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Should I avoid admitting female students for now?

Should I avoid admitting female students for now? No. Assuming the information you have posted is correct, using a gender filter is not ethical if implemented for the reasons you have given, as you ...
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I am like a stranger in the group

I think it would be a mistake to miss such a meeting. You will be isolating yourself, adding to the problem. Go there, even if you only listen the first time. Perhaps you have an option to switch ...
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As a PhD student, should I attend group meetings when they just make me feel bad?

Most commonly, PhD students are required to attend group meetings. Often, the supervisor can make whatever rules about group meetings the supervisor wants to make. Ask them. The group meetings ought ...
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How to address in-group bullying without compromising PhD/career?

I have spoken to … but have not wished to pursue any formal complaints procedures out of fear my supervisor will compromise my PhD … and ruin my ability to work in research … Okay, so I am going to ...
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Should I avoid admitting female students for now?

Should I avoid admitting female students for now? Absolutely not. Excluding a entire group of student based on what is most likely legally protected characteristics such as gender, is unethical and ...
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How to argue with postdoc hired for a project, to work on tasks from another project

You can switch her to another project if you have the funding for it. What you cannot do is to have her work paid by one H2020 project to carry out work for some other separate project. If that's what ...
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As a PhD student, should I attend group meetings when they just make me feel bad?

I had the same problem and I am German doing my PhD at a German university. I was the newest member and did not understand anything of what the others presented. So I was pretty bored at the beginning....
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Misunderstanding in the author list. Doing valuable suggestions during group meeting suffices to be considered as a co-author?

I don't know your field or it's customs, but in mathematics the interaction you describe could well be reason enough to include the person as a co-author. It is even possible, in math, that a five ...
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I am not getting academic credit for code I have written for my PhD, when it was later used in other research. Should I complain?

What you are describing is a difficult situation, because a couple of written or unwritten rules are in conflict: Those who made intellectual contributions to a piece of research should get the ...
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Am I Part of a Failing Group?

The PI is rarely at university, less than a few hours a week. If your PI is employed full time by a university with a campus but only shows up a few hours a week, then something is terribly wrong. ...
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How to address in-group bullying without compromising PhD/career?

My advice is very simple: get out of this place, away from these people. You already have compromised your PhD by joining the wrong group. As soon as the issues surfaced you should have moved on. I ...
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How to argue with postdoc hired for a project, to work on tasks from another project

I'm just guessing, but she probably has the right of it. I would cease arguing with her entirely but suggest that something additional might be done on the original project that might also result in ...
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I feel left out from the group

There is really nothing to do. Most likely it wasn't an intentional slight. An oversight, perhaps, caused by stress. You can get some information about what happened that required surgery and send a ...
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Do US professors/group leaders only get a salary, but no group budget?

Certainly the US and German systems are very different. For starters, there is no US national system for higher education (or for lower education, either). The individual states here all have ...
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Misunderstanding in the author list. Doing valuable suggestions during group meeting suffices to be considered as a co-author?

Well, rightly, there ought to be only two authors on your paper: you and your supervisor, as you did all the work. The three "guest authors" are an academic disgrace. The helpful suggestion ...
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Should I avoid admitting female students for now?

I think it is dangerous and prejudicial to suppose individuals of one category will perform a certain way. These are exactly the types of approaches that lead to all sorts of inequalities in the world,...
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How do I move a research group post-tenure?

Have an excellent professional network. Ask people who know your plans not to talk about them. Identify the tiny portion of universities who are wealthy enough to "buy" your research group. ...
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I am like a stranger in the group

I believe that this is an unusual situation for all involved - for your and your colleagues. Especially with Covid restrictions, lockdown, etc. it was probably difficult for both parties to get to ...
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Am I Part of a Failing Group?

What matters more than whether the group as a whole is failing, is whether you personally can succeed. The whole situation sounds very bad (and very familiar), but the key statement in your question, ...
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How to address in-group bullying without compromising PhD/career?

Bullying in academia is currently getting higher exposure as a problem. See the recent cases of Nazeen Rahman at ICR in the UK, or Guinevere Kauffmann at the Max Planck. In this climate it is less ...
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Should I avoid admitting female students for now?

No you should definitely not avoid admitting female graduate students. As others have helpfully answered there are many reasons for not doing this. But, How can I avoid this terrible solution and ...
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Should I avoid admitting female students for now?

This is going to go into a bit of a different direction than most of the other answers, but ... have you considered that your expectations may be inconsistent? You say that you encourage them to ...
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My application is declined because of covid - true or false?

I suspect it's true. I mean, why lie? In the past, when I've decided I don't have the time or energy for summer interns, I've just replied "Sorry, I am not taking any summer students this year&...
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Misunderstanding in the author list. Doing valuable suggestions during group meeting suffices to be considered as a co-author?

Not being part of all of the communications it's difficult to say for sure, but it's possible there's a bit of a misunderstanding here. It may not be that this professor feels that he should be a co-...
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I am not getting academic credit for code I have written for my PhD, when it was later used in other research. Should I complain?

At least conceptually, it does not seem right that you can expect perpetual co-authorship for papers to which you did not contribute in ways other than having developed a code years ago. The right ...
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How can I handle publication jealousy among peers in my research lab?

I share an office with several grad students in a similar situation of non-overlapping fields. The problem extended to the PhD students of the program in general. Is it common for others who have ...
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How many students are typical for an advisor?

I have worked as a postdoctoral fellow in China for two years. My experience was mainly with two institutions -- CAS/Beijing and SCAU/Guangzhou --, but I have visited a few others informally. Thus I ...
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Supervisor getting another PhD student with the same project?

Having a close colleague with whom to discuss tough sticking points, potential research ideas, etc. will be INVALUABLE for you. There is nothing quite so lonely as being one of the experts of the ...
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As a PhD student, should I attend group meetings when they just make me feel bad?

Group meetings are a generally a good way to learn about what is going on, get new ideas and receive feedback. On the other hand if the meetings drag on and everyone is bored, some of the more senior ...
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