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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Transfer to different CDT within same University

I am based in the UK (England, more precisely). I am part of a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) - between University A and B. Since I am an international student, I didn't receive EPSRC funding for ...
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New small result vs. Old big result for MSc thesis?

I have recently started supervising MSc students in Statistics and I noticed a trend: students who produce a NEW small result are often more challenged by reviewers/markers of their dissertation than ...
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Is it inappropriate to ask to work with a professor at a phd program I was rejected from?

I have opened dialogue with him before and he said he would tell the admission committee about our contact. I have not been rejected yet, but I would really like to work with him (payment does not ...
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As an inexperienced thesis supervisor, how can you guarantee fair grading?

Being a PhD student, I just finished supervising my first masters thesis. Now I have to assess and grade it. While I have a grading template provided by the university (listing the different aspects ...
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My PhD supervisor doesn't want to add his name on a paper

Here are the details: I'm a Ph.D. student in mathematics. A year ago, my supervisor ask me to try to generalize some results, saying that this "question" is given by one of the famous ...
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Should I inform my previous supervisor of my paper published?

I was taking a PHD research in engineering at a university and used an advanced method to obtain the results. But my supervisor didn’t accept my results and paper manuscripts. I then used another ...
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Meaning of "cosupervisor"

I graduated under the supervision of two professors, one of whom acted as main supervisor. To indicate this, I wrote the following sentence: "I graduated under the supervision of Prof. A and the ...
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How to stop feeling you aren’t good enough? [duplicate]

Is it normal to be put down in your first year of a PhD? I won't lie, there's been a massive learning curve for me this year to get used to how things are done at this level. Even simple things like ...
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How to ask for a recommendation letter from your current professor without ruining your chances to extend your contract?

I am currently a postdoc in a research group and I would like to move to another group and leave the current one. I would like to ask my current PI for a recommendation letter since another PI is ...
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Is it polite to ask to be the corresponding author in a paper that I contributed the most?

I wrote a paper and have done the majority of the work, including the idea generation, research, and the writing. I am coauthoring with my advisors and a few other researchers. In the paper the ...
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Potential supervisor didn't reply to my email, can I still show my interest on my SAP?

I am an undergraduate student applying to graduate schools. I tried to get in touch with a potential Ph.D. supervisor (in Electrical Engineering) but haven't heard back from him. In my application ...
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How to reapply for another PhD program after quitting existing PhD?

I am in 4 semester of my PhD program. The moment I joined the XYZ University, I was not that much happy with the lab, supervision, system, environment. Then, the pandemic happened. On and off I tried ...
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How to name introductory statement for a research paper?

I have written a research paper and was told that I should include a preamble at the start explaining who had the idea for the project, who my supervisor was and the name of the company. My question ...
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Is it a good idea to ask my postdoctoral mentor for a recommendation letter when they have extended my contract yet do not seem impressed by me?

I am a postdoctoral fellow, working in a rather prestigious institute in Asia, for about a year. To be frank, I was rather surprised to get a position here, as many people here have spent at least ...
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Is it OK to have side projects during grad school and how can I get on?

I think the title is pretty self-explanatory. I am very happy with my current research topic but I would like to have some side research. Is it OK? And in case it is, how do people get those projects?
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I need to write papers and publish but my supervisor wants me to do lab duties

I am doing my PhD since 2019 in the subject of molecular biology. I am at the end stage of my PhD. Despite the harsh beginning, I put really a lot of effort to become very good in laboratory work and ...
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How can I overcome the setbacks of a negligent supervisor after earning a PhD degree?

I'm legitimately looking for advice and to try to take control of my life and my job prospects post-graduation, but also feel that I can't portray the challenge of my situation honestly without ...
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How might one find students interested in working on research projects remotely? [closed]

Often graduate students work with professors within their local University on research projects. However, I am aware of a few institutions that allow (or actually require) students to seek outside ...
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What is the best way to find research groups in my field?

I seek to find research groups in my field, start a dialogue with potential supervisors, and apply for available positions. In other words, I want to check research groups' web pages mainly, not just ...
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Feeling lost as a PhD student

I'm a first year PhD student in theoretical physics. My problem isn't strictly due to imposter syndrome, but rather not knowing how I should be spending my time. My supervisor has only given me some ...
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What is expected in a collaboration from a host supervisor?

Say a student X is a visiting research student under Prof Y, where Y is not the full-time supervisor of X. Student X will be working with Y for 3-months under an international research exchange ...
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No publication after doing a postdoc

I am currently a postdoc at one of Europe's universities. I have a grant that covers my postdoc position (1.5 years) and it's coming to an end soon. I have been working with one member of the research ...
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Is it unethical for a supervisor to delay feedback on papers?

We are in a moderate sized group (approx. 10 PhD and 4 postdocs) with a single professor as everyone's supervisor, who is well respected in our field. In our field it is normal that the supervisor is ...
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Contacting external reviewer (post-review) to discuss issues with my supervisor

A few months ago I passed my first Ph.D. review: I got interviewed by an external reviewer on things I produced during my first year. My supervisor was present during this virtual meeting. Through his ...
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What benefits do faculty members get by supervising PhD students?

What benefits do faculty members get by supervising PhD students? What happens if a faculty member with many years of experience has never supervised a PhD student, but has supervised many masters and ...
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How should a secondary supervisor take an active, responsible role in student supervision?

In practice most of cases of joint supervision I have observed fall under one of the following categories: Secondary* supervisor attends occasional joint meetings and may read drafts of manuscripts ...
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Should grad students accept yelling by supervisors? [closed]

In my opinion, yelling and disrespecting should not be the case between supervisor(s) and their grad students regardless of how well or poor the student is doing. Supervisors are usually holding the ...
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Is it a good practice to discuss about my research topic or supervisor's name with others?

I am doing my final year research under my supervisor for my Master's degree. I also wanted to do a short project to utilize my summer vacation. So, I approached a professor who was teaching a ...
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Hitting a plateau in my PhD research: what to do?

3rd year in my PhD (AI in Healthcare field) , i read a lot and experienced different methods to come up with some novality or improve any older method results, with no luck. not sure what to do now. i ...
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Unable to find a PhD advisor: Questions about leaving the program and other options

UPDATE: Lost funding and leaving the program. I continued my search and tried to establish contact with around 10 faculty of interest. Most did not even reply to my emails. Contacted gradutate ...
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How can I work with PhD supervisor/colleagues who insist on using their own timeline?

I'm a PhD-student in (hopefully) my final year of my thesis, but there are still some open tasks before handing in. Since funding has already run out some time ago, I am trying to wrap up everything ...
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PhD Supervisor not answering any emails

I am an accepted PhD student with funding and thesis based supervised by a professor. For 2 weeks my supervisor has not answered emails I have sent and I have sent the same one 3 times in the last 2 ...
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Should I include a supervisor as a co-author of an R package?

I am a postdoc in finance and I have just developed an R package on my own as part of a research paper with three co-authors. At the moment, we have a methodological paper in review and I would like ...
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PhD Recommendation Letter from Bachelor Supervisor

I am currently doing my Master in physics in the University X. Previously, I did my Bachelor in the University Y. I am applying for a PhD positions that requires two recommendation letters. The ...
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Is asking my mentor, the post-interview opinion about my recruitment, unethical?

I recently attended an interview in which my supervisor is a panel mate. After the interview, I met my mentor and asked whether I performed well and her opinion about the interview happened. She (my ...
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Is it normal to not care about the current literature?

I am currently working on a research project with my PhD supervisor. The focus of this project is a sub-field that my supervisor has not previously published in and one that I am not familiar with. ...
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Is there a distinction in a thesis between a background section and a literature review? [duplicate]

I wounder to know the difference between the background and literature review chapter in the Master Thesis.
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How to be honest with my second option for a project?

I will try to briefly summarize my dilemma. I'm a master's student and we have the option to do "Guided Research", which is a module worth some credit points and requires us to conduct ...
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How to supervise and support a smart but rebellious student?

Last term I was supervising a very good student for his B.Sc. graduation project. Upon his request, I suggested the topic and gave a clear reading list, tasks, and a roadmap for the entire project. I ...
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Is supervisor bound to clarify the technical queries of a Ph.D. researcher?

Summary: are PhD advisers obligated to help with technical questions / tasks that PhD student is trying to solve? This question arose due to my confusion regarding the role of a Ph.D. supervisor. I ...
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Do reading projects get any recognition?

Background: I'm an undergrad math major, starting my third year of college soon. This summer, I worked on a reading project (some graduate-level math topics) under the guidance of a professor from a ...
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How is the PhD system in Turkey?

I met someone who graduated from Firat University in Turkey, and claimed to have published 60 journal articles in his 3 years of PhD studies (2015-2018). Although I haven't studied in Turkey or Asia(...
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How to get feedback from my supervisor about me

I'm a first year PhD student in mathematics. One day I was having some conversation with my supervisor and we got to a point where he casually mentioned about his other students and said that one of ...
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Is there the risk of repercussions after making a formal complaint?

If I make a formal complaint against my PhD supervisor, where I have evidence of them failing to comply with university policy in Australia, is it reasonable to be afraid that they could essentially ...
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Informing advisors on a tangential sole-authored paper

Over the last year, I conducted research under two professors A and B on two topics A and B. In the last few months, I have come up with an idea that uses concepts from topic A to present a solution ...
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Queen bee syndrome in academia

The queen bee syndrome was first defined by social psychologists in the 70s, describing a behaviour of women in advanced positions in traditionally male-dominated areas that in part means that they ...
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Work experience certificate (Arbeitszeugnis) - Student Assistant (Wissenschaftliche Hilfskrafte)

I worked as a Student Assistant (Wissenschaftliche Hilfskrafte) for two years (19 hrs/week) at an institute of a reputed German University. I have received a work experience certificate (Arbeitzeugnis)...
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My supervisor often forwards me predatory submission invitations, how can I react appropriately?

My supervisor (a professor and head of a research institute) is otherwise very competent, accomplished and a well respected and renowned expert in his field. Yet, he keeps on forwarding me emails with ...
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Why are professors from some universities willing to supervise employees in industry?

I find that many professors are to some extent supervising employees in the industry. They are helping the industry guys publish papers or solve difficult problems. I don't know what motivates them to ...
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Approaching a teacher outside institution for MS thesis guide

My institution allows me to pursue MS Thesis with a teacher from any other institute, I have interest in a topic and want to do my thesis in that. There are many researchers in different institutes ...

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