Grad Student Desperate For Feedback Thrilled To Receive “K.” From Supervisor After Just 3 Months

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Fourth year graduate student Virinder Singh was excited to find a new email from his supervisor in his inbox last Friday at 11:13 PM. Responding to a three-month-old request for feedback on a first draft, his supervisor had sent the following message:

K.

Sent from my iPhone

“I was having a drink when I checked my phone and noticed a new email,” Singh says. “I immediately rushed back into the office to start getting back to work. It was then that I realized that Prof McNally had forgotten to include the attachment.”

Singh’s supervisor, Dr. Alistair McNally is known for his open door policy: students can come to him anytime with questions. The door to his office is always open. He, however, is never there.

Dr. Jena Li, a postdoc in Dr. McNally’s group, seemed disgruntled: “Good for Virinder, I hope he’s able to finish that paper. I’ve been waiting more than a year for a reply to an email asking for a meeting. I’m not even sure Dr. McNally knows I exist!”

When asked for a statement, Dr. McNally replied “K.”

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Valerie Bentivegna (@vbentii) has a PhD in Life Sciences, but prefers to call herself a bio-engineer. She currently works at a bio-tech startup company near Seattle, and enjoys writing geeky comedy songs to get her through life.

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Valerie Bentivegna (@vbentii) has a PhD in Life Sciences, but prefers to call herself a bio-engineer. She currently works at a bio-tech startup company near Seattle, and enjoys writing geeky comedy songs to get her through life.