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

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PhD supervisor complaining about not getting paid for supervision

I'm a PhD student and my supervisor complained several times before about me getting a bit more money than the rest of PhD students just because I'm a foreigner given the fact that the scholarship ...
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Is it possible that my previous "milestone projects" (Master's thesis, quals project, doctoral dissertation) will be audited? [closed]

This post is also a bit of a follow up to this one: Found an error in one of the questions that appeared on screen for my dissertation study. Could this be an issue for my dissertation defense? Due to ...
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Switching department of my PhD (keeping same supervisor) [closed]

My PhD has 9 months left supervised (funded) and a year after that to write up in the thesis (unfunded but I am currently looking at other options for that and may be able to get around 6 months of it ...
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How can I navigate my research assistant position when I am performing very poorly and unable to get help from my supervisor

I am currently a research assistant at an american university. I have worked under my current supervisor since my first year of undergrad. I am now working under them in a postbac position. Thus, this ...
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Wrong Data, Wrong Direction, Career suicide [closed]

I am on a very weird situation once again. Being doing my phd in Europe since 2020. The field is computational multi-omics. I had a nice supervisor to work on a very interesting topic. After analysing ...
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Supervision is rather intrusion than guidance [closed]

Recently I joined a Ph.D. program (1st year) and I have already been thinking of quitting multiple times. It comes and goes, but I am basically very disappointed of the intellectual and social ...
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How to word request to undertake a project as a research intern rather than as a thesis, without offending potential supervisor? [duplicate]

Competitive STEM program and for our final thesis many of the potential advisors have multiple applicants per project. After being rejected for one project (initially seemed to be the top choice but ...
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PhD student's authorship - clarifying contributions in publications between two supervisors

As a theoretical physics PhD student, I work under the guidance of both a main supervisor (M-S) and a co-supervisor (C-S) who is based in a different research organization and is consulted ...
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do professors care how much a prospective student read about their research while applying for a research position? [closed]

How much do a student's interest and enthusiasm matter when selecting or getting interested in a student? In research position cover letters do professors care if a student has read details about ...
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How should I deal with a well-intentioned, but poorly organized advisor?

I am doing my PhD with a supervisor who is well-intentioned but very busy and disorganized. (It doesn't seem they're uninterested in my work.) It's always been a struggle to meet up, e-mail answers ...
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Unsure if I am the best fit to write a Recommendation Letter for a Research Internship

A promising student of mine has asked me to write them a letter of recommendation for a research internship they are applying to. I believe the student is a very good candidate for an internship, but ...
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I have a long history of suffering from power abuse, currently getting rejected research/grad applications [closed]

I am from India. I have done B.Sc and M.Sc in Physics so far. My BSc is from one of the top colleges in India (top 10). However, the professors were very narrow-minded when it came to academia. I got ...
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Is it normal to be expected to read a 400 page academic textbook in a week?

As a student starting his masters degree, I was given an academic textbook on reinforcement learning, and I was asked to read it by next week by the professor. I just joined his research group. I ...
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Supervisor pressures me to co-author his paper

The title says it all: my supervisor pressures me to co-author one of his papers. The paper is based on a study which was performed by a student in our department. In the very first weeks of the ...
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Change of research project due to personal family issues

I am going through a personal issue and would like to help my family with part of the PhD scholarship I receive. However, to do this, I would need to return to my hometown (where my family lives) and ...
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How hands-on should an academic supervisor be? [closed]

I'd appreciate any resources describing how 'hands-on' an academic supervisor should be. I've found in my own supervision that it has varied from quite high-level guidance to quite detailed guidance. ...
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Supervising students in summer (US specific)

I have recently joined a US university on a 9-month tenure-track appointment. As I do not have any grant funding yet, my summer will be unpaid, so I pursued (and managed to get) a visiting researcher ...
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How to politely ask for credits in a shared project?

I am a PhD candidate working on a component of a larger, transnational project that my professor got funded by an external donor. In this project, I am to work with two other PhD candidates and a ...
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How to manage inconsistent behaviour and communication from a supervisor?

I've been in this lab for a year (one year Master's finished and three years to go in PhD in marine ecology) and I thought my PI was great (chill, kind and supportive) despite forgetting absolutely ...
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Experiencing setbacks in my master's thesis defense twice—seeking a path to recovery

I am currently enrolled in a master's program at a European university. The first year went smoothly, but the second year presented challenges due to personal issues, exacerbated by the difficulty of ...
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How to deal with multiple supervisors and different expectations?

I'm a 3rd year PhD student in Australia. My primary supervisor did a little supervising during my candidature but now complains that I have not done enough work. He gave one of my aims (which I worked ...
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Is it appropriate to assign two PhD students to do the same research topic?

I have asked one student A to do a research topic A. He used 2 years to learn a skill. I ask him to apply this skill to a new data and research topic B recently, however the progress is still bad even ...
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Covering application fees for peer review, when your university declines to proceed, but expert in the field consider the work excellent

Situation - I produced a MSc thesis in applied data science (I mean, using data science but applied on a certain domain X), which was A-graded. An expert in the field X said it is excellent and worthy ...
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How can I avoid this unproductive pattern with my PhD supervisor?

I’m currently a PhD student in electrical engineering in the US, and I changed supervisors after the end of my first year as a PhD student. There were several reasons for this, but the main one was ...
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What steps should I take if I haven't received responses from potential supervisors?

I am in the process of applying for the M.Sc. Research program at universities in New Zealand. My application will not be assessed unless I secure a supervisor. Despite reaching out to three potential ...
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Supervisor refuses to be included as a co-author in PhD student papers?

As title entails, my PhD supervisor refuses to be included in all of my research papers as she did not take part in the writing process. However, since day one, she has been giving me ideas and ...
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How to choose my first PhD students

I have recently started a position as assistant professor at a Chinese-British university. Now I am starting to get first requests from interested students who work on topics that are similar to mine ...
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Advice for PhD: Number of Applications (Humanities)

I am currently a postgraduate whose degree is near completion, and I would like to apply for a PhD in the United Kingdom. I am a first generation student which means that I have limited awareness of ...
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I do not receive proper support from my PhD advisor

I have started my fully-funded-PhD for about 6 months in North America. When I applied professor promised me that he was going to provide me with the funding. Yet, I have not received any detailed ...
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How do I support my advisor on his most busy weeks?

I'm a postdoc at a US university and I have a truly wonderful research advisor. Sometimes, during our regular meetings, I find out that things are particularly tough for my advisor this week. The ...
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Decline PhD offer gracefully due to low salary

I applied and got an offer at a graduate school. Before the confirmation deadline I got an offer in industry and I accepted it. The PhD position had extremely low salary, which would barely support my ...
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Statistics on the number of PhD/postdoc by Professor across fields/universities/countries?

I am wondering whether there are some available sources for statistics on the average number of PhD students and postdocs by Professor/supervisor across different fields, universities or countries? I ...
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PhD funding Cambridge after supervisor contact

I contacted a potential supervisor for a PhD at the University of Cambridge via email (PhD was advertised on find a PhD). Surprisingly, the supervisor showed interest in me even after I had sent my CV ...
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After switching PhD supervisor, can I get credit for the work I did?

My PhD supervisor abandoned me after 1 year. I did a massive amount of work, but now cannot continue working on that project anymore. The supervisor cut all ties with me and there is no turning back, ...
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Can my supervisor publish a relevant work to my PhD without citing my published dissertation?

I was a PhD student at an american university, and I graduated last year. After graduation, there are few papers that were sent for publications before my graduation. Because of an authorship dispute ...
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Feeling stressed and incapable at the beginning of my MSc, how can I handle that?

I just admitted and enrolled in a thesis-based master of applied science program in electrical engineering a month ago. My supervisor sends me different papers sometime to read and I also schedule ...
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masters thesis supervisor hands-on importance?

TLDR: how important is having a hands-on supervisor for my masters thesis? I recently started a one-year MA in sociology at a large uni in Europe (after having attended a SLAC for undergrad). My ...
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Can my former RA use my idea to publish a paper?

I partnered with my former professor to establish a social research-based organization. We had a plan to pursue a federal grant. In pursuit of the grant, we brought some volunteer RAs on board to help ...
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Ethically correct way to involve student in research and publication

My collaborator has a PhD student (just starting their 2nd year) who as part of their project runs computer simulations, as directed by their supervisor. These brought up a result that is (1) ...
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What are/were the most helpful 'things' your supervisor, mentor, university, other staff did to help you complete your PhD?

I am currently applying for a position similar to an assistant prof where I will have the responsibility to supervise two PhD students. For this application I am required to provide a "...
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If I find an error in my archived doctoral thesis, should I immediately tell my advisor or wait to see if it will be published before doing so?

I recently found a mistake in my thesis while submitting a postdoc application. I realized that I messed up my reaction rate quantification of one protein where I assigned too large of an intensity ...
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Should I do a second master to increase my chance of getting into a PhD program? [duplicate]

In my country (France), your first and second year of your Master are two different program. My second year of Master was in a remote program (the exams were not remote). After 20ish applications, I ...
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Advice on Transitioning from Master's to PhD in the Same Research Group

I am a master's student in theoretical physics currently in my final semester in Germany. My master's thesis is already underway, and I aim to complete it by April next year. Recently, my partner and ...
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I am a PhD researcher , I have access to equipment in my lab, can I use the facilities to test my own samples that are not part of my project

I am working at some lab in xyz, I have been granted access to solid state NMR,SEM,TEM. I have recently collaborated with researchers who don't have these facilities. They want me to collaborate by ...
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Does prestige matter for a masters thesis? Need help to choose a thesis

I'm a master student in a very good university in the EU majoring in biomedicine/biology. I'm leaning towards doing a PhD after my masters, but either way eventually I will go into industry (whether I ...
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Reasonable to ask 2nd supervisor for more involvement?

Next week, I will be meeting with both my supervisors (and the PhD course director) to discuss coming back to the PhD after a break. This, I think, is a good chance to voice a variety of concerns. One ...
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Second PhD after a not successful PhD and not being trained enough by professor [duplicate]

It is my fifth year of graduate studies in chemistry. I haven't had enough training from my professor and I don't have enough confidence to do even a post-doc. It is so close to my graduation, that I ...
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What level of questions and guidance are appropriate for a research assistant?

I recently graduated from my undergraduate studies in May. As soon as I graduated, I began a job as a research assistant at my university. This was mainly to continue projects that I had yet to finish ...
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How to deal with bad undergrad researchers

I am a grad student in the life sciences. I have to mentor several undergrad students. One student in particular is just so bad and is always getting confused with protocols. He can't follow a ...
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How to keep a door open without too much commitment in PhD applications

I am looking for a PhD/job position. I sent an email to a group doing things potentially aligned with my interests. I had an interview with them and I am not enthusiastic about the project. I could ...
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