Can some of you more experienced ranchers, especially those with graduate degrees from research institutions, provide me with some advice? I am currently in a PhD program, although I'm still working on the MS degree, at UC Davis. I really can't figure out my interests. To me all is equally fun/boring. I have to make the decision soon as to whether I should work with a Network Security professor who has money for sure to provide me with funding, or work with a computer architecture professor who is new and thus does not yet have funding, but may get some. I can only go for so much longer wooing both professors before I have to make a decision. Currently I'm taking research credits with the computer Architecture professor, eg I'm in good standing with him. I am also taking a computing networks class as requested by the computer security professor, and my project for that class will tie in with his research. In fact I emailed him about coordinating my class project with his research, eg I'm also in good standing with him. Any advice as to what I should do?
Tell the computer architecture prof that you are seriously considering going with him but you have some doubts as to the funding as he has trouble getting it. Maybe all he needs to get his funding approved is some grad student to show there's an interest in his research and you'll be his saviour If he can't give you peace of mind, go with the other prof but there you'll probably be just one more grad student working your socks off for the further glory of the prof.
posted 16 years ago
Actually I have already told the computer Architecture professor this. MY interest has nothing to do with whether he gets funding or not though. For him to get funding he has to sell his ideas to other companies or to research organizations. funded by the governemnt. Thanks for the advice though
posted 16 years ago
Of course your interest does not have to do much with funding. But if the prof does not get that funding his project is dead and your research will be lost. As such the availability of the funding is essential to your graduation work and your prof will understand that. As you say you will have to decide quickly it is therefore vital you get confirmation whether you will be able to complete your project as part of his or not. If he gets no funding his project may not survive long enough to enable you to graduate on it, costing you a lot of time and money.