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  1. As fun as all of this has been, folks, I should probably make this my last post here. I stepped down as DGS at Ohio State this past summer, and it's better for all of you to have input from different people who have more up-to-date perspectives on the application process. Thanks for the opportunity to offer whatever help I could, and best of luck to all of you in getting to the job of your dreams.
  2. Hi 🙂 1. Contact the registrar and try to get it off your transcript!! Many schools (I think) will allow that if you can demonstrate that you never attended. Failing that, you should probably address it in your statement, but not to the tune of more than a sentence or two. 2. I'd use a seminar paper rather than a coauthored paper, pretty much no matter what. They want to know how you write and how you think. You have no idea what conclusions people will draw from a coauthored sample. I'd say it's just not worth the gamble. Best of fortune to you!
  3. Just a quick message for everyone on this thread: This is my last year as DGS, so I won't have my finger on the pulse of admissions enough to answer your questions going forward. I'll tell my successor about this board and ask him or her to chime in as I have. Thanks for being such a welcoming community, and best of luck to all of you, wherever you end up. -Bear
  4. Hurt you? I really doubt it, if you've already been accepted. But I'm not sure how much it'd help, to be honest. Econ may already have made their decisions, or be very close, and their faculty don't really have any interest in making the political science department happy. But it's not impossible that it'd make some difference.
  5. I'm sorry to hear that you've been struggling. First, don't assume that you know the reason you were turned down. Write to them and ask. Second, for many programs it may be too late to do much of anything. But if your enquiries turn up actionable info, you might send a quick email to the DGSes at some places with later deadlines and say, "I found out that I didn't make the short list at place X because of reason Y, and I thought I should let you know the reasons for Y." It may not help much, if at all. But I'd be surprised if it hurt. Good luck.
  6. Such interviews are typical, though they might be two-on-one or something else, depending on scheduling. My own sense is that, if the professor is doing stuff that interests you, talking about research interests is a marginally better idea, just because you can always email to ask about program information and fit. If you have an interview with someone who wouldn't be central to your research program, I'd lean more toward department questions. But in the end, asking about the things that you're most curious about (and that that person can answer!) is likely to be best. You're the consumer
  7. Yes, but whether or not to call is up to the faculty member who's asked to review the file. So a call means you're on the medium list, but no news means no news.
  8. Ohio State's admissions decisions will come out in late January this year, with funding decisions probably around the third week in February.
  9. They're not rare, but they're not too common either. We get a handful every year. As to your reasons for applying and application strategy, I'm sorry to hear that your experience has been bad enough to prompt relocation. Having your advisor mention it is wise and is probably the most common strategy. As far as doing more is concerned, it depends on how open you want to be. One position I've seen people take is, "It's my private life, it's unlikely to come up, and I don't particularly want others to know about it." Another position I've seen is, "I don't want to go anywhere where people wo
  10. Simply put, the more people do it, the less possible it becomes.
  11. Speaking only for myself, it's never too soon, though I won't really be able to say much of anything until after most people have completed campus visits and had a chance to consider their options. My sense is that that's usually early April, but all of you know better than I do when your campus visits are.
  12. We bring in a lot of people from CIR, actually. Terrific program.
  13. Jumping in, FWIW: The main purpose for a waitlist is to manage the risk of having a class that's too small, and it takes a fair number of early responses before you can meaningfully assess that risk. So a DGS who does go to the waitlist often does so late in the game and is hoping that the invitee will say "yes." If you truly know that you would come if accepted, therefore, it can be to your advantage to tell the DGS. If you're not sure, letting the DGS know where you stand can't hurt.
  14. Interviews are a part of our typical process, but the POIs have considerable leeway when it comes to whether or not to reach out. Sometimes they find everything they need in the file, either to offer an enthusiastic thumbs-up or to say that we should probably pass. A fair number of people have been interviewed. A fair number who haven't will make the short list anyway. So not getting a call is not a very informative signal. As to how far along we are: pretty far. People who are being admitted should hear something by the end of the week. Because financial aid is allocated centrally (don't
  15. Again, I can only speak for myself, but this strikes me as actually being better than three faculty members from 10 years ago. It's very helpful to have one more up-to-date reference, at least.
  16. Sorry, I just realized that I missed this one somehow! You should mention your current status as a Ph.D. student on your c.v., at a minimum; you'll also be asked to send transcripts, and I'd assume (?) that some of your letter-writers will be from this program, so I don't see any point in trying to hide it. Second, yes, you should definitely mention those things in your SOP.
  17. Why, thank you! The course is a lot of fun. And my condolences on the loss of your mother. Let me take these in order: 1. Publications are nice, but we don't expect them from our applicants. The profile you describe sounds competitive—conferences are generally a good sign that you understand what you're getting yourself into. 2. Not a problem. 3. If it's related to your proposed course of study, it'd be directly relevant; otherwise, it'd be indicative of your overall abilities. Counts for something either way. 4. A gap year in and of itself shouldn't hurt your chances
  18. I don't think it's necessarily a hindrance, and it could well be a plus. If you're applying to political science Ph.D. programs in the hopes of getting a degree that'll help you in public policy, though, I'd be very careful—most programs aren't geared toward doing that, so I'd be sure that there's a strong public policy component to the programs you're exploring.
  19. It's not worth hiding your research interests if they're going to remain research interests. If you're going to continue to do X and Y, you should say that (while perhaps changing the order depending on a department's strengths). If you're willing to do X and totally drop Y while in graduate school or vice-versa, though, you should feel free to write about X to the schools that are strong in X and Y in the schools that are strong in Y.
  20. I'm afraid I can't speak to the way that other programs do things or what they see as a plus or a minus. In our case, the MA and Congressional work would probably help and the teaching would be neither here nor there. Statement and letters would weigh more heavily. Our system is a bit unusual (I think) in that we need waivers for anyone with an undergrad GPA below a 3.6, even if they subsequently got advanced degrees from top schools and earned a 4.0 GPA while doing so. It's a quirky holdover requirement that I frankly think should be taken off the books, but as long as it's there it limits ou
  21. Honestly, I wouldn't worry too much. We tend to look at quant GRE as an indicator of potential to do well in stats courses. Actual stats courses are a bonus, but their absence doesn't really hurt your prospects.
  22. Might hurt you a little, but I doubt it'd hurt you much, especially not just a couple of years. I'd just explain the break succinctly and mention whatever prompted you to decide to come back.
  23. Only the last part is good news, and it's not great. The upshot is, if there's no one there to work with, don't go... and the "instead" gives me the distinct impression that there's no one there to work with.
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