arkel Posted January 25, 2011 Share Posted January 25, 2011 Today I met with one of my profs from undergrad, and the conversation turned to my grad applications. I mentioned that I was interviewing at School X to work with Prof. Y, and he promptly informed me that Prof Y is "crazy" (his words, not mine). Apparently Prof Y has been known to use his grad students and take credit for their work, and he mentioned 2 of his previous advisees (now successful scientists) who now do not have contact with Prof Y and actively avoid him. I really do trust this prof to have my best interests at heart, and he has been incredibly helpful in giving me advice about schools before. I wasn't really excited about School X because of its location, but I didn't want to rule it out because Prof. Y is a huge name in my planned field and I was looking forward to meeting with him. I'm a vey impressionable person... I typically assume the best of everyone, but when I hear things like this I have very strong emotional reactions... When I hear that people I admire are actually terrible to others, I immediately feel like I don't want anything to do with them anymore. I just know that if I do visit School X my interactions with Prof Y would be coloured by what I've heard...even if he is nice to me, I will think it's only on the surface. To complicate matters, another school has invited me to their recruitment weekend at the same time, and now that I've learned this about Prof. Y, this other school's weekend is looking more and more appealing (The POIs are letting me come another time, but I would prefer to come to the official weekend). My prof's comments obviously raise a huge red flag, but I just want to make sure I don't act rashly based on my strong feelings about this... Also, if I completely reject Prof. Y's invitation for an interview, do you think it will affect me later on? He is the editor of the biggest journal in the subfield... Ugh... If anyone has any thoughts on this situation, it would be much appreciated! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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