I am an undergraduate student with major aspirations to go to graduate school. I am in my final year. I am currently working on a research project with 2 supervisors (1 of them marks my work and the other just signs off on it). I have meetings with one of them every couple weeks and he always tells me "send me a message whenever you have a question, there are no restrictions". So I had a question last Thursday, yet never received a response. In addition, I have a presentation tomorrow and need his approval before printing out the presentation (it's a poster) to ensure that no private data is shown. He told me to send him my presentation on Monday so I did. However, I have not heard back from him and my presentation is tomorrow. I am not sure if this is a common situation with supervisors? I know the simple solution would be to send him a reminder. However, I really don't want to make anyone angry. I will honestly "kiss up" to anyone to get into my graduate program. So I am treading carefully. If I do send him an email, how should I phrase it?
Busy Backson Syndrome (as coined by Winnie and Hof https://universityoflies.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/what-to-do-when-your-phd-adviser-ignores-you/)- My adviser suffered from this. These people are Too Damn Busy flying around the world, giving lectures anywhere other than their home university, being on TV, and frolicking through the lavender fields of Provence and buying age-inappropriate accessories with Johnny Depp.
-You are too late. If I have presentation tomorrow, I will make sure everything is prepared and checked by my supervisor 2 weeks before.
- what now you can do since your presentation is tomorrow is:
1. Again, Write him an Email with high priority indication:
2. Meet with the department chair faculty if any available: and ask if it possible to check it with you.
3. If it all fails: print your poster and be prepared to the presentation and make sure your impress the audience