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    Wichita, Kansas
  • Application Season
    2019 Fall
  • Program
    Human Factors

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  1. dakotaS

    Overwhelmed by the transition to Doc Student

    Wow. I can't believe that's a thing.
  2. dakotaS

    Overwhelmed by the transition to Doc Student

    I caught up on Game of Thrones and started watching Westworld
  3. dakotaS

    GRE Prep

    If I could go back and retake the GRE, I would take as many practice tests as possible. The material is important, however, getting down the rhythm of the test will help you the most.
  4. dakotaS

    GRE Prep

    Magoosh was helpful for the verbal section. I did not spend much time on quant, but when I did I used Manhattan 5 pound book.
  5. Were you and your peers not willing to take a summer and travel for an internship?
  6. I think it’s strange that location was an issue for you. My peers intern halfway across the country with high wages and housing allowances. They interned in all major cities in the US.
  7. I don't have those sources and I do not think there is a public database that keeps track of placement rates. You bring up an excellent point though. I would talk to current students in the program and get their impressions. All my peers seem to be very satisfied with their job prospects and have had no issues getting internships in the private sector. I haven't heard of anyone from my program that did not already have a job lined up in HF's at graduation.
  8. No problem. If you look at User Research (UX) job listings they also consider PhDs in Anthropology, Cognitive Psychology, or anything similar (think social sciences).
  9. The private and government sector's are always looking for PhD's and MS's in Human Factors Psychology. If you're looking for strict acceptance rate ratios, i'm your guy. From what I have observed, generally speaking, masters programs have an acceptance rate between 20-40% and doctoral programs between 15-25%. For example, on average a typical HFES accredited Human Factors Psychology doctorate program has roughly 25-30 applicants. So roughly 5-7 applicants would be accepted to this program. User Experience jobs are hot on the market and some programs (i.e., Arizona State) have terminal degrees specifically for User Experience. A PhD in Human Factors is a very good fit for User Experience, and the pay ceiling is much higher. Edit: Here's a list of accredited programs: https://www.hfes.org/resources/educational-and-professional-resources/hfes-graduate-program-accreditation/directory-of-human-factorsergonomics-graduate-programs-in-the-united-states-and-canada
  10. dakotaS

    Fall 2019 Psychology PhD Applicants!

    I just sent a very thoughtful email. Handwritten notes are not necessary.
  11. Just got the Surface Pro 6 and am loving it so far.
  12. dakotaS

    Volunteering in POI's lab before applying?

    I'm in the Human Factors field of Psychology so take this with a grain of salt. I used my undergraduate research internship as an opportunity to work in my eventual graduate advisers lab. This research internship probably gave my application the extra boost it needed to be accepted. The research internship gave my application the extra boost because I was able to run my own experiments, create a manuscript, gain valuable programming experience, and socialize with the faculty and students in the graduate program while I was an undergraduate. The success of being accepted into a graduate program you volunteered in before applying probably varies by the field. Bottom line, more than likely, if you volunteer and do an excellent job, it'll help and not hurt your application.
  13. dakotaS

    Fall 2019 Psychology Doctoral ACCEPTANCES!!

    School: Wichita State University Concentration: Human Factors Type: PhD Date of acceptance: 3/8/2019 Notified by: Email from faculty 😁
  14. dakotaS

    Cold-emailing PIs for research?


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