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  1. I mean, what more do you expect us to say? We're talking about an internal funding source listed on an I20 by an unnamed employee at an international students office at an unnamed university, presumably based on information provided by yet another unnamed employee of an unnamed department at said unnamed university. It's hard to offer any kind of input beyond: either it's real and they're offering you more funding than you thought, or it's a mistake. If you're wondering how often miscommunications happen where someone ends up with more/less funding than they thought, well, who knows. I'm sure it happens. Either way, the only place where you will be able to get answers is your department.
  2. You need to 'debug' what happened: - did you get interview invited but no admits? - is your SOP well written, expresses your interests clearly, establishes fit with the school, and discusses your background in detail? Is it forward-looking and doesn't spend too much time on the past? Does it sound like you're excited, or like you're making excuses or blaming others for any difficulties? Is it grammatically correct and typo-free? - do you have strong LORs from professors who know you well and can discuss your research potential? - do you have a strong writing sample (if necessary for your applications)? - do you have good grades and GRE scores? - are you explaining any obvious red flags in your application? - are you choosing appropriate schools in terms of fit and rank? You might need to get help from an advisor or someone you trust who is in grad school. Get at least one person to read through your materials, to see if you are presenting yourself in the best possible way. Having good credentials on paper doesn't necessarily imply a strong application; a lot of work needs to go into that.
  3. Assist how, exactly? Job talks are given by finalist candidates for faculty positions, usually TT but occasionally also for temp positions. It's only one part of the interview process, but for you as a student it'll be one of the only ways to see the candidates before there's a hiring decision (there might also be a lunch with students you could attend). If you want to see what job talks look like, or if the topic interests you, go ahead and attend them. Beyond that, they're just like any other talk in your department, as far as you're concerned, so you can make a decision about attending just like you would in any other case.
  4. Well, for what it's worth, it's not the academia I'm a part of.
  5. Well, it seems like you need to have a conversation with your advisor, and sooner rather than later. Raise this concern about having sufficient material to present on and enough time to craft the presentation and ask for their advice on how to handle this. I'm not sure I understood how your presentation was accepted if there was no data when the abstract was submitted, so this is all a bit odd. But the most reasonable strategy would be either to withdraw, or if that isn't an option, have a presentation that is more about the idea and setup of the experiment(?) or study, predictions, plus perhaps preliminary results, and a discussion of the importance of the topic. Most of those are things you could get started on now, so you can put the presentation together with plenty of time to spare. And this is where your advisor can come in: ask for help in putting together the presentation in terms of structure and content, and specifically what you can do now, and what will happen if you don't have results in time, or if they are inconclusive. Just discuss how a presentation could go in that case, and see what your advisor has to say. (And approach this as: (1) what can I do now? (2) what would I do if the results are inconclusive, and (3) I worry that this might happen very last minute, and that stresses me out as a young student; I wouldn't use words like impossible or not feasible, just words like difficult or worry.)
  6. Since you pay rent for 12 months of the year even if you get a stipend only for 8, rent would be $1700*12=$20,400 or $1500*12=$18000. Maybe you could sublet your place in the summer, but that's a dangerous assumption to base your budget on -- what if you can't find someone for some/all of that time, especially since I'll assume you'll need to live in a less than perfect location and apartment to save costs. So, you're spending here way more on rent than you should given your income. There will be other expenses -- bills, transportation, groceries, books, clothes, the occasional unplanned expense, medical, state and federal taxes. I would say you should probably find a cheaper accommodations option. But overall, $28000 is probably livable, though you won't feel rich. You can check out the City Guide DC post for more information on the city:
  7. It'll depend on your program, you'll need to ask them.
  8. If you can have both at the same time, I don't see why you wouldn't. If you have to choose, the one that pays more makes more sense, unless there is a difference in prestige that somehow matters. Or maybe you can look into postponing one, if they are each one-year awards.
  9. Well, then, borrow a friend's car and drive down to Storrs/Hartford! It's not that far at all, you could do it over the weekend (ask for a short extension on the decision deadline, the weekend shouldn't make a difference for them but it could, for you!)
  10. Yeah I guess I don't know about graduate students so much, I know UConn postdocs and faculty who live in places like Hartford and even Boston (more like Cambridge, etc) and NYC. Not that I would recommend commuting from NY, necessarily. But Hartford might be a good compromise. And yes, I wouldn't want to live in Storrs or the nearby towns either (I've never been to Manchester, though, so I don't know about that one).
  11. I come from a very different field so I'm not sure I really have a good sense of how different your interests are from the proposed topic your advisor is suggesting. I also don't really know how independent students in your field usually are in picking topics vs working on something their advisors suggest. So with those caveats, two things that come to mind is first, I think your advisor is completely right that you should come in with an open mind and see where the program takes you once you've done some coursework and gotten to know some people.* What's the point in further studies if you've already decided you know everything there is to know? You should want this new program to spark new ideas you can't even think about now! Second, especially if you're planning to go on to a PhD, I think the precise topic you choose is less important than having a successful completed project (though of course you also don't want it to be completely unrelated to your PhD plans!). Overall -- for the PhD too -- I think having an advisor that is a good fit for your personality and work style is a heck of a lot more important than working with the person whose interests are most closely aligned to yours. A good advising relationship is crucial for a successful PhD -- for your mental health and as a consequence for your ability to not only finish the program but actually do well. I would always pick the better fitting advisor over the topic that (I think) is a better fit. Also keep in mind, whatever you work on, at some point in the life of the project, you'll be tired of it. That, too, is the nature of long and involved projects... * There is a question of when you have to commit to an advisor and topic -- can you start the program, then realize that you are heading in a different direction than you had thought (not uncommon), and choose to change advisors/topics?
  12. Well you don't necessarily have to live in Storrs or Willington or other similarly small and depressing places. A lot of people live in Hartford, which is like 30 minutes away (so you'll need a car) but is at least a decent-sized city. Will you get the chance to visit before you have to make your decision? I personally would put the money aside because even though it's a difference, the bigger question is what career path the two programs will put you on, and it sounds like UConn is the better one on this (more important, in my opinion) count. But then being miserable for 5 years doesn't sound that appealing, so you should figure out if there is a place in the area where you could live and be happy. Have you tried talking to current students about where they live and how they like it?
  13. I would do something like: Some PhD Program at This School: Fall 2017 -- Some Masters at This School: May 2017 (expected) BA at School: May 2015 But really your formatting is fine, too. It just needs to be clear what your affiliation/education are like.
  14. If you go without funding, you should be fully prepared to not be able to secure more funding next year. If they had funding for you, the time when they are the most likely to give it to you is when they're trying to recruit you; once you're there, there is less of an incentive to do things for you. Either way, you can't count on it, and it's better to plan for the worse outcome. Suppose you don't get more funding, then what happens? You spend the not insignificant amount of money for your first year, you spend most of that time worrying about debt, applying for grants and fellowships, and also applying to other graduate programs, and you do the work of a first-year. Then you're in debt and have to start over, possibly even redoing your first-year work, since many programs won't accept transfer credits (and even less so from someone who dropped out of their previous program). I personally wouldn't take that risk, but if you do, be aware that that's a very real possible outcome.
  15. Well, hopefully they can understand that funding is really important in the decision. And -- I really believe this is true -- there is no "one perfect fit" that is the only one for us. There are many options out there that lead us in different directions, and you never know what would have been if you'd gone down another path. All you can do is embrace the one you're on and believe that it, too, has good things about it that will get you toward your final goal, although the actual path you take might be different.