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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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(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? [on hold]

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 to judge a Professors quality while choosing a PhD?

How to judge a Professors 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 also ...
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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 ...
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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 ...