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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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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 ...
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How to become a supervisor? Finding students to supervise

I'm currently finishing the corrections of the PhD I've done in the UK. In the meantime, I've returned to my home country, Portugal, and started working at a hospital as a medical statistician. I have ...
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Not asking for Letter of Recommendation from Masters thesis supervisor

Recently I finished my Masters. My relationship with my thesis supervisor is very bad. He is a professor. I am very disappointed with his mentoring. He is very lazy and always kept himself busy with ...
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Discussing authorship/sole authorship with supervisor

This is a borderline IPS question, but I feel the academic aspects will be more relevant. One year ago I switched supervisor. Went to him with a formulated project (but no concrete results yet) and I ...
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Over reliant on supervisors?

I'm at the stage of my project whereby I need to perform some task that I have 0% background on originally. Hence I need to read papers and books to understand what I need to do. So after burying ...
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Is it normal for a potential supervisor to not reply to a student even after they replied before?

I enquired about a funded PhD position which was advertised on the faculty website. The application involved finding a supervisor and getting them to agree to be a potential supervisor before applying ...
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Submitting a paper without having a review from the supervisor

I am doing a PhD with the aim of publishing about 3 papers. One is already submitted, with my supervisor being listed as a co-author. My second paper will be submitted soon. However, the subject I am ...
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What causes some students to be selectively impervious to supervision of their thesis writing?

Background In my academic surrounding, we follow the following approach for supervising the actual writing of a bachelor’s and master’s thesis: Whenever the student has written something more than a ...
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Asking to reattempt research after having a hard time initially

Last summer I asked a professor if I can try my hand at doing research under him in his field of interest. As I was an undergrad student (I still am) taking taking summer courses and working (I wasn't ...
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In dilemma of choosing supervisor for postdoctoral research

I don't know whether this question has been posted previously or not. I just successfully defended my PhD thesis and right now I am unofficially a PhD holder. I have applied to several institutions ...
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Change grad school and get accepted. Worry that no prof in the new university wants to work with me

My supervisor and I are not a good match and there is no one in my department has the same interest. Therefore, I applied to a new university in my second year of Ph.D. and got accepted even though I ...
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Greeting potential supervisor in email [duplicate]

A potential supervisor is greeting me with "Hi" followed by my first name. How should I greet him in return? If I say "Hi" followed by "Dr." and his last name, this will look awkward. If I say "Hello" ...
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Coauthorship outside my PhD work

I am currently a PhD student and I was invited to co-author a review paper on my field. Would it be ok to co-author a paper outside my PhD work without my supervisor as a co-author? My supervisor is ...
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Should I report a PhD student’s incompetence to their supervisor?

I had a short exchange of mails with a PhD student who wished to ask some questions about a paper of mine, which was troublesome in many respects: The student had a blatant lack of basic knowledge ...