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    Chemistry PhD

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  1. You can try Uship.com - my Uncle has used them to ship a car with no problems. It's basically a site where thousands of movers bid on different shipments listed by different people. The shipping companies will bid on your shipment and keep bidding lower until the time runs out.
  2. You can probably get a good price on Uship.com - I checked them out before I decided to sell all of my furniture for my 1000 mile move. This is the website that that TV show is based on, Shipping Wars? My mom loves this show, haha. Anyways, you put up a listing of what you need to move and to where and then you can suggest a price. Then all of these independent shippers "bid" on your shipment, and they bid downwards. So, if you say you want to move for $600, someone can bid for $600, then another company can bid for $550, etc and then you get the best price possible. They can also ship your ca
  3. I'm sure her superiors would also love to know what she's up to. Great way to ruin the credibility of a school's admission process.
  4. Oh my gosh, I am choking on the irony of her post. This is so damaging to the feminist movement it's unbelievable.
  5. Sure, turning down the offer at X will be a little frowned upon, but not so much as you might think if it is done correctly. I think that Adlnyc is exactly right that you played your cards right, accepted X's offer before their deadline, and then got dealt a surprise card from Y which you had no way of anticipating. This stuff happens, and it will be a little uncomfortable to inform X of this change of heart, but it certainly won't be the end of the world. As long as you present your email in a very polite, professional, and apologetic way I certainly don't think there would be any consequ
  6. I think you're in a situation that quite a few people are in now, a situation that I might be in now under different circumstances, so I certainly understand where you're coming from. I'm currently waitlisted at (what was) my top choice. Thankfully, after a visit to my second choice I found a lab that was a better fit for me than any lab at my "top" choice, and so goes the story of how my second choice became my absolute #1. My point is, before I realized this, I was faced with the very real dilemma of "what if my #1 school accepts me after April 15th! I'll have already accepted an offer by th
  7. I agree with the above posts, definitely reeks of scam. The reality is, it is highly unlikely that anyone will ever want to read your thesis, let alone pay to read it. Heck, I don't think my committee advisers even read my thesis in grad school, and that was their job!
  8. UNC is the one school that I never heard back from as well. I think it's pretty rude to not give any notification of status at all, especially when we paid out a significant sum to apply. It doesn't matter at this point though, I've made up my mind and will be going to a school that didn't give me the run around! But I would still just like to know..you know?
  9. Of course, only you know what is best for you, but here is my advice If you are in your undergrad now, it might be a good idea to take the summer off and have some fun & relax before diving into the long haul of grad school - I probably would do this. You won't have another chance to travel/be lazy/etc for several years and I think taking the summer off would be a great way to "recharge" so you can avoid burnout. If this isn't a factor for you, a big positive of starting early is getting a head start on your research so that you might be able to graduate a little early. Personally, I'
  10. I completely understand the worry on your side because I have felt the same way, however, I don't think it is something you should stress about. During the application process I had contacted multiple POIs at multiple schools. For the POIs that did respond to me, we had some great phone conversations about their work and what my project could be. Several had mentioned wanting me to work in their lab and said they would recommend me to the adcom. A few even offered an early start in their lab in the summer. However, all of them made it clear to me that I would not be required to join their lab,
  11. Gradorbust, that's a really great deal! I'll be in Lafayette in a 1 br, 750 sq ft for $650. I'm starting summer research on June 3rd, can't wait! Definitely excited about TAing in the fall too.
  12. Program: Chemistry PhD Admits: Purdue, Johns Hopkins, Brown, UVA, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Tufts, NCSU Attending: Purdue
  13. I think you will need a mentor to start because as Fuzzy stated review articles are typically requested by the journal to experts in the field. During my MS, my mentor was asked to write a review for a particular journal on a topic that our lab was an expert in. He allowed me to write it though, so I received first authorship and he was the last author on the paper. So it can be done, but I would think you would need your "expert mentor" backing you on the paper to give it credibility.
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