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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Graduate level advising - how to put limits to the nature of questions and make students independent?

I just started advising graduate level students, I am having a lot of problems. I thought I would be a patient, understanding, helpful advisor but really I am being tested. One of the students only ...
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How is auditing a course viewed by professors teaching the course?

I'm a first year math Phd student. I'm undecided between focusing on mathematical computer science (MCS) and pure maths, so I'm taking courses in both. To keep my workload light enough to avoid stress,...
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US STEM graduate schools: fact-check [closed]

I am contemplating on submitting a few applications to graduate schools in the US, while being based in the EU. Having read a little bit about the graduate schools in the US, I have formed certain ...
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Can I have two PhD supervisors from two different UK universities?

I have two unconditional offers from two UK universities in law. University A assigned me one supervisor only, but he is the greatest in part of my thesis. University B also assigned me one supervisor,...
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What are the advantages and downsides of a broad PhD thesis? [closed]

A previous version of this question focused too much on my personal situation. The current one aims at being more generic. The main question boils down to what are the advantages and disadvantages of ...
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Is it normal I haven't met my supervisor yet?

I arrived in Montreal on April 3rd, 2020. It was during the coronavirus pandemic and I spent the first half of the summer taking a course with my Supervisor, I got A+. In the second half of the summer,...
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Can my old supervisor publish my work without my say so

So I completed my PhD in Jan this year and have graduated. Since then I have left academia/research and ended up in a regular job I love despite it being something that is unrelated to my PhD. My ...
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Should the supervisor work in the laboratory with the student during M.Sc.?

I was just employed in the foreign university as assistant professor. I am going to have one M.Sc. student soon but I am not sure how much independence should he get. At my previous university we ...
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Examiner proof-reading master thesis before submission. Is this allowed?

I know someone who is currently writing their master’s thesis. They will be the single author of the document. Our (German) university requires a statement that says something like: ‘I wrote all of ...
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In law schools do JD professors supervise PhD students?

I know that law schools, unlike most other academic faculties hire a significant portion of their professors without a doctorate (PhD, D.Phil, etc) but just with a JD law degree. I come from a science ...
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Talking to supervisor about PhD projects

I am an international PhD student, in the last lap of my PhD, and have a little more than a year to defend my thesis. My work is in theory, and our simulations take a lot of computing time. As we are ...
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Should I ask my supervisor before adding a spin to the project I was assigned, or go ahead and try to make it work?

I am a volunteer intern (funds are frozen for uni research assistants due to the pandemic) on a CV/ML project. Awhile back, I was assigned to detect and label moving objects in a video. After doing ...
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Should I email the university admin to explain that one of my references is out of office until Monday?

I emailed my undergrad supervisor back in July asking them to write a reference letter, which they agreed to. I had an email from the uni I am applying to yesterday stating they were yet to receive ...
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How do you keep up motivation during individual doctoral research projects in the short run

I always have been extremely motivated in my research area and project. My team and I have been writing our current paper over the last 6 months, and since we stumbled upon bugs, the process became ...
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A new PI or the brilliant current PI [closed]

We, STEM students, until we get somewhat a permanent position in our career, we work in different labs, with different PIs and people throughout our student life, starting from bachelor to our post-...
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Can I join two different research labs as a Ph.D. student?

I'm a PhD student and there are two labs that work in very similar fields, but different departments. Both look great, but I'm not sure which will benefit my research more (resources, collaboration, ...
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Asking A Colleague for a Letter of Recommendation

I am working as an Assistant Professor at a university for over 2 years, but I am not happy with my current job and university. I want to apply to a university in another country (from where I've done ...
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Supervising same work again and again

I found few professors having supervised more than 200 masters theses 'each' in the past 14-15 years. When looked at these theses, I found that out of 200 theses supervised by a professor, more than ...
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Enquiry emails for grad school

I will be applying for grad school soon and have drafted a few informal enquiry emails. When would be the best time to send out informal enquiry emails to potential supervisors? Would it be advisable ...
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Is it okay to ask a professor what they expect in a grad student for a research assistantship position?

I'm joining a grad school for a research-oriented Masters in CS in Germany, early next year. There's a professor whose research interests me, but I certainly don't know enough currently to contribute ...
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Should I make my research students' pay contingent on completion of tasks (such as reading/summarizing papers)?

I received a fund that I can use explicitly for paying graduate (master's and doctoral) students for research. These students already receive a stipend from the university, but most advisors who can ...
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Need help — Principal investigator with abusive behavior

I am doing a postdoc with a principal investigator (PI) at an American university. Research is going great, with three publications in one year. But the PI has serious issues. I would say he is a ...
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How to get women to apply for theses and research projects requiring (rudimentary) programming skills?

I started my own research (sub) group in a STEM field some months ago at an EU university (bachelor/master/PhD system). Every student has to do a bachelor's thesis (6 weeks), research internships (...
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Collaboration with other researchers except supervisors

I am wondering if it is ethical and acceptable that a Ph.D. student receiving fund and RA from a university and a Prof collaborates on a topic with other researchers and professors (other universities)...
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Tips required ::: How to engage facebook group memebers to gather data for text anlaytics task [closed]

I am working in NLP (Text Analytics) domain. I am asked to perform some text analytics tasks (tasks such as Sentiment Analysis, QA using NLP? ) on a Facebook group. I am not sure how to engage group ...
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Doing a STEM Masters after a non-recognized Masters/PhD

I am from a third-world African country. I have a STEM Masters degree from a non-recognized university (ranked 3000 or more worldwide). I am doing a PhD at the same university where I will be ...
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Part Time(Germany) vs Full Time PhD(Netherland) [closed]

I have a very complex situation. I am doing my PhD from last 14 months in the area of Computational Social Science in Germany. I have 2 publication(1 workshop and 1 Journal), 2 submitted paper(Tier 1 ...
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Is it ok to write a professor again who did not reply me yet? [duplicate]

I have written a professor who has an available Ph.D. position with my CV. After 3 days the professor replied with an apology for being late and said she went through my CV carefully and my work ...
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How to guide more number of graduate students?

I am researcher (Assistant professor ) in computer science. I work on topics which takes more than one year to publish a single paper. Due to my interest I work in these kind of topics. There is one ...
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Is it common to include author without any contribution in a paper? [duplicate]

I have recently finished a paper and send it to my supervisor for review. He corrected it and before submission, he added some authors (some labmates, collaborators) who have no idea about my project. ...
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Is there a multi-supervisor multi-author PhD thesis culture anywhere in the world?

Current PhD training culture involves supervisor student relationship, atleast at my institute. There is a risk associated with single point failures that might arise as a result of testing a ...
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Could I choose a PhD supervisor from a different university?

I want to apply for a PhD at a Canadian university, but I currently am in a Masters Program in the US. If I attend this new university, would I be able to choose a PhD supervisor from my current ...
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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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What should you do when your professor does not pay you for completed research work?

I had an oral agreement with a supervisor that I was to complete research work for him. We established how many hours I was to work, and my hourly rate, when the work was to be done, etc. I completed ...
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Bachelors thesis supervisor headed for emeritus; professorship won't be restaffed

First off, I'd like to acknowledge that I am not sure whether this post fits here, as most discussions on here revolve around higher levels of academic life. Let me know/remove this post if it does ...
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What kinds of student mentorship and supervision merit inclusion on CV?

An academic can mentor or supervise a student in many different ways, but I'm unclear about what actually merits inclusion on a CV. Some examples that are clear cut to me include: -dissertation ...
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How much help should one expect from their PhD advisor to get a job (academic or industry)?

How much help can one expect from their PhD advisor to get a job (academic or industry)? Is it true that graduates often get positions just by having their advisor make a "phone call"?
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Should I send a follow-up email or call again (to potential PhD supervisor)?

Sunday: I sent an email to a potential PhD supervisor. Sunday 4pm: he responded asking me to call him tomorrow . Monday 11am: I responded yes and asked if there's a preferred time. Tuesday 1am: he ...
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Is it ok if I write to all professors that are offering Ph.D. positions the same email?

I saw some Ph.D. positions from a particular university. Most of the projects align well with my interest. So before applying, I want to write the professors some queries (e.g. just to know what he is ...
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My student: “As of now it is unknown, why…”. I have very recently found out why. Do I tell him?

I'm supervising an undergrad student. STEM, if that's relevant. Due to Corona, his contract ending and me leaving this job we haven't spoken in quite some time. He has now worked at home and has ...
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Is it rude to leave and switch to a lab that's collaborating with your own lab (and how to go about doing so)?

I've signaled to my advisor and collaborators my intent to quit pursuing my PhD at the school I'm currently at. I essentially gave a 3-month notice while I get as much done as I can on one of our ...
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Supervised master students not following instructions: how common and how to deal with them?

I started as a postdoc at the end of last year, and my background is computer science if this helps. My current PI asked me to supervise two students, both went really bad (details below). Student 1 ...
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Trying to volunteer as a research assistant post-Master's and not having any success so far [duplicate]

I'm an MS in CompSci grad who wants to do a PhD someday. The one thing I don't have from my time in undergrad and MS is significant research experience. Of course, I did undergrad research but was ...
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PhD supervisor is extremely “hands-off”: How can I get better feedback for my research projects and cope with this situation?

I'm currently a PhD student at a US University. The relationship between my advisor and me is extremely hands off, and she only contacts me to help write grants and to review papers. While she does ...
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Grad student overseeing (undergrad) student: how much to help?

This summer I'm lucky to have an undergrad extending some work I did for my thesis. The stuff I work on requires you to use complicated software, as well as strong familiarity with Linux commands. ...
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How Might The Pedagogy Of A PhD Supervisor Differ From That Of An MSc Supervisor

An MSc and PhD are quite different both in terms of the length and the expectations placed on the students undergoing the program. First, let's just assume that the 'students' I reference below are ...
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Should I choose my former supervisor as a referee, even though my personal issues unfairly put him under a lot of pressure?

This question is potentially UK-specific. A couple of weeks ago I received a conditional offer of appointment to become a temporary Coronavirus Response worker in a Welsh NHS hospital, and now I am ...
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Incorporating results of supervised student theses in own thesis

During my PhD thesis, I supervised the creation of Bachelor's and Master's theses. The official supervisor was always my own PhD supervisor (since I am officially not yet allowed to do university-...
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Took too long to complete thesis - confidence buried six feet under. How to explain this to employers?

Question: How to explain to potential employers why it took so long to complete my master's degree without partially blaming my thesis supervisor? I just completed my master's degree in North ...
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Accepted by potential thesis supervisor while still waiting to hear back from two others. How to respond?

I wanted to know your opinion about this: I had interviews (separate) with three professors that they know each other. One of them which is not my first choice has accepted me, the others still have ...

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