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Ethics of “Double Dipping”: Helping 2 professors with research during the summer

Some Context: Over the past year, I have built relationships with 2 of the professors at my university. In this case, I was referred to Professor X by Professor Y. The professors work in two related ...
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Breaking code into multiple methods (Java)

I am trying to complete an assignment and I can't figure out why I am getting this error. The error reads: "variable ______ might not have been initialized". I don't understand because I initialized ...
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How to cite primary source first found in secondary source?

I have the following situation (I am in the humanities): I am writing a paper. In that paper, I several times cite a particular scholar's book. Now, in that book, this scholar cites (not quotes) a ...
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Identifying a published error

Hypothetical: I found an error which fundamentally kills a published paper and re-opens a number of problems the paper claimed to solve. Not only is there an error, but the results are actually wrong....
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Putting class ranking in CV, but against dept guidelines

I graduated last year from a master's course where I was fortunate enough to top the cohort. However I was told this in confidence by one of my referees to a PhD programme, and they informed me that ...
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Can our thesis supervisor forced us to publish the thesis paper?

I am an undergraduate student and I wrote my thesis in a group (5 members). It is a academic procedure that in the final year we have to perform thesis which have 3.00 credits and we have a supervisor ...
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Discrimination against theists by atheists in academia [on hold]

Several times I read or heard about the claim that there is a discrimination against theists in academia by atheists. For example the german newspaper ZEIT Campus ONLINE cites an anthropologist Robert ...
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How do I convince professors that I have enough math for the PhD position?

I just got an answer from one of the professors who interviewed me for a PhD position. It said: "...Unfortunately, I can not bring you good news. Among all candidates you were the one with the ...
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Is there hard evidence that the grant peer review system performs significantly better than random?

Funding agencies in academia use peer review to assess the quality of submitted grant proposals and to decide which proposals should be funded. I have some doubts that this system actually works based ...
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Problem with a cheater supervisor

I am a third-year PhD student in Germany, and I have some issues with my supervisor. To make a long story short, he does not read my research drafts but instead, he asks us to review papers he takes ...
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Hyperbole language [on hold]

I received feedback from my tutor saying that my use of “in other words” was hyperbole. My understanding of hyperbole is that it’s exaggerated language. How is “in other words” an exaggeration?
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graduate studies in a physical science lab that has slowed down

How can I make the best of graduate studies in a physical science group that has slowed down, in order to prepare for job/career opportunities afterward? The group deals with molecular beam ...
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‘Inoculum’ vs ‘inoculant’ – which one is it? [migrated]

I’m currently writing the report of a study which looked at commercial soil inoculants (Rhizobium sp.). However, I’m confused about the differences between the words inoculum and inoculant and when to ...
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Not sure if a postdoc is for me. Terrible at quantitative methods [on hold]

I am a finishing PhD student in the field of cognitive neuroscience. During my PhD program I was underperforming than anyone else in my department (in my belief at least). Although I liked research, ...
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Do graduate school admissions ask for major GPA?

I want to go to Caltech or Princeton for astrophysics. My undergrad transcript doesn't show major GPA, btw.
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What to do during Math PhD to have options in industry?

I have recently been accepted to a top five math PhD program. The department seems to have a good mix of pure and applied math, and there are plenty of opportunities for collaboration with other ...
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Changing supervisor [on hold]

I have been working with my supervisor and in one of the meeting, he said to me that I'm not progressing enough although I have a paper published and suddenly all of my interest working with him is ...
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Accepted to PhD program but declined, but now want to return 3 years later

I got accepted to a PhD program at a university 3 years ago, sent an offer and everything but declined. Now I have secided I want to return. Is there any possibility of being admitted again without ...
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Discrediting young academic in a conference

I'm an early-career scientist and I attended a conference 2 years ago organised by a local university. I presented the results of one of my first funded research projects and I included my assistants ...
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Waiting for an overdue review?

I have submitted my paper on 12-Jan-2019. The journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts for online submission. The status has been changed to Awaiting Reviewer Scores in the same week I created the ...
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Writing to a professor who contributed to my research paper

I was working along with a professor on a research paper during my masters in 2014. I graduated in that year but we still worked on the paper for next year. After that I moved to another city for my ...
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Using slashes in academic research papers

Is it ok to use a slash to separate alternatives, as in "If 1st_method/2nd_method is used and 3rd_method exists....", in academic paper writing?
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Doing postdoc at a non-famous university in France or doing a second PhD at a good university in UK [on hold]

I would really appreciate it if you could help me. My ultimate aim is to be able to stay and live in a well developed European country. To do so, I have applied and being accepted in two different ...
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If my PI received research grants from a company to be able to pay my postdoc salary, did I have a potential conflict interest too?

I was a postdoctoral fellow at a university and received nothing but the regular postdoc salary. I received no grants myself, but worked on various projects, many of which happened to be industry ...
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Changing ordering of authorship in a proceeding

In the field of applied math where a paper has been accepted for a conference presentation (talk), is it common for the ordering of the authors to be changed for a proceeding that entails thereafter?
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For a new assistant professor in CS, how to build/manage a publication pipeline

I am a new assistant professor in a research institute, where the number of top-tier publications matter a lot. In short, they simply count the number of tier-one papers. I am highly advised to work ...
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Physics PhD switching fields after short career break?

I was hoping to get some advice from anyone here on a situation I find myself in. I am currently about 8 months into studying for a PhD in particle theory at a top UK university. The department is ...
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What should I do if professor grades unfairly?

Background: I take the required course through another university in order to graduate earlier, and that is how my nightmare starts. From the first few weeks, everything was going fine; however, ...
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Authors' contributions statement to highlight contribution of an undergraduate student

Statements of authors' contributions appear to be a standard practice in journal papers from experimental sciences or similar fields. Yet I haven't seen many such examples in mathematics. I'm ...
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how to bring into full play what was prepared during faculty interviews [on hold]

A faculty interview is short, whether it be a skype one or an onsite one. Esp for the former, as interviewers have tight and non-negotiable time limits, it's so short that there's little space beyond ...
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What's a good space online to share one's research findings?

What's a good social media space online to show one's research findings? For instance, I have in mind sharing some exciting results with brief descriptions, progress, data plots, movies -- without ...
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Is it wise for an undergraduate to contact a professor they would like to work under for a PhD program

Would it be wise to ask my current undergraduate research advisor to put me in contact with the people he knows within the math department at his former Ivy league school. I really need help to best ...
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Is it fair for a professor to grade us on the possession of past papers?

My English professor recently asked us to bring in all of our graded essays from the whole semester in order to fill out a 'rubric' of sorts which tallied the various types of mistakes we had made. ...
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What GPA do I need to have a chance at getting into Harvard's CS PhD program? [on hold]

By the end of my undergraduate at the University of Utah I will have a year and a half of research and a GPA of about 3.8 overall.
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Is the Church potentially to blame for the lack of scientific literacy amongst common people? [on hold]

During the sixteenth and seventeenth century, revolutionary pioneers such as Galileo Galilei and Nicolaus Copernicus were making rapid advancements in science, technology, and philosophy; observations ...
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An ex-student of my future supervisor is accusing the lab of fraud. How does this affect me?

I start my master's degree in this lab in September. After accepting my offer I found out that an ex-PhD student has been spreading rumors that the supervisor is publishing fraudulent data, going back ...
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Likert Scale Data Analysis [on hold]

How do i go about analysing Likert scale items which are sub grouped in a variable or categories such as; socio-economic factors, political factors e.t.c.
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When to take a make up exam? [on hold]

I have been needing a root canal for a year already, now my pain is very very bad. i only have medical so finding dentists that take this insurance is very hard. i finally found one, but it is 2 hours ...
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Does Joseph Campbell's advice work for the natural sciences? [on hold]

This article quotes famous mythologist Joseph Campbell as saying: "Reading what you want, and having one book lead to the next, is the way I found my discipline. I’ve suggested this to many of my ...
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Schools in mathematical biology [on hold]

What are some good schools that offer PhDs in mathematical biology? A list of tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3 schools would be fantastic. Furthermore, what are some schools that have research going on in ...
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Poor Grade in First Real Analysis Course

I'm currently a sophomore majoring in pure math with the hopes of going to graduate school to study applied math, specifically numerical analysis, machine learning, statistics. I have A's in my ...
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What are advantages/disadvantages of Habilitation over PostDoc in case of academic career?

As far as I know a PostDoc in USA is 2 years of research program. Habilitation is 4-8 years program. So, why is this difference in time frame? What are advantages/disadvantages of Habilitation over ...
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Advice needed--reaching out to a potential advisor

I have applied to a Canadian university for a math PhD starting this fall. I was very keen on working with Prof. A and he in fact, had encouraged me to apply. Few days earlier, I reached out to him ...
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Will my student insurance in US, as an international student cover my pre-existing ileostomy caused due to Crohn's disease? [on hold]

I am planning on applying abroad for my further studies. But I have this disease called Crohn's, due to which currently I am having an ileostomy. Few of the costs associated with ileostomy are I need ...
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Cite article under consideration [on hold]

How does the citing matrix do not consider the account into all cited articles from different sources?
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Pre-tenure strategies to spend less time on bureaucracy, and more on research

In the past year, as faculty, I have spent 33% of my time on paperwork and bureaucratic activities. This does not include service (committees,department meetings, etc), and is after hiring a full time ...
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Lecturer position or government job offer? [on hold]

I am a PhD Candidate who just finished the qualifying exam. I received an offer for a job offer. While I told this to my adviser, she told me that she will talk to the dean to give me a Lecturer ...
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Is the quality of work done in PhD a measure of my abilities to pursue academia?

As a fifth year PhD student in chemical engineering (in North America) who's about to submit his thesis in 4 months, I have a serious doubt about my capabilities. My PhD thesis was in an area not ...
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Is it rude to change universities/supervisors after already indicating research interest with a current supervisor?

I am currently an undergraduate student studying in an area of mathematics and am planning to apply to do a masters research degree next year. I have been doing research with my supervisor who works ...
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My supervisor said they are working on my offer

My proposed PhD supervisor told me the department is currently working on my offer. Does that mean my admission is guaranteed? And what can they be doing?

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