It seems the phrase “don’t walk, run!” is somewhat of a meme on this site. It roughly means “leave your current advisor/university/PI/whatever and don’t look back”.

While this at times may be good advice, although most often controversial, I’m wondering how one should handle the running if one remains willing to work in academia. (Just somewhere else) I mean, the suggestion sounds a lot like ‘burning bridges’ (with only one person at best, but with an entire department at the worst). Burning bridges is commonly understood to be a quick way to kill your career.

So, I’d like to have a well-thought answer to the question:

  • How (if it even can be done!) can I run from an abusive professional relation or otherwise unmaintainable position without ruining my career?

Perhaps this is already explained in some post given the “don’t walk, run!” advice, but I think it is worthwhile to have answers to this particular question. Advice from academics who have in fact ‘ran away’ and proceeded within academia is very much appreciated. (this would at least answer whether it can be done)

Finally, to prevent any confusion: I’m currently not in an abusive professional relation or otherwise unmaintainable position. I’m merely interested in how one should act, for future readers in that situation. (Who knows, I could even be unfortunate enough to end up in such a situation one day!)

To clarify, this is a question asking for general advice for after leaving. To be clear, the ‘running part’ refers to ‘not leaving in a nice and orderly manner’ (Imagine a grad student literally running away from the campus, leaving a trail of thesis papers behind, if that helps). Most answers to the question suggested as duplicate essentially tell to ‘walk’, but here I have assumed to have already ‘run’ (whether that is a good idea is besides the point) and with that given, want to know what the best course of action is and the advice on the other question is too late.

Grant proposals can take months until you hear back. What should researchers do during that period?

  1. Start working on the research since the idea could be implemented by others and publish without acknowledging the funder.
  2. Similar to point 1 but in publishing wait to hear about the results and acknowledge the funder if you were funded.
  3. Wait since you don’t know if the idea will be funded and there are no funds to support students but the idea could become obsolete after 6 months.
  4. Something else

I came to the UK last September, to study at the University of Liverpool, a 3+1(Foundation) Computer Science course, thinking that after I’ll finish the first year, I’ll move to a different course.

The one I actually want to study is Artificial Intelligence. But a few months ago, the university took down the Artificial Intelligence course as a whole, and have combined it with Computer Science. What I truly want is to study Artificial Intelligence, but I’m unsure whether doing a 2 in 1 course would be the same as doing an Artificial Intelligence course.

What should I do?

I’m halfway through my PhD and will be visiting another country for a conference. While I am there I would like to talk with some of the local researchers and hopefully visit their labs and discuss their research. I intend to email some of the researchers in my field in advance and ask if they would be happy to have a chat about their research and possibly visit their lab (briefly on the visit, more like a lab tour than anything else).

What is the best way to ask these PI’s (via email) if I could meet with them while I am in town to visit their labs and discuss their research?

I applied to PhD programs on my supposedly last semester of my MA. I’m doing thesis, and I am worried I won’t finish in time. I have been accepted to the PhD program I wanted, and it is in a different field than my MA, though it is still somehow related. I did say in my personal statement that I’m completing my MA.

The PhD acceptance letter didn’t say anything about conditional acceptance, so I guess it’s just acceptance? Does that mean even if I did not complete my MA, my PhD acceptance would still stand?

Hi there ! I’m not sure to be on the right forum to ask the following question. I’m asking for both and research proposal writting tips and references

I’m writing my first research proposal for my first PhD application on how to connect building platform using building information modelling (BIM), IoT and advanced data analytics in order to save costs through space consumption and energy consumption modeling in buildings. Which description might be found there.

I used this canvas, to start writing my proposal. That is to say I am trying to :

  • Define a clear question and approach to answering it (which is what I’ve written above)
  • Highlight its or significance
  • Explain how it adds to, develops (or challenges) existing literature in the field
  • Persuade potential supervisors and/or funders of the
    importance of the work, and why you are the right person to undertake it

I wanted to know if there already where works on combining building platform using BIM, IoT and data analytics through space and energy consumption and consumption modeling ?

That is to say I want to know what is the existing state-of-the-art in this topic ?

If it’s not the right place to ask these kind of reference questions where to ask about it ?

I would like to ask regarding about changing to a better graduate program.

I’m an international student and I’m about to graduate this semester. At first, I had no intention to enter graduate school. Thus, I did not prepare to study for standardized test and my application early. When the job application turned out quite badly. I decided to go to grad school. However, it was quite late for the top tier grad school. I have already got accepted to the master program in math at my current undergrad school (my school is about tier 2-3 in math, ranking around 60ish in the US). I also got accepted to a Stats PhD program in Texas (top 30-40 within the US). However, after meeting with my advisors and a couple of professors they recommend me to apply to the top tier school (such as Harvard, Duke, Stanford, Yale, etc). I currently want to join the top tier PhD stats program.

Thus, I would like to ask if I should spend a year at a PhD program in stats (just to find a reason to stay in the US), and then reapply to the top tier schools; or should I just finished a master in Math and apply from there.

I’m not sure how beneficial a master in Math would be for me if I am going to apply to PhD Stats in 2 years. Considering I would have to spend 2 years compared to just spend 1 year in the other school and reapply. I don’t want to spend a year at my current school since all the recommendation letters are from professors within the department and that would be quite hard to explain why I would want to quit after a year in grad school. Thus, I would like to enter another school and switch from there.

I’m currently a fourth year undergraduate student graduating this year. I’m taking the upcoming school year off to travel, so instead of applying to grad school during my fourth year like most students, I will be applying this upcoming September (when I will have graduated).

I worked with two professors this school year doing research, one of which I got a publication out of. I plan on asking both for reference letters for my graduate school applications.

Both profs seem to like me and are happy with my work. However, I won’t be actually applying to grad school until late this year (probably September-December), so I’m worried if I ask for a reference later in the year, they will have forgotten a significant chunk of their experience supervising me and my contributions.

I want to get a letter out of them now when I’m still fresh in their minds and can get a great recommendation out of them. I’m sure they’ll give me a positive one either way, but I feel like if I get one now it’ll be a lot stronger, where as if I do it several months in the future, considering how busy they are, I probably won’t be nearly as well remembered and my letter will be a lot more generic.

I wasn’t sure if this is appropriate to do, and how I should go about doing this, so I was hoping I could get some advice on this. Both profs work in ECE (electrical and computer engineering) and the programs I will be applying to will be a combination of ECE programs and computer science programs.

I love cybersecurity. Linux is amazing, programming is enthralling, and I have not found much else in my life I enjoy, as well as, (well I suppose used to) believe I could make a career out of. While researching the best programming languages for cybsersecurity I came across some advice on Quora that said cybsecurity professionals should know basically every language.

Even more than that though. Evidently I was a bit indignant but it makes sense. To really be a competent cybsersecurity professional you have to know assembly, TCP/IP, a lot of other programming languages, the ins and outs of kali, and more. This simply seems unattainable. How could anyone understand this much about computers? Even the BA IT with a cybersecurity option at my college does not cover this much.

So, my question is a cybersecurity career rational for me? I’m still (a sophmore) studying basic/intermediate C++ with a absolute dearth of knowledge in Linux. I’m like a peon compared to other programmers on Github/StackExchange. I know everyone says go in the direction of your dreams but what if my dream is just not attainable? What if I just realized my passion too late? I’ve set myself up (with anthro, phil, and english) for a Policy/English/Business degree. Would I better off just going in that direction? I apologize if this question is too specific to me, if that’s the case please just downvote and move on. I’m already down, I don’t need anyone being superior or patronizing. Thanks, any response is helpful.