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  1. 3 points

    Unpaid adjunct faculty

    This is disgusting. My normal position is that I usually advocate for the freedom for people to make their own choices and decisions that reflect their priorities and goals. The main reason I would stray from this position is if doing so would cause more harm than good. This is a case where I would make an exception to my normal position. I would never accept these ridiculously exploitative labour conditions. Furthermore, I would not only make this choice for myself, but I would actively discourage anyone I knew from making such a decision. Doing so harms the entire academic labour workforce, in my opinion. The fact that this school has already put out this "job" ad only further strengthens my resolve that all academic labour should be unionized and protected. With a proper collective agreement, it should not be possible for the University to hire someone outside of the union to do union-protected work (i.e. if the school wants a worker to do faculty-like work, then they must confer the same benefits and protections to the worker as they would a faculty member, even if it's temporary).
  2. 2 points

    The Positivity Thread

    I slept until 12:00 today. I am heading out tonight for a dinner with a few friends. I am grateful for the amazing friends I have in my life.
  3. 2 points
    Remember, this is all anecdotal: I applied to the program last year. I did not get in, but they told me I ranked 6th in the application process out of the 4-5 psychology students accepted that year. I felt I deserved to get in. I emailed my prospective mentor and they seemed all for it, but admissions decisions can be arbitrary and I got into a PhD program this year without doing a post-bac program. You'll get where you need to be, too. But to your other question, they were not good about notifying me about decisions on acceptance/rejection. It seems in 2017 they did not contact applicants who didn't get in, they only contacted the ones who did get in (or maybe they just didn't contact me). I reached out to them in June and they told me I was close but no cigar. A phone interview was not involved.
  4. 2 points
    Guys, I successfully negotiated my funding package! Heading to UT Austin's Ph.D program in American Studies.
  5. 1 point
    Just a word of advice for fellow prospective grad students, specifically those from the non-math background and applying for social sciences degrees. GRE Quant is getting tougher by the day for the non-math background types. Quoting my own example, I had prepared using the Manhattan Prep online tests. I was scoring in the mid 150s. In the real test, I got 149. There were hardly any questions in the actual quant from the Manhattan Online testing tools. There were tons of twisted coordinate geometry questions (figuratively speaking), quadratic equations, frequency and variation and stuff. I didn't encounter any such questions in the five Manhattan tests that I give. I guess they don't update their question bank and are just ripping off paying customers. For my re-attempt, I would rather stick to all the free tests available plus other online and offline tools. All that talk about Manhattan tests actually tougher than the actual GRE is bull***. They might have been tougher four years ago and also representative of the actual test. Not anymore. And yes I know they're adaptive and all but I'm talking about the first section here, which was also non-representative of the actual test. PS All this advice, as mentioned earlier, is for those from the non-math background. Quant pros don't need to brag about their 160+ scores. I can counter by my 161/5.5 in V/AWA
  6. 1 point

    Dalhousie BSW 2018

    Anyone else who applied for the BSW at Dal (Im)patiently waiting for the acceptance news?
  7. 1 point

    Fall 2018 Masters of Health Informatics

    Oh no, I've decided to decline my Mac offer but I think the only option that was available when they asked why I decline was that I decline by mistake so I just left it blank. I look forward to meeting you at UofT!
  8. 1 point
    Yes, if your undergrad work is not related to your interests, it's a good idea to do a 2+ year RAship that will boost your knowledge of that area and give you skills applicable to depression and anxiety research. I would definitely wait to apply until you at least have a few posters in the area of research you care about (pubs are even better, if possible). Also, as a neuropsych trainee I am curious why you are interested in neuropsych if your main inteests are depression and anxiety and what distinguishes why two people of the same background will or will not go on to develop that disorder. I am wondering how you envision neuropsych fitting in with that. as your interests (to me) sound like they would more fit in to the generalist clinical psychologist training model.
  9. 1 point
    I will throw hands for the honor of the Retractable Pilot G2, .7 mm, in black.
  10. 1 point

    The Positivity Thread

    I graduate from undergrad in a week from today! I have been accepted to my top choice for a grad program and have my living arrangements set, just need to find a super part time job. As of today I am done with 2 of my classes! For the summer I have an internship lined up and I’m super excited for it!
  11. 1 point

    Best MA programs in Polisci?

    I can personally vouch for MAPSS for political science. I mostly know the theory results, but I think my entire poli sci cohort did well in PhD apps. For example, I know a comparativist who's staying at Chicago, one who's going to Brown, and another who's going to Princeton. Don't listen to the unwarranted vitriol-- if you put a lot of effort into MAPSS you can get a lot out of I'm (I'm starting at Yale this fall.)
  12. 1 point

    Best MA programs in Polisci?

    I think Chicago CIR would still be the better pick; I've heard great things about it, and nothing good about Columbia
  13. 1 point
    Not that I know of and I left half way through a Ph.D program. It's probably easiest for all to leave at the end of a semester if you can make it, but most people don't even have these kind of repercussions. Be honest with faculty that you like/work with and it should be easy to avoid burning bridges- I had faculty writing me letters, etc.
  14. 1 point

    Playwriting MFAs

    @Zebras4Ever Thank you! It went well. Currently trying to decide whether to accept their offer or go through another round of applications this year.
  15. 1 point

    I've finally committed...now what?

    Definitely agree with this. I highly recommend buying and learning to use a slow cooker as you can easily cook bulk recipes which will leave you with plenty of leftovers for lunches and dinners. There are some great slow cooker blogs online if you don't want to buy a cookbook.
  16. 1 point
    As you will no-doubt read elsewhere on this forum, for a PhD, you apply more to a person than a place. Do you have specific research matches at those listed institutions? That will matter a lot in their judging of your application. Hard to say how competitive you will be--applicants are judged by experience and GRE, yes, but perhaps more by writing and content of research/interest statement, so focus lots of attention there.
  17. 1 point
    I'm an ECE who is wants to specialize in Computer Vision but i'm completely lost in trying to decide between these (I should add I'm an international student.) 1) MASc (research) in ECE at University of Ottawa 2) MEng (taught) in Systems Design Engineer at University of Waterloo (I applied for MASc) I do not want an MEng, primarily because I want to learn how to attack open-ended problems and conduct research. However, I can potentially transfer to an MASc while at Waterloo. I got in touch with a professor too late but he commented that while his team for 2018 is complete, I have an interesting background and to stay in touch for 2019. After I was offered a spot for an MEng, I contacted the professor again asking if would consider me for 2019 (so I can transfer to MASc) and he emailed back a few mins later stating that 'we could see how well you do academically and consider switching you over to an MASc'. I feel that is the best response i can hope for and I should make the best of it. I'm good at course-work so I'm confident I will be able to manage. In addition, there are 7+ professors at Waterloo doing research in Computer Vision so I feel I should be able to convince at least one. My reservation is that I don't have any publications but the email from the professor didn't mention anything as such. On the other hand, I have a firm offer from Ottawa but no funding. If I transfer over to an MASc at Waterloo, I will be funded entirely. Ottawa isn't a bad engineering school and it has a decent Computer Vision lab but Waterloo is a different league. The research at Ottawa is interesting though not as broad as Waterloo. Should I take the 'risk' and go to Waterloo? It's entirely possible no advisor agrees to take me on and I have to graduate with an MEng. However, would that MEng help me in anyway when applying for MASc in the future? I understand nothing is stopping me for going for a PhD even with an MEng but because I won't have enough research opportunities with an MEng, I am not sure how strong my application would be.
  18. 1 point

    Waitlist Success Stories for Hope

    I got accepted off the waitlist this afternoon!!!!
  19. 1 point
    I hope that isn't getting you too down. The fact you got on their waitlist is freaking insane, and I'm sure you'll have great success next cycle.
  20. 1 point
    Yes, I think there will be sufficient time to do internships volunteer work, which will surely help to gain rich experience in humanity and enrich the resume, which will help to get jobs. One of my friends have experience of a humanitarian internship with mission humanitaire, he has also recommended me to check this out to gain humanitarian experience by helping the less fortunate.
  21. 1 point
    Most people I know take the summer off to relax (you've earned it if you've made it this far!) Me personally, I'm starting research early over the summer for two reasons A] I'm switching fields from undergrad to grad school and I'm nervous about being behind (my PI told me not to worry and relax, but it would actually make my anxiety better to get a jumpstart on research and be productive rather than relax and wait around, me personally) and B] I graduated from undergrad a semester early (December) so this spring I took the semester off to relax and spend time with friends already so I don't feel I need the extra break, I'm eager to get started and get back in school-mode. Don't feel bad for relaxing and just mentally preparing yourself for the journey ahead. Otherwise, find housing, register for courses, etc.
  22. 1 point

    Anyone else married with children?

    @Daenerys are your children who I think they are, Khaleesi?
  23. 1 point

    Starting PhD...in 30s?

    It's sad funny just how many of these your post hits.
  24. 1 point

    Problems with J1

    I am on J-1 status too, and my wife has J-2 and also has permission to work. So I was in the same situation as you. The financial requirements for J-1 is different from F-1 in two ways: 1. You need to show funding up front for the entire degree program (6 years in your case), not just the first year 2. Your source of funding must mostly not come from personal/family funds. "Mostly" is not well defined but it sounds like your school is defining it to be 51%. I think you already know that, but just to make sure we are all on the same page. Now, for your actual concern: First, you should know that you need your DS-2019 to show at least 51% of all the funds to come from a source that is not you or your family. The people that create your DS-2019 is your school's international student office. It's up to them to decide how long to make your DS-2019 valid etc., so you will have to work with them! Here are things I think you should do: 1. I am assuming the International Student Office is asking you for this information at this point. I am also assuming that, like most PhD students in the sciences, you have a letter saying you are fully funded for year 1 and will continue to be fully funded as long as you make satisfactory progress etc. Usually, this is enough for the International Office to issue your DS-2019 assuming that you will get all of the funding (or be kicked out otherwise). My letter said the same and my DS-2019 shows the amount for 6 years. So, first, I would forward your offer letter with your funding to your school's international office and see if they will accept conditional funding to be good enough for your DS-2019. 2. If they tell you that they can only put the guaranteed amount, I would ask them what they need from the department in order for you to have the full amount on your DS-2019. Let your department know about this so that they can issue you a letter with satisfactory funding. Of course, if your international office suggests a different path, then go with their advice! I would think that the international office is on "your side" and will help you get what you need! 3. I think it is indeed possible for them to issue a DS-2019 for one year only and then as you get more funding from your department, they can issue additional DS-2019s (or extend yours). This isn't ideal because when you and your wife get to the US on your initial DS-2019s, you will have to use this information to apply for your wife's Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Depending on mysterious rules, your wife's EAD can be valid for just 1 year or it can be valid for many years (my wife's EAD was issued for 4 years). But, the upper limit is the length of your J-1 status, which is tied to the length of your DS-2019, which means if you only have a 1-year DS-2019, then your wife's EAD is only valid for one year and you have to apply for another EAD again. The EAD process takes about 3 months so in order to not have an interruption in your wife's job, she needs to reapply 4-6 months in advance of the expiration, which means you also need to get your DS-2019 extended by then. This can end up taking up a lot of your time and money (applications are $400 each time) so I think you should try to work with your school's international office as best you can in order to get your DS-2019 for the full 6 years!
  25. 1 point
    They are very different topics. If you want a job with world bank or IMF, go for international economics and make sure you are absolutely fluent with applied econometrics. International econ is more about international movement of money/labor/products, you'll be encountering models like Hecksher-Ohlin, and maybe work on topics like how the EU can (or can't) save Greece's economy through manipulation of the euro. International econ is also quite broad, you can specialize by specifically focusing on how international trade of products affects the market etc. Development economics is working with developing countries. You'll be working on projects such as how microfinance will help Indian women, working with models such as Solow, and learning about how a country transitions from developing to developed, working with poverty - Lorenz curve, poverty line, human development index etc. They are completely different topics, can be inter-connected like everything else in life, but yeah. If you got an institution that you absolutely wanted to work for, aka world bank, go for the subject that lefts you do it.


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