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    Orlando, FL
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
  • Program
    Cognitive/HF Psychology PhD (Applying)

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  1. So I just found out I didn't get into my first choice. Ouch. I'm extremely undecided about whether I should attend my second choice. The schools in a nice area, the programs fully funded, and I really clicked with the personality of my POI. However, our research interest match is only so-so. I like what they do, but I don't know if I love what they do. This person has never had a grad student before, and therefor I'm not sure what to expect in terms of mentorship. The really risky part though is that I found out on my interview from another source that this persons husband is applying fo
  2. Update on interviews: NC State University (Human Factors & Applied Cognition): Accepted Lehigh University (Cognition & Language): Accepted Still waiting to hear from Utah.
  3. I only applied to a few programs because of money issues, but I did apply to a few cognitive programs. University of Utah: Cognition and Neural Science PhD Lehigh University: Cognition and Language PhD I'm interviewing at Utah this weekend, and Lehigh the next.
  4. School name: Lehigh University Date interview invite received: Jan 23rd, 2018 Degree: PhD Type: Cognition and Language Notified via: Email Interview date: February 16th 2018 I only applied to 4 PhD programs this cycle due to super brokeness, and I've gotten 3 interview invites with reimbursements. I'm feeling pretty lucky. It's also very fortunate that all 3 interviews are on different weekend dates.
  5. School Name: University of UtahDate Interview Invite Received: January 8, 2018Degree: Ph.DType: Cognition and Neural ScienceNotified via: EmailFrom: Graduate departmentInterview Date: February 9, 2018 Additional Info: I had an informal Skype interview with POI prior to submitting my application. I've been invited to attend a dinner, a department party, and a diversity breakfast with full reimbursement
  6. @cindyboop I had 2 informal skype interviews and 1 informal phone interview prior to me submitting my application materials (I reached out to POI's personally, and a few of them were interested enough in my CV and research interests to set these up with me sans application). The interviews were not awkward at all! I was nervous, but after a minute, you realize you're just having a conversation about the things you're both interested in. A couple pieces of advice for skype interviews: 1.) Make sure you test Skype beforehand to make sure audio/video is up to speed (also make sure there's n
  7. I just got an interview invite today! I was told in the email that I've been "recommended for admission", but that the final decision will be made on interview day. School: North Carolina State University Program: Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology (Ph.D) Interview Type: In Person Date: February 3rd
  8. I'm still in the process of applying, so take my opinion with a grain of salt, but is contacting POI important? Yes. My thesis adviser (and director of the PhD program at my school) told me that emailing POI's makes you stand out of the crowd, and that the 2 applications sitting on his desk were from students who emailed him. I started with 13 schools on my application list. I've dwindled it down to 8 because of my contact with POI's. I've found out from some of them that they don't have the funding to accept any new students, or that there's not a mentor model at that particular school (
  9. Thanks for the support everyone! I think I'm going to take the advice, and go for it. I'll have to make sure my personal statement is damn good. Can I just say, that I know there's the phrase "cracking the GRE" but anyone else ever feel like the GRE started to crack them? Here's to hoping I never have to take that blasted thing again!
  10. I just took the GRE this morning, and I only got a 150 (Q) and 157 (V). I know these are less than amazing scores, and I don't have enough time to realistically re-take the exam with a meaningful difference and make this application cycle. GPA: 3.7 Major GPA: 3.9 2 years of research experience in multiple labs Conducting an independent project 2 very strong LOR, 1 decent LOR I planned on applying to Ph.D programs at: Colorado State University Portland State University University of North Carolina Clemson University University of Georgia Wayne State University
  11. Hey everyone! Thought I'd hop on this thread while the going gets hot. I'll be applying this cycle to about 9 or 10 Industrial/Organizational Ph.D programs, 2 Human Factors Ph.D programs, and a few general masters programs "just in case." My biggest concern by far is the GRE. I take it this Friday (it got postponed from its original date due to hurricane Irma), and while my verbal keeps going up and up on practice tests, my quant stays relatively the same. Cumulative GPA: 3.7 Major GPA: 3.9 Professional Experience: 2 years as a quality assurance analyst 1
  12. Dang. This puts me in a tough spot, but I appreciate the advice. The first LOR I'm getting is from the PhD candidate's advisor, so that's a no go. I have 3 other options: 1.) There was someone who used to be a graduate student I could ask. I worked under her as a scheduling manager for a longitudinal study she was coordinating. She's since graduated with her PhD, and works in the industry. However, I've been advised to be wary of asking this person. She's known for having something of a character flaw, and gets easily jealous of others success, and may try to sabotage me. 2.) T
  13. I'm applying to PhD programs in Industrial Organizational psychology, and a few in Human Factors psychology. I have two professors in the Human Factors department of my university who have agreed to write me strong letters of recommendation. As for my third letter, I would like to ask my graduate mentor, as I've been working with her the last few years, and she's directly overseeing my honors thesis project. The only thing her and I are worried about is that she's still a PhD candidate. She's in her fifth year, and will likely have her PhD just as the deadlines for applications are closing.
  14. Thank you for the advice! I think based on the information I've been given here and elsewhere, I'm going to do some serious looking into I/O psych and organizational behavior graduate programs. As awkward as it is to change your mind just as application season is about to start, it could have been a lot more awkward applying to programs based on faulty reasoning
  15. Thank you so much @eternallyephemeral for your thoughtful and informative reply! You gave me the insight and perspective I was scouring the internet trying to find.
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