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  1. Why would they be random words? If you place your links correctly, you could have the link be the title of the presentation or publication, for example, and then it's perfectly clear what's going on. Or you could not have an underline at all but instead use a different color font to indicate the hyperlink, so when it's printed it's not a problem at all. In any event, beyond that I don't think there's much more insight anyone can give you. I assume some people (maybe most, these days) read everything on some electronic screen or other, but some may like to have printed copies to take notes on. The distribution of printers vs non-printers will vary by person/committee/institution and depends on the makeup of a particular committee at a particular point in time. It's down to personal preferences, not much more than that.
  2. Serious question: what would not accommodating look like (for a junior faculty member who can't exactly afford to turn students away)?
  3. Two useful things: one is to be able to explain where you'll get the money for rent from and have documents to back it up (bank statement, loan papers). And second, be ready to commit to large deposits up front. Landlords are just going to want to know that you are trustworthy. If you can get referred through local friends (or friends of friends), that will help too. Ask around your future department, they might know about vacancies (e.g. someone who's graduating this year might have a lease that you could take over, and if the previous tenant was good, the landlord might be happy to have another one like them).
  4. I know people who live their lives like that and get along great with other people who have a flexible definition of "10am" (or whatever). I have students who consistently show up for meetings a half hour late, even though I schedule both the beginning and end time of a meeting so if they're 30 minutes late, they'll only get 30 minutes of my time and tough luck if they had more stuff than that to discuss. I don't understand it, but they seem happy as they are. (I just can't be their co-author, and if I'm their advisor there need to be very clear ground rules about what's acceptable and what's not, as I've learned the hard way.)
  5. Write the department admin and ask to be put in touch with current students. I'm sure there are people around who can answer your questions.
  6. I'd talk to other students of this prof before reaching any drastic conclusions. If this is a habit, other students will have plenty of stories to share. People have varying reactions to this sort of behavior; I personally really dislike it when anyone is late or misses an appointment without notice -- I value my time and so should they. I take it as a sign of basic respect and proper behavior in the workplace. Others aren't as moved. It's a matter of personal taste. These things may have a tendency to correlate with other behaviors along similar lines that may be upsetting to you, like not replying to email in a timely manner, forgetting to read a manuscript or give comments before a deadline, etc. If it's an isolated incident, I wouldn't worry too much*. You never know what's going on in a person's life that might temporarily distract them. If it's part of a general pattern, maybe this isn't someone who's a good personality fit for you. It happens, and it's good to know early on, so you can find another advisor whose behavior doesn't drive you crazy. That said, I would still suggest maintaining a positive and friendly working relationship with this person; even if they won't be your main advisor, you might want them to be on your committee or be there for random meetings and advice on and off. There's a power differential so be aware if/when you complain to them. * Note: People are much less available in the summer. Especially at institutions that don't pay professors over the summer, there are those who (rightly, I think) take this as their time to concentrate on their own research and not read student work, reply to emails, do committee work, attend defenses, etc. I would still argue that if you scheduled a meeting, you show up. But I'm flagging this as a general rule, that people are less accessible over the summer and may be fully justified in that.
  7. This is not the right venue for this kind of question. My advice, though, at this age, is to just let your daughter pick up whatever book she's interested in. No one wants to read vocabulary lists; reading something in one's area of interest is has a much better chance of sustained success. If she's just getting started, think about getting her a book that she's already read in her native language, so she can have an easier time getting into it. If she's more advanced, just let her pick whatever she wants to read.
  8. Frankly jobs are so hard to get and there are SO many factors beyond getting the "best" candidate for the job (whatever that means) that go into making a hiring decision, that I would not hesitate to utilize any advantage given to me. Keep in mind that once you're hired, no one is going to know what box you did or did not tick in some form, so if someone wants to think you were only hired because you are a minority, they will go ahead and think that and nothing you can say or do will change that. Since you're dealing with the disadvantages that come with that status, why not make use of the tools they have in place to even the playing field? (disclaimer: not that I am all that sure that that legalese and those forms actually do anything.. but you never know.)
  9. Glad to hear it -- thanks for the update and good luck!
  10. I wouldn't think colloquia make any place unique. Every department I know has those. The ability to take classes elsewhere might be, but: (i) make sure that it actually happens in practice, not just in theory. You wouldn't want to say you're excited about taking courses with/talking to [blah] if the department actually discourages that, or it's just not done. That makes you not a good fit. (ii) Assuming it's done, the question is why those courses or scholars in other departments matter for you. That's the thing that would be important to spell out to establish fit. Other things to consider are methodological approaches, access to particular resources, an appealing structure of the program/the funding, relevant extra training (do they have a certificate you'd like? do their students often go for a semester abroad, and that's something that would be beneficial to you?). Beyond just the few scholars who might be potential advisors, what makes the program as a whole a good fit? Is it the right size? In a good location? Allows lots of collaborations, which you like? Insists on having a second project beyond the dissertation which you think is good because you are interdisciplinary? I'm making stuff up here, but I hope you see where I'm going with this.
  11. I think you have to take him at his word, you're not going to get anything better. Keep in mind that he didn't have to say anything about your performance, he could have just sent you the generic "there were many good candidates, it was a hard decision" kind of email that doesn't say anything specific about you. He chose to give you more feedback, which I think you have to take as a positive sign.
  12. Best you can do is try. Are you asking because you've been out of school for this long? If so, you might want to mention that as part of the request, otherwise indeed professors might tell you that you should find someone with a more current opinion of you. And even so, yes, some of them might not feel comfortable, especially if they don't remember you well, but I don't think you have much choice than to ask, and you don't have anything to lose by doing so.
  13. You're never going to get interviews across the board. If you're getting a healthy amount of interest, it sounds like your job materials are doing their job and there's no need to do a serious overhaul. As you say, that can be very time consuming, and sounds -- in this case -- like it will only have diminishing returns.
  14. First job ad for a serious job in my field was just posted today. It's on. Again.
  15. Yep, I've never done this and can't help, but agreed that a thread could be useful. I just want to make sure you don't rely solely on this thread (happens occasionally on this board and doesn't seem healthy). It's important to make use of all resources