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  2. Hi there! Thank you so much for your thoughts. I'd love to hear more about your experience at OSU. I came upon their program recently and I'm very interested, to say the least. I'd also be interested in what you have to say about the application process for University of Washington. One of my nearest and dearest mentors did his MA and PhD there and absolutely loved it, but it was a good 25 years ago. I'll definitely take a look at the other schools you've mentioned. I hadn't even considered looking at the Communications faculty in my search, though it totally makes sense.
  3. Has anyone heard from lakehead?
  4. My interests are broad but they all relate to personality psychology. Now in my master's, I was forced to pick up a specific topic to develop my thesis, which is concerned with mechanisms underlying personality traits. It is not an easy thing to do, because it will take up most of your time, so pick something you are obsessed about. As for my research experience, I have worked as an undergraduate research assistant for 3 years in a project for developing a school achievement test--activities ranged from test administration, to data collection, to data entry. Basic stuff. And now in my master (2 years), I basically had to come up with a research question, so my supervisor would help me to think the best way to approach it.
  5. Hi everyone, I know that personal and diversity statements have been discussed on here before – this is essentially a plea to ask if anyone who was successful in their application to Berkeley and/or another program that requires a personal statement would be willing to share their statement with me or, barring that, offer some advice on writing it. As a white male from a pretty privileged and traditional background, I must admit I'm at a complete loss here. Thanks everyone!
  6. I think that taking graduate level analysis would look better than the other options. You could also take a PhD-level theory class, but I think the graduate analysis class would look better.
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  8. Exactly. And when someone at a conference asks you why you didn't talk about them, this skill comes in handy: "I think that is an important question/point that I will note to incorporate in my article/book" and then you don't.
  9. Hello! Still haven't heard anything yet. But I'm also not sure what the updates mean or if it;s going to say on the portal that we were shortlisted like previous years
  10. Even before the pandemic, my faculty at UofT told me to expect results in mid-July. But for it's worth, last year my faculty recommended me on June 20, and SGS confirmed the award on July 2.
  11. Thanks for your advice. Unfortunately the B is in a theory class (took 3~4 theory classes and got B in the one I just took) and that's what concerns me the most. I'm thinking about compensating for this by taking grad level real analysis next semester (but perhaps won't get grades back by the time of application). Would you suggest doing so or spend more time on research and other statistics/biostatistics electives?
  12. I feel you have a reasonably strong application, but since funding for international students is limited (particularly for biostatistics programs), make sure you apply to a wide range of programs. As a back-up, you might consider applying to some statistics programs that admit a lot of international students and have some faculty working in biostatistics (e.g., Daniels at Florida comes to mind).
  13. I'll be studying at Hebrew University this fall. I've been to Jerusalem a couple times as a tourist, but other than loving the Mahane Yehuda, I don't know much about living there. Any tips, stories, experiences? Would love to hear!
  14. Personally, I have pretty much written off any German/secular continental European institute because of our shared concern over obsession with biblical criticism. You could consider attending a more conservative Christian university that doesn't necessarily narrowly affiliate itself with a particular denomination. Here are a few examples in no particular order, though there are many more: Samford University Baylor University Biola University Moody Bible Institute Calvin University Taylor University Dallas Theological Seminary I think, though, it's hard (and probably unwise?) to "escape" biblical criticism if you are looking to get a PhD in OT/ANE. I am at your stage and not experienced in this field, but it seems (to me) more or less ubiquitous. As a believer who holds to conservative theology, I think a good approach is to study biblical criticism with a healthy dose of skepticism; give criticism a critical reading! Even conservative/evangelical Christian universities like the ones listed above will have biblical criticism curricula. In my opinion, what's more important is what you take away from the learning process, and not whether or not you can escape learning about biblical criticism. Of course, obsessive prioritization of biblical criticism is no fun. Do you know of any professors you'd love to study under? I think that's a good question to ask, even for an MA. This fall I will begin the Hebrew University program that you're considering. I get the impression that they have a good variety of approaches in their curriculum, but I haven't actually studied there yet! A big draw for me is the language-learning opportunities. Would love to see you there... Let us know what you decide on! Edit: I can't speak for every religious school out there, but I imagine that Hebrew University's program being secular won't be a problem. So long as you can show that you've learned the skills useful in pursuing a PhD, and have kept up your religious growth in your personal life, I don't see that it would be an issue--especially since you already have a Master's in Missiology from a denominational university, which shows that you have a religious education.
  15. I mean, if you have a near-4.0 from a top 3 biostatistics program, I think it is probably not a waste to apply to any other biostatistics program. But obviously the programs are competitive so it is not guaranteed either. I'm not sure how much it will matter, but is your B in a theory or applied class? If it's in stat theory, I could see a B hurting if you don't have more advanced classes. I don't imagine the applied classes matter as much, and a 3.96 is great anyways. A lot will probably depend on your letters, so I'd apply to a wider range as well.
  16. Despite the Goldman reputation I have seen no discussion about their Master in Public Affairs course. Is it a newly offered degree? Also, they say you can do the Fall and Spring semesters online but I counted about 3 courses in Goldman that are available online.
  17. Ok, so I'll start first by saying that I am a Computer Science graduate and I'm looking to get an M.Sc. in CS. What do I want to do? Well, I've got three goals, they go in this order: I want to learn more about math, I want to coalesce whatever I learn into my actual CS experience. Areas like Stochastic Processes and Numerical Analysis are the things I care about the most. I want to get into finance, in particular the math part about finance. I want to do this through CS, not an MBA, Economics or any of that stuff. I still want to use my skills just that I want to apply them to finance. I want to learn more about concurrency and parallel programming. Here is my issue, however: Most of the programs I like, they don't really have a huge focus on finance, but they do have a strong focus on math, HPC. At this moment, I'm making it very clear that I want to learn all of these things because I want to apply my knowledge into finance. However, I am wondering if it is a mistake to do this and if it wouldn't just be better to talk more about mathematics and HPC, instead, given that they are far more significant within the programs I care about. There are many other research topics that intersect with the stuff that you do in finance, and they interest me but I wonder if focusing too much on finance could hamper my application. I wanted to know what people thought, hopefully someone can help me out. Also, I'm applying to universities in Canada. I don't know if that matters.
  18. Thanks for the info. I definitely don't plan on committing if it will be online, although I do think it is more likely it will be hybrid and mostly in person given the small class sizes. My biggest concern about it is the visa with the UK not issuing visas at the moment.
  19. I don't think it will be impossible to get into a master's program with a low GPA (it may be difficult though). I have this opinion because I'm proof that it is possible. I had and will have a GPA below a 3.0, and I applied to both my graduate school's PhD and MS programs for my area of study. The institution requires that students have a 3.0 or higher in order to be admitted, but I managed to get accepted into their MS program. I think what helped me out the most in getting accepted into my school was my research experience, that one of my recommenders was an alumni of the school, and my GRE- which was above the program's average for admitted students. SmallBean is correct in that programs take many things into consideration. It will greatly help you out if other areas of your application are stronger than your GPA. Don't give up.
  20. I am in an unrelated field, so keep that in mind. However, 2 questions strike me as I read this. 1. Can you get the type of career you want with either degree? Can you use the infectious disease knowledge from UNMC to do biodefense research? 2. Can you feasibly afford paying back $200k+ in student loans post graduation? What are average starting salaries in your field? I would err on the side of caution and go by the lower estimates you find. You want the degree to enhance your life, but is it worth it if it saddles you with so much debt you will not be able to buy a house, afford to provide for a family, travel, or anything else that you may want to do in your life? Because, don't forget to take compound interest into account because that $200k will be way more later.
  21. I actually found much cheaper off-campus options where I will be studying, so I might end up living in an off-campus house. I have done something similar before during my early undergraduate years where I stayed in a university dormitory that was literally a house. I think I can make it work if ultimately live off-campus.
  22. Firstly, I hope you beat the heck out of that diagnosis. Secondly, whether or not the 3.0 requirement is really a "hard requirement" depends on a lot of factors including the programs requirements itself, number of applicants, program size, etc. Some programs weigh your GPA less than volunteer or work experience, while others weigh it higher than everything else. I would contact the school of graduate studies for each program asking whether or not this is a strict cut-off. Some programs show what GPA most successful applicants have had in previous years, this might give you a sense of your chances (you can also ask the school of graduate studies for these stats as well). It usually doesn't disqualify you immediately, but if majority of applicants are reaching this 3.0 then it just decreases the likelihood of you being admitted. In terms of explaining your situation, you could work this into your statement of interest, if it is important to you that the admissions committee know these details when considering your application. I hope that helps, all the best!
  23. Hi everyone, I am applying for Fall 2021 Biostats PhD and need some advice on which schools to aim for. I have very little idea on how my profile is going to be viewed. Undergrad Institution: Top 1 in my country Major: Public Health GPA: 3.84 (graduated with an award for top 10% students in class; not sure if this helps) GRE: Q: 169 V: 162 W: 4 TOEFL: 110 Type of Student: International Asian male Grad Institution: One of Harvard/JHU/UW (attending) Major: Biostatistics MS GPA: 3.96 Relevant Courses: Taken in undergrad institution: Calculus (C, did not do well my freshman year..), Multivariate calculus (A), Linear algebra (A), Statistics I & II (A), Probability (A), Numerical analysis (A), Abstract algebra (A), Programming & statistical analysis (A), Experiment methods I & II (A), Epidemiology methods (A), Advanced statistics I & II (grad level, A), Linear models (grad level, A), Categorical data analysis (grad level A), Multivariate analysis (grad level, A), Computer science (A), Programming (A) Taken in graduate institution: Real analysis (A), Statistics/Biostatistics/Probability sequences (all A's except one B ) and all A's in other statistics courses (Survival analysis, Data science, Causal inference, etc.) Research Experience: Had one year REU with a Biostats professor doing data analysis in statistical genetics and causal inference. Currently working with my advisor (pretty well known in the field) on developing methods in causal inference (hoping to get a good letter of recommendation out of it). Schools considered: Honestly, I have no clue what range of schools should I be aiming for. I'm definitely going to apply to the school I'm currently attending (not getting my hopes up too high though since it's a top 3 biostats program). Would top 3 schools and other schools like UCB, UPenn, Yale be a huge reach and a waste of money for me to apply to? Any suggestion is welcomed! Thanks!
  24. @JamesPratt congratulations on getting into two amazing programs. About a decade ago, I spent a summer at Cal doing an energy policy workshop with GSPP and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. For what it's worth, if it were me, I'd go to Cal, but that's because I'm an IR specialization. I know UCLA and Cal seem to be trading the USNWR ranking for best public school, but Cal has (in my opinion) better contacts with government and private IR think tanks, including very close ties with CGSR at Lawrence Livermore and Rand, both through their polisci and public policy programs. I saw this personally, with my own eyes. Additionally, Cal's proximity to the tech/STEM companies and startups in SF and silicon valley are beneficial if you're interested in some specific research areas. If you are a theory, comparative or AP person then I don't think you can go wrong with either school. If you are IR, go to Cal and take advantage of both an incredible polisci department and the relationship that department has with the best quantitative public policy school in the world and two of the best national laboratories (LBNL and LLNL, both of which hire political scientists).
  25. I believe you can only apply to one stream! I will be applying to Epidemiology! Did you graduate in 2018?
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