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  1. 2 points
    Ideal score regardless of program: 170, 170, 6.0. Program-specific advice: Beyond the school's websites, I found the results tab on gradcafe quite helpful. They are searchable by program, keyword, which is a great resource. General GRE Advice: Don't worry about a target score. Work hard at studying, develop tools and strategies, and don't stress out too much. As much as the first line felt like sarcasm, it wasn't. The GRE is a score maximizing effort. Do your best, and decide afterwards if it was good enough.
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    Tips of academic writing

    Hi all, Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who responded to my previous posts. Your suggestions and support are invaluable and they are very important to me at this very stressful and lonely stage of thesis writing. I don't have big problems with grammar, paraphrasing and using academic language to write, but I am struggling to produce clear and concise sentences. I can write grammatically correct sentences, but they are often clumsy and difficult to read. Although I will go with my main supervisor's suggestion to hire a copy-editor for my thesis, I wish to hear some tips to improve academic writing. I have been trying the followings. (1) Grammarly: I installed this software when I saw it in YouTube. It is better than Word to pick up typos and grammatical mistakes. At least my co-supervisor has complained less about my writing. (2) PerfectIt: I found it from google and it is very helpful in ensuring consistencies in spelling (e.g. email vs e-mail) and the use of abbreviations etc. (3) I have tried reading out things aloud too, but this does not work quite well for me. I think it is down to I am a non-native English speaker and I am not good at picking up weird sentences from reading. What are your suggestions? I feel that I should do my best rather than relying on the copy-editor. Thanks. Hope.for.the.best
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    Free GRE Resources Master Post

    Powerprep software: this gives you practice tests directly from the ETS, timed and untimed. From the ETS website: Practice book, Math Review, Math Conventions, Intro to Quant, Intro to Verbal, Overview of the Analytical Writing. Magoosh: their website gives you free questions and free videos explaining things. They also have free ebooks: general, math, verbal. They have the option to upgrade to get access to more things, but you can use the free options. You do need to register to have access to the free resources. Manhattan: I’ve heard from multiple sources they have are the best. They give you one free practice test. GRE question a day: they will send you a daily question to your email, but you can also browse questions from previous days. I like it because it gives you an explanation to the questions if you get them wrong. Princeton Review: I’ve heard their practice are very easy compared to the real thing, but you can take a free practice test. It might still be helpful. Virtual Math Lab help for the GRE: This gives you tutorials for all the math concepts covered in the GRE. My GRE tutor: covers information about all the sections of the GRE. Number2: Provides you with practice questions and explanations. Powerscore GRE prep: they have free online seminars as well as other GRE info and even info on graduate schools. Vocabtest: this site helps you learn vocabulary and lets you create your own vocab tests. Kaplan practice test: don’t know how good it is, but it’s a free practice test! This list is definitely not complete, if you do a google search there will be lots of resources, but I think this is a good and helpful list. Feel free to add resources you think are good! Good luck!
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    I hope you have a shot because my stats are similar to yours, maybe slightly lower. I think you do! I know it gets scary on here seeing everyone with 3.8+ gpa's, amazing gre scores, and tons of extracurriculars but you can't let that stop you! I used to be super negative about not getting in and did not think I had a shot but I'm going to try my hardest to get into a program! I think if you're determined and apply smart you can get in! We both can get in!!
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    Please keep in mind that Arizona heat is different than Carolina heat because of the humidity. If you don't give yourself enough prep and travel time, you could end up arriving as wet as you were when you get out the shower. (This happened to me a couple of times in Texas.) Moisture wicking undies (I like Ex officio these days), performance jeans with moister wicking threads. and a synthetic top over a synthetic under shirt can help mitigate the effects of the heat and the humidity. Keep your cool as you adjust to the culture. You may meet people whose views align with yours on issues A through X but collide on Y and Z. If Y or Z = 2A issues, the armed services, or race relations do what you can to roll with it. If Y or Z is some thing about the Duke Blue Devils playing better basketball than the Tar Heels, put down your drink, take off your watch, roll up your sleeves, break a beer bottle, brandish it like a dirk, and say "Excuse me?"
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    The most important thing about LOR is how much the person knows you. The grade only comes into factor in regards to their opinion of you. I have heard from multiple PIs, the lack of a LOR is better than a generic bland one that shows the person who wrote it knows nothing about you. Grades can represent many things, and don't necessarily mean you are a bad student. So if you got a B in someones class, but the professor saw you were hard working or really dedicated, than the grade doesn't matter and the professor might not even mention it in their letter. Say if you started rough from an F and brought yourself up to a B, then they might bring it up but only to say you have the ability to improve and are a determined individual. Regardless, LOR are supposed to demonstrate the type of person you are from other peoples point of view, so you really only want to ask people who remember you and like you/have a positive opinion about you. So to answer your questions: screw the grade and ask the person who knows you better. If the person you had a B with knows you better, ask them. If the person who you took a class outside of your major knows you best, ask them. If the people who you got A's with know you better, ask them. Point being, a detailed LOR that demonstrates the type of person you are based on the professors anecdotal evidence of you, is better than a generic LOR saying you got a good grade in their class or did well in their class.
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    Look into Speech@NYU. Part time is at least 6 credits. All classes are online and you only have to come to NY for 2 long weekends during the course of your studies. Most of the live classes are held between 4-9 PM Eastern time, but there are a few earlier classes.
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    Fall 2018 Applicants

    I think it's best to treat the MA application as if it were a PhD application in that you should demonstrate in it your seriousness and the depth of interests as well as your understanding of the particular department in which you want to study. I believe the application should be explicit in saying that the MA will serve as preparation for the PhD. By doing that you will prove that you know what you are doing and are not idly stumbling into the profession, but rather that you are attempting to take careful steps towards developing intellectually and professionally before embarking on your doctoral research. That said, as far as I know from friends in the field (which is a small number of people), it is not absolutely necessary to get in contact with POIs and name them in your statement of purpose when applying to the MA. But I think it is a good idea and it is better to err on the side of overdoing your effort in the application. And, the writing sample, LOR, and SOP are just as important as in the PhD application, especially if you hope to get some kind of funding. You should always be aiming to impress the committee as much as you can!
  9. 1 point
    What is wrong with people that they can't respect each other's time? Me and my housemate have been searching for a third housemate, and had multiple people have scheduled times to see the house only to not show up or cancel. The worst was this one dude, who failed to show up, and when I texted him to ask if he was still coming he said something came up and he couldn't come tonight. So I suggested tomorrow, and he said yes. The next day he again fails to show up, I ask "Are you still coming?" and he asks me to send him pictures of the house. Even though the pictures were on the ad. So I do extra work to take more pictures, send them, no response. Then, last night (almost a week later), at 8:30pm, he has the gall to ask if tonight is a good night. At this point I decided to give him a taste of his own medicine and not respond. Then today he texts, "Good morning." ... REALLY? You make us wait for nothing twice in a row, then pretend to be polite? I'm sorry, but actions speak louder than words. I told him we had found someone else (which is partially true but not confirmed). The worst part is, it seems like this started happening more often when I took a turn posting the room ad in my name after my (male) housemate did it for awhile. Just goes to show, people seem to think a woman's time is worth less than a man's.
  10. 1 point
    Yes, I'm doing UCLA's stats class online! If I do micro or macro as well, I'll go through UT-Austin. I'm not sure about UCLA's stats class rigor, my roommate got an A and didn't try too hard but maybe she is just a math whiz
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    Fall 2018 Applicants

    Jonathan Conant, Brown University Michael Kulikowsky, PSU Michael McCormick, Harvard University Helmut Reimitz, Princeton University Kyle Harper, University of Oklahoma The job market for late antiquity is really, really crap, FYI. Even by the regular standards of the current job market.
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    If it's compatible, Macbooks are worth the premium (not Pro, I agree you don't need that). They require hardly any maintenance and a few years down the road are still running 90% as fast as when new. I've never met a PC I can say the same about -- and that's before even taking into account all the countless hours you will spend running virus/malware scans. I don't like Apple snobbery but their machines are simply better and it's not particularly close.
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    Okay, I'll voice the possibly less popular opinion. Your responsibility is to yourself. You don't have to stay with him and you are not responsible for getting him better or for educating him. You need to take care of yourself. If you do decide you want to try and stay, I think it's of utmost importance to get support from others. Can you involve his family? friends? do you have a support system around you to take care of you, if you need it? If he wasn't always like this, something must have triggered this, and maybe you can help him through it. Whatever it is, though, you shouldn't do it alone, and you shouldn't let him take it out on you. This sounds like a situation that requires professional help. I know that posting here was probably already hard enough, so maybe the next step is for you to find counseling on your own, maybe through your school, before you think about talking to him. Figure out your resources and support network, then come up with a plan to confront him. I hope that there is no fear of physical violence, but if there is, let me repeat again: your responsibility is to yourself first. Make sure that you are safe, and take care of yourself, both physically and mentally. If that means you need to leave him, I think that's totally understandable and no one from the outside can judge. And if you choose to stay and try and fix it, again I hope that no one will judge and that you can find the help you need.
  14. 1 point
    I just submitted my dissertation yesterday! I would advise AGAINST looking at dissertations from different schools. The dissertation is *not uniform*, it's simply a department and University requirement. Just like every PhD program has different qualifying exam procedures, different candidacy exam procedures, different course requirements, and different instruction styles, each program will have different dissertation requirements too. So, to me, the dissertation is just a formality, only another checkbox to get the piece of paper. My dissertation is my previous publications combined together, plus 10 pages of introductory material, 1 page that summarizes all my previous publications and 3-4 pages discussing a project still in the works. The total length is just under 200 pages. I don't view my dissertation proper as a contribution to the field. The introduction is not useful at all to anyone who is already an expert in the field---the point of my introduction is for someone who is new to the field to understand the papers I've included as part of my thesis. Because no one ever reads a dissertation, my advisor's advice was to write it for the only audience that might ever read it: an senior undergrad or first year grad student wanting to work with me and needing a background to read the papers. However, the contents of my dissertation are indeed a contribution to the field. The real part of the dissertation is the papers I wrote and published. But these have been published over the past few years and the dissertation is simply proving to my school and my department that I did create something of value for my field and that I am ready to graduate with a PhD. My philosophy is that the mark of a successful PhD is someone who the field recognizes as a useful contributing member. I have papers published that people cite, I have a postdoc position lined up, and I have demonstrated myself as a member of my scientific community. At this point, the dissertation and the defense itself is just a formality. Following my advisor's guidance, I spent about 1 week writing new material for the dissertation and about 1 week total work time getting the previously published works to fit the thesis format. In my opinion, programs that require students to spend months writing are doing a disservice to the students---in these months, I have produced even more science and results that won't go into my dissertation and will give me a running start to publishing in my postdoc. Finally, I don't really think these practices depreciate the value of a PhD. To me, a PhD is a mark of qualification/certification, not ability. A PhD means that you are now recognized as a full member of your field, no longer "in training". It doesn't mean everyone with a PhD is equally able to do research or equally talented. I mean, sure, there is some minimum standard in order to get the qualification, just like any other certification program. But there are people who are graduating with me this year that have 2 or 3 times the papers I do and they are going to make a much bigger mark on the field than I ever will. One student from my cohort is shortlisted for a faculty job at an R1. Another student from my program in the past received a tenure-track faculty offer before they even crossed the stage for the ceremony. All of us have exactly the same degree though. I don't think this changes the value of the degree though---it's just a certification / minimum ability.
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    Genetic Counseling Fall 2018 Applicants

    Hello again everyone! Looks like I'm a second year applicant. I'm not gonna lie, I'm still really bummed, and thinking about going through the whole process again is a little overwhelming but just trying to stay positive and get ready to work on improving! I'm super excited to hear about the KGI program. I'm really interested in pharmacogenetics!
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    Hey guys! Sorry, I'm lurking around here to see if I could be of any help - but I have a master's degree in pharmacogenetics! so I was discussing with all of the programs about ways to add pharmacogenetics into the curriculum! I'm so excited to know that I'm not the only one with this idea!!
  17. 1 point

    Ph.D. Advice

    I think you could be a strong candidate, and your record clearly shows a positive trend and achievements within your field. In other words, I don't think your GPA will be a red flag. However, just because you're a decent candidate doesn't mean that you'll come out on top among the other applicants. Here's where your statements and recommendations come in. Make sure that you recommenders see your statements and give you feedback. Then follow that advice even if it means completely overhauling your statements five times. One advice I've gotten is to be not too specific but also not too general. Committees want to know that you will learn from their program, not that you already know everything. They also want you to be well-rounded, not just an expert on a specific topic. However, they do also want you to have a direction, something that you're interested in, a question that you're curious to explore, and an idea of what you want to do. It's a delicate balance. I think one good way to go about doing that in your statements is to use a past research project as a starting point. Talk about what you did and how it led to your interest and preparation in both your specialization and in the field as a whole. It's important to identify prospective mentors, but it's equally important to show that you're willing to learn from scholars outside of your existing expertise. That said, if you do see someone with an exact match, mention it in your statement! I got rejected outright by some schools with over a 50% acceptance rate. But I did get an interview and a top-of-the-waitlist position from an Ivy League school (not HPY but still) that seemed to have the lowest acceptance rate of all the schools I applied to. I'm convinced that the fact I had extensively cited one of the professors in my writing sample and mentioned this in my statement might have had something to do with it. And for the school I will be attending, the professor I intend to work with had taught the works I wrote about in his class and a lot of stuff matched his interests perfectly. It might not be the key to an acceptance, but it'll definitely make the person's eyes light up in recognition when they see your statement and your work.
  18. 1 point

    PhD Public Health - Funding

    My understanding is that the first year stipend at Berkeley is "unattached" - so there are no minimum work requirements, but from year 2 you are expected to RA/TA or have fellowships that cover the stipend. I also have not yet heard from Berkeley about the actual amount of the stipend. I found the 20 hour "you have to find your own funding before you even show up here, but don't worry 90% of students are able to make this happen" thing at UW to be very off-putting. Seems like a good way to gauge interest in the program, but as a person from a lower-class background, I found it discouraging....like an early sign that they weren't that interested in my training. But that's just me.
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    PhD Public Health - Funding

    My only suggestion is that unless the early course load at UW is lighter than ours, 20 hours per week ends up being a lot (if it's a strict requirement). My program only allows our RAs to require 15 hours per week until core coursework is done; however, one person in my program had a funding mishap and got a late RA with an outside funding source that demanded a strict 20 hr minimum per week. They ended up incredibly stressed out and unable to take on the opportunities for outside research that many of the rest of us could. Ultimately, I think the fact that it's not guaranteed and it requires you to have a strict hour minimum is going to make your first year more stressful than it could be. (Then again, I think my school takes a really fantastic interest in the mental and physical health of its grad students in a way that most don't, so 20+ hours could be standard elsewhere.) With regard to transparency in funding, a lot of the money that goes towards funding RA positions is independent of the program. I didn't know if my advisor would receive the grant I'm funded under until the July before my first semester. That does make things pretty difficult, but there should be resources at your schools to help you find a position. For example, we have a portal that matches up students with professors based on experience and interests that you can access as soon as you accept your offer. I don't think most people needed to do mass emailing unless they waited until the last minute (or unless their funding fell through abruptly). Maybe UW has something similar?
  20. 1 point

    Tattoos in Academia?

    There have been some good discussions about this in the past: I know plenty of folks in academia with tattoos. A lot of them are in places that can be easily covered, like the back, upper arm, or calf area. But others have half sleeves or even full sleeves. Some of those with the sleeves wear long-sleeved shirts most of the time at work to cover up the tattoos. Also, it might depend on how connected the tattoo(s) is/are to one's field. Here's two discussions about field related tattoos: Hope this helps!
  21. 1 point

    HGSE 2017

    I am a 2017 Ed.M. Candidate in the MBE program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Please reach out if you have any specific questions pertaining to the school or the program! Good luck everyone!
  22. 1 point
    I think it's more important that you have a couple of years' worth of experience in 1 lab, and that you have demonstrated some independence and acquired good (field-appropriate) skills in the process. Your research doesn't have to be ground-breaking or super-trendy: you aren't really evaluated on the kind of research you do, just how well you do it.
  23. 1 point

    338: Q170; V168. I just BEAT the GRE!

    Congrats on the scores, and overall this is probably good advice for people struggling with the GRE. But what you said here bothers me. I think the GRE is generally a pretty good measure of how well prepared you are just by your education and lifestyle, really. Somebody who reads for pleasure and has good critical thinking and numerical reasoning skills should score pretty well (probably not as well as you) without too much prep. Thus, it's not worth the time or money for this person to prep as you did. In that situation some of this time (and money) could be better spent on other aspects of applications - e.g. SOP, writing sample, or researching schools. I don't say this to brag, but rather to illustrate - I prepped for verbal on and off for about a month (learning vocab, as part of daily routine), quant for a few days, and practiced a few essay topics over two days. I paid less than $20 on prep materials - I just bought the official guide for practice problems on Amazon. I scored 170Q, 166V, 5.0 AW. I don't think I needed to spend any more time at this, because as a math major the quant is a breeze, and math hones your critical thinking too, which helps with verbal. People in other majors may need to spend more time on quant, though. I think in general the GRE is given too much emphasis on webpages like this. It can certainly hurt you if you bomb it, but I'm not convinced it gets you into a top program unless the rest of your application is at that level. In that case, you're probably somebody who can score well enough on the GRE without too much stress, at least on the sections most relevant to your major, which is what the admissions team will care most about, I think. I could be wrong here, and I'm not counting people who get test anxiety. It is worth some time for anyone to learn the tricks of the test, though.\ edit: I also spent a couple of days doing the official practice tests (2 online, 2 in the book). That's definitely time well spent.
  24. 0 points

    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    I can't even... I need to stop watching the news and focus on my "summer" paper. But for the record- Fuck Nazis. In another slightly related note, a girl posted something about how if you don't have to care about politics, it is because you are privileged. While I agree to some extent, I also think it is important to not get too wrapped up in politics that we neglect our lives and the ways we can make a difference. Me reading one more article about white privilege or the alt-right isn't going to help our country. If I *personally* really believe black lives matter, then what *I* need to be doing is spending more time on learning how to teach effectively, because at least 75% of my students are black and being the best teacher I can be is what will really help them in the long run. All in all, if you find yourself privileged, stop posting about it and trying to convince everyone you are better than them because you woke, go out and do something! As much as we all wish we could punch the Nazis, you don't have to do that to give them a big FU. Teach ESL to immigrants who need it. Work for an after-school program tutoring underprivileged kids. Volunteer at a homeless shelter for battered women. Do something! And NOT just for Instagram likes! Stop just bemoaning the state of things and trying to make the government force everyone to be equal when you won't even go to the "bad side of town" for fear of getting dirt on your shoes. At risk of sounding cliche- BE the change you want to see in the world. (Note, this isn't directed at people who bemoan the state of things and try to fix it, just the ones who post articles about white privilege in one sitting and post Instagram pictures of their $5 latte in the next- all while saying they don't have money to give or time to volunteer. It's all about assuaging their guilt so they don't have to actually do anything.)
  25. -1 points
    I'll be going to West Texas A&M. I only applied to 3 schools and apparently Eastern New Mexico lost my application?! Not interested in following through with the grad dept to find out what happened. I see it as a sign that I should go to WT! Anyone else going? I'd love to connect!

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