have previously been in ...
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Is giving condolences to a professor socially acceptable?

I'm an undergraduate in the US. My professor just told us via email that he will not be able to grade an exam until next week because his family member died from complications due to COVID-19. I don'...
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I hate taking lectures, can I still survive in academia?

I'm 3rd Physics & Mathematics student and I almost hate both taking and attending lectures; it is not because of the content, but rather the way how it is done; I don't like sitting in ...
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Should student or supervisor be corresponding author for publications based on student research?

Papers published from an academic project (MSc or PhD) usually have two authors; the first author is the student who mainly conducted the research, and the second author is the professor who ...
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Professor not replying to my email. Why? [duplicate]

I wrote an email to my professor yesterday to ask makeup exam. But he doesn't reply until now. Test was taken a week ago. But, I can't take it because of family emergency(my grandfather passed away) ...
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Missed Assignment due to Covid-19 [closed]

I was flying from Canada back home, after all the in-person classes and tests were canceled. So my country(Kazakhstan) has strict laws that were enforced in regard of the new pandemic. They include ...
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What do faculty members mean when they say “happy to find a time some time to chat more about it…”?

Sometimes in correspondence with faculty I get emails that end with a sentence like "happy to find a time some time to chat more about it though, just let me know." What medium do people usually mean ...
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Should I write a bilingual email to a professor who can't speak German very well?

Should I write a bilingual email to a professor who can't speak german very well? That's basically the question. I don't know if this is the right thing to do, because it could mean that I ...
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Should I mention in an email to a professor that they are referred by another one?

I emails professor A about a chance to study with him, and he answers that he's on leave next academic year so not accepting new students, and I might want to check professor B. Should I mention to B ...
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How should I know if my supervisor is deliberately ignoring my emails or he is simply bad in responding?

I am a Ph.D. student in the third year, and I am working on my dissertation with two supervisors since my thesis is interdisciplinary. I recently noticed that my 2nd supervisor has not responded to my ...
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Colleagues exaggerate problems in department

I know this is a topic that some people have strong opinions about, but a toxic culture is developing in my department whereby several postdocs have convinced themselves that they are being mistreated ...
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Is it correct to tell a professor that solutions to exercise sheets are online?

I'm a MSc student (second year) in a math department in Europe and I have to check and correct the exercise sheets of the students of the first year of Master degree attending a course this semester....
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What do you say to a professor/potential advisor when you accept the offer from their school?

Is it common to contact professors you've been in communication with to let them know that you're accepting their school's offer? Do you usually contact the professors that met with you on a campus ...
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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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I drunkenly told a professor something fundamentally wrong about a friend's thesis work. Should I clarify and/or apologize?

TL;DR: I told a professor something fundamental about a friends' work that is absolutely wrong, and I should have known, but I was drunk. Will it help the situation if I clarify and apologize via e-...

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