While most research students are a wonder and joy to behold, every so often one appears who seems to cause endless headaches. How do you deal with such a student, whether it's a thesis student or a summer research student?
Clear expectations (and consequences!) from the beginning can help. We send out a detailed letter to summer research students explaining the department expectations. I'll try to find a copy to post here.
I've attached a list of "individual" and "group" responsibilites that I give my students. It's kind of dated now (we don't have solvent stills anymore!), but I go over it at our first group meeting and post it up in my lab. It goes next to a big calendar that the students use to develop their own dishwashing and clean-up schedule. The whole lab gets wiped down at least once a week!
I'm not so good on the "consquences" end of things, though. It seems like this is such a rare problem, that spelling out "consequences" to all students feels like a needless threat.
What do you think?