I am in my second year of PhD. A lot of the past 1.5 years was coursework and little research. I have been working with my current advisor for the past 5 months and have a publication in the pipeline.
However my advisor informed me that he is planning to take a year long break from academia to work in industry and plans to come back. Like most of the advisors he offered me the following choices:
- Search for a new lab
- Continue working with him; keeping in touch over email and occasional skype sessions
However he isn't yet tenured and I am skeptical that he might choose not to return to academia.
My department is a pretty small one and moving to a new lab doesn't seem feasible because I am not interested in other labs' research. In some cases the research is good, but I found the lab environment unsuitable when I rotated with these.
I would like to complete my PhD. Another option is to possibly quit with a Masters and then reapply to other graduate schools. However I have the following concerns:
If my advisor is against giving me a recommendation letter, should I still apply rather than looking for another lab in my current university?
My graduate school GPA is average and so was my undergraduate GPA, I have couple of publications since joining the graduate school. Will a low Graduate school GPA further reduces my chances of getting an admit again?
Should I mention my situation(about my GPA; quitting PhD because advisor moved) in my Statement of Purpose?