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  1. lol, usually you are not missing anything by not attending lip gloss. The party used to be a lot more, errr, closed door, especially way back in it's lurve days. Now it's public knowledge and advertised.
  2. Ohhh lip gloss. You aren't missing much. Just some faculty hitting on people way too young for them. It's probably best for undergrads to stay away lol.
  3. I used to teach for The Princeton Review...I made a killer amount of money and worked only a few hours a week when I wanted, or volunteered to cover classes and worked many hours when I wanted to....for reference, 5 years ago teaching the SAT I was being paid $32/hour BASE with extra when they overloaded a class with students (I taught a class that got merged with another class because of a flub by a summer 'camp' type thing, so I was making an ungodly amount for the 9 hrs a week I taught that class). Plus online grading of essays (optional extra work) was $1/essay, and grading took like 2-3
  4. Uhhh YES. My department will ask if we had particularly strong feelings (good or bad) about the applicants. Faculty have never accepted someone that one of us has said was unfriendly/rude/arrogant/competitive/non-appreciative of the opportunity to interview in our department. The grad students end up seeing the applicants a lot more than the faculty, and you wouldn't believe how many applicants BLOW IT by saying something in front of a grad student that they just should NOT have. Go in with the attitude you have and you will not be admitted into my department--we really do not want to
  5. Honestly, I'd see if you can just move the flight up or back by a day rather than not stay a night with the grad student. Usually this is not a problem if you get it cleared first, especially if it won't cost any extra money to the school. Here's why I suggest this: 1. Staying with the grad student actually is a time you can really learn a lot about the program "off the record" when the grad student isn't worried about what other people are hearing her/him say. You can ask questions that maybe you wouldn't feel comfortable asking in a group or with faculty in the room. You can actually
  6. Every interview I went to paid for the entire trip, only 1 place had actually accepted us ahead of time. We tend to accept about 1/2 the people we invite out for interviews but we always fully pay for everyone's flights/meals/hotel/taxis
  7. We usually want an incoming cohort in social of about 2-4, so we invite usually 8-12 people for interviews. 10-15 is a really big incoming class but might be more common at a large state school? My entire cohort for the department (social + cog + neuro + clinical) was 10, my cohort in social was 4.
  8. Interview weekend usually means they are definitely inviting more people to visit than they will be extending offers to--most programs are moving to this model. Visiting weekend means that you will still be evaluated, but is usually a bit less formal--here they may be willing to offer to all the invitees but reserve the right to not offer until they've met you and determined you're not a complete mismatch (as a person) for the program. Sometimes they consider everyone at least now on the waitlist but may make staggered offers to the most wanted candidates first. Visiting weekend is re
  9. Your request depends on how closely you want this based on the MBTI, considering the MBTI is copyrighted material.
  10. LOL! I can't say either has played while I was walking to brown bag at NU, but growing up John Nash was one of my neighbors and if he walked past you in the neighborhood someone was bound to start humming that song after the movie came out (I was in high school back then). The NU faculty had originally planned to accept some new students but then it turned out that this year only a maximum of 1 student will graduate from the area (the 5th years didn't have job market luck and prefer to stay another year at NU rather than post-doc...the exception is the student who is looking for jobs outs
  11. I should also point out--in my program, we are constantly teasing each other and being lighthearted during talks, so there may not have been ill-will there necessarily. It's usually a group of people who are all friends, cracking jokes at each others' expense with no offense taken--to an outsider getting laughed at will probably seem like people are being really mean, but it may actually be something that they didn't intend to be taken to heart.
  12. My guess is they were laughing at the suggestion of dropping half the sample after you ran the study just because you didn't get the results you want. It's not the best way to do science and actually a hot topic right now about research analysis ethics. Re-analyzing without the women to see if it warranted running a new study would be fine, but you'd have to then pretty much dump the first study to stay really above board. Also, as bad as this is, people do tend to get annoyed when the undergrads ask questions/make comments (especially at job talks) and this can lead to less than polite rea
  13. Unfortunately they didn't make that decision until about a week and half ago. We were all shocked.
  14. That was the second best session I have ever attended. The best one wasn't at SPSP, and sadly sharing the story will almost certainly out me here, so I'll have to laugh to myself for now.
  15. We decided not to bring in any new students for social this year. Labs are pretty full and profs think the lackluster academic job market warrants holding back on accepting students (so they don't graduate to unemployment). We cancelled our interview weekend.
  16. Hmm, well my area is social neuroscience, and everyone I know in the area is fully funded! So hopefully that's good news for you. I know that Stanford and Princeton are definitely fully funded. You may want to look at social psychology PhDs that do social neuroscience, which seems to be what you are interested in. I'd suggest looking at WashU and NYU as they have great faculty working on these issues and are also fully funded. If you have a particular type of research you're interested in I can probably give better guidance (e.g., neuroscience of prejudice, emotion, decision-making, etc)
  17. ...are you planning to get a PhD or a terminal masters? In the US and Canada you apply straight to a PhD program and sort of just get the masters along the way, and most psych PhDs are fully funded in the US and Canada (tuition remission + stipend), meaning that every accepted student is covered including internationals. Especially in your particular subfield, you don't find many programs that have fMRI but don't have grad student funding...are there particular schools you are wondering about? Since most undergrads don't get hands on EEG/fMRI training that will be very much to your advant
  18. Not having accredidation will affect your ability to get licensed in most places. Meaning, not having it means you can't work as a counselor in most states. Not sure about Canadian provinces. If your ultimate goal is to get a PhD, it will make you a significantly stronger candidate. Check local laws for how APA/CPA would affect you if you are interested in practicing.
  19. Professional schools make you pay a lot of money. They are often online-only. The brick-and-mortar ones usually have "Professional" in their name ("The Adler School of Professional Psychology").
  20. If you informed them that you wanted them as letter writers earlier you are probably fine. Just email a quick apology (need not go into detail or be more than a sentence), get them the forms ASAP, and move on. If you didn't already ask for letters, then you need to be more profuse in the apology and explain why you are asking so late. That said, if there are at least 6 wks left until the letter deadline, you are just fine.
  21. Its not APA accredited so I'd be wary of that.
  22. I would try to get a very brief mention in of each, it can be something like "I was involved in a variety of research projects examing X, Y, and Z, from which I became interested in doing W for my independent project because of..." The important thing is making connections. Your entire CV (if allowed) will get a 60 sec review max. Make your research experience stand out.
  23. I heard from 1 school in mid-December that I was getting an interview, but that was unusually early (they had done interviews late the prior year and lost out on students). Most I heard back from in January and February--most interviews occur in the late Jan-early March period. Wait list people will usually get notified between early March through mid-April, with a few coming after that (but since most people have accepted an offer by April 15, it isn't many).
  24. In Europe a lot of the PhD programs do applications differently. Frequently, you apply for and complete a masters degree before applying for a PhD program (unlike the US model of applying directly for the PhD and picking up the masters along the way). Because in masters programs you usually apply to the department (rather than a lab/POI) this may be part of the issue. But, it is highly dependent on field/country/university.
  25. Sounds perfectly acceptable to contact him in this scenario.
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