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chopper.wife last won the day on February 12 2019

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  1. I can't speak for all schools but I would imagine most will not delay the school year and just move everything online. That is what my university has done for almost all graduate courses. I can totally see how it would be stressful as an international student. If possible, I would reach out to your supervisor who you will be working with and ask if they have any information about plans for September. They should have a better idea and should (assuming they are decent supervisors!) be able to help ease your concerns by keeping you up-to-date. Good luck and stay positive!
  2. Even though there are only 5 of us in my clinical cohort, our classes all got moved to online which has actually been kind of fun thus far (which was surprising to me!). The main thing I am concerned about is practicum this summer, which may get either cancelled or not start when it is supposed to, leaving us with less hours than we are supposed to get. I know they are making swift efforts in my program to get set up for telehealth for those doing therapy practica; however, for those of us doing assessment practica, you can't really do a standardized assessment via video conferencing, so it's tricky!
  3. I would contact the host institution to ask about how they determine eligibility/what they consider first class. For example, at my institution a first class average would be just under 85% (or 3.6 GPA) over the last 90 units. Did you not take a full courseload over your last two years? If you did not, then it's possible that they looked into your first 2.5 or 3 years to get your GPA across the last 90 units, for example.
  4. Yes, I believe QEII is different than CGS-M
  5. Definitely email the program admin and cc your POI! I know the department is keen to bring in students who have funding right now, so it won't hurt you! Just say something along the lines of "just wanted to inform you that I was recently informed that I was successful in securing a CGS-M (insert SSHRC, CIHR) scholarship and figured I should reach out to let you know about this." Congrats!
  6. If you are extended an offer, you will likely hear back in the next 10 days or so! Good luck!
  7. As far as I know, the open house weekend is specifically for clinical and experimental psych, while counselling is usually done a little differently (via the School of Education rather than Psychology)
  8. Just FYI, I believe the U of C open house dates this year are Feb 8 and 9th. Feel free DM me if you applied to U of C - I am a current clinical student and would be happy to answer any questions I can
  9. You should submit the scholarship application around the same time you submit your program application. I believe that for Brock this year, OGS is due in January, which is about a month after your program application would be due. Just be aware of the deadlines and give yourself a lot of time to put together the applications and make sure they complement each other (i.e., if you are applying to work with someone in a particular area, keep your OGS and personal statement applications focused on that area). You would write about the scholarships you have received in the past as well as scholarships you have applied for. Put the ones you have recieved in the past on your CV and in your personal statement, and put the ones you are applying for (e.g., OGS) in your personal statement only (e.g., "I have applied for scholarship funding to support my graduate training through OGS...") You don't approach them per se, you just submit the OGS application to the school and they will consider you for a scholarship. Just make sure you get it in by the deadline outlined by your schools. Fill this out based on who you want to work with (e.g., if you are applying to a person who does research in pediatric pain, propose a pediatric pain study for the application). Essentially, this is what almost all scholarship applications are like - they expect you to propose a study in your field of interest. If you get a scholarship it doesn't necessarily mean you need to actually do the study you proposed, they just want to see that you are proficient at writing a research proposal and are well versed in current literature in your field. You dont have to apply for funding before applying, but it will greatly increase your chances of being accepted. It is expected that students apply for any funding they are eligible for. On top of this, if you wait until you are enrolled to apply, you may not have any funding for your first year. Although, keep in mind, as an international student, you are limited to only a few scholarships to apply to. Definitely apply to OGS though!
  10. I agree with this. I think if you have experience administering semi-structured/structured assessments, those are worth mentioning, but otherwise stick to talking about the general experience of being a part of a specific study (i.e., interacting with participants, data input/analysis, etc.). It helps thinking about the training you had to take to administer tests/questionnaires. If all it took was someone explaining to you what the measure was and how to get people to fill it out accurately, it's probably not worth talking in great depth about, but if it is something that required weeks of training (e.g., WAIS, WISC, some observational coding protocols), then it may be worth talking more about.
  11. I would put the full title in the proposal, since many who review the applications won't necessarily be in the specific field you are applying to and then use the acronym for the rest of the proposal if you mention the measure again!
  12. I agree with @humanisticPOV! I took a year off before starting my program and I highly recommend it - you will be more mentally ready for grad school with a year off and can use the time to get more research experience in terms of output (e.g., posters, pubs, workshops, etc.). There is absolutely no rush to get right into a program from undergrad and I would say most people find the adjustment easier with some time off between! It will only benefit you taking time off and likely reduce your anxiety (in my opinion, at least)
  13. I can empathize with how challenging it is to know what the best route is and how to strengthen your CV while economizing your time as much as you can! With regard to your first question about a postgrad certificate/diploma to improve your grades - I think this is a great idea, especially if you take some courses you don't have. Eventually, you will need to take a social psych class anyways to fulfill the breadth requirements for registering as a psychologist. Maybe look into what courses you may be missing and will need in order to register, and use this time to get them out of the way before you start a grad program as well as boosting your GPA. A BSc doesn't ultimately matter when applying to clinical programs - plenty of people get in with BAs (myself included). For your second question about doing a PhD in the UK and then coming back to do an additional PhD - this is a challenging decision.I will say that it is exceedingly uncommon in Canada to do a terminal clinical MSc/MA. Most programs are set up with the expectation that you continue on to your PhD after completing your masters. I'm not sure based on your post if you are mostly interested in clinical work or clinical research? Your decision between your PhD in the UK and a clinical psych program should ultimately come down to what you are most interested in doing research-wise. I don't think there is any reason to continue with your PhD in the UK if you ultimately want out of research in the end, since that won't get you doing clinical work. I think it is also unnecessary to do all the research involved in a clinical PhD if all you want to do is practice, since there are other options for working with the populations you want to work with that don't involve (as much) research. That being said, the truth of clinical programs is that most of those who graduate from them end up working in clinical practice and not in research. I think this is a fact that many ignore because of the research intensity during programs. Taken together, in my opinion, you should consider taking some breadth psych courses you need to register (e.g., social psych, history of psych, etc.) and get your GPA up. This will not be a waste of time, as you will need to take these courses eventually if you want to be a clinical psychologist. Then, apply and see what happens. Your CV is otherwise stellar and I have no doubt someone would want to take you as a student so long as you meet the GPA cutoff. If you go through your first application cycle without success, reassess again what you want to do and go from there.
  14. I wouldn’t say you need to retake the GRE - your scores are good enough to get you past that hurdle and your time would be better spent on other aspects of your application. I would, instead, focus on solidifying more poster/paper presentations and get that 1 definite manuscript submitted and push to get one of the two others as close to submission as possible before applications are due. Have you also considered doing some volunteer work in another lab to get a better LOR? That way you can keep the momentum going that you likely already have in your current position and harness that rather than starting over somewhere else (since it would take time for you to get on any papers/projects). Maybe even consider taking a day a week to get involved in another lab? Just a thought!
  15. Also got a co-signed letter that was primarily penned by the more established supervisor but a postdoc also contributed to it.
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