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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.

Communication is critical here. If your advisor knows what you are doing and why you are doing it, there is a much better chance that he or she will be patient with a low rate of progress. You can …
answered Jan 22 '15 by Corvus
on, and how often you ask for help, it is very hard for us to judge how your advisor will interpret your request. That said, in general I very much appreciate it when my graduate students and postdocs …
answered Mar 14 '15 by Corvus
While conventions vary greatly from field to field, if your supervisor has made literally no contribution, he or she should not be listed as an author. There is been plenty of discussion here of this …
answered Mar 1 '15 by Corvus
This sets off all kind of red flags. In the absence of an extremely good rationale, this is very strange and entirely unacceptable. I would recommend that you make an appointment with your graduate pr …
answered Apr 1 '16 by Corvus
to TA. If the question is referring to why even a sociopathic advisor would want his or her students to graduate on time, there is some prestige in having students graduate quickly and move on to good positions, and some shame in having students in their sixth, seventh, and later years. …
answered Jan 8 '16 by Corvus
understands that students may choose not to complete a PhD for any number of reasons. But what I can tell you is that (1) you have zero obligation to continue for the sake of your advisor, (2) you … department has expectations that an advisor graduate students before tenure and there are not others in the queue. Hopefully this is not the case. It seems perhaps reasonable to expect an advisor to be …
answered Dec 3 '15 by Corvus
There is a very easy solution. Your supervisor can simply write something like To whom it may concern, It is a pleasure to write in recommendation of John Smith (no relation). John is...etc., …
answered Feb 25 '15 by Corvus
Obviously one needs a competent advisor with whom one is compatible. But assuming that both professors qualify, I think what matters most is the quality of the students who will be your peers. You … journals, and forth. Ultimately you will learn more from your peers than from your advisor. A sufficiently talented and ambitious cohort will hold the bar high for you and push you to excel whereas a …
answered Apr 29 '15 by Corvus
You may have answered your own question in the comment above, I fear. In many disciplines, as you say, a department will not offer acceptance if there is no one to supervise you In those disci …
answered Nov 2 '15 by Corvus
Most departments have a faculty member who serves as the director of graduate studies. Talk to this person about the situation. He or she will have much more contextual information than any of us here …
answered Jan 23 '15 by Corvus