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  2. Start looking for the journals in your library's catalog. They are more likely in another database they pay for so you'll find them. Also, if you don't want to ask your advisor, ask for help to a reference librarian. They should know which database you should use.
  3. I believe 31st august but 31st may is the deadline to apply without having to pay an application fee.
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  5. Hi everyone, I got accepted into the UNIGE (University of Geneva) but would like to study at the IHEID. Does someone know whether it is possible to apply to IHEID while studying at UNIGE? Would it be bad? I really appreciate any help you can provide!
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  7. Wow! Congratulations! Really happy that both of you are now free to pursue your PhDs of choice. Good luck with the remaining process: it's death by paperwork for both of us here as well. Hope to be able to clear the visa hurdle too next year. Thanks for the update!
  8. Thank you! I've decided to attend Chicago, really looking forward to it.
  9. It's nice to see others who are already thinking about Fall 2018 and preparing now! That is where I'm at currently and most of the threads I found on here were about Fall 2017 decisions and such. I look forward to bouncing ideas and feedback off the others on this site and submit a strong application this fall.
  10. Not sure about NYU but I'm also an international student and I would recommend that you opt for the express delivery service. My university told me that it has partnered with certain express services to provide me with reduced rates and I could avail those if I liked. I did and I got my i20 in 3 days. With normal post, my original offer letter (that I thankfully didn't need a hard copy of!) took more than 8 weeks to arrive.
  11. Hey everyone! I've been scrolling through various forums on here for a couple weeks now, but this is my first post! I graduated a year ago from Northern Arizona University with my BSW and a minor in sociology. Attending grad school has been on my mind a lot over the past few months and I've finally decided to pursue an MSW in New York City through an advanced standing program in Fall 2018. I intend to apply to Columbia, NYU, Fordham, and Hunter with Columbia being with current top choice. I'm flying to New York in August to attend prospective student events and see the various campuses. Needless to say, I'm staring to get very excited about the idea of starting my masters in NYC. So here is my question: does applying right when the application opens versus right before the priority deadline make much of a difference in terms of wait time for a decision? I've read lots of different forums on here about people applying at different times and it seems that most decisions come back in February or March. I presume that most applications open in the Fall (I got an email saying Columbia's opens in August) and I'm getting eager to get to work on my applications. I welcome any feedback about this question and the application process for these schools in general. Thanks!
  12. Hi, glad to see this thread! I'm currently in the process of preparing my documents to apply for Spring 2018 for an MA! I'm going to apply to Bowling Green, Texas Tech and Arizona State. Each has a "different" program but all are interesting to me! My only problem is that I currently live in South Korea and can't move back for school - so my degree has to be an "online" program that I can attend from here. This limits my choices and I only really liked these programs (with BGSU/TT tied for my top schools)... so I'm nervous I am not applying to enough schools and won't be accepted I'm almost finished writing my writing sample as I've been out of school for 5 years and don't have my old papers. I have 4 people writing my recommendations currently and I asked them to be done by the end of June so I could apply at the beginning of July. I'm really excited!
  13. Hi All, I've been given a fairly long reading list to prepare for September. I looked at Google scholar, Jstor but could not find the ones I was looking for...and I do not want to ask my advisor to put them online, I think that if it were his intention, he would have done so already. Do you know a good database where I could look? I don't mind if it charges a monthly fee as long as I can find the requested articles. Thanks!
  14. Was changing the structure of my CV, and saw this thread. Thanks for links, really useful!
  15. Doing PhD is not fair... I would not wait for funding. So there two options: to look for the other PhD programmes with finding or taking mortgage (or something similar to it)
  16. I wanted to make sure Speech@NYU doesn't have bilingual/multicultural focus right? Do we get the opportunity to learn about their work with transgender issues? Or all these apply to on-campus program only?
  17. Hey, all! First post and super new to this, but I'm basically just seeking some advice for my third round of applications. After reading through several topics, some things I need to change are glaringly obvious, but I'm just looking for some input and dialogue really. I would say I've got below average numbers - Overall GPA 3.125, CSD GPA 3.4; Q-146, V-150, AW-3.5; I'm from Texas and have applied to UT Dallas, UNT, Texas Women's, SFA, and Houston. Graduated in 2011 and have worked as an SLPA since. I gained less than a year experience in public schools, and have been in home health ever since. In that time, I have learned Spanish and now get reimbursed as a bilingual therapist. However, I have nothing to show for volunteer hours - something I am looking at getting started ASAP (both for my resume and just an overall general desire to spend more time volunteering). I did no volunteering in college, nor did I participate in anything NSSLHA related. First huge concern of mine in applications for this next round - letters of recommendation. I won't bore you with my personal trials, but my undergrad years were the most trying times of my life to date. Lots of chaos and dysfunction for 3 out of the 4 years I was in undergrad. As a result, not only did my grades suffer, but I never truly was able to make personal connections with any of my professors. Although I'm sure they were empathetic to my many different situations that I had no control over, I'm sure I was "that girl" always emailing and asking for extensions and having to leave town to be with family for weeks at a time. So, if they even remember me, it's probably for all the wrong reasons. In my first two rounds of applications, I had three of my previous supervisors write letters for me. I was very close personally with all of them, and each of them were beyond encouraging about me pursuing my Master's. I don't doubt for a second that each of them spoke of me in high regards, but I realize there is a difference between previous supervisors and previous educators/professors. Another weird part of my story... I worked for the District Attorney in my home town several times throughout my college career, and she spoke very highly of me. So I did have her write me a letter as well, figuring it wouldn't hurt anything to include it, albeit random. WHAT DO I DO DIFFERENT THIS TIME WITH MY LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION?! I really am lost as to where to turn on this part of the application process.
  18. Taking summer classes there as well. I'd echo contacting Dr. Swift directly. She's pretty helpful and quick in her replies.
  19. I am looking to apply to Worcester in the fall, actually! I've been kinda looking for some additional info on it. Do you know anything about what the area is like? Is it a terribly high cost of living out there or not so much because it isn't Boston? I'm from Michigan so I'm not sure. Is there anything else you really liked about the program?
  20. Hi, all I was admitted to a computer science PhD program at a small school like two months ago with no funding immediately available. I emailed them forth and back in early may and they said no funding available but they would let me know in the case of future opening. It didn't look promising and I just gave it up. Unexpectedly, they said there's a TA position opening that would cover tuition and stipends. The professor of interest invited me to a Skype interview this weekend. I did a couple of interviews before but it's all about academics and research. Should I expect something else since this interview is specifically for a TA position? Most applicants who received at least one offer have probably already accepted their positions I believe, given that it's already late May. I have no idea about other candidates being interviewed. But to be optimistic, I reckon the competition is possibly less fierce. Thanks!
  21. Hi, I am a chemical engineering and biology undergraduate student planning to graduate in 2019. I want to pursue a doctoral degree in some area of cancer biology/drug discovery. I love research that allows me to employ quantitative principles to model the biological system perturbations that arise in disease states, and I would also like to investigate the effects of small molecules and biologics on those systems. Many programs exist in chemical engineering, bioengineering, biology, etc., to pursue such a route, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to make a career out of this work. At this point, I have completed both a six-month industry co-op internship and a 3-month REU. I have the option to do another six-month co-op, or go to school during that semester and do another summer REU (plenty of juicy and highly specialized graduate electives I can potentially take during that additional semester, such as medicinal or quantum chemistry, statistics with R, Python programming, and bioinformatics, to name a few). Any advice? For the summer research, I am particularly interested in the Amgen Scholars Program, if I can get in. It seems to be exactly what I am looking for. If I did an industrial internship it would probably be in drug discovery, if I could get one, or another bioprocess engineering position. Any other suggestions are welcome as well. Stats below: Undergrad Institution: mid-tier, large public university Major(s): Chemical Engineering (emphasis in Bioengineering) and Biology (emphasis in Biotechnology) Minor(s): Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering (mostly used graduate courses to complete these) GPA in Majors: 3.96 Overall GPA: 3.7 (due to poor initial showing in college 15 years ago; returned to school in 2013 and GPA is 3.9 over last 4 years) Position in Class: top 5% of current institution Type of Student: Domestic white male, non-traditional, first-gen college student, below poverty line GRE Scores (revised/old version): (estimates based on practice exam) Q: 164 V: 168 W: 5.0 B: Not going to take Research Experience: 4 overlapping years, spread across 4 faculty labs. Mix of bio/chemical engineering and chemical biology. REU in cancer bioengineering/modeling -> led to a national conference presentation and first author publication. 1 year pharmaceutical powder process modeling/simulation for NIH-funded project 1 year honors fellowship, mammalian cell culture engineering/analysis. -> led to symposium presentation 3 years cell/bioengineering in nano and tissue culture lab. -> 2 presentations and 2 publications, one first author review, one second author experimental paper in high IF journal 1 semester in chemical biology, included computational modeling -> led to national conference presentation Yearlong Honors Research and Thesis forthcoming during senior year (another REU leading to a publication would really go nicely here) Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Goldwater Scholar, Honors College, several university scholarships, Dean's List, Honor Societies: Tau Beta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Omega Chi Epsilon Pertinent Activities or Jobs I founded and am director of an NGO that designs, validates, and builds medium-scale (500L-2500L) sustainable biodigesters in developing nations. My organization has won various local innovation and engineering awards and raised large sums from various sources. 4 Grants total. Currently in an iterative experimental design/evaluation process at a farm near my campus, and looking to apply for EPA P3 funding in the next fiscal year. 6-month Engineering R&D internship at Pfizer Vice President and Secretary of two engineering student chapters on campus ChemE Car Design Team for AIChE Student Chapter Summer Internship Designing Fuel Handling Devices Peer Tutor in chemical engineering and biology Peer Mentor My jobs have been mostly research-based in faculty labs, aside from some professional tutoring, web design, retail, and manual labor work. Special Bonus Points: Glowing LOR's, but not from particularly renown faculty I have earned three online verified Coursera specializations (around 5-6 courses each): Statistics with R, Systems Biology and Biotechnology, and Python Programming (Did this mostly for personal enrichment, is there any value in mentioning this on applications?) I will have taken between 14 and 16 graduate courses before I graduate, in math, physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, and biology, with a 4.0 across the board so far I am a strong in-person interviewer Applying to Where: (my interests are based mostly on faculty fit; I have already researched which U's allow you to apply to multiple departments) MIT (chemical engineering, bioengineering, biology) Harvard (chemical biology, systems biology, bioengineering) Stanford (Either ChemEng or chemical and systems biology) Berkeley (chemical engineering) Caltech (chemical engineering) Georgia Tech (chemical and biomedical engineering) UCSD (bioengineering) UCSF (CCB) Tri-Institutional Program in Chemical Biology Rockefeller Princeton (chemical engineering) UW-Madison (chemical engineering) UMinnesota (chemical engineering) UTAustin (chemical engineering) Delaware (chemical engineering)
  22. Got a reject from McGill. All the best to everyone. Cya.
  23. Thank you!! I am so happy 😀 I had a 3.8 cumulative gpa from CSULB in psychology. I have volunteered at a nursing home since high school and currently work at a nursing facility. I have been volunteering at a pantry and a kids club since last spring and also volunteer at a crisis line.
  24. Hi, when did you submit your application?
  25. I'm sorry that you didn't get in My marks aren't remarkable, I have a B+ average. I have 1 year experience working at a drop-in centre for women/non-binary folk living with mental health and addictions. 2 years working in mental health research and 1 year working in research ethics. I worked for a year on a animation project with people experiencing homelessness. I also worked a summer with children and youth with disAbilities. I have over 4 years of volunteer/practicum experience working at a drop-in centre for people experiencing homelessness and under-housing, a mental health call-in centre for children/youth, centre for youth experiencing early signs of psychosis and their families, did art/music programs at a high school with the developmental disabilities department, and did programming at a retirement home. I also worked really hard on my statement and was open about my personal experiences/struggles. It might be helpful to contact admissions and ask about where you need improvement. I know some universities will give you feedback and tell you where you can improve. Others (e.g. UofT) will not.
  26. Hi, I am from the Bay Area (Chabot College, transfer c/o 2014) and I am familiar with both institutions. In general, it is always a wiser decision to go with the MS over a certificate, unless you know for sure that you can get a job with the certificate alone. An MS might take twice as long, but it is worth more than twice as much in terms of credibility. My ex graduated with a BS in bio from CSUEB and now works for a major pharmaceutical company in manufacturing, but I would also say that SJ State is going to have a significantly better reputation than the smaller EB. For the positions you are looking at, I would go for the PSM at SJS. While you are there, see if you can do some research work, even if it is not a thesis program, and start inquiring early about that, as well as looking for summer graduate research opportunities at other campuses, and internships in industry. You want your resume to be full by the time you re-enter the job market. Good Luck, Mike
  27. I am sorry to hear that you had a bad experience in grad school in the past. I vaguely remember the existence of your previous posts but not the details and since you want to move on from the past, I won't go back and look it up. I'll just try to help you answer your question here with the information provided here. First, I am not 100% sure what you are asking, but it seems like you felt that inappropriate things happened to you while you were a student and you are asking if you should do anything because of your experience, now that you are leaving. If that's not the case, please correct me! Assuming that is what you are asking, my general advice is that you should talk to some people in the school about your experience. I have no idea why your professors would ignore you in this way, but maybe you are not the only one and letting someone know could potentially start or add to an existing record. I think there are two potential people/offices you can go to. I'll mention them and then give some advice on what to do. One place you could go to is your department chair or the Director of Graduate Studies for your department. If these people are part of the problem, then maybe go to another professor that you do have a relationship with. If you don't have anyone in the department to go to, then skip this step. Another place is to go to the Graduate Office, Graduate School, Faculty of Graduate Studies, School of Graduate Studies, or some other organization that goes by a similar name. Basically, go to the office that oversees all graduate programs on your campus. Let them know what is going on. I think you should do this no matter what, even if you do/don't talk to the department. If you think the department as a whole is the problem then you might reconsider talking to the Chair/Head/Director even if you could otherwise go to them. But if you don't have any reason to do this, i.e. the problem is isolated to the people that affected you only, then I think it's worth talking to them because it's much more likely changes will be implemented by the Department than the University. The main reason to skip this step is if you think the Department will try to cover it up or spin it a different way so that if you tell them first, they will be alerted when the University-level official asks about it. Either way, you should talk to the University-level official. Again, not sure what's going on, but if you don't give them the information, then they won't act on it. At this point, you kind of have to trust the school to make the right call about what to do. Although it might have greatly affected you personally, the school may choose not to do anything because they might not think it is against their policies (or that there isn't enough evidence etc.) Or they might start an investigation. Or they might just collect the information and have this information add to whatever picture they have based on past reports and what might be reported in the future. Basically, what I am saying is that it sounds like you have had a very bad experience in grad school, and regardless of why this is the case, if you are comfortable sharing the experience with someone at your school, you should tell it to the "Faculty of Graduate Studies" equivalent. But you might have to accept that it may not do very much, however, it could do more than just doing nothing. You have to decide what's best for yourself and how much more of your life you want to spend in this compared to moving on to things you're actually passionate about. For me, I would think writing a statement/report for the University and then leaving it be is a good balance of not being silent but also not letting it take over other things that might be more important to me. But the right balance for you is up to you!
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