Levon3

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  1. NSF GRFP 2017-18

    If I knew a rec letter-writer was going to include some CV details, I left it out of my statement. Otherwise, I just tried really hard to paint a cohesive picture of how the relevant experiences fit in with the path. Last year I emailed people in my field on the awardee list and asked if they'd be willing to share their statements with me. A few did. Those few were super helpful as examples of how to word it. There are also quite a few examples posted around the internet. But to answer your question, my instinct was to try to mention everything, and it worked for me.
  2. NSF GRFP 2017-18

    I suspect that this varies by field. In my field, it is acceptable to cite it as you would any journal article, but where you would normally print the title of the journal, instead write, "Manuscript in preparation" or "Manuscript under review" (depending on which is true). For example (APA): Harding, M. W. (2017). A receptor for the immuno-suppressant FK 506 is a cis–trans peptidyl-prolyl isomerase. Manuscript in preparation.
  3. NSF GRFP 2017-18

    They know that nothing is set in stone. Even if you're in your first or second year of a PhD program, your ideas will not be set in stone. What matters is that you can write a coherent, focused, achievable plan. Show that you know what steps will be involved and how it will add to the literature in a meaningful way. You are not tied--at all--to actually completing that plan. Also, FWIW, I heard from professors that the personal statement is perhaps more important than the research plan. They are funding a scholar, not a proposal for this fellowship-- they know you're just beginning and that your research agenda may shift substantially.
  4. NSF GRFP 2017-18

    I'm a 2017 fellow, so I don't mind sharing trade secrets I had my advisor, my DGS, a classmate who had received the fellowship the previous year, and a friend in my cohort read my research statement. And a staff member at my university's writing center. I had 7 references.
  5. Math Ed PhD funding

    For prospective PhD students, I know that funding can be one of the most important considerations. I receive emails about funded programs, but this info may not be widely available to applicants. So I thought I would share such information on PhD programs that offer funding and/or fellowships. Here is the first (Southern Methodist University): http://www.smu.edu/Simmons/Research/RME/Explore/MMaRS/MMaRS_Jobs
  6. Anyone considering a M.Ed for 2017-2018?

    What are your goals in pursuing an M.Ed.?
  7. How to do a lit review. What's your workflow?

    In terms of organizing strands as I build my lit review, I have been trying to use Scrivener--it allows me to rearrange and create subordinate/superordinate categories really easily.
  8. What are my chances at NYU or Teachers College

    Many people post their stats here; you can try searching different terms to get a feel for the range of GPAs and GRE scores. http://www.thegradcafe.com/survey/index.php?q=teachers+college+clinical+psychology
  9. HGSE 2017

    I have met Harvard College graduates who do. But ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ #elitism
  10. Graduate Plus Loan, Anyone?

    I see you are at Columbia, which is where I got my master's as well. Their financial aid office helped me apply for the grad plus loan, and answered all my questions.
  11. Heads up to potential participants: the age range does not go beyond 30.
  12. Spending most of the stipend on housing?

    This, of course, depends on your field. Columbia offered me exactly $0 in stipend, and most of my colleagues worked multiple jobs + took out loans to afford their PhDs.
  13. Trying to find similar applicants!

    Look under "the menu," perhaps under business? http://forum.thegradcafe.com/forum/14-business/
  14. Nashville, TN

    It's really not that bad, y'all. I live in the music row area, and feel much safer than when I lived in my hometown. What's your price range?
  15. First Gen Student applying for Ph.D. - Advice?

    2. I did mention the circumstances that led to my low undergrad GPA. But I tried to do it in a brief mention inside a much longer sentence about all the things that I accomplished during my undergrad. It worked for me. 3. I had a letter writer mention that for me. If I hadn't known she was willing to do that, though, I think I would have mentioned it in my SOP. I believe it is relevant information--90% of low-income, first gen students don't graduate on time. So I think it puts my accomplishments into perspective.