M.A. Posted November 29, 2016 Share Posted November 29, 2016 Hello. I am 2nd year of PhD student in engineering. My advisor may leave the university for her family issue. So far she did not tell us (students) anything about it. But I came to realize this during a conversation with one senior graduate student who is now taking care of the course which was initially taught by my advisors husband. He (my advisor's husband) started working at another state since last month and he left their two kids for my advisor to take care. I have very strong feeling that she is going to leave the university. The reason why I say she is going to leave are: (a) she joined the university as assistant professor almost two years ago, there are still 3 more years to get tenure. This 3 years of time is long and it is going to be very hard for her since she has to take care two kids at the same time she has to put good effort on research. (b) even if she stayed for another 3 years, I think her family would be messed up. And I believe she is not going to take this risk. (c) Another sign of her leaving from the university is that she changed her mind and refused to take another student who wanted to switch into our lab. But initially she agreed to take that student. I figured out I have 4 options: (1) find another advisor (2) go to the new university if she can find a position where her husband is working now (of course if she is willing to negotiate it with the new university for me). (3) go through whole application process again (4) switch to another campus and continue there (I don't know if this is possible) As for option (1), I have a advisor in mind but this year he recruited 3 new grad students. Not sure if he can accept me or not. In addition I found that once a student switched the lab the new advisor would look at the student with different eye as if he is giving a big favor and advisors. option (2), I don't know what her plan is. option (3), I don't want to go through new application. For one I don't want my effort I have put so far in my PhD to be evaporated, for two I am international student and the process is really complicated. option(4), I like this option but I don't know if it works and how it works. I hope she talks about her plan soon with the students. This way we can have plenty of time discuss and figure out our future. I don't know when she is going to talk about it. I have thought about breaking the ice, but at the same time I feel it is really awkward for me to ask what she is going to do next. What am I supposed to do? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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