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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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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How should I approach a professor whose class I'm taking for advice regarding a project I'm working on?

I'm currently working on a machine learning research project. I'm also taking a geometry class in the mathematics department because I believe it would help me out. The most interaction I've had with ...
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Evaluating potential supervisors on the basis of past graduate student results

I am lucky CS senior undergrad who has received offers from a number of good departments in the USA. I am currently going through the usual factors for evaluating departments and supervisors. In the ...
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Applying for a postdoc. Should I mention that I completed my PhD with no supervision?

I'm hopefully in the last half a year or so of my Ph.D. in a subfield of mathematics/theoretical physics and am considering applying for a postdoc within the next three months. My supervisor works (...
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Involved in potential friction in department over a postgraduate seminar I co-organised - should I worry?

I am a second year PhD student at a UK university. Halfway through my first year, I voluntarily took over the organisational duties of a monthly, school-wide postgraduate seminar, along with two other ...
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How open should I be with my PhD supervisor about the problems in my personal life?

My marriage has been going through some problems in the last year which has affected my PhD. My supervisor has been very understanding and was keen for me not to interrupt and granted me a two month ...
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Changing MSc supervisor late in the game

I am considering asking another professor to be my thesis advisor. My situation differs from that of other question-askers in that: I am in a position where I have done enough research to write my ...
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How would you ask your professor to be your supervisor?

I am currently a graduate student. I've completed all the exams and I am currently looking for a supervisor for my master's dissertation. Few months ago I surveyed the professor I would like to have ...
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Situations where changes in advisor/lab interests makes you feel lost

I'm currently enrolled in an MS/PhD integrated program in a school in Korea. I was originally planning to study in the US, but I wasn't confident that I'd get funding and the lab/advisor that I'd met ...
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What is limit for the number of students for one supervisor in India?

How many number of students can be supervised by a supervisor in India? Is there a limit imposed by the government of India?
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How to self-advocate after rotation rejection?

I am a first year PhD student. I just finished my first rotation lab and absolutely loved it. I met with my PI every week, and I never felt like she had a problem with me. Though I never had a frank ...
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PhD supervisor wants me to quit after break

I have been studying for a PhD and unfortunately had been suffering from depression during the first year and on medication, so I didn't make much progress at all. My supervisor seemed understanding, ...
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Should I agree to my supervisor's request to place him as first author of my paper?

I published 3 papers as first author. Now, my supervisor requested me to place him as first author in my 4th paper. Should I agree to my supervisor's request to place him as first author of my paper? ...
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Advice on what to do about academic situation that ended badly?

‪(Content warning - some people may find this post distressing due to discussions of mental health and self-harm. Hello academic community - I could use some advice! I’m a 1st year PhD student, and I ...
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Can a postdoc change his/her supervisor in Sweden?

In Sweden, a PhD student can change its supervisor according to the higher education rules and regulations. They actually have quite a lot of rights during their studies. I wanted to know if this is ...
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Communication with a student pursuing the bachelor's thesis

As a part-time lecturer, this is the first time that I have been assigned to drive a bachelor's thesis. I try to convey to them my interest in their project. And, I also recommend them to be in ...
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Rejected an offer and then became interested (a bad decision I made)

Three months ago, a professor has offered to me a research position at his university with high salary, and I rejected it because I wanted to join a master's program. Unfortunately, I made a bad ...
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Research supervisor gives me no freedom— controls all aspects of my research. Feel like a research secretary. Is this normal in academia?

I'm currently working in a computational research lab where my supervisor just hands tasks to me to do that will help him with his papers but I don't get any input in the creative process whatsoever. ...
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Mental Health in Academia [closed]

It has been one year that I am in this lab. The lab publishes great and my supervisor is also very famous. The problems are that my supervisor is hardly there in the lab and out for talks/lectures. I ...
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Asking my supervisor to be frank and give feedback [closed]

I am doing my PhD in the Britain and I've got a lovely supervisor which is like a friend for me. I want to ask her to give me direct feedback and tell me directly if I am doing bullshit or about any ...
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Am I being exploited by my supervisor?

It has been 4.5 years since I joined as a PhD student. My supervisor asks me to draft almost all of his important emails. He will begin by briefing me the issue, and ask me to draft the email in a ...
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PhD supervisor will not read draft

I just wanted to get some input from the community about an issue I have run into with my main PhD supervisor. I started my PhD about two years ago (hard science field), and about six months ago I ...
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Potential Collaborators insisting on Joining Supervision Panel

TLDR: Researchers wanting to join supervisory team instead of collaborating, why? I have started my PhD for awhile now and I am gearing up for my confirmation presentation (research proposal defence)....
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What do you think of the reply and do you think he is interested in me and my application?

Recently i have been applying to various Ph.D. programs and i have approached many professors as my potential supervisors and among those, i applied to Harvard and this is what the Director of the ...
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MA Supervisor who arrogant and unhelpful

I need to start with the fact that the MA I'm enrolled in is overseas, so i have a very restricted visa and moved my family here to get this degree. I have a previous MA in a different subject and am ...
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How to work with a student who has a tendency to overcomplicate things? [closed]

I am supervising a senior reading course. As I cannot give a name to a problem I am having with one of the students, I will give an example. We are reading a paper, and he was not making progress. He ...
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PhD supervision in the Netherlands: what ranks can supervise?

I've heard word that in the Netherlands only a professor/hoogleraar can supervise PhD students but I've found little to solidly confirm this. I've also heard that in practice, other arrangements are ...
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How can I make the most of this opportunity? Any suggestions for a 2nd/3rd year student interested in research? [closed]

I am currently a student about to come towards the end of my 2nd year at University. I had a great professor at the start of the year, and I was interested in trying something outside of traditional ...
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Can i be a corresponding author? [closed]

I am a PhD student now and i am willing to publish my masters degree research work, but the supervisor is refusing to publish for many reasons concerned him not the quality of my research. There is ...

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