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Sword_Saint

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Alaska
  • Interests
    Geospatial crime analysis, crime prevention, Criminological opportunity theories [specifically Crime Pattern Theory, Rational Choice theory, CPTED]
  • Application Season
    2015 Fall
  • Program
    Criminal Justice / Criminology

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  1. Thanks for linking to that, I heard about it in passing but never read into Ms.Goffman's situation. During my undergraduate degree I was captivated by ethnographic research, especially works like: Code of the Street (1999), Dealing Crack: the social world of street-corner selling (1999), and Random Family: love, drugs, trouble and coming of age in the bronx (2003). It's wholly different than the quantitative work that I was really taught and it's uniqueness, how much light it could shed on a situation that quantitative analysis just couldn't, is something that appeals to me. Its a shame to
  2. This was a really interesting and worrisome story to me because of how easy it is to alter and manipulate data before submitting the research to others or for publication. Something it reminds me of is food industry related research; specifically research I reviewed for an Ethics and Food Security course that involved GMO research. In my experience a study comes out and it is either accepted or questioned and if its questioned other authors may make a piece calling it out or attempt to replicate or disprove it, but with GMO research it's different. Instead of replicating or otherwise professio
  3. For me, hard work equaling entitlement is a problem because not everyone is equally capable of completing a given task. Some individuals are no more capable of obtaining _____ degree than I am of being an Olympic athlete. My former adviser was right in this respect I believe, that not only is everyone not equally capable, but to award students a degree when they aren't capable of well representing your field is a disservice to the discipline (whatever your discipline is). There is a growing stigma in our society where you need a degree to be successful in life but it devalues the worth of a de
  4. I didn't have an opinion about grade entitlement one way or the other until I took the Justice and Society course required for my undergrad. The professor asked the class of 25 students to raise their hands if they thought that because they paid to be there, they should get a high grade. A follow up to that was if a student works hard, regardless of the final product, the student should get a high grade. My mind was blown by how many students (3/4's) thought they deserved a high grade irrespective of their homework and exams in the course. The semester after that in an Applied Stats class
  5. I wasn't sure where to mention this but I wanted to sing praises about a policy from Simon Fraser University that was not at my former institution. Apparently senior PhD students are matched to incoming grad students so that if there are any random questions or concerns the grads can ask their respective student mentors. On it's face it seems childish to me, but having a fellow student you ask questions is an awesome resource, especially when you're an international student. Maybe not all departments at SFU do this, but mine does and its super useful. Go Canada (and useful policies everywh
  6. Good thread, helps me practice what to say when individuals ask if I want to be a lawyer or a police officer. I'm sure my pitch will get more refined as I continue farther into research and academia. Pitch: I conduct research on the spatial distribution of crime events with mapping software to develop and inform crime prevention policy. Specifically, by determining where crime clusters I can analyze those locations for ways that the physical environment can be manipulated to reduce crime currently occurring there and prevent crime that would occur there in the future. The work that I
  7. Interesting thread, parts of it reminded me of the Einstein quote: "If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself." On the other hand, some jargon is difficult to replace in a way that is understandable to lay persons while also not making your work sound overly simplified like anyone could do it. In terms of not wanting to sound like I'm bragging, I don't often bring up my educational / academic achievements because I feel like many individuals don't view them in a good way. My friends an family view it like I must be highly intelligent, a model citizen and
  8. Along a similar train of thought, I'm of the belief that school ranking overall is less important than ranking or situation for your particular discipline at that university. For example, my undergrad was at a university with a low ranking (high acceptance rate, low graduation rate) but my discipline at that university was very good and known about by the schools I applied to. This could be another consideration.
  9. 1) I have not seen the movie. 2) Start by writing out all of the tenets of Social Disorganization Theory 3) A 12 minute powerpoint can be a cake-walk if you know the theory and relevant other theories (I would go w/ environmental theories, but I'm biased). 4) This is not an ideal place to solicit help for assignments. I would consider asking faculty or other students at your institution.
  10. Thank you. The schools i was interested in applying for ended up not allowing Bachelor students to apply straight for their PhD's, though if they did I would have attempted that route instead. As far as I can tell at the school's I've looked at the masters program is practitioner oriented instead of PhD programs which were researcher oriented. I used to think this was a subtle difference until it dawned on me that at my undergrad institution faculty were preparing students mostly to be line level officers and such. Because the curriculum was focused on that, there really wasn't a whole lot of
  11. Yeah, I'm an MA student for the fall. I applied for and was accepted to Texas State, University of Cincinnati and Simon Fraser University (Vancouver Canada). I ended up going with Simon Fraser, and will be moving come August time frame. Funding was a big deal to me and all three of the programs had some sort of funding, even if it was just tuition remission. Texas State and SFU have really good opportunities to be a TA or RA and the pay from that is pretty solid. I imagine it all depends on the school you apply for and the political climate in that area influencing the schools and whatnot, but
  12. Slightly off topic but I found it similarly interesting when I was in Australia and U.S. citizens were stigmatized as internationally ignorant and gun crazy. Sure some people in the U.S. are interestingly staunch gun supporters and support politicians who "meddle" in other country's affairs, but that is clearly not all U.S. citizens.
  13. You may be better off looking in the city forum if you have general questions about the city / university. Assuming that there are no criminology students at that school on this website, you may consider contacting current PhD students through that university's website or asking to get in touch with them through the graduate secretary.
  14. 1) Yes, it is possible to get a master's degree in a field other than what your bachelor's degree(s) is in. 2) The U.S. News Report lists school prestige based on acceptance and graduation rates (I believe), but I honestly think individuals are better off applying to schools based on research interest and funding opportunities. Different schools have different requirements; minimally it would require taking the GRE, taking an English proficiency test (TOEFL), performing well as an undergraduate (3.0 + generally) and having a few letters of recommendation from previous faculty (2-3 letter
  15. I decided Simon Fraser b/c they had more faculty with my research interests and were able to offer me a WAY more competitive funding package. About 10 days after I decided SFU, Texas State said they'd be able to offer a better package than originally thought, full tuition coverage and 1400/month as a TA/RA. If they had been able to lead with that, there is a pretty solid chance I would have chosen there instead. So Canada it is apparently. I'll be "back on the market" in about 1.5-2 years for PhD applications so we'll see how it looks then whether I stay at SFU, go to Texas State or choos
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