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    The Positivity Thread

    My mentor is such a great guy. He lent me his umbrella today because I had to walk further than him in the rain and we were going opposite directions. He is very attentive and encouraging, and we share a lot of the same values. It's funny because I was placed with him by chance to be his RA my first year, and I didn't think I was going to do research in his area. But now I am doing research in his area, and I've worked with him for 3 & 1/2 years, and I don't think I would be as comfortable with the other professors in this area. I'm very thankful that I get to work with him.
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    Applications 2019

    A PhD program advertising is never a good sign.
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    Applications 2019

    I'll take it a step further. The only sure way to know if a program is a good fit is by attending and seeing what happens when you need more support than you realize and/or screw up the second and third time, and/or SHTF due to circumstances beyond your control.
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    Not necessarily. A lot of programs in the humanities wait until after deadlines have passed so they can evaluate applicants at the same time.
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    Thank you! I wish they could have that feature. I may send two scores eventually.. ETS is indeed a money sucker.
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    My advice is to touch on it but not spend too much time. I've been out of school for a while working in an unrelated field, and my advisor has suggested I just mention how I used that time to research and narrow my interests, not mention much about what I was doing. In your case, I would weave it together with your MFA, and say you took time to write creatively and determine what theoretical approaches you were most interested in pursuing, etc. I would steer clear of mentioning the finances or that you wanted to write your novel first (unless the PhD is in creative writing)- focus on how your experiences make you more prepared to pursue a PhD.
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    I'll echo this. A 3.8 in an applied stat MS program doesn't add much, except maybe showing dedication to pursuing a career in the field. I'd say Iowa/Pitt/BU/Vandy would be a good selection of schools, but should make up the higher tier end of you application list. I'd recommended applying to some programs at a lower tier as safeties, because I don't think those programs are "sure things" either. Unless something has changed in recent years, Vanderbilt accepts small cohorts of only 4-5 students and biostat applications are getting increasingly competitive with each passing year. If you're deadset on UNC or comparable school, by all means send them an application, but don't get your hopes up. I wouldn't send apps to more than 1 or 2 top 10s, because at the risk of sounding harsh, it will likely just waste your own time in money.
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    Fall 2020 Biostatistics PhD Targets

    I don't want to be too much of a downer here, but I think you'll likely struggle to get admitted to a top 10 biostatistics program. Your undergrad GPA is substantially below what most admitted students at these programs have (in my top-10 program, the median is north of 3.8), and your Masters degree in Applied Stat is not going change the equation much (in many Masters programs, a 3.8 is around average). In the absence of something else really outstanding in your profile, I think you're looking at places like Iowa/Pitt/BU/Vanderbilt as decent bets, and schools above them as reaches.
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    You want to get that thinknig pattern under control ASAP - all I can say it will get worse during the PhD
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    I feel anxious & guilty every time I'm not transcribing interviews. Sometimes, immediately after I decide to have a break from that task. The worst part is that I am right on my schedule (I plan to finish it all for December 7th) and made a week by week schedule for that task. I always feel like I'm not doing enough, that there's always something left to be done. Wow. Everybody knows I'm a hard worker and I know I am. But I still fear not being able to finish my thesis in February. I also fear producing something that is not "quality research" because I want to produce good work. I did not expect this to be so challenging for my perfectionist and control freak sides of my personality.
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    I'm getting a ton of conflicting information regarding my SOP drafts and it's making me really stressed out and unsure how to proceed. I'm nearly at the point where I'm even questioning my decision to apply.
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    Fall 2020 Biostatistics PhD Targets

    I don't think you need to get another masters. You should have a really solid chance to get into places like Minnesota, Wisconsin, Emory, which are very good schools. You should almost certainly get into Iowa, Pittsburgh, Boston or VCU, which are all still ranked top 20.
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    IceCream & MatSci

    Grant Writing

    @jwiz Well, during my undergraduate, I was actually required to take a English class for research and scientific writing where one of the assignments was to write a fake grant with two other people. That was the only experience I have so far of doing such a thing, though. While researching graduate programs, I noticed that some schools have training programs and some of those programs have classes where you can take a grant writing class. Otherwise, I suspect your research advisor will be the one to help you, but there will be a lot of learning along the way. It is all very dependent on the university and its department, in my opinion. I would do a lot of research on the universities you are applying to and maybe even contact graduate students to see what is done there in terms of learning grant writing.
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    I'm applying to the Ed policy program too! How far along are you with the application?
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    Need some encouragement!

    Yes, Master Clinician is great! You do have to pay for it, but it's only 35 bucks a year, so it's a good investment.
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    Sources in Writing Sample

    You have plenty of time if you put together a reasonable game plan. Budget the next day to doing additional research and taking notes. Use Jstor to find secondary works on slave revolts. Go to a library and make some good decisions and lucky guesses on which published secondary works. Jot down ideas that will help you flesh out your argument. Using the writing tactics that are comfortable, flesh out your essay on days two and three. Walk away from it on day four. Work on other aspects of your applications on this day. The one and only one thing that you might do for your piece is to decide upon a title. Proofread for clarity on day five in the morning. Make revisions in the afternoon/evening of day five. After finishing your revisions, proof your citations to make sure they're up to speed. Final scrub for typing errors and grammatical mistakes on day six. For this scrub, try reading the essay backwards, word by word, punctuation mark by punctuation mark. If you've not already done so, try your best to identify the historiographical debate your piece addresses. What are the competing scholarly viewpoints on slave rebellions? What kinds of evidence do historians marshall to make their arguments? How do your primary source materials help to confirm or correct any of the competing views? Does the study of slave rebellion have relevance today? Along the way, make sure that you define your terms and establish your boundaries. Why rebellion and not revolt? Which rebellions are you discussing and why? If you're using specific rebellions to make broader generalizations, say so. If broader generalizations about slave rebellions do not match up to the rebellions you're discussing, say why they don't. Whatever you do, make sure that you get enough to eat and enough to sleep. Make sure you do what you can to take care of yourself emotionally. Make sure that you save your essay often with a backup copy on a cloud. Or two. Yes, the next week is going to be a bit of a grind, maybe even the most significant challenge you've faced yet as a historian. Focus on doing the best that you can under the circumstances. If you come away from the experience knowing that you did the best you could under the circumstances, you've done well.
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    I revived and modified some code from the archived R package brewdata to get that info in a more usable format. I thought maybe others would find it useful, so here's all the admissions data for submissions that had at least GPA or GRE quant scores. biostatistics-dataGT.csv
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    I think this person's whole profile is a scam.
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    GRE retake?

    GRE really isn't a big part of the application. It can't really hurt you. I wouldn't spend the time/money on it
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    I'm not totally sure what to do with this sentence. This phrasing makes it sound like the burden of maintaining the relationship falls entirely on your girlfriend's shoulders, and that by choosing a more distant school she's the one who has potentially jeopardized things. If her choice was something the two of you agreed on, as you said initially, then this kind of second-guessing doesn't seem very fair to her. Frankly, it hints that you're already starting to develop some bitterness about the choice, and that suggests a lot about the relationship already. I admit, I'm not of any use to answering your concern -- my partner and I have been able to make all our big school-related moves together, and long distance is something we've been able to avoid. I just wanted to point out that the way you've phrased your worries indicates something that, if you are truly committed to this relationship, you may not have meant to imply.
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    Accepted PHD Students and GRE

    V: 167 (97%) Q: 149 (37%) AW: 5 (93%) Took the GRE twice. Yes, it is a hilarious discrepancy and I have no idea how I got in anywhere with that Q score either. Applied to 11 schools, received interviews from 4 well-regarded clinical science PhD programs, offers from all 4. My low Q score was probably a factor that kept me out of the running for some of the more competitive schools I applied to, but who knows if those would even has been as much of a great fit as my current program is. I absolutely don't recommend slacking on the GRE (I should have started studying a lot earlier and studied a lot more considering my minimal math experience in HS and college) but yeah. I include my scores to illustrate the fact that there is no "formula" guaranteeing success in the crazy admissions process.

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