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    Wicked_Problem got a reaction from VAZ in Stipend enough for NYC?   
    Maybe, for an individual, if you live in Queens and are willing to walk a lot or even bicycle commute. Won’t be pleasant. 
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    Wicked_Problem got a reaction from Taeyers in What surprised you the most going through this whole process?   
    That sometimes things you won't even allow yourself to dream can--against all odds--occasionally come true. [Please don't hate me if that didn't happen for you; I certainly didn't think it would for me.]
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    Wicked_Problem got a reaction from OCD or Perfection? in What surprised you the most going through this whole process?   
    That sometimes things you won't even allow yourself to dream can--against all odds--occasionally come true. [Please don't hate me if that didn't happen for you; I certainly didn't think it would for me.]
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    Wicked_Problem got a reaction from PsycD in What surprised you the most going through this whole process?   
    That sometimes things you won't even allow yourself to dream can--against all odds--occasionally come true. [Please don't hate me if that didn't happen for you; I certainly didn't think it would for me.]
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    Wicked_Problem got a reaction from DarlingNikki in Applying to PhD with MS but no research experience?   
    I have to respectfully disagree with this response, based upon some unusual history specific to Criminal Justice and Criminology as a field. There are only around 37 doctoral level programs in CJ/Crim but there are hundreds of CJ Masters programs out there due to LLEA (1968-1982) funding, and many of them are practice-oriented and have little to no capabillity to train in research based on primary sources. I am finishing my master's degree in Criminal Justice this semester. Every one of my CJUS professors was a JD, not a PhD, and while their advice was excellent, and the courses outstanding, the closest we got to research was lengthy papers based solely on secondary sources. The resources are simply not there in most of these programs, including mine, through no fault of the administration or faculty of such programs. The faculty at the 37 or so doctoral level programs understand this, since many of them, or at least some of their colleagues, came through LLEA supported CJ programs on their way to their PhDs. Further reading: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/164509.pdf http://www.adpccj.com/documents/2012survey.pdf
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    Wicked_Problem got a reaction from phmhjh85 in What surprised you the most going through this whole process?   
    That sometimes things you won't even allow yourself to dream can--against all odds--occasionally come true. [Please don't hate me if that didn't happen for you; I certainly didn't think it would for me.]
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    Wicked_Problem got a reaction from Andean Pat in How to measure a Professor's standing/respect in field?   
    Sorry, your screen name includes the name Dave. I know your first name because we've PM'd so I was having some fun playing with the gendered issues surrounding "marriage" to ones adviser.

    It's Friday. Forgive me. I've written about 4,500 words in the last 36 hours and I need to "let my hair down."
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    Wicked_Problem reacted to kdavid in V:156, Q:150, Should I re-test?   
    FYI:
     
    Just saw my scores online. Didn't even take seven full business days!
     
    Ended up with a AW of 5, which is good enough for me. I'll stick with these scores and keep my fingers crossed!
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    Wicked_Problem got a reaction from PhDreams in Decisions - 2013   
    I intend to apply the degree listed below to the study and improvement of justice systems, but it's not in any way a criminology program. Close to several, though, so I might take some electives at Rutgers or John Jay.
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    Wicked_Problem reacted to Queen of Kale in What surprised you the most going through this whole process?   
    I agree that visits were very important and I ended up committing to a school which was not my original first choice because of how immediately I felt at home.  Also, despite feeling torn between my top schools I was surprised how NOT talking about grad school and taking a few days to try to forget the process before making a decision allowed me to suddenly have an epiphany about what school I wanted to choose.  At a certain point all of my complex spreadsheets and logic fell by the wayside and I had to go with my gut.  Afterwards I thought through it logically again, but taking that time and trusting my instincts was critical.
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    Wicked_Problem reacted to hesadork in Queer Criminology   
    JKBFSS, take a hard look at the PhD in Criminal Justice offered through the CUNY Grad Center/John Jay.  You can matriculate to the CJ doctoral program and then declare an interdisciplinary concentration in Les/Gay/Queer Studies.  And at least one of the faculty at JJ is doing work at the nexus of CJ and queer identity.
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    Wicked_Problem got a reaction from semperfi101 in Decisions - 2013   
    I intend to apply the degree listed below to the study and improvement of justice systems, but it's not in any way a criminology program. Close to several, though, so I might take some electives at Rutgers or John Jay.
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    Wicked_Problem reacted to sarah-bellum in Too dumb for grad school?   
    I think you've partially answered your own question here.
     
    Being exhausted is by far the most effective way to make yourself feel dumb and ineffectual, and it ensures that you'll probably keep making little mistakes like the ones you described above. Go get a good night's sleep and come back to your assignment when you're better rested. I know you probably feel like you don't have time, but if you just keep getting more and more fatigued it's going to become increasingly harder to produce good work.
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    Wicked_Problem reacted to ohgoodness in Took the GRE today...here are the stats:   
    Since most of us tick all those boxes then the GRE can become the dividing factor.   If you can prove that your intangibles beats other applicants for that position then a lower (not very low) GRE would not be an issue.  Remember that fit is important. 
     
    My GRE was far from stellar and I would probably have been more competitive with a higher score but I still got into my #1 choice where I fit perfectly. 
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    Wicked_Problem reacted to amlobo in Took the GRE today...here are the stats:   
    I'm going to be honest, here.  Some programs will require a minimum GRE.  I took a brief look at the schools you mentioned, and Iowa requires a minimum of an 1100 on the GRE, which is considerably higher than your current scores (680 on old scale - check out a concordance table to convert).  So, at a school with minimum GRE requirements (which most have, even if undisclosed), yes, your GRE score will keep you from being considered.  Something to remember is that not only must the sociology department admit you, the graduate school must also admit you.  So, while a professor or department may be willing to overlook your GRE score, the graduate school probably will be more rigid in evaluating your scores.  Funding will basically be impossible, and as everyone here will tell you, do NOT do a PhD without funding.
     
    What's the good news?  You have a ton of time until you apply to PhD programs!  You are just starting your MA program and won't need to apply until 2014 for PhD programs.  It will definitely be worth your while to study, study, STUDY.  Take as many practice tests as you can get your hands on, and retake the GRE - multiple times, if necessary.  I do not doubt that you are a bright and competent individual... and I understand that GRE scores are not the best indicator of a person's ability to succeed.  However, the fact is, the GRE matters and there are real cutoffs for programs that you need to be able to meet.  No one will look at your other accomplishments if you can't meet the minimum requirements for the program.  So, while you don't need to get stellar GRE scores, you need to at least meet that threshold.  It may not be fair, but it's just the way it works.
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    Wicked_Problem got a reaction from La_Di_Da in Took the GRE today...here are the stats:   
    Achievement motivation and achievement behavior

    David McClelland of Wesleyan developed a theory called "need achievement." This did not occur in a vacuum as Henry Murray had previously outlined a taxonomy of human needs, one of which was the need for achievement. McClelland was interested in outlining why some people demonstrate higher levels of both achievement motivation and achievement behaviors than others. He framed it, as Murray did, as a learned motive, but added that it could vary based on the experiences of childhood based on culture, class, and parental attitudes. His approach was the story writing technique, in which subjects would write about ambiguous scenes involving work or study. The resulting texts would be graded for achievement imagery, and then validated against independent measures of actual achievement.

    The next step was to generalize this theory validation. McClelland scored the stories in the readers used in primary grades in more than twenty countries in the same way that the story writing samples were graded. Readers from 1920-1950 were scored, and the achievement imagery in those books correlated (r=+.53) with increases in economic productivity during subsequent years. It is important to remember that correlation is not causation, and a third variable (or combination of such variables) could precede both. However, the reverse (increases in production produce achievement imagery in readers) was not supported, which in and of itself still does not establish causality.

    Atkinson's response to need achievement theory

    Instead of a third variable, Atkinson postulated two competing variables: the motive to achieve success (Ms) and the motive to avoid failure (Maf). Basically, a hypothetical Subject #1 with a strong Ms can be overcome by a stronger Maf such that his achievement behaviors are lower than Subject #2 with a relatively weak Maf and a Ms that is objectively weaker Ms than Subject #1's.

    Furthermore, Atkinson argued that the value one places on any success one might gain is an important determinant of achievement behavior. This emphasis on values in addition to motives was shared by Crandall, who pointed out that areas of achievement might not be those generally associated with success by society. For example, a gang member might place a very high value on peer identification and affiliation, and exhibit extremes in achievement behavior in that particular domain, to the exclusion of most socially acceptable forms of behavior.

    Raynor's experimental validation of Atkinson

    Raynor built off of both of these theorists experimentally when he evaluated introductory psychology students with respect to Ms, Maf, and level of relevance (value) the course had for their futures. His results supported Atkinson since GPA in the course varied in expected ways, with dominant Maf scored significantly lower when their value score was high, and actually score slightly higher than their dominant Ms counterparts when their value scores were low. In layman's terms, fear of failure was, especially in situations where the personal stakes are high, a severe inhibitor of success behaviors.

    Perhaps this might be the issue with the subpar GRE scores when all other indicators are positive? High Maf or Motive to avoid failure.
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    Wicked_Problem reacted to Lp89 in Anyone who applies for March 1, USC on 2013fall?   
    Well...since no one wants to reply to this thread or give any information, I will break the ice on this one. I got in to USC by calling them and letting them know that I have a decision to make by April 15th. The person I called was the director of Graduate Studies Gail Borden. He was very patient and very nice. He told me he will get to the bottom of this and later afternoon he emailed me back hinting me that I most likely will be accepted. So for those of of you still waiting and still care, call Gail and ask.
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    Wicked_Problem got a reaction from shamajuju in My PI got fired....!   
    I can't offer any advice, since I have no relevant experience. Just know other people are reading your post and commiserating with you.
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    Wicked_Problem reacted to Emdave in Fall 2013 Applicants?   
    I got into, and accepted, an offer from Johns Hopkins with full funding. Waited till the last day, but it's still the outcome I wanted.
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    Wicked_Problem reacted to lafayette in Fall 2013 Applicants?   
    YAYYY!!
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    Wicked_Problem reacted to kyjin in Fall 2013 Applicants?   
    Just got a surprise call from UMichigan- got in off the waitlist. But I'm sticking with USC. Hope there's good news coming for the next person on the waitlist!
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    Wicked_Problem got a reaction from czesc in Fall 2013 Applicants?   
    Here's the answer: http://www.cgsnet.org/ckfinder/userfiles/files/CGS_Resolution.pdf I was clued into it by another poster in another thread but couldn't find it after an exhaustive search on GradCafe...
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    Wicked_Problem got a reaction from JKBFSS in Queer Criminology   
    PM'd ya!
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    Wicked_Problem reacted to vtstevie in Fall 2013 Applicants?   
    well, the long national nightmare is over - i got a funding offer from Temple, so barring something unforeseen, that's where I'll be come August.
     
    glad to be finally over with this process...congratulations to all my fellow members of the 2013 cohort!
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    Wicked_Problem got a reaction from czesc in Univ. of Cambridge versus CUNY   
    I am sorry that the experience you had contacting your POI at CUNY was negative, but it was informative, as I thought it might be. I believe that you are making the right decision, and I am very pleased that you have decided to post your experiences in this thread for the benefit of others. That is awesome! I will definitely check in regularly to follow this. GOOD LUCK!
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