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  1. OP here - thanks everyone for your replies! @MHarry I do agree that work done in this lab does belong to the PI of the lab, but I am not sure if I agree with " Your supervisor can do whatever he/she wants to do with it, whether its giving it to a different student, or use your program (unless you patented it independently) as they wish." If that student chose to copy text word-for-word from unpublished parts of my thesis and incorporate it their own, even with my PI's permission, I'm sure that the faculty would also disagree. Just to add a little more context to my story: I am planning to pursue a PhD in the next couple of years (working full-time in my field right now) - this was work done for my master's thesis. (I am Canadian and for the particular PhD I am interested in, an MSc/MPH is required). I was actually offered a PhD position within this lab but had to turn it down for familial reasons (husband got dream job elsewhere). So having pubs is pretty important to me - I currently have 3 from my MSc (1 first author) and 1 (basic sciences) from undergrad and am trying to put together another 1st author one. So basically, I myself will be trying to pursue a PhD in the next couple of years, in the same field as this student. I do not see why I need to give this student handouts to do their PhD. The program I left in the lab is what I agreed to leave, and with some hard! work this student can adapt it to their project. I do not see why I need to provide my own personal notes on the code and how it works. It's the same with my thesis - the final version is publically available, but I am not going to hand out my rough drafts to anyone who asks. There have been similar issues in the past in this lab where my supervisor and another PhD student tried to publish a paper off of a previous students MSc thesis and leave her name off of it. Luckily, she caught wind of this and they were forced to put her on as 3rd author, though it was basically 100% her writing and work. I had a conversation with the student when I provided them with the data that I *thought* made it clear I was doing this with the intention of being included as an author - however, I am fully aware that this is not binding for him in anyway and I cannot prove it. Honestly, it's his own problem now since they will NOT be able to reproduce/explain/defend the results of those papers, as they have no idea how it was done. This could create a very awkward situation for them at their PhD defense if they are asked about that particular piece (papers are part of integrated article PhD thesis). Also to what @Need Coffee in an IV said - I am annoyed at how this student and my former supervisor are going about this. This was not the only request from the other PhD student - this was after I had sent him 2-3 emails helping them put in their request to access the data source, explaining to them methodological concerns they should consider, explaining to them where they could find my programs and what pieces they would need to alter etc. It was at this point, when they requested my code & output, that I really felt like this was more copying then collaborating. I think at this point I am going to send an email to the student that says something like "I am happy to share my code with you if you are interested in having me as a co-author on future manuscripts which include any analysis you have preformed using my code, otherwise I am not sure it would be appropriate for me to provide you with this information."
  2. Lurked on this forum a lot back when I was applying to Master's programs 2 years ago, but this is my first time posting - any advice is appreciated, just need some objective thoughts. Completed my master's back in October. As part of my thesis, I was comparing data from two populations to generate risk differences. However since these two populations had very different age structures, part of what I was doing was age-standardizing one data set to match the age distribution of the second data set. My supervisor and I knew from the outset that figuring out how to do this in a valid, statistically rigorous way was going to be one of, if not THE major challenge of my thesis. (I know this may not sound complicated but since both data sets are weighted to be nationally representative, and thus have complex, multi-stage stratified collection methods and also have differing variance structures it was - but I digress). I did a TON of research, contacted a lot of people doing similar research, and after running into a lot of dead ends finally got in touch with some researchers who were doing something similar to what I wanted. From several email conversations with them I was able to modify an existing bootstrapping program that was available with one of the datasets to create the estimates and 95% CI's I needed. To this day, I do not believe that my supervisor really understands what I did or why it took me so long to code which is FINE because it's my thesis, and I didn't expect her to hold my hand and do my work for me. After I defended, I agreed that I would place the modified program in our project drive in case she, or any of her future students wanted to repeat the project using future data. Using this program I did some analysis for a lab mate of mine who was working in a related area and felt that a comparison between these two data sets would add some weight/credibility to a paper he was producing as part of his PhD. I recently found out that he published 2 papers using the analysis that I had done as a key point in both papers. Graphs I made myself are in his papers. I was not listed as an author on either paper, or informed that they were to be published, though I am acknowledged "for assistance with data analysis". Not sure how to feel about this - I did not write a substantial amount on either paper, but I did provide the pieces in the methods section about my analysis, and offered limitations on my method (also in the paper) and would have been happy to contribute more. Honestly, I am annoyed but am willing to let it go since it will stir up bad feelings with my former lab mate who is, in general, pretty nice. This is getting long and I apologize, but the back story is important. Now, I get an email from ANOTHER PhD student in the lab asking if he could have my analysis output. Since this a totally different project then what I did (not the one I had agreed to sharing my code/analysis for) I replied that the program is located in the shared drive - it is the publicly available version with a few modifications. NOPE - then he needs MY ENTIRE code that I used for my thesis (cleaning, organizing data, etc.) since he isn't familiar with coding and the two datasets and all of their intricacies and (I quote) "This objective is my first objective and I have two more objectives; this one is the easiest one". Further conversation with him only revealed he hasn't done the slightest bit of research into this part of his theses (didn't even know how to access the data sets). At this point I do not want to send him what I have done so that another lab student can piggyback off of my hard work. What do I do? I'm sure he will tell my former supervisor if I don't help him and I don't want to burn any bridges. TL;DR - feel like my work has/is being copied (plagiarized?) by another student in the lab for his PhD thesis
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