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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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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 ...
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My Supervisor is not an expert

I just started my PhD which is in Artificial Intelligence (AI). My supervisor is specialized in Electrical Engineering with a hint of AI. He knows that it is not his area of expertise and suggested ...
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Shooting For a Star Supervisor VS Mediocre Supervisor and Consequences For Your Academic Life Career [closed]

I have asked this question before, but it seems easier said than done. I think this question is really important for prospective students for making a sound decision for their career life. Academia, ...
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Do my country and the standard of my supervisor affect the quality of my PhD?

I'm almost going to start my PhD. Out of curiosity, I searched for several effective researchers in several fields over the internet. Most of the common property among almost of them are 1) Working ...
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I'm in a religious country, and my religious supervisor is praying. What should I do?

My supervisor and all his other doctoral students are practicing religious, while I am not, I am "non-religious". We never discuss religion together, but sometimes they all leave to pray together, ...
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Isn't the PhD supervisor required to teach the student the research subject and prerequisites, in order to save time?

My friend is completing her PhD comprehensive test and is going to start research. Her supervisor is emphasising the importance of self-learning. He is saying that "I will provide the necessary ...
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Complaint against supervisors

Is there any point to making a complaint against my PhD supervisors? I was never going to ask my supervisors for references but was wondering about other repercussions. I was planning to complain ...
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Is it possible to finish my PhD at a different institute?

I got into a delicate situation with my supervisor (and the director of the institute -- they are very close friends) and I will not have a chance to get my Ph.D. at the institute, at least not under ...
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How to deal with a micromanaging supervisor?

I am doing my PostDoc with a reputable professor, who achieved a lot in our research area. I really learnt a lot of things from him, but the problem is that I am uncomfortable with his supervision. ...
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Is asking your PhD supervisor a basic question considered inappropriate?

I've done my Master's degree in Computational Mathematics. Then, because of several reasons, I decided to pursue my Ph.D. in the field of Quantum Chemistry. The problem is, obviously, my lack of ...
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To what extent my discriminating PhD supervisor can influence the future of my academic career? [closed]

I'm almost at the end of my Ph.D., writing down the thesis and having the disputation. Well, my Ph.D. took me about 5 years. My main background is Engineering, but I changed my research domain to ...
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In a 3-year PhD programme, what are the tasks of the first year?

As a supervisor, how should I reasonably set the task timeline for a new (Engineering) PhD student, given there is a candidature confirmation at the 9-month mark? In other words, how long is ...
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Creative solutions to convince research dean that I deserve PhD candidature [closed]

I need your help please to suggest solutions to a problem I am facing during my PhD. My story is detailed below with the important events that are related to the story: I just finished my first year ...
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How can I manage the time of my research project under uncertainty?

I don't know if this is the right place (or the right tags) to ask this question or not so please tell me. I am doing a research project related to computer science in my university. This is my ...
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How to deal with an exploitative supervisor toward the end of PhD?

I hate my thesis and I hate my supervisor for he is one of the most manipulative and insensitive human beings I have ever met. He forced me to work on his ideas which I never liked. I could not quit ...
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'Virtual' postdoc (in math)

Assume that a given postdoctoral position does not require teaching/laboratory. Are there postdoc positions for someone who wishes to stay in his/her country and just be in touch with the post-doc ...
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What is more important in choosing a research advisor?

How would you weight each factor below on choosing an advisor? 1 - My interest in the advisor's research topic. 2 - How well he/she dedicates time and effort to guide me.
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Review website for research groups [closed]

I was wondering if there is a website that allows you to rate research groups/professors that you've worked for. I know about 'http://www.ratemyprofessors.com', but I was thinking about a website ...
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Order of authors in a paper

I have worked on few research labs and performed research as a master's student with PhD students and faced similar issues. It has been papers that I have contributed most of the work for that paper,...
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Is it in the best interest of supervisors that his/her students publish their research results in top journals?

I am a math PhD student in a foreign country. When finishing my papers, my advisor (who is a big name in the field) always proposes me to submit them to a journal. The problem is that so far none of ...
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Could I submit an abstract for a conference prior asking my supervisor permission about it?

I would like to submit an abstract for a poster presentation, I'm just worried that if I tell my supervisor before submitting, she might say I shouldn't do it, because she rarely wants me to be away ...
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Graduate advisors: what are some qualities that make a graduate student difficult to supervise? [closed]

I am asking this question to seek some perspectives from graduate advisors. My question is: what qualities of a student makes him or her difficult to supervise? It is all the more valuable if this ...
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Should I mention a professor's name in my SOP for MSc if the professor is only taking PhDs?

Some facts: I am applying for a Master's program in Computer Science at a university in US. My research interests exactly match with the professor's. I am applying to the university because of the ...
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Supervised a PhD to 90% of completion; take credit for 100%; what could go wrong?

Let's say you had a doctoral student who you were main supervisor for {~advisor) throughout their data collection and most of their write-up, but just before they finished they changed to another main ...
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Is it okay to change the research area of interest that I specified in my statement of intent after submitting an application for a PhD program?

I had submitted my application to the PhD program in Statistics, and in my statement of intent I specified that I would like to do a PhD research in Computational Biostatistics. I am in a Master's ...
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I have PhD degree in Mathematics. Can I get a research supervisor for another PhD?

I'm from Ethiopia, and I completed my PhD degree in mathematics three months ago. Now I'm working in one of Ethiopian universities as a mathematics teacher. Unfortunately, I'm not satisfied with my ...
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What to do when you hear many bad stories about your supervisor on the first day of your PhD?

Today was the first day of my PhD. It's a very prestigious institution and I was extremely excited to start. However, it seems there is a general feeling of discontentment with people in the group and ...
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How to request the supervisor email from a researcher

I am trying to contact a professor in another university in a different country for a potential collaboration. I only got the email that he uses on his papers, which he doesn't open as much because I ...
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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 ...