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  1. 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.
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  2. 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.
    2 points
  3. BeatBackBones

    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
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  4. 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
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  5. 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!!
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  6. They're all for PhD. An MA in medieval studies from a UK institution is actually a fairly common track.
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  7. 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 refra
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  8. 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
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  9. 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.
    1 point
  10. 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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  11. You can include this. It is still research experience and it influenced your decision to pursue a higher research degree.
    1 point
  12. 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.
    1 point
  13. wishingwishing; accepted into Baylor with a 38k scholarship! I accepted my offer and declined UTD, so hopefully this will help you out!
    1 point
  14. maelia8

    Internships

    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.
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  15. 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
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  16. 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); howeve
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  17. Garamond. End of discussion
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  18. Cookie

    Max Plank vs US PHD

    It's Max Planck, for God's sake.
    1 point
  19. I guess the point of going to school is so other people are jealous. No wonder you are unhappy.
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  21. 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.
    1 point
  22. 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), a
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  23. 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
    1 point
  24. 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 Oxf
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  25. 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 tha
    1 point
  26. 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. Th
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  27. I keep both in the bathroom, because that's where I use them? It never occurred to me to keep them anywhere else.
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  28. 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 t
    1 point
  29. 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.
    1 point
  30. 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.
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  31. 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.
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  32. 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 wes
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  33. Nuric

    KAUST, new MIT in SA

    Come on guys! reply
    -1 points
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  35. 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
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  36. Nuric

    KAUST, new MIT in SA

    But in the application tracker(or search) there are tons of applications to KAUST?????
    -1 points


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