[Air-l] From Lurking to Querying (questions about graduate studies)

Denise N. Rall denrall at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 5 22:43:49 PDT 2006

Dear Ivan -

I figure a public reply might help as things may vary
considerably in Canada from US or Australia (where I
am based).

In the "olden days" the student picked a supervisor
and followed them wherever they went, even moving
universities to stay with the supervisor, possibly as
a teaching assistant, but most certainly as an active
participant in her/his research.

Even today, I think that the relationship with the
supervisor is still vital.  (I had five supervisors in
total - poor planning on my part played a significant
role, other factors were mot mine, such as
retirements, ill health, etc.).  But the FINAL
supervisor was the best!!! In a field outside of mine,
in a school outside of my knowledge base (BUT) a guy
willing to discuss anything with me and conscientious
about meetings, drafts, reviews, and etc.

So I personally would never pick a school over the
person that would be supervising (which was my
previous mistake - I looked at the disciplinary
possibilities without considering the person).

Having said all that, if it is a coursework Master's
then naturally what the school has to offer is

Hope this helps.  Cheers, Denise

Denise N. Rall, PhD thesis submitted, School of Environ. Science,
Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW 2480 AUSTRALIA
Tuesdays: Room T2.17, +61 (0)2 6620 3577 or Mobile 0427 245 497
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