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  1. Its official everyone, I'm attending the University of Rochester Medical Center!
    11 points
  2. I just got an admission offer phone call from University of Pittsburgh IBGP. And I am going to accept this offer from UPitt And here is to all those who have been accepted ...
    8 points
  3. A lot has happened since we formed this group, so I thought it deserved a new thread here, one that's representative of where we're at right now, not just where we were at when we were only an idea. So here's the deal: philosophy is wonderful and choosing a school is exciting, but, as a discipline, philosophy is still working out some issues. A lot of these issues have to do with the treatment of women. Some schools are more supportive spaces for women than others, and it's not always easy for women to figure this out before accepting an offer. We are currently maintaining a Facebook gro
    6 points
  4. Accepted to MIT Biology! Happy Pi day!
    6 points
  5. To throw my two cents into the ring, when we studied Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at Michigan, we explored and/or deconstucted: - the trope of the Boy Hero - the duality of good and evil - the banality of evil - Neo-Medievalism and Neo-Victorianism - Dickensian influence on Rowling's work - parallels to true life examples of genocide and racial hatred - questions about children's autonomy - questions about what defines humanity and monstrosity - the dangers of inefficient bureaucracy - the dangers of a Draconian and biased justice system - the dangers inherent in beli
    6 points
  6. Just accepted IPiB program in Madison, WI! Exciting, and crazy to finally be done.
    6 points
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  8. Not sure if it was you, Eatin'Biscuits who turned down their spot...but just got off the waitlist for UVA. For those on the waitlist anywhere, don't lose hope! And for people who have officially declined their spots, thank you for letting the schools know so that people on the waitlist can be accepted Best of luck to everyone waiting to hear back and for those currently making decisions. I'm pretty late in the game to join this convo, but I have enjoyed the optimism and helpfulness of this thread.
    5 points
  9. I wrote it, and I promise it was not spamming and jelly as I've already confirmed my spot at one particular program. It has nothing to do with anything else but the fact that those messages are extemely disrespectful to any of the other users at GC that are waiting on their notifications, or even those who didn't get in at all. I meant everything I wrote and I would write it again. People should care a little bit more about the other ones in the same situation and not just let their egos write.
    5 points
  10. Whelp it's all said and done for me. I'll be at Duke this fall. Maybe ill see some of you around! Good luck to you all still waiting.
    4 points
  11. It's joke logic. If I have to explain a joke, it loses its humor. But here goes ... the key element of it is that Marx doesn't want to be in a club that would allow him entry - he objects to the organization's most disreputable member: himself. It's ironic and self deprecating - if you're reading it as arrogance, I politely disagree, as Groucho is ultimately the target of his own joke (and how is that not funny?). And it seems like it reflects how a few of us think about graduate school: we're awed, grateful, and overwhelmed that we're allowed entry into such exclusive clubs. This grad
    4 points
  12. Got an offer at U Mass Amherst today via email to check the website. No word on funding yet.
    4 points
  13. magiaepasta

    Decision Thread 2014

    Just found out that my SO was admitted to Brown's medical school this morning! After my positive experience there last week and his excitement about the med school, it's all but a given that we'll both be in Providence in the fall. SO excited to have things falling into place - this has been a wild ride! Thanks to everybody for their ongoing support throughout the whole process and best of luck to everybody else who still have big decisions to make - I have positive thoughts for all!
    4 points
  14. Have finally decided on Johns Hopkins Immunology program. Hard to argue against #1: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-science-schools/infectious-disease-rankings
    4 points
  15. I do think that way too, and I'm really not that concerned about results themselves 'cause my cycle is pretty much over and I'm happy with it. But I keep reading these messages and I just couldn't take it any more. Many are worried and anxious about their particular situation, and other ones just don't care at all, and it's a horrible thing. Maybe, I have not been diplomatic with my message, but I don't think a little empathy is too much to ask.
    4 points
  16. guttata

    NSF GRFP 2013-14

    Trophies for winners, participation ribbons for everyone?
    4 points
  17. just accepted Northwestern's offer. I am looking forward to move to Chicago
    4 points
  18. Throw all of your acceptances into a fire, whichever one you save first is the school that you go to.
    4 points
  19. Is it possible, rather than scores or GPAs or the quality of writing samples, it's actually your area of personal interest that's hurting you? I am currently employed at major research university, one that many people on this forum have expressed great desire to be admitted to. Through my job, I've come into contact with current graduate students, professors, and deans, etc, all who have a connection to the philosophy department. One professor who sits on the admissions committee told me about an applicant they'd had who had applied with an AOI of the French existentialists. He had a perfe
    4 points
  20. Please, for the sake of future applicants, take the time to read this and consider carefully my proposal. I really would like your help! Philosophy admissions are among the most competitive and most difficult at the graduate level. As this forum (especially recently) indicates, one thing that makes philosophy admissions so difficult is that it's not completely clear what (if anything) makes the difference for success or failure. No amount of information will make philosophy admissions predictable. But I do think that more information would make it more predictable than it is now. Many
    3 points
  21. GUYS. I'm in! I gotta love my PI... their meeting literally just ended and he came straight back to the lab to give me the news. AND there is a 3-year fellowship that they want to give to me, which is just bonkers! Gonna faint now, peace out. Edit for more info: This is the U of MN, Physiology grad program. Yep, signing on for 5 more years of polar vortexes (vortices?)
    3 points
  22. 3 points
  23. LetsHope

    Teachers College

    Just wanted to come back and say today I received an acceptance from Duke. What a rollercoaster of a day! Congrats to everyone who has received acceptances!
    3 points
  24. Although I am waiting on 3 more schools, I have decided to commit to Mount Sinai. Couldn't be happier! So glad this cycle is over! It's funny how things work out for the best. Congrats to everyone who has been accepted and to those who have made their decisions!
    3 points
  25. BioBum

    NSF GRFP 2013-14

    I have to vent my frustrations here. I was talking to some people today about how they are raising the stipend in lieu of upping the number of awards. I expected the conversation to go the way it has been on this forum. I was dumbfounded when I heard a current fellow say that he IS GLAD that the number of awards isn't going up because his title as an NSF fellow will remain prestigious. My jaw hit the floor. The number of people applying to the GRFP increases every year - it's about time that the number of awards increased as well. Prestige is not an issue - just because the number of awards
    3 points
  26. I'm going to start calling my Canadian friends "Wildlings".
    3 points
  27. Happy pi day!! Hope you guys (including me) hear back some good news today
    3 points
  28. PsycD

    2014 SLP Admissions Thread

    Screw 'em. Soon, your signature will be full of school names colored in green, and not because of St. Patty's Day.
    3 points
  29. I am a master's student at NYU. My experience is that most of the things you have said are right: - MA program is not staffed by the faculty from the PhD program. - Courses are offered separately and most of them are more policy-oriented courses than academic-oriented. - Admission to PhD courses is not granted at all (I know some experiences of professors rejecting MA students from their classes). Therefore, do not expect the MA at NYU to be an easy way to a high-ranked PhD program. In fact, if you go to the program, take all the classes from the MA program itself, have no contact with f
    3 points
  30. It seems that philstudent1991 is interested in ethics, philosophy of biology, and some 'continental' philosophers independently, not necessarily in the Bioethics of Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Camus, and Marx. (Although I'd be quite impressed if someone could pass a dissertation with that title)
    3 points
  31. 99.9% committed to Johns Hopkins' offer now.
    3 points
  32. I believe in math and science. Believing in math and science as I do, I believe in statistics. Statistics show, per Lisak 2010, that false rape accusations account for a mere 5.9% of rape accusations total. So that means that when a woman accuses someone of sexual assault, I'm inclined to believe her. Does this mean that the accused should not get his day in court? Of course not. Does this mean that the accused is not entitled to a vigorous defense under our system of justice? Of course not. But what it means is that for myself personally, because I believe the soundness of Dr. Lisak's
    3 points
  33. As an international applying for US schools I agree with this. If I was applying for schools in my own country, I wouldn't even go looking for something like GradCafe, because it's not going to add much to what I can find out from talking to people I know. But I hardly know anyone who's been to grad school in the US, and all of those went to one of two well-known programs. These boards are a really useful source of info for the unoffical take on what schools are like and their comparative strengths and weaknesses, as well as all kinds of hints about US academic culture. And once you've fo
    3 points
  34. The purpose of the GRFP, from the government's (i.e. NSF's) perspective is to get more science done cheaper. Therefore, this doesn't make sense. More scientists can do more science. More money in the pockets of grad students simply means more beer in the fridges of said grad students (and therefore LESS science being done. Not a tested hypothesis BTW. I'll start experiments this weekend). As far as I'm concerned $28K would be generous (and allow the NSF to increase the number of awards by nearly 300). I mean, who here is doing this science stuff for the money??? Anyone??? We, as grad students,
    3 points
  35. TakeruK

    grad dating undergrad

    It's definitely NOT a firable offense everywhere. It's definitely OK at my school. It's OK at every other school I've been to. There is also no rule against professor-student relationships either. At my school, the policy is that the TA is suggested (not required, I think) to inform the professor of the course about the potential conflict of interest due to the personal relationship. The TA and professor (and if necessary, the department) will then figure out how to preserve academic integrity. Usually, for large classes, this means that the TA will never mark an assignment of an undergrad
    3 points
  36. Getting rejected by your bottom choice program.
    3 points
  37. dgswaim

    Waitlist Thread

    Thanks for the info. It might not help me, but it certainly won't hurt. Leaning toward Lawlor University?
    2 points
  38. Awesome, great place! A friend of a friend went to med school there, enjoyed it very much. Congrats! And so much love for anything Futurama related.
    2 points
  39. So Oxford is a better and cheaper program that allows you to go for a PhD after.... Why is Harvard still being considered?!
    2 points
  40. I would eat one of my shoes if someone could write a believable dissertation on Nietzsche and Bioethics.
    2 points
  41. I got $24k a year in the middle of nowhere illinois, I think thats equivalent $100k in NYC. Ill be leaving like a balla... in my farm house.
    2 points
  42. My current PI did her PhD at MIT Biology as well. Since she said I should apply to MIT, I asked her what she liked the most about it (I was skeptical about applying at first). She said the best thing about MIT was not its research, program, nor the professors (all of which are already stellar), but its peers. They become your friends for life, she said. The strong community at MIT Biology seems like a tradition that has been handed down the years. BTW, I learned yesterday "The Pit" was named by the students around the time my PI was there... the room was originally in a basement with no window
    2 points
  43. GeoDUDE!

    NSF GRFP 2013-14

    I think everyone should get a trophy.
    2 points
  44. LucyS

    grad dating undergrad

    Just for clarity, the train wreck does not describe the moral implications of the situation, but the fact that the TA has put a career, be it reputation or funding, at risk. The information that I am aware of involves facts, such as explicit conversations and a visit to the apartment. It involves a history of a relationship beginning in a previous course and includes a compromising recommendation. The student signed up for the course on the TAs specific recommendation and signed up for the TAs section when there were multiple options. The professor does not know. The university's polic
    2 points
  45. I haven't looked at my professors the same since I was accepted into a PhD program.
    2 points
  46. I just got an email from the graduate administrator for Comp Lit at CUNY and promptly began to freak out. It was an invitation to like them on Facebook.
    2 points
  47. I hate to say it but since you got 3 interviews out of 4 applications, I don't think this is about your application packet. Clearly, your application was intriguing enough for these schools to want to interview you. That would indicate (I think) that you are good enough to get your foot in the door, and that all these schools were considering admitting you despite the weaknesses that you list above. The fact that all of the rejections came post-interview make me think that perhaps you didn't handle the interviews well. It's hard to guess what the issue might have been without knowing more, tho
    2 points
  48. I think tons of us feel just like that. It's the nasty old impostor syndrome where you don't think you are good enough and so if they are accepting you there must be something wrong with that school. I felt like that all the time during acceptance and still feel like that in graduate school some days.
    2 points
  49. Something something, Justin Bieber. Edit: Realizing that you are the second person on this forum to post a joke about Justin Bieber, and that yours is not nearly as good as the first post.
    2 points
  50. "Fine! I'll go make my own geophysics department! With blackjack! And hookers!"
    2 points


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