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If you know a family member who is much more qualified and capable in mathematics than you are, should find another field of specialisation?

Imposter Syndrome and depression: I feel pretty depressed that I am not as "qualified" as a close family member. In particular, this family member has undergraduate and graduate (PhD) degrees from Ivy ...
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Word limit on Statement of Purpose [Canada]

I am currently in the process of applying to a PhD program at a university in Canada. As part of the application, I need to submit a statement of purpose. The prompt for the statement of purpose is as ...
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The choice between changing advisor or just ignoring her and do the PhD research alone?

I'am 2nd year PhD student and I'm in the phase of problem definition and exploration for my research. Other than research, I also do both RA (working on paper review, grants, etc) and TA jobs as well. ...
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Are software engineers with PhD in demand in Academia?

I'm about to defend my PhD in Computer Science in a couple of months, and I'm struggling with deciding on a future career path. Over the course of the 8 years I spent in an academic environment, I ...
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Meaningful research in PhD with no publications

I have been doing my PhD in Computer Science for one year and a half now (Europe-based) and I feel my research is not going much far. I choose to do this after my master studies because I actually ...
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Structure of a review paper with author's unpublished data

I am wondering how to structure a review paper that contains a small portion of the authors' unpublished empirical research results. These unpublished data only account for maybe 2% of all the data ...
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How should I request a professor to restrict communication to email?

My instructor for an undergraduate math course (a professor) has been interacting with me over WhatsApp lately, and I feel that that is very unprofessional (and uncomfortable), since I (and everyone) ...
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Should I tell a colleague that he's serving as an editor for a predatory journal?

A colleague of mine, who I regard scientifically, just invited me to submit an article to a special issue of a journal which I consider predatory. I consider this journal predatory because its ...
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Ask for reference letter for applying graduate school, professor agreed, but no more follow up

I am currently preparing for the graduate school application. I was asking for reference letter from one of my Math professor who knows me well. I took classes with him for twice, went to his office ...
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How to get free programmatic access to citations counts for a given paper?

What databases allow free, programmatic access to cited-by counts for papers? Google Scholar doesn't have an API, and they block crawling attempts. SCOPUS only seems to allows you to retrieve a ...
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How to get professors to reply to my email of inquiry for research opportunities / Co-Advising

I am now in a thesis-track Master's program and will be applying to PhD next year. Now I want to do some research projects with some of the professors who have areas of interest that I am also ...
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How do universities avoid being “held hostage” by poorly-performing faculty with large grants?

Consider an assistant professor (junior, untenured faculty) in medicine, physics, or engineering who has substantial teaching obligations. This person manages to secure a large grant (e.g., $500K over ...
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What is an online publication?

While using a search engine for student theses I noticed a footnote at the bottom of page saying After a thesis is published on the HSE website, it obtains the status of an online publication. So ...
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Program to manage research

I'm searching for a PC program, that syncs to the cloud (to Dropbox?), that will allow me comfortable management of PhD research, kind of a digital lab book. That includes - Comfortably adding daily/...
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will a lab feel deterred from hiring me if my undergrad thesis is in a different subfield?

i've interned at the same lab for two summers, and they highly encouraged me to apply for a research assistant position in the spring. however, i am concerned that they will not hire me based on my ...
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Mitigating Circumstances for dissertation - being charged extra fees

I am doing an MSc in Maths. I had my exams in May/June. However, with my thesis where I need face2face supervision, I contacted the college and was told to submit a mitigating circumstances form. The ...
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Working hour in EU with multiple job

I am working as an International research assistant(in a University Library) in Germany, one of startup(based in London) ask me to involve to work as a research consultant(kind of freelancer, 5-10 ...
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How to remove NA values in a box plot in R [closed]

My code currently looks like this ggplot(data = birth_data, mapping = aes(x = as.factor(birth_data$region), y = birth_data$mother_age)) + geom_boxplot() it looks good so far, except theres an extra ...
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How to find sources for R&D information in the field of Computational Engineering especially in Aerospace Engineering [closed]

I was planning to improve my profile and for that, I was thinking of doing some small projects relevant to my field of interest. So, how can I find all the latest developments and researches that are ...
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Writing sample requirement for PhD application - submit something you assisted in writing?

I'm applying to PhD programs and some require writing samples with a reminder of prioritizing works that are related to the phd program or to my research proposal. The only related writing I have is ...
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How to avoid theft of potentially patentable IP when trying to obtain a Ph.D?

When I was fresh out of college, I worked with someone who had their Ph.D who I'll call X. They told me that they had lunch with a person from Facebook who had told them about a Novel Algorithm ...
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Adjunct offered and accepted a Full-time 1-year contract, then told to “disregard” by HR staff

I am having some trouble getting a straight answer from my school. At the start of Fall I was offered a 1-year Full-time (FT) Temporary position by appointment letter approved by the school President. ...
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How to effectively deal with Imposter Syndrome: “I've somehow convinced everyone that I'm actually good at this”

Imposter syndrome is a psychological phenomenon wherein an individual is convinced that they do not deserve the success that they have achieved despite (perhaps extensive) empirical evidence to the ...
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Journal for publishing COVID-19 research [closed]

I got some really good results, put papers on medrXiv and code on github, it's getting attention. The solution is prediction of COVID-19 vs Common Pneumonia vs Control from chest CT scans using ...
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Will applying for multiple master programs in the same department improve or worsen my chances of getting admitted to my preferred program?

I am finishing my computer science studies and I want to apply for a master degree. The CS department in my university opened 2 different master programs. One is more research oriented and the other ...
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I shouldn't have got a PhD. I am not suitable for research in my field. How should I proceed?

I shouldn't have got my PhD. I have published 5 papers in Q1 journals. But that has been possible because the topic is hot right now and much rigor is not required for publishing. I can use an open ...
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Is it okay to send a thank-you-for-teaching to a professor who taught a course a few semesters ago?

In my first semester of Ph.D., I took a course about Machine Learning (ML) because I find it very fancy and interesting (however, my field of research is theoretical physics, far away from ML). The ...
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Should I explain my grades in my cover letter?

I'm a sophomore undergrad and I'm thinking of applying to research interns in various labs for the following summer. I do not have an excellent GPA because my freshman year had been a mess due to ...
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Best way to translate paper? Services for hire?

I need to read an article that is in Russian. The article is located here, and the PDF is freely downloadable. The journal is very well known in my area of research (Topology) and publishes almost ...
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Is re-taking a course seen negatively in PhD applications?

I am re-taking a course I was registered to during a somewhat rocky exchange semester. I was too far behind on the assignments to get a good grade, and chose to wait and re-register now, two years ...
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Regret of leaving the opportunity to work on highly funded topics for something not so rewarding. How to stop remorse?

My materials science PhD group works on two different fields. Most of them work in battery technology while I am few others work in mechanical behavior of materials in aerospace materials. I was ...
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What are my chances getting into a German vet school coming from the USA? [closed]

I will be graduating an American high school this year, overall my GPA would be summed up as average. I have taken one honor class and one AP class, my grades consist of mostly A's and B's. With this ...
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Studying a second undergraduate degree part-time while doing a PhD?

I was wondering if it would be okay for a full-time PhD student (in biology) to pursue a part-time degree in an unrelated subject. I had an undergrad experience that was pretty "focused", ...
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Paper has been rejected for being published in conference proceedings, but accepted for oral presentation. What does this mean?

I am a senior undergrad. My paper has been accepted in a conference for presentation but rejected from being published in conference proceedings. I had a few questions regarding this: What does this ...
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Replying to professor after months

I'm a sophomore undergrad and had approached a professor from my department towards the end of my freshman year to work under a project under him in the summer. However, the projects he supervised ...
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Intellectual theft by a former colleague, how to respond?

I was recently given a green light by my former supervisor to conduct an analysis on individual patient data from their recently published trial for a stats class assignment (Msc). The idea was we ...
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What is the best repository for Engineering research work in pre-print format?

I'm a civil engineer myself and found no options for depositing engineering related pre-print papers in any online repositories. Is there any easy solution to this? For example, academia.edu lets one ...
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Verbal warning based on student complaints without evidence and investigation

I am working as a lecturer at a university. My students hate math and stats. Due to that, they hate my class. There is a group of students who are always shouting, yelling, and showing disrespectful ...
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Should I mention a discovery was made by mistake? How is this practice viewed?

How common is it to mention that a discovery was made by accident and if it is acceptable to say that in a paper? We often hear historical accounts on how discoveries were made by accident, however, I ...
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which of the four instructors should I ask recommendation letters from? [closed]

So I'm applying to professional masters programs this year, and I'm having trouble in deciding requesting recommendation letters from 4 instructors: a prof from my 2nd year course, a phd student who ...
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Will it violate copyright if I use an essay question from a book and write my own essay and publish it on my website?

Suppose that there is a book by Cambridge or Oxford. In that book, there are some essay samples. I want to take those essay titles and write my own essays for them. Does this violate copyright?
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Can I add a link to my ORCID Id in the statement of purpose?

Is it a good practice to add a link to the orcid ID in the statement of purpose for a PhD admission application? Also can I add a link to my published paper? Can I include an abstract as well.
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Is it appropriate to apply for the same job twice if it's re-advertised?

Last month, I saw a job offer and applied for it. I did not hear back from them, but it is not uncommon to wait for 1-2 months before hearing back (especially with the COVID-19 situation). The ...
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Is there a way to save a webpage page with Mendeley Webimporter?

We can save references from the page, but it will be great to save the entire page. As it may happen to the page is not accessible anymore later.
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Is this our fault? corringendum vs erratum

We have been advised that a recent article of ours was incorrectly published as article type y instead of article type x. Article type x and y are very similar, having the same word counts, similar ...
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Should amount of citation/references be taken into account when grading an assignment?

As I don't like looking up the internet and read all the materials or references and all that when doing assignment, thus I try to pay full attention during lectures and/or tutorials. Therefore, my ...
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Advantages of professional (student level) memberships (in computer science)

I'm a sophomore undergraduate studying CS and I look forward to getting into research in future. Is there any advantage of being a student member of societies like ACM, IEEE, etc? I think it might ...
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Research statement for second time PhD applications to a different graduate program

Context I was admitted to a graduate program(in chemical physics) in US during the fall of 2019 and after a year of coursework I realized that my research interests were more aligned towards another ...
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How to deal with unbalanced collaborations?

As a postdoc in a theoretical STEM field, I have had many wonderful collaborations where all authors contribute non-trivially to the final product. However, there was also many "unbalanced" ...
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What is the role of processing editor in a journal submission?

I submitted a paper to a high impact factor journal in my field a 4 days ago. Today, I received a email from the journal editor with the following description: Thank you for your recent submission to ...

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