I just realised I referenced a thing wrong in my UG dissertation.

It was some sort of gov/think tank paper, in a a really old and marginal kind of archive, so it was so confusing. There’s literally no way to reference it precisely. I literally spent like hours to dig in the source try find a correct reference and even emailed people to ask. Then I found the seemingly correct one and I just left it. Then I realised its actually a slightly different one: it’s a follow-up of the original report that I actually read through. The year is wrong but the title and the name of the author and publishing info are the same. (That’s why it got me confused in the first place.)

I already submitted my work. How bad would it be? Would one get marked down quite a lot for a wrong reference?

I was recently accepted into a graduate biophysics program and have a couple questions about what I should expect going into my first semester. While I’m going into a physics PhD, I’d like general advice from any field. I have two specific questions, but welcome any advice that you are willing to share.

What is the biggest thing to overcome/accomplish during your first semester and a graduate student? Looking back, what is something you wish you would have done differently?

I’m currently a sophomore in undergraduate college who is just recently became a business administration major and I was undeclared for my freshman year and part of my sophomore year. Once my old advisor signed my paperwork about changing majors, I asked him when I would be graduating since I was genuinely curious and to reaffirm a fact that he said in an earlier appointment that I would graduate in the winter semester. However, he stated that I would need a fifth year and proceeded to harshly demand why I took classes in CJA, education, and had taken other gen ed’s. When I reminded him that he did say I would graduate in the winter semester, he did not believe me and told me to give up on graduating in the spring with my other fellow classmates. I explained to my former advisor my reasons why I took said classes, because I was undeclared, yet he refused to believe me. To be honest, I was caught off guard by his behavior since in my last appointment with him, he was cordial and polite towards me. After my appointment with him, I began to lose self confidence in my choice for this major and I was confused by his harsh attitude towards me. After that harsh exchange, I transferred to a new advisor who is helpful and keeps me motivated but I am still bothered because I do not know why did my former advisor decide to say those harsh words to me. Any ideas behind my former advisor’s behavior?

I was invited to work on an honours project with a professor; the project was proposed and accepted.
However, before the project begin, I decided to graduate directly instead of continuing on to honours.

What are the guidelines when it comes to working on this project in my free time, on my own?

I’ve done a lot of DIY projects over the years , ranging from electric arc speakers to Air quality & Climate control systems. Most of my projects involved Arduinos.

My qustion is , I’ve been thinking of conducting a 5 year study on Air quality & climate change using 10 arduino sensors (gas , dust , temp&humidity) and an arduino , I will collect data for 5 years and then conclude my findings ???

1) Can i publish such research anywhere ? 2) Do these type of projects have any value or are they a waste of time ? 3) What are other better ways to utilize the 2 month semester breaks during first year of a UG physics program ?

(I’m 17 and will be joining a UG physics program soon)


I am currently an undergraduate student in chemistry and I have recently started working on an undergraduate research project in a known laboratory in the US. I am very passionate about the topic, however I have problems with my supervisor, who is a PhD student.

Problem description

When I came to the lab asking for a topic to work on, the Professor assigned me to one of their students, which appears to be common practice, so I did not question this. However, I found out later that my supervisor (the student) was the only person in the lab working on the topic, and that she herself had only started working on it not long ago. After several days in the lab, my supervisor has not revealed what the eventual goal of my project will be, and from the way she behaves (stressed out, impatient towards me asking questions, which is an additional problem), I suspect that she might not know herself (quote: “we’ll figure out along the way”). This is severely frustrating. I am aware that research is an open-ended endeavour that might be changed as new situations arise, but I thought that undergraduate research should be something self-contained, with a clear goal and time-frame, and usually well-thought out by an experienced researcher? I am aware that one possibility to resolve these issues could be to simply talk to my supervisor. However, there appear to be some barriers, which leads me to my question.


How can I approach the situation without ruining my standing in the laboratory and appearing like a complicated student, even though I am not? I would love to continue on this or a similar topic in this lab, but the current situation is very unpleasant for me.

I feel like I cannot talk to my supervisor directly as she seems impatient and stressed out, and at the same time inexperienced with supervising undergraduate students. I fear that this could make the experience even worse, with my supervisor getting angry at my criticism.

The other option I can conceive of would be to talk to my supervisor’s supervisor, and ask for some kind of intervention from above. But this could also backfire in many ways, possibly making me look complicated and unwanted in the lab altogether.

I applied to a state university for the Fall semester the first day that applications opened for transfer students.
The admission office wrote that decisions take 8-10 weeks.
After 10 weeks, I emailed the admissions office and they told me they would have an answer in an additional 2 weeks (for a total of 14 weeks from the initial submission date).
Today, 14 weeks after my submission, I emailed them and asked if they had any update since I would have to make living arrangements if I got accepted.

They responded:

The admission committee reviewed your application and determined we
need your spring grades. We will review your application once we get
an updated transcript in May or June. Due to limited space
availability, it would be helpful to have a back up plan for the fall.

Is it common practice to give students responses in such uncertain terms?
I responded asking if there was anything I can do to speed up the answer (e.g. giving them my current grades) but didn’t receive a reply.

I’m not sure that this is relevant, but my GPA is 3.86 (which makes me wonder why they would need to see my grades).

My professor let us study our marked midterm papers. I photographed my paper, so that I could discover my mistakes and learn from them. My professor freaked out when I photographed my marked paper.

What’s wrong with photographing a marked midterm paper?

My professor didn’t forbid photographs in advance and other professors don’t mind photographs being taken, some even provide model answers.