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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Asking A Colleague for a Letter of Recommendation

I am working as an Assistant Professor at a university for over 2 years, but I am not happy with my current job and university. I want to apply to a university in another country (from where I've done ...
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Supervising same work again and again

I found few professors having supervised more than 200 masters theses 'each' in the past 14-15 years. When looked at these theses, I found that out of 200 theses supervised by a professor, more than ...
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Enquiry emails for grad school

I will be applying for grad school soon and have drafted a few informal enquiry emails. When would be the best time to send out informal enquiry emails to potential supervisors? Would it be advisable ...
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Is it okay to ask a professor what they expect in a grad student for a research assistantship position?

I'm joining a grad school for a research-oriented Masters in CS in Germany, early next year. There's a professor whose research interests me, but I certainly don't know enough currently to contribute ...
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Should I make my research students' pay contingent on completion of tasks (such as reading/summarizing papers)?

I received a fund that I can use explicitly for paying graduate (master's and doctoral) students for research. These students already receive a stipend from the university, but most advisors who can ...
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Need help — Principal investigator with abusive behavior

I am doing a postdoc with a principal investigator (PI) at an American university. Research is going great, with three publications in one year. But the PI has serious issues. I would say he is a ...
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How to get women to apply for theses and research projects requiring (rudimentary) programming skills?

I started my own research (sub) group in a STEM field some months ago at an EU university (bachelor/master/PhD system). Every student has to do a bachelor's thesis (6 weeks), research internships (...
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Collaboration with other researchers except supervisors

I am wondering if it is ethical and acceptable that a Ph.D. student receiving fund and RA from a university and a Prof collaborates on a topic with other researchers and professors (other universities)...
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Tips required ::: How to engage facebook group memebers to gather data for text anlaytics task [closed]

I am working in NLP (Text Analytics) domain. I am asked to perform some text analytics tasks (tasks such as Sentiment Analysis, QA using NLP? ) on a Facebook group. I am not sure how to engage group ...
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Doing a STEM Masters after a non-recognized Masters/PhD

I am from a third-world African country. I have a STEM Masters degree from a non-recognized university (ranked 3000 or more worldwide). I am doing a PhD at the same university where I will be ...
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Part Time(Germany) vs Full Time PhD(Netherland) [closed]

I have a very complex situation. I am doing my PhD from last 14 months in the area of Computational Social Science in Germany. I have 2 publication(1 workshop and 1 Journal), 2 submitted paper(Tier 1 ...
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Is it ok to write a professor again who did not reply me yet? [duplicate]

I have written a professor who has an available Ph.D. position with my CV. After 3 days the professor replied with an apology for being late and said she went through my CV carefully and my work ...
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How to guide more number of graduate students?

I am researcher (Assistant professor ) in computer science. I work on topics which takes more than one year to publish a single paper. Due to my interest I work in these kind of topics. There is one ...
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Is it common to include author without any contribution in a paper? [duplicate]

I have recently finished a paper and send it to my supervisor for review. He corrected it and before submission, he added some authors (some labmates, collaborators) who have no idea about my project. ...
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Is there a multi-supervisor multi-author PhD thesis culture anywhere in the world?

Current PhD training culture involves supervisor student relationship, atleast at my institute. There is a risk associated with single point failures that might arise as a result of testing a ...
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Could I choose a PhD supervisor from a different university?

I want to apply for a PhD at a Canadian university, but I currently am in a Masters Program in the US. If I attend this new university, would I be able to choose a PhD supervisor from my current ...
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I ghosted my previous supervisor for 15 days. How to improve my situation?

TL;DR: I ghosted (i.e. suddenly ceased communication with no explanation) my previous supervisor for 2 weeks when I had to do some minor final job regarding to my already finished thesis work due to ...
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What should you do when your professor does not pay you for completed research work?

I had an oral agreement with a supervisor that I was to complete research work for him. We established how many hours I was to work, and my hourly rate, when the work was to be done, etc. I completed ...
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Bachelors thesis supervisor headed for emeritus; professorship won't be restaffed

First off, I'd like to acknowledge that I am not sure whether this post fits here, as most discussions on here revolve around higher levels of academic life. Let me know/remove this post if it does ...
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What kinds of student mentorship and supervision merit inclusion on CV?

An academic can mentor or supervise a student in many different ways, but I'm unclear about what actually merits inclusion on a CV. Some examples that are clear cut to me include: -dissertation ...
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How much help should one expect from their PhD advisor to get a job (academic or industry)?

How much help can one expect from their PhD advisor to get a job (academic or industry)? Is it true that graduates often get positions just by having their advisor make a "phone call"?
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Should I send a follow-up email or call again (to potential PhD supervisor)?

Sunday: I sent an email to a potential PhD supervisor. Sunday 4pm: he responded asking me to call him tomorrow . Monday 11am: I responded yes and asked if there's a preferred time. Tuesday 1am: he ...
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Is it ok if I write to all professors that are offering Ph.D. positions the same email?

I saw some Ph.D. positions from a particular university. Most of the projects align well with my interest. So before applying, I want to write the professors some queries (e.g. just to know what he is ...
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My student: “As of now it is unknown, why…”. I have very recently found out why. Do I tell him?

I'm supervising an undergrad student. STEM, if that's relevant. Due to Corona, his contract ending and me leaving this job we haven't spoken in quite some time. He has now worked at home and has ...
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Is it rude to leave and switch to a lab that's collaborating with your own lab (and how to go about doing so)?

I've signaled to my advisor and collaborators my intent to quit pursuing my PhD at the school I'm currently at. I essentially gave a 3-month notice while I get as much done as I can on one of our ...
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Supervised master students not following instructions: how common and how to deal with them?

I started as a postdoc at the end of last year, and my background is computer science if this helps. My current PI asked me to supervise two students, both went really bad (details below). Student 1 ...
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Trying to volunteer as a research assistant post-Master's and not having any success so far [duplicate]

I'm an MS in CompSci grad who wants to do a PhD someday. The one thing I don't have from my time in undergrad and MS is significant research experience. Of course, I did undergrad research but was ...
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PhD supervisor is extremely “hands-off”: How can I get better feedback for my research projects and cope with this situation?

I'm currently a PhD student at a US University. The relationship between my advisor and me is extremely hands off, and she only contacts me to help write grants and to review papers. While she does ...
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Grad student overseeing (undergrad) student: how much to help?

This summer I'm lucky to have an undergrad extending some work I did for my thesis. The stuff I work on requires you to use complicated software, as well as strong familiarity with Linux commands. ...
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How Might The Pedagogy Of A PhD Supervisor Differ From That Of An MSc Supervisor

An MSc and PhD are quite different both in terms of the length and the expectations placed on the students undergoing the program. First, let's just assume that the 'students' I reference below are ...
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Should I choose my former supervisor as a referee, even though my personal issues unfairly put him under a lot of pressure?

This question is potentially UK-specific. A couple of weeks ago I received a conditional offer of appointment to become a temporary Coronavirus Response worker in a Welsh NHS hospital, and now I am ...
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Incorporating results of supervised student theses in own thesis

During my PhD thesis, I supervised the creation of Bachelor's and Master's theses. The official supervisor was always my own PhD supervisor (since I am officially not yet allowed to do university-...
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Took too long to complete thesis - confidence buried six feet under. How to explain this to employers?

Question: How to explain to potential employers why it took so long to complete my master's degree without partially blaming my thesis supervisor? I just completed my master's degree in North ...
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Accepted by potential thesis supervisor while still waiting to hear back from two others. How to respond?

I wanted to know your opinion about this: I had interviews (separate) with three professors that they know each other. One of them which is not my first choice has accepted me, the others still have ...
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Should I avoid admitting female students for now?

I am female and an early-career PI (principal investigator) in a discipline that tends to attract women, and people with high levels of anxiety (this is documented). In my first years as a graduate ...
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Is it pointless to bring up poor supervision during PhD viva?

I should defend my PhD in the UK near the end of the year. Unfortunately I fell into the class of horribly supervised PhD students - with an ill-defined research project and an absent supervisor who ...
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Potential Change of Supervisor: Who to talk to first?

I am considering trying a change of PhD supervisors. While I do get along with my current ones as humans (they are nice to me), I feel like this is not the case academically. Our interests don't ...
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Waiting for thesis corrections from supervisor, how should I write an email reminding him?

I sent part of my thesis to my supervisor a month ago. He replied that he would contact me as soon as he finished the correction. I'm afraid he forgot that. Would you have an example of a formal ...
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Can a PhD student co-supervise master students in Germany?

In Germany, is it possible for a PhD student to be co-supervisor of a master thesis?
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How relevant can be the major corrections in PhD dissertation?

My understanding of major corrections in PhD dissertation is that there can be entire chapters to add to the presented dissertation. However for me it's very hard to understand how much these changes ...
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How plausible is doing a part-time research masters with the aim of applying to PhD programs?

This question might be a variation of similarly asked questions, however, there is some different details that I think might make it different. So thank you in advance for reading. I was admitted ...
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I expect much more commitment from my PhD-supervisor. How do I communicate this to him?

I am a doctoral student in economics and have problems with the progress of my doctoral thesis because my supervisor hardly cares about my work. I currently need some feedback and comments from him, ...
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How to manage the relations between supervisor and institution?

For a student, the eventual conflict resolution should be facing the supervisor. This already generates a first problem: how can a PhD student explicitly face uncomfortable situations that imply a ...
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What do supervisors have to gain from a success or failure of a PhD student?

I'm finishing a really messed up dissertation. Maybe decent in some sense, but all the PhD has been done without following any of the supposed methodology and criteria. Since I'm in a sort of arm ...
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What is on stake for a supervisor in having a PhD student succeed or failing? [closed]

I'll turn the question in a different and more precise way: Can a supervisor profit somehow from the failure of one of his students? I'll try now to list some possible reasons for supporting this: ...
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International standards relating to a professor publishing a student's thesis work without the student as co-author

I am looking for international standards that speak specifically of a professor taking the thesis work of an ex-student that they had supervised and publishing a journal paper on that work (and just ...
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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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