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  1. higaisha

    Do I reapply now or wait it out?

    Im in a similar position to you, and what I've come to realize is that clinical isn't a race; extra time won't really harm your application when your time is spent well. Again, depends on your goals and the schools you're applying to, but I think taking an extra year to get pubs and conferences done + full time research work will make you super competitive for sure.
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    low GRE quant & clinical psyc

    Canada isn't as hard on GREs, I've seen people admitted to clinical masters with scores below yours. Your scores are pretty decent.
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    HELP. PhD plot twist -- advice needed!

    Ah, seems like staying at UNL is worth it if there's someone else at the department you'd like to work with. Starting from scratch seems complicated, dropping out and sending yourself back a year doesn't really make sense unless you don't see yourself at UNL. Moving once you have a masters might lead one to wonder why you 'dropped out' of a phd program, but your circumstances are unique and I'm sure you can explain it well (theres people who do it, uncommon though as attrition is pretty low for phds).
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    HELP. PhD plot twist -- advice needed!

    So she didn't offer to take you to Syracuse with her? I think when it comes to faculty moving, students can be offered the choice to move with their advisor or not--I don't think they have to reapply. Maybe you missed out because of the timing (you are incoming but havent officially started)--either way this is pretty unfortunate timing/news, sorry to hear it.
  5. Your NIH post-bacc seems pretty desirable, I know a lot of clin science programs are embracing people with bio backgrounds bc of the need for translational research. I think your grades are a bigger problem than your major; that said, there's definite strengths and weaknesses to your application. 'Marketing' yourself effectively in light of this, and finding a strong research fit might make the difference between being admitted or not in your case. If you find a PI who's doing really biological work, your background might overshadow weaker grades/coursework--who knows, admissions is a guessing game after all.
  6. Canadians aren't eligible for NSF. Basically, the only hope of external funding we can bring are the foreign CIHR one and I think a SSHRC that can be held outside of Canada. Fulbright is also an option to apply for. There's probably a few more area-specific funding things that aren't tied to a certain citizenship. External funding is rare in the states whereas its kind of essential here, but it definitely helps as mentioned^
  7. Canada is as hard as the states and generally harder to get into as an international than the states, but canada generally calculates GPA from last two years. I think a terminal masters from the states might be helpful.
  8. higaisha

    Weird circumstances regarding Masters admissions?

    that 1 professor may 1) have a full/busy lab 2) be someone you don't get along with 3) have a research program thats changing from your current interest 4) may not be taking a student 5) may not be taking you...there's hundreds of people that apply. Banking an important decision on a bunch of possible events doesn't really make sense, unless you have established contact with them in advance and otherwise know at the least they want to work with you. Even then, its not certain. Columbia's program seems eeeh..like, the head of the MA program isn't even a full-time faculty...it does seem cashcow-ish. I think viewing Columbia's program through rose-tinted glasses might interfere with making the best possible decision.
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    Conferences Unrelated to your Application Program: Worth it?

    I think you answered your own question--if its "somewhat related", its worth the investment. What you described has relevance on a lot of clinical topics, seems like a no-brainer--but only if you have the means. Money spent on a conference is basically never wasted (extra apps though...thats questionable )
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    Accepted PhD Position But Now Want to Decline

    Agreed, I wouldn't fear "burned bridges" so much as being stuck in a program for several years of your life where you're unhappy/anxious about career prospects. Every field is small, sure, but I think the people spinning this 'blackball' scenario are making the situation far more dire than it is. Yes its a bad scenario should you back out now, but pretty sure PIs have bigger things to worry about than spending their careers and time punishing a student for making a medium-sized mistake. Maybe switching subfields may be a better idea to avoid all the hullaballoo.
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    Fall 2020 Clinical & Counseling PhD/PsyD

    I don't think a rewrite would hurt. I'm at 157/153 so I definitely am in dire need of a rewrite lol. 80/70th p seems like a soft cut off for schools that I'm looking at, so if I cant get 160/160 I'd have to change around my school list a lot.
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    Fall 2020 Clinical & Counseling PhD/PsyD

    I think 160/160/5 is a good score anywhere, I'm gonna try to shoot for that (may be impossible for math LOOLOLOL we'll see)
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    American applying to a Canadian school? (University of British Columbia)

    Qualitatively, I think NIMH is a bit more formulaic, especially with their RDoC initiative, which gives investigators a general idea of what to lay out. From what I've seen in clinical psych, a certain 'group' of researchers in the states, mainly people who are involved in translational work may be more likely to hold the bulk of the research $$$. Not sure if thats the case for CIHR, because it seems pretty spread out across institutions. Would love to learn more! Ehhh, the pendulum of funding swings with politics, recent elections in both countries means nothing is certain and recent policies might get cut in transitions.
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    Fall 2020 Clinical & Counseling PhD/PsyD

    pending GRE rewrite, got 15 or so schools on my hitlist
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    American applying to a Canadian school? (University of British Columbia)

    Thats also a big deal, some programs don't accept internationals because they'd likely have to fund them themselves for at least a portion of their graduate schooling. This is also the case at the doctoral level for federal funding, but some provincial awards are open to internationals. External funding seems like more of a cherry on the cake rather than a necessity in the US, because some schools do have endowments or more money set aside to guarantee funding, and stuff like NSF is pretty rare (from what I've seen). It seems to be easier to be an international in a phd program in the states than in canada, but I could be wrong.
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