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  1. 7 points
    Well this thread is quite intimidating. So many Ivy level schools. I'll be heading to Baylor in the fall. Good Luck to everyone!
  2. 5 points
    aheather

    Fulbright 2017-2018

    HOLY HECK GUYS I JUST GOT PROMOTED FROM ALTERNATE!!!!! I'M GOING TO MALAYSIA!!!!!
  3. 5 points
    Now that the dust has settled, I hope everyone has a successful year ahead of them! Thank you all for sharing, venting, crying, and cheering with me. The support on the forum was so helpful.
  4. 4 points
    fuzzylogician

    Feeling a lot of guilt today

    If they weren't offering enough money for you to sustain yourself, were they really that welcoming? Well intentioned, maybe, but you should remember that they were willing for you to take on serious debt in order to be there. Taking the offer with funding was and is the smarter decision! It's okay to be unsure, but once the dust has settled, you should start finding ways to get excited about your new school -- sometimes it can take some time, especially when the process is emotionally difficult, but at the end of the day you made the right decision, and you should be proud of that.
  5. 3 points
    Hey everyone! I'm very excited to have been offered a spot at Rutgers––I received word yesterday from Hanneline on Easter, no less. I look forward to meeting some of you this year, and feel free to reach out if you also plan to attend Rutgers and have been lurking on here. Fingers crossed for everyone on any wait lists––I can empathize with the prolonged uncertainty. For myself, it was super helpful making new work in the interim, sending in some grant and residency applications (one which already led to a studio visit with a curator/gallerist), and spending time outdoors. Wishing everyone the best with your results, big moves, and art-making practice. It's such a privilege to be able to pursue our work in this current political climate. We are all in this together, and it's great to have a forum to freak out about the whole process as well!
  6. 2 points
    Ok, so I chose Johns Hopkins. I got into CMM.
  7. 2 points
    we all have a type. I figured out I interact better with athletes, outdoors people, and I like to talk/learn about practical social issues. I also learned that I don't like interacting with the party hard balls to the wall people, who talk and complain about random shit all the time, not to say they're bad, but it's just not the type of environment that I thrive in. you have a type too. from what I've gathered, you're not being very selective on who you want to be your friend. you're just kind of spilling seeds everywhere, hoping something would grow. I think you should think about who you are, and the types of people you want to hang out with. it's like a lot of things in life, if it's too easy to get, nobody will want it. In my department, there are only a few people that I feel like I can be real with. I'm not exactly a socialite who's a hub of connections, but I'm perfectly ok with having a few people that I can really rely on. that's just my take on this.
  8. 2 points
    ECU Biology!
  9. 2 points
    pippi

    Language for a Victorianist?

    This is conjecture on my part, but I would assume that for someone going into a graduate program in English, learning new languages is most useful when it allows you to work with material that's relevant to your project but not widely translated. So, for instance, I would assume that a few terms of university German would not substantially improve your understanding of Freud; you're probably better off working with a good translation. But, let's say you're interested in drawing on cultural sociology for your dissertation: reading knowledge of French will probably significantly expand the amount of secondary material available to you (+ open up opportunities for research travel and transatlantic exchange), since that is an active field in France (from what I understand) and much of the work hasn't been translated.
  10. 2 points
    seizing

    2017 Acceptances

    I am normally in the Theatre side of the forum, but I recently got an acceptance from Cal Poly Pomona for their Masters in English, with an option in literature!
  11. 2 points
    oakeshott

    Welcome to the 2016-17 cycle!

    Just got off the waitlist. but also
  12. 2 points
    Right?! Time is just crawling along. I really empathize with Marvel's Quicksilver. I need to focus on the exciting things I have to look forward to this week. My kindergartener is performing the play tonight that his adorable kindergarten theater group has been working on for months. It's all 5-7 year old kids, and they wrote the script, designed the sets and costumes, and of course are acting. It's gonna be so great. Some night this week, I'm gonna hang out with a woman I've always admired but never became close with - she texted me and said she feels the same way and wants to be more intentional about becoming friends. In addition to that, I'm going to meet with my last doula client for our last prenatal visit, which is both bittersweet because she's my last one and exciting, because it means that a baby is coming. What are you looking forward to this week, team?
  13. 2 points
    There are two competition dates for the Michael Smith--and one is coming up in June. I wouldn't read much into this. We're in the system & so we have the form available to us.
  14. 2 points
    Nobody is saying weather should be the strongest determiner of one's choice. But to completely discount what environment you'll be in during what will likely be a very challenging period of your life seems a bit naive to me. You might look back and regret saying this after pursuing your graduate studies in Baltimore.
  15. 2 points
    PeterBell

    Fulbright 2017-2018

    Promoted from Alternate for Korea ETA yesterday! I don't think I've ever been more excited! I'm thrilled to meet some of you guys. Have any Korea ETAs received their Grant Authorization Document yet? I'm eager to know the details of the grant, particularly our departure date!
  16. 1 point
    HI fuzzy logician and qkhitai, You are right. The whole reason Im doing this is so I can learn! so I will try to keep an open mind. I don't actually know all that much about wetlands so who knows, it could really be right up my alley. Coastal intertidal areas are related enough to wetlands so there should be enough overlap to keep me interested. As far as advisors go, this program is interdisciplinary and at some point I will have to pick an additional advisor to work with on top of my current advisor. We are encouraged to work with more than one person so I don't think I would have to switch labs even if I did end up choosing an intertidal project. And the skills I would get are definitely transferable to my entire field so it would probably be worth it. Lots to think about and nothing to decide right now. Thanks for your feedback though!
  17. 1 point
    cowgirlsdontcry

    Graduate Teaching Course Load

    I am finishing up my MA in literature this semester. I have worked as a GA throughout the 4 semesters, attending class with my professor and working with his students on papers. I took the pedagogy class that leads to teaching last fall and now teach my own section of Rhet/Comp II this semester. As a result, I will have a 2 class teaching load in the fall at the Ph.D. program I am entering. It is my understanding that students in the program who have no teaching experience will work pretty much as I did throughout my MA or in the writing center for one year. During summer, I will attend an orientation and teaching survey week, prior to the beginning of class. At the new program I will be entering it's a 2/2 structure with nothing in the summer.
  18. 1 point
    thelionking

    PhD stipend in decision making?

    While Hartford is hardly a large city (125,000), it might have enough variety and amenities to keep you satisfied until you complete your degree. Keep in mind that you will be so busy that you probably won't have much time to spend on leisure and recreation. But if Hartford can offer you some of those "must haves" you need to be comfortable (ex: movie theatres, live music, good variety of restaurants, clubs, etc) then if might be doable for the duration of your program. You also have the option of driving out to Boston on the weekend as it's 1.5 hrs away, which is very feasible for day and weekend trips. After you've completed your coursework, you might have the option of working on your thesis from home and could potentially move to Boston in the last year or so of your studies. (I know people who've done this while completing PhDs in psychology. They stayed in town for the first 3 years until all of their course work was completed and lived a few hours away during the last 2 years, while making occasional trips back and forth as needed). I think it's definitely worth inquiring about this and visiting the school and surrounding areas, especially considering that this program is well ranked, offers a strong funding package, and it's a great fit for you.
  19. 1 point
    kb6

    Let's Talk Debt

    I'm from the US and don't work for the World Bank, so this is not personal bitterness. I'm just repeating what friends have said after a beer or three. Perhaps I've gotten a bit carried away, but I think it doesn't hurt to counter the narrative a lot of these schools push that signing away your life to Navient is no big deal because you're going to be changing the future of the world with your prestigious and deeply meaningful multilateral job. I came out of SAIS with a relatively low level of debt and on the whole think it was worth it - I would not have my current job or salary without it. But I don't think I'd feel the same if i had 120k in debt, and could never in good faith tell someone to pay sticker unless he/she's independently wealthy.
  20. 1 point
    This is exactly what I was getting at when I asked my question above. There really aren't a bunch of grants that are solely focused on research purely for the sake of research, with no concern of the broader merits/implications of said research. Maybe you can find a private donor or foundation which will fund you for that but it's doubtful.
  21. 1 point
    axcv

    MPH Canada Fall 2017

    Congratulations!
  22. 1 point
    Tahnin

    MPH Canada Fall 2017

    Congratulations @friesandwater
  23. 1 point
    Black Beauty

    Phd without funding?

    @aeroHans I am very sorry that UCLA or University of Washington (Seattle) did not provide you with funding. I am in agreement with @fuzzylogician statements that you should be prepared to not have funding the second and future years. I applied to UW (Seattle) because one of my undergraduate professors was very impressed with the university's programs and suggested I applied. Like all the other schools I intended to apply to, I did my research and thought I was very thorough in eliminating schools where FULL funding was not available for the duration of their programs. I was thrilled when I got the invitation to interview and tour UW facilities. But with all the research I did, was surprised when I heard that funding could be a problem after the first year, unless you won an outside fellowship/ scholarship. Upon returning home, I sent an email to UW stating that I no longer wished to be considered for admission because FUNDING was one of my TOP criteria when applying to schools. I would not enroll at a school that did not provide funding and take the chance that I MIGHT be able to secure funding in the following years. This move is very risky.
  24. 1 point
    went_away

    Let's Talk Debt

    I think it's shades of grey and am not sure anyone really disagrees here. Know before you go, do your due diligence, have a plan, etc. My basic point is that full-freight tuition prices at elite public affairs grad schools - and the level of financial aid given out - is inconsistent with expected career earnings and job stability, much like how many have viewed law schools since 2008. My other point is that there's more than one way to skin a cat and that an elite master's degree is not the most sure-fire way to break into the field. One of those more 'surefire' ways of breaking into international and public affairs types of jobs is by being a veteran. When I talk about veteran's preference I am, of course, speaking about US federal government jobs and about federal government contracting in which there is an explicit preference. Being a veteran is also a traditional background for top-tier consulting and investment banking and given how business works in DC is a great background for any number of other private sector jobs, much like how being a former staffer on the hill is a great background for being a lobbyist.
  25. 1 point
    natalielouise

    Language for a Victorianist?

    Yeah, the philosophers you mention are all of great interest to me. I have yet to consider them in my research, but I am also interested in Gothic lit and have studied some Freud, so I think German would actually be very helpful. I love George Eliot too! Thanks for your input!
  26. 1 point
    What makes you think NIH/NSF grants don't look at these same things? The NSF-GRFP is very, very similar to an NSF grant in many aspects, and is predominately based around your research proposal. Broader Impacts are exceptionally important for non-graduate NSF and NIH grants as well, and a key component of broader impacts is convincing people that you have a track record of, well, doing things that are impactful. It's really easy to say you'll do all these great broader impacts, but they look at what you've done as a predictor for what you will do. Broader impacts is quite clearly not supposed to just be about the societal impacts of your research. It's largely about education and outreach, of which dissemination of your work can be part of it. It's the same for major NSF grants and NIH grants. The last two I was a part of both had significant outreach portions developed in tandem to the project- they're exceptionally important for securing funding. Saying "my research will revolutionize society" doesn't count. That's really under the intellectual merit of your project. In short, no funding looks at things like this. Not graduate fellowships, not postdoctoral fellowships, not research grants. Narrative and leadership and your involvement with things outside of your work are always going to be important. From discussions with respect to NDSEG and Hertz, as mentioned, they will not be what you're looking for either. I honestly don't know of anything that is.
  27. 1 point
    I have nice things, including a top of the line Maytag front loader W/D. I could not begin to replace even the smaller amount I'm taking with the costs saved by not moving anything. I'm having separation anxiety about getting rid of so much in the first place and need to have some familiar things around as I start a new life, because everything else will be totally different.
  28. 1 point
    Your school will understand, especially if you're apologetic and explain that this couldn't be avoided. I think I've seen some posts around explaining how people went about explaining it, but I would write up a nice email explaining what has happened, that you'll be accepting the other offer (don't really need an explanation, but you could say more funding etc) and then ask them to 'release' you. Congrats!
  29. 1 point
    telkanuru

    What is "hot" in history today?

    But anything to do with MOOCs feels hilariously dated. So 2013!
  30. 1 point
    Electric Anxiety

    Acceptance Thread

    Just got accepted off the waitlist at the University of Oklahoma yesterday! It seems like most people are done, but I'm just getting started haha. University of Utah is still working through their lists for instance. But the Oklahoma offer is funded with the normal benefits so I'm beyond excited!
  31. 1 point
    Well it doesn't sound like you're doing much wrong then. I was going to say your coursemates don't sound like very nice people if no one them wanted to go for a birthday meal, but if you only told them on the day then that is kind of short notice I suppose. It still sounds like something is off though if they're that friendly but you're the only one ever stopping to talk to them. Provided it's not a one-on-one 'date-like' scenario, their having boyfriends is irrelevant - although at this age and stage of life, I'd like to think people weren't so jealous/worried that a man and woman can't be platonic friends. I am sorry to hear things aren't going well - it doesn't sound like you're at fault for any of this. A part of me wants to say just cut your losses, because why should you keep putting effort into hanging out with them when they give you nothing in return. But on the other hand, I've also had coursemates who I was never close to - when I was in a similar situation to you -, yet they eventually became my best friends. Friendships can often blossom in the strangest and rarest of ways, without either person ever thinking they would be friends with the other. So maybe compromise, pull your foot off the gas for a bit and see who else is around. Keep putting yourself out there and getting into new situations where you can meet new people. I don't know if it helps, but if you speak a another language then that's an easy way to meet people - native speakers or otherwise. You can always try mobile apps or social websites as well - I've met quite a few friends that way over the past few years.
  32. 1 point
    rising_star

    Sustainability study

    Which school is best for "sustainability" is going to depend on what particular aspects you want the program to pay more attention to. Just based on what you've said, you may want to look at schools which focus on agro-ecology, such as Chatham University or University of Oregon. Your best bet is to use Google and search widely to see what you can find.
  33. 1 point
    Legacy23

    University of Toronto iSchool

    Are there any scholarships/awards that international students can apply to, at this moment?
  34. 1 point
    deva_indian

    MPH Canada Fall 2017

    Im so glad I found this forum!! Such a relief! I have applied for U of A (Global Health specialization) and U of T for social and behavioral health. Have already got rejected from UBC and McMaster . Pretty nervous for the two now... Has anyone received any acceptance from U of A till now? From what I see, I only see rejections coming out Congratulations to those who have secured in their desired University and All the best for the ones like me, biting nails till they're ripped off!!!
  35. 1 point
    I can sympathise with being the only male in a group of females, that's happened to me before multiple times and it can be really tough. Because I smoke I managed to make friends with other smokers in those groups, but I wouldn't recommend tobacco use as a healthy way of making friends... But it also sounds like you need to take more initiative. Just waiting around for people to invite you to things isn't really your 'best effort' is it? Go and plan some nights out or a study session and invite people. Maybe a new bar or restaurant opened up in town that you want to check out, or there's a concert or a film on somewhere. If you just keep hanging around alone and not trying to get involved, it will only reinforce the image you might have as a loner in their eyes. Speaking from experience, if someone is always off doing their own thing, others can tend to assume that their life is going fine and that they have friends of their own, or that they just like being alone - when in fact the reality is quite the opposite. But if you don't speak up, they won't ever know. It doesn't sound as if your coursemates don't like you if you still talk to them regularly (and presumably pleasantly), so maybe that's the trap you've fallen into. If you do invite them to things and make more of an effort, but they still don't want to hang out with you, then them's the breaks sadly and they won't be good friends for you. You can also try and do more extracurricular stuff with folks outside your course with similar interests, provided you have time. Go and try new things, go to events or locales even if you're alone and try to strike up conversations. I've met plenty of people when I've gone out alone to a concert or a bar, you just need to put some effort in, instead of waiting for everyone to flock to you. It doesn't seem like you have a problem talking to strangers and meeting new people though, so maybe you can put yourself in more of these situations.
  36. 1 point
    yung_comparatist

    2017 Final Decisions

    Hi all, friendly lurker here—I'll be at Cornell in the fall as well! Actually in the Comp Lit department, but I'm sure I'll be spending a fair amount of time down the hall in English
  37. 1 point
    MinaminoTeku

    2017 Applications Thread

    Hooray! I have made my decision and while I am still feeling a bit of the blues in rejecting the other school, I am happy with my decision. ASU, here I come!
  38. 1 point
    SamStone

    Decision Thread

    Just declined Boston University and Georgetown (with funding). And I plan to accept my offer from Riverside!
  39. 1 point
    Sleam

    Fall 2017 MFA

    And I'm in. Vermont college of fine arts. What a journey to even get here. So much support on this forum. Thank you. Be well. Keep writing.
  40. 1 point
    Stanford Genetics! Anyone else going to Stanford?
  41. 1 point
    hopefulPhD2017

    Advice on Assistantship Negotiation

    Welp. It's April 14 today. I wrote to the school asking if it'd be possible to put into writing multiple years of funding to match another offer. That was 4.5 days ago. I've gotten no response as of yet and since we're 10 business hours (if you count Saturday as a business day) away from end of day on April 15, I guess that's that and that I'm turning down the offer entirely. I wish they'd respond, at least, but I feel confident that I will be better supported in the long term at another school. Again, thanks to you all here, especially @TakeruK, @AP, and @rising_star; your thoughtful responses are what I needed to think this through in agonizing detail.
  42. 1 point
    Statement of Intent and housing application turned in. Now I'm just getting ready for my summer research internship abroad. Everything seems to have fallen into place and I am extremely grateful and fortunate to have been surrounded by such a wonderful support system during this very stressful time. I will never be able to adequately express my appreciation to all those people who have helped me during this daunting process.
  43. 1 point
    Hi! So urban planning programs are usually very flexible - you need to find out what areas of urban planning you are really interested in. I applied to 4 schools and got into 3 of them. If you are looking at US schools, then MIT, UIUC, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Rutgers are pretty good. If you are interested in Environment and Sustainability side then you might like Berkeley's program (it doesn't have an international focus though and it is very California-centric). Rutger is good for transportation planning. MIT also has a concentration in Environmental Policy and Planning. UIUC's Community Development for Social Justice concentration is pretty good, if you are interested in marginalization, displacement issues in cities. Similarly, MIT's International Development Group is pretty good if you are interested in urban issues of the Global South. There is a lot of work being done in sanitation, water, health, climate change, spatial analysis, urban information system at MIT. If you are interested in urban theory then MIT might not be the best fit for you. I also applied to UCL and LSE in London. Check out UCL's Bartlett School of Planning - you might find something that interests you. LSE's program of City Design and Social Science is more sociology plus urban design oriented. Do look at the subjects offered and thesis of current students or alumni for the schools you shortlist. It will give you a good idea of what the program is all about. Also look at research interests of professors. (If you go to MIT, you can take courses from all over Harvard and Tufts as well!) I don't know anything about Canadian schools, though
  44. 1 point
    I figured I'd bump this thread, hopefully more news from more people now!
  45. 1 point
    @biomednyc I'm really happy for you! I think you will have a great graduate school career, and I know a lot of fantastic scientists at Penn. As a Harvard student, I think it behooves me to make a few points: 1) We have over 800 faculty from which to choose, so you will find someone who fits your needs at Harvard, 2) I never feel isolated or like I'm just a number. The BBS office treats every student like it's a program with five students, 3) There is no evidence of high faculty turnover at Harvard. I asked about that when I was choosing a graduate program and I was given data that suggest nearly, if not every, junior faculty member at Harvard gets tenure. To corroborate, see this opinion piece. 4) You can, without doubt, get a place in many Boston cities/neighborhoods (e.g., Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Dorchester, Revere, Medford, Allston, Mission Hill) by yourself on the Harvard stipend. Again, this is not aimed toward you to make you feel like you made a bad decision. Simply liking one program over the other is sufficient to make a decision. However, it is important to keep the facts on record straight for future applicants and recruits. Harvard's reputation for being snobby or whatever comes from people perpetuating misinformation. When I told my undergraduate PI of four years that I got into Harvard, he spent thirty minutes trying to convince me to go elsewhere using misinformation like faculty are always leaving, the city is awful, they will look for any reason to kick out a student and save money. None of that is true. Anyway, good luck at Penn! For real, I see a lot of good research coming from faculty in CAMB.
  46. 1 point
    Dracos

    Choices for Fall 2017?

    If you're looking to "yolo" go for one of those programs and cost isn't a factor, I'd say go HGSE. Penn GSE, and Umich both have top ranked and highly respectable programs. I don't know which country is your native, or where you plan on settling, but Harvard has a worldwide name brand. Simply having it on your resume may open doors. My personal experiences so far being someone with a "prestigious" graduate school of education degree (from Johns Hopkins) has been that it has had a marginal impact, at best. The jobs I've been offered have been through my strong interview skills and relevant experiences rather than the name of the university on my degree. I do think that where I got my master degree has possibly helped me stick out in the "screening" phrase of interview process by making my resume stick out. Internationally, Harvard is a powerhouse. People might not know about how incredible Umich is, or the difference between Upenn and Penn State outside of the U.S unless they're an "academic" or someone really savvy about American universities. Harvard, however, is a name that definitely has a unique distinction. Have you looked at cheaper graduate schools of education, or programs which offer assistantships/better funding? Sure, the 1 year programs are nice because that's 1 less year you're in graduate school, but with how low many entry level education positions are, I strongly urge you to consider the implications of $50k+ in student loan debt if you haven't already. I know of people with over $100k in student loan debt working as teachers/administrators and there is a good student loan forgiveness route that many people utilize here in the states, but for someone internationally, the prospects of these degrees may simply not be worth it.
  47. 1 point
    Posting here not because I have an exciting update--I wish!--but for anyone following this thread and future grad school applicants. Nothing to report on my position on the waiting list. I last heard from Jessica at the beginning of March, when she confirmed that everyone should know their final decisions at the end of April. I noticed an admittance on the results page saying their offer was dated March 1st and that they had until March 21st to decide. It would make sense, then, for the Department to reach out to waitlisted applicants beginning around March 22nd...right? Knowing that the waitlist isn't ranked makes it impossible to predict what might happen, but I feel like I don't stand much of a chance now that 8 business days have passed since the deadline for admitted applicants to accept. I really wish I knew how many people were waitlisted, how many people applied, and how many were admitted! UofT doesn't seem to publish this information or at least as it relates to the Crim dept. This is probably for the best as I've been obsessing over this whole thing way too much! Edit: I've realized that after my initial post, I never gave an update on what the grad coordinator said about the wait list. After getting my wait list notification in the post, I sent Jessica an email saying that I am still interested in the program. I also asked her if she could tell me anything about my place on the wait list. She thanked me (for confirming my interest), said the wait list isn't ranked, and that waitlisted applicants will be given a final decision at the end of April.
  48. 1 point
    In a previous post you say your stats are 158/162 and 3.36 (GRE and GPA) and that you applied for MS admission at some of the best schools in the U.S. and Canada. Honestly, you should be happy that your schools are looking beyond numbers instead getting all high and mighty.
  49. 1 point
    One advice I want to give to all of you, especially if you are applying for a PhD program in Cognitive Psychology (as this is where my personal experience is most relevant): Just apply anyway, and do your best despite what you believe holds you back on your application. A few months ago, I asked for advice on the GradForums and showed people my GPA and explained my relevant experience. Everyone advised that I not apply during this admission cycle to PhD programs, and to instead look into Master's programs. Here's how my application looked: GPA: 3.24 GRE: 165 (95%), 155 (59%), 5 (93%) 1 year of relevant experience in a lab (no papers published). Relevant course experience. Forget all that junk. I took this advice to heart, and asked for input on how to start this process from the professor in the lab that I had just joined that year (my only relevant experience outside of class to add to my application). He balked at the idea, and explained that a Master's would be incredibly financially draining, and offer little support to me down the line. He inspired me to aim higher, and told me to forget about the negative portions of my applications, and gave me an emboldening evaluation of how I was a good fit for Cognitive Psychology research. He inspired me to apply despite my lack of qualifications. Of the six schools that I have applied to, I have received an interview at 3 (Binghamton, Rutger's, BYU), been accepted at 1 already (Binghamton), been rejected from another (Notre Dame), and am currently waiting on replies from 2 more schools (Stony Brook, CUNY). From my experience in visiting admissions forums, asking questions on this forum, and viewing applicant data at PhD programs, I believed my chances of even receiving an interview was lower than 1%. I ended up receiving interviews from half of the schools I applied for. I was completely expecting to receive rejections from all of my schools, and was already making plans to work as a Research Assistant. The lesson here? Apply anyway. Go through that process with vigor, and secure those relationships with your professors. Talk to them, be engaged in what you want to do, and show your enthusiasm for why you want to do it. Do everything you can to make your application a strong one, despite not having much to show for it. Do not lie, but do show how relevant what experiences you had are, and how much of its application that you understand. Luck definitely plays a huge role in your admissions process, from the spots that will be open relevant to you in a school's department, to whether or not you receive an interview or acceptance, but don't let that discourage you from trying your best. Honestly, I believe what worked best for me was demonstrating my fit and desire to want to be a part of these programs. I demonstrated this by having a solid plan in place on the type of research I wished to do, and showing my desire to research and further understand a process related to the lab I had been working in. I truly did not believe I was qualified, I truly still believe that other applicants would have better experience and qualifications than I do for all of these programs. But it doesn't matter. What matters in the end is that you receive an interview or an acceptance letter - so demonstrate that you ARE that qualified and well fitting candidate. I don't have a single paper published, or my name on any of the research in my lab - I've only been on for an year, including this semester. I don't believe I am remarkably talented, or even remotely experienced in the field of research I was in. But I still persevered and found an enthusiasm to draw on in the line of research I was in. Hell, the road to my application alone was incredibly uncertain. Finding my 3rd recommender was a difficult process, and the professor who eventually wrote it was at first hesitant to write me one as he believed I was aiming too high considering my qualifications, and didn't know enough about me to write me a recommendation. But I persevered, I explained my intentions and desires in the field, abided by his instructions, developed a deeper relationship with him through correspondence afterwards, and was able to convince him to write my letter of recommendation. These letters of recommendation are perhaps the most crucial component of your application if you are not the most qualified student. You need to develop these relationships and secure these recommenders so that the positive portions of your application, and your fit, talents and determination as a student shine through. If that was too long to read: 1. Apply anyway. 2. Develop a strong relationship with your recommenders, or at least show them why you are a good student. 3. Do not get hung up on the negative parts of your application.
  50. 1 point
    I'm not sure if location is a factor for you, but I would take the funded offer point blank.