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    Florida
  • Application Season
    2015 Fall
  • Program
    Neuroscience/Psychology

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  1. It's good that you are wary of your reputation, but if ever there's an appropriate time to be concerned about money, it's now. As far as my negotiation, I'd somewhat set the stage during my interview to delicately ask later, never really talking about it directly. In fact, the only time I did mention money was in response to a question my PI posed about how the interview process was going and where I thought I stood with other schools. To that I said, "I will tell you this, Prof. X, of all of the programs I've applied to, I am confident that I would definitely fit best in your laborator
  2. Like the OP, I too have a masters and did what Doorkeeper suggested. For the last three years I've been working in research for a university. This time around, my experience played far more to my benefit than did my masters degree. All interviewers wanted to know about the research I've been doing over the last few years than my masters projects. And the bonus is that over the last three years I was on salary while also publishing papers. I also got much stronger letters from more prestigious names for this year's application cycle. Worked out for me.
  3. I was kind of in the same position. The typical stipend levels for my #1 choice were 7k less than a scholarship I was offered. I leveraged this offer (being that it too was only one year) alongside my "indecisiveness" between that program and other offers and was able to get an offer for an additional 5k/year. I remember feeling that asking was a bit risky, but I think I asked delicately enough that it worked out. Ironically, in my case, this still leaves the program in question lower in terms of stipend in my list of offers. Like you, though, I feel this is the best fit and had to ask
  4. I'm not in philosophy, but I would say program Y. In my experience, a thesis is a must - doctoral programs want evidence that you can handle the depth of study and critique that comes with an oral defense. Pubs and presentations are good, but you should strive to do these even with a thesis and you should try to put together a thesis worthy of publication in itself. Beyond that, any program that tells you "our students find it too hard" is a red flag for me. Why is it too hard? Can you not prepare your students for that level of study? Have you not designed your program appropriately?
  5. You should absolutely email a prof... or as many as possible. Strike now before spots are taken and show how devoted you are - you'll likely get what you're after more easily that way.
  6. This is actually very useful. I may have to try this. Of course, I know I'll then rebuke myself for leaving it up to chance...
  7. Except that when you apply, you have not yet visited, met the PI, other grad students, other faculty, seen the facilities, and generally learned more about the university you're interested in. My "safety" school is now resting as my top choice... hence the difficulty. My "vague" ranking that was formed during the application process has been shot to hell. And not to mention - If I even had a firm "top ranking", this wouldn't even be an issue...
  8. The funding Gods smiled on me, at least potentially... My aforementioned "wink and nudge" was made official tonight alongside notification that I was nominated for an added financial award on top of the full funding. Another bonus to this fellowship is a removed teaching requirement for the first year. And so I ask, WHY IS THIS STILL DIFFICULT?!
  9. I've begun to notice the showering of recruitment attention too and have actually leaned on this as something that might help me make my decision more easily. Alas, like you, it's just getting tougher.
  10. I've tried to make both quantitative and qualitative comparisons of all factors for all programs thinking that this would simplify things... the opposite occurred. FAIL!
  11. I'm just curious if anyone else is having a really hard time deciding between programs. I've officially gotten two offers but have had a wink and a nudge with another and interviewed really well elsewhere that has not begun extending offers... My problem, I was just hoping to get one admit - now I can't seem to decide which one is the best choice. I'm not asking for advice, as I think only I can make that determination... I just want to know if anyone else out there is as stressed about deciding as I am. Misery loves company.
  12. agrizz

    Tampa, FL

    Moffitt's a pretty good place to be from what I hear. I currently work in the Psychiatry and Neurosciences department, so I can't speak to Moffitt first-hand, but I hear good things. The city isn't too bad, but I don't actually live in Tampa, so I can't speak too first-hand on that either. I do know that there are some areas that are fairly rough on the edges, but there are some pretty safe areas as well, so not unlike most college towns/areas. Tampa isn't a college town though, and as such there are plenty of nice places to live if you don't mind the commute, which is what most peopl
  13. I've applied to two programs there and have been accepted by one myself... maybe that's why I didn't get it. On the other hand, maybe it's program specific... Cheshire, what field/program did you apply to?
  14. As a fellow UGA applicant... I see this post and go... "wait a minute... why didn't I get an inane email too?!"
  15. I'm a bit ready to leave my job of 3 years as well. Visiting campuses is making me super excited to return to the university life style and, although I'm still doing research now, I'm so ready to work on research that I reeeally want to do and have some say in. To remove myself from the undervalued position I'm stuck in now is merely icing on the cake. Come on summer!!!
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