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The one who helps students to select courses or an academic major, engages in a short term and long term educational planning, assists in preparing the thesis necessary to obtain the degree; or a person who advises internship students on training in industry.

, there's no way of knowing which of several types of problems you are experiencing with your advisor. The answer to all of them, however, is to have regularly scheduled meetings that are face-to-face if possible, or over a video link if you are doing distance learning. …
answered Nov 16 '14 by jakebeal
It sounds like you've found out the reason that Y is no longer a collaborator of X. Furthermore, you should thank your lucky stars that you found out now, before you committed to working with X. Ass …
answered Feb 23 '15 by jakebeal
The frequency that students and advisors meet depends a lot on the particular student and advisor, and also varies highly by time. In my experience, once a month is quite a bit on the low side, but … for the student to accomplish something but not so much so that the student is likely to end up wasting a lot of time or becoming very frustrated going down a bad path that the advisor might have been …
answered Feb 11 '15 by jakebeal
I see no problem with such a question. Just phrase it in a non-pushy way, like: Hi, XXX: I just wanted to check in on the status of our paper, since we sent it to YYY for input a couple of weeks …
answered Mar 12 '15 by jakebeal
It sounds like a significant part of your problem is coming from treating your three advisors equally when, in fact, they are not equal: one of them is your main advisor, and that distinction matters … . You can use the distinction between main advisor and co-supervisors to break the symmetry that is giving your difficulties. You don't say whether it's your main advisor or one of the others who is …
answered Dec 23 '16 by jakebeal
sufficient to supervise the research that the student will be conducting. That depends on the path of their career, the precise focus of the student's research, etc. My advisor, for example, had a Ph.D. in …
answered Mar 29 '15 by jakebeal
Once a person have graduated, there is not generally any remaining formal role for the Ph.D. advisor. In theory, a Ph.D. qualifies them as generally capable of independent scientific research, and … who can serve as friends and allies. The Ph.D. advisor is a natural starting point for building such a network, both as someone likely to be a like-minded ally and also by helping build connections …
answered Jan 5 '15 by jakebeal
Graduate admissions is different than undergraduate admissions: in order to be admitted to a good graduate school, you already have to have a solid record of sustained good performance in highly techn …
answered Apr 5 '15 by jakebeal
I'm sure that such cases might happen (and frequently do for earlier education, like elementary school), but they should not happen at the graduate student level. All of the usual concerns of nepotis …
answered Aug 12 '15 by jakebeal
In addition to interpersonal interactions, for an established person you can also make a reasonable guess based on looking up their prior advisees. Are the advisees at least as diverse (or more) tha …
answered Mar 31 by jakebeal
I have seen it go in both directions, and which way it goes seems to be strongly correlated with theoretical vs. experimental science. The more that a professor's research requires lots of "lab tech" …
answered Jan 23 '15 by jakebeal
There are several parts of a typical Ph.D. application. In some of them, sports will almost certainly not appear; in others I think it will strongly depend on whether you find your sports experience …
answered Jun 19 '16 by jakebeal
The main effect of external support on a student/advisor relationship is that there is less external pressure for production of short-term results. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing … depends strongly on the individual student and advisor. With less pressure on the student, there is more freedom to develop a unique research agenda but also more opportunity to get "lost" in the …
answered Apr 21 '15 by jakebeal
Yes, this is a fine question to ask, although I might phrase is slightly differently: "How happy are you with the progress that I am making?" which makes it a little more open-ended and focuses …
answered Jan 23 '15 by jakebeal
you think that it is too early to submit your result to this conference. Are you sure that you have a better idea of the size of contribution expected by this conference than your advisor? You don't …
answered Oct 19 '14 by jakebeal

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