mdaze Posted September 21, 2015 Share Posted September 21, 2015 Hello!I am currently in a Top 15 PhD program finishing up my MA degree.I have developed research interests that are outside of my department's sub-fields and would like to apply to a few different programs this fall. I was initially going to go to my chair and be honest about going elsewhere. However, another student has warned me that he will likely react badly to my decision to leave the program. I have a prestigious fellowship that makes me attractive to other schools, but also means that my current department will be angry if I leave.I am not wanting to leave due to personal issues with any of the faculty. My interests have shifted substantially and after a series of meetings with professors I've realized that I need to seek mentorship in a different program.So here's my conundrum: I need at least 1 recommendation letter from my current program. However, I'm afraid that if I go to my chair he will "black list" me for the remainder of my 2nd year. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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