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Entangled Phantoms

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  1. Entangled Phantoms

    Working while on GRFP tenure

    Switch advisors. Choose someone who doesn't care as much about integrating you into their lab.
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    What are the warning signs for a "cash cow" graduate program?

    Remember, anecdote =/= data. The surest sign of a "cash cow" program (professional degree programs notwithstanding) is that less than 50% of the enrolling students have full funding (tuition waiver + stipend). An equally good sign is getting into a brand name school with subpar credentials and experience.
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    Is an Ivy League degree a "golden ticket" career-wise?

    I don't see how C+F issues won't be a problem when it comes to working for the UN or NGOs.
  4. Entangled Phantoms

    Is an Ivy League degree a "golden ticket" career-wise?

    Does "background in law" suggest that you already have a JD? If so, people will pay much more attention to your law school performance than your performance in a cash cow MA.
  5. Entangled Phantoms

    Career paths for those with a terminal MA in Asian Studies?

    At least in engineering, Columbia is notorious for being an MS diploma mill. Great PhD program, but their MS program is meant to run as a cash cow. I would check to make sure your terminal MA isn't run the same way. % of MA students with assistantships and % of MA students doing a thesis are good barometers for whether the departments view you as more than $$$ signs.
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    Careers in Legal Academia?

    The folks at top-law-schools.com should be able to answer that question.
  7. It is easy to clog BBs with silly enough threads that other users feel that their Qs would get lost in the sea of spam.
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    how to feel better after deciding (or, should I back out?)

    Um, I really doubt your temporary academic advisor is expected to become your research advisor. My department purposely assigns us an academic advisor who we are unlikely to work with so that the incentives are well aligned. For example, a research advisor could push you to spend more time in the lab without caring too much about how you are doing as far coursework, quals, and career development. You want your academic advisor to be a neutral sounding board until you are sure you jave found a research advisor you are willing to trust your career with. You made the right choice. Relax.
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    New NDSEG website not secure?

    I love how the cost per student went up so much that the number of awarded fellowships fell by close to a factor of 3. STI-TEC probably found create ways to line their pocket when raising the cost per student on DoD. New outreach programs? Social media department for $5M? If DoD ever audits these guys, I would love to read the report.
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    Regrets about decision

    Can't you just turn down Middling U offer now and reapply to Prestige U this fall?
  11. Entangled Phantoms

    Northeastern University Campus Choice

    Decline. Northeastern is a diploma mill. Everything you've said about them so far confirms that they see you a bag of cash and nothing more.
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    New NDSEG website not secure?

    No budget cuts but the number of fellowships reduced by over 50%?
  13. Entangled Phantoms

    New NDSEG website not secure?

    LOL. Called it!
  14. Entangled Phantoms

    New NDSEG website not secure?

    Someone took a screenshot of this, right? Have a feeling someone might have second thoughts about leaving this up.
  15. Entangled Phantoms

    New NDSEG website not secure?

    This is a very odd first comment for a new user.

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