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  1. Definitely second this! While applying can be beneficial to get some experience with the process, having no research experience might cause an automatic rejection. I think your time would be better spent looking for a research position and making connections in the research realm. The applicant pool is getting more and more competitive each cycle, so the more in-depth research experience you have, the better.
  2. I think a general rule of thumb is around 10. One of my mentors really shifted my perspective about how many programs to apply to...she said that it's unlikely we have a great fit with 15 programs, and fit is possibly the most important aspect of applications. If it feels like a stretch to draw similarities between faculty research and your interests a program is gonna notice that ya know? It could be better to apply to fewer, have more time to nail your statements and really let fit shine through
  3. Third rounder checking in 🙋‍♀️I am also very nervous. It's really difficult to know how this cycle will shake out. Could be 10x harder, could be better for those of us with extra experience and GRE scores, faculty could have no money for new students... I honestly have no idea. I think the pressure feels more intense this time because I don't know if I have it in me to apply again!
  4. That's awesome you have some meetings lined up! I did check in with one faculty member so far, but I haven't heard back. I think summer can be a hit or a miss, which is sort of why I'm waiting. Glad to hear I'm not the only one experiencing anxiety already. I definitely agree about self-care. I think the pandemic has sort of thrown my usual self-care activities off which has been a struggle. What's your go-to for self care? I always need new ideas lol Wow job hunting and applications?? That sounds very stressful Are you looking for a research job? Same here! It's so hard to know exactly what you need to do for your career, to have the motivation and the skill set, yet it is still such a struggle. Agreed about waking up in horror in September...I know once we hit fall the months will fly by and apps will be due before we know it.
  5. I'm starting to get suuupper anxious, like any time I turn to application prep I can feel my chest tightening and my heart rate increasing. I think we're also at a difficult stage for prep because it's a strange in-between time. There really isn't too much to do yet. I'm trying to stay positive and optimistic but it feels like I'm heading into a life or death battle for my future 😅 how is everyone staying focused and sane these days?? Asking for a friend...and the friend is me
  6. It seems like there could be some danger in attending a program that is waiting on full accreditation? Although I wouldn't be too worried that a school like UC Irvine would fail to meet the requirements.
  7. OMG!! I've been waiting for this news! I met a faculty member from UCI last year at a conference and she mentioned in passing that they were working on this. Can't believe it's ready for this cycle!
  8. I think if they weren't considering the scores at all, it would explicitly say that they weren't accepting or weren't considering GRE scores.
  9. Hi there - if you don't have a bachelor's in psychology, what most folks do is take the psychology GRE to show mastery of the discipline. The degree might not be required, but certain psychology classes probably are. This requirement might vary from program to program, so you would want to check if the courses you've taken fulfill the requirements. In the US, you also typically earn a master's degree on your way to earning your PhD. But, you are accepted into the PhD program and just happen to earn a master's. The downside is that if you do choose to earn a terminal MS/MA degree before applying to PhD programs, it usually isn't counted toward a PhD. Most programs require that you complete the master's coursework even if you have an MA/MS. There are reasons folks might choose to do that - to gain additional research or clinical experience, for example. I definitely wouldn't feel discouraged about your undergrad degree - there was a woman in my MS cohort that had a science degree as well, took the required psychology courses, and was able to gain admittance to the MS program.
  10. LOL yes I have been here for a bit 😅 not sure if that means I'm more or less qualified to answer questions, still trying to figure that out 😂 I think publications are preferable to posters, depending on the journal. So, I'm not 100% about undergrad journals. It would probably depend on how easy/difficult it was to get your work published. But generally, manuscripts take much more writing work than posters, and if you had the choice to work on a pub or work on a poster I would probably say to work on publishing something.
  11. Are you interested at all in Clinical Health Psych programs? If so, CU Denver has a clinical health psych PhD
  12. Study coordinator is definitely great title-wise and responsibility-wise, but you don't necessarily need the title to have independence or leadership. For example, I'm a clinical research assistant, but am "managing/leading" three sub-projects on the team. So, I would say it's not always about the title, it's more about the amount of different skills you are able to learn and practice during your time on the team. All that to say, even if you don't get that position there may be RA positions more suited to the skill set you are hoping to acquire! Not to be super discouraging, but programs like UCSD/SDSU, CU Boulder, and Northwestern are more than high reaches if you have no publication history. Those are some of the most competitive programs. It's difficult to say, because admission is based on so many different factors, but to combat low or no pubs/posters I would think you'd need very high GRE/GPA and a ton of research experience. I think I have a different view than most on applying to high reach schools, because to me it seems like a waste of money. I'm just a realist and aware that my qualifications aren't up to snuff for high ranked programs. I made the mistake of applying to high reaches my first round (UW, UO) and it just felt like I threw $200 away, lol
  13. No I don't mind - I'm honestly not sure what ranking the school is, I don't usually look for that stat. It was Eastern Michigan University. Last year, I had 2 previously presented posters, two posters under review, and one second author publication under review. All of my posters were presented for a regional conference which I think hurt my chances. Also, having such a large chunk under review probably didn't do me any favors.
  14. I'm not sure what your area of interest is, but it might help to look outside of university systems to find something? I work at a research center and a few teams are actually hiring more people. I think it's really dependent on what you'd like to study though. I was working on a telehealth study already which was sort of dumb luck, but you could look for studies that have gone remote or that were remote before all this craziness
  15. I do wonder if clinical psych would be as impacted as other PhD programs. My understanding is that while the program/university will partially fund a student, the PI is the one who is responsible for ensuring additional funding through grants and such. Any other insights into that process?
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