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  1. NSF GRFP 2017-18

    There's no way for any of us to know that, and it depends. Your advisor may be crazy, or they may have some very specific reason that they didn't communicate well as to what the problem was. Reviewers may not remember you, particularly... But they'll likely know who your advisor is. Research communities aren't that large. It sounds more like he's worried about having his name associated with the proposal. Those other faculty reviewing your proposal may not be as familiar with your subfield, or your professor might be crazy. That said, it doesn't bode well having the PI not support your project- if you get awarded, they have to write something every year for you to keep it, as well. But there's no way for us to know what of those is true. I'm not sure what you would discuss with a higher-up? A PI telling you that they can't support your research proposal isn't great, but it's not doing something "wrong" either, especially since they still wrote you a letter.
  2. NSF GRFP 2017-18

    Cross posting this here, in case anyone is running into eligibility issues. Short version- the program solicitation this year has different eligibility requirements stated than FastLane, and it's causing people to be ineligible. I personally think there's an issue with FastLane, and the solicitation should be adhered to- the more people that call in and keep with the same story the better.
  3. Great caveats to my advice- I completely agree. I was thinking more from a perspective of "don't join 9 clubs in one semester just to have them on your CV"- which I see a lot with my students. It's great advice in general to not be afraid to change course in life. That may be leaving a research lab, it may be severing ties with a student group, it may be deciding you do or don't want to go to grad school- or that you want to leave your graduate program. They aren't easy decisions, but a lot of times leaving something you're not happy with has to happen before you can find something new that's better.
  4. Honestly, you should go with things you genuinely enjoy for extra-curriculars. Things that will get you leadership experience are a plus, as you can show how that translates into leadership elsewhere. Don't jump around just to get a bunch of stuff on your CV, pick things you really like and stick with them. Also, don't just design what you do around getting into grad school. Make it things you enjoy that keep you sane.
  5. What to email advisor after missing class?

    To be honest, I don't expect students to tell me when they skip class or apologize. It's why I have an "everyone's an adult here" attendance policy. I do like to know you're OK, but if you show up for the next class, I'll assume that.
  6. 2017-18 Job Market Support Thread

    Most of my interviews have at least a dinner out with faculty (usually 2), and one meal with students (for SLACs). For alcohol, I usually just make sure I order last to get a since for what other people are having. If most of the table are having drinks and I want to join in, I can do so knowing I won't be the odd one out. I've also had water when everyone else was drinking, and that was fine. Most faculty like the meals out too- it's a relaxed chance to get to know the candidate, and often for them to get to eat out somewhere they might not otherwise frequent. On another note, I'd completely forgotten about this thread. Been a productive year for me so far- 35 applications submitted so far. One campus interview, 9 additional phone interviews. I was starting to worry a bit, and this week has been huge for phone interview invites. I think I have 6 of the above scheduled for next week alone. As with last year (for me), the waiting post-interview is the hardest. You liked them, you thought they liked you, and then you have (usually) at least a few weeks up to a couple of months of radio silence. Either you weren't the first pick, you weren't a pick at all, or the administration is dragging feet. Scheduling interviews with a full teaching load is hard, and I'm thankful I have supportive colleagues to cover classes.
  7. Publishing - Strategies, resources, etc.

    Seems pretty legit to me. If there isn't any work that matches your paper in the journal at all that you would cite... Why are you submitting there and not somewhere that's s better topical fit?
  8. I came to help out future applicants. Didn't join until after I started, and have stayed around to help out now that I'm out. I'm betting everyone is here for a lot of different reasons. A lot of people only come in for one or two posts, some stay for years because they make friends and want to give back. Some fields are also a lot more active here than others.
  9. How important are friends/social life in grad school?

    Very good advice, and I'm glad you have this to lean on. I was at a faculty development workshop this summer, and they talked about the importance of building a committee to help you with decisions and difficulties. People that you trust as scholars and as friends that can help you navigate difficult times, whether it's dealing with struggles in your job, struggles in your scholarship, or struggles in your teaching/service. I know some of my friends from grad school are busy, and we don't talk as much as we should- but when I have something I need to talk about, I can text them and we will Skype that night- and I do the same thing for them. I have lots of friends outside of academia, but it's the ones that are in it with me that I trust to give me honest and tempered feedback when I'm making decisions.
  10. New NDSEG website not secure?

    I'm guessing this is a losing battle. My guess is like anything else, it was a contract that ASEE lost and SCI-TEK won. The DoD isn't likely to care all that much about applicants complaints, my gut tells me.
  11. Usually those cases you submit a sealed letter- does this university not do that?
  12. Yeah, this is a huge no-no. You absolutely don't edit someone else's letter without explicit permission. Personally, I find it ethically shady when writers show a student the letter at all, and find it an abrogation of professional responsibility when they ask the student to help write it. But that aside, it's not just shady to edit someone else's letter, it's obviously ethically wrong.
  13. Just because there are exceptions doesn't mean it's not a general statement. There are scholarships for graduate students, but in general scholarship is more commonly used for undergraduates, and fellowship for graduate students. That said, they're pretty synonymous, and sometimes used interchangeably with grants. Wording isn't something to get hung up on. Kinda, but you're still thinking that "stipend" mean's something. A stipend is just an amount (from any source) that doesn't go to tuition and benefits.
  14. is there an app?

    Actually, no- the whole point of a mobile site is that you don't need a separate app for it. You develop apps for things that a mobile site will not work well for, or you need to have some additional (usually offline) functionality. So I guess I'm missing the point of an app for this particular case. Can you elaborate on what you think it would do that the mobile site doesn't do already?
  15. You're overcomplicating things. The vast majority of the time in STEM fields, you have a single funding source at a time, and they don't usually "stack". If you get a fellowship, you give up your TA/RA support. There are some small fellowships (usually recruiting funds from a school) that can be used to increase the stipend, but it's not frequently by much. Most of this is also not something you really need to have any idea of when applying, or even during graduate school. Fellowship, Scholarship and Grant can be used relatively interchangeably when the grant is to the student. There is no simple dividing line on how any of these are awarded (need vs. scholarship vs. research proposal). Generally, fellowships are awards at the post-graduate level and scholarships are awards to undergraduates, but that's not always the case. Grant funding also appears as an RAship, where the student hasn't received a grant but the advisor has, and uses grant funds to pay students for research. The other thing to keep in mind is that it's usually a semester-by-semester thing. You may TA for one semester, have a fellowship another, and work as an RA over the summer paid from grants. Fellowships such as the NSF-GRFP are flexible in how you take the funding, but it has to be in year chunks. So if your program requires teaching, you might TA for the first year and delay the fellowship until later. The main takeaway is that in STEM fields, you will always be funded (if you're not, you shouldn't go) but that you can apply for external sources of funding. These frequently don't supplement your income (and in some cases discussed here can result in a stipend decrease) but they allow freedom and prestige that TA/RAships don't. You also asked about what a "stipend" is- in general, any portion of funding not given to the institution (tuition, benefits, etc.) but paid to you is a stipend. All sources of funding have stipends.