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  1. I have been fortunate enough to be accepted to TWO programs for Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience....but that has left me in the middle of a big decision that I don't know how to make when the world seems to be falling apart. If anyone has any insight given the information, please let me know!! Currently located in New York, from California. Neither place would be close, so location isn't really a factor. The one factor is moving to Canada-I would be out of the country, does anyone have experience with a US -> CA move that impacted your research or accreditation before? Programs: University of Alberta PhD in Psychology. Wayne State University PhD in Psychology in the Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience program. I would be teaching at both programs. The funding is very similar, given the currency conversion. Cost of living is also very similar, given the conversions. What other kinds of comparisons should I (can I) look for? How did you make your decision? Let me know!
  2. School: University of Alberta Type of Program: PhD in Psychology Acceptance Date: Email from PI on March 4th and official email from department on March 6th!!
  3. I'm really starting to get worried overall. I have one interview weekend coming up but got rejected from my top choice school that seemed like a very promising acceptance due to all the interviews and communications I had with PI/faculty/students so hopes aren't too high. This is my second time applying, though the most serious as now I will be graduating with an MA in May, and I'm scared this isn't the right decision. I have such a deep passion for my area of study but these rolling rejections and a negative direct supervisor of my thesis have been haunting me. It's hard for me to write my thesis/do the remaining school work to graduate/teach my class I'm TA-ing for/and even begin to prep for the interview that I do have coming up since I'm starting to feel like someone else more deserving should be in that spot instead of me. Unsure how to boost up my work ethic again. Is this what burnout really is?! I've never truly experienced it.
  4. I currently have heard from 2/10 schools and both were positive, resulting in interviews. Still very nervous if those don't go well since I haven't heard anything from the other 8. Just trying to remind myself that no word is probably a better sign than a rejection. Supporting everyone from afar!!
  5. I got a second interview! The PI (JK) emailed me on Friday 12/27/19 to organize, the professor who is interviewing me (JP) replied Sunday 12/29/19, and the Skype interview is tomorrow Monday 12/30/19! I'm hoping the speed at which these interviews are coming is a good sign 🤞
  6. I applied to four Canadian programs. No news yet for any interviews or indication on timelines from PIs.
  7. I did Skype with the PI before I submitted my application! My interview was today and all the formal interviews are over Zoom. They invite people to their campus AFTER they have put out offers so its not as stressful for students and more of a recruitment event.
  8. Don't want to spam BUT I SOMEHOW GOT TWO INVITES IN A DAY. School: Wayne State University Type: PhD Date of invite: December 18, 2019 Type of invite: Email from PI (Initials NO) Interview date(s): February 28, 2020 with social days before and after.
  9. AAH! So excited to be able to fill this out!! School: Notre Dame Type: PhD Date of invite: December 17, 2019 Type of invite: Email from PI (Initials JK) Interview date(s): THIS Thursday or Friday (omg so quick) via Zoom with another faculty member
  10. The best way to be personal in a personal statement is to make it academic. How did your personal experiences make you want to study these things academically? Be super brief on personal information like that because it can be a sign of immaturity if you write too much about yourself and not enough about your academics and why you're a good fit for the field instead. For example, I want to study episodic memory, specifically how and why we forget lived events in order to help inform interventions that might help improve the lives of those with enduring memory problems at any age. That's my personal turned professional/academic as I have episodic memory problems myself and have a fascination with how the brain works because of my own experience.
  11. It seems like you may have missed the most appropriate window to reach back out to the PI but you still can! I was in contact with PI's before applications as well and I made sure to email those who initially responded within 24-48hrs of submitting my application. It is a great way to remind the PI of who you are/that you talked/that you want to work with them/to look out for your application.
  12. You will get in and you will get funded!

    1. neuromorgan


      omg love you and just saw this. WE will get in and funded.

  13. Those applications are in and now we wait! Here's a thread for us to gather together in anxiety, stress, and encouragement. Here's a little template we can use: School: Type: PhD/MA/MS/etc Date of invite: Type of invite: Mass email, email from PI, phone call, etc. Interview date(s):
  14. I reached out to PI's starting in September/October with a personalized email template to each of them. I told them a bit about what I have been currently doing for research and expressed my interest in working with them, specifically asking questions about recent publications or saying my interests that seemed to align with theirs. Luckily with these emails I got on Skype calls with 4 potential PI's and have had great conversations that gave me a confidence boost to finish out the application season. Here's to hoping for acceptance!
  15. Where are you applying? I still haven't finished my Statement of Purpose and I'm getting REALLY nervous about that.
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