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How to manage thesis professor who is wrong

I’m not in a position to comment on the specifics of the problem, so will answer the abstract question: what to do if my advisor tells me to do something that I know is incorrect, as a condition for ...
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What is considered good/acceptable grade in Germany?

As someone with a background in Computer Science from Germany, I think it's important to understand how the German university system evaluates international grades, especially when considering ...
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How to deal with bad undergrad researchers

We all forget too quickly how it felt when we didn't know how to work in the lab. Others treated us like stupid, when just had not yet learned the skills. If you become a professor, you will end up ...
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How is a student’s research experience evaluated for a PhD application?

Ah, so you've noticed that people in AI/ML publish a lot of junk papers in bulk? Yeah, university professors in CS have noticed that too. But also, some of the people who publish those sorts of papers ...
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How to solve problems in state-of-the-art work with introductory knowledge

The short answer is: "You don't". But maybe you get lucky - extremely lucky. Unless a field is extremely new, with few practitioners, those with experience have almost certainly covered all ...
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Undergraduate with research partner issues/concerns

I would consider having a chat with your professor about your concerns. Express your commitment to the research and get their take on how your research partnership might affect your grad school ...
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How to deal with bad undergrad researchers

On top of what others have said, remember that one of the best ways people learn is by being made to do it themselves. There's no problem with telling someone to figure it out on their own after you'...
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How to deal with bad undergrad researchers

Undergrads are often under-committed and overloaded with coursework. They want to experience research due to an idealized notion of what it is and are then overwhelmed by what is actually being asked ...
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Etiquette concerning Lab Findings / Results

Assuming you simply emailed the presentation to the professor before using it: A reasonable professor would not be angry. They might give you advice on how to better prepare the presentation. Ask ...
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When is a math diploma thesis seriously publishable?

Some theses, especially at the undergraduate level, are expository on existing theory rather than new contributions. There are some venues that would publish such things but they need to be at a high ...
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Can I request that my PI remove a poorly-behaving member from my research group?

First, know that this is very common. Whenever you put a bunch of inexperienced young people to work together in a group, you will get the normal issues arising from people learning how to work as a ...
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How is a student’s research experience evaluated for a PhD application?

In both Mathematics and CS, it is well known that people in certain areas publish more than in others. (I assume this is true.) There is no opprobrium attached to working (or not working) in one of ...
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Ethical question regarding authorship on CV

I would ask one or more of the professors whether something like the following would be ok with them. Participated in the "Undivided Underwater Basketweaving" project led by Prof X and Prof ...
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How can I do undergraduate research in high school without special math programs?

Most areas of Mathematics are now so well developed that you would need years to work yourself to the frontier of research. Even a field like Graph Theory, which could boast of some successful, ...
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How to manage thesis professor who is wrong

I have to agree his arguments you've listed don't convince me either. Also, it appears you chose the tools mindfully and, if asked, can explain the decision. In a pinch, that should suffice. I ...
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When is a math diploma thesis seriously publishable?

Essentially seconding @Buffy's answer: it's not easy, and not typical, for undergrad (or Master's) theses (at least in the U.S., where I've observed) to be publishable in serious journals. Why? Well, ...
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Undergraduate with research partner issues/concerns

These situations can be frustrating. Group projects (research collaboration included) never really change. Sometimes people just don't put in the effort and still expect to benefit. So on one hand, it ...
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Is it important to address all the suggestions by the research paper reviewers?

In general it is necessary and appropriate to consider all reviewer comments, but since they can be wrong it isn't always appropriate to change the manuscript because of them. But if there are points ...
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Etiquette concerning Lab Findings / Results

Yes, it is the role/right of the principal researcher to allow publication of results. Maybe he though that you are going to present this somewhere, and you just sent it to him for feedback. Just ...
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How Impactful is the Particular Subject of Undergraduate Research to Graduate Admissions

I'm not part of an admission committee so take this with a grain of salt (maybe someone with more experience here will chime in). But from what I've seen second hand, yeah it will help. Probably more ...
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Keep trying in one field, or study more on other more interesting fields, as an undergraduate interested in math research?

"Undergrad research" in mathematics is a tricky thing. In the U.S., especially, undergrad math majors don't really take very many math courses, in comparison to other countries, due to the ...
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Math REU and grad admission

Currently, many of the summer REUs do indeed attempt to provide a stimulating environment for U.S. undergrads who don't actually have much mathematical background (since, in the U.S., many math majors ...
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Publishing undergraduate research

Undergraduate publications are rare and not usually an expectation, at least in my field, for graduate applications. While a peer reviewed paper is best, a pre-print that is public and searchable is ...
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Publishing undergraduate research

I'd continue following your advisor's guidelines on where to publish next. A published, peer-reviewed paper is optimal, but a paper on arXiv is good too on an undergrad's CV. It won't count the "...
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"Undergraduate graduation research assistant"?

You don't list this on your CV. The only items that belong on your CV are accomplishments, as determined by 3rd parties. For example, work history as evaluated by employers (or paid clients, if you ...
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Etiquette concerning Lab Findings / Results

It seems like the professor may have been blindsided by this presentation/report. The professor's response was strange - so perhaps they were responding to what they believe you have done rather than ...
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Is doing undergraduate research during an ongoing semester worth it?

Your decision, in large part, has to be based on what your goal is. I'm assuming that you're interested in pursuing some sort of post-graduate work in chemistry (or some sort of related field), so I'm ...
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Importance of Internships and Research Experience for Admission to Master's or Ph.D. Programs in Pure Mathematics

Few undergraduates in mathematics have the opportunity or the time to do serious research. This is especially true in the US. Any contact with it is valuable both personally and in application. The ...
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Feeling like I'm redundant on a 2-person project

Yes, you should talk to the professor and probably the grad student as well (joint meeting) and discuss the fact that you want to be able to contribute more and don't want to feel like a "third ...
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