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    2020 Fall
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  1. I've found a lot of good input on here about what to include in a diversity statement, but I haven't seen any examples. All the ones I've found online are for teaching jobs which, although there is certainly a lot of overlap, isn't exactly what I'd be writing for a grad school app. Would anyone who's written one be willing to share it via DM? I'm also open to other suggestions about what to include/not to include and structure. Thanks in advance!
  2. The DGS where I did my master's said a strong intro and conclusion are particularly important and if/where I need to trim, some of the close readings would be best. My WS is a theoretical reading of three poets/four total collections, and I'm just going to summarize the whole analysis of the last collection to get to 20 pages. I may just include a paragraph or two from each collection for schools with lower page maxes. The DGS and gradcafe people have all said to just use brackets and a few sentences in place of where I cut and note on the cover page that I've done so.
  3. Last year I got my writers tins of some nice tea. I spent less than $20 apiece, but I felt like it was way better than a gift card.
  4. I'm going into apps with an MFA and of the schools that I've asked about it, here's what I've found out: - Ohio State generally considers an MFA equivalent to an MA, but there are some MFA students who they feel would benefit from an additional master's and only admit them on that condition. - Kent State considers MFA equivalent to MA. - Illinois at Urbana Champaign and UMass-Amherst do not consider an MFA equivalent to an MA and would require a student to complete one before being admitted to the PhD. Hope this helps. If there's any doubt, I wouldn't hesitate to ask. It's an additional two year commitment; you don't want to be hazy on whether it's necessary or not. As far as whether an MFA will hurt you, one of my letter writers has just encouraged me to use my SoP to play up the critical work I did--and I did a lot, even for a studio degree--to address any reservations lit programs might have. Ultimately, I get the impression it comes down to the SoP and WS as it does with everyone. And if it will make you feel better, look at the grad student profiles on the department's web site. You'll see a smattering of MFAs, which I found encouraging.
  5. I'm using "Statement of Purpose for X University - [My name]" Judging by your username, I'm guessing you're applying for lit programs? If so, I'll swap with you.
  6. I was leaning against it for the most part, but I made two exceptions. The first was because of a very out of date department web site. The second was on the advice of one of my letter writers; I emailed a POI who was of retirement age to see if he was still active. I'm glad I did, because he just retired at the end of last semester. In each case, I just made a quick statement about what I liked about their work, what I plan to do in a PhD and asked A. what graduate level classes they are teaching or plan to teach and B. if they expected to be available for dissertation committees in the next couple of years. Both were extremely gracious and I'm ultimately glad I contacted them, even though the first POI said he didn't know how he felt about my proposed methodology. That was kind of a bummer to hear, but it wasn't outright negative and I'm not taking it as discouragement toward applying. And regardless, I feel really good about knowing I'm only applying to places where there will grad-active be profs I want to study with. I can imagine being very frustrated spending the time and money researching a school, reading a prof's work, applying, and then finding out the POI isn't there or isn't working with grads much. TL;DR - it's a case-by-case thing, and I would really only do it if there was a reasonable chance they might not be doing work you're interested in (if they're there at all). But I would definitely do that research on your own first. I imagine it would look bad if you asked "hey, what are you working on" if articles are readily available online. As far as finding up-to-date pubs, I definitely recommend Academia.edu and ResearchGate even if you do have access to a university database. I found a lot of work from POIs as free pdfs on public sites that my U's library didn't have.
  7. They do offer some fellowships, but I get the feeling they're super limited, plus I don't have the minimum combined GRE (probably should have studied for the quant). 😕
  8. For anyone thinking of applying to University at Buffalo, be aware that they're putting a "pause" on funding new PhD students. https://www.chronicle.com/article/Amid-Rumors-of-Shift-to/247199
  9. It's tough because there aren't a ton of professors in my field of interest in general, and the 77yo is in a really specific niche that I haven't seen anyone else doing. At least the 70yo is at a school with other profs in the specialty. Anyway, thanks both of you for your input.
  10. Here's one full example and a guide for selecting/writing one. I remember coming across another example, but can't find it now. Will PM you if I find it.
  11. Here's one from a prof at Kent State. There's a link to another one in the comments. https://wraabe.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/application-statement-phd-in-english/
  12. I've been thinking about this issue a lot and am wondering if there's a decorous way to do this. One of my POIs is 77 and another is 70. Do you have any suggestions for how to inquire?
  13. @northwestnative @WildeThing @Indecisive Poet This all seems very helpful, thanks!
  14. On this subject, how much of a difference does name recognition of previous institutions make? I have a bachelor's and MFA from an R1 in the south that's pretty low on the USN rankings, but I have some good things going for my application, including two scholarly publications. Is it worth it to apply to top 30 schools if I didn't graduate from one in that tier? EDIT: I'm definitely applying to the upper-tier schools because the respective faculties align with my interests, not out of a sense of prestige.
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