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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My supervisor does not have time to read my thesis, what do I do?

I am a master's student, I started my degree in 2018. I wrote my thesis and sent it to both my main supervisor and co-supervisor a month ago and ask them to read but my main prof did not have time to ...
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Asking my supervisor a potentially dumb question

So I recently did my PhD project approval which is the process where I agree my objectives with my supervisor and present a short overview to a review panel. All that went well and my project has been ...
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Should I withdraw from a funded research based graduate program at McMaster? [closed]

I accepted a research-based graduate offer from McMaster University. I applied to other schools but I did not hear back. I assumed I did not get in. So I accepted the offer I had. I know learned that ...
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Advisor wants to put his name on my paper when I did all the work and found the idea

During my master's work, when I was trying to solve the problem the advisor assigned to me, I solved another problem. I got an idea and it worked, I tried to talk to him about it, he refused. So, I ...
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A recently published paper seriously impairs the novelty of my dissertation. Which should be the purpose of the next meeting with my supervisor?

I am a second-year PhD student in management, and I've recently started working on my dissertation. The topic I got assigned is a fast-growing one. Nonetheless, I initially managed to ensure the ...
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I ghosted my previous supervisor for 15 days. How to improve my situation?

TL;DR: I ghosted (i.e. suddenly ceased communication with no explanation) my previous supervisor for 2 weeks when I had to do some minor final job regarding to my already finished thesis work due to ...
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Is it a good practice for PhD students in STEM to have supervisors who have no expertise in the students' field?

May I ask if it is a good practice for PhD students in STEM to have supervisors with no expertise in the students' field? I wonder to what extent should a PhD supervisor in the STEM knows about his/...
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What are the risks and benefits of being the first PhD of a new supervisor?

I am interested in a PhD project which will be supervised by somebody who has never supervised a PhD student before. In fact, this research group is not yet completely established. On their website ...
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How should I help students establish career goals?

Every time I get a new research student, I ask them what they want to do after they graduate. I want to help them achieve their goals. Invariably, it goes like this. Me: What do you want to do ...
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Can I refer my sibling for a PhD position under my supervisor? How should I approach this?

I am an international student who is completing a master's degree. I am very happy working with my professor at the university. I am a good student. My professor and I have some successful projects ...
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In dilemma of choosing supervisor for postdoctoral research

I don't know whether this question has been posted previously or not. I just successfully defended my PhD thesis and right now I am unofficially a PhD holder. I have applied to several institutions ...
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Is this a typical supervising style and what should I do to make research progress?

I am a research master student in STEM field. My supervisor and I have weekly meetings. Each meeting lasts for about 15-20 minutes. Before each meeting, I will summarize the most important work I have ...
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Supervising a lazy BSc student

I am a PhD student and I have to supervise two BSc students in conducting their thesis. Unfortunately, I am very (very!) frustrated with one of them. First of all, this specific student doesn't show ...
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Wrote a paper, supervisor couldn't respond

I wrote a paper based on research done with my supervisor, and sent it to them. They haven't yet confirmed they saw it. It's been some time, and I sent a followup. What happens if they never reply? I ...
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How to explain to my supervisor that her style of input is hindering my progress?

I am in the fourth year of a part-time PhD. I have at least another couple of years left, the next two years are for writing up and this year was supposed to be for data collection. I hit problems ...
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Telling my supervisor I'm unhappy

An update to yesterday's post. A mixture of events has caused me to lose interest in my PhD project. I started on the back of losing a close family member which really didn't give me a good start. ...
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PhD students publish without supervisors – how does it work?

In my field (experimental physics) the supervision of PhD students works roughly like that: freshmen come to the lab, they are given tasks, then they do experiments, discuss the results with their ...
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PhD without topic

I work in a computer science faculty (top ten here). I first worked with my advisor as a exchange student: got very good grades in his classes and did some projects (both academic and paid). This ...
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How PhD projects are acquired in pure mathematics [closed]

In pure mathematics (please only answer for this field, as other areas are different), what is the ratio of PhD students finding a project on their own, versus working closely with their supervisor to ...
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Should postdocs give fewer (or otherwise different) status updates than PhD students?

This question is a bit weird to ask because generally speaking, a normal answer will be "the same way you used to work as a PhD student" but I am not sure if I picked a "bad" habit ...
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After a PhD internship, I've been offered to finish the PhD at the company. Should I accept? [closed]

I'm asking for an opinion here as I don't know many people that can help me with this decision. Any feedback is very much appreciated, sorry in advance for the long post. I'm a 2nd year PhD student in ...
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Working on a methodology different from advisor's expertise. How to proceed?

I am pursuing PhD in materials engineering. My advisor is an expert in molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and density functional theory. She works with nanomaterials and batteries. However, for my ...
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Did they do some of the project without telling me?

So I am doing this bachelor thesis for a research institute and they wanted me to do different kinds of development. Like conversions of files and implementing a system (I call it system A for ...
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Should I do my Ph.D. with a supervisor who rarely responds to my emails?

I have recently been offered a place on a Ph.D. program at a certain university abroad. However, before, during, and after my application, my potential supervisor has generally been unresponsive to my ...
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Working as an Academic researcher difficulties [closed]

What do you do if you have to perform research in a field that you didn't like, as I'm currently passionate about computer vision stuff, but my research is about Android security. More than that the ...
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Inadmissible theorems in research

One of my engineering friends told me how e 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, e used L'Hôpital'...
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How much feedback should you get from a Supervisor? [duplicate]

My dissertation is due next month and I’m extremely stressed about it. I meet with my supervisor nearly every week but apart from being given papers to read I don’t feel like I’ve been supported ...
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Where can I find resources on how to be a good supervisor?

I am a relatively new tenured professor. My responsibilities increase gradually, and this year I have started supervising students' thesis: a bachelor thesis and a master thesis. (This is in Europe, ...
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Asking a foreign professor to be your thesis co-advisor

I am a master's student and I started searching for someone to be my thesis advisor. I went to ask a well-known professor from my university, that I wanted to work with, and he was happy to help. ...
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How to email a professor requesting to supervise a PhD thesis?

I am interested in applying to PhD in Mathematics in University of Luxembourg. In the webpage it is written that "We recommend that you contact potential thesis supervisors by email to discuss ...
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Getting an extra advisor late in my PhD

TLDR: what's the smoothest way of getting a professor as a third advisor in the penultimate year of my PhD without offending my current advisors? (Note: I know I am lucky and this is not a big problem,...
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How frequently should PhD students update their advisor? [closed]

I'm a 1st year phd student in math. My advisor adopts a more ambiguous meeting policy that I approach him whenever I want to talk. So I was sending him long emails on a biweekly basis with updates of ...
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How to ask a professor to supervise my undergraduate thesis research?

I am second year CompSci student in Europe and in a short while I'll have to start my undergraduate thesis research. The domain I want to research is cloud computing. One of my lecture professors ...
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Choosing a project for a fresh graduate student

I am starting to advise a new graduate student for M.Sc. degree (in theoretical computer science), and I am considering what should be the first problem they should work on. One option is a small and ...
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Supervisor who accepted me for a research internship now says he doesn't know who I am

I've been accepted in a research internship. However, after I sent an email to my supervisor asking about some details, he told me that he has no idea about who I am, and that maybe I've been ...
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My PI assigned me to a direct supervisor who is academically incompetent. What should I do?

This is very closely related to this question. However in that question on top of the academic problems there are also major safety issues and the answers correctly focus on that. But this still ...
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Failed at all meetings

I am a postdoc researcher in mathematics and finished my Ph.D. some month ago. I wrote three papers during my Ph.D., and I am the only author for two of them. The day when I started my postdoc ...
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Should I quit a PhD with little supervision at a prestigious university and start a new PhD?

I am a second year PhD student studying at a prestigious university in the UK. My main supervisor recruited me 2 years ago just because he is interested in my field and hopes to develop a new ...
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I suspect someone deliberately ruined my experiments by poisoning my lab insects. What should I do?

I'm a graduate student who's currently working on an experiment involving some animals. I have two separate places where I keep my animals, and one of them is in a locked section of a lab (which is ...
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co-supervisor from a different university?

I am from a maths/physics background currently doing a PhD in fluid mechanics within the engineering department. I am not enjoying it as much as I'd liked and have raised this with my supervisor (only ...
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A terrible PhD situation in Germany. Please help [closed]

I am an international student in a interdisciplinary PhD in the social sciences. My supervisor has about 60 students and does not do any advising beyond a few personal favorites. My second ...
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Does time taken and a poor grade for a PHD in Germany destroy chances for a post doc? [closed]

I come from a violent country that gives me no hope for the future. I cannot go back. My supervisor has more than 30 students, did not read my chapters, and insisted that I give in the first draft as ...
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How to manage a colleague in your research group taking your idea?

I have been a newly appointed lecturer (18 months). Within my first 6 months I have advertised a PhD subject in order to recruit a good student. The specific project was advertised a year ago. I ...
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Should I leave this PhD and start another one? Would I be in trouble?

I am currently doing a fully funded PhD in a European country. I just finished my first year. The topic is ok but i dont feel very passionate about it. I dont feel i connect with the topic even though ...
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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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Why would a professor not reply? [duplicate]

A professor has offered me a summer research project at his lab. The last we had talked was on a Zoom call during which I was offered the position. He had then asked me to send my academic records ...
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What can I do if I face conflicts with my supervisor?

I am an international Ph.D. student in Canada. I have many conflicts with my supervisor and I really don't enjoy working under his supervision and I prefer to change my supervisor. However, the ...
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Should I always address both PhD supervisors in emails?

I am starting my PhD and have two equivalent supervisors at different universities in different cities. I am going to city A first and then later to B and so on. What is the etiquette regarding emails?...
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How to proceed after reject & resubmit

I recently got a reject & resubmit which usually would not bother me too much, however, this case is a bit special: The specific journal runs a single-blind peer review process. One review was ...
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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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