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  2. I actually lived very close to the Texas State Round Rock campus during my undergraduate years. I really liked the area, but it is very different than San Marcos. Round Rock is a very family friendly area with lots of restaurants. It is close enough to Austin that you still have quite a bit you can do. As far as expenses, I would say you could get a 1 bedroom apartment in both places for about the same price. I think I pay more in San Marcos because of the premium of living close to campus. Round Rock isn't a college town, and you won't get that premium. You also won't get anything in walking distance to campus (not that you would need to because there isn't much traffic in that area).
  3. I am not a speech-language pathology graduate student at Texas State, but I am a current graduate student there (M.A. Psychological Research). So I should be able to speak a bit on the cost of living in San Marcos, TX and what the vibe of the area is like for graduate students. Let me know if you have any questions in that realm. As far as research opportunity goes, Texas State is really ramping up its research because it wants to be an R1. This means they are very giving towards their graduate students when it comes to funding research projects and going to conferences. I've easily been able to go to two out of state conferences a year with all my expenses covered. I'm not sure what Lamar offers, but I would say Texas State is definitely enthusiastic about research with graduate students.
  4. Generally, that is pretty much an acceptance. Something pretty crazy would have to happen for you not to get a formal offer.
  5. Was the person you were interviewing with understanding or were they more awkward about it? Some people are way more understanding about crying than others. It definitely isn't ideal because there are some professors who would worry that you'd come crying often when things get stressful/hard in graduate school. On the other hand, some professors are very understanding about the pressures you are feeling and might brush it off without a major problem. You may be able to judge how the individual felt about it based on their initial reaction.
  6. I've had an interview day before, and I am pretty familiar with what that process looks like (dress professionally, have a million questions, don't get drunk, always have a smile on your face, and try not to stand out for the wrong reasons). However, I've never had a visiting day post-(unofficial)acceptance. Does anyone know how this differs? I expect it will be more relaxed, but I'm not certain. Do I still need to dress professionally? Or is business-casual or casual more acceptable? Is this process more dedicated to recruiting me or is there any reasonable risk of them yanking my unofficial acceptance? Any information would be much appreciated!
  7. I would note that perhaps the best interview I had with someone outside of my POI was when I was able to ask the professor to tell me more about his research in XXXX area using XXXX model. He got really excited that I wanted to talk about this model he had designed with one of his graduate students (he pulled out slides from his computer and everything), and I got to participate in a conversation with way less pressure. We even got to theorize on different directions the research could go and different applications of the model. It pays to know enough to ask one of the questions, but you don't need to know everything. In fact, you may only need to know one thing (e.g., he may be interested in and publish in XXX1, XXX2, XXX3, and XXXX4, but I ask/talk about XXX3).
  8. Has anyone outside of clinical psychology heard from Arizona State? As far as I know, it's been dead in the quantitative area and it seems dead in the other areas as well!
  9. From speaking with my advisor previously on the topic, I would say it isn't expected that a 3rd year Ph.D. student would have talks under his or her belt. However, you might want to keep an eye out for the next two years for talk opportunities because it is more expected in the later years of graduate school. Personally, I like to focus more on publications instead of posters. On the other hand, if you've done the work and it isn't in the shape for a publication, it is good to have something to show for it. In my opinion, posters are better than nothing, but publications are vital. I don't know that posters will have much sway in getting a tenured position or post-doc, but they must look better than a blank CV for three years.
  10. I didn't run into any quant people last year, but I wasn't actually looking for them. I got really excited about quant psych by watching some of the talks at APS (especially the ones on network analysis). I did see Andrew Hayes talk about PROCESS which was pretty cool though.
  11. Boston was great! It was actually what got me interested in quantitative psychology.
  12. Anyone going to APS? I'm scrambling to get my abstract in. Last minute decisions are the best.
  13. About how many questions do you guys have prepared before your interviews? Everyone always says to not run out of questions, but I want to make sure I'm asking meaningful ones.
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