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MichaelMonroe

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  1. MichaelMonroe

    Waitlist and Help Me Decide Thread 2019

    I committed to school A yesterday!
  2. MichaelMonroe

    Waitlist and Help Me Decide Thread 2019

    That's true that ~30% isn't amazing, but that's people getting TT right after graduation, not overall. I think that school B's immediate hire rate is even lower.
  3. MichaelMonroe

    Waitlist and Help Me Decide Thread 2019

    It really is. I was just blown away by the organization of the program for school 2, and by how organized the PI was.
  4. MichaelMonroe

    Waitlist and Help Me Decide Thread 2019

    Help me decide: I need you guys to tell me I'm making the right decision. I've got 4 acceptances, but only 2 'real contenders' School A: Going into it this was my top choice 100%. Developmental Psychology Program The research fit is 80% overlap so I've got a lot in common but I'm not just copying my PI. I've got access to my very hard to come by population of interest. Location is perfect. Medium sized city, about 2hr flight from home. (I'm currently an 8hr flight from home). Downsides: The PI is very inexperienced. I'd be their very first ever grad student. Ever. It's a strong program (R1) but most people go to a post-doc before becoming a professor. (I know that's common) School B: I didn't even consider this school before visiting/talking to the PI. HDFS program The research fit is 60%, a decent overlap, but not as exciting as the other school. I've got access to my population of interest, but with adolescents not my ideal age group. The school has a mega emphasis on professional development. A lot of grant writing practice, certificate options in quant methods, a lecturing certificate, the ability to teach your own class, etc. (R1 university as well) ~30% of graduates go immediately into a TT position. Two of the 5th year grad students I talked to said that they had multiple TT job offers and were able to be picky with which ones they selected. The PI is very experienced, but not 'old' or slowing down by any means. PI essentially said if I want publications/want to work for them, I'll get them. Downsides: I HATE the location. I think I will be miserable there. The university is located in a tiny town and there's nothing to do there, most people complain about how boring it is. Grad students say they hate living there. It's in a state that would still have me at an 8hr flight from home. Grad students have talked about being hyper-competitive and how they feel like they don't support each other. After all of this I'm still leaning towards school A, but I feel less confident in my career trajectory than before. I also feel like I will need to be more assertive with the PI and explicitly tell him what I need as far as mentoring goes. At the same time, I seriously don't think I'll thrive in the location of school B. The stipend is roughly the same for both schools when COL is accounted for.
  5. MichaelMonroe

    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    Did you have an interview at UMD? I interviewed and I think I must be waitlisted because I know at least one person got accepted, but I haven't heard anything. [Sorry you didn't get in!!]
  6. MichaelMonroe

    Fall 2019 Developmental Psychology Thread

    That's me! I'm not sure about the grant. I had another phone interview after the in person interivew and at that time he reiterated that he was expecting 2 students.
  7. MichaelMonroe

    Fall 2019 Developmental Psychology Thread

    I got into my top choice this morning!
  8. MichaelMonroe

    Fall 2019 Developmental Psychology Thread

    My interview yesterday went really well I thought! But now I'm more anxious than I've ever been, he's invited 4 people here for 2 spots and the other applicants are so nice and deserving. I really really really want to get in, but I also want the other three to be a part of my cohort. He said we should know in a few weeks which of us is getting in, but it's so hard to wait.
  9. MichaelMonroe

    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    I go to undergrad at the University of Rochester and I just received an email about the most recent brown bag event on Friday that states people who are housing psych interviewees should bring them along. I'm out of town for my own interviews right now, but I think that means their interviews must be this weekend. I realize that doesn't directly answer your question, but I'm guessing it means a no for you.
  10. MichaelMonroe

    Fall 2019 Developmental Psychology Thread

    I had one last weekend, my top choice is this weekend, ones the next weekend (flight's booked so I'm locked n loaded no matter what for that one) and the one I'm thinking of backing out of isn't until Feb 22. I'm definitely with you on the open minded-ness aspect and I personally was leaning towards attending no matter what, but the top choice one is like a 99% fit with my research interests where as the next choice down would be 50% fit just to give an idea. So unless the top choice PI isn't clicking with me I'm pretty set on going. Knowing that, most of my co-workers (also in dev psy, some are also applying right now) are telling me to decline since it's kind of a dick move to the school and to other potential applicants.
  11. MichaelMonroe

    Fall 2019 Developmental Psychology Thread

    Question: So I've been offered a lot of interviews and I've accepted invitations to visit each program, but my interview at my top choice program is this weekend. If I get offered a spot at this program I will 100% be going there. So hypothetically if I receive an acceptance sometime next week should I be cancelling my other interviews or should I attend anyway? On one hand I feel like it's rude to accept an interview offer and then change my mind, but on the other hand the school can use the money they would spend on me flying someone else out to visit the program. I really like the PIs from the other programs and I want to keep them as professional contacts no matter what, I just know that my top choice program is a better research fit than the others.
  12. MichaelMonroe

    Fall 2019 Developmental Psychology Thread

    I was invited for my UMD-College Park Interview around the first of the year, the interview dates are Feb 7-8. Sorry guys....
  13. MichaelMonroe

    Fall 2019 Developmental Psychology Thread

    I'm doing that as well. Luckily I moved my classes to be only MW to avoid missing any and I got a lot done for my thesis last semester. So it's mostly lab time I'm worried about.
  14. MichaelMonroe

    Fall 2019 Developmental Psychology Thread

    Ugh I'm in a bit of a predicament. I've got interviews every weekend from the 24th of Jan - the 22nd of Feb and it's making me miss a lot of lab time. I normally work 18-20hrs a week and this will cut my time down a lot. I've also been invited to an 'accepted students day' at UConn on Feb 28th and I'm getting a lot of pressure from them to RSVP. It doesn't conflict with any of my interview times but it's only an 'okay' option for me so I'm hesitant to take more time off if I'm not going to accept the offer anyway. I wanted to wait until after I've heard a decision from my first choice, which I will be interviewing for Feb 1st, to RSVP one way or the other, but they're really wanting an answer by Jan 24th. So idk what to do. I don't want to not go and have it be my only acceptance.
  15. MichaelMonroe

    Fall 2019 Developmental Psychology Thread

    Got an interview at UNCG! It's HDFS though, not Developmental Psych.
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