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  1. Lol I’m faculty. Several students also reached to me, but I’m not on the AdComm and they filter applications first.
  2. I agree that you need a hook, I disagree that you need a whole paragraph to say "I'm into interdisciplinary work," especially since you are doing it through the eyes of another scholar, not your own. I second @TsarandProphetthat is not very clear. The heartbeats metaphor (noise of the present to understand lived experiences) made me think of anthropologists and how they do participant observation (or you could even argue oral history). This ambiguity does not work in your favor. You want to be as clear as possible. While I grant the benefit of the doubt that you will eventually explain w
  3. I realize maybe my post might have contributed with the anxiety. But it was aim this way: are you waiting it out? Put your time to use and prepare for possible interviews. And yes, "interviews" can be an umbrella term for anything from an informal phone conversation to a more structured meeting.
  4. No. If you send a second email it should ONLY be to thank them.
  5. And a great question, for either the interview or the students weekend (which I doubt they'll do these...) is "what are you working on right now?"
  6. As you may begin to receive interview invitations (not all programs have them, and not all faculty do them), let me share some unsolicited and by no means exhaustive advice. Try as much as possible to detach yourself from your UG identity. Don't be a student, be a prospective colleague. Interviews aren't that long, about 30 minutes (has anyone had a different experience?). You want to answer as many questions as possible so practice answering questions in 2-3 minutes. In general, faculty want to know that you are not a jerk. Don't be a jerk. You will get a question a
  7. This is if you have any other skill you want to add and you didn't have a box to do so. For example, a friend of mine worked as an editor before her PhD. I had job experience that I re-worded in this box. A colleague was in the film industry before his PhD. You can word all this to market your skills (project management, data management, etc etc etc). I don't think this box is going to be consequential. However, if you show an ability to recraft non-traditional research skills into research skills, then you can also learn research skills during your PhD to apply later on in other industr
  8. Unless there is a clear policy written somewhere, I'd refrain from thinking like this. I've received some applications and will be contacting people, but I don't think some of my colleagues with more applicants will do the same. In other words, unless there is a departmental policy, assume you are in the run until they tell you you are not (or other evidence becomes available). You will be in this type of situation from now on every time you apply for something (there is an entire wikia for jobs).
  9. No one know exactly how many students will be accepted any given cycle except faculty in the AdComm. People might be drawing on conversations, on past statistics, or on conclusions drawn. Programs have a number of offers they make and a typical yield. However, that number depends on many things. Eg: if the previous cohorts were large, they might shrink this year.
  10. Yes, but also keep the applicant pool big.
  11. As the latest hire in my department, the professor organizing a professionalization session with PhD students asked me if I could share my cover letter and join them for a Q&A. The first I noticed when I re-read it was a typo this big. And I got the job. So, yeah.
  12. No, this is not an absentee advisor. If you want to present, go and present. If you want to publish, go and publish. Your advisor is there to advise, not to tell you to do things. If you want specific advice, then ask. "Where do you recommend I present a first paper?" "I'm interested in presenting at X Conference, but registration is expensive. What support can I get from the department?" I took a course with my advisor for all semesters I was in coursework. It was hard, because it was evident he was harder on me because I was her student. I almost failed one course and she said if I did
  13. Most people are experimenting with ideas. Lower your expectations for "incredible" paper.
  14. No. Joan Perez MA Student, Chemistry.
  15. I'm sorry you are going through this unquestionably stressful situation. I agree with @Sigaba in that something seems to be missing from what you are telling us. While you might no be ready to share, I would take their advice to salvage as many relationships as possible. For the sake of just putting things out there for others, be aware that professors can change jobs at their pleasure. They should not have any loyalty to any institution and, least of all, to a student. Seriously, you'd expect someone not to change jobs because of you? That said, I am very surprised that this
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