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  1. So, what about when your advisor presents some of your findings as part of their research without listing you as co-author? We (grad students) didn't *write* the conference proposal or help with assembling the presentation, but some of the findings presented were our findings (verbatim), and a result of months of our coding which our advisor had almost no hand in. I don't need another conference presentation on my cv so I don't really mind being left off for that reason, and I don't think there's any way I'll say anything, but I'm trying to figure out if my feelings (of broken trust) are valid. As PI, they'll certainly be a co-author on the final paper, but it's weird that *we* weren't listed as co-authors on the presentation, right?
  2. I wonder if there's a way to say something like, "although I would love to have your expertise, I've been advised not to have more than 4 members on my committee because it can be hard to reach consensus with larger committees. I hope you know that I value your mentoring thus far, and would still be honored to talk with you about my work should you have the time, but I do not want to obligate you to be a superfluous committee member."
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    Doing Army reserve while in a funded PhD program

    My program has a "no other commitments" policy and judging from their reaction when I floated the idea of taking a part-time job, this would be heavily frowned upon. Definitely check with your graduate school, but also keep in mind that your advisor may have strong objections even if there's no written rule.
  4. Yeah I can see reasons why in-person is better (e.g., you can capture interactional details in person, such as facial expression & gesture that may be relevant to your analysis). Plus, sometimes people just respond better to an in-person interview. However, I've conducted many phone interviews due to distance of participants, and though it may sometimes be more prone to false-starts and overlapping speech, in my experience it hasn't been bad enough to ban that sort of data collection.
  5. Despite my work, I ended up having to take out additional loans, and I'm still paying them off. I'm not sure whether I'd do it again tbh. I think the advice to go 3/4 or 1/2 time and just take longer may be good advice. I also ate a lot of lentil soup. You can add various on-sale veggies and stuff to it and change it up flavor-wise.
  6. I worked full time during my (also full-time) master's program, but I was alone in a new city in a long-distance relationship, so I wasn't worried about offending friends and family by only concentrating on school for a short time. I wouldn't say "it really isn't that difficult" as BTF seems to think, but it wasn't impossible (for me).
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    Why do you think you're admitted?

    I think I had done a lot with the resources that I had. Even though I went to a tiny almost open-admissions undergrad, as a first-gen college student I accomplished a lot *for my background/opportunities.*
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    Best Professional Handbag?

    For a shoulder bag, I really love my longchamp. It's sturdy and roomy. But backpacks are certainly better on the neck/back.
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    Interview thank you emails

    I would definitely advise it. It could help, but won't hurt. I know people who place a surprising premium on that sort of thing.
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    Sigma Xi

    They do have an annual grad student conference and some funding for small projects. I haven't taken advantage of those but that may help sway you. I suppose if networking is worth the dues, it's something to consider. Reddit has a few more enlightening threads.
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    Sigma Xi

    I was wondering this too. I googled it, and found a forum somewhere on which people seemed to think it was an honor worth taking (sorry i can't be more specific; this was a while ago), so I joined. I've seen it on a few people's CVs.
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    Is what I'm doing par for the course for RA-ships?

    In my field, that kind of work would warrant you co-authorship with most the professors that I've worked with. I have done similar work without getting co-authorship even after it had been promised, but that was a special circumstance where they wanted to be able to make a unified positionality statement. I would ask about it, probably saying something like, "I was just wondering if there might be any opportunities for co-authorship through this work." I wouldn't say "I think I should get co-authorship for this work" because your field may have very different expectations.
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    Advice for a first year PhD student

    Yes--it's good that you already have this strategy. I take notes using Mendeley. I don't know if i have the best strategy, but generally i note things like "what is the problem that this research is trying to solve" as well as methodological or content notes i'll need to come back to. I try to summarize purpose/methods/findings in a few sentences if the abstract doesn't quite do it for me, so that when i'm looking later i don't have to re-skim.
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    Computers for Students

    ah, yeah, I'm not an engineer; I'm in the social sciences.
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    Computers for Students

    I switched from an asus to a macbook when I started grad school and I will never go back to PC. The simplicity and shortcuts have saved me SO MUCH time (though I admit it may be possible I was unaware of ways to create shortcuts and save time on the windows interface). The other thing is my macbook is still going strong after years of abuse, whereas I had been buying a new laptop every 2 years before this.
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