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  1. @Starie that is tough news! I'm sorry that you have to go through that for the fall. It will not be an easy start to grad school. Hopefully some of the social things will start opening up over time so you can make those vital connections. I'm still waiting on my side. CU Boulder is not sure yet on what they will do, they are still weighing options. We'll see....
  2. I do think that it should! I know of a couple people who were able to work with the professor, or get into the school they wanted, because they had that funding. It all came down to the extra funding they had that the school couldn't provide for them. At the very least, having that gives you a negotiation point to speak to your program or professor of interest. They are taking less of a risk on you if they don't have to fund you, so they would be way more likely to consider your application.
  3. Where did everyone else decide to go? In the midst of the Covid crisis, I'm sure it has pushed back some decisions, but I'm curious on what everyone decided on!
  4. This actually happened at my undergrad university this semester, with one of my labmates who was in her PhD studies. She was randomly placed into a course for TA-ship, and it happened to be a course she was planning on taking the upcoming semester. Apparently there weren't so many qualified students available to TA at the time (the mechanical department, which she and I were both in this semester, at our university has only a few dozen MS and PhD students.) She also had to submit her work early, but she was struggling to learn the material early, as well as help others in the class. I saw people come in a few times to try to talk to her about it, but she often struggled to give the answers as well. So apparently a practice like this isn't completely unheard of, but I do agree in that it is definitely absurd. I think it's mainly due to shortages for available TAs, and not cross-referencing class schedules before assigning TAs. However, the fact that she is a first year grad student and assigned to TA a grad level course raises some eyebrows. Administrative error, or just lack of awareness on the part of the grad advisors? (Sidenote: I'm assigned to be a TA this upcoming school year for my 1st year of PhD studies, and I'm hoping it will be for undergraduate courses! This type of situation seems awful for both the TAs and the students alike...)
  5. @boulderbound what program will your wife be going into? And I know a few people in town, mostly from the PhD visit day, but one from a conference as well, and a couple people in Colorado from my university (one in Denver, and one in Colorado Springs!) As for housing, I'm working on figuring that out! I'm trying to move out there with my partner, who is looking for a job in software engineering, but is international. As he is not able to go for many of the jobs in Boulder (due to US security reasons in the aerospace sector), he is looking for jobs in other cities and towns nearby. If he gets a job near enough to me that we can both commute, we will try to find a place together. However, if a company places him outside of Colorado, I'll be looking into other options near campus, probably with a roommate if possible. Right now, I'm trying to get everything done in my undergrad program so I can graduate, as well as get a research paper out for DSCC. Between that, and corona concerns, I haven't had much opportunity to start planning moving quite yet. That will be a next month thing for sure, but I'll probably move out to Boulder towards the end of July. What are your guys' plans at the moment with moving and housing?
  6. Phoenix88

    Cincinnati, OH

    @Su08 Feel free to message me! No worries, and good luck! It can be hard to find spots exactly where you want to live sometimes. I know how intimidating it can be to move to another country (as I've done it twice!), so I am glad you are reaching out for help before moving to Cincy!
  7. I do think that having your research publications will definitely make you stand out, and could even limit the emphasis on the lower GPA to interested faculty. However, like dopamine_machine said, do make personal contacts, as without it, there may be too much emphasis on the number itself, rather than the reason behind it. Even if you explain it in a personal statement, a personal connection does wonders for you. With a 2.5 GPA though, I don't think it would be possible to go in for a PhD right away. It would raise some eyebrows on how suitable you would be for graduate courses, and they would most likely prefer to ease you in through a Masters program. Most STEM PhD programs that I looked at require a 3.0 or higher to even be considered, to ensure they are utilizing their time and resources wisely by investing in you. This isn't to say that there aren't exceptions, but they would be few and far between. Best of luck with everything there!
  8. Phoenix88

    Cincinnati, OH

    @Su08 Since you said that you were a molecular biology student, I do think that that would be a good pick for you to live near med campus, as I do think that most of your classes/labs/etc would be there. Burnet Avenue is ok, but not the best considering the Avondale/Corryville area converge there and there is still crime in the area. I know Stetson and Euclid are normally more students, so it is a bit safer, but I think Stetson is the safest of all the places you listed and it is literally across the street from med campus. Depending on your preference, many graduate students live on Jefferson/Ludlow, which is also walking distance from med campus (or a long ride on the shuttle, as it goes in the other direction, and back around, but it is still helpful in the rain and snow). There is a smaller grocery store there, an Indian grocery store, a natural food store, convenience stores, several restaurants of different types, coffee shops, a small park, ice cream places, and a movie theater. So it is a really nice place to live, and just relax when you aren't on campus. A large number of grad students live in this area, so it may be easier to connect with people here.
  9. Phoenix88

    Boulder, CO

    Any advice for banking in Boulder? I am currently with a national bank that has no locations in Colorado, so I may have to switch to another bank. I'll be moving out there in late July/early August, so I have some time to do research on it before switching.
  10. Phoenix88

    Cincinnati, OH

    @Su08 this is the main Facebook group I mentioned earlier. UC Housing: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1556851254580140/, under "University of Cincinnati (UC) Housing, Sublets & Roommates". Good luck with finding housing, and good luck with the visa process as well! P.S.: Since you are an international student, look out for IPALs events via the UC International emails (student volunteers with UC International). I'm an IPAL myself, and many people I know have made lifelong friends through international retreats!
  11. I would think that you are... honestly, reading your answer is making me start to worry too! Even though I am moving out to the middle of the U.S. for my PhD, I do think many public universities will have their funding cut. However, there are more options for graduate school funding than for undergraduate funding (fortunately). You can apply for fellowships (both internal and external), do another project for the government, science foundations, or your university, do internships during semesters you aren't taking classes (also more flexible than undergraduate), and appeal for an extra assignment for potential increases in funding (aka maybe doing more grading if that's allowable by your school). I do know that it will probably be even more difficult for the majority of PhD students in the next few years. However, I do think that most PhD students (who are generally determined people anyway), will be able to figure something out. So worry a little bit to get you motivated to work harder in finding alternative funding sources, but don't overly worry and lose sleep over it.
  12. @Elang89 I really am sorry that you're having such a rough time. I do love your motivations for grad school though! Those definitely reflect my own. We need more passionate people in the world like ourselves! Those motivations are good reasons to go for research, but it is ultimately a decision of where you are right now mentally. Mental breakdowns are not a great sign in general, but in the face of so much rejection, I think your reaction are reasonable, and even expected. So please don't be too hard on yourself. I'm glad you're self-teaching so many subjects as well. It's good to get your mind off of the rougher things. Therapy should help though, and perhaps time will as well. If you want, you are always welcome to chat with me privately. Best of luck on everything in the future, and stay well there!
  13. Are you going for a MS with research? (Not all of them are.) Research is very frustrating, and may negatively impact your mental state as well. Imposter syndrome really already hurts those with low self-esteem. (I'm speaking as a person who knows this firsthand.) If you are going down this path, I'd recommend either waiting until your mental state is in a better place to start the research, or waiting until it is there to start the program. I know that it feels like you have to progress right now with your career goals, but if nothing is helping you in the moment, maybe you should take some time working on projects that excite you, rather than pushing yourself back into school. Fortunately, you are in a major where you can easily work on projects at home, and in doing that, you can FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOURSELF. I know you also mentioned the age, and that is a pressure, yes. But after you hit 30, you still have easily 50 years of life or more left, and you want to live those in a productive, happy way, rather than in a stressed way, always hitting goals due to the pressure you put on yourself. Like I said, you can still start the program (and just wait to start a research project for a few months) if you think it is best for you, but it may be a blessing in disguise if you are not able to start this year. You can travel (as you said you are from a wealthy family), explore the world, learn about yourself and work on projects that excite you! And if, after reading this, you think this information is all irrelevant, feel free to disregard it. But I thought it might be helpful, and I hope it is.
  14. Also, I officially accepted an offer with CU Boulder last week for a PhD coadvised by Dr. Palo and Dr. France. How many others will be attending CU Boulder in the fall?
  15. @vasan03 every university is just seeing how the virus situation goes before editing their start dates for fall. For now, assume they are what is listed on each university website (generally late August). That would mean you would want to move to the area in late July or early August if nothing changes. But this is subject to change at any time, so don't buy flight tickets just yet!
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