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PS and principal investigator's first name: good idea or bad idea?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by harposnarpo, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. harposnarpo

    harposnarpo 2+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    So, everybody in my lab's on a first name basis with my PI. Feels kind of weird to call him Dr. Superman. Can I just call him Clark?

    Or would that look like I don't respect academia hierarchy?
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  3. harposnarpo

    harposnarpo 2+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    Stupid question #2: Is it informal to abbreviate deoxyribonucleic acid?
  4. AuDggr

    AuDggr Harry the Husky 2+ Year Member

    Jun 16, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Depends. If you have been working with him for awhile and everyone else goes by first names then it's probably safe to try using his first name. If you're still new to the lab then I'd stick to the "Dr."
  5. Depakote

    Depakote Pediatric Anesthesiologist Rocket Scientist Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    In general the PS is a more formal piece of writing. I would suggest at least referring to Dr. Superman by that title at least once, after that you might work in the name Clark if it's an extended discussion.

    side note: see this post for some more EC advice, it sounds like you might be falling into the "listing EC's pitfall... maybe I'm reading too much into it.
  6. Tildy

    Tildy 12 yrs old, feels like 84 Faculty Moderator Emeritus SDN Advisor 7+ Year Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    My master's house
    I strongly recommend always referring to your PI as Dr. Superman both in any essays and in describing your research during an interview.

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