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  1. I guess it'll happen when it happens. I can't force it, I tried and met some guys I probably shouldn't have. I'm in a non-stressed mood today next week I could be in panic mode again but today is a good day
    9 points
  2. I found this blog post really informed how I approached visit weekends during my application cycle: http://notthelab.blogspot.com/2013/01/tips-for-grad-school-recruiting-weekends.html You can make of it as you will but, by and large, I think that it has some very useful suggestions.
    5 points
  3. Dear grad schools: I get it you. You have a lot of applications to read. But if you could just, you know, skip a few and read mine and fall in love with me for some reason and contact me ASAP, I'd really appreciate it. Best, TMCB
    5 points
  4. These kinds of things vary so much from department to department. Some departments it's more or less, as you said, one professor may get to select someone in his/her subfield. Other schools it's up to the entire department and may end up being "who do we all hate the least?" Still other instances arise when Prof. X (heh) got a student last year, so Prof. Y gets a student this year (or other political issues that are unknown to applicants). There are simply too many variables and as you have no doubt heard, too many different stories from accepted students to generalize. But, in short, a 'pre-a
    3 points
  5. I think a quote from Grey's Anatomy sums it up the best: "pick me, choose me, love me" - Meredith Grey Probably should have ended my statement of purpose with that.
    3 points
  6. That seems like an abnormally high number of students abandoning their PhD studies, no?
    3 points
  7. God, don't ever aspire to be most people. That's like asking to be boring, base, and as uninteresting as possible.
    3 points
  8. prolixity

    Seriously?

    oh please. I had the best stats ever, got into the highest ranked programs in my field, and I'm still struggling. Get over it. This person will either transform into an excellent scientist or master out. It's none of your concern.
    3 points
  9. Hopephily

    Last Year

    I started perusing the grad cafe results page from last year. Many of you might already have looked at this (multiple times), but I just thought it could be helpful to list some of the dates that people started hearing back. It's surprising how early some of them started last year. Note these are just some of the earliest dates that some applicants reported acceptances for. I only made it through Feb 20th. Jan 15: Cambridge (M.Phil) Jan 18: UC-Riverside, Edinburgh. Jan 21: Warwick Jan 23: Baylor Jan 24: ASU (HPS)
    2 points
  10. Cry, drink, sleep, gain some weight. Repeat. I'll prolly try to find a god to start believing in, too.
    2 points
  11. Good luck to all in the process. I remember being in your shoes a year ago and understand it can be nerve wrecking. Let the process play out and things work out in the end. I look forward to seeing some of you in Columbus during visits. Cheers!
    2 points
  12. I just got a Stanford Biosciences (Genetics) Interview. Feb. 26 - Mar. 2
    2 points
  13. well i'll attempt to answer part of this. FLAS or the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship is given out by different schools that have been approved by the government to recieve Title VI funding under the Higher Education Act. each school tends to apply for funding from the federal government for certain regional areas. so, for example, i am applying to a lot of schools that get regional funding for east asia, because I want to do research and get funding for korean. the list of the different regions approved for different schools are listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natio
    2 points
  14. I second this. Last year I applied to 10 schools, interviewed at 4, was accepted at 1 (that I didn't end up liking) and rejected by the rest. I've spent my gap year as a technician in my undergrad lab and it has been absolutely awesome. Waiting a year if you have to is most definitely not the end of the world and you'll actually have some time to do fun things!
    2 points
  15. Damn! Not long ago I made a post about getting into Princeton. I just got an email saying I was admitted to YALE University!!! What a DAY!!!!!!!!
    2 points
  16. Hi all, I have been lurking around this thread since submitting my applications last month and thought I'd say hello.
    2 points
  17. Yay, we will finally get our proper rejection emails j/k
    1 point
  18. Mine didn't have an attachment either--maybe none of the Cancer Biology invites did, assuming that was the program you applied to as well?
    1 point
  19. dfindley

    2014 Applicants

    Rutgers was too good to respond to my email, so Ididn't apply. besides, I don't cower behind anonymity. if I get accepted anywhere I'll post it directly here.
    1 point
  20. At Yale, each professor (I'm not sure whether level matters) is afforded one recommendation, and out of those they cut the list and submit it to the grad school. At Princeton, professors of an area confer and submit two finalists, one or two of which are selected. This only applies to Ancient Mediterranean Religions faculty, as these are those with whom I've spoken. From what I've heard, and of course none of us probably truly "know," the 'pre-arranged adviser' is indeed nonsense, as per furtivemode. However, I do think that having someone on the faculty who could see themselves advising one's
    1 point
  21. Interview to UM! Sean called and asked me for different faculty to interview with, as mine aren't accepting grad students. But, they said they were very impressed with my application!! so happy.
    1 point
  22. I had a dream that I got an invite from Stanford too! Except I was really confused because I didn't apply there.... Hahah.
    1 point
  23. More news... got an email for acceptance into Berkeley today. Applied to Department of Chemistry (chemical biology specialization). The stipend for 2014-2015 is $29,250. So excited since this is my dream school!! 4 visiting weekends (Friday-Saturday, apparently they coordinate with Stanford which has their visits on Wednesday-Thursday in the same weeks): Feb. 28 - Mar. 1 (organic and pchem emphasis) Mar. 7-8 (inorganic and pchem emphasis) Mar. 14-15 (all emphases) Mar. 21-22 (chembio and pchem emphasis) Good luck everyone
    1 point
  24. I'm praying for you, dfindley. I hope you get the psychological help you need.
    1 point
  25. I accepted the interview at the first school that extended me an invite, and explained to the second school that I had already accepted another interview on that date. They were very accommodating and I've set up a different date for the second interview. Granted, the first interview was at a higher priority school so I'm not sure if I would have tried to reschedule if it was the other way around.
    1 point
  26. I heard from my POI at UCLA today and I've been soft accepted. I'm so happy I think I might explode a little. (Quant department BTW)
    1 point
  27. it's like Stanford sends interview first, and WashU sends reject first. What a positive school Stanford is! And I don't get one from Stanford......what a negative person I am!!! Good luck for who gets interview from Stanford!! one of the best in the world
    1 point
  28. Oh really? That is good to hear. I tried calling them all day no one was picking up
    1 point
  29. RWBG

    Quant Preparation

    Well this definitely isn't true. I think if you've already applied (so there isn't a signalling component) and you're just trying to learn some things to help you engage with you Ph.D coursework, then proof-writing isn't too bad an option. More generally, while I wouldn't disagree with IRToni that applied statistics may be more helpful to your research than proof-writing, when assessing opportunity costs, you should keep in mind that it is very likely that your Ph.D program will spend time teaching you statistical modelling in a way that they may not spend time teaching you proof-writing, or
    1 point
  30. I GOT MARRIED AT 26....SHOUDL'VE WAITED TILL 36...LOL! AND I LOVE MY LIFE...but don't freak out--you're just 22...oh lord! never mind! I can't believe this topic is still active!!!!
    1 point
  31. Man, some graduate school websites are really difficult to understand, especially the ones with separate applications for the grad school admissions dept and the actual department itself. I can understand the confusion, which is why I second Rose Egypt's suggestion to email the department directly to confirm. Best of luck with your applications!
    1 point
  32. OMG I just got an MIT Biology email!
    1 point
  33. Just got my UC Berkeley MCB rejection, not that I was not expecting it...
    1 point
  34. Congrats!! And for everyone, it's still really early. Go to the results page, type in the school and chemistry, and see when most acceptances were last year. Most schools didn't even start giving acceptances until mid-late january. If not for a professor from my SOP emailing me, I still wouldn't know, because I haven't yet received an offer letter. Good luck everyone!
    1 point
  35. To improve your quantitative score, I believe that you should compartmentalize your learning and take the time to master each topic (e.g., percents, ratios, exponents, statistics, etc.). This means that, for each topic, you should: 1) Learn the underlying concepts (rules, attributes, notation, etc.) 2) Learn GRE-specific strategies related to that topic 3) Practice dozens of questions all related to that one topic. 4) Don't stop working on that topic until you have mastered it Then, and only then, move on to the next topic. I hope that helps. Cheers, Brent - Greenlight G
    1 point
  36. Loric

    How to begin the SOP...

    They know who you are and what this is, there is no need for the dance of exposition. Just jump right into it. However, do not jump into "ever since I was a child my love of...." If you do you'll be dancing straight to the reject heap.
    1 point
  37. "Ignorance is bliss," and the famous Hemingway quote "happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know," would both seem to contradict that intuition But the question/answers to the question are all hocus pocus anyway.
    1 point
  38. Obsessively checking the Gradcafe result search page and the Spam box in Gmail...
    1 point
  39. 1 point
  40. dstock

    Preparing for interviews

    My opinion is that bringing an iPad to show data is unnecessary and would seem weird. My faculty interviews were pretty short so definitely no time to get into the data.
    1 point
  41. Just a quick reply to share my favorite place to lurk while eating lunch: http://chronicle.com/forums/index.php/topic,29894.0.html This is a forum on the Chronicle about horrible student emails. Mostly they're just funny, but there's some good advice on how to deal with these emails as well.
    1 point
  42. This may not be the right thread to post this in, but any current Harris applicants being driven crazy with the short essay questions? So much to talk about, such little space!
    1 point
  43. I'm a good wife and mother. My qualities as a wife: I am a whole person without him. I love him and I have trouble sleeping without him there (seriously, it's a pain), but I do not need him to be happy and fulfilled. I am also smart, funny, loyal, cute, cook and back, and have a great rack. I am also mean, sadistic, spiteful, and love to wallow in a good bout of schadenfreude. I don't do laundry and I have been known to throw all of the dishes out rather than wash them. There is nothing worse than being in a relationship with someone who cannot be whole by themselves. There's a difference be
    1 point
  44. Micro - checking my email every second. Hey DirtyLabCoat - did you get a rejection email from Weill Cornell or did you contact them? I also applied there and haven't heard a thing yet from them.
    1 point
  45. ur lyk sooooooooooo rgt brosef y shud ne1 uze email dec0rm 2 wrt a pr0f itz no bigD 2 rit lyk u tak r txt cuz decorum iz wht 0ld p33ps do whn dey try 2 b cool FYI: Digital Natives are worse at being "tech-savvy" than Gen-X. I have to teach too many of them how to use a UI that doesn't resemble the home screen of their smart phones. One (not the CompSci guy, either) knew what rooting an Android meant. None of them knew how to do more with Word than open, type, and save in the native format. Many of them don't know what the word "browser" means, unless its referred to by its app name (firefox,
    1 point
  46. St Andrews Lynx

    Seriously?

    That's not necessarily a good thing. Of course you want to get the project moving...but you will also look bad in the eyes of your PI if you aren't seen to "work well with others", or come across as arrogant & aloof towards fellow group members. Nor is it necessarily fair to say that somebody would be best suited to a lab technician role, when it doesn't sound like they've been given much of a shot at independent "legitimate" research. It takes more than 1 or 2 brainstorming sessions to turn someone into an independent scientist. You might have to take a step down and say "We ar
    1 point
  47. St Andrews Lynx

    Seriously?

    ...Why is this a problem? What does it have to do with you?
    1 point
  48. Loric

    None Of It Matters

    Wow, you actually prompted me to post again.. A) We are not all scientists, thank you very much. Have you MET the people who hang out around here? They live for academia, not because they give even the slightest crap about science, world peace, or anything altruistic. They want gold stars and if someone with a higher rank isn't patting them on the head they don't understand how they can be allowed ti exist. Frankly, your thread was comforting to see - i'd written pretty much everyone here off as an absolute jack wagon a week or so ago - but it's good to know not EVERYONE is insa
    1 point
  49. Many, many jobs exist outside of the US for religious teaching positions especially in Biblical studies. My plan is to work 5-15 years outside the US and move back to care for my parents. This is, of course, if I do not get a job before then, but I really desire the experience of immersing myself in another culture to teach them what I know and to learn what they know. Right now, the horizon is wide open. South Africa? Thailand? Costa Rica? Brazil? Fiji? Who knows? But it's very exciting to dream about.
    1 point
  50. "No, not tonight. I have grad apps to work on." Friend: "Are you building a grad school?" Friend: "No, really, what are you actually doing with all of that time?"
    1 point


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