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  2. Vanity should not be a factor; it should not even be in the equation. One can be proud of earning a PhD because it is a difficult endeavor, but not because it's for bragging rights. None of my history professors flaunt their PhD as some sort of elitist attainment. Love of learning history should be the prime consideration in pursuit of a PhD. You should be aware that the current college job market for a history PhD is pretty dismal, and if one wants employment in government, a history degree should be fairly relevant to the desired position. I have an MPA and worked in various government and non-profit positions because the degree is considered more flexible. So, I caution you to think more deeply why you want a PhD, and if that's your final determination, then go for it. It's not a bed of roses though.
  3. Is my application that weak?

    I'm glad we could help out and it definitely sounds like that person is the one out of touch with reality. As samman eluded to, applicants sometimes get into the top 20 schools and rejected from their safety (usually due to goodness of fit). Write a great SoP, apply to the programs where you and your research are a great fit, and keep doing you. <3
  4. Is my application that weak?

    It was some phd student that I met on another online forum. What he was basically saying was that there are hundreds of students from Yale, Harvard, etc with a 4.0 and still struggle to get into top 20 schools and I, someone "from the country," meaning Canada, don't even have a shot at top 100 schools and should look elsewhere. He told me the reason I'm "so out of touch with the real world" is because I'm from Canada. I don't know why he was so hostile toward me, but I feel much better that apparently what he told me was bogus. Thank you for the comment! Fortunately, he isn't. He's just some random phd student I met on another internet community. But there are a lot of phd students and even professors on this community so I thought I would get some real helpful advice, not belittling comments like that. He also told me my 3.9 GPA was "meh" for these top schools, as there are loads of people from Ivy with a 4.0 applying to these schools. However, what you tell me is exactly the case: I'm 100% certain that my professors will write great recommendation letters for me and I know this because I feel like I know them at a very personal level and think of them more as my mentors and teachers. Thank you for your advice, and I'll just do my own thing to the best of my abilities and hope for the best. This is exactly what my wife told me: "don't listen to naysayers; just go your way." Thank you. Your words really make me feel better and that I can do it. I wish you the best of luck as well! Thank you. People on this forum are really helpful and put things into perspective for me. I'm not going to try to understand why he said he said because now I realize that he wasn't even worth my time and energy. I truly wish you the best of luck in your future endeavours as well. Thank you.
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  6. Is my application that weak?

    Thank you for your comment. I know admission into any school isn't guaranteed just because you have good stats; but what this guy told me really threw me off and ruined my day. I'm a bit relieved that I at least have a shot at these schools. Thank you!
  7. So I've got kind of a unique situation and posted a very similar question over in the Economics subform, however I am also exploring PhD programs in PoliSci/IR and would like to get similar feedback on those. I'm currently a JD student at Yale Law School but I very much would like to be able to transition into academia at some point, perhaps sooner than later. While I initiated my legal education with a major focus on public policy and government work, I feel like graduate studies in a social science field would be beneficial in a number of ways including allowing me to keep the door open to teaching later on, something I'm intensely interested in doing and, given the fact that I'm already at YLS which places the most number of new law profs nationwide feel it would be good to take advantage of that and set myself on a course that would allow me to teach easily. However, aside from teaching and academia, I feel like it may still be worthwhile for a career path involving international law and foreign policy at places like the State Dept. In any case, I've decided that I'd like to at least explore the option of doing graduate studies in International Relations (which I majored in undergrad along with Economics) after I complete law school. But given that this is an entirely new idea to me that I haven't really explored much in the past, I don't know much about how the process works and right now just want to get feelers as to how an applicant with a background like mine would even be viewed and potentially what I should start thinking about right now if I want to apply in a few years. Not necessarily looking for feedback on whether this is even a worthwhile endeavor for a JD student...those conversations I will be having with professors I know who know my background and goals better, including a professor I have who did basically this exact same thing (PhD after JD). For now I'm just curious about whether I'd even be able to get into a program to make this worthwhile Background on me-- - JD student at YLS - Majored in Political Science and Economics in undergrad, graduated with a 4.0 and almost all A+'s in my Econ classes. I have decent relationships with my political science professors but only one professor that really knows me and my work well (she was my senior thesis advisor, and my senior thesis was in IR and political psychology). Neither my PoliSci nor Econ degrees were hugely quantitative so I worry about not having a quant background that may be looked for. I did get through multivariable calc in college and did excellent in my courses, but other than my senior thesis I didn't do other independent research. In addition, I went to a UC and, with large class sizes and professors that don't make teaching a priority, even though I did really well I feel like I may not have the requisites that a grad program would look for. I would have the opportunity to produce even more major research projects at YLS, however I'm not sure if a PhD program would really care about this type of work. - Haven't taken the GRE yet but i'm typically very good at standardized tests, I got 99th percentile on the LSAT, so I'm confident I could knock that out How would schools view an application from a JD student interested in teaching (perhaps, law teaching)? Does it help at all coming from YLS? Will publishing while in law school help? And how much of an impact will not having research experience in undergrad outside of a senior thesis hurt? Appreciate the feedback
  8. 2018 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Hi everybody, I'd like your advice on filtering down my potential list to ~5 institutions for which I would have a real chance as all of the applications will become quite expensive. Would like some insight, if I have a chance at US schools as an international or if I should focus on my Canadian applications instead. Undergrad Institution: Top 3 Canadian UniversityMajor(s): Biomedical ScienceMinor(s): GPA in Major: 3.00Overall GPA: 3.00 (3.2 last 2 years)Position in Class: Most likely struggling?Type of Student: InternationalGRE Scores (Taking at the end of September):Q:V:W: Masters University: Top 3 Canadian University (different from undergrad) Masters GPA: 4.0 Masters Field: Bioinformatics Research Experience ~4 years: 1) Undergraduate research assistant (2 years). Developed novel bioinformatics approaches for drug discovery. 2) Masters R.A. (2 years). Research on evolutionary algorithms. 4 papers (1 published, 1 submitted, and 2 in preparation). 1 first author, 2 second author, and 1 middle author. 3) 1 poster presentation at international conferenceAwards/Honors/Recognitions: (Both awards within the school) Graduate Student Research Award Graduate Academic Excellence Award Pertinent Activities or Jobs: (Such as tutor, TA, SPS officer etc...) TA for undergraduate biochemistry class TA for graduate bioinformatics classAny Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Did well in graduate courses at undergraduate university, and aced all my classes at my masters institution. Hopefully, it might compensate for my poor undergraduate performance. The change of environment was highly beneficial. Special Bonus Points: (Such as connections, grad classes, famous recommenders, female or minority status etc...) Should hopefully get a good letter from a famous professor for which I did a summer project, my current supervisor, and another letter from the professor for the class I'm TA'ing. Applying to Where: All PhD in bioinformatics or computational biologyUniversity of Toronto - Molecular Genetics and Computational Biology University of British Colombia - Bioinformatics McGill University - Bioinformatics Boston University - BioinformaticsUCSD - Bioinformatics and Systems BiologyUCSF - Biological and Medical Informatics Berkeley - Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Genomics University of Michigan - DCMB Carnegie Mellon University/University of Pittsburgh- Computational Biology Yale - Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Stanford - Biomedical Informatics
  9. Seeking a Doctorate in History, with online undergrad

    @telkanuru The earnings are a factor I will have to consider, but I will not have paid anything for the BA and MA. That is all funded by the military as a trade off for past service. Regarding research, it has been one of the fun things about pursuing all of this. In fact it was the reason I started all this. I started figuring out my own ancestry, learning their lives (which is pretty insane, as two of them were legislatures before and during the Civil War). This has only broadened as I begin to search out other individuals history. I have the urge to research, I definitely don't get bored of it.
  10. Seeking a Doctorate in History, with online undergrad

    This isn't entirely true. Professors at a community college teaching a 5/5 aren't expected to do much (if any at all) research. Same for many of the smaller (aka, directional) state universities. Where the teaching load is higher, the emphasis on research is lower. Consequently, it's not really fair to say that you have to enjoy doing research to be a professor as a universal truth. It's definitely true of R1s, R2s, and most liberal arts colleges* but it really isn't true everywhere. If the OP is comfortable with a FT job with a higher teaching load, they could do just fine without having research as their primary responsibility. *With the caveat that at many LACs, your teaching evaluations and performance are what will get you tenure. Some research is needed but not a lot. But if you don't like teaching 3 courses a semester and working with undergrads intimately and you aren't good at it, you won't get tenure even with a book published.
  11. Seeking a Doctorate in History, with online undergrad

    PhDs in education are more if you're interested in school administration. And the pay benefits of, say, a history PhD would not make up for the earnings lost during the degree. But make no mistake: although college professors do teach, their primary responsibility is research, across the board. That's what you need to enjoy above all else if you want to pursue that course.
  12. Seeking a Doctorate in History, with online undergrad

    @telkanuru You are definitely right. Many make a career out of High School, particularly in Texas (where I want to teach), they offer outstanding benefits in most counties. I've never taught High School however, History was my favorite class and the teacher (a retired Major from the Army) is my driving purpose for my desire to teach, as I would like to impact any adolescents the way he impacted me. I may enjoy instructing but dislike the atmosphere however, which is why I leave the door open for Colleges/Universities. They also offer PhD's in Education if I'm not mistaken, which would be the terminal. A PhD, albeit wasted in HS does afford you higher pay in some states. The highest paid teacher in Wisconsin is the sister of one of my prior military instructors, she doesn't have anymore duties or responsibilities than the next person, but she makes well over $100k because of how the pay tables are written; they are based on your formal education. But no I didn't mean to deem it as some intermediate step.
  13. Hi everyone, I am applying to MS Statistics programs this cycle and want your advice on if the programs I have chosen are attainable, or if you have recommendations for any other programs to target. Here is my profile: School: UCLA Demographic: Asian/White Gay Male Cumulative GPA: 3.68 (College Honors, Phi Beta Kappa) Major: Applied Mathematics Math Courses: Single Variable Calculus (A/A), Multivariable Calculus (B-/B+), Intro Linear Algebra (B+), Intro Differential Equations (A-), Linear Algebra I (B-), Ordinary Differential Equations (C+), Real Analysis I (B+), Real Analysis II (C), Complex Analysis (B), Systems of Linear and Nonlinear DEs (A-), Varied Mathematics (A), Mathematical Modeling (B+) Statistics Courses: Intro Statistics (A+), Statistical Programming (A-), Mathematical Statistics (B), Probability Theory (A+), Regression Analysis (A-), Experiment Design (A-), Intro Computational Statistics (A), Data Mining and Machine Learning (A), Statistical Research (A+) Economics Courses (if relevant): Intro Micro (A), Intro Macro (A-), Intermediate Micro (B+), Advanced Micro (A), Econometrics (A), Economics Seminar (A+) GRE: 168 V / 170 Q / 5 AW Letters: 3 Stats Profs (all excellent; 1 from a tenured professor, 1 a senior lecturer and another a lecturer) Additional Courses: School: Harvard Extension Courses: Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra and Real Analysis (A) (Math E-23a) Programs I'm targeting are listed below. My goal is mainly Data Science but I might be interested in pursuing a PhD after my masters: Stanford University of Washington UChicago (likely preferred for PhD preparation) UCLA Duke John Hopkins UPenn CMU UCSD UW-Madison Are any of these attainable? Or should I take another year off and retake RA II? Thanks!
  14. As @cowgirlsdontcry has said, most PhD programs will give you credit for some of the coursework you did for your master's. Often this is in the form of a reduction in the total number of hours needed to complete the PhD. So I wouldn't view the master's as something you'd have to completely redo. Instead, why not think of it in terms of the valuable experience you'd gain by doing one?
  15. Seeking a Doctorate in History, with online undergrad

    Because "all the way" is an MA in Education, if you want to teach high school. HS isn't some sort of intermediate step.
  16. Seeking a Doctorate in History, with online undergrad

    Hello all, A lot of responses, and much appreciated I might add. @telkanuru . I realize a PhD isn't required for High School. But I have a simple philosophy, which is if I've started and gone this far, why not attempt to go all the way. Also teaching High School will hopefully not be the end of my career, I would hopefully obtain a position at a university teaching History there. @ExponentialDecay the reason I cannot attend a Masters in person is because of my location, which is dictated by the military (as I'm on Active Duty). They will move me around whenever they want, and wherever they want. It's known as "The needs of the Army". Obtaining a Masters in person doesn't void my contract at all, but there is the how and when factor. The closest program is four hours away from my duty station, and given you only get 30 days of leave (vacation time) per year, it would potentially take me a life time to do it in person utilizing leave. While I can wait until my discharge and apply from Undergrad to a PhD Program, why? Why would I waste 4.5 more years twiddling my thumbs and making zero progress toward my educational goals. I don't say this in a rude way, but just stating my point of view :)... @ltr317 there are plenty of factors that are driving me toward a PhD program. I won't lie, vanity is one of them. The overall reasons vary however, there are pay incentives to holding a PhD. For example a PhD, in the government gains you access to a lot of opportunities I would like to explore (I was already a civil servant a while back). It's one of those things I want to strive for. As it pertains to myself, I feel like stopping at a Masters is settling, and why settle for less right?
  17. I came into my PhD with a master's. they will transfer 18 hours of the master's for application onto my PhD, leaving me with 30 academic hours to complete. I will finish in about 4 years which adds up to 6 years total, about the same time if I had done a PhD only. I still believe you should give it some time and see how things go. No we don't always get to choose, but I knew what I wanted and simply refused to apply to universities outside of the places I wanted to live in. Quality of life is just as important to me as the education. While I'm very busy (to put it mildly), I do really love both the university and the city I ended up in.
  18. Advice Needed

    Before anyone can give you advice or discuss programs, it would be good for you to state exactly what you want to do for your research project.
  19. Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    @hfj23 I was largely rejected for lack of experience, I hadn’t shadowed any genetic counselors when I applied, I’d only had a mentor like relationship with a non practicing GC. Secondly, some of my pre-req grades were poor (had a few C’s here and there) and my GPA wasn’t what I’d hope. My GRE was around average and my advocacy experience isn’t quite what the “typical” experience is. My LORs and PS we’re fine but one school noted that they may not have helped make me “stand out”. I needed to dive a little deeper, find a writer who could attest more to my character and how I’d be a great GC. Obviously now, I have shadowed GCs, I volunteer weekly with GCs, my GPA went up with my last year of grades, I’m retaking a select pre-req course, and the job I found has some really good transferrable skills and is giving me a better insight into health care. I was extremely bummed and upset about not getting in. I did not want to take a gap year at all. But now that I’m here, it’s not that bad. It feels nice to actually be supporting myself, putting money away for grad school, and just further shows me that being a GC is where I want. Not getting in has just motivated me even more. I think also it’ll help make me more serious in course work come grad school. I might have halfassed coursework like I did throughout undergrad if I’d gotten in right away, now I know that I know the alternative I’m going to be 110% into grad course when the time comes. From what you’ve noted, I wouldn’t be too stressed if I were you. Your grades and GRE are great. You have the advocacy and shadowing experience, three days are more than most people can get. And you have other relevant Genetics experience. As long as your PS and LORs don’t hinder you, I think you can expect some interviews
  20. Issue with word for organizing data - technical difficulty

    You mean something like the attached pic? Simplest way I know: Create a textbox. Format "line" to black. Reshape to the right width, copy-paste your paragraph into it. Copy-paste to create a new box, drag it so it's right under your previous box, copy-paste the next paragraph into there. Rinse, repeat. Not exactly high-tech, but does the job. Or, much better: Latex, use package mdframed. Or \fbox{} for short texts.
  21. LOR questions

    I reasked a couple profs when I applied again and asked one different one.
  22. What are your thoughts on Post-bacc programs for Anthropology? I know Columbia and UPenn for example offer Post-baccalaureate Studies/ Graduate Foundations programs for non-med disciplines such as Anthropology. I am wondering if it is worth it to pursue for someone like me, who is interested in pursuing an MA in Anthropology but has never taken an Anthro class in my life.
  23. Advice Needed

    I just recently graduated this past spring with a degree in Film & Media Studies (with a focus on journalism). Because my major was an interdisciplinary program and because I went to a liberal arts university, I was able to take classes in different departments and connect patterns among various ideas. I took many Sociology classes, which I not only did well in, but also loved. However, over time I have realized that the Anthropology perspective is more suitable for me. Additionally, I have much extracurricular experience in the world of journalism, and I’ve found that long-form journalism has ethnographic elements. I hope to pursue graduate school in Anthropology (perhaps Sociocultural or Applied) as I feel it will give me the proper foundation in order to understand other cultures, and provide me with the skills to be a deeper critical thinker, better writer on culture, and more. I am also interested in potentially pursuing either a career in international reporting or user research, which I feel a Master’s in Anthro will help me succeed in (I'm not interested in a PhD program at this time). I hope to enroll in a grad program that is a combination of practice and theory, and I am interested in doing fieldwork. Do you have any advice for me? What programs should I look into?
  24. Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    Hi everyone! I'm new here and recently read through the forum from last application cycle, which seemed extremely helpful but also stressed me out like crazy. I'm currently a senior applying for fall 2018 because I really don't want to take a gap year!! I've known since a little more than a year ago that I wanted to do genetic counseling so I've been working towards it since then. I do crisis line counseling at two different agencies (one for DV/SA and one for youth). I also work as a supplemental instructor for genetics at my university. I have also been doing research on specific protein interactions in plant cell walls, which is what i plan to write my senior thesis on next semester. My grades were ok freshmen year of college (mostly Bs thanks to weed out intro classes) but I've been on an upward trend since then. I'm a biology major, minoring in psych and chemistry and have done well in all of the pre-req classes. My GPA is 3.70 and my GRE scores are 166V/157Q/4.5A. I'm planning to graduate with departmental honors in biology next semester! I've also shadowed prenatal, cancer, and cardiovascular GCs but only for a day each because they wouldn't let me shadow for a longer period of time. U of M and Wayne students are doing their clinical rotations over the summer so they can't have another student (like me) sitting there But I'm really grateful for the shadowing because I learned a lot! I'm stressing out because so many of you are 2nd or 3rd time applicants! I went to Wayne State's open house and saw a similar pattern there as well. The good thing about having to take a gap year is that many of you work or intern at a genetic counseling office or gene sequencing company. I've read accepted student bios and many of them have this experience, which makes me feel like I'm not qualified enough yet /: Do any of you 2nd or 3rd time applicants feel like this was why you got rejected the first time around? What kind of feedback did you receive if you're willing to share? I would be really appreciative!
  25. Hello everyone, I am so sorry because this will probably come across as off-topic. But I've asked and looked everywhere and I don't know how to get help with this and it is driving me crazy. Does anyone know how to make frames around paragraphs in Word (like one frame with one paragraph and then another frame with another paragraph following it) without it looking all messy and all over the place. I've been watching tutorials online to do it and it's not working, the result is not user friendly. I've been trying to do this for days, literally and I am ripping my hair out because it doesn't look right. I am trying to do some "cards" with information on different programs for a research project. But this is what it gives me everytime I try to do it. http://i68.tinypic.com/27zbrpc.png And I have more than a hundred pages like this, I cannot do it on a seperate document for each one of these programs. I have a table of content that I've been able to put up. I can click on an element in the table of content that would redirect me to the specific "card" in the word document. Do you see what I mean? And some programs are being described on more than one page. I have to give this to a professor and I don't want to give it to her now because it's just a mess. I want it to be user-friendly for her because there are tons of pages in this document. Thanks for anyone who will help. I find this so frustrating.
  26. So, I've spoken to a few older students, and honestly, from what they say, the future sounds just as bleak. I definitely wouldn't try to reapply anywhere this year, but I would hate getting a Masters just to have to redo all of the Masters coursework somewhere else. I definitely don't think unionizing will be a magical solution to my problems, but it does at least feel like it might make a difference for someone else down the line.
  27. Need assistance

    What is it that you wanted to know from these former students?
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