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Hello everyone, I want to have some pieces of advice if possible.So few months ago my professor told me that two of my research projects have been probably leaked by one of her master's students (who has already heavily plagiarized a document in the past).No action has been taken "only giving a bad grade to the student", and my supervisor kept on minimizing the importance of this issue (not a big deal, it's not like they copied your data or your final paper). I remained calm and I didn't inform anyone in my uni or my lab to protect the reputation of my supervisor, and her lab. In addition, I have said to my supervisor that the research environment was not stimulating for me, her answer was that she made some mistakes choosing some students "including one PhD peer", she literally said that : "X is a bad researcher, and this might be due to the fact that he comes from a developing country", thing that deeply shocked me (She actually said that about me as well a couple of times). My supervisor is also very subtile in the way she's bullying me, saying that I'm not good enough, or that I'm far from being exemplary...etc. Recently, she wanted to help for the data collection by suggesting my project to undergrads as a practical case, but only if I meet a certain deadline, which I did! My supervisor even said that I've done a really good job with the documents. Two days later, she emailed me complaining about the amount of work she's putting into my project (which really surprised me because she sent me a simple PowerPoint page with all MY ideas in there). She indirectly threatened me, and said that if the undergraduates change anything in my work, she will add them as co-authors. I replied by saying that I absolutely didn't want other students to become co-authors of a project I worked on so hard!! I almost forgot to say that my supervisor is micromanaging every detail of my work (for her it's the only way to publish in top journals), and she takes weeks to provide a detailed feedback, so I didn't make any progress. When I asked for a bit more flexibility, she was so mad, and told me that if I wanted to be creative, I had to work on my own, and that she will cut fundings for projects she doesn't believe in (not of sufficient quality for publication in top journals). In addition she will supervise all her PhD students less. When I kindly replied to her email explaining the reasons why I asked for more flexibility and why changing lab was also an option I've considered, she attacked me saying that no one ever did anything bad to me in her lab, that it was never her intention to add undergrads as co-authors, and that I should stop attacking other innocent seminar members. I felt so hurt and powerless... So I spoke out against the treatment I'm having for months now (Without ever criticizing my supervisor, I actually said that I didn't want her to have any problems),but I'm afraid that the adminstration will justify the way my supervisor's acting.
I would be very grateful if some of you could provide some pieces of advice to my current situation. I have just completed my first year of PhD, and the situation with my peers is getting worse. Due to Corona pandemic, the research seminars with other master's and PhD students were held online. Everyone shared a cop of his/her work, but my research has been leaked by a master's student (me and my supervisor do not have a concrete evidence, but he run a little investigation, and it's most likely the case). No proper action was taken, because according to him, a literature review and a research model is not such a big deal! In addition, one PhD peer is really not competent (writing no one can understand, and I'm not even exaggerating, no proficiency in his field, very poor logic and reasoning). I took a look at his previous publications, and it's awful to see the very poor level of his previous publications (grammatical mistakes in every single phrase, very weak logic, no pertinence in writing). I'm a non-native English speaker myself (4th spoken language, but I'm still doing many efforts to improve my academic writing skills). I'm a foreign student with very good previous academic records, and I feel like I'm wasting my time in this lab. My professor is a very good supervisor, but the lab ecosystem is awful. I feel isolated, and not understood. My professor is literally writing the paper for the other PhD student. It is unethical, and very unfair. I tried to indirectly mention that, but the professor seems to underestimate the importance of such a problem. (He just mentioned that my peer was a bad researcher). Other than that, I feel like he's not doing any efforts in creating a fruitful research environment. I want to change lab, but I very much appreciate working "individually" with my current professor. What do you think I should do? I feel powerless.
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