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Thread: Looking for a paper

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25-Sep-17, 23:02
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Thread: How much time does a PhD take

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25-Sep-17, 21:54
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Hey,

I cannot speak on a basis of someone who did his/her PhD in part-time way as I was doing it on full-time basis. All I can say is it depends on the research that you are going to do and how much invested you are on it. For me, I had to spend almost 18 months for sample collection as the samples I was collecting were rare (cancer samples). I also had to spend two months to troubleshoot the problems that occurred with methodology that I used to get the meaningful results for the research I was doing. Also, almost 8 months for data collection inside the lab (including the period when my experiments failed). Hence sample collection + getting the results + data analysis took me 2 years and a half to finish. After that, I took 8 months to write the thesis because my supervisor was busy doing her book to make me wait longer to get feedback from her regarding PhD drafts that I wrote. So I spent almost 4 years from starting PhD and submission of thesis. This 4 years of course did not include the buffering period that I had to endure waiting for PhD viva and correction afterwards.

how many days a week (researching)?
-Depends. For my case, my supervisor wanted me to be in the lab before 8 am and leave after 5 pm (weekdays) and come back whenever I want during weekend. Of course most of the time I come at 7 am and leave at 6pm ( depending on whether I finish the lab works earlier or not). All this time didn't include writing manuscripts and reading articles from journals which I always spent 2 hours at home

Thread: Is she a good supervisor?

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23-Sep-17, 19:03
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I am currently in the state of applying for postdoctoral position after completion of PhD. I am being offered by my current PhD supervisor to do postdoc with her upon completion of PhD and after securing research grant. However I have a mixed feelings regarding continuing postdoc with her. My current supervisor has pros and cons attitude in research.

1. She has always motivated me to continue my PhD study whenever I felt like I wanted to quit the program.
2. She's a very nice person who understands the plight of being a researcher. She understands if I had to repeat the results etc.
3. She also understands if I had personal problems to attend to.

While she has above attitudes, there are some cons regarding her as well.

1. She always takes a lot of time to review my manuscript for publication purpose. One time, she took exactly one year just to review the manuscript for publication purpose. This has significantly reduced my publication number.

2. She is not an expert in the field. I struggled a lot throughout the PhD journey because most of the time she didn't know the stuff I'm talking about.

3. She isn't open to new ideas for research. She likes to play safe and only research what people have done before. She also doesn't open to the idea for collaboration with other researchers for publication in high impact journal. She likes to control everything and doesn't let me explore the ideas by myself.

4.She didn't stand up for me whenever I had problems with faculty members/ whenever I had conflict with university. One time a faculty member accused me of stealing materials in the lab and although I had denied several times I didn't do it, she made me apologize to that faculty member. The event tarnished my reputation and made me so stressful to be in the department.

is she a good supervisor?

Thread: Thinking about quitting the PhD

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22-Sep-17, 14:59
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Eight months are not that long. If you didn't like it, then better quit it before you regret it when it's already too late.

Thread: Starting postdoc before finishing PhD. Is that possible?

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22-Sep-17, 04:01
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I have already submitted the thesis for examination. I am wondering whether it is possible to start e-mail potential postdoc supervisor and start the postdoc while waiting for PhD viva.

Thread: Stress and anxiety while waiting for PhD viva

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17-Sep-17, 23:35
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Quote From newlease36:
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I think the brain not switching off automatically from stress mode is probably fairly normal. It sounds like something that could easily happen to me and in fact anyone. But I feel if you can't relax , even now, you will never be able to relax or 'take in the good'. I fear (like I used to be, so I speak from personal experience and not judgement here).. that you will always be stressed and now matter what the circumstances in your life , you always be stressed and feel like you have crisis.

I cant wait to submit. I fantasise about it all the time. I have already labelled the time between submission and viva as 'the fallow' and have great plans for this period.. mainly involving relaxing and just doing whatever the hell I feel like it. Just to wake up in the morning and not have thesis having over me. I am struggling a bit with the write up, so I would love to be in your shoes. I guess its all about perspective. there are probably some undergrads out there who would love to me in my shoes.

I hope you find my reply helpful . I fear it sounds judgemental. But I actually speak from experience of being a major stress-head. meditation and mindfulness really helped me with that.


Hey,

Thanks for the advice. Yes I might have been so stressed out throughout the PhD journey, hence explains why I am so stressful right now.

Thread: Stress and anxiety while waiting for PhD viva

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17-Sep-17, 13:24
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Quote From chickpea:
Have you looked into things like temporary or casual jobs for just now? They don't tend to care so much about the qualifications you have, since they just want you for a fixed period of time. I hope you hear soon about your viva.

Yes I am currently working as a cashier in a mall but the pay is not enough for me to rent my own apartment. It's so stressful when you are 27 and still living with parents.

Thread: Stress and anxiety while waiting for PhD viva

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16-Sep-17, 21:52
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I have already submitted PhD thesis more than a month ago. I was told by Postgraduate Department that I would have the oral examination in 6 weeks. It's been 6 weeks already and I haven't heard any news. I heard from former students that in some cases, the viva could take up to 3 months to be held. I am so stressful right now. I have been unemployed for more than 6 months now and I am running out of money. Currently I am living with my parents to cover my expenses. While they welcome I live with them, they seem to be disappointed that I have yet to land any job. Not to mention I have to worry about my viva as well. I have unsucessfully applied for job while waiting for viva. Most employers didn't want to accept me because they viewed me as overqualified and they thought I would leave the job once I obtained my PhD.

I have reached out to my supervisor to get the information when my viva will be but she said it all depended on examiners. It's so disappointing to know that how unprofessional my examiners are. I know they are busy with their works but to think that I paid a large sum of money to get my thesis examined, it's just so unacceptable. Does anyone know what should I do? Is there any possibility to apply for postdoc while waiting for PhD viva? Or should I lie on my resume when I applied for job?

Thread: How long did you wait for PhD viva voce and what did you do in between?

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11-Aug-17, 18:54
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It was about 6 weeks from submission to viva for me, with about a month's notice from what I can remember. I was already doing a postdoc. If I wasn't, I would have been writing papers whilst looking for a postdoc. Or take a holiday if I was in a financial situation to do so, which I wasn't after an unfunded 4th year.


How did you get to do postdoc while waiting for viva? I thought you need PhD first before doing postdoc?

Thread: How long did you wait for PhD viva voce and what did you do in between?

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09-Aug-17, 19:03
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I already submitted PhD thesis yesterday. I heard from the department that I will have to wait for at least 7 weeks before viva voce. I also heard from my seniors that sometimes they had to wait for more than a semester before they could undergo viva examination. Based on your previous experiences, how long did you have to wait for viva exam? What did you do in between?

My supervisor already had examiners to examine my thesis but I just don't know for how long I have to wait.
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