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  1. Generally fair to say its cumulative, but note that GPA conversions vary by the school grading scheme. In Canada, its a mix of cGPA, last two years, and occasionally last year.
  2. Howdy all, I'm wondering what the odds are getting into a R1 clinical psych program without 2 years postbacc/full-time coordinator work. I'm continuing in two labs at the moment, so I'm still actively RA-ing, but its not paid or full time. I'm freshly graduated, so one year short of the good ol' 2 year mark which seems to be the trend (looking at recent admissions). Odds are impossible to guess, but I'd like to hear from people who got in from a similar position, or without a 2 year position like that, and maybe what aspects of our application compensated for the absence of a full-time research position. Thanks!
  3. Trying to figure out if I want to apply this year again. Interested in UTSC, UBC, UVic, Queens and SFU, pending on who's taking students.
  4. 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.
  5. Canada isn't as hard on GREs, I've seen people admitted to clinical masters with scores below yours. Your scores are pretty decent.
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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^
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 )
  13. 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.
  14. 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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