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  1. I agree with RepatMan on discussing SOP structure with POIs in your communication with them. I also think it would be appropriate to request a conversation via Skype if you have already established contact with potential advisors. During the application process for my current program, I had established contact with my now advisor and several other faculty members, and they offered to review my SOP before I submitted, as well as a Skype call to answer my questions. I don't necessarily think that's the norm, but if a POI offers, take the opportunity, and if not, I think it's very appropriate and useful to ask for general SOP advice. Students who are asked to interview for funding purposes and program fit are also typical contacted for Skype conversations, based on my and my peers' experiences. Establishing strong points of contact with potential faculty advisors is critical in the application process for Anthropology, in my opinion. Good luck!
  2. Hi! In my program, we formed an informal writing group that meets once a week at a local brewery. It was started as an ethnographic writing group, but really we welcome anyone (from any grad program or subfield) who wants to be productive and get some writing or other work done for a few hours each week. We work quietly for 2-ish hours, then we socialize for another hour-ish. It helps create a sense of community and is a productive space to get feedback from other students in different stages of their program, whether it's applying for grants, courses to take, software to use, teaching tips, etc. I've found it useful, and I don't think it would be too difficult to generate interest from other grad students at your own school! Try posting to a social media group or sending an email out, even putting together a flyer to share. You might find more people are interested than you think. Or, if you're already part of any working groups or student orgs, share the idea with them as well. I think it also helps to hold this type of group in an informal community space or setting.
  3. They are as far as I know! Also, to my knowledge summer FLAS was not affected by any of this. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that things might work out by the end of the summer--a lot of anthropology students at my university rely on FLAS and it's really essential for gaining language skills for the field.
  4. Hey all-- I'm currently alternate listed for FLAS (2018-2019) but from my own department, I've been told that academic year FLAS for 2018-2019 will likely not happen, the way things are looking If anything, I was told that accepted students might get something for Spring 2019, if at all. It's super frustrating and terrible timing--I really was hoping to get FLAS to help me get through to my MA as my department does not prioritize pre-MA students for funding. Not trying to discourage anyone but this is just what I've been told so thought I'd share in case anyone else is trying to find a back up plan like I am.
  5. @mrs12 Thanks so much for the helpful information! That's what I was thinking would be best so all of this is good to know!
  6. Hi! This is probably a question that will best be answered by someone who has or has had a FLAS in the past. I'm applying for a FLAS for the first time in Brazilian Portuguese. I am already fluent in Spanish language. For the application I need a recommendation from a language instructor. My question is, should that instructor be one of my former Spanish instructors, or is it meant to be a Portuguese instructor? I am a beginner in Portuguese and have never taken courses in that language before, which is why I am confused. In the FLAS eligibility instructions it says that graduate level applicants can be beginners in the language for which they are applying, so I assumed a recommendation from a Spanish instructor would be sufficient. Any feedback would be appreciated!
  7. Hi! I have a friend in anthropology who did a post-bacc program before entering a PhD program, and she found it really useful. I think they're a good move if you don't necessarily have a strong background in anthropology and would like to build some foundation and maybe get some research experience. My friend had done her BA in Communication and worked full-time for about 5 years then decided she wanted to go into anthropology. She did one or two field schools and the post-bacc program (usually they're 1-2 years I believe) and then applied to PhD programs and got into a few great schools. The one thing I'm not so sure about is funding---I don't believe post-bacc programs offer assistantships or other financial assistance, but there may be some out there that do! I would also suggest thinking about your research interests before choosing a program. For example, UPenn has a post-bacc program in Classics, so there are some out there that are tailored to specific interests. Also, you might consider the MAPSS program at UChicago--it's a one year intensive social sciences degree that is usually a good start to gain research experience and build your resume/CV for either PhD programs or a new career.
  8. @BeachySpeechy Oh I am definitely aware it requires more than just living here for a year----there were a lot of other steps involved in the process that I already did/am doing now. I'm sure it's not the same for every school/program and everyone's situation is different of course, but for my program, it says right on the department page that it is "expected"/"highly recommended" that grad students establish residency if they are moving here from a different state. It just makes the most sense for me anyway because I'll be living here for a long time. A lot of grad students I know are doing the same thing. For my program, so long as students hold an assistantship they get a tuition waiver no matter what, but in case something happens it's good to know that we won't suddenly be slammed with out-of-state tuition which, for my school, is SIGNIFICANTLY more than in-state tuition.
  9. I agree with @TakeruK that you should (if possible) apply to all of these programs you're interested in, and if you plan to apply to U.S. programs again, apply to more than four. I certainly don't think it would be a waste of time to apply to an additional program that might turn out to be a great fit for you! I don't know what your exact area of research is within anthro, but so long as this other program is at least related to your interests and experience and not something completely different, I think it would be fine. I'm pretty sure I remember you from the Fall 2017 application thread in anthropology as well, so maybe I can give some feedback on what I found helpful and what worked for me, and what I would do differently if I had to apply again! (Sorry if this goes way beyond your original question, but I thought this info might be helpful/relevant to you) I actually think it's great that you have a very specific research topic in mind. Depending on the schools you apply to, some programs request a very specific statement of purpose that outlines your proposed research. That was true of a few schools I applied to. For other programs, their guidelines requested that applicants gave at least their subfield, geographic area of interest, and a few broad questions on the topic they hoped to study. I think that for anthropology PhD programs in general, it's better to be specific. Of course it's always possible for your research interests to change, but I think anthro adcoms like to see right away that you're a serious researcher and student and can explain your interests in a succinct way. If you haven't done so already, I would also recommend contacting faculty members you hope to work with in the programs you're applying to. I did communicate with several faculty members during the application process, but I honestly regret not doing so for every program. Unless a department page specifically says it's not necessary to get in touch with faculty members (one program's website did say this for a school I applied to) I would just try to email at least one person from each program. Even if they don't respond to you, I think it's absolutely worth a try. For the program I'm attending this fall, I was in contact with two faculty members, both of them helped me specify some of my research questions in my SOP, and I was able to Skype with one of them before I submitted my application. When the time came to commit to a program, it made my decision easier because I had had so much communication with them and felt very sure of my choice. I'm pretty sure there's a bunch of field-specific threads on here already about what to include in a strong SOP, how to write those emails to faculty members, etc. so I won't ramble on here. Best of luck in the application process and it seems like you're already improving your chances of getting in by casting a wide net and applying to a lot of different programs!
  10. I've never taken online courses or completed an online program, so I'm not totally sure if this will fit well with the format of your online Masters, BUT here are a few ways I like to take notes: 1) For the majority of classes I've ever taken, professors usually use some sort of slide show to display main points, charts and tables, and images during lectures. In many of these classes, my professors would upload the slides to the class website prior to the lecture. I always found it helpful to print out the slides (like ~6 to a page) and then take it to class with me and write additional notes/things to remember during the lecture. This helped me pay better attention to the lecture and take more comprehensive notes. Nowadays I like to just type my additional notes right on my computer to save paper! I've also found it much easier to review for exams later on using these notes. 2) Of course not all professors use lecture slideshows. When I have a professor who just likes to talk, I make sure I do a pretty thorough reading of whatever course material or articles we're discussing in class that day, and I come to class with my notes on that material that I can just add to during the lecture. 3) Similar to the second option, sometimes I like to bring either a paper copy of the readings we're discussing and add notes to them during class, or I pull them up on my computer and make notes there. In reference to your school supply question, I agree that you probably won't need tons of stuff. But I like spiral ring notebooks for taking handwritten notes. And I pretty much only take notes in pen, so I always return to school with tons of pen packs Most importantly, I would just make sure you have a reliable computer to take your courses and do your work on. Also if you don't have one already, I would recommend getting an external hard drive to back up your work. I have one and it once saved me from losing literally years of work when my last computer crashed. Hope this is at least a little helpful! Good luck!
  11. I agree with everything listed above. I'm not sure how it specifically works in your department, but at my school the online academic profiles can be updated pretty frequently. Also, the webmaster for the department site is another student, so when changes need to be made we can just contact that person. If your interests change, just change the profile!
  12. I wouldn't stress too much over your GRE scores. If you want to take it again, focus more heavily on the verbal section. That is the portion that people in the humanities care about the most. Your GRE scores are definitely not the first thing the adcom will look for in your application materials. Your SOP is by far the most important part, so I would instead focus on strengthening that as much as you can. Quality>quantity. A longer SOP doesn't mean a better SOP, and the same goes for the writing sample. I got into my top-choice program with a statement that was under 500 words. Be very specific about what you hope to focus on in your graduate research, why that research matters, and how your goals can best be achieved in the program to which you are applying. I don't think any part of your grad school applications will require you to share how long your previous papers have been. Most of the time there is a limit to how many pages you include in your writing sample as well, so I strongly doubt that any school will require some sort of 20 page example of your work. If you don't mind me asking, is your undergraduate major in history? I only ask because in any history/art history classes I took in undergrad we had to write some lengthy papers, most with something like a 10-15 page minimum, so it surprises me you haven't had the opportunity to write something longer. If you're still in school and taking history courses, could you maybe honors option a course or extend one of your projects so you can write something longer? Again, I don't think it will be important in your applications, but if you have the chance to gain some advanced writing experience to better prepare you for the more intensive writing you'll do in grad school, it might be useful!
  13. I'm going into my program without a Masters. I took one year after undergrad to do an internship and gain some more intensive research experience in my field. To be honest, applying to any grad programs during my Senior year of college would have been tough because I was working on so many other projects/a thesis/etc. at the time. I agree with some of the other posters that it sometimes depends on your field of study, but overall I think that if you have a pretty clear idea of what you want the focus of your graduate research to be, getting a Masters degree before pursuing a PhD maybe isn't as necessary.
  14. I totally agree with what the other posters said about familiarizing yourself with the literature and connecting ideas that interest you to form your own unique research. I would also suggest considering how your previous research and work experience might inform what you choose to study. For me (in cultural anthropology) I knew my geographic area of interest, and I knew that I wanted to combine the experience I gained from working abroad with indigenous groups/non-profits and studying some aspect of material culture production from a modern perspective, something I became interested in through my thesis research. I found two or three specific places in which I could apply these research ideas, and then read as much existing literature as I could. I stumbled across a few articles on a place/people that completely aligned with my interests. The anthropologist who wrote those articles is a professor at the school I ultimately applied to and will be attending this fall, and she will be my main adviser. IMO, the great thing about the social sciences is that there are always more ideas to be explored and new directions to take with research. If you take the time to read through the existing literature, find the ideas that most interest you, and determine how you could expand on those ideas and explore them in new ways, you may be able to develop multiple multiple research questions to pursue.
  15. hantoo

    Gainesville, FL

    @lms202 Wow thanks so much for the awesome info! I'll definitely explore some of these places when I move down!
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