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Questions relating to academic supervision, which is broadly defined as the supervisory relationship between advisors and their students.

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Joining a research lab for research experience

I graduated a few years back with a decent MSc (about 3.6 GPA equivalent) from a good European university (top 10) university. My dream was to pursue a good PhD, but I didn't manage to publish ...
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Is it possible to ask a postdoc from external university to guide my first undergraduate research?

I am a freshmen student from non top tier HK university and very interested in ML/AI/DL/RL/optimization, or some interesting applications of AI like AI for drug discovery. I have some skills: school ...
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Lab Professor Prioritize Paper Publication over anything

A close friend of mine is facing a hard situation in his microbiology PhD. His professor badly wants publications. The professor tells his students that each student should publish at least 2 papers ...
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My paper has been rejected for accusations of "gift authorship", what now?

I posted a month ago sharing conflicts that I had with my retired co-advisor about an article. This article was the remaining piece left to complete the basic requirements to acquire my PhD. This ...
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How does Admit into unstructured Phd in Psychology in Germany work? [duplicate]

I have a specific interest in studying about alexithymia. I have also drafted a research proposal and emailed it to professors from various universities across Germany. But I haven't received any ...
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I work on a meaningless problem, no idea how to proceed

When I contacted my advisor, he had an interesting project proposal. However, since I'm a foreigner, it turns out I'm not allowed to work in that area. So, my advisor changed the project to something ...
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How to read when the professor changes mind and rejects you [closed]

In my PhD program, I would like to go abroad to visit a foreign university, and ideally engage in research there. The thing is, I have met a relatively famous professor, who has agreed, in-person, ...
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How to say politely not to doze off during progress meeting?

In my PhD, I have two supervisors who I meet every week. One of them knows my topic very well from one perspective, but usually not too involved with the mathematical design or methodology. The other ...
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Paper authorship conflict: Advisor wants his name on a research paper he didn't contribute to

In my university it is typically the case that advisors are first authors but this comes with having them do the first author responsibilities such as making significant (original) and insightful ...
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My PhD supervisor is doing nothing and is probably involved in academic misconduct. What should I do?

I am in the third year of my PhD and so far I have published one paper in top tier journal. I did all the work by myself. However after I finished everything, my supervisor told me that he would ...
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Bad "breakup" with supervisor. What do I do?

Throughout the completion of my master's thesis, my supervisor suggested that we continue on to a doctoral program together. And after successfully defending my masters thesis, he requested weekly ...
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How do I motivate my PhD students to attend seminars

I lead a research group of ten PhD students in the field of cancer research. We are doing pretty well and we are the top group at our institute in terms of publications, service and general motivation....
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Professor claiming first authorship on former student's project

A Ph.D. student at institute A recently graduated and left the field. They had been working on a project in the last ~2 years of their programme, as part of a wider research group, but did not publish ...
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Supervisor wants ownership of an Overleaf project I created [closed]

A student approached me with some ideas he had been working on in computer science and asked if I could study the result and then write it up into article format as he dislikes writing and that it ...
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How do I determine the direction of my research?

I'm a first year PhD student in Microelectronics. I started my PhD because I was interested in the idea of Neuromorphic engineering, but I've been so confused lately. The problem is that neither my ...
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MSc Thesis supervisor wants to push paper to conferences, yet is super obscure on the topic, he just wants to rush

My supervisor pitched this idea of working on this "sms abuse" paper, he claims it will be a "breakthrough" and no one has publish something like this before. He wants me to ...
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Students not involving postdoc supervisor in publication

I am a postdoc leading a project X. I have two PhD students directly supervised by me working on this project. They are 'officially' supervised by my professor. Both these PhD students went to my ...
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My main advisor quit, my retired co-advisor is being unhelpful and I am under pressure to leave the country. How do I proceed?

I was recruited by an advisor who retired midway during my PhD but agreed to keep on advising me with the help of a co-advisor. This co-advisor quit one month ago. I am currently without a main ...
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PhD Suggestion in 3 rd year without any progress

I am a Mathematics PhD student currently in 3 rd year. I have a funding of 5 years. But being in 3 rd year also I haven't started working on a problem yet. Whenever I ask my supervisor he always says ...
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How to Communicate with a Postdoc PI About a Significant Problem in My First Paper

I am a newly graduated PhD who started my postdoctoral position a month ago. To help me adapt to the environment, my Principal Investigator (PI) asked me to write a brief paper for an invited ...
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What do I do about a professor that demands I publish a nonsense proof?

tl;dr: Skip the first two paragraphs. I'm a student working in theoretical computer science. I recently did some research where I came up with most of the ideas, but would regularly receive feedback ...
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PhD supervisor complaining about not getting paid for supervision

I'm a PhD student and my supervisor complained several times before about me getting a bit more money than the rest of PhD students just because I'm a foreigner given the fact that the scholarship ...
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Is it possible that my previous "milestone projects" (Master's thesis, quals project, doctoral dissertation) will be audited? [closed]

This post is also a bit of a follow up to this one: Found an error in one of the questions that appeared on screen for my dissertation study. Could this be an issue for my dissertation defense? Due to ...
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How can I navigate my research assistant position when I am performing very poorly and unable to get help from my supervisor

I am currently a research assistant at an american university. I have worked under my current supervisor since my first year of undergrad. I am now working under them in a postbac position. Thus, this ...
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Wrong Data, Wrong Direction, Career suicide [closed]

I am on a very weird situation once again. Being doing my phd in Europe since 2020. The field is computational multi-omics. I had a nice supervisor to work on a very interesting topic. After analysing ...
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Supervision is rather intrusion than guidance [closed]

Recently I joined a Ph.D. program (1st year) and I have already been thinking of quitting multiple times. It comes and goes, but I am basically very disappointed of the intellectual and social ...
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How to word request to undertake a project as a research intern rather than as a thesis, without offending potential supervisor? [duplicate]

Competitive STEM program and for our final thesis many of the potential advisors have multiple applicants per project. After being rejected for one project (initially seemed to be the top choice but ...
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PhD student's authorship - clarifying contributions in publications between two supervisors

As a theoretical physics PhD student, I work under the guidance of both a main supervisor (M-S) and a co-supervisor (C-S) who is based in a different research organization and is consulted ...
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do professors care how much a prospective student read about their research while applying for a research position? [closed]

How much do a student's interest and enthusiasm matter when selecting or getting interested in a student? In research position cover letters do professors care if a student has read details about ...
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How should I deal with a well-intentioned, but poorly organized advisor?

I am doing my PhD with a supervisor who is well-intentioned but very busy and disorganized. (It doesn't seem they're uninterested in my work.) It's always been a struggle to meet up, e-mail answers ...
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Unsure if I am the best fit to write a Recommendation Letter for a Research Internship

A promising student of mine has asked me to write them a letter of recommendation for a research internship they are applying to. I believe the student is a very good candidate for an internship, but ...
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I have a long history of suffering from power abuse, currently getting rejected research/grad applications [closed]

I am from India. I have done B.Sc and M.Sc in Physics so far. My BSc is from one of the top colleges in India (top 10). However, the professors were very narrow-minded when it came to academia. I got ...
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Is it normal to be expected to read a 400 page academic textbook in a week?

As a student starting his masters degree, I was given an academic textbook on reinforcement learning, and I was asked to read it by next week by the professor. I just joined his research group. I ...
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Supervisor pressures me to co-author his paper

The title says it all: my supervisor pressures me to co-author one of his papers. The paper is based on a study which was performed by a student in our department. In the very first weeks of the ...
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Change of research project due to personal family issues

I am going through a personal issue and would like to help my family with part of the PhD scholarship I receive. However, to do this, I would need to return to my hometown (where my family lives) and ...
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How hands-on should an academic supervisor be? [closed]

I'd appreciate any resources describing how 'hands-on' an academic supervisor should be. I've found in my own supervision that it has varied from quite high-level guidance to quite detailed guidance. ...
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Supervising students in summer (US specific)

I have recently joined a US university on a 9-month tenure-track appointment. As I do not have any grant funding yet, my summer will be unpaid, so I pursued (and managed to get) a visiting researcher ...
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How to politely ask for credits in a shared project?

I am a PhD candidate working on a component of a larger, transnational project that my professor got funded by an external donor. In this project, I am to work with two other PhD candidates and a ...
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How to manage inconsistent behaviour and communication from a supervisor?

I've been in this lab for a year (one year Master's finished and three years to go in PhD in marine ecology) and I thought my PI was great (chill, kind and supportive) despite forgetting absolutely ...
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Experiencing setbacks in my master's thesis defense twice—seeking a path to recovery

I am currently enrolled in a master's program at a European university. The first year went smoothly, but the second year presented challenges due to personal issues, exacerbated by the difficulty of ...
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How to deal with multiple supervisors and different expectations?

I'm a 3rd year PhD student in Australia. My primary supervisor did a little supervising during my candidature but now complains that I have not done enough work. He gave one of my aims (which I worked ...
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Is it appropriate to assign two PhD students to do the same research topic?

I have asked one student A to do a research topic A. He used 2 years to learn a skill. I ask him to apply this skill to a new data and research topic B recently, however the progress is still bad even ...
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Covering application fees for peer review, when your university declines to proceed, but expert in the field consider the work excellent

Situation - I produced a MSc thesis in applied data science (I mean, using data science but applied on a certain domain X), which was A-graded. An expert in the field X said it is excellent and worthy ...
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How can I avoid this unproductive pattern with my PhD supervisor?

I’m currently a PhD student in electrical engineering in the US, and I changed supervisors after the end of my first year as a PhD student. There were several reasons for this, but the main one was ...
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What steps should I take if I haven't received responses from potential supervisors?

I am in the process of applying for the M.Sc. Research program at universities in New Zealand. My application will not be assessed unless I secure a supervisor. Despite reaching out to three potential ...
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Supervisor refuses to be included as a co-author in PhD student papers?

As title entails, my PhD supervisor refuses to be included in all of my research papers as she did not take part in the writing process. However, since day one, she has been giving me ideas and ...
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How to choose my first PhD students

I have recently started a position as assistant professor at a Chinese-British university. Now I am starting to get first requests from interested students who work on topics that are similar to mine ...
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Advice for PhD: Number of Applications (Humanities)

I am currently a postgraduate whose degree is near completion, and I would like to apply for a PhD in the United Kingdom. I am a first generation student which means that I have limited awareness of ...
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I do not receive proper support from my PhD advisor

I have started my fully-funded-PhD for about 6 months in North America. When I applied professor promised me that he was going to provide me with the funding. Yet, I have not received any detailed ...
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How do I support my advisor on his most busy weeks?

I'm a postdoc at a US university and I have a truly wonderful research advisor. Sometimes, during our regular meetings, I find out that things are particularly tough for my advisor this week. The ...
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