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Questions tagged [reference-request]

Questions requesting a supporting document or citation for a specific query.

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How often do US graduate programs reevaluate their requirements?

The spark for this question was a remark (you'll know which one when you see it!) made in this answer. My other reason for asking is that I recently learnt that one physics PhD program went ~25 years ...
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How to reference a technical document (like an RFC) in APA style?

Like, this document, for instance: https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc791 It's an official Internet Engineering Taskforce document that defines things like network protocols, etc. Often times there's ...
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Need help finding a Far Side comic for a paper I'm writing [closed]

I remember a Far Side comic where a man is driving a car out of either a burning city or a city with a mushroom cloud rising from it (or both). His dog, from the passenger seat, sees another dog on ...
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Does ethnic diversity of the academic staff affect the productivity of the faculty?

Are there any studies where the effect of ethnic diversity on the productivity studied? If so, what are the criteria? Do universities with more diversity tend to prepare better publications, or the ...
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Best practices for sample size in disaggregation of data on educational outcomes

The California community college where I teach has a prescribed system for collecting and analyzing data on students' success and then disaggregating the data by race. As a department, we are required ...
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Applying to my first reference and using him as referee

The question may be ill structured, because I do not know how to put it more concisely. I am applying for a research position (officially, using the application portal) to my best reference. Is it ...
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What are the main studies showing how well people learn some complex problem? [closed]

I'm wondering how well the general population can solve a problem after being taught. What are the main studies around this? The basic experiment would be to take a math problem that people usually ...
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Asking for a reference years in advance?

I am currently an undergrad and while I am attracted by research and a career in academia, I am on scholarship with a government body in my country and am contractually obligated to complete a 6 year ...
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Recommender used an online template for my recommendation

I've contacted a professor who I have taken 2 courses from and who has known me for over a year. I asked him for a recommendation letter and he agreed to write one. The moment I got his letter, I knew ...
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Are there any good statistics on students who are second generation in higher education? [closed]

We do a lot of statistical analysis on students who are first-generation HE; the first generation in their family to attend University. But are there any similar studies on students who are second-...
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Reply to a professor's response to my email or not?

So I sent a thank you email to a professor who wrote me a reference letter. I updated her on the results of my applications. She replied back in a really nice email congratulating me and giving me ...
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Where to start with grant proposal writing [closed]

I finished my Ph.D. in Robotics in a French institution and I am moving to Switzerland for my PostDoc. For my new position, I am supposed to write a lot of grant proposals. I participated in writing ...
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Is there any scientific reference about position of the LGBTQ community in STEM academia?

According to the Nature article "LGBTQ scientists are still left out" there are some "heteronormative assumptions" in the STEM field which artificially suppress the number of LGBTQ people in the field....
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Data/analyses on distribution on academic research income across research active staff

Does anyone know of any analyses of the level of ‘research income inequality’ in research grant income across research active staff? Ideally by field, country, and time? I.e if you had a list of all ...
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Does examiner's own PhD outcome influence decision?

PhD examination outcomes, depending on country/university, may include unconditional pass, pass subject to minor or major corrections, and resubmission among others. Is there any evidence or ...
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How to handle reference requests for a concurrent postdoc application that may seem unnecessary?

I recently applied for several postdoc positions. Two of them ("A" and "B") are closely related to my doctoral dissertation topic, and these applications were quite strongly welcomed. I am already in ...
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Is this statistic about how many Latinos/Hispanics have a PhD in the USA correct?

According to Ileana Freytes-Ortiz, < 2% of people in the US have a #phd Of those, 6.5% are Hispanic By defending my PhD yesterday, I just became part of the 0.13% in the US that is #...
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How far in advance of applying to grad school can I ask for a reference letter?

I'm currently finishing the last year of my undergrad degree, and plan on applying to grad school in about 7 years. I'm taking a year off to work, then completing a 1 year graduate certificate ...
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When do recommenders get asked for references? How do they get asked?

I have decided to apply to a few faculty jobs, and all of my faculty references have agreed some time ago to support me (my masters and PhD advisors who I talked to a year ago). I have submitted 5 ...
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What research explains political attitudes of academics?

According to the Times of Higher Education, there are more liberals* than conservatives in the social sciences. The ratio of Democrats to Republicans in economics is 5:1, in law it is 9:1, in ...
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Writing the dedication in language different than the language of a thesis or a book

How is it received by the readers to see the dedication in, say, Chinese, while the entire other parts of the thesis or a book is in English? Would that annoy the readers who do not know the language ...
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Health aspects of White board vs black board

I am wondering about the health aspects of black boards and white boards. Black boards have now been around for centuries. Their only detrimental health effect is the chalk dust. Some senior ...
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Is social media helpful for research dissemination?

Is there any quantitative evidence that using social media helps academics disseminate their research results? What about the cost-effectiveness of social media? My guess is that search engines are ...
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General education requirements across U.S. universities

Is there any study / database / etc, that documents what commonalities there are amongst different American universities? A department at my university is trying to remove my department's courses ...
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Is mathematics becoming more applied, while engineering is becoming more math-y?

Is mathematics becoming more applied, while engineering is becoming more math-y? I’m seeing curriculum changes at our school that has pretty good math, physics, and engineering departments, and it ...
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To what extent does the wealth, connections and alumni donation of a parent help their children be accepted into a college in the US?

Is there any research/study/survey/dataset that looked at to what extent the wealth, connections and alumni donation of a parent help their children be accepted into a college in the United States? (...
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Online vs hard copy, which texts are students more likely to read?

I am wondering if anyone knows of any studies that indicate whether students read online texts more or less than hard copy texts. I am in the midst of trying to "reboot" the intro stats class I teach ...
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Is positive discrimination in faculty hiring really efficient at promoting diversity in an academic department?

I have questions about affirmative action as described in this answer to another question (also called positive discrimination) in the context of US universities, more specifically departments ...
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Reliable source for ranked courses on post-graduate level in epidemiology? [closed]

Searching the internet reveals a number of available courses all over the world, but there are no obvious ways to rank them against each other or otherwise approach their quality.
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How many professors are children of professors?

I am a professor. Anecdotally, about half the people I know in academia have at least one parent who was or is a professor. (I was not born to any professors, for the record.) And then you see ...
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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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Books/resources for new faculty [closed]

I recently accepted a TT asst prof position in computer science at an elite SLAC in the US. During my job search I perused Karen Kelsky's book "The Professor is In", and I found it very valuable, ...
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Has the reaserch on the back cover of journal been benefitial for you or your group?

You can highlight your article and the work of your group on the back cover of ----Name of journal from RCS-----, if you are interested in this opportunity please contact me for more information Have ...
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Most common ways of cheating on exams?

I've been thinking how I proctor and design exams, and I suspect (from things I hear) that there is much more cheating than I find evidence of. What are the most common ways university students cheat,...
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Are special issues of a journal more highly cited?

In this question both answerers suggest that papers in special issues are likely to receive more attention and citations than those in "normal" issues. Wiley have also made the same claim. Can anyone ...
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Guides to graduate school in physics/CS [closed]

Steven Krantz's book A Mathematician's Survival Guide: Graduate School and Early Career Development has been mentioned in answers on this site. The book is full of good advice for graduate students in ...
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Most efficient way of finding out if someone has already published your idea? [closed]

As far as I see, there are two extreme methods of finding out whether someone has already published your idea: Read everything that has ever been written, and then decide whether any of it ...
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How to continually email references without annoying them?

I am beginning to realize that I may need to suddenly bombard my referees with several emails. They have both confirmed that they would be references. Firstly, I would like to know whether the school ...
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Number of Papers published in area of work [closed]

I'm looking for some statistics related to the amount of papers published per year in an specific area. Some papers about Superconductivity said there was like 15000 papers published about ...
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Justifying the small size of a dataset due to collection difficulties

I'm working in an empirical field and have recently had a paper about a data collection effort and subsequent analysis thereof which was provisionally accepted, conditional on revisions. The negative ...
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Academic reference for employment

If a Professor has explicitly stated that he is open to being a reference for a summer scholarship application, would it be reasonable to assume that he would be alright with the same candidate citing ...
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Recommendation/reference letter request

I am planning to apply for The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) scholarship and applicants are encouraged to have a recommendation letter from members of the TWAS. Is it ok to ask someone who is not ...
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Will university admissions google the academics who write my references? [duplicate]

I'm applying for masters. Will those reading my applications actually bother looking up the people that wrote my references? I'm considering whether I should ask prestigious academics (who don't ...
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Resources for writing a good master's proposal?

I would like to write and submit a master's thesis proposal next year and do not know where to start. Does there exist a template or a step-by-step guide to help me get started? For instance: ...
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Is there a (text)book on how academia works?

Is there a (text)book on how academia or science works? What I'm looking for is not anecdotes and tips, but actual insights presented systematically, like any textbooks in every disciplines. This book ...
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Next steps in approaching an unresponsive academic

I am applying for PhD programmes very soon and I have recently been trying to get in touch with my potential referees. At my previous institution there is a professor who knows me the most out of all ...
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A quote that one has to be rich to engage in science?

I remember reading an article (in popular magazine I think) that attributed to de Tocqueville a quote along the lines of: To engage in science, one has to own a farm. meaning that a person has to ...
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Is there academic research that supports individual over group work for better learning?

I'm in an undegraduate program in the US where group work is a major focus in most classes. Faculty often cite the important benefits of knowing how to collaborate in teams, claiming how educational ...
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How to clearly lay out research ideas

A constant struggle for most graduate students is how to clearly lay out research ideas in a coherent manner. We are constantly in the "weeds" reading papers, move data around, running models, and ...
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Difference between a “general” and a “generic” confidential letter of recommendation?

In the context of applications to tenure-track assistant professorship positions in computer science in the US, I see both terms: general confidential letter of recommendation generic confidential ...