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Crucial BBQ last won the day on October 9 2014

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    Maryland
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    Biological oceanography, ecology, reading non-fiction, homebrewing (beer), hiking, cycling, cooking, and drinking way too much coffee.
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    Bioinformatics.

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  1. I don't think it will matter, in particular as it is school-wide and will be easy to verify. If needed, you could most likely ask your current profs to calculate a grade for you.
  2. Well, chances are if you do move away for grad school you'll be in a program full of students who are also from away. Your department may have some social events along the way and the school itself most likely has support services on campus. Truth is, wherever you go you are very likely to isolate yourself from friends and family as you go deeper into studies and research. It's also a bit awkward to seek support from friends and family who do not know what you [will be] going through. The thing with staying local is familiarity. If you want to get out of your hometown, grad school is as good of a time as any to do so.
  3. I find it odd they would send you an email without telling you why they had to rescind on decisions. Did you at least contact this school? Perhaps not what you want to hear, but if you were admitted to 5 programs you stand a decent chance of doing so again next cycle.
  4. Not exactly partying with or befriending.... but I've had a few professors who hung out with myself and others in a lab/building associated with a particular department. If we walk past the office of so-and-so and the door is open, we just might walk in and shoot the breeze for a minute. But, this is marine biology so pretty relaxed. When this department hosts speakers it is customary to invite the speaker out to dinner afterwards off campus and any student associated with this department who was over the age of 21 was allowed to tag along, if they knew it was an option. The age requirement was because dinner also meant drinking. As far as giving insider information to a select few, it happens across the board both inside and outside of academia. Just how the World is. If you were one to receive such information, would you think differently about it? ***not sure what is up with the strike-out?
  5. I think it is just as shocking for everyone leaving their parents' plans and getting their own. Or those monthly bills that come every month, month after month. Certainly lends a new appreciation to how much support we truly get from our parents. I have been suffering from GAD and panic attacks since about 2002 or so. Ironically, I am at my most calm right now, although I had my first panic in a week and a half yesterday morning.
  6. I am old (well, one of the older members of this forum) and remember 2008 very well. In 2008 I had decided to go back to school. I had already went to school earlier in life for Film, then switching to Screenwriting... only to have dropped out right before my senior year because I felt I had learned enough. And that despite being in a Screenwriting program we still had film some of our projects, which back then was at a cost of about $300/minute. Yes, film. The cost did include developing the film and of course sometimes the lab messed up and your footage was ruined, or you didn't get the shot. The capstone project was to be a 30 minute screenplay and short. In 2008 things were not that bad. In 2009 things started to get hectic which lasted until around 2013. Undergraduate institutions received more applications and competition increased, sure, but it was grad schools that had become flooded. This was also around the time when it became really popular to apply to MIT, Harvard, Stanford, and so on, both for undergrad and grad. It was mostly with MS programs and in part because graduating undergrads wanted to stave off student loan repayment as they were graduating into a weak economy but it was mostly older adults hoping that an MS would give them job security and/or more earning potential. Ph.D. programs, too, saw an uptick in applications although I remember acceptances had dropped. Universities had put a halt on hiring and professors looking to retire stayed around a little bit longer. Community colleges, on the other hand, were hiring and many it seemed to even expand. Public schools lost a lot of funding but private institutions fared fairly well, iirc. Tuition also started to go up dramatically around this time, I believe. For academic research I want to say that it was the Humanities hit the hardest. However, there was no world-wide pandemic. It's still too early to tell how the 2020/2021 admissions cycle, funding, or job outlook will be affected.
  7. I am not sure how it works with a Sociology program, or with the program you are applying to in general, yet it is typical for a Master's program to admit more students than a Ph.D. program. If you haven't already, before you submit two separate applications it would be wise to check with this program and be sure that a Ph.D. application may also be considered for the MA program. If so, why send two separate applications? At any rate, if you do submit two separate applications you certainly should write two, unique, SOPs.
  8. I am going to take another route here and suggest that maybe you are ultimately bored with your research? Your attempt to track and identify a root cause may just be denial. Also, cutting corners.
  9. I had a similar situation back when I was searching for programs and found that it ultimately meant nothing. One PI scheduled a phone call--I wouldn't call it an interview--where we chatted for about a half hour. The call went really well and I was all but sure I was in... ...except right before we hung up he caught himself and said something to the effect of, "...well, it depends on the rest of the applications." It turned out that he liked another application more in the end. I honestly do not believe that these responses are canned. Anyone who responds to your emails very likely believes you may be a good fit for his or her lab and would encourage you to apply. Keep in mind, however, they still also need to consider the rest of the pool.
  10. In general, the purpose of LORs is to vouch for your potential to do research. You generally have more responsibilities working in industry than you do working in a university lab and your coworkers and managers tend to get to know you a heckofalot better as their bottom line is financial not prestige or their CV. If you have already left undergrad and are working, it only makes sense to have one or two LORs from industry.
  11. Wow, it is cool that this thread exists as a few years ago when I was going through the application process it did not. Back then there were only a very small number of posts and mostly in Computer Science.
  12. Crucial BBQ

    Baltimore, MD

    I moved to Maryland because my GF at the time was accepted into and decided to attend Bloomberg School of Public Health. I have been in Maryland now for 7 years and live outside of Baltimore, not in it. With that, Baltimore has great restaurants all over the city and in my opinion Mt. Vernon has a better selection of restaurants but Fells Point has a better selection of bars. Fells Point is also safer to walk around during the day and in safer at night, too. Mt. Vernon has a lot of cross traffic east-west and north-south. A lot of college students live in Mt. Vernon. Grocery stores seem to be severely lacking all across the city. There is a Whole Foods in Little Italy, a Safeway in Canton, a Safeway in Charles Village and that is about all I can tell you. There are tons of delis and corner stores, though. No roommates.... there are more studios/apartments in Mt. Vernon than in Fells Point/Upper Fells as Upper/Fells Point is more row home than not but the pricing for a studio in each area is going to be similar.
  13. Bench work/wet lab is a dime a dozen both in and out of a university setting; clinical research in genomics, not so much. For what it is worth, depending on the application pool you have an experience that may be unique to your application.
  14. I have said this before and will likely keep on saying it: the best study guides for any GRE test are the materials that come directly from ETS. Get their Biology practice book (free PDF download).
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