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Is there generally a relationship between a dept's research grant numbers and the teaching loads they give PhD students?

To me, one of the most important factors that differentiates a good PhD program in the US and a bad one is the teaching expectations placed on the student. In some departments, PhD students are ...
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Is it right that I'm a student research assistant (undergrad) and yet I'm being asked to write a research paper on my own? [closed]

I'm currently a second-year university taking up bs industrial engineering. I applied to the student assistantship program in the school earlier this year. Nowhere in the post states that it also ...
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Feasibility and Legality of Simultaneously Being a TA and RA During a PhD Program in Different Countries

I am currently exploring the possibility of undertaking a PhD and have a query regarding the roles of Teaching Assistant (TA) and Research Assistant (RA). I am particularly interested in understanding ...
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Is it expected to pursue a PhD after being a pre-doctoral research assistant with a professor

Does being a research assistant but previous to being a doctoral student under one specific professor mean that you are expected to apply for a PhD with them as supervisor in the following year? I ...
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Can I publish a paper during my PhD study without notifying my supervisor?

I have been working as a reserach assistant in an american university during my PhD study. My supervisor stopped my assistanship during a summer semester during my PhD. This was one semester before my ...
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Chances for master student from EU to stay in US as research assistant?

I'm a first year physics master student from EU currently doing a research internship at an Ivy league school in the US. It is also to fulfil the requirement of my home university to get an internship ...
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Advice New Research Assistant: Potential Termination?

For some context, I have a Bachelors in Biology, and the pandemic forced me to pursue an online graduate program in another field, but I've wanted to get back into bio research for some time and gain ...
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How to find research work after Master's application rejections

I'm a computer science student about to finish a year long research related co-op (more similar to a research software engineer position than research assistantship) and graduate with a BS with high ...
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Advisor never included me in their research

I am a current 4th year Ph.D. student in social science. In my first year, my advisor asked me to focus on my courses so I did no research even though I wanted to. In my second year, I proposed my own ...
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I lost my research assistantship due to poor grades and miscommunication. Does this count as being "fired" from a job on future applications?

I was in a graduate program in the sciences and started with full funding + stipend which came from a research assistantship. I then lost the assistantship after a year mainly due to miscommunication -...
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Research team didn't take internship announcement well

I'm a first-year MS student working as a part-time student researcher in a lab. Earlier this year, I received and accepted an internship offer as it was my top choice and my goal is to work in the ...
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Can you contact a professor whom you have never met to inquire about a RA opportunity?

Is it considered ok to proactively ask a professor from a different university that you never met in person about some potential research assistant internship? Or is something like that considered ...
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Asking Advisor to Augment Stipend to a Livable Wage

The company I work for is funding a project led by a professor at an engineering department in a US university. I was recently accepted by the university and they offered me a departmental fellowship ...
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Choosing between a good postdoc position and an assistant professorship [closed]

I have done a PhD (mathematics) at an average university and, while absolutely loving my line of research, these years were quite unsatisfactory, for diverse reasons. While working hard, I ended up ...
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How do Journals find reviewers and their contact information?

I recently received an email asking to review for a reputable journal (I recognize the journal, and the person listed as Associate Editor is listed as an associate editor on the journal's editorial ...
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Part time research assistant - post bacc?

I would like to know if I can be a research assistant, part time, after college. I'm thinking about getting into academia, but I want to work first and make some money. I'm in STEM, but want some ...
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Is it polite to send another reminder to your ex-supervisor after they confirmed availablity of a vacancy?

I reached out to my ex-supervisor regarding the availability of a RA in their group about 2 months ago, via mail. The email exchange we have had till now has been at 2:1; where I send a reply followed ...
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Would it be ethical/reasonable for a PhD student to hire an undergrad for help with research-tangential tasks (see proposed job description below)?

Pretty much what the title says (I know this question is quite strange). I have some extra money (my research stipend is fairly generous, and I get paid by doing TA work on top of it) that I'd like to ...
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I am a research student working on a book, should I be included as coauthor?

I realise similar questions have been asked previously, but I believe the circumstances here differ in some respects. My former boss and I worked as practitioners in a particular field for several ...
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Do professors in pure mathematics hire non-PhD research assistant?

I believe in some fields like physics or other experimental science, hiring a student without PhD degree as a research assistant is common. In pure mathematics, do professors have the need to hire non-...
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Is a journal article published as a third author and a dissertation for an undergraduate student good enough for funding for master's studies as RA? [closed]

I am an undergraduate about to graduate within the next six months. I have a research article as a third author in a journal with an impact factor of 3+ related to machine learning used for ...
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Can I apply for research assistantship at universities abroad?

I am a recent master's graduate looking for a job. However, instead of working in the industry, I would prefer to work for a couple of years as a research assistant. My long-term goal is to apply for ...
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Should I negotiate research hours with my advisor in hopes of getting funding?

I've been working hard on research with my advisor, and he seems to be happy with my progress. I would like to get an RA position next semester. Should I tell my advisor that I'm going to cut back a ...
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What does a Bioinformatics research assistant do in a US university?

I am interested in the field of Bioinformatics in the USA. As far as I know, a Research Assistant (RA) is a Ph.D. student or postdoc fellow working in a funded project under a research professor, ...
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Hiring freelancers for research projects

Professors in research universities often rely on graduate students as research assistants who work on a variety of tasks including analysis, coding, experimentation, and writing. When funding is ...
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At what point is an offer official?

Every research job/position I've ever had, I have had some sort of "informal" (verbal, via email) offer, followed by me showing up the first day of work to sign the contract and start. This ...
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Plagiarism in a work I'm advising

I'm a research assistant in an university. I'm advising some students, in the capacity of co-advisor with another colleague, to write a work which is necessary for them to graduate and which will add ...
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How long can a pure math(Algebraic Number theory) PhD holder can work as a Post Doc/research associate in their career? [duplicate]

This is rather a curious question based on future career after PhD, looking at the crisis in academic/teaching job market. If one completes PhD with pure mathematics (Algebraic Number Theory) with few ...
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How do I list my affiliation on a publication if I am only an adjunct at a different institution from where I did did the research?

I worked on a research project about a year ago while working as a full-time RA/technician and some colleagues before leaving after my contract ended. We are currently finishing a manuscript for ...
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Is it polite to ask about scholarship/assistantship opportunities during a Ph.D. interview at a UK university?

I am scheduled for an interview in August for a Ph.D. program that I applied to at a UK university. However, even if I get an offer of place on the program, I would not be able to accept it unless I ...
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Working at two labs vs having two advisors in grad school? [closed]

There are two labs that I really want to work as a masters student research assistant but I know that grad school isn't like undergrad and working for two will probably drive me crazy. One is in the ...
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Emailing Professor Regarding Availability? [duplicate]

I'm trying to inquire professors regarding whether they accept masters students for graduate research assistant and I'm having trouble phrasing the email. If anyone could take a look and provide ...
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How to ask current grad student in a lab for advice about getting a position in the lab?

There is this lab that I want to work for as a graduate research assistant (I'm a masters and hoping for research experience and funding) and before I email the PI, I thought of emailing the grad ...
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how much benefit is there of working as a predoctoral research assistant

I would like to do a PhD in a machine learning related topic and want to enhance my resume. I am considering looking for roles as volunteer research assistant and was wondering whether the experience ...
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Why do faculty members prefer students at their own institution for part time research positions?

I recently graduated with a bachelor's degree and have been looking for part-time research positions since I can't find a job. I have not heard back from any professors at institutions other than ...
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Are Graduate Fellowships or Research assistants in state university considered a government employees in US?

I am applying for a post which asks me you ever part of government entity like federal/state/local government entities including publicly funded universities. I was a research assistant with ...
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How to put a position you could not attend due to visa problems in CV?

I was offered a PhD position from university X with a research assistantship from company Y both in U.S., but I could not attend because my US visa application got refused. Now I am wondering if I can ...
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How should I email professors regarding online research during covid-19? [duplicate]

So I've been accepted into a masters program and there is this professor that I really want to get involved with hopefully as a research assistant. And since many if not most researches are being ...
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How common is it for universities to cover tuition and offer stipend for Master's students for RA/TA positions (USA)? [closed]

From my googling I found that only about 30% of the universities I looked at (in Computer Science) offer Research Assistant (RA)/Teaching Assistant (TA) positions to Master's students that cover ...
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Is It Common For People To Write Literature Reviews On A Topic For Someone Else?

I am working as a research assistant for a professor and I was hired to write a literature review on a rather broad topic that is well outside of my knowledge domain. I am concerned that i'll most ...
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will a lab feel deterred from hiring me if my undergrad thesis is in a different subfield?

i've interned at the same lab for two summers, and they highly encouraged me to apply for a research assistant position in the spring. however, i am concerned that they will not hire me based on my ...
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Confusion over choosing title/role while applying for a position

I am working as a project assistant in a lab in India. My role is similar to that of what a research assistant does in academia. But I'm not familiar with the use of the title 'project assistant' in ...
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How valuable are research assistant positions to an academic CV in the humanities?

A bit of background: I just completed my MA at a large Canadian university, and I will be starting my PhD in Sociology in the fall (at the same large Canadian university). Over the course of my 2-year ...
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As a master's student, will a GRA or GTA position provide a greater benefit for PhD applications? [closed]

I am a Master's student with goals to pursue a PhD. I am currently a graduate research assistant (GRA), but have been offered a GTA (graduate teaching assistant) position in Machine Learning. The ...
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Is it possible to ask about RA positions after being rejected by the same lab for a PhD?

I am currently looking at PhD programmes (mainly in the US) and have been advised to email potential PIs before I put in an application. I am afraid my profile isn't very competitive and my back up ...
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How can I email a professor to ask if I am still being considered for an RA?

So, I have applied to a Research Assistantship based Master's at a Canadian University. I have offers pending from other universities and would like to ask the professor if I am being considered. This ...
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Principal Investigator would not let me publish conference paper. What should i do?

So a little bit of background first. I work in research and while i am fairly new to the profession ( going to be 10 months soon ), i am nearing the completion of a Conference paper. This is my ...
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Is it a bad idea to take a research position unrelated to my desired area of research?

I'm currently trying to get an assistantship / funding for my masters degree and was recently given an offer from a professor I previously worked with. Although the position is in same department I ...
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Taking a break from industry and becoming an unpaid research assistant (or atleast getting involved in reserach at a school)

I am planning to take a break from industry (software) and want to work under a professor/lab on a research project for 3-6 months, computer science/computing related. I was wondering if people could ...
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Prospects for getting an assitantship | How do professors hire in Canada?

I have applied to one of the top engineering school in Canada: UoT, University of British Columbia & UWaterloo. I've interviewed a professor and he sent me his most recent research publications ...
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