Grad School Last Minute Thesis Advisor Switch
January 8, 2012 2:42 PM Subscribe
Graduate school issues. Starting my thesis this upcoming semester. Just the other day, my tentative advisor suggested that I switch to another advisor. Is it weird to ask a professor to be an advisor for my thesis a week before the semester starts? And what's the best way to ask?
posted by mcmile to Education (11 answers total)
My tentative advisor, Dr. A, had agreed to work with me on my thesis last semester. But he was also out of the country last semester, so we didn't communicate much. While meeting with him the other day, we talked about my desire to apply to a PhD program after finishing the thesis. Dr. A suggested that I ask Dr. B to be my advisor instead, since Dr. B is very well-regarded in our field and his renown may bolster my applications. I had a class with Dr. B and liked him, did well in the class, and he seemed to like me well enough.
But I'm anxious about asking him to be my advisor a week before the semester starts. I'll admit it is a little intimidating, since he's an older professor and so highly-regarded. So my question is, how should I ask him? Here are my options:
1: Tell Dr. B the whole story about how Dr. A just suggested this and why he suggested it (because Dr. B is well-known) while apologising for asking on such short notice.
2: Simply ask him and not go into all those details, and apologise for asking on such short notice.
I want to do 1 because I'd like Dr. B to know there's a reason why I'm asking him at the last minute. But on the other hand, I don't want to imply that I'm blaming Dr. A for all this, so that makes me think option 2 would be better.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. Also, let me know if I'm overthinking this.