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  1. 4 points

    Happy New Year!

    We are celebrating the birth of 2015 and of my beautiful daughter, born on December 18! Hope you are all staying relaxed and confident during this dreaded waiting period!
  2. 3 points
    Old Bill

    Happy New Year!

    Hey folks, I just wanted to wish everyone a happy new year...a year that, for some (or most) of us, will be full of radical changes, new directions, and happy relocations. While I personally vacillate between excitement and dread over the prospects of the next few months, New Year's Day has always been my favorite holiday: there's something about the first day of a brand new year that fills me with hope and optimism. And for this year in particular, that is amplified! May 2015 bring all of you happiness and good things!
  3. 3 points

    Transfer PhD for personal reason

    Not to be brutal, but I would put forward the idea that if he cannot deal with you choosing what is best for you and does not encourage you to pursue the course you love, but instead pressures you towards a different course, he is not your soul mate.
  4. 3 points
    i see what you're saying but i think you have to understand that a large amount of people that come here are nuts about applying to graduate school and they signed up because they really really want it (me included). so when you read about other people complaining about overlaps or interviews i sort of feel like this is a problem most people wish they had (again, myself included) and that maybe they should enjoy the burden of having the choice rather than not getting interviews at all.
  5. 3 points
    Thanks to TedBlinsky for reminding that there are people who haven't had a single invite yet. I happen to have applied unsuccessfully for 2 seasons now, and am still waiting for a single interview invite on this current 3rd attempt. It's rough seeing too much about those first world too many interview problems.
  6. 3 points
    @Ted Binsky, I do not disagree with any of your points and am certainly becoming aware of the complexity of graduate school admissions (though it is worth noting that it is, of course, the program's decision to fly everyone out, pay for expenses, host students for a weekend, etc). I simply wonder why competitive programs, presumably with adequate funding, cannot offer alternate weekends, as many less competitive programs do. I also commented on how not offering an alternate interview date in fact can hurt the program, as in my case and in many other applicants' cases, the decision to accept an interview offer was made before even knowing about an alternate offer, since dates are often not publicized enough in advance. If you read my previous comment, you'll find that I have never indicated that I am ungrateful about having multiple interview offers lined up - as I mentioned before, it's simply difficult to make these decisions with no guarantee that you'll be accepted into any program.
  7. 3 points
    Just like we are "fishing" for the best opportunities, and trying to get multiple invites, the schools are employing the same strategies to get the best and most applicants. They know that some people they invite have no real intention of accepting admissions if the student gets multiple admissions offers. They are trying to coordinate probably at least 40 people to interview with many faculty at different times. Think about how complex it is if they invite 20-40 people and they have to set time schedules for different faculty based on the applicants, who may not even accept an admissions offer after all the resources were allocated to the BEST students. Not only that, but you want them to coordinate these times with OTHER schools. I don't think that is really fair on their behalf, even though it is affecting me currently. This is a game of cat and mouse, and its not so easy to have separate days for different applicants because they have to get those 5 or so professors who you wish to interview with. Think about this, each faculty member that you wish to interview with needs to get paid, you get a hotel and food, and possibly a plane ride over, and its 2-3 days long. Its extremely expensive and time consuming to make accommodations for one applicant because each applicant is so different and each faculty they will interview with must take time out of their day to interview you, and you may not even want to end up going there because you have 7 or 8 other schools you want to interview with. Now imagine doing this for each student that wants to change the schedule... It is unfortunate we can't attend each single invitation, but this in my opinion is first world problems. We are really fortunate we have interviews to begin with and if you have options to the best schools you should feel blessed!
  8. 3 points
    There's the 2015 Applicants Assemble thread that can easily serve as an anything-goes thread!
  9. 2 points

    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year, Wyatt! Thanks for always being a positive presence around these here parts. And since there's been a curious lack of gifs lately: We made it, folks!
  10. 2 points
    Think this is a really good point. I have my figners crossed for you this year!
  11. 2 points
    Yeah, I don't know either. I've speculated that competitive programs know that they're desirable, so they are probably less inclined to (pay the big airfare/hotel bucks to) accommodate applicants with more than one weekend -- an "if you really want us, you'll show up on this date" sort of attitude. Maybe it won't necessarily hurt the program...what if competitive programs send out more invites (than otherwise expected) to match a historical, predicted 75% (or whatever %) RSVP rate?
  12. 2 points
    Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo done with grad apps! Cue the fireworks.
  13. 1 point

    2015 Applicants Assemble!

    TGC = The Grad Cafe
  14. 1 point

    popular things you hate

    The fact that the History Channel now only has a bunch of auction reality shows, ice road truckers,etc. instead of actual science and history documentaries
  15. 1 point
    I totally wish I had this problem! Although 5 of my 7 schools haven't begun looking at applications yet or at least won't be sending invites until sometime in January, I definitely feel your pain. I feel really good about my applications to UT, UNC, and OSU (I've made really good connections with POIs at each), and to an extent my USU application (have a good POI there, but funding is an issue). So I feel like I have a really good shot at invites for UT and UNC (not sure if the others do interview weekends). It would really suck, though, if those two interviews overlapped. So even though I feel a little pained when some folks have 7 interview offers and can't go to them all due to overlap, I completely understand where they are coming from, too. I'd be really bummed if I was excited about two programs and could only go to one interview.
  16. 1 point
    I am a current student at NYU Sackler. For anyone anxious about getting an interview invite, the invites are sent out in waves. I received my invite last year on January 5th or 6th I think. First wave went out around Christmas. Good luck to everyone!
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    I think a lot of the anxiety and confusion regarding interview weekends could be solved simply by the universities explicitly stating when their interview weekends are going to be on their websites/applications. I knew that the only Brown-NIH interview weekend was the third week in February, so I held off committing to that weekend for another school until I heard from them. It actually made my decision process easier. Apparently some interview weekends aren't set in stone and change from year to year at certain schools, so I get not saying when the weekends are in that case (though this could be solved by simply making the decision earlier; it's the same process every year), but for some universities especially with some of the more prestigious schools, we know from the results search what their weekends are and they don't change. Why not just say from the beginning what that weekend is? I knew that when I applied to 11 programs that if I received 4+ invites that there were going to be conflicts. There are only so many weekends after all. I have managed to work it out so that I've only had to decline one interview, but because I didn't know what everyone's weekends were it was an interview that I had softly committed to early on, and I felt really bad about then declining. In the end, it puts unnecessary pressure on us which could easily be dealt with if they were just more upfront about the interviews.
  18. 1 point


    So weird you were able to submit without it -- the only reason I even found out about the supplementary form was because the system wouldn't let me continue without it! So bizarre... I guess I'll just leave it blank since they give me no way to find out. Yay, my last application is finished!!
  19. 1 point
    Thanks for the replies! MathCat's story is interesting and something I wondered about. I did get an admit before all my LORs were in for one school, so more proof that they're "going to do what they want" I guess. Another obvious reason NOT to procrastinate like me is that any technical difficulties will presumably get you a lot less sympathy if brought up in a panic at the last minute.
  20. 1 point
    Hi All, I've started a blog for fellow dyslexic PhD students: https://adyslexicphd.wordpress.com/about/ and aim to share the skills that I have learn and developed during my PhD to help other dyslexic postgrads with completing their PhD while maintaining a healthy life balance. It's still in it's early stages but feel free to take a look, get involved via comments or pass it on to any students (Phd or otherwise) who might find it of use. I'm in the process of wrapping up my PhD, but hope to be publishing regularly! Cheers, Sam.
  21. 1 point
    Oh, and take your meds in their bottles! I've taken them without bottles before without issue, but I think they can technically take them from you if you do that.
  22. 1 point
    I really dig Heja's take on it. When I was getting my feet wet in rhetoric I searched out all of the Ph.D. reading lists I could find. I bought Johanek, Smagorinsky, Horner, Lunsford, etc. Freire, hooks, and Cushman made sense - but when reading the more theoretical stuff I just couldn't orient myself in it. I was reading a lot of how to do "it" without knowing what exactly "it" looked like when done. Or why "it" had to be done in the first place. (Well, that's a bit harsh on myself - I had a vague idea...) I don't think my preparation prepared me for much. In hindsight I would have been better served developing a more interrogative style of reading (to which I can elaborate if so desired). But your case is different. You've got different goals. Advice: Clay Spinuzzi, writes some occupational/organization type stuff - check out his book Topsight. You'll want an understanding of Genre. Rhetorical Genre Studies (RGS) is a useful search term. Carolyn Miller is a good start there. In advertisements you may want to consider thinking about Agency. You may find a lot of useful stuff under Linguistics. Read bibliographies (I usually start there) they help point me to further research. Which will help you develop your own mental database of search terms.
  23. 1 point

    Advice For A Rhet/Comp Hopeful?

    I feel like this might be a bratty comment, but it's 5 a.m. and I'm on a Grayhound bus, so forgive me if I seem a little rough around the edges--to me, I've grown to learn that rhetoric isn't always about what texts to read as it is about asking the right questions about texts, their motives, purposes, effects, & consequences. So here's the bratty part: I think the discipline has had an ongoing identity crisis, and sometime around the 1960s, classical rhetoric was haled to strengthen the identity of a discipline that can't ever seem to situate itself like other disciplines can. Haling classical rhetoric as a basis for the field required sound, sophisticated arguments--and even today it's hard to avoid seeing some kind of theoretical underpinning that stems from Aristotle. You're going to come across texts as far ranging as the Greeks to Foucault (as bhr mentioned), Dewey to Derrida, Burke, Stuart Hall to bell hooks, Friere, De Certeau, Lacan, Latour, blah blah blah. We have to borrow theory from other places to make arguments, and that theory usually comes from disperate sources and disciplines, making ours rightfully muddled and confusing. Thus concludes history of the discipline, Pt. I. Lol kidding of course. And I have zero interest in producing a Pt. II. Anyway the point of all that is you're likely going to encounter texts from said theorists, but it's important to ask the right questions while you read them. There are other, more practical ways of learning about this stuff, too. It's worth checking out an issue of College Composition and Communication, and just read the articles for the style of writing, the article structure, the kinds of research the authors present, and if they happen to present any sort of theoretical basis for the arguments they present. I think you'll find that the discipline is unique (apart from ed. and applied linguistics) in that teachig forms a strong core for the academic work in writing studies. There are open access journals I can point you to if you don't have institutional access to that one. I just feel that a brief skim of practical, recent scholarship can be a better way to get a sense of the field than delving into the theoretical stuff that gets thrown around. But regardless of what you read, it's always about really questioning those texts. So idk if that's ranty or helpful at all? I hope it is. As a final note, don't bother with The Rhetorical Tradition. (For reasons I can elaborate if anyone asks or is intersted)
  24. 1 point
    Hey, I did a summer program at the University of Haifa and would not recommend it. The other students were great but the University isn't particularly well-organized and the campus is very far away from the city proper. I've heard good things from people who studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I also spent a semester in Tel Aviv working for a joint Israeli-Palestinian NGO. There are definitely passport issues. You would likely have to get a new copy; you won't be allowed to enter Lebanon with evidence of a visit to Israel in your passport. If you're American, embassies will even issue you a dual copy for this purpose. I don't know what the policy is for other governments. But it shouldn't be very difficult to get a new/dual copy after you leave Israel. However, it's my understanding that beyond passport problems there shouldn't be any issues working elsewhere in the Middle East afterwards. I spent six months in Israel and was then hired by the UN Relief and Works Agency in Jordan without any problem. The time I spent in Israel working on Palestinian issues was seen as a positive. If you spend time volunteering or working for an organization that is seen as very pro-Israeli or anti-Palestinian, then that could definitely prevent you from being hired. But simply studying or volunteering in Israel shouldn't count against you. Many of the people I've met here who work on Middle East issues have spent some amount of time in Israel. As far as Israeli visa issues: I got kicked out of Israel on a visa issue, which is how I ended up in Jordan. The Israeli government is very, very strict and it is indeed very difficult to stay, even if you marry an Israeli or convert. I spent like a month going down to the Israeli Ministry of the Interior every morning at 6:30 AM to wait in line, just to be told I was missing paperwork that had never been previously mentioned. It was exhausting. Not that this should prevent you from studying in Israel, just don't expect to stay after your initial student visa expires. Though if you apply for an extension the case can be pending for several months. Mine was pending for three and during that time you can legally stay in Israel. I have no idea what it's like in Lebanon. From the language classes I took at U of Haifa, it seems people with a background in Arabic pick up Hebrew very quickly and vice-versa. You could probably learn a good amount in a semester if you already have some Arabic. Hope that helps!
  25. 1 point
    I understand that there are only a certain number of weekends that are available - one would just hope that a very competitive, top program that is strong in one area would be aware of when their competitors' weekends would be. I have spoken with admissions committee members/directors of admissions at multiple programs due to multiple interview scheduling conflicts, and I was told that they actually are aware of when other competitors have their weekends as well (some of the time, not all of the time and I'm obviously not speaking for all programs). I would hope that they would coordinate with one another out of empathy for the student - at this stage, no one is holding a single acceptance, and declining interviews means fewer possible acceptances. Also, it is logical for them to coordinate so that, for instance, a student isn't missing UWash's interview because WashU decided to schedule their interview for the same weekend, and notified the applicant several days prior, with the applicant accepting before they were aware of the conflict, since interview dates are not always published in time. When that happens, the program potentially loses out on an applicant they were (presumably) very interested in.
  26. 1 point

    Good Enough?

    I attended a program that has a reputation for sending off good students to grad schools in the US. I won't tell you which one to preserve some privacy, but I am willing to bet you a large sum of money that you have either never heard of this university, or in case you have, you have absolutely no idea how it ranks. Lets say it has about 0 brand name recognition outside my country, though it's a good school locally. To put things in perspective, though, there is probably one student from my BA program accepted for a PhD at a good school in the US every other year or so. Not a lot, and I only knew one such person in person before I started my PhD. After I graduated with my BA, I won a scholarship to attend university in another country that has an important linguistics research institute near it. I was able to take classes with reputable professors there and eventually got a job there as a research assistant. I got (they tell me) very nice letters of recommendation from people there. I had to go back home for personal reasons after a year and applied from back home. I actually never completed my MA, and I also didn't have anyone advising me about where to apply. I chose schools based on extensive research. Basically, I read the website of every school that has a linguistics program in the US, and looked through each relevant professor's website. I spent months on my statements. Again, I had no idea at the time how well I would fare. I was extremely anxious and could not in 100 years have predicted how well things turned out. I chose the schools I applied to based on what I thought was the best fit at the time and where I thought I would have the best chance to have an education that would support my goals. The consideration was simple. First, it had to be a place that funds its students, because otherwise there is no point in going. Second, it has to be a place that has good job placement, because again there is no point in spending 5 years on a degree only to fail to get a job then. Third, it has to be a place with a good match for my interests and that has lots of growth opportunities. As it turned out, those schools are the top ones, so that's where I applied.
  27. 1 point

    Staying with grad students

    That's exactly why my spouse visited with me whenever possible (uprooting her life as well). The first two schools were too far away / required too much time off work for her to join me. The third school was very understanding and very good at making sure we were both able to visit. They included my spouse in all social events and even set aside a desk in a visitor's office for her to work at while I was meeting with professors. Don't be afraid to ask for additional considerations (e.g. bringing a partner, allergies to dust, dietary needs) if it is important to you.
  28. 1 point
    Is this in Greece? I can guarantee this is not the case in the US. At my research institute some of the PI's with the most NIH funding are MD's. You should consider taking scientific writing/grant writing courses. It sounds like that would be more helpful to you than a PhD. Also, why don't you consider apply for staff scientist positions? Quite a few labs associated with Med schools/research institutes have MD's working in the lab. It would provide you with the neccessary research experience/grant writing/scientific writing that you are looking for.
  29. 1 point

    Whatcha reading?

    Leonard-- Learning to read like a grad student is a great skill to achieve before you start grad school. I'm sure others will have different advice, but I've found this is the best way for me to get what I need from a book quickly. Being that we read an inordinate amount of books as grad students, reading quickly is key. First things first, I look closely at the title, Library of Congress information, table of contents and index. The LoC info usually gives you basic information to situate the book. I like to note years, because the period a book is written can often influence the author (I recently read Nell Irven Painter's Standing at Armageddon and she admits the book was influenced by being written during the Cold War, for example). The ToC shows how the author (deliberately) structured the book--we should never take the author's chosen structure for granted. The index can give hints about what the author thinks is important, based on number of pages dedicated to that topic/person/event/etc. So if I'm skimming an index and labor and class have lots of pages dedicated to them, I know the author probably thinks these are particularly important topics in the analysis/argument. Second step: read the introduction and conclusions with a fine-tooth comb. This is where most of my note-taking comes from. Look for clues from the author. Some mention structure and methodology, so note those. Definitely figure out what the thesis is. Sometimes it's a sentence saying "The thesis of the book is...." (it's awesome when that's the case haha), and sometimes the thesis is spread over several paragraphs or kind of implied but not overtly stated. Whatever the case may be, you NEED to pick out the argument. Some authors try to be fancy and put it in the conclusion, but most of the time its in the intro. Look for any historiographical review and if the author has key terms they define in the intro and make sure to note those. Also determine what the date range or thematic emphases are. Finally, I gut the actual book. I tend to read one or two chapters closely, taking notes on specific examples the author uses to further the argument/analysis. Mostly, I skim. I like to note at least some specifics to basically "show the thesis in action" but don't spend much time on the actual chapters. Most of what I needed I already got from the intro/conclusion. Some authors structure chapters so they have a mini intro and conclusion at the beginning and end--in that case, I would read those closely and skim the body of the chapter. I also attempt to keep the historiography in mind the entire time I'm reading. For example, I recently finished Leon Litwack's Been in the Storm so Long and Heather Cox Richardson's The Death of Reconstruction. Litwack is kind of a big deal (understatement haha), and Richardson doesn't engage with his work (or much of the secondary literature in general), so I took notes on how this weakened her overall argument and where she could've used Litwack and other relevant historians. At the end, I write a precis which I view as a glorified summary. The way I learned to write a precis is like this: Title is a full Chicago style bibliographic citation, Intro paragraph notes the structure/methodology/sources/thesis of the book, several paragraphs summarizing the key themes/arguments/important information with specific examples, conclusion paragraph that discusses the historiography (a focused analysis of the book's position in the historiography, other works the author engaged with--be it as a foil or to support their argument), strengths/weaknesses of the book (basically, why it's useful) and any questions it leaves unanswered. Hope this helps! EDIT: Precis should be short. One of my professors wanted one page, single spaced. Mine tend to be around two pages double spaced, but no more than three. If you can't write a concise precis, you're too caught up in details.
  30. 1 point
    Student Doctor Network would be a great place for this. However, some good schools for Global Health are Tulane, UNC, and Johns Hopkins. Other schools you might want to consider are Columbia and Emory. I would look at various school requirements for GPA and GRE to see where you fit in and then try to look at course listings/professor research interests.
  31. 1 point

    Good Enough?

    I am aiming high because I think that I will have better chances on the job market if my PhD is from a high-ranking institution.
  32. 1 point
    I honestly would not think that. They actually try to plan to not compete with schools they are known competitors for this reason. It is more about the schedule/timeline that application cycles take and the semester break as well as the april 15th deadline.
  33. 1 point
    I really wish they would have coordinated better too! Or at least be more receptive to independent or skype interviews. It crossed my mind that they might not coordinate because at least the people who show up will be really interested, but this has resulted in me not being able to attend interviews I'm really interested in! I was hoping to use interviews as a tool to make decisions, but now we have to decide our preferences before we even interview!
  34. 1 point
    january 5th the adcoms come back and have a meeting, and anything after january 6th is the approximate time you will hear back. It is really annoying how much time people take off for the holidays.
  35. 1 point
    Personally I'm applying to ten, which my supervisor thought was a lot (I think he's more used to 2-3 applications), but then I have the impression that people apply to more unis/programmes in the US -maybe that's wrong? Some of my unis were rather later additions though because I suddenly had a panic attack about getting in and not being funded (this seems quite likely as many of the public unis that I've applied to tend to write things to put off international applicants -or is that just me?) -now I'm back in the I'm probably not getting in to anything anyway camp, so maybe I'll regret this extra expense. There are so many amazing programmes out there though, I was on such a high as I was reading up on some of these places I could hardly get my arms down.
  36. 1 point
    psych face

    Fall 2015 Applicant Thread

    Our break here ends on January 12 (when school starts back up). Someone else commented that it isn't the same across a state, but my state does shift holidays as a state. For example, this year the date was moved up over a week, and this was statewide. The reason my state does that is to keep colleges and K-12 in step, for parents who are also in college. This means that when college dates are shifted, K-12 dates are shifted, and vice versa. This is pretty smart planning, in my opinion.
  37. 1 point
    Infinite Zest

    Writing Sample Swap

    In that case, I'd be happy to PM my writing sample to anyone who wants to see it!
  38. 1 point


    We're well aware that the search function needs work. Unfortunately, we're also all either PhD students or full-time workers, which makes it hard to rewrite the code behind the search.
  39. 1 point
    Soleil ت

    Thinking about quitting...

    I'm completely on your side. Also, I love your signature. Alea iacta est is exactly how I feel during the application season. Hi OP, I'm very sorry to hear of your predicament. Grad school has that nasty tendency to fill people with doubt and frustration, myself included. I'm wondering what your intention is regarding schooling after you finish your year of leveling. You mention the school being far away but that it is designed to be like a flexible distance learning program. Are you able to complete the remainder of your schooling without the commute, or will there still be courses or work that needs to be completed on-site? Along the same vein as what 1Q84 was saying, grad school in the humanities is hard to do without funding. Depending on how you're paying for your schooling (out of your salary, with student loans, etc), this can be very troublesome. It is often strongly encouraged to not pursue education in the humanities without funding; HOWEVER, each student has a different situation. Are there fellowships or grants available through the department? Ultimately, the worth of attending grad school out-of-pocket is contingent upon whether it's worth it to you and what you wish to accomplish. The job market post-graduation is tough for us cursed with a passion in the humanities, but it's not impossible. What struck me quite a bit about your post is that you said it took you six years to decide to apply to grad school. I don't know you or your situation, so I can only say what I feel I would tell myself in a comparable situation: I feel that, IF you're willing to pay the cost of tuition and willing to make the commute for one more semester, you owe it to yourself and to your past six years to try it out. Are there other students in the program with whom you could discuss your concerns? I'm not wholly familiar with the degree program, so somebody who has gone through the leveling program and/or who is completing the MFA might give you a better perspective on what you should do. No matter what you decide, I wish you the best of luck and also the peace to be content with your decision!
  40. 1 point

    When did it start to feel real?

    It started to feel real for me when I checked my bank account balance after submitting 10 applications
  41. 1 point


    Yale just sent out a holiday greeting email. They are the worst kind of teases.
  42. 1 point

    Can someone find me an excuse...?

    First the legal stuff: Is this tutorial part of your duty as a TA? I think you are at a Canadian school right? This means that you are probably on a TA contract for your specific course and if someone is asking you to do a tutorial for a different course (i.e. one where you are not contracted for), then you have the right to refuse the additional work. Check with your collective bargaining agreement (CBA) if you are not sure. At my previous Canadian school, if the department wants to you to TA a different class, even if it's just a single tutorial, they usually have to draw up a new contract for something like 3 hours (prep time included) and they require your agreement. However, if this tutorial is part of your contract for the course you are the TA for, then you cannot refuse this work. It is your responsibility as a TA and a professional to do the work that you are assigned to and committed to doing. As graduate students, we are paid to complete this TA work, and the money is generally public funds or donations. Actions like skipping tutorials or shirking other responsibilities just because you don't feel like it reflect poorly on your colleagues and other academics as well. Second, practical advice: If you have a legal reason to not accept this TA duty (first paragraph above), then it's up to you to decide whether or not to exercise your right to refuse the extra work. There are pros and cons: accepting the work even if you don't want it means that the school is more likely to step over other TA rights in the future; however, rejecting the work might damage your future relationship with the TA manager (even though technically your right to refuse work protects you against actions). However, if you don't have a good reason, I would suggest that you accept that it is going to be sucky for the one day and bring your own work to the 8:30am tutorial and do that if no one shows up. Or, be honest and say that you don't think people will show up next week because it's the end of the term. I would think that the second choice will do you more harm than good and you will likely have to work the 8:30am tutorial anyways. ---- Finally, I reread this and now I am not 100% sure if you meant that you are asked to do a single 8:30am tutorial coming up really soon, or you are being assigned to a 8:30am tutorial for the upcoming semester as part of the department's TA scheduling. Everything above assumes that this is a one time thing in addition to whatever you have been TAing this term. However, if you are talking about TA assignments for the next semester, then there is nothing you can do. Employees (TAs) do not get to choose their own work hours -- this is the prerogative of the employer (i.e. the Department). If they want to assign you to a 8:30am tutorial then it is well within their rights to do so because I don't think any CBA in Canada prevents this (nor should they). Sometimes you can hope that the Department allows for some legitimate excuses (e.g. picking up/dropping off children at daycare, bus schedules not matching up etc.) but if it's not in the CBA then they don't have to honour these requests. Sorry that this is not what you want to hear, but in your case, given that you admit there is no real reason for you to not do the 8:30am class (other than you want to sleep in), I don't think you have a choice and it is your responsibility to take the assignment given to you as you are the employee! If you are seriously worried that students will suffer because the tutorial time is inconvenient for students, you might want to talk to the professor in charge of the course to reschedule, but given that classroom scheduling is often very tight at many schools, it's unlikely that there are other open spots (you can still try though). Edit: one last option that I highly do not recommend, but I'll include it for completeness. If this is your TA offer for the upcoming semester and you have not yet signed the contract, then you are also within your rights to refuse the TA appointment. This will mean that you will give up the TA salary and depending on the agreement/policies, potentially give up future years of guaranteed TA employment and/or other funding sources contingent on receiving TA salary. It will also very likely damage your relationship with the department. It is highly not recommended but it is usually an option.
  43. 1 point
    Two things 1) You're not sure about this guy yet - not sure if you want to marry him and make it work forever. I would say definitely don't give up your PhD plans and academic career for somebody you're not sure about. 2) If it's right and you are willing to make it work, you can do long distance for the relatively short amount of time of your doctoral program. Assuming you're in your late 20s/early 30s, your PhD program is just 5-7ish years. But after that, you'll have maybe 30, 40+ years to be together. Although realize that if you want to be in academia, it's hard to limit your academic search to one geographical location - not impossible, but quite difficult. I married my husband after 11 years together, 4 of which we spent long distance when he was in the military and I was in graduate school. At the point at which I was choosing graduate schools, I also worried about an entire country separating us. He told me to pick a grad school based on what was best for me and my career, and that we'd work out the details later. We did make it work - he ended getting stationed relatively close to me (a train ride), and when he separated from the military he moved to join me. We're long distance again (4 hour drive) for my postdoc. We won't be doing this again, lol. Well, in theory, yes. I have a friend whose boyfriend did this, although he also left his program for other reasons. He left his PhD program across the country and moved to our grad school city, where he got a job as a project coordinator. He worked at that for a few years while making connections with potential PIs in our general geographic area. After that, he chose which PhD program he wanted to do and applied. He still ended up not being in the same city - they were about the same distance apart as I was from my husband, but my friend ended up moving closer to him since she was further along in her PhD. But the important thing to note is that 1) he left his program for a variety of reasons, only one of which was the geographic distance from his girlfriend, and 2) it took him a few years before he was able to increase the chances of being where he wanted to be. He had to get to know people and prove his worth a bit. It's difficult to just walk through the front door at one particular school. And no, he didn't transfer any credits. He started over from scratch. I have just a few friends who transferred PhD programs, and none of them were able to transfer any credits. I think that if you plan to transfer, you should do it with the knowledge that you will probably start over from scratch or pretty close to it. We are in the same field, by the way (you and I.) In practice, it sounds quite a bit harder. First of all, if you're accepting it to begin next August, and you're trying to see how it goes this year (between now and August 2015), that means that you'll be making your decision sometime in the summer of 2015. Well, in order to move to the next PhD program in the fall of 2016, that means you'd have to apply for transfer right away in the fall of 2015. I think you could burn some bridges and generate some bad feelings if you are trying to transfer out the moment you step on campus - then it becomes very clear that you already decided that you didn't want to be there, and you took a slot and money from someone else who might have stayed (in their minds). It would be better if you waited a year to try to start in Boyfriend's City in the fall of 2017. Secondly, transferring PhD programs is actually quite an involved process. Transferring isn't really the right word for it, as you're usually starting over. You need the support from your current program - because the new program is going to want to know that you aren't transferring because you set the place on fire or something. So you'd have to tell your advisor early on that you need a letter of support from them to move. That's another reason that doing in next fall is not a good idea, because basically a month after you get there you'll be telling your advisor you're getting ready to leave them. You'll need to contact the potential PIs at the other school and see if they are even taking students AND if they want to take a student who has already begun a PhD program elsewhere. They're going to be curious about why you are leaving (as will your home school). You need to make it mostly about fit - you can't make it primarily about personal reasons, otherwise you look flighty and unconnected. Basically, you need to be an otherwise really strong candidate that any school would want, because the transferring issue raises quite a bit of skepticism from people. I think this right here is all you need to know. If you are not emotionally ready to give up on the offer at the program you love - why do you think you'd be willing to give it up in a year's time, when you've barely begun? Moreover, it is MUCH harder to leave a program once you've begun it (emotionally speaking) than it is to just not go in the first place. Personally, I think that your best options are either to go to this PhD program with the determination that you will finish there, too (and perhaps make plans to move with your boyfriend in 3-4 years when you are at the dissertation stage), OR to choose not to go right now and try to get admitted to the one by your boyfriend's city in a year's time. And I think that the right choice is to continue to go to the program to which you've committed.
  44. 1 point

    Transfer PhD for personal reason

    I'd like the second the above comments and advise you to stick with your academic plans over radically compromising them for a relationship. Perhaps if you'd been together with this person for a couple of years already, had lived together for a while, and/or were engaged, I might say it's time to compromise and make sacrifices, but that this point, I think that you shouldn't be agonizing over big decisions about your life in terms of how they will affect a relationship that is still pretty new. Transferring grad school can be difficult and in some cases impossible (or require you to start over your coursework at the new institution because nothing carries over), so if you commit to this program, don't just do it thinking that you'll be getting out of it in a year anyway, but commit to see it through from the beginning if at all possible. Best of luck to you with your decision.
  45. 1 point

    Transfer PhD for personal reason

    I personally wouldn't give up your offer for your relationship. Part of being with someone is being able to work with them, even if it means you have to live apart for a while. When I applied to graduate programs, my boyfriend of over 2 years made sure I didn't limit by location because of him. He knows that I value my independence and that I want to contribute to society through research. If I stayed and didn't go to the school I got into, I think I would be miserable right now, and that would be worse for us. So I moved 13 hours away and we have been long-distance for over a year. It sucks sometimes, especially when one of us is stressed out or upset, but we have made it work. Now, at 4 years in, we just got engaged last month, and will wait to plan our wedding until we can live together. However, we know we can survive despite the distance, and we are both establishing career paths for ourselves that will make us happy. My point is that if your relationship is meant to be, you guys will make it work while you go to school. Your relationship is still pretty young... I think if I were in your shoes, there is no way I would be willing to give up something I viewed as my best shot at my career, something I would find fulfillment in and use as a means to support myself, for something that I couldn't prove to myself was a sure thing. I only briefly considered it when I applied as boyfriend and I had been dating for so long. I feel that if he really is the one for you, he will understand if you also want/need fulfillment through your career, that you should pursue it through the best avenue you can. You already have the offer and the ability to go to this school, so I would jump on the opportunity. Besides, it is often considered to be more wise to do your PhD studies away from the area you might be living in... so you may be setting yourself up for better luck in the future by doing your studies away from where he is and pursuing positions in that region later on.
  46. 1 point
    Pen is good for lab books: you never want to erase anything. When you erase with pen, its just one mark through the center, so you can still read it incase it was a good idea. It doesnt fade as fast as pencil. I personally use pencil because my habits were formed in physics and math and not the lab. There is a divide: physicists and mathematicians tend to use pencil where as everyone else tends to use pen.
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    Wow, thanks for doing this research. A few remarks. NYU obviously has an "in" with the Met and that is why many people go there, so the fact they placed 22 in the Met internship is not very surprising. Also, the number of NYU PhDs per year is not 22, and a lot of people go to NYU to become curators, not professors. So NYU's placement rate for professorships is actually much better than it looks on the spreadsheet, probably similar to Columbia's. Berkeley's placement rate will be lower in the future because many top profs retired, such as TJ Clark and Anne Wagner. It's still a good PhD program but not what it was like 10-15 years ago. BU is a pretty good school but its placement rate seems a bit high on the spreadsheet. Please delete SCAD from your list of "good" placements, because it really isn't. Overall results are not surprising. The same 5 programs that have been the "top" programs for the past 50 years (Columbia, NYU, Harvard, Princeton, Yale) are still there at the top, with the same 5 programs that have always been just behind them (Chicago, Johns Hopkins, Berkeley, Penn, Michigan) still right there behind them. The lesson is that if you want to be a professor, go to one of those 10 programs (which one is a personal choice depending on your field, $$, so on), or possibly MIT for modern architecture, or else don't go at all. Maybe the list is different for curators and someone can crunch the numbers for that???
  50. 1 point
    Because I’m forever curious about how our field works – and because I’m avoiding a bit of real work – I pulled together a few lists of programs’ placement rates for: Pre-Doc Fellowships, 2010-2014: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlLRiFPXoh9HdF9LUEs3QlFUOVVzclFKNUxxWmhuSXc&usp=sharing Assistant Professor jobs, 2006-2013 (very narrowly defined; see below): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlLRiFPXoh9HdDRtWkdRbmVPY0tWY0NtbkJfZFJhYXc&usp=sharing Take-away point (TL;DR): These lists should NOT to be taken as the last or definitive word on anything, but rather, as springboards for further additions, reflections, and conversation. If anything, I hope they reinforce the points made by many others (above and in other threads) of the impossibility of ranking programs objectively, at least based on the metrics set out here. Thoughts on methodologies of gathering info: Pre-Doc fellowships: This list seemed fairly straightforward, although it certainly reflects the areas I know best. I tried to include fellowships with multiple recipients per year (the Frick doesn’t fit into this category, but it was mentioned in a list in another thread); and so much the better if they cut across multiple sub-fields (CASVA, the Met, etc.). What fellowships have I overlooked? Assistant Prof. jobs: This list seems much more problematic to me, although it certainly does show interesting trends. I tried to follow the methodology laid out by the Art History Newsletter (AHN; http://arthistorynewsletter.com/blog/?p=476 and http://arthistorynewsletter.com/blog/?p=483) – surveying the top 25 schools from the US News and World Report lists for both national research universities and small liberal arts colleges. The job market being what it is right now, I expanded their categories slightly to include not just the top rankings in each category, but also schools with particularly strong art history departments or university museums. I surveyed about 75 schools in all, but obviously, this is the biggest issue with this (quite incomplete) survey – without looking at a far bigger sample size, I don’t think it’s truly possible to draw any definitive conclusions about placement rates. Another problem with this list is the types of jobs it includes. Following the structure of the AHN survey, I looked at only tenure-track assistant professors at each school. While this makes comparisons between the two surveys possible, I don’t think it reflects the realities of today’s job market (vs. the job market in 2007, when the AHN list was compiled). The limitation to just TT assistant profs means that, even though it’s become standard practice to spend a few years as a visiting assistant professor (non-TT) or on a post-doc fellowship, these positions aren’t included on the list. Further caveats: I’m absolutely certain that art historians who have earned their PhDs from Indiana, Maryland, OSU, Penn State, WashU, and Case Western since 2006 are out there doing fantastic work, despite what this list says. They just happen not to be working at the places I researched. These job numbers represent only a fraction of all possible jobs that are held by PhD graduates. Among those are many curators, many professors who earned tenure more quickly, and many scholars who teach at places not surveyed. (If the data for recent curatorial hires were easily available, I certainly would have included that info too!) I’m refraining from putting forth conclusions from this data, given its significant limitations (although I’ve realized, in doing this, how very many issues I have with the methodology set up by the AHN list…). But even taking these issues into account, I hope that the lists might generate some productive and interesting discussion. Thoughts? Reactions? Comments? And apologies, of course, for enabling anyone’s procrastination!

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