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Is it frowned upon to add slight humor and sarcasm to academic presentations? For example, I flip to a background slide and say “This is a typical slide used by researchers in (field) just to show off how difficult their work is.” before going through the content of the slide. Is there a difference in doing that in different settings, like a department seminar vs an international conference?

Several journals have short digest articles highlighting specific research publications. One of the best known examples are the Nature News and Views articles.

They describe these articles like this:

… short, accessible articles focused on one scientific advance independent of the author’s own research. They are almost always commissioned by the editors, but suggestions can be made. News and Views articles generally describe a published research report but sometimes take the form of scientific meeting reports. News and Views articles are personal views by specialists in the discipline, and are not usually peer-reviewed. See each journal’s guide to authors for more details.

This is common also in other journals, sometimes they’re called “Spotlight articles” or “Research highlights”. Whether they are peer-reviewed likely differs, but their common ground is that they discuss and highlight a recent paper in the same journal. They always have doi nr and are citeable.

My questions are

  1. In CVs, do people list them under publications, and if not where do they list them?

  2. What about book reviews?

  3. Do people add these type of articles to ResearchGate and Google Scholar?

  4. Do people in general view them as a positive thing for your academic career or a waste of time?

I’m entering my third year of undergrad in the US, so I will apply to CS PhD programs in December 2017. I’m the second author on a paper that was recently accepted as a poster to one of the two top conferences in my field. However, the conference is the week before final exams. Is it worth it for me to go? I’d have to start applying for travel grants fairly soon.

I’m planning to submit a first author paper soon to the other top conference in the field, which I should actually be able to attend as it’s over the summer. I also hope to attend another one in February.

On one hand, basically anyone who’s anyone in this field will be at this conference, and maybe I could meet potential advisors, etc. It’s also in a pretty cool location which I’d like to visit at some point anyway. I’ll spend around a day each way just in transit.

On the other hand, it will make the end of my term quite stressful and probably negatively affect my academics.


Or is that not really possible, given the high volume of applications? Do professors have a plagiarism-detecting application to launch investigations, if necessary?

What if, for instance, a successful math PhD applicant to University X gives his Statement of Purpose to his friend for him to apply next year at a similar PhD program at University Y?

Which do you think is the best solution andd why?

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If one is hypothetically an excellent test taker, hypothetically agnostic to field of study, which programs & fields rely most heavily on standardized tests for admittance?

I would surmise a guess that med school is near the top of the list–I’ve heard the MCAT is particularly importance

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