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    adviser vs counselor

    What is the most common name used for the responsable professor for one's PhD thesis or one's master degree dissertation development?
    Could 'adviser' or 'counselor' be used?

    I am looking for both an 'official' word and a colloquial word.


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    Re: adviser vs counselor

    Advisor (adviser), or maybe thesis advisor, is the only term I recall ever hearing used for this person. I would never call this person a counselor. Of course, I don't have a graduate degree, so I can't speak from personal experience.

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    Re: adviser vs counselor

    Yes, I think that "advisor" is the best term, thanks dragn.
    But maybe the term "supervisor" is also used?

    I have found the following: Selecting a Thesis Supervisor

    Particularly I couldn't understand quite well the part:

    "This decision is a mutual one between a student and a professor. Your thesis supervisor will be responsible for your training through a mentoring relationship. It may not be possible for you to have your first choice of an advisor."

    Do both underlined words above have the same meaning?



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    "This decision is a mutual one between a student and a professor. Your thesis supervisor will be responsible for your training through a mentoring relationship. It may not be possible for you to have your first choice of an advisor."

    Do both underlined words above have the same meaning?
    Yes. Honestly, I think the only reason they used the word supervisor at all is simply for variation. They didn't want to just keep saying "advisor...advisor...advisor" over and over again.

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    Re: adviser vs counselor

    What about the word 'counselor' - what is its usage?

    I have heard "school counselor" - is that a term used only in high school ?
    Is there a "school counselor" for each grade, for each student or for each school, in the US for example?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    What about the word 'counselor' - what is its usage?

    I have heard "school counselor" - is that a term used only in high school ?
    Is there a "school counselor" for each grade, for each student or for each school, in the US for example?
    Yes, a person giving advice on school education can be called a school counselor.
    Counsel is both noun and verb. Its most common meaning as a noun is “advice given to another”: His counsel on domestic relations/career prospects is sound. A person giving such advice is a counselor. In law, counsel means “legal adviser or advisers” and can be either singular or plural. As a verb, counsel means “to advise.”

    With reference to your previous post regarding advising on thesis, in India, we call such reputed/senior professors as guide.

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    Re: adviser vs counselor

    I came accross with John Lyons's biography at wikipedia:

    "John Lyons was educated at St Bede's College, Manchester, and at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he took a degree in Classics in 1953 and a Diploma in Education in 1954. After doing his national service in the navy for two years he returned to Cambridge as a Ph.D student in 1956. His supervisor was Sydney Allen. [...] Lyons moved from Cambridge to SOAS in London, and R. H. Robins became his PhD supervisor. " (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lyons_(linguist) )

    I guess the term supervisor is an acceptable common synonym for advisor in International English.

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    Re: adviser vs counselor

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    I came accross with John Lyons's biography at wikipedia:

    "John Lyons was educated at St Bede's College, Manchester, and at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he took a degree in Classics in 1953 and a Diploma in Education in 1954. After doing his national service in the navy for two years he returned to Cambridge as a Ph.D student in 1956. His supervisor was Sydney Allen. [...] Lyons moved from Cambridge to SOAS in London, and R. H. Robins became his PhD supervisor. " (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lyons_(linguist) )

    I guess the term supervisor is an acceptable common synonym for advisor in International English.
    Yes, from my personal research experience, such people/prof. are called as Supervisors or Guides...
    My supervisor...
    My guide...

    Advisor and Counselor are not used in this context...

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    Re: adviser vs counselor

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Yes, from my personal research experience, such people/prof. are called as Supervisors or Guides...
    My supervisor...
    My guide...

    Advisor and Counselor are not used in this context...
    As dragn and sarat_106 stated "counselor" is not used for a PhD supervisor, but "advisor" is. From the previous posts in this thread I collect the words "supervisor", "advisor" and "guide" have the same meaning. I have heard "guide" only in Indian English and I am not sure whether it is an "official" word or a common informal term. Maybe someone else could shed some light on this subject.

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    Re: adviser vs counselor

    Quote Originally Posted by anupumh View Post
    Advisor and Counselor are not used in this context...
    Do you mean 'advisor' is not used in India in this context?

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