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    2019 Fall
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    Clinical Psychology PhD

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  1. TrustingTheProcess

    What to do after application cycle ends with all rejections

    Speaking as someone who worked for two years before being accepted, DON'T BE AFRAID TO COLD EMAIL PROFESSORS YOU LIKE. I literally thought my current PI's research was cool, so I emailed her, sent her my CV and cover letter, interviewed, and was offered a research assistant position that turned into a research trial coordinator position. She wasn't advertising the position or anything, so keep in mind sometimes you just need to email people rather than waiting for a formal posting on a website. I have super niche interests as well, so this worked well for me.
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    To MA or not? Toward a PsyD/PhD in Clinical Psychology

    Based on your stats, I would say you don't have to pursue to MA, especially if it's not directly in the field you want to go into. I would say work for a few years, get more productive research outcomes i.e. publications, posters, etc. and maybe work full time in a productive research lab with these opportunities. You have a good GPA and undergrad background in psych, and I personally think a masters is only worth it to improve your GPA before applying. Additionally, there are many research grants that you only qualify for your first year of graduate studies, and I know people that did masters before a phd program that regretted this decisions as they were ineligible to apply for these. My current PI/boss really turned me away from doing a masters and says often it just puts people in debt and productive research opportunities are not guaranteed. Hope that helps and feel free to PM me if you have any questions! I worked full time for 2 years before applying and getting into a Phd program.
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    what were you doing when you got accepted?

    I was out at brunch with my boyfriend, his family, and my family when I got the news! The entire restaurant was so confused at why our table suddenly erupted in applause, happy tears, and hugging haha, it couldn't have been more perfect!
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    Do I have a chance of getting into a PHD program?

    I think you have great credentials, but getting more posters and papers should definitely be your focus before applying to graduate school. Considering your good credentials and GPA, I wouldn't consider a masters program as a fallback. I would apply to lab manager/study coordinator/research assistant positions that would give you opportunities to present at conferences and get on papers. Feel free to PM me if you want, I was a lab manager for two years before getting into a PhD program. I applied as a senior in college and didn't get in, likely because I was missing out on those papers and posters. Hope that helps!
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    Volunteering in POI's lab before applying?

    At least in clinical psychology, most PIs will want to get an external candidate to diversify their lab. My PI was pretty open about that, and I was her lab manager for two years before applying to PhD programs. Her connections and influence were SO helpful to me as I applied, but unfortunately there is a stigma against "breeding your own graduate students" in your own lab among PIs, so an external candidate is preferable. Hope that's helpful!
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    Beyond thrilled I was offered a fellowship at my top choice off the waitlist! Good luck to other that are waiting as well!
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    Cold-emailing PIs for research?

    I would just attach a CV, talk about why you would like to work with them, and what kind of experience you're trying to get. I got my current lab manager job by being hired on as an RA this way and then promoted
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    Honestly this makes a lot of sense. I wasn't going to email until I started getting advise that maybe I should. I will just wait it out though, I think. I just more wanted to express that I was still interested and hadn't accepted an offer elsewhere.
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    I have been on the waitlist for one program for about a month. Some people are advising that I should politely ask the POI for an update. Any advice on how to do this without seeming pushy? This would be for my top choice 😓
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    Had my last interview this week as well! I feel like I've spent the past 3-4 months just waiting and waiting. Now I'm been waitlisted at two places and I'm still waiting. Ugh.
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    What are people's experiences being waitlisted?

    I'm in a similar situation. This is my third time applying. The first time I know I just didn't have enough research experience, second time was just a half assed attempt applying to just three places, and this is my first real go at it, but round 3. I have a good GPA, several research publications and posters, etc. and interviewed with my top 3 choices this year. I'm waitlisted at my top 2 and super stressed. At this point I don't know what I should do before applying again if I don't get off the waitlist. I'm just hoping for the best...
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    Post-bacc. or Lab Manager/Coordinatior/RA

    I think you should focus on the experience you would be getting at these positions rather than the title of the position itself. Which is going to be the position that allows you more opportunities for paper/poster writing and presenting, leading research projects, etc. The experiences themselves are going to matter more on your CV rather than the name. I also second the poster above who advised to look into perhaps working with PI's that are well known in your research field or who work with PI's of your interest. Letters of rec and connections matter a lot. However, if there's a PI you really really want to be a graduate student with, I would be cautious about applying to work for them. Many PIs have a a strict or informal rule against taking students from their own lab, whereas others are open to it. My PI for example was very forthcoming that she only takes students from her own lab in very unusual circumstances. Best of luck to you!
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    Just got waitlisted AGAIN. Pour one out for me y'all. 😓
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    Would the person who got an acceptance to Miami of Ohio mind DMing me your POI? Congratulations!
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    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    THIS!!!! Seeing all those posts about people holding multiple offers is stressing me out. Having only been waitlisted so far I'm anxious to hear back. Even holding 2 offers I could maybe excuse but 3-4 for more than a day is definitely against guidelines and honestly rude to the programs and other applicants.

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