What is this person's relationship to me?
December 3, 2011 1:23 PM Subscribe
Somewhat silly usage question: If I'm someone's research assistant, how can I succinctly describe their
relationship to me
posted by dismas to Writing & Language (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm registering rec letter authors for graduate school applications, and I'm getting hung up (probably in an effort to procrastinate) on how to fill out the "Relationship to You" field on some of these forms. Basically, what's an analogous way to say: "I was his research assistant; he was my ______"? For example, if someone was my professor, I was zer student.
'Supervisor' isn't quite right because he didn't supervise me per se, I find data/edit/program for this guy.
I can always put "colleague" or just "I was his research assistant" in these forms but the former doesn't really seem to describe the relationship accurately and the latter seems cumbersome (but it's probably what I'll go with if I can't think of anything else). Thought the hive mind might have some ideas.
This is in a social scientific context, not a lab, if that makes any difference.