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  2. bhabhafk

    Ethics? Philosophy?

    These questions would normally be pursued in a Philosophy department. Ethics is a subfield of philosophy. (In some European schools, "Theoretical Philosophy" and "Practical Philosophy" are separate--ethics falls into the latter category). Use the following link to find the best programs in ethics, then take a look at some departmental websites to find out whether the professors and program at that department fit your interests: https://www.philosophicalgourmet.com/
  3. WildeThing

    Regretting my graduate school choice

    That’s a very tough situation and I’m sorry you’re going through it. Given the no-return situation you’re in, I would try and make the best of it and go to your new school with as positive a mentality as you can muster. There are many aspects of graduate studies and you might be very happy with your new program. It might be that you realize that some of the concerns were unmerited. You can attempt to prepare for the alternative by readying your materials just in case, but don’t assume that it will be terrible, it might be better than you think. If the situation is ultimately as bad as you fear, talk to your current advisors (not in your new program) about the possibility of reapplying. It’s hard to say whether you would get readmitted to the previous program, but if you want to attempt it I’d assume you’d have to come up with a good reason why you rejected it the first time and wish to reapply.
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  5. Hi, I am little bit confused here. please help me out. If my interest of study/field contains keywords like 'Animal law', 'Animal rights theory' (through scope of utilitarianism or Kantian ethics and so on...) what would be my choice of program? I thought that it would be very close to bioethics but it seems like bioethics covers, in regard of animals, subjects as animal use in medical research. This is a bit more specific and narrow than what I have in my mind. Ecology? Philosophy? Ethics? Which is it? Meanwhile, it doesn't seem like there are many programs that specifically deals with applied ethics only. There are some programs in Scotland specifically dealing with animal welfare but I don't know if I could move to Scotland for a long long study. I am non-US citizen and away - I attended and graduated from junior high and college in the US.
  6. Hello dear, i am planing for security management studies, i am stuck with statement of purpose (SOP). please, help me to make my sop.
  7. Spaghettini Plot

    2020 Application Evaluation / Seeking Advice

    This advice is a bit more useful for applying to PhD programs in CS rather than Math/Statistics. These departments care first about mathematical maturity i.e. this is usually shown through the Math subject test or Grad level math/stats courses and perhaps even more so through your letters of recommendation. Schools often assess one's potential for research rather than experience with it. However, research experience is a great addition to an application on top of a good GRE/ Math GRE score and you will probably see more students with research experience entering top programs. I would say to @MrSergazinov you have a shot at strong programs like NCSU. You may have a chance at some top programs like Duke. I would recommend applying to one or two large strong state school programs (U Minnesota /Penn State) but depending on your letters of rec and Math GRE score I could also see you getting an offer or two at top schools
  8. To answer your first question, it is generally a good idea to apply to a variety of schools. Admissions rates are so low, and criteria can be so nebulous, that even the most confident student should consider applying beyond the very top schools. The top schools, beyond the possibility of harsher selection criteria, receive more applications. With that in mind, you want to give yourself the best odds. Beyond making your application the best it can be and applying to places with good fit (more on that in a sec), you can do so by ensuring that you are being considered within different selection pools. Different candidates will apply to different schools depending on different factors, so you want to apply to a variety of schools. Someone applying to Harvard is more likely to also apply to Yale than to Arizona State. Applying to schools with different rank is one way, but you can also consider geography, school type (private, public, liberal arts, research-heavy, etc.) and other factors when making that determination. The ultimate determination should be fit, though. Applying without good fit is unlikely to be successful, no matter the prestige of the institution. Fit might not be self-evident, but it should be a goal, definitely. I would examine fit first and then determine which schools are left. You might have to decide between a school with great fit that is very prestigious and another that is less prestigious but you also have slightly lesser fit. In some cases those might balance out and you might be more successful with the latter, in others it will not, and the former will be better. You should endeavor to maximize your chances whichever way is possible. That was about admissions probability management, but I assume your second questions is about the worth of being a student in a program where you have good fit as opposed to one where the rank is higher (worth in terms of future career prospects and the like). That, again, is hard to say. You might find it easier and find yourself better supported at a place with better fit (keeping in mind that you will form a thesis committee 2-3 years after you're admitted, at which point your fit in the department might change). Those factors could help you on the job market. This is without considering the fact that you might have better fit because a specialist in your field is there, despite the rank being low. For instance, Florida State is not usually considered as prestigious as Harvard but if you're interested in working on Samuel Beckett they might be a better choice because some very respected scholars work there whereas Harvard does not have a dedicated Beckettian (to my knowledge). Also rank is vague and relative and all that stuff. That said, 'rank' is definitely a factor for hiring committees, whether directly or indirectly. Having a PhD from Harvard looks better than one from Florida State, generally. The academic job market in our field is rough and research suggests that graduates from programs in a lower tier very rarely find jobs in higher tiers. The more prestigious the program you get into, the more options you ostensibly have in the future. This is all very relative and you have a lot of agency in making the best of (or totally scuffing) the opportunities you have at any institution, but all in all, if it were possible, the aim is to go to the most prestigious program in which you have good fit, or maybe the other way around, it's hard to say.
  9. umichmydrm

    2020 Application Evaluation / Seeking Advice

    Thank you so much for providing the link. I am reading it and really enjoy it.
  10. MrSergazinov

    2020 Application Evaluation / Seeking Advice

    Hi all! I have found the following link from Carnegie Mellon professor to be very sueful when evaluating myeslf: https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~harchol/gradschooltalk.pdf. The basic advise is that you should not apply to PhD unless you have a solid track of research experience. Unfortunately, I have not been able to engage in any serious research, besides my own forays into machine learning. However, I am still very interested in doing research at the PhD level (I pretty much know the topic I want to study: gradient boosting methods). So, I am still going to apply to see if I can get in.
  11. 1. (This section will be full of generalizations) When talking face-to-face, Americans offer help like candy. It's easy to ignore people or be lazy when communicating online. It's probably not you, as long as you're being nice. 2. Rental scams definitely exist, so be careful. They're less common with rental management agencies, but still possible. However, there are other problems with signing a lease without seeing the property. You cannot verify the condition of the apartment, and you don't know the condition of the neighborhood. If you're so inclined, you can say where you'll be going, and maybe someone here can help. Good luck.
  12. Undergrad institution: big U.S. state school with decent math department Majors: Double Degree with BS in Math and BA in Econ GPA: 4.0 / 4.0 (both major and overall) Type of student: International (White male) Courses taken: Math: Basic: Calc I - III (A/A/A), Linear Algebra (A), Ordinary Differential Equations (A) Advanced: Abstract Linear Algebra (A), Abstract Algebra I - II (A/A), Mathematical Analysis I - II (A/A), Numerical Analysis (A), Intro to Partial Differential Equations (A), General Topology (A) Stats: Probability and Statistics (A), Mathematical Statistics (A), Stochastic Processes (graduate credit: A) Programming: College courses: CS Java course (A), CS Python course (A) Coursera online courses: C++ course, Algorithms and Data Structures, Machine Learning: Supervised/Unsupervised + intro to Hadoop/MapReduce/Spark Courses will take: Real Analysis (graduate credit), Mathematical Economics (graduate credit), Calculus of Variations (graduate credit), Differential Geometry Recommenders: Math professors, well-known in their respective areas, with whom I have good personal contacts Research experience: This is my weakest point, since I have not been able to do any particularly notable research as an undergrad. I applied and got accepted to REU this summer but could not attend due to family reasons. At the department level, I tried doing research with one of my professors in statistics, but he left soon after, so the paper was never finished. Work experience: Financial Analyst Intern (Summer 2018), Data Manager Intern (Summer 2019) Awards: Economics and Math Department Scholarships, President's Honor Roll for every semester GRE General: 157 (V), 167 (Q), 4.5 (AWA) GRE Math: Taking this fall School list: Need advice on where to apply. One of my friends suggested that I should apply to schools where my professors got their PhD's. But other than that I don't even know which tier to aim. My biggest concern is the lack of research experience. Masters is not an option, since I just can't afford it right now + I am on my national government grant.
  13. Yes and no. A semester isn't a lot to go on but it is grad school, so they could be reflective of you maturing some and then naturally the health issue being "solved." First semester though is, more or less, the same courses for a lot of MTS and MDiv students - largely intro. Good grades always work in your favor though, just don't expect it to cancel out all of the concerns.
  14. eevee

    PhD programs to go into industry ?!?!

    I'm not sure about specific programs, but there are definitely certain PIs who collaborate more with companies. I'm in a similar boat and was looking for this within my neuroscience program, and ended up with a PI who has consulted for a few pharma companies and runs clinical trials as part of her research! I'm sure you'll be able to find something similar in almost any program you end up in. Maybe look for some that are more interdisciplinary and would allow you to work with PIs in pharmacology departments? I know this wasn't part of your question, but I recommend mentioning that you're interested in transitioning to industry as early as possible: certainly before you decide on your lab, maybe as early as rotations. If you're set on an industry career, you don't want to wind up with a PI who is unfamiliar with -- or worse, discourages students from -- 'alternative' careers.
  15. Hi all! I'm an international student moving to the US to start my program and I'm desperately looking for an apartment. These are the two issues I'm dealing with: 1. I'm getting ghosted by the people in my program who offered me to help me with housing when I visited. They were so nice, attentive and helpful. They offered me to help me find a place, to visit it before my arrival, etc. Now that I'm actually asking them for their help, they suddenly disappear. Am I getting something wrong (maybe cultural?)? Did they actually mean they were willing to help me? Or it is just something you offer out of politeness? And if this were the case, am I being rude for actually requesting them to do what they've offered without really meaning to do so? 2. How safe is it to submit a security deposit without having visited the apartment? I've had a Skype tour and I've talked with the landlord. Everything seems to be alright. But I'm still afraid to submit a security deposit... How common are rental scams in the US? Are there any red flags I should worry about?
  16. Lily9

    Fulbright 2020-21

    I am thinking of applying to a Fulbright for a Masters in Scotland, but am also realizing that I am way behind most people in the application process. My grand plan for using a gap year to work on grad applications really got delayed by working two peoples' job at one job + being in a wedding. Honestly, I'm not even sure if it's worth it or if I should just wait until next year? My biggest worry is making connections with university advisers. July doesn't seem too late for a regular grad school application, in terms of contacting potential advisers, but it does seem sort of late for the Fulbright...
  17. Lawandtheology

    Scotland postgraduate advice (theological history)

    Thanks for the detailed feedback and the advice (I will be posting an abridged version in the law forum). It is very much appreciated. Also, congrats on making the military a career. I started off as a 19D (when Reagan was still in office) and went back in briefly as a Russian linguist. Studying at DLI in Monterey must be one of the best assignments in the military (much better than the desert warfare I practiced at Fort Bliss).
  18. LittleShakespeare90

    Study material for the English Literature GRE?

    Hi, everyone. I’m interested in taking the October English Literature GRE. I have the Princeton Review book, but I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. There appears to be a lot of information that I’m not familiar with. I’m planning on making flashcards, but I’m not sure if the Princeton Review book is enough. What study aid do you find the most effective for this test? Thank you in advance!
  19. mcfc2018

    Ask questions about the PhD application process!

    Some people might disagree with me on this, but IMO, a 3.3 GPA is perfectly respectable and there's really no need for you to go out of your way and defend your grades, particularly if you're a couple years out of undergrad. Obviously it's not the ideal 4.0, but I feel like trying to pass off a B+ average as "personal problems" comes across more as fishing for an excuse than anything else (Not trying to insinuate that you didn't go through personal problems or anything like that, but unless you plan on elaborating more into what they were, I wouldn't bring it up).
  20. ChristoWitch87

    Scotland postgraduate advice (theological history)

    First off, let me say I am pulling for you. In the big picture, and law is better balanced in this regard, I think the academy and divinity especially would do well to have more practitioner-scholars in tenure track positions. In the small picture, its like reading into my own future, as it appears I will be finishing a military career then applying for doctoral studies around the time I am your age. Anyways, right to it. I think your perfect end state would be teaching at a law school in a university that also has a divinity or RS faculty to fully maximize the mutual benefits of your "law and theology" focus for both yourself and potential students. You have correctly surmised that your best bet for entry in this regard is through the law faculty. That is where your primary experience and training is, and frankly divinity schools tend to limit their practitioner faculty to pastoral care types with tons of ministry experience. So, assuming a goal of becoming a law professor I offer you the following. - I would think long and hard to make sure the Ph.D is necessary for your intended goal. While the trend for law professors seems to be moving towards the Ph.D, it certainly is not a requirement. From what I've gathered, additional advanced degrees pay bigger dividends for those with JDs from non-elite institutions, University of Texas is one of those respectable, upper-tier but not quite SCOTUS producing sort of places so you are middle to above-average in this regard. I think you should post a copy of your original message on law forums for their take as well. https://www.thefacultylounge.org/2010/09/aspiring-law-professors-the-phd.html http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/should_aspiring_law_profs_go_for_a_jsd_degree/ - If you do decide your teaching prospects are enhanced enough by doctoral studies to be worth the commitment, go to the most prestigious place you can that lines up with your interests since brand is an element in law hires. Oxford offers D.Phil degrees in both law and theology on a part-time basis that may be of interest to you. https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-theology-and-religion?wssl=1 https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-law?wssl=1 RE 1. My vote is for Edinburgh, both in terms of prestige and in terms of formal theological training being what could benefit you the most. Also see if Oxford has a relevant part time M.Phil. RE 2. The big thing about UK Ph.Ds is that there are no accompanying classes or exams. It is just research, so simply put I would go to whatever place is the best combination of preparing you for your Ph.D research and prestige. Again this will likely be Edinburgh of the schools you've listed. RE 3. Others are better suited to comment on this. The answer will be influenced by the precise nature of your research interests, requisite languages, sorts of American schools you aim to apply for etc. my personal recommendation though is if you start overseas, finish overseas as it saves you time. It would be a different story if you were trying to enter academia through a Divinity/RS faculty, but any Ph.D is technically above and beyond for law positions and I doubt they will know the finer points of distinction between American and UK theology Ph.Ds. RE 4. Oxbridge, Oxbridge, Oxbridge. They have part time programs in law and theology and it would be worth digging. RE 5. If you really like VU Amsterdam, I don't see it as a negative. Having a Ph.D is extra in law faculty hires. That said, Oxbridge and the Scottish Ancient Unis will have the most name recognition and will be most highly regarded by American faculties. Best of luck, hope this helps!
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  22. law_prospective

    Good Chance at a Top 20 Sociology Program?

    Hello all! I'm very interested in pursuing a Sociology PHD program, but because of the tough job market would want to attend only a top 20 program. I have an anthropology degree from UCLA with a 3.0 GPA. Later I went to a top 20 Law School and graduated with a 3.4 GPA. On my GRE I got a 170 V, 148 Q, and 5.5 Writing. I've submitted one article for review and am working on another. I hope that they would be both ready by the time I apply. My concern is that despite protestations that all aspects of an application are considered, my low undergraduate GPA and low quant score will derail my application. I'm mostly interested in how the interactions between legal and popular conceptions of race interact. Particularly when they are in conflict. I'm also interested in doing ethnography of non-religious groups. I don't think this would be heavily quantitive.
  23. jadeisokay

    2019 Applicants

    yay for housing! i'm not entirely familiar with the villanova area but am familiar with philly. and you have a great basketball team to go watch.
  24. Also, because your profile is so good, you may be able to get a funded master's if you go to a PhD program that gives you the option to leave after 2 years into the PhD. Unless you are independently wealthy, going to Michigan or Minnesota for 2 years with funding and saving $100k might be worth it over going to Harvard.
  25. jasong723

    Applying to CSU MSW: Will I get in with this experience?

    So my uncle is a tenure professor at CSULB. He says the most important thing is work history. Keep in mind social work is very board and it looks like you have great work history. I know people in my program with less to no history, but A LOT are from DCFS but they are older mid to late 30s trying to get a degree as opposed to fresh outta undergrad. For work experience, most of mine was in the medical field at a gero psych hospital and psych office. Try to have a strong personal statement. I would look up the NASW code of ethics and go off that too. Include things like Critical race theory (personal narrative with difficulties faced, intersectionality, what motivates you to become a social worker seems to be a popular one. I'm a MSW student at CSUDH. I applied twice to CSULB and got wait listed twice. I applied once to CSUF and got an interview but didn't get in. My undergrad was at UCI in Criminology, Law and Society. I had a 3.3 GPA. I transferred so at junior college my GPA was terrible. 2.9 I think they only count the upper division courses though. Keep your options open regarding part time programs as well. It's a year longer but you can work fulltime the first year still. CSUN has a online program and so does USC. My school has A LOT of USC grads as professors, one professor says he got in with 2. something but was on some type of academic probation. USC just went through a huge scandal that their MSW program so they may accept people. If you would like, I can email my personal statements. I wanted to apply to San Jose State and CSUEB but couldn't relocate because of family. Oh. CSULA (East Los Angeles) is an easier one to get into. In So Cal I think CSULB CSUF CSUN have similar reputations in that pecking order. CSULA is lower and CSUDH is at the bottom. Great thing about CSUDH is the diversity, you'll work with many black students, something you won't get at CSUN or CSUF.
  26. samiamslp


    W in NY and NJ. I've actually never heard anyone say it with a V.
  27. I have a few questions and appreciate in advance any advice regarding any or all of these questions. (apologies for the length of the intro - but I've seen a lot of responses to others that say more information helps with the advice) A little background first. I am approaching 50 and I've seen a few posts about it being difficult to enter academia at this age (as if it wasn't hard enough already)...so I am not primarily concerned with getting into the absolute best phd programs in the future (which I might also be precluded from by my age). Also, I am an attorney who does contract work (by the hour) so working part time on a european phd is convenient for me (though I may take a year off from my studies to reevaluate and apply to funded phd programs). I have a background in theology, but it would not be considered "academic" (a year at a SB seminary and later a thesis-only MTH in practical theology - 45,000 words and published the 5,000 word version in a non-prestigious peer-reviewed journal). Then went to law school (University of Texas), graduated in the top 10% and while there published 1) in another non-prestigious peer reviewed theology journal, 2) published a peer-reviewed tax law article, and 3) published 2 more law review articles (not peer-reviewed). Since then I've published another law review article. None of the articles are in top tier law reviews, and my best law review articles have an overlap of law and theology or history. My long-term goal - despite the limitations based on my age, I would like to see if teaching is an option. At this point I realize that teaching law would be my best bet, but even with my grades and publishing I would need a PhD in addition to my JD since most of the competition went to higher ranked schools (and probably have phds as well). Additionally, I understand that if I wanted to teach at undergrad (pre-law, theology or history) I would likely be limited to adjunct positions unless I published something substantial. Intermediate goal - get into a Phd program (in theology) and write on a law and theology topic. I have a solid topic in mind already, and have been working through the application process with some great gentlemen over at VU Amsterdam. It is more properly a historical theology topic as it deals with the Reformation era. Short term goal - choosing the right Masters program (that is still available). I work at a small law firm and we have peaks and valleys (which is conducive to part-time phd work). But, currently we are in a valley with nothing in the pipeline. So, last month, I was given permission to work remotely for a year so that I can enter a taught masters program (which I think I need given I have not completed a taught postgraduate course (other than the JD). By that point, however, most application deadlines had passed...and, having not foreseen this option, I have not yet taken the GRE. So, I looked at overseas and applied to the following programs: Aberdeen (MLitt in Medieval and Early Modern Studies); St. Andrews (MLitt in Reformation Studies) and Edinburgh (Mth in Theology in History). All 3 programs have advantages and disadvantages. Edinburgh will have the best courses on reformation theology but no courses on early modern law (I have not asked if they would allow me to take a directed reading course with someone from the law faculty yet); Aberdeen will have the best faculty for early modern law but no theology experts (I have not asked if they would allow me to take a directed reading course with someone from the divinity faculty yet); and St. Andrews probably has the best balanced program (but have already stated they do not have someone to supervise the legal aspect if I wanted to proceed to a Phd there). Finally, to be clear, the St. Andrews and Aberdeen degrees are more accurately history degrees (or interdisciplinary at best), not theology. So finally my questions (or my thoughts that should be corrected): 1) I assume that the prestige of these schools in general would likely be ranked 1) Edinburgh, 2) St. Andrews and 3) Aberdeen. Does that perception change for the specific programs given that Edinburgh is a theology course (albeit theology in history) and the other two are history courses? 2) If I pursue a phd in UK/Europe, I'm not too worried about the history vs theology nature of these three masters degrees, given that the interdisciplinary nature of the history degrees would still be useful in a historical theology dissertation. I would probably prefer the Mth from Edinburgh (the gaps in my theological education are probably more critical to what I want to right about than my understanding of early modern law (civil or common)) and it may be a little better if I wanted to pursue a Phd in historical theology at Oxbridge or at Edinburgh. If any of this is off base, please let me know. 3) However, if I did want to apply in a couple of years to a US historical theology program, I assume it might make a bigger difference, but I am unsure. Does anyone have any anecdotal evidence of how an interdisciplinary degree from the early modern period would be viewed by a serious historical theology program? 4) Also, if you think there are programs I should consider (whether Masters programs that are still accepting applications or PhD programs that would be a good fit for a law and reformation theology dissertation), please let me know. 5) I am currently planning on doing my Phd through VU Amsterdam (I say currently as we have still not nailed down the proposal and I am not sure how my application will be received by the reviewing panel/board...but I'm hoping that with 2 supervisors already on board I will be admitted). One of the benefits of VU is that I can register as a part-time external candidate and will not be charged tuition. Since then I've discovered that their theology dept is ranked very highly per the QS World Rankings (7th in 2017, 5th in 2018 and 15th in 2019). I've seen a lot of threads regarding UK or European PHD vs US, and I understand the weaknesses of the dissertation only Phd, and that faculty members on a hiring committee may have to google Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ... but once they do look it up (if they do) will it be taken seriously? In law firm hiring, the US News rankings of your school made a huge difference...but I have no idea how VU's ranking will be viewed. Or to put it another way, given how limited my future in academia may already be (based on my age) is VU a wise decision because I will take on no debt, or is it the final nail in the coffin for teaching theology? 6) Finally, and I may need to ask this in a different forum, I think that the limitations of a european phd are less important to teaching at a law school and that, with a law and theology topic, a phd from VU Amsterdam might be just what I need. Any corrective thoughts, advice or alternative suggests are much appreciated. Also apologies for typos and grammar errors.
  28. You should be in great shape. I would imagine you'd get into any biostatistics masters. For statistics, I don't know exactly how competitive the top programs are like Stanford/Chicagto, but I think you should apply anywhere you are interested in. 166 should be fine. Your background in computing should also be a good asset in admissions.
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