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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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Problem with adding PhD co supervisor [closed]

I just started my PhD in physics. It has been 6 months. I have had a mentor for sometime and I have wanted to add him as a co-supervisor. My university told me he cannot be added as a co-supervisor ...
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Should I change my phd supervisor?

I'm currently starting my phd program in theoretical physics, specifically in quantum gravity. I completed my masters studies in exactly the same field, under the supervision of Professor X. During ...
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How to check if a person is faculty - confusing titles in UK academia

I am a master's student in physics, from outside the UK and I'm not familiar with the academic hierarchy/titles in the UK. I am working (remotely) with an academic from a prominent UK university, and ...
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About gift-authors? [duplicate]

In several institutions, especially in India, a researcher is required to co-author with their supervisors in their papers. In my case, the supervisors have not been contributing anything to the ...
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How long do potential graduate supervisors take to respond after an interview with a prospective masters student? [duplicate]

I applied for a master’s degree at a certain university in Canada for Fall 2022 intake. The policy of my department is that potential students first apply for acceptance into the department and then ...
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How to handle meeting schedules with many supervisors?

I am a third year PhD student co-supervised by supervisors A and B. I am starting a visiting researcher exchange in another university for three months, where I will be supervised by C. I agreed with ...
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My thesis advisor expects more and harder work from me than other students, possibly because my work is for their client. How should I approach this? [closed]

I'm working on a Masters thesis and have been feeling really uneasy since working with my supervisor. From the beginning, she would not discuss expectations, and given the exploratory nature of the ...
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How much help should Ph.D. candidate expect from advisor (if at all)?

I'm a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate doing research in STEM. I'm in a US research university. I'm genuinely confused as what to expect from a Ph.D. advisor in general. To start off, should the student ...
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Why I should prepare a presentation for each journal paper I have?

My supervisor asked me to prepare a presentation for each journal paper I have with him. He asked the same for each other student he has (PhD and postdoc). This seems to me (and to all other students) ...
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How should I deal with challenging master thesis students as a supervisor?

I'm a PhD student in my first year, co-supervising master students with a postdoc, and listed as the first supervisor. This is my first experience supervising a thesis. My previous experiences with ...
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How can I ask the professor if I could still work with them on the proposal?

I received two Ph.D. offers this year. The offer from A came too late, which was later than the deadline for the decision of offer from B. Thus, I decided to take the offer from B. Although I have ...
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Applying for twice the same supervisors via different calls

I am in the following situation: I have officially applied to some PhD position of some research institution (its for math and no research proposal was needed; so I didn't apply for any specific and ...
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Schoolteaching Research and Academia [closed]

I am struggling getting research interest in a suite of schoolteaching research topics. I feel that many of my topics should not threatening and should be of interest to schoolteachers and ...
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Where to add a name which is added by force without contribution in a paper to keep my supervision and contribution?

A few months ago, I asked here a question about a student in our group who claimed the authorship in our paper, because he was planning to work on the same problem that we did. I said that I refused ...
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Supervisors are pushing me to keep trying with a bad paper- what can I do?

I wrote a paper towards the start of my PhD. It had nowhere near enough data- and by nowhere near I mean by an amount that it is not remotely publishable and would be laughable. It was rejected a ...
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Will people be interested in the collaboration that can have the last author?

As a just graduated PhD, I would like to work with other people. But I am a nobody in my field. I am thinking that people will be interested in working with me if I do a postdoc with them or become a ...
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Potential PhD supervisor not responding after showing interests [duplicate]

I contacted a professor to see if he would be interested to be my supervisor. He very quickly replied and indicated he was interested. He was very sincere in a way he even included a guideline to help ...
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Team member has done the work but won't write it up - what to do?

One of the people in my group does very good work and is very productive. This person generates publishable results but, instead of writing them up, jumps to the next problem. I have been encouraging ...
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How to have more fun with my female students? [closed]

It's a couple of years that I have moved to Europe and working here as a research group leader. In my home country in Latin America, we are much more relaxed in our interactions with each other and ...
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Condensed matter PhD supervisor choice: well-known old professor working on traditional project or young prof working on hot direction? [closed]

Specifically, traditional direction means project related to ferroelectric material while hot direction means topological material. The thing I'm most concerned about is that whether PhDs who working ...
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Can I do a PhD in Management with an MBA and without a Bachelor's degree? [closed]

I have dropped out from my Bachelor's studies in Aerospace Engineering after succesfuly completing 1st year. Then I worked in Marketing, until I became Marketing Director of my company. I have ...
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How to ask your PhD promotor for a letter of recommendation for another PhD position

I may quit my current PhD position after a year and a half due to supervision-related reasons. My promotor is the professor who is head of team (and supervised my master thesis), while I am currently ...
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Most important factors when selecting grad program? [closed]

When selecting grad programs, is PI fit the most important factor? I'm a prospective PhD student in the biological sciences and I need to choose between two programs. I'm struggling to prioritize the ...
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Asking about supervisors/collaborators you haven't met

Is it normal/acceptable to ask researchers/supervisors you're familiar with (in this case, a professor who supervised me some number of years ago) about other researchers who they've likely to have ...
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Pressure from supervisor to use the software he is developing

I am currently a PhD student in a computational lab. My supervisor manages a program that is relevant to our field and which is supposed to be better and faster. Our group is mainly focused on ...
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How does a good weekly progress report look like?

I'm on my third year of my PhD and I just realised I don't know what a good progress report looks like. I've been writing them from the beginning and was given templates to follow but feedback seems ...
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About quality of research in Pure mathematics in Chinese universities and conditions for Foreign students to thrive there

I am a resident of Asia and I have done my master's in mathematics last year(2021) from a university ranked 400 in mathematics in the world. and I am applying for PhD positions in Europe. I didn't ...
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Applying for a Master thesis/project in the UK when from another UK University or from abroad

In many countries (such as France, Spain, ...), (science) master thesis is a research project of a couple of months spent in the lab/field under the supervision of an academics, at the end of the year ...
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In general, are research articles entirely written by the PhD student?

I'm thinking of pursuing a PhD (in France) and I would like to know if the process of writing is merely done by the PhD candidate, or it is helped by their advisor?
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How can I do my master thesis if I don't have an proposal and don't I like this research area?

My advisor invited me to do my master's thesis in his research area (of course I was happy about the invitation, but today I wish I had the discernment to choose an area based on my tastes). From the ...
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What is the best way to approach any professor for Ph.D. opportunities who my research advisor has referred? [duplicate]

I am a final-year undergraduate student, and I worked with a professor for more than a year. I recently asked him for a reference, and there he suggested contacting another professor he knows to look ...
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Transfer to different CDT within same University [closed]

I am based in the UK (England, more precisely). I am part of a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) - between University A and B. Since I am an international student, I didn't receive EPSRC funding for ...
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New small result vs. Old big result for MSc thesis?

I have recently started supervising MSc students in Statistics and I noticed a trend: students who produce a NEW small result are often more challenged by reviewers/markers of their dissertation than ...
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Is it inappropriate to ask to work with a professor at a phd program I was rejected from?

I have opened dialogue with him before and he said he would tell the admission committee about our contact. I have not been rejected yet, but I would really like to work with him (payment does not ...
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As an inexperienced thesis supervisor, how can you guarantee fair grading?

Being a PhD student, I just finished supervising my first masters thesis. Now I have to assess and grade it. While I have a grading template provided by the university (listing the different aspects ...
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My PhD supervisor doesn't want to add his name on a paper

Here are the details: I'm a Ph.D. student in mathematics. A year ago, my supervisor ask me to try to generalize some results, saying that this "question" is given by one of the famous ...
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Should I inform my previous supervisor of my paper published?

I was taking a PHD research in engineering at a university and used an advanced method to obtain the results. But my supervisor didn’t accept my results and paper manuscripts. I then used another ...
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Meaning of "cosupervisor"

I graduated under the supervision of two professors, one of whom acted as main supervisor. To indicate this, I wrote the following sentence: "I graduated under the supervision of Prof. A and the ...
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How to stop feeling you aren’t good enough? [duplicate]

Is it normal to be put down in your first year of a PhD? I won't lie, there's been a massive learning curve for me this year to get used to how things are done at this level. Even simple things like ...
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How to ask for a recommendation letter from your current professor without ruining your chances to extend your contract?

I am currently a postdoc in a research group and I would like to move to another group and leave the current one. I would like to ask my current PI for a recommendation letter since another PI is ...
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Is it polite to ask to be the corresponding author in a paper that I contributed the most?

I wrote a paper and have done the majority of the work, including the idea generation, research, and the writing. I am coauthoring with my advisors and a few other researchers. In the paper the ...
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Potential supervisor didn't reply to my email, can I still show my interest on my SAP?

I am an undergraduate student applying to graduate schools. I tried to get in touch with a potential Ph.D. supervisor (in Electrical Engineering) but haven't heard back from him. In my application ...
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How to reapply for another PhD program after quitting existing PhD?

I am in 4 semester of my PhD program. The moment I joined the XYZ University, I was not that much happy with the lab, supervision, system, environment. Then, the pandemic happened. On and off I tried ...
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How to name introductory statement for a research paper?

I have written a research paper and was told that I should include a preamble at the start explaining who had the idea for the project, who my supervisor was and the name of the company. My question ...
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Is it a good idea to ask my postdoctoral mentor for a recommendation letter when they have extended my contract yet do not seem impressed by me?

I am a postdoctoral fellow, working in a rather prestigious institute in Asia, for about a year. To be frank, I was rather surprised to get a position here, as many people here have spent at least ...
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Is it OK to have side projects during grad school and how can I get on?

I think the title is pretty self-explanatory. I am very happy with my current research topic but I would like to have some side research. Is it OK? And in case it is, how do people get those projects?
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I need to write papers and publish but my supervisor wants me to do lab duties

I am doing my PhD since 2019 in the subject of molecular biology. I am at the end stage of my PhD. Despite the harsh beginning, I put really a lot of effort to become very good in laboratory work and ...
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How can I overcome the setbacks of a negligent supervisor after earning a PhD degree?

I'm legitimately looking for advice and to try to take control of my life and my job prospects post-graduation, but also feel that I can't portray the challenge of my situation honestly without ...
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How might one find students interested in working on research projects remotely? [closed]

Often graduate students work with professors within their local University on research projects. However, I am aware of a few institutions that allow (or actually require) students to seek outside ...
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What is the best way to find research groups in my field?

I seek to find research groups in my field, start a dialogue with potential supervisors, and apply for available positions. In other words, I want to check research groups' web pages mainly, not just ...
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