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Concordia last won the day on September 26 2016

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    2017 Fall
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    History, PhD/DPhil

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  1. Well said. My third option may actually go too far in that direction--the supervisor thinks he may be abandoning my area of interest. A shame, as he could be a real nice challenge to work with. But that is a first-world problem at the moment.
  2. That's where I will likely come out. My Option A has a very good department, a wonderful (if inexperienced) supervisor who is focused on the same decade and region as my proposal, and at least one colleague who could help touch on some of the angles I'm interested in but the supervisor hasn't addressed. Option B has the supervisor who helped me on my master's dissertation (which went very well), and a ridiculously better environment for learning. We're talking proximity of excellent and related departments, massive institutional clout, and a social atmosphere that will probably work better for an introvert who is easily distracted. The supervisor there is only tangentially involved with the particular problem I am starting with, but seems to have a good notion of how I can get better at what I need to do. He is also inexperienced with doctoral supervision, as is the guy at A, but ya gotta start somewhere. My needs aren't necessarily typical, but I'd rather be a good historian with a ton of fabulous contacts and the possibility of discovering approaches that I haven't begun to consider--(B)-- than an expert on my thesis topic who couldn't focus on my work or expand my view in useful ways (A). [While I'm looking at this particular period because I stumbled upon it and it does need work, it's not one I would have necessarily planned in advance.] A liberal arts approach? At some point you do need to specialize a little, but at the moment I'm not relishing the thought of narrowing my focus too much.
  3. Anyone who wants to be a sophisticated adult while eating a hot dog is barking up the wrong tree. And I love ketchup on them-- with or without mustard.
  4. For overseas long-distance calls, get a Skype account. It removes the inhibitions in a remarkable way.
  5. This is very sensible-- even if a year off doesn't produce paydirt with funded programs, you might at least have a little more cash in the bank. Can you defer in order to keep the MAPSS option open?
  6. Have you phoned in to see if there is some method to the madness?
  7. You may want to talk to the career service offices at places that are doing both to see how they're marketing these, and who seems to be biting on either one. I'd guess that MBAs in recruiting will assume that the MBA is the best option. After all, it was what produced their own brand of perfection. I was at Yale back when we called our degree an MPPM, and there were some on-campus recruiters who actually would ask "so, are you also going to get an MBA?" Maybe they were just trying to see how you handled dumb questions, but the possibility is out there.
  8. I have a Mini 4, and will be bringing it. No idea of exactly how useful it will be, but I am guessing that with Kindle, SugarSync, and Zotero or whatever else I learn to use, it might be a useful way to keep reading material close by. FWIW, that model just fits into the side pocket of a suit jacket, so it is much more portable than a laptop. I'd hate to do real work on it, though.
  9. That's the other thing. As said above, the relevant departments may be sending a really odd signal if they aren't giving him funding for science/engineering.
  10. True enough, and I am about to start an unfounded DPhil in history. BUT... it's only for three years, and I won't be carrying debt around when I am done. I am also old enough to have given up the notion of tenure-track gigs. If OP is in my position, then no problem. If he's going to be exiting with the equivalent of a good-sized mortgage without a house and needing a job to pay it all off, then that is different.
  11. Lab ethics are an important consideration, which I don't know much about. If it's on the shelf where you once worked, what sort of footnote should you get for re-use? If it were a consulting firm, probably nothing. But if this guy is asking for a lot of your help as well as use of the product, that gives you leverage, assuming there are choices to be made. You could ask for the mother of all footnotes and an acknowledgement, or maybe a co-authorship if you feel it necessary to make sure your work doesn't get misused. Presumably a call to the supervisor to work out a protocol will protect you now and stop too many people from taking unfair advantage, as well as giving you less to think about in future cases.
  12. Is this enough of a trade/professional degree, like an MD, MBA, or JD, that you can justify the cost with higher compensation down the road? The opportunity cost (= $200k in checks written + five years' foregone wages) makes that worth a little thought.
  13. For every department who remembers a first-gen student who flamed out, there are several others getting heat for not going beyond the usual crowd when selecting students. Again, focus on what you can control. Proposal, writing sample, recommendation choices, etc.
  14. If that record stops you from any career, there is probably something wrong with the career.
  15. +1. Options are good. Don't get rid of them if you don't have to.