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cindyboop last won the day on December 22 2017

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    2018 Fall
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    Behavioral Neuroscience

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  1. cindyboop

    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    I wouldn't worry about the fact that you had to graduate early, your application still seems impressive!
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    2019 Applicant Profiles and Admissions Results

    Undergrad Institution: large private university, top 100 in USMajor(s): BS Psychology and NeuroscienceMinor(s): noneGPA in Major: psych: 3.3, neuro: 3.0Overall GPA: 3.0Position in Class: No ideaType of Student: Domestic female Graduate Institution: medium size private schoolMajor(s): Neuroscience (had to leave MS program for personal reasons)Overall GPA: 3.7 Graduate Institution: small private catholic schoolMajor(s): MS Clinical PsychologyOverall GPA: 4.0GRE Scores (revised/old version): TERRIBLE. Applying to mostly schools that no longer take GRE scores.Research Experience: 1.5 years during undergrad for nearby medical university for a psychiatric neuroimaging lab researching children and adolescents with DiGeorge syndrome. 3+ years as full time research assistant for psychiatry research at a prestigious medical school and hospital. Currently one publication as first author, one submitted as first author, one being revised as first author, and another one in the works as first author (my bosses are awesome and as long as I do the bulk of the work preparing the manuscript and running the data analyses then I can be first author). Two poster presentations, one at the annual New England Psychological Association meeting, one at the annual Rehabilitation Psychology conference. Accepted for poster presentation for the Society of Neuroscience annual meeting in November. Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Alpha phi pi national honor society, psi chi international honor society for psychology, dean's list two semesters in undergradPertinent Activities or Jobs: this fall I will be an adjunct professor of psychology at my grad school alma mater Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: few certificates from Edx and Coursera for the R programming languageSpecial Bonus Points: 95% sure I will have excellent letters of recAny Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: terrible inconsistent undergrad transcript, the fact that I left my first master's program even though I was doing wellApplying to Where:I'm interesting in research pertaining to psychiatric disorders. This is just a tentative list of PhD programs as of now: UNC, neuro Watson School of Biological Sciences, neuro University of Wisconsin - Madison, neuro Albert Einstein College of Medicine, neuro Icahn School of Medicine, neuro Temple University, psychology UConn, neuro BU, psych The Scripps Research Institute McGill University, behavioral neuroscience University of Alberta, psychiatry
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    No GRE Biology/Biomedical

    Hi all, I just wanted to share this in case some of you weren't aware. There is a growing movement, #GRExit, where biology/biomedical programs are no longer requiring the GRE for admission! To me this is fantastic, standardized tests are biased and useless. Not to mention expensive and anxiety provoking. There is a Google docs spreadsheet that is currently maintained by Joshua Hall, PhD who is the director of the school of medicine at UNC. Here is the link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MYcxZMhf97H5Uxr2Y7XndHn6eEC5oO8XWQi2PU5jLxQ/edit#gid=0 Good luck to everyone applying in the upcoming application cycle!
  4. All of my work is grant based, but I am in a different field so I am not sure if it translates. The intro course can help you with the basics, I would think about investing in a textbook Discovering Statistics with SPSS by Andy Field is a good resource, and it's different (uses humor) and I would also assume that the PI is willing to work with you and help you learn because I am sure she know what your background is.
  5. It entirely depends. As a research assistant I use SPSS everyday in multiple forms, including data analyses. While the program does the math for you, you still need to know which statistical test to perform, how to properly execute the test, and what the results mean. I would definitely ask for more information as to what the position entails.
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    making up undergrad deficits

    Thanks for the advice! I have a lot of research experience so that is working for me, and luckily some of the programs I am looking at no longer require the GRE (yay!). I will look for local courses and see what I can find.
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    making up undergrad deficits

    Behavioral neuroscience, or neuroscience programs with research in psychiatric diseases. I'm interested in the neurobiological side of mental illness. So some of the programs I'm looking at are part of the psychology department, while others have interdepartmental collaboration.
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    making up undergrad deficits

    I'm just worried because my MS doesn't neatly fit with the PhD programs I'm interested in. I just want to make sure there is no question that I can excel in hard science courses (biochem, physics, etc) and not just psychology courses.
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    making up undergrad deficits

    Hi all, I'm trying to make up for some deficits in my undergrad transcript. While I just graduated with a MS in psychology (GPA 4.0), I want to make up for some of my hard science deficits that occurred during my pathetic senior year of undergrad. Has anyone taken online classes at the University of New England? What was your experience/is there a way to get help with funding? Or would it be acceptable to get a certificate from EdX or Coursera courses instead? Any advice is much appreciated!
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    I've been advised to apply to at least 10. I know it's expensive but it can be worth it.
  11. cindyboop

    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    Besides your GRE scores I am not sure how you can improve unless you decide to do a masters first. I would also think about applying to more schools, that has been the advice I keep getting over and over
  12. cindyboop

    BA in psych w/ bipolar disorder?

    I commend you on your courage for reaching out. Never let a diagnoses of mental illness hold you back! Although I am a little confused, are you saying you switched your career aspirations from becoming a cop to becoming a social worker? If so, it would be greatly beneficial to you to get a MSW. I would try to increase your GPA your senior year, and maybe even take an additional year of classes to help. Regardless, I don't have direct experience to help you out but I would recommend talking with your adviser at your school and seeing what they suggest. On another note, the memoir The Center Cannot Hold by Elyn Saks is a truly inspiring book that may help to lift your spirits. Elyn has schizophrenia but triumphed over her illness and is currently a professor of law, psychology, psychiatry and behavioral medicine at USC Gould law school. It can be a dense book but honestly she is a role model and a beacon of hope.
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    Reaching out to rejected programs

    That's good advice, thanks!
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    Reaching out to rejected programs

    Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate your responses, this was really helpful. @H1ppocampus I didn't even think of it that way! That definitely helps especially because I was wondering what the protocol was on reapplying to the same schools.
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    Reaching out to rejected programs

    Hi all, I was hoping to get some input on this subject. Unfortunately, I had an unsuccessful application cycle this time around. My professor/adviser said she was honestly surprised and suggested that I reach out to a few programs and see why they rejected me. She said I have nothing to lose and the worst thing that will happen is that they won't answer. What are your thoughts on this? Has anyone reached out to programs asking why they were rejected? If so, what did you say and what happened? Thanks!

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