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  1. That would not be advisable. Backing out of an acceptance could burn a bridge, since it'll lead to money being committed to you and could lead to other students being rejected off the waitlist because you've taken a spot. If you back out, that will cause an inconvenience. Not that there aren't legitimate reasons why that might happen, but it doesn't sound like you have one. Have you tried asking for an extension on the decision deadline?
  2. There's lots of advice already on this website, as well as elsewhere. One important piece of adult wisdom is knowing how to use it -- use the search function to find relevant information here and elsewhere, and come back with more detailed questions. That will increase the likelihood that you'll get replies. (= help us help you!) What you're asking now will require a whole lot of time to answer, and not everyone will want to spend that time on this question, given that we've already answered it multiple times in the past. Another piece of advice is to start creating a network. Reach out to current students at your program to find out information about where students live, how much rent costs, if anyone is looking for a roommate, when is the right time to search (the housing market might have a yearly cycle and you'll need to know when leases tend to begin to know when apartments go on the market). More experienced students will have all of this information at their fingertips and some will be willing to help, I'm sure.
  3. I give the fellowship/grant name, a short description, and a dollar amount for large amounts (over $5000). I try to make sure that the name + details aren't more than 2 lines per entry. I separate internal from external grants -- both so there is no deception and it's easy to separate the more competitive from the less competitive awards, and also because with time I expect not to list as many (or any) of them, at some point.
  4. That's a first...
  5. Maybe, unclear. But your behavior today isn't helping anything. Friends, no need to create new reports. We are aware of this situation and are taking care of it. Congratulations to those who got accepted and good luck to those still waiting.
  6. Here's the thing. I don't know how we're supposed to verify whether or not this poster is telling lies when we're talking about acceptance notifications; we don't know if they are all sent at the same time and the fact that someone -- or even everyone -- here hasn't received any emails tells us nothing about the veracity of this claim. If you can show us actual proof that that's happening, as opposed to reporting accusations that aren't backed up by any evidence we can check, then we can talk again. (Tagging @rising_star, @Eigen, and @TakeruK here, for good measure; I'm about to go off the grid for a bit and I don't want this discussion to get lost.)
  7. Just popping back in to ask everyone to calm down, relax, and ignore anyone who is posting things you disagree with or find offensive. If you're not familiar with it, this board has a quite useful "Ignore User" function, so you don't even have to see content from someone, if you'd rather not. Please do that instead of generating multiple reports and starting fights on the board. I'd hate to have to lock this thread, too.
  8. Alright, so for a smaller specialist audience, one thing you might consider is rotating presentations by group members (when there is something to present, and you should know that people will often not volunteer but will agree to present if you ask them, so as the organizer this will be an ongoing task for you), presentations by invited speakers if you happen to get someone passing through town, and otherwise you might pick a topic and either read papers on that topic, or in one group I'm in we choose a book we want to read per semester and go through the chapters 1-2 at a time any week that we don't have a presentation. Also, cookies. It's inexpensive and it'll go well with coffee. If you bring a box and pass it around once or twice during the talk, I'm sure people will take some. When you have your organizational meeting, you want to explain the goals of the group -- likely to provide a venue for people to stay in touch with developments in their field, and a low-stress option for presenting new and ongoing work. Discuss a theme, ask for volunteer presenters, but to set the tone, you might want to get a few of your colleagues to give presentations like you'd want the group to have (and maybe you give one), so people see what you are envisioning. Also, so they have time to start thinking about what they'd like to present. Another option is to meet every other week, so it's easier to find presenters and it's not as time consuming.
  9. There will often be more things going on than time you want to spend at these events. It's okay -- even encouraged -- to triage and only do some things. You shouldn't feel bad about it! Time management is an important skill to learn. You pick the events that help you most, and skip some of the others; you might choose the ones that could help your research or that are most related to it (that's the most obvious), but that's not the only consideration. Think about big vs small event: the small ones might get into more interesting and in-depth discussions, and might be a good way to meet and interact with people in your subfield. Bigger events will give you more of an opportunity to be visible and network, but might be less relevant to your interests*. Also consider the speaker and your progress in your program; earlier on, general purpose talks by invited specialists might be a good way to get exposed to new subfields, even if you don't think they interest you -- you never know. Later on, more specialized talks might make more sense, but I still think it's important to stay connected with what's going on in other subfields, to learn about new methodologies, etc, even if they're not relevant to my own work in any way. For things you miss, I often find that writing the speaker a personalized email to apologize for having had to skip their talk is a good way to stay visible (to them) and not feel as bad about not going to something I would have wanted to (and might have been expected to) go to. (Also to some extent, the buddy system mentioned above, but I think you can only rely on others so much). * the myth of only attending talks in one's area! sigh. I think it creates narrow-minded scientists and should be abolished from people's minds. After all, you want to be able to converse with colleagues in other subfields and have a general sense of what's going on there. I'm not saying you should know the most cutting edge new developments, but attending a colloquium talk by a famous invited speaker once every few weeks won't kill you!
  10. There is no set formula for generating "hotness". What will work will depend on the circumstances -- your participants, your goals, your physical settings (room, time of day, etc). Different formats will work for different people and different goals, so it might help to know more about who you are aiming for and how many people you expect to get. A good format for a group of 10-15 specialists is very different than what would work for 50 non-specialists. So, give us more information, and we might be able to give you better advice. But .. free food. That always helps.
  11. I would not mention you past in your SOP unless it's relevant to your proposed research. The SOP is a professional document about what you want to study and why Awesome U is a a good fit for your interests. You might consider mentioning this in an addendum or personal statement (or in the "is there anything else you'd like to tell us" field that you often find in applications), if you think it'll come up and you want to explain it yourself. If you do apply under your old name, will your current name appear in transcripts or anywhere else the adcom might have access to? I do think it's a fair assumption that someone might google you, so if you worry that if it's found out it'll hurt you, it might be best to just get in front of it early.
  12. I assume he didn't mention it to you because it wasn't something he could share with you at that point. As an academic, he needs to make decisions about his career and negotiate an offer, formally accept it, and inform his current/old employer before it makes any sense to tell a prospective student. At this level, some people don't make it known that they've applied, let alone been offered a position, before they make a decision to move; there is a lot of politics involved, and you're not going to share that with someone you've never met. Yes, this obviously affects students, but this is how it's done. I think he's being very nice to inform you as soon as he could and to give you options (though I think it's unfair to put the decision on you, but that's a different story). I do agree with your current profs that it's not clear that he could take NSF funding with him to NZ; but if he's willing to make arrangements to bring you over and fund you, and that sounds good to you, that's probably a good deal. This person sounds like a good advisor, from what you've described here.
  13. No one is ever banned without warning! People are very rarely banned to begin with, and even then only for egregious offenses like incessant trolling, stalking, revealing another user's real identity, consistent abuse of the reputation system. Posters will get a warning and then a short suspension before they are banned if they continue to ignore our warnings.
  14. Not deleted, but moved (as we always do with posts that are posted in the wrong forums).
  15. Hi there, please stop cross-posting the same post in multiple forums. I have removed you other posts (and moved this one to a visible location).