cardamoma Posted March 18, 2022 Share Posted March 18, 2022 (edited) I'm in a STEM field and I'm struggling with my decision between two schools. At one, the PI I would be working with is really great but the rest is just ok. Not very excited about the facilities or the lab culture. At the other, there have been multiple red flags regarding the PI. They are a great person, but as an advisor they seem disorganized and unreliable, which would drive me nuts. Their students indicated there have been many broken promises and significant mistakes on the part on the PI, and communication is pretty bad. The PI also told me they have had several students quit in the past, taking very little responsibility for the fact. These are just a couple concerning elements but there were more. *However*, that program has an awesome department, great facilities, and a geographic location that fits my lifestyle really well. Plus, the other grad students in the lab I would be in are awesome. How can I weigh these two options? Funding is pretty similar between the two, maybe slightly better at the first school because there are more internal grants and fellowships I could apply for in future years. This is for a PhD, so I feel pressure to make a good choice as it is a long haul. Edited March 18, 2022 by cardamoma Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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