Ask the PhDs

While we created this site with all graduate students in mind, we do recognize that like snowflakes, no two graduate students are the same. That’s why we have a panel of PhDs who want to hear from you about your unique situations.

Browse the archives below or submit a new question.

  • In Need of Financial Support +

    I was wondering if anyone can help me – well, direct me. I have had a lot of health-related and disability-related problems that got ignored during my last few years of my PhD. Now I have managed to get an extension for 6 months full-time to finish writing. I had asked part-time due to my disabilities – also to work, as my stipend stopped. However, am getting no guidance from either the Read More
  • Phd Victim +

    Hello, I am in my second year of PhD but technically have been working on my project for just one year. Before moving abroad for my PhD, I was supposed to join a particular lab, but after moving I realized that the project I was told I would join had been discontinued. Left with not many options to choose from, I decided to join another lab. My professor seemed very Read More
  • Capstone or Thesis? +

    I am in a terminal Master’s program in counselor’s education with the goal of being a school guidance counselor. My career goal has always been to work with high schoolers, especially those at-risk. For now, a Master’s is all I can manage due to time, money, and my sanity, but I would eventually like to go back and get a PhD in School Psychology. My program requires a capstone project, Read More
  • Committee A-Go-Go +

    I have a committee member that I have had numerous problems with over the course of my dissertation. He has been very difficult to work with and doesn’t return emails, his feedback is short and unclear (and late), and he won’t make time to meet with me to clarify what he is wanting. I have talked to my chair and he has had the same experience with this person across Read More
  • Reading Overload +

    This is my first year in grad school. As an undergrad, I was the type of student that always did all the reading required for every class. Now that I’m in grad school, though, my reading load is enormous. I try to do it all, but things still fall through the cracks. How do prioritize my reading so that if something falls through the cracks it is the reading that Read More
  • Grieving Nurse +

    I am working on a PhD is nursing and have worked in the field of nursing for many years (I got my RN as an Undergrad). Recently, I had a patient die, which has never happened to me before. I understand that people die and I know that I am not the reason why he died, but this is all on a very cognitive level. On an emotional level, I Read More
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