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  1. For those of you who are currently enrolled or have completed a PhD in math/stats/biostats how was your time split up during your first year between: Coursework Teaching Research Other(?) I know not every program is the same and that some students may have teaching duties waived so I am just trying to get a general sense of what to expect.
  2. Hello everyone, this thread was pretty popular last year so I thought it may be interesting to those of us applying for PhD programs for the Fall of 2017! Just copying the formatting / information from last year. Feel free to add your info, interests, and then we can all worry together next spring about acceptances! Undergrad School: University of Michigan Undergrad GPA: 3.49 Major/Minor: History If Applicable: Grad School: Master of Health Informatics - University of Michigan Grad GPA: 4.0 GRE or Other Test: GRE: 98th percentile verbal, 70th percentile quant, 98th percentile writtenExperience/Research: 5 years project management in health insurance. 2 years research assistant at Michigan. 3 first author publications . 1 under review publication as first author, 2 conference talks and 3 conference posters. Letters should be excellent. I'm applying to various health policy and management / health services research PhD programs, primarily interested in combining organizational theory and management with research on health information technology. Applied: Harvard, Yale, UPenn, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins, UMichigan, UNC, Indiana (IUPUI), Brown, UWashington, Minnesota, Northwestern, Maryland, UCLA, BU. Accepted: Rejected: Waitlisted: Hopefully my quant GRE doesn't hurt me too bad and my quantitative publications make up for it!
  3. Hi Guys, I am currently enrolled in a research-based Developmental Psychology Ph.D. program. I will graduate in a year. However, I feel the training that I received is not sufficient for me to secure a good job. I am sure you all know how competitive it is to get a faculty position. Honestly, through my 5 years' experiences (including my M.A.) of conducting research with children, I realize I enjoy doing practical work than doing research. I don't want to drop out from my current program because it will be unethical and upsets my supervisor. So, I am thinking of pursuing another Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. I know it's going to be at least 4 more years of schooling, but at least it will lead me to a stable job and decent income. Also, I was planning to postdoc after I graduate which will take me at least two years. So, I thought I might as well just be realistic and spend a few more years doing another Ph.D. that is more practical! I just hope those who are in the progress of completing your doctoral program in Clinical Psychology could give some advice such as the course load and supervisor's expectation. Thank you in advance! Joy
  4. Hi Guys, I am currently enrolled in a research-based Developmental Psychology Ph.D. program. I will graduate in a year. However, I feel the training that I received is not sufficient for me to secure a good job. I am sure you all know how competitive it is to get a faculty position. Honestly, through my 5 years' experiences (including my M.A.) of conducting research with children, I realize I enjoy doing practical work than doing research. I don't want to drop out from my current program because it will be unethical and upsets my supervisor. So, I am thinking of pursuing another Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. I know it's going to be at least 4 more years of schooling, but at least it will lead me to a stable job and decent income. Also, I was planning to postdoc after I graduate which will take me at least two years. So, I thought I might as well just be realistic and spend a few more years doing another Ph.D. that is more practical! I just hope those who are in the progress of completing your doctoral program in Clinical Psychology could give some advice such as the course load and supervisor's expectation. Thank you so much!!!!
  5. I think a neuroscience specific topic should be created for our own health/wellbeing. It is initially anxiety-provoking to see someone post about an interview from the school you've been waiting on to later realize the interview is for a different program! If you would like to save yourself from fear-induced heart attacks that will kill you before your interviews, please join me in neuro discussion
  6. I have had issues with my lab-mate since I began my PhD work last August. I entered the program with a MS. I have to keep the details vague due to the immensity of this situation. I joined a lab of two other graduate students, let’s call them Sarah and Veronica. I entered the lab at the same time as a lab tech, John. When I interviewed for the lab I sensed that something was off with the graduate student dynamic. Which, in hindsight, should have been a red flag. Sarah became the person that my PI wanted me to work with. Our research areas overlapped and she was a very smart, productive student. I was even placed on a side-project with her. It soon became evident that she was a very controlling/micromanaging person. She works seven days a week and is always in lab. This personality type is very common in the sciences, so I wasn’t immediately put off. I did however have problems with how she talked about people. She held no trust for anything that anyone did. She ridiculed the skill set and work ethic of others constantly. She was also very close with my advisor. She was deemed that she was the only person in lab that was allowed to mix solutions. She was also the only person in lab training John and myself, even though Veronica is the most senior student. John was placed on a project using techniques that only Sarah uses. He had previous experience with these techniques. His results showed consistent, unexplainable contamination. He spent many weeks troubleshooting this work and eventually had one successful run. He was then taken off of the project, because of the failed attempts. I worked on a protocol that takes three days to complete where my materials must sit out in lab for three days. The first time that Sarah trained me my results were, “better than she had ever gotten them to work”. I then spent months trying to replicate them. Each time I would run this work I would get weak to no signal in the results. I knew that I was following the protocol. Other people weren’t having any issues, including undergrads. I even ran at the same time as Sarah using all of the same materials. Still the same result of nothing happened. Each week I went to my PI with zero data. I am not uncomfortable with laboratory procedures and didn’t have any problems with them during my masters. I optimized an old protocol of Sarah’s (tweaking concentrations) and began another type of lab work. It was working with beautiful results. Sarah began to hover over me. She began to go through my notebook every time I turned my back. She was monitoring me and tattling to my advisor about solution volumes and concentrations. She told me that my methodology was completely inconsistent. I asked her why she thought that, because I knew that I was doing everything in my power to reduce variation. She was talking about a run from 1.5 months prior in which one of my 5’s looked slightly like a 3. It had been consistent. It seemed she was looking for problems. This is when I started to think that she may be sabotaging my lab work. I talked to Veronica. I told her that I couldn’t breathe in lab and that her level of micromanagement was not appropriate. I then told her that I felt crazy, but I was starting to think she could be sabotaging me. Veronica’s face dropped and she said, “I wish I could dispel that completely. There is no proof, but other’s have felt this way as well.” She explained that her and a previous lab mate had thought that. I was terrified at this point. Things escalated with her and I was very paranoid. I talked to John and said the same thing, “I feel crazy, I feel like she is messing with my stuff.” He then told me that he had thought the same thing. He said that he put out decoy reagents and hid his reagents. That was when he had the one successful run. This fact only furthered my suspicions. I waited for her to go out of town for a conference and performed the protocol that had not worked for me since the very first run. It worked. I didn’t do anything differently. I had spent over 300 hours and thousands of grant money troubleshooting this. It worked. When she came back, she was very off. She spent three hours in my advisors office having what Veronica said was an existential crisis. Veronica claimed that Sarah said, “If science is going to make me a bad person, I think I should quit.” I have now had two more successful runs. Now I am at a crossroads. I think she will back off, but I can’t be certain. I now have complete disdain for Sarah, yet have to see her everyday. I can’t talk about it to my PI, because it is such a bold accusation without concrete proof. This could result in funding being pulled or affect my PI’s tenure. I also believe it be a disservice to the scientific community as a whole to let an individual like this continue. At this point, all I can do is get past it or provide evidence. I can’t focus to write or read. If anyone can give me advice I would be very gracious to hear it. Thank you for letting me get this off my chest.
  7. Hello everyone! I applied PhD programs for 3 Canadian universities, U of Toronto, UBC and U of Alberta. None of them gave me any information up to now. For universities in US, if one doesn't heard from the universities by now, the chances of getting in would seem very slim. Is that the same case for Canadian universities?
  8. I have applied to 10 REU's but I do not have high hopes for getting accepted. I hope to pursue a PhD in organic or inorganic chemistry (transition metal complexes). I know it is a very broad subject area. Experience: By the time I graduate I will have completed 4 semesters of research in organic chemistry and have written a senior thesis. GPA: (After 5 semesters) 3.27 GPA Major: 3.40
  9. As a disaffected law student who recently graduated with a JD/MBA degree, I had a moment of clarity 6 months ago when I realized, after some intense soul-searching and self-introspection, that I do not want to pursue a career in law anymore. Through this intense soul searching and much research/discussion with friends, family members, counselors and past professors, I discovered my real passion has always been public policy, specifically economic public policy. In fact, much of my free time in law school was spent reading lots of econ policy blogs as well as books on economics. So I decided I wanted to be a researcher at a public policy think tank. In my research about what degree requirements are necessary for a career in this area, I learned that my degrees may not be sufficient. I read from various sources that my JD/MBA may be adequate for a starting research position at a think tank, but that if I wanted to move up into a senior researcher role or direct any sort of research, I would need to get a PhD. An investigation of various senior research job listings bore this out, with many of the requirements listed as having at least an MA in economics, but with a strong preference for a PhD. I have very minimal math and econ training. I took a Micro/Macro class, a law and economics class, and an intro to stats class when I got my MBA, but that is the extent of my exposure to math and econ. I know that most graduate schools are looking for candidates who have taken classes such as linear algebra, advanced stats, multivariate calculus, and real analysis. So my question is, do I need to get a PhD in economics for me to move up as a researcher in the think tank world, or would a masters in econ be sufficient? And if it is strongly recommended I get a PhD, would it be wise for me to get a terminal masters degree in economics to make up for my deficiency in math and econ classes?
  10. Anyone starting applications/starting to look at applications for the season? I figured I would start a thread here. I'm planning on applying to Rhetoric programs (some in English departments and some in Comm departments). Tentative list: Comm Departments: UNC, Northwestern, Michigan State (WRAC), Georgia, Texas (Austin), South Carolina and Wake Forest. English Dept: Michigan, Ohio State, Miami of OH, UCDavis.
  11. I have an offer from both the Johns Hopkins University and the Ohio State University. Both are amazing programs, with Johns Hopkins being ranked a little higher. I plan on doing my PhD in game theory. My problem is that the faculty members that I want to work with at JHU are old (70 years old) and there's a risk of them retiring soon. The faculty members are well known in their respective fields and are still actively publishing and researching. However, the faculty at OSU are younger and are making decent publications. Which one should I choose?
  12. Hello all! I thought I'd start a thread to discuss the funding situation at some of these PhD Public Health programs. I've definitely been feeling overwhelmed in making a decision regardless, and have found that many programs haven't yet provided transparent funding packages, so thought this could serve as a venue for us to discuss our experiences and share insight/advice with one another. I'm currently deciding between the following three programs, all Epidemiology PhD, with the funding (as understood by me currently) described below: Columbia: I haven't heard anything about funding yet, but heard during the interview that they generally have students on training grants or funded with specific professors. Berkeley: Some students are funded through departmental fellowships, or part or full-time work at other institutions (health departments, UCSF, etc.) or with Berkeley professors. I currently work at an institution that I think would be my source of funding. University of Washington: Most students are funded through research assistant or TA positions. If you work at least 20 hours per week, then your UW tuition is waived and you get a general PhD stipend. Most of these positions are acquired through persistence (lots of e-mails!) and applying to posted positions. I don't currently have a position lined up, so am nervous at this point! Any insight or shared experiences would be much appreciated! Congrats to all on getting (almost!) through this year's application cycle.
  13. How do I make myself the most competitive English PhD candidate possible? I'm currently pursuing an MFA, but I'm considering getting my PhD in either Lit or Rhet/Comp in order to better my job prospects. Of course, all the writing I've been doing for the past two years has been creative, and I only have poetry publications to my name. I plan to take off a few years between the MFA and the (potential) PhD. What could I do in that time to improve my application? Publish scholarly papers? Audit a literature class?
  14. Hello, Can people give me their opinions/ranking on any of the schools (Statistics PhD): UCLA, UF, Texas A&M I've been admitted into these schools, and I'm having hard time deciding... My opinion: UCLA -seems good for industry jobs (i.e. data science), since located in LA -course load seems heavy on machine learning (good) -expensive to live in though (apartment/food worries...) UF -course load seems to be more oriented toward traditional statistics (no machine learning courses) -I heard they're theoretical heavy (good) -located in my hometown (wouldn't have to worry about life stuff, i.e. cost of living, food, etc.) Texas A&M -I heard they're a very large department that does mostly applied stuff -I'm not that worried about the cult life thing Bio: -Undergraduate: UNC Chapel Hill, Graduating in May 2017 with Bachelors in Stats, Math -US Citizen -Hoping more for industry than academic job Thank you so much!
  15. Hi everyone, Hope you can help me. I'm currently a senior at Northwestern University studying political science with minors in Spanish (did it for the language skills) and marketing (did it for the quantitative research skills). I want to get a PhD in political science eventually but want to spend (at least) a year working before applying to graduate school. I will likely apply this fall to PhD programs. I applied to several fellowships and was even made a finalist for a couple of them but nothing has panned out so far, I've applied to a couple of jobs and have also been rejected from all of them and I feel quite. I'm a first-gen college student, and only child, and my parents don't even speak English so that's no help. I just feel like there are no entry-level positions for me. I'm super interested in studying conflict and my research experience supports that but really I would take anything related to research or political science, at a think tank or something like that. I have a good GPA (slightly above 3.75), and quite frankly a lot of research (honors thesis, independent research grant on a separate topic, and I work as a research assistant; have taken two graduate-level courses in quantitative research, one in the poli sci department and one in the marketing department) and student leadership experience. I don't know where to continue searching, what to look for, or how to improve my luck. All of my friends have jobs and I feel very discouraged. Really any sort of advice would be helpful to me, I'm happy to share my resume or CV via PM. What should I be looking for in order to improve my profile? I hope this post is okay and I'm sorry if I haven't been more specific, but like I said even being pointed in a good direction would be so helpful for me. Please let me know if there is any other information I should provide on here and I will edit accordingly. Thank you in advance for the help!
  16. Hi all! I have been admitted to the University of Cambridge (PhD in History) and I would like to ask some general questions about the city (how is life there, studying, where to rent rooms, which are the average living costs etc.). My college will be Girton College that I know is a bit far away from the centre and I was wondering if this will be really an issue or not. Thank you!
  17. Hi all! Just thought I'd start this thread. Where all are you applying? How's the GRE coming along? SoP...? Writing samples? Let's commiserate. I'll start. B.A. (top-ranking public school on the East coast) and M.A. (well-ranked, medium sized public school on the West coast) in art history. GRE registered for end-July. Currently working on my SoPs. Writing sample in my area, but needs much work/editing to be a self contained 20-page essay, as is customary for most programs. Schools shortlisted: University of California, Berkeley, University of Minnesota, University of Chicago, New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, Columbia University, City University of New York's The Graduate Centre, Harvard University, and Johns Hopkins University. Area: Early Modern Europe Here's to another season of applications. May the odds be ever in your favour!
  18. University of Toronto, checking in! Thought I'd start a thread incase anyone else is out there in the void...
  19. Hey guys! I'm an international student. Right now I'm trying to choose a program among BCM (Developmental Biology ), Icahn Mount SInai (Biomedical Science), UTSW (Biomedical), and UVA (Biology). NEED some advice here! Please!
  20. Menge, the one who started the 'PhD Applications Fall '17 Season' topic, mentioned that it may be a good idea to start a new discussion where people can share their decisions--where they will accepting or rejecting offers, and where they are waitlisted. So, if you are willing, let's start up some conversations, and hopefully, those of us who are interested in the same schools can work something out.
  21. So I got into Georgia Tech with a TA and Virginia Tech with some crazy fellowship thing that seems like it guarantees me 2 years at 30k but is renewable and ill get all 6 years funded by it. Georgia Tech seems to have everything besides the funding... better advisor(s) and more closely aligned research goals. What do I do?
  22. Has anyone received waitlist status or a rejection from UCSC's lit program? Any sort of speculation on why this program is taking such an excruciatingly long time to release rejections? I'm assuming since it has been this long that it doesn't mean good news, but my god, having students wait this long (to hear about a rejection) is painful. Why are they doing this !
  23. Hey all. I need some help deciding. I've been admitted into UC Berkeley and SFSU's Joint PhD program in Special Education as well as the Harvard Graduate School of Education for an Ed.M in Specialized Studies. Both are amazing programs but two very different commitments. I believe my end goal is a Ph.D., and the Berkeley/SFSU program is a wonderful one for my research interests and needs. However, I wasn't eligible to many PhD programs this time around since I didn't have a masters, and am wondering if it's worth taking a year to do the Harvard program so that I would be eligible for more PhDs next time around... what do you think? A bird in the hand? My research interests are really specific and UCB/SFSU is really open and supportive to what I want to do... it seems like the right decision, but I'm having trouble imagining turning down a masters from Harvard and imagining all of the "what if" scenarios that could happen if I go that route... Help? Thank you!!
  24. New poster here. I am an undergrad working on a BS in geophysics and geology with a decently strong math background starting to look into PhD programs with the intention of applying next fall. I'm looking for good programs in reflection/exploration seismology, and would appreciate some advice. So far I've been really attracted to Columbia because they have a very active research program and several reflection seismology faculty - though they aren't well connected to industry. Also UT Austin seems to have a good program with strong industry connections. I've also thought about SEP at Stanford and CWP at Mines, but I'm not sure I want to be so focused on processing. Maybe a program with survey design, processing, and interpretation would be better? Where else should I be looking? [I'm at a tier 1 school and have decent grades (3.7 GPA) as well as some research experience (3 AGU posters)]
  25. Hi all! No one had made this post yet (is the Classics corner of GradCafé slowly dying?!) so I figured I'd take the plunge. Who is applying for Classics and Classics-adjacent programs this cycle? What are your fields and interests? What are your hopes and dreams? (I am not applying myself and am happily ensconced in my own PhD program, but am happy to answer any questions about applications, interviews, or life as a PhD student)