I've already reached that stage...

Apr 04 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

One year after the end of my PhD, during a visit at the research center where I did my graduate studies, my former PhD supervisor told me the following without any warning: We miss you here !!

At that time, I told myself: Well, this is very kind of him, but he probably just wanted to say that it was cool having me around… no more than that !

I’ve been thinking about that sentence for several weeks now. Why? Because I’m presently on the other side of the fence. Not so long ago, I’ve met that guy who would become my first graduate student.

Being the two of us in the lab for several months, we’ve had the opportunity to build a special relationship...

We’ve had the opportunity to talk a lot about research...

He’s had the opportunity to have me in his shoes 🙂 What can I say, he was my first graduate student!

I remember being (most likely) more nervous than him during his first talk…especially during the question and answer period !

He worked pretty hard on his master’s degree thesis…

He recently submitted his first manuscript as a first author…

I love that part of the job…to see the development of a graduate student over a couple of years…

Sadly, I've already reached that stage…I now know what my PhD supervisor meant that day…

Why? I'm about to loose my first graduate student...

I'm sure that one day, when he'll pay us a visit at that same research center where he did his graduate studies, I'm the one who will say to him: We miss you here!

Patrice

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