Posted by: unlikelygrad | February 1, 2010

too many cooks?

They say that having too many cooks spoils the broth. But what is the optimum number of cooks? Especially when the “broth” in question is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. thesis?

Had a big meeting today with all potential advisors–the idea being that I’d be co-advised by three different people:

(1) Scientist at USGS who is a seriously Big Name in the geochemistry world
(2) Geochemist at MyU who does a lot of analytical work
(3) My temporary advisor, a geochemist at MyU who does studies of redox speciation in the environment

…interestingly, a name that came up as “someone who does this sort of stuff and might want to collaborate with us” was a professor at CloseU–a university I seriously considered attending, but decided against due to funding issues. This prof in particular was the one I most wanted to work with.

If fellowships don’t come through, there are other means of funding (through USGS) that may work out…I sure hope it works out, because this project is going to be SO COOL.



  1. Watch out for co-advising as this can prove to be problematic. It is preferential to have a primary advisor and then others that sit on your advisory committee. When you have co-advisors you have a situation where you have too many cooks trying to stir the pot. This can cause your project to drag out as one of the advisors may send you off on a goose chase.

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