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  1. pianoplaya94

    MPH Canada 2018

    No, the GRE can't be used as a replacement for undergraduate statistics. I believe UofT requires you take one course (or two courses) that cover a huge range of topics (listed on their website). I recommend looking to see if Athabasca University offers an online stats course. It's an online university so it should, but make sure it covers ALL of the required topics.
  2. pianoplaya94

    MPH Canada 2018

    I just got "admitted conditionally" to University of Guelph. That's my status on webadvisor. I have not received any email. What does this mean? I finished my degree last year. I do have one course that I have yet to complete, but it was not part of my degree and not required by the school (I took it because I briefly considered another program which I needed it for but then decided against it.... but might as well finish the course). I hope the condition isn't that I get an 80 in the course because that definitely won't happen. Now I regret taking this course :/
  3. pianoplaya94

    MPH Canada 2018

    Your cGPA is very low for an MPH, but as long as it's above the cutoff (which is usually a 3.0), then it's the last 2 year GPA that's the most important (which usually has a minimum requirement of 3.3). You ECs sound great. Even if you're the 15th author on a paper, that is absolutely significant. My 4th year research advisor told me it is extremely rare for undergrads to have anything published. So if you don't have a publication, it won't hurt you. But having a publication, even if you're the very last author, will 100% help you. Your experiences are all related to health sciences or public health, which is fantastic. You also have research experience, which is also great. When you write your statement of purpose, you can always emphasize certain aspects of your experiences to show a direction that you're interested in.
  4. pianoplaya94

    MPH Canada 2018

    I haven't! Although I'm in a slightly different position. I applied to the MSc instead of the MPH. But my future advisor contacted the department and they said they are extremely busy and things are taking a lot of time. So maybe that applies to the MPH as well.
  5. pianoplaya94

    MPH Canada 2018

    I'm not sure if you're looking for something to just fill the one year gap until you apply to MPH programs again at the end of the year, but I know that U of Guelph has an MSc in epidemiology with rolling admissions. So you can apply at any time during the year. You need to find a professor at the school who can take you on, then you just apply. Although they recommend you apply 4-6 weeks before you start. The classes are often the same as the MPH students, but more research focused. Also, if you do the thesis option (instead of the course work option), it's funded! So you're paid a stipend.
  6. pianoplaya94

    MPH Canada 2018

    Me neither ? My status still says "all documents received".
  7. pianoplaya94

    MPH Canada 2018

    Sorry, I know this doesn't really answer your question, but I applied to the MSc epi program at Guelph and haven't heard anything about my application. It still says "All documents received" on Webadvisor!! And it's really stressing me out. So maybe Guelph likes to take their time with their applications :p
  8. I was just rejected for the OGS and I'm feeling pretty down. I thought I was a good applicant. I had a fair bit of research experience, good GPA, and my proposed masters advisor even helped me with the research proposal (I haven't officially been accepted into a program yet).My average may have been holding me back (I think I had an 82% in my 3rd year and 84% in my final year). So I'm just wondering, what do the stats of the students who win it usually look like?
  9. pianoplaya94

    Fall 2018 CANADIAN universities

    Thanks for the answer! This process is taking forever and I'm really stressing out. When I first interviewed with my advisor she said I have taken the two courses that they usually expect students to have taken in undergrad. I also did just win a big departmental scholarship (which required my CV, transcripts, references, and research proposal). My GPA is way above the minimum requirements (cGPA of 3.5 and last 2 year GPA of 3.67). Also, when I spoke to my advisor last week, she said "I look forward to working with you" and even offered me an RA position for the summer before I start. BUT, I did hand in one reference for the program application that I did not send in for the scholarship application and I'm really worried he may have said something bad. ugh. The wait is torture.
  10. pianoplaya94

    Fall 2018 CANADIAN universities

    I have a question maybe some of you can answer? So long story short, I applied to a program where I had to find an advisor and secure that advisor (have them agree to supervise me) before I apply. Then I apply. So I applied to a program at the end of January. I have an advisor who helped me fill out the scholarship applications and everything. I found out 2 weeks ago that I won a scholarship so I will meet the school's minimum funding requirements! However, my status online still says "all documents received" (like it's said since the day I submitted my application). I need to pick classes in like a month so I'm really starting to panic. I am wondering, what are the chances that I WON'T be accepted by the school? In your experience, if you have an advisor, does the school almost always accept you?
  11. pianoplaya94

    MPH Canada 2018

    Guelph!
  12. pianoplaya94

    Canada: Are scholarships taxable?

    Thank you for the help!! Here is the information I found on Queens' website. RAs are definitely taxable according to them but GRAs are not: http://www.queensu.ca/humanresources/management-tools/graduate-student-research-assistant-income
  13. pianoplaya94

    Want to KILL my Professor

    I went to an undergrad school where curving was very common. The profs would usually make the tests extremely hard, and then curve us to fit a specific bell-curve (or average they were told to meet by the department). In first and second year, the departments liked to keep the class averages in the high 60s. They cared less in the later years. For example, I had extraordinarily hard lab anatomy exams where the class averages were about 48%. We were bumped up 15%. One of my stats midterms had a class average of 40% and we were all bumped up 20%. Basically, your prof just bumped the grades up. Nothing to get angry over and is VERY common at some schools. Basically, some profs just bell-curve down by making the assignment/test hard and then bell-curve up after the fact. Or, if the class average for the course was lower than they would have liked, they may bump up.
  14. pianoplaya94

    Canada: Are scholarships taxable?

    Fortunately my dad is a financial advisor and we have an accountant, so everyone in the family just gives him their stuff and he takes care of it lol. I definitely won't make the decision based just on whether I'm taxed (this is the only school I applied to because their research aligns precisely with my interests). The school I applied to doesn't give any information on their website about taxes. BUT, I found on Queen's website that graduate research assistants are not taxed. Whereas, at another school I found they are. It's strange I guess it's up to the school. So if I claim the 11k dollars plus my tuition (which will likely be around 9k) then I wouldn't have to pay any taxes? Also, You mentioned that it will likely be around 1000$ deducted for taxes if I'm deducted. However, at my current job, I work part-time and earn minimum wage, but there has to be at least 150$ deducted off of every paycheck (CPP, IE, income + fed tax). I probably pay about 15% in tax. So wouldn't I be deducted like 3000$ every year from the stipend, if I'm taxed? Sorry for all the questions haha.
  15. pianoplaya94

    Canada: Are scholarships taxable?

    This is all really confusing lol. I guess I won't know for sure until I talk to HR (which the department told me to do AFTER I've officially been accepted to the program). However, if it matters, the terms and conditions states I must continue to apply to the tri-council scholarships during the program so if I win one of those, my amount of the internal scholarship will be reduced by 50% (and allocated to other students). So if the internal scholarship that I did win is worth 20k a year and then I also win the Ontario Grant Scholarship (OGS) which is 15k a year then my total amount I will be adjusted to 25k.
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