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Thread: Advisor issues-quitting PhD

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23-Nov-16, 14:37
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posted about 3 years ago
Quote From Thezim:
Dear Tru and Ephiny, thank you for your support and suggestions, I'll arrange a meeting as soon as possible with my supervisor and my research coordinator, where I'll present a clearly defined plan of action, including needed resources and timeline from now till my graduation and pin them down to it.
I wish you both a bright career and future.


You made a comment above about someting being about Chemistry rather than Physics.
Chemistry is essentially applied Physics anyway, charge, angular momentum, quantum mechanics, therrmodynamics, reaction kinetics and dynamics, force, energy. I know that because Chemistry is my area. Can you not learn the Chemistry yourself? I cant think of any Chemistry which are so difficult that you would need a degree in it to be able to get your head around it.
I have had to frequently go and learn Physics stuff for my Chemistry based PhD.

Thread: Competition instead of Collaboration

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23-Nov-16, 14:20
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posted about 3 years ago
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Hi again Bah, thanks for explaining the situation more. It still may have nothing to do with your appearance... I feel quite strongly about this as it is so easy to attribute reasons for people's behaviours, and those reasons may be completely wrong but can still lead to the individual getting a complex about X or Y that is different about them. If you looked "the same" as the others, this may still be happening - seriously. People are weird. They may think that they click and that their bond is made stronger by excluding a third person. That is just one other potential reason - there are many many more. Anyway, whatever the reason - even if it is differences in appearance - I hope you soon get to meet some people are more friendly and considerate of others.



Yeh, I think what I said previously expresses that I think there are a million and one reasons as to why this could be happening. I think the "your part of the world" comment isn't really helpful in the context, and adds to Bah's feeling that there may be some implicit racism going on here.


Thats probably something I would agree with although knowing the context in which that advice was offered is absolutely essential in determining the intent of the supervisor. Its impossible to know whether you are getting the whole story or not on an online thread. 2 minutes in her lab and I would probably see the root of the issue straight away. On here it is impossible to be sure.

Thread: My university has let me down

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23-Nov-16, 14:10
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posted about 3 years ago
I would echo the comments of PracticalMouse.
You really need to focus on what you can control.
Forget the politics and focus on the fact that your thesis is not up to scratch.
Fix that, get your PhD and then I have one final piece pf advice.
Find a new job. You have been there too long to the extent that the office politics is affecting you.

Thread: what is the best specialization in MBA for an Entrepreneur

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22-Nov-16, 04:28
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posted about 3 years ago
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In my opinion an MBA degree is not necessary for becoming an entrepreneur. All you need is a good business plan. A viable revenue model will help you get funding from venture capitalists. All you gotta do is try hard enough and don't lose hope.


You have responded to a post from several years ago so I think the original poster might have long departed.
I agree with you though.
You dont need a degree of any kind to be an entrepeneur.

Thread: Removing a paper from a conference (online) after it is published

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22-Nov-16, 04:23
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Is it possible to have a paper removed from online proceedings after it has been published and the conference taken place? The basis is, that I did not consent (nor was it sought) that the paper be published. It was not even presented but still published. Do I have to take the legal route? All I want is the paper removed from the online repository. Anyone ever seen this happen, anywhere?


Are you seriously suggesting you want to take legal action just because you werent personally asked before it was published?
What is the real reason for you being angry about this particular incident?

Thread: My university has let me down

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22-Nov-16, 04:20
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posted about 3 years ago
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Basically, I was bullied into dropping her as my promoter as certain colleagues did not want her to have any kind of 'hold' on the Department or any kind of power. It was a personal issue for them against her. It was suggested to me that I ask a Dr from the Languages department to be my promoter, as he has a strong theoretical background (in literary studies, not fandom, which I found out later, unfortunately). I fought hard to keep my original promoter and even tried to have her appointed as co-promoter, but to no avail. My colleagues would not budge. So the languages Dr was then approved to be my promoter. I am his first Doctoral student, and he did not receive any assistance in the form of a co-supervisor with knowledge in media and fandom studies. I applied for a national bursary for Completing PhD Candidates at the end of the year, and had been collecting data throughout 2014.

I received confirmation in 2015 that I had been awarded the national bursary, and used that to fund my trip to the UK to attend the London Film and Comic Con and conference on Fandom and Religion, and teaching replacement for the sabbatical I applied for from July 2015 – January 2016. I also received a Teaching Replacement Grant from the Research Office that went towards paying contract staff during semester 2 of 2015. I was starting to write up the PhD and submitted it in December 2015, after a 6 month sabbatical.


Sorry but I am still a little confused here. You say you were bullied. Thats a strong word. In what way were you bullied? Were you threatened in some way?
Also you talk about things being a personal issue with other staff and they didnt want her to have any hold on them. How did you find that out?
The procedural thing is also confusing. If the wrong form has been sent out, why is the university not helping you?

Thread: Competition instead of Collaboration

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22-Nov-16, 04:09
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posted about 3 years ago
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Being encouraged to "make friends with people from your part of the world". What more do you want?


I think you may be overinterpreting the advice Bah was given. If the supervisor was racist why would he hire her in the first place? It could simply be that the supervisor is trying to be helpful. Maybe Bah comes across as homesick and he thought this might help. None of us have any idea.
There could be any number of reasons why Bah is disliked. in the first post in this thread Bah asks if they are "jealous" without giving any reason as to why they might be. Does she talk too much about herself?
Bah is also apparently much older than the others. Could be ageism. Could be they see her as domineering or controlling. Could be anything but she is going with racism whilst at the same time insinuating that because it is the US then by definition it is obviously racism. All I am asking is for some examples because we have only been told one part of the story.

Thread: How blunt should you be with your supervisor?

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22-Nov-16, 03:38
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posted about 3 years ago
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The post doc in my group hasn't dedicated a single hour to teaching me. I am a relatively new PhD in the lab and I have had no lab supervision what so ever. My supervisor is great but he's an extremely busy man and has only managed to show me a few things. The post doc seems a bit of a creep to be honest and offers lab advice to girls outside of the group. I've even shown the post doc how to do some techniques that he isn't familiar with.

In short I'm not happy with the level of lab supervision I'm getting. I've completed masters ect where it was only me and the supervisor but I don't think it's fair to have a post doc in the lab who actually does nothing.
Without sounding like a d1ck what's the best way to phrase this to my supervisor?


Why would you possibly think the postdoc was there to train you? Were you told that by your supervisor?
My advice would be that you forget the postdoc, mind your own business and get on with worrying about learning how to do your own job instead of waiting for others to show you. You have a really bad attitude my friend.

Thread: Final year support thread

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19-Nov-16, 12:07
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posted about 3 years ago
Quote From chickpea:
I am now in the 'good feedback, no job' club too! Had my first interview for a research post yesterday, and they gave me almost immediate positive feedback, but said they'd decided to employ someone whose previous research was more similar to theirs. I am trying to focus on the 'good feedback' aspect of the experience, but it's also a bit frustrating that they ultimately selected on the basis of information that was on the CV - feel like nothing I could say or do in the interview was going to make any difference!


It could be that they have interviewed 4-6 candidates each of whom has a stronger or weaker match to their research. If you have a weak match then you will always be struggling but remember you will be cheaper.
The interviewer will probably recruit based on skills/experience matching, reputation (if any), whether the candidate is known to them, personality match, enthusiasm and knowledge about the post and finally cost. There will be other things as well but I suspect these are the main things. If yo get interviewed it means you usually have at least a chance. What you need to do is identify what THEY are looking for and demonstrate what you have which matches that. This is especially important if you lack the skills and experience match. It's unlikely going to be down to a pure CV match.

Thread: Competition instead of Collaboration

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18-Nov-16, 19:59
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Thank you so much for all your kind and supportive responses! It feels so GREAT to see there are some people who care about my feelings. I truly appreciate it. To give you some details, we are students in the US and not the UK, so the social setting is mostly racist by nature.


Whoa that is quite a leap! Because it's the US it's mostly racist BY NATURE? You can't talk about racism and then make blanket judgements like that.

Having people who were friends suddenly stop talking to you is unfortunate but in itself isn't proof of racism.

Can you give us some explicit examples where you are clearly experiencing racism? That might help us to understand what you are facing.

Thread: Total panic: Am I good enough?

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18-Nov-16, 19:51
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by pm133
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posted about 3 years ago
Our backgrounds are very similar and yes your fears are justified to a great extent. This PhD will probably rule your life for the next few years. Relatively few attempt it but it is that challenge which attracts most of us.
You won't know everything at the start and nobody will expect you to. What you will be expected to do is break down the stuff you want to learn about and get started on your reading and playing around with the tools and things like that. If you are lucky enough to have a break before sarting then use it to read papers and start learning the required maths and programming etc. The sooner you start the better. I started full time learning maths and things like that about 4 months before I began the PhD. Even then it took me four to five months before I could come into the office without feeling like a fraud.
There probably won't be a PhD student that you meet who is truly confident that they are on top of things: beware of those faking it.

The PhD is probably the hardest thing you'll ever do. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.
This will stretch you emotionally to your breaking point. My advice would be to avoid negative people and those whose constant low moods wear out your resilience. You need to find ways to keep your spirits as high as possible because there will be many times when you will want to quit. Some of those times might last months and months.
Good luck.

Thread: My university has let me down

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17-Nov-16, 18:50
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I'm unsure why you think your university is at fault here to be honest.
It sounds like you have submitted your thesis and essentially been told it isn't good enough. You have then re-submitted and have been told it still isn't good enough. At that point I would have expected either a downgrade to a Masters or something or an outrght fail. Instead they have given you another chance to submit for the third time.
Have I understood that properly?
If so, I don't see what your university has done wrong here.

Did nobody write down explicitly what you had to correct in order to pass?

Thread: Advice Required! How long should you wait for your PhD result after submitting with minors?

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17-Nov-16, 18:38
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Sorry to hear this news.

Sounds like your supervisor has been trying to argue this with the examiner and nobody knows how to proceed. This is where the University should have specific guidelines on how to proceed so you know what to do now.

Thread: Help in limiting the scope of research ( M.A dissertation)

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17-Nov-16, 18:37
by pm133
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posted about 3 years ago
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Hello,
I'm working on a broad title which is about "Oral Performance". Could you please help me out to narrow down "Oral performance"? so that it won't be broad.


Why don't you tell us exactly what you have tried to do to limit the scope, show us what you came up with, how far you have come etc. and then people might be able to help you more.

Thread: Balancing Work, Studies, Family Life, and Enough Sleep

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17-Nov-16, 18:32
by pm133
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posted about 3 years ago
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This is an absolutely new idea to me. I had never looked at it from this angle. He had suggested that he can leave his job and stay home if I really insist on my studies, but I was worried about our expenses. He earns the better income for the family. I was worried about my tuition, as well, if he stayed home! Plus, I would feel guilty for exploiting him if he would do so! I don't know. This looks like a paradox to me. Where is the limit of selfishness and self-devotion?


I'm a little confused here.

In an earlier post you said "Unfortunately, my spouse is not so flexible and believes that family should be my first priority. He wasn't happy with my decision to start studying at the doctoral level."

Your post above now indicates he has suggested quitting his job for your studies.

Has he changed his mind? If so that's great.

Either way, this can only be resolved between you and your husband and if you are BOTH happy about the arrangement then that is your affair.

In my opinion there is no good reason why both you and your husband can't get something out of this. You should be able to have your studies and he can keep his job.
You will simply need to find a place where you can both have this. The 12 year old child confuses me as well. At that age it doesn't need someone to give up their job. They should be pretty independent at that age as I've said before. They can see plenty of you at night and at the weekend but this needs to be your call.

As a final point I will say this. If your husband insists that you have to sacrifice for your child then I don't see any solution for you at all with regards your studies. If either of you are insistent that a 12 year old child needs you to give up your job then there is no solution either.
In the above situation, I would say you will simply need to wait until your child reaches an age where you believe he can look after himself. You'd need to make a decision about what age that would be.
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