I am a finishing Masters student. My supervisor approved my thesis recently, and I am waiting for the graduate studies office to process my thesis so that I can get a letter from the university that confirms the submission of my thesis and apply for a post-graduate work permit.

In the meantime, should I still attend my supervisor's group meeting? I do not contribute to the discussions in the group meetings anyway.

I cannot bring up the topic of attending group meeting because once before, when I asked him about the logistics of the final stages of the Masters program, he got really mad at me.

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    Why would he get mad at you for asking that? It does not make any sense...
    – xuq01
    May 17, 2018 at 6:50
  • May be because I study in a theoretical subject and I'm switching fields, and I do not need his reference letter afterwards, so I don't need to carefully balance my act with him every time. Who knows!!!!
    – basal1235
    May 17, 2018 at 6:53
  • Is this at a US school, or somewhere else?
    – aeismail
    May 17, 2018 at 6:54
  • it's in canada. i'd rather not go - i don't need to; i'm just being cordial. But i'm still wanting to know what the general populace thinks of this.
    – basal1235
    May 17, 2018 at 6:55
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    If you can't discuss something like this with your supervisor you should look for a new supervisor. If you have no intention of staying in this group, why should you attend its meetings after finishing your project?
    – user9482
    May 17, 2018 at 6:56

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The general rule: go if you think it would be useful to you, though it would probably be polite to check with the supervisor first:

"Is it ok if I still come to lab meetings during my thesis-pending period [or whatever it is called in your location]? I'd be interested in keeping up with the work the group is doing."

Usually I would expect the supervisor would be glad to accommodate you. And even if you are not reporting on any work of your own, you might have useful input regarding other people's work.

In your particular situation - "he got really mad at me" - for whatever reason it does not sound as if you have a very healthy relationship with your supervisor. So it's probably in your best interests just to move on. It's hard to say how your supervisor might feel about that, but in this instance you are better off thinking of yourself rather than trying to maintain an unhealthy relationship.

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