Hope.for.the.best Posted October 28, 2017 Share Posted October 28, 2017 As you may aware, I am finishing off the last bits of my PhD dissertation. In my school, there is an independent panel of academics who keep track on how I am going with my PhD. They meet me and my advisors regularly to make sure there are no issues, and that I can submit my dissertation on time. I will not need to meet them once I submit my dissertation. At our last meeting, they were all delighted to hear that I generated very exciting data in my PhD, and they believed that I would not need to meet them anymore. At that time, we aimed at getting everything done by August. However, without going into a lot of details, two big drama occurred between me and my advisors, which somehow delayed the writing. They wished me to complete a manuscript before doing the dissertation, but my weakness in writing finally got them to change their mind, so I totally focused on my dissertation. I should be finishing by this year, but that would mean I have to attend another academic meeting in November. The admin was meant to schedule it by the end of this month, but at the time I planned to submit on the date she indicated, so she did not schedule any meetings. She indicated two potential dates in November, but asked me to get back to her if I submitted or not so she could organise. Well, I really wish to avoid the meeting at all costs. Last year, one of my PhD friends got into trouble with that panel because she fell behind her PhD. She could not submit as planned because her advisor thought she needed more work. The panel interviewed her and her advisor separately for more than one hour. She was crying when she left the meeting room. She finally submitted in July this year though. I start to worry that I will have the same fate as her at the meeting. The panel have always been nice and friendly to me. They themselves are advisors of other PhD students, so they should understand things do not always go as planned. Unfortunately, they will need to explore why I will submit by the year end when I could make it by August. My strategy will be not to keep in touch with the admin, in the hope that she forgets me. I can easily apologise for my "forgetfulness" if she finds out. However, it is possible that she will find out shortly. My advisors kindly extend my financial support till the end of the year and I need to turn in a form to that admin. Unfortunately, she is the only admin in my school, and she will know that I am not done yet when she sees the form. I am trying not to turn in the form until it's late November, so she cannot organise any meetings. However, that got my parents upset. They don't see why I would delay getting the money that I deserve only to avoid a meeting. They don't understand that I may have a difficult time if I need to attend that meeting, and I will get myself too anxious. Anyway, one of the panel members is very nice but interviews students aggressively, like "How many % have you done for the first chapter? How many for the second, third etc. How long will it take for you to finish chapter 1, chapter 2 etc.?" I know by then I will finish the whole dissertation, just awaiting some final looks by my advisors, so he should not question me like that if I tell him upfront that I finish 100% (hopefully). I know "unforeseeable circumstances" is the term to explain for the delay. However, what else should I say if they decide to explore why my submission is delayed by that much? The meeting will be recorded, so I cannot tell them my troubles with advisors. It is just pointless to bring up issues that have been resolved, plus my advisors will be angry. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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