Friday, July 18, 2008

I'm back! Well, sort of.

Okay, so earlier this week I had an important thesis committee meeting (For you non-academics, the thesis committee is a group of faculty members in charge of overseeing my thesis project and scientific development. We meet every six months.), and I thought that things would lighten up after that. In fact, the exact opposite occurred. I thought the last meeting was bad, but apparently I had no idea how much worse things could get. To make a very long story short, they are unhappy with my progress and are considering kicking me out of the program. I have until September to complete a specific set of experiments, at which point we'll reconvene and they'll reevaluate my status.

Balls.

I'm not ready to give up, so my only option is to work as hard as I possibly can to generate data and rectify the situation. So, I just wanted to let you all know that I'll be slowing down to one post a week for the foreseeable future, and for those of you who know me IRL, I'll probably be MIA for a while. (and yes, the overuse of acronyms is a side-effect of stress.)

I'll definitely pop in time to time, because where else can you satisfy your craving for interspecies friendships, polygamyst fashion, and bizzare canned goods? Nowhere.

9 comments:

Caity said...

So sorry to hear about the lab troubles. I hope things get better soon! And if you wind up with a free couple of hours and need a Southie buddy for drinks, let me know!

Sugarmouth O'Riordan said...

Oh man that sucks. Best of luck with kicking much ribosomal (??) ass in the next few weeks/months!

In other news, I'm SO glad I'm a grad school drop out. ;)

KcM said...

Good luck with the evaluation. (If they ran the humanities side that way, my ass would've been kicked to the curb some time ago.) In any case, knock 'em dead! :)

carmen said...

You can do it Eileeno!!

hh said...

good luck eileen - show 'em how to stick those experiment results where the sun don't shine!

Kevin said...

Good luck, Eileen. I hope it goes well over the next couple of months.

Frances said...

Good Luck, Eileen. You can do it.

eileen said...

Thanks for all of your words of encouragement! I'm trying to stay positive about the whole thing, but it was a rough couple of days last week. Now comes the part where I just have to move forward and start busting my butt in the lab.

Nitsirk said...

Hang in there. I think they are bluffing but best not to call them on it :)