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Should I pursue another PhD

There is someone in my lab doing a second PhD, but the topic is different than her first.

I would suggest looking for a post-doc, more money, more chance to research what you like etc. The fact that you already have a research fellowship, that's the type of role you should be looking for next.

Found a Huge Methodology Flaw

Hi Rewt,

This happens more than you think with feedstocks. By dector I assuming your measure gas ? can you do any validaiton now? it could be there dector either ?
Can you begin expeirmetns again ? Is there any other way to get it to work, such as increase feedstock amounts, try co-digestions etc ? Your contribution is not nil, you tried something and it didnt work, that a results in itself. If more people mention what didnt work so many people would save time and engery. I have just finshed a batch of trials for biofuels, industry partner approved the methods, results sucked and they said they tried it that way last year and results were poor so they stop- could have saving me a few months if they said it at the satrt !

Personally I would let them know what happen, explaine it work for differnt feedstocks.Let them know about the dector they might have suggestion. Also did you keep samples- they might be able to measure them for you. The purpose of these meeting is to share work but also to solve promblems etc. Your not the first person this has happen to.

Best Methodology?

What software do you plan on using ?
Personally, I would compare the first 6 months of one year with the same 6 months of the next year. Rather than 1 year with a half a year.
THere are helpful guides online like Laerd, minitab has there own guide etc
But it all depends on the software you use.

PhD thesis outcome after resubmission

Hi Hade,
What is your uni policy on how long exminer can take- mine was 8 weeks, i know others that were 12. Bare in mind its also exam season, so many exmainer have duties to get done before reading you thesis.
Why dont you ask the PG office if there is an update or when can you expect to hear.

formatting thesis

My thesis was 7 chapter- formatted in word. It took be about two/three weeks. I did have each chapter formatted before sticking it all together. I found it easier to tackle one type of formatting at a time. For example- making sure all heading were the same styles, then move onto the sizing of graphs etc.

I would say to leave the table of contents etc until last- I done this first and had to edit it multiple times.

Phd Loan Split

Hi Ellen,

Your PhD is not funded ? If the loan is coming from the bank, surely they give it to you in one lump sum and you decided how to send it ? The bets person to ask would be the person given the loan.

If its a stipend it will state its tenable for X years- in my experinces stipends are paid over that time frame- usually monthly, but can be every 3-6 months

to quit or not to quit? And then what?

I kinda agree with rewt all uni differ. Durng my post grad it was left to us to orgainsed these things. I am back now as a post-doc and covid has effected it all. We had one semeiar online for pg and they all said it was crap and it was more stressfull presenting online. Due to covid you cant meet in larger groups, you cant hang out after working hours so its buts a dapner on all things.

Im sure the same is being said in larger uni that do orgainse these thing for PGs. Can you help resolve the promblem- can you and a few othr PGs set up a semeinar or online meet up ? The uni doestnt have to orgainse eveything.

In terms of quiting you PhD- I equally dont know if leaving due to a lack of semiars/gather etc. is really a good idea.
In terms on not telling a uni why you left you other ones- how are you going to explain what you have been doing. From my point of view, currently reading CVs to hire PG, I would question the gap- and it would rasie a red flag for me. On afew were they have left a programm they have given reason as to why. bare in mind someone will call your references before hiring you.

Ownership equipment I got funding for

Yes it is the uni property. You go the funding while working for them !

Working on PhD during interruption?

I took a suspension for a few months during my PhD on health grounds. I did do some work on the writing of chapter and papers- on the days that i felt like it ( which were very few). My superviser argee that I could do this but there was no pressure to, We also argee that I would send one of them an email every two weeks to check it and to keep them infomred.
If its a lab based project, I doubt she will be able to on health and saftey and insurance grounds. I know I wasnt allowed into the lab. If her supervisor know where she at, that must be willing to let her catch up when she back. If it was me I would take the time needed to get better and when they arrive back have a mangable plan of action on how they will complete the needed work.

Dyslexic PhD student needs editing help

I struggled with this during my PhD thesis. I agree with rewt ask people for help, but send them completed sections, for examples the introduction, or methods... not just a paragraph here and there.

If you use work download Grammarly or use the read-aloud function. I find read allowed good- you can hear what you have written being said and can edit then.

How to be a successful postdoc

I am in my second year as a post-doc- 1st year 1 post-doc in one lab - now on a 4-year postdoc. I can't say I have had post-doc stress. My first post-doc is resulting in 4 papers, I know this one will be two years before I have anything published. Be straight but don't insult the PI. Offer help and support to PhD students and be a team player. Remember it's a paid job so if you're not performing- you won't last long.
I agree with rewt, you do get more respect- but remember to treat everyone as you equally- You never know when you will need a student or RA help.
Are you starting in a new lab? what stress are you worried about?

Corrections approval not received!

I'd agree with PhDHere, contact the head of doctoral studies requesting an update. It could be a case that they have emailed a response but it has got lost in someone mails (this happen in my case).
I wouldn't contact the internal examiner - Some are very strict on the no-contact policy.
As Abababa has said academics are busy with online lecture etc - so it could have been pushed to the end of their to-do list so they might just need another email reminding them of that responsibility to respond to your thesis.

Examiners and supervisors

depends on the uni. Where I did my PhD ass correction have to be approved by my internal examiner before sending a copy to the library. I didn't send them to my supervisors. THe best way to find out is by checking with you dept or grad students office.

What does your general daily routine or timetable look like?

At the moment I am in the lab 3/4 days a week and WFH 1/2 days.
My day in the lab is :
9:00 Arrive in office/lab check emails. Write a list of what needs to be done for the week- or check the list for the day
9:30 Prep work for experiments- turn of equipment like water baths etc that need time to heat up. I usually look at the method I'm doing-have it wrote out in step and then rewrite it according to what needs to be really done first- as in if I need a water bath that's always turn on first etc.
11 Coffee -catch up with colleagues/or respond to emails.
11:30 Run experiments-sample etc
1-2 Lunch/Go for a run
2--4 Run experiments-Samples run analysis
4-5 check mails/responded to mails- write in lab book and check if anything needs to be done for the next day to make it easier

My day at home is :
9:00 coffee and check mails
9:30 analysis results (usually do 45-minute blocks -making coffee check my phone for 10 minutes and then go back at it)
12 Meeting about project/ read papers for the never-ending list
1 Lunch and housework
2 analysis results
3 work on writing methods/results etc up in a paper format

Should I quit?

Hi Choti,
The big question is do you like the topic. My background is in microbiology and for my PhD I have done quite a bit of chemical engineering- There was stuff I didn't understand and TBH it took a while to get my head around it. I spent a lot of extra time reading the basics so I could understand what I am doing.
If you like the topic- can you ask for extra help ? are there video tutorials you can look at? Can you ask the PI for the suggestion of good books to read.
If you don't like the topic- I would hand in my notice and start looking elsewhere. Personally, I wouldn't stay while looking for something else, as I feel like you'd only be wasting your time and other time.