Why do some professors arrange meetings to give updates about their ongoing work? The updates are certainly exciting, especially for the other people who have been in the lab for awhile and was involved in the work in some small way. But these meetings are also open to visitors, and visiting professors and post docs come too. Isn’t there a fear of outsiders (or even insiders) scooping the ideas and beating them to publication? Although I highly doubt that, but I’m curious to know.

I’m finishing my dissertation and entering the world of a tenure track assistant professor. Does this sound like a good strategy for publishing?

  • Find a topic for a review article
  • Find a relationship (or a couple) to support a meta-analysis
  • A paper (or more!) from my dissertation
  • A replication study
  • Joining 1 (at most 2) other projects from faculty at my new institution

This could put me on track for 5 or more hits before I’m up for tenure. Thoughts?


Here are some bits from comments:

  • Field is Information Systems (business school, behavioral not economic)
  • I’ll be at a hybrid University (some would probably say leaning teaching)
  • 2/3 teaching load
  • summer support for research for first 2 summers
  • Tenure requirements are 5 hits with 1 preferred in our top journals (6 to choose from with some flexibility)

TL; DR How can I go about either convincing this unwilling advisor or others in my department to keep me despite poor performance?

Background: I started PhD in management in a reputable institution in US, immediately after undergrad in a small university in Europe. The system works much more differently than I was used to and now I have invested all I can to this area. However, I lack prior experience in research, and especially when changing areas like this, need to develop very specific skills that were hard for me so far. Now I’m pretty beaten up and discouraged by potential advisors to go for a PhD.

The catch is when I applied, one senior faculty jointly appointed with this program and others was my primary “advisor”-candidate- and a second one supported this. Now, the second one has left the institution without any progress with research; and no one else in my department with similar topics is willing to advise me or fund any research I want to do. Without guidance or funding, this seems like a no way out. I really love the research the primary “advisor” is doing and want to continue on the topic I am in, but the topic is not the most common to find among researchers in my field.

My primary “advisor” is already planning to work with other students and my funding is not covering more than tuition after this first year. I really need someone to support me, and help me figure academia out as my first year was really bumpy. The department liaison and chairs are encouraging me to drop out and keep their money in…

I am currently a student working for a professor full time over the summer on science / engineering research projects. My first meetings with this professor took place during the spring semester. During these meetings, the professor agreed to hire me and agreed (in speech only) to pay me for my work. No specifics were ever discussed and the remark about paying me was made casually. I have signed no financial paperwork of any kind at any time. If I were to get paid, I would almost certainly be paid minimum wage. After this meeting, payment for my work, which I have been doing most of the summer, has never been brought up again by the professor or anyone around them.

I have not brought this issue up to the professor because:

  1. The experience working on the projects I am being assigned is metaphorically worth its weight in gold to me right now. It is both work I am intensely interested in pursuing, and also a great resume experience listing for potential future employers.

  2. I am in a financial situation that allows me to offer my time for free. Since this is my first experience working on academic research, I did not want to be turned down by the professors I asked because of money. I also will almost certainly need to ask this professor for a letter of recommendation for future internships to very selective companies in the same industry as this professor. I also know this professor regularly communicates with high ranking industry professionals who work at the same companies as I want to apply to. Thus, my relationship to this professor is of paramount importance above all else.

  3. I will almost certainly be working for this professor through the end of the next academic year (however, I will have to work part time during the school year since I am a student). I have considered the possibility that it might be wiser to wait until I have worked for this professor longer before asking to be paid for my work. As far as the feedback on work I have already performed, I seem to produce results that are on par or better than they are expecting, and I deliver my results on or ahead of schedule.

All of this said, I still would like to get paid (however small an amount it may be) for this position since I am working full time and, when I was hired, the professor I work for did (again, verbally only) say I would get paid. I feel like I am in an awkward position here, and I am unsure what the best way bring this topic up is. How should I bring this up to professor if at all?

There’s a researcher whose work I’m studying, and I was curious and looked him up; Google Scholar says that he has 16,000 ish citations. But when I scroll through his publications on Google Scholar, some of his top papers have a couple hundred citations only. That can’t possibly add up to 16,000. So, how is that total number actually derived?

I understand a polity is ‘a form or process of civil government or constitution.’ but I need to confirm, that when referring to ancient civilizations, there would be many different polities, and polity doesn’t refer to the civilization as a whole.

As a follow up are there any modern day polities or would they be described as something else?

(Distance education learner – and text books aren’t clear)

I am writing a post-doc research paper. I want to cite research material from this meeting presentation: https://www.sitcancer.org/HigherLogic/System/DownloadDocumentFile.ashx?DocumentFileKey=0d2d7f53-3673-7aaf-3a80-518e0990e918&forceDialog=1

This meeting presentation is from the “SITC 2015 Workshop on New Perspectives for Target Antigens in the Changing Cancer Immunotherapy Landscape.” Link here: https://www.sitcancer.org/communities/community-home/librarydocuments/viewdocument?DocumentKey=c4c7b592-7aae-4793-bf5a-1d136e87af3d

How should I cite material from these meetings/presentations?

Are our academia research minds just so trained to constantly climb our mental mountains that when achieving some success, one feels, “that was it?”, even when the past leading up to the success was absolutely brutal in terms of work load and stress and creative thinking, so that one would think the feeling would be more joyous.

Does it always just kind of feel that way? Does the rewarding feeling dissipate very quickly?

I’m studying Bachelors in Computer Science.

I’ve taken a course this semester where the professor requires us to write research paper inorder to complete the course. High quality papers from this course are published in journals like Springer.

So I was wondering – how will undergrad research effect my application for masters or my career further down the road?