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Why am I supposed to be respectful toward a person who wants unpaid labor?

The pragmatic answer is that it's a waste of time. Do you really think this professor is going to read your mail and say "Egads! I have seen the error of my ways and am overcome with remorse?&...
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Why am I supposed to be respectful toward a person who wants unpaid labor?

I would not interpret this message: I would like to offer you a position in my lab on [insert project name]. However, without prior experience with your work, I can't offer you funding. We can ...
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Why am I supposed to be respectful toward a person who wants unpaid labor?

You sound amazingly entitled. You asked for a job, were politely told 'no', and now are snotty about being offered a unpaid internship as a counteroffer. If you don't like the deal offered, just say '...
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Why am I supposed to be respectful toward a person who wants unpaid labor?

Why do you consider this offer unethical? You pay the university for your education and they make you do homeworks and class projects? You are given the opportunity to learn by doing useful stuff with ...
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In a grant proposal, should I write that I have a paper very likely to be accepted by a very prestigious journal? and how?

You will get differing advice on this, but in my field, we do often make a special note when a paper receives an R&R (Revise and resubmit) at a prestigious journal. In my field, R&R for top ...
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Why are PhDs without publications seen as questionable? Does this also apply to PhDs who don't secure external grants and/or fellowships?

A PhD is widely perceived as a sign that you're qualified to do research. Research generally leads to publications. It seems very unusual to graduate without publications, and casts doubt on the ...
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Being asked if I would like to be considered for a non-funded admission offer for PhD math

It's a bad idea on principle, let alone financially. Taking loans just compounds the bad idea. Departments work with annual budgets, so the only possibility for short-term funding would be another ...
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Should I inform my potential supervisor that my family has just suffered from financial hardship?

Never enroll in a PhD program if it is not paying you a living wage. It is very unlikely that an Australian university will allow you enroll in a PhD without getting paid. Check housing costs! The ...
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Job applications and explaining the reasons for low research output in my application. Looking for feedback and if it could be seen as an excuse?

Far too lengthy and too negative. All you need is a simple statement: My research output at the onset of my Ph.D. was hampered by the Covid-19 pandemic, and further compounded by my advisor leaving ...
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Why is there no funding for the Arecibo observatory, despite there being funding in the past?

When Arecibo was built it was the largest radio telescope. There is now the larger filled aperture system in China and several very large array telescopes. As such rebuilding Arecibo as it was would ...
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Is it considered unprofessional to submit a grant that you will most likely decline?

Research administrator here (the type of person's time you would waste preparing this, haha). The first problem you have is that as a postdoc, you are generally not entitled to apply for a grant by ...
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Is it considered unprofessional to submit a grant that you will most likely decline?

If you cannot envision a scenario in which you would accept the grant money, then you should not apply. It is a waste of everybody's time (including your own—why waste your time applying for a grant ...
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Will a journal blacklist you if you withdraw an article which is under review?

A reputable journal would treat you fairly in the future, so I assume that isn't an issue. If you haven't yet signed over copyright or given a license of your paper, then the journal can't refuse your ...
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My department asks to pay back to them the compensation I have received for being a member in a grant proposal assessment committee

Since you are in the Netherlands, your employment is most likely subject to the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The latest copy I could find can be found here. I am not a lawyer ...
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What happens if a professor has funding for a PhD student but the PhD student does not come?

Speaking as a research administrator in the US, he should not write any proposal to support a single very special person who is not considered senior/key personnel. Students are considered replaceable ...
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Being asked if I would like to be considered for a non-funded admission offer for PhD math

I suspect that you can do better elsewhere and should explore that. If they will cover your tuition and fees, along with providing healthcare it might not be a terrible option, providing you can ...
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Why am I supposed to be respectful toward a person who wants unpaid labor?

Why am I supposed to be respectful toward a person who wants unpaid labor? Let's cut straight to the chase: because it's in your interest to do so. Nothing against the answer that points out that it'...
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Why do most American universities offer funded PhD positions but not similar opportunities for Master's programs?

Here are a few reasons: Long-term Benefits and Market Demand: Universities expect greater long-term benefits, a.k.a. money, from Ph.D. research, as the research output often attracts more funding, ...
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Professor gets funding and does not give to student

Your options are probably to either talk to a lawyer (we can't give you legal advice) or cut your losses and move on. Sure, you can ask for funds you're promised but given what you've described that ...
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What could happen if my university loses its R2 status?

Probably nothing happens. Note that in the Carnegie ranking system, the R1, R2, etc. rankings are about scale, not quality. R1 universities put the most resources into research, R2 somewhat less, etc. ...
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Is it wise to ask about funding other than program director? There is a story

I would not recommend taking any PhD position in the US without funding for any duration of time; I think you should not have accepted this situation from the start, and now your options are not great....
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Is it wise to ask about funding other than program director? There is a story

As noted, accepting a position with no avenue for basic funding was not a good choice. However, you should understand how funding typically works before throwing accusations or going beyond the chain ...
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Norms around who contributes to the diversity section in grant proposals?

No, it's not appropriate to turn to whoever you see as "most diverse" around you, be that based on their gender or race or anything else, and saddle them with the responsibility of writing ...
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My department asks to pay back to them the compensation I have received for being a member in a grant proposal assessment committee

There are often rules that govern how much you can work "on the side". It makes sense that you cannot do additional paid work during the hours that you are already employed. So at a minimum ...
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Why is there no funding for the Arecibo observatory, despite there being funding in the past?

A bit of a contrarian answer: Arecibo's funding lasted much longer than normal. Arecibo is older than Voyager, Green Bank, Hubble, Keck, Mauna Kea ... Lovell and Haystack are the only major ...
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Switching advisors after they got a grant

The grant isn't your money to spend and correspondingly isn't your problem to worry about. If they're advising you to consider switching, then it seems unlikely you're going to generate bad blood with ...
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Can Chinese "scientists who publish in the top Western journals... earn in excess of $100,000 per paper" via cash-per-publication incentives?

There is likely more up-to-date information to be found, but the 2017 paper Wei Quan, Bikun Chen, Fei Shu Publish or impoverish: An investigation of the monetary reward system of science in China (...
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Why are PhDs without publications seen as questionable? Does this also apply to PhDs who don't secure external grants and/or fellowships?

One of the reason is that PhD thesis of a candidate is sent (by University/institute where the candidate belongs to) for review to the referees who are already familiar to the candidate's supervisor, ...
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Who should fund conference trips based on internship research?

I am an employee of one of those big, wealthy companies (henceforth BWC), and believe me, I feel your pain. I already find it great that BWC would let your students publish their research, I can tell ...
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Is It appropriate for students to express interest in becoming a non-funded TA for a specific course?

This is not a fruitful line of inquiry. The professor would have a very difficult time accepting this proposition for several reasons: reliably of volunteers is not great accepting volunteers for ...
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