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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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Should I change my masters supervisor?

I am currently doing a 2-year Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering in a Canadian university under professor A and the research topic is something that I like (scramjet optimization). But ...
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My PhD supervisor is leaving for MIT and wants me transfer along, which could prolong PhD. What to do?

I'm a third-year PhD student in applied mathematics at a Canadian university, focusing on a particular scientific field. Having nearly completed all my coursework and passed my comprehensive exam, I'm ...
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Good postdoc position, but how to approach advisor about feelings of self-doubt?

There's a long text about context, so I will summarize with a direct question: Question: I haven't been able to "extract" from my PI the help that I need about building confidence and ...
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A Potential supervisor has suggested to contact two other professors as he is resigning from the University. He has cc the professors too in the mail

The Mail sent back by potential supervisor mentioned me to contact this new suggested person 1 or new suggested person 2? He has also forwarded both the professors the mail. Will it be ok to connect ...
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Why do people dislike the resources I've used in the past to get into master's and Ph.D. programs?

I'm an autistic Ph.D student (US, 4.5 years in) who's been active on a fair amount of forums and have received a fair number of negative comments in the past month regarding my academic experience. ...
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How to approach profs from different unis for (mini) research projects?

I am set to complete my Masters this year (in 2-3 months) from a local university in India, and I haven't done a research project yet throughout my UG or PG years. I really like Algebra and Topology ...
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My supervisor is promoting my work (that I think has flaws) everywhere - what to do?

I am in a situation that might seems a bit odd. I published my research work in a pretty good journal. However, I believe that peer review wasn’t very strict (in my opinion). And this work is ...
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Master thesis opportunities in High Energy Physics in Germany for Indian/International Students

My final year will start in coming August, and our department allows us to go anywhere in the world for an MSc thesis. I wish to do a one-year (min. 8 months) thesis in Germany in high energy physics ...
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Looking for some advice regarding research collaboration

I am currently in the middle of my one-year MSc. thesis at a non-brand University in Europe. Our University requires an external examiner to be part of the project. My thesis surrounds a proven ...
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I'm certain that I want to quit prestigious internship. How can I tell my current boss (a PI technically) and (more importantly) tell my Ph.D advisor?

I'm a 4th (soon to be 4.5) year Ph.D student in Experimental Psychology who recently started an internship this week. This internship only admitted 10% of applicants. I am also one of the half in my ...
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What should I do if my advisor is incorrectly advising me?

I am a fourth year PhD candidate in theoretical physics at a U.S. institution. Two and a half years ago I began working with my advisor on a topic I found interesting, despite my limited prior ...
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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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Is it possible for a postdoc to propose to supervisor to spin-off the lab into a startup? [closed]

How common is it for a postdoc in the AI area to propose and create a spin-off from a university lab with their supervisors? How usual the process is to do so if any?
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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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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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I work on a meaningless problem, no idea how to proceed

When I contacted my advisor, he had an interesting project proposal. However, since I'm a foreigner, it turns out I'm not allowed to work in that area. So, my advisor changed the project to something ...
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Joining a research lab for research experience

I graduated a few years back with a decent MSc (about 3.6 GPA equivalent) from a good European university (top 10) university. My dream was to pursue a good PhD, but I didn't manage to publish ...
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Is it possible to ask a postdoc from external university to guide my first undergraduate research?

I am a freshmen student from non top tier HK university and very interested in ML/AI/DL/RL/optimization, or some interesting applications of AI like AI for drug discovery. I have some skills: school ...
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My paper has been rejected for accusations of "gift authorship", what now?

I posted a month ago sharing conflicts that I had with my retired co-advisor about an article. This article was the remaining piece left to complete the basic requirements to acquire my PhD. This ...
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Lab Professor Prioritize Paper Publication over anything

A close friend of mine is facing a hard situation in his microbiology PhD. His professor badly wants publications. The professor tells his students that each student should publish at least 2 papers ...
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How does Admit into unstructured Phd in Psychology in Germany work? [duplicate]

I have a specific interest in studying about alexithymia. I have also drafted a research proposal and emailed it to professors from various universities across Germany. But I haven't received any ...
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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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How do I motivate my PhD students to attend seminars

I lead a research group of ten PhD students in the field of cancer research. We are doing pretty well and we are the top group at our institute in terms of publications, service and general motivation....
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How to read when the professor changes mind and rejects you [closed]

In my PhD program, I would like to go abroad to visit a foreign university, and ideally engage in research there. The thing is, I have met a relatively famous professor, who has agreed, in-person, ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

In my university it is typically the case that advisors are first authors but this comes with having them do the first author responsibilities such as making significant (original) and insightful ...
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How to say politely not to doze off during progress meeting?

In my PhD, I have two supervisors who I meet every week. One of them knows my topic very well from one perspective, but usually not too involved with the mathematical design or methodology. The other ...
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My PhD supervisor is doing nothing and is probably involved in academic misconduct. What should I do?

I am in the third year of my PhD and so far I have published one paper in top tier journal. I did all the work by myself. However after I finished everything, my supervisor told me that he would ...
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Bad "breakup" with supervisor. What do I do?

Throughout the completion of my master's thesis, my supervisor suggested that we continue on to a doctoral program together. And after successfully defending my masters thesis, he requested weekly ...
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masters thesis supervisor hands-on importance?

TLDR: how important is having a hands-on supervisor for my masters thesis? I recently started a one-year MA in sociology at a large uni in Europe (after having attended a SLAC for undergrad). My ...
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Professor claiming first authorship on former student's project

A Ph.D. student at institute A recently graduated and left the field. They had been working on a project in the last ~2 years of their programme, as part of a wider research group, but did not publish ...
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Supervisor wants ownership of an Overleaf project I created [closed]

A student approached me with some ideas he had been working on in computer science and asked if I could study the result and then write it up into article format as he dislikes writing and that it ...
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How do I determine the direction of my research?

I'm a first year PhD student in Microelectronics. I started my PhD because I was interested in the idea of Neuromorphic engineering, but I've been so confused lately. The problem is that neither my ...
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Students not involving postdoc supervisor in publication

I am a postdoc leading a project X. I have two PhD students directly supervised by me working on this project. They are 'officially' supervised by my professor. Both these PhD students went to my ...
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PhD Suggestion in 3 rd year without any progress

I am a Mathematics PhD student currently in 3 rd year. I have a funding of 5 years. But being in 3 rd year also I haven't started working on a problem yet. Whenever I ask my supervisor he always says ...
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MSc Thesis supervisor wants to push paper to conferences, yet is super obscure on the topic, he just wants to rush

My supervisor pitched this idea of working on this "sms abuse" paper, he claims it will be a "breakthrough" and no one has publish something like this before. He wants me to ...
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What do I do about a professor that demands I publish a nonsense proof?

tl;dr: Skip the first two paragraphs. I'm a student working in theoretical computer science. I recently did some research where I came up with most of the ideas, but would regularly receive feedback ...
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My main advisor quit, my retired co-advisor is being unhelpful and I am under pressure to leave the country. How do I proceed?

I was recruited by an advisor who retired midway during my PhD but agreed to keep on advising me with the help of a co-advisor. This co-advisor quit one month ago. I am currently without a main ...
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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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How to Communicate with a Postdoc PI About a Significant Problem in My First Paper

I am a newly graduated PhD who started my postdoctoral position a month ago. To help me adapt to the environment, my Principal Investigator (PI) asked me to write a brief paper for an invited ...
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PhD supervisor complaining about not getting paid for supervision

I'm a PhD student and my supervisor complained several times before about me getting a bit more money than the rest of PhD students just because I'm a foreigner given the fact that the scholarship ...
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Is it possible that my previous "milestone projects" (Master's thesis, quals project, doctoral dissertation) will be audited? [closed]

This post is also a bit of a follow up to this one: Found an error in one of the questions that appeared on screen for my dissertation study. Could this be an issue for my dissertation defense? Due to ...
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How can I navigate my research assistant position when I am performing very poorly and unable to get help from my supervisor

I am currently a research assistant at an american university. I have worked under my current supervisor since my first year of undergrad. I am now working under them in a postbac position. Thus, this ...
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Wrong Data, Wrong Direction, Career suicide [closed]

I am on a very weird situation once again. Being doing my phd in Europe since 2020. The field is computational multi-omics. I had a nice supervisor to work on a very interesting topic. After analysing ...
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Supervision is rather intrusion than guidance [closed]

Recently I joined a Ph.D. program (1st year) and I have already been thinking of quitting multiple times. It comes and goes, but I am basically very disappointed of the intellectual and social ...
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How to word request to undertake a project as a research intern rather than as a thesis, without offending potential supervisor? [duplicate]

Competitive STEM program and for our final thesis many of the potential advisors have multiple applicants per project. After being rejected for one project (initially seemed to be the top choice but ...
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do professors care how much a prospective student read about their research while applying for a research position? [closed]

How much do a student's interest and enthusiasm matter when selecting or getting interested in a student? In research position cover letters do professors care if a student has read details about ...
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PhD student's authorship - clarifying contributions in publications between two supervisors

As a theoretical physics PhD student, I work under the guidance of both a main supervisor (M-S) and a co-supervisor (C-S) who is based in a different research organization and is consulted ...
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How should I deal with a well-intentioned, but poorly organized advisor?

I am doing my PhD with a supervisor who is well-intentioned but very busy and disorganized. (It doesn't seem they're uninterested in my work.) It's always been a struggle to meet up, e-mail answers ...
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Unsure if I am the best fit to write a Recommendation Letter for a Research Internship

A promising student of mine has asked me to write them a letter of recommendation for a research internship they are applying to. I believe the student is a very good candidate for an internship, but ...
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I have a long history of suffering from power abuse, currently getting rejected research/grad applications [closed]

I am from India. I have done B.Sc and M.Sc in Physics so far. My BSc is from one of the top colleges in India (top 10). However, the professors were very narrow-minded when it came to academia. I got ...

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