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Everything posted by PsychPhdBound

  1. Do a literature search/review on Google Scholar for the topics you're interested in and then see what departments the authors are in. That's how I identified the PI's I wanted to work with. Good luck!
  2. I would look at the placement rates for both programs and go with the one that best aligns with your goals. If they were similar, then I'd go off of which advisor you liked best. Good luck!!
  3. Mine is fully funded, but I wasn't sure if that was why there wasn't a deposit?
  4. Do literature searches to identify your potential PI's and apply based on research fit, not rankings. There is no school that should be viewed as out of reach or a safety school, it mostly comes down to fit so apply with intention.
  5. Hi all! With April 15th just around the corner, I'm trying to make sure I've crossed all of my T's and dotted all of my I's. I have seen a number of people mentioning required deposits for their programs, and I'm curious if this is universal. I wasn't prompted to make a deposit when I accepted my offer through the online portal, and no one has said anything about it, but I don't want to make assumptions and have things fall through the cracks. I emailed the graduate school's admissions folks on April 5th, and again today, but haven't heard back. I also emailed the program coordinator this morn
  6. The program would be the best resource to learn more about the placement stats/details, and I'd reach out to current grad students to learn more about the faculty.
  7. If you want to go into practice and not continue with research or into academia, I was under the impression that you only need a master's degree, but maybe I'm wrong. I'm pursuing a PhD in Developmental, but want to stay in academia. I think the best bet would be to reach out to people who are currently doing what you hope to be long term and ask them about their journey. It sounds like a PhD would be way more then you need, but again, people currently working in the field would have more insight. Good luck!!
  8. Yes, because the current offer holders have until the 15th to give their final answers. Good luck!!
  9. Once your program begins you'll have very little free time to focus on anything else. So perhaps this time could be used cultivating/enjoying the hobbies that bring you joy? I know it's tempting to jump ahead, but it's also a gift to be able to control your time and attention. Congrats on the acceptance and I hope you can appreciate the next few months of freedom!
  10. I say School A. Between research fit, shorter commute, and being in your current city, it seems like a great fit!
  11. I think at this point it's still really early and we should all do our best to not fall down the speculation rabbit hole. If it's still a problem come summer I'm sure plans will be made, but there is no use borrowing worry and stoking the "what if" panic. We're psychologists, let's rise above the fear contagion :).
  12. Great! I just didn't want it to sound presumptuous, but I like the suggestion to just say I want to be removed from the waitlist.
  13. Great thank you for the guidance!
  14. I just formally accepted my offer to Michigan!! Still can't believe it! I'm so excited about the program and my advisor and can't wait to get started!! Anyone else headed to Ann Arbor? Good luck to those still waiting! I'm SOOO thrilled to be done and hope your waiting ends soon (and with the outcome you desire)!!
  15. This may be an odd question, but if we've accepted another offer should we notify advisors who have waitlisted us, the way we notify programs where we have been accepted? It feels weird to tell them, since I'm not technically turning down an offer, but it feels like it would be more awkward if they end up offering me a spot later. Also, it's someone I'm hoping to still work with in the future, so I want to handle the situation well. Thanks for any help!
  16. School: University of Michigan Type of Program: Developmental Psychology Acceptance Date: February 28 (email from advisor) School: Arizona State University Type of Program: Family and Human Development Acceptance Date: December 19 (call from advisor and email from department) I'll be heading to Michigan! Good luck to everyone who is still waiting, and congratulations to those who got in!!
  17. I interviewed there, great program!! Would love to know who you are working with!
  18. University of Michigan - Developmental Psychology Would love to connect with anyone else headed to UMich this Fall!!
  19. In the first option you said you'd have to apply for PhD programs before the end of your first semester but that's not true. You could do the program and then work for a year or two as an RA in one of the many labs you mentioned that are doing interesting work. There is no rule stating you must apply immediately. Also, it would be worth looking into just doing RA positions for a few years and getting some first author posters/presentations/papers. That would be way cheaper then a master's (in fact you'd be paid) and it means SOOO much on grad school applications, assuming you're pr
  20. Sounds like a perfect choice! Congratulations and good luck!!
  21. Do a literature review using Google Scholar to identify the PI's doing research that you find interesting. Then, one you've come up with that list, check out their programs to see who is in a department that fits your goals. For example, some people I found were in Clinical and I wanted to apply to Social/Developmental programs so I removed them. Do not apply to schools just based on their ranking, it's all about research fit. Then once you have that list, over the summer or in early fall, email the PI's and ask if they will be accepting students in the upcoming cycle. Treat this email as part
  22. Do you have to decide now? You said you're just starting your Masters degree. Why not wait until you get through that program and then reassess how you feel. No point borrowing worry that may be unwarranted.
  23. Could you not get a paid RS position in Canada? There are a number of great schools with highly respected programs.
  24. I got 'the call' on Friday and was told to expect my offer letter on Monday and nothing came :/. I'm doing my best to be patient, with little success. I'm just excited to get this thing signed, sealed, and delivered so I can officially end my admissions cycle! Congrats on your acceptance!!
  25. Mine went the same way. I thought I'd have a "tough" choice, but after my visits there was a clear favorite and on Friday I learned I had been accepted to that program!! I always thought I'd be making lists, comparing pros and cons, but I felt immediately at home during my visit and knew it was the right place for me. Good luck to everyone!!
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