Hi, Eventhough this post is kindda long... please read and suggest :) I probably thought about asking advice in a Psych forum but i think it has to do more about how a Professor thinks. I think this is the best place to get advice on that... I submitted my Master thesis a month ago, usually the evaluation is over within 2 weeks but I am still waiting for the results of the evaluation of my thesis. My supervisor told me it was very difficult to understand meaning too little text and too much equations unfortunately my deadline was up so I couldnt change much. Now after quite some time (last week) I wrote to the prof 'X' of the same department where I did my thesis (He just has a vague idea of what my thesis is about) and asked him if I can get a position as a Research assistant at the institute, well he emailed me back saying that he definitely would and that we ought to discuss on what i would work on... past history: One of my friends who did his thesis elsewhere approached prof X for a position in june, and that time my prof X said yes but after listening to his thesis presentation (Coz he did it at another university) he said all the places are filled up and he would offer him a position 'probably' next year. My friend was very angry about all this dillydallying. But fortunately he already had 2 positions at hand so it was kindda okay. Now, I met my prof X yesterday and even before I fully step into his office he tells me 'Shall we meet on monday, I am very busy tomorrow, thursday and friday'. That was when I started worrying... On suggestion I had previously applied to other professors in other universities and all of them are interested in my application [Academically I have a GPA of Math based(7 specialized subjects) = 4.0 and Mechanics based(5 specialized subjects)=3.0] now they want me to make a presentation of my Master thesis just to find out whether I am capable of research and stuff. Am in a dilemma, I cant present my thesis as the evaluation is not yet over, havent got the grades of my Master thesis yet and My thesis supervisor is on leave for a month, hez the guy i shud ask if the grading was over. I was always among the top 3 of the class academically. As far as my Master Thesis goes am not totally satisfied as I had just 5 months to write it and I felt it needed 8 months or more. I am strapped for cash and I desperately need to earn as soon as possible... Do you think my prof X would give me a position ??? Did I make a bad choice in selecting the Master Thesis ??? Am I screwed big time ??? should i continue applying for positions in other departments ?? (Havent got my thesis results yet) I am depressed!!! and I didnt plan my finances as I expected to have settled down in a research assistant position by now... and I forgot to mention that Prof X is world reknown and one of the best in the world. Students with a "sucessful" PhD from this guy end up working for one of the top research centres in the US. from one science guy to another... help!!!