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  1. Caveat to this - only do this for recent papers. Research lines change as funding changes, so looking at a paper from >5 years ago is a bad idea. And in terms of your interests, they seem kind of all over the place. Maybe focus on 1-2 aspects of that.
  2. I think UVM may have faculty who do work in this area. Unsure, but I remember a post-doc at a clinic I worked at talking about this at one point. Google search pulls this: https://www.google.com/search?q=university+of+vermont+refugee+mental+health&oq=university+of+vermont+refugee+mental+health&aqs=chrome..69i57j33.5980j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
  3. Some programs extend interviews as late as January and February. Best to be patient. I’ve never heard of a program (for clinical) invite people before the middle of December at the *very* earliest.
  4. If you are a good fit with PIs at schools you are applying to, your lack of posters/papers may not matter given your other experiences. However, I advise pushing out that paper for publication ASAP. Work with whoever is on that paper to have it under review vs in prep by the time you submit apps. Also maybe apply to present that paper at a conference somewhere. Showing research productivity is important when considering that you will be going up against people with several pubs/posters under their belts.
  5. Be prepared to start all the way over; there was a grad student in the lab I worked for in undergrad who did this and she had to start over (despite having masters) as if she was brand new. She re-took coursework, practica, etc. And that's a rare case. YMMV; this is a hard, personal choice but you sound set on leaving.
  6. 18 is too many. I would narrow down to 10-12 where your match with mentors is highest. Any chance any of those posters can turn into a pub in progress or submitted? Posters by themselves aren’t great when papers are the gold standard. Your GRE could also be improved by ~9 points cumulatively to help you cross the 320 threshold that is often recommended for absolutely certainty that people who care about the GRE (which I’ll add is shrinking) don’t discount your application. The difficult thing is the only “objective” measurement of performance across applicants is GRE and (maybe) pubs, as GPA can vary widely in meaning between universities, as can volunteering and other stuff.
  7. I can just say r.e. clinical that without a poster or pub to your name in the field of clinical (broadly), your chances are pretty low. I agree that you should think more about what your end goal is for training and you that will help narrow down the next steps.
  8. It's a bit challenging for clinical/counseling, but if you are doing research that consists of basic science vs. clinical (I.e., intervention), you might be eligible to apply for the NSF GFRP (deadline is rolling up fast on October 24). If provides a large chunk of funding for yourself for 3 years. It doesn't hurt to apply for this (especially if you win your future mentor will be grateful haha), but in the U.S. typically most PhD programs that are reputable offer some time of funding.
  9. Guaranteed nobody will read that much... Any shorter version? I would not submit anything longer than a typical paper length in the field (maybe a max of 20 double space pages, not including references).
  10. Without publications or even posters, your chances are slim to none this cycle. I’d work on trying to get some publications or posters somehow (maybe using archival datasets or something if you don’t have data for projects). Low GREs also won’t help.
  11. Trim it back to 500. Not following basic directions is never a good first impression.
  12. Some reimbursed me for all or part, but yeah expect to pay for a lot of travel. Usually interview sites will host you with current students, so at least that isn’t a cost you have. I advise saving as early as you can for travel. I had worked in two labs - one for 3 years doing research using data from a national dataset (first author pub under review at time I applied, corresponding poster won award at national conference, mentored younger undergrads on a different project); the second lab was for a year where I was basically an EEG technician (no pubs or posters, but good imaging experience).
  13. I’m happy to field questions about this - I am now in a clinical psych (fully funded) PhD program and I applied straight from undergrad. I feel like the adjustment was easier for me than some of my cohort members because I’m used to classes and working outside the 8-5 window, but I see how full time RA experience is valuable for them too. The application process is still equally daunting. I had a lot of research under my belt already so I was invited to interview at 6/10 schools. A big tip I have is get a Airline credit card with miles because I racked up nearly 100,000 miles between the opening offer and the trips which made for a nice few free trips (minus hotel and other costs, haha).
  14. My recommendation (having applied to 10 schools now 3 years ago lol): make a template SOP with the things you won’t change between application (e.g., details about you and your training) in black, normal text. Then, write out placeholders for program names, PIs, details about how you relate to them in bold red text. This really helped me not mix up a lot of programs that, on the face, felt pretty similar even when writing something specific about them.
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