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    2018 Fall
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    Sociology PhD
  1. PhD in education vs PhD in sociology

    I'm aware of this and have used info collected at visits to narrow down my choices. I haven't visited Penn yet, but assuming I like both programs equally, what should tip the scales in favor of one program over another?
  2. I'm facing the dilemma I stated in the title. The PhD in education is from Harvard, and the PhD in sociology is from UPenn. Duration and dollar amounts of funding at both schools are almost identical (five years of tuition and fee waivers + stipend + summer funding + healthcare guaranteed). I'm aware of the different academic career trajectories that each degree can make available, which is why I'm so worried about making this choice right now (i.e. soc PhDs can get jobs at ed schools/departments, but not vice versa). Broadly speaking, my interests are in race/ethnicity, immigration, inequality, and education, and I'm more of a qualitative researcher, though I definitely want to improve my quant skills. FWIW, I'm also entering my doctoral program straight from an interdisciplinary social science undergrad at a similarly prestigious, but not Ivy League, U.S. university. Any advice?
  3. Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    Rejected by Columbia, which I could see from a mile away. As pompous as it sounds, I've got my hands full when it comes to making a decision, so I'm kind of glad I didn't get in. (ETA: I get easily overwhelmed by choices, so this decision ended up being best for my mental health.)
  4. Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    So I, uh, applied straight from undergrad... I suppose the PhD and M.Ed. admissions people have different demands. I have three years of research experience, but that's part-time work.
  5. Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    PhD. I imagine MA results come out later, based on what I've seen from the results page. Fingers crossed for you!
  6. HGSE 2018

    Without getting too specific (i.e. without doxxing myself), I'm interested in the integration of immigrant/refugee/English learner students in the U.S.
  7. Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    Rejected by Berkeley. Not surprised, but not upset either because I got into Harvard GSE a few hours ago :^) good luck to everyone else!
  8. HGSE 2018

  9. HGSE 2018

    Just got the phone call about 30min ago. So excited! Not sure if I'll commit, but it seems promising.
  10. Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    Even though I have two acceptances that I'm extremely happy about, I can't stop cycling between this thread, the results page, my inbox, and the application portals of the other five schools to which I applied. I can hardly focus on anything anymore. Why am I like this?
  11. Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    A prof called me a couple of hours before I got the official email. During that call, they said I'd get six years of funding (with exact amounts TBD because fellowship nomination deadlines are approaching).
  12. Fall 2018 Acceptances/Interviews/Rejections Thread

    Just got into UT Austin with six years of funding (same number of years I got from Irvine)! It's relieving to know I got into one program, even more so to know that at least two programs want me. Negotiation awaits!
  13. HGSE 2018

    CIS. Thanks! It's on Monday.
  14. HGSE 2018

    That's me. Fingers crossed for good results.
  15. Borderline GRE AWA score?

    @soci0logy1992, thanks for the detailed response! My draft statement appears to meet the criteria you provided. I'll just have to keep tweaking it, and I need to work on those diversity statements (which stress me out, even though I am a minority multiple times over). Do you have any tips for writing the diversity statement – specifically, writing it in a way that doesn't sound "woe is me" or "confrontational" while still both addressing the very real obstacles that I (and people like me) have faced in academia and discussing how who I am impacts my research interests and potential future activities (in research and teaching)? EDIT: In writing the diversity statement, I'm worried that I may be rehashing parts of my statement of purpose... any tips on addressing that?