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Questions relating to academic supervision, which is broadly defined as the supervisory relationship between advisors and their students.

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Pros and cons of doing PhD in a research group with a high number of post-docs?

What are the pros and cons of doing PhD in an experimental/theoretical research group with a high number of post-docs? For example, if there are a lot of post-docs, this means that the group is doing ...
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How should I know if my supervisor is deliberately ignoring my emails or he is simply bad in responding?

I am a Ph.D. student in the third year, and I am working on my dissertation with two supervisors since my thesis is interdisciplinary. I recently noticed that my 2nd supervisor has not responded to my ...
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Accepting An Academic Gift From Supervisor

I have developed a good working relationship with my supervisor and I have expressed my interest in wanting to pursue a PhD in the field that I am working in for my masters degree. I have expressed ...
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Delay master's thesis: Appropriate to mention personal reason?

I'm at a European university, where I'm currently writing my thesis to finish a master's degree. The deadline is in a bit over a month. Due to a serious family issue, I have not been able to work much,...
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How should I approach a professor whose class I'm taking for advice regarding a project I'm working on?

I'm currently working on a machine learning research project. I'm also taking a geometry class in the mathematics department because I believe it would help me out. The most interaction I've had with ...
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Evaluating potential supervisors on the basis of past graduate student results

I am lucky CS senior undergrad who has received offers from a number of good departments in the USA. I am currently going through the usual factors for evaluating departments and supervisors. In the ...
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Applying for a postdoc. Should I mention that I completed my PhD with no supervision?

I'm hopefully in the last half a year or so of my Ph.D. in a subfield of mathematics/theoretical physics and am considering applying for a postdoc within the next three months. My supervisor works (...
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Involved in potential friction in department over a postgraduate seminar I co-organised - should I worry?

I am a second year PhD student at a UK university. Halfway through my first year, I voluntarily took over the organisational duties of a monthly, school-wide postgraduate seminar, along with two other ...
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How open should I be with my PhD supervisor about the problems in my personal life?

My marriage has been going through some problems in the last year which has affected my PhD. My supervisor has been very understanding and was keen for me not to interrupt and granted me a two month ...
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Changing MSc supervisor late in the game

I am considering asking another professor to be my thesis advisor. My situation differs from that of other question-askers in that: I am in a position where I have done enough research to write my ...
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How would you ask your professor to be your supervisor?

I am currently a graduate student. I've completed all the exams and I am currently looking for a supervisor for my master's dissertation. Few months ago I surveyed the professor I would like to have ...
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Situations where changes in advisor/lab interests makes you feel lost

I'm currently enrolled in an MS/PhD integrated program in a school in Korea. I was originally planning to study in the US, but I wasn't confident that I'd get funding and the lab/advisor that I'd met ...
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What is limit for the number of students for one supervisor in India?

How many number of students can be supervised by a supervisor in India? Is there a limit imposed by the government of India?
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How to self-advocate after rotation rejection?

I am a first year PhD student. I just finished my first rotation lab and absolutely loved it. I met with my PI every week, and I never felt like she had a problem with me. Though I never had a frank ...
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PhD supervisor wants me to quit after break

I have been studying for a PhD and unfortunately had been suffering from depression during the first year and on medication, so I didn't make much progress at all. My supervisor seemed understanding, ...
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Should I agree to my supervisor's request to place him as first author of my paper?

I published 3 papers as first author. Now, my supervisor requested me to place him as first author in my 4th paper. Should I agree to my supervisor's request to place him as first author of my paper? ...
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Advice on what to do about academic situation that ended badly?

‪(Content warning - some people may find this post distressing due to discussions of mental health and self-harm. Hello academic community - I could use some advice! I’m a 1st year PhD student, and I ...
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Can a postdoc change his/her supervisor in Sweden?

In Sweden, a PhD student can change its supervisor according to the higher education rules and regulations. They actually have quite a lot of rights during their studies. I wanted to know if this is ...
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Communication with a student pursuing the bachelor's thesis

As a part-time lecturer, this is the first time that I have been assigned to drive a bachelor's thesis. I try to convey to them my interest in their project. And, I also recommend them to be in ...
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Rejected an offer and then became interested (a bad decision I made)

Three months ago, a professor has offered to me a research position at his university with high salary, and I rejected it because I wanted to join a master's program. Unfortunately, I made a bad ...
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Research supervisor gives me no freedom— controls all aspects of my research. Feel like a research secretary. Is this normal in academia?

I'm currently working in a computational research lab where my supervisor just hands tasks to me to do that will help him with his papers but I don't get any input in the creative process whatsoever. ...
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Mental Health in Academia [closed]

It has been one year that I am in this lab. The lab publishes great and my supervisor is also very famous. The problems are that my supervisor is hardly there in the lab and out for talks/lectures. I ...
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Asking my supervisor to be frank and give feedback [closed]

I am doing my PhD in the Britain and I've got a lovely supervisor which is like a friend for me. I want to ask her to give me direct feedback and tell me directly if I am doing bullshit or about any ...
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Am I being exploited by my supervisor?

It has been 4.5 years since I joined as a PhD student. My supervisor asks me to draft almost all of his important emails. He will begin by briefing me the issue, and ask me to draft the email in a ...
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PhD supervisor will not read draft

I just wanted to get some input from the community about an issue I have run into with my main PhD supervisor. I started my PhD about two years ago (hard science field), and about six months ago I ...
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Potential Collaborators insisting on Joining Supervision Panel

TLDR: Researchers wanting to join supervisory team instead of collaborating, why? I have started my PhD for awhile now and I am gearing up for my confirmation presentation (research proposal defence)....
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What do you think of the reply and do you think he is interested in me and my application?

Recently i have been applying to various Ph.D. programs and i have approached many professors as my potential supervisors and among those, i applied to Harvard and this is what the Director of the ...
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MA Supervisor who arrogant and unhelpful

I need to start with the fact that the MA I'm enrolled in is overseas, so i have a very restricted visa and moved my family here to get this degree. I have a previous MA in a different subject and am ...
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How to work with a student who has a tendency to overcomplicate things? [closed]

I am supervising a senior reading course. As I cannot give a name to a problem I am having with one of the students, I will give an example. We are reading a paper, and he was not making progress. He ...
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PhD supervision in the Netherlands: what ranks can supervise?

I've heard word that in the Netherlands only a professor/hoogleraar can supervise PhD students but I've found little to solidly confirm this. I've also heard that in practice, other arrangements are ...
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How can I make the most of this opportunity? Any suggestions for a 2nd/3rd year student interested in research? [closed]

I am currently a student about to come towards the end of my 2nd year at University. I had a great professor at the start of the year, and I was interested in trying something outside of traditional ...
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Can i be a corresponding author? [closed]

I am a PhD student now and i am willing to publish my masters degree research work, but the supervisor is refusing to publish for many reasons concerned him not the quality of my research. There is ...
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How to supervise an undergraduate reading a paper for the first time?

I am helping supervise a senior student who is reading a scientific research paper for the first time. The goal is to understand a portion of this paper and write an essay presenting the background, ...
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Questions Regarding a Senior Project [closed]

I’m currently supervising an undergraduate senior project in the Department of Physics. I’m responsible for supervising a last year physics student who will be graduating by the end of June. As a new ...
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Old supervisor not responding to email for reference [duplicate]

I have worked with my old advisor for 1+ year to produce my senior thesis. I'd say that our relationship was good when I left to do my masters (and he did write me a reference the first time around). ...
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What's the difference between Advisor and Mentor?

In a lot of Curriculum of undergraduate and graduate researchers I see they list their research experiences using Advisor and Mentor too, to describe that people who guide them in the research. So, ...
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How to get through with an unsupporting supervisor?

My supervisor does not have time to neither read my report nor give me feedback. The topic I am working on is totally new and my supervisor does not know about that. There is another guy in my group ...
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Co-supervisor comes to the office to help her students, which distracts me

My co-supervisor (2nd supervisor) comes to the office where I work to help her (main) Ph.D. students. The noise distracts my work. I find it unprecedented. Why not help her students in her own private ...
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Will quitting PhD after six months affect my ability to get another?

I've been at my current PhD for six months but in that time have only had 3 meetings with my supervisor, the last of which was over 2 months ago. Worse than that, I've tried enquiring about our next ...
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Are professors obligated to accept supervisory role? If not, how does it work?

Firstly, I am not specifically talking about PhD supervision. I think that's less relevant for my question since a PhD supervision is usually a mutually beneficial arrangement, as the professor gains ...
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Can a promising graduate turn into a crank? How should their advisor react?

I have noticed from time to time that some PhD students at good, sometimes top, universities (who must have shown promise at some point) start to act as if they're gone a bit crankish. Say, they ...
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It seems that almost all succesfull academics have had distinguished advisors. Is it really true that pedigree defines success?

In his manuscript "The making of a scientist" [1], Hans Krebs highlighted the fact that great scientists are moulded for success by their renowned grad school advisors. Additionally, he talks about ...
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Effective procedures to e-mail a prospective post doc PI for the first time? [duplicate]

I have submitted my PhD thesis in Electronics from the University of Calcutta, India, and am expecting to get my degree within six months. I have published three journal articles, two in Journal of ...
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(Canada) How likely/unlikely is it to get accepted to a direct entry PhD program? [closed]

I am now torn apart between leaving Canada to do a masters program in a foreign country, which will put a huge financial burden on me, I don't even know if I can afford it, and I would also become ...
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Discussing work with supervisor in an invited dinner with his family

I am a grad student. I have been away for an internship in another city. My professor came to meet me at the weekend and he invited me to dinner. I did not have any time to prepare and I did not bring ...
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Should getting no response in this timespan be understood as a no? What should I do in this situation?

I am starting my Ph.D. and am interested in a specific field of research which seems quite promising for the next years. Now, my masters supervisor does not work in this field, nor anyone in the ...
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Can I present myself as a postdoc at a given institution if I have a supervisor, but no official appointment there?

I have already finished my PhD at X university. I am now a postdoc at Y university and in collaboration with X university (by "in collaboration with X" I mean that I actually have two supervisors: one ...
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How to get on my PhD supervisor's case without becoming a nuisance?

So my PhD supervisor is very senior in the university. This has its advantages but unfortunately this also means he's very busy most of the time, especially now that it's summer and he's been away on ...
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Well-acquainted professor does not respond when I share my work?

I'm a master student in statistics. I took this professor's class, in which I've done very well. I have discussed with him about my research project a few times while taking the class, although he is ...
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How much would an outside second Ph.D. supervisor get paid in the U.S.?

I have been asked to consider being a second supervisor on a Ph.D. project for a doctoral candidate at a U.S. university. As I am in the Netherlands, this does not fall under my normal employment. ...

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