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Everything posted by emmm

  1. You haven't really shared enough information for people to even speculate about your chances -- and all it would be is speculation, at best. Your applications would need to include the very important LORs and personal statement, which matter quite a bit more, generally, that just the GPA. If you are worried about not having a CS degree -- I will be starting in a PhD program in the fall without a prior CS degree (though I did do quite a lot of relevant coursework). So, it is possible, but you should contact programs you're interested in to see what advice they may be willing to share with
  2. From what you've described, Rutgers seems like a better overall fit for you (and your preferred school). Given those considerations, unless the fellowship is highly prestigious (if it is just awarded by the school, it probably isn't) or covers the majority of your costs, it seems perhaps not valuable enough to turn down Rutgers. But only you can decide what is best. For PhD applications, you will need great LORs from people whose opinions are respected by the admissions committees at the programs you apply to. You are more likely to get great letters if you are able to do work that interests y
  3. It seems like a very different program than the one you initially applied for -- are you actually interested in switching directions to that extent?
  4. Agree with @ExponentialDecay. A teacher (undergrad course) lost a small HW assignment of mine once. Math problems, done in pencil. I said no problem, I'll do them again and get them to you later today (still fresh in my mind). She later found the original. And, speaking as a teacher, checking for plagiarism generally doesn't even require an electronic copy. A few randomly selected lines entered into a search box (i.e. little enough text that typing in by hand from a printed submission is no big deal) generally is all it takes. Very few of my students, anyway, are very clever in their cheating
  5. Most graduate students who get funding are expected to work for it. I teach at local community colleges and I have TA'd, and it's a lot of work! Grad students are also cheap lab workers, so even though having an RA can help move the student's work forward (as opposed to having a TA, which doesn't), it's still labor provided in return for funding.
  6. I think the program at NYU is more highly ranked. I don't know details of any of these, sorry. Congratulations on having so many choices!
  7. It's hard to know whether you will be admitted or not. It is not always the strongest applicants on paper who get accepted. I applied from a non-traditional background and I am doing some "catch up" coursework now. What I had in my favor was some unusual experiences in my background that people thought could contribute to the overall program, a clearly articulated plan for why I wanted to join the program, AND a professor in the program who was willing to work with me. Because of factors like these, admissions predictions are really tricky, and I would guess more so for those of us who don't f
  8. I recently applied and was accepted into a CS PhD program from a biology background. However, I had taken quite a few CS classes and other related classes. You may need to work on getting more CS background before you'll be considered competitive. The CS subfield you apply for will also come into play -- there are some that are really not going to be as accessible to you without a much stronger CS background, including, probably, the most popular (hence competitive) subfields. You'd be well served to take some more classes and form relationships with people who might be willing to work with yo
  9. This is a decent summary of what foreignstudent should expect from a faculty mentor. http://polaris.gseis.ucla.edu/jrichardson/documents/mentor.htm If his advisor is not a mentor (either through ignorance or unwillingness), he should find an advisor who will be one. The qualities listed here do not include "will do mentees work for them" (which is another form of very bad mentoring, by the way). From what foreignstudent described, I think his mentor failed in a number of the areas listed.
  10. @Eigen I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on this. Especially as research becomes more interdisciplinary, programs are going to keep accepting people with varied backgrounds. Such diversity can contribute positively to any project or program, provided the "outsider" is given the support needed to get to the point where he/she can contribute meaningfully in this new context. Even with background in one subfield, many use grad school as an opportunity to learn new skills -- it IS school, after all -- and even changing between subfields of the same general field can be disorienting and requi
  11. It is also possible that foreignstudent does not have a very good advisor and should consider looking around for another. Or even that foreignstudent does not have a "bad" advisor, but does not have a good advisor for him. Ideally, if a student is struggling, the advisor would try to provide helpful guidance. The form of this guidance should be tailored to the needs of the particular student. I have rarely found that just being told you're not doing well is sufficient "guidance" and it is not what I would consider advising or mentoring. Your advisor should discuss your potential research with
  12. emmm

    Older students?

    @melissa.cox10 A lot of what you mention in your post brought back memories. Many years ago I started school with a 21 month old and a 3 month old. I was able to bring the infant to classes that first semester as she just slept and fed (and was a quiet baby in general). A few years later, I had child #3, and took time off school, but that just delayed me by one year (due to how classes were scheduled only once a year). I would highly recommend taking a face-to-face class if you can somehow manage it. If not, the name recognition of the online program might matter (I am speculating). Something
  13. Would you be able to take the CS classes at school 1 that you think would set you up for your future goals? Or would you be required to stop taking classes once your program requirements are completed? Would you be able to have more than one advisor and do a project in collaboration with someone from CS? I think it is important to work on a project for which you have a lot of enthusiasm. If you go to school 1, will you regret not being in a CS program? That's sort of the impression I am getting (plus it looks like you applied to mostly CS programs).
  14. Actually, the crying probably wouldn't hurt either. It can be a great stress reliever :-) @fuzzylogician gave you good advice in trying to debug the interview. I had a similar experience, but I hadn't felt awkward at all during the interviews. Looking back on it, however, I realized that any time anyone had complimented me on something in my record, I had had to say something to minimize the accomplishment. It was as though it was physically uncomfortable for me to accept a compliment. So, I made a bullet point list of things that I was actually proud of and practiced saying "Thank you, a
  15. @nevermind -- You are right about rejection, and I agree that hearing from someone who has what you want saying it's not worth it, etc. is not going to help at all. But I also assumed the intent behind the post was good. It can be especially hard being in a grad program that is making you miserable. You know you're "lucky" to have the opportunity, which can make things feel even worse and make it hard to move on to something else (even if that might be best). There are so many variables, however, that yyou really can't generalize from someone else's experience -- yours could be completely diff
  16. Being in grad school can be difficult and isolating. The recommendations given by @doobiebrothers are worth considering, but ultimately, you have to decide what is best for you. Graduate school does give you the resources to learn more and interact with others who are as obsessed about some probably esoteric subject (that none of your friends have any interest in) as you are. And you might even get paid to do it.
  17. Congratulations! Hopefully, you'll be attending Visit Days at both schools (?). If not, I do highly recommend visiting anyway and meeting with people in the department to see which feels more "comfortable" to you. It has always been helpful to me to get a feel for a place before making such a major decision. At least you know you can't go wrong! Both are fantastic programs :-)
  18. I think taking the job and applying again sounds like a reasonable option. You sound more enthusiastic about the job offer than about the EE programs that accepted you. A year is not a very long time, and the work experience could be rewarding. I don't think it has to be full-time research to add to your application. You should also try to find out what the weaker applicants you know did differently that got them accepted at schools you are interested in. Not having a CS background shouldn't be a major issue, especially as the transition from EE --> CS seems to be a pretty common one.
  19. I think tailoring your SOP to each program is generally a good idea. Each probably has some unique feature that they are proud of, and that you took the time to research the program shows that you are serious about wanting to go there, and not just applying randomly or because it's easy to do so.
  20. emmm

    Older students?

    Hello @radhikapc, Age can be an issue, but I don't think you have to worry too much. I am older than you and just got accepted into the CS program at UW. I think you will find it is not a negative factor at all. Some people I spoke to before applying to grad school tried to discourage me (friends, admins I spoke with when looking for information prior to applying), but I ignored anyone who was negative and went ahead anyway, figuring I would work on anything I could improve, but my age was my age, and if I didn't try for what I wanted, I'd be guaranteed to go nowhere (hope that made sense
  21. You could apply to both -- that's what I did this cycle.
  22. Of course that wouldn't be a deciding factor, but if I mention it to them, I don't want to give bad information.....
  23. Is travel reimbursed, if they are invited? Asking as I know people who might be interested in applying to some MS programs....
  24. I just checked the website -- the classes are held in the evenings and the program can be done full-time or part-time. Best of luck!
  25. Berkeley's seems convenient if you are going to continue working and can't move locations, as it's online: https://datascience.berkeley.edu/ (applications for SPRING 2016 still open) I don't know about how selective each program is (or the ones you've already listed).
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