I work in physics.

Throughout my graduate career, I heard about people who have been known to see work done in a talk and subsequently catch up to that work and then-some, and attempt to publish first. I ignored this lore assuming it wasn’t really true.

Now I am presenting at a conference where there will be someone (actually a big-wig) who has a reputation for this sort of maneuver, and I don’t have a pre-print yet to post online.

Any recommendations about how to mitigate the potential for this to happen (besides being ready sooner obviously, I’m working very hard on this work). Thanks.

I’m planning to consult a potential future advisor for a postdoc position. However, they do not put up any advertisement for postdocs, thus there is a large possibility that they cannot afford a postdoc. However, even if they cannot afford any postdocs, I still prefer them to read my email, as our work are close in some degree and I do not wanna lose the opportunity for them to point me to someone else. For this reason, is it a good idea to not mentioning postdoc position upfront in the subject and only mention it much later in the body of the email?

I am applying for PhD positions nowadays. Recently, few PhDs are announced (in CoQus, Austria) and I am very interested in these positions. But it looks like these positions require very high profile candidates. They have asked about publications (if applicable) in nearly each paragraph of advertisement. It is also written that a candidate can only apply once for PhD in that institute in whole life.

I have written a paper during my M.Sc. but its status is “submitted”. So, technically I don’t have any publication yet.

I don’t want to lose my chance by applying without publication. So, my question is:

Is it a good idea to email professor of my interest asking about if my profile is good enough to have any chance to get this PhD?

I am a 3rd year computer engineering student at a mid-tier state school with a high gpa(3.97/4.0), top of my class, and 1 semester worth of research. I am also currently participating in very prestigious REU program, so I do have a decent amount of research experience. I have also taken the GRE and done pretty well(mid 80s) percentile in verb/quant and 99th percentile in AWA. I’ve also basically narrowed down my research interests to 2 fields, so I have a general idea of what I’d like to specialize in. My goal is to become a Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and I’m starting to contemplate applying to grad schools. I really want a PhD because I know that it is absolutely necessary for my goals.

My only problem is that I am afraid of doing the PhD, because I feel that I won’t remember everything (or a good amount) of everything from undergrad. This especially scares me because despite my successes in undergrad, I’m not sure that I could pass the qualifying exams. I guess I’m just afraid of the unknown; do you think that I should just go for it?

Thanks, sorry if my question comes off as rambling; I really want to earn a PhD so I can be a professor or faculty member at some point and knowing that I could fail is very scary.

X gave some nanoparticles to Y lab 2 years ago. I worked on biological characterization of these particles in Y lab as a postdoc (second postdoc) and wrote a manuscript at the end of my 2 year contract. X lab had said when I joined Y lab that their work on the nanoparticles was almost ready for publication (so approximately 3 years) but till now they have not published the work.So 3 years now they havent published the synthesis work. Now its about a year since I left Y lab and there has been lack of communication across teams. Y lab people do not want to annoy X lab but do not have any plan in place of what is to be done. Y lab doesnt keep me in the loop and only when I ask they respond with a lame excuse for delay. If I question the excuse they ignore me till I send them a few follow ups only with a new excuse. So now is there are any work around the situation of the materials provided if I were to publish. And also if there is no technical reason,Y lab cannot keep blocking my paper from being put on the preprint server atleast. So if at all they wash their hands off the paper (I dont think they will back off easy) how can I go about the issue of the materials provided that we used in our study if X lab refuses being coauthors?

I just recently graduated university with a bachelors in computer science. I did not participate in the career fairs at my uni, because I wanted to apply for MS in US/Canada, even though everyone told me to have a backup option. Unfortunately, I did not get admit for any of the MS Programs I applied to. Now I’m not sure what to do. I want to apply next year again but I’m just afraid now.

My parents told me to get a job right now – but my problem is that I have really low confidence. First, not getting an admit really threw off my morale. And also, I’m really bad with interviews. I throw up before each one. I am very socially awkward. Even thinking about an interview makes me want to puke and gives me headaches and fear. Another thing is, I haven’t had any revision/practice in almost 2 years – with the DS Algo OS DBMS stuff that they ask in the interviews. This makes me hate the technical interviews even more.

I’m thinking to take a gap year… revise my courses, practice interviewing by applying for jobs, learning ML from MOOCs (and maybe write a paper), and doing some volunteer work in the following year.

Will taking a gap hurt my career or my MS application?

I’m excited to get some feedback on a question. I am going to be meeting my faculty advisor for the first time next week (just admitted to a Ph.D. Program in Educational Psychology) and I have a question about choosing a minor. We are actually required to choose a minor, and it’s encouraged to take on a minor in a department outside of the Education Department. So I am assuming that a minor does not have to be directly tied to the research that I will be conducting. So, how would you all go about choosing a minor? Would you choose a minor that also complimented your research (i still plan to make sure a minor I choose will be applicable) or would you take on a minor that is something you’re personally interested in? I love art history (i was an art history minor in undergrad) but also was thinking of a foreign language. Any thoughts? Maybe anyone who actually has a Ph.D. and had to select a minor? What was that process like for you? Please no rude answers.

I’ll be attending to a conference and do a poster presentation of my master’s thesis work so far. What I’m concerned of is that my tutor wants me to also wirte a short report to be submitted as a conference proceeding.

What I’ve done so far is nothing new. I’ve just applied already existing theory and numerical codes to specific cases… which should be easy to do for people that already understands the topic and has technical expertise with the numerical code I’m using (I know there is people that do have it).

Should I just write the report or talk it with my tutor?

I heard somewhere that publishing in open access (OA) journals is not a good strategy and such papers may be less valuable (specially for who want to apply for a PhD program in EU and North America)! However, I think this is not a strong remark but publishing in low level and paid journals form unknown publishers is thought to be less constructive for the resume. Specifically, I mean journals and magazines by highly esteemed publishers such as Elsevier, Springer and Hindawi.

What’s the fact about OA journals?

I have been researching a specific topic in computer science for couple of years now and a well established professor and his students have recently published couple of publications in that topic too. In their work they do reference the well known and well cited previous work that basically everyone in that topic references, but I have noticed that they ignore (don’t reference) couple of publications that are doing essentially what they are publishing about, i.e. extremely related work. And I am wondering even though there are couple of years gap between the work they have published and the available previous literature how did they missed referencing relevant previous work? Was it done intentionally or did they just do a hasty job at finding more recent related work?

Either way my main concern here is there anything that can be done to remedy the situation now, since the paper has already been published?