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  1. I need some advice. I got into a great school and everything is pointing me to go there except I'm not sure if there is a great research fit. I want to start not attached to a group so I have time to try out a few groups. The school has a good variety of research but only one professor that is doing research I originially thought I was interested in. How many people change their research focus after starting school and then also has anyone had bad experiences or heard of bad experiences going into a school not in a lab yet?
  2. I need some advice. I got into a great school and everything is pointing me to go there except I'm not sure if there is a great research fit. I want to start not attached to a group so I have time to try out a few groups. The school has a good variety of research but only one professor that is doing research I originially thought I was interested in. How many people change their research focus after starting school and then also has anyone had bad experiences or heard of bad experiences going into a school not in a lab yet?
  3. Hi all, I'm looking for some advice on gaining research experience. I am hoping to apply to MA/MS Programs in Counseling Psychology (I've got my eye on UK and Southern Illinois for my top choices) for Fall 2019, with the end goal of eventually getting my PhD. My undergraduate GPA was pretty terrible, but my GRE scores are solid, I am re-taking the two psych courses I did poorly in, and by the time I apply I will have four years experience working as a Mental Health Case Manager. I'm hoping I can get accepted going the masters route and show I am capable of good grades and go from there. So my question is, even for masters programs most say research experience really strengthens your application....where should I look to find research experience ? I did two research based courses in undergrad, and in one I worked with a team to create and run an experiment and presented for Psi Chi...but that's the extent of my research and that was almost five years ago. I've tried applying to some part-time research positions at the local university, but they are limited and I have had no luck getting interviews. Any ideas of where else to look? Will universities take on volunteer research assistants ? What have other people's experiences been with admissions to MA/MS programs (do they look a lot at research, are they generally competitive, will a good GRE help to balance out a poor GPA?)? Thanks all!
  4. Current junior chemical biology major here. I want to do a PhD program in Computational Biology/Chemistry. However, my undergraduate research experience is standard wet lab biochemistry work. I got a biotech internship this summer and it's also very wet lab molecular biology heavy. I could try to hustle and take a lot of CS/Math my last year (maybe get a minor in CS or Applied Math) to build myself as an applicant for more computationally driven research and write an SOP about how I want to switch fields but I built general research skills from my experience, etc. Or should I basically just apply to the same bio/chem/biochem departments but bill myself as wanting to build upon the biochemistry research I've already done, making me likely a stronger applicant. Then if I got in I would make the switch to computational classes and research in grad school.
  5. Hi everyone. I'm considering applying to PhD programs (specifically in Education with a STEM focus) next year. I have a Masters in CS so already have GRE scores and I have professors that would be more than happy to write me letters of recommendation. I do not, however, have any published research. This would be the weakest point of my application. My grades and references are/would be excellent, and I have an idea of what I want to research. I do not, however, have an exact thesis in mind. I more or less have a "theme" and I was somewhat hoping that my exact research topic could develop after I started a PhD program. Is this realistic or do I need a more specific idea before I apply? Also, I would like to make contacts with professors in prospective schools to discuss my research interests and perhaps meet them face to face. Would most professors be willing to do this? How would I go about contacting them? Would a simple email be fine? I have points of contacts that can probably introduce me to some, but definitely not all of the professors I'd be interested in working with. tl;dr: 1) Do I need to know exactly, down to details, what is want to research in a PhD program when applying, or is a general theme okay? 2) What's the best way to reach out to and make contact with professors I'd be interested in working with? Thanks in advance.
  6. Hey You guys, I wanted to get insight on replication studies and what are the first steps to start one. Any information can help. I am starting one for my clinical psychology thesis -Isaac
  7. I have got into 2 programs and am waiting on other two, but have to get back on admitted programs soon. My main aim is to do research to put me in a better position for PhD in ML (deep learning and/or probabilistic modeling) later on but also keep option open for a job in machine learning like data scientist, machine learning scientist or research engineer in case I do not get into a PhD with an advisor in my research area. Below are my thoughts on the pros and cons of each. CMU MCDS: Great all around in terms of professors, research, courses and reputation. However, it is billed as a professional degree and so if I don’t get to do enough research with the right profs I would need to look for job and the kind of jobs available are mainly software engineer. Columbia MSCS: There is a thesis option but very little clarity on how many students are actually able to move on to successful PhDs in future as unlike CMU they don’t post information on alumni. I could hardly find any masters students on faculty research group pages so not sure if they are accepted by Profs for research positions. NYU MSCS: I have seen a few MS students here doing research with faculty but it’s the highest risk in terms of getting a job if PhD doesn’t work out as I’ve heard most of the people getting jobs in NYC banks which is not my top priority. Stanford MSCS: I almost certainly would take Stanford over all these as I think it provides the best balance of both choices but here too I see it markets itself as more of a terminal degree so I am confused. Kindly advise which one I should choose given my situation which has the maximum research potential.
  8. Anyone know if the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at Freie Universität Berlin has sent their decisions out yet?
  9. Hi all! If you know motivated research assistants who might be interested in a full-time lab manager position at the University of Michigan (to start in summer), please forward them this link: http://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/137845/research_technician_associate I've worked with Arnold and Josh for two years as lab manager and have absolutely LOVED it, so if applicants have any specific questions about the position, they are most definitely welcome to email me at yuchingg@umich.edu.
  10. Hi, Context: accepted to two MS degree programs in Biomedical Engineering, waiting on a few more decisions. Questions: One of the programs is asking for a decision by March 13th, giving me two weeks from notification to accept or decline. Is this common? What is the general process for finding a lab in which I would work on my master's thesis? Does this come before or after I accept an offer? I feel like it would make sense to accept an offer based on knowing where I would be conducting research. Is it possible that the labs I'm interested in to fill their research assistantship spots by the time I accept my offer, thus resulting in me attending a school without an opportunity to conduct research I'm interested in? Should I begin contacting faculty I'm interested in working with before or after I accept the offer? Should I contact multiple professors? (I've listed 2 or 3 faculty I'm interested in working with in my application/SoP). I guess overall, how limited is the information available to me prior to accepting an offer of admission regarding funding, research, etc? Hopefully these questions belong in this subforum. Thanks, any input is appreciated.
  11. Hello all, I am still waiting on the results of my graduate school applications for fall 2017. I am in a gap year and while I was working full time outside of my field (Biology), I recently have been laid off. During my undergraduate studies, I spent several years in a particular lab, which ultimately resulted in several projects completed and publications. My experience in this lab inspired me to pursue graduate school and was an overall positive experience resulting in many friendships and a lot of personal growth. While I do have the option of going back to the lab that I worked in undergrad to do additional research, I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts about reaching out to PIs from neighboring schools to see if they need volunteer researchers for the upcoming summer months. I am interested in networking and reaching beyond the lab that I feel safe in from undergrad. Additionally, I think it would be nice to work in a different environment before beginning graduate school this fall. Any advice is very much appreciated. Thank you!
  12. I'm starting a MS terminal program in Clinical Psychology this fall. This program leads to licensure as a psychological associate, and an optional license as a professional counselor. My ultimate goal is doctoral study in clinical psychology. My undergrad is not in Psychology, and I am going in with no research experience. I want to be as strategic as possible while in the program to plan for future doctoral study. My options: -Work as a research assistant -Opportunity to attend conferences, be published etc... -Specialize in neuropsychology -Become counselor as well as psychology associate I plan to do clinical work and research after graduating, for awhile before doctoral study. With that in mind, would I benefit me to also be licensed as a counselor if I really want to be a psychologist?
  13. I applied to several PhD programs in Electrical Engineering. A professor at my first choice university has shown interest in my application. He has over 15 years of research experience in a leading company in the field. He has a lot of citations on recent publications to show for his time in the industry. However, he joined the University in 2015 and so does not have any PhD alumni. He mentioned that he has secured funding so that I would not even have to work as a teacher assistant, which is a big plus. But ultimately, I would like hear the advice of more experienced PhD students or graduates, on whether doing the PhD under the supervision of a professor who is new to academia but widely experienced in industrial research is a good idea. Thanks!
  14. I suggest that we create a list of the best study apps. I just downloaded One Note, I did not have it on my computer before. Pomodero is pretty good too. Anything else?
  15. So we've all applied and little debates about which programs are best for types of research methods or theory or culture have popped up on other threads. I am interested in what everyone is looking to study and what programs they view as being the best fit for their research interests. It'll be a better place for the back and forth too since now we can get some nuanced opinions from what others see as programs strengths/weaknesses that we didn't see (so if I applied to one or didn't apply to one that you think//know would have been a stronger fit...). Given that sociology is such a diverse field I am sure we will see a lot of nuance in our answers. I research poverty, inequality, and class in the United States- focusing on policy initiatives and the consequences that these have for individuals- particularly with a rural/urban contrast. I view my strongest fits as Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and Washington State- all have strong branches of their programs that focus on poverty (Johns Hopkins has the PSI, Stanford has the Center for Poverty and Inequality, and Washington's program has a concentration in social inequalities). I applied to 13 programs in total, all have people who study facets of inequality that I am interested in, but the overall programs were not always the best fit. Thoughts on mine? And what about all of your interests and choices?
  16. So I am still in shock but I will have to choose between different programs within the area of School Psychology PhD. My future career goals are to pursue academia within a University possibly doing advocacy work/practice on the side. What are good "criteria" (I use loosely because the main factor is who I would like to do research with) to base programs on? I have all the information from interviews/website, but those who are in the field what is something you wished you asked or knew before choosing a program?
  17. Hello, Is there anyone who applied to Oxford's Master's Programmes by the January 6th deadline and still waiting for results? Please let me know I'm not alone in this anxious situation!
  18. Hello fellow Earth Science friends, With the new administration coming into power I have been worried about the future of Climate Science and Atmospheric Science in General. I am a nontraditional student who studied GIS Earth Sciences for my undergrad and now wants to change course and follow my dream of studying Weather and Climate. I don’t want my research to be called a hoax to the public. The lack of Science in today’s public minds worries me. I am working a 9 to 5 job now after college that sucks the life out of me and I came up with the idea to chase a Master’s degree (possibly PHD to Teach and do Research but that’s a ways in the future). I lack the Physics and Calculus cores to apply now but plan on taking a year and some change to shore up those areas of my background to help me get into a program and to help with my poor cGPA. I am looking for advice on my decision and what else I could possibly do to help with my chances to get into a good school. The advice part is more about the publics and governments perception of Climate and Atmospheric sciences. Do I need to be worried about a stagnant job growth market after graduation? Do I need to worry about job security for the future? I graduated from college and it took 6 months to get a job at all and this job isn’t even in my field but I needed to start paying back my loans so I took it. Do I need to worry about that even with a Master’s degree? Am I making a solid decision to enter a field that has a ton of controversy around it right now? Just looking for some smart people that have smart advice. Seems like there’s a lot of you around here and I’m glad I found this site. Been searching for months for something to help me with Graduate school advice and ran across this amazing forum.
  19. Hi All! Just stumbled on this site and it looks like there is a good core of sociologists from all over! I'm about to go into my final year of my undergraduate and I'm looking to be doing something very special and a bit challenging for my dissertation that will give me a good strong ground for getting further research funding and getting onto an MSc/PHd course in the future. Currently my focus is very towards young people in Scotland from a looked after background and how they are supported by local governance to progress onto their own independent living with anything close to a decent chance in their future. There are some quantitative sources that are around giving a general overview of some stats related to young people in education, employment, health, and housing, but there doesn't seem to be anything anywhere that is even close to a useful qualitative account of young peoples experiences of the care system other than that which has been undertaken by a few small Scottish charities. so basically is my whole point of this is has anyone came across a useful/interesting qualitative piece of research relating to young people in care (in Scotland or worldwide) as a starting point for me to discover at least a couple of failed angles that haven't really been followed up on before. My massive worry is that i am about to start a research proposal for my dissertation and lose total focus and end up challenging the whole social work system in Scotland utterly by mistake and lack of prior research in the field. any help/advice/links/references would be really appreciated! (and yes public sociology is a full degree in Scotland) Steve
  20. Hi all! A kind of a PhD Conference is going to take place in my university, and I’m currently one of the volunteers that should organize it. I have though about organizing a competition among PhD students that belong to different research teams. Each team have to answer different questions, like the well-known ‘Trivial Pursuit’ board game. Why I am talking about this here? Because I need your help! I would appreciate a lot if you can suggest me more questions, in order to enrich the game and get rid of my research field bias. Also, it would be helpful if you suggest me 4 possible answers (of which only 1 must be the correct one). The PhD students that are going to attend the conference mainly work with the following research lines: ICT (Information and Communications Technologies) Informatics Machine Learning Data science Gamification Signal and Image processing Telematics and networks Optical Communications However, the questions can also be focused on the PhD life cycle too. Could you help me? Thanks in advance! P.S. This would be an example of question: “You have to evaluate the performance of 5 methods when applied for helping the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Regarding your dataset, what methodology should you follow?" I’d divide my dataset in 5 subsets. Later, I’d train and test each method with each subset. I’d divide my datase into 2 subsets, train all the methods methods to one subset and test their performance with the other subset. I’d train and test all the methods with the entire dataset. I’d divide my dataset in 10 subsets. I’d train the methods with half of the subsets and later I’d test them with the other 5.
  21. I'm applying to Johns Hopkins, Northwestern University, Mt Sinai, Baylor College of Medicine and UC Davis. I currently have a horrible GRE score. I did not have a chance to study for it (collectively a week), but I had to apply this cycle given the fact that I'm in a research program that requires that I apply. I wanted to apply for MSTP programs next year, but my program advisor told me that I had to apply this year in order to receive funding until July of next year, so I took the GRE just in time for them to be received at the schools I'm applying to: V 150 Q 144 A 3.0 Do I have a chance? Any advice or support is appreciated. Thanks EDUCATION 08/2006 - 05/2008 Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, Alabama ) GPA: 3.89 Major: Biology and Nutritional Science 08/2008 - 12/2012 Auburn University (Auburn, Alabama) BS in Biomedical Sciences, BA in Spanish GPA: 3.43 Honors Thesis (2012): Immobilized transition metal complexes as macromolecular catalysts. ACHIEVEMENTS 2013 - 2014 U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program, Chemistry (Barcelona, Spain) 2015 - Present Hopkins PREP Scholar, NIH-funded Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. AWARDS 2008 Bill Ellard Memorial Endowed Scholarship, Auburn University 2008 Thomas G. Jones Scholarship, Auburn University 2010 American Chemical Society’s Regional Conference Travel Grant 2010 Dean’s Research Award for Undergraduates, Auburn University 2011-2012 COSAM Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Auburn University PUBLICATIONS 2010 Gichinga MG, Striegler S*, Dunaway NA and Barnett JD, Miniemulsion polymers as solid support for transition metal catalysts, Polymer 2010, 51, 606-615. Striegler S,* Dunaway NA, Gichinga MG, Barnett JD and Nelson AG, Evaluating binuclear copper(II) complexes for glycoside hydrolysis, Inorg. Chem. 2010, 49, 2639- 2648. 2012 Dunaway NA, Barnett JD and Striegler S*, Glycoside hydrolysis with sugar-templated microgel catalysts, ACS Catalysis 2012, 2, 50-55. Barnett JD, and Striegler S*, Tuning templated microgel catalysts for selective glycoside hydrolysis, Topics in Catalysis 2012, 55(7) , 460-465. 2014 Fan QH, Striegler S*, Langston RG and Barnett JD, Evaluating N-benzylgalactonoamidines as putative transition state analogs for β-galactoside hydrolysis, Org. Biomol. Chem. 2014, 12(17) 2792-2800 2016 Korangath P, Barnett JD, et al., Nanoparticles and their targeting: a study in preclinical models of HER+ breast cancer, (manuscript in preparation) RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: 05/2008 - 07/2008 Undergraduate Molecular Biology & Immunology Researcher (UNT Health Science Center) Research Topic: Abundant expression of novel gene C17orf37 in prostate cancer 2009 - 2012 Undergraduate Inorganic Chemistry Researcher (Auburn University) Topic: Analysis of transition metal complexes as macromolecular catalysts 02/2013 - 08/2013 Chemistry Research Associate (University of Arkansas: Fayetteville) Topic: Preparation and evaluation of polymer matrices for asymmetric catalysis 09/2013 - 08/2014 Fulbright Scholar (University of Barcelona) Topic: Synthesis and characterization of photoactivatable DNA-cleaving copper complexes 07/2015 - Present PREP Scholar (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) Topic: Effects of magnetic nanoparticle-mediated hyperthermia on DNA damage repair pathways in colorectal cancer cells POSTERS & PRESENTATIONS 7/24/2008 Barnett JD. Novel gene C17orf37 is abundantly expressed in prostate cancer: a prospective biomarker. Poster; Univ. North Texas Health Science Center (Fort Worth, TX) 02/19/2010 Dunaway NA, Barnett JD and Striegler S. Carbohydrate recognition by binuclear platinum complexes. Poster; Auburn University (Dept. Chemistry and Biochemistry) 12/3/2010 Barnett JD, Alonso NA, and Striegler S. Sugar discrimination by binuclear copper(II) complexes. Poster. 66th Southwest and 62nd Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society. (New Orleans, LA) 03/30/2012 Barnett JD and Striegler S. Transition metal complexes as macromolecular catalysts. Poster. 26th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) (Ogden,UT) 10/22/2015 Barnett JD. Effects of nanoparticles and nanoparticle-Induced hyperthermia on DNA Signaling Pathways in human colorectal cancer cells. Poster. Dept. Molecular Radiation Sciences, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Baltimore MD). 04/13/2016 Barnett JD, Sharma A, Bunz F and Ivkov R. Effects of magnetic nanoparticle-induced hyperthermia on DNA damage signaling. Oral presentation. 2016 Int’l Congress of Hyperthermic Oncology (New Orleans, LA)
  22. Hello! My name is Kristin Corey and I am a doctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. I am conducting my dissertation study on FORMER caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias that will explore the health of caregivers after caregiving ends. Participants will complete an anonymous online survey that will take approximately 20-30 minutes. Participants must (a) be 18 years or older, (b) be a former caregiver of a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, (c) have provided informal, unpaid care (such as assistance with personal care, managing of finances or medical care, housekeeping, or meal preparation) for at least 6 consecutive months, and the person who received care must be deceased. You can access the survey by clicking on the link below. Please consider taking the survey if you meet the criteria and/or forward the link to individuals who have cared for a person with dementia. Many participants are needed! Thank you very much!! https://umassdartmouth.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dbTt4NMpjF7wQlf------------------------------Kristin Corey Gerontology Nurse Practitioner/PhD Candidate University of Massachusetts Dartmouth kcorey1@umassd.edu
  23. There are thousands of influential research papers that go unread, some are behind paywall, some are hard for non-researchers to read and understand -- besides writing papers, authors are unable to spend a lot of time making that valuable knowledge accessible. Can we help?Come join Stanford Scholar --- a 500 strong community --- learn about latest research topics in computer science, collaborate with people worldwide in a cohesive setup and create short research talks. Anyone can participate, from high school students to PhD students, in any area of computer science or technology. Past participants have received letters for their school applications, and have gone on to places like UCLA and Stanford.For more info, check out here: http://scholar.stanford.edu/ or comment below/email me at rvaish@cs.stanford.edu. Thanks!
  24. I am beginning my second semester in an funded engineering MS/PhD program, doing the PhD route. Unlike most programs, I was admitted directly into a PI's group who secured my funding. After a semester, I am still very confused by the culture and environment of my PIs laboratory group, so I thought I would ask the board: In the fall I met with my advisor who told me to focus on classes and ease into the lab, but by the end of the semester he bluntly asked what I have accomplished and reminded me how much I am costing him (explaining that he could've bought more lab equipment instead of me). He asked me to come up with a research topic, which I am hurriedly working on. My advisor is in the very top of his field, but is still relatively approachable. However the lab culture is very stand-off-ish. The group is a mix of 7-8 MS/PhD students all doing different things, and even though we all share an office nobody rarely talks to one another. It took me a month to learn everyone's name, and I still don't know what everyone is working on. Group meetings with my advisor do not exist. Others in the program describe having weekly group meetings and paper review groups and even a collaborative chat app. But in this group the students meet individually with an advisor, so it's very hard to determine what anyone is working on. I still don't know all the project in the lab, there is no lab website, and nothing is shared with me. I am completely in the dark. Even though I am starting my second semester, I have had very little lab time, have done zero experiments and am not even sure where most things are in the lab. Other students in the group are busy doing their own things, and are difficult to approach. So my question is, am I bringing my undergrad mindset into gradschool, or is this lab very difficult to work in? How do I get started? My thoughts about graduate school were that my advisor would pair me with a student who would help me get situated in the lab and I would help him/her with a small project during my first semester, and would then branch out into working on my own proposal. Is this a misconception, or is this how most graduate students start? Is my lab uncommon, or am I doing something wrong? At this point, how can I get the ball rolling with research? When I meet my advisor, he tells me to "go do things and show me results", and it is very clear that he is expecting something at the end of this semester, but I do not know what or how to plan to even begin research.
  25. Hey guys, I saw a thread like this last year and haven't seen a recent one (maybe I'm wrong) so I thought I'd start one up. It's always stressful waiting for admits/rejections and people going through the spring 2017 cycle, like me, are probably waiting for answers about now. What are your research interests? I think this community is so great for academic conversation so I can't wait to hear what you're all pursuing research in. I'm going to be focussing on cardiomyocytes which are heart stem cells and will be using them as a platform to analyze their development from control patients and patients with cardiomyopathy, which is the weakening of the heart. It's really cool cause they will be grown on a microchip hydrogel and if this works, various drugs could be tested and administered to patients in a relatively short time span as it's individualized patient care. I've signed the confirmation forms for both the supervisor and funding and have gotten a departmental recommendation for admission. Just waiting for the faculty email (cannot come soon enough)! Hope to hear what you guys are researching or will hopefully be researching come next year!