Okay, I’m officially annoyed. Well, I think I was officially annoyed over this last week, but I was hoping it was going to improve/change this week. And it hasn’t. And so I’m still annoyed.
It appears that my supervisor has different standards for his graduate students. Standards that feel/appear to be arbitrary. The main thing I’ve noticed, is that for some reason, my standards being pushed a lot higher. And when I use the same reasoning that was given to me, for why I need to do more work on something, to suggest that someone else should do some extra work, it’s dismissed as unnecessary.
In the same breath as agreeing with me that a few more people (especially when you have a small sample size to start with) may cause some of the data to become significant (as in the sample size is probably not large enough to accurately determine if the results should or should not be significant, he dismisses the need for said student to collect more data. The reason? From what I can tell, it’s either “I don’t think this student should do more work” or “I’m so smart I just know that more data won’t make a difference.” And both of those “reasons” are crappy. (Actually, I’m annoyed over this to the point I almost swore in the last sentence, but edited it out. And if you knew me, you’d know just how rare that is! :evil:)
At the same time this debate has been going on (more than a few weeks), I’ve been required to increase my data and to recruit more participants. I have more participants in one of my sample groups than the other student has in total! Even before increasing my sample size, I still had about 50% more participants. 😯 Explain to me, why my data wasn’t valid, but this other student’s is? ARG!!!!!!
On top of all this, this same student continues to duck away from any responsibility. Never volunteers to do anything (or does anything) unless told/ordered to do it. I wish I knew what my supervisor sees in this student. As it seriously concerns me as to how my supervisor sees me!
But, for now, all I can appear to do is bite my tongue and try to ignore what’s going on. I’ve raised my point enough times, and been pushed back, that it’s just not worth pushing anymore. Instead, I need to just focus more on ignoring this student, and limiting contact as much as possible (which, unfortunately, can’t be completely eliminated when you work in a group).
Anyone else noticed behaviour like this? Any suggestions on how to deal with it?