There is a similar question here as well as elsewhere.

However my situation is somewhat different, so please read for marking it as duplicate. The questions I’ve seen asked has been about giving a gift to a supervisor after completing your PhD, and whether that would be innapropriate before/after defending your thesis.

In my case, I had a lot of difficulty finding someone willing to support my application (as I’m doing it in a completely foreign country). I’m very grateful to my supervisor for being willing to take me on and supporting my application.

I was thinking of bringing him some chocolate from my country (which is very popular here and abroad) as a small thank you gift.

Would this be weird/inappropriate?

One might assume by the nature of the subject that the credit system in academia is more credible than in industry or politics, but in conversation with researchers and students following emerged (physics, engineering, computer science):

… PhD students are asked to review papers, without getting officially the credit for it, only to do tasks for which the supervisor is responsible for.

(At the end, he is TPC member. To the argument that the student needs to learn how to review papers or that the supervisor goes through the review before submitting: Many submission systems allow the reassignment of the reviewer or the official invitation of sub-reviweres)

… as researcher (PhD student or PostDoc) your superior might ask you if you can help him to teach a course either entirely or partially. Later on, when you apply, people ask about your teaching experience, and you explain that you had great success and fun helping teaching. So they ask for the student evaluation and you need to explain that you don’t have any because at that time ….. ).

… as researcher then people ask you to supervisor PhD students and you go for the job and do it. Until you find out after hard work that your position as postdoc doesn’t permit you to participate in the PhD supervision committee and that regulations …. So you go to the next job and people consider that you published many papers, but they wonder why you are not first author on the papers and you explain that your task was to supervise students, and then they ask if you were in the PhD supervision committee and you need to explain …. )

… what is about the grants? Are you PI or did you bring in grants? And you reply, yes, I brought in three of my postdoc grants which I wrote completely by my own, but I couldn’t be PI because of regulations and so I wrote it for my boss and he submitted it under his name. I also co-authored five author proposals which got excepted, but because of my position (researcher, scientist, postdoc) I couldn’t be officially part of the team (either as PI or coPI), but I got promised to get hired under the grant when it gets accepted. Well, it got accepted but then they found out that I don’t have enough experience or that the regulations….

Is the credit system in academia flawed?

I graduated 5 months ago and was hired to work on a program. The program needed new developers to design a new website and other functionalities. On my way home yesterday, I bumped into my university professor and we had a chat over coffee. After telling my professor about my work, my professor mentioned that the technologies I was learning would not be competitive. I would need to quit and re-enroll in school to have a chance at being hired at ‘better’ companies.

After thinking about this, I reasoned that I can grow with the company and learn skills that are competitive in the market.

What are words of advice that you can give me in this situation?

So, I am a Ph.D. student and maintaining a very good GPA. My offer letter said that I only need to maintain 3.0 GPA to renew my TA fellowship. However, when I came to the place, I got RA very early. My PI has a very stressful character (she keeps comparing me to some students she thinks failure and saying that I should stay away from science as well as say that I am the bottom line of her group ). Finally I cannot stand all the stress and had a tense discussion with her that I will leave my group.
I do not know what she has said to people in my department but the chairman said I would need a supervisor to get even TA funding from the department but it is already winter break and it is very hard for me to get a supervisor.
If they want to cut my funding, will they send me an official notification about that? Or I just stay here and in the next spring, they will say that I do not get fund.

I am currently a second year mathematics undergraduate and will be undertaking a research placement (in topology/decision problems in group theory) at the maths faculty this coming summer.

My supervisor has asked that I apply for research grants. Currently I have the potential to be funded (at least partially) by the maths faculty, and also the London Mathematical Society (LMS). To be safe though I would like to apply to as many places as possible.

I have heard of large company funding research in mathematics so perhaps I should just email large companies and ask them if they are willing to help fund my project? Has anyone heard of success of this before?

Are there any other sources of funding I have not mentioned above?

Any help would be appreciated.

(I will be in England to clarify)

I have a master’s degree in International Studies, and a double major with Computer Science from undergrad. My transcripts suck. There’s no other way to dress it up. I have pretty good teaching experience, and my GRE scores are awesome, and I suspect my recommendations are as bland as everyone else’s. Basically, to an admissions committee, I suspect I’m the model of a student who is probably smart enough but didn’t work hard enough.

I want to do a Ph.D. in Political Science, but the response from my applications is looking pretty grim. Am I permanently out of the running, or is there something I can do for the next few years which will help to counterbalance my unfavorable GPA?