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  1. Have a great holiday weekend everyone! Hope we can all stop stressing for a few days and enjoy the break
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  2. After being rejected from two schools, PI at UMich requested phone interview. Michigan does phone interviews (or at least does not do in-person interviews, can't speak for all faculty) and then a recruitment weekend for accepted students. Really excited but also super nervous since it's my first choice.
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  3. For MA, you should look something like this. http://www.schools.com/articles/three-ways-strong-applicant-competitive-schools.html And for PhD, you have to look stronger: Edit: Dawww.... A downvote? Dang. I thought it was funny.
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  4. Got accepted to University of Arkansas CMB -- it doesn't sound glamorous but I love the area and the lab I'd be in (and the generous fellowship I qualify for)!
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  5. I used to care. Now I don't. You should keep in mind that a lot of what is obvious to you simply isn't to an undergraduate. They often don't fully understand the power dynamic, and in particular what your place in the hierarchy is. Sometimes they don't really know who is doing the grading, or even if they know the TA does the bulk of the grading, they may assume that the professor is still very much on top of it and looks at some (or all) assignments to see how the class is doing and that the grading is going well. So some may mean well when they go to the professor. And some try to game the s
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  6. My apologies for taking so long to get this post up! I started classes and have been pretty sick. As a reminder, the more questions you ask me, the more I know what you want answers to! The purpose of the post for today is to provide my insights into interviews and hopefully ease some fears by helping you figure out what to expect at a biomedical science, molecular biology, immunology, or similar interview. I have a few questions that were in my message box, but other than that, I'm just going to fill in the pieces. You guys need to remember that at most institutions, if you're selected
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  7. I'm hoping you all can provide some guidance on how to evaluate the reputation of a graduate program and how reputation should fit into my decision-making process. I've applied to 5 PhD programs for the fall 2017 cycle: two are joint programs in social policy and sociology, two are in linguistics (and specifically sociolinguistics), and one is in second language education. I'm interested in linguistic identity and language policy, which is why I've applied to different kinds of programs. I've been admitted to the second language education program already, and am waiting to hear back from
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  8. I agree that the double-standard is ridiculous. All I can think of is if a person is gender non-conforming, for example a woman who prefers to dress in a man's suit for interviews. They will be limited in what schools/departments would be accepting of their gender identity, plus the added scrutiny for not wearing the traditional makeup and attire.
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  9. I think because of funding it is more difficult for international applicants to get in neuroscience programs in the US. You should apply to some lower-ranking universities. If you didn't, you could apply to some masters programs to get more research experience and then apply to PhD programs again in the next year. Or you can try to find some external funding to increase your chance. I know there was an international student who didn't get the interview invite from UC Berkeley neuroscience. However, he was admitted after he sent an email to UC Berkeley said he has got a government fellowsh
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  11. phdthoughts

    Now What?

    This is a good suggestion. I work a fairly intense full-time job related to my field at the moment, but I've already thought about (if I don't get in) asking to do research on a volunteer basis with a professor at my current university so I'm still in the game, so to speak next year.
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  12. I'm a grad student right now, I'm a 29 year old female, and I'm Italian/Portuguese catholic (family wise). Translation; I was supposed to just find a man, pop out some cute babies, run the house, and keep said man happy. They indulged my undergrad (times are changing, good place to meet someone), hesitantly accepted the master's program, and are now passive aggressively dangling heteronormative societal explanations at me like sweetie you don't wanna make more than your husband, you're starting to get too old for kids and who knows how long I'll be alive...,do you really want this? Are you suu
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  13. I'm waiting for the same. Unfortunately, the programs I am applying for don't have much presence on the GradCafe Admissions pages. On the bright side, I will be able to continue more to our understanding of these programs!
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  14. Just keep in mind everyone that schools can make invitations for interviews through January and February as well. So on the bright side, there is still hope for a phone call! (And on the not-so-bright side, we have to put up with this agony for another few months. Shit.)
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  15. Aw, good luck! I totally understand how hard the wait is. Hopefully you get some good news soon since January is just around the corner!
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  16. I think we don't really have all of the information. I agree with you that in some specific circumstances, it makes sense for the student to go straight to the professor. However, in most cases, the grading is mostly done by the TA only. Hopefully this was communicated clearly at the start of the class and if so, it would be a mistake for the student to go straight to the prof. But this is not like the worst mistake ever or anything. Just a "something the student hopefully learns for next time" kind of mistake. The two main reasons why I think it's not a good idea for students to go
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  17. MemphisMeli

    Now What?

    Try finding some volunteer work that will fit in with your educational goals... so when (always when not if) you get interviews, you will have something additional to add other than how many series you binged over the holiday lol Or start a new research project, even if its a meta-analysis of other research.
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  18. I have, I had a Skype interview first earlier this month
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  19. University of Pittsburgh will finalize its list of applicants during the second week of January and will inform those selected shortly thereafter. The interview weekend will be February 17 and 18. I am a student there and received this information from the department - I remember how stressful it was to be waiting around to hear back from schools so am hoping this will help you to enjoy the holidays! Happy to talk about the school and program if you are interested.
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  20. Whatever! They're all buttholes and I'm going back to binge watching Sons of Anarchy. How have I never heard of this hottie Charlie Hunnam?
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  21. I went with single space, but with space breaks between paragraphs (sort of like a cover letter might be written) because that's the format my advisor suggested I use. But I have no idea if that is just her preference, or a standard convention.
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  22. I am taking that Au.D is a doctorate in audiology. Here's what Minnesota says: "There is no required minimum score to be admitted into the program. The GRE score is one of several metrics used in reviewing an application. Our admissions committee reviews each applicant's academic record, letters of recommendation, the personal statement, and any other information that will establish the candidate's potential to be an excellent graduate student. That being said, the fall 2016 admitted cohort for the MA-SLP program had an average category score in the 70th percentile; the fall 2016 adm
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  23. All I want for Xmas is you (LOR writer, to please upload my frigging letter)
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  24. I dealt with this eons ago when I applied to do my PhD at my current MA program. What made it super hard not to ask is that admitted students were visiting before I heard anything about my application. I can't remember how/why I managed not to ask anyone about it but, I did. At some point, my PI made a point of telling me that they hadn't actually reviewed my application yet, probably when someone asked me in front of some faculty if I was going to stay to do my PhD and I had to honestly say that I hadn't been admitted yet so couldn't count on it. Part of what helped distract me is that I had
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  25. Vulpix

    HGSE 2017

    I chose after visiting---it came down to the types of future classmates I met at HGSE seemed so much more diverse and interesting than other places I visited, and the incredible network of opportunity that HGSE could offer. I wasn't wrong---every connection and opportunity I never even dreamed of pursuing prior to coming here has *actually* come true for me. Without getting too specific, I've been connected with incredible people, found incredible internship opportunities, and will be traveling abroad as is relevant to my field. These things weren't handed to me--I had to pursue, compete, et
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  26. I had three publications publicly available at the time of my interviews and at a few of the programs that I interviewed at, my interviewers did take the time to look up the publications and grill me on them. I think if you have publications noted on your CV, there's always going to be a few instances where a faculty member quizzes you on those papers (especially as people start to look more and more at publication ethics and question that amount of work people did with the publication). I think the general principle on publications is that you're not necessarily going to talk about them
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  27. Espeon

    HGSE 2017

    @Vulpix and @graciasadios -- how did you guys end up choosing HGSE? What are your favorite parts about being on campus? What challenges have you faced since arriving? I would love to hear more about your experiences! Also, if anyone is interested, I found an incredibly informative thread pinned in Sociology (link: http://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/40476-iama-grad-student-rep-on-a-adcomm/) from someone who was on an admissions committee a few years ago. I definitely recommend checking that out for those who are looking for ways to pass the time!
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  28. 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!
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  29. Yay! I applied to Nebraska-Lincoln too but clinical. I believe my friend from undergrad is in the school program there and I know she LOVES it! She told me nothing but great things about the school when we chatted about it. Good luck!
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  30. I'd expand your horizons. Apply to both, when you don't get in, those horizons will help.
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  31. graciasadios

    HGSE 2017

    Last year, acceptance notifications were released on March 4th around 5:45 pm EST. If I were y'all, I would read through the HGSE 2016 thread. We had a really good group of people who shared a lot of helpful information. Some information was not helpful, but passed the time . We ended up with 34 pages of comments. I'm sure you will have a better sense of this admissions process if you just start with page 1 and read through the whole thread.
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  32. cokpala

    HGSE 2017

    Thanks for starting this thread aina7! Program: IEPGRE Score: decent (except math, which was very average)GPA: 3.83Work Experience: six years teaching Spanish (public and private, elementary and secondary), a summer leading professional development for teachers in technology in Peru, a year working with immersion programming for domestic secondary students, a year working at a student exchange non-profit, three years working in an international program at a high school (of which I have been the director for the past two years). I've lived, worked, and studied in 20+ countries. (That
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  33. It would depend on your title and duties, of course, as well as the firm. The government has a salary schedule that you can look up; generally speaking, a brand-new PhD would be GS-12 in scientific professions. The base salary for GS-12 step 1 on the government salary schedule is $62,101. However, there's also locality pay for higher cost of living areas; many large urban areas in the U.S. have special locality pay. So if you were to work in DC at the NIH, your starting pay would be $77,490. If you worked for the CDC in Atlanta, your starting salary would be $74,260. However, your salary does
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  34. Sorry everyone, I've been out of town! Wait listing: So most of my experience with wait listing actually comes from my involvement in other aspects of the department rather than the adcomm. There wasn't much discussion of a wait list, because I think that we admitted a number of people that should yield the cohort size that we want. (This again was kind of murky, directed mostly by the DGS. We were given a number and we admitted that many) I could probably make an educated guess about the people who were on the wait list, but I have no idea what would have to happen for one of those pe
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  35. If you have the time and resources, and you do not have a another sample that you feel reflects your current ability to compose a paper, it really couldn't hurt. In fact, it might be a benefit in unforeseen ways. Last year, I applied to 7 programs. I did not get into a single one. I took a really critical look at my dossier of materials and identified every weakness that I could. I saw my writing sample as a big weakness, so decided to write a new essay over the summer. Because I was intent on creating a really convincing narrative arc for my academic experience and transition into sociol
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  36. About your dog: I think that depends entirely on you and your program. I am in a social science program where the majority of my analysis and writing can be done from home, and I prefer to work from home or from a library (as opposed to my cube in the windowless cube farm). When I was taking classes I was generally there from 9-6 or so, but now that my coursework is finished I am rarely at the school itself. I go for meetings, seminars, interesting kinds of things and I do most of my work remotely. My time is verrry flexible, and if my building didn't prohibit it I would get a dog in a hea
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  37. My general rule of thumb is something I gained from my business-oriented husband: If you were on an elevator with the CEO of the company, what are the most important things you could tell him in that 30 second ride down? Likewise, what are the most important things you can say about yourself in 30 seconds? I don't like jumping into the research right away, so I break the ice with explaining why my name rhymes (seriously, my first and last name rhyme): "It's my married name, and it was a choice." Always fun :-D Little background info, and then how I got to where I am academically and pro
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  38. "The majority opinion seems to be that coming back to the US to teach with a European PhD is very difficult (nearly impossible?)." It really depends on what type of research you are doing and the school that you are coming from. The statement that it is nearly impossible to to teach with a European PhD does not reflect reality . It does not explain why there are people with Oxford and LSE PhDs teaching at schools such as Stanford and Harvard to name just a few. Stanley Hoffman received his PhD from Sciences Po and Roderick Macfarquhar has a PhD from LSE. Maybe some people on this board do n
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  39. Why so many applicants only want go to U of T ? You may think that U of T is affiliated with many hospitals in Toronto which can increase your chance of get a clinical placement in a health care institution; the truth is that hospital placement is highly competitive, and it is really not about which university you go to but the people you know from hospitals. Many of my York/Ryerson MSW friends, including myself didn't attend U of T, we were still able to secure our placement in some of the best hospitals in Toronto. While many of my U of T MSW friends ended up in shelters , food banks and s
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  40. BHAHAHAA - not sure about the presumptions you made here and the sweeping statements about the other poster being confrontational or making others feel attacked. Kinda bold of you to speak on behalf the entire "we" who applied to u of t. You don't speak for everyone. i actually thought opinions shared by the poster were informative and helpful. Appeared to me it was a fair question too. I applied to u of t as well, but have spoken to a number of students in the program and many are disappointed. u of t has not been listening to its students for the last two years and many are feeling their exp
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  41. Slowly but surely I will steal all of your identities from this thread
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  42. Do you know when MCB is going to start officially sending out interview emails?
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  43. Do you know if they sent all the Immunology emails out already? Was not expecting a response this early, but am disappointed to not hear anything from them yet.
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  44. ricorico

    NYU or UC Berkeley?

    Hey folks, I'm trying to choose whether to go to NYU or UC Berkeley for a PhD in Sociology. (I'm applying for Fall 2017 and I'm pretty confident I'll get into both.) My interests are labor, social movements, and comparative-historical sociology. There are good Marxist profs at both places that I'd want to work with, so the "fit" in that sense is similar. I realize that UCB has a higher ranking and that this prestige will presumably make me more likely to find a job eventually. But for personal reasons I'd much rather be in NYC for the next period in my life. Also, NYU's funding is amazing, the
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