My advisor became an assistant professor nearly two years ago. I worked with him for one year but did not publish a paper, and he thinks my progress is too slow. He asked if I want him to assign a new PhD student on this project. After that, he completely ignored me and stopped funding me. I also find our research interests are not a good match. The project he gave me requires something new to him and me, and I think that’s a hard problem which needs more time.

What should I do? I want to change advisor and don’t want him hate me. Should I go to his office directly to talk with him, because he did not reply me after I send him several emails. I am just afraid the bad relationship will influence my reputation in department.

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    "He asked if I want him to assign a new Phd student on this project. After that, he completely ignores me and stop funding me." What was your answer to his question?
    – user83038
    Jan 26 '18 at 17:37
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    he completely ignores me and stop funding me -- Can you clarify whether your advisor has "fired" you from his research group?
    – Mad Jack
    Jan 26 '18 at 17:37
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    This sounds like a passive-aggressive drop and it's not working out so well anyway for either of you. Go to the grad director and find a new advisor. Jan 26 '18 at 20:38
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    1. He did not say that 'you are fired or I don't want to work with you' but based on his reactions to me, I think he did not want to work with me. Jan 27 '18 at 16:12
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    2. When he asked me the question, I explained to him something unexpected happened to me so that I cannot focus on research and he did not seem to understand me. 3. My department provides me a full TA position so that I am good for the time being. Jan 27 '18 at 16:20

If your advisor has stopped funding you, it has already affected your position in the department.

You should consult with the graduate chair of your department and see what your options are. I’d like to say that there are solutions, but this is unfortunately very much a function of who has funding and is doing a project in an area you’re interested in pursuing. You may need to apply elsewhere, if you can’t find a solution at your school.

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    How is it possible for an advisor to pull off funding from a student mid-candidature without reviews and institutional agreement?
    – o4tlulz
    Jan 27 '18 at 0:13
  • I get a full TA job position so now I am good. I think the funding simply depends on students performance, and he think I did not perform well so he stop funding me. Jan 27 '18 at 16:24

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