zzyzzx_library Posted March 25, 2014 Share Posted March 25, 2014 Hi all, I'm in dire need for some advice and I would really appreciate if y'all could help me out! Here's the good news about my situation: I got into one of my top choices for graduate school (Master's degree - though I want to continue into a PhD) and it's a leader in the field that I hope to go into. A professor whose career is taking off and whose research interests really closely align with mine offered me a funded position in his lab on a project that sounds perfect for me. And now the bad news: he's leaving the institution I applied to for another one this summer and wants me to go with him in a year if I join the lab. I can take classes at Institution 1 for a year but then I have to pack up and move to Institution 2 and take online courses from Institution 1 for the rest of my Master's credits. I also happen to LOVE the area that Institution 1 is in - a major factor for why I wanted to apply in the first place - and I cringe every time I think about the location/vibe of Institution 2. Not to mention, Institution 1 has a much stronger program overall (read: higher ranked and better known) than Institution 2. I intend to continue on with a PhD degree and I think I can manage to get Institution 1 on my diploma for the Master's and PhD degrees, but I'll still miss out on the excellent faculty, students, and research environment of Institution 1 for much of the time. The PI is offering me about 50% more funding than I had received prior from Institution 1 directly, so money is a minor minor consideration in all of this. This guy seems pretty intense, but in a good way, and in a few short weeks he has already proposed a research project for me, figured out logistics for my inter-instutition situation, and put me in contact with a former and current student (both of whom enjoyed their experience and attest to his productivity). But tell me this: is it crazy to leave an institution and academic program that I am pretty psyched about to follow a professor that I have, as of now, not met in person and have not worked with yet? He is publishing loads, getting awards and recognition from federal funding sources and professional societies, AND working on a topic that I hope to work on, but is being his student and benefiting from the light of his career and connections worth it to move to random part of the country to a less-strong institution? I don't think I've ever heard of anyone considering this kind of a deal before, so I'm at a loss for what to do. Thanks for reading and any thoughts are appreciated! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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