I’m finishing my dissertation and entering the world of a tenure track assistant professor. Does this sound like a good strategy for publishing?

  • Find a topic for a review article
  • Find a relationship (or a couple) to support a meta-analysis
  • A paper (or more!) from my dissertation
  • A replication study
  • Joining 1 (at most 2) other projects from faculty at my new institution

This could put me on track for 5 or more hits before I’m up for tenure. Thoughts?


Here are some bits from comments:

  • Field is Information Systems (business school, behavioral not economic)
  • I’ll be at a hybrid University (some would probably say leaning teaching)
  • 2/3 teaching load
  • summer support for research for first 2 summers
  • Tenure requirements are 5 hits with 1 preferred in our top journals (6 to choose from with some flexibility)

TL; DR How can I go about either convincing this unwilling advisor or others in my department to keep me despite poor performance?

Background: I started PhD in management in a reputable institution in US, immediately after undergrad in a small university in Europe. The system works much more differently than I was used to and now I have invested all I can to this area. However, I lack prior experience in research, and especially when changing areas like this, need to develop very specific skills that were hard for me so far. Now I’m pretty beaten up and discouraged by potential advisors to go for a PhD.

The catch is when I applied, one senior faculty jointly appointed with this program and others was my primary “advisor”-candidate- and a second one supported this. Now, the second one has left the institution without any progress with research; and no one else in my department with similar topics is willing to advise me or fund any research I want to do. Without guidance or funding, this seems like a no way out. I really love the research the primary “advisor” is doing and want to continue on the topic I am in, but the topic is not the most common to find among researchers in my field.

My primary “advisor” is already planning to work with other students and my funding is not covering more than tuition after this first year. I really need someone to support me, and help me figure academia out as my first year was really bumpy. The department liaison and chairs are encouraging me to drop out and keep their money in…

We are writing an article in which we should give a figure (a satellite image; not a real map) to make the ‘preliminary’ section complete and understandable.

However, drawing the image ourselves is not possible. However, as the image is related to a well-known problem, it is available in various Q & A forums. The same image can be found in multiple such forums and we do not know the original source of the image.

In such a scenario,

  • Would it be unethical to not cite the forum in our research paper?
  • If we must cite any of the available forum links, how are we supposed to cite the image?

I am an undergraduate math major at a top-5 university. This term I got a C+ in a computer science algorithms course, and I’m wondering how that would affect my prospects for grad school. My overall GPA is still okay (3.8), but I’m concerned how this C+ will look on my transcript for grad schools, since it is in a (kind of) related subject (CS), vs something like a humanities class.

I am doing research, etc. alongside my academics, as well as studying for the GRE to get as good test scores as possible. I guess I just want to know whether a C+ in this class would be a red flag for admissions, or whether it won’t be much of a factor. As a note, I am aiming for ~top-5 grad schools (since my undergrad is top-5), so I’m not sure if the criteria are different for these schools. Thanks in advance!

I am currently a student working for a professor full time over the summer on science / engineering research projects. My first meetings with this professor took place during the spring semester. During these meetings, the professor agreed to hire me and agreed (in speech only) to pay me for my work. No specifics were ever discussed and the remark about paying me was made casually. I have signed no financial paperwork of any kind at any time. If I were to get paid, I would almost certainly be paid minimum wage. After this meeting, payment for my work, which I have been doing most of the summer, has never been brought up again by the professor or anyone around them.

I have not brought this issue up to the professor because:

  1. The experience working on the projects I am being assigned is metaphorically worth its weight in gold to me right now. It is both work I am intensely interested in pursuing, and also a great resume experience listing for potential future employers.

  2. I am in a financial situation that allows me to offer my time for free. Since this is my first experience working on academic research, I did not want to be turned down by the professors I asked because of money. I also will almost certainly need to ask this professor for a letter of recommendation for future internships to very selective companies in the same industry as this professor. I also know this professor regularly communicates with high ranking industry professionals who work at the same companies as I want to apply to. Thus, my relationship to this professor is of paramount importance above all else.

  3. I will almost certainly be working for this professor through the end of the next academic year (however, I will have to work part time during the school year since I am a student). I have considered the possibility that it might be wiser to wait until I have worked for this professor longer before asking to be paid for my work. As far as the feedback on work I have already performed, I seem to produce results that are on par or better than they are expecting, and I deliver my results on or ahead of schedule.

All of this said, I still would like to get paid (however small an amount it may be) for this position since I am working full time and, when I was hired, the professor I work for did (again, verbally only) say I would get paid. I feel like I am in an awkward position here, and I am unsure what the best way bring this topic up is. How should I bring this up to professor if at all?

I have this particular situation, where I started one thesis during my master’s about X topic (which I love). I was asked to wait around 4 months while the base code was ready to work, but when the time arrived, the program was buggy and poorly coded. However, I studied all the theoretical background that they coded, and then debugged the software for around 3 months, but in the end, it never worked.

This professor was very helpful while I was debugging it, but when I decided not to continue with the project as it looked like the debugging was never going to end, he became angry and behaved as if the project failure was my fault… I was the one who should’ve been pissed off after more than half a year wasted in that project…

In any case, I graduated with another thesis and now I am looking for a PhD, in that X topic… I found a very interesting one very related to the thesis I was doing before, and I would like to include in the motivation letter, my background and the experience I got while I was debugging (in fact I learned more about the topic while debugging, than reading the theory).

What would be the best way to mention this project without backfiring at me, or being asked for a reference from that professor who will definitely not recommend me?


My goal is to find the general form for the asymptotic cardinality of a compound arithmetic progression. I’m not affiliated with a university and I certainly don’t have any obligation to continue my research. However, it is very fulfilling to me. I spend my time in the library; I study through the books on the shelves and I don’t really have anyone to tell me that my efforts are not good enough.

The problem comes in when I realized that if I was stronger in Analytic Number Theory, then I could start to look for the general estimate for the asymptotic cardinality of any compound arithmetic progression, and I’m terribly curious about how it works out. I am jealous of professional students with academic affiliations, access to reviewers, and journals; terribly. I admit that and it’s a big obstacle. And I’m envious that they had the opportunity to enjoy more prestigious settings. I wish I could get a foot hold like that too. But at the same time I just don’t think it’s going to be possible for me to be published or be respected on the same level, no matter what I do.

Is it healthy for me to behave like this? Or am I being too optimistic in thinking that I have something to contribute that could blossom into graduate level, age appropriate research and/or a funded project?

The point is that I’ve given up looking for a degree or trying to participate in the research projects of others; it places the burden on them to find a place for me in their work and I’d rather be sharpening my own offering instead of going on a wild goose chase. Math doesn’t require the same kind of budgetary overhead, or anywhere near the same level of oversight as the life sciences. I don’t need a lab. I don’t need dangerous chemicals or expensive equipment, and I don’t need a workshop, either.

The other question (of which this was marked as a duplicate) was asked by a much more established individual that already finished a Master’s degree and wanted to collaborate on somebody else’s research; putting together a CV to apply for a research spot is much easier when there’s something to anchor it.

I have been looking for someone to answer this for so long. Their website says they need outstanding results. But this can of course mean different things.

On their power engineering website, I calculated that a 3.0/4 GPA would ‘give me at least an average chance of getting called for an interview”. I can’t find any such information for computer science/robotics.

They also don’t have any admission statistics based on their acceptance.

I really like this university and I think it would be a good fit for me personally.

Therefore, if anyone can give me some idea about what kind of profile they look for, I would be really grateful.