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Thread: How important are PhD examiners' reputations?

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10-Jan-17, 10:20
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posted about 2 years ago
Hi everyone, thanks a lot for your responses so far!

I have also heard that younger scholars can be harsher for the same reasons that you've already outlined but as awsoci said, I suppose this is mainly based on anecdotal evidence.

I am able to wait for a couple of extra months since after I hand in my thesis, I will be starting a part-time research assistant position with my supervisor. I could also spend time trying to get articles published.

After thinking about it and hearing your advice, I will probably go for the more experienced examiner in July. My SO (who's also a PhD student) pointed out that examiners can also act as academic references so it could be useful to have two 'big names' to ask if necessary.

Thread: How important are PhD examiners' reputations?

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09-Jan-17, 21:07
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Hi everyone,

I'm on course to submit my thesis by the end of February (assuming nothing disastrous happens). Hopefully, this means I can have my viva in around May. In my uni, PhD candidates have two examiners.

One has already agreed. He is a leader in my subject area and would be a great examiner so I'm happy about that. My supervisor has just found out that the other proposed examiner unfortunately is on sabbatical in America (I'm in the U.K.) until July so if we picked her as the second examiner, my viva would be delayed until July. This potential examiner is very well respected professor and has a good publication record.

The alternate is a good scholar but she is younger and her publication record is understandably much shorter. I think she got her PhD in 2011. She is currently an assistant prof.

Do you think it is worth delaying the viva for the more well-established scholar? I almost never see 'examiners' mentioned on CVs etc so maybe it's not that much of a big deal? My supervisor knows both women personally and can vouch that both would be good examiners so it'd probably be fine to go for either but I'd be grateful for others' opinions. As you can imagine, I don't have much experience in this area!

Thanks a lot for your help!

Thread: Competition instead of Collaboration

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09-Nov-16, 09:34
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posted about 3 years ago
Hi Bah,

I'm the OP of the thread linked by Tudor_Queen.

I don't know if this will be helpful but I'll give you an update to my situation. Long story short, it has improved. I took the advice of those who responded to me and decided to stop wasting my time with people who were rude/competitive/unresponsive. I spend time with my husband, keep up with 'pre-PhD' friends around the UK and see two other PhD students for drinks from time to time, where we complain about other people in the department :)

It will take some time but hopefully you will find one or two people (you don't need more than that) who are on your wavelength. It's definitely easier said than done but try to remember that you got accepted for the programme, so you have no reason to feel inferior. It's tough but you'll get there. If you are a bit older than the average PhD student, maybe there's a club for mature students? Or look outside the uni for hobby clubs or sports that interest you and meet people that way. It's good to get out the PhD bubble especially if you're feeling anxious or upset.

Good luck!

Thread: Need Singaporeans to answer a survey for PhD research

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09-Nov-16, 09:22
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posted about 3 years ago
Maybe try /r/Singapore (or similar) on Reddit?

Thread: I've been offered a post that my friend really wanted. Feeling guilty.

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04-Nov-16, 14:57
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posted about 3 years ago
Hi TreeofLife,

Thanks for your response. I agree that I would make a more likely candidate due to my experience, and that I will hopefully have more time as I'll have handed in my thesis. But, I know that Adam had his heart set on the post, whether or not that was practical.

My supervisor is quite socially-aware and we get on very well, so I wonder whether I should make him aware of the situation. Perhaps he already has some inkling of it.

Thread: I've been offered a post that my friend really wanted. Feeling guilty.

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04-Nov-16, 12:27
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posted about 3 years ago
Hey everyone,

I'm in an awkward situation and I'm not sure what to do, if anything. I’ve given minimal background to avoid a wall of text but feel free to ask for more details.

My friend (Adam), who is a first-year PhD student and has the same supervisor as me, just finished a two-year unfunded MPhil at the same uni and got really high exam results. He was really disappointed to then not get any funding for PhD living expenses but did get his tuition covered. I’m a fourth-year, hoping to submit early next year.

When speaking a few weeks ago, Adam told me that our sup had won a big grant and was looking for a research assistant from early next year, and that he hoped he’d get the post since he desperately needed the extra money (our sup knows this). I assumed he would get the post, and kinda forgot about our conversation.

Today my sup informally asks me whether I’m available/willing for the post (I am). He said I’m qualified and already know the necessary material. Nothing’s set in stone but it looks unlikely that Adam will get offered the post.

I feel really guilty. I don’t need the money as much as Adam. I am very lucky to have had full funding and also other sources of income. However, my field is very niche and the experience will be great for my CV especially as I’m hoping to take the following year out for maternity leave (if my body cooperates…)

I guess my question is…should I do or say anything? Is it better for Adam to hear the decision from our sup? Should I apologise? We’re quite close and I don’t have many friends in academia. I know he’s going to be really upset when he hears the news even if he acts happy for me.

Thanks for your help!

EDIT: maybe relevant? Adam mentioned that our sup advised him against applying for a PhD.

Thread: How to deal with competitive/ambitious students in my department?

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20-Oct-16, 16:07
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posted about 3 years ago
Hi pm133,

Thanks for your input. Yeah, I'm not a big fan of large crowds or networking either. Networking feels kinda creepy to me. I'm definitely stop worrying about it so much and just spend time with people I like! Life's too short to hang around with hyper-competitive weirdos :)

Thread: How to deal with competitive/ambitious students in my department?

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19-Oct-16, 16:36
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Hi Tudor_Queen,

Thanks for your response. I actually had a similar problem to this when I first started my PhD (same dept, different group of students) and I think I took it too far which is partially why I ended up as Billy-no-mates...but who wants to hang around people who are trying to undercut you or show off anyway?

I think inviting one person for coffee could be a solution. I'm sure there are others who feel this way. Or, I was thinking I could try and do 'last-minute' invites so the event doesn't have time to build up in a big group thing! But I guess I run of risk of busy students never being free.

Anyway, if nothing else, I have my school friends who couldn't care less (in a good way) about my obscure academic achievements :)

Thread: How to deal with competitive/ambitious students in my department?

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19-Oct-16, 11:47
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Hi TreeofLife,

I'm glad to know I'm not alone :) It also makes me feel inadequate even though I think I have toughened up considerably since starting a PhD! I was a ball of nerves before...

Maybe I will try to see what some of the others think, as you suggested.

Thanks!

Thread: How to deal with competitive/ambitious students in my department?

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19-Oct-16, 10:01
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Hi forumites,

I’m a fourth-year PhD student. Due to a long list of personal events, I haven’t made good friends in my university. Also I am shy around new people but once I get over myself, I think I am a fun person to hang out with.

I have become friendly with a few students from my department but again due to circumstances, our relationships have been superficial. Recently, several large get-togethers have been organised as we have more students now. These involve around 15 people.

Naturally, I get on with some students better than others. Generally speaking, my university attracts hyper-competitive, ambitious students, and I find it very stressful dealing with these types as I feel like I am constantly being interrogated or ‘networked’. Even with the nicer students, there is still sometimes a sense of competition (“Oh you don’t speak fluent French? I thought everyone spoke French.”, “How have you not read that work?? I thought you were a fourth-year!!” etc.). After socialising, I feel very anxious, not relaxed as with non-PhD friends. I don’t mind having a moan about academia but 'shop talk' is 90% of the conversation.

Since some of these people may well be my peers for several years, I don’t want to just avoid everyone completely. My field is very small so I don’t want to get a reputation for being aloof or unfriendly. I could organise smaller get-togethers that exclude certain people but I worry that I will look like the ‘bad guy’. I would feel hurt if that were me being excluded. I could gently bring it up with some of the nicer people but I don't know how they'll react. It’s more than likely that if I invite 2-3 people for coffee, each of those people will tell other people, and then suddenly it’s a 10-person lunch.

I’d be grateful for any suggestions on how to navigate this! Thanks :)

Thread: PhD students: Is your CV online? Why?

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07-Oct-16, 14:35
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Hmm, it seems not many people have put their CVs online!

Thread: PhD students: Is your CV online? Why?

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06-Oct-16, 12:46
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Hey everyone,

I'm debating whether to put my CV on academia.edu. I haven't been able to find any online discussions/articles talking about the pros/cons of doing this.

I'd like to know your thoughts as I've been pretty poor at coming up with my own reasons for and against! I guess the main reason I want to is that there's stuff on my CV that I can't 'upload' to my profile (I find academia.edu very limited). BUT I'm constantly thinking that my CV isn't impressive enough and maybe it won't reflect well on me...

Whether you've decided to upload your CV or not, I'd be very interested to hear your reasoning/experience.

Thanks :)

Thread: Can I submit an article-under-review for an essay prize?

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04-Oct-16, 16:32
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That's hilarious/tragic. How on earth did they think they'd get away with that??

Either way, thank you for the tip! They haven't really listed any guidelines apart from word count which is good and bad I suppose. I like guidelines because they give you something to work towards but it also means I don't have to do much editing (I think).

Thread: Can I submit an article-under-review for an essay prize?

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04-Oct-16, 16:22
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posted about 3 years ago
Thanks! :)

Thread: Can I submit an article-under-review for an essay prize?

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04-Oct-16, 15:30
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posted about 3 years ago
Before anyone replies...

My husband convinced me to email the journal and the essay contest people, checking with both. Editor says its fine as long as the paper won't be circulated beyond the selection committee, and the committee chair has assured me that this is indeed the case. Everyone was very nice about it so I don't think I offended anyone!
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