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Stereo

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Icon 11 posted April 07, 2006 12:17      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
At least, that's what my thesis director has offered. I had a feeling he wanted things to happen quite fast (present my research proposal after only one session, when I work full time? are you kidding?), so at our last meeting, I mentioned casually that things can't go as fast as if I was studying full time. By the time I got home, I had an email. He was offering me a grant/research salary to speed up things.

CDN$5k is nothing to spit on. Plus, my boss (at work) supports me in my studies, which will make things easier. All this would allow me to take some time off from work (w/o pay) to work on my project.

I shouldn't be hesitating, still, I can't help it: "when something seems too good to be true, it usually is" keeps coming to mind. Guess it's just the surprise, and I need to accept the idea that my work wouldn't be my only revenue source anymore... That I'm moving closer to doing "real" research rather than just working on another diploma...

Comments, anyone?

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Icon 1 posted April 07, 2006 13:20      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
If you can survive on it, and even be able to find work readily if your 'leave' falls through, go for it! [thumbsup]

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Icon 1 posted April 07, 2006 14:03      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
<insert here any one of a thoasand quotes about fortune favoring the bold>

Go for it.

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Icon 1 posted April 07, 2006 14:11      Profile for Metasquares   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Your research is more important in the end than your job is (maybe not to you, but definitely to society as a whole). If you have the choice and the funding, the time is probably better spent researching.
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Congrats! This may be the chance of a lifetime..

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Icon 1 posted April 07, 2006 14:39      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Cool + gang! Word. [Smile]

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Wow, Stereo, congratulations, that's absolutely fantastic [Big Grin] . I'm currently hunting for some form of postgrad funding myself, so I can appreciate what a great thing it is that you're getting a research grant. And from what I know of you, I'm sure your thesis will knock our socks off when it's all done [Smile] .
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Icon 1 posted April 07, 2006 15:39      Profile for Flashfire   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Congratulations, Stereo! It's great that you have so many people who support you in your research. [Smile]

If I were you, I'd go for it. [thumbsup]

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Icon 1 posted April 07, 2006 16:17      Profile for Sxeptomaniac   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It sounds like quite an opportunity to me. Congratulations.

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Icon 1 posted April 07, 2006 16:50      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The catch is, you're going to have to do the project.

I'd take it.

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That's great! I'm with everyone else. If there is any way you can
swing it, do it! It's better to have researched and lost...

well something profound like that [Big Grin]

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Stereo

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Icon 10 posted April 07, 2006 21:51      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
The catch is, you're going to have to do the project.

Yeah, maybe that's what scares me most: I'll have no excuses.

quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
I'd take it.

Somehow, I am not surprised... [Big Grin]

Thanks everyone for your comments. I must say that I am not afraid to loose my job - that's the nice part of working for the government. I already know I'll take the opportunity. I like this part of Carmina Burana: "Verum es quod legitur/Fronta capillata/Sed plerumque sequitur/Occasio calvata" - What is written is true: opportunity looks like a head full of hairs, but when you want to seize it, it turns out to be bald. Conclusion: if you want something to happen, you have to grab all the way to the scalp. So, yes, I will take it. I'm just overly cautious.

Ah, but dragonman, I can't really "live" on it; that would be the equivalent to a 4-5 weeks of regular pay, and with the condo and my car, it won't hold 'till I finish. But it can speed things up.

Skylar: you're too kind. My project is about the fusion of imaging data from heterogeneous sources. A big part of it will be to "mix-and-match" LIDAR data (3D color-encoded representation of a geographic area) and satellite data (2D, multi spectral). The goal will be to have a system to do it automatically, rather than manually as it is done now. So although there is a few nice challenges, it will hardly make any noise outside the geographic-imaging crowd. On the other hand, I may have to develop my first neural-network, and that's way cool!

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Icon 1 posted April 08, 2006 02:42      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
If it is something you want to do, then take it. If it something that you aren't sure about wanting, then stay rich and don't take it!

\poor, unemployed student
\is probably going to apply for funding soon

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