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  3. PianoPsych

    Retaking the GRE

    Your Verbal score is pretty good- the 3.5 on the AWA might be a bit low, but I've heard some schools don't care as much about that score. I think what you do would depend on which Masters programs you're applying to- but if a Clinical Psych PhD program is your ultimate goal, I'd think it would be good to invest some time in raising your Verbal/AWA scores further to be competitive for that round (and not have to worry about the GRE when applying then)- as scores are valid for 5 years. Hope that helps! Oh- and as a Psych major, I found studying for the Psych GRE engaging (not as painful as the General test). A decent amount of schools do require it so if you have time, it would be good to take that test too.
  4. kier

    African Diaspora Art History?

    Just to update anyone reading this topic, I’ve decided to apply to mostly black studies programs now. Many of the faculty I want to work with are in those departments in addition to art history departments.
  5. socchi92

    What do people think of WashU's New Sociology Program?

    Awesome funding for the location. 26k/year stipend for 6 years, supposedly not tied to TAing! While it probably won't rank high for many years, if ever, they are clearly interested in attracting good students which is a positive sign for the future. Placement concerns really depend on the specific faculty member you'd be working with. If there's someone you're interested in, see how their graduate students at their former institution did and how postdocs working with them at WUSTL did on the market.
  6. clare b.

    Fall 2020 Clinical & Counseling PhD/PsyD

    Hi everyone, I was planning on applying to John Jay CUNY Clinical Psych program AND Hunter College Clinical-Health Psych, however I just saw a note saying, "Students are not permitted to apply to more than one program within the CUNY Psychology doctoral programs." Does anyone have any intel on this? 😕 Pretty bummed!
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  8. Does it have a chance for good placement outcomes? https://sociology.wustl.edu/graduate
  9. Given what I've seen and what I've been told by professors and other students, not nearly as much as you might fear. My understanding is that the most advantageous thing about degrees from significant schools is that your letter writers might carry some name recognition. Of course, a top-tier R1 or Ivy/Ivy-adjacent won't hurt. For what it's worth, my BA is from a tiny, tiny PLBC and my MA is from a good, funded program but not a school with particular renown. It shouldn't, by any means, stop you from applying to certain places.
  10. morawel

    Conference Travel: How do I pay for this??

    I don't know about your field or conference specifically, but some conferences offer Early Career Professional registration rates or travel grants for recent graduates. Otherwise, ask about other ECP benefits like shared hotel rooms or hotel waivers in exchange for volunteering at the conference (e.g., working the check-in table for a few hours). I assume you've asked your PI if they have any funding available? Is the work you are presenting funded by a grant or agency that may have funds marked for travel and presentation? If you have other coauthors on your poster/presentation who may have these funds available, it might not hurt to ask them as well. In terms of external funding, I have heard that local community groups like Kiwanis will sometimes give out money for this kind of thing, if you ask, but I haven't pursued that route. Good luck!
  11. alyssafrancis

    Eastern New Mexico University CDIS

    Thank you!
  12. On this subject, how much of a difference does name recognition of previous institutions make? I have a bachelor's and MFA from an R1 in the south that's pretty low on the USN rankings, but I have some good things going for my application, including two scholarly publications. Is it worth it to apply to top 30 schools if I didn't graduate from one in that tier? EDIT: I'm definitely applying to the upper-tier schools because the respective faculties align with my interests, not out of a sense of prestige.
  13. indoorfireworks

    2020 Applicants

    Hey hey, this seems like a good time to jump in after just lurking last app season. Last year, I was finishing up my MFA in creative writing and applied to six CW PhDs and three lit. I definitely think that the pressures of teaching, working a 2nd job, and finishing my thesis were a huge time/energy burden on my PhD apps. I got on one CW and one lit wait list, but didn't get an offer. Of course it stung for a bit, but in the time since I've seen how much of a benefit it was. I didn't really have a firm plan of study in mind and my WS/SOP were pretty garbage. In the time since, I've realized I really don't want to do another CW degree, and am way more familiar with the lit fields I want to pursue. My main focuses are psychoanalysis and Marxism, especially within modern and contemporary poetry. I just finished my final list of schools yesterday and now have a total of 11. I have to admit I'm particularly anxious about not having a lit background. My bachelor's is in psychology, but I did a couple lit classes then and in my MFA. My GRE scores are decent for verbal and writing (96/92) but 12% in quant, yikes. I think the main thing I have going for me is that my new writing sample was just published in a scholarly journal, so hopefully that demonstrates critical reading ability enough to make up for not having formal classes? My other main concern is how much detail to go into about POI's work in my SOP. If anyone would care to share that section of their SOP for reference, I would really appreciate it. Looking forward to being more active on the forum over the next few months (and hopefully beyond)!
  14. Heya, I'm currently in the process of finding neuroscience master's programs to which I might apply, and I am not even sure where to begin. I am currently a rising Sophomore at Texas A&M University, and am majoring in Biomedical Science with minors in Neuroscience and Philosophy. My end goal is to obtain my Master's and Ph.D. so that I may become a research neuroscientist who studies the genetic and biological factors behind mental illnesses that heavily affect an individual's perception of reality, such as schizophrenia and eating disorders. I heard from one of my professors that I ought to pursue a research-based Master's degree as opposed to a coursework-based Master's. Ideally, I would like to enroll in a paid Master's program, but I understand that such programs are few and far between. What are some good schools for Master's degrees in neuroscience? I don't care about the country, really, so long as English is the primary language of instruction (I'd love to learn a new language, but would rather not try to do so while earning a degree).
  15. I don't know about the MA literature program in particular, but most academic MAs at U of T are not funded. Typically, in Canada, programs that are ranked on the higher end tend to give out less money at the MA level.
  16. My initial goal for the fall was to apply to mainly Rhetoric/Writing PhD programs. It's not like I'm unhappy about it, but for a long time it's been a goal of mine to study in Toronto. U of T's PhD in English is literature focused, and as someone who is coming from a writing background and will be applying as a intentional student, I highly doubt I'd get in. That's why I was debating on applying to their Masters program. I just do not know if Masters programs are typically funded (because if it wasn't, I wouldn't go). My Masters are my school gave me the option to be funded (through TAing and other stuff) but it was a personal choice of mine to graduate quickly. I'm just not sure how likely that is everywhere else to given funding for a MA, especially as an American in Canada. So yes, my goal right now is to apply to roughly 8ish PhD Rhetoric programs. University of Toronto's MA program would be the only MA program I would apply to. I'm just not sure if it's worth it or not just for the chance to live in a city I want (at least for a certain amount of time, I understand moving will be a thing in the future)
  17. sir-atonin

    Professional school to PhD?

    Hey guys, this is my first time posting on here but I just wanted to reach out and see if anyone has been in/knows someone who has been in a relatively similar situation. I am currently a 2nd year in a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. The degree is a 3 year degree (9 semesters) and a clinical doctorate that prepares you to work clinically as a therapist across multiple settings. It turns out that I do not want to be a physical therapist in any way, shape, or form. I have honestly kept an open mind throughout my first 4 semesters but I strongly dislike what I am currently doing, to put it lightly. I have found solace in research, specifically working in spinal cord injury, which has piqued my interest enough to strongly consider a PhD in neuroscience after I graduate in 2021. My undergraduate background was a BS in Biology and had a fair exposure to chemistry. Quite honestly, I am a nerd when it comes to physiology, biochem, o chem, etc. and loved learning about the intricacies within each of the respective subjects. My plan is to graduate with my DPT, possibly work for a year or two to gain some clinical insight, then apply to PhD programs. I also really enjoy teaching so I have been considering teaching and research as my two career paths. I understand that these can both be done together and that certain universities are more geared toward research or academia, but just trying to get a better idea of what's out there and anybody's experience in their own PhD programs. So long story short if you're in a PhD program what led you down that path, what has your experience been thus far (good or bad), what are the best and/or worst aspects of being in a PhD, and any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for the excessively long post.
  18. CBG321

    Denied because of sexual orientation?

    Baylor tends to prefer their own graduates and they do appear a bit more 'buttoned up' for a lack of a better term. I don't think they would not accept you based on that, but I feel like its isn't a super diverse school in terms of lifestyles. That is just an outsiders perspective based on my classmates that came from Baylor who were all incredibly nice. Just kind of all seemed the same lol. At UTD I had classmates that were L&G it didn't phase anyone. I think most teachers didn't know about a few people but would have been respectful and welcoming to any lifestyle. They are there to teach not to push any outside agendas/beliefs :D. Many students were Christian so that would be something you would have in common with other students! Private schools are another bag though, yah never know!
  19. What's the end goal here? Reading between the lines, my sense is that you're (potentially) interested in pursuing a PhD in literature. Is that right? If so, an a literature focused MA could certainly improve your odds with regards to PhD admissions and if you're not yet sure that this is a path you'd like to pursue, it could be a good way to test the waters. That being said, I wouldn't totally write off the idea of applying to PhD programs now. Depending on your exact situation a good strategy could be to apply to some MA and some PhD programs and see where the cards fall. NB: If your goal is an academic career, you will at some point have to look beyond geography in terms of where you would like to study/teach/work. If you won't take on any debt, then doing an MA so that you can live in a particular city might be a fine life choice, but if an academic career is your goal (and even if it's not), you should certainly also be thinking about whether that degree will advance your professional goals or not.
  20. Logic

    2020 Neuroscience PhD Applicants and Admission Results

    Thanks! GRE isn't the best (GRE: 161V, 164Q, 4.5W) but honestly I don't think it'll make much of a difference
  21. PortraitCixous

    CUNY-Hunter College's Program in Mental Health Counseling

    Recently, matters have improved far more for the better—quite fortunately. As for mental health counseling, I have essentially ruled it out and have opted for another career. Many thanks.
  22. Jill98

    MPH 2020 Canada

    Hey everyone! I'm looking into MPH programs for the fall of 2020. This seems like a somewhat overwhelming process, so, much like the years before, I thought a thread for everyone in the same boat might be useful! A bit about me - I'm in Health Studies at Western, going into my last year. I've been specializing in Health Promotion and volunteering as a research assistant for the past year. I'm looking to apply to McMaster, Queen's, and Guelph in Ontario, and then SFU and possibly Memorial. I'm considering the MPH at Western, but I'd like to diversify my alumni network and experience a change of scenery. I'm also a little skeptical of the shorter time frame for the degree, as it's only 1 year long compared to most MPH's 16 - 24 months. I'm still on the fence about applying for MSc programs in Health Promotion, because I'm unsure about remaining in research (I also don't have one specific topic I'd want to commit to for a thesis, and I like the idea of an MPH as it covers a broader array of topics). I'd love to chat with any current MPH students in those programs (or any others in Canada!) and anyone else going though this process .
  23. There is a Fall 2014 thread for "Less Competitive" grad schools. I thought it was a good idea to start a new thread and hopefully it can be updated if there are changes. I live in CA which is one competitive states for grad programs. I wanted to see if there were applicants who were applying to the "less competitive" schools that are not part of the bigger programs. I know a lot of these schools are in the midwest and south are easier to get accepted to. Any one else out there applyig to less competitive programs? What is your reason? I am doing it because I have a low overall GPA and most of these schools look at your last 60 units GPA. Let's get this going because I know there are others who can benefit from this thread.
  24. I'm still tweaking my system, but have a few different methods. 1. If it's for my current research, I'll print the front page of the article at least and put it in an "active" folder that I check on a regular basis. If I don't print some marker of its existence, I'll forget about it. 2. If it's for future research, I create a folder in Zotero and put in the information, noting if I've downloaded the article or where the book is located. For instance, I have two projects that may be future research and each one has sub-collection under "Future Projects" in Zotero. 3. Books that may be helpful but I'm not ready to ILL or buy, get put onto an Amazon wish list.
  25. I have a PhD in higher ed policy. If that is close enough to what you are looking for - feel free to DM me.
  26. PsychPhdBound

    Fall 2020 Clinical & Counseling PhD/PsyD

    I'm also applying to UT Knoxville (tied for my top choice). Who are you interested in advisor wise?
  27. sjewell

    Americans Abroad

    Has anyone ever gone outside the US for their masters (in a country that is in the Mutual Recognition Agreement with ASHA) and come back to the US to practice? Did you have difficulty getting licensed in the US? Pros and cons of your experience? Debating applying to a couple abroad programs but want to know if it's worth the time and effort that an international application is. Thanks!
  28. Tanaya

    MS in CompLing 2018

    Hello all, I have a low CGPA ~ 3.1 but my overall profile with technical projects, LORs etc. is strong and I am expecting at least 324+ on my GRE Will I have a shot at MS in comp ling in UW at Seattle or Rochester?? If not, where else should I apply? Also how are the placement/career opportunities like for MS Comp Ling? Thanks in advance
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