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Thread: Supervisor publishing my data?

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28-Feb-19, 09:45
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I may be talking rubbish here. But can your supervisor write a paper on the preliminary results (with fopcus on policy) and you also write a paper on the full analysis. Ie you both get a first name paper out. Just an idea on how to keep everyone happy.

Thread: I Am Struggling and Don't Know What To Do

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27-Feb-19, 22:30
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I don't want to be harsh but you need to make the decision on whether you want the PhD or not. Your attitude sounds like you have already given up. You can complain about the process and lack of support but if you actually want a PhD you will probably have to redo the confirmation. I would not hold much hope in the review unless you have the full support of your supervisors. So I would make the decision.

I would highly recommend you accepting at least some of what they said, they are professors and you are a PhD student, they know a lot more. Fighting them probably won't work but accepting what they said and saying you will work hard to address their comments probably will work. Take it as a learning experience and try not to take the criticism personally, they were critiquing your work not you. You can always make them eat their words and get your PhD.

I would also talk with your supervisors. What are their opinions? Do they think it was a joke, you should do the corrections or take the Masters? Seriously they are your best point of contact and you may feel betrayed but in any situation you need some support. You would impress them if you go in and say "This is how I am going to solve the corrections" and I need to work harder/smarter. Be the bigger person, be positive and just win them over instead of critsicing. All hope isn't lost.

That being said a Masters might be an option if you have enough work for it and just simply write up. If you are done with academia this is an option out. A PhD is harsh on your mental health and it could get a lot worse.

PS: This is just one opinion and I don't full details

Thread: Degree title change?

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27-Feb-19, 17:08
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I am in a department that has nothing to do with my undergrad or my project. I am at best vaguely connected to this department, but will always say I did my PhD in the project area. A PhD is a PhD and he can always say he got in the project area instead of the department.

Thread: Supervisor publishing my data?

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27-Feb-19, 17:05
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Your data can be in both your thesis and the paper. In my department at least, it is acceptable to put results in a thesis from a 3rd/4th name paper as long as you did the specific work. So publishing it specifically won't hurt you. But does his policy position directly contradict your interpretation?

Thread: New Offer, and I am afraid ! How to Get rid of the ghost of Bad experience as a PhD student

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27-Feb-19, 17:01
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I am so happy for you!!!! You did it and got an offer after all that hard work and despair.

When leaving a place, it is better to be up front and honest about leaving. They would prefer you to tell them and serve your notice that you to take a holiday and never come back. I would offer to do 2-4 weeks of notice to hand over your work and then go. Trying to cling onto an old job as back up never ends well.

Thread: MRes info?? Thanks

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26-Feb-19, 22:04
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Hi estherowl, this is the place to ask questions like this. I am not sure what you are asking. Are asking about an MRes or should you do one?

MRes's can vary a lot and I would recommend you to do a lot of research into the individual courses. They can be a great stepping stone to a PhD or a waste of time. They can fill in gaps in your skill set and improve your chances of getting a PhD but there is no guarantee. If you had offers for both take the PhD in a heartbeat.

My other question is, are you committed to the project or do you mind doing something else? Because generally funding is won by the supervisor for a specific project. You can apply for your own funding for your idea but that is difficult (usually ). If you are flexible with PhD project it would be easier to get funding and you could better determine your knowledge/skills.

I hope that answered some questions

Thread: Chances of getting into PhD program at Unimelb

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26-Feb-19, 21:47
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Not from the Australia (UK) but I can give some general advice.

1. You have good grades at undergrad and masters, research experience and a publication which is an great CV for PhD applications. You would have an amazing chance in the UK
2. They want see someone who has the desire to finish a PhD and the ability to actually do it.
3. From enquiry to interview many months (it varies) after an interview it can be 1-2 months but they usually decide fast.

I hope someone from Unimelb replies but goodluck with your applications

Thread: 'Anonymous' peer reviewer just emailed me about my article...

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26-Feb-19, 18:21
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Retired professors can be a bit 'eccentric'. I wouldn't take it personally as it sounds like he means well. You have met him before and he must like you to reply. It might be he just wants to help as best he can to meet his high standards. Being rejected is gut wrenching but this guy is actually giving you significant feedback which is amazing.

Thread: How did you get your motivational flow?

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25-Feb-19, 15:59
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If you work out the magic formula please share. I will pay a handsome sum for it.

Seriously. This a problem a lot of PhD students face and never compare yourself with others.You sound like you have the beginnings of impostor syndrome which is quite common among PhD students. The trick is to talk with your supervisor and set realistic goals. If you can't meet them ask for help meeting them or work out how to improve. The only way to get going is to put one foot in front of the other and just start.

Thread: Job or PhD after Masters...

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25-Feb-19, 15:54
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I always say, do a PhD if you think you can spend 3 years working on that project. You could love being a PhD student and be amazing at research but hate the project. If you love the project you can do the crazy hours for awful pay without breaking a sweat - which makes things easier in the long run. A PhD is rarely a good investment but something you chose to do.

So I wouldn't rule either out, but look at the compare the contents of the job with the contents of the PhD.

Thread: Theories and background research

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25-Feb-19, 15:47
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I agree with pm133, read as much as possible without stressing yourself. You are not expected to know everything but knowing the basics would be a great help. I would also encourage you to read broadly and go over the stuff early in your undergrad. Having a firm foundation before you start is good way to go forward with your PhD. A few months into my PhD, I realized I had to relearn an entire topic from my undergrad because my memory of it wasn't good enough (even though I got 82% on that module), which was a drag.

Blog: Are PhDs meant to be this stressful?

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23-Feb-19, 21:34
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I agree, the admin, bureaucracy and constant pressure is not worth an academic research career. But I haven't ruled out a post-doc or two. I don't mind people working for people and happy to move. I just have this feeling that my research could lead to something and I want to follow it this avenue as far as I can. I am fortunate that I have moved my work towards proving a concept that could be widely applicable. In a way the research could be bolted on to a lot of larger projects. Which is why I thought I had a chance of getting a lecturer job one day, but it is not for me.

I am listening to my own advice and am booking both a long weekend and a holiday in the sun. I am going to treat the PhD as a 9-5 job for a few months and see what happens. Worst case I still have no motivation but should have enough data for a thesis.

Thread: Advice on quitting Masters

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23-Feb-19, 21:29
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Someone in my office got a 3 month extension on her thesis due to dyslexia. So if you think you have, get a test and say something, departments understand. In exams you will get extra time and you can always game dyslexia exams by purposefully fail them. I had a friend in undergrad who did that and ended up with 100% extra time because he did a uni dyslexia exam hungover.

I am having a similar problem with anxiety and lack of motivation. And the fear of failure is hard to get past but the best way to get past it, is just do it. You haven't said anything that says you aren't able to do it under than slow reading. You have the skills to succeed and if you get started it will be fine. I would suggest making a manageable to do list. Break everything up into 15min tasks and you will see some reward for the work, hopefully increasing your serotonin levels.

Thread: Help- dealing with supervisor issues in final year

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23-Feb-19, 21:21
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You need to talk with your supervisor, not listen to her. It is in her interest for you to finish and it looks bad on her if you change supervisor. You can try and leverage that by making sure to compare her feedback to the other academics. I have a colleague who has a difficult supervisor but has 3 other supervisors and uses them to leverage her main supervisor. But again you can give her drafts (draft deadlines is a good idea BTW) and disagree with her comments. You are independent anyway, don't give her any power.

Thread: Going to the nowhere Help

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22-Feb-19, 20:16
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Don't let them win. You said it yourself, you have had a lot bad luck but that doesn't mean the bad luck will continue. You are admitting that you need help, which is the first step. Have you told anyone else? Don't let this bottle up inside you and please talk with someone. We can all understand why you are hurting, it must be so hard, we will listen and give as much help as possible. So please talk with someone.

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