- A bunch of the 2nd and 3rd year PhD students in our program are facing a funding a funding crisis, because they've used up all TA time the department will give them but have not succeeded in getting grants funded. I am understanding of the department's position, but my heart really goes out to the students. How awful to be well into your PhD work, but not nearly at the completion stage, and to run out of funding! Do you pay for the last few years of school? But how do you live on no income and pay tuition? Do you quit and try again somewhere else? Do you leave with a M.S.? But what about the 2 that already have M.S. degrees (I think.)?
- ChemGuy, my frequent coffee partner, defended his PhD last week. He and the family will be moving to a 1-year post-doc at Big School in late July after he finishes teaching 101. (It's sort of odd that he should go there after my interview there - but it would have been even odder if we both had ended up there.) He also got an NSF grant to do a 2year post-doc at a Midwestern Uni. So he will move his family there at the end of next summer. I'll miss him.
- IceMan, who defended in January, not only landed a post-doc at an extremely prestigious research institution in New England, but also a tenure-track position at the R1U where he did his M.S. In fact, he'll be replacing his MS advisor, who retired last year. I also applied for this position and got asked for letters, but I never expected to get it, so I am genuinely happy for him.
- These departures leave me as the senior graduate student in the program. It seems a bit unfair, when I have only been here <4 years.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
For those who know...
In case any of the alumnae/i of my program are keeping current with the blog, there's an assortment of news from the department and our circle of friends. As for those of you who aren't from PNW, what do you think about point 1?