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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 in East Asia, it is extremely impolite if I don't do it when I have this information. However, the US and the EU are known to be more "professional", in my humble opinion. So, ...
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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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When do I start contacting professors for PhD?

Although I have seen a lot of questions similar to this, my situation is substantially different. I want to pursue a Ph.D. but since the deadlines are soon approaching for this academic year (most of ...
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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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Do professors discuss about grad students (not necessarily their students)?

Do professors discuss about their PhD students or other PhD students and their performance or likelihood of being successful? Grad student community is much smaller than undergraduate community and ...
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Chance of applying as a prospective PhD student in semesters [closed]

Is it usual that the chance for a PhD student that aims to apply for the second semester of the educational year (i.e. spring semester) and sends his/her application for professors may be lesser than ...
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Why would professors pay to publish in a good journal?

The journal that I think of specifically is Physical Review Letters. I've heard that professors pay pretty high amounts to get published in this journal, which is considered a good, if not top-tier, ...
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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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Class Appears to Lack Support - Does the issue lie with me?

A quick qualification: I usually associate failures in a class with it being my fault, like a lack of studying and such. Background: I am on the last few courses of my degree. I work full time and ...
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How to effectively ask a professor for supervision/collaboration (PhD Program) [duplicate]

Probably the first step towards applying for a PhD program is to find a professor who has enough interest/resource(s)/willing for the supervision. I know some of the rules (including attaching CV and ...
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Professor answers a question wrong, how significant? [closed]

I have a university professor in an operating systems class who point blank told me in writing that in the linux operating system, kernel race conditions cant/dont happen. After pressing him he ...
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Is it bizarre that a professor asks every student for a 3 inch by 5 inch photograph? [closed]

The professor asks this of every student. It's 2 points on an introductory assignment worth 10. Does anyone think this is bizarre? I'm against it to the point that I think it should not be allowed by ...
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Would the professor leave the classroom if only 1 student uses their cellphone during class? [closed]

I’m a college student. My class has only 40 students. My professor left the classroom before class ended because, like he said, too many students were using phones while he was talking. It was not ...
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Choosing the best fit sentence to mail prospective PhD supervisor

I am applying for a PhD scholarship which was posted on the university website and for that, I am writing mail to the professor. I have written about my background, academics, interests and experience....
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The professor for one of my classes has no direction

I'm in my final semester of a Computer Science degree at University and we have general education requirements. I'm in a Public Speaking course with an interesting professor, lets call him professor ...
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What questions to ask a famous mathematician [closed]

A famous professor mathematician is coming to my city next week and will be doing a lecture with a Q&A session afterwords. I’d like to ask a couple of questions afterwords but I’ve no idea what to ...
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Should I just move on if a professor doesn't answer my emails requesting a letter of recommendation?

I've asked a professor who I did research with over the summer to write me a letter a recommendation for graduate programs, but he hasn't responded for over a week. I've resent him an email and have ...
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How should I tell a professor the answer to something he doesn't know?

Last year, I asked my physics professor a question that he did not know the answer to. This year, while doing a research paper, I also figured out the answer to the question I asked him. I want to ...
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Examples of top academics who weren't prodigies [closed]

I'm looking for examples of people who are at the very top of their fields who weren't child prodigies, and followed quite a "normal" path in life (high school > college > grad school) before finding ...
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Sending mail to the Professor for PhD, after seeing his tweet

A professor tweeted that he has a PhD position in his lab. I am trying to write a mail regarding that. How should I express that where did I find the advertisement? Is it right to start mail like ...
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I want to remove an article in IEEE, accepted but not published yet

Now I am facing a very serious problem that I have to remove an article which is accepted by IEEE but will be published till the end of 2019. Due to some conflicts of interests(we finished this ...
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Which is more important in academic promotion: getting funding, or its secondary effects? [closed]

Follow up question to How does research funding work in determining academic promotions? since it was too broad. Take two equally talented researchers, Alice & Bob. Alice has acquired a large ...
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Can one compensate for poor funding performance elsewhere in determining academic promotion?

Follow up question to How does research funding work in determining academic promotions? since it was too broad. Take two equally talented researchers, Alice & Bob. To what extent will it matter ...
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Does the source of funding matter in determining academic promotion?

Follow up question to How does research funding work in determining academic promotions? since it was too broad. Based on this answer, one needs to get funding to be promoted. Does the source of the ...
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About approval of grant of potential mentor

About three months ago I sent an email to ask a professor about postdoc position under her supervision. Her feedback on my cv was positive and she told me that she intend to apply for grant this year ...
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How many papers per week does a professor typically read?

I'm curious as to how many papers one would need to read per week, in order to keep up with the latest research in a particular field. For example, how many papers on average would a typical tenured ...
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What does it take to be a researcher/professor at a top, top university?

I'm just an undergrad, so I'm not really asking this question for myself. This comes more from general curiosity. I know/know of several people who did PhDs from top universities (e.g. Princeton, MIT, ...
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How do I write about suggested reading by my professor

I had a casual meeting with my professor and he recently learned about a topic and he asked me to look at that topic as well. This topic is not my research topic and it is just a further reading. I ...

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