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  1. Hello, I live in a rural area in northern Minnesota and would like to take the paper test for personal preferences and because I like to be able to interact with the text. On this website (https://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register/centers_dates/pdt_test_centers) it says that there will be a testing center open in Thunder Bay, Canada on February 1, 2020 for the paper test. However, I cannot find this testing date and center when I search for it on the testing directory. I would really like to take the paper GRE this year, and the (late) deadline for signing up is December 27. Can someone help me or explain to me why this test date is not showing?
  2. I am currently a dual enrollment high school junior and college freshman at a small public university with a graduation rate of 48% and an average ACT of 22 (not very good). I am attending this college because it is in my hometown and in order to get my undergraduate degree done cheaper and faster. My end goal is to get a PhD in sociology from a Top 10 institution in order to become a professor. Once I graduate high school, I will have around 90 college credits and an A.A. Degree, but I am unsure where to go next. I do have lots of options, though, because I have gotten a perfect score on the SAT test and have good extracurriculars. Here are the 2 options I have:1: I would stay at my local college (even though I have the “stats” to go to a higher academic ranking one) in order to get my bachelors in sociology after 1 more year (at age 19). I currently have a 4.0 GPA in college and hope to maintain a high GPA throughout. I also am getting research experience at the moment and plan to get more throughout my dual-enrollment years in order to boost my graduate schools application. After my bachelors in sociology, I would attend a (presumably) mid-high ranking masters program. After that is done, then I would apply for a PhD in sociology at a Top 10 Institution. My worry with this plan is that my low ranked bachelors institution would limit my options and chances at attending a Top 10 PhD institution.2: After I am done with my dual-enrollment years, I would go to a high ranking institution such as Duke, The University of Michigan, The University of Wisconsin, or Vanderbilt. I don’t think my credits would transfer well so I would probably start with around 35. This would mean that it would take 3 more years to get my undergraduate education done (2 more than option 1). Throughout I would try to get research experience as well as maintain a high GPA. After I got my bachelors from a high ranking institution, I would then apply for Top 10 master’s and Top 10 PhD programs, with the hope that I would get into a PhD program.What option do you think I should take, keeping in mind that my biggest goal is to get into a Top 10 PhD program for sociology? How much would getting my bachelor’s degree at a weak institution such as my own hurt me in advancing up the academic latter? I know that becoming a professor is very difficult, so I want to have the best chances by attending a Top 10 PhD granting institution. Option 1 would accelerate my career if Option 2 leads me to a master’s degree, but I just don’t know which one would be better. Could I get some help?
  3. I apologize for my ambiguity. More specifically, I am interested in the early-mid 19th century in Great Britain and the United States. I want to look at how new social norms and truths evolved in the context of a great leap in scientific discoveries and the changes of thought processes which were their effect. At the moment, I am doing an independent research project on how new geological findings in the early 19th century shaped theological thought. Some of my further interests include different medical practices in the same time period such as hydropathy. I want to take new “scientific” practices and findings and place them in a social context, tracing how “truth” evolved from them and how it changed the thoughts of people (through primary sources used the same way as Foucault used them). Would this be historical sociology? I want to expand my research to include the tools that Foucault has offered through his books. This means going into the area of “critical history” (Or historical sociology?) — critical theory + history. My problem is I do not know how to find professors who 1. fit my early-mid 19th century American/British history of scientific thought interest and 2. apply critical theory.
  4. My main interest is in ideas and how they have spread throughout societies by way of power and the actions that it enacts. I want to study how what people perceive as “truth” has developed over time and why it has developed in that way. I am interested in not only moral notions of “truth”, but also in the obligations which have been internalized in people and have those obligations have came to be. Does that help?
  5. I am currently an undergraduate who is looking for professors who have studied under Foucault or have been influenced by him in their work. I want to study how different power relations have evolved throughout history in their various political, social, economic, etc. contexts, but I do not know what program this would fit under. I know that Foucault is more of a philosopher than a historian, but my interests veer more towards the side of analyzing history to see those power relations vs. describing their function. With this in mind, what type of program would be he best fit for me? Furthermore, does anyone know of any historio-philosophers who have studied under Foucault or been influenced by him that would align with my interests?
  6. I am currently an undergraduate who is looking for history professors who have studied under Foucault or have been influenced by him in their work. I want to study how different power relations have evolved throughout history in their various political, social, economic, etc. contexts. I know Foucault is further towards the side of a philosopher than a historian, but I want to use the same tools as he has to look at history, not just philosophize. Does anyone know of any historians that are close to or fit what I am looking for? I would like to study under one for a PhD.
  7. Are there good paying jobs in science writing? I’m talking about someone who writes books or articles about the history of science and has the ability to weave it into an amazing story. I love reading books like (I love reading in general), and also enjoy writing with great rhetoric, but I’m worried that such a career would have dismal pay.
  8. The idea I had was looking at how the theory of glaciation by Louis Agassiz was reacted to by intellectuals and how it was molded to fit Christian beliefs. If not a PhD, what do you recommend for someone who absolutely loves nonfiction and the attainment of knowledge. I have read 222 books in the past years (crazy for me too), 95% nonfiction, and absolutely love the depth that you can go with any topic of your interest. I am fascinated by biology, psychology, history, and so much more. What other options do I have if I want to get as in depth with a topic as all of these great authors have other than a PhD? I am also considering a PhD in Biology: is the job market better for professors in that area? See my other post for my dilemma:
  9. Sorry I didn’t go further into what I am interested in, but the area that I want to focus in is the history of science in the early 19th century. Not only the history of it, but I want to research how new scientific theories during that time period affected intellectual thought in America and Great Britain as new advances led to the questioning of age old Christian beliefs. Is that considered the history of science or early 1800s American intellectual history? Weird question to ask, but what are the top fields in history for job prospects? I have read a wide range of nonfiction that really has piqued my interest, so maybe I could look in other sectors as well. Like you said, I am still quite young so I still have lots of options. Edit: found the jobs report https://www.historians.org/publications-and-directories/perspectives-on-history/february-2019/the-2019-aha-jobs-report-a-closer-look-at-faculty-hiring
  10. Hello everyone, I am currently an dual enrollment high school junior/undergraduate freshman who wants to become a professor; the problem is that I have two disciplines I am very interested in. But to start, a little bit about me. I started reading for enjoyment last year around this time after being inspired by John Fish and have been reading nonfiction voraciously ever since. It is crazy, but I have read 222 books since last October, almost all nonfiction. I am absolutely at wonder with all the depth that exists out in the world, and would like to make my own contribution. The two subjects that interest me the most are epigenetics and early 1800s American intellectual history. I have been researching how to go to the best graduate school (for job placement) and have research lined up with a professor from each area. In epigenetics I am just now starting a project which researches the methylation of a gene and its effect in causing cells to become tumorigenic; in history I have an independent research “class” (for credit, but one-on-one with the professor) promised to me for this spring semester to research how new scientific ideas affected American intellectual thought in the early 1800s (these projects are usually only offered to juniors or seniors). The history professor said that I could start getting into the details with him next week. So, here is the tough part: I have to choose which path to take. Genetics or American History? Opportunities abound each direction I look, but that makes my decision even more difficult. I have set myself up great for either way, but once I choose what path to take, it is full speed ahead. I’m looking for advice: where to go, what criteria to decide on, or any helpful words you have for an inspired student of learning.
  11. I’ve actually read her whole book around five months ago. I was glad that it is so honest about the reality of the academic job market. I’ll also make sure to talk to the professor who has agreed to conduct independent research with me about his job and how hard it was to get it. He has been a professor at my university for 7 years so I don’t think he is too old. We will also try and narrow down what kind of topic I will be researching. How is the job market for Ph.D.’s in early 1800s American History? That is his speciality and I think it is rubbing off on me as well. I know some areas of history have better job placements than others. Are there any graphs out there?
  12. Hello everyone, I am currently a dual enrollment freshmen (HS Junior & College Freshman) who is interested in pursuing a Ph.D in History and going to to become a professor. I would like to first understand what I am getting into so I would like to participate in a summer program or internship at a History Center or similar place. Because I am both a college freshman and a high school student, I could apply to programs that are eligible for both. I don’t have a GPA yet, but I am at an A in all of classes and have a record of being a high achieving academic student. I am also starting independent research with a history professor who is an awesome guy come spring semester, which I hope will help prepare me to write better papers in the future (senior thesis) and provide me experience researching topics. Does anyone know of any programs or internships offered to freshmen in college or high school students? There are so many summer research programs for STEM for both high school and college students, but I’m having a real tough time finding any for History majors. Even if it is not History exactly, any program/internship in the humanities that you know of would be of great help to me.
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