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Bschaefer last won the day on August 13 2018

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About Bschaefer

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  • Birthday 10/28/1992

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    Chicago, IL
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    Bioarchaeology, Forensic Anthropology, Palaeoepigenetics, Human Rights, Palaeopathology, Andean Peru
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  1. Hey Y'all, I applied for 2021 cycle. Do yall have any information about the review process and when we would get updates?
  2. Hey! Happy to share - primarily I am an anthropological Bioarchaeologist that uses critical social theory into my bioarch research. Right now, my programs are anthropology (biological track) and gender and women’s studies and have 2 bioanths, 1 cultural anth, and 3 archaeologists on my committee. Each program is different with committee member reqs (which is why I have so many). it’s definitely possible - that is how I wrote my SOPs by demonstrating how these areas are integral to a transdisciplinary project. I would suggest reaching out to potential advisors (both cultural and Bio)
  3. @amylynn, from my experiences, I would update them when I initially wanted to work with them with a follow up chat/interview. Then I would update them when I submitted my application so that they knew that it would be in the stack and for them to seek me out during the review process. If you are in the area or are planning to be, I would also say it would be appropriate to ask about seeing the department and labs just so you can get that face to face interaction - however I would not plan a special trip before being admitted to do so unless you are going through town.
  4. @masculinities dope thanks
  5. Hey everyone, sorry if i missed this but I was wondering about the length of responses you submitted for each question. I didn’t find a suggested length for the questions - should these be around a page or two? Or shorter? Any help works - thanks!
  6. Hi @LocationQuotient I will say that you don’t necessarily need a background in anthropology to be accepted to anthro PhD programs. Of course, check the program website because some will explicitly say that you need a degree (BA or MA) in Anthropology or that it is preferred but you will get a solid training during your core classes. For my cohort, only two of us have a BA and MA in anthro, the rest have BAs or MAs in psychology, environmental sciences, sociology, or archaeology (these are from Unis outside American Anthro so it is a little different). These candidates were selected due t
  7. TL:DR - Look at the fit w/ the PI, then the stipend (and location of school/cost of living), and what you want in a program. Also, it is very acceptable to give your decision on 15 April - they hold your place in the program until then unless otherwise stated. For me, the biggest factour was the fit with the PI. Since you’re going to be in the program for at least 4 years, this is a huge commitment to study with someone so if you fit better with one over another PI then put it at the top of your list (or at least I did). Overall, you will be forever connected to the person (unless you swi
  8. I saw an acceptance at UIC - I’m currently a student there so let me know if you have any questions!
  9. When I applied last year at Penn, I had an informal skype session in December and then a formal interview in January for Bioanth.
  10. Let me know if you have any questions about GSU! I did my Anthropology and MPH there! Currently doing my PhD at UIC for bioanth!
  11. Oh gotcha, I would then try to separate the GPA for undergraduate courses and graduate course. Usually on the applications, they will ask for UG, grad, and cumulative GPA (All apps are different) so you could/would report all three. That way you can show that the grad GPA is better?-maybe?
  12. SInce you will have a MA, most programs will use that GPA as the main aspect of the GPAs. When I was applying for PhD, many programs mentioned that the MA GPA, coursework, and research was more important since I could already do graduate work. I also agree with @civitas and you should highlight your achievements. If they are curious about the low UG GPA, they will reach out to discuss further or during interviews (if the program/professor conducts interviews).
  13. Hey @Austin J., My masters program at Georgia State was funded and have a few faculty they have interests in visual culture but the general regional focus of the dept. is more Latin America. But, you could definitely do a thesis on SE Asia and would definitely add to the diversity of the program in terms of research focus. However, I will say - I’m currently at Univ. of Illinois at Chicago and the dept is divided between Andean Archaeology and SE Asia Critical Sociocultural Theory. I think that this dept. might be a better fit given the research interest. I would reach out to Mark L
  14. I’m not sure that there are any programs that have an “article” only track instead of a dissertation. I will say that I know some grad programs allow for articles that you are first author on to be included as a thesis chapter(s). I this sort of what you are getting at?-I would check with the program’s handbook that you a interested in to see about specific policies.
  15. I think it would be best for applying with bioanth. Since you would be incorporating more theory into your project, and this should be reflecting in your proposal, then this field is probably better. Though it would be interesting for the evobio, they might hold it in the same regards to other proposals that are less theoretical just given the fields. I would reread your proposal and see which one it fits better with, but I think the bioanth would be better. Because at least with the bioanth section, you’re getting the panel that consists of people within your field compared to a much larger p
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