My son, 25, just got notified that he didn’t pass his qualifier the second time around so he’s been dropped from his PhD program.

As a parent, I only want my child to be successfully happy, both in his personal and social life. It’s disheartening and heartbreaking to know that all his hard work and countless hours of studying and burying deep in papers can all fall apart just like that because a committee wills him not good enough for them. He wasn’t even pursuing a PhD. He was working on his MS in EE and one of his professors saw potential in him so she encouraged him to pursue a PhD with full funding. He will leave the program with a terminal MS (which he had already earned before entering the PhD program).

On the exterior, he says he’s fine with the outcome and can’t wait to get into the real workforce. However, internally, I can sense he is battling with disappointment and alienation from his advisors and department, preferably the people he works with. I can only advise him to rethink his future 5 years from now where he’ll be an accomplished Engineer with loads of work experience under his belt or a recent PhD graduate looking for a job. On the phone, I assured him, “you didn’t fail, they failed you.”

My son will remain with his department until the end of the academic school year. However, how will being dropped from his program affect his transcripts if he should want to reapply at another university?

So, I just finished my Masters at a top University in the UK but I was awarded a Pass. I recently met up with a potential supervisor at another top institution about my proposed topic – and she really likes me, loves the research, and has been sending me funding information.

However, how do I get around the fact that I got a poor grade on my MSc for funding applications? Some of the funding offers a chance for students to do a MSc then a PhD. Is it wrong to apply to these and not even say that I did a Masters? It feels like I’d have been better off.

To add to this, I actually have a very good record of research experience, and my transcript for the MSc is good. I just lost marks on my thesis which meant I couldn’t get a Merit (or 2:1).

I’m so worried, I want nothing more than to do a PhD, particularly on the topic I proposed (community stigma, mental health). I really don’t want this to set me back!

I want to be admitted to PhD studies at a foreign university with a scholarship.

I was in a team of four members authoring a paper, whose senior member (who is a professor) corresponded the publication himself from initial to final stage without letting us know the journal name. After the acceptance, he told us the journal’s name and we found that it is not listed in Thomson Reuters / ISI and its claim of an impact factor is fake. It is not even showing a DOI of the paper. Now we are thinking as if our whole struggle was useless.

Please advise whether I should mention the paper on my resumé for PhD scholarships admissions or not.

I am currently working at Europe and applying for tenure track positions in US. I will interview a school and the committee chair told me to research on the air tickets. Also in her message she asked if I applied many schools in US and if I plan to fly back and forth. I do not know how to answer this question coz I am not sure what she meant. Does she want other schools to share the international fare? If so should I contact other schools about it (that was the first school offering me interview)? thank you for your input in advance.

Back in my country, I was a research assistant at University X. At the same time, I was involved in a research project whose supervisor is working at University Y.

After three months working in the project, I quit my job in University X, in March. In September, my binding contract with the project was over. Just after it is over, I have moved to another country and started working here.

Last week, I had so much stuff to do and set an auto-reply to my personal email address.

Yesterday, the project supervisor fromn university Y sent an email to my current PhD supervisor, telling that “I included cagirici to the project despite all the negative feedbacks from his research assistantship duties. I sent an email to him and he faked not to contribute. I just wanted to warn you about him. He is an unethical person.”

Clearly, he needed my help with something about the project, and he sent some emails to me. Then, he thought I was “faking” about being busy, and is trying to get back at me by false-accusing me.

As stated in the title, his main purpose is not giving any notice, but ruining my career.

I believe there is ethical commitee of Bologna, which I can explain this matter to (all mentioned universities are in Bologna process).

I will complain to my country’s ethical commitee, for sure. But I do not know if they will take it seriously.

Where should I report this matter?

I spoke with a research professor who informed me that I may be able to work with him on a systematic review. However, he warned that it can be very tedious and frustrating so I should think about it. I understand that a systematic review involves looking through many papers, however, I would appreciate if someone could tell me, from their experience, how it is tedious. I would also have other classes in addition to this research so would be able to work on it for about 10 hours a week.

I was chosen as a reviewer for a conference in the field of computer science in which the authors can also submit some extra materials like proofs and additional implementations separately (until a week after the deadline), but their papers should be understandable and self-contained without considering these additional materials.

The paper I’m reviewing has a good scientific contribution and I like the way they tried to solve the problem, but some parts are not so understandable unless you read the additional submitted PDF file. For example, their pseudo-code for their algorithm has some mistakes, but they provide the correct algorithm in the additional material. Also, they provided more implementation results in the extra PDF file, which I think are important to support their claim. The proof and in-detail explanation of their method is also provided there.

The organizers have emphasized that the authors shouldn’t use the additional documents as way to submit a more complete version of the original paper.

So to be fair, if they add some of the parts from their supplementary document to the main paper, then the resulting paper would be perfect and I’d definitely accept it. However, I’m not sure whether it is better to accept it with feedback on the lacking parts, telling them to move these parts from the additional PDF to the main one to make it complete, or to only consider the main paper to be self-explanatory, in that case I’d more likely reject it!

I was just handed a paper for review (official review request by an editor of a journal) written by my current supervisor (the guy with the grant). I have not been involved in this work, and I don’t feel inclined to dish out any free goodwill on behalf of him being my supervisor. I’m well qualified to review it, and I think I would do a good job of it, but I’m worried that this constitutes a conflict of interest, and that I should decline. What is common practice around reviewing co-workers’ papers?

I got a PhD in math in another country years ago. Recently I moved to the US and have a tenured position. Assume I wrote a paper and want to publish it in a journal. Is there anything what it is common to do (in the US) for this? Say, does it matter in what order I do the following things:

1) Present the work in a seminar at my department.

2) Present the work in a conference in my field.

3) Present the work in a seminar at another department.

4) Post the paper on the electronic arXiv.

5) I submit the paper to a journal.

I was wondering what is the average notice (leave) period for academic positions (eg lecturer/post doc/teaching fellow).
I have just received a 14 month contract stipulating a 3 months notice by either party which effectively makes leaving the job early for new employment impossible. is this normal university practice?
The companies I have worked for before had an employee notice period of 2 – 5 weeks and 2 months employer notice.

UK University.

Thanks