This one, from an anonymous student, stood out. There are a lot of bad PhD stories out there.
By Adam Ruben Jun. Practically every time I speak at a graduate school, I hear stories about negligent, careless, or abusive advisers. Yes, grad students like to complain about their advisers because grad students like to complain, but I think these stories serve a positive purpose: Also, I should really get around to figuring out his or her gender so that I can use more specific pronouns.
Then there were the rarer but more severe cases of advisers having inappropriate relationships with students, including one who directed both money and awards to an undergraduate who shared his bed.
If you think you have it bad—well, you may be right. Stealing Credit for Your Work. Luckily, you can thwart a credit-stealing adviser by ensuring that your data are vague, your conclusions are questionable, and your ideas are all about wristwatches for animals.
To make sure your adviser notices you, take action.
Paying Too Much Attention to You. As any grad student, philanderer, or North Korean nuclear program officer will attest, close monitoring is not always welcome. You choose your lab for a variety of reasons, some of which are geographic.
It feels wrong attributing absolute power to your adviser—but your adviser has absolute power. And by the way, I made sure your tenure review committee knows all about the black sable ferrets!
I also like this story because it has poop in it. My thesis adviser asked me to send him a certain amount of data by the end of the week so that he could present it in a seminar.
During those 3 days, a sewage pipe broke in my house, and my basement bedroom flooded with human waste, which—hooray grad school—I slept in.
Finally, after 63 hours of data gathering, exhausted and more than a little behind the times on hygiene, I sent him the data. I told this story at a AAAS the publisher of Science Careers storytelling workshop recently, and afterward a man responded in an unexpected way.
The man in the audience told me he had shared the miseries of most grad students, but when he became a principal investigator, suddenly the tables were turned.
He started to notice grad students trying to pull the same crap he had pulled, and he was horrified, not only by memories of his own behavior but by the knowledge of the rocky road ahead.
While he fretted about applying for grants to fund his new lab, his grad students behaved like a bunch of goofballs.
Bad-adviser horror stories are easy to come by, if for no other reason than because they perpetuate the archetype of the undeserving blusterer hogging and abusing power. But one could just as easily fill a column with bad-student horror stories: Send me your stories. I promise not to steal the credit for them.The Top 5 Traits of the Worst Advisors.
5. Steals your work. I have suffered through a bad advisor in the past, and am now dealing with another not-so-great advisor. without writing a thesis due to only encountering mean advisors in their field to wasting a whole year writing a thesis that the advisor published to steal the students.
Bad dissertation advisors — the most common problem among my dissertation coaching clients and among my readers. Here is an analysis of why that is and what you can do about it. Dorothy: you’re a very bad man! Thesis adviser horror stories. My thesis adviser asked me to send him a certain amount of data by the end of the week so that he could present it in a seminar.
Thesis adviser horror stories. My thesis adviser asked me to send him a certain amount of data by the end of the week so that he could present it in a seminar. Bad Advisors. Follow Science. by Barbara von Diether, MEd, EdD There are bad advisors in every institution of higher education in every part of the. Page 2 of 4 Bad & Better Thesis Statements (con’t) 3. The uncontestable thesis. A thesis must be arguable. And in order for it to be arguable, it must present a view that.
Follow Science. The bad advisors get the same number of students as everyone else, and they can hide in the numbers. Before making a choice students should go to the library and find the last two or three theses or dissertations a prospective advisor has chaired and look at the format, the depth of the statistical analysis, the length of the review of.
5 Shortcuts to Finish Your Thesis 12 Months Sooner; 3 Academic Advisors Who Will Ruin Your PhD Career. They chose to stay in academia despite how bad things are now and they will do whatever it takes to justify . Who Cares About Bad Advisors? It is the advisor that can make or break your graduate experience.
The advisor is the person who will help you develop as a scholar or professional in your chosen field.