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  1. I plan to enter an anthro graduate school program (MA+PhD) in September 2018, which means I have something of a ‘gap year situation’ ahead of me [not in a strict sense, as I’ve been working for a number of years now]. I want to use this unstructured time ahead the best way I can. If you were in my position, how would you spend these spare 12 months before grad school officially begins? How would you prepare for what’s ahead, what would you focus on? It goes without saying that I have already given these questions a lot of careful consideration, but I’m very curious to learn how others would approach this topic; especially, current PhD candidates, postdocs, and lecturers/professors. Knowing what you now know, if you could go back, how would you spend a spare year like that? Some background: My field is social/cultural anthropology. My ultimate goal (grad school and beyond) is to prepare a CV and a research portfolio, which will aid me in launching an academic career in Europe. I have a BA in anthropology and an unrelated MA, I currently freelance (unrelated field); I have plenty of spare time, and can arrange my schedule in whatever way I see fit. I live in a mid-size European city (not a capital); can’t move anywhere this year, but can likely do some limited traveling. There’s a small anthropology department here, but I’m not affiliated with it, and never was. My degree is from the US. I can speak the local language fairly well. The grad school (next year) will be in a different county, and learning the new language will be one of my key objectives this year. The language of instruction will be English, however. Note: Not sure if I made this clear, but I’m not looking for suggestions such as “travel for fun,” or “get a new hobby.” I want to use these 12 months in the most productive way possible.
  2. Hey everyone, I'm hoping to get some insight or guidance from those of you who either are, or have been, in my position. I will attempt not to drone on endlessly with this, so please hang in there! I finished my BA in Classics in Chicago last year, and have just about (two more weeks) finished the Post-Bacc Program in Classics at UCLA (did well, feel confident in some strong letters of recommendation). I will be applying to PhD programs this fall. From the get-go, I always intended on applying solely to Classics programs, but the Post-Bacc Program has served me very well in tailoring my research interests to what very well may result in applying to programs outside of Classics. I am a Latinist, and at the mid-point of fluency in Italian. Many of my research interests involve applying modern theory to the ancient world. To be candid, I do not enjoy Greek at all, nor do I really have any interest in pursuing Classics as a whole (I think?). What I am thinking of doing is taking more Italian and Latin courses while sending in apps for fall 2018. To give a better example of what I'm interested in, I am currently doing research and writing on the reception of Plautine humor among Romans during a time of political turmoil, its relevance to Freudian theory on humor, and the use of comedic violence as catharsis while still acting as a tool for maintaining social boundaries. In a nutshell, this is almost like a history of humor. I want to study things such as the transition from the Latin-speaking world to the Italian-speaking world, the evolution of combat sports in Rome through their reception an development in modern times, etc. BASICALLY: I love the Latin language, the Italian language, sociological theory being applied to Roman contexts, and the development of the Roman world into Italy. So...please, if you have any suggestions, I would love to know what umbrella you think this falls under. As of right now, I'm thinking of applying to anthropology, sociology, and classics programs. I'm finding it hard to see where I would fit. Maybe even a history program? Maybe Italian programs?? What do you think? I'm also reaching out to members in several departments to hear their input, but I'd love to find out what everyone here thinks, seeing as you may have been in this predicament yourself. Thank you!!
  3. Hi there, I'm an undergrad soon to be entering my final year, and I'm very interested in pursing a PhD in (sociocultural) anthropology. Additionally, I am intrigued by the idea of getting a Masters of Social Work to compliment my PhD, given that my interests lie in post-colonial societies, governmental responsiveness to a society's needs/values, migration, and gender-based violence. The only program I know that offers a joint Anthro PhD + MSW is Michigan, which is absolutely my dream school/program. Does anyone know of any others? Google searches haven't revealed anything helpful.
  4. I am beginning to put together a summer reading list that is probably overly ambitious and it got me thinking that there should be a thread for summer reading for social scientists. I would really like to see what books other people have on their to-read lists, no matter the disciplinary background. [My background includes sociology, anthropology, WGS (women's, gender, and sexuality studies, and French.] I'd also be interested in hearing whether and how everyone annotates what they read. Are you revisiting theory you read (or skimmed) during the semester? Are you focusing on classics in your discipline or working your way through some more contemporary works? Are you branching out from the literature in your discipline? Do you do this in an effort to keep it all straight and help with finding the right resources when you are writing? Or is it more for retention of information? Habit? Let's talk about what we read, why we read it, and how we organize our thoughts about it.
  5. So I'm having trouble figuring out how narrow my interests need to be before I apply to grad school. Some background: I'm aiming to apply to an anthropology Master's program that begins this fall (super quick, I know. Long story), at the same school I got my B.A. in 2014. The program has a focus on cultural resource management (CRM), and it's a terminal Master's. I've worked as an archaeology tech with a government agency for two seasons, going on three, so I know I want to do CRM. I'm also interested in historic archaeology of the American West, and have some interest in public archaeology. One of my profs told me my interests needed to be narrowed down some. Being new to this whole grad school application thing, I didn't realize my interests needed to be narrower before I even started. I'm not even sure what that should look like for me. Does anyone have an examples of what their narrowed interests look like? For instance, if I'm interested in historic archaeology of the American West, would a narrower interest be something like historic mining/extractive industries? Does there need to be more to it than that? Right now I sort of want to scream. I'd ask my profs about this, but it's Saturday, so....
  6. Hi all, I wanted to know if there are any scholarships available for someone on the following masters program: Masters of Science, Forensic and Biological Anthropology Track. I found a few, but would like to expand my options. Thank you and good luck to you all!!!
  7. I am currently a BA student in Mumbai, India in my second year. My subjects are sociology, anthropology and ancient Indian culture. I am planning to pursue something along the lines of linguistics and sociology after my third year. However, I am pretty clueless about which universities are good for linguistics and what would be the job prospects thereafter. It'd be great if someone could guide me regarding the same.
  8. I'm trying to decide between Ole Miss and George Mason's Masters programs. I'm archaeology track, specifically zooarch. Does anyone have any insights to one or either of these schools?
  9. I was accepted into a graduate program at UCSD without funding, but was told that I would have a good chance of getting a TAship at another department (linguistics) given that I have a BA from a Spanish speaking institution and that since I'll be entering as a PhD student that I will have priority over other candidates. This TAship, I'm told by my graduate adviser, will cover my tuition (including my non resident one), plus roughly a $20,000 yearly salary and that they tend to last a year. Does anyone have any experience with these types of assistantships? Are they doable for first year students? I know SD is expensive and that not having funding for some is a no go, but my poi at UCSD is my academic soulmate and he even called me to say how he was looking forward to having me (most of his mentees are finishing up their degrees). Any advice would be immensely helpful.
  10. Hello, So I have been admitted into a top PhD program in anthropology at one of these northeastern ivy league schools that I never thought I would actually get in to. The program seems great, the funding is amazing but there are no professors really related to my topic (in the broad sense). They are some professors related to my secondary field of interest (environmental anthropology) and to the region I want to work, which is what my potential advisor's research is on but my main field of research is not represented. The other schools I got into have professors more linked to my topic but are not top programs (and sometimes with less good funding), so I don't know if the main criteria should be to have professors in the department linked to one's field of study.
  11. how and why is bipedalism an evolutionary change in the transition from primates to early hominins? and What are four similarities in research methods between archaeology and physical anthropology? Any help is greatly appreciated. Please serious answers only I have a test soon.
  12. Hey anthro applicants, It's been approx. one month since programs began releasing decisions and I decided to compile data over that time period to have a look at where we are: Submitted decisions as of 2/6/2017: 98 Accepted: 41 (42%) Denied 57 (58%) Only three major programs appear to be completely finished with admissions, and boy was it rough: Brown (1/16 admitted) Princeton (2/11 admitted) UCSB (1/9 admitted) Many other programs seem to have admitted their top candidates (e.g. Berkeley, Oxford, UCLA), but are waiting to see how the wait list process goes. Hold your fingers. Here's the rest of the data: School Date Accepted? Alabama 12/6/2016 Y Alabama 1/24/2017 Y ASU 1/20/2017 Y ASU 1/27/2017 Y ASU 1/28/2017 Y ASU 1/28/2017 Y ASU 2/3/2017 Y Berkeley 1/30/2017 Y Berkeley 1/31/2017 Y Berkeley 1/31/2017 Y Brown 2/3/2017 N Brown 2/3/2017 N Brown 2/3/2017 N Brown 2/3/2017 N Brown 2/3/2017 N Brown 2/3/2017 N Brown 2/3/2017 N Brown 2/3/2017 N Brown 2/3/2017 N Brown 2/3/2017 N Brown 2/3/2017 N Brown 2/3/2017 N Brown 2/4/2017 N Brown 2/4/2017 N Brown 2/4/2017 N Brown 2/1/2017 Y Cambridge 12/16/2016 N Duke 2/6/2017 N Emory 1/24/2017 N Emory 1/25/2017 N Emory 1/25/2017 N Emory 1/25/2017 N Emory 1/25/2017 N Illinois 1/20/2017 N Illinois 1/20/2017 N Illinois 1/25/2017 Y Indiana 1/30/2017 N Indiana 1/30/2017 N Inidana 2/6/2017 Y Iowa 1/28/2017 Y Maynooth 12/14/2016 Y Michigan State 1/13/2017 Y Minnesota 1/23/2017 Y Missouri 2/5/2017 N North Carolina 1/28/2017 N North Carolina 1/23/2017 Y North Carolina 1/25/2017 Y Notre Dame 1/10/2017 N Notre Dame 1/12/2017 N Notre Dame 1/18/2017 N Oregon 1/23/2017 N Oregon 1/23/2017 N Oregon 1/23/2017 N Oregon 1/24/2017 N Oregon State 2/3/2017 N Oxford 1/31/2017 Y Oxford 1/31/2017 Y Oxford 1/31/2017 Y Princeton 2/3/2017 N Princeton 2/3/2017 N Princeton 2/3/2017 N Princeton 2/3/2017 N Princeton 2/3/2017 N Princeton 2/3/2017 N Princeton 2/3/2017 N Princeton 2/3/2017 N Princeton 2/3/2017 N Princeton 2/2/2017 Y Princeton 2/2/2017 Y Purdue 1/25/2017 Y SMU 1/27/2017 N SUNY Albany 2/5/2017 Y Syracuse 1/31/2017 Y Texas 1/31/2017 Y Texas State 2/6/2017 Y Toronto 1/27/2017 N Toronto 1/30/2017 Y Toronto 2/2/2017 Y U Conn 2/3/2017 Y UC Davis 1/31/2017 Y UC Davis 2/3/2017 Y UC Davis 2/3/2017 Y UCLA 1/27/2017 Y UCLA 1/27/2017 Y UCLA 2/2/2017 Y UCLA 2/4/2017 Y UCSB 1/18/2017 N UCSB 1/18/2017 N UCSB 1/18/2017 N UCSB 1/19/2017 N UCSB 1/19/2017 N UCSB 1/19/2017 N UCSB 1/19/2017 N UCSB 1/28/2017 N UCSB 1/19/2017 Y Washington St. Louis 1/17/2017 N Wisconsin 2/2/2017 Y Wyoming 12/22/2016 N
  13. This is my literal day one, I graduated with a BA in Anthropology in 2009. After a discouraging conversation with a trusted academic advisor who pushed me to explore my employment options outside academia, I did not pursue any postgrad degree. I find myself at 31 and have spent the last 7 years in the food service industry partly due to family and financial reasons. I know I need to take the GRE to begin with, I am more looking for what else I can be doing to "beef up" my extracurriculars (field schools, volunteering, etc). Also if there is a time period to frame my expectations in between now and when I will be ready to apply. Any advice would help a lot, thanks.
  14. I am researching graduate programs and am trying to find something that fits my growing interest in the field of humanitarianism, human rights, disaster response, etc. while also addressing my passion for anthropology and global public health. USF has an MA-or-PhD/MPH option combining these things, but I'm having some trouble finding many other universities that offer extensive training and education in all three areas. Another factor making this search a bit difficult for me is my interest in focusing on infectious diseases. Can anyone out there offer any advice in where else I could look? Thanks in advance!!
  15. I applied to anthropology PhD programs at Boston University, University of Georgia, Stony Brook, and Washington University in St. Louis. So far I've only heard back from Boston University (rejection) but none of the others. I was just wondering if there was anybody else out there who applied to these programs and are in the same boat as me. I know there have been very few who posted in the results board about acceptances and rejections, but is there anyone else in limbo with these programs?
  16. Would really appreciate some advice on this: So I was accepted into one of my top choice programs, and I am still waiting to hear about final funding decisions, and I am also waiting to hear back from other programs still, so have not formally accepted the offer. However, the school I was accepted to just sent out assistantship applications for the coming Fall semester, and the deadline to apply is March 3rd. I would like to apply even though I have not accepted the offer, because I want to have additional funding options available to me if possible. Would it be unwise to apply without having accepted the offer, or to email the graduate coordinator to ask how I should handle the TA application while still waiting on other schools? I just doubt I'll have a response from every school by March 3rd.
  17. Hey everyone! Just thought I'd share that SWAA has extended their submission deadline to the end of February. It's being held in San Jose, CA this year, which is a pretty awesome place, and the theme is Parameters of the Possible. Submit an abstract and come to San Jose this April for some conference experience, Here's a link: https://swaa-anthro.org/submit-an-abstract/
  18. I know for sure that I want to go to graduate school when I finish my undergrad (spring 2018), however, I'm not really sure where to start. I've been researching a decent amount of schools, but I'm not entirely sure what schools are in my league and which are pipe dreams. I'm interested in both MA and PhD programs. My focus would be in Mayan bioarchaeology. So far I've been interested in Texas A&M, Arizona State, and University College London. By the time I graduate I'll have two field schools, one domestic and study abroad that actually focuses on Mayan Bioarch. My GPA is currently 3.85 overall and 4.0 in anthropology. I volunteer in two archaeology labs and with my university's museum collections. I have a few professors who I believe would write my letters of recommendation. My biggest concern right now is really the GRE, practice tests that I've been taking are putting my scores between 305 and 310. I feel like I've hit a road block and am curious as to if there's schools that I'm completely missing or if these schools are even a possibility for me. Everyone always says to start early, and I'm just hoping I'm on the right path! Any input or suggestions would be great! Thanks!
  19. Hello everyone! I'm so thankful to have recently stumbled upon this site in the midst of my graduate application madness. I feel rather silly for asking this question regarding my CV, but I can't seem to locate my answer on the web nor was I ever taught how to assemble one while pursuing my undergraduate. I've looked at a few of my undergraduate professors' CVs and, of course, they only list jobs/ positions they've had that were related to their field as they've a plethora of experience. Well, I've never been employed in a position that was directly related to anthropology. I've only my education, honors/ awards, my bioarch field school experience, and my semester-long internship experience to list on this CV. As a somewhat recent B.A. graduate, it's hard to have much to list other than that. I have, however, been employed outside the university setting for over 10 years and have a pretty stellar resume. Do I list this work experience on my CV to take up a bit more space (and not look like I haven't worked a day in my life outside of college) or should my CV only list things that are strictly related to academia/ my experience within anthropology? The professors that are writing letters of rec for me would like me to send them my CV, AND my graduate application requires it as well. I'm rather embarrassed that I don't know this answer, so I kindly thank you all for your input!
  20. Hello! We've got a thread for all of Anthropology, but how about all you Archaeology-specific applicants? Who are you? What do you study? Where are you applying? Have you heard back from anyone? Nervously twiddling your thumbs? Gather 'round!
  21. Hey everybody, Just wondering if anyone waiting it out has applied to Anthro programs this Fall. I guess I'll start, I've applied to 3 MA programs at IUPUI, Ball State, and SIU Carbondale. I'm in archaeology, and am hoping to research prehistoric North American arch, specifically Mississippian/Fort Ancient relations. I've been working in the CRM field for the past 3 years, and as some of you might know, you hit a wall as a field technician without a MA. So that's my goal, get an MA, then an RPA, and perhaps eventually a PhD! I would love to direct my own field school one day. My GRE scores really sucked (154 V/147Q/ 4.5 AWA), but I'd like to think everything else I have on my applications are pretty damn solid. I've worked in an arch lab setting for 4 years and have copious amounts of fieldwork experience. I'm currently on a Phase III project excavating a mound! I've got two co-authored reports and a number of lithic analysis contributions as well ...but I am going CRAZY waiting to hear back from these schools. I try to forget about it so I don't worry as much, LOL. So anyone in the field of anth (any subfield) applying to graduate school this fall/year? I'd like to hear about your research ideas and perhaps we can share our anxiety of this process! Good Luck!!
  22. I was just wondering who else on here has applied to biological anthropology programs (often grouped under the 'anthropology' umbrella) and what they're heard so far.
  23. So it looks like some people started getting informal notifications from the department as early as the 20th. My application still says "In review" so I'm super nervous right now...... but I don't want to contact the department because I do not want to make it seem like I'm impatient...AHHHHHHH, I'm so nervous.
  24. Hi everyone! I am currently a senior studying anthropology and am currently looking into grad schools but having a bit of trouble finding a lot of schools/POI that fit what I want to study. My interests: biocultural medical anthropology public health infectious diseases (particularly HIV/AIDS and STIs) epidemiology community/population health international fieldwork/study abroad options possibly MPH/PhD or MPH/MA programs I've looked a lot at University of Washington (Seattle), University of Pittsburgh, Case Western, University of Southern Florida (which doesn't have a whole lot of focus on STIs/HIV but I like their dual degree options and study abroads). I'm also considering getting my MPH first and then going on for a PhD in anthro, since some schools like seeing a master's degree first. This option would also broaden my scope of schools. But my main question here is what other schools do you recommend for me to research? Any advice or tips from people studying similar things? Anyone out there with a PhD in anth work for the CDC or something similar? Thank you all in advance!
  25. Hello all, I'm excited to have found this great resource, so I'm hoping to find someone that can help me out and give me some great suggestions. For the longest time, I was convinced that forensic anthropology was the route to go with the job market being okay and there being plenty of schools for the degree. After I visited some graduate schools, I decided to stick with my true interest: Osteoarchaeology! Now, I'm having a hard time finding schools that would give me what I need to continue on that path. The schools I visited were small and I was really happy about the close-knit feeling of the programs. I'm keeping the University of Indianapolis on my list for their Anthropology program, but I don't know if it will be exactly what I need for my future. Does anyone have suggestions as to which schools I should look into that focus heavily on osteology? My preference is for a small, but well funded program so that I can get the attention and focus I would like to experience. Thank you for all your help! Megan