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  1. 5 points

    NDSEG Fellowship 2012-2013

  2. 4 points

    Tips on cutting some moving costs

    - Ship all your media (books, CDs, DVDs) via USPS. It is shipped at a much cheaper rate. I think you can send about 200lbs. for less than $100. - Ship your heaviest stuff in large flat rate boxes. I stuffed all my shoes in two boxes and it was $16ish a box. They would have taken up a lot of room in my car. - Price out freight for shipping furniture. You can get a mattress box from a store and ship it freight for cheaper than it would cost to get a uhaul rental sometimes. - If you know your parents will be sending you package, leave a bag of off-season clothing for them to use as packaging materials. - Sell everything you can and rebuy/CL when you get there. You'll be sad when you realize how much you spend in shipping vs. how much it really would have cost to just sell and rebuy. - Don't forget, the heavier your car, the more gas you go through. Hope some of these help!
  3. 3 points

    Just a "thank you"... to everyone.

    Hello all! Now that this year’s application season is over, I just wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation to all of the members of the Soc board for their guidance over the past year. A little over a year ago, I came to gradcafe seeking support and information in my quest to change careers. When I joined gradcafe, I was 6 years out of undergrad, 3 years out of law school, and had never taken a sociology class in my life. Basically, I was clueless about just about everything. I did not think I would be applying this year, but my circumstances changed and, with them, my plans. I suddenly found myself feeling dreadfully unprepared for the application season that awaited… and this board was really my only source of information for sociology admissions. Everyone on the board was incredibly patient and helpful over the long and stressful months that followed. The advice I received and, more importantly, the friendships I made on this board provided invaluable support and guidance over the past year. I will be attending one of my top choices in the fall, and I know it is due in large part to all of you. So, please accept my sincerest thanks for your role in helping me turn what I thought was a pipe dream into reality. I am looking forward to this new adventure...
  4. 3 points

    When to update the CV...

    There can be downsides of keeping an up-to-date CV. The good feeling I get from moving a "manuscript in prep" to "under review" is far outweighed by having to move it back down again three months later
  5. 3 points

    I'm older and okay with that.

    I'm not sure why, but this post kind of rubs me the wrong way. Maybe because I'm already feeling anxiety about being "too old" (I just turned 30), and I feel like this attitude is what I'm most anxious about encountering--a kind of patronizing "good for you!" masking potential underlying criticism. Well shucks, gee, it sure would be an advantage if I was younger, but there's this thing where time only moves in one direction... The truth is that it just took me longer to get here. It took me 6 years to finish undergrad because of financial difficulties, I lived and worked abroad for a while after that, then got a regular job, then realized I wanted to go back into academia, so spent the last 3 years working full time, starting a family, and earning my MA. Voila, I'm 30. It's not as though you can't live your life before you get tenure, so if that doesn't happen until I'm 45 (or, let's be honest, ever), so what? I just don't understand the "racing toward tenure so I can start my real life" idea, which views it as a beginning, rather than a milestone or an eventual goal. Obviously it's an important goal/step in an academic career, but I'm not sure that being a few years older affects the granting of tenure, and something like 50% won't end up getting it anyway, so I think it's important to be open to other possibilities. I'm sorry, I really don't mean to be snippy--I think I'm just grumpy about turning 30. But I don't exactly wear dentures and hobble around on a walker in my slippers. 30 is young. 40 is young. People change careers all the time, and from the people I've spoken to in grad programs, a 10 or 15 year age difference means nothing at all. It's not like I've decided to become a gymnast at 30--I think I've got a few good years before senility will rob me of my literature-teaching abilities.
  6. 2 points
    So I love Buzzfeed. It's like the best, most ridiculous waste of time ever. Apparently, in all their infinite silliness, they decided to combine the Forbes rankings for top schools with the DateMySchool rankings for sexiest schools to develop a list of the smartest, sexiest schools. Please note that there is most likely very little basis for this, but I still found it amusing: The Sexiest, Smartest Colleges in the Country For those that don't want to go to the link and look at the pretty picture, the list went like this: 10. Carnegie Mellon 9. UVa 8. Harvard 7. Boston U. 6. Boston College 5. Columbia 4. UPenn 3. Princeton 2. Darthmouth 1. Brown I know there's people here going to these schools. Maybe the single Fall 2013 folks have something to look forward to hehe.
  7. 2 points

    Fulbright 2013-2014

    Time to start next year's applications...
  8. 2 points

    Fulbright 2013-2014

    Email? Based on how slow everything is, I'm assuming the preferred mode of communication is carrier pigeon
  9. 2 points

    how often do you plan to go home?

    For those whose home countries are faaar away and air tickets cost an arm and a leg (like mine), keep an eye out for conferences in the area. It's much more doable that way ;-)
  10. 2 points

    Preparing myself for applications

    Since you mention "research abilities", I'm assuming you're applying to doctoral programs or research intensive masters programs. This post is going to seem harsh, because it seems as if you're going about your preparation in the wrong way. Just remember that the GRE is much less important than you think. It's good to do as well as you can, but it's generally not considered all that much when it comes to the actual decision makes. That said, you want to at least be in the ballpark of the schools you're applying to so you're applications aren't thrown out by administrative staff. Complete and utter waste of time. A blog will not "reflect your research abilities". Admissions committees will not consider a blog as evidence of such, and will likely find it humorous that you think it is if you ever list it as a thing in your applications. What you need to demonstrate your research abilities is actual research experience. Research experience that will allow you to get strong letters of recommendation and that you can write about in your statement of purpose. I'm not in the history field, but "extra-curriculars", volunteering etc. generally isn't considered at all for the graduate level. Can you get this museum to officially designate you as being part of an internship program? Are there PhD level respected researchers working at this museum? Would you be working closely enough with them that they could write you a letter of recommendation? Can you actively participate in research work that can be written about in your letters and statement of purpose? If the answer to any of these questions is no, it's also a waste of time. Strengthening your base application (the people giving you recommendations, your actual research experience, published papers, your statement of purpose etc) is much more important than the things you're mentioning. The blog thing in particular would likely be a net negative against your application. It says you're passionate enough to have written thoughts on various topics, but not good enough to have had those thoughts published. It's also so unusual that they'll think you aren't a serious applicant if only because you thought it was a good idea.
  11. 1 point


    Well, just got a call from the IOS program officer that my proposal is being recommended for funding! My proposal went invisible on fastlane yesterday for a while and the status date also changed a few days ago, but is still listed as "pending" with a review date of 2/20. So, maybe those quirks are not necessarily bad things. Good luck everyone!
  12. 1 point

    Fulbright 2013-2014

    All good. Better to complain to a bunch of random people online who feel your pain and are going through it as well than to your friends! They might think you're crazy or something, but we keep each other sane
  13. 1 point

    Fulbright 2013-2014

    I lol'd. Acceptance feels so far away. Good thing Egypt is N/A this year or else some applicants might end up spending all their time in de Nile, nyuk nyuk nyuk I think this might be the longest any group of people has gotten along with each other on teh internet, probably, like, ever. I just remembered this gem from a long long time ago on the board: when we were speculating about whether the fulbright application committees read this forum, someone who was on some kind of college admissions board said she used to check College Confidential and that it was just full of people saying "WHATS YOU'RE GPA BRAH?!?!" That phrase has since become a joke between some friends and me at school, kind of like a greeting. So instead of "what's up dude?" we'll say "what's your gpa brah?" ah the myriad benefits I have accessed through you fine people.
  14. 1 point
    Good luck! Like others have said, at the end of the day you just have to make the decision that feels more right. They are both great options, both with their pros and cons, and you can't have both. You've done all the rational analysis, now it comes down to which school you are more excited about and which school are you kind of forcing yourself to attend. I think I know which one is which for you, but I'm interested to hear what you decide. The choice is also about how much risk you want in your life, so how risk averse you are is definitely one of the key issues here. And nobody except you can evaluate if the risk is worth the returns.
  15. 1 point


    Got accepted to present at PAMLA , and I just found out that I can probably receive a grant covering conference expenses---any ideas if it's ok to be a member/present at both the PAMLA conference and the SAMLA conference. Hope everyone else has been getting good news!!!!
  16. 1 point

    Fulbright 2013-2014

    Nice. My son is telling me this is the beginning of a horror story. "One time I applied for a Fulbright...and the answer never came." He says it needs to be on "creepypasta" I have no idea. I was at depression, but I have regressed.
  17. 1 point
    Congratulations on graduating. For starters, this summer should generally be spent doing all that you can to be in a happy, healthy initial position for graduate school. Many people are excited to begin, but graduate studies are best handled in graduate school. You need not arrive at your campus with an exhaustive list of research questions and interests. The point of sitting in seminars is to learn from and be influenced by your professors and fellow graduate students (likewise, you're supposed to help teach them as well!). You don't have to know everything in every journal in question. It sounds like you're already quite familiar with some of the literatures in the field, which is a very good start. Few articles feature a full, inclusive literature review with critical thoughts---you just cite the stuff you need to cite and then mention the gap that you're trying to fill. So, for a favorite article, go back and look at all of the articles it cites in the lit review. Surely you can add your own thoughts to the whole thing. If you wonder which journals are most important in IR...for starters, the top three general journals (American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics) all have IR articles, though the Journal of Politics tends to be the least "generalist" of the general journals. International Organization is clearly the leading IR specialty journal, and it features articles on both conflict and IPE. The flavor has been especially IPEish of late. International Studies Quarterly is a step down from IO. The Journal of Conflict Resolution is roughly on par with ISQ and mostly features articles that study conflict using statistical techniques, though the occasional formal theory paper slips in. If you stick to that set of journals, you'll have plenty of high-quality research to read. If you're so inclined, you might pick up Jeff Gill's book on math for political science, the Simon and Blume book on math for economics, or some other foundational math book. Also if you're so inclined, you might download R (it's free) and work through some tutorials. Also if you're so inclined, you might learn a little bit about typesetting in LaTeX (it's free). But mostly, enjoy the people you care about and have fun. Read some fiction or interesting non-fiction. You'll miss the chance to do so soon enough.
  18. 1 point
    lol...yes and no. At the beginning when I started my BSW, I had some friends acting guarded around me like I was able to 'sense' their problems. When they finally figured out that I wasn't a mind reader, they relaxed. I find that people are more likely to share personal details quicker but it could also be because you have an approachable demeanor. Eventually you learn how to keep a healthy distance from those who over-share. Good luck!
  19. 1 point
    I honestly think in choosing interview candidates that it is a multi-dimensional situation in which you could not attribute the difference to specialization vs. scholarship. Like academic programs, employers place a lot of weight on how well you 'fit' with their organization. I would say the York funding package is pretty 'generous'. Personally, I have been offered minimum $9000 in assistantships and $6000 in scholarship for the advanced standing program. It is also important to note that York tuition is $1800 per term- only $5400 for the degree.
  20. 1 point

    NDSEG Fellowship 2012-2013

    It's like an edge-of-your-seat thriller without the movie theater admission cost!
  21. 1 point

    Fulbright 2013-2014

    I was wondering if you got the same note, Lunita! I am sort of kind of tempted to email Eileen back. You know, to thank her for the status update. And also ask WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON.
  22. 1 point
    I'm at McMaster no mail today or yesterday but I received word from my graduate coordinator. My sense is that all of our respective departments are receiving word before we get an official confirmation by snail mail. Good luck to everyone and keep your chins up if this wasn't your year!
  23. 1 point
    OOOPS! I meant to direct the post above to semimicro (and not MSW13).
  24. 1 point
    Long time lurker, first-time poster. My department contacted me today...I got an SSHRC doctoral award! This is VERY unexpected as I have been rejected and wait listed in the past. This was the last year that I was eligible so I will be receiving 20,000$ over a 12 month period. To those who have been rejected or wait-listed, do not lose hope! I was persistent, I kept applying and was pleasantly surprised. Here are my stats: 3rd year - Doctorate in psychology Masters SSHRC 1 peer reviewed article 1 accepted manuscript 2 peer reviewed conferences 2 non peer reviewed conferences GPA - grad: 4.0, undergrad: 3.9 Don't know my rank in my department...probably top three 4 RA, 1 TA Qualitative study I don't know my score as I have not yet received my letter. I will keep you guys posted! Congrats to all who got funded! And for those of you who weren't so lucky (I know it sucks, I was there), keep your head up high and keep applying!
  25. 1 point
    I agree with the OP's sentiments as well as the quote above. I have some relatives who are engineers and graduated with a B.S. in some form of engineering. I have total respect for what they do! It isn't a field I wanted, and they are very passionate and hard-working in their careers. Ever since I decided I wanted to major in music performance in undergrad, and went for my Masters in teaching, it seemed like my life choices were inferior to theirs. There is no explanation I can give about the amount of hours of practicing, the hours of studying, and the difficulty of my juries that they will understand. There isn't a way to make music perf. and music ed have anything worthy of their respect. After teaching six years and my dream changing, I am now going for a MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and I am still, somehow, not worthy of any respect for my career choices from my engineering relatives. I don't care to be superior to them- thats the reverse of the problem we already have. Music ed, SLP and engineering are totally different fields, and all are necessary. I have simply decided to let it go. They will never see me as an intelligent person. They will never give me the validation that I crave, so I get that from my professional peers and colleagues and leave it at that. My need for validation can also be a personal reflection on how I have had to learn how to teach things besides music VERY quickly and without guidance, and finding success in my 4th and 5th grade math students test scores (yay!). It can also come from knowing that I am an expert in my field, and I see that in the resulting performances of my music students. So, maybe you can look for other ways to get that level of validation you crave, and allow the jerks, as you might think they are, to go their own separate way.
  26. 1 point

    I'm older and okay with that.

    I started my program at age 43. I don't intend to go into academia, and, in fact, I don't have any plans yet for what I want to do when I'm done with school. Right now I am trying to enjoy the experience (as much as possible), learn as much as I can, and actually be useful in my research group so I don't feel as though my advisor is wasting his money. It's always tough being the newest, most inexperienced person around, even when you are "old." I just started with this group, so I guess it will take some time to get going, and, overall, I'm really glad to be doing things that are challenging and intriguing again.
  27. 1 point

    I'm older and okay with that.

    I think I kind of understand all the vitriol being directed at swagato (the original post did seem have a undercurrent of "pity the old folk," intentional or not) but I think it's also a legitimate concern. No, the interviewers won't ask for your birth date. But they can take one look at your undergraduate dates and know how old you are. Easy as that. I think age discrimination does and will exist on hiring committees, unfortunately enough, and that's why I'm riddling with anxiety about finishing my Ph.D at 35-36. In a perfect world, the 58 year old hiree would be seen exactly the same way as the 28 year old but I really don't think that's the case. Either way, I think it should be something that older candidates should be prepared to face. The responses I've seen so far have ranged from willfully ignorant ("Who do they think they are? They can't judge me!") to naive at best ("I am a scholar and nothing else in the world matters!") I was reading through and most responses bordered on "follow your dreams" pixie dust fluff. I mean, a certain level of passion is certainly required but I think a few years of crushingly awful teaching for a few bucks will quickly resolve that. I don't see the need to be so overly rosy about a situation that will clearly be extremely, extremely difficult, and as swagato rightly points out, probably much more so with age.
  28. 1 point

    EPA Star Fellowship 2013

    If there are no new fellowships this year: ~1350 of use wrote proposals Wildly speculating that we averaged 10 days, 8hrs/day of work to draft our proposals Collectively that means we spend 108,000 hr writing the proposals If we are all on some type of state or federal funding (TA, RA, hourly, etc) and average $15/hr... Then this process will have wasted ~$1.62 million. That's just considering our lost wages. Of course they allocated $8-9 million for the STAR Fellowships so I guess that's a net savings. Grumble, grumble.
  29. 1 point
    I haven't received a letter yet. Heard internally. Hopefully tomorrow. Then I will post my score. Again, to all those who were less fortunate in the crap shoot that is SSHRC, I know how it feels, several times, but don't let it bog you down. It says nothing about your abilities as a scholar, nor is it the reflection of anything resembling an 'objective' process. For example, I won a CGS but failed to win OGS. Weird right? You made it this far, so you've proven you're in an excellent position to receive an award next time around. And for those who were successful, congratulations, but realize this is by no means the last tormenting funding application experience you will endure!
  30. 1 point

    When to update the CV...

    I already updated my LinkedIn and will likely update my CV soon, when I have a few minutes to get into InDesign to edit it. I won't be applying anywhere for a while, really.
  31. 1 point
    dios Achilleus

    Fulbright 2013-2014

    There's time to watch one Doctor Who episode before the close of business today. I recommend "Blink," as that episode is fantastic.
  32. 1 point

    When to update the CV...

    i updated mine as soon as i committed, and for now, it says "entering august 2013." once i've started my classes, i'll probably change it to "anticipated graduation spring 2015" or something like that.
  33. 1 point

    MPA rankings.

    How would you rank the MPA programs? US News' top 25 rankings are below. What are your top 5? Top 10? Top 25? What makes a MPA program better than others in your mind? Rank School name Score #1 Syracuse University (Maxwell) Syracuse, NY 4.5 #2 Indiana University–​Bloomington Bloomington, IN 4.4 #3 Harvard University (Kennedy) Cambridge, MA 4.3 #4 University of Georgia Athens, GA 4.2 #5 Princeton University (Wilson) Princeton, NJ 4.1 #6 New York University (Wagner) New York, NY 4.0 #6 University of California–​Berkeley (Goldman) Berkeley, CA 4.0 #6 University of Southern California (Price) Los Angeles, CA 4.0 #9 Carnegie Mellon University (Heinz) Pittsburgh, PA 3.9 #9 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS 3.9 #9 University of Washington (Evans) Seattle, WA 3.9 #12 American University Washington, DC 3.8 #12 George Washington University (Trachtenberg) Washington, DC 3.8 #12 University of Michigan–​Ann Arbor (Ford) Ann Arbor, MI 3.8 #12 University of Wisconsin–​Madison (La Follette) Madison, WI 3.8 #16 Arizona State University Phoenix, AZ 3.7 #16 Duke University (Sanford) Durham, NC 3.7 #16 Florida State University (Askew) Tallahassee, FL 3.7 #16 University at Albany–​SUNY (Rockefeller) Albany, NY 3.7 #16 University of Kentucky (Martin) Lexington, KY 3.7 #16 University of Minnesota–​Twin Cities (Humphrey) Minneapolis, MN 3.7 #16 University of Texas–​Austin (LBJ) Austin, TX 3.7 #23 Georgetown University Washington, DC 3.6 #23 Georgia State University (Young) Atlanta, GA 3.6 #23 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey–​Newark Newark, NJ 3.6
  34. 1 point

    Fulbright 2013-2014

    Another Red Raider! Wreck 'em! I don't know the information about that, but I'm definitely pulling for you to get moved to accepted!
  35. 1 point

    SAIS Concentrations

    Looking forward to it! Can you believe we'll be in Italy soon? I bought my plane ticket last week.., so exciting! Quick tip- I used studentuniverse to book my flight and got a really good deal. I used to use it back in undergrad when I studied abroad a couple times. It was satisfying to get the student rate again!
  36. 1 point

    The Next Step: Fall 2013ers

    I got my teaching assignment for the fall and picked out my courses. I'm all abuzz with excitement. Now I just have to get through six. Hours. Of final portfolio conferences today and I'm home free.
  37. 1 point
    If they think you're weird for reading books by choice...why exactly do you care what they think? As soon as anyone tells me something like "I never read a book, I can just look it up online" I mark them off as an idiot and disregard what they say unless it pertains to their specialty. I've been dealing with this in my community since undergrad, so I don't mess around now.
  38. 1 point

    MPA rankings.

    Well civil discourse be dammed I guess. I do think that you are on point in that schools such as Syracuse and Indiana are ranked too high. That said, I think if you look at the top 25 say (and forget about their ordering) you would essentially have the biggest players in the public affairs area. Clearly there will always be exceptions and oversights, but as a very general guide to the top schools in a field it can be a helpful resource. No one should take the number ranking very seriously, but I stand by my initial assertion that the rankings have a worse reputation than they ought to. If you can believe it, I once saw on this very same forum site someone be characterized as being "delusional" purely because they showed mild support for the US News rankings. How absurd is that? I think if anyone is making decisions based on any ranking system than they are making a mistake. Everyone should come to a decision based on their own criteria of what is important to them.
  39. 1 point

    MPA rankings.

    While I too agree that the rankings do have some innate inaccuracies, I do think it provides a glimpse into a schools quality. The survey is administered to deans, directors and department chairs of the 266 public affairs institutions in the US (two per school), who I would hope have some amount of expertise on the subject even if they are biased. A basic 1 to 5 quality score is given and then averaged to come up with the final ranking. The response rate is actually 39% which really isn't that bad (if you have ever administered a large survey before you will know). I think the point is well taken that public affairs is loosely defined, but US News doesn’t even create the definition they are supplied a list of schools by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. All of this information can be found in their methodology section (a section that most people do not know exists it would seem). To be clear I don’t put too much stake in these rankings, but I do think they get a worse reputation than they deserve. Honestly, it is the best source out there and while imperfect (and skewed toward academia) it does provide some useful information about a programs quality. No one should ever make a decision based solely on these ranking, but as you search for schools I don’t think keeping them in mind does any great disservice to you.
  40. 1 point

    NDSEG Fellowship 2012-2013

    May I suggest some yoga and a nice cup of decaf coffee to relax. Maybe a massage, Good luck winning the reward, but if you win I hope you represent the NDSEG better than this with more respect for others.
  41. 1 point

    Questions about MA application

    Because you'd not heard of JSTOR, I thought maybe it would be worth posting this list of resources. It's copied from where one of the librarians at my university has compiled a who's-who kind of list for research on the library website. I don't mean to assume that you're uninformed, but I just thought it might be useful to give you an idea of other resources of value if you're not familiar with some of the staples that I think most of us sort of take for granted. This is definitely not an inclusive list; I'm just copying and pasting from a site that I use to find things (and I recommend it to my students every semester as a good collection of the things they'll likely be looking at anyways). Desk-top reference collection • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online • American National Biography Online • Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online • Dictionary of Irish Biography • Oxford English Dictionary Online • Blackwell Reference Online • Oxford Reference Online (Premium) • Oxford Scholarship Online • Dictionary of Literary Biography Online • Literary Encyclopedia • Companion to Digital Literary Studies • Chicago Manual of Style Online • MLA handbook for writers of research papers • OWL (Purdue Online Writing Lab) Primary sources: indexes Indexes • English Short Title Catalogue (1473-1800)
(an index but the backbone to EEBO & ECCO) • Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue (1801-1919) • ArchiveGrid • C19, the nineteenth Century Index • Nineteenth Century, in association with the British Library Full-text sources (primary) • British Literary Manuscripts Online • Victorian Manuscripts from the Berg Collection of the New York Public Library • Literary manuscripts. 17th and 18th century poetry from the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds • Perdita manuscripts: women writers, 1500-1700 • Gerritsen Collection of women’s studies • Orlando, women’s writing in the British Isles from the beginnings to the present • Early European Books: printed sources to 1700 • EEBO (Early English Books Online), 1473-1700 • ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online), 1701-1899 • Early American Imprints. Series 1, Evans (1639-1800). • Early American Imprints. Series 2, (1801-1819). • Eighteenth Century Journals II: Newspapers and Periodicals, 1699-1812. • American Periodicals Series Online (1740-1900). • Nineteenth Century Collection Online • Victorian Popular Culture • 17th-18th century Burney Collection Newspapers • Defining Gender, 1450-1900: Five Centuries of Advice Literature Online. • Past Masters - (Full text material from Antiquity to Modern). • Electronic Enlightenment - (17th-18th Century letters, documents, and correspondence). • North American Theatre Online - (Texts and production info). Secondary sources • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses • MLA Bibliography • ABELL online • Periodicals Archive Online • LION, 600-1903 (Literature Online) • Annotated Bibliography of English Studies • International Medieval Bibliography • Bibliographie Internationale de l'Humanisme et de la Renaissance • Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance • IIPA (International Index to the Performing Arts) • Theatre in Video • Cambridge Histories Online • Shakespeare Collection Digital Archive • World Shakespeare Bibliography • CPI.Q • Canadian electronic library. Canadian publishers collection. • Canadian Literary Centre • Canadian Reference Centre • Gender Studies Database • JSTOR • Academic Search Premier • Expanded Academic ASAP • Humanities Full Text (Wilson) • Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective (Wilson) • Science in the Nineteenth Century • Film Index International • Film Literature Index Online • FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals plus • Films on Demand • NFB (National Film Board of Canada) • The Year's Work in English Studies • The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory • Royal Historical Society Bibliography Online • Historical Abstracts Newspapers • Gale NewsVault • American Periodicals Series Online (1740-1900) • Times Digital Archive (1785-1985) • New York Times (1851-2007) • Washington Post (1877-1994) • PressDisplay ETA: I'm in Canada, so some of these are CanLit-oriented and will be less relevant. I'm posting them anyways. (That also means that there are probably several key resources that I'm not including because this list is geared a bit more towards potential CanLit scholars.)
  42. 1 point

    Questions about MA application

    I agree that you need to be specific. You can always change your focus once you get into a program if you wish. In your SOP I would mention your undergraduate thesis (i.e. as an undergraduate I wrote....) Don't waste a lot of time on it, but you could spare a couple sentences to talk about it and why you liked working with it (I would say max 3 sentences). If you want to continue studying Victorian novels in your MA program, then after you briefly discuss your undergraduate thesis you could introduce your interest to continue with that field of study in your MA work. I've always had success with giving examples. For example, I work with fairy tales so in my SOP for PhD applications I stated, "While I have a thorough understanding of the history of fairy tales and have written and presented several papers on classical fairy tales and fairy tales through children’s literature, I prefer to work with revisionist fairy tales either directly, such as Emma Donoghue’s Kissing the Witch, or indirectly, like Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland or Neil Gaiman’s Coraline." So, perhaps you may want to consider mentioning a couple authors with whom you'd be interested in working with (I think text might be too narrow and just Victorian novels seems a little to broad). You could also narrow by time period (between the years of ...), or theory, sometimes even genre (i.e. Gothic Victorian novels). I hope this helps a little. Good Luck!!
  43. 1 point
    Interestingly, I've applied to the same program three times. The first two, I got in with no funding, and the third time I got in with full funding! I'll be going in the fall. I have slightly difficult academic interests (Mediterranean archaeology intersecting anthropology) so it's been difficult to find program with a good fit. Here is what happened to me: Round 1: Senior year of college. 1 PhD acceptance (no funding); 3 MA acceptances with funding Round 2: Finishing MA #1. PhD acceptance (same school no funding). 2 MA acceptances Round 3: Decide to do a second MA (this is a big decision and I only recommend it if you have a strong idea rom faculty that it could help your education). While in the second year, I apply, and get 3 PhD acceptances, all funded. I say it's worth a shot. If they want you, they'll take you. In my case I had difficulties due to a restricted search region and my own research interests, as well as the fact that languages are not my strong point and they are really emphasized in Mediterranean archaeology. Hence doing two MA's to build up those skills. Keep your chin up! I know it's hard, I've been there.
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    2013 SLP Admissions Thread!

    you're out of field right? well getting into a program without any background is really hard. the first time i applied i was wait listed and rejected from every 3 year program I applied to. But I got into most of the post bacc programs and in my second round got into a number of good graduate programs. Not only did I get second bachelors in SLP but I worked in research, volunteered a lot and retook the GRE. Instead of focusing on not getting in and crying as a result you should focus on what you are going to do to better your application. Portland States post bacc program for example is non competitive (you apply you get in) and you get a very in depth background. Idk much about USUs program but it is very popular. I'm really not trying to be mean, and you still have other schools to hear from, but wallowing in not getting into a program isn't going to DO anything to help your application for the next go round. I understand your frustration and your disappointment but honestly the best thing you can do is channel those feelings into making yourself a better candidate.
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    Breaking up with programs

    what are these "feelings" that you speak of? could i leverage them for success in the future?
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    your home office setup?

    A printer is the kind of thing you can always buy if/when you find you need it. I do my printing at the office so while I have a printer at home, I almost never use it and I'd be just fine without it. I'd suggest starting without one and seeing if you need it after you've started school.
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    Dealing with Jealousy

    I think that there are two separate issues here, which I'll address in turn. First, it sounds like you need to take a more active role in your education. That's precisely what you describe your friend as doing: apply for positions, schmooze with professors, talk yourself up. Since you do less of that, I think it's not unreasonable that professors have less of an idea of your research interests, and that they associate you with your friend's interests (since you describe yourself as his sidekick). Furthermore, since your friend has obviously been successful in his past positions, you can also kind of see why he would be recommended or sought after by other professors. You need to start building a name for yourself that's similar to that. If you do a good job, I don't see why you wouldn't also be appreciated. People are recognized for work they do, not for potential they might have. Prove yourself, and people will take notice. Second (and more difficult), you need to stop comparing yourself to your friend. A fact of life is that there is always going to be someone smarter/faster/better at something than you are. If you give up as soon as you encounter such a person, you won't get very far. A fact of life is also that it's not always those smarter/better people who succeed more in life, you can affect your destiny by being active and taking initiative. Get your foot in the doorway, get to know professors and try to start collaborations - essentially do the things you say your friend is doing. Hey, maybe your friend will even be willing to talk to you about how he strikes up conversations with professors and gets these collaborations. It's something useful to learn how to do. From your story, I didn't think he was doing anything to harm you, though he may have been insensitive or oblivious when he could have helped you out. If you talk to him, that may change. ... or you may find out that you were right to distance yourself from him, but either way I think you'll use your energy better if you invest it in furthering your own causes rather than comparing yourself to others.
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    Dal PhDer

    Relationship with advisor

    I don't know...I completely understand about the professional attitude you set off when you talk poorly about your supervisor...but I think it depends on your audience. I see gradcafe a place for students to come, interact, and converse about their experiences in gradschool- their problems, the ups, the downs..etc. Your supervisor determines about 80% of your gradschool experience, and people should be able to openly discuss their relationships on here without feeling like they are looked upon as unprofessional. I think this an outlet for a lot of students who might not have the social networks to fall back on...sometimes you need to 'bitch' it out, so that you can go back the next day and handle it all...I also think it's important to hear other people who might be having a hard time, so you know you're not alone. As for my relationship with my advisor...(for the OP)...it's goes on a day to day basis. I try really really hard to look at the bigger picture, but it can be hard. I also try really hard to remember that, while my degree and him are the center of my life right now, I am just one little letter in his big bowl of alphabet soup...but that doesn't mean he doesn't do things that frustrates me or that I think are lacking...it's just important to know that they're human- just like us! Also, most advisor-student relationships are dysfunctional!
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    Previous Schools (Name, type, or tier): University of Oregon Previous Degrees and GPAs: Economics, Political Science (3.79 overall, 4.0 Major) GRE Scores (Verbal/Quantitative/Analytical Writing): 162 (90%-tile)/155 (69%-tile/4.5(72%-tile) Previous Work Experience (Years, Type): 2 years full-time, Analyst for a small economic consulting firm, 4 years part-time (in school) TA/RA for professor at same firm, summer internship at Department of Commerce. Math/Econ Background: Single- and multivariable calc, elementary linear algebra, elementary real analysis, several stats/econometrics classes, plus all of the usual econ classes. Foreign Language Background (if applicable to your program): two terms of German and a year of Arabic Intended Field of Study in Grad School: Domestic U.S. policy; education policy, economic policy Long Term Professional Goals: Policy analyst for public sector consulting firm (education research/consulting), work as quasi public-private free agent Schools Applied to & Results: UC Berkelely GSPP ($0), Wisconsin La Follette (tuition waiver), Chicago Harris ($20K), Duke Sanford ($25k + TA), UCLA ($15k), Umich Ford ($10k), CMU Heinz ($24k) Ultimate Decision & Why: UC Berkeley GSPP. My criteria for selecting a school were 1) overall quality, 2) cost, 3)quantitative rigorousness, 4) geographic location. 1) Berkeley won the category of overall quality, based on my conversations and impressions with faculty and current students. The small size (about 70/80 per cohort) combined with the intimate setting (former fraternity house + addition) contribute to a very approachable faculty. The overall flavor of the place is about the highest quality thinking, analysis, and engagement, rather than about who you know and what kind of job you can land in DC. 2) Although I didn't get any aid, GSPP actually turned out to be the best deal for me, even coming from out of state. The school doesn't do a very good job advertising this, but everyone gets in-state tuition for the second year. Unlike UMich. This, combined with the plentiful GSI (teaching, grading, and research) positions means that at a minimum, the second year is basically free (work more than 10 hours/week = a large chunk of tuition is remissed). 3)I was extremely concerned about not selling myself short on the quant front, which made Chicago, Duke, and CMU very appealing, in that order. Each school allows/encourages taking more difficult quant classes from within the school, or in Duke's case, the econ MA program. Although Berkeley has a quant reputation, it only offers one track for quant/econ. After my visit, I was convinced that the quality of the standard quant classes is quite good, and opportunities exist for advanced study from Econ/Ag Econ (although this scenario would require taking the standard PhD track courses, including a summer math camp type course). I'm not convinced that I'll pursue this in the second year, but it's an option. Finally, because everyone takes the same calculus-based econ core, everyone's on the same page in all of the electives. 4) Lastly, my wife and I plan to settle on the west coast, so GSPP wins the regional strength card, and diminishes my willingness to pay a premium for access to east coast opportunities. And on that front, GSPP has made an effort in the past 4-5 years to build the network in DC. Once a year, everyone takes half a week off from classes, and gets a free ticket to travel to DC to network and interview. GSPP has a decent PMF finalist record as well. And, having been around since the 1969, there is a large alumni network across the country. Advice for Future Applicants: In contrast to the often-written advice about how a good SOP can make up for low grades and scores, I felt like my SOP was the weakest part of my applications. Particularly regarding my work/volunteer experience. GSPP's SOP was by far my worst (it was done first), and Umich Ford (last) was my best. So go figure. The hypothesis I have from my experience is that grades and scores are weighted more slightly heavily on admission side of things (i.e. they know you're smart and can do the work), while the qualitative SOP/work experience/passion are weighted on the fellowship award side of things (how badly do you want to come here?). After all, it's pretty easy for a place like Chicago or Michigan to admit you with zero or little funding. It's a smaller risk. They reserve the big bucks for the student that is qualified academically, but will also do the kind of work they most hope their alumni will do. This hypothesis is actually the reverse of what I originally thought. I didn't start freaking out until I got my first notification (Wisconsin). Then it was check Gmail and refresh this forum every five minutes for two months. Tip: Want to know who's probably on the admissions committee? Look to those faculty that are involved with the flyout/visit days. There was overlap at both Duke and GSPP in this area. Offer: To prospective students, feel free to message me with questions about the process, and particularly if you have questions about GSPP. From math camp to core classes, facilities, you name it. I spent a good five years browsing these forums, and never dreamed that I'd get accepted at Berkeley without going into the Peace Corps, or launching an after school mentoring program or something. I'm happy to help the next batch of applicants.

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