Maybe it was when she changed your project for the sixth time in six months, though your thesis proposal deadline was rapidly approaching and you had nothing to present. Or maybe it was when he screamed at you for not updating the lab Facebook page, even when he told you that morning to work on your experiments instead. Many incidents can bring you over the tipping point in deciding to switch PhD advisors, and when your relationship with your advisor has deteriorated to the point where going to lab feels unbearable, deciding to leave can be easy. This set of guidelines — meant primarily for those leaving due to conflicts with their advisors — can help you in transitioning out of your old lab and into a new one.
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Say goodbye to unnecessary stress in graduate school and finish your thesis on time with our free guide. Names have been changed for privacy. The reason all her friends discouraged Nancy from working for Dr. Burns, was that none of the students in her lab ever got their PhDs.
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Say goodbye to unnecessary stress in graduate school and finish your thesis on time with our free guide. Sam thought that graduate school would be a piece of cake. He already had six years of industry experience and he believed that he could finish his thesis sooner than his peers who came to the program right after college. His first two years went smooth as he aced his courses, passed his qualifiers and designed a realistic project with his thesis supervisor that could be completed in 4 years.
For all the efforts in recent years to improve the doctoral experience for students, Times Higher Education still receives a steady supply of horror stories from PhD candidates. To the authors of such submissions, the system appears, at best, indifferent to them and, at worst, outright exploitative. Here, we present three such examples — all of whose writers, tellingly, feel the need to remain anonymous, given the power dynamics involved. Perhaps such tales are inevitable.