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  1. 3 points
    I keep both items in the bathroom because (1) I'm not really worried about it, and (2) I don't have a lot of space otherwise. The bathroom has more storage space than my bedroom.
  2. 2 points
    Unless the Dphil comes from Ox-bridge (or UToronto if you go north), you'll find it very difficult to get a TT job in the US system with a non-US degree. There are exceptions, of course, but the general advice is to do the doctorate degree in the US if you want to teach in the US. An Mphil abroad is a different story, though funding is quite a bit more difficult to secure there than at funded MAs here.
  3. 2 points

    the URM thread

    1.how significant do you think this advantage, if its an advantage at all, is? Not very. I say this just by looking at the demographics of current faculty and and students in various programs. Philosophy is one of the least diverse fields, and I'm not sure why that is, but I suspect there are many URM applicants who don't advance through the process for other reasons and diversity doesn't save them. However, I do suspect hispanic students might have an edge up because of how it's phrased on the application. It's usually a question by itself. But, again, most departments still have very little diversity, so I can't be sure. 2. where in the admissions process is it manifested? for example, will women and minorities be much more likely to survive the infamous cut off, but are treated the same in the final round? or are they treated similarly at first and only in the final round will URM be a tiebreaker? are committee members more lenient on slightly lower gre scores or lower pedigree because you are a URM? I highly doubt URMs make it past the second round because they are URMs. I'm included to think departments aren't really looking for diversity. You can find a lot of information about women leaving programs after not being taken seriously by people in the program, hostility, even harassment. This, combined with the obvious dearth of URMs, leaves me inclined to think that academic philosophy is still a (mostly) white, boys club that isn't interested in understanding and exploring the experiences and theories of URMs. That said, I think that's also a "fit" issue. Not all departments feel that way. I think programs heavy in continental philosophy/social thought/intersectional are more interesting in a range of perspectives and where URMs could be at an advantage. 3. do you think the advantage ,if any , is fair? Yes, because gender and racial bias still, clearly, affect the way people chose. Remember in 2008 when *gasp* a women and a black man were running for president, and it was a legitimate question to ask Americans if they were "ready" for a women or black president. As if people would have needed time to brace themselves. I'm a journalist and I've had men straight up tell me, "the newsroom isn't for women." I don't even know what that means. Like...? Okay? At a different time, he would have been the person deciding my future at my publication. And he wasn't the first or last. I don't think this is always a conscious or malicious bias, but I definitely think it's there. I have no idea about the applicant demographics, but if women are half the people, we should account for half of the program. Even if less than 50% of the applicants are women, I don't think it's as low as the admitted student demographic suggests.
  4. 1 point
    There used to be a nice thread where those of us with sub-3.0 undergrad GPAs could chat and commiserate and worry, but it hasn't been updated in a year. I thought it might be nice to have a thread where the below-three folks could post specifically about acceptances (or other happy events like winning or getting HM for fellowships, should any of us be so lucky). It might be reassuring to people convinced that a rough academic start means they'll never get in anywhere. Also, I wanted to brag. Me: Comp Sci PhD applicant, undergrad GPA 2.5 from top-10 university, MS GPA 3.5 from mid-rank program. Got my first acceptance today, to a mid-rank but quickly-rising program! Still waiting to hear from two other programs, several fellowship programs (not that I really expect to win any of the latter).
  5. 1 point
    Ok, good to know. =] Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it! So happy to find Pierce fans... just reorganized those books!! Have to re-read them!!
  6. 1 point
    They're all for PhD. An MA in medieval studies from a UK institution is actually a fairly common track.
  7. 1 point
    1-2 sentences is fine. I included an entire paragraph (about 7 sentences if I remember correctly) on events prior to college and how they shaped my motivation to pursue research as an undergraduate. One of the first conversations my current advisor and I had was about those experiences, because he likes to see a lifelong drive. Especially since your experience is research at a well known university, I think it is fine to include it. We have high school students in our lab every once in a while; the entire goal is to inspire them to continue research, not to get advanced lab help. I would refrain from spending more than a few sentences, unless you produced something substantial, however.
  8. 1 point
    As everyone said, the BHS is the standard edition for pretty much every student. While the apparatus is useful, it's not something you really need if you are just learning to work with classical Hebrew (if one needs an interlinear version). You might consider the JPS Hebrew-English pocket edition: http://www.amazon.com/JPS-Hebrew-English-Tanakh-Pocket-Edition/dp/0827607660/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414081111&sr=8-1&keywords=tanakh+small The latter is nice because of its size (though if you have bad eyesight it's too small) and English and Hebrew. As for the LXX: a dated but still somewhat useful interlinear edition is Sir Lancelot Brenton's. Like most (all?) interlinear editions it is diplomatic in its base text and does not include an apparatus. Though, as someone who works quite a lot in LXX/OG studies can attest, this isn't going to hurt you much, as most of the editions are incomplete. Rahlfs' edition, while useful in some regard, is wildly incomplete in ways that BHS is not. Like BHQ, there are editions slowly released (still ongoing) under the name of the Göttingen Septuagint, which treat individual books (like BHQ) (previous attempts that are much more thorough exist such as the Cambridge LXX, though the series is incomplete as it treats only certain books). Without getting off topic here, but in response to your question if there is a 'Hebrew edition of the LXX,' I will say, no (assuming you do not mean a modern Hebrew translation of the LXX/OG). The reason that editions like Rahlfs are used, as incomplete as they are, is to support HB/OT research. They are almost always used as auxiliaries. This presumes, incorrectly, that our reliable HB manuscripts--what we often term 'the MT' dating to the Medieval period--reflect the source text with which 'the LXX' was based. Again, while there are many who argue 'the LXX' has 'more authentic' traditions (e.g. Vaticanus), the assumption is that such LXX traditions are only more authentic in so far as they reflect the MT as their base text. The problem is made much more complex by the fact that most of our reliable LXX manuscripts predate 'the divine' MT by centuries. The chicken or the egg, basically.
  9. 1 point
    Just to throw it out there, UNH does have a funded 2-year MA that does not explicitly transition to their PhD. It's just competitive funding at the MA level. And they're hiring a Medievalist this year. As for English/Theater History, that's tricky. I do have a friend who did her dissertation on Ren theater and had a theater history prof on her committee, so I imagine it would depend more on how you want to approach drama.
  10. 1 point
    Nothing is impossible. Perhaps you can try taking some more classes that will help increase your GPA. Make the other aspects of your application as strong as possible. It'll work out in the end.
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  12. 1 point
    You can include this. It is still research experience and it influenced your decision to pursue a higher research degree.
  13. 1 point
    i think it's important to spend a little extra time discussing one lab experience and then briefly work the others in. i think they want to see some maturity in thought/closeness to a project but obviously you shouldn't just list stuff for the sake of it. i spent one paragraph in detail about the project i have been working on and how i got from a to b. then i just mentioned the other research in a more general sense and made some conclusions about what i've learned from those experiences/want from a phd program. hope this helps.
  14. 1 point

    Spring 2015 Applicants!

    wishingwishing; accepted into Baylor with a 38k scholarship! I accepted my offer and declined UTD, so hopefully this will help you out!
  15. 1 point


    Yes, I think it's a good idea to list them even though they are only tangentially related. I also specialize in modern German history (coincidentally), and I did internships at two archives and a library. Although only one of them was directly related to German history, I still mentioned all of them and I'm sure that doing so was beneficial for my application to my Ph.D. program.
  16. 1 point

    Max Plank vs US PHD

    I'd also suggest that even though you might complete a PhD in 3 years; you might not be intellectually ready for the rigors of what comes next. Doing and PhD and running your own research program both have their difficulties, but its important to remember that you will not have your advisors guidance when running your own program. Often, advisors at my school(earth science) will offer their students a 1 year research assistantship after the end of their 5 year degree to let them work on getting top post docs/ faculty positions. Its important to remember that the progress/intelligence/craftness of a PhD student over the years does not increase linearly, but exponentially: students who spend 5 years in graduate school will tend to be better trained than students who only spend 3. Of course, there are exceptions (and you may very well be one, I am not placing any kind of value judgment), but think about what you want to do at the end if raise this concern with your advisors/future advisors.
  17. 1 point
    Just some advice from someone who went through the process last year: 1. Don't ever count yourself out from a particular school based on GPA, GRE scores, research experience, etc. I know plenty of people who were accepted at top programs with GPAs lower than 3.5 and plenty of people who were denied from programs with a perfect GPA. 2. Make sure you have three strong recommendation letters! Letters are by far the most important part of your application. Not all three letters have to be from previous research mentors (I went with 2 research mentors + a professor I was close with); however all three should be from professors who know you personally, know your motivations for attending graduate school, and can provide their own reasons as to why you would succeed in a graduate program. 3. Don't freak out over interviews! Interview weekends are by far the most fun you'll have throughout the entire process. Seriously, enjoy these weekends and use them to learn about the program and whether you fit in both personally and research-wise. It's very tempting to over-prepare and focus so much on nailing the interview that you act unnatural/not like yourself. If you are offered an interview at a school, that school already views you as someone who could succeed in graduate school, they just want to ensure that their program is the best fit for you (and vice versa). Feel free to ask me any questions about the whole process! Have fun!
  18. 1 point

    Favourite Font for Writing

    Garamond. End of discussion
  19. 1 point

    Max Plank vs US PHD

    It's Max Planck, for God's sake.
  20. 1 point

    Embarrassed of my grad school

    I guess the point of going to school is so other people are jealous. No wonder you are unhappy.
  21. 1 point

    Embarrassed of my grad school

    you suck dude
  22. 1 point
    No. It doesn't matter for linguistics, because almost all stand alone masters programs are at regional schools. Just make sure that you work hard on research and form good relationships with the faculty.
  23. 1 point
    I'm someone who did two MAs before getting into a PhD program--first in a "studies" type discipline and another in English. To be frank, getting a second MA was not my first choice. I applied to a mixture of PhD and MA programs, and I had hoped to sail right along into a PhD program. However, my MA (in the non-English field) was just not adequate preparation, and all PhD programs turned me down. I got offers from two funded MA programs and decided to take one of them. I had also been away from school for too long, though not that long (four years out of my master's and six out of undergrad), and to be honest, I did find that the time away had also made me "stale." In the end, I felt that my only way to be more "current" was to do the second MA, get an updated writing sample out of it, and get letter writers who could speak more specifically to my strengths. I thought about taking a class as a way to strengthen my application profile, but all the universities in my area were expensive, and I didn't know what kind of connection I'd be able to make in one semester. (Auditing a class isn't a terrible idea, but keep in mind that this professor will have many actual enrolled students that he or she will be writing LORs for, and he or she will be much more invested in these students' success since they reflect directly on that program.) After my second MA, I was able to get into a PhD program, but it was very difficult. I was rejected from all the topflight PhD programs, and part of me still does wonder if my unusual trajectory and old age (30) took me out of the running. (I think that Ivies in particular really like "traditional" candidates.) But I was able to get into a relatively decent program and I've done well there. Now that I'm nearing the end of my PhD, it doesn't seem to matter that much that I had to get a second MA. So I would encourage to apply to both MAs and PhDs, and apply VERY WIDELY. Make sure the MA programs you apply to are funded. Keep in mind that a second MA will probably not do you any favors in getting into an elite PhD program ... but remind yourself that any program that would turn you down because you have two MAs probably would turn you down anyway for being older or more nontraditional or "career student."
  24. 1 point
    2014 Fletcher Open House Review To start off, Fletcher was the school I probably knew the least about, but the open house probably made the biggest impression on me. Sunday night they had an alumni panel and reception. They were all of course, very accomplished individuals: a PMF Fellow, a military veteran, an international student working in the private sector, a Foreign Service Officer, and a guy who got his MA and PhD from Fletcher and a law degree from Harvard who started his own company in Boston that works on social innovation. They were the most enthusiastic alumni panel of any school I had visited, and could not say enough great things about their experience during school and after with the Fletcher alumni network. There was a bit of the Fletcher v. Harvard that arose in some of the questioning. The Fletcher/Harvard dual degree guy said that in his personal experience, the contact back rate with alumni from Fletcher was 95% whereas Harvard was 5%. And other panelists told similar stories about landing great opportunities through the Fletcher network. Fletcher students cross-registering at HKS seemed to be very highly regarded by those professors for being “hard-working, intelligent, good-people.” I think of any of the schools I visited, Fletcher had the best reputation in terms of the people they produce, rather than the skills tacked onto their resume like SAIS for example. In terms of “skills”, I was really surprised by the amount of econ and quant courses available in the course bulletin. Like one of the panelists said, Fletcher doesn’t “shove them down your throat.” I like that I can choose which of these courses I want to take (and how many), rather than a standardized curriculum. The next day was a mix of class visits, student panels, guest lectures and career and financial services sessions. You could choose which ones you went to, which kept things relevant and interesting. The Dean also gave a great presentation about the school and how they prepare graduates for the international issues we will be facing in the future. I think him having gone to Fletcher is a huge plus for the school since he is always looking for ways to build the program and clearly has a personal interest in doing so…rather than it just being a job. He had a very impressive background, but was still very personable and took the time to go around and talk to the admitted students. The faculty panel that followed was informative as well. They emphasized “student-centered” learning, talked about various things people did for their capstones (which ranged from the traditional thesis, to publishing op-eds to creating a business plan). Another thing I was surprised by were the amount of admitted students interested in entrepreneurship and innovation, and I guess having the Masters in International Business really attracts those types of people. I would be doing the MALD, but it’s nice that the MIB courses are made available to take. Of course the one thing that everyone harps on is the location. The students did not really see it as a big deal. Every year they said about half of Fletcher grads end up in DC, with the rest working either internationally, elsewhere in the U.S. and some stay in Boston. A lot of the students at Fletcher had already been working in D.C. for a number of years or studied there in undergrad and seemed much less insecure about the need to be in D.C. or NY than people at other schools. They said their professors and the alumni had great connections and got them internships at places in the U.N., think-tanks in NY and DC and elsewhere. There were a number of students interested in the private sector and had a variety of internships in Boston with different companies and also the FBI during the year related to cyber-security and technology…. another strength of the program that I did not know before the open house. As for diversity, Fletcher gets an A. There was a great representation of international students, a lot of U.S. minorities, military veterans, and people of varying age ranges. And they were all interacting like one, big happy family. Everyone pretty much knew each others’ names, too. And the only low point….financial aid. I know they give a little to everyone, and most people are taking out some amount of loans here, but in the face of competing offers that is the only thing keeping me back from immediately accepting. Hope this review helped for those not able to make it!
  25. 1 point
    Here are the undergraduate institutions of the current faculty members at Yale English, with a few left out that I couldn't find. I'm not nominating Yale as the best program or anything of the sort. I'm just picking it as an inarguably elite program and using it as just a little food for thought. Yale Cornell Washington University in St. Louis Harvard Columbia Yale Mount Holyoke NYU UC-Berkeley NYU UW-Madison Yale Yale Johns Hopkins Princeton Columbia Dartmouth Yale Queen's University Belfast Dartmouth Williams College Wheaton College Oxford University of London Yale Oxford Michigan - Ann Arbor University of Kansas Hamilton College Yale UC-Berkeley Trinity University of Alberta St. John Fisher College Brigham Young Swarthmore Do I take this as particularly compelling evidence? No, I don't. I'm just offering it as one example. And like I said, there's exceptions peppered in there. But almost without exception, these people went on to big-name PhD programs. Sure, people climb the ladder, it happens all the time. But to suggest that the prestige of your undergraduate institution doesn't matter, or doesn't matter a lot, is trafficking in a pleasant fantasy. I'm just think that people should be upfront about the competitive landscape. I'm not trying to discourage anyone. Now if you're not moved by this, that's fine. But I think you should go through the faculty web pages of some universities you admire or respect, from different "tiers" of prestige, and see if Yale is an exception or more like the rule.
  26. 1 point
    From my own experience, I do feel as though there is a correlation between undergraduate reputation's prestige and the institution one ends up at for a PhD. There could be a number of reasons for this--better schools might offer more preparation for getting into grad school and more exposure to cutting-edge research; students who go to more elite schools have already been successful at the admissions game; and, finally, though it might be unpopular to admit this here, adcoms are probably more impressed with a BA from Swarthmore than one from U of Texlahoma State. There's nothing to say that the person from Texlahoma State *can't* get admitted; but they are probably going to have to stand out from the crowd. (I hope there's really not a school named Texlahoma State.) I don't go to an Ivy, but I know a lot of people who go to the very top schools--many of whom were accepted the same year that I was turned down. Based on what I've seen and experienced, the people who were successful did indeed have stellar profiles all around. They had high test scores across the board (they are a must), degrees from very good schools, and very well-honed interests. There was something almost ... professional about their presentation. Like, I thought I knew what I wanted to study, but when I look back on it, I realize that my interests were still a little inchoate (that's normal, if you ask me). The people who got into top programs spoke about their work as though they were already junior scholars. They weren't published (and most hadn't even presented a paper), but they were super confident about the intervention they were making--and knew enough to know it *was* an intervention. When I look back on it, I think that my statement was well-written and focused, but it lacked that elusive "it factor" that would have told the world that I was proposing something entirely new and cutting edge. Part of me thinks it's an unfair standard to hold people to. After all, a would-be grad student shouldn't have to be Guggenheim-worthy to move from an unknown undergrad program to a more big-name school. But that's the way it goes, and as the discipline gets more and more competitive, then you're just obviously going to have to deal with this kind of thing. And this is the thing that no one talks about because it's kind of unbecoming: there is always some behind-the-scenes jockeying going on. Of course there is--let's not be naïve. I know of at least a few people whose recommenders were "very friendly" with the adcoms at whatever school. I know one person in particular who very much had an inside track. But this person was also brilliant to begin with. So when his advisor placed a call to his old buddy--well, you could argue that this guy had already "done the work" by distinguishing himself as a student who justified that kind of phone call in the first place. And he was in the right place at the right time--which is the way life goes. Another small anecdote: I know someone who works on the adcom at a top-3 program. They admit about 7 to 10 people every year. He told me that they could easily take any one of 100 or 200 applicants and those people would do just fine. So, I say all this not to be discouraging but to let people know how random and messy this process is. And I can't stress this enough: it's really not over if you don't get into an Ivy League or top-10 program. I've done okay despite not going to one. My friend, on the other hand, got into her "dream program" and totally floundered and hasn't done well at all. If you want it, you will do what it takes to succeed when you're in your program, whether the program is in the top 10 or the top 70.
  27. 1 point
    I'd say that there is limited value of high GRE scores and GPA. Of course, there is much to be lost if they are distractingly low. Statement of purpose is huge here as is (when applicable) a writing sample. You want to prove your ability to thrive in the program. You must demonstrate your fit as well as your competence as a future academic. As you might guess, your letters of recommendation are tremendously important in this case as well. You want people that are professional academics vouching for your maturity, ability, and future prospects for becoming a successful academic yourself. They will also be more credible to the adcomm in their assessment of your fit at the particular school (this is where it comes in handy to not have letter writers distribute the same form letter to each school). Publications and conference presentations are pluses in this regard too, since they demonstrate your understanding of the world of academia as well as proof that you can produce worthy scholarly material. Now, this can have limited upside unless you have presented at a very important conference (and did well) or you have published in somewhat distinguished journals. They won't be all that impressed by publications in a fly-by-night journal beyond the fact it demonstrates your interest in scholarly activity. GPA comes in next and there is some wiggle room here. The meaning of a GPA at one school can be much different from another. Some undergrad schools and types of schools are typically going to produce high GPAs, rendering them pretty unimpressive. Other schools might have the other reputation, which is that of deflated GPAs. They'll be looking more closely at how you did in specific courses and how deeply you studied your subjects. This is another time where there is some value in it being high but as an abstract number it means little. On the other hand, it will be hard to compensate for a low GPA (think 3.0-3.2), but not impossible. After all, lots of variables are affecting that final number and it is still relatively unimportant. I think GRE scores mean the least of all. I believe there is an arrangement in place with ETS that makes them require this for other benefits that fall outside what most or all humanities departments get from GRE reporting. It is more a fact of being part of a larger graduate school than anything else. With that said, it would be troublesome to have low scores because, of course, that would raise eyebrows. The quant score will mean next to nothing unless the graduate school has imposed minimum limitations on the programs. Doing better will be impressive and help, but you won't be able to build an application off of it. This is why you see people bitching and moaning about being rejected despite super high GRE, super high GPA, and [insert big number here] presentations and publications. Unlike undergraduate admissions, the empirically measurable stuff is very weakly predictive. Of course, many bitchers and moaners reveal character traits that make it unfathomable that they could have convinced three academics to endorse them in a confidential letter...which will easily sink that other stuff.
  28. 1 point
    I keep both in the bathroom, because that's where I use them? It never occurred to me to keep them anywhere else.
  29. 1 point

    2012 verses 2013 application process?

    Remember it wasn't all about you! You can be impressive all you can be but the final decisions happen behind the closed doors where departmental politics are at play. It also depends on the demands of each program. Programs try to build cohorts to accomplish a few goals such as replenishing fields (if there had been a number of Latin Americanists who graduated in the last 2 years, you bet they're looking for new Latin Americanists), build up underrepresented fields if there's enough faculty support, diversity, etc. So many factors out of your control. It's only early October, you have time. Get in conversations and see what's up. You might want to reach out to schools who have rejected you and ask for feedback (at least it's likely that they've forgotten your application but can provide instructions on moving forward). You might want to get more feedback on your SOP. SOPs are extremely important and can keep an application from reaching the final round (i.e. the closed doors). And cut down your list of schools to less than 8 programs because it's much more important to spend time working your materials to appear custom-fit for the programs you're applying to.
  30. 1 point

    Waiting is making me -very- unproductive

    I finally received my first acceptance. This does take off the edge a bit, but right now I'm so giddy I'm being equally unproductive.
  31. 0 points

    Embarrassed of my grad school

    I wish you would apologize to the person who really wanted to get into UCSD but was declined because they offered the spot to you.
  32. -1 points

    Embarrassed of my grad school

    I will admit that for what I want to do UCSD is probably the best school in the country-- imaging for neuroscience There is a certain faculty member who left Stanford and helped found Instagram, James Hollan (infographic expert) and many many many notable people in the neuroscience/radiology fields San Diego is the neurotech capital of the country which was recognized by the President and governor (Cal BRAIN initiave), but even after all this, it still doesn't have much clout and I'm sorry but that really matters to me.
  33. -1 points

    Embarrassed of my grad school

    In undergrad, I did mediocre....I had very strong semesters and other not so strong. I was undergoing depression. Now I'm in a PhD program at UCSD and quite frankly I'm embarrassed. I really did not want to start school again after undergrad...I honestly need a break. I graduated from an Ivy League and am deep in debt. I am embarrassed to be attending UCSD quite frankly. UCSD ranks number 15 or so in my field ...name and prestige really matters. And I went to an Ivy League school that people don't recognize the name of (hint: it's been consistently ranked 4th in US news after Yale) on the west coast. It annoys me because people know about Stanford but my school was ranked just as high, if not better, yet people on the west coast are unfamiliar with it. My undergrad grades weren't terrible, however, I am going to get straight As in graduate school and quit after I get my masters...it should only take me one year and a quarter. After that I want to go to an Ivy, MIT, Stanford or Berkeley. I honestly won't be happy unless I graduate from a top school. People's ignorance about Columbia annoys me...it's an Ivy League school for Christ's sake. But I remember someone on the west coast saying, "Columbia's the most expensive school? I don't get it..it's not Harvard or anything." I was just too dumbfounded to say anything. And my sibling goes to Harvard and everyone knows about Harvard and it's annoying when I see the reaction when I say my sibling goes to Harvard and people have no reaction about Columbia because they don't realize it's one of the top schools in the country. I love NYC and I wouldn't trade my years there for anything in the world but I'm tired of not being good enough, I know I'm capable.
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    KAUST, new MIT in SA

    Come on guys! reply
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  36. -1 points
    Fit is a fairly amorphous concept, and I suspect that five different GC posters could suggest five different ways of determining fit...and all would be correct. Having said that... I sort of figured "fit" out as I went along. I researched most of the USNews top 50 Ph.D. programs for English and got a sense from the program descriptions (and their faculty interests) from each website to determine what kind of academic orientation each had. This was back in February or so. After that, I whittled down my own interests and figured out what I really wanted to achieve in graduate study. This was April or May. From there, it was a case of going back through faculty listings of the programs that initially appealed to me, as well as, quite frankly, some I had originally discounted for one reason or another. I contacted grad students to see if they thought my interests would fit well within their program. I contacted the occasional professor to see if my research interests might appeal to him or her. I talked to my LOR writers and other current professors to pick their brains about programs with similar interests or orientations as mine. I started threads on GC and PMed certain members. Basically, I spent most of May through August doing research on people and programs. When you do it for long enough, "fit" becomes more evident...though probably not as evident as it will be after you get accepted to one or more places. But in my experience so far, it's really a combination of figuring out what you want to do, and finding other professors and programs that share those interests and support the same approaches as your own. For me, I was quite surprised (perhaps even a little dismayed) to find out that most of the POIs doing stuff in my field are at top-tier institutions. I was hoping there could be a few so-called "safety schools" I could apply to, but there really aren't, other than for a random, single, strong POI here and there. But depending on your field of interest, there might be a number of schools that are mid-tier overall, but are GREAT for your discipline in particular. That's why you just have to search, and search, and search some more.
  37. -1 points

    KAUST, new MIT in SA

    But in the application tracker(or search) there are tons of applications to KAUST?????

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