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Questions tagged [supervision]

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

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'Virtual' postdoc (in math)

Assume that a given postdoctoral position does not require teaching/laboratory. Are there postdoc positions for someone who wishes to stay in his/her country and just be in touch with the post-doc ...
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What is more important in choosing a research advisor?

How would you weight each factor below on choosing an advisor? 1 - My interest in the advisor's research topic. 2 - How well he/she dedicates time and effort to guide me.
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Review website for research groups [closed]

I was wondering if there is a website that allows you to rate research groups/professors that you've worked for. I know about 'http://www.ratemyprofessors.com', but I was thinking about a website ...
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Order of authors in a paper

I have worked on few research labs and performed research as a master's student with PhD students and faced similar issues. It has been papers that I have contributed most of the work for that paper,...
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Is it in the best interest of supervisors that his/her students publish their research results in top journals?

I am a math PhD student in a foreign country. When finishing my papers, my advisor (who is a big name in the field) always proposes me to submit them to a journal. The problem is that so far none of ...
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Could I submit an abstract for a conference prior asking my supervisor permission about it?

I would like to submit an abstract for a poster presentation, I'm just worried that if I tell my supervisor before submitting, she might say I shouldn't do it, because she rarely wants me to be away ...
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Graduate advisors: what are some qualities that make a graduate student difficult to supervise? [closed]

I am asking this question to seek some perspectives from graduate advisors. My question is: what qualities of a student makes him or her difficult to supervise? It is all the more valuable if this ...
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Should I mention a professor's name in my SOP for MSc if the professor is only taking PhDs?

Some facts: I am applying for a Master's program in Computer Science at a university in US. My research interests exactly match with the professor's. I am applying to the university because of the ...
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Supervised a PhD to 90% of completion; take credit for 100%; what could go wrong?

Let's say you had a doctoral student who you were main supervisor for {~advisor) throughout their data collection and most of their write-up, but just before they finished they changed to another main ...
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Is it okay to change the research area of interest that I specified in my statement of intent after submitting an application for a PhD program?

I had submitted my application to the PhD program in Statistics, and in my statement of intent I specified that I would like to do a PhD research in Computational Biostatistics. I am in a Master's ...
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I have PhD degree in Mathematics. Can I get a research supervisor for another PhD?

I'm from Ethiopia, and I completed my PhD degree in mathematics three months ago. Now I'm working in one of Ethiopian universities as a mathematics teacher. Unfortunately, I'm not satisfied with my ...
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What to do when you hear many bad stories about your supervisor on the first day of your PhD?

Today was the first day of my PhD. It's a very prestigious institution and I was extremely excited to start. However, it seems there is a general feeling of discontentment with people in the group and ...
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How to request the supervisor email from a researcher

I am trying to contact a professor in another university in a different country for a potential collaboration. I only got the email that he uses on his papers, which he doesn't open as much because I ...
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What should I reply to graduate office?

I have applied for a PhD position with scholarship where the assessment is still going on(I will get the result on November). I have only applied in the projects where a bachelor degree is the minimum ...
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1.5 years later, how to make sure unprofessional behaviour by former mentor has consequences?

I was a post doc at a large US university for a year and after took another postdoc position in my home country. My mentor was a tenure track assistant professor. It pretty soon became clear that ...
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Possibility to supervise a student abroad?

I am a student interested in doing research in the field of (transcriptomics) that is lacking in my country. There is no possibility for me to travel in the next four years due to obligatory military ...
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Inadmissible theorems in research

One of my engineering friends told me how he once had to take a make-up calculus I exam due to being hospitalised and so self-studied a lot of the missed topics. For the make-up exam, he used L'...
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How to get an up to date PhD title in Cloud Computing Security? [closed]

I have got a PhD scholarship in Cloud Computing Security, and its about one year am doing research and literature review in that field. However, I haven't reached any point to start with, I'm a little ...
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Are problems in PhD science labs not present in math phd research?

I must say that I am shocked at the number of questions on this site that reads like the following, "my advisor has stopped funding me" "my advisor has been completely ignoring my emails" "my ...
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Dealing with potentially bad response from supervisor upon leaving with MSc for different PhD program

To keep it brief, I am thinking heavily about leaving my current PhD program with a MSc after 4 years to embark on a PhD in a field I am more interested in, as I have grown to dislike my current field....
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Supervisor complaining about research work is slow and not doing anything properly. Is it possible to continue with him for long?

I am about to finish my first year of MS leading to Ph.D. Our team works on cable Robotics. At first, when I joined prof asked me to do a computer vision problem of tracking. I spent 5 months to do ...
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How to approach potential supervisors who have already expressed an interest in supervising me after submitting my grad application?

I am interested in a grad program at a Canadian university and alike US grad schools, this department requires me to submit a formal application first to be reviewed by the Grad Committee, get ...
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Is “How good am I?” a reasonable question to ask a supervisor?

I have recently completed my undergraduate degree, in mathematics. As part of the final year, we had to complete a "project", which was effectively a 40-page (ish) dissertation on a topic of our ...
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Changing supervisor before starting the PhD - not selected

I approached a supervisor about a PhD application. At this university, you must have two supervisors, so after a meeting, he invited the other "supervisor" to discuss the topic. Honestly, this new ...
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My professor cancelled research for the summer, unsure what to do

Around halfway through my spring semester (around April), I met up with my CS professor for research opportunities and he said he'd be happy to take me on for a project. He sent me papers to read over ...
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How do I tell the professor that I am burnt out and I want to move on

I am a first year CSE grad student. I have been working with a professor for more than half a year now. The topic looks like a deadend and I do not know how to tell him the same. Ironically, he is a ...
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Ethics in putting my co-supervisor's name in a conference talk: his name did not appear in the book of abstracts

I am a PhD student who gave a talk in a conference three weeks ago. The conference had this condition that only three names will appear in their "synthetic program" with the speaker's name as the ...
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Supervisor appears to have a different scientific attitude

I'm a first year PhD student in the life sciences. So far, my PhD has been going well. I meet my supervisor regularly and he is interested in the project and generally supportive. A couple of months ...
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How to address in-group bullying without compromising PhD/career?

I've been bullied by my supervisor and other members of my research group for the past couple of years. Some of the things which have indicated bullying include snide remarks being made during group ...
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Supervisor does not give a research project

I am a graduate student in pure Mathematics. My supervisor gave me an idea to work on, and in 6-9 months I found enough stuff to write 3 papers. After I did that, I was eager to work on some new idea, ...
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What should I do if my advisor urges me to do a project that I have no interest or faith in?

About a year ago when I was a first-year graduate student, my advisor wanted me to follow up on a project left behind by an honors student. I agreed because, at that time, I thought the topic was ...
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While showing my work to my supervisor, an adult website appeared. Am I in trouble?

I will try to make this brief. I am a student at a prominent university in the UK, and while I was showing my thesis work, a website, to my supervisor, the website crashed. Then I was asked to close ...
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Hot and timely research problem with a slow student

I am a postdoc and currently co-supervising a novel PhD student who works very very slow and needs to be spoon-fed most of the time (which is reasonable considering she's in early stages of her PhD). ...
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Advisor and co-advisor of PhD with different areas of research

I did my graduate studies in Mathematics at two completely different universities, A and B, from my country. During my studies from university A, I had a very good professor X in theoretical ...
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co-supervised PhD, dis-similar research

For co-supervised PhD in USA, I am wondering if it is possible to have two supervisor in two un-related field. (For instance, telecommunication, and database). These two fields are about 90 degree ...
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How to deal with unnecessary stress introduced by the supervisor?

I am doing my PhD in a high prestige UK university. I am finishing my second year and I have funding for three years in total. I have already two papers finished (pending to be published) and ...
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My potential future PhD supervisor ask me to peer review a paper

I have been working for two years after my Master and I am now looking for a PhD. I got a PhD offer from one university, met the person who would supervise me and told them I am very interested, while ...
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Can a supervisor share the research reports of his/her PhD student?

In responses to the answers given to this question, I asked a question. From the answer to my question, I think the problem is rooted in different interpretations of the original question. Since I ...
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How to read a research paper at faster rate?

I am a PhD Student works in computer science. I am currently in the middle stage of my PhD. I am facing a serious problem right now. It is about reading a research paper at a faster rate. I usually ...
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Does recording video of a scientific presentation violate the privacy of a PhD student?

The answers to this popular question were somewhat controversial, but many including @dan-romik whose answer was highly upvoted mentioned that recording a video is a violation of personal privacy and ...
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Incompetent student

I am a PhD candidate and I have recently received an undergraduate (Bachelor degree student) to work for a short duration. For purpose of discussion, the work is mainly mathematical in this project. ...
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Dealing with a PhD student reneging on an agreement to appear in social media

Inspired by this question, I have a similar but somehow different problem. I recently assumed a tenure-track position. One of my strategies for a visible start is to have a strong presence in social ...
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As a new PhD supervisor, how should I deal with taking a student to a wrong direction?

I am a postdoc who was supposed to co-supervise a PhD student along with another academic who invited me for that. However, I ended up fully supervising the student after the supervisor became too ...
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If my supervisor sugests a very specific addition to something, can I use it verbatim?

Say you send a document, it could be a report, or a literature review, or a draft paper, to your supervisor. They write back something along the lines of; Yes, looks good. You need to define the ...
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My supervisor avoiding me — what to do?

I'm doing a masters. My thesis supervisor made our relationship a bit more personal and friendly: added me on Facebook, invited me for couple of dinners and we used to hangout sometimes and talk on ...
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Can the supervisor ask a student to add them in an acknowledgment without any useful feedback

I am a PhD student. At the beginning of my study, my supervisor told me that they are able to help me with my topic. However, later I found that they cannot even understand what is my topic. They ...
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Chasing up response to PhD offer

I'm asking this from the perspective of the future supervisor. After a round of interviews I approached the highest ranked candidate. My error was not including a deadline in the initial email. Now ...
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I want to switch PhD programme [closed]

I started a PhD programme 6 months ago. During the selection process you were asked which areas would u like to work in. My studies specialization is in microbiology and molecular biology, I clearly ...
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How to ask a professor to supervise my undergraduate thesis research?

I am second year CompSci student in Europe and in a short while I'll have to start my undergraduate thesis research. The domain I want to research is cloud computing. One of my lecture professors ...
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What should I do if someone submit a review of a manuscript in journal system sooner than I know and I already prepared a detailed review?

I am a Ph.D. student. My supervisor frequently tells me if you want to do a review for journals, login into my account and perform the review. He never reviews any paper. He is very lazy and I have to ...