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    Ph. D. in history
  1. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Oh no, I'm still in undergrad. I'm applying next year.
  2. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Congratulations to all who have been accepted to programs! I hope to join you with similar good news this time next year.
  3. Undergraduate Research

    What about the money granted? A total of $4,500 is pretty substantial, especially for an undergraduate. Unlike STEM departments, humanities usually don't bring in huge grants, so I was hoping that the grants, and especially the amount of money (my department receives a separate grant because I was awarded the university grant) would showcase my ability to bring in renegotiation to a department. Stellar LOR's and a good writing sample will/has come out of this. Alternatively, how can I showcase these grants in a SOP?
  4. Whatcha reading?

    She is incredible! The Progressive Era IMO is one of the most fascinating periods of American history.
  5. Whatcha reading?

    I haven't! I do have a book that is a collection of articles from Mother Earth.
  6. Undergraduate Research

    It's built of completely primary sources. I really felt like a historian when I scoured the archives, sifted through boxes, files, and photographs. It is a substantial piece of work that I'm using to write my honors thesis. I'm hoping it'll show to the committee that I'm capable of performing independent historical research.
  7. Contacting professors?

    I found that reading (or even skimming) through the writings of a professor that you're interested in working with helps out. That way by introducing yourself you'll not only be familiar with their work, but also show that you are legitimately interested and serious.
  8. Whatcha reading?

    Currently at the coffee shop with Bread and Roses: Mills, Migrants, and the Struggle for the American Dream, and Rethinking the American Labor Movement. Currently taking American Labor History, so I'm getting my fair share of the labor movement from 1870-1920.
  9. Undergraduate Research

    Hey guys, My CV is filled with numerous presentations & awards for my undergraduate research. Most notably a $3,000 grant from my university, and a $1,500 one from the history department. How helpful are these when it comes to applying to graduate school? Do committees look into these deeply or do they brush them aside? Same question about presenting at undergrad conferences, colloquiums, and the such. How important is undergraduate research in applying to Ph.D. programs?
  10. Fall 2018 Applicants

    Good luck everyone! May you all find a good program with funding! Although I'm applying next fall, I just wanted to add my tidbit in here. I'm studying nineteenth and twentieth century United States history, specifically the intersection of politics, urban planning, violence, race, and capitalism, in urban settings. On my list so far (I have revised it many times...) is NYU, CUNY, Uchicago MAPSS and PhD., University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin at Madison. I plan to apply to a minimum of 8, but hopefully 10+ programs. I'm taking advantage of a program I'm in that pays for application fees. University of Chicago is my top choice. It's faculty directly corresponds with my desired studies. Kathleen Belew study's violence in modern American history, Jonathan Levy is one of my favorite scholars in the history of American capitalism, and Destin Jenkins (newly hired) also does a good job researching race in urban history. I've been reading their books and articles, and slowly working up the confidence to email them (I'll probably do this come fall this year). I've also spoken to five different students there, and have met up with one and discussed the program, advice for getting in, etc. I'm also applying to the MAPSS program as well. Now my question is, to those who know much more than I do: what else can I do? Uchicago is very competitive, and although being my top choice, is certainly not the only one. But, I am confident to say that my research will flourish there, and living in Chicago is also a huge plus for me (I have family there).
  11. What are my chances?

    Harvard is 6% (higher than I thought). https://history.fas.harvard.edu/admissions Uchicago said they admit 30 students annually- and a Ph.D. student I've talked to has confirmed this.
  12. Bibliography dumps

    Hey everybody, I'm a big fan of long lists of books to read, and as the holidays approach, I think we all need to sit back and read some books. Any reading lists on any topics are welcome on this thread. Old biblos for class, research, anything of the like.
  13. What are my chances?

    As I've learned from my own thread on here - it is dependent, as the person above my post said, on your SOP, LORs, and WS. Good GPA and GRE are important, but when it comes down to acceptance - fit, research abilities/experience, and all that jazz is what matters the most. Honors are important, from the professors and grad students I've talked to, and a good honors thesis demonstrates your independent research ability. It seems like you have good language abilities as well. GPA is very low for those two. But, again, it is all about the SOP, LORs, and WS. Also, as you probably know, admission to those programs are cutthroat. I think I remember reading that Harvard accepts something like 4-5% of applicants. Uchicago is a little higher, 10% or something. I don't remember where I read those, but if they are wrong, the actual rates are somewhere along those numbers. If you don't get accepted, it is certainly not a reflection of you as a scholar, but a reflection of the intense competition. I hope you applied to other school as well. A Ph.D. at a school like University of Minnesota or some other mid-tier program is still a Ph.D.
  14. Readability

    I'll have to check that one out! My class topic was on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The professor was fantastic and a highly distinguished Japanese scholar. It was setup where every two weeks we look at a different historical approach to the bombings. One unit was cultural history, the other economic, and what not. We didn't learn too much historiography, which disappointed me. The class was mean't to teach original historical researching and writing. Do you have the reading list for that capstone? The next history of the West course won't be taught until after I graduate. State school with a shrinking history department budget problems I guess. Are you applying for programs next year in the fall? If so, lets be friends! I'm applying next year too.
  15. Readability

    That is great! For my freshman historical seminar we only had to read Benjammin's guide to history or something like that. Interesting introduction to history theory, but man, his explanation on writing history was terrible. I didn't realize my mistakes until I read those two.