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  1. Political, Social, and HD programs have become incredibly competitive in recent years. Personally I would take some more time to get relevant research experience, narrow down your interests (you come across as someone who fits better in a political science program than psychology), and get some pubs/presentations to help offset your low GPA.
  2. Right now the shift is going back to training you as a clinical psychologist first with some neuropsych experience, and then you specialize on internship, post-doc, etc. So neuropsych training is really 7-8 years. You really need to find an advisor who is a neuropsychologist and a program that offers some neuropsych training in its in-house clinic (you want a program with an in-house clinic!). It does not need to be a "neuropsych track", just an advisor and some experience within the program. Second, you need to look at what type of training model the school practices, clinical science, B
  3. Unfunded = waaaaaay too little return on investment, so run. As for rankings...Rankings don't matter unless it means you will be struggling to get pubs and clinical/assessment hours.
  4. This happens every year and the funding card is a broad statement. In many cases it is due to funding but more about who gets to take a student. For example, some of "the waitlist" is because at many schools only 4 profs can take a student but 5 interview in case a prof does not get there top choice students (they accept elsewhere, etc.), then number 5 can select. It is common to be on the waitlist and be a top choice. A lot has to do with time, if your program interviews earlier (January) there is a better chance of waiting longer due to other candidates still interviewing elsewhere (Fe
  5. In applying to UMB and UCONN last year, UCONN was very quick with interviews after the deadline (3 weeks). I did not receive and interview and actually never even got a rejection letter after having multiple conversations with the POI. UMB was all over the place with some interviews being extended a few weeks after the app deadline and some a month + later. Appeared to depend on the POI. It all worked out in the end though!
  6. It's a small world and it absolutely will. It's just not exactly professional imo and once you know a little bit about someone you can easily play detective and see what other forums/stuff they are into.
  7. Loving all the people creating accounts to ask for POI info. This is getting ridiculous.
  8. 1. Don't BS, don't name drop, don't rehearse answers. All these things are easily spotted and a quick way to give away a potential spot. Be yourself! 2. Don't be intimidated by people you are interviewing against. Don't get caught up in discussing accomplishments and pissing contests (if this is observed you can probably count yourself out). Be friendly and kind to all. 3.Make sure the program also fits for you and you believe you could work well with your advisor. Pay attention to current graduate students, their attitudes, their accomplishments, etc. Interview weekend is a two way
  9. 4.0 really seems to be the "unofficial cutoff" unless you have pub(s).
  10. Some advisors truly receive hundreds of emails over the course of an app cycle, sometimes dozens per day. You cannot fault them imo.
  11. I would definitely NOT discuss your disability in your statement, 9/10 times it is an instant turn off. Also, knowing a few people in BC's program, is not overly competitive so given your stats I would definitely say you are competitive there.
  12. Extracurriculars don't matter and there is really no such thing as a "safety" when applying to PhD programs. For schools like UNC, Vandy, and Duke you are a little "light" on research experience. Cognitive Neuro is becoming VERY competitive. When I interviewed at some lower R1s there were applicants with 3-5 years research experience, 10+ posters, 5+ pubs, etc. Are your pubs in well regarded journals? What author are you?
  13. Yes, "fully funded" just means it is the most money they can pay you. Not, here is full tuition and enough money to survive on. Learned that the hard way, still have a 1k bill each semester.
  14. Have to disagree here. Spend extra time on schools you fit really well and are competitive at (GRE/GPA somewhat close to) and send 4-6 GREAT apps at programs and maybe a couple "reach" programs. Rather than 10+ apps to schools that you "could" fit at and send "decent" apps too. Spend weeks, months if you have them, on the writing parts of your applications and start a fresh one for each program. Admissions can see personal statements that have been copied/pasted or are a generic. First time I applied I got wrapped up in the number of programs (applied to 8 clinical and a couple neuro),
  15. Sounding solid. Everyone with a master's degree who applies generally has a 3.8-4.0 so make sure you hit that. Figure out what you want to research for the next 5+ years, get a narrowed down research/clinical focus.
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