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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Supervisor takes my results to type a manuscript. Is this normal?

I am a PHD student, finishing my candidature in a year's time. The environment of my lab is slightly different. My prof (owner of the lab) does not supervise me at all and I received supervision ...
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Graduate student with abysmal English writing skills, how to help

I am a math professor at an R1 university. I have taken up a new graduate student (my n'th for n<=10), who is mathematically quite strong, but whose writing skills are a couple notches below what I ...
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Should I change my PhD advisor when I find I got not enough advising?

UPDATE: My program is Computer Science and Engineering. I chose the current advisor for mainly three reasons: I'm interested in a general research area, and he's in a group doing the stuffs. He has ...
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As a supervisor, what feedback would you expect from a PhD who quits?

I’m quitting my PhD. The decision has been made. The reasons boil down to diminished interest in the research subject and disappointment with the university’s managerial practices (nothing is done on ...
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How serious is plagiarism in a master’s thesis?

I published my PhD thesis three years ago. I have just come to know that a master’s student has copied three chapters from my PhD thesis half a year later. My PhD supervisor was also the supervisor ...
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PhD: When to quit and move on?

I am a second year PhD student at a technical / interdisciplinary lab in Europe wondering when to quit and leave a seemingly unbearable situation behind. My supervisor (a young-ish professor) mostly ...
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How to find collaborators?

Answers to my previous question made me believe that doing research almost exclusively in collaboration is (also) fine. But how do I find collaborators. It is easy to find researchers active in a ...
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How do I find a supervisor for PhD studies?

I am thinking of doing a PhD. Problem is, I am not a student and the only professors I do know are the ones from the university I took my bachelor and Master's degree. However I was thinking of ...
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9 Years of PhD, bad supervision, no data. What should I do?

I am a PhD student since 9 years. I am working on medical technology where I need intra-operative surgical data. When I joined, I was told that they will have collaboration with hospitals and other ...
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Where do I get advice and guidance from in my PhD if my supervisor is not an expert in the field I am working on?

I decided on my supervisor because he is the only professor working in this field in my country, and he is very resourceful. He helps me out a lot on every aspect other than technical guidance because ...
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Already in grad school, but is grad school for me? [closed]

I'm sure you've seen a dozen variations on this question in this forum, but here's mine: I've just finished my first year in a top US PhD program in the physical sciences, which I never dreamed I ...
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PhD situation, is there hope?

Next november I will face my third and last year of my PhD. However, my percourse has been torturing and twisted. I started my PhD in a different group because I was kind of tricked out. My ...
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An imposed project. How to handle this situation?

So we are working on a sponsored project. My adviser has assigned two fellows to the project, taking the funding of two people from the organisation. However internally, only I will work on the ...
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Ethics behind communicating research after end of project and unemployment

So I have joined my first job in research as a research assistant on an industry-academia collaboration and I am supervised by some professors and a representative from industry is managing the ...
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PhD supervisor stalling research paper submission

I am currently trying to submit a research paper to a Journal, I am a PhD student in his final year. My supervisor, who provided the data for the research paper and has overseen the whole process, is ...
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(Un)realistic expectations of PhD supervision?

I shall try to make my former question more on-topic and less personal. When I started my PhD (maths) a year ago, I was having the following (mostly implicit, though) expectations about how working ...
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Are these good reasons for starting a new PhD project? [closed]

If have just finished the first year of my PhD studies in mathematics at a German university. After my master's, which I have done in representation theory, I had started a PhD in a more applied field,...
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Am I supposed to understand my training dataset for a machine learning project?

TL;DR: I am expected to work on a dataset with missing/wrong information about measurement units. Is this a common practice? Longer version: I am studying a Masters's program composed mostly of ...
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PhD opportunity | Confusion [closed]

Recently I am offered a Ph.D. position ( Industry Project) in Australia and they want me to join ASAP. (It will be fully funded , fees will be waived off and even I will get monthly stipend) but my ...
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The Professor-Postdoc Relationship in Research Supervision

I am in the second year of my Postdoc working with a successful professor. I joined his team just after I obtained my PhD. During my PhD, my advisor (as all advisors) used to proofread my manuscripts ...
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Is contacting this expert in the field something acceptable or would it be discourteous?

I have a major in Mathematics and Mathematical Physics and a masters in Theoretical Physics. I have enrolled the PhD course and must pick an advisor/theme until june. I have three main big fields of ...
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Lot of time an energy spent on a field and lab based Master's thesis but subsequently ignored

I am (was) a mature student with 20 years previous commercial experience Over the course of two extensive field trips plus lab work during my Masters degree I developed and promoted some interesting ...
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How similar does a potential supervisors research have to be to mine?

The proposal I’m shopping around revolves around three broad topics and I’m coming across a lot of academics who are experts in one or two of these areas and I have only been able to find one who hits ...
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Is it okay/possible to quit a PhD program in the 4th year and apply someplace else?

I am a 4th year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at a Tier 1 University. I have joined the current research group due to funding reasons but never really liked the project. The project is not ...
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Responsibilities of PI to PhD student post PhD submission, but pre-viva

I have recently submitted my PhD. However, my project requires about 5 months more work to be publishable. The standard time between submission and the viva defence in my lab is about 5-6 months. I ...
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Can an undergraduate be advised by a professor who is very far away?

Lately I have been developing a good relationship with Prof. Wright. She has clearly* gone out of her way a few times to help me, having a very pleasant, generous, and kind personality. Prof. Wright ...
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The Formality and Informality Relationship in Academia

To the point, I think I am suffering from the lack of the interpersonal skills and especially while working with supervisors. My character is quite good, I can make good connections and etc, however, ...
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Is expanding the research of a group into machine learning as a PhD student risky? [closed]

I have the opportunity of doing a PhD under the supervision of an expert in medical imaging at a top institution. Currently their group does not conduct research into the application of machine ...
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What to do when your supervisor is not really supervising you?

Context: I am a first year master student in mid-level university in North America. I started in September and I’ve almost finished all the required course works. My supervisor is very well-known in ...
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Pros and cons of supervising master's students as a postdoc

I'm an American postdoc working at a university in the UK, working in a mathematics department. I am planning on applying to jobs in both the US and UK, including smaller places, and SLACs. I have ...
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What are some good practices for a supervisor?

I just started co-supervising a master student and I was wondering how people approach supervision. I tend to follow what worked for me but not everyone is the same, so I'm not sure if what I'm ...
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How to deal with and communicate overflow of ideas with a supervisor when working on a thesis?

I had a bad previous experience with flow of ideas. I received a fellowship for six months to work on a project. I started on the project. I was very active and attentive with my supervisor who was ...
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Do you need published papers to apply for a postdoc?

A friend of mine has a conundrum: He finished his PhD and wants to stay in academia (in Physics). Problem is, his supervisor is very unsupportive in everything. I think he switched research interests ...
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4th year PhD, considering leaving for different program

I'm a 4th year PhD student at a top school in Canada studying chemical physics. For the past few years, I have been floating around the idea of leaving with a Masters and pursuing a PhD at a different ...
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Failing PhD, how to go forward? [closed]

I have read many PhDs have a feeling of failure during their studies. At the moment I am seeking a reflection, from someone who is/has been a PhD and maybe a similar situation. I found myself in a ...
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My current PI is telling me that I am a very shy person and he is really pissed off, what I should do?

Today in the lab we had a birthday, I had participated, but not so much as I feel anxious in crowded areas. I felt very shy and that's true, so I withdrew from the party after 15 minutes and wished ...
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How to ask for summer research position without meeting the professor

I'm looking to get research position for the summer but wouldn't be able to meet the professor in person as most people seem to suggest since I'm out of the country at the moment. Not sure if I ...
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How do I judge a professor's quality while choosing a PhD? [duplicate]

How do I judge a professor's quality while choosing a PhD? I have completed my Masters in Pure Mathematics. I want to work in fields which involve Algebra,Functional Analysis,Complex Variables. I ...
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How much effort does it take to modify a reference letter for different applications?

I am in my early PhD years and encouraged to apply for scholarships/fellowships that would boost my funding. All of these applications ask for recommendation letters from previous supervisors, and ...
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Academic CV/grant proposal: Should you include students who have abandoned?

I am wondering whether I should include students I have supervised but have quit in my CV, especially for grant proposals where supervision history is assessed. I have a couple of students who could ...
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exam/teaching culture, possible abusive supervisor, research gatekeeping

Apologies for the length, I don't know how to make this shorter. I also don't know where else to turn for advice. :( I've recently started an MA in what promises to be a brand new humanities ...
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Can I be work on several project as a post-doc? [closed]

I'm applying to a post-doc, with a specific project. I'm wondering how much freedom can I get as a post-doc. I'm currently supervising a master student and I'm planning to supervise more during the ...
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Polite message for my supervisors who do unfair things that would totally leads me to lose my study [closed]

I am currently working on finishing my PhD thesis. For about 3 years and 6 months of my study, I am suffering from the absence of my supervisors. She always travels for 6 months, sometimes two months ...
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Cyclic trend through generations of excellence, Top researchers -> Their PhD students -> Top researchers ->

I was reading about one of the prominent researcher in my field of study. Out of curiosity I read his PhD theses. It was supervised by yet another prominent scientist. I further went on to see his ...
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Polite message to my supervisor

I am at the end of my study (almost 6 months). I need time to edit my English (my supervisors do not want to help with that. It is Ok for me.). However, they asked me to add extra computation to my ...
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My supervisors take long time to respond to me

I am a PhD student. I need to finish my study in 6 months. My story and problem: I always send my work to my supervisors on time. For each work (objective), they take about one to two months to ...
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How much right does the PhD student have to choose his own advisor?

I discontinued my PhD two years ago due to the reasons that I was not getting along with my supervisor. I had completed all my course works and comprehensive exam plus the committee had approved my ...
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About a mentor who want to supervise postdoc

I have been accepted for a postdoc position. My mentor is a young and according to his list of publications he has not many papers and/or many citations. I would like to know whether this position add ...
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How can I maximize my chances of a professor of another university accepting to be my undergraduate research advisor?

Next year I'm going to college and would like to do undergraduate research in the second semester under the supervision of a certain professor, who I'll call Prof. M. There are three points against ...
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Prospective supervisor wants me to do irrelevant videos as a condition for supervision. Can I say yes when I mean no?

This question is the reverse of Dealing with a PhD student reneging on an agreement to appear in social media, in which the student had agreed during interviewing to participate in social media ...