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Is it reasonable for my master's supervisor to forbid me from having private communications with my co-supervisor?

Seems to me that your supervisor is trying to create and maintain order in the communication process. There are tons of reasons why he might be making this request. Here are 10 potential reasons (...
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Is it reasonable for my master's supervisor to forbid me from having private communications with my co-supervisor?

If the co-supervisor is not at your degree awarding institution, your supervisor has responsibility for making sure your master's is marked correctly, and that you are treated fairly, that reasonable ...
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Is it reasonable for my master's supervisor to forbid me from having private communications with my co-supervisor?

My guess is that your supervisor wants to minimize the burden on the co-supervisor. Frankly speaking, master's students don't know very much yet, and this includes knowing which questions are ...
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Is it reasonable for my master's supervisor to forbid me from having private communications with my co-supervisor?

My first impression is that he doesn't want you to get contrary or conflicting directions that might lead to trouble down the line. That would be perfectly ethical. If the co-supervisor is somehow ...
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What is your advice on reaching out to an external mentor to judge a research idea I am working on?

Let me add a bit to the answer of Thomas Schwarz. First, I'll repeat the comment that your advisor is the best person to connect you with someone else, assuming you think it is wise to ask. If that is ...
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What is your advice on reaching out to an external mentor to judge a research idea I am working on?

Put yourself in the shoes of the person that you are writing to. Because you selected someone important, X (the person that you selected) will be busy and receive a certain number of emails. Each ...
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How to submit paper if the student has graduated (and does not return emails)

Although it is obviously advisable to get consent for your work from all authors, it seems that at this point one co-author is not responding, not co-operative to an extreme level, and as far as we ...
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How to submit paper if the student has graduated (and does not return emails)

Once shared, ideas are worth nothing. On their own, ideas can't be patented or protected. What matters is your ability to implement your own idea towards a recognised form of an output (paper, patent, ...
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How to submit paper if the student has graduated (and does not return emails)

Actually there isn't much you can do but keep trying to contact the student. You need their permission to publish and to include their name. You can, however complete the work alone and only require ...
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Dealing with a passive-aggressive and seemingly biased advisor

There are two possibilities: (1) Your view of the world is warped and you are overreacting / misinterpreting. (2) Your advisor hates you or thinks that you are too difficult to handle. The truth might ...
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Sending your potential advisors your preprint that you have not posted on arXiv

Yes, there should be no problem with this. People in general are honest as well as helpful. Presumably you are applying to people with a solid reputation and you have already explored that. Don't send ...
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Is there an independent and fair organisation for investigating and documenting discrimination and power abuse in academia?

Many universities have a standard process to handle these cases. I agree with you that one of the considerations students should make when picking a graduate school is the existence of a strong ...
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Is there an independent and fair organisation for investigating and documenting discrimination and power abuse in academia?

In my opinion, there is no way to achieve any such fair venue to record mishandling of students. The reason are as follows: This is not unique at all to universities; mishandling can occur in any ...
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Finding a thesis advisor for master's degree in physics of complex system

Typically you get your advisor from your own institution. Your university makes the certificate indicating that you are "good". They put their reputation on the line by making that statement....
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PhD without any help from advisor

The only quick answer we can give you I suspect is that you have to survive on your own now. Your relations with your advisor sound like severely damaged, and he does not want to help you any more ...
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How to contact a potential graduate supervisor who is on sabbatical?

I suggest that you ask their department how they can be effectively connected to. They may need to put you together with the professor. In most cases, I think a professor would be glad to entertain ...
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Part time research assistant - post bacc?

Based on your earlier question, I'll assume this is for the US. Note that most RA money is for support of doctoral students. In some "hard" sciences there might be low level "tech ...
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I got a paid PhD Position on a project, but Ido not have any responsibilities or tasks, besides working on my thesis. Am I doing something wrong?

Maybe I can give some insight of how the German system works, I'm currently a post-doc in the system having done my PhD elsewhere, but I know enough to explain teaching loads. Often the PhD (or ...
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I got a paid PhD Position on a project, but Ido not have any responsibilities or tasks, besides working on my thesis. Am I doing something wrong?

As paid a PhD student (in Germany), working towards your thesis is your primary job. So your feeling that you haven't done any work covering your 30 hour contract is completely misplaced. There is no ...
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I got a paid PhD Position on a project, but Ido not have any responsibilities or tasks, besides working on my thesis. Am I doing something wrong?

Nothing wrong with your current situation. I am a postdoctoral researcher now, and I have a similar situation to you for both Ph.D. and postdoctoral work (both are in Japan). My supervisors on both Ph....
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