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psstein last won the day on November 9 2018

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  1. psstein

    2019 Visit Days/Decisions

    You shouldn't bring this up with anyone outside of the people in a position to do something about it. I would also recommend sending an email saying something along the lines of "I want to attend Harvard for reasons x/y/z, but I currently have a slightly better offer from Yale, etc. Would it be at all possible for the department to increase my level of stipend?" Or something like that at least. You want to be as polite as possible about it, because money can always get touchy, even at places richer than God Himself.
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    2019 Visit Days/Decisions

    See you Wisconsin folks this weekend!
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    Applications 2019

    IF you can afford the MAPSS, then it's a far better option. If you can't, my answer is "take neither."
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    Do top grad schools care about your course load?

    The downside, of course, is that Oxbridge PhDs, no matter how prestigious, have a hell of a time finding a US job.
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    History of Science applicants

    I could've sworn I'd replied to this last night. Anyway, to answer your questions: none of Princeton, Yale, or Wisconsin have too much trouble placing their graduates within broader history programs. In Wisconsin, you're encouraged to take courses outside of HoS. Besides, we merged in July 2017, so it's the same department overall. There's an option here for a joint HSMT/History degree, which is apparently far easier than it used to be. It's also worth understanding that the history of science field as it currently exists is far removed from the highly technical, internalist histories of science produced in the 1960s and 1970s. Outside of a few scholars (Heilbron and Shank are the two most notable ones), highly technical work is in disrepute and has been for some time. We have a fine relationship with history here, and I'd imagine Princeton does as well, since they're technically a subsidiary of the broader history department. I don't know much about Yale, but I imagine they're okay as well. These are questions you ought to ask at the respective visitation days.
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    Are you crazy to turn down a cash cow program that looks great on paper, but may not provide you the resources to become the scholar you want to become? Unless you're independently wealthy, there's no persuasive reason to take it.
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    Applications 2019

    I did, big time. Don't let it get too bad, but enjoy your last few months of college. I had a ton of fun after learning I was accepted. I wouldn't recommend my method of doing it... but still, it was a lot of fun.
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    2019 Visit Days/Decisions

    @TMP has nailed it, but I'd also highlight that this isn't as solid a contract as you'd hope. Most (all?) of these funding sources depend upon "satisfactory progress," which is the most nebulous term I can think of, but it's the way it's described.
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    Programs for Early Modern France?

    Do you speak/read French? If not, that's going to be a major obstacle. If you can produce a writing sample demonstrating good working knowledge of French, your background in European history will be a bit less of a concern. I can't remember how many Euro courses I had in college. I had zero history of science courses, and, while that did prove a bit of an impediment to my applications, it wasn't a big issue in the long run. I think NYU has a good French history program. J.B. Shank (Minnesota) is very good, but he's more a historian of science. If you came here, you'd work with Suzanne Desan, but I'm not sure how much longer she'll be active. She was going to retire shortly, but then took on a new graduate student...
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    Applications 2019

    It's not an outright awful choice, but part of graduate education is designed to expose you to new ways of thinking and other departments. It very heavily depends. If you get all three of your degrees from a mid-tier program, that's going to be a problem. People with three degrees from HYP or comparable places don't have that problem nearly as much. You can ask, but they're probably going to deny you the ability to look at it. Part of keeping recommendations confidential is also preserving interpersonal relationships. Letters have a tendency to be quite honest, as you're putting your name behind someone. If that someone isn't capable, you can lose a lot of standing.
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    Applications 2019

    That's great advice on his/her behalf.
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    2019 Visit Days/Decisions

    It's not just how long it'll take. It's also about other funding concerns. Are there conference and travel funds? Conferences are expensive as it is. Is there enough money for you to focus on research during the summers, or will you have to take up another job? Don't think of it in terms of credits. Think of it in terms of time. Teaching every semester will delay you from finishing faster. Teaching can be a very draining experience. I find it pretty tough to write (or really do anything outside of light reading) after I come home from teaching, and I don't have an awful student load. Also, which one has the best placement? Knowing nothing else, I'd bet A has a better record.
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    2019 Visit Days/Decisions

    This doesn't make a ton of sense to me: they're giving you three years of fellowship, then two years of TAship? Or is it that you have three guaranteed fellowship years and that's it? The "assurances" should be taken with a dose of salt. The stock market could crap out again tomorrow, which means that virtually all external funding/endowments go in the toilet. It's also worth noting that these aren't anything concrete. They're not on paper, they're not really oral contracts, so you can renege at any point without consequence. They're honored on a case by case basis. I know of people who've gotten screwed over by them, and people who've been fine with them. Realistically speaking, you're not going to finish the PhD in 4 years. You might do it in 5, if you come in with a very good idea of what you want to do, have a program that cooperates with your moving ahead (this is a HUGE if), and don't have life get in the way. The average time to completion at most programs is something like 6.5. Many programs won't let you transfer a ton of MA credits either. Generally you'll get out of a thesis. This is an aside, but it's also my understanding that you become less competitive as a job candidate if you've taken an inordinate amount of time to complete ( @telkanuru or @OHSP, do you guys have any knowledge about that?). Of the three offers you've discussed, I'd rank them as A, B, and C as a very distant 3rd. 4 years TAship and lectureship thereafter is a pretty heavy teaching load.
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    2019 Visit Days/Decisions

    On the strict financials, go to A. TAing is valuable experience, but it can eat up your time and make doing your own research/writing/etc. very difficult. The hiring process for many (most?) universities focuses on research and productivity. The "teaching experience" trap is one a lot of adjuncts get stuck in, too.
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    Applications 2019

    There's a Simpsons-esque quality to it. This is great advice. It's very worth noting that most students do not finish in five years, whether from coursework/institutional inertia/etc.

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