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ianmleavitt

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About ianmleavitt

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    Man
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    Denver, CO
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    Cycling, running, hiking, genealogy, hockey, literature, indoor house plants
  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
  • Program
    Population Health Sciences

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  1. ianmleavitt

    Any communications from chosen schools?

    I think it will definitely ramp up once this Spring semester is over at your individual programs. My program at Harvard just sent out a very detailed email today, which was the first communication over the past month. They stipulated that we should be hearing from them on a bi-weekly basis from here on out, which is quite encouraging! If all else fails, reach out to your program contact(s) and inquire as to when you'll start to receive all of that other information that you mentioned.
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    I second this notion. @epi_2018, in my SOP I discussed five different research topics I'm interested in (chronic disease prevention, health behavior change, community based participatory research, at-risk populations, and dissemination/implementation science) and wove them all together to show they are interrelated and can build off of one another. While I didn't ask any finely pointed questions, I did write some short questions within my SOP that were broad in nature to briefly show where I may head in the future.
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    I think it's vitally important to contact professors before applying; they can provide information on if they are taking on new students, have suggestions for other professors at the university you may want to work with based on your research interests that you might have overlooked, and be able to provide general information on the program that could help you choose whether to apply or not. In preparing your application, spend plenty of time on your statement of purpose. Write it, rewrite it. Get plenty of sets of eyes on it; I had both people within the field and friends not very familiar with public health research take a look at what I wrote and suggest edits.
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Has anyone else committed yet? I committed to Harvard on Friday and it felt so good to sign off on the paperwork!
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Hey there! It was actually a two day event, both yesterday and today. My overall impression was quite positive; one of the best pieces was seeing how the different concentrations all mesh with each other and build off of one another's ideas. This was even evident in the admitted students! I'm in the SBS concentration, but I was finding plenty of research similarities with other students in Nutrition and Epidemiology especially. It's definitely valuable to know that I could jive well with both the current and admitted students. As for the faculty and staff, they were nothing short of wonderful. Obviously, this is an event where they are putting on their best show, but you could still tell that the underlying vibe was genuine. They were very open in fully explaining curriculum during the first semester (being that it is pretty much set in stone aside from one class), the financial package, life in Boston, and everything else that people had questions on. The biggest thing they drove home was the notion of impostor syndrome; that some of us might feel as if we don't belong because it is Harvard. And you know, they were very good about not only making us feel welcome, but also showing that each and every one of us did belong. Let me know if you have further questions!
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    I have a spreadsheet with cost of living information for the two cities I could potentially live in, comparisons of classwork, financial packages, POIs, the whole works. But really, I'm just trusting my gut. Heart over head, which might be considered a bit strange for a scientist... I've got an admitted students event at Harvard next week, and then I expect to make a decision within the following week. It's a different type of stress, I feel. There was the stress of getting applications in, then the stress of hearing back...now, it's just the decision. But it's positive stress, don't get me wrong!
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Just finally received my official notice of rejection from UNC's Health Behavior program. However, very glad to have two wonderful options to choose from as I look to get my PhD!
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Waitlisted at GWU for their PhD in Social and Behavioral Sciences. However, I will be removing my name from the list.
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    For what it's worth, I received an email from the assistant director of the PHS program on Tuesday, with a letter attached from the director of the PHS program. Then today, I received my official letter of acceptance from the dean for admissions/financial aid within the GSAS portal.
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    It came from the program director, Doug Luke.
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Well, I have options at hand now. After a truly enjoyable visitation day two weeks ago, I've been accepted into the Public Health Sciences program at WashU in St. Louis! Feeling good that I get to make the choice now.
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    Yes, I had two separate video interviews. One with a POI and another with someone not mentioned in my SoP
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    I'm honestly in a strange daze right now. My official acceptance for Harvard's Population Health Sciences program came through a bit ago (Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration). I was not expecting this, at all. Edit: Accidentally entered it under "Clinical And Population Health Research" on the Results page because there's a strange autocorrect system...
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    PhD applicants: Fall 2018

    I had my in-person interviews at WashU for their Public Health Sciences program last week. They sent out the initial email on January 13th, so it was about a month in advance. That's seemingly a large amount of time though, compared to what I've seen/heard of other programs.
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