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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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

I am an international PhD student at a top 50 computer science department in the United States. Due to COVID, I had to start in Spring which was a tough time for everyone. So I thought that the ...
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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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Being a reserch student of some professor that I am not officially a student at their university

I am very much interested in some specific subject in mathematics that there is no professor in the whole country of my residency working or knowing about that subject. I am a first year masters ...
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Regret after not being able to solve a problem that my supervisor did easily

I'm a first year PhD student and I was asked to think about a problem last week and I tried to work out some examples, did some computations, but I wasn't successful. Basically, I didn't really make ...
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Can I ask a professor from another institution about getting involved in their research (undergrad CS)? [duplicate]

I am going to be a senior next year and was hoping to get involved with research for my capstone. The professor I was planning on asking to advise me had been one of my favorite professors and seemed ...
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Asking my supervisor a potentially dumb question [duplicate]

So I recently did my PhD project approval which is the process where I agree my objectives with my supervisor and present a short overview to a review panel. All that went well and my project has been ...
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Should I withdraw from a funded research based graduate program at McMaster? [closed]

I accepted a research-based graduate offer from McMaster University. I applied to other schools but I did not hear back. I assumed I did not get in. So I accepted the offer I had. I know learned that ...
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Advisor wants to put his name on my paper when I did all the work and found the idea

During my master's work, when I was trying to solve the problem the advisor assigned to me, I solved another problem. I got an idea and it worked, I tried to talk to him about it, he refused. So, I ...
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My supervisor does not have time to read my thesis, what do I do?

I am a master's student, I started my degree in 2018. I wrote my thesis and sent it to both my main supervisor and co-supervisor a month ago and ask them to read but my main prof did not have time to ...
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A recently published paper seriously impairs the novelty of my dissertation. Which should be the purpose of the next meeting with my supervisor?

I am a second-year PhD student in management, and I've recently started working on my dissertation. The topic I got assigned is a fast-growing one. Nonetheless, I initially managed to ensure the ...
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Is it a good practice for PhD students in STEM to have supervisors who have no expertise in the students' field?

May I ask if it is a good practice for PhD students in STEM to have supervisors with no expertise in the students' field? I wonder to what extent should a PhD supervisor in the STEM knows about his/...
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What are the risks and benefits of being the first PhD of a new supervisor?

I am interested in a PhD project which will be supervised by somebody who has never supervised a PhD student before. In fact, this research group is not yet completely established. On their website ...
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Is this a typical supervising style and what should I do to make research progress?

I am a research master student in STEM field. My supervisor and I have weekly meetings. Each meeting lasts for about 15-20 minutes. Before each meeting, I will summarize the most important work I have ...
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Can I refer my sibling for a PhD position under my supervisor? How should I approach this?

I am an international student who is completing a master's degree. I am very happy working with my professor at the university. I am a good student. My professor and I have some successful projects ...
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Wrote a paper, supervisor couldn't respond

I wrote a paper based on research done with my supervisor, and sent it to them. They haven't yet confirmed they saw it. It's been some time, and I sent a followup. What happens if they never reply? I ...
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Telling my supervisor I'm unhappy

An update to yesterday's post. A mixture of events has caused me to lose interest in my PhD project. I started on the back of losing a close family member which really didn't give me a good start. ...
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How to explain to my supervisor that her style of input is hindering my progress?

I am in the fourth year of a part-time PhD. I have at least another couple of years left, the next two years are for writing up and this year was supposed to be for data collection. I hit problems ...
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PhD without topic

I work in a computer science faculty (top ten here). I first worked with my advisor as a exchange student: got very good grades in his classes and did some projects (both academic and paid). This ...
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PhD students publish without supervisors – how does it work?

In my field (experimental physics) the supervision of PhD students works roughly like that: freshmen come to the lab, they are given tasks, then they do experiments, discuss the results with their ...
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How PhD projects are acquired in pure mathematics [closed]

In pure mathematics (please only answer for this field, as other areas are different), what is the ratio of PhD students finding a project on their own, versus working closely with their supervisor to ...
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Should postdocs give fewer (or otherwise different) status updates than PhD students?

This question is a bit weird to ask because generally speaking, a normal answer will be "the same way you used to work as a PhD student" but I am not sure if I picked a "bad" habit ...
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After a PhD internship, I've been offered to finish the PhD at the company. Should I accept? [closed]

I'm asking for an opinion here as I don't know many people that can help me with this decision. Any feedback is very much appreciated, sorry in advance for the long post. I'm a 2nd year PhD student in ...
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Did they do some of the project without telling me?

So I am doing this bachelor thesis for a research institute and they wanted me to do different kinds of development. Like conversions of files and implementing a system (I call it system A for ...
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Working on a methodology different from advisor's expertise. How to proceed?

I am pursuing PhD in materials engineering. My advisor is an expert in molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and density functional theory. She works with nanomaterials and batteries. However, for my ...
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Should I do my Ph.D. with a supervisor who rarely responds to my emails?

I have recently been offered a place on a Ph.D. program at a certain university abroad. However, before, during, and after my application, my potential supervisor has generally been unresponsive to my ...
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Asking a foreign professor to be your thesis co-advisor

I am a master's student and I started searching for someone to be my thesis advisor. I went to ask a well-known professor from my university, that I wanted to work with, and he was happy to help. ...

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