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Concordia last won the day on September 26 2016

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  1. One thing to think about, which probably won't hurt you in the least. Departments do like to know that their graduates will get jobs, and there are some fields where anything but tenure-track academia is still considered a poor second choice. While age discrimination is generally illegal, admissions committees in those areas might therefore feel a little warmer toward youngsters who will bite the ass off a bear now and be an attractive candidate for 40 years of academic service afterward. That problem is almost certainly less relevant to you, since there are plausible applications for your work in government, NGOs, lobbying, consulting of all kinds, journalism, etc. In those occupations, you will be even more attractive with your experience in addition to your state-of-the-art academic work.
  2. Practice obviously will vary-- for my history programs, one didn't even ask for a sample, figuring that if my recommenders couldn't say how wonderful it was they didn't have to bother. The other places asked for two samples (each max. 2.5k words), but said that a single paper of 5k words would also suffice. I ended up choosing the juiciest 5k words from my master's thesis, trying to include a few things that my examiners particularly liked-- comments that my recommenders might have included in their letters if they were feeling lazy or kind. An intro paragraph before each of two sections set the scene, making context a bit more obvious.
  3. It runs the gamut at Cambridge. Often very casual, although daytime seminars or presentations might welcome a suit. One difference there, as in much of the UK, is the need for formal clothes in the evening. Much will depend on your college, but you'll almost certainly have a lot of formal halls and receptions to go to. Some are black tie, the majority will be dark suit for men.
  4. 1. Have you found a potential project close to the ground (or through reading of journals)? Talk about it as you're sounding out potential professors to study with. You may end up having a crisp analysis of a problem you'd like to solve. 2. Have your recommenders mention this if they are in a position to speak of it. (Make sure they have a transcript and CV before they start.) Also, if they have an opinion about your research aptitude, they should mention that. 3. No idea. My applications didn't require that.
  5. Phone their offices to see if they're free for appointments (by phone). That will tell you a lot.
  6. I'm busy trying to cut the boring half out of my master's dissertation to bring it to article length, and nobody I've talked to about it seems to have been the least bit worried.
  7. In general, an MA can be a good way to fill gaps in your CV. While it would be nice to get into one now that leads directly to a good PhD, you might do just as well finding a program that lets you improve your record and get yourself in line for a better PhD -- assuming you still want to do that when it is all over. Just make sure that the place you're going (a) isn't totally unknown or despised, and (b) will give you a chance to earn some good recommendations, and maybe even a research project that shows what you're capable of.
  8. Sounds like they want you a lot. Since you'll probably be a stronger student after a year in Salamanca, they are unlikely to think less of you. Worth asking. Of course, a term or two abroad while in the program might be normal and easily arranged.
  9. I would think so, as it gives you something to discuss. Otherwise, you're just standing there and asking to be told that you're fabulous.
  10. If you got along well with prospective advisors, probably no harm in reaching out to see about next cycle. Apart from the new luster on your statistics/CV, do you have an interesting project you want to be working on?
  11. You'd first want to rebuild the contents of a math major. Night schools of all sorts can help you put some of those components together, which you can use to gauge your interest and ability before applying for a degree. Are you no longer aiming at biology?
  12. Only two? Not only would cycling (1) encourage healthy outdoor exercise, they reasoned, it would also (2) hasten long-overdue dress reform. To feminists, (3) the bicycle affirmed nothing less than the dignity and equality of women.
  13. An MA will help you repair your transcript, if needed, and will give a one-year look into academia without going whole-hog into a PhD. Those are both good, but each has a cost. If you don't have the time and money to pay that cost, or have no need of the advantages, don't bother.
  14. Most English PhDs, AFAIK, are quite different from the North American format. They're only 3 years, pure research-- more or less-- and you don't get to/have to work as a TA for a stipend. That changes the relationship you will have with your supervisor, for better or worse. One down side, of course, is that there aren't a lot of stipends even at Oxbridge-- where endowments are more likely to fund international students than elsewhere. Getting a scholarship as an overseas student is really hard, whereas it's usually part of the deal over here. Since the PhD doesn't include any coursework, programs generally insist on a master's beforehand, which adds a year. That might be a decent way to test the waters. It won't hurt your chances back in Canada even if you decide not to go on in the UK, and it will give a nice slice of memories either way.
  15. No idea about the folkways of your field, but you don't normally find people publicizing their masters' grades unless they got some kind of honors or prize-- or if they're applying for more grad school. Can you firm up your faculty relationships for any references needed? Did the rest of the program go OK?