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How to save one's ass in the last year of PhD with supervisors that never keep up with the project?

It is a doctoral project in engineering, a long, tedious, and grumbling story. I was contracted as a PhD candidate for another project but when I started, the director suggested me to change for the ...
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Should I choose industry internship or research assistant job at the lab? [closed]

Currently, I'm a CS master student and I want to apply for a PhD program in the coming Fall. I'm interested in the system research (i.e., distributed system). Right now, I have two opportunities ...
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How detrimental is a large lab cohort to a graduate students’ success? [duplicate]

A PI I might potentially apply to is planning on making three or so offers. Said PI only has a few students at present which I think is the reason for their doing so. I worry that I will not get my ...
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How to present projects that will soon be published on CV?

I have several projects that will be published soon. I am the 1st author in two of them and co-author in 3 of them. How to present this in my CV?
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Thanking professor with dinner delivery [duplicate]

There is a professor who has made several reference letters for me, and I would like to thank him. However, I have some doubts as to whether it would at all be appropriate to thank him with dinner ...
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Do STEM professors retire from research at age 65, while continuing to teach classes?

I see many STEM professors work well into their 70s, 80s, and sometimes even into their early 90s - mostly in teaching, but their research careers were outstanding. One of them that I spoke with told ...
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Advice for getting professor to submit letter of recommendation

I'm applying to four master's programs. My former professor submitted his letter to the first two schools last month. But he has not submitted to the other two schools. One of them is rolling ...
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Why would a professor (say in pure math) want to take PhD students?

Why would a professor doing pure math/ theoretical computer science want to take PhD students? I understand that in computational and experimental sciences taking students is at least beneficial to ...
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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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Professor I applied to is about to move – can I ask them to consider my application for the new institution?

I am in the process of applying for graduate programs at various universities. Given the importance of research in some graduate programs, I have been searching for professors/potential mentors when I ...
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My former prof switched university and now I can't ask him in person for a LOR - should I try to see him?

My former prof switched university and now I can't ask him in person for a letter of recommendation - should I try to see him in person? I've read on here that asking him via email might not be the ...
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Online Quiz Times Given Last Minute

I am an Engineering undergraduate student at a Canadian University and have had trouble in a course with regards to time to complete online quizzes. The course syllabus says there are 4 quizzes worth ...
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How do I find out more about former PhD students of potential advisor?

How do I find out more about former PhD students of my potential advisor? Shall I ask him/her himself/herself, or how would you go about this? I do not want to make somebody angry, at the same time I ...
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Tenure Track Positions

What is the difficulty of landing a tenure track professorship at a top 25 program nowadays? I am considering pursuing a PhD in mathematics (thinking applied or computational) and curious on what the ...
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My advisor completely ignores me what should I do?

My advisor became an assistant professor nearly two years ago. I worked with him for one year but did not publish a paper, and he thinks my progress is too slow. He asked if I want him to assign a new ...
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How do I ask a professor whether his seminars & lectures will be available to students from other departments?

I will apply for a PhD soon. I would be applying to the Politics department, but there is a professor in a different department who holds really interesting seminars on political topics. However, as I ...
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Can I remind a professor that I submitted a “good” essay in her class? (LOR request) [duplicate]

I would like to ask my former professor for a reference, I'm not sure how to formulate it and am worried the professor won't remember me. I submitted a good essay in her class though (got an A). Can ...
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After 20+ years of lecturing, 3 masters (2 M.Sc.), at age of 54 years, is it feasible to start and finish a Ph.D., be hired as a Professor? [duplicate]

After 20+ years of (part-time) lecturing, 3 masters (out of which 2 M.Sc.), at age of 54 years, is it feasible to start and finish a Ph.D. and be hired as a Professor?
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Are my chances of getting into a PhD higher if I choose a “not-so-accomplished” supervisor?

Some professors are very accomplished, others are younger and maybe not yet so accomplished (although admittedly this does not need to correlate with age of course). I presume everyone wants to work ...
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I got a way worse grade than my classmates for equal performance. What should I do?

The professor for this course was, according to every one of my classmates (only 7 of us total so I could get all the opinions) a nightmare. To illustrate, in the last week of class, after we present ...
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Is a professor allowed to ask me what grade I got in a previous class?

I'm a student in Michigan, in the United States. I've just started a class for which a previous class was the prerequisite. The professor of my current class asked that I give him my grade for that ...
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Contacting multiple potential supervisors at the same department?

I am interested in topic X, and I would like to find a supervisor for that topic. At one particular uni, there are quite a few people interested in my topic, and I need to find out who might be a fit ...
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How do I find a research topic without the guidance of a professor? [duplicate]

I have been out of uni for quite some time now, but I would like to apply for UK (!) PhDs (so not the MA including US-PhDs). I am in the Humanities and I know the general topic within my field which I ...
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Is there a reason a TA and a professor may have to travel together?

I don't work in academia but I'm working on a screenplay set in that world. I was wondering if there might be a reason for a TA and a professor to travel together for work. If the professor were ...
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What do you call a professor that is hired by two different departments?

What do you call the professors that are hired by two different departments? Say, a history professor who is also a chemistry professor. Also, in reality how would one do that?
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How to approach professors for funding after acceptance into PhD program?

I have been accepted into a PhD program in the US for Mechanical Engineering, but the graduate school did not give me funding for the first year. Being an international student, I do not have ...
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Forwarding a student’s question about exam modalities to a professor as a TA?

I am currently working as a teaching assistant. My tasks this semester include writing/putting together a formula sheet containing a lot of formulas and some graphs that the students should not have ...
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Appropriate salutation for female German full professor

I'm buying a desk nameplate for a full professor (in USA) who is female and of German origin. I'd like to have this nameplate follow the conventional salutation someone would use in Germany for a ...
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How should I respond when monetary contribution to potluck will affect grade?

I am currently taking an Art History course. Today was the first day of class, and my professor informed us that we are required to bring a monetary contribution for a potluck. I wouldn't be opposed ...
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Professor not responding to my mails after earlier discussions

I have applied to a professor from another university - and from another country, in case that is relevant - about doing my undergraduate thesis under him. He said he liked my profile and asked me ...
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Emailing professor for help with (non class related) project

I am involved in an extracurricular university-affiliated activity for which I want to do an analysis involving computational fluid dynamics (CFD). There is a professor at my university who has much ...
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Professor refuses letter of recommendation request

The application for TA fellowship, one normally takes recommedations from previous professors one has TAed under. What he replied when I messaged him asking for a letter of recommendation: If you ...
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Why do researchers need universities?

This is a follow-up question to How are junior professors evaluated for promotion? and probably an even more naive question. If I'm understanding the answer correct, professors need funding to do ...
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What does a head of department do?

Clearly the position must come with some added responsibilities. What are they? If the extra duties are purely administrative, why does one need a professor to be head of department? Can a non-full ...
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Do professors care about their rating on websites such as RateMyProfessor or Koofers?

I am wondering if a professor is already an Associate Professor, do they still care about their reputation in the eyes of the department considering tenureship is already granted?
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In what parts of the world, besides the US, do endowed chairs exist?

Browsing academia.SE, I discovered the existence of "endowed chairs" or "named chairs", i.e. professorships named in the honor of someone else and paid for by a donor with a gift to the university. I'...
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What is the meaning of “Samuel C. Collins Professor”?

I would like to know the specific meaning of Samuel C. Collins Professor in the above screenshot. It is a title for MIT faculties or the award with the same name (Samuel C. Collins)? Or something else?...
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Is It Acceptable to Contact the Professor of a Publicly Uploaded Lecture?

A full graduate level course is publicly uploaded as a series of videos on Youtube. Within the housekeeping section at the beginning of the course, the professor provides an email address as a means ...
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What do I do if a teacher fails me after they said I'd pass?

I just failed a university-level course that the instructor assured me I was passing. We've discussed my grade in emails but we continue to disagree on how it should be calculated and even on what ...
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How are junior professors evaluated for promotion? [closed]

This is a naive question, coming from someone who has never had an academic job. I'm asking what is involved when a junior professor is promoted. My question is wide, since I don't understand academic ...
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I asked for a recommendation, then decided I wouldn't, but I've changed my mind again. Will the professor feel annoyed?

I was planning to apply for a Ph.D. program and I asked a Prof to write me a letter of recommendation. The prof already agreed. After that, I didn't feel confident about applying and informed the ...
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How to thank a potential supervisor's email? [duplicate]

I have recently interviewed by a professor in US after sending him my CV. A few days after the interview he mailed me and told me to do the formal application process and mention him as the professor ...
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I'm about to graduate and enter a 1-year master's program. I don't really know any professors, and I've never done research. How can I get involved?

I'm a senior in CS and will be finishing my undergrad this coming semester at a university with a well-respected CS department. My school has a 1-year extension to our B.S. that gets you a master's, ...
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Visiting professor's office before being admitted to PhD program?

I have applied to graduate school (EE) and am currently at one of the schools to which I applied to. Is it a bad move if I go to a professor's office and express my interest to work with her, and show ...
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W2 positions at the universities of applied sciences in Germany

The W2 professorship ads of all universities of applied sciences in Germany have a passage requring (e.g., for Bavaria) darüber hinaus besondere Leistungen bei der Anwendung oder Entwicklung ...
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Is there a difference between writing a recommendation letter for MPhil programs & PhD programs?

What I mean is, are there cases in which a professor might decline writing are letter of recommendation for a PhD program, but would accept writing such a letter for a student applying to a MA or ...
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Should a professor write a LOR if he does not remember the student but remembers that the essay was excellent?

Should a professor write a Letter of Recommendation if he does not remember the student but does remember that the essay the student submitted was excellent?
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How do I ask a professor at a different department whether I can attend his classes? [duplicate]

There is a professor in Department X. I will be applying to Department Y & Department Z for a MA that really fits my interests. Now, I am wondering whether the professor in Department X will also ...
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How do I ask to draft recommendation letters for my references?

My references for my graduate program applications include an adjunct professor and an industry professional (both not very academic) and I am not sure if they really have time to invest in writing ...
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Prof. never responded to email about LoR

I am in community college, and I emailed my calc prof a few days ago asking if he could give me a LoR so I can transfer. I'm not close to him on a personal level, but he knows who I am and I have ...