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  1. 12 points
    Hi everyone. I know many of you have probably heard things about how the admissions situation is likely to be harder this upcoming cycle. State budget cuts combined with a decrease in number of undergraduates is likely to decrease the number of funded slots for many universities. Some programs have already said that they are not going admit applicants for the coming cycle -- the number of these programs is still small, but the fact that it is happening at all is worrying. At the same time, there will probably be more applicants: Historically, more people apply to graduate school in times of economic hardship. Everything may look even more uncertain for international applicants. Basically, things are crazy, so I wanted to take the time to a) point out some of the potential bright spots in this mess, and b) suggest some things that applicants can do to increase their chances. If anyone else has any insights or observations, I hope you'll chime in. First, I want to say that even though there will probably be more applicants, you have been preparing for this application season for years. You have done more than anyone who decides to apply to grad school spur of the moment can possibly do, at the very least because you have had more time. In short, I think that if your application was competitive before it is likely still competitive. The second major stumbling block I can see is the uncertain number of slots universities will have to admit graduate students. I don't think anyone can say, yet, how big of a problem this will be. I have heard from professors I work with (at my undergraduate institution, my masters institution, and now at the university where I will do my Ph.D.) that they all expect to admit fewer students. However, they also say that they are just as confused about what will happen and what all of this will mean as we are. So here are some ideas that might help. Apply to an increased number of programs, but do it thoughtfully. To be clear, I am not saying that you should sacrifice fit (although you should also absolutely tailor fit to the professor you are applying to work with). However, if it is financially possible for you, I would suggest applying to more places. Think of it as a numbers game. Look for professors who have their own funding. While some funding agencies will likely re-negotiate the funding already being received in the coming months (e.g., probably NIH), a professor who has their own funding may be more free to decide to take a student than one who is dependent on the department. There are a few ways to tell if a professor has an active grant: First, look at their web page, in particular the grants portion of their CV. Second, look at where their current graduate students are receiving funding -- for instance, teaching assistants usually receive funding from the department while Research Assistants are often attached to a grant. Email professors on whether they will be taking students after school has started. Right now, they don't know what is going to happen. This year, I would wait until the end of September or October. (Also, follow all the usual guidelines for sending these emails. I used an email template I found here last year to formulate my letters and it worked out very well for me). This will also help you focus your resources on places that are more likely to admit you. Apply for funding from external sources. This one is more chancy given that the available external funding is likely to be a) more scarce than before and b) more competitive, but it is also true that if you can bring your own funding then you pose less of a problem for your department. Those are all my ideas for now, but if anything else comes to me/I hear ideas from anyone else I will be sure to pass them along. It is true that most of this is out of everyone's control, so whatever happens don't be too hard on yourself. A lot of the advice I've given above applies even without a pandemic -- however, I would argue that it is even more true now than it is during more normal times. A final random note -- I highly recommend meta-analyses as a way of keeping up your involvement in research if your lab has closed! You guys are awesome. You've got this!
  2. 7 points
  3. 7 points

    2020 Canadian SLP Thread

    Just got off the Western waitlist this morning! That means they’re into the second quadrant now for those who are still waiting!
  4. 6 points

    visa appointment

    Hello everyone. Here in Uruguay the US embassy is issuing visas under expedite requests for students, I already received mine and I know other students that have their appointments scheduled for these days. This means that consulates elsewhere can resume visa services if they choose to do so, depending on local conditions. Good luck!
  5. 6 points
    Hi, all! I found this spreadsheet on Reddit of clinical psychology programs that are waiving their GRE Requirement for this fall. (I don't personally plan to schools that only waive their GRE Requirements, but I thought this could help some people!) https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SrWySd98Aqf0b0C_XN2KX_Uqt-9q0Hrem-ZX2w-dads/edit?usp=sharing
  6. 6 points

    Remote learning or defer?

    @needanoffersobad just wanted to elaborate on a few things I mentioned earlier. Each school and academic department in North America has to make its own choices with regards to how it will offer courses during the 2020-2021 school year. Some will not offer classes at all in-person. Some, like my school, will offer online and in-person. Some will go with the majority in-person as if nothing has changed. I'm lucky that I have a choice; I think your perspective will vary depending on how much flexibility your school gives you. For those who have to go back to campus when they don't particularly want to during a pandemic, their attitudes might not be great, and similarly, those who only have the online option might not be thrilled. Totally understandable either way, but for those users who are trying to be provocative in their comments on here, I'd remind them that everything is relative, including perspective. The world does not revolve around any of us, or our opinions. For those of us in particular who might be older, who might have weakened immune systems or something like diabetes or a congenital heart condition, the prospect of being on a large campus right now in a world without a vaccine is terrifying and the opportunity to not miss out on a year of education during a pandemic is absolutely, positively awesome. With that said, if your entire future career is predicated on having every single year of your PhD studies in-person, or if you feel your ability to benefit from online courses is so severely diminished because they are online, then maybe deferring a year until you can hopefully attend everything in person is the best bet for you. My perspective is different from some, and I do not intend for this to sound condescending or arrogant, just manifestly different. I already have a T10 master's degree from a quant intensive program and half a dozen years of quant research/work experience in this field, including several years at a big 4 consulting firm and a few more in government. I'm also already published in this field. I personally do not need the on-campus/in-person experience as badly as some might. I don't have pre-existing health issues, but I'm already statistically at higher risk simply because I'm older. For me, the opportunity to live anywhere I want during a pandemic and take my first year online if I want to is indeed an awesome opportunity because this offers me an unprecedented amount of flexibility, and if I so choose, I can still take everything or whatever I want in person. The majority of my PhD will still be in-person, from a great school, in a field I love. I am grateful simply to be in this position. For others who are straight out of undergrad or who are younger with no professional/research experience and who will be attending an institution that will be going exclusively online this next year, I can see how online-only classes could be deflating, disappointing and inadequate. In that case, I guess it comes down to whether the benefits you'll receive by waiting a year for in-person courses (if you defer) outweighs the year that you will miss out on while the remaining members of your original cohort move on while you do other things for the next year. Either way, good luck and I wish you the best with your decision and the next year.
  7. 5 points

    Programs going online

    If your program is going to be on line, and especially if you're gong to be teaching, I very strongly recommend that you ask your department in writing for policy on how to use technology. The policy should have enough "how to," "do-s", and "do nots" that allow you as end users to protect your risk. IMO, the policy should answer questions including: What are a T.A.'s responsibilities as a T.A. if a student does not have access to Zoom? What may T.A.'s do if a student broadcasts from his or her residence wearing controversial items of clothing, or displaying firearms, or is disruptive? Ideally, the policy will include measures for you to be reimbursed for license fees if not also network access and technology. (It's my position that departments should subsidize fully professional accounts that T.A.'s use and mandate that all section meetings be recorded., and that T.A.s be issued equipment that belongs to the school.) I understand and share some of your frustration. I do ask that you understand that many academic institutions are realizing how dependent they are on revenue generated by people being on campus and the revenue generated by taxes on a municipal, county, and state level. In some cases, institutions may be deciding that they simply do not have a choice -- either open campus or start firing people as a broader plan of shutting down entire programs and departments.
  8. 5 points

    2021 Application Thread

    I just attended an online panel discussion hosted by the Chronicle of Higher Education and sponsored by Deloitte. The topic was "Sustaining the Private College Business Model in a Global Crisis". The discussion was recorded and I will post a link when it becomes available. For me, the key take away is that COVID-19 has accelerated the time of reckoning for smaller colleges and universities. These institutions have to figure out simultaneously how to reopen campuses for in person instruction and how to make the transition towards sustainable business models. Overall, there is no change to my previous guidance. When developing a list of programs of interest, spend a significant amount of time doing your due diligence on the parent institution's financial health and strategic plan. However, I would add that if you are considering master's programs at a smaller school, expand the scope of your due diligence to include the risks involved in attending a school that may be in severe financial stress within the next five years. Will "guaranteed" funding really be available in year two? Will POIs be able to give you the support you need when they themselves may be under profound stress about their jobs? I would also recommend that anyone making the decision to attend on campus classes the coming academic year take a long hard look at @TMP 's post here.
  9. 5 points
    Not sure if it's frowned upon to shamelessly self-promote here, but I ended up starting a blog focused mainly on clinical psychology PhD admissions. I'm using it to organize helpful information I've been given and have stumbled upon, while also sharing resources I've created over the past few years. I'm by no means an expert, but I have some unique insight because I've been through this process a few times, and have grown exponentially each cycle. I've also been fortunate to have exceptional mentorship along the way, which I know not everyone has. I'm hoping what I post is helpful for at least one other person. First timers, it might be especially relevant for you! Check it out if you're interested: www.thedailypsych.com
  10. 4 points
    hi, i know this is super rogue but i figured that this is around the time that the next cycle of applicants might be logging onto gradcafe and thinking about where they want to go/apply. there's so much going on right now--i know this won't be seen for another few weeks or months, or until someone needs it, which is exactly how i want it to be. it's of no real importance but i wanted to leave something here on these forums. until then, i hope everyone's well (as well as you/we can be atm). i stayed off (ish) gradcafe for the most part through this cycle but ya, suppose i thought i should probably contribute something. i'm going to keep out specific professors' names and other identifying information (about myself, though maybe that's futile), though i have spoken to MANY professors across all of these schools. these are some thoughts on choices, and what i learned over this past year in this long--but oddly short-feeling--process. honestly i'll also admit that i don't know why, exactly, i'm posting this now--it's ages after 15th april, a weekday afternoon on a hot summer day, and everything's said and done (vis-a-vis the 2020-2021 application season). but i still have yale on my mind--nearly every day--and just yesterday i found myself wondering whether i should have "chosen" new york--columbia, that is, but really, new york--and thinking, also, about how lush and communal (as in, forming a palpable intellectual community) the faculty at uchicago seemed. and how great it would have been to go to penn and work with [redacted], and how beautiful philadelphia is, and how it reminds me of boston, and how i bet i'd vibe with the current students there. and i'm sad that none of us were able to see all these schools because covid-19 decided to show its whole dramatic ass at the start of march; i was only able to go to the recruitment days for yale & uchicago, which were held early in the month, before the rest were cancelled. i guess i'm writing this as a way of processing--so, in a huge way, for myself. which probably means i will start rambling, in which case, i'm sorry. anyway. i'm here to tell anyone that cares about what i mentioned in the title. to clarify, i didn't get in absolutely everywhere--i also applied to a small (top 50) college on the east coast, which i got flat out rejected from--no WL, etc. i was weighing offers from every other university i applied to, all of which are top 10 programs and are listed above. i have no new advice, but i guess i do have some words. FEEL about what you're doing. be moved by yourself and your own work, which is really the work of others (the literature, moving you). write specifically and originally. surround the holes in your readings and lift them up--make them the OBJECT of your approach. and write something you actually think is GOOD WORK, good, solid criticism, in and of itself, for your statement of purpose. show them how you think, lay it out on the page and ask--like what you see?? then take me, work with me, that's it, that's what i do. be undeniably the best, think in new ways that are challenging (to yourself) but also deeply "easy," like you had a smooth, dark stone in your palm and you did nothing but open your hand. as effortless as breathing. i struggled with the statement because, for months, i didn't know what to write. why do i want to do a phd??! i thought. because i just DO, because i always have wanted to??!? it took me until i realised that i just had to do what i already (ostensibly lol) knew how to do--write about literature--to actually sit down and write the thing, which, of course and in the inevitable end, was the afternoon of my first deadline, mid-december. i edited it a few times after that, submitted it everywhere else over the next week or so and that was that. in terms of the samples--i wouldn't dwell on them. if they are good enough to get you in, they are likely already good enough. i did not edit my primary sample. my second sample, for harvard, required a great deal of fat-trimming, but that's just because i write it when i was going through an over-modification phase in my writing across the board, lol. besides tightening your language/obvious proofing, i would say don't overthink it. if it's smart, it's smart. originality is originality. now--the big issue. i wanted a program that had everything. i wanted a bustling intellectual community--faculty mentorship, a kind, brilliant cohort of peers who'd challenge each other and grow together and weren't afraid of failing or not knowing/unknowingness + unknowability. i wanted real, deep working relationships with my professors; i wanted an inspiring, beautiful space that i knew i could live and thrive in, and a city that meant something to me. rousing seminars that would keep me engaged for ALL 3 hours (unheard of !!!!). a place where i could engage, seriously, and on paper, [with] my intended subfield without having to get a dual degree (i want a phd in english, period, not in english + [x]). pedagogy training and a TA'ing/teaching structure that made sense to me. a beautiful grad lounge (!!) with a coffee maker that wasn't gross and LOTS of windows and natural light. libraries on libraries with oppertunities for archival training. full and adequate funding, obviously. i wanted the best. but i also wanted a VIBE. i wanted "my people," real pals, people i could cook and drink and dance and live with for the next, let's face it, 6-ish years of my life--the rest of my 20's. and the totally saddening, saddest, sadder-than-soil thing about not being able to go the recruitment days is that i was unable to sus out the vibe of each program--a kind of particular and cutting, very obvious FLAVOR, distinct in and of itself and also from that of other, even comparable schools--and, similarly, that i wasn't able to meet all the people i would have met, maybe-future friends--potential cohort-mates and current students alike. the thing is, basically all of these schools could have offered me basically all of these things; i sat in on a seminar at yale that was, in my eyes, as perfect as a phd seminar (O inscrutable object) gets--my eyes felt bright (you know that feeling??!) for the entire 3 hours. i sat in on another incredible seminar at princeton (albeit virtually); across the board, i found professors with whom i would have loved--LOVED. LOVED--to work. and i'm worried that if we had the visits, i would have chosen penn, or somewhere else--i would have visited and fallen in love. instead, we were all left to decide alone, in our apartments, hundreds and maybe thousands of miles away from the beautiful stone buildings and long, green yards. the marble libraries and ivy-sprawling gardens--and the cities that gave life to their constituent universities. i love new york so, so deeply. i've never even been to princeton. the problem was that no program had everything. i wasn't sold on new haven, i had no idea about penn, i wasn't sure about columbia, i heard that most princeton students move out of NJ after the first couple of years. chicago is far away, and i've spent my entire young adult life (since high school) being far away. i didn't know if anything was what i wanted, though there were things in/about every school that i wanted. it was, literally, an impossible task with no answer, only a choice. and i do, still, hope to do a postdoc year at columbia or penn or chicago or yale (etc.), something i've told myself to get through the process--there is ALWAYS more time, if you don't choose columbia that doesn't mean you can never be in new york, etc. etc. but you must choose the program that allows you to have everything. from harvard--cambridge, massachusetts, the place i really, truly wanted to live and work and grow some roots--i knew i could spent time in new york, chicago, philly, england; i knew that i could even spend a year at princeton or yale or penn if i really felt like i needed to. i could attend public events and talks at all these places, especially if i ended up making friends across institutions. it's the decision that felt the least rash, given the circumstances. and i don't know if it was right, but it's what i did. and, in the end, all it took was one unlikely phone call, from a faculty member i'd been too intimidated to reach out to myself, that made me click the button. i prayed about it. i said yes. but who are we to know we're "right" about our choices? harvard didn't have everything--i plan on, for instance, endowing (PERSONALLY!) a coffee maker in the english dept. as soon as i get there, lol. but, at the same time, it did have everything, because, in the same way that you must choose the university that will allow you to have everything else--that summer in new york, that year in oxford--i believe that, by nature of matriculating in that institution, you change it, the way the tree is changed by the bird that decides to nest in it. if you want to, come to harvard. we can make vegan banana pancakes and have house parties with huge dusty speakers and someone's dad's old pioneer decks and get beers in allston on a weekday evening after our seminar. we can live opposite one another in a beautiful, run-down triple decker in somerville with parallel fire escapes and a balcony overgrown with plants from that garden centre in brighton in crumbling clay pots. this is a pitch. but it's not a pitch for harvard, it's a plea for hope. the title of this forum was a ploy to get you to click, to tell you this: there is another side, there is always another side. go out and apply to your programs. we will get through this. and we will be together again, forming communities and comradeship in a new and formidable world that is, i think, impossible, right now, to imagine--the dangers that the pandemic poses WILL pass, and i know, too, i think, that these protests pose a revolution. our numbers and spirits are more than theirs. it will cause unimaginable heartbreak and then it will pass, but also not pass, and the heartbreak will continue in new and strange ways that i know we can't yet anticipate. and what's happening, right now--in the midst of the pandemic, yes--is necessary. and our cities, our universities, our SYSTEMS, will be better for it, or even changed. and wherever you choose or need to be, watch your institution for their response. they are bound in unimaginable ways, particularly to their endowments, that will make radical maneuvering difficult, but not impossible. watch them closely. matriculate and, in matriculating, remember that you are changing, literally, the institutional body. and i'll see you on the other side. BLM, love and power, ACAB, give to bail funds, keep reading, be safe and be vigilant, and, for the love of literal God, delete your am*zon account.
  11. 4 points
    I actually spoke with a faculty about the GRE situation - they said while many schools are starting to remove the requirement, the faculty still like to see the scores. They told me that a sneaky way to still report your scores is to add them to your CV under schools/GPA. Just a tip I thought I'd share!
  12. 4 points

    GRExit Thread

    hoping responses to optional GRE scores follows the trend from biomed (e.g., https://vanderbiltbiomedg.com/2019/09/21/is-optional-really-optional-for-submitting-gre-scores/)
  13. 4 points

    faculty teaching position

    The research records of people at these places do not have to be anywhere near if you were getting a job at a top 50 statistics department. An average person at these places will have one article in a journal like Statistics in Medicine or Bioinformatics, and some more applied papers, approximately. I'd highly encourage you to take an hour or two and look at the top 50 or so LACs' faculty pages. Also pay attention to the years of the publications. Some I've seen don't have many publications before starting but had papers in progress. I think liberal arts colleges have a lot of incentive to get people doing applied research in things like environmental science, health, social science, etc because they'll get students interested in research. Harder to get a college student to help you with your Annals paper.
  14. 4 points
    Don't play the game of trying to predict which areas will be hot when. It's not a game you can win, except by luck. And it's not a game you'll be well-equipped to play until the end of your PhD at the earliest, when you're much more familiar with the discipline, your fields, have been on the market a number of times, have done the conference circuit a bunch, etc. (Besides which, most hot areas are only briefly hot--that is, they heat up for a few years then hiring peter out because the demand has been mostly filled). Cultivate a diversity of interests, and follow those interests. It's standard for people now to specialize in two (sometimes three) distinct areas; so cultivate your two. Where planning is concerned, try not to cultivate two areas which are dead ends jobs-wise (e.g. aesthetics and 19th-century Germany). But beyond that, just go for what interests you. You won't get a job anyway, so you might as well enjoy it as much as you can!
  15. 4 points

    2020 Canadian SLP Thread

    Good morning everyone, just wanted to let you know I've been accepted into Dalhousie off the waitlist this morning! Best of luck to everyone still waiting ❤️ Stay hopeful, there is definitely some movement happening!
  16. 3 points
    I contacted YorkU about what they meant by 'encouraging' but not requiring scores (and if 2 applicants are about equal but one has GRE), and they said that GRE will not factor into admissions this cycle... Still not sure why they said 'encouraged'. I'll be reaching out to a few more schools. If anyone else wants to contact individual schools and clarify their requirements, that would be awesome!
  17. 3 points

    GRExit Thread

    This is true and I have lots of hopeful applicants ask me how programs will factor in the GRE if not everyone submits scores. Truth be told, as grad students, we don't know. I HIGHLY doubt departments/faculty have figured it out either 😕 I'm all for removing the GRE completely. Currently working with various grad students across Canada to remove the GRE, ideally completely. Seriously, us grad students want to get rid of it almost as much as applicants do! 😅
  18. 3 points

    GRExit Thread

    I'm about midway through my program, so this change doesn't affect me directly. However, I really echo @PsychApplicant2 in that the general GRE is absolutely useless for clinical psychology programs (among others). Research has shown that it is only predictive of graduate school success for middle-class white males, so as scientists, I'm not sure why PIs are relying on such an invalid measure for student selection. The cost is prohibitive for many people are within a lower economic threshold (the test itself and the cost of sending scores alone are high, without factoring in prep materials) and it doesn't succesfully predict what it claims to predict. Hopefully this shift will help finally kick this stupid test to the curb once and for all.
  19. 3 points
    Yes, looking at the CV's of recently hired Assistant Professors at these schools is a good way to get some "baseline." It's not a clear-cut set of criteria for TT jobs, so you don't need [x] number of papers, exactly. It's more like if you have *at least* one paper in a top journal AND your research area is something that the department is interested in (so for example, a probabliitist with a very prolific record won't get an interview if the department isn't interested in hiring a probabilitist), then you will usually make it past the initial cut where they trim down all the applications into a set of 20 or so that they look at more carefully. And the more papers you have in top journals, the fewer *total* number of papers you need (for example, an Assistant Professor at UPenn Wharton who joined the department in 2019 had "only" four papers, but three of them were in Annals of Statistics). I don't think working with an Assistant Professor is necessarily an issue. There was one job candidate on the job market in the 2019-2020 hiring cycle who got like, 20 interviews, and her advisor was an Assistant Professor. She also got offers from UIUC, UNC, UFlorida, UMinnesota, Columbia, and probably others as well.
  20. 3 points
    Okay, I'm back to shamelessly self-promote, but only because I created something that I hope some of you could use! Last cycle I started to organize myself by using a spreadsheet for all application related materials. I put quite a bit of time into it, and thought it would be best if other people were able to get some use out of it as well. If you want to see my reasoning for including the tabs and columns you can read that here: https://www.thedailypsych.com/blog/organizing-yourself If you prefer to skip the post and just make yourself a copy to see if you want to use it, you can go here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Tf77N8CTAS_S1VufvL5DqtZnOEqngJHyYid_QVPM6yc/copy?usp=sharing Also let me know if you have a different way of organizing - I'm always looking for more tips on how to store program info!
  21. 3 points
    Since you are from a top school that is known for grade deflation, your grades should make the cutoff for the schools you listed. In order to have a better chance, I would take real analysis this fall since it is going to be helpful even if you do applied research. If you scored an A- or above, I think this would be a positive sign for admissions committee. I would apply straightly to PhD programs and add a few MS programs.
  22. 3 points

    Remote learning or defer?

    My school has offered us the choice of in person or online for the next year, with everything (including orientation) being offered in both formats. If my choice was online or deferred admission, I'd definitely take the online option. It's unfortunate if online is the only option in lieu of on campus, but at least you'll make progress towards your degree; if you defer for a year in particular, you are losing an entire year. Your cohort will move on without you and they will be a year ahead of you when you do start, and additionally, there are no guarantees about what the format will be in a year anyway. If these are definitely your only choices, recommend you go with remote learning.
  23. 3 points
    I created an account just to respond to this! @swiggles, you remind me of me from seven years ago . I graduated from a tiny (not super well-known) LAC with a 3.0ish GPA in IR. Like you, I had a slew of painfully bad grades, including several Cs, Ds, and Fs in primarily my math and quant-heavy econ classes. Unfortunately, I had no one to blame but myself. I just slacked off too much, prioritized the wrong things (like partying and drinking), etc. While I finally got things together by the end of college, I only barely managed to get my GPA above a 3.0. Needless to say, it was really demotivating. I didn't think I had a chance of getting into ANY graduate school, so I decided to pour my heart into my career and learning from past mistakes. For the next six years, I worked really hard to address my weaker points (like quants). I re-took Macro and Micro at a local community college (received As in both). I took a ton of data analysis classes over a period of 3 years and eventually became so strong in Excel and R that I was asked to conduct trainings on both at work. I volunteered to take on research projects at work that exercised these skills until I was comfortable enough to lead in these areas. I also took a giant risk at the end of 2015 and moved to a country I'd never been to in Sub-Saharan Africa to help lead a major RCT research project for a small health NGO. And finally, I moved to the UK in 2017 to work closely with a professor (himself a Rhodes Scholar) at a well-known institution (think Oxbridge) to conduct research for his project portfolio. When I finally decided I was ready and strong enough to apply for graduate school last year, I worked hard to crush the GRE (eventually got a 334, with a 170Q & 164V). I asked my recommenders (the professor I worked with and my two previous bosses) to highlight my strength in research and quants, which I think may have helped alleviate concerns that AdComms would have had upon seeing my college transcript. I also spent countless hours positioning myself as the "quant person" through my essays and made sure that I had 3 close friends and family members review them until we all felt that they conveyed this successfully. Last year, I applied to: - UChicago Harris MPP - Tufts Fletcher MALD - Duke Sanford MPP - HKS MPP - Columbia SIPA MPA - WWS MPA I got into every school except for WWS where I was waitlisted. I got into Harris, Fletcher, Sanford, and SIPA with substantial scholarships as well (including some full scholarships). HKS didn't offer much money but if you told me seven years ago that I could get into Harvard, I would have laughed in your face. I'll be honest with you- it won't be easy. You're going to have to work really, really hard but if you're up for it and truly intent on learning from your past mistakes and becoming a stronger version of yourself, then you CAN do it. I'm proof that schools truly are holistic in their review process. Good luck! Feel free to message if you have any questions.
  24. 3 points
    And if you can't get an article published in a top journal at this stage of your career, there are good arguments for not publishing it in a lower tier journal just for the sake of having a publication.
  25. 3 points

    Canada MSW 2020

    Best to everyone beginning their MSW this year. And best to those re-applying for next. Take care everyone!
  26. 3 points
    I would hold off until August/September before you start emailing faculty. Honestly, some schools still don't even know what next semester is going to look like and may be experiencing millions of dollars in lost revenue. Many faculty may not even know it they are taking a student this early on in a regular year. Given everything now, it is even less likely that faculty will know.
  27. 3 points
    Baylor would not be a good fit for this sort of thing, nor does it belong in a list with a bunch of fundamentalist institutions
  28. 3 points

    I am tired (COVID-19 rant)

    I am tired. I know it won't change anything to the situation. I know it's hard for everyone. But I need to vent/rant. I live on my own, two hours away from my hometown. I had moved for my first year of university and had always planned to move back to my hometown afterwards. But because of COVID-19, I have not seen my family and friends in person since March. I am quite an independant woman, and it was okay at the beginning (the first two months). But now, I am fed up to be honest. It impacts my motivation re: my comprehensive exam as well. I have low energy and feel like I'm stuck between my four walls. I can't even do the things I enjoy doing on my own (going to music concerts, watch independant movies at the local movie theater, going to music concerts, etc.). I can't study at the local library or café. I'm at home all day long. All my activities entails going to the grocery store, talking walks with music, and watching some webinars. And cleaning up my appartement. That's it. I speak with my friends and family through Zoom, phonecalls, Messenger, texts daily. But it is not the same thing has having a real human being in front of you or to get a hug. Plus, to my surprise, I fell in love with a man that loves me back during the pandemic (we knew each other for multiple years). He made a love declaration to me and I've responded back positively to it. But he's in my hometown. We speak over the phone daily, but we cannot see or touch each other. Falling in love has impacted my level of concentration. It,s a bit better now, but I still feel like my head is up in the clouds. And I am notorious for how focused I am. But I just can't focus. I think travelling is now allowed between Canadian provinces. I am going to take a shot at taking the train next week to go back to my hometown. Because I am going crazy and feel bored.
  29. 3 points
    Thank you for asking! Ok, so I made two huge changes. I'll break it down for ya: The first change: I tried different variations on the super short writing sprint things. While some places recommend really hyping it up with a timer and like getting ready for this big "sprint-like" thing where you emphasize just goin nuts and writing as much as you can in a short amount of time as fast as you can... I found that made me too anxious to do regularly. HOWEVER, that kind of getting worked up was helpful for getting me out of the big rut initially. What I ended up doing and have kept doing and have written more in the past two months than I had in like a year... is.... Even though it felt pitiful, and ridiculous, and like I wouldn't be able to get any meaningful work done, and I felt so down on myself that I had to set such a low bar... I simply set a writing goal of 30 minutes on any days/chunks I scheduled this term to do my writing. (So back up, first thing I had to do was schedule times for writing, but I had already done that the past two terms, and was still making slow progress). So the important piece was setting that goal of 30 minutes, because: it is a very palatable amount of time that I can "agree to" during even my most vehement writing-resistant moods; it is very achievable no matter what else is going on that day or in my life in my brain, heart, work, academics, classes, etc.; that achievability made it such that, even if I only did 30 minutes of writing, that was my goal, which meant I hit my goal for the day, and could actually feel good about myself instead of the terrible cycle I had gotten into of not writing "enough" and not feeling good about myself for not writing enough, then feeling worse about myself, which made me less want to write because it was gonna be garbage anyway (insert your own negative self-talk spiral here); the goal was in MINUTES rather than WORDS or PAGES. This really works better for me, because quantity doesn't really matter - I know I have enough data and enough to say about my data that I am going to have a large ass body of work. The stresses I would feel if I set a word-count or page-count goal were feeding into the negative self-talk of not writing "enough" as an amount. Sometimes when I write, I need to or just like to revisit some data, some reference, or find an additional reference, or even revisit data in a whole new way. The writing process is as much about thinking as it is about writing, and by allowing myself to "write" for 30 MINUTES rather than 500 WORDS, I gave myself the permission to engage the whole process rather than just the strictly understood physical act of writing. Some days I don't write very much, but I make a lot of progress, and progress has to be measured in more than just word-count for me right now; Almost every single time, I end up writing for more than 30 minutes, often for MUCH more than 30 minutes (like 6 hours!). So, to put that in TL;DR terms: 30 minutes is palatable 30 minutes is achievable that achievability = higher likelihood of actual achievement = boost in confidence counting in minutes rather than words allows the full creative (and enjoyable) process to unfold you often end up writing for longer than 30 minutes The second change: I started a little asynchronous writing group, meaning we have a shared document with a week-by-week spreadsheet that says your name, your weekly goal, your daily goal (optional), what you accomplished that day, and what is pending/next steps. Every piece is optional to fill out except for the weekly goal. Every two weeks or so we do a live video call to talk about whatever we want to in relation to what we're working on. That means if we want, we can spend time commiserating about how hard it is or what we're stuck on or what we don't like; or we can talk about the content and methods and engage in academic speak of our work; or we can talk about how much and what we've accomplished...... basically whatever each person feels like sharing about the last two weeks in relation to their writings. Some smaller changes: I celebrate the shit out of my accomplishments and successes, in proportion to their significance. I almost always mini celebrate just hitting the little writing goal, maybe with a little food treat, maybe with a nature treat, maybe just telling a friend I achieved it, maybe a TV show, etc. Bigger things like finishing a first draft of a chapter and submitting to an advisor, I took myself out to eat to a fav place, or took the next writing day off, etc. I found a work buddy to work at the same time as - sometimes we work together in person, sometimes we work together virtually. One other thing I'd like to share may or may not be peculiar to me, but I remember reading that book "Just Write!" and it's about how we make all these excuses for not writing when actually all we need to do is... just write! While I loved that book and it contributed to the shift that has led to where I am now, one point I want to make is that one of my "excuses" was that I didn't have enough LONG chunks of time during which to write. Here's the thing: for me, that does actually make a huge difference. This term I have one full day where I don't have any other obligations except to work on my writings (I did this by design), and I LOVE that day. Other days maybe I have two hours, then my work shift starts, and the quality and joyfulness of the writing experience is significantly diminished, and that DID contribute to my negative spiral in the past. The truth is for me it DOES suck to really get going on my writing, then have to stop while I'm at a nice clip... that really does demotivate me and bum me out. So, if you've read that book, and some of your excuses are in that book, yes of course consider them as possibly "just" lame excuses, but also, there may be something to them that is worth not casting out of your consideration completely. Part of this is because of the quarantine, so I am ABLE to make some of these changes. Also a huge part of this is because of my own therapeutic work I've done on my issues; I know and sort of hope it sounds funny, but it's true! I have had major confidence issues for totally justified reasons, and I've done a ton of work on them for a couple years, and I think my academic progress right now is actually in part a culmination of that healing. Gotta feel good enough about yourself to think that your own words are worth writing down... and that's a big shift for me. Also I'm gonna start a Writing Goals thread for people to chime in on any time they want to, because I've learned that I also really love celebrating other people's successes too!
  30. 2 points
    As far as I've heard (from my program), the September deadline isn't school-mandated, it's actually the law (I guess according to USCIS) that if the international student can't arrive by then, they can no longer come for that semester. The fact that a lot of these schools have been cool with us deferring to Spring, I think, is a big plus. Of course, this whole trainwreck of a year is unprecedented, but I was afraid that schools would force students to defer by an entire year since many PhD programs don't allow you to start on a Spring semester. I am glad that (at least for now), we can start in the Spring semester if we can't make it by the end of September. To me, this is what actually seems harsh. Is there a reason you will be charged? Are they admin fees or straight up a percentage of tuition? This seems unfair to me.
  31. 2 points

    What do you wish you had known?

    I'm a second year so I haven't already started but I do have some advice! I was so so set on being a medical SLP and grinding my way through hospitals to get a competitive medical CF - then COVID happened. My advice is just to open and know that this a field you can jump around within for your entire career. So my advice is more about doing this during COVID. Think of everything you do and every supervisor you interact with as a chance to figure out what you like and don't like and what type of SLP you want to be. I was annoyed the semester I had a full peds caseload but found that I was just as excited working on social skills with neurodivergent kiddos as I was when seeing post-stroke adults but I had to adjust my thinking to accept that. I felt like if I ended up with a CF in a school I was a failure but after mourning the reality of COVID, the fact that our externships are limited and our resumes will look different than expected, I've been able to just keep running lists of what I like about every population I encounter. You might still have a shot at medical externships depending on how the virus goes! Unfortunately, we've been told that hospitals are off the table for Fall and Spring (our only remaining options). We've ALSO been told that hospitals are actively thinking about how to combat this loss of experience and planning to add structured training to CF positions. The whole field is figuring it out! Oh unrelated: keep a positive feedback file on your computer! Anytime my supervisors give me something really positive or new I keep it in there so I can refer back when I start letting constructive feedback feel too personal. You got this!!! TLDR; Be open! Don't limit yourself! Get as much variety as you can and don't get stuck in your thinking.
  32. 2 points
    Lecturer positions at research universities are not tenure-track but are usually fairly secure. At my PhD institution, all the lecturers were able to renew their contracts. It seems like a sweet gig if your passion is teaching. I would have to say that "teaching assistant professors" (i.e. that are tenure-track) are indeed extremely rare. If you want a TT job that prioritizes teaching, you should look for jobs at PUIs -- that is, liberal arts colleges and regional state schools that do not award doctorate degrees. It is a buyer's market though, so even these institutions will want to see some publications, and a lot of newly hired stats faculty will have done a postdoc. You would still need to publish as an Assistant Professor at a PUI, but the publishing requirements would be considerably lower than at a research university for most of these schools (outside the very elite SLACs). Interdisciplinary articles also count towards tenure, and papers written with undergrads are especially well-received. The main criteria for tenure is teaching and service, though. To be competitive for these jobs at PUIs, you should have some publications in respectable venues (not necessarily the top ones like Annals or JASA, but ones in places like Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Scandinavian Journal of Statistics, etc.) and you should have taught at least one class as an instructor of record. Many PUIs ask you to submit teaching evaluations with your application, and they pay special attention to the cover letter and the teaching philosophy. So you really need to convey in your application materials your passion for teaching and how you can involve undergrads in your research. The search committees are always trying to weed out any applicants who aren't serious about the school's mission and who view the job as a "backup" or as a "stepping stone" to a job at a research university. The campus interview for lecturer positions and AP positions at PUIs also always includes a teaching demonstration, so you would need to prepare for that (in addition to a research job talk if the job is tenure-track).
  33. 2 points

    MFA over 50

    Here I am two years later. I graduated late April with my MFA in studio arts. Researching now where it will take me next.
  34. 2 points


    While @jbc568's reply was not convivial, I think it would be a mistake for you not to consider very carefully the guidance it offers. As a graduate student you will be expected to generate answers to your own questions. IME, using the application process to develop that skill is very beneficial. Using your OP as an example, providing the names of what one thinks are top journals and then asking for feedback sends an entirely different message than asking for suggestions.
  35. 2 points
    Hi all, I was invited for the pre-interview for the P2 Partnerships Officer. Has anyone taken it yet? If so, would you kindly mind sharing your experience?
  36. 2 points
    Depends on what sort of data work you want to do. If you are interested in research questions that may use big data, the more the better. Normal data sets with maybe a few thousand observations you would be fine with 8GB
  37. 2 points
    I wouldn't recommend you take a gap year because nobody knows what the situation will be like in 2022. Since you haven't taken abstract algebra and complex analysis, it would be very time-consuming to prepare for the test. Unless you are dead-set on getting into Stanford, I wouldn't recommend taking the math GRE. You have excellent math grades from a good school, so you should be competitive at the top 15 programs in US News if you can secure strong letters. I think some schools accept fall grades and you could submit them if you do well, which I think will help your case. As for program selection, aside from the top 15 schools, You could also add a few larger and lower ranked programs such as Penn State, Purdue and UIUC just to be on the safe side. Given the current political climate in the US, international student visas are harder to come by so I would also consider applying to a few top Canadian programs such as Toronto/UBC/Waterloo/McGill.
  38. 2 points

    Programs going online

    I'm jealous that your university has gone online. Trust me, you do not want to be on campus with thousands of undergrads who will not let COVID19 stop them from socializing and partying. As a friend puts it, campuses are petri dishes. There is no harm in emailing grad students and faculty for a Zoom coffee chat You will also see who else is attending Zoom events in your department and try to build conversations from those points.
  39. 2 points
    Hello! I am also applying for some PhD programs in Social & Behavioral Health. Right now I am looking at Brown and Johns Hopkins University. A little information about me: Undergrad GPA: 3.2 & 3.7 (I have two bachelors degrees one in public communications and one in anthropology) MPH GPA: 3.95 One publication coming out soon and I am currently working on tobacco addiction research. I am very interested in researching mental health specifically substance abuse disorders in vulnerable populations. I am still researching schools so would love to hear where everyone else is applying to!
  40. 2 points
    I definitely second the above comment. A publication in a top journal is a huge plus, but having no publications will not count against you. I doubt that even 10% of admitted applicants to top-3 PhD programs in philosophy have a publication in a top journal. Can't say that I've studied this issue scientifically, but I have looked at a lot of CVs.
  41. 2 points
    I agree that UW is unrealistic. JHU could be considered a "far reach". I think you could get into UNC / Michigan as a couple target / lower reach schools. Your profile is peculiar because while most people in these programs have better grades, you have a deeper math background than most applicants at those schools. Also, Northwestern is a prestigious school, so that helps. For that reason, I think you have a pretty good shot. On an unrelated note, LaCroix is awesome.
  42. 2 points

    The Positivity Thread

    I got aboslutely amazing and extraordinary professional opportunities in the last couple of weeks alone. Opportunies that I would've never dreamed of in my entire life. Plus ,I am no longer single. Thank you life.
  43. 2 points

    Applying to NPSIA - MUNK - Fall 2020

    From an email I got on Friday from Lauren about Fall 2020 Registration (if you didn’t get the email you should probably ask to be added to the email list): “Two courses have recently been updated to the following codes – INAF 5011 is now INAF 5017, and INAF 5012 is now INAF 5018. These changes will be made by the time you are able to register on July 3, so the change may not be reflected on Monday.”
  44. 2 points
    Super awesome, you should do a happy dance!!! Congratulations!!
  45. 2 points
    By and large, the PsyDs worth applying to offer funding. The ones that don't are more often associated with reputations of being diploma mills. Look at incoming class sizes. Some PsyDs have cohorts of 80+ students and offer poor funding if any, and then others have cohort sizes of 10 or less, and they offer more funding options. Quality, university-based PsyDs have a pretty commensurate research program to balanced PhD programs. For instance, I am at a funded university-based PsyD and I am spending my summer working on 3 separate manuscripts I am co-authoring (2 with faculty and 1 with a psychologist from my practicum site), as well as analyzing some pilot test data for my dissertation. During the semester, we spend at minimum 8-10 hours a week on lab related activities, but it usually comes out to more. Research is important for good clinical skills. If you don't know how to do the research, it is much more difficult to critique the research coming out and separating good science from junk science. Even if you aren't planning on a research career, having an in depth understanding of research methodology and statistics is going to go a long way when examining research on efficacy and effectiveness of treatment interventions and assessment tools, which inform good, evidence-based practice.
  46. 2 points
    For a long time, anthropology has been an extremely reflexive discipline, and the ethics of fieldwork are a major topic of scholarship. It would surprise me if this applicant aroused any suspicion for discussing this.
  47. 2 points

    2020 Canadian SLP Thread

    I got an offer to U of A off the waitlist but declined since I've already accepted at Western! Good luck to everyone still waiting!!
  48. 2 points

    Berkeley's arrogance

    I missed some good threads in 2014 while I was getting my heart ripped out and shown to me. #notbitter
  49. 2 points
    I think calling it a "postmodern-leaning establishment" is going to do far more to tank your chances than either your political affiliation or interest in Calvin Coolidge. Like, what does that even mean? There are certainly party affiliation trends within fields, but as long as you are a good scholar and don't act unprofessionally (which goes for what I presume you call SJW snowflakes as much as it goes for the neo-Nazis), nobody will care.
  50. 2 points
    You're over thinking this. 1) I don't think it matters whether you are conservative or not. 2) The campaign work isn't going to get you admitted. In fact, it may not have any bearing whatsoever. Ph.D. admissions are about academic experience.

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