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Recovering, reputation still in doghouse. Advice?

  1. May 5, 2009 #1
    About one year ago, I was on my knees asking for advice on how to recover from an almost irrecoverable error in my academic career. Several things have changed, and I wanted to see if it is finally safe to stand up, and if a recovery is even possible considering this https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=247377".

    I am currently a (4+1)-year graduate student at a top-10 school. In October 2008, I was given a chance to rehabilitate my academic and research record in a lab that mostly deals with the brain: my advisor put me on a three-month probation, but I was formally accepted into the lab after one month. The physics department reviewed my petition for re-entry into the program, but declined it because of relevance. Instead, I was given a terminal master's degree in physics and admitted to the biology department to study neuroscience and do medical physics. On January 1st, 2009, I was formally admitted, and effectively started graduate school all over again: coursework requirements, qualifying exams, and research in a new lab. So far, things have been going great: I was put on a named grant in addition to the standard RA that graduate students receive each month, my course grades are decent, and my advisor is letting me take a month-long vacation soon because of productivity.

    Would it be a stretch to say, then, that I've decoupled from my past, or will people still hold it against me because of its recency, duration, and magnitude? And is there reason to believe that any recovery will be more than asymptotic? Thanks!
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  3. May 5, 2009 #2


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    Your transcripts will always be around, but there's no reason to believe that you can't bounce back from a few failed courses. We all learn lessons in life and we can all turn over a new leaf.
  4. May 5, 2009 #3
    It sounds like you found what you really want to do and have turned your situation around. It's probably a combination of increased maturity, increased understanding of what you do and do not want, and the benefit of hindsight.
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