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Oshawott last won the day on June 30 2017

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  1. I know people who went to grad school for similar programs (counseling/social work/clinical) past their mid-to-late 30's. Since your husband has a good job that allows you to focus on school and volunteering, I don't see why you shouldn't just wait it out another year (or two) while becoming more competitive by volunteering in labs for SFU/UBC. I know of some people who 'settled' for a program they didn't want to be in and they didn't thrive.
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    question about academic offence

    Sounds surprisingly similar to this topic so you could probably gain some insight here:
  3. If you don't see yourself doing clinical practice at all, then there's no point in doing clinical unless your research interests need a clinical population. I've seen other PhDs get non-academic positions if you're worried about job prospects. Your program just isn't going to be tailored to getting those positions and you'll have to put in the extra work. People underestimate the importance of supervisor relationship, and given that your ultimate goal is research, a good supervisor and better training is crucial.
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    Vanier 2019-2020

    As an aside, Vanier prioritizes leadership skills as well, and a lot of academics fall short on that end. I know (second hand) of a person in the Humanities who received a Vanier because of her public outreach despite not being competitive for regular SSHRC CGS because of a lack of research output. Every school has different allocations as well. Clearly Waterloo's applicant pool were strong on the research end, but you have to look at your own institution's applicants as well.
  5. This topic comes up a lot but the last point @lewin quoted is probably the most important by far. Programs get their reputations because of their faculty. Sometimes excellent faculty mentors just happen to be at smaller schools because of their own choosing. Above all else, look at where your POI is placing people, because they could be amazing researchers at amazing schools but are just not great mentors and have students falling through the cracks.
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    Conference posters: good pursuit or not?

    Data blitz (or at least the name) seems to be a new(ish) thing for social-personality so I haven't seen it much in CVs. Should I be differentiating it on a CV from a regular talk?
  7. While I cautioned being wary, if your supervisor is actually obstructing your ability to complete your dissertation, then there's not much to lose by leaving because you aren't gaining much by staying.
  8. I know people who only joined the program I'm in because it was the only one they got into. The program itself isn't bad, but they weren't flourishing because they literally didn't want to be there. If you are able and don't mind starting over then why not? But I would worry how this could come off on your current supervisor especially since they didn't seem particularly happy with you finding external research opportunities. I'd also be worried how these other programs would perceive your application so unless these other professors are the ones taking you in, it might be a big risk. What's stopping you from just staying where you are and continuing to work and publish with your external collaborators?
  9. The other school was committed to first so its not a case of both schools sending invites at the same time and prioritizing a preferred school. Presumably the POI knows this so the question strikes as odd especially the comment "if you found that you liked the program after the visit, would it be your first choice?" You wouldn't really know the answer to that. At best, the only thing one could know is how much they like each program before they visit which is what I think the professor wants to ask, which I think is legitimate, but they didn't. @schenar just be honest and say that the other program had extended you an interview last month so it is too late to reschedule that visit, and that rescheduling doesn't reflect any preferences on your part. Also state what you've said: it is too early for you to assert whether either program is a top choice, but add that you only applied to schools that you were enthusiastic about attending (unless you didn't and this school isn't that). I'd leave out the part where they weren't "the top choice" because many things can affect where you end up going despite your initial rankings, and you shouldn't be penalized for ranking your applications and then updating when relevant information arises. I agree with @Developmental33 that what the professor asked was not...tactful (or even useful because you could just lie and say yes this is your top program) but you should not let this rile you up. Academia is a small place so you don't want to be leaving bad impressions, especially when the power dynamics are against you.
  10. Yeah if you're concerned about people seeing your cracked phone and making a bad impression, just don't pull out your phone.
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    Advice needed: get a Phd or second master's?

    Princeton has a joint degree in Psychology and Social Policy and I really like some of their psych prof's work in the area. I can't really asses how good Princeton's social policy program is (but I'm gonna make a random guess and say its of sufficient quality) but if your focus is a good psych PhD program with a public policy slant then this sounds like a good fit if you want an advanced degree in those areas. Overall though, I agree with @eternallyephemeral and @rising_star's assessment that the PhD path probably isn't the best one for you based on your goals.
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    SSHRC Doctoral Award/CGS (funding for 2018-2019)

    They've received your application at the national level and are now reviewing it.
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    How much would you charge?

    There's a difference between submitting research to a conference, getting accepted, and disseminating your research for free, and being asked to be a keynote speaker (or similar position) for an event, academic or otherwise. At the very least, if you are inviting someone to give a talk you should be reimbursing travel expenses, food, and accommodation if they have to stay overnight, which is what (as far as I can tell) all departments do when they invite speakers from outside their school to speak. The "merit to inspire others" doesn't outweigh the financial burden of asking speakers to not only speak for free, but also not reimbursing any sort of accommodations which seems to be what's happening here. Academics are also paid to lecture by their university, and paid to do research. Creating a talk, the travel time, etc. all eat up time that you are actually paid for. There's also the fact that non-academics are also asked to give talks in industry "to inspire others" and I guarantee that most, if not all, industry speakers are charging fees. Anyway here's an article on the CHE on deciding your speaker fee: https://www.chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/whats-your-speaking-fee/52531 Here's another article from ChronicleVitae on the different type of speaking gigs and what can be expected as speaker fees: https://chroniclevitae.com/news/1678-speaking-as-an-academic
  14. Why would you....ask a person you don't even seem to hold in high regard for a reference letter?
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    Conferences & Internship Networking

    I think there's a miscommunication here. The contents of your application do matter, but in terms of whether you should spend money on conferences or not, its the networking opportunities that matter. Poster presentations aren't really held to a high regard when evaluating CVs, and every senior academic I've met has warned against organizing a symposium because it is a time-sink unless you manage to get a big-named person on board (i.e., you grow your network). For the most part, any good research at these conferences are either already published, in press, or will be in press in the next few months and those that aren't just get dropped and there's rarely a repository for posters/talks for you to cite anyway. Now if your supervisor is telling you that your CV doesn't matter for post docs that's just irresponsible. There are certainly smaller conferences (depending on your area) where good networking can be done (but they might not be local enough for you depending on your location) such as the Midwestern Psychological Association or the new Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science conference. Of course, I only mention these two because when I look at who's attending, its people who I would be interested in working with for a post-doc so smaller conferences may differ for you. If you're dead-set on these smaller conferences, why not try to address your supervisor's concerns? Are there any researchers who you want to work with going to these conferences? Or is it just going to be a line on your CV? Of course the latter isn't that bad if you're planning on applying for scholarships and need to show research productivity in some capacity but as you progress in grad school, conferences shouldn't be CV fillers but instead a way to meet new people who you can collaborate with.

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