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Questions tagged [quitting]

Questions about leaving an academic position.

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Mature Textile Student [on hold]

I was advised by Admissions to apply for Post Graduate degree in Textile Design. I can't keep up with required computer skills necessary. I am dyslexic and take ADD meds. Was told dyslexia was an ...
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Dealing with poor management, lack of supervision, and the desire to move into a different field

I am halfway through the 4th year of my PhD and I have grown to find that I dislike the direction of my dissertation and the project that I am working on. My supervisor is extremely absent as he is ...
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Is it okay to join a self-funded PhD Program with possibility/intention of leaving in future for funded position

I have done my masters a couple of years ago and now I want to do my PhD. I have been trying to get funded positions but no success yet. Without wasting my time, I am thinking about joining PhD ...
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How to still get something out of my masters degree - overwhelmed in lab, coursework not helpful

I am halfway through my 2 years masters now. I am doing my masters abroad in Asia and slipped into a bit of an unfortunate situation. I originally studied general science as an undergrad and during ...
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Just started a postdoc, but it went REALLY bad, REALLY fast. Stay or go?

I just started my 2-yr postdoc, but things have gone sour really fast. So, I really need some career advice as to what to do. Over several months, I did the interviews with the supervisor and the lab ...
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Is it possible to get second master while I already have one?

I am in a difficult situation and I am looking for some guidance. I have done my research and I have come to the conclusion that it is best for my mental health to take master and leave. Unfortunately,...
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How can I quit an internship before the agreed upon end date without burning bridges?

I'm a recent college graduate, and I'm currently four months into a research internship. My original plan was to take a year off before applying to graduate school (in physics) and use this internship ...
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I feel like I'm in a wrong place, should I quit my PhD?

I started a PhD program recently. I never had any doubts about the fact that I want to do a PhD and I still don't doubt it for a moment. I love working in the area of my interest, but it seems like ...
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What to do when you hear many bad stories about your supervisor on the first day of your PhD?

Today was the first day of my PhD. It's a very prestigious institution and I was extremely excited to start. However, it seems there is a general feeling of discontentment with people in the group and ...
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How to professionally inform of my intention to quit my masters

After long thought, I have decided to quit my master's program. I fully understand the shame and failure that this is. What is the professional way to leave, I do not wish to waste anyone's time but ...
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Just started PhD, feel lost and abandoned

I started my PhD some months ago. My advisor was also my Master's advisor. He was impressed by my skills and passion so I enrolled in a PhD program with him. What happened is that my topic changed ...
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Medical doctor who tried science now wants to quit Phd and science altogether. How to explain to supervisor?

I am a medical doctor, but decided to go into a graduate program because I wanted to contribute to progress of humanity with new knowledge ( I know, very romantic). I got accepted into a graduate ...
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When to look for a new PhD position?

TL; DR: Should I re-apply for another PhD program? What could I do instead? Since April, I am a PhD student in mathematics after having finished my master's studies last year. Although I spent most ...
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PhD dropping out and funding reimbursement

What happens if one has a PhD scholarship and drops out in the second year of the PhD program? Should he pay back the money that he got in his first doctoral year?
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How to get lab resources back from a post-doc who resigned while on vacation and not coming back?

I am posting this on behalf of my advisor. A post-doc in my research group at US told that he'd be going home to meet his family who are in a different country, but after two months he emails that he ...
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Depressed PhD student in USA, wanting to quit

I am an international PhD student in Industrial Engineering at one of the average university. I have completed one year of my study. I already have an MBA from India. So it made sense to do PhD as I ...
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Leaving a postdoc after 3 months (for another)

I accepted a postdoc position after a short interview by Skype and I haven't had the chance to get to know the people and the city. Anyway, my PI helped me to get my visa (EU - researcher) issued and, ...
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Students leaving a new lab - have I made a wrong choice?

I've been accepted to a relatively prestigious neuroscience PhD program abroad and will be joining a new lab (2.5 y/o) in a few months. I've been in contact with a possible PI a few months before ...
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Should I let my former undergraduate advisor know that my PhD advisor was abusive?

18 months into my PhD (after I had passed my quals), my advisor became so emotionally abusive and bullying that I had to take a semester off (I was already dealing with diagnosed depression). While I ...
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Resigning from tenure-track position after sabbatical for industry — how little research can I do before I leave?

I'm on tenure-track and going to go on sabbatical in the fall for one semester. When I return from my sabbatical, I plan on giving a year's notice and switching to teaching part-time while I take over ...
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Should I give a symbolic “thank you, and goodbye” gift to an abusive supervisor?

Within one week I shall leave my present institution, where I felt severely mistreated around salary payment and work conditions for 2 years, as a postdoctoral fellow. The PI who signed my contract (...
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Cold feet about attending PhD program [closed]

So I currently have a job in software that I really enjoy, however I've always wanted to do research, so I applied to a PhD program in CS to study formal methods and security. I've accepted an offer ...
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Should dropping out of a PhD program be treated the same way as quitting a regular, industry job? [closed]

I personally see no practical difference between dropping out of a PhD program and quitting a regular job, at least considering the way PhDs work in the US, especially in STEM fields, but I'm sure ...
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Dropping UK PhD - is it worth switching to MPhil?

I am just over two years into a CS PhD, and have decided to drop out. I was in a competitive field, and found it difficult and frustrating trying to make a worthwhile contribution. I didn't complete ...
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I have to leave my PhD program with a Masters degree. What are my options? [closed]

I started out in one of the best PhD programs in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (at an American university) two-years ago. I took my qualifying exams last month, which I could not clear (twice) and ...
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Cannot attend CS conference but coauthor isn't registering

The deadline to register for a peer-reviewed computer science conference with proceedings is in three days and I cannot attend despite being the main author of a paper there since I am leaving the ...
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Quitting a PhD program after four years and applying elsewhere

I am a fourth year graduate student at a tier 1 research university in the US. I had lot of hiccups in getting started with my research. Our program is rotation bases where you rotate with your ...
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How to justify quitting PhD because of a professor in statement of purpose?

I planning to drop out of a PhD program after one semester because of my encounter with a professor with little experience. This professor is also very intervening, non-perceptable, unapproachable, ...
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How to get letters of recommendation when you work alone

There are a number of questions on this site about lacking (good) references from people who know your work, but none seem to address a situation where you lack references because there never were any ...
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Ethics of staying in PhD program with no intention of being an academic, and misleading my advisor about this

My field is extremely competitive for tenure track jobs that I: will most likely be unable to land after graduation don't even really desire anymore. In comparison to my classmates, my research ...
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Sabbatical disruption: common annoyance or warning sign?

I am a faculty member at an R2 institution in the US, looking ahead to a sabbatical. On paper, my university has a typical sabbatical policy: every seven years, a semester at full pay or a year at ...
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Quitting a PhD program and starting another one: who is the legal owner of my research?

I am at the late stage of a PhD program. For some personal reasons, I have decided to quit this program and apply for a new PhD program in a different country. I have presented one part of my ...
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Is it possible to complete a PhD program early to leave it with a masters? [closed]

I'm extremely unsure of what route I want to take in life. I desire to study at a top UK university, studying earth science. I've found a PhD course which sounds like a dream (it teaches all the ...
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How do I know that I have truly lost interest in research and should drop out of a top CS PhD program? [duplicate]

I am a second-year CS PhD pre-candidate in a top PhD program. During my first year, I published a first-author paper at the best conference in my area, which I know is a big accomplishment. My advisor ...
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Should I quit my PhD? [closed]

I have finished 5 years of my PhD, and I have 5 publications in top tier (A* computer science) conferences based on work done during PhD. However, most of the publications are in unrelated areas. I am ...
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Will one with record of unfinished PhD on his/her CV be doubted of his/her ability?

A PhD student of my advisor (I am a master student), having been enrolled the doctorate program for less than a year, is now unsure about whether or not to finish it. One of his concerns is that if ...
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U.S. humanities professors: Can you get back into academia if you leave?

I'm a tenured professor in a humanities department at a second-tier research university in the United States. My Ph.D. is from a top-ten program in my discipline. I have an above-average number of ...
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Lack of passion from the beginning of my PhD

I chose my current PhD position because of funding limitation and the reputation of my institute last year. After a year, it's a disaster, because I have no interest in my PhD project. I haven't read ...
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International postdoc struggling with PI demands. Should I quit?

I am an international PhD graduate who joined a postdoc in a private univ in the U.S. four months ago. After careful research and studying the group profiles, I joined a group (less than 2 years old) ...
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Possible to return to a PhD years later (at the same or a different uni?)

Here's my challenge: I took a suspension of studies about a year and a half ago from my UK PhD program (in ancient history) and moved back to the US after my funding ran out, and now have to decide ...
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How to leave a PhD without angering my academic references?

I opted for a PhD at the same university where I did a two years master’s (I'm an international student). The master’s level was remarkable, but the PhD isn't that good. It feels like an extended ...
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PhD and postdoc with no first author publications- realistically what are my career prospects?

I am a UK based researcher in life sciences. My research is in neuroscience, mainly involving in vivo electrophysiology. My PhD project was a disaster for a number of reasons (technical difficulties, ...
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How do I cut ties with a bad supervisor?

I'm a biology PhD student (25, female). I've recently handed in my thesis after a long struggle but I've not defended yet. In short I've had a really bad experience with my supervisor and my PhD and ...
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How should I announce that I'm leaving?

I've been offered a 3-year Lecturer III appointment at a top 10 university in my field. It's an opportunity that fell in my lap, not something I sought, but it's obviously not something I can just ...
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Should I wait to quit with MSc or quit right away

My situation is as follows. I started a PhD 5 months ago in a reputable university. However, I am not happy with my lab and supervisor and do not want to spend 4 or more years here. I shared my ...
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Job search advice for possible PhD dropout

I am considering dropping out of my PhD program, which I am halfway through (pre-proposal), and am applying to full-time jobs. My plan is to go on a leave-of-absence for a year, and afterwards either ...
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First email to potential PhD advisor

I am currently doing a PhD in university X, but I am planning to quit, since I am looking for something more involved in my research interest. Should I mention it in my first email to a potential phd ...
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Should I tell my PhD supervisor that I am looking for an other position?

I am not satisfied with my PhD and the research group and I was thinking of looking somewhere else. I would like to stay in Academia for now and I want to apply to other programs (in an other country ...
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Lack of motivation-Changing PhD [duplicate]

I know there are different posts about changing PhD, but with such an important decision I would like to ask the same question but including the details of my personal situation. I am in the first ...
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How to build my CV if I have two MS degrees in the same field (and quit a PhD)?

I got a MS degree in Statistics in University A, then I got admitted in the Statistic PhD program in University B. However, I couldn't finish my PhD study, and I have to transfer to the MS program so ...