What’s the best way to create full publication-quality (i.e. vector) figures from multiple subplots, from various sources? For example, I want to include a TIFF microscopy image and an EPS plot exported from MATLAB in the same figure. A friend suggested PowerPoint, but it no longer supports EPS plots. Loading and exporting the full figures from MATLAB is an option. I haven’t used LaTeX – if this is suggested, what packages would be required?

My journal requires figures to be in EPS or TIFF format.

Why do many universities require strict format on theses, when the most important thing in them is the content? A beautiful design will make a good thesis better, and a bad one worse. As long as the content is guaranteed by the writer, why restrict their desire to make their work, at the very least, clearer? If academia is a place for creativity and logicality, where are the creativity and logicality in strict designs?

Related: Is beautifying a dissertation looked upon unfavourably by the examiners?

I applied for study abroad program and so far, now it has been a week after the expected decision date. Whether I get admitted or not also affects my class schedule for Fall semester which will start in the coming week, so I need to get the decision by this Friday. I sent an email to study abroad office, which is the only contact information available, on Monday to ask for an update but did not get any reply. So, my question is: If I choose to send another email, how to make it sound not rude (since my first email was sent just two days ago)?

I am a PhD student working for a professor as a research assistant and being paid with stipends. One of my friends in the same department asks me if I can collaborate on a project branched off his PhD research. That project is a completely different field than my current research, despite of that some of the background ideas can be used in my part.

He has done all of the theory work, and just needs someone to implement using computer programs. To me the task is not really hard at all, since he has streamlined the theories. I expect to finish the programming part without spending too much of my effort, and there is no (hard) time limit.

Now he has generously offered me a chance to be in the authors list (I believe only us two, and he’s the first), as the credit of my work. I understand that working for somebody else while getting paid for my own job is not good, but the publication is really luring to me. I talked to him about the chance of my name being included only in the acknowledgement, but what a bad idea of that.

My question is what should I do? Should I ever talk to my professor? My friend is like hard to refuse since the work isn’t really a burden to me.

While I wish to keep anonymous, I truly thank you all for any idea, suggestion, or criticism.


EDIT: As I mentioned before, our work isn’t really very related. But it happens that at present I need to improve my own research methodology, and the techniques to be used in his project exactly fit my need. (I think this is a good lesson to me; never be “too” focused in my own research, and learn from other fields) Is it okay to talk to my advisor in this way, that while I’m helping him, I also make my own stuff better?

I started a physics PhD program in 2014 in a very prestigious university in my field (in US) but after going through depression and heart problems, which resulted in bad grades, I decided to withdraw from the program after taking one year leave of absence in 2016. I’ll be starting a one year masters program outside US which I’m pretty sure I’ll get perfect grades in and I’ve already published a paper during this one year LOA. I’m intending to apply for another PhD program this year and my question is whether I need to submit a transcript from my previous PhD program? How severely would my bad grades in that PhD program affect my application if both my undergrad and masters GPA are 4.0 ?

I’m applying for PhD programs and I’m thinking about what I’ll do afterward. Specifically, I did my undergraduate in a well-respected US university and am applying to similar tier universities for a PhD in a STEM field.

From my undergraduate experience I know I like teaching and research- so I’m thinking of trying to go into Academia and be a professor. Turns out this is really competitive (e.g. this). It also turns out you don’t get a lot of flexibility about where you live (e.g. this) which is quite important to me.

So I had a thought- what about trying to be a Professor in a Developing Country? I spent most of my childhood in a Developing Country and helping to improve education/opportunities in Developing Countries is something I’ve cared about for a while. Also, I’m not a US citizen, and I’ve spent little time living in the EU country I am a citizen of, so have fewer ties to the Western world than some.

So question 1: How easy is it to become a Professor in a Developing Country having a STEM PhD from a US university?

And since that question is quite broad, I’ll say regions I’m interested in: Sub-Saharan Africa, China (if that’s still considered a Developing Country), Indonesia.

Question 2: After getting in, what issues is one likely to have? (Academic culture, still being able to work competitively in interesting/cutting edge research, funding, etc). Especially if people have experiences of going from the US/EU to be professors in STEM fields in the aforementioned regions I’d be interested to hear about them.

Note: I am aware of this similar question but it seems to be more about short-term programs rather than becoming a longer-term professor.

I know that the theoretical computer science aspect of quantum computation was a very niche subject until the 1994 discovery of Shor’s algorithm, which lead to a huge increase of interest in the topic. Very roughly, what fraction of theoretical computer science researchers in a typical CS department have published any research on quantum computation or quantum complexity theory? Is it a big part of the field of TCS today, or is still considered a rather niche subject?

After MSR closing Silicon Valley, I’m skeptical if taking a job offer from MSR might be problematic as it might close few years down the line when I might not have similar opportunity in that Country or City. Should one choose extended post-doc and go to academia?

My question here is that is there any strong reason to believe that Microsoft might be interested in closing Research labs and Silicon Valley was a starting? Do most researchers see MSR still there 10 years from now?