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Doctoral advisor moving universities

My doctoral advisor is moving universities. What do I need to know? What are good questions to ask? [more inside]
posted by lullu73 on Jun 9, 2014 - 14 answers

Is this person sabotaging my chances at getting a job?

I have recently finished my doctorate and am interviewing for postdoc positions. I gave my main PhD advisor as a referee. Twice now I have failed at getting a job after the reference check despite being assured that the job is mine after the interview. What gives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2014 - 30 answers

Reliable sources of corrective financial advice in South Carolina?

My in-laws in South Carolina, who don't have a stellar history with money, are facing some challenges that are really restricting their circumstances. They're not against cleaning up their act in terms of budgeting and being smarter about money, but don't really have a head for it. What's the best way to help from a distance? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Dec 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Early bird gets the PhD?

Searching for a graduate school advisor in undergraduate studies - does cold calling really work? What can I ask my current undergraduate advisor to do to assist me? How can I make best use of the advantages that I currently hold? [more inside]
posted by Conspire on Nov 8, 2013 - 13 answers

Applying to grad school, not sure who to ask for the recommendation.

I am currently in the process of applying to grad school. I was counting on my former advisor (who wrote a glowing letter of support for me when applying for my previous job) to write me one, but am not getting a response. I would like suggestions on what to do/what other types of people qualify to write a graduate school recommendation. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Oct 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Need help with a difficult professor

I'm a first-year masters student taking a course that is supposed to be the core curriculum of my discipline. My program is in systems ecology. I find myself increasingly frustrated with this professor and increasingly unable to hide it, and now he wants to "meet with me to talk about student-instructor dynamics". I need some help coming up with some strategies to deal with this professionally. Difficulty level: I'm a new graduate student, and he's the director of my program. The program is brand-new (just started spring semester of last year) and this is one of two core courses, both of which are taught by him. His course is so terrible that I'm considering transferring to another program within the university. Excruciating detail inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 1, 2013 - 45 answers

Who should I invest with--HSBC or Edward Jones?

I have a sum of money that I'd like to invest. I currently bank with HSBC, and a friend of a friend works for Edward Jones. I have talked to both HSBC and the Edward Jones guy, and the spiels I got were fairly similar--they suggested 80/20 stocks/bonds, generally mutual funds and that sort of thing. Both advisors intimated 10% average returns over 5-10 years, and both are looking at about a 2.5% initial fee and then a little over 1% yearly. Basically, what I'm looking here is to park my money and watch it grow. What I want is a totally hands-off approach. I don't want individual stocks or commodities, I don't want to do this myself, I don't want to be constantly asked what I want my money put into. I just want to put my money into a fairly diverse portfolio and have it get bigger without giving me the chance to mess around with it and screw it up. [more inside]
posted by Slinga on Feb 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Research career post-PhD?

Defending and depositing my engineering dissertation by end of April. Strained relations with advisor and distant relations with committee. What next, and how? Please advise. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2013 - 10 answers

How can I graduate and find a job when I'm struggling?

I am in my 7th year of a science Ph.D. at MIT and I need to graduate. I have invested an incredible amount of time and energy in this process, and I definitely have a Ph.D. level of skills and knowledge by now. 7 years is not outside the norm for my department. The problem is that a number of circumstances occurring in a row have lead to a bad/toxic relationship with my advisor and slow performance on my part. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Grad school app sunk by half-time undergrad experience?

My girlfriend has been going through undergrad half-time. Adviser keeps telling her that grad schools will not look upon this favorably. True? [more inside]
posted by wires on Apr 8, 2012 - 17 answers

Just how common are abusive situations in academia? How do you survive and is it even worth it?

My girlfriend is 5 years in to a PhD program with an abusive (verbal, emotional, and mental) PI/lab. This seems to be a common theme in academia, just how common is it? How do you go about graduating if they seem to be working against you (assuming no fault on your part)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Grad School Last Minute Thesis Advisor Switch

Graduate school issues. Starting my thesis this upcoming semester. Just the other day, my tentative advisor suggested that I switch to another advisor. Is it weird to ask a professor to be an advisor for my thesis a week before the semester starts? And what's the best way to ask? [more inside]
posted by mcmile on Jan 8, 2012 - 11 answers

The academic cliche strikes again.

I am two post-docs out of graduate school and currently on the job market for tenure track positions. My former graduate advisor has confessed that he has feelings for me and that he thinks we would make a great couple. I don't reciprocate. I have two letters from my post-doc supervisors, but still need my advisor's letter for a third reference. What is the most diplomatic way to handle this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 1, 2011 - 34 answers

Yelp! for financial planners?

As part of a gradual effort to bring order to our lives, my wife and I would like to talk to a fee-only financial planner, somewhere in San Diego. Where should we go? [more inside]
posted by willbaude on Oct 31, 2011 - 2 answers

Evaluating a professor

I am an advanced PhD student in an engineering discipline. I have been sent a presumably routine email from the department chair asking for comments on my research advisor's interaction with me to be submitted as an email, as a part of a multi-faceted evaluation. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me take ownership over my inheritance.

I am a noob when it comes to money matters, and need advice on how to take ownership of my inheritance. [more inside]
posted by Tooty McTootsalot on Sep 9, 2011 - 25 answers

Just because you're paranoid don't mean your advisor ain't out to get you

I suspect that my PhD thesis advisor may be writing me poor letters of reference for postdoctoral positions. What can I do to get some sort, any sort, of job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2011 - 18 answers

How to graduate without burning bridges

How do I solve this sticky situation with regards to my Honours thesis? [more inside]
posted by buteo on Jul 25, 2011 - 8 answers

What is a good PhD graduation gift for an advisor?

What is an appropriate gift to give one's advisor after filing a PhD dissertation and graduating? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Jun 7, 2011 - 23 answers

Career software for academic advisors?

What career interest inventory testing procedures and career related computer software programs would a college academic advisor use? [more inside]
posted by cute little Billy Henderson, age 4 on May 31, 2011 - 4 answers

should've realized in the beginning

Help me figure out what to do about this undergrad research situation [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2011 - 6 answers

Would it be rude to ask a professor for a potential list of other professors?

I'm in the process of looking at graduate schools in philosophy, which is a difficult task when trying to match up my niche specialty with potential professors. I've been able to track down five different professors, but I was wondering if it would be rude to ask if they had any suggestions on where/who to look. I'm located in the United States, but this academic community is 99% located outside of here, and browsing the associated journals and conferences hasn't been too helpful because the names I'm coming across are graduate students and names that aren't popping up on Google.
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2011 - 14 answers

I feel totally aimless and adviser-less in this, my last year of Ph.D. coursework. How did this happen? How do I fix it? Sorry if this is a bit long.

I feel totally aimless and adviser-less in this, my last year of Ph.D. coursework. How did this happen? How do I fix it? Sorry if this is a bit long. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2010 - 6 answers

How to deal with social grace-less boss?

Do you have any advice for me in this strained but simple social situation with coworkers & boss? [more inside]
posted by rio on Aug 14, 2010 - 22 answers

Financial Advisor Overseas

I am looking to find some a financial advisor/service (complication: I'm in Japan) [more inside]
posted by aggienfo on Sep 17, 2009 - 0 answers

career advisor that specializes in academia?

looking for a career advisor that specializes in helping people find their area of academic research. [more inside]
posted by ThiefOfSweets on Jul 30, 2009 - 2 answers

Corrupt financial advisor?

Is advising a client to write a bad check be considered unethical behavior for a financial advisor? What should our next steps be and who monitors financial advisors' professional actions? As usual, there's more inside... [more inside]
posted by northernlightgardener on Jan 20, 2009 - 8 answers

Going back to school... Help!

I want to go back to school. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by thekiltedwonder on Jan 9, 2009 - 12 answers

I went to art school to avoid math... sigh.

Can you recommend a kickass financial advisor/planner in Southern California, por favor? [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on May 8, 2008 - 2 answers

It's not me, it's you...

I'm currently finishing my MS & am in interested in going for a PhD, just not with my current advisor. Without getting into drama & gossip, I will not be able to maintain my sanity doing a PhD under him. How to ask someone else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2008 - 7 answers

What gift to thank an advisor?

What are some good appreciation gift ideas for a thesis advisor who was kind when the project took far longer than originally planned? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2008 - 10 answers

How to 'fess up to slacking off.

I haven't done any work yet, but I swear I will soon - (how) do I tell my thesis advisor? [more inside]
posted by jacalata on Apr 27, 2008 - 20 answers

When grad school funding doesn't materialize

I'm a grad student who was promised some funding this year that has yet to materialize. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2008 - 14 answers

To boot or not to boot?

Should I give my co-advisor the boot? Question about dealing with a difficult advisor for my grad program...a nice, long read awaits you... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2008 - 15 answers

Recommendations for a financial advisor/accountant for a young couple?

Recommendations for a financial advisor/accountant for a young couple in NYC? [more inside]
posted by scazza on Jan 30, 2008 - 2 answers

How do I convince an advisor to take me on?

How do I convince a research advisor to take me on as a grad student? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Dec 11, 2007 - 13 answers

I'm here, my money's there

Can anyone recommend a financial advisor who specializes in clients who live overseas? [more inside]
posted by like_neon on Jul 12, 2007 - 2 answers

I think I need to switch my Master's project, but am not sure how to start.

[Gradschooletiquettefilter] I'm currently working on an MS in geology. I'm just into my second year. For a number of reasons, I'm pretty unhappy with my current project, and am considering switching, and would like some advice on how to do so respectfully. There is, of course... [more inside]
posted by HighTechUnderpants on Nov 21, 2006 - 6 answers

How could I start choosing the music for movies?

What goes into getting a job as a soundtrack advisor / consultant for film? [more inside]
posted by kuperman on Jan 31, 2006 - 10 answers

How do I disable Content Advisor

Everytime I try to use Internet Explorer a content Advisor box pops up asking for a password. The problem is I've never set a password and I have no idea why this has started popping up. It also pops up when I try to use solitaire or the Windows calculator. Does anyone know of a master password or some other way to circumvent this?
posted by berek on Mar 10, 2005 - 9 answers

Any tips on finding a good personal accountant/advisor?

MoneyFilter.....

Any tips on finding a good personal accountant/advisor? I am in the IT field and money management is not my forte.
posted by keep it tight on Nov 28, 2004 - 9 answers

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