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  2. BeakerBreaker

    No PI LOR

    There's nothing wrong with getting academic professors as some of your LORs, and it is true that schools in general do not accept recommendations from grad students/technicians/postdocs. It sounds like you still have time (~6 months before applications are due?) to familiarize your PI with who you are and what you have been doing in their lab, and you may choose to ask them to write a LOR early which may lead them to rely on the advice of your actual day-to-day mentors (the grad students). It is often the case that PIs have someone else write the recommendation letter for better or worse... The issue of whether or not you need to take time off comes down entirely to how sure you are that you want to get a PhD in general. A Master's is almost always a waste of time and money as graduate classes don't necessarily further your ability to work in the lab, and it's incredibly expensive unless paid for by someone else. I think you should apply to a PhD this cycle provided 1) you are sure you want to do it and 2) you can get decent LORs in the time between now and your application dates. If not, consider working for 1-2 years in a university as a research assistant/technician with the goal of getting better LORs and experience.
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  4. Does anyone know if a recommendation letter from a CFY is acceptable to apply to grad school with?
  5. Does anyone have any insight on this particular program?
  6. _sgra

    SDSU MSW 2020 start

    I’m taking my GRE next month and I’m so anxious! SDSU is the only school that requires the GRE for my prospective schools :/
  7. _sgra

    SDSU MSW 2020 start

    Hi there! I’m new to gradcafe but I found your forum through a google search inquiring about SDSU’s GRE requirements for the MSW program! I am also applying for the MSW program for the fall of 2020 and wanted to know if they only consider the writing score and not the other sections? I keep hearing different things and the SDSU website isn’t specific about GRE score requirements. Thank you in advanced for your help!!!
  8. XeniaStar

    The Positivity Thread

    Tomorrow I will be awarded with my diploma. I never would have guessed it was so exciting to me! Hopefully, I will enter a Masters degree program this year
  9. What types of programs do you want to apply to? If you are applying to bio/statistics programs, it doesn't make any sense to apply specifically to schools that your math professors went to. As the others said, the research is not a big deal. Some of this depends on what you mean by a decent state school. If you went to UIUC or something similar, I can see you getting in virtually anywhere, and I'd focus on schools in the 10-25 range. I don't think any application would be a waste.
  10. XeniaStar

    Mental Health & Readiness

    I go along with the opinion above. Your health is only your responsibility, so it's only you who can take such decisions.
  11. omicrontrabb

    2020 Application Evaluation / Seeking Advice

    @MrSergazinov Research experience isn’t nearly as important in statistics PhD admissions. Does research experience help? Absolutely, especially for the highest ranked schools. But math ability seems to be the most important criteria and you are very strong in that area. I went to visit days for several top 25 programs PhD programs and there were some admitted students there with no research experience. The admissions committees generally don’t seem to value applied stats research and there simply aren’t that many opportunities for theoretical stats research for undergrads. Don’t get me wrong, most admitted students (myself included) had research experience, but it was not everyone. Since you’re an international student at a school that’s not at the level of Harvard/Peking/ETH Zurich, you probably don’t have a shot at Stanford/Chicago/etc. But you might get admitted somewhere in the next tier down, like NCSU, Wisconsin, Penn State, especially if you do well on the GRE math subject test. With your math background at a good US university, I’d be pretty surprised if you didn’t get into at least one top 30 stats PhD program.
  12. Thank you @Meraki and @Bird Vision for your replies!!
  13. XeniaStar

    Regretting my graduate school choice

    I know exactly how you feel. I regret many decisions in my life, but I try to take it calmly. I advise you to get rid of anxiety and just do your best to achieve your goal. I wish you good luck!
  14. If its run by a management agency, you should be able to search online for reviews from prior tenants. I would be more wary submitting a deposit if its just some random person renting out an apartment in a home they own. Are you looking for your own place or a room with roommates? That will make a difference in what you might be able to do to reduce risk. Does the school offer housing to grad students? Many students out of the area may start off there and then move out after the first year (if this is a PhD program. It's not really worth the hassle of moving if it's a shorter program). Being that it's summer, it could be that a lot of students took vacation or are less productive and not keeping up with their email. Depending how long it's been since you reached out to your peers, I wouldn't write it off as empty promises just yet.
  15. Rafaella!

    WFP Future International Talent (FIT) Pool

    I have applied for M&E FIT pool P3 but have not heard anything. On the contrary, my friend has been going through the process for M&E pool for P4 positions.
  16. 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/
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Hello dear, i am planing for security management studies, i am stuck with statement of purpose (SOP). please, help me to make my sop.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. umichmydrm

    2020 Application Evaluation / Seeking Advice

    Thank you so much for providing the link. I am reading it and really enjoy it.
  23. 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.
  24. ke_k

    DAAD PhD scholarship results 2019-2020

    I am also at the same stage,,, reading funding since July 1st. Hope they can end the waiting for us .Also incountry/inregion
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
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