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Thread: problem with a co-advisor

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04-Sep-19, 10:27
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That sounds really awkward and frustrating. I haven't been in a similar position and this sounds like a difficult situation to resolve without hurting anyone's feelings. I think a polite conversation with your main supervisor might be best. or if that is too confrontational it might be better to solve the problem in little steps and gentle nudges to get her to change.

I would focus on trying to get her into the teacher role. Like say that you want to practice presentations for some upcoming conference and that you want to answer difficult questions yourself. Or that you feel that you can't include data in your thesis if you didn't do it yourself. Therefore her doing experiments is harming you or duplicating results. Also you could say that your are doing a specific methodology even though it might be wrong because you want to learn it/ improve at it. She clearly wants to help you but if you are firm about what you want to do she will support you.

Thread: Help! Do I continue my PhD?

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04-Sep-19, 10:12
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Quote From firebolt:
Thanks everyone for your replies!

I want to say that, yes I am unmotivated and maybe I will quit my PhD. I'm only scared of quitting and doing something else and finding myself in the same position there too. Hence, I'm debating if the real problem is PhD or me. I don't wish to regret losing such a good opportunity.


You don't have to make the decision immediately. You can continue your PhD and just treat it as a job, while looking for a job. I think a PhD can become all encompassing which is damaging for your health. Taking a step while exploring other options can give you some space to consider the bigger picture.

Thread: Dissertation Partner being published but not me-same data

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30-Aug-19, 20:38
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posted about 2 months ago
I agree with abababa, usually a simple conversation can solve misunderstandings like this without any drama. I know in my field (engineering) there is a tendency sometimes to avoid putting someones name on a paper unless necessary.

A third alternative to abababa, is write your own paper with the data. Suggest to your supervisor that you think it is publishable and that you want to try. I have seen 2-3 papers come out of the same project that focus on different approaches/conclusions. If your work is different enough your supervisor might like the idea of 2 papers.

Thread: Is this an advisor "red flag"?

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30-Aug-19, 20:26
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posted about 2 months ago
That sounds normal for academics. His initial enthusiasm sounds very positive as the long correspondence delays is normal. If anything the initial speed sounds like a green flag.

I am just curious if you have talked about funding. Finding funding is the most difficult part of organising a PhD and I would talk with him about your options. It may be that he is waiting on a funding decision or waiting for another round of funding to start. I think you should be worrying about this and your proposal more than correspondence speed. Though goodluck!

Thread: Should you continue with your PhD if you're not passionate about the subject?

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28-Aug-19, 22:00
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posted about 2 months ago
This is a general should I quit post. There are some very good articles on the internet that answer this question better than we ever could. Though you can always continue on your PhD while you consider your options or apply for other jobs.

To answer your question from the other thread, impostor syndrome is generally where you feel like a fraud or got to where you are by luck. It is pretty common among PhD students who become overly anxious about their work/lack of progress and doubt their sanity. I am not a medical doctor and think you should investigate this yourself.

Thread: Advice needed on full/part time masters

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28-Aug-19, 21:47
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posted about 2 months ago
Plenty of people have done degrees and masters while working part-time. I have also seen many of them succeed, so things aren't stacked against you. Like everyone you are going to have to manage your time well and you will have to prioritise certain things. The masters can be a chance to start over and your previous history will not affect you as long as you put the effort in.

Also can you not read on the train? I find I can focus on certain activities better on the bus as there are less distractions. So i think you should focus on finding something productive you can do on the train.

Thread: Am I going to achieve my goals?

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28-Aug-19, 21:37
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posted about 2 months ago
We have all made mistakes and a PhD is the perfect place to learn from them. You shouldn't doubt yourself to so much over 1 proposal, we have all been there. If you can learn from the mistakes and fix them you should be fine.

Sorry I can't help withe the associateship as don't know anything about it and I don't understand your problem. Is your supervisor stopping you or is there a time limit?

Thread: PhD and PTSD from prior experiences.

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26-Aug-19, 21:38
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Supervisors can react very differently to mental health issues. They can either be really supportive and give you the space/time needed or tell you to "man up" like they did. I think it depends partially on their own PhD experience and they mimic what they had to endure. So you really need to judge your supervisors for yourself and get a feel for how they did.

Though I do think that you should see the university therapist or equivalent and make some formal notes on the university system that you did it. That can give you some insurance for bad supervisor reactions or extensions.

Thread: Summer Thesis Submission

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23-Aug-19, 08:03
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posted about 2 months ago
At my uni it can take up to 6 months for a viva. I think a lot of it depends on how fast your external is at reviewing it and then finding a suitable date. They are the biggest factor not the time of year.

Thread: Intellectual property issues

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21-Aug-19, 10:55
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Unless you are commercializing the research I think this an authorship problem. Acknowledgement on all future papers sounds quite significant. I know authorship/acknowledgements vary depending on field but a never ending commitment is a lot, especially if you are going to compete with them. The project might be your idea but if you are not contributing anything after that.

Generally I think that you should get authorship if you contributed to the specific paper (either data collection or writing) and acknowledgement if you supported the authors for that specific paper. I would suggest authorship on any paper that uses your protocols or the first paper from the study (sort of as an acknowledgement). Authorship is a lot better than an acknowledgement and 1-2 papers sounds reasonable.

Thread: Tips on applying for post-docs in UK, potentially in slightly different field

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20-Aug-19, 17:58
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posted about 2 months ago
Have you tried networking. Like reach out to that famous professor or your old supervisor for a coffee and talk about possible job opportunities. The number of post-docs I know that got recommended for their job is kinda crazy. If you tell some connected people in your research department that you are looking for X or Y, they might be able to recommend you to someone at a conference or collaborator. It is a long shot but you might get lucky

Thread: PhD Funding for 4th Year [Lack of data during PhD]

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20-Aug-19, 17:51
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The university wants you to finish the PhD in the least amount of time possible. So I would focus on showing that you can finish (you have good data) and that you have a plan to finish by X date (people love gantt charts). If you show both of them you should get an extension.

Honestly I think it us unlikely you will get funding for a full year. As funding for a 4th year is just incredibly rare even under extreme circumstances. I don't know of anyone who has got full funding for a 4th year and some people have had worse conditions than you.

Thread: Applying for a PhD

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20-Aug-19, 17:32
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posted about 2 months ago
Choosing your own topic will be a lot harder but there are ways to find funding. Before approaching an academic; choose an area you want to work in, find a gap in literature and have a very rough methodology, ie can it actually be done. Those questions should be answered before you approach an academic. When you contact an academic you can then discuss the project and you should ask whether they would like to supervise you and possible funding sources. That is very rough but should get you started.

Or you could make a general approach to sports science lecturer about PhD opportunities and see what happens.

Thread: Help! Do I continue my PhD?

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20-Aug-19, 12:44
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posted about 2 months ago
Your progress sounds typical and I wouldn't worry. You aren't meeting YOUR expectations but we all aim to high when we first start. A PhD is 3 years for a reason and I would consider how your skills have progressed so far. Also you didn't say what your supervisor said and I think you might have imposter syndrome

I think if you enjoy the project itself you will finish. As if you enjoy the work it will compensate for the bits you enjoy less.

Thread: Master thesis " help please "

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20-Aug-19, 08:50
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posted about 2 months ago
What is your link with the company?

I also did my dissertation with a company (they were fully supportive BTW) and they signed an NDA with the university. The university didn't publish my dissertation and restricted access, in return I got to use a lot of sensitive data.
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