Several years ago I read an article by Prof Georgia Chenevix-Trench at QIMR in Brisbane (https://doi.org/10.1038/nj7090-252b) and it made me wonder a) what I expected from my PhD students, b) what my PhD students expected of me, and c) how can I make sure I am recruiting PhD students who are a "good match" for my group? I know that I want to recruit dedicated, mature, motivated, persistent, clever and self-directed students - but without having some kind of "agreement" or "understanding" about our student/supervisor relationship, we might be doomed from the start.
Have you thought about what your expectations of your students/supervisors might be? Here is the list that I have come up with, and I send it to potential students ahead of interviews, to open a dialogue on our expectations of each other.
So before I post my document for new PhD students - what do you think of this????
PhD projects in the Nanosensor Engineering Lab: expectations of students and supervisor
PhD projects can be a fantastic experience, setting you up for an enjoyable and satisfying career in science. Unfortunately, they can also involve extremely difficult periods, especially if the expectations of student and supervisor are not made clear before writing scholarship applications. Every group, supervisor, student, and project are different; therefore, you should find a good combination that suits you best. The aim of this document is to generate discussion, not generate a binding agreement! Please be ready to discuss these items with me during our interview. The aim is to complete a PhD in 3 years with each chapter published.
Supervisor’s expectations of the students (“we” indicates supervisory team)
What students can expect from supervisors
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