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(Mathematics) How to ask professors about their work when you only have a vague understanding of their subject area?

How do I initiate contact with academics working on elliptic curves despite being very new to the subject. Could I ask them to explain something that would be found in a textbook? Unlike the other ...
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(Mathematics) How to ask professors about their work when you only have a vague understanding of their subject area?

Here's what I would recommend. First, I would learn the basics of elliptic curves by consulting a standard book on elliptic curves. A good first option is the book by Silverman and Tate. You could ...
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(Mathematics) How to ask professors about their work when you only have a vague understanding of their subject area?

Unless you are enrolled in their classes or you find some mistakes in their books that you would like to report, I don't think it is a good idea to contact them. In the worst case, they may mark your ...
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(Mathematics) How to ask professors about their work when you only have a vague understanding of their subject area?

it feels rude to do so with only a very vague understanding of their work Actually, it is rude, if you are not enrolled in their course , however luckily we live in the year 2022 and you can access ...
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What is your advice on reaching out to an external mentor to judge a research idea I am working on?

Let me add a bit to the answer of Thomas Schwarz. First, I'll repeat the comment that your advisor is the best person to connect you with someone else, assuming you think it is wise to ask. If that is ...
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What is your advice on reaching out to an external mentor to judge a research idea I am working on?

Put yourself in the shoes of the person that you are writing to. Because you selected someone important, X (the person that you selected) will be busy and receive a certain number of emails. Each ...
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Should I follow my own direction for my PhD research?

Other answers emphasized the role of scientific supervision and risk management in taking decisions about the direction of your PhD research. A lot have been said about the experience of supervisors ...
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I have already used up all my hours with my supervisor, but I need feedback. Do I have the right to ask for more hours?

I have never heard of a student “using all their time with a supervisor”. If the situation is as described, the supervisor has left and you cannot reach her in a timely manner, then I suggest you ...
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Should I follow my own direction for my PhD research?

I’ve had a very hard time dealing with supervisor(s) in the last 2 years of my PhD. This is my third year and with the help of a postdoc I finally formulated a more generic scientific goal for my Ph.D....
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Should I follow my own direction for my PhD research?

In addition to Ben's reply, try to take the perspective of all parties involved. Does the main supervisor discourage your approach because (i) she/he thinks it is not promising? (ii) not aligned with ...
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Should I follow my own direction for my PhD research?

If I understand your description correctly, you've decided you would like to change your research agenda from your initial proposal, giving a more general research agenda. It sounds like there is ...
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I have already used up all my hours with my supervisor, but I need feedback. Do I have the right to ask for more hours?

If someone works at another university, then that person gets paid to help the students of that new university. There is usually some leniency for a transition period. However, if you already used up ...
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How to avoid over-reading papers and overthinking?

Welcome to the Academia community! DISCLAIMER I was all ready to give you advice about how to read articles at different level of depth (and select which ones to read more deeply), but then I realized ...
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Can an associate professor be a postdoc supervisor

Assuming you don't mean a part time faculty member, yes, it it possible. The only real issue is whether she has, or can obtain, funding to support you. Supervising a postdoc would be a boost to her ...
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Is there an independent and fair organisation for investigating and documenting discrimination and power abuse in academia?

Many universities have a standard process to handle these cases. I agree with you that one of the considerations students should make when picking a graduate school is the existence of a strong ...
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Is there an independent and fair organisation for investigating and documenting discrimination and power abuse in academia?

In my opinion, there is no way to achieve any such fair venue to record mishandling of students. The reason are as follows: This is not unique at all to universities; mishandling can occur in any ...
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Is my PhD supervisor contributing too much to my project?

It depends what type of relationship you want! On the opposite, there are students who have no idea about how to do something, and of course, their supervisors also do not have any idea where to start....
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Is my PhD supervisor contributing too much to my project?

Yes, he is probably doing too much. Of course, he has more experience in the field than you do, so can see solutions more quickly. It is hard to say what to do, unless you think it would be safe to ...
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Part time research assistant - post bacc?

Based on your earlier question, I'll assume this is for the US. Note that most RA money is for support of doctoral students. In some "hard" sciences there might be low level "tech ...
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How to present research ideas to professor

Write it in the form that is conventional for scientific writing: the IMRaD-structure. IMRaD is an acronym for Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion. Introduction What is the topic? Why is it ...
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How much overlap with my research topic does a potential PhD supervisor need?

This answer is more general than the humanities. An advisor needs both an interest in your research and an ability to guide you when necessary. Lack of the first is too likely to lead to delays and ...
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