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Subject area: Arts, Humanities, Linguistics
Department: Performing Arts
Pursuing degree: Masters
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My adviser also left halfway through my masters. I really enjoyed the research I was doing in the program (a collaborative program rather than independent research), so I stayed and another professor I worked with on a regular basis became my adviser. I was lucky because my new adviser had enough money to fund me, but this may not always be the case. If there are other professors around whose research is similar or of interest, and you don't want to move, you may try talking to them and seeing if they would be interested in taking you on. This worked out best for me because I was happy where I was; however, like everyone else said, if you want to continue working with your professor and they're happy to keep working with you once they move, then moving is not a bad option. This happened to a friend of mine who was doing more independent research, and she was more than happy to move with her professor. If you want to move, you may want to make sure that your current adviser what they will be doing when they move though, it might not always be the case that they will be doing the exact same research once they move, and if this is the case, dealing with an adviser who just moved to a new university and is no longer taking the same research focus as you might be a little difficult to deal with, especially if you are also moving. (A lot of changes all at once can make for a difficult transition, especially if you're already halfway through your dissertation.) I have seen professors come in to our program, and I think it usually takes 1-2 semesters until they're fully acclimated and ready to run at full speed in the new environment.
I remember that Graduate studies (or some other grad organization at FSU) used to give a subsidy to students who need to print a poster about their research for a conference. Did anyone hear about something like that?
Typically my department would give money to cover most of the cost beyond one poster, but this may not always be the case. (I'm at ASU) We also had something called the Graduate and Professional Student Association, or GPSA, which was a program specifically meant to serve all grad and doctoral students. They regularly gave money to students who were going to conferences and needed some money to foot the bill. (You have to write a proposal/fill out paperwork, but if you don't want to pay, it's worth it). If you have a grad student org. at FSU, I highly recommend checking it out because they give money for other things too like thesis research, larger scale projects, etc.