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Assotto last won the day on December 20 2017

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    PhD African American History

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  1. Assotto

    Africana Studies - Program Choice

    You might be interested in Cornell's program. Carole Boyce Davies might be a good research fit.
  2. Assotto

    Fall 2019 Applicants

    Happy to answer any specific questions about Cornell.
  3. Assotto

    Being shy about talking about your accomplishments

    I faced a similar issue when I was awarded a short-term fellowship during my first year in my doctoral program. My gut reaction was to not post anything to my social media because I know how it feels to constantly read other people's achievements and feel like I've done nothing. I got conflicting advice. A fellow student in my program told me not to post anything. A professor/mentor practically scolded me for not sharing my achievements with my professional network online. Your post could actually go far beyond just celebrating your achievements. (It could prompt colleagues to apply for that fellowship during the next cycle, consider submitting an essay for that paper prize next year, etc.) I echo the earlier comments in that you should figure out a system that works best for you. I do think as women/people of color/queers we should be tastefully promoting ourselves and our accomplishments. If you don't celebrate yourself and your achievements from time to time, who will?
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    2018 Ford Predoctoral Fellowship

    The light blue signifies the Application that you last opened.
  5. Assotto

    2018 Ford Predoctoral Fellowship

    My portal has definitely changed. It takes me to a page that allows access to "Applicant Module 2.0." This has never happened before. Hopefully this means decisions soon.
  6. Assotto

    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    Find out today that a professor whom I was going to ask to be on my dissertation committee is leaving the department this year. Now I have to find another (which is totally possible, but still).
  7. Assotto

    Fall 2018 Applicants

    Cornell decisions were made a few weeks ago. From what I hear, offer letters should be sent out by the end of this week.
  8. Assotto

    Fall 2018 Applicants

    Decisions were made this week. Letters should be sent out in the coming weeks.
  9. Assotto

    Fall 2018 Applicants

    Cornell decisions should be made by early March.
  10. Assotto

    Fall 2018 Applicants

    A good funding package has full funding. This includes a livable academic year stipend for 5 years minimum, paid tuition, and premium health insurance coverage. A really good funding package would also include a summer stipend and accessible conference and travel funds from your department.
  11. Assotto

    Ithaca, NY

    Congrats! Downtown and Fall Creek are where most grad students live. Starting rent for a studio is $1100. Roommates can get your housing costs down to $600 roughly. Avoid Collegetown at all costs because its mostly undergrads with a heavy frat culture. There is also the option of graduate housing on North campus, which will save you a bit of money but is not located near a bus stop with a bus that runs as frequently as Downtown or Fall Creek. For property companies I recommend Travis Hyde Properties. You can always message me if you have more specific questions about grad student living in Ithaca.
  12. I think it is unfair to applicants that department websites often have severely outdated information. It sucks because a good application will get rejected simply because the faculty member they wanted to work with is either retiring or changing schools, and the applicant isn't told this until after they're rejected. Aside from emailing the department and maybe getting a response, there's virtually no way for applicants to know this kind of information. If they had known the professor wasn't going to be there anymore, they wouldn't have applied! It's like gambling away $105.
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    Fall 2018 Applicants

    Congrats on getting your application in. If you don't mind sharing, what is your research area/who are you interested in working with? I'm in the Cornell program and could probably answer any burning questions if you had any.
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    Just Getting Started...

    I will add and say that @telkanuru has many insightful posts that have given me insight into the graduate school/application process before I applied, accepted, and began my program. It may be to the benefit of @historynerd97 to browse through some of those for perspective. Even now as a doctoral student I still refer to some of their posts. @Sigaba also has also made helpful contributions to the History thread. I'm not sure if this is unique to the History thread but it seems many of the new applicants are always hostile toward some of the more experienced posters. Last year's applicant thread was a trainwreck because of this. Somehow, genuine advice is perceived as snark or some sort of 'ivory tower elitism.' The perspective and advice given by folks who are currently in the PhD process is super valuable and, to be frank, they are not obligated to help anyone. Start with the assumption that the more experienced users just really want to help new applicants.

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