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Can I publish a paper with a group that is different than the one I start with?

I am an undergraduate who did research at my university a little while back. It was funded by a non-profit research organization, and I was paid with this money, through the university. I worked alone,...
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I think my degree isn’t great. What to do?

I'm a full time employee (20 years), adjunct instructor (10 years), and student (off and on, currently on and about done with a 4-year degree) all at the same institution. I've been programming for ...
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Would it be arrogant for me to offer my professor material on the module they teach?

I am a first year CS undergraduate taking a module on differential equations. For part of this module I did a personal project on the motion of simple harmonic systems (damped and undamped) which I ...
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Would showing up only for tests be frowned upon by most professors? [closed]

Because of a personal situation, I'm currently unable to attend most lectures (lately none) of a particular math class. However, I have a friend in my section who keeps me updated with the material ...
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How to reduce the distance between academics and students? [closed]

While this may appear a quite open-ended question I think it is quite pertinent for a large number of subjects. Considering undergraduate classes, particularly for students who are coming straight ...
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What are strategies for handling multiple students visiting office hours?

Context: I am an assistant professor of mathematics at a small liberal arts college in the US. I hold a scheduled office hour every weekday, plus additional hours near exams. Office hours are a ...
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Can a university provide information about a student's activities?

In the United States, if anyone, be it a relative, a colleague, potential employer, or colleague, requests to the pertinent department, in the university I study/ied in, certain information about ...
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What are the biggest differences transitioning from undergrad to grad school?

I was recently accepted into a graduate biophysics program and have a couple questions about what I should expect going into my first semester. While I'm going into a physics PhD, I'd like general ...
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What could be the possible consequence if a professor knows about a student's review?

Suppose, a student left a negative comment about a professor in the university's confidential review page. Somehow the professor guesses who the student was. What can the student do if the professor ...
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Increasing the chance of being accepted by keeping a Ph.D. Co-Author

As a final year student (B.Sc.) I wrote a paper, but didn't keep my supervisor as co-author since he hadn't contributed at all (in research and paper-writing). I am about to submit my paper to a ...
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What to do if a student claims to have turned in the homework but I could not find it?

I am teaching a course in a college and assignment homework on a regular basis. Usually I collect all homework in the class and later my student secretary grades all the homework and return them to ...
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How to get in situ anonymous global evaluation from students about the works of their peers

My undergraduate students are going to present their group works to the whole class. I would like that their companions globally and anonymously evaluate them, so that each team can in situ get a ...
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How to improve student seminar presentations and seminar papers

During the last semester my supervisor Prof. X held a seminar for bachelor and master students (mostly computer scientists). According to the study regulations the students have to give scientific ...
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How to react when encountering students who have previously failed my course?

Context: I am an assistant professor of mathematics at a small liberal-arts college in the US. I did my graduate work at a large public university, and there I rarely encountered students who had ...
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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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What is the best methodology to select a major? (Diploma and academic courses)

Alright this question needs a little more context. This is not about me but I will define the situation as if it were for myself, so feel free to ask me directly for clarifications. I'm a German ...
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The meaning of “paper” in the context of undergraduate students

The word "paper" on this site seems to be extensively used to refer to serious scientific publications/articles by PhD students and other researchers. Now I am coming across its use by students ...
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My mentor during my master's degree was a PhD student. Does this lower my chances to get a PhD position in good universities?

My master's mentor was a PhD student in my university. I had an interview in a Dutch University for a PhD position, and the committee made me feel weird about my former mentor being a PhD student. ...
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Is it discrimination to hold someone from a minority or underprivileged background to the same academic standard as regular students? [closed]

Suppose a graduate student is found to be noticeably or even significantly behind in overall academic and research competence. For example, they may have significantly weaker language and ...
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Appropriate way to discuss genetic conditions in a large lecture?

I want to cover the topic of achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, in a large introductory biology lecture. How can I discuss it in an appropriately sensitive way, one that respects people ...
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How to deal with class partner who always wants to answer professor's question?

I have just started master's in math. There is a class with a very "powerful" (great researcher) professor and I'm taking it. However, there is a classmate of mine who, every time the professor asks a ...
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What to do if bullied by students?

I've recently been the subject of bullying by a group of students. I taught a difficult module alongside another module, which was taught by somebody else. The other module was much easier and offered ...
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How to create incentive for students to take surveys?

I started to do questionnaires and surveys to assess my teaching methods and the learning gain of my students. How to convince the students to participate in these surveys? Is it OK to give small ...
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Is it ethical to do paid literature searches of research journals for other students?

Is it unethical to research journals for other students? For example, a student is researching gifted students and their subsequent ACT/SAT scores. Then: Would it be unethical for me to research ...
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Best practices when allowing exam cheat sheets

Context: I am an assistant professor of mathematics at a small liberal-arts college in the US. I am currently teaching an applied mathematics course for about thirty students with business-related ...
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How should I go about publishing a manuscript in which my mentor does not actively support my best interests?

I am at a loss of what to do. I had started working on this project, a systematic review and meta-analysis back in undergrad. I was a senior. Long story short, for a while my manuscript was going well....
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Should I ask to meet graduate students during a TT job interview?

I'm about to start interviewing for tenure-track computer science positions in the US. I've read various bits of advice online [1,2,3] about meeting with graduate students in the department I am ...
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Should I notify students that I've interacted with after getting sick, by email?

I saw a bunch of students today during my office hours (~15-20 out of a class of 96). Then around noon I went downhill quick, and now I'm sporting a fever over 100 F. I don't know necessarily what I ...
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Not including student who contributed very little as coauthor of paper

I am a researcher in condensed-matter physics, and I recently started a research project with another professor, for which I hired a student for a six-month undergraduate internship. The student was ...
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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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Should I do a group project on my own? If so, how?

Recently in one of my courses I have been assigned a task to be done in small groups (of 3 people). It turns out not to be too long (especially with some previous knowledge that I had), so over the ...
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Would it be appropriate to ask depressed brother's professor to reach out to brother?

My brother is severely depressed and has absolutely minimal support, in any form, from my family. He's a very bright guy with no direction and no resources at home. After graduating from high school, ...
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How do I ask my teacher for his honest opinion about my capabilities

I just ended my internship on bad terms. Both the company and my teachers think that my programming skills are insufficient for a passing grade. We decided to end the internship as continuing would be ...
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How to approach a student with bad hygiene?

I teach engineering at a community college in the US. I currently have a student with very poor hygiene. He stinks pretty badly, has obviously greasy hair, doesn’t change his clothes frequently, and I ...
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Waiver for conference registration fee

Usually there are some ACM/IEEE conferences which takes registration fee around 350 to 550 US dollar. For a student, it might not be possible to deposit such amount of money. Under this circumstance,...
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Words to avoid when talking to a blind student

I am currently supervising a visually impaired student. I noticed that quite often I use phrases such as "from X, we can see that Y" or ask the student to "read paper X" or "you need to look at your ...
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Can a professor ask for money directly from students to print out handouts for class?

I'm currently taking a class that doesn't have a required textbook, which is why I took it. My professor is now saying that due to her scanning and printing out handouts for use we are each required ...
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Should I ask my students to contribute in preparation of the manuscripts?

As a part of my PhD. I supervise master and bachelor thesis. Even though, I get extremely smart students I find that they are having troubles in writing up their research as articles. Often I end up ...
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Should I scold the act of cheating before an exam?

Usually when I'm applying an exam on my students, right before giving them the questions sheet, I tell them not to cheat. I usually warn them that I will not be inspecting their every move, but I will ...
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How should feedback be given for “silly mistakes” on an exam

I am a TA currently grading a set of 80 midterms for an engineering math course for fourth-year engineer undergrads. The test had four questions, each question had around four parts. Of course, ...
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Friendship with Professor okay?

My professor and I walk to and from for every class I have with her, I am a female senior student and my professor is in her 30's. I've gotten to know her really well, we even had a random dinner ...
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What are strategies for minimizing student questions during exams?

Context: I am an assistant professor of mathematics at a small liberal arts college in the US. I generally find student questions during tests and quizzes to be somewhat annoying. I disliked them ...
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How to supervise a bad PhD student

I am a postdoc helping in the supervision of a PhD student who is finishing his 2nd year now. This is in Europe, meaning the student came in with a MSc degree and these 2 years have been of research. "...
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Am I obliged to answer student queries that can readily be answered by reading the syllabus? [closed]

I maintain an email group for my class where the reading list and other course materials are made available to the students. Despite sharing all relevant information with them, I still have students ...
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Is it an offence to ask a professor to share a soft copy of his recent book with me for my semester?

My professor (say Mr. X), a theoretical physicist, is in charge of a course on Math Physics in the undergrads. He had co-authored a book on Statistical Mechanics but he never mentioned anything about ...
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How to deal with arrogant e-mail of a student

I have sent the solutions of some assignments to the students of my class. One of my students sent me a message that reads as follows (not greeting or anything, no closing, just the following): ...
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What to do about a student who missed multiple assignments and claims illness?

I am the professor in charge of a first-year course for undergraduates. Recently, I received an e-mail from a student, the general meaning of which is the following: Dear professor, I am sorry ...
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Student number indicates when you started – what to do about the ensuing prejudice?

I come from a university where the first two digits of your student number represents when you started in the university. As such people often use this to judge age, whether the person is repeating or ...
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First time preparing and teaching a course

I am a PhD student and I have been given the opportunity to teach a course over a three weeks period (2h per day, 30h in total) at an institution overseas. I feel competent in the field of the course ...
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Etiquette with regard to email read reciepts

Context: I am an assistant professor working at a small liberal arts college in the United States. Like many institutions, mine uses Microsoft Outlook. On occasion, I will receive emails requesting ...