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Should I stay in school?

I am most of the way through my freshman year at Washington State University, pursuing a BS in Computer Science. Going away to school has been rough, and I have been pretty depressed for most of the ...
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How to acknowledge a deceased advisor’s contributions to a paper?

One of my advisors suddenly passed away while I was in graduate school. We had some discussions and ideas about future publications, but he passed away before any of the work was completed. When the ...
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Deferring admission to a computer science graduate program

Background: I have the opportunity to pursue a Computer Science graduate degree at a well respected program (around top 20). I spoke with the professors at the university and I feel like I am a good ...
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Will PhD rejection return to haunt later?

Suppose a student applies for PhD at a university and his application is replete with problems: average academic record, poor SOP, so-so recommendations, etc and he is rejected outright. He gets an ...
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Timing an internship during PhD

Suppose there is an engineering PhD student who is unsure whether to join academia or the industry after his PhD. He does not want to take chances and applies for internship positions during the ...
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Keeping advisees aware of literature

When advising students performing research in one's group, what's the best way to make sure that they keep on top of the literature? Is it best to forward any article of interest to the student? ...
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Ratio of faculty positions to applicants

A few years ago for every fresh PhD graduate in Management Information System (MIS), there were three open faculty positions. Then the ratio of graduates to positions dwindled to 1: 2, then to 1:1.5, ...
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Tools to assist with upper-division grading?

Are there any commercial or free products that assist professors with grading students? I've seen many K-12 solutions, but these are generally without robust curve options. I've seen a lot of ...
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When does a PhD end?

When does a PhD end? I know this is a very general question on this forum, but let us consider a CS-engineering group. What is the usual and primary consideration for letting the student finish ...
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Why don't researchers publish failed experiments?

The following might be a slight generalization for all fields but something I've noticed especially in the field of Scientific Computing: Why don't people publish failures? I mean, if they tried some ...
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How to improve technical writing

Whenever I write an article, I feel the result is not good enough. Although every theorem is solid and correctly proven, something is always "squeaky". The main evidence for my feeling shows itself ...
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How to become well-known in the research community while being a PhD student

This question is mainly about building useful contacts during the course of the doctorate. How does one keep the relevant community in other universities informed about his/her research work? One way ...
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Tool to manage and/or make available a list of my publications on the web?

This some kind of follow up question to How to prevent plagiarism of my papers?, since I've been clearly convinced that it was in my best interest to put my own papers on my webpage. Now, since I ...
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Business School professors - how different are they?

I recently saw a listing of professor salaries at various departments in Stanford. I found that the folks at GSB earn significantly more than what other Dept. people do. This is the motivation for my ...
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PhD in Management Science and a faculty position in CS

I would like to know how willing would staff in CS department of reputed universities would be to hire doctorates from relevant non-CS departments, for example, say, management science or operations ...
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How to prevent plagiarism of my papers?

I have recently discovered that several of my papers have been plagiarized in order to create one paper, and that this paper has been published at a conference. I informed the organizers of the ...
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Is it possible to work on extra activities (start-up project) during PhD?

I am about to get my bachelor degree in computer science. I have applied PhD programs of US universities to earn doctorate degree in computer architecture subject. I kept my hopes high and applied the ...
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How do I create a workshop/conference?

I have noticed that there is no real workshop or conference in my particular field of research, that tends to be across different fields (for instance, security and risk). There are of course general ...
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What are some tips for crowdfunding science off websites like PetriDish?

What are some perks that would increase the amount of dollars that people spend on a venture? And what level of transparency would be useful? Petridish is a recent KickStarter-like startup for ...
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At loss about CS specialization/sub-field [closed]

Unfortunately, I did not know where to post this sort of question as it is very ambiguous. So I figured the Academia forum was the best place to ask, but feel free to point me to another direction. ...
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What are the 25th-75th percentile ranges for the annual income for graduate students in the United States?

And are there differences in average income between different types of fields, or different types of schools? The diagram below says that the average income for grad students is $17k/year. But I'm ...
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Is there generally a high amount of variability in the number of hours grad students put to work each week?

As in, it's certainly not a standard 8-5 job of 40-50 hours per week. Is it common (and expected) for them to sometimes put in 80 hours a week, and to occasionally put in 10 hours? (say, during times ...
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Skimming through a math paper with a group

I am an M.Sc. student in mathematics. I was recently invited by some Ph.D. students and Post-Docs (a group of 5 people, including myself) to join their study group. We are reading a specific text, ...
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Is it the norm to allow professors from different departments on a PhD committee?

Or is this the exception to the norm? I know that it's allowed at Brown - but I wonder if it's unique.
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Ways to manage something like a 'work-life balance'?

According to a recent international study on work-life balance within academia "a majority of researchers and scientists had conflicts between their work schedules and personal lives at least two ...
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How should multiple Harvard references with same first author but different coauthors be made?

This question was written by a friend of mine. I'm helping them by posting it here, with permission. How should I use the name-year referencing system (loosely speaking, the Harvard system) in such ...
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When is it appropriate to decline a review request?

There are some clear reasons to decline a review request, such as conflict-of-interests or not enough free time (e.g., going on a vacation..). But what if you are just not interested in the paper you ...
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Can I publish the reviews I write?

This is a follow-up question to Open versus Blind reviewing process, and is somehow related to What happens to the reviews that people write for journal articles after they're sent back to the ...
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When should a supervisor be an author?

I understand that in a lot of big-lab fields it is common for the principal investigator to append their name to a paper even if they did not write the paper, design the experiment, or collect data ...
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How to handle not having my PhD advisor as a reference?

I received my PhD in 2009 and my adviser will not provide a good recommendation for me. This is mostly because we have fundamentally different approaches to science, and in retrospect I see that I ...
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How to efficiently read mathematically and theoretically dense books in STEM fields?

When it comes to reading, there are literally thousands of methods from Speed Reading to SQ3R to Sequential(Word by Word till the end). My question is regarding reading mathematically/theoretically ...
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Open versus Blind reviewing process

A question I have been wondering for a while is if there exists an actual proof that a blind reviewing process (i.e. where the reviewers are anonymous, and the reviews not published) is better than an ...
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Is web-presence important for researchers?

How important is web-presence to researchers? How does its importance vary by fields? (My interest is STEM, theory in particular) I noticed that there is a pretty large variation in amount of web-...
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How do you join programme committees for conferences?

For most conferences in my field it seems to be invitation-only, i.e. somebody has to suggest you/remember you. Are there any conferences that have open calls for applications to the programme ...
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Looking for sources of online graduate-level education

Can anyone suggest sources of online graduate-level education, as well as some criticism of them? Both free and paid are valid. I'm familiar with these sources: Academic Earth MIT OpenCourseWare Kahn ...
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How common is it to write out a script for a talk? What are the benefits?

I have never written a verbatim script for a talk. I have at times written notes or outlines, but I never read from them when presenting (and rarely when practicing). With enough (weeks) of practice, ...
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Do professors benefit from undergraduate research?

And does it depend on the type of field? Undergrads in biology can do the menial work, but what about undergrads in the computational sciences? Are they more or less likely to benefit from ...
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What should be included when inquiring about the status of my application?

I am currently applying for research and faculty positions. After an initial phone interview, how can I politely ask for feedback on the status of my application? What are the necessary, optional, and ...
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Who pays travel & per diem costs for invited lecturers?

When an academic is invited to give a talk at another university, are their food and travel expenses usually fully reimbursed by the university that invited the professor?
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How can a graduate school applicant improve his application for next year's season?

It seems I'm about to have a bad application season, as all schools I'm waiting to hear from have given out offers of admissions to other applicants. I'm trying to come up with a viable plan to turn ...
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How does making notes of what you read help you in research/teaching?

I have always refrained from making notes from my childhood. But now, my adviser wants me to make notes of what I study saying that it would be very beneficial for me in future. So, following his ...
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What are the primary causes of conflict between PhD advisors and their students?

Here's a very interesting analysis from a professor's point of view on the primary causes of conflict between PhD advisors and their students: In my experience, incompatible personalities account ...
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Are the Survey rankings for the National Research Council really more objective than the Regression rankings?

This blog post argues so, but I have my doubts since the author works at a graduate program whose S-rankings are much better than its R-rankings. I have a feeling that R-rankings do capture some ...
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What percent of assistant professors generally receive tenure, and how does this percent vary depending on both school and field?

Are new assistant professors more likely to receive tenure in an expanding field, like biology? And are they less likely (percentage-wise) to receive tenure at elite schools?
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How many minutes per day do most professors spend reading and replying to emails? [closed]

I know that the time greatly varies from professor to professor, but what are some good 25th percentile to 75th percentile estimates? And does the time spent reading/replying to emails generally ...
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What role do professors on a graduate student's PhD committee serve?

Do they discuss the graduate student in meetings with each other? Or do they have any obligations to interact with the graduate student in other ways?
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Alphabetical author list in non-alphabetical journal

(A followup for this question) Say your field's convention is to have alphabetical-ordered author list. What should you do when your work is accepted to a (multidisciplinary) journal in which the ...
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Does a informative and clear professor webpage often increase the number of prospective PhD students who apply to work for the professor?

Here is what I would call a particularly informative and clear professor webpage. Of course, it's not the most important thing (for me, personally, I mostly discovered professors through asking ...
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How good are "For Dummies" books in Academic Study?

I am often faced with questions in areas which cross my boundaries of knowledge. For instance, as an engineer, sometimes I am needed to study the basics of Anatomy or something like that. This might ...
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How often do graduate students help connect professors with each other?

I know that a couple of UChicago professors told me that, especially if a graduate student ends up co-advised with two professors. Maybe there's an additional factor too: maybe students actually have ...
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