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    Hi all,

    I am torn between two departments.

    First is good with professors who are working in the same line of research I want to work on, but they are mostly old (60 to 65+). Not sure if they would be around for too long. I don't find the research profiles of the younger professors very interesting.... yet!

    Second is slightly lower-ranked department but I really LOVE the work of two people working there, and who are renowned in the field. They aren't young and aren't old either... say, around 40-year-old associate professors. However, they have the reputation of not giving a ton of time to their students and expecting way too much from them.

    Considering these two factors only, do you think the latter program would be worth it?

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    Re: Better department versus renowned but unhelpful advisor

    Research interests are malleable, the need for someone to actually mentor you and help you grow as a researcher is not.

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    I talked to 3 different professors and they ALL told me that do not attend a program for one or two people, but go to the place where the overall field/department is stronger.

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    Re: Better department versus renowned but unhelpful advisor

    I agree with therealslimkt

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