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  1. Sounds like you are looking for validation and support of your own conscripted answer, and not the perspectives and insights of those who already navigated this path....
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  2. With that many high-quality programs not accepting applicants this year, it's also a good idea to contemplate the fact that others are, and why that might be the case.
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  3. There is a reddit thread compiling programs that are not accepting applicants that many of you will find useful: https://www.reddit.com/r/gradadmissions/comments/iekjt5/updated_list_of_programs_not_accepting_applicants/
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  4. Hi everyone! Bit of a long-time listener, first time caller. Obviously this forum has many more English PhD applicants over rhet./comp. applicants, so I wanted to create a thread for this cycle for people to chat/commiserate about this weird application cycle in our tiny field, and to see where people are thinking and what their broad research interests are! I'm interested largely in the intersection of rhetorical/critical theory, as well as applying a philosophy lens to rhetoric of law (mainly Derrida, Heidegger, Kant). So far, applying to Penn State, UT Austin, UMD, and Berkeley, but st
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  5. Does not needing funding or money make schools more likely to accept you? Even if they claim financial status doesn't affect applications? *not coming from a place of privilege, but just curious if this makes an impact*.
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  6. Hi guys, I am hoping that I can use the wisdom in this forum to bust myths about some programs and decide which schools to apply to. I would love to hear your, especially alum’s, thoughts on the programs mentioned, whether I have incorrect assumptions about them, what I failed to consider, and, if possible, program recommendations (not limited to the those mentioned here.) Also, I'll be almost 30 year-old when submitting applications. Will being older negatively impact my chances of getting in? I’ve been working as a diplomat for a small Asian country for the past five years and am
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  7. Hey there, I'm curious about y'alls thoughts on degrees like Columbia's QMSS and UChicago's MACSS as compared to programs like UChicago MSCAPP, and CMU Heinz MSPPM-DA. The classes seem to be really similar between both sets of programs, but I'm getting the sense that QMSS and MACSS are more suited towards people looking to go on to PHDs, does that resonate with current/former students? I'm hoping to attend a program that sets me up to be a practitioner immediately after, and don't intend on pursuing a PHD. It also seems like the MSCAPP and MSPPM-DA can be encompass more city plannin
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  8. Depends a little when your deadlines are for making your final application decisions. With that aside, I'd say 2-3 weeks from the first email. Keep it very brief, include the original email below, and assume any error is in your side. For example: "Dear Dr. Chu, I hope you are doing well in your new academic year. I'm following up on the below email and wanted to make sure it reached you. Please let me know if there is any other information that I could provide or if I could clarify anything for you. I appreciate your time, -dancewithmoonlight"
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  9. So roughly 1st/2nd year graduate student and junior/senior - approximately. It is natural to rationalize whatever situation you may be in / want to get involved in and look for differences. Ultimately, you make the decisions for your life. However, just appreciate that if you seek to dip in the undergrad pool, the natural perception from others (myself in included if I heard about this randomly in public) rightly or wrongly is that the grad student went the easy route because the person didn't want to become an adult and the undergrad made the power play and took advantage of someone
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  10. jadeisokay

    2021 Closed Admissions

    i'm still waiting on northwestern comm studies and brown modern culture/media to say anything.
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  11. Dal is NOT requiring GRE scores for the upcoming application cycle. See under "GRE Scores" https://www.dal.ca/academics/programs/graduate/psychology-and-neuroscience/admissions/how-to-apply.html
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  12. I wouldn't consider it creepy, although I think you'll find yourself quickly outpacing undergrads in maturity (hopefully). I've been out of undergrad for 2 years (24 now), and I've matured A LOT in that time. I think I'd find a college senior painfully "green." I may be biased though: my undergrad institution had a big party scene, and everyone drank a lot. That's basically poison for personal growth.
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  13. Northwestern has updated their web page to say they are admitting as usual this year 🙂
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  14. I'm surprised no one has taken the time to reply to your post! Either way, each of my schools are requiring a SOP, but only one of my schools (UCLA) is also requiring a personal statement. From my understanding, a SOI/SOR are synonymous with a SOP. They both address your interests and your research. In some of my schools that I'm applying to, I see that they want a personal statement, but it is basically asking for a SOP. All in all, I would email the program directly and see what they want. P.S. It's funny how when I search "statement of intent for grad school" on Google, mos
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  15. An important omission on the above suggestions is MIT. MIT does not have a statistics department but it is possible to study statistics there through EECS, math, OR, or CSE track. The matter fact is that when you talk about the "hot areas" such as statistical/machine learning, inference algorithms, high dimensional statistics, MIT is as strong as (or is probably stronger than) Stanford or UCBerkeley. A list of "emerging superstars" there: Elchanan Mossel, Sasha Rakhlin, Philippe Rigollet, Guy Bresler, David Gamarnik, Ankur Moitra, and many many more. I'm surprised that this forum doesn't
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  16. Something else to consider when looking at schools - are you looking to become a practicioner after it's all said and done? Or is your heart more into research? This sounds more like the research end, to me, which is why I ask. If you are set on becoming a practicioner, make sure you weed out programs that are research-focused, and instead look for those who have a scientist-practicioner model of grad school. And vice versa if you really want to focus on things like quantifying symptoms and understanding the neuro end of mental illnesses. The distinction of what you want to do with your degr
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  17. Good question! And very fair - I didn't go into the "why" so much in my initial posting. It was working in a cognitive neuroscience lab that I gained my initial interest in clinical. I was using machine learning to predict reading ability at the person level using fMRI data. I really liked the implications it held in aiding those with dyslexia or other types of reading deficits. Upon graduating, I had the option to take a full-time position with my PI or look for another lab to try and join. I went with the latter and I can safely say it was the right call! Since starting at a clin
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  18. I was originally considering some interdisciplinary PhD programs, and honestly might still be, so I can give you the advice I was given by my undergrad professors, since I asked three different professors a bunch of these questions... The gist that I got was that it really depends on the prestige of the school, and how you can spin your dissertation into something that helps you fit into a specific humanities department. But, the name of the degree does carry some weight (ex. having an English PhD looks better to English departments than having an interdisciplinary PhD in which you used skills
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  19. One resource worth mentioning here, I think, is the Unlikely Academics podcast. The primary audience of the podcast is people who are under-represented, from non-research intensive schools, or are first generation post-grad students. The focus skews a bit more to advocating for those under-represented from rural areas, it does try to provide information to a broader audience. It should also be paired with podcasts like Blk + In Grad School which covers some other elements. They try to address issues from how to approach applications, to the unspoken cultural norms of grad school, and even how
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  20. Hey, Not sure I have a good answer for you, but I was wondering what other examples do you have for international policy programs considered STEM? How can I found out if a program is regarded STEM or not?
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  21. For masters, I believe that Harris in Chicago gives you tuition waiver or scholarship according to your merit and your profile. If you have okay to great GREs, relatable work experience, and interested in public policy master, you may think to apply to Harris in Chicago. I do not have a very informed opinion about the other departments. I am singling out Harris among the others because based on my GRE scores, they e-mailed me like five times, and also sent so many snail mail documents and invitations even though I was not thinking to apply to UChicago, at all. My GREs are by no means great, bu
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  22. Public policy is considered mostly a professional degree such as medical degree (MD) or law degree (JD). It is more interdisciplinary which I like. Also, there is a high probability that, not all of us will end up in a T5, T10, or T20 schools which will constrain our chances in the academia because inherently academia is a super elite place. I am not trying to be negative, just realistic. I do not think that I can even get into a T50 school in political science because of the excess competition. On the other hand, except HKS, nearly all other public policy departments have less competiti
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  23. This has been a thread I'd like to contribute to for a while, and I am so very glad that I finally am in a position to do so! Please pardon my typos and the bad grammar. Current status (2017-2018): Applied (7): Columbia (History - East Asia), Michigan —Ann Arbor (History and Women's Studies joint program), UChicago (History), UCSB (History), Wisconsin - Madison (History) , U of Toronto (History), Princeton (East Asian Studies) Accepted (declined) : UChicago, UCSB, U of Toronto, Columbia Rejected: Princeton, Wisconsin-Madison, Michigan Past status (2016-2017): Ap
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  24. Your advisors don't need to be directly in your area of study (after all, you will probably have an outside reader for the diss!). What is important is finding faculty in field that you feel would support your own research--this is a different question than having the same particular interests. Your advisors are not there to direct your research so much as ensure that your research responds to and recognizably fits in with your area of study in general. I.e., if there are more than a few faculty working in the time period that you've chosen, and their methodologies are not directly opposed to
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  25. Is it possible, financially or time-wise, to re-take the GREs before your first application deadline? If not, then I believe you will need to look at schools that are not as competitive. 17% is cause for concern on the part of the admissions committee at all schools.
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  26. Statmaniac

    School suggestions?

    I think @DanielWarlock has a point. MIT has a great list of faculties; one could research in statistics. Let me share my perspective here. Many statistics programs are getting a lot of attention because of the big data, machine learning, etc. However, one should note that there are so many programs that offer outdated curriculums. Honestly, who uses UMVUE, complete statistics? I haven't seen any of these in any papers I have read in top statistics journals published within 20 years. What's worse is that these programs still teach courses like survey sampling, generalized linear models(GL
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  27. bayessays

    School suggestions?

    It depends on the math department. This situation is very rare. MIT and UCSD have good statisticians in math departments, but you don't have a profile to get into math programs like this. In the other end of the spectrum, University of Arkansas has some fine statisticians in their math program, and you could apply to a program like that. Texas Tech is another math department with statisticians, I believe. There are very few cases where people should be applying to math PhD programs if they want to be statisticians - so very few, that it is not generally worth mentioning. The comment was downvo
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  28. This guy has a history of posting... offbeat takes. (The last time I downvoted one of them, he actually went back through my history and downvoted every one of my posts). If you want to be a statistician, it's probably a good idea to go to a stats program. While your advisor is important, so are your required courses/quals/classmates/seminars/etc. Most of the profs he listed are pretty theoretical (makes sense they're in a math dept), OP seems more applied. For stat ML generally, they're a fine school but putting them at the same level as Berkeley/Stanford is a bit much. I hear
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  29. DanielWarlock

    School suggestions?

    I must confess that I downvoted some of your posts, but you also downvoted all of my posts in retaliation. All of this is a bit childish, but also largely benign. I trust that both of us are in good faith, especially in terms of contributing to this forum which we all love. OP obviously has interest in theory research and has taken very theory-leaning classes and is even considering applying to math. That's why I picked that particular list of professors. What's great about MIT is the range of options you have beyond statistics in a traditional sense--there are areas where MIT does
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  30. This is exactly what I thought. The recent hires at my department all work on the "modern statistics topics", especially concerning high-dimensional problems and statistical learning. Some senior professors who used to work on "outdated" stuff have also "switched field" and started to publish in some of these emerging subfields. Even so, when I look at MIT, our department still doesn't quite measure up on this kind of research.
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