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Thread: Formal Complaint?

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29-Oct-18, 13:31
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I have been in the same exact situation verbatim like yours and wasted a year and now I am looking for a new lab! My old supervisor threatened me not to work under any lab, I was shocked even after I have resigned! I complained to HR and they did nothing and even the head of the school know and told me to look for another place in a different country.
Guess what, I found out that he had three new Ph.D. student to supervise at the same time, I was extremely furious and if I spoke they will considering it like hazing, my advice, if you and your old colleagues make a complaint, it would be better! However as long as administration support this professor and as you have mentioned you still in the same university, I don't recommend you to do that as you don't have enough power, you must make sure that there another professor or group to support you, do not fight alone in a corrupted system. I have been saved from a lab by another student like you, he was warning any prospective student to join the lab and it was a great favor to be saved from those toxic supervisors.

Thread: Imposter syndrome + feeling inadequate

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29-Oct-18, 11:51
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I am sorry for what you have been through! I was in the exact same situation for two months. I always receive negative feedback and if I do something good and having great, they don't even say a good word, which was obvious that they are toxic supervisor and ended up leaving that the lab, and I think it is a good decision to find another good and supportive supervisor as no one can endure all the time the negativity. Unfortunately, some supervisor lacks the faculty of pedagogy, being harsh can demoralize and demotivate you. Of course, we need a feedback and I can assure that you have many improvements, however, in the other side, you must get some positive words, encouragement to keep your mind and health sane.

I cannot advise you as I am not fully aware how percentage they are really bad, I can be harsh with you with intention to improve you, you must distinguish that whether they are really want to improve from you or they are really toxic people, you have to answer that question as continuing more years means that you need recommendation, references and building your career, do you see that they can support you really even though they are harsh.

Hope you can estimate the matters in more objective way so that you can have a right decision.

Wishing for you the peace of mind and good luck!

Thread: Leaving MSc with PGDip

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26-Oct-18, 01:46
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I wish there a service for helping students, it seems that m83 isnot at his/her homecountry and he/she seems suffers and need an actual support rather than just commenting! Please m83 update us about your situation, we would really like help you and any student at foreign who need a spiritual support.

Thread: Leaving MSc with PGDip

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26-Oct-18, 01:43
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Dear m83, really I understand how he/she suffers as I am in the same situation! Sometimes these platform is the only way to relieve from ourselves! I will keep hoping you all the best and luck, but please don't ever think of committing suicide! Nothing too late, please keep hope! Continue your masters and I am sure the life is going to be rosy again.

My sincere to you and consider any time to release from your chest, and will you find us helpful! Don't give up, you will be triumphant by the end!

Thread: Choosing a new supervisor after leaving ex-abusive supervisor

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25-Oct-18, 07:28
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Actually, this junior PI doesn't have much publication and not so much citation, but his research while being a postdoc is interesting. I don't know whether this could be a good or negative point, as you know your PI is very crucial for your career.

Thread: Choosing a new supervisor after leaving ex-abusive supervisor

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25-Oct-18, 07:19
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Quote From pm133:
The focus should NEVER be about publishing. It should be about the science. I would avoid any PI who spoke about publications being the point of all of this. If the science is good enough, papers will be a natural by product and you wont have to think about them. You can chuck obsessing about impact factors and the university the work is being done at in there as well. It's all froth and nonsense. The only thing that should matter is the quality of the science being done.



Dear pm133, I totally agree with you and I really wish to do a practical science I am passionate about, but the point is to be successful in academia you must have publications. Up to the moment, I don't know whether this junior supervisor is honest with me, he had been one of the co-authors of Nature while he was a Ph.D. student and it was interesting. However, I am afraid as he has no prior experience, and I don't know whether he is going to be a bully. As you may know, my ex-toxic supervisor didn't allow me to present my work at a top-tier conference workshop although being accepted. In the other side, I didn't have the technical facilities to conduct the experiment, and I don't know how I should know whether this junior PI has the facilities. This really boggles my mind, the start PI have dozen of citation and publications, while their student complain or want to leave, honestly I am confused and I would like to have a very good supervisor who is going a turning point in my academic life, so it is a very crucial selection which restricted by many factors.

Thread: Choosing a new supervisor after leaving ex-abusive supervisor

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24-Oct-18, 23:14
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Dear Tru,

I have also the same concern when he said that although he is at a reputable institute, according to the other lab they have refused my application as they accept very few people.

I dont know what I can say, the previous PI prevent me from publications and even from attending workshops!

This junior PI mentioned he is more concerned about understanding and developing real scientific work as he is not pleased by other researchers approaches.

I am really confused the lab I am going for two months in another far country in Europe the students didnot recommend it and they dont like their PI, I just accept because of the financial situation and I am foreigner and I cannot go to home country for some reasons, it is very complex situation to explain.

So, my plan is to go and do what I can and then try looking again, but as you can see the good lab refused my application immediately in the same day.

I am so tired and afraid at the same, however, I am trying to do my best, this junior PI asked for another meeting, I should ask him all these questions, but I agree I dont have good feelings towards him, I dont know what could lies behind.

Thread: Leaving MSc with PGDip

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24-Oct-18, 16:51
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Dear m83,

Please first of all I am so sorry to hear about what you have been through! You are not alone there are many students face the similar like you exactly and me one of them. So, please try to stand these few months and dont waste all what you have did.

Wish you happiness and having family as soon as possible

Thread: Choosing a new supervisor after leaving ex-abusive supervisor

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23-Oct-18, 15:03
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I will do my best however what makes me constraint is the financial situation and it is not easy and in same time I am afraid of the selection, so I wish that I can find a reasonable lab.

Concerning junior PI, I spoke to him and he mentioned that he is passionate about the same research line and doesnot care about publications. However, I am afraid as many people has a sweet-tooth like I had before and get lured.

In the other side, there is a good lab and the students commended their PI, however, it is really competitive to be in.

As a conclusion, sometimes I loose faith in research general and it is not easy to find a really good lab.

Thread: How do people end up disseminating results on radio, in newspapers, etc?

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22-Oct-18, 18:18
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What I am going to say is my personal opinion. I think it doesnot work like and request to disseminate your work, and I know some people do that, however, I think it is cliche. I am working for a podcasting since few months ago where we conduct a podcasting about their work and writing article and what happens that we are tracking the updates of the researchers in the field and see whether the did something great, so we have a podcasting.

In my master, I have attended science fair and there was a journalist from a magazine asked to report about my work and interview.

However, I think if you are going to appear in media/radio station I think that case that your is recognized and deserve to disseminated and the exceptional work will speak about itself.

However, we have a similar cases while few researchers tends to hype things and go to media and by the end we discover that they lie or overestimate what they did.

So, from my humble experience, the good researcher shouldnot seek for disseminating their work by asking TV/Media for instance, you can do that on youtube through telling people what you have done, conferences, this is your tools and you have the right.

In the other side, if your work really interesting, journalist passionate science and technology definitely will approach if you have authentic and original research.

Thread: Choosing a new supervisor after leaving ex-abusive supervisor

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22-Oct-18, 14:42
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posted about 3 weeks ago
Dear Tru,
Here is the updates about potential PI:



A star professor at a high ranking university: One of his student told me he doesn't have time to manage the lab by himself and as a sequence, he hired postdocs to be intermediate between him and his students. In retrospect, the student informed that he had tried to leave the lab at the beginning, however, they continue and mentioning that he benefit from his PI's reputation. Adding that, he and other colleagues suffered from anxiety and chronic stress due to the demand of having highly quality research papers.

Intermediate professor not very well: His student told me he is not qualified to work with students, but the student told me that she doesn't feel so much pressure on her research.

Junior PI: I think it could be risky as I don't have any background about their supervision history. However, what makes interested to contact them as they did good research and we have the same passion for this research line which triggers me to contact them.

My previous experience with ex-PI, he was not junior and not star, but he did research for more than 14 years, however, he didn't help me in my research or even writing papers besides being abusive and very destructive person.

The question is : If am going to select the new PI which very critical decision, how I should consider these scenarios, for sure, I avoid PI in the influence circle of the ex-PI as I have been advised before, but what are other key corners I should bear in my mind.

Thread: Choosing a new supervisor after leaving ex-abusive supervisor

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18-Oct-18, 05:07
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Now, as may you know I have resigned from my position after one year from a toxic supervisor. The most important concern is selecting a good supervisor, it easier said than done, so what I should prioritize while selecting a new PI, it is really critical decision?

Thread: Seeking for Advice!

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17-Oct-18, 16:51
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Dear Tru,

Really thanks so much for your advices and trying to support! May be this something I need to improve in my personality and it isnot easy, but I am trying. Really I am so grateful for those words that gives me hope and encourages me.

Wishing for you all the best and good luck

Thread: Conflict with supervisor

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16-Oct-18, 23:33
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posted about 1 month ago
Dear Pinat,

I hope you can resolve that very soon and get your degree. I wonder if you can still in assertive not aggressive way with your supervisor before going to other directions. If I didnot work with him, you must go to head of school and refers to the other three students, you must find another supportive professor who can support your case. I really you can really you can get your degree sooner.

Good luck!

Thread: Conflict with supervisor

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16-Oct-18, 20:37
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Dear Pinat, I am really sorry to hear about your situation, but you are not alone there are many students facing that. However, could you please elaborate more about situation, it is quite strange that you submitted from five years and you didnot get your degree( it is first time to hear that), did you manage to go for ombudsman or lodging complaint.

'I heard there is a university in Netherland where one can defend his/her thesis by just having 3 publications. Is it true? I cannot find such university by searching on Google. '

I dont know what you imply by that, are you able to transfer your PhD there, I think your story has missing parts.
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