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  1. Troyyy

    Can't decide who my LOR writers will be

    In order to properly answer, there are some information that you can provide: - What programs are you applying for? (Masters v. Doctorate) - What does the application recommend that the LOR should say about you? If they don't specify that, then what do the personal statement/statement of purpose requirements? Focus the LORs around those.
  2. Troyyy

    Confused about US application process

    Mmm, well I've participated in a total of four research projects and presented them at various conferences. Out of those four, two of the research projects received second place, and a third received first place. I was a lead research assistant and had plenty of experience with SPSS and data management (coding, analyzing, interpretation, etc.) and of course presenting. Two of the research projects are currently in the manuscript phase for publication. Outside of research though, I've been an undergraduate teaching assistant for my school's general psychology course for 1.5 academic years (this would be helpful since many PhDs go into academia, which is what I intend to do). So, I didn't have any publications by the time of application submission, but my experience in research was pretty high, and it seems like you have some research experience too. You should definitely take advantage of the data analysis experience that you'll be taking up shortly. Those skills will be pretty helpful. If you have that with a high GPA and GRE score, then I think you may have a chance. Just do the best that you can to incorporate any experiences that may be deemed necessary for the application/program. Let the universe take it from there! When it comes to PhD and PsyD, you are definitely right that PsyDs are more practice-based, while PhDs are more research-based. However, most PsyD programs are not fully funded like many PhDs are, so you often would have to come out of pocket to pay for it compared to PhDs.
  3. Troyyy

    Confused about US application process

    It seems like you pretty much already have the answers. You're right that you can get into PhD programs straight from undergrad, but what makes you stand out as a competitive applicant is the amount of research experience that you have. If your undergrad thesis is all that you have, then you may want to consider applying for master's programs first to get more research experience to be more competitive. Since I'm going straight to a PhD program from undergrad, I can't exactly tell you if master's thesis really set you up for doctoral programs, but I'm pretty sure that they do. I think that you may be better suited getting the master's first before getting your PhD, but it wouldn't hurt to apply for a couple PhD programs to see what they say.
  4. Troyyy

    Anybody else applying to a PhD straight out of undergrad?

    Haha, it feels kind of weird not having to be in school anymore. I'm attending Howard University in the Fall. Congratulations on getting into Cornell!
  5. Troyyy

    Anybody else applying to a PhD straight out of undergrad?

    Hey heyy, I’m actually new to the site, so I feel bad coming into this thread, but I just graduated from my college yesterday with a Psychology B.S, and I’m going into one of my top choices for my PhD in the Fall. If I found this thread last semester, then I would definitely have spoken about the stress of the application process. There has been many times where I wanted to give up and had a lot of self-doubt, but my professors and friends supported me throughout the entire process and I’m glad I was able to complete it! As far as my feelings in the program, I am not exactly nervous at all. I’m actually very excited and ready to take on the course load. I feel prepared! I hope to see people continue this thread when the Fall begins so we can share our experiences in our transition!
  6. Every program is different and list different expectations of the recommendation letter. What seems to be a general understanding is that there should be 3 recommenders on your behalf, with two of them being faculty members (PhD level). They should be able to speak on your academic, research, and clinical experiences if you have any. This is not something that you will be submitting, but something that those recommenders will submit on your behalf.
  7. Troyyy

    How soon do I apply for Post-Bac's?

    I know it’s been a while since you made this post, but I think you should have applied for the post-bac anyways, just so that you can have something to fall back on. Have you heard from any schools yet?
  8. Troyyy

    Fall 2019 Psychology Doctoral ACCEPTANCES!!

    School: Howard University Concentration: Social Psychology Type: PhD Date of acceptance: May 10 (I know, late as heck) Notified by: E-Mail
  9. I would recommend you call the school and see if they would allow you to defer for a year. This would mean that you'll wait until the following year to begin, instead of going immediately into it this fall. This way, while your current PhD program is on hold, you can work for a year and also try again to apply for admission at other PhD programs. If you still don't have a good chance at being accepted, then you can always fall back on your "safe school".
  10. I think that you would be eligible apply to an I/O psychology program. Go for it!
  11. Troyyy

    Fall 2019 Psychology - Where are you going?!

    I'll be attending Howard University's Social Psychology PhD program!

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