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  1. 4 points
    Things I asked included: 1) Are you able to live comfortably on the stipend that is provided or are you forced to seek out other sources of income or make sacrifices you would prefer not to make in order to have the basics (food, shelter, clothing, medical care, transportation)? 2) What is the POIs communication style? Hands on or hands off? Constructive criticism? Only points out mistakes, never successes? 3) What is a typical week like for you in terms of how much time is in class, in lab, doing clinical hours, doing homework, etc? 4) Are students supported if they wish to collaborate with other labs or different departments? 5) If students are interested in gaining clinical experience with a population that is not included in the current practicum choices, is the department open to creating an opportunity? 6) What are you expected to do during summers and are you provided a stipend and medical care for that time?
  2. 3 points
    Echoing what Epigenetics said, I've spoken to several faculty members at elite universities (Stanford, Princeton, Yale, Harvard) who have served on committees. They have said: 1) The most important parts of your application are your letters of recommendation and research experience 2) The correlation between success in graduate school and GPA usually disappears around 3.2 3) GRE scores are not very important 4) Some faculty members don't even bother reading your SOP
  3. 3 points
    All I want for Christmas is an offer of admission and full funding...
  4. 2 points
    TMP

    Language training

    Don't overkill yourself. Do whatever you can to pass that reading exam. You'll improve your German as you conduct research. However, I should warn you that there are high expectations for mastery of German if you intend to research in Germany. A lot of grants and fellowships funded by the Federal Government (Fulbright, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and humanities-based programs in German universities do expect a certain level of proficiency and language evaluation forms. One definite exception, I think, is the DAAD's Intensive Language Grant as it sends you to Germany for 2 months to study German language. Having said all that, if you think you're going to need to spend time in Germany for research, I'd eventually start working on your oral skills, not just reading. French is excellent to have for diplomatic relations pre-WWII and culture. However, German was the business language for the sciences, medicine, and I think military. However, if you're thinking on transnational terms, then yes, you need German if you're looking to work in most of Central Europe to eastern part of Russia. But you won't really need it outside of Europe unless you're working on ethnic Germans. (haha sorry i got carried away.. I just love German history!)
  5. 2 points
    Potentially really dumb question - but when grad students provide housing, does this mean we'll be sleeping on their couch or something? Should we bring extra blankets or pillows just in case?
  6. 2 points
    I don't think MIT has finished sending out applications yet. I worked in BCS for a summer and emailed my PI last week, from what she knows they're sending invites until January like usual. But she isn't as involved with admissions this year, so take that with a grain of salt...
  7. 2 points
    Emily Estelle

    Aero Applicants Fall 2017

    Hi everyone:) Materials Engineering BS applied to AAE programs at MIT, Stanford, Caltech, Michigan and Purdue. Multiple journal publications and national/international conference presentations. Internships with NASA, Lockheed Martin Aero, and SkunkWorks. I'm hoping to do a Master's in aero with a focus in structures and materials. Fingers crossed!
  8. 1 point
    I graduated with my undergrad in Speech & Hearing Science from University at Buffalo last Fall (a semester early). I applied to schools last Spring & didn't get in to any (only applied to NY schools in the Long Island/NYC area). I know that I should broaden my horizon, especially since I have lower stats (GPA: 3.3 Major GPA: 3.1 GRE: VR-148, QR- 146, Writing- 3.5), but I don't really know what my next step should be other than to obviously retake my GRE. I retook a Acoustics course online with Utah State this fall because I got a C+ (my lowest grade in my major during undergrad) so I thought that would show effort, but what else is there to do? I have been considering to going into Special Education, specifically because I have worked as a Head Start teacher and a teaching assistant in an elementary school within the past year, if speech doesn't work out. However I don't even know where to begin with finding schools for me or receiving LORs so late in the application season. If anyone has any suggestions or been through this situation please help me out.
  9. 1 point
    xypathos

    Language training

    I'd echo @TMP's reflections as well! What languages are required are entirely dependent on the area and time of what you will be studying. If you're doing something specifically on Germany, then you'll need more than a reading knowledge of German. Your French will be a huge benefit (it would almost certainly be required for a program in the US though since it's your mother tongue it's not something you need to worry about) and whatever German you can pick up beyond a reading ability would be highly beneficial if not required. A lot of programs include language requirements for specific fields on their website. Should it not be there though, reach out to a professor at a potential school and inquire about general expectations of incoming students (languages you're expected to have down before entering) vs. languages they're okay with you having some skill in by year 1-2.
  10. 1 point
    Got it. Do you currently have a Masters? University of Washington requires you to have a Masters before you can apply to the PhD program. If you don't already have one, they may have put you in the MA applicant pool as a result. This is from their website: A Master's degree in the discipline is required. Applicants without a Master's degree must apply to the M.A. program first and indicate the Ph.D. as their final degree goal. Because our M.A./Ph.D. program is fully integrated, students entering at the M.A. level can progress internally and non-competitively to the Ph.D. program given satisfactory academic progress.
  11. 1 point
    Actually, you only need a 3.0 to be accepted into the second bachelors program: https://comd.usu.edu/online-programs/comd-second/admissions The program is accredited, and many students have gone on to be admitted to grad programs (both online and in person). The only negative thing I've heard is that some California State universities (CSULA?) think USU is guilty of grade inflation, but that doesn't seem to be the consensus among all programs. So, unless you're planning on applying to some CSU schools, I don't think that should deter you.
  12. 1 point
    Also- heyyyy to having the middle name Louise
  13. 1 point
    Are you talking about the top right corner of the application that says: Applying To: English Language and Literature (PhD) Fall 2017 Deadline: December 15 Type: Graduate/Domestic Yours says (Masters) not (PhD)? Or is there a different portal you're looking at?
  14. 1 point
    What a good idea @JeremyWrites! Love this. I have been researching tips for incoming PhD students, I applied to present at two upcoming conferences on areas related to my doctoral research question, and I swear I'm going to get back to the novel I stopped writing when application season fired up this last summer. In conversation I just act nonchalant and shrug my shoulders like, "Meh, we'll see if I get in anywhere and how much funding is provided, and then I'll decide. Maybe I'll even stay at my current job! Who knows?" I don't feel that cool and calm inside though. On the inside I'm questioning my ability to get in anywhere at all, totally regretting the SOP wording in my Harvard app, and roiling from the radio silence from two POI's.
  15. 1 point
    This is interesting advice, because I have had several schools that ask for you to list every interaction with faculty, if you have had any contact. Take this with a grain of salt, but my colleague heard that this practice implies that the person is selected not to take part in evaluating your application, so as to keep the adcomm unbiased. If true, this is radically opposite UK school system, where connecting with a professor of interest is a prerequisite to admission.
  16. 1 point
    I've spent the time working on a back-up plan. It's a word document that lists, in order, what opportunities I'm going to look for and what I'm going to cancel if I don't get in anywhere. This way, if I strike out, I'll have a plan intact and won't feel this wash of directionlessness. The productivity feels good.
  17. 1 point
    If a grad student is hosting you then you'll either be on the couch, an air mattress, or a cot. It probably isn't the norm for them to have a proper guest room. Your mode of transportation will likely influence what is provided for you. Last year I had to fly everywhere so the students that hosted me knew I couldn't just lug blankets and pillows on board with my carry on and had all of that waiting for me. If I had been able to drive I would have brought my own bedding. Some do and some do not. If you do this then keep whatever you give around $5 so it is very clear that it is just a thank you and nothing more. You could always just do a thank you card with a personalized note.
  18. 1 point
    MemphisMeli

    Fall 2017 Applications

    I did elaborate in my SOP somewhat. My LOR were sent directly, so I haven't seen them unfortunately though I'm sure at least 2 of the 3 if not all three were strong. I did reach out to both my POI's. I work in one of my POI's lab (and working with her on a PTSD study as the PI, hopefully submitting to IRB very soon), the other happens to be the department chair but we've had several conversations about mutual research interests (behavior medicine, mindfulness, non pharmaceutical therapies for chronic pain, etc.). Thank you for the boost of confidence. Seems each time I go to the website to look at past admits to the program, my confidence drops a bit lol
  19. 1 point
    Help needed to get participants for my survey Do you have a section to post surveys for my research, posts like this: "Hi, Please help me with my survey. I am looking for participants from the UK to take part in my scientific survey about the use of social network sites for my research at the University of Latvia. The survey needs round about 10 minutes and contains three questions about use of private social network sites and some demographic questions. It would be great if you could fill out the survey at https://www.soscisurvey.de/UKFB/ . Thank you for your support. If you like to get further information about my research please visit https://scholar.google.de/citations?user=5ib-qREAAAAJ&hl=de. If you have an idea or beneficial place where I can publish or distribute my survey please feel free to send me an e-mail to tomsander@hotmail.de. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Kind regards and have a nice weekend, Tom" What would be a good place? Kind regards, Tom
  20. 1 point
    Congratulations! Good luck!!
  21. 1 point
    luisalasnjr

    Chance for acceptance

    That's quite an interesting case. I guess it will come down to your publications, conferences, and in general the quality of your job at LSU. I read some interesting opinions here: https://www.quora.com/What-would-someone-do-if-they-wanted-to-get-another-degree-after-completing-a-PhD
  22. 1 point
    hopefulPhD2017

    HGSE 2017

    Just found this nice letter online, written by a HGSE prof to PhD applicants. It illuminates some of the admissions process at HGSE and makes me feel a little better about not hearing back from a potential POI. 😉 I hope someone else finds this useful!
  23. 1 point
    xypathos

    Language training

    How departments certify language ability varies across the states and schools, there's no uniform agreement. That is, generally if there's 2-4 semesters (1-2 years) of a language on your transcript with good grades, then you'll be good to go. Some departments do language tests no matter what though. Some programs will accept participation in an intensive summer language program. Yet again, some departments specifically offer courses that allow you to develop reading competency in a language (with the use of a dictionary) - generally French, German, Spanish, Latin, Greek, and a spattering of Hebrew programs. If you teach yourself just be prepared to take a language exam - many of us here have done this and it's perfectly acceptable (generally). I studied Latin in high school and college and found it helped tremendously when studying other Romance languages (I have intermediate French and Spanish, and intermediate reading Romanian (it touches on my research area!)), but found it "relatively useless" when it came to German (admittedly my area requires Low German so a bit different). That said, once you have a system down to learn a language, it helps across the board.
  24. 1 point
    sch00lpsych

    School Psychology Fall 2017

    Hi Everyone New to the thread and happy I found it. For my peace of mind I want to basically spell out my resume and see if anyone could give me honest brutal feedback on my chances. So if you don't feel like reading another post like this, please skip ahead! GPA: 3.5 | GRE Verbal: 150, Quant: 145, Writing: 4.5 On the numbers side, I'll admit I'm average (maybe even below average). But I think I make up for it a lot considering my extracurriculars: Research experience: school psych research lab, neuropsychology lab, community-based research during a study abroad experience *However, only one poster presentation and 2 pending for the NASP annual conference Practical experience: art therapy, behavioral health services volunteer, grief counseling, Jumpstart (reading/literacy program), 3 teacher's aide positions, one to one aid for children with disabilities, social skills/positive behaviors program with fellow Ed. S. students, comprehensive sex ed program with juveniles at a detention center, Big Brothers Big Sisters for 4 years, school psych mentor for undergrads If I could include my statement I would lol, but I'll just tell you guys I worked super hard on it to compensate for my low numbers. My letters are strong. Ed.S. programs I'm applying to: Lehigh Uni, UMass Boston, U of Cincinnati, U of Albany, Redford Uni, Cali State Uni - Long Beach, U of Delaware, and James Madison University. (SIDE NOTE: If you are applying to these schools, let me know!) I think I applied to average-competitive schools. Also, not really interested in research (not opposed to it either), but definitely going for more behavioral programs. Thoughts? Am I good enough? What am I lacking in? Constructive criticism, please! I'll return the favor if wanted lol. THANK YOU
  25. 1 point
    I did. I just sent an email that basically said thanks for letting me know. As @MarineBluePsy said, you don't know what will happen and you don't want to burn bridges.
  26. 1 point
    Yes! Always be gracious and professional. Just reply saying something like "thank you for the update, sincerely nervous nellie." It is still early in the application season and just because you're not being invited to interview now doesn't mean you won't later. I've even met people that were not invited for an interview, received an official rejection, and then months later were offered a place in the same program. That isn't the norm, but my point is you never know.
  27. 1 point
    As an academic you'll experience a lot of rejection. It hurts, but you have to learn that it's not personal and it doesn't mean you're not good enough. I really like this post about rejection in academia, for some perspective: http://makewritelearn.com/rejection-letter Also, this: http://www.chronicle.com/article/MeMy-Shadow-CV/233801
  28. 1 point
    I'm waiting for Columbia, too, as well as MIT. Not sure if MIT is done sending out emails. They seem to be handling this cycle differently from previous, maybe because like Harvard they received a record number of applicants. In years past, they sent out emails over several days. Not sure if that will change this year.
  29. 1 point
    I would just email a prof that you are interested in working with and see if that person could use a volunteer research assistant. If you want to get paid, you can also look into work-study research position. My school used to post them at the beginning of each semester.
  30. 1 point
    Applied for theoretical Chemistry. Sent out my application in early November and heard back more than 2 weeks ago, I think.
  31. 1 point
    Toren

    Interview Attire

    Is a suit overkill for guys during interviews ? Anyone willing to share what other males have worn to interviews ?
  32. 1 point
    1) I don't know about everyone else, but my current PI asked me when I was interviewing–"What would you want to work on for your first year project?". I was not really expecting this and so it caught me off guard. I would recommend thinking about specific real-world projects/interests that you would want to work on with your POI; when they ask WHY you want to work on this project, don't just say "to help people". Give them a real reason for the importance of your topic of interest. 2) If they are having you interview with multiple faculty members, make sure to get some understanding of what they work on. This can help a lot when interviewing. Also, other faculty members are oftentimes interested in hearing you defend why your research interests are important, so be prepared (like in #1 above) to talk about this.
  33. 1 point
    fadedfigures

    going above a TA's head

    A lot of students neglect that you have things to do besides cater to their every whim. They are surprised to hear that you have other classes or obligations that require your attention, as well as that as a TA, you are typically bound by circumstances outside your control. I had great support when I was a TA. What felt great was knowing that I could tell a student my decision, and know that the professor would back me no matter what I did. So in that sense, I did not mind if they went over my head. But I would not care, even if the professor went against my decision. I still get paid at the end of the day.
  34. 1 point
    rising_star

    going above a TA's head

    I think this varies widely, TakeruK. In grad school, I had semesters where the prof I TA'd for let me have basically complete autonomy with grading, semesters where 3-5 TAs had to coordinate amongst themselves to standardize grading between their students/sections, and semesters where the prof would literally hand me a rubric and walk me through how to grade a paper with that rubric according to their expectations. Obviously these are vastly different experiences (and, to be honest, ones that seemed to have little to do with my familiarity with the material or length of time TAing/teaching since the last of those came after I'd solo taught three courses). So, I wouldn't assume that just because you've never had a professor give instructions on grading schemes that it isn't common, particularly depending on the department. It happened to me a lot more when I was one of several TAs each responsible for the grading for 70-80 students in an effort to ensure that some students weren't getting disproportionately higher or lower grades. That said, I agree with the general sentiment on this thread that this isn't one of those things to get worked up about. Students don't always know that they're jumping the chain of command and many are quite apologetic when you tell them this. Think of it as yet another "teachable moment". If students are doing it on purpose though, that's something to have the professor address in class in front of everyone so that no one is singled out and everyone is put on notice.
  35. 1 point
    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.
  36. 1 point
    WildeThing

    Fulbright 2017-2018

    When I applied I got a "We're pleased to inform you've been selected... for the waitlist." It worked out in the end but don't get your hopes up until you read the response in full.
  37. 1 point
    Regardless of what the interview sites tell you about having meals/snacks always ALWAYS have your own snacks and water with you! This is especially important if you're on a special diet, have allergies, or are just plain picky. Some programs are not very organized and you may have so many things scheduled for your day that you get 5 minutes to scarf something down. Or you may find that their understanding of your dietary needs is horribly inaccurate or the special meal requested for you is forgotten or still not something you can eat. Some places also just have terrible food regardless of what is served. I just carried my purse with whatever I needed in it, but other applicants carried messenger bags or briefcases. Most programs also load you down with swag.....pamphlets, brochures, random office supplies, water bottles, etc so having a bag is helpful anyway. Oh and have kleenex, cough drops, and hand sanitizer.
  38. 1 point
    Just received an invite to interview at LSU!!!!!!
  39. 1 point
    pvfm

    Aero Applicants Fall 2017

    Today I received my acceptance to Georgia Tech!!! I am so excited! No information on funding yet
  40. 1 point
    museum_geek

    Medical anthropology programs

    Off the top of my head I know UConn, Pitt, and Boston University have strong medical anthropology specializations. Looking up medical anthropology on the AAA website's PhD program search should yield more results.
  41. 1 point
    hector549

    2017 Applicants - Intro

    Hi everyone, This is my first time applying. It's been a couple of years since I finished my undergrad. Age 30 is rapidly approaching, and I'm very ready to get going on this next step before I'm too damn old. I'm applying to a range of mid-ranked PGR doctoral programs, and PGR MA programs (~10). Areas of interest are broadly: ethics, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind. Currently working on my sample, juggling my full time job, and stressing. At least the GRE is done..
  42. 1 point
    I'm a School psych phd first-year in a program with both phd and eds students (NASP and APA accredited). Feel free to ask me questions, although if they are specific about my experience that might be best addressed by PM
  43. 1 point
    If you were interested in patent law/IP (intellectual property) then it is more common to get a science degree and then get trained in the law stuff after you've been hired by a company. The advantage of that approach is that the company who hires you will cover the costs of the law degree/qualifications, and you get paid a salary. Would you have to pay for the joint Chemistry/JD? If so, I personally wouldn't bother. I know of one person who completed a Chemistry PhD, but helped out in their university's tech transfer office as an intern during that time (when an academic wants to commercialise their work or start a spin-off company the TTO helps with the legal & patent issues). That might also be an option to pursue if you are curious.
  44. 1 point
    If I could go back and give myself advice, I would have told myself to look into location of the schools before applying. I was so sure I wasn't getting in anywhere and I would accept any place that I didn't really consider that at all. I would tell myself to stop undermining my own achievements and thinking that I couldn't apply to "higher rank" schools because I didn't think my grades or resume was enough.
  45. 1 point
    Applying for grad school is like a job unto itself and takes a lot of drive. It can be daunting, many will decide to sit it out and let the senioritis consume them. But if you want this, you have to go get it. Organize your stuff, get started early, think critically of every step. You gotta play the game: get your professors to know your name, after all, they will likely be the ones you're asking for letters of rec. Research assist, ask questions, be present in class- awake, off your phone, listening- they can tell, and be you. Applying to grad school is an exercise in marketing yourself as a professional. It's tough and exhausting, but you can do it. Everyday, keep your eyes on the prize.
  46. 1 point
    My advice would be to make a timeline for everything and stick to it. Pencil everything in on your calendar and follow through. It may seem early but your summer will fly by. You should already be working on your SOP plus studying for and taking the GRE if you haven't already. Also, a lot of people here created spreadsheets with each their potential grad school listed and all of the programs' info in one place. I was less organized and had notes scribbled everywhere and had to go back to the schools' websites multiple times - no fun! 🙄 Start working on your applications and essays as soon as they open and do a little every day so you don't compromise your fall grades. Make sure you get feedback on your essays from several qualified individuals. I was actually surprised to receive very little critique from a professor of mine, when multiple individuals from other fields had a ton of useful feedback. It's best to pick people who aren't afraid to critique you. If you haven't already secured your letter of rec letters I would ask very soon after the fall semester begins - professors do not like last minute requests and some will refuse any new requests after a certain date they set. Good luck!
  47. 1 point
    hippyscientist

    How do you turn your brain off?

    There's some excellent suggestions already given but I'd throw in yoga really helps my mind switch off and to destress from the day. It might take a while to learn to empty your head but I find giving myself 45 minutes at some point during the day to stretch and be mindful and only in the present really helps. Exercise in general is wonderful, but not always possible - e.g. if you're injured. I agree that reading is great but I find my mind drifts a lot when watching TV. You know you best. If you're on a hike and find your mind starts drifting, bring it back to the present. Focus on the colour of the leaves, or the rhythm of your breath or the noise of the insects or something. Acknowledge the thoughts that pop into your head but say to them "this is not the time for you to occupy my head. This is me time." and return to focusing on the thing in the present. If you can get some social interaction, that's wonderful but sometimes you can just end up talking about research. So if you hang out, maybe allocate 20 mins for research venting then make it an off-limits conversation. Just a few suggestions that I've found really helpful. Hopefully there's something on this thread that works for you
  48. 1 point
    I disagree. They will see through a pretentious, lofty response. Just be honest. Nobody knows what they want to do the rest of their life. One of my interviewers even said that during my last interview- most of his students' goals change about halfway through, and that's okay.
  49. 1 point
    HicklePickle

    Ways to prepare for an interview

    Yeah, I know my answer didn't write give you what you wanted... but I've heard enough cliche interview answers to steer you away from that. By the way, "tell me about yourself" is usually undergrad highlights, post grad highlights (jobs, classes, others relevant things) and current goals. Mine is, "I graduated from x school in y year with majors in z & b. I've worked at blah blah doing such and such and am looking forward to working in doopdeedoop." BOOM done.
  50. 1 point
    I interviewed at one school for a master's in higher education (the others didn't require them) and didn't get in. Many programs in this field invite at least twice many applicants as there are spots (including when it comes to interviewing solely for GA positions). So, in my case, it's a broad range of factors.