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  1. Hey y'all, I will be applying to clinical/counseling psychology PhD programs for Fall 2020 admission, and currently I am trying to decide who my recommenders will be. I completed my BS in psychology in 2017, did one year of post-bacc RA (part-time, no pay), and currently working towards my master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. I have secured an LOR from my undergraduate research supervisor with whom I worked closely for three years, and another one from my academic advisor in the counseling program who could primarily comment on my academics and development in counseling skills. I am currently torn between the options I have for my third LOR, and I would greatly appreciate any advice! Here are my options: 1. The professors with whom I took Research methods in the Counseling program. In that class, we completed a research proposal of our own interest from scratch, and she provided individual feedback and supervised our research design across the semester. I worked for her the next semester as teaching assistant for the research course, and she supervised me evaluating students' research questions and writing, and I presented a few times in class on academic writing and APA format. I also took the career counseling course with her. The only drawback about her is that she graduate with a PhD in Education in 2018, and her current title is visiting assistant professor. I am not sure whether admissions would judge recommender's experience, education background, and tenure-ship status. 2. The tenure-track faculty member in the counseling program who will supervise my independent research study in the coming Fall. I will be working with her individually from IRB submission to manuscript writing. The issue is that I have not taken any class with her before, and I don't know if working together for two months could help her write a strong letter about me. 3. The post-doc fellow I have been working with in a research unit at a medical school since last September. I had been helping the study team on an RCT study (not in my preferred research topics) as a research intern, and I'm usually in the research unit once a week. My main duties were entering data, managing database, and preparing questionnaire packets for dispatch. I meet with her weekly, and discuss the process of data collection and issues I noticed in the collected data. I don't think we will get to a point where we can perform data analysis by December, and it is hard to commit more time to the research unit due to my other duties. 4. My clinical supervisor at the outpatient mental health clinic where I am doing my counseling practicum and internship. I currently see 6 clients per week, and I meet with her twice a week to update treatment progress and discuss any issue I encounter during sessions. I know that she thinks highly of my clinical work, but she does not have much experience in academia. Please let me know about your thoughts! Thank you in advance for your insight and advice.
  2. Hey Nghi, Hope you are doing well in your search for post-bacc research positions! Your plan was almost exactly the same as mine when I graduated with a bachelor's in psychology in 2017 hoping to apply to PhD in clinical/counseling psychology one or two years after working in a full-time research position. I do not mean to discourage you, but I would want you to know that you are not alone if the job application process gets rough. I, too, am an international student on F-1 visa, and I found the job application process extremely frustrating because of visa issues. My OPT lasted for one year, but most labs would prefer hiring someone who would stay for two years. I got very close to landing a few positions, but the labs were not allowed to hire me because HR refused to apply for H1b for me. I sincerely hope that you will have an easier time getting a job, but I would recommend having a plan B of applying to master's programs that helps for future PhD applications in addition to applying to PhD programs if getting a post-bacc position is not a viable option.
  3. Hi! I just took the GRE last week (V165, Q166), and I'm still waiting on my writing score (I expect no less than a 4, for that's what I got three years ago). I used the Magoosh GRE flashcards app, and I found it helping me a lot! I went through the 1000 words/20 lists twice (once between May to June, and the second time two days and the morning before the test), and used the Princeton 1027 prep question book, all six prep tests from the Cracking the GRE Premium Edition (two in the book and four online), and the two prep tests provided by ETS. I also found preparing the argument essay really helped me with the "which statement strengthens/weakens an argument" questions in the verbal section. I can't speak much for the math section, because I didn't really prepare for it. But definitely practicing as much as possible is key! Good luck on your GRE!
  4. I'm with you! And I also applied to mental health counseling programs. I'm currently waiting on my top choice, for which I was waitlisted late Feb after the first interview in Jan, interviewed by the program director once again last week, and expecting to hear about the final decision in less than 48 hours (as I was told that I should be hearing back mid this week). So anxious that I'm completely losing my mind! Also, I have a few other programs telling me that my application is still under review.
  5. @Pugislife Hmmmm interesting...... I'm pretty sure that when I was looking at the program, the official website said the deadline was 2/1..... It has to be my mind playing tricks on me, or they changed their deadline for some reason. No wonder why I haven't heard anything from them so far.
  6. I think it depends on the school. I received an offer from NYU on 2/15 (1/15 deadline), and haven't heard about anything from UIUC (2/1 deadline).
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