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  • Application Season
    2018 Fall
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    Clinical Psychology

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  1. Bring notes to the interview?

    My guess is this is to make sure you’re a good program fit and not just a good PI fit. AdComs are made up of more than just the faculty you applied to work with, and you’ll be expected throughout the program to work with faculty outside of your specific lab (in class, maybe research collaboration m, etc) More than this, I’ve found it SO helpful to have interviews with faculty other than my POI. This is a great opportunity for you to get more of a feel for the program as a whole, and not just for the lab you’re applying within. The more research heavy programs I’ve applied to actually do a lot of collaboration across labs, and I was able to see which programs I could realistically explore several areas of interest vs where I would need to hone in on one area of speciality. I’ve only heard back from one program thus far, and I was actually accepted to a lab I initially didn’t apply to work in. As many have said more eloquently, interview days are meant to be for you as much as they are for the program. Good luck with your interview! Keep us posted
  2. Any married grad students here?

    My husband and I were married at 26 (considered super old for where I grew up, ridiculously young for where I'm living now), and as others have said, I loved having his support while earning my masters. Many people in my field take a year or two out of undergrad before applying, so it's not unheard of to be my age when going back to grad school. That said, I cannot imagine completing a PhD without his emotional (and financial) support. Another "benefit" is I honestly think it's less distracting. During my MA program there was a lot of drama over hookups within our cohort, and even on PhD interviews I've heard students asking more questions about the dating scene than the research and work itself. I would be cautious about your guest list if you're getting married a year or so into your program. I invited a few close friends from my MA program, but it was a larger cohort (~35) so the lack of invitations wasn't surprising, but I can see how this could get dicey with a smaller program. Congratulations on your engagement! My guess is you may get a few raised eyebrows about "getting married so young," but most of your cohort interactions will be unaffected :)
  3. Job Boards?

    I think the biggest thing is deciding what your long term goal is. If you want to apply again, I still think there’s a benefit in working as a clinical research assistant, especially if you can get both clinical experience and publications. If you’re not wanting to apply again, and aren’t that interested in research, there are a variety of job options. It may be worth looking into licensure certificates rather than PhDs that will allow you to practice, etc. Laws vary state to state, but several certificates allow you to practice. These are relatively inexpensive and would be fairly easy to complete considering you already have your Masters.
  4. Job Boards?

    I think I may be confused on what it is you're looking for. You specifically mentioned RA/Lab Coordinator positions in your original post. I'm currently in a coordinator role, which is marketed as a BA level position. As I mentioned above, this has been a really incredible opportunity for expanding my research and making me more marketable as a grad school applicant, but IS ultimately BA level work.
  5. Job Boards?

    I wasn't having a ton of luck with job boards, but found that looking directly at university openings was helpful. I ended up getting a position I love at a great uni, and have quadrupled my conferences and publications here. I will say, my job itself is definitely a BA level position, but the opportunities it opened were (hopefully) worth the pay cut. Good luck!
  6. Fall 2018 Waitlist Thread

    @clinpsydreams2018 Thank you! I guess I'll give it a few more days and keep refreshing the Results page
  7. Fall 2018 Waitlist Thread

    Hey guys, sorry if this has been answered/is in the wrong thread. For those of you who have been waitlisted, how long after your interview (or how long after the final interview date in case you went earlier) did it take for you to hear back? I know this varies from program to program, but I'm hoping to get a feel for the variability in how much longer I may need to wait!
  8. Contacting a POI after Interview Day

    Hi! I ended up having a Skype interview with a professor who was absent on interview day. I think my situation was slightly different, because this wasn’t a POI I originally applied to work with. Either way, my POI made it seem like Skype interviews after in person interviews are fairly common, especially when core faculty members are absent during interview day. I sent my POI something like this, and they responded within an hour to set up a Skype interview... Dear Dr. ____, I hope this message finds you well. I am a current clinical psychology applicant of XYZ University. During my interview yesterday, both Dr. Lalala and several graduate students suggested I reach out to you concerning potential collaboration within your research lab. Here is two sentences of background information about me. These interests and future goals relate to your research in this way. I was excited to learn more about your research on these things that relate to my interests and goals. Something about how I believe our interests are closely aligned, and I hope to have the opportunity to discuss these interests further. Thank you very much for your time.
  9. Fall 2018 Clinical Psych Interview Invites

    Looks like invitations for the PhD program went out around January 16. Posters were saying they heard directly from their POI
  10. The Positivity Thread

    I'm so hopeful and excited for this day!
  11. Post interview thank you note or not?

    I think it's also a good place to briefly clarify any misspeaks from your interview. I flubbed an answer at an interview Friday, and in a very short thank you note mentioned that I'd thought about our conversation further, and wanted to emphasize xyz. Don't go overboard, but it was a good place for me to better articulate what I had failed to say in person. Just got a very positive response back, with several follow up questions - had I not sent a thank you, there would not have really been a place to extend our conversation. (Obviously, if the conversation went really well and you have nothing to clarify, that's better news haha!) As others have said though, sending a thank you is a nice way to bookend the application process.
  12. Fall 2018 Clinical Psych Interview Invites

    I know Rhode Island interviews are 2/9, and they said they'd give "at least two weeks" notice. I wasn't able to get a confirmation from anyone at the school when I called either -- have my fingers crossed for the waitlist, but my guess is they've all been extended
  13. I'm out of "reactions" but I am so grateful you said this. Thank you.
  14. Also this. Academia is elitism. Money to apply, money to take the tests, money to travel, money for accommodations, money to appropriately present yourself. I truly appreciate the schools that are willing to waive application fees and attempt to cover interview fees, but we have a long way to go before academia is truly accessible.
  15. Oh my gosh!!!! 1000x this. Clearly, I have all math formulas hidden on the inside of this elastic rubber band. You caught me. ALSO, yes, please, take 1 minute and a half of my TIMED TEST to tell me my hair tie must be in my hair at all times.