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Queries relating to professors, academic staff members whose job responsibilities may include research, teaching, and service.

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How Long Should I Wait After a “I’ll be in touch soon” reply, to follow Up?

After writing to a potential postdoc advisor in the US, I got replied like; "... will follow up soon. .................... ...new project is matching with your profile. .................... ...
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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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What is the average salary of assistant professor in New Zealand?

What is the rough salary one should expect from a research university in New Zealand, say in mathematics or sciences areas, at the beginning assistant professor (called Lecturer in NZ) level professor?...
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How early should I start asking professors for a summer position?

I am a high school student and have several professors at colleges nearby who are conducting research I find very interesting. I am going to ask them to consider letting me work under them during the ...
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How should a high-school student approach professors in research institutions about research opportunities?

I am a high schooler who lives in the vicinity of many premier research institutions and am very interested in going into STEM. I know that I will have to ask a lot of professors to let me work under ...
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I am about to fail a required course due to difficulties caused by mental health issues. How can I save my degree? [closed]

So I expect to finish my master degree next August, and I was supposed to pass one undergraduate course to fulfill my degree requirements. I took this course last year and I failed it, so I had to ...
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Professor deviating from the syllabus mentioned apriori

I am currently taking a graduate course which is a combination of two subjects and we have two faculty teaching it - call them A and B - one for each subject. Before my classes started, we had an ...
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Is generic “thank you” email a waste of time in academia?

A very busy professor just responded my email. He answered my questions, and in the end, he explicitly said something like "Please let me know if you have any questions" or "Please respond if you have ...
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Our final exam has us work in pairs. I am struggling with personal issues and worried about being able to pull my weight. Should I ask to work alone?

I am an undergrad about to graduate this month. I've been dealing with post-traumatic stress and severe depression for almost two years now. This time of year is especially difficult for me due to ...
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Is this tenured professor plagiarizing his lectures?

A tenured professor at my university has hand-copied an out of print textbook in his field. His lectures consist of reading his hand-written notes from the text to his students. He does not deviate ...
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What is the meaning of this poem on a professor's personal webpage? [closed]

I've found a few extremely high performing computer science professors listing The Satrapy, a relatively obscure poem, on their personal webpage. Does it have any special meaning with relation to CS/...
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I am (likely) being accused of cheating by my professor, what do I do? [closed]

I took my final last Wednesday (it’s Monday) and on Friday I received an email from my professor asking to meet to discuss my performance on the final. I got a little stressed but was more worried ...
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Doing a PhD at a famous football school: how can I ask for time off to attend games?

Consider a famous football school in the U.S., for example Penn State, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Auburn, and Ohio State. I am doing a PhD in a STEM field at one of these schools, and on 6 or 7 ...
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How long to wait before contacting another arm's length referee?

Good afternoon, I am trying to find an external referee to review and evaluate an application package for a postdoctoral fellowship. This assessment, which is a required element of the application, is ...
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How should I phrase a question about an *ordinary academic matter* to a Professor?

Question: Suppose you need to communicate with an academic about some ordinary academic matter that falls within the scope of the ordinary activities of an academic. Perhaps this is a standard ...
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How can I apologize to my former research professor whom I ghosted?

At my university, I worked with a professor in knot theory for about a year. I am an undergraduate, and I wanted some experience in research. This professor was one I had a fairly good relationship ...
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Are research opportunities common in India and how can I enroll in a research program in India during my undergraduate studies?

I am an Indian, currently in 12th standard and I am pretty sure next year I am going to be in a decent UNI for my bachelor's in physics. I have read a lot about undergraduate research in Western ...
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Buying a gift for my PhD student after his graduation

All posts here on the "graduation gift" subject are about a gift from the PhD candidate to the professor (after the graduation of course). What about a gift for the student from the ...
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What valid reason can I give for my low CGPA to a prospective PhD advisor? [closed]

I am applying for PhD in US universities and my CGPA is lower than they ask for. But I believe my research experience is good enough to get a position. When I contacted a professor with my CV, he ...
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What are some questions that you can ask your prospective Ph.D. supervisor during interview? [duplicate]

I have an interview with a professor for a Ph.D. position in the US next week. As I was going through the possible questions that a professor can ask, so I was wondering what if they ask me if I have ...
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How important is outreach for applying to tenure track professor position?

I often see outreach listed in the CVs of professors, which makes me believe that doing outreach is beneficial to advancing a professors career. What I'm wondering though is if this is only import for ...
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A current PhD applicant in a dilemma between current lab and other programs

Some of my backgrounds: Currently a master's student in a good but not top school. Now in a research group that could have been more productive. I am applying for PhD programs in this round of ...
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My University professor copied parts of my assignment for the sample solution. Should he have credited me?

So I just saw this and found it kind of funny, a bit weird, I guess flattering and wondered if he should have at least asked me or gave me some credit and is he allowed to do this as the professor? ! ...
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How should I request a professor to restrict communication to email?

My instructor for an undergraduate math course (a professor) has been interacting with me over WhatsApp lately, and I feel that that is very unprofessional (and uncomfortable), since I (and everyone) ...
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The choice between changing advisor or just ignoring her and do the PhD research alone?

I'am 2nd year PhD student and I'm in the phase of problem definition and exploration for my research. Other than research, I also do both RA (working on paper review, grants, etc) and TA jobs as well. ...
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Can I ask BOTH the lab manager and the professor for a recommendation letter?

I am gathering letters of recommendation for my masters graduate program application. Basically, I have been in a lab for 2+ years - the lab is huge, has 50+ research assistants, and is separated into ...
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Exam requires self-imposing a time limit: what should I do when others are likely to use more time?

I am enrolled in an upper level STEM class. My teacher has recently announced that we have a "downloadable" midterm. The midterm is not officially timed, and we have a week to submit it, and ...
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How to write my project contribution in graduate application essay?

I am applying for PhD position in the USA. In the application, I have to write a essay on my research experience. Its not a SOP, rather how I worked there, why, findings, what were my contributions, ...
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Contacting a researcher for academic queries, but he/she may be a potential reviewer?

So I have a paper submitted in a conference which requires double-blind review. But while this paper is under review, I had a query in a paper I was reading of the very same field. Now, the authors ...
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Is it impolite to not to respond to professors' replying email asap?

I emailed to a professor about a research question. In most cases I reply to them asap. In some scenarios I think I cannot do this asap because: He asked me a very difficult question that takes a ...
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My original plan was academia. I'm a grad student. I'm uncertain if I want to keep this is my end goal [closed]

I'm posting this here because I frankly am not sure where else to ask a question like this. If anyone has a better idea where this should go let me know. I'm a third year American graduate student in ...
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Interrogated for cheating based on discrimination a potential lawsuit? [closed]

I have been taking a couple online classes. I also had a baby a week before the classes started. It has been an incredibly stressful 10 weeks. Anyway, I had a project I had to complete for a business ...
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How would you write to your in-class team, that you are going to drop the class, leaving no hard feelings?

We have a project to do with them but I don't have the time and am not sure if this email is appropriate for them. What do you think? I would greatly appreciate your advice. Here is what I am thinking ...
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acceptance letter with no letter of financial support

I have received my admission letter for a graduate program from a Canadian university. However, the letter contains no information about funding. I have already talked to my professor about the ...
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Should I thank the professor for forwarding me webinar/seminar invites?

I work in the research group of one of the professors in my college. My professor forwards me emails which he receives regarding some webinars/seminars being organized in college/companies or articles ...
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Is it rude to send my professor a link with teaching advice?

I know the title sounds terrible, but it's not as bad as it sounds so please hear me out. I am an undergraduate and have set up an independent study for this fall about topic X. The professor doesn't ...
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Is it appropriate to email a professor with a simpler solution than the one she provided?

I am in a graduate math program in the US, and the professor is teaching via online lectures. The proof she provideed for one of the theorems is a little bit tricky to understand. I think I found a ...
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Humanities Research with Professors as a High Schooler?

I am a high school student (legally old enough to work) looking for opportunities to work with professors in political theory. The way research is done is quite different from many folks in STEM, so ...
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Is it common/ ethically acceptable for PhD advisors to propose and supervise topics on which they lack basic knowledge?

I've just graduated in STEM in a small but respected university in Europe. I had two supervisors who hold their PhD in my field. The aim of my PhD was to utilize a particular chemical compound in the ...
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Should I apply to schools I am not sure I would attend?

I graduated 2 years ago. I am now seeking to apply to a Master’s degree in Finance. I am currently applying to 6 universities. My letters of recommendation are from renowned professors who are really ...
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What do professors do if they receive a complaint about incompetence of a teaching assistant?

If a professor is teaching a course with a significant number of students. My university randomly assigns teaching assistants (TAs) to courses. For example, I was given the assistantship of an ...
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How can a present software-engineer (with experience of 5 years at least) turn into a physics professor? [closed]

There are often many people who switch careers midway. Some from software engineering to a product management role which is quite popular given relevance of previous career to current career. Another ...
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Does an associate professor work in the laboratory on a daily basis? [closed]

I got a position as an associate professor at new university. I observe my colleagues that they do not work in the lab normally which is quite strange for me. In my previous job as assistant professor ...
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Is it okay if a professor friends a student on social media sites?

If a professor is teaching a student currently, is it okay if he/she friends the student on social media sites such as Facebook or Google Plus?
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Are letterhead and signatures necessary in the LOR?

My manager (one of the recommenders) said that he is working from home for several months due to coronavirus. It will not be possible for him to give the recommendation letter on the letterhead. ...
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What should I do when a professor is teaching inaccurately? [duplicate]

I have a professor who is teaching an upper class man renaissance art history course. I am very passionate about this subject so I already have lots of prior knowledge. I found some inaccuracies in ...
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Am I supposed to add the name of a surgeon who had no contribution?

I'm need an urgent consultant regarding authorship rights. Three years ago one of my professors asked me to write a surgical case report for one of his residents, later I found three similar cases and ...
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Choosing between two different professors to advise my undergrad thesis [closed]

I am a computer science undergrad student (second degree student, on the road to a PhD). I am in a bit of a pickle. I came up with a feasible research idea for my thesis and I want to work on it ...
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Is it appropriate to address a PhD holder as “doctor” (without name)?

In the US and Canada, I addressed my lecturers and instructors as "Professor X", "Dr. X", "Mr. X", or "Ms. X" (depending on their formal education and academic ...
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Is it my responsibility as an undergrad student to figure out if my thesis is affordable?

I have an undergrad thesis idea that involves transformers. I am trying to take the lead on the idea before I contact a professor about it - i.e. figuring out exactly how I'd make it happen, and if it ...

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