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  1. I would stop sending these e-mails. Professors can't really be compelled to take students, even if one was it would be awkward at best. Sending emails up the chain might just aggravate the situation, is unlikely to further your cause, and might make it less likely that people will want to help you. I would be leery of helping someone if I thought that if/when things didn't go their way they would be firing off emails to people i report to.
  2. Hello! Just a couple of thoughts... If I were you I would try to understand how my real world experience changed me to make be a better candidate so that I might speak to those new strengths/skills in my app. Also, given the results from last round, you might consider applying to some MS programs too. Your app strength may get you in at this level and you could use the experience as a springboard. Good luck! QM
  3. Link to survey of salary data https://www.higheredjobs.com/salary/default.cfm?utm_source=09_17_2019&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SalarySurveyJobSeekers Hope you find it helpful!
  4. Take a couple of deep breaths and relax! When are applications due? How long do you have until these letters are due? If it were me I would call their office and chat.People get a lot of emails and it is quite possible that yours wasn't seen. They may be travelling, on sabbatical, or who knows what else.
  5. Hi everyone! After earning my MS and deciding to stay for the PhD my wife and I bought a house, then bought a different one a year later. A big part of the equation is how much your payment will be vs your income. My wife was using the GI bill, which they would not count as income, just as they may not want to count hourly income. While I am funded in the summer, that didn't come up. I just told them what my annual salary was (which at the time was not much). I had zero debt that had to be counted against me, excellent credit, and a large down payment. That being said, we bought a very small house in a marginal neighborhood. The neighborhood was dodgy enough that we moved in a year. They wouldn't approve me again until the first house had been sold, so I rented it out instead and was able to count the rental income as a 'plus' on the balance sheet. I understand the math on the 'break even timeline' but it doesn't always hold. We bought both places at discounted prices and have renovated them both. We did the work (including installing oak hardwood floors--a lot of sweat equity) and when we sell them we will make money regardless of the length of ownership. I found the work gave me time to reflect and puzzle over my academic pursuits. Just a couple of tips: really make sure you know/like the neighborhood before you buy. Don't tell the mortgage company things they don't ask. As a PhD student I was salaried (which mortgage company likes) but they REALLY don't like 'part-time' and as a student I am at 20 hrs week. However, when I said that I am not part-time, I am half full-time the mortgage brokers said, "I can work with that." Crazy but true. PM me if you want the name of the mortgage co. Good luck, qm
  6. Hi FLPrincessGrad! It is certainly possible. As you think of what you want to do and the is it possible question you might consider how well you are prepared to manage large data sets and how comfortable you are with a computational environment that can manipulate them (e.g. Python, R). Good luck! qm
  7. Hello and welcome to the forum! My wife is a veteran who who used TA then GI Bill when she got out, and I hold an MS Environmental Science and am a PhD candidate in Coastal Systems. I would absolutely wait to use your GI bill. I think that TA can pay for a MS. I would encourage you to continue your line of thinking in your last paragraph. You already have a BS in a challenging discipline which might be enough to get you into an MS program. That being said, I would try to find an online MS program that TA will pay for and enroll. You can get some basic oceanography type stuff under your belt (maybe an ecology course). If you don't compete the program before you are done with your contract it will certainly help your application. I don't think TA will pay for non-degree seeking status, so you will probably have to find a program and enroll. All that being said, what is your endgame? As you approach your strategy for the next 22 months, it would be help me give you suggestions if I knew what you are looking for at the end of the rainbow.... good luck! Q
  8. I have never been one to spend my time doing something I didn't enjoy, so the following is an objective observation but not necessarily what I would do... The success rate of start ups is not great, and while we all plan to.succeed we might want to consider the alternative. If the start up fails will the MS be the credential you need to find fulfilling employment? Also, regarding intellectual property and your university, if they are funding you and you come up with the ideas for the startup while they are paying you there are probably some ownership implications. Good luck!
  9. When @Sigaba says this, the way I understand it is that the thesis option will involve more research and is generally the preferred experience if you plan to continue in academia, while the non-thesis/profession/report track is more appropriate if you plan to enter the workforce upon completion.
  10. Agree with @Bmay80 in terms of looking at an amortization calc. like this https://studentloanhero.com/calculators/student-loan-deferment-calculator/ It is important to remember that you will be charged interest while you are in school, the only deferred part are the payments. So if you borrow 60k in three years you will owe 70k and will be on the hook for around 800$ a month for a decade. ouch. Also remember that at some point you might want to buy a house and your student loan debt counts against your DTI ratio so might be a deal breaker. good luck!
  11. After a challenging couple of weeks (written exams two weeks ago) I successfully completed the orals this morning and am pleased to share that I have passed my comps and am ABD. hip hip Basically, though, it just means I get to keep going to work! Good luck everyone, hope you are well and your summer gets off to a good start. ~QM
  12. Hello ijop45, Just curious, what do you want to do after you get your degree? Thinking of the endgame might help you plot a course. Also, when you say you might consider looking at the researchers first, then where they are based.Maybe look at your most cited researchers? Someone who inspired you somehow? One thing is for sure, you won't get into 100% of the programs you don't apply to! Hope this helps a little, just thought it might be beneficial to re-frame how you are looking at potential targets, then when you have some work on the strategy to get there. I do a lot of predictive work using ML. For me, it is just the best tool for the job...are you interested in writing the tools or using the tools? A colleague of mine (in the US) has a degree from a Canadian university... how it is 'viewed' has never come up. good luck!
  13. For my MS I wrote a thesis, and as part of the formatting had to say what journal format I would follow. Currently that work is 'under review' for publication and, in my experience, the main difference between the versions was length. I had to be very concise, which meant I had to be very discerning about the scope of the publication version. For the PhD you can (at my uni), indicate that the dissertation will be a whole, or will be comprised of three separate chapters each publishable. The approach here probably depends on the discipline. History might opt for the long one, and the sciences the article approach--but I am speculating about history. I don't have to publish as I go, though it might make the defense a bit easier lol. While these are logistic components, I would think that part of the decision as to how to format should be driven by what you want to do after you graduate. If you want to pursue a path that values publications then you might want to have some articles in the can stemming from your dissertation. If you plan on doing something different, it might not matter so much...good luck!
  14. In my experience, "fit" is very important to advisors. In addition to talking about your interests, you might want to mention something about what your potential advisors do, and how your interest can support that/dovetail/align etc... good luck!
  15. I am chiming in to share my experience and offer an element of the financial aspect I considered (and still consider). I just turned 45, am in a PhD program and will be ABD after quals this spring. I finished my BA after 1 1/2 years of coursework finishing in Dec '14. Got in to a MS program (was willing to relocate) and after a semester picked up some funding that covered my tuition, most of my health insurance, and paid me. 2 years on the MS, grad Aug '17. Continuing to the PhD, I spent last year doing coursework and research. Coursework is done, will defend my proposal this fall and am lucky enough to get to travel for some fieldwork. So I am about 5 years in and have 2-3 to go counting the whole trip--which sounds similar to what you are about to tackle. It has been instrumental that I am on a fellowship that covers my tuition and pays me a reasonable salary. I have a wife (who contributes financially) and a two year old daughter. We take family trips, and have bought a couple of houses in the past two years (just pointing out we aren't starving). For me, the PhD was always a life goal as well. While working in academia is a possibility, I am doing this because I believe it helps make me the best possible person I can be. I am looking at the journey as door opening and as I go I try not to pigeon hole the future. I don't see myself necessarily being willing to make the sacrifices that go along with the responsibilities at an R1. Part of the financial calculation should probably include what you are giving up. So, if tuition is covered and I make 24k/year, I need to consider what I would have made working. If I would have made 100k then the cost of the education has to include the difference between my compensation and the "would have made" number on an annual basis. In this case it is 76k a year, but you could back out tuition and benes for consideration as well. In addition how much of that would you have saved and been making 7% on? Just pointing out the opportunity cost while you are in school is probably substantial. In short--at least to this point--people have never considered my age in terms of providing me opportunity, though if this will continue, I cant say. Also, given the opportunity cost I mentioned combined with working years ahead of me it might not payoff financially, but there is more to this equation. What makes you happy? How many 'things' do you need? If the PhD is the credential you need to put yourself in a position to be qualified to contribute to society in the way you want then go for it. I have no regrets about the experience so far and would make the same choices I did in '13 if I had it to do over again. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Go back for the BS, maybe consider if there are accelerated classes on 8 week sessions or something to get that BS knocked out and apply to some programs and see what happens. If you work hard, are nice, play well with others, have a good work ethic and are reasonably bright there is no reason why you can't do what you are discussing... I did.
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