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How to deal as a PhD student with a working colleague who is doing private business during working hours

I am new to a small team (4-5 people) at a research group. Naturally, I depend on others showing me how many things work at the office (it is my first experience working at a university after all). ...
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Lecturers in my department presenting on a similar topic to me

Last year I presented my PHD topic at a conference and some lecturers from my university attended. This year I am presenting at the same conference. I can see the lecturers are again also attending ...
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How to Communicate with a Postdoc PI About a Significant Problem in My First Paper

I am a newly graduated PhD who started my postdoctoral position a month ago. To help me adapt to the environment, my Principal Investigator (PI) asked me to write a brief paper for an invited ...
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Evasive and non-communicative co-authors on a scientific paper [closed]

Apologies for the length, but all this context might matter. In 2019, I collaborated with an MD at a local hospital to write my thesis for a postgraduate degree. In my field, there is an expectation ...
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My colleague took my teaching materials to use as their own. What should I do?

I am a postdoc and for the past several years I have been teaching a course for which I have designed all of the lectures, seminars, reading lists, etc. A new colleague joined our faculty last year as ...
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How to maintain your professional status and not get troubled by the junior lecturers

A new senior lecturer, say A has been assigned to work in doing some tutorials with a set of assistant lecturers. These assistant lecturers, say B1, B2, B3 etc. don’t know some of the theoretical ...
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A colleague who ignored my request for a favor is now asking me for a favor. How should I respond?

I asked a colleague to give me a short tour of their lab to see how they have established it. Later, I followed up saying I was still interested in visiting their lab. They told me that they would ...
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How to deal with behavioural difficulties of other PhD students in the same cohort

I'm part of a first year PhD students most of whom either came straight from undergrad or master's (one student). Me and the other student are the oldest by age; a bit of an age gap between us and the ...
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Ghosted by research colleague. How to proceed?

I am finding myself in a difficult situation with a research colleague. We worked on two projects - one currently with the journal and the other I am working on. She has gone completely silent despite ...
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How to discuss lack of effort from collaborators with PI/advisor

I have been working on a research project with my advisor and a few other graduate students for a little over a year. After a lot of dead-ends and lackluster results, we eventually managed to salvage ...
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How to reject a postdoc offer from ex-co-author?

I have been on the postdoc treadmill for 5 years now. My current employer has been clear from the start that unless I meet certain metrics with publications, I would not be able to stay past my ...
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Transferring PhD due to Colleague Harassment

I am a first year PhD student. I have no issues regarding academics and relationships with faculty. Unfortunately, there is a fellow student in the department who is making my life very difficult. The ...
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How to address colleague taking analysis pipeline and ideas and not come across as aggressive?

I was recently been asked by a colleague to help acquire some data with a specific method that only I know about. Beyond that, I have an analysis pipeline that is very specific to this project. ...
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Unresponsive coauthor

I have a paper accepted at a conference, written together with a colleague (X) and my supervisor. X and I are both postdoc and first authors: writing was done together, but experiments were split ...
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How to react to colleague publishing my idea

Many months ago I informally explained to another PhD student of my chair the main idea I was working on. Today, 6 months after, I discovered that he submitted it to a minor conference, got it ...
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How can I have productive meeting with a very prominent researcher?

Summary: I am a shy/introverted PhD student and I have a collaborator at another university. They are setting up a meeting for me with an important researcher in the field. What should I even say in a ...
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How do you console colleagues that that attribute a bad experience to gender/race/disability? [closed]

There are some comments that appear on this SE as well as frequently on the academic subreddits, that mention how to deal with some situation because of personal trait X. Here is just generally one ...
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Should I talk to my advisor on this?

I really need some advice on this. I don't trust the other PhD student in our group at all. Reasons; The first week I came, he bothered me with his questions 'What is your religion?, When I will go?, ...
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Can I offer to help a collaborator to finish a calculation which he's not having time to finish right now?

I'm a PhD student and I'm collaborating in a project with a more experienced researcher. This is the first time I collaborate with anyone, so I'm new to this. Recently, in the subject we are ...
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Colleague stops replying emails about project, and later publishes the project with other colleagues?

I met a Chinese colleague in a conference, where we identified a research topic of common interest. So, we agreed on collaborating on a project and started exchanging some emails about the project, ...
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Sending a math paper to a journal and to experts

I have written a math paper myself, and wonder whether I have errors or not (I have not found ones, but maybe there are). Now I wish to send it to a math journal, and simultaneously send it to several ...
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Being a reserch student of some professor that I am not officially a student at their university

I am very much interested in some specific subject in mathematics that there is no professor in the whole country of my residency working or knowing about that subject. I am a first year masters ...
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Promised authorship was not given; am I supposed to get an automatic acknowledgement?

TLDR: I spent a long time helping with a paper from a group at another university. The first author, who was at the same institute as me, promised multiple times I would be one of the coauthors. But, ...
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Making friends in academia and building connections

I started a new faculty position this past fall, which also entailed moving to a new city where I don't know anyone. When I first moved here, I was excited about getting to know my colleagues, as they ...
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How to call colleagues who was once your professor or advisor?

After finishing my PhD in the US, I am now working in a university in an Asian country where I studied for my master. All of my colleagues are 20 years senior than me and are full professors except ...
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Colleagues don't congratulate me or cheer me on when I do good work

When colleagues that don't co-author with me and are in separate projects, writing different papers, I've noticed they don't congratulate me, when I give them exciting progress. They're around for ...
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Bullying at a previous affiliation, but now moved on. What to do?

This question is a personal one. I feel like going in circles inside my mind, so I might as well formulate it here for my peace of mind. Apologies if it is not in the right format, or if it does ...
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Can your colleague use your unpublished data for their postdoc fellowship application? [closed]

Can your colleague use your unpublished data for their postdoc fellowship application? I think it is unethical. But I don't know which organization in the US handles academic ethics issues if the ...
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How do I deal with colleagues/advisers who aren't responsive to e-mails?

I've had some frustrating situations with a colleague who will say that they will do something but then never do it. Is there a way to "encourage" them to respond more promptly? I take it as ...
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I'm very concerned about the mental health of my co-worker: how can I help them?

So I was working with someone from a different University on a project and I have started to become very concerned about their mental and physical well-being. The messages which they sent me a day ...
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Colleague blames me for not spotting typos when I only reviewed the structure and content

I am a graduate student (PhD) in a STEM program. A fellow lab mate of mine asked me to review a chapter (basically the background/history of their project) of their graduate thesis a couple months ...
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How do I professionally communicate to a colleague that I am not interested in helping with his project anymore?

I'm a PhD student in a pretty large lab, and have come from a more theoretical background than the other members, so sometimes they ask me to help out with theoretical parts of projects. Generally I ...
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Is it okay to work on colleagues' ideas after they leave academia?

I've just discovered that a former colleague is now working on some research ideas that I developed and laid the groundwork for now that I have left academia following failure to obtain funding. I'm ...
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How should I talk to an unwelcoming future research group colleague so no interpersonal issues raise?

This year, I am going to join a research group in which one of my past classmates who used to study in the same university during my the bachelors degree years is also working. The professor who is ...
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Asking an academic for a cursory look at a paper

Suppose that Alice has a PhD but then left academia more than a decade ago. Alice has written a short paper on a topic unrelated to her thesis. Suppose moreover that : the paper has been submitted a ...
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Can I take a course and get credits without enrolling in a program in the US?

I am pursuing a master part time in my home country. My job is sending me to Houston for 2020, so I will have to pause my studies. I wouldn't like to stop studying next year so I wanted to know if I ...
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Can you switch the co-first author position after the article is published?

Can you switch the position of the first co-first author with the second co-first author of an article after it is published? Full story: During my PhD, I published two articles, both as the first ...
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PhD: When to quit and move on?

I am a second year PhD student at a technical / interdisciplinary lab in Europe wondering when to quit and leave a seemingly unbearable situation behind. My supervisor (a young-ish professor) mostly ...
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Two researchers want to work on the same extension to my paper. Who to help?

I recently presented a paper in a top-tier conference in a computer engineering field. I did that work as a research assistant under a Professor but now I am working in the industry. Two different ...
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The IT department bottlenecks progress. How should I handle this?

I'm currently working as a PhD student. I am not working on a tech-oriented PhD. However, my project requires a lot of programming. This involves both working on a computation cluster, servers, and ...
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Passive discouragement and less supportive senior colleagues: What should I do?

I am a budding scientist (27 years old, Doctoral candidate) and a lecturer at a university. In the early stage of my career, I have achieved some significant milestones in my field. However, sometimes ...
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Difficulties with behaviour of other PhD students in group

I'm in my first year of a PhD at a top UK university. I am part of a cohort of students, most of whom have come straight from an undergraduate degree and never had any "real-world" experience. I am ...
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I grade exams together with a colleague but disagree with their grading. What should I do?

Recently, I have graded exams (50 pcs.) together with a colleague from another department. I felt like my colleague was awarding too many points for wrong/incomplete answers. For example, awarding ...
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For STEM fields, is there self-segregation in United States academia?

I notice that often a lot of Chinese mathematicians collaborate with other Chinese, and Americans collaborate with other Americans. Many of the journal papers that I look up seem to indicate this ...
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I have been asked about a rumor of a collegue, what should I do? [closed]

A colleague of mine (C1) from other University (U1) has asked me, by email, if another colleague (C2) from my University (U2) is moving from U2 to U1. Should I tell to C2 about that rumor? Or should ...
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Colleague claiming first co-autorhip of my work

Some time ago I started my Ph.D. and my project was to attempt again to investigate a problem that a colleague (a senior Ph.D.) had failed to investigate because he lacked numerical/coding skills to ...
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Toxic colleague talks about me to Professors

I am a PhD student with a very difficult colleague - someone I thought was just socially inept, and rude. I was always friendly, giving her the benefit of the doubt, even though she offended me and ...
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Should I give a symbolic "thank you, and goodbye" gift to an abusive supervisor?

Within one week I shall leave my present institution, where I felt severely mistreated around salary payment and work conditions for 2 years, as a postdoctoral fellow. The PI who signed my contract (...
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How to deal with incompatible labmate?

I'm having trouble with one of my labmates that is severely impacting my work. He is a more senior student than me, but only has been in my lab for two months since my advisor came from a different ...
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Resolving dependency on a senior colleague before deadline

(Disclaimer: While this question pertains to interpersonal issues in a working environment, I feel it is better suited to this SE than Workplace because of it being in the context of a lack of formal ...
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