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How to answer questions *honestly* about some professors from Visit Days students?

First of all you should decide whether you want to convey any negative information, factual or otherwise, about these faculty members. You are certainly not obligated to discuss the issue at all. ...
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Visit to a different university - is it OK to bring my girlfriend along?

It is perfectly reasonable. I have done it a couple of times and I know colleagues that frequently do it. Her presence at work/social events depends on the event and how well you know the host and the ...
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Can I invite myself to a lab to give a talk?

There's absolutely nothing wrong with making an outreach to a group you're interested in learning more about. Just make sure not to make it too hard of a sell: you could say something like, "I'd like ...
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How to explain that I do not want to visit a country due to personal safety concern?

If I were you I'd have the same concerns. In fact, I'm not like you, and I have the same concerns. But don't confuse the people of Israel with its government. Certainly there are bad actors there, ...
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Should I include "visiting" in my visiting assistant professor, or just call myself assistant professor?

I agree with you. People expect websites, email signatures, etc, to have accurate job titles, and there is a major qualitative difference between "Visiting Assistant Professor" and "Assistant ...
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How to answer questions *honestly* about some professors from Visit Days students?

Provide the information needed but do it with positive remarks. Avoid negative statements and anything that would be embarrassing if quoted in public. Example: Prof. X has an ambitious research ...
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Can I invite myself to a lab to give a talk?

It is usually hard for institutes to find external speakers (and expensive to invite), so anyone willing to visit at their own expense is warmly welcomed. In particular if the institute has a (semi)-...
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How to explain that I do not want to visit a country due to personal safety concern?

I work in a country where a few colleagues do not wish to visit, for various reasons. Some of these reasons are based on accurate perceptions and others are not. Some of those colleagues have been ...
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How can I have productive meeting with a very prominent researcher?

Rather than put forward your own ideas, which might still be a bit naive (as you suggest), ask for advice. Let the superstar take the lead. If you've read any of their papers, you can mention that. ...
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How to contact another PI as a PhD student wishing to discuss their research?

Essentially, the best way to ask is to phrase things exactly as you have. “Dear Professor $Name, My name is Anon, and I’m an Nth year PhD student studying at University of Science. I’ll be in ...
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Visit to a different university - is it OK to bring my girlfriend along?

We often invite people to our institute, and it's not at all unusual for them to bring their girlfriend/boyfriend/family with them. This is never a problem - we're often asking them to come a long way,...
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How to answer questions *honestly* about some professors from Visit Days students?

This profile is actually pretty common in academia, and those professors typically know that they're not good advisors because they're not interested in being advisors. Keeping that in mind, your ...
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Wife: advantage or drawback when asking for visiting student position?

Be honest. Present it as a happy coincidence. That's what it is, after all. For example, I've always been interested in different research communities and paradigms, given how this knowledge can ...
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Who is responsible for paying for an on-campus visit for a faculty interview?

This may vary from place to place (country), but generally you should expect that the institution will cover the cost. Probably they won't cover first class travel or expensive hotels, but otherwise ...
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Purpose of meeting with the dean and provost during campus visit

Meetings of this sort are pretty standard, but my experience is they're usually at a later stage of the process, like a second visit. Deans don't like to waste the time if the candidate doesn't pass ...
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Is a PhD visitor considered as a visiting scholar?

It isn't proper in academia to make up titles that weren't awarded. If you work at a place and they give you a title then you can use it. In general, titles are awarded by others, not assumed by ...
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Is a PhD visitor considered as a visiting scholar?

At least in my field (Europe, Physics), what you're describing would be listed as "Visiting Student" on a CV. The only exception I can think of is if you won some notable position/title/...
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What is meant by “research visit”?

You can be referring to two things, a visit to another institution (usually to give an invited talk) or you could mean a visiting student/researcher role: Someone who visits a different institution ...
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Visit to a different university - is it OK to bring my girlfriend along?

To complement StrongBad's answer I'll address directly a few points of your question: Is it impolite to suggest that he book a double room, and we pay half of the price from our own pocket? No, it'...
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Potential advisor offering to fund visit to lab

I do not think the etiquette you are talking about applies here. You need to go there in order to ensure compatibility between you and your potential future advisor. This is neither a gift nor a ...
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How to explain that I do not want to visit a country due to personal safety concern?

This answer assumes that the professor is reasonable. If you know them, use your social skills to judge whether they are reasonable. Tell the professor that you don't want to go there for the reason ...
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How can I have productive meeting with a very prominent researcher?

DO: Try to keep up with the ideas and look for openings where you could potentially contribute something interesting. Take this intimidation caused by a perceived power and skill imbalance out of the ...
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How to answer questions *honestly* about some professors from Visit Days students?

How can I honestly answer questions about these professors without coming across as bitter (which I admittedly still am)? By explaining what happened to you, and perhaps to other people, and sticking ...
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Asking to visit a university, and be given workspace for a week

I disagree with the existing answers. I don't see this as a "big ask" at all, as long as your expectations are reasonable. You should not expect to get a nice individual office, but if I know you at ...
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How to know whether a visiting professor will charge the university to present a lecture to academic staff?

The usual way is to state explicitly in your invitation which costs you are going to cover. For example: Dear Professor X I would hereby like to formally invite you to give a seminar talk at ...
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Is is inappropriate to bring a +1 to a gradate school recruiting weekend?

Bringing a significant other who would be relocating with you to a recruiting weekend is acceptable. In fact, some schools/departments would encourage it. We routinely welcomed SO to our recruiting ...
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What am I doing to scare away prospective PhD students?

I am not a prospective PhD student but a current one, and I am not in the mind of every PhD applicant, but my best guess is that some are not really interested in your department, some don't know how ...
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What am I doing to scare away prospective PhD students?

If I am understand the situation correctly, your department has made an offer and the student has not accepted it yet. Here are my guesses from my own experience (current phd student): The student ...
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Is it worth resubmitting updated application materials a second time over poor sentence flow?

No, don't do that. You already resubmitted once, and something trivial like this would just make you stand out in a bad way. Save resubmitting for like "I got a huge grant."
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