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  1. 8 points
    Pallavi.Daga

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    Got accepted into MICA MA program! Still waiting it out for the MFA program but will be taking it up even if I don't get accepted! Sent rejects out to UIC and NCSU.
  2. 5 points
    YAY! I get to post School: Adler University (Chicago) Concentration: Clinical Type: PsyD Date of Acceptance: April 11th Notified: Email
  3. 5 points
    mustmatatus

    2019 Decisions Thread

    Going to UW-Madison!
  4. 4 points
    cassidyaxx

    2019 Decisions Thread

    Accepted Uconn's MA offer today!
  5. 4 points
    Alex1995

    Final Outcomes

    Accepted Columbia's offer today!
  6. 4 points
    School: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Concentration: Cognitive Type: Ph.D. Date of Acceptance: April 12th Notified: Email, accepted off the waitlist. $20,200 stipend (TA-ship) with $2,000 summer funding. Health insurance covered by funding package. ~$950 fees/semester Trying to decide between here and UVa tomorrow (4/13) to free up a waitlist spot.
  7. 4 points
    htimspri

    NIH PREP 2019-2020 Applicants unite

    I just spoke with Dr. Streete. He said that they are confirming faculty members for the ESI PREP program, and some advisers have not gotten back with their availability yet. If those advisers do not have availabilities, they will have to revisit students' applications. He said this process may, and likely will, go on into next week. To clarify, no interviews have been conducted for ESI PREP. He also noted that interviews for ESI PREP are more of a formality, as at that point an adviser has already agreed to work with a particular student. It sounds like they have made a nearly final list of who they would like in the program, but cannot finalize it until faculty members report back. Side note - Imagine getting removed from the finalist list because a faculty member doesn't have availability!
  8. 4 points
    ima__ima

    NIH PREP 2019-2020 Applicants unite

    That seems to be the case, yeah. There might be slightly different timelines for NIH-PREP vs. ESI-PREP... if anybody posts decisions, please be specific about which of the two programs you applied to!
  9. 4 points
    tacocat211

    2019 Decisions Thread

    Accepted UNC Chapel Hill’s offer today. You can take the girl out of Texas but apparently not too far out of the south!
  10. 3 points
    Congratulations on your excellent acceptances. You can't really go wrong with those choices, but I would say you should strongly consider Duke if you could see yourself being really into Bayesian statistics and computational stuff. There is definitely theoretical research going on there as well (particularly for Bayesian nonparametrics), but there is also a big focus on Bayesian methodology and addressing computational challenges at Duke. If you're agnostic about Bayesian vs. frequentist, then the other two might be better. It seems as though UChicago is the most theoretical of the ones on your list. Many talks I've attended by alumni and PhD students from UChicago seem to be solidly in theory (like proving risk bounds, attaining confidence intervals with the correct asymptotic coverage, etc.). So if you are solidly into theory, then that could be a good choice. Columbia seems to have a good balance of theoretical and applied/computational work, with some faculty who work a lot on statistical theory (e.g. Bodhisattva Sen) and others who work a lot on algorithms/methodology (e.g. David Blei). One other poster on this board was deciding between UPenn Wharton and Columbia Statistics, and they mentioned that they liked Columbia for being more applied than Wharton.
  11. 3 points
    I second what @hlr20 said! Themes not only allow you to express your interests in a clever way, but can also make your personal statement much more cohesive and meaningful. Thank you for sharing your outline! Here is an idea of the outline I used for most of my statements (which I then tailored to each program I applied to based on a format they expected). Keep in mind, I applied to a scientist-practitioner program so it's not solely about research. PARAGRAPH 1: Personal story; introduce theme. Strong hook that connects to a theme you are trying to convey. Thesis = I am applying to X program at Y university to do Z research. PARAGRAPH 2: Relevant volunteer/job experiences (my research interests correlated much more with my non-research experience in terms of the population I am interested in working with) How have you grown through these experiences? How have these experiences influenced the research interests you are pursuing? PARAGRAPH 3: Research experience What have your previous research experiences taught you? What gap have you noticed in research? PARAGRAPHS 4/5 - WHO do you want to work with in this program (if applicable), and WHY this program? What are your specific research interests, and which professor are you interested in working with based on those interests? How can their experience help you? How will this program specifically help you reach your goals? Try to tie in aspects of the program to your personal interests. (Ex: The social justice orientation of this program aligns with my desire to support marginalized populations.) Make sure to explicitly mention your goals and tie them in to the training provided by the program (Ex: The vast teaching opportunities in this program will help me be prepared for a career in academia.) PARAGRAPH 6 - Summarize, explain societal/community impact Why is this research needed, and why is it urgent? Why are you the best fit for this type of research and program?
  12. 2 points
    Hi guys, I need some help/advice on deciding between two schools (and it's terrifyingly close to the 15th!) I'm coming straight from undergrad and I've been admitted to two great PhD programs! There are two main factors that I'm deliberating between: academic fit and social fit. Backstory on the social consideration: I'm very shy and have social anxiety, but it's extremely important for me to feel connected with people...it's just very hard to achieve for me. I know I won't be as successful in a program if it isn't also a good social fit; that's why it's as important to me as the academic fit. School A has a couple profs with research interests in the same ballpark as mine, but not exactly the same focus and emphasis. However, I LOVED the people there and made some close friends that I'm still in contact with. I felt like I easily made progress in overcoming the social anxiety and became connected and attached to the people. School B has a prof there whose interests match up exactly with mine! She's really big in my AOI and it'd be so exciting to study with her. However, while the people were very nice, I didn't feel quite as connected there. While I think I'd end up okay socially, it just wasn't as good (or instant) of a fit as School A. So, what are yall's opinions/experiences on the importance of academic and/or social fit? I welcome any and all suggestions because I'm torn. Thanks so much for reading!!!
  13. 2 points
    cassidyaxx

    2019 Applicants

    Thanks! It's a great funding package so I'm pretty excited
  14. 2 points
    Here is a handout from a personal statement seminar I went to. I got some really solid advice from a good friend who is getting their PhD at Purdue, he talked about how to write your personal statement differently and interestingly without getting caught up in the natural formula that people use. Personal statements tend to be written chronologically. For example: "I've done A, I've done B, I've done C and those led me to D". There is nothing wrong with this, but there is a way to change it up so that your personal statement feels less formulaic and can highlight a lot more than just your resume/CV. Try writing your personal statement in terms of "themes". This is really hard to do because it forces you to look back on your life and analyze yourself like you are a character from a book haha. But I will show you what he sent me when I gave him my rough draft. Keep in mind that he helped me formulate this outline based on what I wrote, so yours could be very different: PARAGRAPH 1: Personal story PARAGRAPH 2: Research interests: what questions interested you? How did your research mentor(s) introduce you to questions? PARAGRAPH 3: Research application How did you start answering questions/researching into your interests? What were you doing to answer these questions What did it show me (show that you know WHY you were doing research) PARAGRAPH 4 - Research impact, personal motivation How have you changed as a person through your research? PARAGRAPH 5 - Future; grad school (what is your research?); job after grad school (professorship, teaching, research), societal/community impact From your past research, how have you decided what you are going to do now One good way to organize your personal statement is to write what your story chronologically, then highlight in different colors the different categories of the paragraphs shown above. For example, highlight everything yellow in your personal statement that has to do with "research impact and personal motivation" and then organize your essay by color and see if you can get it to flow. If anything, this is a great exercise to conceptualize your own life, which is a super hard feat. Personal statements are very hard because of this reason. Hope this helped! Let me know if you have any questions Writing a Personal Statement_2018_handout.pdf
  15. 2 points
    Stat Assistant Professor

    Help me decide

    A Masters degree can help for eventual PhD admissions to a solid mid-tier program in the USA (like OSU, Rutgers, or UF) if your undergrad math background was light, if your grades weren't the best in undergrad, and/or if your undergrad institution is very obscure. Agreed with the above poster that it would be easier to give you advice about your path forward if you provide more detail about your background. Of the two options you've provided, though, UMBC would probably be the better choice, as they have a ranked Statistics doctoral program (#69 in USNWR) and it seems as though their program is more "traditional" (with Masters comprehensive exams and PhD qualifying exams): https://mathstat.umbc.edu/graduate-programs-of-study/. They also have a Thesis option, although if you are planning to apply for the 2021 cycle, I'm not sure how much that will help your application. But as far as gateways to solid mid-tier doctoral programs, UMBC would certainly be the more promising avenue.
  16. 2 points
    Kantattheairport

    Final Outcomes

    Congratulations! Ah, a little earlier than last year, at least, so you're not left wondering until the end. Congrats on finalizing at a great department!
  17. 2 points
    Also there is a facebook group for incoming clinical students at UWindsor (adult, child, and neuro) so if anyone accepts and wants to be apart of it PM me!
  18. 2 points
    victoriansimpkins

    2019 Decisions Thread

    Accepted SIUC!
  19. 2 points
    Eek! Accepted to WUSTL off the waitlist!
  20. 2 points
    Lowe

    2019 Decisions Thread

    Just accepted Northwestern’s offer. Anyone else?
  21. 2 points
    For those who don't know, the Iowa Writer's Workshop is the premier creative writing program in the US. As such, applying there turns people into rabid animals.
  22. 1 point
    yallabye

    2019-2020 Boren Applicants

    Hey, I found this from the Boren site: "Selection panels will also seek wide geographic and diverse institutional representation among candidates, as well as ethnic and gender diversity and distribution among academic disciplines related to national security interests." However, to the extent of their consideration of marginalized groups, not too sure...
  23. 1 point
    historygeek

    Applications 2019

    Exciting! See you in class next fall. Not exactly grad school related, but I just got the first draft of my thesis done! I still have to do edits on three chapters that my advisor reviewed, but all of the big writing is out of the way.
  24. 1 point
    Ahh congrats! (Sorry if this sounds creepy but I interviewed there too and was hoping you would get in when I saw you rally wanted to go there).
  25. 1 point
    Seems like there's some conflicting information coming out? I was told last week by Dr. Streete that final announcements would be made by the end of this week...
  26. 1 point
    If anyone has been waiting, I will decline a spot at Stony Brook today
  27. 1 point
    maddiegrace

    2019 Canadian SLP Thread

    For anyone going to U of T, I created a Facebook group for us, so please request to join and I’ll let you in! It’s called “U of T SLP 2021” 😊
  28. 1 point
    Nicator

    Applications 2019

    Accepted Cornell's offer. This Aussie is on his way to the US - woo!
  29. 1 point
    I'm in the exact same boat. I've been thinking on it for a while, and I've decided to go with Brown. It seems to offer just as many perks as Northwestern (i.e. internship opportunities, research, etc.) with a lower tuition. Plus, the fact that we get to make our own curriculum and conduct a legitimate thesis seems like a better use of our time. Providence is only an hour or so from Boston, the biotech capital, and rent is relatively cheap as compared to Chicago. What are your thoughts?
  30. 1 point
    Sigaba

    Applications 2019

    If you've not done so already, do what you can to schedule "exit interviews" with those at your current institution who have helped you get to this point. Pick their brains for suggestions on how you can improve as a historian at Villanova. Please consider the advantages of not, repeat, not asking what you could do to become a stronger applicant.
  31. 1 point
    Everyone has given great advice but just want to add my own opinions. To me, there is no situation in which going to a non-funded PsyD or PhD program is a good idea, especially given the tuition rates at these programs tend to be quite high. Unless you are a drug dealer or heir to a large fortune, you're going to ultimately be dealing with paying premiums with exorbitant interest rates for multiple decades...which will be challenging even if you are in the top 20% salary for psychologists. Clearly research is something that engages and interest you. This is a tough position to be in, and you have other commitments and needs to consider. Unfortunately, life is rarely linear and it requires a lot of course-correction. Think of it this way, a gamble of an extra year or two now...to end up at the career/lifestyle that is most meaningful for you for the rest of your life...not the worst deal in the world. You are privileged to even be able to consider these options. Now of course it is a risk and there is no guarantee you will be admitted should you apply again. So if you plan to, you better do your research, talk to professors/researchers in the field, and maximize the potency of your application.
  32. 1 point
    TexasTiger

    Applications 2019

    I've decided to accept my admission into Villanova's MA program
  33. 1 point
    BarrissOffee

    2019 Applicants

    Thank you! I ended up at BC. Best of luck to you as well!
  34. 1 point
    Duns Scotus

    Final Outcomes

    Sure! UConn! 🤩
  35. 1 point
    mithrandir8

    Final Outcomes

    Got the email that NYU isn't taking from their waitlist this year and sent my acceptance to Pitt!
  36. 1 point
    Ranking/prestige won’t make your success - go where you feel wanted, comfortable, and see yourself being happy!
  37. 1 point
    dangermouse

    2019 Decisions Thread

    i've officially accepted michigan!! (which is a relief as my birthday was recently and a lot of my friends bought me michigan-related gifts... would've been an amazing but shortlived punchline to have been like "haha actually i'm staying at oxford but thanks anyway i guess").
  38. 1 point
    I did my undergrad at University of Illinois for SLP. Though I loved the campus, I was not a fan of the faculty and the environment of their SLP program. As someone who went through the program, I believe it is fair to say that UIUC is not very student focused. Instead, the University of Illinois is much more research focused. I was meeting with a TA when she told me she wished she didn't attend University of Illinois. As a Junior in the program, I was confused as to why since it was the only SLP program I had ever known and I was a transfer. Soon enough, about 3 other TA's came in talking about how they regret their decision because of lack of support from teachers and funding. It was really sad to hear.I am by no means against University of Illinois, I loved the campus and the people I met, but as I was going to Open Houses for other schools, I began to understand what the Tis in the SLP program were talking about. There are many other programs that are more client centered, and less intense on research. Also, as for funding at UIUC, good luck. Funding at UIUC is nearly impossible to get. During my 4 years in undergrad, I only met 3 people with funding from UIUC. Again, I know I'm sounding negative but the out of state price is crazy. I have been in two graduate classes during my undergrad and I got to know many graduate students who weren't very fond of the program. This could have to go with hiring on a bunch of new professors, so it was (and will be) a rebidding year or two. My advice, all your masters is in 2 years, I wouldn't spend any extra money if you don't have to. Be where your familiar, close to your family and boyfriend. And I promise you the competitive nature is everywhere, I applied for grad schools where they had a more hands on approach to students and their clients. From reading your post, I feel like you already know what the right answer is, I just thought I would give you a point of view from someone who has experienced the program. Hope this helps!
  39. 1 point
    trytostay

    2019 Decisions Thread

    Officially starting at Columbia in the fall!
  40. 1 point
    SpeechM

    2019 Canadian SLP Thread

    I just accepted an unconditional offer at UofA this afternoon 3pm Alberta time! I will be declining at McGill after work today.
  41. 1 point
    Slpstudent2468

    Project LINC-SLP / UT Austin

    I got a polite funding rejection email today, so you might have a shot on the wait list!
  42. 1 point
    cixelated

    MFA 2019 Freak Out Forum

    Update: while I was rejected by the Painting program I was considered by the sculpture program based on my portfolio and essay so I have an interview noon Friday fro Cranbrook!
  43. 1 point
    Finally heard back from UNLV, got rejected. CSU Fullerton offered me a TA position though!
  44. 1 point
    Lauren210

    Counseling -Non Psych Thread

    I am going to be studying school counseling at Fordham University in their masters program.
  45. 1 point
    hello, though this thread might've been inactive as of now, i just wanted to say that out of all the Cal State schools i've applied to for the MSW program (CSUN, CSU Fullerton, CSULA, and CSULB), i am committing to the MSW program at CSUN. for those of you who got accepted at CSUN and will be attending the orientation there on April 22nd, i look forward in seeing you all!
  46. 1 point
    Anyone still waiting and hoping to get off the waitlist for their top choice? Very nerve-wrecking since we're just shy of 1 week away from the deadline. Best of luck to everyone!
  47. 1 point
    Toya

    Observation Hours !!

    Most of the schools I applied to required observation hours to completed through a college with a professor signing off on them. In fact, mine was done on my own and I have to redo my hours in grad school.
  48. 1 point
    Hi! As an international student who also desires to become a licensed psychologist, I would say master programs don't seem like a good choice for you. I applied to several master & PsyD programs this season and eventually regretted spending time on master programs. It occurred to me that I won't even consider them as long as any PsyD program gave me an offer. Luckily, I did get one. So, if you want to go PsyD route, accumulate clinical experience, and research experience for the Ph.D. route.
  49. 1 point
    Based on your stats, I would say you don't have to pursue to MA, especially if it's not directly in the field you want to go into. I would say work for a few years, get more productive research outcomes i.e. publications, posters, etc. and maybe work full time in a productive research lab with these opportunities. You have a good GPA and undergrad background in psych, and I personally think a masters is only worth it to improve your GPA before applying. Additionally, there are many research grants that you only qualify for your first year of graduate studies, and I know people that did masters before a phd program that regretted this decisions as they were ineligible to apply for these. My current PI/boss really turned me away from doing a masters and says often it just puts people in debt and productive research opportunities are not guaranteed. Hope that helps and feel free to PM me if you have any questions! I worked full time for 2 years before applying and getting into a Phd program.
  50. 1 point
    If you're looking to live off campus, you can start looking now to see the general prices... I've looked at apartments a month before move in and it was fine. Of course, all the "good" places were taken by then. Maybe aim to start looking May-July if you're looking to start in the fall.


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