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610 votes
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How should I deal with becoming discouraged as a graduate student?

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I believe I have solved a famous open problem. How do I convince people in the field that I am not a crank?

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University rank/stature - How much does it affect one's career post-Ph.D?

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189 votes
15 answers
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How to deal with an advisor who wants a "friendlier" relationship with me than I do?

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147 votes
3 answers
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How are Ph.D. applications evaluated in the US, particularly for weak or borderline students? Am I likely to get into school X?

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4 answers
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How hard do early-career academics in the United States work, really?

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128 votes
22 answers
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Should the slides in a presentation be self-explanatory or be as minimal as possible?

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114 votes
9 answers
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How to stop feeling guilty about unfinished work?

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15 answers
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Why are research papers written in language that's difficult for undergraduate students?

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92 votes
7 answers
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Are there good reasons to avoid using color in research papers?

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80 votes
7 answers
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To avoid legal battle, in bussiness world reference letters are written extremely terse. How do academics get away with this?

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11 answers
28k views

Is it unethical to cite a paper or book that you have never looked at?

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1 answer
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Choosing research ideas to include in a statement of purpose

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63 votes
11 answers
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Are there instances where citing Wikipedia is allowed?

60 votes
12 answers
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Handling unsolicited proofs of famous mathematical problems

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3 answers
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How to evaluate potential advisers on grounds other than their research/publications?

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53 votes
4 answers
28k views

How to contact professors for PhD vacancies?

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51 votes
6 answers
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I've been admitted to multiple PhD programs, how should I choose between them?

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48 votes
6 answers
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How to avoid thinking about research in free time?

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3 answers
3k views

How can I improve the effectiveness of my literature searches?

43 votes
7 answers
9k views

Why doesn't academia incorporate spaced repetition in higher education?

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42 votes
5 answers
5k views

As an undergraduate, how can I explore research topics that may interest me without having a background?

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41 votes
4 answers
9k views

Details an applicant should include/exclude in an introductory letter to a prospective grad school adviser?

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41 votes
11 answers
44k views

What part-time jobs are suitable for PhD students?

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36 votes
4 answers
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How do you know when your independent findings are paper-worthy?

34 votes
3 answers
105k views

How much detail to include in first email to potential PhD supervisor?

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33 votes
5 answers
15k views

How frequently can you ask for a personal reference without being disrespectful?

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33 votes
3 answers
25k views

Choosing my name as an author when publishing a scientific paper, can I use my "unofficial" first name?

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32 votes
6 answers
1k views

Is use of unconventional design elements or layout something frowned upon in academic context?

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31 votes
3 answers
3k views

How do we know if something relevant is already published?

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