I approached my internship advisor for an LOR while applying to Masters. She said she would not be able to provide a strong one but a good one based on an internship that lasted for two months. I approached her because she holds a PhD from a good university in the USA and she’s published papers in top-tier conferences and journals. Will it adversely affect my application? Will it hold as much weight as a strong one because it’s **she** who’s recommending it?

# Category Archives: english

# Attributing Second-order Citations

Imagine that a paper by [Author A] has pulled together some literature on the misuse of a technology in context X. I now want to talk about misuse of the same technology but in context Y. When creating a different narrative and putting together different arguments, much of what I say uses the references of [Author A] with a similar or the same opinion.

Take the following made-up quote from (Author A):

Technologies have values embedded in their design (Author B).

I think it would be wrong to only directly cite [Author B] and make a similar statement without acknowledging [Author A] since the idea really comes from the way that the latter uses the former. Also, it would just feel wrong since someone else has done a lot of the work in finding the references.

This occurs many times and so it would also be obvious how I found the sources (of course, I will state in the background section that I did a backward search to find sources). At the same time, my analysis is different and hence I cannot just say “read [Author A] for a literature review]” – I need to connect it all to my topic (and also other areas not covered by [Author A].

What is the correct and, if allowed, most elegant way to handle second-order citations? Particularly when I need to do it many times. Is there an alternative to using second-order citations?

N.b., this isn’t a meta-survey like you would find in medical science or similar.

# What to do certain classmates are friends of teacher?

In the class few of students are friends of teacher , and they usually get more marks in internal exam and practicals .

What should be done in this case as a student ?

# Proof of proficiency in mathematics

Apologise if this question isn’t relevant to this forum, I tried my best to look for similar questions but couldn’t find one.

I am a computer science major enrolled in a not-so-renowned university in India.

I am in my pre-final year and have taken four math courses. While I did well in the first two (got an O grade i.e the highest grade possible), due to some personal problems, I got a D and a C in the next two courses. Unfortunately, my university does not have a provision to retake the courses.

My eventual plan is to apply for grad school in fields such as machine learning where they require a strong math background.

My question is: how can I *show* that I know the required math for the courses beyond my uni courses?

One way I thought was of doing MOOCs on the subjects and uploading my solutions to them somewhere? But the general consensus which I found here was that MOOCs don’t hold much value when it comes to showing proficiency in a subject.

What are some other ways in which I can demonstrate my proficiency in the subject?

Thank you.

EDIT: The courses where I fared poorly included the following topics (since it’s an engineering course, we don’t have specific courses like Linear Algebra or Statistics – we instead learn an overview of mixture of a few math subjects each semester) – Fourier Analysis, Laplace Transform, Vector Algebra, Complex Variable and Mapping, Z-transform, Complex Integration, Matrices, Probability, Sampling Theory and Mathematical Programming.)

# How to ensure I will stay first author of my paper? [on hold]

Some time ago i clumsily wrote a paper about an algorithm.Since i had no experience in scientific writing i gave the paper to a professor with the hope that he would help me improve the presentation.The professor rewrote the paper making some very minor changes in proofs without my consent but allowed me to be “first author” on the paper.Recently i discovered that he put himself as first author in the first author field(that was intended for those who made the greatest contribution) of the of the journal’s form.I feel a bit cheated by this and i am not sure how to proceed to change it if it is possible.I have already sent an email to the professor who agreed to change his “mistake” but i don’t trust him at all since he lied to me repeatedly in the past for other matters.

Is it fair to pressure him to add my name as first author(he said he will but did nothing yet) on the submission form if its possible since he rewrote my paper(without my consent) but really added nothing new to my algorithm and its proofs ?

Since the professor is a bit dishonest how can i be sure that he does it without deceiving me in some way?

# Is it frowned upon to request solutions manuals from the author?

Maybe the answer to this is probably as vague as “it depends.” I’m a graduate student trying to pick up some extra math skills. I’m reading a couple of texts and attempting the exercises but the difficulty/specificity of some exercises is such that I fear somewhat frequently asking for guidance would be burdensome to whoever I ask for help (peers, professors, my advisor, etc.). My preferred system would be to try my hand at a collection of problems for a few days, and check my thinking against a solutions manual (consulting others if I encounter something I really don’t understand).

Some authors encourage instructors to contact them for solutions manuals if they are planning on teaching with their book. As a self-studier, should I generally expect a similar offer extends to me, or would it be frowned upon to ask for a solutions manual?

Thanks in advance for any help!

# How to ask a professor to introduce other professors to me when he mentions that he has no funding?

When asking for an opportunity to do a PhD with a professor at a US university, he replied:

Excellent background. Unfortunately, I do not have funding to support

new students. Good luck!

Now I want to tell him:

Thank you for your time and consideration. Please keep me in mind if a funded position opens up in the future.

and **I want to add that if there is any other professors that he can introduce to me in order to ask them for a PhD position**.

What should I say?

# How important is a deadline for an open post-doc position?

I am a last-year phd student, and starting looking for post-docs.

I have seen a very appealing position in a top university, but unfortunately, the application deadline is in the next few days, and I don’t have the material time to get the required material (cover letters, CV and so on).

Nevertheless, the deadline seems not very strict, as they literally say:

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Applications will be considered on a continuing basis
but candidates are encouraged to apply by November 24, 2017.
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Now my question: how important is the 24 November deadline (or a deadline ) for an announcement of this kind? Why to put a date if they will continue to take applications even after? Is it common for post-doc opening deadlines to be postponed?

# Oral Presentation Prize at a Conference

Abstract was selected for ‘oral abstracts’ competition, in a shortlist of 5 presenters. I was announced winner at the end of the competition. Following the event I have been emailed to pass on my bank details as the beneficiary of the £1500 prize. My co-authors are all seniors/co-supervisors. What should I do? Should I email them all to discuss splitting up the share? Or should I not raise the matter at all, to avoid embarrassment. From reading responses to a similar post before, I get the impression that since the award is for best Oral Presentation, and I am the only ‘student’ it should probably just go to me. At the same time, I don’t want to just keep it without mentioning it to anybody.

# Submit an article to not yet indexed WOS journal with the later consideration that it will be indexed

I am planning to submit an article to the WOS journal that has not been indexed yet. However I am thinking since this journal in the WOS journal list, mean it will market itself one way or another and lets say in few years it maybe indexed and will have great IF.

There are some key considerations:

-the journal’s publisher is well known UK publishing company

-the publication cost is free

-the volumes are published two times per year.

-my field is computer and information security.

My question: Does it worth considering to publish with the long term goals that the journal will rise (here the barrier to enter not much difficult, but a bit as I think easier than already known journal) or better stick with the already established IF journals