Mister Mak
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How to reply to an email from a student who wants a reply instantly?
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In the future, you could tell the students at the start of term that it may take several days to reply to emails, and that if there is something urgent they should speak to you right after class or ...

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Accused of cheating on a class that I passed a year ago. Can my "pass" be revoked? Could this missing prerequisite affect other classes I have passed?
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Check if your university has an official policy and guidelines on academic integrity, as well as the possible penalties. Some universities and instructors teaching online are swamped with ...

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Can you defend your thesis without any slide presentation?
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It depends on the field. If you have a lot of data to show, will be hard without slides. The question could also be asked for lectures.

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As a PhD student, should I attend group meetings when they just make me feel bad?
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Group meetings are a generally a good way to learn about what is going on, get new ideas and receive feedback. On the other hand if the meetings drag on and everyone is bored, some of the more senior ...

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Previous publication of my supervisor and a post-doc is a lie
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If the previous paper is just sloppy, you can write something of the sort "We present an improved analysis of..." and then explain in your paper the advantages of your technique. If there is ...

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Does department receive funding for each PhD candidate
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There is nothing wrong with asking the question in a neutral manner to your administration or student representative. I am not sure about Germany, but in France for instance, having doctoral students ...

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Advice on publishing original theorems with easy proofs
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You might want to start by putting it on a preprint server.

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Job Advice for Pursuing a Tenure-Track Position in the U.S. (Postdoc in the U.S., Teaching-track/lecturer in the U.S., Tenure-track abroad)
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In many fields and countries, it's rare to get a tenure-track position right after a PhD. Generally speaking, if you want to go into tenure-track academia, a strong post-doc or two (or three ...

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Can I ask my supervisor how long would it take to complete my PhD before beginning my PhD studies and post getting acceptance letter?
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Definitely good to ask about typical times and what happens if you run over. Note in North America that some forms of funding run out after a certain duration; for instance the department might only ...

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Presenting collaborative work in progress
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Generally speaking, people should check with their collaborators before presenting joint work, including work in progress that may be controversial. An exception might be an individual invitation for ...

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Promised authorship was not given; am I supposed to get an automatic acknowledgement?
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If the supervisor of the postdoc and your own are not in the loop yet, they should be. At the very least, they should be able to provide perspective. My feeling is that if someone has worked on a ...

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how much benefit is there of working as a predoctoral research assistant
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In many circumstances, yes, predoctoral research experience is an asset, in particular if you can get a strong letter of support for your graduate application, and can contribute to some publications. ...

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What is an affiliate professor?
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In the example you give (https://grainger.illinois.edu/about/directory/faculty/ghmiley), the person is "professor emeritus" in one department, and "department affiliate emeritus" ...

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Do students get rejected if they did bad on a graduate interview despite having a strong cv?
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Depends in part on how the other candidates fared.

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Is undergraduate research typically funded? Should it be?
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In STEM fields in Canada, UG summer research is paid like a summer job, usually from research grants. Particularly strong students can obtain NSERC USRA awards. The downside to this is that there ...

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Would bad grades in my master’s degree stop me from getting a PhD in a French university?
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The grade in itself may not provide a complete picture (scales may differ between universities and fields); your class ranking, if you know it, might be important as well.

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Does poor grammar on a shared message board for school annoy teachers?
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Teachers could very well be annoyed by 3 and 4, but would probably answer nonetheless. They might also reach out to the poor writers and offer tips. Posting writing rules for the messaging board in ...

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Listing contribution to SE on a CV
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Though it doesn't supplant scholarly work, I think public outreach and engagement are an important aspect of academia and are beneficial to list on a cv. In the past this could include public ...

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Should I include a letter of recommendation in my dossier for teaching positions?
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Sometimes hiring committees prefer a letter coming directly from the evaluator, as opposed to via the candidate, as it may be more candid.

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Is it true, that there are associate professors, full professors and University provosts without a doctorate in the Western Continental Europe?
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In certain regions of Germany, you need a habilitation (above a PhD) to get a top-level W3 professorship, though there is wiggle room for "equivalent qualifications". See for example https://...

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Can my former PhD adviser force me to complete tasks after quitting his research group?
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If there is someone you are on speaking terms with (dept head? grad chair? student rep? union?) you could explain your concern about signing up for more work though you do not object to handing over ...

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About detemining the time of interview
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If it's a job you want, either clear your calendar for the two days they are proposing, or propose two days when you are free all day. It's not clear from your question if they are proposing the days ...

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Reviewer asks to add more references to already many references
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It may be more time-consuming to fight the referee than to squeeze out a few more references. You might also surprise yourself and find references you didn't know of.

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In academic papers, is it always necessary to show the full mathematical description of well-accepted norms?
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If you feel a reference isn't sufficient, depending on the journal, you may have room for an appendix, or a methods section.

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Asking about funding when you've already been told you'll be funded
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In some countries, offers come from universities, as opposed to individual researchers, and the university guarantees the funding. You should ask other students, or the graduate chair if there is one....

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Sending a second follow-up email for a potential PhD position
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Another factor may be if the department hires a pool of students that are afterwards matched with supervisors after a year or so of courses, or if new students enter a research group directly. In the ...

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Access to good research communities without being in the university
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One silver lining of the pandemic is that most conferences and workshops have gone online, eliminating travel expenses, and cut registration fees, doubly reducing barriers to entry. You could look ...

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Publishing and Self-Archiving
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As stated by others in the comment section, it may also depend on your funding agency. In Canada, for instance, NSERC requires the manuscript be freely available within 12 months of publication, ...

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My peers are publishing high impact papers and getting awards or offers while I am struggling to write a decent paper. What should I do differently?
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Between PhDs and faculty positions there are often one or more postdoctoral positions, so if you decide to continue in research, you might think about what kind of postdoc you are looking for based on ...

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