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  1. Funding isn't usually tied to a lab or a professor in the humanities whereas funding is often tied to a lab or a specific professor in the Sciences.
  2. Warelin

    Boston & Cambridge, MA

    A quick search revealed this: https://recreation.gocrimson.com/recreation/membership/graduate It appears that fees depend on which school you attend. The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences offer you free admission to the Rec. HKS students have a fee ranging from $175 per semester to $525 for the entire year.
  3. Some journals have very specific rules. Whether or not they can or choose to reinforce those rules are questionable. I, myself, wouldn't want to be caught violating any of those rules. The publishing industry is also tiny so violations could also ruin trust in your name for other journals. Likewise, submitting an article under review might violate a clause that restricts you from submitting elsewhere while the journal is reviewing it. Most journals limit the clause by saying that you can't submit it to other journals simultaneously. Some journals don't want you to submit elsewhere because it means they have one less download. A lot of research is also not public research so there's a potential loss of revenue as well. Submitting an already published piece also comes with the original disclaimer that a version of this first appeared in x in y edition. This risks a question of how many edits a piece has gone through and how much of the writing is your own. The journal's credibility and reputation might also be considered. Authorship, copyright law and usage rights is a very odd and complex thing.
  4. I think it's an extremely valuable skill to vet places that you are interested in submitting a piece for publication. There's a lot of talk about the importance of professionalization and the dangers of early professionalization because the work has the potential to follow you around. Different journals have different ways of determining who owns the copyright or a right to reproduce at any one point. There are a lot of really honest and fair journals but I imagine that there are are fair amount of less-than-honest journals as well. I'm not exactly sure of how they would find out or whether their case would stand, but I'd be cautious in this case. When Google Chrome launched, they mentioned the following under their old TOS: ""By submitting, posting or displaying the content you give Google a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute any Content which you submit, post or display on or through, the Services." Google received a huge backlash for it and has modified their terms since then which allows them to use you as an endorsement. Ideally, there are not many journals similar to that of Google's old TOS. I imagine there are a fair amount of sketchy journals that do employ similar tactics though.
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    ISO Statements of Purpose

    http://ls.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/statement_of_purpose.pdf - History Ph.D applicant but the comments might be useful for you. The links below are from applicants that were successful in getting into an English Ph.D. program: http://statementofpurposeexamples.com/humanities-statements-of-purpose/english-statements-of-purpose/farms-agrarian-literature/ http://statementofpurposeexamples.com/humanities-statements-of-purpose/english-statements-of-purpose/the-living-nature-of-past-literature/ http://statementofpurposeexamples.com/humanities-statements-of-purpose/english-statements-of-purpose/imitating-literature/ https://www.gradschools.com/get-informed/applying-graduate-school/essay-writing/graduate-school-personal-statement-examples (See Personal Statement 1)
  6. Small note here: Some publications might have certain usage rights to your work and there can be some sort of clause that says you cannot submit to somewhere else for a certain period of time or might require you to obtain permission prior to submitting your work elsewhere. The main issue with published material is that there are often edits made by someone that isn't you. Often, these materials are heavily edited prior to publication and therefore may not accurately represent your writing ability. In this case, I'd send an earlier draft that is exclusively your writing.
  7. It really depends on the professor. Some professors will personalize it slightly to the universities and programs. They might also choose to emphasize certain parts of you to different programs depending on their strengths.
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    Monthly Top Posters Contest - August

    I think this is a very real danger to consider. There's been a recent upsurge in very short posts from some users as well as some advice being offered that could potentially be hurtful to the applicant if followed. If the trend continues, these forums have the potential of losing out on a lot of what makes this community. I also think it could risk losing a lot of people who might otherwise have signed up if they don't believe people are getting quality answers to their questions.
  9. Have you looked at Stony Brook? They have Heidi Hutner and she's very into ecofeminism. She's an associate professor of English. She was previously also the director of the Sustainability Studies program.
  10. Nobody expects you to know everything about a field. Being aware that you're barely scratching the surface is a good thing. It shows awareness. If you can find a way to bridge your interests with his, I think you'll go far. I can just about guarantee that a lot of people feel this way. I can almost guarantee that there will always be someone will less experience than you in any given area. Schools look for fit, an ability to succeed in their school and how well you fit into the cohort they're building. If we could all beautifully articulate questions 100 percent of the time, there wouldn't be a need for Grad School. You'll need to ask questions higher than you would at the undergrad level but I think there's a lot of value in being great at close reading that will help guide you with really great questions. I think the easiest way to find magazines that you're interested in to search for articles you're interested in and seeing where they appear and other journals that they reference. You'll notice certain trends appearing over a certain amount of time. Pay close attention to those journals as they're likely considered to be high-impact journals in your area. I am. Not at all. I think it's more important to ensure that all your recommendations come from individuals who have a Ph.D. and are preferably tenured or tenure track. While it may be helpful to have at least one professor with similar interests, I can assure you it is not required. My recommendations all came from people with very different interests. I think a simple " I plan on applying to PH.D. programs. Do you believe you know me well enough to write me strong letters of recommendation?" would work really well here. It allows them opportunities to ask follow-up questions or for them to suggest you seek a letter from someone else who may know you better. Life is a learning process. I can say that I've been there but I think it's these experiences which help us grow and ultimately shape us into who we become.
  11. I think having specific questions in mind would be extremely helpful. Research can be very broad and incorporate a lot. Not having specific questions at the grad level might signal that you haven't done much research and are just looking to try to connect with as many professors as possible. Research is a big aspect of a dissertation so you'll want to show you can engage with their research and ask thoughtful questions. It'll take a bit of work as you'll try to merge the two but I think you'll have much better luck with getting him to agree. Is there a chance he is giving a lecture open to the public? Might be the easiest way to introduce yourself and ask him thoughtful follow-up questions. Also, please allow him to find a way to say "no" comfortably by using strong language and allowing him to disagree if he doesn't think your research interests aren't a match or if he says he's too busy.
  12. It is certainly acceptable if you go to a professor's office hours without having a class with them. Office hours are generally limited in their scope and serve several functions. Sometimes, it is required to go to them to have important feedback conversation on papers. Sometimes, it could be used to discuss the professor's research and ask for recommendations based on what the professor has observed in the student's feedback. Sometimes, it is to discuss participation and how to more get more discussion going if the student feels shy. Sometimes, students ask how they can improve their grades or would like to discuss graduate school. If the professor doesn’t believe the student is suited for a Ph.D., the professor might suggest alternatives, might have further discussions regarding how to improve, or might refuse to write a recommendation letter. If the professor knows the applicant well and believes they have the skills to make it through a Ph.D. program, the professor might make recommendations on where to apply and offer you invaluable feedback on how to strengthen your application. When writing a letter, the professor is lending you their reputation and that is something that most do with care. There are some professors who write neutral letters because it ensures that their stronger letters make a bigger impact when read. Developing a meaningful relationship with a professor with just office hours will take you a long time since the professor won't know your research writing ability. A professor has other tasks to perform besides teaching at most universities. It may or may not cross him the wrong way that you're asking him to read your papers in addition to the other tasks required of him by the university. My concern is that some students might not get the attention they need/want if you're trying to build a working relationship this way.
  13. I think it would be incredibly hard for a professor to write a LoR if they've never supervised you for a research project or had a class. I think it would be nearly impossible for a professor to write you a Strong LoR based on nothing but office hours. I don't think this professor would be able to discuss your research ability, your contributions to class, how you compare to other students, your strengths, skills and qualifications and why they'd recommend you and to what degree. I think you also risk that professor or their students being annoyed with you because you might be taking some time they could ask questions. I think the scenario could change if you've previously had him for a class or he was a previous supervisor. Is there a chance that an independent study is offered at your university that you can take in place of a class this semester?
  14. Adcoms don't start reviewing applications until the deadline has passed. Submitting early might allow the coordinator to notify you of missing recommendations or components of your application. There are some applications that won't allow you to submit recommendation requests until 24 hours after you've submitted your application. Most places allow you to request recommendations in the middle of filling your application.
  15. I think you're going to have a hard time finding the answer you're looking for because there is no standard saving amount. There are a few factors that impact this: -Your stipend (which may or may not be the same as everyone else's in your cohort. Sometimes, people do bring in outside funding which increases their total funding. Sometimes, the university adjusts their funding if you have outside funding. Some limit it to a certain amount.) -Cost of rent: Some people have no problem living with others to cut costs. Sometimes, you have no choice to share a house or apartment to be able to live on the stipend. Some people prefer living on their own and will invest to ensure that they don't have roommates. Having a pet or a family complicates things even more. Sometimes, there are two people earning an income; sometimes just one. Someone might pay $700 or so for rent while another person will pay $1300 to live in a more desired location with easier access to attractions or the university or for more space. -Cost of food: Nobody in a single cohort will eat the same thing. Some prefer investing money in organic food or eating locally. Some people might only have access to one grocery store. -Transportation: Not all universities provide free public transportation to their students. Sometimes, a car is needed. A car costs money and unexpected repairs might put a dent in savings. Having a car does offer you the mobility to get groceries whenever you'd like. A parking pass will cost more money at most universities. The cost of a parking pass varies significantly. -Bills: Electricity + Gas aren't included as part of your monthly rent. This numbers vary depending on how often you need them. Cellphone and internet are other things you'll likely have to pay for. -Books: Different courses require different books. Most people will take different classes. -Conferences: Local conferences can be cheap. Not all conferences will be local. Some might require a plane ride + hotel reservations. Some universities are generous in covering all expenses; some might have a certain limit for your entire time at the program. -Moving expenses: Most universities don't give you additional money to move. -Furniture: Unless you move into a furnished unit, you'll need to buy some furniture if you don't have it. -Going out: Sometimes, your cohort will want to hang out. Sometimes, you'll hangout at restaurants and you'll want to ensure that you have money to do so. Sometimes, you won't feel like cooking. If it's a sit-down restaurant, a tip is courtesy and is common Other expenses may include: pet expenses, lyft/taxi rides, hospital bills, dental appointments, major appliance purchases (such as a washer or dryer), and so on.

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