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Thread: Needed Suggestions for Research assistance

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17-Jan-19, 14:34
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People on this forum usually recommend waiting a month between emails. After 2 months it should be okay to email another supervisor in the same university.

Thread: Formal Complaint?

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15-Jan-19, 21:17
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I have to agree with pm133. Most PhDs go without major problems but the ones that fail get reported far more than the good ones, plus we only hear one side of the story here.

Recently I found out that my undergraduate supervisor is under formal investigation for harassment (not sexually). I knew the guy quite well and he could be a jerk but he was fair (in my opinion). He would help you if you could show you tried it yourself and he would expect you to try to fix your own problems before asking him. However there is a Master's by research student who is accusing him of harassment and not supervising them correctly, despite him repeatedly giving them advice on how to fix their equipment. The supervisor allegedly pressured them to do too much work and was too demanding but also expected the supervisor to help with every one of their problems [source is a PhD student in the supervisors lab who I went to uni with].

I am trying not to victim blame or cast judgement but I want to just say that there are 2 sides to every story. @monkia, if you are to do your idea of naming bad supervisors, please let them either defend themselves or make the accusers use real names. As we don't want to lose genuinely good supervisors over what really is a personality clash.

Thread: Needed Suggestions for Research assistance

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15-Jan-19, 16:50
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Emailing is the right way to go about contacting supervisors and they can be slow to reply. Though not all lecturers are looking for PhD students, even if self-funded. I would contact a few lecturers at various universities and see who is interested.

Thread: Any advice on first year progression/transfer report

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14-Jan-19, 20:15
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Are there any other PhD students at your university who you can ask? Because the system varies from place to place and they will give you far more relevant advice.

Though, at my university they want to see progress and if you can say you are progressing you are fine. Have a solid literature review, methodology, initial data (if you have it) and a clear plan to finish on time. In the viva they will challenge and try to defend it as best you can but remember it is practise for the real thing.

Thread: need help in choosing a phd

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14-Jan-19, 20:06
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Hi trys,

Yeah this is the right forum for you. So, you you know the tools and area you want to work in but want advice on what exactly to do? My honest answer is to look for funded PhD's with an open mind and see what interests you. Places like findaphd.com have a lot of PhDs on offer and can give you inspiration as well as putting you in contact with supervisors. I found my PhD scanning through there and I just saw a project that I loved.

You can still write your own PhD proposal but that would require you getting funding from somewhere, which is doable but not fun.

Goodluck!

Thread: What happens if I fail an exam for MSc taught module?

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13-Jan-19, 17:34
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Take the test.

It probably won't be as bad as you think and you will get an alright mark. You can't be amazing at everything and just accept that this module is not your best. So just focus on passing on this one before worrying about a resit.

Thread: Bullying technician

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13-Jan-19, 17:29
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If he has been kicked off 2 PhDs for the same thing, there is something wrong with management or they lack damning proof. pm133 is right, talk with other students if there is any evidence or collaborating stories and record them. You could make a long list of incidents that make it an unsafe work environment and that you want PhD students working in an area away from him.

Though if it is bad as you say it is with him getting away after repeated complaints, go through a different reporting structure. Maybe make your complaints directly to head of department or head of research, they will be less likely to know him and should be more fair.

Thread: 2 years PhD transfer report

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12-Jan-19, 16:57
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What country are you in? UK or USA?

I know people who didn't get results to their last 6 months of their PhD. It is far from ideal but things like this happen especially if you are doing a new method. For your transport report, clearly elaborate on your problems and how you are progressing. It is a progress report, so saying that you how have finally started getting results and that you will be able to get all of the data in your third year, is fine. Show you have a plan to finish on time and make them believe in your ability and it will be ok.

Thread: How to Write Research Paper: A 5 Step Guide

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10-Jan-19, 15:32
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Never clicked on the link, so didn't realise it was a paper mill. My fault!

Thread: How to Write Research Paper: A 5 Step Guide

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10-Jan-19, 12:15
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Can I just say this is a nice succinct post that is very useful. Thankyou!

Thread: New Here - 2nd year Phd Student - Advice needed please!

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10-Jan-19, 12:03
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I am a big fan of getting data. It is hard to write a thesis without data and your second year is when you should start collecting it. Your first idea does sound interesting but if you can't get data, is it worth pursuing? You seem to be there yourself and there is no shame is slightly changing direction. I am doing it myself due to experimental difficulties but I am now getting publishable. You are still early in your PhD, and a quick change of direction should be possible.

I know changing research focus can be disheartening and it is easy to lose motivation. You probably have worked hard on the first problem and feel like a failure for not being able to do it. But that is research. You have thoroughly worked on a problem for a year and found it isn't possible, that happens to everyone. Everyone has set-backs and it is part of life, though what counts is how you pick yourself up from them. Because to be honest you still have 2 years to do amazing research and the only thing stopping you is yourself.

Thread: University Applications for PhD Study

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08-Jan-19, 19:08
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Yes. A lot of people apply for multiple PhDs, similar to how you apply for multiple jobs. You may get offers for both or none, so increasing your odds is okay.

Thread: publishing in academic press

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08-Jan-19, 19:05
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Quote From DocInsanity:
but other fields (cough*** Humanities) no one ever publishes during the PhD. Have a look round your colleagues and see if publishing is necessary (though it is always desirable)

Rubbish! My PhD is in the humanities, and I published during my PhD.


I must apologise for my broad tone and should not have made such a generalisation. However I stick to the point that some fields have far lower expectations of published work than others. It is not to say they are any less valuable but that fields have different opinions on what is a significant contribution.

Thread: PhD application | Need help!

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08-Jan-19, 09:15
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I don't think you will have much of a problem if you have already secured a scholarship and a supervisor. Check on your offer if they have a minimum GPA, if not just submit both scores. They must see potential if they have offered you a PhD in the first place.

Thread: Terminally ill parent during PhD

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07-Jan-19, 11:44
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Make sure you talk to someone about all this. Be it a friend, therapist,, university counselor, times like this can be very stressful and you shouldn't go through it alone.

I would take a leave of absence. Your final months with your Mum is precious and you can always come to your PhD. All universities will give you an extended leave of absence in your circumstances which will not affect you work too much. This is a legitimate reason to take a break, don't be too hard on yourself and other academics will be very supportive.

I am sorry to hear you are going through this and I wish you and your Mum all the best.
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