Should I give my student a gift to celebrate her PhD? If so, what?
December 15, 2013 3:17 PM Subscribe
This is a gift question, but not holiday related. Still, MeFi is full of experts.... So, my first PhD student just successfully defended, and I am very proud of her. The question is whether to give her a gift, and if so, what....
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She did a truly fantastic job, and we celebrated (with the whole department) with champagne after her defense. A colleague (at another institution) has made a habit of giving successful PhDs from his group a gift. (For his first 2, he gave very nice Lichtenberg Figures
with a plaque with the name.) I've heard of other advisors giving a briefcase, etc.
I am a bit torn, because there's no tradition of gifts at my institution, but I'm not afraid to start one either. Does anyone have other experiences in which the advisor gave his student a gift upon graduation?
If I'm going to give a gift, I'm looking for suggestions. I considered the Lichtenberg figure as well, and also considered a nice Galileo thermometer, but I'd love other ideas since neither feels quite right. I'd prefer something compact as students typically move soon after. Something that can be personalized is good, and desk "things" that are elegant are especially welcome. I'd like to keep this budget to $100ish, but if you have ideas, toss them out. If you think a gift is a terrible idea, that's fair game as well. Thanks!