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How can I avoid overuse of words like "however" and "therefore" in academic writing?

Let me suggest an alternate view. This is in regard to writing proofs and other very technical things. You want, above all, for your intent to be clear. It may be that "however" and "...
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Is it normal for a PhD student to be asked to contribute to a grant proposal?

You should have no cause for concern. If the grant is related to your work in any way then it is appropriate for you to be involved in the grant writing. But you aren't going to "shoot it down". In ...
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What can I do if a grant proposal was rejected by a reviewer making false claims and using straw men?

Contacting the program manager You can, and probably should, contact the program manager at the funding agency to point out the flaws in the negative review. This is an easy action to take, with ...
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Is it moral to propose work that's already partly done?

Let me make two points. The first is that in order to write a research proposal you have to understand the area well enough to describe it. This implies that you have already explored it and have done ...
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Should I cite myself in my PhD proposal?

Yes, you should cite all relevant research: When conducting research projects that extend over multiple papers it is not unusual to want to refer to your past published papers on the topic. These ...
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Professor uses academic employees to write proposals

If I understand correctly, you (as a postdoc) developed a research proposal, your professor submitted it under their name, and the project was funded. Then you were sidelined --- you will not be a PI ...
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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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How can I avoid overuse of words like "however" and "therefore" in academic writing?

It sounds to me like you're actually doing everything that you need to do already. In fact, when you are initially writing a paper, I would suggest that you not worry about it at all. Write things as ...
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Can it be disadvantageous to actively publish in completely different fields?

I've served as a referee on grant proposals to large public-sector research funding bodies on a couple of occasions. If a PI had demonstrated the ability to achieve peer-reviewed publications in ...
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No reply from PhD supervisor after meeting

Given the initial enthusiasm of the supervisor and the silence since she took my draft should I accept my proposal must be horribly wrong and must be binned. No, that's not a reasonable inference. ...
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Professor uses academic employees to write proposals

I feel weird trying to play "the devil's advocate" in this case. It is quite clear that doing some work and getting nothing in return is frustrating at least and might be connected with ...
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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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Is it OK for graduate students to draft the research proposal for their advisor’s funding application (like NIH’s or NSF’s grant application)?

In experimental fields, this is not exactly a routine practice, but it is not rare either. Especially in a sizable lab with a large number of graduate students, multiple grants are needed to support ...
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How can I avoid overuse of words like "however" and "therefore" in academic writing?

Aggressive Pruning I agree with other answers that your repetition of however and therefore might not be a problem in this context. However, I would like to point out another option. These words are ...
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How to explain typical number of publications during a PhD in a grant application?

The AMS has issued a number of "culture statements" (scroll to the bottom of the page) meant to explain the peculiarities of the field to outsiders. One of them deals with rates of ...
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Is it OK to work on projects from research proposal before position starts?

I don't think you should ever delay work, especially in mathematics. It is like trying to turn off your brain. Work away. I'd even say publish all you want. You aren't being hired for specific pieces ...
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How can I avoid overuse of words like "however" and "therefore" in academic writing?

I must actively avoid using the words "however", "therefore", etc... every few sentences Says who? There is nothing wrong in repeating the same linking word every few sentences, ...
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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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Unclear comments from research proposal review

My research proposal received many comments such as "is not convincingly demonstrated" As a potential PI, it is your task to communicate the benefits of your proposed research clearly, and ...
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What can I do if a grant proposal was rejected by a reviewer making false claims and using straw men?

You can of course contact the program manager, but in all of my experience, not very much will come out of it. I don't know whether you have been part of funding panels in the part and so have ...
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Can it be disadvantageous to actively publish in completely different fields?

I've looked at a lot of CVs of job applicants, for proposal review, and for promotion packages. I've also sat through a lot of review panels for proposals, as well as hiring and promotion committees. ...
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Is it OK for graduate students to draft the research proposal for their advisor’s funding application (like NIH’s or NSF’s grant application)?

I see nothing morally wrong with this. As a graduate student, you need to learn to write papers and applications, and being a part of a writing team for a grant proposal sounds like a great ...
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Is it normal for a PhD student to be asked to contribute to a grant proposal?

It is completely normal to get people who will be involved with the project to help write the grant. The PI is not going to just take your text and copy-paste it into their proposal without reading it....
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Should I cite myself in my PhD proposal?

In general you cite yourself just as you would any other person. Failing to do so, while repeating earlier things you have published, leads to a charge of self-plagiarism. It is an odd concept, but is ...
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How can I avoid overuse of words like "however" and "therefore" in academic writing?

Consider the argument structure in the paper. I find that I have the however/therefore problem when I'm writing in flow-of-consciousness narrative voice, rather than making an effort to structure my ...
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Sharing a research proposal when applying for funds

If you don't share the proposal with the prospective host, you are missing out on the chance of getting feedback from them. Detailed expert feedback on a grant application is not easy to get, and very ...
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Am I allowed to use personal conversation as a source?

I think it would be dangerous to source an unrecorded interview with a prominent person that involves opinion. Actually, it seems dangerous to do it if it is unrecorded and the rest of the first ...
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Is it considered unprofessional to submit a grant that you will most likely decline?

From an R1, U.S. math perspective, you absolutely should apply for a grant at the post-doc stage, and accept it, so that you can (?!?) be a PI on a grant... whether or not you need money for anything. ...
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Is it normal that an advisor does not read the final version of the PhD proposal of his student before submission?

Well, if I would pingpong a proposal between me and a PhD student four times, and I feel like my last remarks were mainly fine tuning, then I would not mind accepting whatever the PhD student makes ...
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Is it okay if research problem is vague in the initial phase of research?

In my opinion this is the definition of "research" everything else is "development". Of course, from "devlopment", serious research questions may be derived. In my personal opinion, a PhD work whose ...
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