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confidence and science

Seanna Annis sannis at uoguelph.ca
Tue Jul 19 15:26:45 EST 1994

I think a lot of my change in attitude started with my Master's, 
particularly my supervisor, a woman.  I would strongly suggest finding a 
supportive supervisor for your degree, someone who has experience as a 
supervisor and recognizes the ups and downs of research, and that you 
are not an expert when you start your degree.  While I don't think these 
traits are unique to female supervisor, there are not that many people 
out there with them.  Having a female supervisor also gave me a role 
model, after seeing how she operated and supervised I felt I could and 
wanted to do the same.  She is still a mentor and contact for me.   While 
she was the start of my confidence boost, the research for my PhD. 
and learning to stand up to my PhD supervisor has further the process.  
If I had had an easier time (not that it has been that terrible) during 
my PhD I might not have become as assertive.   I cannot emphasize enough 
the importance of a good first supervisor, I would not have survived my 
PhD supervisor if he had been my Master's supervisor.   
I would not recommend grad school for everybody, but if you are 
interested in it give a Master's a try, it is short enough but usually 
intense enough for you to decide if it is the right thing or not. 

Seanna   good luck to all future lab rats

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