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  1. 4 points

    2019 Applicants

    I got to visit Dallas for a few days last week to apartment hunt and I absolutely fell in love with the city and the people, which I wasn’t really expecting. Then I found out the day after I got home that I got my dream apartment in my dream neighborhood. I’m over the moon right now and it just makes the amazement and gratitude I feel about grad school that much bigger and better. I’m so happy right now.
  2. 3 points

    2019 Applicants

    @kendalldinniene Like @jadeisokay I read a good chunk before I had to move and return it to the library. I dug it though because I had always wanted to write a book that is essentially just quotations, which I felt it was doing. I didn't finish it though before leaving so can't say it compelled me. On reading for fun: Anyone read Normal People? I know it's like the IT book of the literary world with a bunch of boomers saying how Sally Rooney is the first great millennial author which seems dismissive of a lot of great young authors, but I was fucking blown away because it was so simple. It felt true and I mean that in the most naive and genuine way possible. Also just finished the second novel in Elena Ferrante's Neopolitan series and am now desperately looking for a used copy of the third in every bookshop in London, it's bound to appear. I found the 4th book today, but felt weird to grab that since I move in a week and don't have the third! I am desperately trying to finish my MA thesis, but am losing energy. I have the 18000 words but they aren't the right ones yet. I also got my TA assignment the other day: Politics of Fashion in Fall and Lit 1 in Spring. I am so excited but also nervous. I haven't got to register for classes yet, but my first quarter is just a teaching colloquium and an introduction class unless I am mistaken.
  3. 2 points
    The best advice anyone can give you is to do both of the following: 1. Look at departments where you'd like to end up working, look at the CVs of newly hired professors, and see what kind of places they got their PhDs from. 2. Have candid conversations with faculty that have served on hiring committees and get their opinion on it. Ask if it's reasonable to expect an Australian/NZ job if you graduate from your school's PhD program. See if you can find placement statistics on it. Does your professor think the value of an American PhD is that it opens up doors to academia in the US (which aside from a couple universities in Aus/NZ are largely more "prestigious")? Or because American PhDs are generally more sought-after even outside the US? (No idea if either of those two statements are true btw, that's for you to find out) FWIW I see more people from Oxbridge/LSE PhDs than Australian PhDs on American faculty. No idea if that means anything but it's just an observation.
  4. 2 points
    Thank you! After further research into both schools, I chose CSULA!
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    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    I had to fail a student today after months of trying to motivate them to do their work and engage with the class material. I know it's their fault for not doing the work, but it still feels like you failed them as a teacher. That feeling can jump off a bridge!
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    I don't mean to sound like a defeatist, but it doesn't seem like you know enough about the discipline or the PhD application process to really have a chance at getting in anywhere (which is why it's great that you're asking!). Here's my two-cents: 1. It's Poli Sci, not "Poly Sci." The Poli stands for Political. 2. You won't get into a Poli Sci PhD program without at least some significant coursework in Poli Sci, preferably at the upper-year undergraduate or graduate level. Courses in History or Culture likely won't cut it. Economics courses might. The reason for this is that you will likely have no clue what research in Poli Sci looks like if you've never had a course within the discipline. This goes doubly for the programs that you're talking about. To get into Princeton, Stanford, etc. not only takes a proven academic track record in Poli Sci, but also top grades in those courses (preferably from a well-known university). 3. There's no chance that NYU will let you switch from the MA to the PhD program. This never happens. The admission standards are wildly different, and the admission cycle is already over. 4. Do not go for a PhD unless you are dead set on working in academia. That is what a PhD is for. All of the training that you will receive is geared towards an academic career, and there's no point in absorbing the opportunity cost that comes with a PhD when you could just get an MPA (way less time). You need to be very sure that an academic career is your #1 priority at this moment. My suggestions: 1. If you are happy with a government job, get the MPA. 2. If you want a job in academia, get an MA in Poli Sci first, then apply for a PhD after (assuming that your grades are good enough). Some programs to look at are UChicago (could be funded), NYU (unfunded), Columbia (unfunded), and a bunch of smaller programs, some of which are unfunded and some of which are funded. You could also apply to schools in Canada, such as UToronto, UBC, McGill, which will be less expensive than an unfunded US program. Hope that helps!
  7. 2 points
    This gives me so much hope! I have similar research experience & research product numbers!
  8. 1 point

    2019 Applicants

    YES! Reading this put such a big smile on my face. You deserve this so much! And what a good energy to kick off your experience with. We’re all rooting for you here!
  9. 1 point
    Hi everyone! I hope that you are all doing well! I have been lurking on GradCafe for about a year now and finally decided to make a profile a few weeks ago. I am applying to mostly Developmental Psychology PhD programs and maybe one Communications PhD program. This is my first time applying as I took a gap year (technically 2?) after I graduated in September 2018 to get more research experience. I am not really sure if I am a competitive applicant, but I just thought why not try my luck and see what happens! My research interests are mainly: gender and identity development across the lifespan (i.e., childhood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood); changes to self-esteem and emotion regulation throughout adolescence; how mass media influences children and young people (e.g., how it affects their self-esteem, body image, what it teaches them about gender norms, etc.). I am also interested in developmental pathways of mood, anxiety, eating, and substance use disorders, but I'm not sure if I want to do that type of work for my whole PhD, if I was to get accepted somewhere. The schools that I currently have on my list are: University of Pittsburgh University of Michigan (either for Developmental Psych or Communication Studies, still deciding) Cornell University Tufts University UC-Davis UC-Riverside UC-Santa Cruz UCLA University of Pennsylvania Northwestern University Penn State University Georgetown University This list will most likely change depending on which professors are taking students and whether I decide to add/remove any. I am also applying to four post-bacc programs as a back-up plan in case this cycle doesn't work out. Additionally, I am looking for fellowships to apply for and so far, only the NSF GRFP is on my list. I am taking the summer to study for the GRE, read POIs recent journal articles/email them to find out who is taking students for next year, and draft my application materials. I already know that my anxiety is going to be through the roof during this whole process, so it's nice to have this community where we can all freak out together 😊.
  10. 1 point
    Union Theological Seminary also allows its M.Div students to specialize in Buddhism and Interreligious Engagement. https://utsnyc.edu/life/institutes/buddhism-program/
  11. 1 point

    The Positivity Thread

    It's amazing how much beautiful weather improves my mood. Right now it's 74 degrees, sunny, a light breeze, and I'm sitting under a tree. Sheer bliss.
  12. 1 point

    Genetic Counseling 2020 Applicants

    @gene13 Awesome, thanks so much for your help!
  13. 1 point
    Good luck to you all! So many memories, so many tears; I miss it in some sick way.
  14. 1 point

    Grad. School Supplies?

    I'm not sure what type of writing you do in your program or what sort of help you need but have found these books very helpful: How to Write a Lot by Paul J. Silvia The Glamour of Grammar by Roy Peter Clark Writing Empirical Research Reports by Fred Pyrczak
  15. 1 point

    Genetic Counseling 2020 Applicants

    I also excited about this one. Best of Luck.
  16. 1 point

    2019 Applicants

    Three cheers for UT offering the seminar, "Weak Theory." friggin stoked.
  17. 1 point

    Rutgers English

    "I would say that 10 percent is certainly too low in describing their placement, but I also think wordstew is right to say that 87 percent is a gross exaggeration." On the basis of what knowledge do you think 10% is too low? Notice that last year's "placements" are missing altogether. We agree that the only fair and accurate way to do this is for a program to list every conferred doctorate and then indicate the placement (academic or otherwise for that person). But if that were to be done, it would be very grim. I can tell you with 100% certainty that not even 50% of graduates get tenure-track jobs three years out. This is my last post here because I'm not going to keep going back and forth about nihilism, trolling, etc. I understand the difficulty of applying to these programs and how competitive and stressful that work can be. I did it. I also understand the mentality--and the need--to rationalize participating in this with some modicum of hope that it will work out. I did it. I also understand the love for the work and the importance of it. I've done a lot of it. In my experience, most graduate students have not come to terms with what has happened to our profession, and again, it's probably because to confront the reality would make continuing this difficult work nearly impossible. I don't have to tell you about how challenging it can be. But I have more clarity now that I've seen this mess from a variety of angles. And what I have seen is that young scholars have been left out in the cold. It does not matter how good, capable, or promising we are as teachers and scholars. It simply does not matter to the tenured or the administrators that we will never have financial security, job security, or support for our work. That takes an extreme toll on a professional person who cares about their work. It has taken an extreme toll on me to be reminded again and again that my labor is nearly invisible and that it doesn't really matter to the people who financially benefit from it (students are a different story). I could give numerous personal anecdotes that would shock and appall, but it's all been documented by others in numerous monographs and Chronicle articles. Take Rutgers, for example, where the faculty make totally obscene salaries; you can look them up online. These people simply do not understand--they do not want to understand--what has happened to their profession. And many of their students do not really want to understand either because they desperately hope that they will be the exception--that they will get the job. Most of them will not, but one or two will. And what they'll discover is that they are still part of a system that grossly exploits adjunct colleagues and tries to rationalize that exploitation by 1) Denying the full extent of the devastation and 2) Assuming that they're better or more deserving in some way. To do otherwise would be to admit that your salary is made possible by an entire underclass of workers who are just as qualified but have no hope of economic or professional security. That's the reality I'm talking about, and I have a difficult time understanding why someone would choose to participate in that at this point knowing the full extent of how deeply the exploitation runs in academia and how little has been done to address it. Because of how these institutions work, there is simply nothing you will be able to do to advance your career. You will be stuck making peanuts with little to no benefits until you decide not to continue. Each year you will get older and each year your escape from being taken advantage of by your peers will become more and more insurmountable until 20 years have passed and you're left with no choice but to continue. Think I'm exaggerating? Instead of attending catered open houses and distinguished lecturer series, go find several humanities PhD adjuncts on your campus and have a frank conversation with them. To answer the other question about how a PhD proved to be a liability: The most important thing I've run into is the need for experience in whatever career track you want to enter. The people who did best when they graduated already had professional experience in the worlds they re-entered. I had told myself (and was told by others) that a PhD would be great for consulting, marketing, etc., but that's just nonsense talk by people who do not know. Maybe a PhD in economics is desirable for a consulting firm. I think that the doctorate does show your capacity for working hard and critical thinking, so it can be a good supplement to experience, but it does not make up for experience. And it can be awkward for bosses and supervisors who don't have a graduate degree and don't even understand what it means. This also depends a lot on the sector and the geographic market. In my experience, "versatile" is the last thing that comes to mind to describe this highly specialized credential. And the problem is that if you are really working toward a tenure-track job almost every ounce of your time and energy goes into your research and teaching. Looking back, I have no idea how someone is supposed to do a PhD and prepare for an alternate career at the same time unless they come from one that they can fall back on, which was the case for a number of my peers. Finally, I'll say that it breaks my heart to write all this. I think that this work is incredibly important, and I want to celebrate people who continue to demonstrate their interest and enthusiasm for it. But I think that it's unconscionable that the prestige and veneer of these programs continue to seduce people into thinking that there is a profession for them to join. My basic point--and others have made it better--is that the very idea a profession has become a falsehood. What that means is that most people who give years of their life to this pursuit will be left in very challenging circumstances. Many people delay families, children, home purchases, retirement savings, and other major things so that they can commit to this work. Would they make those sacrifices if there was a complete and full disclosure in detail of their real prospects? The fact that Rutgers (among other programs) seems to go out of its way to avoid providing that disclosure speaks volumes.
  18. 1 point

    University of Washington (Med or Core)

    Have you heard any news? I got an email last week saying their cohort was full, but I’m still on the waitlist for spring and summer in case someone drops. I’m wondering how likely that is??
  19. 1 point
    It is with great pleasure that I get to say that I will be attending Bowling Green State University starting this Fall!
  20. 1 point
    Some programs are just very small and hence very selective. For example, NYU Stern's PhD program in Statistics (ranked #61 by USNWR) has only 6 PhD students total. I don't think the rankings are necessarily about program size. UPenn Wharton also has 5 PhD students in each cohort (for a total of 25 Statistics PhD students), but they are highly ranked, with many famous professors like Tony Cai, Ed George, Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen, Dylan Small, etc. It seems to me that the USNWR rankings mainly measure the perceived reputation of a program (i.e. responses to surveys sent to academic statisticians), and reputation is assessed in large part by how many famous faculty there are and what journals they are publishing in. Looking at Northwestern's departmental website, it seems as though only one faculty, Han Liu, is consistently publishing in the top statistics/ML journals and conferences like Annals of Statistics, Biometrika, ICML, and IEEE Transactions. A lot of the other faculty seem to publish in more 'niche' areas like education/behavioral science journals or bioinformatics journals -- these faculty may indeed be very good at that, but they may not be as well known to the statistics community as a whole, and the PhD graduates may be more likely to take academic positions in departments that are not specifically statistics (e.g. I saw on the Placements page that one of their alumni is now faculty at UPenn's Graduate School of Education).
  21. 1 point
    Can anyone who attended the Keough School share their experiences? How is it like there? Would you recommend it? Would also appreciate responses about what people have heard about the Keough School and its general reputation.
  22. 1 point
    I don't know what stage you are in your education (current undergraduate? recent graduate? post-bac?) but this PDF should be able to help you narrow down your interests after reading the differences in career trajectories/degrees.
  23. 1 point
    Hi, folks. How competitive are admissions to the MGA program at Keough? What kind of experience and GPAs are they looking for in candidates?
  24. 1 point

    Chemistry PhD: Stanford vs. Yale

    To preface, I don't know the field of chemistry at all and it sounds like you have a tough decision between two great programs. Congratulations! I will, however, say that you should consider editing some of the more self-identifying information out of your post, especially since you say some not-so-flattering things about a potential advisor by name. I don't mean to sound condescending and I wish I could offer you more help on the decision itself, but I do think this is good practice on the internet in general.
  25. 1 point
    I went to the University of Maryland, got a GPA of 3.12, and I now attend UC-Berkeley on a fellowship. I'm a white male in a PhD program in one of the sciences. I went straight from college to grad school. Anything is possible.


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