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    Decision time - share your dilema 2019

    With this in mind I would choose UNC. The two hours might make you think that you could pop in for a weekend of something like that, but with a job and coursework you are going to be busy and so going back each weekend or even every other weekend would keep work/school on your mind a lot! I think 1 year at UNC you could still visit or they could come to you, but it would be more intentional time together. I think it would seem more "special" and you could be able to prepare for it by getting work done ahead of time as it wouldn't be as often. This is personal preference but I prefer a cohort. It's so nice to all get together, review the material and also be able to reach out over those first few years of doing the work and commiserate. I had this with my masters program and it was invaluable and one thing I looked for when searching for a PhD program.
  2. I saw this on another site and thought it would be good as we have less than a month before April 15th! This is a thread where folks can post what schools they are deciding between and what circumstances they are considering, as well as any other factors that are being considered. I'll start although I'm 99% positive that I've made my decision. Coming from: Washington, DC Deciding between: University of Minnesota - Minimal funding (RA only not guaranteed funding over the summer) - AMAZING Professor (but only one doing the research I want) - COLD - Department did not seem cohesive (probably due to people doing VERY different types of research) UT Austin - Impressive funding (including RA which does include the summer and a 1 year recruitment fellowship) - professor doing research that I like (more than one professor working on these topics) - HOT - department seemed more connected and people seemed supportive (I spoke with a current PhD student for 45 minutes over the phone) Other Considerations - neither can officially guarantee Ra-ship for more than 1 year (but both say it will happen) - extreme temps in both places (coming from a person used to 4 seasons this is something I am concerned about) - cost of living is around the same for both cities How I'm leaning: I'm very much leaning towards UT Austin for the $ and the feeling that I got about the department. My one hesitation is that I LOVED the professor at Minnesota and she is doing the EXACT research that I want to do...
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    Minneapolis, MN

    also consider whether you will need to pay taxes on the 20k. That will make the per month amount less.
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    Note-taking Help

    I also like handwritten notes, but have found an ipad with apple pencil does the same thing. I can read an annotate PDFs as well as take handwritten notes or typed notes. I use notability and have it on both my ipad and computer so it will sync between the two.
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    Grad. School Supplies?

    If you have a current ipad you can trade it in at apple for some credit toward a new ipad. With the amount of fakes/refurbished ipads that go around, I will only purchase my apple products from apple. They usually do a promotion in July for free headphones, which might be too late for me as my current computer is through work and I will need to turn it in in June...
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    SPED PhD Apps Fall 2019

    Hi All, Just thought I would check in on what everyone is doing? Anyone make any decisions? I'm still up in the air so any ways people are deciding would be appreciated!
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    SPED PhD Apps Fall 2019

    Anyone else applying for a PhD in Special Education for Fall 2019? I've submitted 4 applications (Vanderbilt, Harvard, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Minnesota) and might do one more (George Mason) as that app isn't due until Jan 15th. I just heard back from the University of Minnesota, but am still waiting on any sign from the other institutions. Anyone else in the same boat?
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    SPED PhD Apps Fall 2019

    Thanks! I hope you hear some good news! When I was accepted to my masters program at Vandy, Al had to call me to tell me I was in because I had never received an acceptance but they were going to call me to offer me a funding opportunity. If I had known about Grad Cafe then I probably would have been so worried and assumed I didn't get in because other people would have already heard. So honestly you never know!
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    SPED PhD Apps Fall 2019

    I was rejected on Friday, which was what I expected. Congrats to whoever got in!
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    2019 Education Applications

    I got more info on funding feel free to PM me if you want to talk.
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    SPED PhD Apps Fall 2019

    Thanks! Now I will be refreshing my email all day tomorrow! Luckily I will be visiting another school on Monday so if I don't hear tomorrow I'll have something to distract me this weekend into Monday.
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    2019 Education Applications

    I'm so sorry! Here is the information I was given about the student visit day (https://education.utexas.edu/campus-visit-day) if that helps. I know the wait is hard and I'm dying to hear about funding. I know they can't guarantee it, but I do think that they fund the majority of their grad students. With how competitive the field is, they wouldn't get the candidates they want without funding. I would hold off until you get the funding letter. I've also heard that once you are on a project you are likely to stay on it until it ends or you choose to move on.
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    2019 Education Applications

    I've been accepted to UT Austin for a PhD. They said they would be sending out funding letters in early March. Are you going to the accepted student's day on Monday? My guess is that they will go into funding more then. My advisor was able to give me some information, but no specific numbers yet. It may depend on your program though.
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    SPED PhD Apps Fall 2019

    I'm with you! That's why I called, I was like I just want to know either way so I can make a decision about where I will be next year.
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    SPED PhD Apps Fall 2019

    Lol! I just called Al myself and he said that all decisions (yay or nay) should be out by the end of the week. At this point I just want to know either way. I assume if some people have found out, they are sending out the rejections this week, but who knows...
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    SPED PhD Apps Fall 2019

    I know! I'm visiting other schools next week and Vandy is the only school I'm waiting to hear from. After my visits I would really like to make a decision.
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    SPED PhD Apps Fall 2019

    Anyone hear anything? I haven't which solidifies my thinking that I didn't get in.
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    HGSE 2019

    If it's the same as the PHD portal it will go from "Submitted" to the decision. There was no way to see when it was under review.
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    HGSE 2019

    I agree that that to get in you need to interview. I received my rejection yesterday, so if you haven't checked the portal, I would do so.
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    2019 Education Applications

    I'll be heading to Minnesota in a few weeks! I'm super excited as it was my top choice program.
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    SPED PhD Apps Fall 2019

    well considering masters students are getting acceptances (though not sure from the SPED department) I'm going to accept that I didn't make it. Oh well, moving on to focus on the two other programs that I was accepted to.
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    SPED PhD Apps Fall 2019

    I got my masters at Vandy so I knew a few professors. My previous advisor wrote me a letter of rec and I spoke with another professor generally about where to apply and what I should be looking for in a program as well as in an advisor. In addition, my writing sample was a paper from one of my classes at Vandy. So I didn't reach out directly to talk about working with a specific person, but I did have contact with the department. They don't have a professor doing the exact research that I want to do which makes me nervous about my chances of being accepted, but I love the department and the culture at Vandy so I wanted to apply despite the not exact fit in research.
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    SPED PhD Apps Fall 2019

    Hahaha no problem! I also agree that it's nice to find people going through the same thing. It has helped relieve my stress! I had a friend call and ask about when decisions are coming out and they said between now and mid-February. Professors will reach out themselves first and that should start happening late this week or early next week, but could continue until mid-Feb depending on the professor.
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    SPED PhD Apps Fall 2019

    Yeah. I've kinda accepted that I'm not in, but who knows until that official rejection letter arrives. Was it Al Brady that you met with? I've thought about emailing him to check in...
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    SPED PhD Apps Fall 2019

    I applied to Vanderbilt, University of Minnesota, UT Austin, and Harvard. I'm in with funding at Minnesota and Austin, didn't get an interview at Harvard and also haven't heard from Vandy. The waiting game is hard! I thought Vandy would have emailed either way last week, but maybe it'll be this week? It seems like admission in previous years came in end of Jan and rejection came in start of Feb. No one has posted on the results page yet though, so I'm holding out hope. Why did you choose only Vandy? Did you reach out to any professors?
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