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Am I right to be upset that no one informed me that my supervisor was leaving/has left? While it sounds like your subject (counselling psychology) is much closer than mine (mathematics) to understanding human emotions, I would suggest that it may not be productive to think of emotions in terms of "right" and "wrong". I don't know what ...


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In many places it would likely be viewed as improper. I suggest that you don't do that. Instead, ask the supervisors to pass on a note from yourself to their advisees/students/whoever in which you describe what you want to do and providing contact information for yourself. Make a plea for participation, if you like. But giving your contact information ...


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It is entirely proper to send emails at whatever time anyone wants to. It is up to the recipient to read them as they see fit.


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Is your supervisor out of academia or does she simply switch the university? Is there some possibility at your university, that someone external be a second supervisor of a thesis? If not: Maybe it will be fine for her if you find some "official" supervisor at your university, without the expertise, but she will be for you there to answer some ...


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Yes. It is called a salary. And advising is one of the duties listed when the job is offered.


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This was something I dealt with more than once as steward and executive officer for my Graduate employees union. First of all, your feelings on the matter are completely valid. I know it's a scary place to be, and I'm really surprised that Universities don't have better established protocols for dealing with this. Try not to panic, and don't worry if you don'...


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I think your advisor should have set you up with another advisor before she left. Also she should have informed you, a meeting would be nice. It really is the least she could do, and In my experience this is common (including setting up with another advisor part) Now, you can find an advisor on your own and defend to keep your topic. You will have to advise ...


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A few remarks: Those who write 20 papers a year typically write with co-authors. At this level of productivity, the authors often take over a part of the research and writing for the paper. More senior authors often do not conduct the experiments, but rather have a share in designing the overall idea developed in the paper and a part of the writing process. ...


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I really don't think you should worry about the fact that you downloaded articles from libgen or similar websites. Nobody is going to come arrest you because of that... I doubt anyone will know the articles were illegally downloaded and I highly doubt anyone will be enforcing copyright laws to the point where you will see any consequences. If you think it's ...


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I think such arrangements are uncommon. I've never come across them personally, though suspect that they do exist. On the other hand, it is normal for such things to be "counted" as part of the teaching required, so that with "enough" such students the professor might be able to teach less in the classroom. So, some institutions have a ...


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In part to make a counter-point to the (good from a different angle) accepted answer, I would argue it is not only desirable, but in fact smart from the point of view of the OP. Emails might not be the ideal communication tool (e.g. legally), but finding out how a given teacher performs from their former students is a very good idea. I have personally ...


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I have never heard of a professor being personally financially compensated for supervising a master's student. I'm not saying it never happens, but it would be uncommon, certainly in my country (UK). However, while a professor is not financially compensated, they may be given funds to cover the costs of research materials - this money would not go to them, ...


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Your question mentions two problems and you only think they have to be related: He sends "almost critique no constructive feedback" He sends it at early dawn The second point is nothing you should worry about. In academia it is quite usual that people work (or read mails, write mails, look into papers or proof read what their students sent them) ...


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A better strategy is to search through the professor's websites, publications, department website, and thesis databases (such as Proquest Disstertations) and look up past students' contact information yourself. Then email the former students directly. Former students are likely to be more informed that current students. There's also no need to ask the ...


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Not directly but as they are more likely to get publications and research grants with graduate students, supervising students helps in promotion, merit pay etc. it does affect the salary of the professor indirectly.


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It's an interesting research question and difficult to answer since many cases are unreported or without details. I agree with the comment by @benxyzzy. As far as I know, bullying in academia is on the rise. The short answer is: basically there are no specific data records of this kind of abuse and qualitatively speaking this is as prevalent in academia to a ...


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Even while I'm writing this, I feel so embarrassed. I cannot publish a paper. Try not to blame yourself for this. Based on your post, I suspect it's not your fault, but a product of your situation with your advisor. Most PhD students are only able to publish because of good support from their advisors. My advisors don't do anything for me. I am totally ...


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A simple note of thanks, but that you have made another arrangement, is enough. Only the future will tell whether you made a mistake or not. Don't worry about it. The professor will be fine. There is nothing insulting or unusual about what you've done.


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I am not entirely sure what the problem is or what you are enquiring about. As pointed out by others there seem to be two different issues: You downloading articles from libgen (or scihub for that matter) Your relation with your supervisor and how to get credit for work you've done. The first point is fairly simple. It may be illegal to download articles ...


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Not typically, but it can be the case in some places. While in some countries/universities the salary is completely fixed, it is not fixed at all such places. At some places (countries or institutions), the salary depends on the financial situation of the department and this fluid part is distributed by the head of the department, hopefully by some objective ...


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It would be serious ethical misconduct for your advisor to try to publish your work under his own name. If you find that it has been done, a note to the journal editor or conference chair would have serious repercussions for his career. You could also, then, file a claim with the university, perhaps resulting in his getting reprimanded or fired. It is ...


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The funders are more interested in the research question(s) you intend to pursue and your likelihood of successfully completing the research than they are about who, specifically, does what. Normally the PI has a guiding and supervising role over all team members and is the one to make critical decisions about the direction that the team takes. There is ...


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In Czech Republic the master/bachelor theses advisors are professors, usually from the parent faculty, or some specialists from the industry. The professors are paid for the advising the students - it is one of their duties in their contracts. The specialists from industry have their ow contracts with the university directly or indirectly through their ...


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This depends a lot on how the degree is structured in your field and in your place of study. If you are required to obtain an advisor to take you on in order to start, then it is their answer to this question that is the only important one. Different people will judge differently. However, if the admissions process is more general, as it is in most fields in ...


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Can you ask your prospective PhD advisor? Surely it is not impossible to change areas between masters and PhD, but for some topics some earlier experience may be very helpful. So it depends. As a supervisor, I'd not normally expect a PhD student to have worked in the same area before, although I had two PhD students who had done this, and it was actually a ...


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It sounds like you've been admitted to a US PhD program in computer science without guaranteed funding. While you will have to decide for yourself what to do, to me this seems like an unusual circumstance. As Buffy's answer mentions, it's common for students to not have an advisor right away in US PhD programs. However, it is not common to be completely ...


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In the US a CS student entering a doctoral program with only a bachelors seldom actually starts out with their dissertation advisor. There is plenty of time to meet people, see what they do, and impress them. The program is normally heavy on coursework initially. You might wait until your third year or so to actually wind up with the professor who will guide ...


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Messages are asynchronous. The whole benefit of asynchronous communication is that the sender can send them at whatever time is convenient for them to send it, and the recipient can respond at whatever time is convenient for them to do so, with no requirement for those two times to be particularly close to each other. If you don't want to receive emails ...


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It isn't a problem unless you make it a problem. I would think that what you have done shows initiative and would be praised normally. That should be true even if the committee suggests that you go in another direction for the thesis. But, to me, at least, saying that you have been exploring one of the options seriously would be a point in your favor. But if ...


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I would counsel against two different SoP statements. If they are compared then it makes you look like you don't really know what you want. The university might be fine with two separate applications (or not). But more important than the source of funding and the activities to earn the funds is the question of what would the research be with each of these ...


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