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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. Fall 2018 Psych PhD Interviews (not clinical)

    Thank you! I am definitely going to keep trying until it happens. Hopefully things will work out in the end, I just need to shake it off (which has been tough).
  2. Fall 2018 Psych PhD Interviews (not clinical)

    I'm sorry you're going through this too! It's so discouraging. I know that I will feel better and move on but right now it just feels like a punch to the stomach. Hopefully I can shake it off soon and figure out how to make myself a more competitive candidate next time around. Gah. Chin up! If we just keep trying we can't really fail
  3. Fall 2018 Psych PhD Interviews (not clinical)

    There is a 99.9% change this application cycle is not going to work out for me. After not hearing about an admission decision a month after interview I decided to email my POI. He said "After careful consideration I have decided not to have a student from this cohort join my lab." I was unbelievably upset. I also still haven't received an official rejection which is weird. Not sure why they're keeping me in limbo. I need to lick my wounds and start getting prepared for next cycle but I am just so sad. Anyone else feeling similar?
  4. PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    Those are vastly different, I'm not sure if I can provide any insight to help you decide :/ I guess if you are interested in both fields you can decide by who provides better funding, which area would you rather live in, how well known are the professors you would be working under, which program would allow you more opportunities to be published and/or first author. As for me, my interests are in serious mental illness and degenerative diseases. The etiology of these diseases, psychopathology, neurobiological underpinnings, epigenetics.
  5. PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    What's your area of interest research wise? I'm a behavioral neuro person too. Of the schools you applied to, I only share UC Boulder and I got rejected from them as well.
  6. No, as @Clinapp2017 mentioned usually people present posters before publishing. I'm not sure where the confusion came from, was it because I send submit an abstract? This is generally the format needed to be considered for a poster presentation. In the majority of cases you need to be accepted to a conference in order to present. So they will have a template or guidelines for you to create your abstract of the material that will be presented on the poster. Typically background, methods, results, and conclusions. Hope that helps clarify!
  7. I think showing initiative and finding a conference and researching the submission criteria would show great initiative! I would be incredibly surprised if your PI didn't agree for you to submit an abstract for a poster presentation, as long as the conference is appropriate to the research you are doing. However, depending on the school you go to and the funds you lab has available you may need to cover the cost of the conference and any travel expenses, which can get pricey. But don't let the discourage you, you should have plenty of time to get together funds for a conference that is in the fall or next winter. Deadlines for conferences are usually months before the conference, so it is important to look early! As others have mentioned, you may not be first author on the poster. It really depends on the PI and how much of the work you have done yourself. I would start googling conferences and gathering info to present to your PI. Honestly, the sooner the better. The deadline for the APA conference has already past but you should definitely look into specific conferences for autism and developmental psych research. Good luck!
  8. Fall 2018 Psych PhD Interviews (not clinical)

    Thanks, that makes me feel a little better! I'll try not to lose hope yet
  9. Fall 2018 Psych PhD Interviews (not clinical)

    Tomorrow will have been a month since my interview and I haven't heard anything. Is it safe to say I'm waitlisted? I'm so upset, I honestly don't know what to do. This wait is killing me.
  10. Did you get an interview? I'm just curious because I applied there as well but never heard anything.
  11. PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    You didn't come off as mean at all, I really appreciate you taking the time to write all that out for me! I was hoping my MS GPA would negate my GRE scores. Wishful thinking. I will take a month like you said and then find a more effective way to study. One of my bosses highly recommends taking a prep course, she said she wouldn't have done as well on the GRE as she did without it and she really believes her GRE scores are what gave her a ton of funding. It is just really discouraging though. I thought my interview went really well, I did a ton of prep work and I tried to be personable but I don't know. It is so hard to tell how things go. I guess the only thing I can do is just try harder next time around. Thanks again! Just having someone take the time to listen to my woes and give some great advice really made me feel better!
  12. PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    I'm feeling more and more pessimistic about this application cycle. Trying to avoid feeling like my soul is being crushed. How can I work to make myself a better applicant next time around? I had a very sub par undergrad GPA due to personal struggles. I took a semester off following undergrad and then jumped into a neuroscience MS program. I did extremely well (3.8 GPA) but then personal struggles came back out of the shadows to bring me down, hard. I left the program after one semester. I took a little over a year to pull myself up and become a better person. I got a job as a research assistant in 2015 at a highly regarded institution. I enrolled in a psychology MS program at a local university, completed a thesis and will be graduating this May (as of right now I have a 4.0 and I am working like hell to make sure this is my GPA when I graduate). I have one publication as first author and I am working on a few others. I have two poster presentations. Lastly, my GRE scores were horrendous. I can study and retake those but I am wondering what else can I do? I have worked so hard to overcome struggles and weaknesses of my past but I just don't know what else I can do to prove myself.
  13. PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    Thanks @Clinapp2017 and @Cognition001! I was told about two weeks but I wasn't sure how accurate that was.
  14. PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    How soon do people typically hear back after interviews?
  15. PhD Fall 2018 Applicants

    Oh sweet! Congrats!