Namey
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Is my adviser supposed to be assigning me my research?
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This depends very much on: How much interests and your advisor's interests align Where your funding comes from First, interest alignment: Starting a grad program, you find an advisor with interests ...

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How do you judge the quality of a journal?
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I think that "quality" is a bit overrated, and that you should think most deeply about "fit" (i.e., how well your content matches the interests of a journal's reviewers and readership). With that ...

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How to become well-known in the research community while being a PhD student
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Short answers: Get cited. Present. Show yourself to be a peer. Long answer: I have the opposite view about networking: you should not waste any day on it unless it directly helps your research (e.g....

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First sentence of a research proposal
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While I think JeffE's answer is still the best and most generic, there is a second strategy to reinforcing your front lines: throw the best names in the field on the front lines, by using citations. ...

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Is a "big ego" necessary for a tenure-track faculty position?
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A "big ego" is definitely not necessary. Of all the scholars I have interacted with, the biggest-shots were often less egotistical than the average person. Especially at the highest levels of ...

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Is it Common to hire and fire people in lab frequently?
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First, it is uncommon to hire and fire people that quickly in almost any context. Evaluating and hiring good people takes time. Training people to do anything useful takes time: usually more than ...

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Strategy for submission of articles to highly ranked journals
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I personally think it's a bad idea to just keep throwing papers at the door of a good journal just because it is a good journal. You seem to have a publication plan: What I mean by this is that in ...

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Can a graduate student friend of mine help me get into a different grad program at the same school?
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It is highly unlikely that they would have any ability to directly influence your admission to any graduate program. It is plausible that they could help you indirectly, however. They could be ...

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Are relationships allowed between students and faculty?
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Official Answer: It depends on the tenets of your institution. Real Answer: No. Never with an active student at your institution. Relationships may sometimes be allowed between former students and ...

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Is it acceptable if an advisor does not include me as a co-author on presentation?
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The appropriateness of this situation depends vastly on: Purpose of the meeting General patterns of working with that professor In this case, there's really only one piece of information given to go ...

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How honest should one be with their students when talking about the realities of academia?
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Having thought about this issue greatly for both mentoring and as a research question, I believe the solution is: quantify it. Answer in terms of time, effort, and personal sacrifices. Those are ...

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When teaching, which question types are effective for stimulating deep processing of the material in students?
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This is a question which is far too big to reasonably answer, particularly without knowing the subject matter and tasks of importance. In terms of theories with solid evidence, ones that I find useful ...

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Will once turning down Master's admission impact a PhD application in the same department
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I think it would be highly unlikely that they would disadvantage you, unless you are applying to a truly small and petty department. The small part is really key here: for most departments of any size,...

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E-mail address to use in publications
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We should just use the email of our current academic institution, and academic institutions should provide user-controlled forwarding of some type (so people don't need to ask a sys admin if their ...

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Who gets accepted to top universities to do a PhD (STEM fields)?
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This probably varies by field. I went into an Engr/CS department. I will say that grad school apps are a bit of a crap-shoot at top schools. There are certainly "talent picks" (e.g., people so ...

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Question about ethics and possible misappropriation of research funds
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While there are a lot of confounding elements to this question (e.g., misunderstandings about who is the PI, different pay levels), the only ethical/legal issue here is if the corporate funds are ...

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How should a reminder e-mail asking for a PhD position be written so that it is not considered rude?
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As an alternate strategy to Ben which had a good template, I would propose to send a follow up email which does not directly refer to your original email at all. First, based on your proposed emails ...

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How to contact professors as a high school student?
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As a suggestion, when it comes to math, I would highly advise looking up other resources. A few things I could recommend: Slide decks: How they communicate their work to peers. Or, even better, the ...

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