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  1. zudei

    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    To respond to the first point, that's why there are two measures of efficiency, total placement and current. I presume the latter has to do with recent placements. This is why he says that FSU has a much better current efficiency than most programs and is higher on his ranking than US news' ranking.
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    Declined Offers, 2013-2014 Cycle

    Thanks. I'll say something like that. I guess it's a pretty normal situation to be in.
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    Declined Offers, 2013-2014 Cycle

    Hi everyone, I need some help. I was accepted in a good program last month. It was the first program I was accepted to. I spoke to the secretary and a professor who got in touch with me. He, however, didn't reply to my last email (a month back). I am sure he didn't do this on purpose. But as I was accepted to other programs (with a better fit) and started corresponding with other people, I didn't recontact him. I was going to decline the offer next week but he just responded today expressing his apologies and asking me if I was still planning on enrolling. How should I tell him that I've decided to focus on my other offers? I want to be as polite as possible and I don't quite know how to go about it...
  4. zudei

    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    Thanks, good resource!
  5. zudei

    Declined Offers, 2013-2014 Cycle

    I just got an unfunded offer from FSU. I am on the waitlist for funding. I will be declining this offer.
  6. zudei

    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    If you can get your research published at a peer review journal it could only help. Also, cupofnimbus, you could try asking some professors if they need assistants on their projects. That could also give you some extra research experience and perhaps a co-authored publication.
  7. zudei

    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    Well I found an internship at a think tank, and while I did not include it on my SOP because I had other more relevant research experiences, I AM getting a paper ready, and hopefully submitted to Energy Policy. So try looking for positions at think tanks perhaps?
  8. zudei

    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    You have quite a choice to make. Congratulations!
  9. zudei

    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    Congratulations Cazorla. May the Arsenal take inspiration from you It ain't over till it's over.
  10. PROFILE: Type of Undergrad Institution: French "Grande Ecole" Major(s)/Minor(s): Political Science/Economics Undergrad GPA: (unconverted) around 14.6/20 Type of Grad: double master in economics from abovementioned grande ecole + prestigious ecole d'ingenieur (engineering school) Grad GPA: (unconverted) around 14.25/20 GRE: (V/Q/AW) 166/163/5.0 Any Special Courses: sequence in Micro, Macro, Econometrics + behavioral economics + political economy Letters of Recommendation: two from micro theorists (USA PhD's from Chicago and Stanford but not very well known) + one from a big South Asian expert in comparative politics Research Experience: two master theses (with aforementioned micro theorists) + paper presented at a conference in india. currently a research fellow at a think tank working on climate policy. Teaching Experience: tutor for graduate level students in consumer theory, course reader for two microeconomics courses Subfield/Research Interests: formal theory, comparative politics, south asian politics, social/public choice theory Other: RESULTS: Acceptances($$ or no $$): Rochester, Michigan, UC Davis (all fully funded) + Toulouse School of Economics (at the moment no $), NYU (MA, not funded) Waitlists: - Rejections: YPS, Northwestern Pending: Harvard PEG, FSU Going to: don't know yet LESSONS LEARNED: I will be brief: You need to provide the right kind of signals. If your GPA equivalent is not amazing (like mine) you have to be strategic in your choice of letter writers and writing sample. I chose two micro theorists to make up for a few bad grades in technical classes and the lack of any formal mathematical training (given that I am interested in formal theory). I also submitted writing samples that I worked on with these profs. GRE takes time to ace. I gave it twice with minimal training and got good results but I think a few more weeks at it would have really helped. If you are interested in formal theory try to do well on the Q sections. For the record, my Q score wasn't that great (87th percentile) but I tried to make up for it through my writing samples and LOR's. I also have this feeling that one needs a very good GRE score and/or GPA to break in the Ivies (ceteris paribus). This is just my opinion though. Refer to the gnome's regularity point for another view. Fit is VERY important. All programs I was accepted to fit my research aims very well. It was important to identify faculty members who could tie into your existing or future research. This is at least a weakly dominant strategy (as coach has pointed out to me). This can overcome other weak aspects if sold well enough. SOP: I will not share it here, but feel free to communicate with me via PM and I will gladly send it to you. Most importantly however, my SOP: listed all relevant research experience and how I see it continuing in the future. Outlined basic new ideas. Spoke about how the program I was applying to would fit around these interests and help me find creative and compelling answers to all questions I may have.
  11. zudei

    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    A little late, but I got accepted to NYU's MA as well (without funding). Just Harvard PEG left (anticipating rejection, but you never know!) I think my cycle's pretty much over. I shall hopefully never have application related nightmares again ^^
  12. zudei

    Discussion thread on placement

    You can also search by committee member btw. You need to type "commitee=Last name, First name" (capital first letters) after "http://pqdtopen.proquest.com/results.html?"
  13. zudei

    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    I just spoke to Steven Wilkinson who told me that since he wasn't on the admission's committee he has not seen the final list. Since he's the subfield coordinator maybe CP applicants still stand a chance?
  14. zudei

    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    Thanks puddle! Do you know when the grad school notifies officially?
  15. zudei

    Welcome to the 2013-2014 Cycle

    Anyone know what time Yale should be sending out emails/notifications today?
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