Since I am new at this, I have been thinking a lot about this: how do I make decisions to distribute funds to students?
My sociopaths brain says that I should just look at their progress: more number of papers, more successful projects, more funds from my side.
My compassionate brain says: I have to look for other factors as well; for example if some one has 4 kids to support and they are lagging a bit I should still support them with whatever funds I have. I don't want their kids to suffer.
I am sure there are other factors that people take into account when making funding decisions for students. Since I am new at this it took me more than 2 weeks of thinking before I could make summer appointments for my students.
How do you make your funding decisions? and what are the factors that you take into account. Do you listen to your sociopath brain only? compassionate brain only? both?