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  1. 9 points
    Hopefully your attitude is not reflected on your SOP, because you are sounding kind of mean and bratty. Not only that but you sound kind of entitled...
  2. 6 points
    Just thought I'd share this haiku: Oh Columbia, My anxiety abounds! Please email me now.
  3. 4 points

    Social Psychology Fall 2017 Applicants

    For anyone wondering about Berkeley, I got invited to interview week from UC Berkeley during the afternoon Dec 21st. So it seems like the invites went out. Sorry to those who didn't get an email :-( , but congrats to those who did! Good luck to everyone waiting to hear back from their schools!!
  4. 3 points
    Thought I'd throw my update out there: UPenn CAMB/Cancer - waiting Pitt IBGP/Cell and Molecular Pathology - Interview March 3 Tufts Sackler/Biomedical - waiting UChicago Biomedical/Cancer - waiting OHSU Cancer Bio - Rejected UW (Seattle) MCB - waiting UCSD Biomedical - waiting UCI Biomedical Gateway Cell and Molecular - Interview Jan 26 (got this offer even before they sent out their "hey, we're reviewing apps" email lol) Temple - not even due till Feb 15 lol (thinking they won't have interviews? that's why it's at the bottom) Emailed UPenn, Chicago and UW to see if they're done sending invites. I'll update with that when/if I know.
  5. 3 points
    As I bet you all know, very few English programs interview (and Columbia is historically not one of them, Caien). Sometimes a professor will informally contact a student, but only a couple of programs interview their whole short list. Off the top of my head, Chicago and Duke Literature (but not English) have interviewed in the past few years, and I think but might be mistaken that Emory and Notre Dame do as well? It does change, though--Stanford used to and doesn't anymore, Chicago didn't and does now. I am not sure about Comp Lit, though, since I didn't apply--it is my general impression that interviews are more common in that field, in particular to test language skills. However, I did have one interview last season. Quite honestly: it was nerve-wracking; I don't think that it went very well; I was admitted anyway. The interview questions were entirely based on my writing sample and the substantive proposal in my SoP. If I were to give any advice, it would be to be extremely familiar with the material in these documents, as well as research beyond what was expressly mentioned but would inform your field of proposed interest. Although that probably sounds ridiculous now when it feels like you could never not know these intimately, in over a month, when you are maybe taking other classes and definitely focusing on other things, putting in the work to really refamiliarize yourself with those documents and the research that you did to generate them will pay off. The tip that I received (and did not do, but realized too late was a great idea) is to make a couple reminder notes to yourself on post-its and put them around your computer screen (since it will likely be a Skype interview with 2-3 profs). If you are stressed and start to panic, even one word that sets you off in the right direction can be helpful. If you are really worried and don't think it would be too much of an imposition, you might ask a recommender who is familiar with your application to compose a few relevant questions, or even try to do this yourself. Be as relaxed and as confident as you can, know that you can answer questions somewhat cagily to direct the conversation toward surer ground, and don't worry too much-- they are just trying to get to know you and what you want to study as well as they can in 20-30 minutes!
  6. 3 points
    I want to reiterate how important post-graduate research is in this process. There really is no comparison between undergraduate and post-graduate research. If you applied while you're still in undergrad, don't assume they hate you, just take some time to do this full-time. It'll beef up your application massively.
  7. 2 points
    Got interview invitation from Harvard Systems Biology
  8. 2 points

    Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!

    Honestly, I think the best approach is to go to work. Although, this may be easier for those of us still currently in bachelor's/master's programs. Personally, I have a master's thesis to complete by the spring and I have a lot of work to do on that. Also applying to APSA for this upcoming deadline while working on my working paper that is stemming from my thesis work. In turn, for me...'waiting' is not really that stressful because, well, I am not actually waiting. I have too many things to do to sit there and wait. We also have to keep in mind that for most of us (there are a handful of programs that give results in late Jan. but not many), we probably aren't going to hear back anything until Feb. So there is no point in stressing about it. Sure, we will all be thinking about it, it's inevitable, but we can limit our stress by just accepting that there isn't much value in really focusing on it until results actually start coming in. And for the love of god, stop looking over your application materials; there is nothing to be gained there and if you worked hard enough on the front end you should be comfortable with them and be proud of what you did.
  9. 2 points
    they squeezed me in! The Michigan coordinators are so nice and helpful.
  10. 2 points

    Evaluating program reputation

    Everything @TakeruK has said is true. I just wanted to add that in many fields, word of mouth is the only way to rank programs/departments. In my field, rankings are basically garbage because there are so many differences in areas and a school that's strong in Apple Studies may not be strong in Basketweaving, even though both are key parts of the discipline. Consequently, word of mouth is the way to go. Though I'd point out that you want to pay attention to word of mouth about the advisor and the department. A department's reputation and strength in a subfield can be dramatically affected by the reputation of just one or two people. If those people are well-known in the subfield and you're considering academia, it may not be a problem if the department as a whole is ranked 10-30 because you're working with the person to work with in that area. Does that make sense?
  11. 2 points
    Definitely take your advisor up on it. If they really are a big shot, it's likely that a bunch of people will stop to say hi and you'll be able to meet them. You might also get tips on navigating the conference you otherwise wouldn't get. I wouldn't even hesitate but would totally jump at this offer.
  12. 2 points
    I haven't, but it's my worst "fit" so I'm not expecting anything (of course, it would be nice to get good news!). However, their website does say around 12/21, and based on past years on TGC results, it looks like it could be anytime this week. I saw someone from developmental got an invite, but am not sure if that means all psych interviews went out or just dev so far. Also not clear if 11% chosen to interview means 11% of dev apps or all apps. Bleh.
  13. 2 points
    I mean there are a lot of mitigating factors. Your PI doesn't really decide when you graduate, your DAC does, but some professors are more willing to get you through faster than others. Also to a certain extent it depends on how much you actually did and how high-quality and rigorous the work is. But my experience with people in several different Harvard programs is once you have one or two first author papers accepted that's when you're able to graduate if you want. My point was not that it is literally impossible to have four papers in four years. I'm actually a bad person to talk to about this, since I have four papers (submitted or in preparation) that I'm (co-)first author on from the past 18 months. However, I'm in a fortunate position since I didn't have to collect any of the data like I would've had to for a PhD, so it would've taken a lot longer to do those other steps. Fields also vary on this to be sure, but PhD students tend to take a while to get their sea legs, and review is a bitch, so there are common mitigating factors. So there are of course mitigating factors, but the likely combination is some version of either (a) you graduate in 3-4 years when the first couple papers are accepted or (b) you graduate whenever you get the first one accepted after however many years that is. Outliers exist, my point was that it's not common or really expected.
  14. 2 points
    I don't have anything to prove, I was just trying to provide information I have. Good luck, you'll be missed at the genome sciences interviews!
  15. 2 points
    Guys, its only Dec 21st! It is easy to get discouraged when you're seeing a bunch of people get multiple invites from Harvard/Yale/Penn/etc but to put things in perspective, it has only been three weeks since apps were due, and many schools haven't even started reviewing them yet. Panic mode is for February/March ;). We got this!
  16. 2 points
    Ha, sorry to keep you all in suspense! I've been doing my winter travel and don't check this site nearly enough as it is. So, I applied to PhD programs in the 2012 and 2013 cycles, and in Spring 2012 (I had my math slightly off in the first post!) I applied to NYUs PhD and was instead accepted to their MA. Being the bright-eyed and ignorant college senior I was, I thought it sounded like a great opportunity, but the price made me want to check it out first. I visited on a day when the MA students would meet up in the department for chat and coffee, and some of the things that I found unsettling only make sense in serious hindsight. To be clear, I don't blame anyone who does go to the program. It can be really hard to get honest information about whether paying for an English MA from a top program is worth the money, but I think the answer is unequivocally no. I met students that day who were excited to be studying in a wonderful program, but were also deeply stressed by the two or three jobs they were working to live in Manhattan, or the long commute they were making to keep costs down. Most of them had dreams of going on to a PhD, and the woman who showed me around most of the day was hopeful about her waitlist position at Harvard. I also noticed that there wasn't really any effort on the department's part to have me interact with any faculty, which I think speaks a lot to the value that they place on their MA students. Most of the students I spoke to would talk about their advisor and somehow intimate that the advisor was "just so busy". FYI, a busy advisor is good, but they should never be too busy for you if they care about your career. And nobody seemed willing to admit that $100,000 total in tuition over two years was an absurd amount of money. I didn't really understand the job market and the very real devaluation of the humanities, but I did know that that wasn't a deal I was willing to take. I ended up getting an offer of a one year post-bac fellowship from UPitt, and it was, IMO, the perfect example of what academia should be doing. They paid me for the pleasure of taking graduate seminars for the first time, and I had a wonderful advisor who was also part of the WGS program that vetted all of my PhD app materials, and gave me excellent advice about how to tell if something is a good offer. If they don't want to invest their time or their money in you, then it's just not worth it. I'm now an ABD 4th year at UT Austin, and I can promise you that I never would have had anywhere near this success if people hadn't invested time and money into getting me here. A PhD is an uphill battle, and your program shouldn't make it worse.
  17. 1 point
    I am applying to PhD programs in health policy. I applied to around 10 schools. If I am extended an interview from one of these, what are the chances of an acceptance? Q.) Is an invitation to interview essentially an acceptance? What is a typical interview acceptance rate?
  18. 1 point
    Ok i will! And I've decided that I will get a cat! I have savings, a pet friendly place lined up, a job and I have a handle on grad school. I'm so excited!
  19. 1 point

    Referring to a particular thread?

    Yay for small successes and double yay for recursion!
  20. 1 point
    Update: Got invited to campus interview @ UNC-Chapel Hill on February 10th (Social / Neuropsychology). Just received an invite for a phone interview @ Duke University for tomorrow. My POI implicated that invites were going out today and tomorrow (before Christmas). Best of luck to you all!
  21. 1 point

    Fall 2017 applicants

    I think only a couple programs do interviews. I can say for sure that Indiana and Michigan don't do interviews.
  22. 1 point
    An interview does not equal an acceptance, just like a job interview does not mean that you will get the job. What it does mean, is that you are in the running and nearing the finish line. Acceptance rate - it probably depends on the school/program/number of open slots/how many other folks get an interview and a bunch of other factors.
  23. 1 point
    I'm considering applying for this program (as well as some MSW programs), but not for another year (for fall 2018). Just interested to know what sort of experience/marks/degrees other applicants have. (I'm also in the MSW waiting game 2017 group for the same reason hehe) Good luck to everyone waiting to hear back this year!
  24. 1 point
    eternalwait, that song will play in my head, instead of the holiday songs.
  25. 1 point
    Way to go!!!!!! Congrats Dragon_ChemBio!
  26. 1 point

    Fall 2017 Applicants

    Having kids is helping me to forget about the apps I've submitted. Little heathens (loves of my life), keeping things in perspective. Hope all are well.
  27. 1 point

    How to deal with this anxiety?

    I point blank just said Hi Please note the deadlines are coming up (insert neatly organized table) Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule. >> Didn't have the heart to say YO deadline is yesterday!! You're late! Hey, but my strategy obviously isn't working....
  28. 1 point
    Agree with the above! Some advisors will spend a decent chunk of time with their students during big conferences actually (typically during the social events like coffee breaks and receptions). They'll "take" their student along as they meet up with old friends and introduce you to them. Also, like rising_star said, sometimes the change in environment helps prompt the conversation/advising towards a different direction than your typical research meeting. And, it's a good idea to talk to your advisor about the presentations you're seeing, especially if you have questions!
  29. 1 point
    I wouldn't waste your time, I already emailed the coordinator. All BBS emails were sent on 12/16.
  30. 1 point
    I guess you can do that, might as well call though. However, BBS sends invites on a single day, and that was last Friday
  31. 1 point


    Interviews can be used to judge the quality of your ability. I agree with you that subconscious biases can affect an interviewer's evaluation of you. However, subconscious biases will also affect someone who is evaluating you without an interview. For example, they might read your CV and make judgements based on your name, the country you come from, etc. I do think that interviews are not fair unless everyone is treated the same way though. That is, either interview everyone on the phone/Skype, or interview everyone in person. I think inviting only some (usually only Americans) to an on-location interview can cause unfairness in the evaluation.
  32. 1 point
    No. I didn't mention this in my sop or anywhere else in my application. I didn't highlight my wet lab work because its not what I expect to be doing in grad school. I'm not sure why it is entitled. There are many public data sources upon which we can create new computational methods and publish research. It is easier if the data is private as fewer people have had the chance to analyze that data. If the methods used to analyze the data constitute novel research then great, that is a paper. This is dealt with in many labs. It depends on whether the novel aspect is the biology/hypothesis or the computational methods used. If the answer is one or the other, the first authorship is easy to figure out. If it is both, sometimes there are dual first authors (increasingly common) and sometimes there are 2 papers one focusing on the method and one focusing on the results.
  33. 1 point
    Really? As someone who does benchwork, I didn't feel like AGradStudentHasNoName came off as entitled. Many labs at my institution hire a biocomp individual to help analyze data after benchwork is complete. Having someone specialize in just data analysis really makes the process more efficient and increases the likelihood of the analysis being correct since thats their specialty. Plus, they can work more on the data analysis since they aren't generating. Just my two cents!
  34. 1 point
    I would also be interested to know about Stanford, if anyone has heard back, please.
  35. 1 point

    2017 Applicants Here!

    Try to keep the faith, @Puffer Fish. I think we all question ourselves at times and get nervous. Nobody has it all figured out. In fact, this forum has been both a source of relief and anxiety for me personally. Gotta do what's best for you and sometimes it's hard to even figure out what exactly that is or means. Whether or not you go to SLP grad school, I wish you the best! <3
  36. 1 point
    Exactly. I applied to Sam Houston and I'm from PA...the prospect of living in Texas is a bit scary to me...I survived Tennessee, but BARELY. My clinical internship supervisor is from Texas and she's like, if you go to Texas we need to have a chat because sarcasm will very likely get you killed. I live on sarcasm.
  37. 1 point
    Congrats!! Me too Maybe see you at the visit weekend!
  38. 1 point
    Called NYU CNS (so idk about Sackler) and they said they just had their committee meeting earlier this week and will be sending out invitations in the next few days? Having said this, I thought I had already seen people get invites but maybe I'm confused. I'm pretty sure I have seen people hearing back from NYU Sackler. As for Columbia, I don't know for sure when invites are coming, but folks have said some time this week is likely based on previous years (earlier in this thread)? (Also I feel you... so so so anxious......)
  39. 1 point

    MA Title

    I don't really think anything you've put there responds to what I've said; you've no need to justify yourself to me. And in case it wasn't made clear above, my undergraduate degree is from Harvard Extension, which you reference. I took a good chunk of my coursework online there, and know both the benefits and downfalls. The above is lessons learned from experience, and not me trying to shit all over your hopes and dreams for giggles. With respect to your point of the utility of the MA, I agree, and I was being a bit flippant with my binary. But the benefits you mention are such regardless of the particular wording of your MA. Given that subject, I focused my advice on the PhD.
  40. 1 point
    Hi there! It's obviously been said that a good GPA and GRE scores are really crucial for getting into schools. I got in on my first try and here are some non-GPA test scores-related things that I think really helped my application: (1) LoRs-I had three LoRs from CSD professors that I knew fairly well and vice versa. It really helped to form relationships with my profs in advance so that when LoR writing time came around, my letters were more personal because they actually knew me pretty well. I had lots of friends who asked profs for letters of rec even though they'd never spoken before. It also helped that all three of mine came from people who are well-known in the field, sometimes name recognition can be helpful. Committees can really tell a good LoR from a bad one....they read so many of them after all (2) SOP- I spent a lot of time writing my SOP and tried really hard to make sure it was different. I thankfully had a really great story as to why I wanted to be an SLP and I think that made a really big difference. It's hard to write a really unique SOP. A lot of them end up sounding similar because people learn about the profession through experiences like a family member that maybe needed therapy as a child or from an SLP that helped a grandparent after a stroke. These are totally legitimate experiences but make it hard to stand out from the crowd. If possible, try to take a different angle or examine other reasons for wanting to be an SLP. This is the only time where the committee gets to hear your voice and not just the numbers on your application I hope some of this helps. This is what I think helped me the most in terms of getting into my first choice school the first time around. If you have other questions feel free to PM me! Good luck!
  41. 1 point
    @yoh_rrg: Great idea to take these micro and stats courses! Community college courses will do fine, as long as it’s an accredited community college, and these are course-bearing courses for which you can receive a transcript. This is a better course of action than edX or Coursera, as admissions offices have not yet provided a consistent statement on how they view these courses in admissions. As long as you earn a B+ or better in these courses, having taken them will enhance your candidacy. When it comes to course rigor, definitely don’t count out less prestigious-sounding schools or community colleges. The course content is usually the same, especially since they are such basic, intro-level courses. In fact, many professors (adjunct or otherwise) from four-year universities work at community colleges for extra money! What varies is how much the class or professor might demand from you. No matter what’s asked of you, put serious effort into understanding and retaining the material, and not only will you get a good grade, but you will build a real foundation for tackling more complicated material when you actually get to grad school. If you want to learn about other extension programs, one good way is to reach out to a few top schools on your list, and ask them what institutions they tend to accept for distance-learning or online-learning pre-requisite classes. Many schools tend to keep their own lists of approved schools.
  42. 1 point

    asking for two recommendations

    As long as the recommender can establish your credibility, he/she can upload recommendation to any number of universities.
  43. 1 point
    I got an interview at Mt. Sinai. Yay!
  44. 1 point

    asking for two recommendations

    My letter writers submitted 8 letters each for grad school. It's normal to be expected to fill out tons of these letters (at least in my field). November-December is a fun time because you hear undergrads complaining about grad school apps, grad students/postdocs complaining about postdoc/faculty apps, and professors complaining about all of the letters they have to write for the undergrads, grads and postdocs! Everyone is in the same boat
  45. 1 point

    asking for two recommendations

    I am a bit confused. Are you asking whether professors can send LORs to multiple applications? Of course. My three letter writers each sent letters to 12 different applications. No one expects you to find a different letter writer for each application.
  46. 1 point

    asking for two recommendations

    I've requested recommendations for 3 different programs, after a 5 year break from undergrad. That may be a short time to you, but for me, it felt awkward, reminding my professors, unsure if my request would be met with surprise or bother. But my professors met it with graciousness, so if you had any kind of good relationship, I would mention that/how impacting they were on your decision to do whatever it is right now. Other than that, the only thing I really recall is that they needed a quick refresher of some of my materials - vitae, writing sample, statement of purpose. This fills in the gap between your time at their institution and now, letting them know fodder for what makes you sellable. The forms may be elaborate, but most professors know what they have fill out for these types of applications. So I wouldn't worry too much about that. If it's too much, they'll let you know. And I'm a person of form and etiquette. So I always do something nice for them afterwards, though most professors will say it's nothing/to think nothing of it/it's their job/etc. It's just a nice touch, though it does nothing for your actual recommendation.
  47. 1 point

    HGSE 2017

    Guys, I am FREAKING OUT It's a long shot, but HGSE is one of my top choices. I just got onto the web site to see my application checklist and noticed that standardized test is in bold with no information, which leads me to believe that my GRE scores did not make it. Sure enough, I check ETS and I had them sent to HGSE instead of Harvard GSAS like the PhD app tells you to; I sent them right from the GRE testing room and we weren't allowed to have materials with us, so, without being able to look, I selected the Ed school as the logical choice, but no, it should've been the Harvard general code. So, am I screwed? I emailed both Harvard GSAS and HGSE to ask if it's possible for them to get my scores--I mean, despite numbers, I still sent them to Harvard, right? How hard could it be to connect scores to my name? 11 years ago I went for a master's program... I applied to 5 schools, including Harvard. As I was about to hit submit, I see that Harvard is the only one no longer accepting older GRE scores. My last test was well within the five year range, but the test had changed formats two years prior, and Harvard was the only program in the country to not honor old scores. By the time I realized that, it was too late, and I never finished my application. I did get into the other schools I applied to, so I wasn't super upset, but I was bummed that what felt like a small issue had kept me from applying. Now, on Dec. 15, when I spent countless hours winnowing my statement down to 984 words, and so much time and money on this process, I am concerned. Do you think that the wrong GRE code could essentially render my application invalid? I just quickly paid another $27 to send my GRE scores to the correct code, Harvard general, but it won't arrive of course until 3 weeks past the deadline. Is it over? Should I just assumed I'm screwed? Arghargh ripping my hair out over here... I was so careful and thoughtful through this whole process, yet never though to circle back to ensure I picked the right dang ETS code. Thanks for any truth telling or soul calming words you might have.
  48. 1 point
    No, the problem is exactly that the male faculty are friends with the male student, and the male student receives extra benefits from that friendship that the other students do not. This thread is not about discrimination against the female students, it is about the favoritism toward the male student. The favoritism here is gender based, but it could have been easily been based on race, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, or the faculty and the favorite student all being underwater basket weaving enthusiasts. Many people (myself included) believe favoritism in any form is unethical, but there are still significant numbers of people who see no problem with it or even openly practice it as if it were a virtue. Favoritism in any setting breeds resentment, frustration and anger among the unfavored, and sometimes even hopelessness and despair. It gives the favored a sense of entitlement to the inequitable allocations of benefits and a lack of appreciation for the advantages they have received that others have not. It also sets up the favored as a potential target for retribution or sabotage. It encourages conflict, breaks down teams, and prevents work from getting done. Favoritism allows the talents, knowledge, and abilities of the unfavored to go unrecognized, unrewarded, and wasted, instead of being put to effective and meaningful use. Favoritism is usually only seen or sensed by the unfavored, seldom noticed by the favored, and routinely denied by those who practice it (although some will boast about it). Those who practice favoritism, whether consciously or unconsciously, eventually lose the trust and respect of the unfavored and anyone else who can see the favoritism and does not agree with it. Eigen, I've seen you give good advice in many other threads, but I, for one, do not take any of your advice or statements in this thread seriously... not because you are male, but because you have clearly stated that you choose to show your male students favoritism and will continue to do so. You choose to perpetuate those double standards. The reason why does not matter to anyone but you, because your actions are what make a difference (or not) in your students' lives. Your female students have no choice but to do without, while watching the males reap the benefits you give them. The reason there are those gender-specific support groups is because that outside of those support groups, there are many, many people who think like you do, who are in positions of authority and can grant resources and opportunities as they see fit, and who view themselves as supporting women, even while continuing to give advantages to men and justifying it in ways like you have written above. You are frustrated that you are not viewed as an ally -- why should you be, when you choose not treat your students equally? (Rhetorical question. Only you need to know the honest answer to that.) Seriously: you cannot show favoritism to men and expect women to believe that you will have their back. Maybe I've been harsh in my statements, but it's because women live with the much harsher reality of favoritism every day. Because favoritism is the root of why there are not more women and other underrepresented groups in STEM fields, not any of the other excuses that people think can be fixed with school outreach programs and whatnot. Because favoritism promotes the success of the favored through greater assistance and opportunities (even simple things like a prof giving you temporary lodging), and the unfavored move on to other areas in search of receiving the same opportunities as everyone else. Unfortunately, many never do get those opportunities. I really didn't intend this post to be so long and preachy, but I thought someone had to say this. Not that it will actually change anyone's behavior or point of view -- I gave up trying to do that a long time ago -- but at least Pscott and others going through similar experiences can know that some stranger on the internet believes them and understands how damaging these situations are to all involved.
  49. 1 point
    Journal editors are busy people. Being introduced at a social would be good, but arranging a special 10-minute meeting, I don't think so. Editors will often present at panels aimed at graduate students and other junior scholars at conferences. I'd attend those to learn the "what makes a good manuscript" advice. They do all have their pet topics, etc., as fuzzylogician alludes to, and I agree that conversations are good, but you want to put yourself in positions where they arise naturally. I think an editor might be annoyed if you tried to schedule some kind of meet-up with them--and you certainly don't want them to be annoyed at you!
  50. 1 point
    Averroes MD

    Islamic Studies Programs List

    ibnbattuta would know. he's travelled all around the world

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