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  1. So glad to hear this! ??
  2. varies year to year. I know at least on person who's gotten off the waitlist at Stanford. But it is rare.
  3. Yes, I learned this recently, too. I think "blue-collar" might be a more descriptive way to differentiate, but even with that there's a lot of variety in income levels.
  4. I'm also a first-generation college grad. When I arrived at undergrad, I couldn't figure out why people were calling it that--I didn't know what it was "under." My sibling and I were the first in our entire extended family to attend university (aunts, uncles, cousins). Now I have an aunt and a few cousins who have degrees, but we're still the exceptions by far. This makes family gatherings difficult sometimes--they can't understand why I don't get a job and start making money. They really can't understand why I bring work home. This has caused a great deal of friction in my family when I'm home for holidays. I take some time off to enjoy their company, but they do not understand that just because I'm home for a few weeks doesn't mean I have that whole time to just sit and talk or help work on the farm. I know that many of you are saying having a parent in academia does not give you much of an advantage, but I think having parents who can advise you on the right type of college is a pretty big advantage. My parents told me they couldn't help pay for it, and because I never met with a college counselor, I assumed the only school I could afford was the one down the road. Looking back now at my test scores and grades, I should have been shooting much higher. Of course, you could say it's all worked out--I'm in my dream graduate program now, but I can't help thinking how much better prepared and articulate I might be if I had gone to a more rigorous undergraduate institution.
  5. FWIW I had a similar experience and it turned out to just be a hangup with funding negotiations between my POI and the dean. It was not a no. Good luck!
  6. And even if they don't put it in your package, you might visit the financial aid office and ask--you may qualify for one that wasn't included on the official letter.
  7. To the OP, definitely make sure you talk to your advisor about this. I made the mistake of proposing a project with someone outside my institution (since I am externally funded, I thought I would be free to pursue my own projects), and it turned out to be very much against the wishes of my advisor.
  8. Those of you who don't like google drive, have you used backup & sync app? It makes it much less clunky imo. I also use an airport time capsule as the backup to my backup.
  9. You've gotten some good advice thus far. I would add that if you want to pursue a graduate degree in education, having at least a few years of teaching experience would be a big help. Additionally, you might consider the non-profit world. There are tons of education related non-profits doing great work, and that could allow you to have your hands on many different aspects of education, and to get some instructional experience to see if it does whet your appetite for becoming a teacher.
  10. Not at your school or field, but my interview visit was a lot of schmoozing, getting to know current doc students, chatting informally with professors, seeing the campus, and then sitting down with my potential advisor and later potential labmates to learn about current projects and talk about research interests. It was a very full day for an introvert. I would make sure to prepare your 1-minute elevator pitch about research interests, and it might be helpful also to have several small-talk topics for all of the times you'll be meeting new people during meals and/or campus tours etc.
  11. This might be a question to ask the program director.
  12. Levon3

    NSF Fellowships

    hm. I am still required to work in my advisor's lab, even though I am funded by NSF.
  13. http://www.unco.edu/NHS/mathsci/grad/phd_edmath.html
  14. Thank you, @fuzzylogician!
  15. What I'm wondering is, how can I convince my IRB office to change the status of my approval from expedited to exempt using the fact that other institution's IRB office deemed it to be so? Has anyone had success with such a predicament?
  16. Right, it's just that this is a virtual event, so getting people to mail back forms is extremely unlikely. Therefore, we'll likely get a whole lot more "yes"s on the survey than forms mailed back, which means if I continue on the project I'll be limiting the number of participants whose data we can collect.
  17. One thing to consider is that some faculty positions, if you'll be working with pre-service teachers, require at least some K-12 teaching experience.
  18. I'm trying to do a research project in partnership with a researcher at another institution. I submitted my IRB application and got it approved before my collaborator did. Mine is categorized as expedited but he just heard back that his is exempt. So under my IRB, participants must sign consent forms and mail them back, but under the other institution's, all they need to do is check yes on a survey. I called my IRB to try to find out how we can get these to be reconciled, and they basically said they don't care what the other institution does, that's how mine has to be done. It seems that if my collaborator moves ahead with consent via survey checkbox, I'll no longer be able to work on the project (which I designed). Does anyone else have experience partnering with researchers at other institutions? Do you have any advice for me?
  19. Yes. They are deliberate about awarding to underrepresented groups. Not sure about this. You can download last years' awards and sort by subfield--it might help you answer this question.
  20. I didn't. Didn't want to chance it being against the 1" margin rules.
  21. My hunch is that the latter would be better. If she knows you well, and can write in detail about your work and aptitude, this seems more powerful than a stock letter that they may have read before. How well does the first prof know you? (Also, keep in mind that I am a 2nd year PhD student, so I may not know what I am talking about.)
  22. http://www.lindenwood.edu/academics/centers-institutes/future-institute-research-center/scholarship/
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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