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  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
  • Program
    PhD Anthropology

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  1. Andromeda3921

    Do I/How to address low undergrad GPA for a PhD application?

    Thank you, that sounds like a good idea, I'll try to see if that could work.
  2. Andromeda3921

    Do I/How to address low undergrad GPA for a PhD application?

    @civitas, @Bschaefer and @AP, thanks for your inputs! It's extremely helpful. Let me also clarify that when I say undergrad, I refer to my Masters GPA . Since it was an integrated course, I only had one cumulative GPA at the end of five years, and thus was concerned, especially given that I'm shifting disciplines into Anthro.
  3. I'm an international student with 2 years of work experience and an Integrated (UG+PG) MA in Development Studies, applying to US schools for a PhD in Anthropology. I feel the weak link in my profile is my undergrad GPA and I'm not sure what to do about it. II was in an inter-disciplinary programme and had to take compulsory courses in Economics and I ended up choosing a quant-heavy minor as well, which really brought my GPA down. These courses don't matter to Anthro, I guess and schools that I'm applying to have repeatedly mentioned that it's only one aspect of the application. But it still worries me. How does one address low GPA in undergrad as part of the application? I am choosing not to write this out in my Statement, but is there anywhere else I can talk about it, and even if I do, what do I say?
  4. Andromeda3921

    GRE Sending Scores

    As far as I know, you can request for the scores to be sent once your AW Scores are also available - that should be about 2 weeks from when you take the test.
  5. Andromeda3921

    Who to ask for my letters of recc.?

    Hello, I have a similar problem, though it's for my third recommender. (Applying for a PhD in Anthropology, an international student with an MA in Development Studies). I guess I'm also freaking out because of the insane condition that some schools have that all 3 recommenders be Doctorates. I graduated 2 years back and have held one full time job since, that I quit exactly a year ago. Since then, I've done short term consulting projects for 2 different places. I just started working at a full-time job again this week. While I wrote to my last full-time boss earlier this week, she hasn't responded or picked up my calls. She is known to be quite unresponsive until the deadline, however she hasn't accepted or declined my request and that really worries me. She's the only supervisor I've worked with for a considerable period of time after graduation, though an Economist who works in public policy. She holds a PhD from one of the schools I'm applying to and I guess that would really help atleast there. I also reached out to another supervisor (she's an architect) from my recent project, who has also not responded. But I believe she is travelling. Though I worked with her for about 3 months for this assignment, I've known her for about two years and have been a regular contributor to her firm's research blog. I don't think it's a good idea to ask a letter from my newest supervisor, because it's been only a week. This is a research organization and she too, holds a Doctorate. My final option is to ask a professor from my old department (both my other referees are old professors too, one was my Supervisor and the other person is an expert in my area of interest). The person I have in mind is someone that I share a very cordial relationship with and we've been in touch and on good terms over the last two year. However, he taught me only one course (which is closely allied to my research interest) and knew me outside the classroom for my other volunteering activities on campus. However, this would mean that all my referees are only from my college days and do not speak to my professional acumen. Please give your suggestions and feedback guys! I'm in a conundrum and have no idea what to do!
  6. Andromeda3921

    Confused between applying to Sociology & Geography

    Wow! This is fantastic! I did something similar, but without the ranking system. Thanks for this, really!
  7. Andromeda3921

    Fall 2019 anyone?

    You might want to check out Northwestern, NYU (amazing work on stratification and urban poverty) & Wisconsin Madison (fantastic environment socio department). While I cannot comment on your suitability, I'm sure that given your current stats (I'm assuming you're an American student) and hopefully a good GRE, you will be pretty safe.
  8. Andromeda3921

    Confused between applying to Sociology & Geography

    Thanks for this! I have posed the same question in both the forums as well. Given the lack of responses, I figured there might be no harm in posting here as well.
  9. Andromeda3921

    Paying for a consultant / coach?

    From past experience narrated by friend, consultancies do not really help much. They basically key in information that you give them. As for the essays, they mostly follow templates that they have - most universities would be able to recognize the exact consultancy each candidate comes from. Instead, it really helps to begin early and write out multiple iterations of your essays. Get your friends and professors to read through and give you comments!
  10. Sometimes I wish it is possible to get someone to answer to any threads/questions we all pose. The frustration of waiting for an answer makes it hard! 

  11. Hi, I'm interested in applying for a PhD in Fall 2019. Choosing schools in the US is particularly hard because I am conflicted between Sociology and Geography programs. I hold a Masters in Development Studies from a premier institute in India and have close to 2 years of work experience in the public policy & academic research sectors. My expectations are as follows: 1. Emphasis on qualitative research/ room for qual research 2. My specific interest is in urban studies, so would prefer a research cluster on cities/urban spaces. Interests: Urban studies - Qualitative Transportation, Identities, Spatiality, Heritage ; Comparative Research; International Development; South Asia; Public Policy Expectations from Programmes: Program: Interdisciplinary, Allowing students to choose courses across departments, emphasis/known for applied approach Resources: Ongoing projects with vibrant research space, Access to funding, Encouraging collaborations, Good enough brand to ensure employment on completion of programme, preferably located in an urban area to aid fieldwork.  Look forward to suggestions from you guys about which department might be a better fit and potential school options too!
  12. Andromeda3921

    Geography 2019 Application thread

    Hi, I'm interested in applying for a PhD in Fall 2019. Choosing schools in the US is particularly hard because I am conflicted between Sociology and Geography programs. I hold a Masters in Development Studies from a premier institute in India and have close to 2 years of work experience in the public policy & academic research sectors. My expectations are as follows: 1. Emphasis on qualitative research/ room for qual research 2. My specific interest is in urban studies, so would prefer a research cluster on cities/urban spaces. Interests: Urban studies - Qualitative Transportation, Identities, Spatiality, Heritage ; Comparative Research; International Development; South Asia; Public Policy Expectations from Programmes: Program: Interdisciplinary, Allowing students to choose courses across departments, emphasis/known for applied approach Resources: Ongoing projects with vibrant research space, Access to funding, Encouraging collaborations, Good enough brand to ensure employment on completion of programme, preferably located in an urban area to aid fieldwork.  Look forward to suggestions from you guys about which department might be a better fit and potential school options too!
  13. Andromeda3921

    'Am I competitive? ' thread (Sociology)

    Thanks @sociopolitic, this is super helpful!
  14. Andromeda3921

    'Am I competitive? ' thread (Sociology)

    @European Lumpi Thanks for the feedback. I am really rethinking the entire GRE scene now. I have been searching for sociology departments that have profs that work in the areas that I'm interested in, with inter-disciplinary programs. But I will take your advice and look up which ones favour qual-focused research as well.
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    'Am I competitive? ' thread (Sociology)

    @high_hopes Thanks for your response. Would you say this is applicable only to North America or anywhere else too? @jriveracal Thanks for your inputs. I did have a section on why I was choosing that particular school and those particular professors. But I'm still unclear how to improve the overall status of my application, given that I am an international applicants and not many schools are keen on us right now.
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