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  1. A few questions on visit days: - Are these more of a laid-back affair, or are we expected to be prepared? For instance, I haven't read any of the faculty research in detail. I was just planning on doing a lot of listening and little talking. - What sorts of questions should we ask during one on one meetings? My baseline expectation is that I'll just ask about the professor's current research, is this about right? Any summaries, tips, or insight on post-admissions visit days / faculty meetings appreciated. Just want to know what to expect.
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    Fall 2018 Statistics Applicant Thread

    For the Johns Hopkins biostats PhD, if you haven't been invited for an interview yet, is it safe to say you're not admitted?
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    2017-2018 Application Cycle

    A lot of political science people with completed PhDs from top schools complain about how hard it is to get a job in academia (a full-time TT role). If you think you feel bad now, imagine putting in 5-8 years of work (including some initial teaching experience) and feeling like it was all for nothing - no job, and you've wasted almost a decade of your life. Without knowing anything about your background, I'd say you should cut and run and get a job in industry. Barely getting into a top 40 program is not necessarily a recipe for success. I might be wrong, for example, if you actually had a strong application (strong GRE scores, high GPA from a top school, good letters of rec, good writing sample) and got denied either due to chance or due to some slight mis-calibration of your application (i.e. picking a research interest that was too niche or including something that offended the sensibilities of the admissions committee), it might be worth fixing the apps up and trying again. I would take your materials, go to a trusted advisor, and try to get the cold hard truth from them. And do a lot of thinking. Do you really want to be a political scientist? Why? Are you really suited to doing that as opposed to the plethora of other options? I know reinventing yourself seems difficult, but it's definitely doable. Your world is not going to crumble just because one of your short-intermediate term goals didn't pan out. There's always a way forward. Good luck.
  4. I'm curious about this as well, especially for those in the methods camp. Brush up on linear algebra, real analysis, ... ? Any insights?
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    2017-2018 Application Cycle

    Hehehe I'm surprised the name was available.
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    2017-2018 Application Cycle

    Is NYU done sending acceptances? Does anyone have any clue as to whether they would stagger their admission emails ?
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    2017-2018 Application Cycle

    Ya, seems like they're done.
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    2017-2018 Application Cycle

    Can you admits from Princeton post your subfield? Assuming they're sending the subfields out in waves, it would be helpful to know.
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    2017-2018 Application Cycle

    Can some enterprising go-getter email/call em and corroborate these admits? The "results" page on this website is 50% BS hehe.
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    2017-2018 Application Cycle

    Hmm seems like a batch of rejections from Wisconsin, any admits?
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    Profile Evaluation - PE Focus

    Perhaps I overestimated the unique-ness of going to work in the financial industry for 4 years, then getting a Master's in Statistics and wanting to do a PhD in Poli Sci, but these facts have ramifications. I spent a significant amount of time doing things that aren't at all related to politics. Furthermore, my letters of recommendation will be coming from statisticians, not political scientists. My research experience in the social sciences is scant. I guess I'm just looking for a profile evaluation given my background and interests. Apologies if I didn't demonstrate enough atypicality.
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    Profile Evaluation - PE Focus

    Goal: Getting into a poli sci PhD program with a focus on political economy and methods My plan is to continue building a quant/qualitative tool set, with the end goal of attacking societal questions of interest in a way that blends an understanding of economics and politics. Ideally, I'd like to approach things from an unconventional point of view (which in my case means questioning the status quo and conventional politics - I don't mean Marxist). Some topics could include: inequality, distribution, regulation, interest groups. My background: Masters in statistics from an Ivy-ish university, GPA 4.0 so far GRE: combined score of 338. Undergrad major: political science Some additional interests: causation, explanation/prediction, quantitative methods Research experience: 4 years as an analyst in industry summer doing some basic social science data analysis/cleanup I need: Suggestions for particular programs with a focus in PE, good funding, tolerant of an outside-the-consensus view/approach (or with some radical faculty) An evaluation of my chances at getting into a decent program matching these criteria Top 30 in poli sci would be great, but I'd be willing to forego that if funding was guaranteed (though I'd wager that most programs outside the top 30 don't provide generous funding). Any thoughts / suggestions would be appreciated.
  13. Hello, I've almost completed a MA in statistics at a well-regarded university (though not top 20 in statistics), and I'm applying to PhD programs this fall. Background: GRE: Verbal 167 ; Quant 166 (scored 170 v/162 q my first testing with minimal prep); Writing 5 GPA: 4.0 in my masters so far with 2 more courses to go Extras: 4 years working as an analyst in industry, a social science research/data analysis position over the summer Coursework: 3 courses or so in probability theory / mathematical statistics, the rest geared towards applied methods in data science Interests: Causation and the explanation/prediction in the social sciences, quantitative methods in the social sciences Undergraduate background: Political science / economics major; calculus, linear algebra, differential eq Domestic student Admittedly, my math skills are fine but not rockstar level, I'm pretty confident I could get up to speed with the right coursework / pre-admission prep. My plan is to apply to political science / economics (political economy) PhD programs, but I also plan to apply to a few statistics PhD programs with more of an applied focus. My priorities: hopefully a top 30 program that has an applied focus, good funding, ideally some direct work in my field of interest. Does anyone have any suggestions for some programs that might be well-suited to my interests? And perhaps a comment on my chances? Thank you!
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