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.


I am a graduate student in a university. I was an undergraduate student on the same university, and I have good feelings for the workplace where I did my undergraduate studies (very much so that I keep close contact with the students).

In order to enhance the writing abilities of the students (it is a Mathematics course), I had the idea of making a “toy” journal, where students would be able to submit what they were studying/thought was interesting/etc. The main objective is to improve writing and exposition capabilities, and providing motivation for the students.

In order to make the idea go forward, I considered taking a (tex) template from a journal and sending it to the students for them to write using the template. This would be excellent in terms of efficiency. However, I feel that even though this “toy” journal has only internal intentions and is only this: a “toy” journal, there may be some ethics issue on taking a possibly copyrighted asset.

I would like to know:

  1. Are there any issue with the above, given the intentions?
  2. If there is no issue, is there a standard way to ask for permission?
  3. If that is not possible, are there any good free templates available?

I am in my third year of PhD in Finance program, and I still haven’t found a topic yet. I almost got burned out searching for topics. Stuff that I can think of are either trivial or have been done by the others before. Recently, I start feeling overwhelmed and self-doubting.

Coming from an eingeering background, I used to solve problems, but not really good at asking problems. I am in need of some plan to overcome this, or else I will probably quit the problem for good.

I’m currently in my fourth and final year of my UK masters degree in Physics. The course is accredited as an MSci, equivalent to doing a 3 year Bsc followed by a 1 year Msc.

I’d like to apply to study nuclear engineering at Universite Paris-Saclay in France. The masters available there consists of a Masters 1 and a Masters 2, 2 successive years of study. I’m trying to find out if it’s possible to start directly in the Masters 2, but it’s difficult to figure out what exactly my MSci will be equivalent to. The course states it requires a Masters 1 or equivalent, but with no information on what it considers sufficient.

Under the bologna process, the UK masters is equivalent to the French (nominally), so in theory I’ll already be above the required level.

Does anyone know of a student starting a French masters in the second year?

I am currently the course leader of an introductory course for undergraduates.
Each semester, more than 500 students take the course.
One of the course assessment tasks
is a multiple-choice quiz which is held twice a semester.

One of the problems is that the quiz is currently paper-based,
which makes the quiz logistically challenging.
For example,
we have to reserve multiple large lecture rooms,
we have to print question papers,
we have to collect multiple-choice answer sheets and scan them.
In addition, it is not environmentally friendly
to print and destroy such a large number of pieces of papers
(our quiz consumes a few thousand sheets of paper!).

I am thinking of moving to a computer-based multiple-choice quiz,
which will be held in a computer lab in the university.
Unfortunately, the maximum capacity of a computer lab is about 80 people,
and due to the limited number of computer labs available,
we would not be able to give the quiz to all of the students at the same time.
In order to avoid the students who take the quiz earlier
leaking the questions to the students who take the quiz later,
I would have to design a test bank,
so that the computer system would randomly draw questions from the test bank
to assign them to students.


  1. Would such a system be “fair”,
    given that each student is taking a “different” test?
  2. Do I need to design a very large test bank to protect against
    students who take the test early sharing the questions
    with students who take the test late?

I would especially appreciate it if teachers
who had successfully administered computer-based quizzes
could share their best practices.

This question might seem slightly odd to some of the popular community members. Many possible questions previously have been asked. However, not like this particular one. However, this is a fair question and has been an unsolvable type of problem in a majority of Ph.D. students out there in academics.

When a person starts Ph.D. at the classical age (say, the 20s), (s)he has also a personal(love) life. In countries like India (no offense) where marriage is considered a very crucial phase of life ([1]), a person (he/she) is not advised to marry until the Ph.D. research is finished.[2]

In such situations, the relation becomes uncertain given the above social/parental/family constraints and the situation even becomes worse if both belong to the somewhat different life of careers.

In such situation, how should a person deal with these different pressures — one for research works, another is love life-related? Is it ever possible to draw a boundary between these two classes of problems?


  1. Some parents in India, usually consider that it is THE end of the career development and disturbing — because of various reasons that keep popping up post-marriage.
  2. Note: In India, the marriage of a child is majorly influenced by his/her parent’s views and social status such as reckless caste system, various religions etc. I am talking about the majority. If I am offending someone, I am sorry. Ignore this post.

I’m prepping to apply for 2 Masters programs. For one of the programs, I asked an advisor how many people graduate each year.

I asked because of the 350 people who apply each year about 120 are admitted. (It’s an online Masters.) This is a very high number to me, especially when compared to the other program I’m researching. So it makes me curious how many people actually graduate, and also can give me insight into competition in the workforce.

She told me they don’t keep records of graduate numbers because it fluctuates from year to year.

This sounds extremely fishy to me. Is this a common practice for Masters programs?

I am attempting to find a researcher to work with for graduate school. Fortunately I found one with very similar interests to mine. I have been in contact with him since August, where I spoke with him over the phone. He said, unfortunately, he does not have a project that I could work on (that is in my interest) at the moment, but he is waiting to hear back from a funding comittee. He told me to email him to check in again in October. I did and we exchanged a few emails, where he said that he had still not heard back and for me to check in again mid-November. I am about to email him again.

My question is: how should I phrase what I say in the email so as to not sound “greedy”?

(i.e., I do not want to say something that sounds like “hey did you find out about the research project yet?”). I know I have emailed him about this before, but I feel like my email came off as that the first time. Plus, I do not want to copy and paste what I sent him last time.