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72 votes
10 answers
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What is the point of being the head of the department?

46 votes
13 answers
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I feel like my mathematical competence is fading

44 votes
6 answers
6k views

What is the point in publishing a paper in a journal rather than arXiv?

41 votes
12 answers
18k views

I hate taking lectures, can I still survive in academia?

35 votes
11 answers
13k views

Why should a P.I be motivated to write a strong LOR even if that means losing a undergraduate from his/her lab?

29 votes
2 answers
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What is the "power" a PhD advisor has over their advisees?

11 votes
5 answers
529 views

How can anyone assess their own Phd application prior to actually applying to determine its weaknesses and figure out what to do next?

10 votes
4 answers
3k views

Do reviewers go over the calculations (i.e do the calculations themselves) when reviewing?

10 votes
4 answers
635 views

How to network as a new graduate student in a new country

8 votes
5 answers
3k views

Should a scholarship be acknowledged in the paper if it is not given for the work that is being published?

6 votes
3 answers
510 views

Is it common in academia to not have any written "contract" when you get a scholarship?

6 votes
2 answers
620 views

Lack of motivation for self-study during the semesters

6 votes
5 answers
1k views

When applying to a Phd in Physics or Math , do grades in unrelated courses I took have any effect on my admission?

5 votes
3 answers
896 views

Why are we not teaching university student how to learn/study? [closed]

4 votes
1 answer
264 views

Side tracks that come up during research

3 votes
1 answer
322 views

Is not being paid in an internship common in academia?

2 votes
1 answer
306 views

A new PI or the brilliant current PI [closed]

2 votes
1 answer
173 views

Is it common / advisable to add my personal web site to my curriculum vitae?

2 votes
1 answer
438 views

Should students who copy homework answers from somewhere else state how they obtained the answer? [duplicate]

1 vote
2 answers
266 views

What would go wrong if we were to implement the following education system in universities? [closed]

1 vote
1 answer
205 views

Is dropping one of my major considered "bad" if I were to study related to that field?

1 vote
2 answers
251 views

How common is it to get an academic position in a different country after getting a PhD in the US?

1 vote
1 answer
235 views

How can I make self-studied course in undergraduate official when applying to graduate school?

1 vote
2 answers
223 views

What are the financial offer or opportunities for international PhD students in US and UK?

1 vote
2 answers
881 views

Is it OK to use fonts, i.e bold, italic, in an email to a professor or to any other academic?

1 vote
1 answer
134 views

Referencing a material that wasn't referenced inside the text

1 vote
2 answers
306 views

"Write your future plans with less than 51 words": what is the purpose of this question?

1 vote
2 answers
149 views

What is the most logical course of action if your P.I does not write you a letter of recommendation in time even though s/he said that s/he would?

1 vote
2 answers
263 views

Where to get help when we can't understand something done in a paper?

0 votes
1 answer
151 views

Pros and cons of doing PhD in a research group with a high number of post-docs?