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  2. Hi all! I asked this in Dev psych thread but wanted to reach bigger crowd and hear more opinions. I am contemplating between two sets of GRE scores: V 159/Q 167/AW 3.5 vs. V 155/Q same/AW 4.0. I did NOT expect AW 3.5 for the first set and scheduled a second set asa I got the first scores but apparently I suck at writing stuff under 30 mins. - Undergrad GPA 3.5 from one of the most competitive schools - 3 co-author publications, 1 first-author manuscript in progress (will submit the draft as academic writing sample), 5 first-author posters - Extensive research experience from undergrad + 3yrs post-bacc in a psych lab - 3 letter writers explicitly promised strong letters I truly believe that my AW scores do not represent my writing skills. So I've initially considered sending the first set, hoping that my other materials will show beyond the AW scores. But I am now worried if the schools have "hidden" cut-off scores and will drop my application wo giving a proper review? All of the schools that I am applying to indicate that they have "no minimum or cut-off scores for GRE" but I am also hearing that the admissions committees still have some "hidden" cut-off scores in mind. What do you guys think? Which one should I submit?
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  4. Are you part of the facebook group? There's probably a lot of people there who would appreciate being a part of this too. Although admittedly people aren't as active this year as they were in the past it seems.
  5. Does anyone know about the affordability of an MSW in the U.S. vs. Canada?
  6. Everyone needs volunteers, especially non-profits and social service organizations. I cannot tell you how many times I am thanked each time I volunteer. Idealist is a great place to look or VolunteerMatch. Or if there is a local organization that you are interested in, just email them!
  7. I lived in Rhode Island, and it charmed the pants off me. Plus, it is a very affordable place to live. I wouldn't right off RIC.
  8. I wish! There is not one. You must apply to each school individually.
  9. I think you're way underselling yourself. True, you don't have analysis, so you probably won't be going to Stanford. But I think you can generally look in the 10-50 range for statistics PhD and top biostat programs and you'll probably have quite a bit of success. Apply to any MS program you are interested in.
  10. Never mind, I did a search. They are now no longer on my list.
  11. I am actually applying for both MSW and PhD Programs, mainly focusing on MSW/PhD programs. Since they have small acceptance rates, I am applying to what I feel is a lot. I am also considering applying to some solo MSW programs, but right now, those applications are not my top priority. MSW/PhD Programs: - U Michigan - Berkeley - UCLA - U Chicago - Rutgers - U Penn - Boston College - Possibly Wisconsin & Pitt Also considering for MSW or just PhD programs: - Denver - Hunter College - Columbia - NYU - Illinois - Chicago - U Washington I live in Maryland now, but I want to leave. I use to live in NYC and loved it. So, I would like to return, but there are no joint programs there.
  12. That's a difficult situation, sorry to hear that I would report to ETS, maybe they can give you other accommodations. Regarding applications - most have a section where you can add additional information, If you feel that your credentials and any other information you have already provided does not represent you fairly. So you can definitely mention it there. If not, the SOP or other parts of the application could be relevant for this. The only thing I would mention is that most programs prefer scores over the 50th percentile.
  13. My sister was telling this woman that I am doing a PhD. The woman replied back that I will never find a man. yikes. I wasn’t there when it happened but my sister - who is very proud of me - felt very puzzled by this woman’s comment.
  14. Hey all, I'm late here, but I'm looking at applying for Stats graduate programs for Fall 2020. Unfortunately I took a roundabout path to pursuing in undergrad (graduated last May), and took mid-level proofs-based courses but don't have the requisite Math background of Real Analysis and beyond... do I have any shot? Are there any PhD programs that would still be worth applying to, given my background? What MS ranges might be realistic (ranking 30-40s, 40s-50s, 80+, etc)? Would enrolling in a Masters w/ stronger math courses be beneficial? or is it too late to build a stronger Math background? I'm also interested in computational stats, machine learning algorithms, statistical modeling, and applied math as my coursework suggests. Undergraduate: Top 50 LAC Major: Economics-Mathematics-Statistics (combined program) GPA: 3.98 Class Rank: #7 Type of student: Domestic White Male Coursework: Calc I-III (A's), Econometrics (A), Linear Algebra (A), DiffEq (A), Intro to Higher Mathematics (Proofs/Number Theory, A), Mathematical Economics (A), Prob Theory (A) A's in bunch of applied math/stats (Stats Modeling, Design & Analysis of Experiments, Mathematical Modeling, Computer Simulations) A good amount of CompSci coursework (Data Structures, Software Design, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence...) Got the department award for my major & distinction on my qualifying exam, if those count for anything GRE: 167 Q, 169 V Letters of Recommendation: Strong letters from tenured CompSci, Math profs, tenure-track Stats prof Additional information: Work experience around data analytics, data engineering at tech companies. Not much theoretical/research work Potentially Applying to: University Program UW Statistics MS Colorado State U Applied Math MS or Statistics MS Oregon State University Statistics MS CU Boulder Professional Applied Math MS + PhD UC Santa Cruz Statistics PhD UC Davis Statistics MS UMass Amherst Statistics MS + PhD Boston U Statistics MS + PhD UC Irvine Statistics MS
  15. Hi! Applying for neuro Grad School for 2020, Just graduated from my masters focusing on cognitive neuroscience, total of 3 years of research experience. 3 strong LORs, two publications: one 2nd and one 1st author, GRE V165 Q167. Pretty worried about my letter of intent. Wanted to ask for pro/dis recommendations for services for professional reviewing of letter of intent. (In my country this type of letter is never required and I want to make sure that my draft is aligned with the american requirements.) Many thanks! Good luck to all 🙂
  16. Read this, if you haven't already: https://convention.apa.org/proposals/rules-for-participation
  17. https://grad.admissions.rutgers.edu/GraduateProgram/Detail.aspx?code=16830B&degree=PHD Rutgers does appear to require official transcripts FYI! I think your app may be "completed" with unofficial, but I read somewhere else that they accept unofficial if your official wont be there by the app deadline but it seemed like they still wanted you to send the official.
  18. I've gotten a firm no on including outside jobs on my CV from my letter writers. Maybe there's an exception for a writing center/ tutor. I put volunteer activities under "service." One application I've completed (Harvard's bizarro application) asked for my entire work history, year by year, specifically asking for all part-time jobs. That took a bit to fill out.
  19. Hello, I'm planning to apply to Sciences Po to do a 1-year masters for mid-career professionals. However, I am torn between the Master in Public Affairs at the School of Public Affairs, vs the Master in Advanced Global Studies at the School of International Affairs. Is anyone familiar with the differences between the two schools?
  20. Hello, I’m an applicant from the UK who’s applying to Philosophy PhD programs in the US starting September 2020. I recently took the GRE and got a verbal score of 166 (97th percentile) and a quant score of 156 (60th percentile). There seems to be so much conflicting information about how important GRE scores are and, as an international applicant, it can all be very confusing. Do you think that my mediocre quant score will be a hindrance to getting into any (or certain top) PhD programs in the states? Other relevant background info to do with my application: I have a BA and an MPhil in Philosophy. I got my BA from a Russell Group University (top 25 or so in the UK) and my MPhil from an ancient University (top 2 in the UK). I have what I think is equivalent to a 4.0 GPA for my BA and a 3.8 GPA for my MPhil (although the conversion for the MPhil is quite difficult and a rough approximation). I’m expecting very promising letters of recommendation. Any clarificatory information and/or advice would be appreciated!
  21. I am applying this year for Bioinformatics this year... Can someone give me a fair evaluation. Do I have chance getting into a good program. Worst international Asian male Undergrad school: Big state (I stupidly chose wait for 3 waitlists, I thought at least 1 out of 3, and ended up like this...) GPA:3.81 major GPA:3.95 Majors: Cell biology, biochem Minor: Math GRE: not taken yet, but will take soon, quant easy full score, verbal IDK, 145-150 prob Exp: 2 years research at UCSF couple summer research publications: Nth author on Nature comm 3rd author on median clinic journal 4th author on a field top journal 2nd on a paper under review for nature, quit big project Working on a (I think) very cool novel deep learning pipeline independently (code is done, result seems promising to my PI, need to finalize) Lof: big name in the field ordinary senior researcher somewhat big name prof in the biomedical filed honors: very competitive national honors for math, biology and physics in high school Putnam experience skills: python (very good, huge amount of projects on git), c/c++ (one project), R(fine, couple projects) , shell(fine, couple projects), cython (one project) and matlab (studied). What is my chance ? is it possible for a Big state international Asian male be accepted in good programs ? Which schools fit my level ? I am applying a lot of schools, but still not very confident...seeing a lot of very competitive people could find a decent program in the end...
  22. I am applying this year for Bioinformatics this year... Can someone give me a fair evaluation. Do I have chance getting into a good program. Worst international Asian male Undergrad school: Big state (I stupidly chose wait for 3 waitlists, I thought at least 1 out of 3, and ended up like this...) GPA:3.81 major GPA:3.95 Majors: Cell biology, biochem Minor: Math GRE: not taken yet, but will take soon, quant easy full score, verbal IDK, 145-150 prob Exp: 2 years research at UCSF couple summer research publications: Nth author on Nature comm 3rd author on median clinic journal 4th author on a field top journal 2nd on a paper under review for nature, quit big project Working on a (I think) very cool novel deep learning pipeline independently (code is done, result seems promising to my PI, need to finalize) Lof: big name in the field ordinary senior researcher somewhat big name prof in the biomedical filed honors: very competitive national honors for math, biology and physics in high school Putnam experience skills: python (very good, huge amount of projects on git), c/c++ (one project), R(fine, couple projects) , shell(fine, couple projects), cython (one project) and matlab (studied). What is my chance ? is it possible for a Big state international Asian male be accepted in good programs ?
  23. I have got admits from both the universities for the fall 2020 intake, I wanted to know which one is better call to take. WPI has a heavy project based curriculum and I am an international student, so the tuition would almost be the same for both the universities. Also WPI has a location benefit of being closer to Boston. But some more insight would be really helpful.
  24. Hi all! I am contemplating between two sets of GRE scores: V 159/Q 167/AW 3.5 vs. V 155/Q same/AW 4.0. I did NOT expect AW 3.5 for the first set and scheduled a second set asa I got the first scores but apparently I suck at writing stuff under 30 mins. - Undergrad GPA 3.5 from one of the most competitive schools - 3 co-author publications, 1 first-author manuscript in progress (will submit the draft as academic writing sample), 5 first-author posters - Extensive research experience from undergrad + 3yrs post-bacc in a psych lab - 3 letter writers explicitly promised strong letters I truly believe that my AW scores do not represent my writing skills. So I've initially considered sending the first set, hoping that my other materials will show beyond the AW scores. But I am now worried if the schools have "hidden" cut-off scores and will drop my application wo giving a proper review? All of the schools that I am applying to indicate that they have "no minimum or cut-off scores for GRE" but I am also hearing that the admissions committees still have some "hidden" cut-off scores in mind. What do you guys think? Which one should I submit?
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