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Graduate school blogs

Best blogs and other reading materials for social science graduate students/academics? [more inside]
posted by metametababe on Mar 16, 2011 - 4 answers

Help an academic move into the corporate world with as few gaffes as possible.

What advice or tips can you offer to an academic who is about to move to the private sector? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2011 - 14 answers

What else can I do with my PhD?

Please help me, a first-year postdoc in auditory neuroscience, think of alternate career paths. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2011 - 9 answers

How do I be the parent and scientist I want to be?

Can I take 2 or 3 years off after getting my PhD to be a parent full-time without seriously reducing my ability to be a researcher (not necessarily a professor) in the hard sciences? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2011 - 15 answers

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.

How do you deal with rampant gossip in an academic context? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2011 - 13 answers

Moving up in teaching, advice on applications

I'm an adjunct lecturer at a community college, and I'm looking to move on up. Some of the positions I'm looking at require recommendation letters. How exactly should I go about this? [more inside]
posted by Sexy Question Bot on Feb 21, 2011 - 38 answers

PhD retrospective

PhD filter: What do you wish you had done or known, as you started your PhD? [more inside]
posted by metametababe on Feb 21, 2011 - 35 answers

Should I get an MA in Anthropology?

Considering a Masters in Anthropology... curious about which programs are worth applying to and job/graduate options afterwards [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Feb 19, 2011 - 17 answers

LA Car Chases...

Have there been any books/papers/movies/theses/etc. done on the pathology of high speed chases particularly as they relate to Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by speedgraphic on Feb 16, 2011 - 4 answers

What goes in my "Publications" section?

Journalist with academic aspirations has a CV question. [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Feb 11, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me become a public intellectual

I may know what I want to do with my life. Yay! But how the heck do I get there? [more inside]
posted by metametababe on Feb 11, 2011 - 17 answers

To tell or not to tell?

I'm an Assistant Professor with an upcoming job interview at another institution in the state where my spouse lives (we are currently long distance). My question: do I tell them about my spouse, and if so, how and when? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2011 - 24 answers

How to differentiate two similar papers when both are supposed to be general surveys?

Academic (social sciences) filter: How do I make chapters about my research that are destined for two general handbooks different from each other, or does it even matter? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Feb 7, 2011 - 2 answers

How do I support my academic-wannabe boyfriend?

My boyfriend is on the academic job market this year, and (surprise) it's not going too well. How do I support him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2011 - 20 answers

Throw away printed PDFs?

If you're an academic and/or grad student and you've printed out reams and reams of PDFs b/c they're easier to read that way... is it worth keeping them all, just for reference, even if they don't seem immediately applicable to your current projects? Or is an electronic copy enough and can the unwieldy stacks of paper go off to recycling without regret?
posted by shivohum on Jan 27, 2011 - 28 answers

How does the NSF break the good/ bad news?

[Academia Filter] I am familiar with how the Australian Research Council announces the outcomes of applications for funding, but how are things done in the US? How does the National Science Foundation inform grant applicants of whether their grant has been funded or not?
posted by Alice Russel-Wallace on Jan 24, 2011 - 4 answers

Help finding or coining a term

A colleague and I are writing a book chapter on social media, and we have been unable to find or make up terms for one distinction we would like to make. What is a good, compact term for 'information that is endorsed or supported by a credentialed expert on the subject or is agreed to be true by a community of experts'? [more inside]
posted by amberwb on Jan 21, 2011 - 25 answers

Do academic journals always return manuscript submissions with requests for edits?

Academics: Do submissions to journals always result in the manuscript being returned for editing prior to publication? [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Jan 13, 2011 - 38 answers

What constitutes reasonable "proof of payment" for reimbursement from a 501c3?

What exactly constitutes "proof of payment" for the purposes of 501c3 accounting standards? Are my accounting demons tormenting me for their own sick pleasure, or because they actually have to? [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Jan 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Leaving grad school and getting a job in a different field?

Information about leaving grad school and getting a job in a different field. Help me figure out how to get my foot in the door. Long background and question follows. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2010 - 3 answers

iPad apps for academics

What are the best iPad apps for scholars, particularly in the humanities? [more inside]
posted by dizziest on Dec 28, 2010 - 8 answers

Punk rock PhD?

Is there a list of rock and punk musicians who are also PhDs? [more inside]
posted by unfairlight on Dec 18, 2010 - 19 answers

How do my boyfriend and I compromise on geography v. career?

What options do my boyfriend and I have to live life under our personal constraints of work and geography? [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on Dec 12, 2010 - 36 answers

Is outing panic disorder academic suicide?

Is outing panic disorder academic suicide? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2010 - 27 answers

post-thesis slump, hope me!

Help me get through my post-thesis slump please!! [more inside]
posted by SymphonyNumberNine on Dec 9, 2010 - 6 answers

Help a non-academic develop research skills for a wonky in-depth project

I'm not an academic, not trained in the art of research, and I could use some guidance. I need advice on how to identify and track down sources for a multi-year exploration of a topic. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Dec 7, 2010 - 23 answers

I want to kick some cognitive memory ass!

I just got hired at a psychology research lab at a very prestigious university. I have no background in academic research and very little academic background in this field. I have an associates degree in humanities, and psychology is a field that interests me greatly. What can I do to not mess this up? [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Nov 23, 2010 - 12 answers

If you hadn't sent me after that snipe, I would've had plenty of time to put better slides together.

Should I tell my professor that I'm pretty sure he gave me an incorrect reference, which cost me a good deal of preparation time on an assignment, or is this the kind of thing I'm expected to be able to deal with easily? [more inside]
posted by yomimono on Nov 15, 2010 - 20 answers

Need An Impressive Class Name

Help me come up with a VERY IMPRESSIVE-SOUNDING fake class title! It's for a gag proposal. It has to be something very obscure, and very intellectual sounding, for a college class. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by howgenerica on Nov 9, 2010 - 44 answers

Humanities Ph.D. leaving academia

I've been reading a number of what to do with my life threads on MetaFilter. This is my addition. [more inside]
posted by 630 on Nov 7, 2010 - 18 answers

What to give a mentor as a thank-you gift?

Is it appropriate to give a thank you gift to a mentor, and what can I give someone who doesn't drink, doesn't eat junk food, and doesn't like flowers? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Oct 25, 2010 - 27 answers

Help me reference my thesis!

Please help me find an article or book I would like to use for my literary theory thesis. This is all I know about it: 1) It was authored by two french males. 2) It is about tragedy in 5th century BC Athens. 3) It introduces the phrase 'tragic moment' 4) It is from the 20th century. [more inside]
posted by rigby99 on Oct 18, 2010 - 7 answers

Is a sincere apology in this situation enough?

I made a stupid mistake and sent an email to my lecturer in which I told her to "chill the %^%$% out." Yes, I didn't even write "fuck". Should an instant and sincere apology be accepted, and should I be concerned about my final mark from this person? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2010 - 39 answers

There's academia and there's ...?

Academic Grant Writing logjam filter. Final moments before I must submit and I need a word for my rousing conclusion. How the hell do academics refer to the outside/real world? [example over the fold] [more inside]
posted by philip-random on Oct 5, 2010 - 11 answers

feelings of indignation in low-level job

How do I refrain from feeling resentment and indignation at a low-level position in research and academia, when I know I am capable of much more? How do I make my stay more pleasant and earn the respect of my colleagues? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2010 - 27 answers

What do I need to know about applying to grad school?

Wannabe grad student demonstrates that grad school is probably a bad idea by asking you to hold her hand. [more inside]
posted by Kutsuwamushi on Sep 3, 2010 - 22 answers

How can I make the most out of a science internship?

How can I get the most out of my science internship? [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Sep 3, 2010 - 7 answers

Would rather not have to deal with this

Should I divulge to my boss my mentor/coworker’s complete lack of work ethic? (academic lab situation) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2010 - 19 answers

Biology = Destiny

Can you recommend a book chapter or article that summarizes the biological and/or psychological perspectives on gender without devolving into straw-man attacks or interdepartmental backbiting? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Aug 8, 2010 - 20 answers

Professors make excuses, too.

Help me find this blog post or online article in which a professor humorously reverses classic student excuses for lateness/underperformance! [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 4, 2010 - 6 answers

How to export secondary citations from Google Scholar or similar database??

How can I extract a list of "second-generation" citations from Google Scholar search results, preferably in such a way that this information is easily parsable into lists of authors, titles, journals, and year published? [more inside]
posted by samac on Aug 4, 2010 - 5 answers

Republished Articles On A CV

Academic-CV-Filter: I wrote a book chapter for a short-run edited book. Now a journal is interested in republishing the piece as an article. What do I put on my CV? [more inside]
posted by LudgerLassen on Jul 16, 2010 - 2 answers

Graduate lit pep talk.

Fellow English (and other language) lit graduate students: recommend me what you think is the best online source for getting up to speed on either common terminology or current trends in the discipline. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 15, 2010 - 3 answers

I see what you did there.

We're two people collaborating on a large academic text at a distance, and can't find a service or app which fulfills our requirements. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Jul 11, 2010 - 14 answers

How to get excited about picking a dissertation topic?

Academics: how can I be more excited about selecting a dissertation topic and writing the dissertation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2010 - 33 answers

Help me get a great start to my Masters.

I am going to do an MA in European Identity and Integration. What are some good summary works about Europe that I can read to be able to engage with the course straight away? [more inside]
posted by tumples on Jul 1, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I do a good literature review?

How do I do a good literature review for a research paper in philosophy? I have access to good resources, but I really want to make sure that I cover everything that's been written on the topic. How can I put myself at ease while making sure I don't miss a beat? [more inside]
posted by superiorchicken on Jun 23, 2010 - 17 answers

Search, cross-link references in PDF articles?

Perhaps this is just a fantasy, but is there any application or online tool that could search through the references of an article I have saved as a PDF, in order to check whether I have those cited articles in my larger PDF library? It would be perfect if it would highlight, link, or somehow display cross-referenced relationships between all my articles. I am already familiar with many referencing/PDF organization software such as Papers (Mekentosj), Sente, and Devonthink. I suppose what I have in mind is a similar tool, but with the additional power of something like ISI Indexes. I have a fairly large library (about 300 references that I'm actively using, and more than 2000 total) and I'm just trying to get some "big-picture" grasp of how all these sources relate to one another.
posted by samac on Jun 20, 2010 - 5 answers

A Meal Fit For A Thesis Defense

What food should I bring for my thesis defense? [more inside]
posted by cabezadevaca on Jun 17, 2010 - 17 answers

There has to be a better way.

Academics: have you found a way to automate downloading and keeping track of journals and papers in your field? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Jun 10, 2010 - 13 answers

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