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  1. 13 points
    For MA, you should look something like this. http://www.schools.com/articles/three-ways-strong-applicant-competitive-schools.html And for PhD, you have to look stronger: Edit: Dawww.... A downvote? Dang. I thought it was funny.
  2. 10 points

    HGSE 2017

    Current SLP student here. The mode and average age of SLP students this year is approximately 28 years old. The youngest is 25 and the oldest is 40+. @Vulpix is generally accurate in saying that SLP is older than other programs because the state requires 3 years of teaching experience in order to become a principal. The program with the oldest average age, in my estimation, is the Ed.L.D. The programs with the youngest students are the ones without a work experience requirement (e.g. EPM, PSP, MBE, AiE etc.) In my biased opinion, SLP is the strongest master's program followed by EPM. @cavenue I would say that SLP wants to see leadership skills more than administrative experience. The program does not expect you to already be a principal before enrolling in a program to become a principal. They want to see that you have a track record of leadership skills (e.g. curriculum design, instructional leadership, community engagement etc.) The Urban Scholars Fellowship (USF) is merit-based. I'm not certain, but my understanding is that the Director handpicks the top candidates who they really want to matriculate. I was told that there is usually one USF per program. SLP has three USFs this year, which indicates the quality of our cohort and the generosity of HGSE. The three students selected were: Yale TFA, Yale TFA, and Vassar. Let's just say that USF means you write a single paragraph and if HGSE really, really wants you then they offer you the USF. I think they care more about your overall profile than your test scores or GPA. My recommendation for your USF application is to tell an emotionally-moving story that talks about equity and leadership. Also, if you happen to earn the USF, I recommend not telling other students in your cohort. You don't have to hide it, but definitely don't flaunt it. I'd be happy to send my Statement of Purpose to anyone in a personal message. For the record, my scores were nearly identical to yours @cavenue
  3. 7 points
    Things I asked included: 1) Are you able to live comfortably on the stipend that is provided or are you forced to seek out other sources of income or make sacrifices you would prefer not to make in order to have the basics (food, shelter, clothing, medical care, transportation)? 2) What is the POIs communication style? Hands on or hands off? Constructive criticism? Only points out mistakes, never successes? 3) What is a typical week like for you in terms of how much time is in class, in lab, doing clinical hours, doing homework, etc? 4) Are students supported if they wish to collaborate with other labs or different departments? 5) If students are interested in gaining clinical experience with a population that is not included in the current practicum choices, is the department open to creating an opportunity? 6) What are you expected to do during summers and are you provided a stipend and medical care for that time?
  4. 5 points

    Evaluating program reputation

    I'm in a different field than yours but this is a factor that transcends fields! Does your field have school visits? A lot of the information you are looking for, especially about specific resources to students, is best learned during a school visit. These things aren't usually well publicized on websites. If you can't visit, try to set up some Skype calls with profs and other grad students. You can definitely ask about things like whether or not students feel like they can go to the conferences they want to go (or if they always have to make hard decisions due to limited funds), whether or not there are department-wide or university-wide sources for funding if your advisor doesn't have money for you, whether the stipend is enough to live on, what is the quality of life etc. For determining reputation, yes, reputation within the field is important, but overall reputation could also be important, depending on your goals. When I was choosing, I was deciding between two top schools in my field. However, one was a private school that was well known beyond my field, and another was a public state flagship school that had little academic clout outside of a few fields. In this case, because the "in-field" reputation was equal (I'd rank these programs as #1 and #2 in the country), I put a lot of consideration on the overall school ranking. The reasons to consider the overall rankings (e.g. US News): - I might want to consider non-academic jobs, and someone outside of my field would be more impressed with a PhD from the private school instead of public state school. - The private school draws a lot more money from alumni and philanthropists than the public school, often translating into more resources for research and sometimes extra perks for students too. I wasn't sure of this at first, but after I got here, I was amazed by the difference in availability of resources at this private school compared to my past experiences. - Usually, but not always, the higher ranked schools are in areas with other academic institutions, so it's easier for you as a student to access collaborators and colleagues in other universities. It's also more likely that your university will be hosting big events for your field, so it increases your exposure. Finally, you wrote about determining these reputations. I want to say that this only really matters that the "big picture" level. I'm not quite sure, but from the description of what you're doing, it sounds like you might be trying to discern differences too small to matter. When I considered "reputation", I mentally divided the schools into three categories of rankings. The specific numbers may vary due to the size of your field, but for me, there were top tier programs that would probably be ranked 1-10 nationally. Then there's another tier that might rank 10-30. And then there's everything else. I don't think reputation really matters when differentiating between rank #3 and rank #7. It's all the same. I would consider reputation as a factor only when you have to decide between these two different "tiers". Here's how I would determine the school's reputation (and the reputation of its members). Some of these things aren't probing reputation directly, however, what we really care about is the advantages that you get from going to a school with a strong reputation, so we can look for these benefits/advantages instead - Word of mouth is actually not that bad. But make sure you get the right opinions. If you have good relationships with a wide variety of professors, talk to them about your grad school options. They might share lots of thoughts with you. Yes, it is just word of mouth and people's opinions, but that's exactly what "reputation" is anyways. It's not an objective score, it's other people's subjective opinions. Again, you won't be able to get precise information like "School X is the #3 school" from asking a bunch of people. But if you talk to people about "good graduate programs in X", and you hear certain school names over and over again, then that tells you something. - I look at the papers of the students in the program. See what kind of work they're doing, what kind of resources they can use. - I go to the major conference websites for my field (we have a big national one every January) and search the abstract database. It allows me to sort by institution, so you can see what the students are doing at these meetings. In my field, oral presentations are more prestigious than poster presentations, so you can see how often people from School X give talks vs. give posters. You can also get a sense of how often the school sends students to these meetings. Oh also, some conferences have student presenter prizes---find out where they're from. - I go to the society webpages for the major society in my field and look at the past awards. My society awards 3-5 prizes each year, for different things like "Career Achievement Prize", "Young scientist" (i.e. a prof with a PhD in the last 7 years) etc. This is a good way to determining an individual person's reputation, because if they win one of these, it means they are recognized by the field as a superstar. These awards require nomination from others in the field and are very competitive. If you notice that some schools often have winners then that tells you something! - In my field, there is a journal called "Annual Reviews of Astronomy & Astrophysics" (similar Annual Reviews exist for a lot of other fields). Scan the table of contents and see who is writing the review articles. These people are generally going to be considered the foremost experts in their topic. These authors are specifically invited to write these reviews. See who they are and where they are working. For the topics specific to your area of research, read the review article. They usually have a very extensive literature review as they will often summarize all the knowledge and work on the topic to date. See who gets cited. Which works are considered field-defining? - Go to the department's website and look at the list of faculty. Usually they will say the title of the professor too, like the "Jackie A. Smith Professor of Biology" or the "Rachel E. Miller Chaired Professor of Physics". These special professor titles are usually because the money came from a donor that endowed the position. If you see a lot of these types of titles on a department page, you can infer that they are getting a sizable chunk of income from donors. - If your field has national graduate fellowships, for example like the NSF GRFP, you can often search the database of winners. Find out if students in the department you're interested will often win them. - If your field has national prize postdoctoral positions, find out where these winners got their PhDs. - Finally, one of the advantages of going to a high ranked school is that you're more likely to have distinguished speakers come visit for the seminar and colloquium series (and you're more likely to have many of these talk series). Go to the department website and look up who the past invited speakers have been. Are they getting the top researchers in your field to visit? Would the variety and quantity of talks and visitors interest you?
  5. 5 points
    Every field is different, but in Clinical Psych, the smallest number of people interviewing with my prof was 4, and the largest was probably 7+. However, I'm 99% sure that their preference order is decided before the interview, and the interview is more of a screening process to see if they need to take anybody off that list. I had great interviews that didn't turn out well, and so-so interviews (that didn't seem to go well AND where they probably learned very little about me) at better schools that got me an offer. I talked to other applicants as well as current students about that and in general, they tend to agree with me. So, if you don't get in after an interview, don't be upset because "the fate was in your hands"- just realize that sometimes, decisions are already made, or sometimes, they are looking for something very specific. That being said, if you got an interview, you're already awesome, and it does mean you have a pretty good chance of getting an offer :-D. Good luck!
  6. 4 points

    Preparing for Clinical PhD Interview

    Regardless of what the interview sites tell you about having meals/snacks always ALWAYS have your own snacks and water with you! This is especially important if you're on a special diet, have allergies, or are just plain picky. Some programs are not very organized and you may have so many things scheduled for your day that you get 5 minutes to scarf something down. Or you may find that their understanding of your dietary needs is horribly inaccurate or the special meal requested for you is forgotten or still not something you can eat. Some places also just have terrible food regardless of what is served. I just carried my purse with whatever I needed in it, but other applicants carried messenger bags or briefcases. Most programs also load you down with swag.....pamphlets, brochures, random office supplies, water bottles, etc so having a bag is helpful anyway. Oh and have kleenex, cough drops, and hand sanitizer.
  7. 4 points

    How do you turn your brain off?

    I ride my bike very fast until the only think I can think about is how much it hurts to ride my bike very fast. After that, I stop thinking and just enjoy the endorphines.
  8. 3 points

    Online Portal - changed from PhD to MA?

    Got it. Do you currently have a Masters? University of Washington requires you to have a Masters before you can apply to the PhD program. If you don't already have one, they may have put you in the MA applicant pool as a result. This is from their website: A Master's degree in the discipline is required. Applicants without a Master's degree must apply to the M.A. program first and indicate the Ph.D. as their final degree goal. Because our M.A./Ph.D. program is fully integrated, students entering at the M.A. level can progress internally and non-competitively to the Ph.D. program given satisfactory academic progress.
  9. 3 points
    Echoing what Epigenetics said, I've spoken to several faculty members at elite universities (Stanford, Princeton, Yale, Harvard) who have served on committees. They have said: 1) The most important parts of your application are your letters of recommendation and research experience 2) The correlation between success in graduate school and GPA usually disappears around 3.2 3) GRE scores are not very important 4) Some faculty members don't even bother reading your SOP
  10. 3 points
    All I want for Christmas is an offer of admission and full funding...
  11. 3 points

    Writing Samples

    I recycled a section from one SOP into another and forgot to change the school's name (I used the correct name elsewhere)! Still got in (it was for an MA) and my PI that called to notify said, "I'd like to welcome you to X! Oh wait, sorry I meant Y!" The app system wouldn't let me change it but I emailed the Chair, apologized, and provided a corrected SOP. Surely this happens from time to time. If if makes you feel better, no real harm in asking if you can submit an edited copy. If they say no they at least know that you're aware of the error.
  12. 3 points

    Preparing for Clinical PhD Interview

    1) I don't know about everyone else, but my current PI asked me when I was interviewing–"What would you want to work on for your first year project?". I was not really expecting this and so it caught me off guard. I would recommend thinking about specific real-world projects/interests that you would want to work on with your POI; when they ask WHY you want to work on this project, don't just say "to help people". Give them a real reason for the importance of your topic of interest. 2) If they are having you interview with multiple faculty members, make sure to get some understanding of what they work on. This can help a lot when interviewing. Also, other faculty members are oftentimes interested in hearing you defend why your research interests are important, so be prepared (like in #1 above) to talk about this.
  13. 3 points

    Fulbright 2017-2018

    When I applied I got a "We're pleased to inform you've been selected... for the waitlist." It worked out in the end but don't get your hopes up until you read the response in full.
  14. 3 points
    I would say the best thing I did was EMAIL every program I wanted to apply to and had back and forth conversations with the program directors. There ended up being very nice program directors who steered me in the right direction as far as what schools to apply to, etc. I also would say apply to as many schools as you can from those emails and feedback you get from them. I know money can be a problem with applying to a lot of schools, but if you really want to get in sooner, the bigger the net the better the possibility of getting acceptances.
  15. 2 points

    Language training

    Don't overkill yourself. Do whatever you can to pass that reading exam. You'll improve your German as you conduct research. However, I should warn you that there are high expectations for mastery of German if you intend to research in Germany. A lot of grants and fellowships funded by the Federal Government (Fulbright, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and humanities-based programs in German universities do expect a certain level of proficiency and language evaluation forms. One definite exception, I think, is the DAAD's Intensive Language Grant as it sends you to Germany for 2 months to study German language. Having said all that, if you think you're going to need to spend time in Germany for research, I'd eventually start working on your oral skills, not just reading. French is excellent to have for diplomatic relations pre-WWII and culture. However, German was the business language for the sciences, medicine, and I think military. However, if you're thinking on transnational terms, then yes, you need German if you're looking to work in most of Central Europe to eastern part of Russia. But you won't really need it outside of Europe unless you're working on ethnic Germans. (haha sorry i got carried away.. I just love German history!)
  16. 2 points

    Pre-requisites and bridging programs

    I know many people go for a second bachelors from Utah State University. The degree is entirely online and can be completed in 3 semesters (if you go full-time), and it's not terribly expensive. All classes are offered each semester, too. That said, I know some people still need to take another prerequisite or two before/during grad school (e.g., neuroanatomy), but otherwise this is a good way to deal with the prereq issue.
  17. 2 points

    Should I even be trying?

    If a change of career is what you really want, you'd be crazy not to try. The worst thing that can happen is that you fail. How bad is that compared to not even trying? Personally, I knew I'd be bitter for the rest of my life if I didn't have the guts to go for what I wanted. I decided I'd rather fail and move on with my life than to not try at all. Besides, there are worst things in life than not getting into a PhD program. Have courage, dear friend!
  18. 2 points

    Preparing for Clinical PhD Interview

    Potentially really dumb question - but when grad students provide housing, does this mean we'll be sleeping on their couch or something? Should we bring extra blankets or pillows just in case?
  19. 2 points
    I don't think MIT has finished sending out applications yet. I worked in BCS for a summer and emailed my PI last week, from what she knows they're sending invites until January like usual. But she isn't as involved with admissions this year, so take that with a grain of salt...
  20. 2 points
    Emily Estelle

    Aero Applicants Fall 2017

    Hi everyone:) Materials Engineering BS applied to AAE programs at MIT, Stanford, Caltech, Michigan and Purdue. Multiple journal publications and national/international conference presentations. Internships with NASA, Lockheed Martin Aero, and SkunkWorks. I'm hoping to do a Master's in aero with a focus in structures and materials. Fingers crossed!
  21. 2 points

    Dealing with Funding Rejection

    As an academic you'll experience a lot of rejection. It hurts, but you have to learn that it's not personal and it doesn't mean you're not good enough. I really like this post about rejection in academia, for some perspective: http://makewritelearn.com/rejection-letter Also, this: http://www.chronicle.com/article/MeMy-Shadow-CV/233801
  22. 2 points

    Keep a Word, Drop a Word

    Loose women (sorry, first thing that came to mind. Not sure what that says about me)
  23. 2 points

    Q's to ask grad students in interviews

    My advice is to ask specific questions that are personally relevant to you, instead of general questions. As a grad student, a prospective student is a stranger, but someone I'd like to help if I know that my answer can be helpful. Sometimes giving an honest answer will put me in a vulnerable position or potentially at risk so I think a prospective student should ask the question in a way that ensures to me that this risk is worth it and that my answer will actually be valued. This means that you should decide exactly what you want to find out ahead of time and ask these questions. It's really hard for me to answer vague and open-ended questions like "Do you like the program?" or "Are you happy?". I would say you should ask specific things and share something about yourself in doing so (makes me feel like my answer can be helpful). So, if you are worried about your background in topic X in the coursework, just say that and ask about the courses. An example question from my field would be, "My undergrad degree was mostly in physics and astronomy, so I have had very little earth science experience. What would the courses be like without a lot of geological science experience?". I think this is a much better question than something like, "How much geology do I need to know for the courses?". The first version tells me about your specific concern, so that I can tailor my answer to your particular case. Also, don't make the student feel like they are being tested/judged. If you are asking a subjective question, I would say that you should share your opinion first before asking about mine. Using another example from my field, let's say you are looking for an earth science program with a lot of field work opportunities and chances to do field trips. Don't ask something like, "Are there a good amount of field trips?" or "How do you feel about the field trips in the department?". Some students will like doing them and some students won't and if I say that I don't really like the field trips but I get them out of the way, and you say that you love field trips and want to go on as many as possible, then you put me in an awkward situation. Instead, I would suggest that you start out saying that you are interested in field work opportunities and want to go on many field trips, then ask about the opportunities. If I'm a fellow field-trip fan, I would be happy to share your excitement and tell you about the great trips. But if I'm not, I can tell you this (knowing that you are a big fan) and then tell you about the opportunities I know about plus also direct you towards the other field-trip fans that I know. Some people might say that by revealing your expectations before asking your question, you might get a biased answer if the student you're talking to just wants to only tell you about the good parts. However, I think if this was the case, then you would still get biased answers. On the other hand, if you are talking to a student who is willing to be honest to a stranger, and you make them feel like you are testing them, you might catch them for one question, but it might reduce their willingness to answer future questions. Also, if you do end up attending the school, remember that these students will be your colleagues. In general, I'd say you should structure the questions for topics #1, #2 and #5 in your list as "I am looking/hoping for X, what are your experiences with / what do you know about X in the department?". For topic #3, I'm not sure how you can get this information. Something that is a setback for one person might not be a setback for another. I wouldn't ask this question directly. It might come up in general discussion with students about their life. Topic #4 is also tough because if you are talking to current students, we haven't graduated yet and we don't know what happens next for us. You could ask about what recent graduates have done, but remember that you don't know these people and haven't met them, so their outcomes can be very different than yours.
  24. 2 points

    going above a TA's head

    I think we don't really have all of the information. I agree with you that in some specific circumstances, it makes sense for the student to go straight to the professor. However, in most cases, the grading is mostly done by the TA only. Hopefully this was communicated clearly at the start of the class and if so, it would be a mistake for the student to go straight to the prof. But this is not like the worst mistake ever or anything. Just a "something the student hopefully learns for next time" kind of mistake. The two main reasons why I think it's not a good idea for students to go right to the prof is: 1. For lack of a better term, it would be skipping the "chain of command". I think if a student has an issue with the grading, they should talk to the TA first. If that conversation does not resolve their issue, then they should talk to the professor next. This is an important lesson in the academic world but also in most of the working world! If you have an issue with your coworker, you talk to them first, you don't go straight to their boss! 2. In all of my TAing experience, I have almost absolute grading authority. I've never had a professor give instructions to me on grading schemes before. At the start of the semester, we sit down and discuss what our mutual goals are for our students' assignments and then I create my own grading scheme, grade the problem sets and pass the graded homework to the prof for them to look at before they return it to the students. So, if a student was appealing for a change in grade from 6/10 to 8/10 on a particular problem, there's no way for the prof to approve this change without consulting me first because the prof doesn't know the grading scheme. I definitely agree with you that the prof does have the final say and has the right to delegate. In my experience, the prof almost always delegates 100% of the grading responsibility to the TA. In that case, it would be inappropriate for a student to go directly to the prof, but as you and others point out, perhaps this wasn't clearly explained! I think that because this is a frustrating occurrence for a TA, we might be a little hard on the student in this thread, but in reality, it's just a minor mistake!
  25. 2 points

    Fall 2017 Clinical Psychology Applicants

    Just received an invite to interview at LSU!!!!!!
  26. 2 points

    Medical anthropology programs

    Off the top of my head I know UConn, Pitt, and Boston University have strong medical anthropology specializations. Looking up medical anthropology on the AAA website's PhD program search should yield more results.
  27. 2 points

    2017 Applicants - Intro

    Hi everyone, This is my first time applying. It's been a couple of years since I finished my undergrad. Age 30 is rapidly approaching, and I'm very ready to get going on this next step before I'm too damn old. I'm applying to a range of mid-ranked PGR doctoral programs, and PGR MA programs (~10). Areas of interest are broadly: ethics, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind. Currently working on my sample, juggling my full time job, and stressing. At least the GRE is done..
  28. 2 points

    School Psychology Fall 2017

    I'm a School psych phd first-year in a program with both phd and eds students (NASP and APA accredited). Feel free to ask me questions, although if they are specific about my experience that might be best addressed by PM
  29. 2 points
    When picking schools to apply to, you may think that you'll be willing to go to absolutely any program that'll let you attend, but I ended up deciding after interviews that I wouldn't go to 2 out of my 7 schools even if they were the only option. I also turned down a 3rd school's offer to interview after some more thought. So out of 8 applications, I was only interested in 5 of those programs by the end. I wish I had done more research before choosing where to apply. Two of them I could've easily nixed if I'd just taken a minute and asked myself "do you *really* see yourself being happy at that location?". Everything turned out well in the end, I just would've had a more pleasant application cycle if I had been more selective and didn't overestimate my level of desperation to just go *somewhere*.
  30. 2 points
    Applying for grad school is like a job unto itself and takes a lot of drive. It can be daunting, many will decide to sit it out and let the senioritis consume them. But if you want this, you have to go get it. Organize your stuff, get started early, think critically of every step. You gotta play the game: get your professors to know your name, after all, they will likely be the ones you're asking for letters of rec. Research assist, ask questions, be present in class- awake, off your phone, listening- they can tell, and be you. Applying to grad school is an exercise in marketing yourself as a professional. It's tough and exhausting, but you can do it. Everyday, keep your eyes on the prize.
  31. 1 point

    Pre-requisites and bridging programs

    Wow, yes you are right. I had read the second sentence instead of the first: A minimum 3.0 GPA is required by COMDDE for continuation in the 2nd bachelor's degree program. Many graduate programs across the country, including USU, accept students with higher GPAs. (Average GPA is 3.75 – 3.8)
  32. 1 point

    Online Portal - changed from PhD to MA?

    Also- heyyyy to having the middle name Louise
  33. 1 point
    Just sent an email with a simple question to a program director, and I swear I never agonized like that over the content, structure, and language of an email. Everyone's like "be yourself"..."but not like, TOO much yourself..." WTF DOES THAT MEAN
  34. 1 point

    Fall 2017 Applications

    I did elaborate in my SOP somewhat. My LOR were sent directly, so I haven't seen them unfortunately though I'm sure at least 2 of the 3 if not all three were strong. I did reach out to both my POI's. I work in one of my POI's lab (and working with her on a PTSD study as the PI, hopefully submitting to IRB very soon), the other happens to be the department chair but we've had several conversations about mutual research interests (behavior medicine, mindfulness, non pharmaceutical therapies for chronic pain, etc.). Thank you for the boost of confidence. Seems each time I go to the website to look at past admits to the program, my confidence drops a bit lol
  35. 1 point

    Survey for research - where can I post?

    Help needed to get participants for my survey Do you have a section to post surveys for my research, posts like this: "Hi, Please help me with my survey. I am looking for participants from the UK to take part in my scientific survey about the use of social network sites for my research at the University of Latvia. The survey needs round about 10 minutes and contains three questions about use of private social network sites and some demographic questions. It would be great if you could fill out the survey at https://www.soscisurvey.de/UKFB/ . Thank you for your support. If you like to get further information about my research please visit https://scholar.google.de/citations?user=5ib-qREAAAAJ&hl=de. If you have an idea or beneficial place where I can publish or distribute my survey please feel free to send me an e-mail to tomsander@hotmail.de. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Kind regards and have a nice weekend, Tom" What would be a good place? Kind regards, Tom
  36. 1 point

    Asking how many places available - appropriate?

    Congratulations! Good luck!!
  37. 1 point

    Keep a Word, Drop a Word

    Fight Night!*^^*
  38. 1 point

    Fall 2017 Applications

    I think your background as a veteran is a strong plus for your application. Did you elaborate on your experiences as a combat medic in your SOP? Also, how do you feel about your rec letters- Did you feel they were strong? For the exception of your low Quant and just above cut-off general GPA, I think your application background and package is very, very impressive- I know from experience that advisors are welcoming of veterans pursuing higher education, as they bring a whole different perspective to the field of trauma/PTSD. Lastly- did you reach out to your POI(s?) before your submitted application(s)?
  39. 1 point

    School Psychology Fall 2017

    Hi Everyone New to the thread and happy I found it. For my peace of mind I want to basically spell out my resume and see if anyone could give me honest brutal feedback on my chances. So if you don't feel like reading another post like this, please skip ahead! GPA: 3.5 | GRE Verbal: 150, Quant: 145, Writing: 4.5 On the numbers side, I'll admit I'm average (maybe even below average). But I think I make up for it a lot considering my extracurriculars: Research experience: school psych research lab, neuropsychology lab, community-based research during a study abroad experience *However, only one poster presentation and 2 pending for the NASP annual conference Practical experience: art therapy, behavioral health services volunteer, grief counseling, Jumpstart (reading/literacy program), 3 teacher's aide positions, one to one aid for children with disabilities, social skills/positive behaviors program with fellow Ed. S. students, comprehensive sex ed program with juveniles at a detention center, Big Brothers Big Sisters for 4 years, school psych mentor for undergrads If I could include my statement I would lol, but I'll just tell you guys I worked super hard on it to compensate for my low numbers. My letters are strong. Ed.S. programs I'm applying to: Lehigh Uni, UMass Boston, U of Cincinnati, U of Albany, Redford Uni, Cali State Uni - Long Beach, U of Delaware, and James Madison University. (SIDE NOTE: If you are applying to these schools, let me know!) I think I applied to average-competitive schools. Also, not really interested in research (not opposed to it either), but definitely going for more behavioral programs. Thoughts? Am I good enough? What am I lacking in? Constructive criticism, please! I'll return the favor if wanted lol. THANK YOU
  40. 1 point
    I'm going to offer a different perspective here. I work in a private practice office with a group of psychodynamically-trained psychologists, and damn - they are good at what they do. It also seems like psychodynamically trained clinicians are very focused on pathologizing their clients and even validating the pathology in their research topics. I can't speak to how the research sphere is in psychoanalytic/psychodynamic circles, but in practice that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, a lot of psychodynamically-trained clinicians dislike CBT/behavioral-trained clinicians because they are always "searching for a solution". Simply put, they state that theories like CBT focus on altering cognitions/behaviors, on fixing symptoms, and on changing things... whereas psychodynamics focuses more on understanding the underlying person. Yes, along the way psychodynamics can offer solutions, but the reason for utilizing a psychoanalytic approach usually stems from a more "philosophical" desire. Instead of, "How can I reduce my anxiety symptoms?", the psychodynamic approach addresses, "I'm feeling anxious. Why?" I don't think either approach is better than the other, but as someone who does highly respect the historical underpinnings of psychology, I think the psychodynamic/psychoanalytic approach is useful for certian clients. In my practice's case, most of our clients are middle/upper class, white adults who are wrestling with "higher order" problems - things like anxiety, adjustment disorders, personality disorders, etc. For people who are coming in saying, "I feel uncomfortable with my life, but I can't really pin down why," the psychodynamic approach is perfect for them. It allows them to explore, to address past memories and emotions, to view how that has shaped their lives. It allows them to - in the previous example - figure out the underlying cause of their anxiety, to sit with that discomfort to gain further insight, instead of focusing primarily on techniques to reduce it. For people who are coming in with debilitating depression, alcohol abuse, and uncontrollable fits of anger.... yeah, CBT would probably be better. These are people who do need to work on their cognitions and behaviors. These are not the people who need to delve into the philosophical, unconscious points of their lives. They need fixes. So really, different theories for different patients. Now research, I have no idea, lol......
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    Usually email or phone call. I've never heard of interviews being posted online without someone contacting you first.
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    Applied for theoretical Chemistry. Sent out my application in early November and heard back more than 2 weeks ago, I think.
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    Deciding on a Field of Study

    School Psychology
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    @Turretin I'll upvote you, buddy. I chuckled very appreciatively.
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    PhD Interview Advice 2017

    This board is a bit quiet, sorry you didn't receive any help. How did the meeting go?
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    Gates Cambridge 2017-2018

    To applicants in the physical sciences: I just received an invitation to interview, so it appears that they are still notifying shortlisted candidates. However, it seems likely that I'm taking the place of someone who did not accept their invitation, so I am not holding out much hope that I am highly ranked.
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    School Psychology Fall 2017

    So glad this exists - I've scoured last year's thread multiple times! I've been set on doing Ed.S. for the past couple years, but just today started thinking about potentials of a Ph.D. from the urging of my graduate mentor (a current Ph.D. student in the department). I know that she believes I'm competitive enough, but I'm afraid that I'm not because of how few those programs accept. I've been in a research lab in the school psychology department at my school for two years now, going on my third currently. For the GRE, I had a 159V, 148Q, and 5.5W, but I have a 3.53 GPA and will be graduating in the Honors program. I have my name on a publication under review and four posters, all in school psychology, and three have been or are going to be presented at the NASP annual convention, of which I am also applying for a research travel grant to attend (which would also go on my resume/CV, should I get it). Two of my letters will be from school psychology faculty (and then one likely from one of my regular psych professors) and one will be glowing as it's my lab director who I have worked closely with. Beyond this, I'm also a part of a social skills program in an elementary school, have run an SAT tutoring/mentoring class for low-income high school students, and visit a local school twice a week with another program to provide support in an ESOL classroom. I have a few club positions listed as well and all of this is on top of working to support myself at an unrelated job. I think I'm at least a competitive applicant for Ed.S., but I guess I'm just looking for an unbiased opinion on whether I have a shot at a Ph.D. program or not! I'm sorry to post another one of those "what are my chances," but I'm just really nervous about whether to just apply to Ed.S. programs or to include some Ph.D. ones in there. I can't really afford to wait a year if something doesn't work out, so I'm only a little bit terrified, haha. I'll definitely have tons more questions soon though! I'm so glad that we have a place where we can all support each other during this
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    If I could go back and give myself advice, I would have told myself to look into location of the schools before applying. I was so sure I wasn't getting in anywhere and I would accept any place that I didn't really consider that at all. I would tell myself to stop undermining my own achievements and thinking that I couldn't apply to "higher rank" schools because I didn't think my grades or resume was enough.
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    My advice would be to make a timeline for everything and stick to it. Pencil everything in on your calendar and follow through. It may seem early but your summer will fly by. You should already be working on your SOP plus studying for and taking the GRE if you haven't already. Also, a lot of people here created spreadsheets with each their potential grad school listed and all of the programs' info in one place. I was less organized and had notes scribbled everywhere and had to go back to the schools' websites multiple times - no fun! 🙄 Start working on your applications and essays as soon as they open and do a little every day so you don't compromise your fall grades. Make sure you get feedback on your essays from several qualified individuals. I was actually surprised to receive very little critique from a professor of mine, when multiple individuals from other fields had a ton of useful feedback. It's best to pick people who aren't afraid to critique you. If you haven't already secured your letter of rec letters I would ask very soon after the fall semester begins - professors do not like last minute requests and some will refuse any new requests after a certain date they set. Good luck!
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    I disagree. They will see through a pretentious, lofty response. Just be honest. Nobody knows what they want to do the rest of their life. One of my interviewers even said that during my last interview- most of his students' goals change about halfway through, and that's okay.