I have a professor in my university. He has married his PhD supervisor, and students are now making fun out of it as he didn’t work on his PhD. Instead they were in relationship and this and that.

I was wondering how this decision affects his academic life. Do people doubt his degree as being softly defended or can people trust the expert knowledge of such a person?

Especially if a student wants him as a supervisor and when the student knows about this, what can be the effects of such a relationship on the student’s decision?

I am doing a computer science undergrad degree which specialises in digital systems security, just finished first year with 2 more years left. Although there are math modules, it is just 2 modules. Do you think it is a good idea to do a postgrad diploma in applied math (thinking along the lines of logic and computation. The Logic and Computation major focuses on the development of computer languages. It has strong applications to artificial intelligence and speech recognition, and to the relevant software.) After that, then do my masters? In cryptography and information security or advanced cyber engineering. Basically want to know if the topic of diploma will help the topic in masters. Thanks!

I read on the wikipedia page for coursera:

In May 2014, Antioch University announced that 
it was the first US institution to offer 
college credit for Coursera courses. 
Antioch said it hoped the partnership would allow 
them to reduce student costs to complete a degree.

I would like to know what other universities (USA and worldwide) offer the possibility to gain credits towards their degree from online courses which are not organized by that university?

Speaking long term, will universities bother giving standard basic courses themselves?

(This is not the same question as this one.)

I didn’t really study much for the exam because I overslept due to hormones and I know it is not an excuse but anyway during the exam, my class mate passed me a paper with answers in it and by the way it was my first time to do this kind of cheating so I just go with it for the following reasons:

1.) So that my grade in the exam will be much more higher;

2.) and to make my COLLEGE life much more memorable (which is ridiculous).

Then eventually my teacher caught me for I was awkward and a NEWBIE to this thingy and “oh my god” he deducted 20 points in my test paper!(meaning that I could get a negative score! I don’t even know if my score is more than 20 points already) and my reaction to it was I laughed it off and accepted my mistake but deep inside it felt like i could die out of embarrassment. Thank God he didn’t tell all of my classmates of what I did.

What should I do? My next class is on Monday, 7 in the morning. Should I just skip class to wait for all the embarrassments to go all away? I know I will take all the responsibilities of this action but I think it is not enough for my dignity because I know if I studied i could’ve got a decent score and would’ve not cheated (of course).


I work for an organization that has some research restrictions — for instance, we do not allow non-employees to have direct data access for security purposes.

I recently invited an academic collaborator to work with me on a new (social science) project that may get launched. It would involve data collection from a non-profit. The plan was for the non-profit to send the data to my organization. My potential academic collaborator and I were in very early talks over the ideas and direction of the overall project when I mentioned the data restrictions. His response was that not having direct data access is unacceptable (although I offered to try to facilitate an on site visit) and as such, he is going to directly contact the non-profit, thereby eliminating me and my organization from the project.

The original contact was made by another employee at my organization, meaning that he would have not had access to the non-profit without me.

My gut reaction is that this behavior is unprofessional and unethical. My understanding was that many organizations restrict data access to give preference to their employees, so that this restriction is not unreasonable. My question is whether others agree regarding 1) those restrictions and 2) the ethics of this professor’s behavior. Thanks.

A follow-up question, given the response below, is whether we have any obligation (ethical or otherwise) to keep the academic on the project. We built the relationship with the non-profit for months prior to contacting the academic, so I certainly would feel comfortable moving forward with the non-profit on another idea (and possibly this one, if the logic holds on both directions).

I’m an undergraduate mechanical engineering student. Last semester I took computational fluid mechanics. I liked it and having prior interest in physics I thought maybe I could continue my studies in Computational Physics. What should I start? How influential Computational Physics?

I am a Ph.D student in Mathematics, and during my undergraduate career, I worked with a professor on a certain topic (topic X, if you will) that strongly interests me. I have now moved to a different institution for my Ph.D studies. This summer I collaborated with him on a paper in topic X, although the collaboration seems to me mostly one sided (as in, I did virtually all the work, and am even unsure as to whether it is ethical for him to be an author of the paper).

I understand why the professor could not prioritize our work because he is really, really busy with other projects in many topics and with his own advisees. Nevertheless, I feel that I am at a point where I could start working independently on questions in topic X that are very interesting to me, and I think his supervision is no longer necessary. Therefore, I’d like to begin working on these questions by myself, or perhaps in collaboration with other people in the area.

I also have a very friendly, advisor-student (though he’s no longer my advisor) relationship with this professor that I would not like to lose. Would it be, in some sense, a betrayal to his interests if I start working independently on questions that he is interested in solving too at some point? He is usually very “territorial” about his research projects, and I’m not sure whether he would feel offended that I want to work on these questions by myself, because I think he expects that it would be a collaboration.

I am a deferred action student, meaning that I apply for in-state resident tuition but I am not a US citizen (non-permanent resident).
I have a work card that allows me to work like any other citizen and pay taxes accordingly.
However, due to me being a non-citizen, I’m concerned that I may not be able to receive funding for PhD. My family does not have a lot of money and we spent a lot of money for my undergrad education (I don’t qualify for FAFSA either) so without financial aid, I’m not able to attend graduate school. Even with my part-time job, most of my earnings went into paying for GRE and application fees.

Do university departments offer financial aid to non-citizens (but not international) as well? Most of the departments I saw state that they offer guaranteed funding through the 5th year of a student’s PhD but do not explicitly say if it’s available to students such as myself.