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  1. Does anyone have any examples/links to successful NSF GFRP grant proposals in sociology (or even the social sciences, more broadly)? Can anyone offer advice or perspectives on applying for this grant as a sociology graduate student?
  2. the fact that i am still on this website after accepting a funded phd offer like i thought i could quit this place, but it is like an addiction probably because everyone on here can understand aspects of my experience that most people in my real life can't, to an extent, but i was anticipating being "free" and alas, i remain also, why am i still smoking cigarettes after i quit smoking cigarettes? but i don't smoke them like i did before (chain smoking) and it's just sort of once a day but it makes me angry with myself and i don't understand my own vices...
  3. SECONDING K-CUPS. I think Keurig coffee is really watery (I like extremely strong coffee) and the individual cups are just wasteful. I like to be able to brew excessive amounts of coffee at once and do not have the patience to brew one cup at a time...plus "normal" coffee is cheaper and that's always a good thing
  4. uselesstheory

    Buffalo, NY

    In the later spring, summer, and fall, biking is great! In the winter, it is nearly impossible, if not entirely, but if you are just going between the two campuses, the UB bus system is pretty efficient and free for students.
  5. uselesstheory

    Buffalo, NY

    hi -- i've lived in buffalo my whole life so if you have any questions, feel free to ask me things. i have not personally rented, but i have many, many friends who have. re: the amherst vs. elmwood village discussion: amherst is not very full of life and is quite suburban; you would need a car, but not to get to campus (more to get around the city and to do things, more generally, but you would be much closer to campus). the elmwood village has a lot to do, a lot of culture, activities, young people, events, etc. but is not close to campus. however, if you have a car, it's not far at all,
  6. Visiting is probably the best way to get a sense of what a department can do for your research interests and how you will experience your time there. If the differences in your experiences at each visit were truly significant, I would choose the department that you felt is most accommodating and welcoming, beyond, of course, the academic issues at hand. If the only reason you would attend Brown is for the name recognition as an Ivy, I would not attend Brown, but obviously, I do not have all of the information necessary to actually tell you what to do. Rankings-wise, they're so close together t
  7. i am so sorry you're in this situation; words are not adequate and they make me sound disingenuous. you are not incompetent, and as others said, it is a crapshoot. there are also real factors at play, factors that value certain interests and devalue others, and i get the sense that departments have a strange aversion to 'political' and 'radical' interests. i certainly think navigating that problem has been a significant barrier for me personally, and that says a lot about the field: perhaps a field that is unwilling to help a scholar who comes from a marxist and perhaps radical perspective is
  8. just a small anecdote, but the campus culture is quite fragmented and mostly comprised of very wealthy and snobby undergraduates. it will be very difficult to get by without funding in that area of dc, though the metro is efficient and you can live a bit away for cheaper, i'm sure. i think it is a place that is not entirely conducive to sociological research and thought (more poll sci/econ focus, and i'm sure research grants and funding will reflect that there) so i would be cautious. that being said, i have a very brief experience with the school and not as a phd student, so take my commentar
  9. The program I'm attending specifically said that if you haven't taken an undergraduate statistics course, you must do that before coming to the university in the fall (or you'll have to take an undergrad stats class there, which will take up time you could be spending on your graduate coursework, etc.). This is a requirement I've seen from a lot of departments, so it would be a bad idea to completely avoid taking a statistics course, unless you simply cannot do it, for some reason. That being said, an introductory undergraduate stats course is pretty basic and will leave you plenty of time
  10. Congratulations! I felt the same way when I made my decision and accepted my offer, but it was totally nerve-wracking and surreal. All of a sudden, five or six or more years become definite in some way before us, and that is inevitably full of conflicted feelings of excitement and trepidation.
  11. now the obsession over apple products is basically either mere commodity fetishism or because apple users are accustomed to using apple products (making a switch to other operating systems more difficult)
  12. As soon as we post even remotely identifiable information online, especially on an online community so related to out future careers, we pose the risk of our employers reading what we post. That being said, everything I post on here isn't objectionable, and my interactions on this forum helped me learn about compiling an application and everything that comes with that. Conduct yourself like a pleasant human and don't gossip, and you shouldn't worry.
  13. This is very interesting to me. Say Columbia and Indiana are tied at 12 (which they are, on USNews, at least): does the name/status of a certain institution and/or private versus public status play into job placement? I'm guessing yes, but if yes, how so? Are there substantive, explainable reasons, or are these phenomena limited to the strange subjective world of the prestige of the Ivy League, as opposed to the status of the public institution? Basically: how do equally ranked public and private schools offer PhDs advantages or disadvantages, and are those advantages and disadvantages bas
  14. Absolutely take a stats course, maybe two. If you're preparing for the GRE, find a cheap but good tutor who can help you understand the ways the test tries to trick people (otherwise, the math is pretty basic; the tricks are what gets people).
  15. MAPSS went out today, with scholarship information.
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