dolcevita Posted February 6, 2017 Share Posted February 6, 2017 I had a paper accepted at a conference, to which - against my better judgement - I accepted. I was reluctant to accept, because at the time of applying, I was still collecting data, and figured I would manage to collect enough (I know, #1 mistake)...and as it turns out, I wasn't able to collect as much as I had hoped. Because it's a grad student conference, a number of people told me it wasn't a big deal, and I could just present my paper as a pilot study (which it was)/work-in-progress. When I mentioned this all to my adviser the other day, he seemed extremely concerned that I would essentially be ripped apart for the lack of participants in my study, and presenting a weak study would be bad for my rep. At the moment, he wants me to put together my presentation and show it to him so he can give additional feedback, but now I'm so tense and anxious about (a) getting his incredulous disapproval for the first time and (b) being publicly cut down and embarrassed at this upcoming conference, that I wish I could cancel. It's in a couple of weeks though, so that seems out of the question. Any suggestions on how I should fix this? My adviser said to focus on qualitative since I don't have much to go off of re: quantitative, and for my part, all I can think of doing is acknowledging the shortcomings of my study but focus on the results that I do have. Or do you think I'm overreacting, and an incomplete study/a study that didn't go as planned isn't grounds for tarring and feathering a conference participant? :-/ Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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