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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.

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that the project will lead to a dead end. I see two possible solutions: If you have a good relationship with your advisor, speak with him about your concerns. He may admit that he's not sure where … to ask your advisor to introduce you to collaborators with whom you can complete the project, as he's only tangentially interested. If your advisor likely won't listen to you, then put in the month …
answered May 24 '12 by eykanal
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this". At the very least, I would talk with your graduate advisor or another professor in the department to get their perspective on the task you're being asked to do. It may very well be something …
answered Aug 13 '15 by eykanal
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). I definitely recommend talking to other students; some professors are more difficult to work with than others, and you likely won't get that type of information from your advisor. Regarding how to …
answered Aug 10 '12 by eykanal
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be a good way to generate discussion and get feedback on your ideas from someone other than your advisor. The most useful discussion I had in the entirety of my graduate career happened with one of my … committee members, not my advisor. Some programs require you to have a co-chair not in your program. In that instance, your graduate program would like to make sure you leave the program with exposure to disciplines other than your own, and this policy enforces that. …
answered Jul 22 '15 by eykanal
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Request to meet with the professor. Make it very clear in the email/phone call/carrier pigeon note that you are looking to apologize for previous poor behavior/performance and want to make amends. He …
answered Sep 6 '16 by eykanal
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In this case, you should let your advisor know, because the time spent in the classroom is time not spent in the lab. Since he's paying you for your time, if you will be doing daytime activities that … , and he (or his grant) would be covering these costs. Generally speaking, the more communication between you and your advisor, the better. …
answered Jul 23 '12 by eykanal
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One minor counterpoint to @adipro's answer: rather than age of the professor, consider where they stand in their professional career. Age aside, you want to make sure that they're still highly active …
answered Apr 20 '16 by eykanal
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You listed it in your question, but just to state it as an answer, you will always want to look into any professor before joining their lab. This includes: Looking up their publications and becoming …
answered Feb 16 '12 by eykanal
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as your advisor suggests, working towards completing the thesis even though there's a major flaw. This happens probably more often than you think; I learned halfway through my own thesis that the …
answered Aug 25 '15 by eykanal
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I can't think of a reason why it should not be sent. The professor wrote it, his (untimely) passing shouldn't affect its being sent out. It may be a good idea to have the secretary include a note that …
answered Dec 18 '16 by eykanal
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I'm guessing that he has had a number of candidates who were unclear on that from the outset and that he's simply clarifying to make sure there's no confusion prior to your joining the lab. I don't kn …
answered Jun 2 '17 by eykanal
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From your stated question, you need to tread carefully. The nature of the environment at those presentations is one where the professors are looking for potential graduate students, not collaborators. …
answered Feb 24 '12 by eykanal
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From my experience, the process of searching for and applying to graduate programs occurs simultaneously with the searching for graduate research labs. Successfully interviewing at one can significant …
answered May 7 '14 by eykanal
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Taking a slightly different tack from @ff524's comment on your question, I strongly recommend you consult with university legal staff. A previous advisor of mine owned a business outside of the … documented and accounted for. Neglecting to do this puts your advisor on the path to lawsuits, and suffice to say, "thar be dragons." I won't even try to comment on your own liability in this situation, because I Am Not A Lawyer™. This is a legal matter; consult a legal expert. …
answered Oct 7 '16 by eykanal
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could simply state that as you progressed through your research your interests diverged, and that would be both truthful and tactful. Regarding finding another advisor, I would try the following: Talk … significant amount of time; your new advisor will almost certainly want you to do things you haven't yet done, and will not fully value some things you already have done. Lastly, I would definitely recommend meeting with your advisor more frequently to avoid such situations in the future. …
answered Jun 22 '12 by eykanal

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