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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

Yes, this is a bad idea. For 1): yes you will probably need to submit diplomas. Here's an example from Harvard Law school. They want: Online application form CV/Résumé Personal statement, parts (A) ...
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What title should I use to greet both a professor and an associate professor in an email?

You will be on the safe side if you write "Dear Professors Smith and Miller". They are both professors, and the fact that they have different rank is unimportant in the address. If one is ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

My university has requested my "preferred name" to display on the diploma. I think it would be funny to submit "[my name], King of the Rats". You likely exaggerate the latitude ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

In addition to the objections in the other answers: ask yourself how long the joke is going to stay funny. I made some weird comments in my high school yearbook that seemed funny at the time, but ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

Yes, it's a terrible idea. I would not hire someone who is willing to joke with an official document. I prefer to work with serious and professional individuals. Consider that in a few years, you ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

You may wish to use your diploma in the future for legal purposes. E.g., work permit, immigration or hiring rules may require a diploma. Besides making a bad impression, your idea could lead to your ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

Bad idea. A diploma is not something that is meant to be funny. It is an official and professional document. At best, your example would signal a lack of maturity and disdain for official procedures. ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

As many others have said, don't do that. Even if the college were willing to do you such a 'favor', the decision would come back to bite you. If you truly want such a document (to hang in your home ...
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Is it okay for a potential advisor to call a post-doc "pretentious"?

I'm hesitant to indict someone on one brief utterance. It does not seem like it was intended as a personal attack but rather as professional criticism. Probably the professor should have chosen a ...
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What title should I use to greet both a professor and an associate professor in an email?

In the UK, the title 'Professor' has historically been reserved for full professors, with lecturers (assistant professors), senior lecturers (associate professors), and readers generally addressed as ...
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Getting research award and then ghosted?

You're being too passive. Call them today and get some kind of status update.
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What title should I use to greet both a professor and an associate professor in an email?

Assuming you're in the UK: If you know them: "Hi Bob and Dave". If you don't know them and want to be formal: "Dear Dr X and Dr Y". If you don't know them and want to be more ...
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What is the correct `seminar etiquette'?

Since this is just a seminar in your lab, why not ask? Not as part of the seminar, just in your informal conversations with the people you work with. These are people you should be conversational ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

There are strong arguments for presenting CVs without a photo of the person, to avoid bias, prejudice and non-relevant informations. What is the first-impression that a funny nickname can have on a ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

The place I work recently rejected an otherwise promising candidate for a job, because of a 'funny' Github name. The explained reason was "You should expect some level of seriousness when ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

Is it a bad idea? Yes. If you want another reason, in addition to the excellent ones that others have given, your diploma can look like test data. I have sometimes created demo or test output from ...
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What title should I use to greet both a professor and an associate professor in an email?

Really depends on the country and even the people you are talking to (in countries like Canada and the US, profs come from all over the place). Little anecdote: ten or so years ago, I was department ...
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What title should I use to greet both a professor and an associate professor in an email?

More of a comment than an answer, but I think it's worth pointing out a couple of general rules of thumb. Academics are routinely referred to with a wrong honorific. I'm often addressed as Prof. (...
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What is the correct `seminar etiquette'?

The answer by @Bryan Krause is already good and for sure it makes sense to ask your advisor about this, but here's my take. Your question is an interesting and complex one, and it reflects well on you ...
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What title should I use to greet both a professor and an associate professor in an email?

In the United States, you should never address anyone as "assistant professor" or "associate professor." To do so is simply rude. Anyone whose title contains "professor"...
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What title should I use to greet both a professor and an associate professor in an email?

Dear colleagues, That seems intuitive. accurate, appropriate, and warm.
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What title should I use to greet both a professor and an associate professor in an email?

Assuming they are both Doctors, "Dear Dr. A and Dr. B" or "Dear Drs. A & B" should suffice.
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How To Handle Asynchronous Multiple Faculty Job Offers

First of all, congrats on the offer. It's hard to get a permanent position so count yourself lucky! But what about potential job offers that may materialize at different times within a span of month ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea? Yes, with conditions. If it is a military law school then any aka might be viewed as having a lack of self confidence in your given name, and thus a ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

Don't do that. I've needed my diplomas to apply to jobs and I have them on LinkedIn. You might hypothetically hang them somewhere. They make a good backdrop for a serious website or social media ...
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Is putting a silly name on a diploma a bad idea?

Prefereed name is for a alternative version of your given name, or an alternative given name (if you were given more than one name). "Rick", or "Dick" instead of "Richard&...
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