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    2018 Fall
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    Sociology, Health Services Research

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  1. If there aren’t faculty with compatible research interests, why are you applying to that program? The match doesn’t have to be exact, but you will need to put together a committee who can mentor you through the dissertation process and evaluate the final product. In terms of how specific - I think the more specific you can be, the better. I found it helpful to create a “funneled” statement that started broad and got specific. BROAD: I’m interested in understanding how stigma or social disadvantage affects access to health care, LESS BROAD: particularly in terms of how patients seek out health resources, how providers offer health resources, and how patients and providers communicate. SPECIFIC: Specifically, I am interested in how these issues affect access to birth control and abortion care. I also included a final paragraph about where I want my career to go where I talked about a couple of specific research questions or goals I would like to pursue. The committee wants to see a sense of direction because it says you’ve really thought about this.
  2. Another option is to find out if there is an administrative person (or even another researcher) who helps with his schedule or can at least prod him about things like this. I've definitely worked with faculty who you'll never get a response from unless you copy their assistant/the department admin/the PD or PM for their study. Good luck!
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    How do you explain employment gaps on a resume?

    If the online classes were part of a degree or certificate program, those dates should be reflected in the education section of your resume. Otherwise, I would follow @wcw's advice.
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    Only just started MA program and severely depressed

    I echo @slouching. Find a therapist. Talk to your doctor about adjusting your meds and/or getting an “emergency” medication to take during panic attacks. Visit the disability office to talk about whether/what kind of accommodation you need. I spent a lot of time feeling miserable and missing out on things during my masters program because I was too ashamed of my mental illness to get the help I needed. Don’t be like me! Work with professionals to set yourself up for success! If you have a friend you can trust, ask them to help you get your appointments set up and maybe even to go with you. It can feel insurmountable, and it’s okay to need help.
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    Am I being too optimistic about CS PhD application?

    I can’t speak to your field, but generally my sense is that committees understand that your resume may not reflect your interests perfectly. It’s more and seeing that you have broadly relevant knowledge, skills, and experience. Your SOP should explain your interests and why your experience has led you there.
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    Job Opportunities with a MA in Sociology

    You may not have much luck conducting independent research with an MA, but you would likely be qualified for research coordinator positions in academic research or research assistant/associate positions in consulting firms (RTI, JSB, etc.). Depending on your previous experience, you might also look for positions in public health departments (state or local) that focus on evaluation or program management. If you're looking outside your area of expertise, you may want to look for positions with "Bachelors required, Masters preferred."
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    'Am I competitive? ' thread (Sociology)

    Sorry for the very late reply here, but this would be a great question for a mentor and/or letter writer. You could send them a short description of the papers you’re considering so they don’t have to read them (which they likely don’t have time for). Also, I really like the way you’ve phrased your research interests. I found being able to funnel my interests like that (start broad and get very specific) was helpful when I was interviewing.
  8. I got involved in some community groups during my masters program, and it was kind of a saving grace. In grad school, you’re surrounded by your topic all the time, and it’s nice to get out of that bubble occasionally. Religious communities, hobby clubs, and volunteer organizations are all great ways to meet people.
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    Another regret story - Physics PhD

    While it's possible this is just nerves and overthinking, you should consider seeing a therapist or your PCP. Some of the behaviors you describe (not caring about getting ready for your program, engaging with escapist media, changes in sleeping and eating patterns) can also be signs of depression and anxiety. If you're in your early- to mid-twenties, you're still in the peak period for emergence of mental health issues. There is also a diagnosis called "stress response syndrome" that's a shorter-term response to a specific stressor. I developed a pretty severe anxiety disorder near the end of my undergraduate years, and it went untreated for a long time because I (with my parents' encouragement) thought it was just "bad habits" I had developed. Maybe you just need to reframe - recognize that you're likely to have equally good results at either school and that PhD job searches are typically national rather than regional - or maybe you need some extra help.
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    Political Science or Sociology?

    I applied to a mix of sociology and health services research programs because my research straddles the line. I wasn't actually interested in both departments at any of the same universities; In most cases, the faculty doing the research I was most interested in (i.e. most similar/helpful to my own interests) were concentrated in a single department. I found it really helpful to do a loosely structured review of the literature and choose my departments based on those initial findings. (It also helped later when people said, "Why didn't you apply to [highly ranked program]?" because I could just say that it didn't come up in my lit review.) I was really worried about applying to such a diverse group of programs, but I could make a good argument for each of them in my SOP. The interview process and a review of the course catalog were the final deciders in my case. I ended up in a sociology program with a strong medical sociology focus and a lot of connections to health services research on campus. In retrospect, I'm glad that I focused less on the name of the department and more on the fit with my goals. Good luck!
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    California Residency Requirement for UC Berkeley

    I'm starting at UCSF this fall, and I've been warned repeatedly that they are not fucking around about these requirements. Also, to be frank, I think you might be overestimating how much free time she'll really have to come visit you in DC. I relocated to the bay area earlier this summer and have had to fly back to the East Coast for work several times. I lose most of a day just to the flight (~5 hours plus time change and layovers), so on a three day weekend you'd really only have a day together - maybe a day and a half. PhD programs require a lot of effort outside of class. Most of my friends in PhD programs work at least part of the weekend, particularly if they have assistantships or other responsibilities on top of classwork and research.
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    How to find a sample for your study (social sciences)

    If there is someone in the organization with similar interests or an existing body of work on your topic, you might reach out to them. They could serve both as a mentor and as an entry point to the organization. Also, consider how your research benefits the organization. A lot of working with stakeholders is essentially salesmanship. You're asking them for a favor, so you have to show them how they will get some value out of their efforts on your behalf.
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    2 Desks, 8 People

    If you do send an email, maybe phrase it as wondering how space is typically handled rather than proposing a new system right away. I’ve always found that people are nicer when I acknowledge that I’m new and/or not sure what’s going on.
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    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    I'm so ready to be done with my full-time job. I've been unhappy here for a while, and now that the end is in sight it's super hard to stay motivated.
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