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  1. Happy New Year and new decade! Here’s hoping we all close out the next decade with a refined sense of who we are, where we want to be, and what we value most in life (And doctoral degrees!)
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  2. I read somewhere that if you’re caught off guard, you should express enthusiasm but say you have an appointment coming up/another commitment and ask if you can schedule a time to chat. It’s never happened to me, so YMMV. You could also just let it go to voicemail and then call back when you’ve had a few minutes to prepare. Applicants have busy lives, and more so than ever people don’t pick up calls from numbers they don’t recognize. Preparing some baseline answers to those tough questions is a good idea, but you probably don’t need to feel obligated to take or continue the surprise call right
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  3. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE *SENT WITH FIREWORKS*
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  4. Happy New Years everyone! I hope the graduation applications go well as well the results!
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  5. Happy new year gradcafe. 2020 is the year of fulfillment. I absolve you of all your worries. 😦
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  6. I've said it before and I'll say it again: going through January permanently sloshed is a great plan.
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  7. It's so refreshing to see SO MANY people who are reacting the same way I am right now - OP could literally be me, I know interview requests aren't likely to go out until next week at the earliest for my schools but I can't stop obsessively checking if anyone else heard anything! I have been having a lot of trouble staying calm. This is something I have worked so hard for, for so long. I know many of us go through multiple rounds of applications before securing a program, but that idea is so frustrating that I'm feeling overly desperate to get into one this round lol. Like, I already took
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  8. Usually some biostat programs and Ohio State start sending things out by now or soon, so hopefully we start getting some results later this week or next. Good luck, everyone!
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  9. I'm ducking in to wish all applicants good luck during this interview season! I’m a faculty member, and I have now observed a number of application cycles at multiple institutions, including my own graduate program. I haven’t yet cracked the code to reducing the stress for my own trainees as they apply to doctoral programs, but because the ambiguity of the process can be the most stress-inducing, I thought I’d share some information that my trainees often find helpful. Long post ahead, and, disclaimer, the below is my opinion based on my experience and observation over the years and should not
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  10. I havent have a good night of sleep in a while. Currently, I am learning how to write and its difficult. I tend to wake up in the middle of the night just because my brain decided that there are some rules/perspectives about writing that I need to "write down". Since I am currently in Alaska, I check my emails as soon as I wake up, since most of the day has passed in the lower 48. Finally, I can't wait for this process to be over; I wish you all a great and joyful year!
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  11. Does anyone actually get an unscheduled pre-screening phone call? I have two coming up, but they've both been scheduled. I'd be nervous too to get an unscheduled one. I would help you if I could. I don't know yet what questions will be asked. Best of luck in your applications! And happy new year!
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  12. Does anyone know what the interview day schedules look like? I have heard it is all day meetings and a group dinner at night. Any insight into what to expect would be amazing.
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  13. First time posting here and first time applying to programs.... I'm really nervous that I'm going to get an unscheduled pre-screening phone interview. I was hoping those of you who have gotten these could give me some insight to better prepare. What kinds of questions were asked, how long was the call, etc. I've applied to 12 programs so any advice on how to be ready to talk about any given program on the fly would also be helpful! Feel free to PM me if that's preferred!
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  14. I think applying to umbrella/more flexible programs (that include a solid list of immunology faculty) is a smart move for someone trying to switch into the field. I would say that when I interviewed with Imm specific programs, most of the other interviewees I talked to did have considerable Imm research experience or exposure (e.g. worked in microbio or cancer labs that dabbled in immunology). I had a 3.75 GPA and 90+ percentile GREs, which I was pretty happy with, but my undergrad PI felt it'd be much safer if I had a 3.8 (he brought it up multiple times during my senior year and I wa
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  15. Hello peeps, The invites for Yale are going to be sent mid January like last year and the interview day is 2/10-- one day head of last year. For those who have yet to receive any good news, do not lose hope!
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  16. Seems like a tough year - we started hearing back mid-late December. Hoping ya'll get some good news to start off 2020!
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  17. @futurespeechpath1 Thank you for your response! I felt better reading your comment! I'll try not to worry so much hahah but thanks again!!
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  18. I've seen one possibly this cycle, though the school it was for has two clinical psych faculty members with the same initials, so....🙃 To be safe, I've like mentally crossed them off even though it's possible that it's not who I applied with. What's also killing me is the fact that I've seen preliminary interviews for some of my desired schools roll in and yet my inbox reminds quiet. I understand that they're just preliminary phone/skype calls and that they don't mean I'm out (negating the fact that I don't know who their POIs are), but it still causes my anxiety to raise.
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  19. Hey all! International applicant here that also hasn't heard back from anywhere. I've applied to NYU Sackler Biomedical Sciences, Johns Hopkins CMM, Penn State Biomedical Sciences, and Roswell Park Cancer Sciences. Hopefully we find out more by the end of this week! I'll let you all know any news I hear. Hopefully no news is good news indeed!
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  20. A huge +1 on all of this from another doctoral faculty member. Stay sane and be kind to yourselves. This is a competitive process and rejections do not mean you are not a high quality candidate, or that you were not considered very strongly. Rejections are normal and a typical part of the process. This does not reflect on you. I encourage you to make the choices that are right for you personally and professionally. Its an important balance between those two because this is a lengthy part of your life that you are planning to spend in a program, in close relations with your classmat
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  21. I love that! One of my favorites is "Nothing to it but to do it". Reminds me to just keep chugging along, don't get too caught up in my own head, and any movement is better than no movement. I hope 2020 has some amazing things in store for us all!
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  22. I feel you both! I also absolutely despise uncertainty and this unpredictable process really makes us question our strengths and qualities... In case anyone find helpful, I would like to share my two mottos that I religiously live by, in terms of academic/career life: 1) This is fundamentally me overcoming myself and 2) I didn't come this far, only to come this far. Happy New Years, everyone. Hope you treat yourself with good food and great quality sleeps at the least!
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  23. Anyone else having a hard time staying positive?? I feel like I'm putting so much energy into convincing myself that there is still plenty of time to hear back from schools and I am worthy of an interview (at least) but I don't believe myself lol. The uncertainty and variability of the process are difficult to handle! My impatience is my far my most annoying quality 😅
    1 point
  24. Current student! I can ask to confirm, but fairly positive that they’ll try to determine your preference during interviews, and ask which you are leaning towards. The NSGP and GPP have different funding mechanisms, and thus different numbers of slots per year etc, so you’d likely just receive an offer from one of them rather than both. The first year/coursework is identical for both, so its really just about preference for location/resources for the remainder of your PhD (RI vs Maryland). Let me know if you have any questions, look forward to seeing you!
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  25. What are your professional goals? What do you envision doing with your graduate education? Have you looked at the differences between a Ph.D. and a Psy.D? What about other career fields and options (LCSW, etc)? Once you begin to answer these important questions, then you can move towards searching for mentors/programs/schools that can get you there. The bottom line (and you probably know this already): You are severely limiting your career options by focusing on programs that do not require a GRE. For the OP and or other new applicants interested in becoming clinical psychologists: F
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  26. Yeah, I’m inclined to say this is not a big deal. Obviously plagiarism is a no-no, but if you properly cited the paraphrase and just didn’t utilize language unique enough from the original source, that’s probably what’s tripping up Turnitin (which is by no means the be-all, end-all of academic integrity checks). Now, if you actually used a direct quote from the source but neglected to put it in quotation marks, that’s some sloppy citation, and certainly something to be more cognizant of in the future, but still not a sign of ill intent on your part. (Not that plagiarism is defined solely by in
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  27. According to my intuition, and my understanding from previous graduate school experience, the graduate offices are not that into this process. At the end, professors will decide. So I do not think that it leaves bad impression. They are responsible for answering our questions. Also I do not think that this three sentences create a big issue for you. So chill out. Best of luck!!
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  28. Hi everyone, 1st year clinical (Ph.D.) student here. I remember being in your place around this time last year (and several years before that), and found myself reminiscing how awful all those feelings were during “application” season. The uncertainty, checking my emails at all hours of the day, comparing my stats; background/experiences to other equally competitive applicants, refreshing the stupid forums and invites pages at every minute- ALL of it. It took me 3 application rounds to finally be accepted, at my “dream” institution, with a PI who I “dreamed” of working with (For refe
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  29. So I literally stumbled upon this quote today as I'm doing reading for my master's thesis, but Mari Ruti writes in The Ethics of Opting Out, "The task of theory is to reinvent the world rather than to merely describe its existing—impoverished—forms, there is, for me, a difference between theorizing that provides alternatives to lives as they are currently lived and theorizing that sounds like futile talk about visions that are entirely untenable as real-life options" (151). To answer some of your questions, I took a critical theory class as an undergrad, and a few of my upper level litera
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  30. They updated their website that they plan to let individuals know early January
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  31. A very accomplished PI said something to me at a holiday party that has really resonated with me and hopefully will help others as well. I was discussing how I couldn't wait to get into a program and finally start my career/life. He stopped me and said no, you've already started. This is the early stages of your career. You are succeeding now, working as a research assistant, building a solid CV. The next step is a PhD, but it's not the beginning. So, friends. You've already started. You're well on your way! Hope you all had a lovely holiday 🙂
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  32. I agree with this post. If you are pursuing a PhD, a low GPA can hurt your application largely because you'll be screened out and won't reach final stages of the review process. Clinical psychology programs have hundreds of applications, and use metrics like GPA, GRE, etc. to filter. A master's degree could help "override" your undergrad GPA, and help you bypass these filters. Some advice I received that has been helpful: look at your application like data. The more data you have that suggests you're a good candidate (e.g. high GRE, research experience), the higher your chances. Try to make yo
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  33. In the end, this is your life and it should be lived as such. Do what makes you happy! Noonene is going to crucify you for making a choice based on your happiness. Cheers ❤️
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  34. Maka

    DAAD Scholarship 2020-2021

    For DAAD masters scholarship, today i received invitation for interview by mail 😄
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  35. A bit surprised by these last few comments.. 🤨 There could be so many factors behind why somebody's undergraduate GPA is not that great; I think that if you are able to obtain excellent GRE scores, you definitely have a chance at being admitted into a PhD program. In addition, as somebody said above, pursuing a master's degree could also help you.
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  36. Look up neuroscientists Brad Boytek, currently a UCSD professor, UCLA undergrad, and UC Berkeley PhD
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  37. Cool! In fact, my department has a professor who got his PhD from Fordham and he told me Fordham is a good place to study continental philosophy. I'll message you in the near future if my friend wants to know more details about studying phenomenology in USA, thanks!
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  38. So glad you made this, lol, because I didn't want to spam any other threads. I'm also pulling my hair out. Just yesterday I was all "I guess NONE of the schools are interested in me. Time to leave the continent and apply for European programs! Good bye mom and dad!" This past week, I've been saying "No checking gradcafe...", but I've been doing it at least 3 times a day. I was browsing the invite thread last year (i didn't apply), and I said I wasn't going to be one of those neurotic posters. Haha. I even have one of those website blockers extensions installed... but I keep dis
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  39. Committed to UIC PREP and will be removing apps from places I interviewed( Uchicago, Tufts). Hopes it helps someone. So long, gradcafe!
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  41. @ringoandme thank you so much!! I think I'm mostly just rattled after receiving another rejection. Those tips are really helpful! My interview is in about four hours, you're not too late. I'm still a ball of anxiety, but less so now that a few hours have passed. I wrote a to do list of things to prepare me in the hour before the interview (at work until then) and I think between these things, the items you mentioned and in the other threads, and some mindfulness/grounding activities I should be a lot better prepared.
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  42. Life is beautiful! Don't let whatever happens in this process bring you down! I am not checking this website until March 31st hopefully I will read about great updates on where people are going. GO HAVE FUN! *mic drop*
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  43. Update: I got into a program!!! However, I was encouraged by the head of the admission committee to apply for the Masters route. If I excel academically my first year, I will be able to transfer into the PhD program! I'm very excited for the opportunity. This just goes to show that anything is possible. If I am able to get into the PhD program, I'll post back on here and hopefully be able to inspire others to never give up when pursuing your dream!!!
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  44. I'm happy to be able to add a story to this list. I had multiple false starts at a very highly ranked undergraduate school. I wasn't going to class, wasn't doing homework, wasn't engaged at all. I took a year off, came back, was recommended to take some time off. Tried to come back, again had to leave. My overall GPA was 2.0. After officially flunking out I worked for a couple years and somehow managed to get them to readmit me. Upon return I had a 3.5 GPA the rest of the way - an improvement but it was far from perfect, with a couple B-'s. My overall GPA netted out to a 2.5 and I graduated fo
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