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  1. So, given that I have the Big C and don't have a timeline or prognosis, and that it is so close to April 15, I decided that it would be unethical for me not to call the director of English Graduate Studies, tell her what is going on and that I can't say for sure what I will and will not be able to do, and give her the chance to offer my slot to someone who isn't dealing with the Unknown. It was definitely NOT an easy phone call to make, and NOT a phone call I would ever wish on anyone. That said, when I told her my situation, she was so wonderful. First she was adamant that no, they were n
    9 points
  2. Not to be Johnny Stormcloud, but it's not looking very likely at Rochester now, either. There were two of us in my MA cohort on the UR wait list. The other one got a phone call today. She's going to think about it tonight and decide tomorrow. I doubt they'll take two people from the same (small) MA program. EDIT--Then again, they might just call me with fantastic news just minutes after I was being all gloom and doom depressing on the Gradcafe...
    7 points
  3. Thumbs up to everyone who successfully avoided feeding the troll and a huge congrats to everyone on making it through this app season! Best of luck to everyone as you begin on whatever postgrad paths you choose!
    4 points
  4. topcat84

    NDSEG fellowship

    got the answering machine....they said " for panel evaluations please call 301-965-5167" that number just rings. called ndseg back and got a person. she said they expect to send out all award notifications tomorrow, however they have not recieved the list from the dod yet (and could be as late as early next week). she said, however they do expect the list soon and can call back as early as later today.....
    3 points
  5. "bishes" ? Sounds like deaffrication to me.
    3 points
  6. Your terrible grammar and inappropriate use of ellipses makes for one weak argument. Quit hating and get back to us when you can type a coherent sentence
    3 points
  7. You're trying to express an opinion about a lack of diversity in the field. As someone who I assume is licensed and practicing, why don't you just tell us your feelings about it without insulting a whole group of prospective/incoming students? I'm sure you have a broader perspective if you've been in the field for so long. What kind of a response did you want from calling us a bunch of "lilywhite bishes"? I'm sorry I'm so white! I'm going to call up my school right now and tell them that I'm deferring because I need some time to examine my privilege.
    3 points
  8. etale

    NDSEG fellowship

    I called about five minutes ago and the operator informed me that the results will definitely be released tomorrow via email.
    2 points
  9. I 'm surprised that I didn't see this thread earlier. First, good luck to everyone on the wait list. Second I did get off of the wait list the day before my b-day. This was my second time around and last year I was wait-listed and then rejected so I did not have much hope when I got wait-listed this year. But, people do get off the wait list and get accepted. Good Luck to you all.
    2 points
  10. I wish. Seriously, though. This is a weird forum for it, but you have our attention. Are you going to do anything with it, or are you going to keep making off-base assumptions?
    2 points
  11. I pretty much lurk around Grad Cafe anonymously, making a post here and there. And this is pretty much the only forum I check, and not to sound like a stalker, but in recent weeks I've been checking to see if Tybalt had posted good news. As a fellow "old" man (I'll be 32 when I start again in the fall) returning to grad school after a hiatus, I know the agony of waiting to hear good news and wondering if you'll ever get a chance to pursue your passion or if it will always be wondering "what if?"...I'm happy for you, Tybalt; Rochester is a great program. Congrats. I don't know you from a fart i
    2 points
  12. You're pretty mature for someone who has been practicing for 6 years. And it's humorous how you think you can tell so much about our cultural backgrounds from a forum.
    2 points
  13. I'm wrapping up a master's program in a few weeks (AHHHH!) and starting my Ph.D. in the fall. This is what I can suggest: Make good connections with the faculty. If your university doesn't have an official forum for meeting them through a seminar or whatever, go to each professor's office and introduce yourself. You might find some really interesting people and run across some fantastic opportunities -- many of which involve pay, publication, or both. Professors tend to treat grad students like junior-junior-professors, since grad school is essentially a very extensive apprenticeship, so fo
    2 points
  14. What to say to professors I've never met but who might hold my future in their hands was a quandary for me for some time. A few professors provided an outline of what they wanted to hear - they get dozens of prospective student emails every week. I always attached a PDF of my current CV. Below is something like what I wrote - note that I changed what I included significantly based on my research into the prof. If anyone recommended that you contact this person, mention that right away! connections are so important! obviously, form letters are lame, but I hope the structure is helpful. K
    2 points
  15. USTgrad

    PCA/ACA

    The PCA/ACA conference held in San Antonio, TX from April 19th - April 24th is on the horizon. I am personally very excited to get out of this state where it is a high of 75 degrees one day and 45 the next and snow predicted for the weekend (WTF?), and trade it in for some sun and some awesome presentations. So, a few questions to get us started: who is going? when are your presentations? what is your topic of interest? what is the title of your paper? etc. etc. I'll start: I am presenting on Friday morning, April 22nd at 9:45 am @ RC-Bd Rm 530; Arab Culture in the US Panel; Session Chair:
    1 point
  16. According to the Chronicle of Higher Ed, the average age for a doctoral student in the US is 35.
    1 point
  17. Hendersa

    NDSEG fellowship

    I just called and was told that we would "definitely be notified before close of business tomorrow". As to what time you will get your award/rejection mail during the day, I don't know. It will be before 5 PM East Coast time, though. I also apologized for making the same call that she has probably gotten 500 times today, and she was very good-natured about it. I think those poor folks probably are used to it.
    1 point
  18. No Ramen necessary, friend I'm so, so happy that things worked out for you, and if it is in fact my spot that you've got, that makes me so glad that I made the choice that I did! I was feeling a bit shaky about declining Rochester because I loved the people there so much, but not anymore
    1 point
  19. It seems that at this point you have 2 difficult options. 1) Stay with your adviser, do what he says and get your MA with little to research to show for it, but save your social circle. OR 2) Transfer advisers, which may or may not cause waves in your social group, stay a year or more longer and get what you want out of your MA. They are both crappy options, but if it were me I'd go with #2 every time. Good luck, let us know what you decide.
    1 point
  20. Post-op update at present is the best possible news for a cancer diagnosis - the lumpectomy went VERY well, they found NO visual signs of cancer in any of the lymph nodes or in the surrounding tissue, although the pathologist will have to confirm that. I will go in Thursday for those results and then we will talk radiation. Chemo is currently not on the table yet. I have Vicoden. We are Good To Go. Hang in there - we got this. Also, just 'cause I was feeling feisty and oh! so badass, so, I made my sister (drove down to be with me since DH had to work) take me to the local coffee sh
    1 point
  21. Does the school you're attending have a College of Education? If so, go ask one of the advisors. It's worth trying.
    1 point
  22. Well, Canadians schools don't abide by the April 15th notification deadline. It's something to take into consideration when applying to Canadian and American schools. If you look at the results board for last season, a lot of Canadian applicants didn't get notified until mid-April, May, and even June!
    1 point
  23. fall-11

    Waitlisters Paradise

    Congratulations, Tybalt!! Woohoo!! Folkloredude: I'm an old lady myself (all of 30), and I feel a special kinship with all the oldies: you, Tybalt, Medievalmaniac, etc.
    1 point
  24. YAY Tybalt, so happy for you!!!!
    1 point
  25. If you are the shining example of diversity for which you so strongly advocate then I can definitely agree with you that this field "is going nowhere".
    1 point
  26. dear self

    SSHRC 2011

    A friend of mine called the doctoral office again just before 4.30, and was told that the letters for the doctoral awards will start being mailed next week and will continue until the end of April, and that the MA letters will start being mailed out at the end of April and will continue into early May. So perhaps the letters will come out in waves this year instead of all on one day as per the old system.
    1 point
  27. CONGRATS TYBALT!!!!! So happy Rochester worked out for you!!!!!
    1 point
  28. gtmshine here is proof that plenty of dumbasses get into even places like Stanford. Get over yourself dude.
    1 point
  29. Your pathetic effort in ending this conversation by resorting to private messages, reveals that you simply couldn't disprove my statement and has owned up to the fatal mistake you made in your original post. That's enough for me. The sad part is when I introduced verifiable evidence about superiority of the school you deem undesirable, in one important branch of engineering and science, your strongest argument was like "X is so good that even people outside Y know that". Believe me, with such low aptitude for making an argument your graduate school years will not go anywhere and I am ashamed o
    1 point
  30. nichol9

    NDSEG fellowship

    I am just going to say it.. C'mon Man! Take the NSF and let the rest of us have a chance at the NDSEG. They will both boost your resume equally and stipends are pretty much the same. Just sayin
    1 point
  31. an addendum... keep records of who you emailed, who responded, and who recommended that you talk to who. Many professors asked who else I'd already communicated with, and I was saved some embarrassment by pulling up my handy dandy excel spreadsheet. Also, I totally would've sent repeat emails or forgotten to reply to someone otherwise... absentminded? yep! contacted 40-50 profs? yes!
    1 point
  32. Oggy

    University of Western Ontario

    I'll be at UWO next year. It's a great school and most people there are really nice. Good luck!
    1 point
  33. Last year there was quite a bit of discussion about "fit." I'm going to emphasize this again. As I was applying, I had a broad range of research interests so I made a point of adjusting my personal statement accordingly for each of the 13 diverse programs I applied to. However, the writing sample I used for all 13 schools was on one specific topic. As a result, I was accepted only to the programs where that writing sample connected directly to the work of professors in the program. It's hard to make a case for your interest in a topic if you can't show that you've pursued research in that conc
    1 point
  34. I am so not getting into a prestige argument with you about what a "real university" is. I hope that you are less obnoxious in person than you are online, because your online persona does not bode well for success in real life.
    1 point
  35. TEK

    Columbus, OH

    Thanks, I will definitely avoid Pat McGreevy. Google maps claims it is about 20 minutes via bus from Riverview Place Apartments to Dreese. I attend a very small undergrad school (less than 3500 students) and I'm from a very small town so it is somewhat hard for me to judge how long a commute to class should be. Is that a long commute compared to most grad. student housing? I've also been told that Olentangy Village is very nice, but I will be living alone so it would be fairly expensive for me. I'd really like to keep my rent + basic utilities to around $650 / mo whereas an ECE
    1 point
  36. I just turned down one super great package to accept another. Both departments were really good, slightly different strengths but both suited toward my interests. With the departments and financial offers roughly even, I ended up considering the respective locations, and this is where one school prevailed over the other: one location is definitely nicer than the other. Also, one location is much easier to get by on public transportation than the other, which is a major issue for me since I don't drive. But turning down a terrific offer from a school that made a wonderful presentation is sti
    1 point
  37. GardeningGrad

    Things You Won't Miss

    Ah, I've been making a mental list for months. I will not miss: - a forty-five minute commute through small towns, behind school busses, and through far too many stop signs - spending $50 a week on gas - dreading Mondays. the week is so much more fluid at school. - being a receptionist. I'm counting down the days until I can hang up my high heels and relearn how to answer a landline without saying, "Thank you for calling (my company name), how may I direct your call?" - being in transition I admit, the onward march of time is bittersweet... Though I am excited to be paid to lea
    1 point
  38. Rankings may not tell you much about the quality of the program, but they will hint at how competitive the application process may be. Some will just apply to the top schools b/c they are at the top of the list, therefore they will receive many more applications than other programs. I have just finished my second season of Cog. Neuro. PhD application process. It is very competitive. My stats were: 1st round - 3.5 GPA from state school, Major: Psychology, Minors: Biology and Chemistry, 1.5yrs of undergrad research, 1340 GRE, and 3 good letters. 2nd round - (in addition to above) 1 full y
    1 point
  39. I don't think there's any 'harm' to one's professional reputation from rejections. In what ways do you imagine there to be? Nobody's going to ask you about it, and certainly jobs and tenure won't depend on it. Career progress in academia is about your work and abilities; a hiring committee isn't going to look at an impressive body of work and say, "but wait, this person was rejected from a few schools five, six, seven years ago, forget it". I'm doubtful that they would even have that information. Remember, this is just the first step in a much longer process.
    1 point
  40. JAC16

    GSPIA/American/Maxwell

    Have you made a decision yet?
    1 point
  41. If you could recommend 1 single Biochemistry book and 1 single Physical chemistry book in order to prepare for the GRE, what two books would those be? I also have a question on the timing of taking the GRE Chemistry test. If I plan on graduating Spring 2012 and applying to PhD Chemistry programs in Fall 2011 for enrollment in Fall 2012 and the Chemistry GRE is only offered in October, November, and April and I start the inorganic chemistry sequence in Fall 2011 and Winter 2012, how should I study for the inorganic question of the Chemistry GRE? Should I just start self-studying in the su
    1 point
  42. prolixity

    Harvard

    Read my quote again. We're married dudes whose wives attend other universities - as in living "separately". Food is food. There are plenty of restaurants, cafes, and grocery stores. Dudley house is "an" option. I don't know of anyone who bought an extended meal plan, though the food is convenient if you don't have time to cook.
    1 point
  43. I don't think anything US News says is subjective, so I would appreciate if you would be a bit more respectful...and not rip schools to shreds that people work hard to get into. What I meant was that Vanderbilt is ranked high in the field of African-American Lit. I was using this as an example to say that for people applying next year, it would be wise to keep in mind the rank of the sub-field as well in making a decision about which schools to apply to.
    1 point
  44. You sound like you're in a great position to reapply and kick ass, don't sell yourself short! A friend of mine has a great theory on this: you know how, when you're making pancakes, you inevitably screw up the first one and have to feed it to the dog, but then the rest turn out perfectly? We're not bad cooks (grad students), we just needed a "first pancake" application season to get things right
    1 point
  45. My two cents on the whole "top tier" school debate: for my field in the social sciences, half of the first tier schools are public, and I would actually consider at least two of the Ivies to be second tier rather than first, depending on where you draw that arbitrary line. Plus, as others have pointed out elsewhere, it's often better career-wise to be a rock star student at a second tier department than a mediocre student at a first tier one... Anyway, moving on. I'm a second timer, and I've had a pretty successful run this year (if I do say so myself!). My advice is this: remember that the
    1 point
  46. flotsam

    Anger, anyone?

    My uncle is a professor at a well-known college. When he was applying for PhD programs, he was considered to be a topnotch candidate. He was offered admission plus all the grants and stipends to get him through 5 years comfortably in some of the most prestigious colleges in the country. A million years ago. As a professor now, he recognizes that the competition has changed many of the rules for acceptance and there is a good possibility even he would have difficulty getting into his preferred grad schools in this academic/economic climate. His advice to his students that seek to go on to
    1 point
  47. Herbie

    Letter of Recs

    Your professor choices for letters of rec should be motivated by two significant factors: - Which professor you've been in contact with the most, preferably Art History. This is affected by how many courses you took by them, presentations, symposia, etc. It's just easier that way. If you''re not confident in whether they can write you a good letter of recommendation, it's not unfair to ask: "Are you able to write a good letter of recommendation for me for graduate school?" - Professors who know your work capabilities, skills and interests. Therefore, if you want a letter of recommendati
    1 point
  48. I think that says more about who goes to SIPA than what SIPA can do for you. Having done a lot of staff recruitment for a nonprofit, my experience is that a master's degree alone is not going to get you into a high up position anywhere. Relevant previous experience is the most important thing; if you don't have that you will be entry level. My college roommate went to HKS and she got an analyst job with the State Department afterwards, because she went to HKS straight out of college. I would venture to guess that WWS is the only place where there won't be a substantial portion of people wh
    1 point
  49. As a current student who helped out with grad recruiting this year, I have gotten a few letters that have made me chuckle. Usually it's because the letter writer has unintentionally said something slightly presumptuous. For example, it is not necessary to go out of your way to reassure people that their program is a great one -- we are glad you liked it, but honestly as long as you're not coming it doesn't really matter to us whether you think we are "great." That is for the job market and our general reputation in the field to decide. Also, it is not necessary to imply that we might be upset
    1 point
  50. APHI224, I'm going to dispense with the pleasantries that so many others have offered you here and say flat out that you do not get it. Of course, you're only at the Master's level, so that's to be expected. If I can get over how angry I am at your naive and condescending responses, I'll reply with the "why" later.
    1 point


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