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  2. Even if someone could tell you that at their school X or Y is the case, you don't want to take that as necessarily correct for your school as well. It'll eventually probably come down to who pays your salary, but I don't think we know it's the same across the board, and anyway you wouldn't want to count on my (or anyone's) guess. Seriously, this is not something to mess with.
  3. Hi Everyone, Thank you so much for responding. Your comments were very helpful and actually do put me somewhat at ease. I honestly might re-read them from time to time if my anxieties about the situation flair up again. I have somewhat made my peace with living at home and so far my boyfriend has not pressed me terribly about the moving issue. I feel excited about school (got accepted and registered!!) although I am still a bit worried about how to handle my job as well as full-time studies. I will be pretty much completely occupied with class/field practicum Monday-Friday, 9AM - 6pmish and every day I will be doing a ~2 hour commute home and back (4 hours total every day). In addition, I've been transferred internally at my job and will be working (per diem) overnight on Fridays and Saturdays... I won't be making as much money (not that I was making a ton before) and I'm a little concerned about how the overnight schedule will affect me mentally/physically over time but I'm glad I have SOME kind of employment. I had been looking for other jobs but it was truly difficult to find something that suited my school schedule. I'll probably keep applying to different things in case I can't handle it. But yeah, If anyone else has anything else to say on the original post then I would still love to hear more people's thoughts and insight. Any thoughts/advice about this schedule would be welcome too! Thank you!!!
  4. Thank you! I am aware of that. I have emailed them of course. Since this service is obviously being used by a lot of schools, I thought someone on this site may have the similar issues like this one.
  5. You should absolutely NOT just ask strangers on the internet and take our word for it. Ask the International Students Office at your school to get a qualified answer you can trust.
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  7. Yeah, you can totally kick all the grade complaints up the chain of command to the prof in charge of the course. If the professor notices a mistake or changes the rubric, then it's up to him or her to tell both you and the students how to go about re-grading. Meet with the students when they ask to meet with you, and explain why they got the grade they did. And then if they still want more credit, tell them that you don't have the power to change their grades, that has to go through the professor (even if it's not entirely true, you won't get into trouble for being overcautious). Wash your hands of it completely. I've TAed a lot at this point, and I almost never change the grades myself, even when I have the power to do so. If I made a mistake, I'll email the prof on the student's behalf to confirm that I made a mistake, but that's it. They can talk to me about their grades, and I can advise them about how to present their cases to the prof, but I don't do the regrading myself.
  8. I would vote for some version of option 2. Best if there is a trusted advisor/professor/DGS who you can turn to to help you navigate the situation. They must remember the past history between you two; I'm not sure why they would have assigned you to this professor, but it would be in everyone's best interest to avoid a repeat of any allegations and drama. You don't even need to come out and explicitly say it, the problem should be clear.
  9. I'd posit that you want to learn applied statistics from faculty that 1) have deep insight about and understanding of statistics, and 2) are doing important, high-profile work in applied statistics. Such faculty are likely to be strong researchers, and hence working at departments that are highly-ranked.
  10. It depends on the size of the program. During my Masters degree in Canada (the standard route is BSc -> funded MSc -> funded PhD here), I was the only student in my (specific) area out of 12 or so students for the entire 2 years I was there. But I still got a lot out of the program because I was working with one of the best people in my area in Canada! My supervisor was the only professor in this area (out of 7 or so in astronomy). There are certainly downsides to being the only student in your specific area. For one, the classes that would have been great for me were only offered once every 4 years, so I never took any relevant courses in my 2 year program. Colloquium and seminar speakers that visit would generally be about different areas of astronomy, not my research interest. Maybe 1 or 2 speakers per year in my field. Similarly, at paper discussion groups, journal clubs etc. people would be presenting about the other areas, not mine. My area of research is pretty small though. At the time of my MSc, the area that I was working in probably had something like 20 students in the whole country. And the department itself was small, about 7 faculty with about 12 students in total. So it wasn't a "red flag" to me to be the only one. However, I was very happy to move to my PhD department, in the US, where the field is a lot bigger (field basically invented by the USA) and I was in a department of about 24 students all in my area. In your case, I would consider the overall opportunities for people in your area before determining if it's a red flag or not. If the number of admitted students is small or the total number of students is small, then it might just be happenstance that there's no one in your area. If you have good research fit with a professor, then that might be worth the downsides I listed above that I experienced. For the application stage, my advice would be to not worry about being the only student in your area for now. If you think you would work really well with the professor, I think it's worth applying. If you get accepted, then visiting and/or talking with other grad students would be a good way to find out what it would be like to be the only student in your area at that particular school. If you really want to search for it now, try looking up what courses have been offered in the last few years, what the seminar schedules are like (who's speaking, on what topics etc.). Otherwise, you can also ask for these things once you get an offer from them.
  11. I think you should do some sort of option 2. I don't know the history you have or why it would make you seem inflexible. However, it sounds like whatever the past was (no need to explain here), it has been documented somewhere and you should be able to work with someone else.
  12. Just in case I wasn't clear, make sure you ask the people responsible for graduate student degree requirements in your biology department too. The chem prof may not be in the biology dept and may not be familiar with biology department policies. In addition, even if he has had biology students in the past, there may be new rules starting this fall. So be sure to clear it with whoever it is in the biology dept that will eventually sign off on your degree milestones.
  13. Would any of the professors who have dealt with this professor for you in the past, be willing to speak to the department chair on your behalf? I don't believe either options 1 or 3 are viable options for you and going to the department chair is the only thing you can do. Does the department have an assistant chair who takes care of things like this? That might be a more relaxed situation for you.
  14. I am currently in the process of selecting Quantitative Psychology programs to apply to in the Fall. In doing this research, I came across a program that has one professor accepting graduate students. His research interests and mine work well together, and I thought this would be a good program to apply to. However, I realized in searching the website that there are no current quantitative psychology graduate students listed. This seems very unusual to me, but their admission statistics suggest this is a distinct possibility. Would you apply somewhere that doesn't have other graduate students in your area? Is this a red flag? I'm not certain how to interpret this.
  15. I would just go through the schools that are well-ranked and see which have applied stats MS programs. And see if they have good placements in industry. If the program isn't housed in a ranked statistics/other department, it probably isn't very good.
  16. I agree with what's been posted previously - If you're in the Bay Area or New York, anything under $1000/month for a private room in a shared living situation is probably either a scam or comes with significant issues (very dangerous neighborhood, crumbling apartment, landlord renting illegally without a proper lease so as to avoid rent control, etc.). I pay roughly 65% of my annual income towards rent/utilities, and I have what would be considered a really great deal in a mid-tier Bay Area neighborhood very close to my campus. The only way to get something cheaper in regards to rent is to commute over an hour by car or (still not cheap) public transport, and it basically saves you nothing when the cost of parking in central downtown Bay Area cities is factored in. I think that shopping around if you're in a different market makes sense, but if you're in a market driven by insane demand, the competition is too tough to turn down places that aren't dirt cheap if you get someone willing to accept your offer on the place.
  17. Hi to all of you. Any shortlisted today ?
  18. If it were to adversely affect your chances of admission, then you probably wouldn't want to work with that person anyway.
  19. One concern I have is the length of your research experience. Before you submit your application this December, you'll have one 3-month summer research, one ~6-month thesis research, and one 5-month iGEM project. None of these can be counted as "significant" in terms of length. Do you think you understand these projects very well, be able to write about them in depth in your SOP, and get great letters from your mentors? If so, you're probably good to go. The rest of your profile is solid. For your school selection, I would simply cross off UCSF Tetrad unless you can secure ur own funding, since they rarely take any international students. UCSD has limited spots for international students so it can get very competitive too.
  20. Hi all, I will be an incoming graduate student at the Department for the Study of Religion. I am from Toronto, so if anyone of you is already here and wants to grab a drink (preferably beer), let me know!
  21. I was wondering what you all thought of a writing sample that slightly (but respectfully and with evidence) disagrees with part of a POI's work. Basically, the argument is like this: My POI says X happened Y way from the 1830s onward. I say X happened Z way from the late 1840s onward. We both submit to the same idea, but just differ on its time frame. Do you think they would stop reading? Take offense? Have their interested piqued? I imagine they will respectfully disagree with me (and rightfully, they wrote a whole peer-reviewed book on it), but does that adversely affect my chances at admission?
  22. Do people have advice on how to gear the content of a poster when the audience is an industry conference? I'm taking part in a student competition that showcases my MFA thesis, and it will be a design association. A lot of the poster presentations research I'm seeing is geared towards presenting at an academic conference - would people say there is any different criteria to think about? The judges have provided us with criteria of what they're looking for, but I would LOVE anyone's experiences and tips here. Please send me a direct message in the next week or so if you get a chance. Thank you!
  23. Hi again! Maybe, instead of specifically focusing on one school, could someone perhaps give me their opinions about the best applied statistics master's programs in the Midwest, or even the country? I've been able to find national statistics rankings, but many applied programs don't appear on those listings. Thanks, I really appreciate it.
  24. I would argue that it is actually a disadvantage to earn a professional degree without any work experience. When you finish school, you will then be competing for an entirely different set of jobs, against people who have both the same credentials AND more work experience. You will be overqualified for entry level positions where you could probably excel at this point in time, and you will be underqualified for more advanced positions (at least in comparison to the competition). If you can get a full-ride somewhere, then maybe it would be worth it to go. You sound smart and motivated, and I'm sure you will be successful as you enter the next phase of your career. But make sure you think through the potential unintended consequences of getting a professional degree without full-time professional experience (internships are not the same thing, as others have pointed out). I have known really smart people with great degrees who have struggled in the job market due to lack of professional experience. Employers want to see both the degree and the experience.
  25. In case you haven't taken a look at this, check out the section on requesting for accommodations on the ETS website: https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register/disabilities/ The main thing is that this needs to be done and submitted PRIOR to registering for a test date. I've been told anecdotally that the process does require some paperwork and waiting. Best to do it earlier when you begin to sit down and plan your schedule for studying and taking the test. Best of luck!
  26. Bump for @nhhistorynut's advice. That is almost word-for-word what i wrote to all my POIs. I contacted them around this time in the summer -- most got back to me right away, but the last got back to me by late August (i.e. the start of the semester when they finally got back to the office).
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