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  1. Basically as long as it’s a tier 1 university it comes down to your advisor and what opportunities you receive within the program
  2. Look at fit but most importantly look at job placement. The whole point of school is getting a good job. A R2 school with a perfect fit would be way below an R1 school with a good fit. Yes the R1 matters because of funding and you have to provide evidence you can get your own funding for most jobs
  3. 98 percent of TT jobs go to someone who got their PHD from a tier 1 university
  4. Mandarin- I graduated in May and started my job in August but I was officially hired in March before I graduated. I did not have to do any post doc but in my Sub field I went and studied under the professor who literally wrote the book on what I do. When I was applying to phd programs and got accepted to my top two choices. One with funding one without. My top choice didn't offer funding however I really wanted to work with the POI so I went without funding. Turns out I didn't receive funding due to school politics and I was suppose to get funding so I started school in August and got funded b
  5. I wanted to share that jobs are out there. I graduated in 2014 with my phd and I am a professor at an R1 University. I have recently done research and found that 98% of all academia jobs go to people who got their phd from an R1 university
  6. You need to find a topic on your own in my opinion. I did for both my masters and phd and I make my students find their own topics and I guide them through their research.
  7. Hi, I am writing this since I have been in your shoes. I found this site back in 2007 when I was applying for my master degree and then I revisited it when I was applying for my phd and now I am an assistant professor at a major university so I have done the full circle and finally found the time to post some advice to you all. As a professor taking graduate students, normally 2 a year, I never take a student who doesn't email me. Then I encourage visiting the school if at all possible. This shows me the student is serious about the school. However, I understand money can be tight but I l
  8. I am mostly just read comments now. Short back story: found this site while I was applying for masters. This site helped me through that app cycle and then my phd app cycle. Since I have gotten my phd and now I mainly just look at threads out of old habits die hard kinda thing. I graduated May of 2014 and got extremely lucky and got an assistant professor job right out of school. What that article meant I think was elie program for your specific field. I basically went to a smaller name school but m advisor was the foremost expert on my subfield. I worked extremely hard and actually funded mys
  9. I went to NAU for undergrad, and Flaggstaff is an amazing place. Your love it
  10. Faulty- yes professors hold grudges. Every subfield is a small field in relative. You end up knowing everyone. In fact one prof I turned down asked me at a conference three years later why I turned them down.
  11. Once you accept an offer you should honor it. The only rule about April 15 is if that university signed the agreement the deadline is april15 however in reality a university can legally give you any deadline they want. Also, if you accept an offer then later decline for a better option you could be committing are er suicide and be black listed in the field. You need all he contacts you an get and you don't want to make an enemy this short into your career. If you accepted an offer honor it, if your not sure dont accept if the deadline is near ask for an extension most times they will give it t
  12. Ok I am going to say this and I know ill get a lot of hate on this board. MA are not a waste. In fact where I got my phd, they will not accept you in the phd if you don't have a masters from another school. A lot of programs will not accept you into the phd if you don't have a masters. I know I don't accept you as a phd student without a master's.
  13. Academic fit is most important since if you can't do what interest you your drop out. Seen it many times. As for regional fit, in reality you should be off doing research every summer, and you should only have 2 years of classes so you technically only have to be in that city 18 months and then a week here and a week there
  14. The criteria should be as followed: 1. Prestige of advisor/fit 2. Job placement 3. The fit of the department (can they support your interest with classes) 4. Funding ( most anthro programs fund you three or at most four years) 5. Prestige of university 6. City life 7. Attrition rate ( almost all universities have a 50% chance graduating). I thought this was horrible until I went through it. In fact out of my cohort of 6 with my advisor I have received my phd, 2 have left, 1 has moved away unfinished but plans on finishing and 2 are still at the university trying to finish. I finish in
  15. A post-doc helps because it allows you to do more research, get more publishcations apply and e ive more grants. And the most important thing you must have your OWN site and you must prove this. A school looks at an application with a site as one who can include their students at their site, hey can do field schools there, you have continued research there, and grant money should come in for it.
  16. Most people need to either do a visiting professorship or a post doc. From there it leads to tenure track. If out of phd you don't land one of those your behind the curve. I got extremely lucky due to contacts I have and landed a tenure track job out of getting my phd. Very very unique and unlikely scenario happened for this to occur.
  17. I factor in a few things. The two most important things are fit and personality. And at the end sometimes it comes down to feel. Also, if I know one of your recs I will call them up. And if a recommender wrote a good/great rec for a student that turned out to be bad in the past I won't even look at that recommendation which is something I learned from my phd advisor and stoled it. Since what I do is a relatively small field I pretty much know everyone that would or should be writing recs for the students. Mind you this applies to phd only
  18. Lets say I'm going to accept 3 I will have a Skype interview with 5-6. I use it as a final cut since when it gets down to the 5-6 there isn't much different between them on paper. All of them have great recs, solid gpa's, field experience, and presentations / publishcations. P.S. sorry for the typos in the previous message, I was posting on my iPad and did not proof read and just noticed them.
  19. I do a the very,east a Skype interview with prospective phd students. Reason for this is to make sure our personality mesh and that I want my name associated with them forever. 4-8 years is a long time to spend with someone and if our personalities don't match they probably will drop out. Plus, they will forever represent me and be attached to my name like i am to my fellow advisor. For masters, no interview is needed since it is only 2 years and people are known for their phd advisor not master advisor.
  20. Make sure to google the person doing the interviewing. Know what they are currently researching and how you fit into that. Also have 3-5 questions planned ahead of time so it's not awkward when they ask if you have any questions.
  21. 11:59 pm on Jan 1 so not tonight but tomorrow
  22. Now since I will be graduating in a week, I am signing off for good. Everyone here have been great and I hope I have helped a few. Also, if I've helped you please repay me by helping future grad cafers. I feel this is a community for graduate students and since I'm no longer a grad student and will be accepting my first ever batch of grad students come January, I would feel like I would be spying if I came on here. The grad cafe has helped/fueled my anxiety while applying years ago and I have received great advice. May the luck forever be in everyone's favor moving forward. One exception of co
  23. Who cares. You plan on giving them appropriate notice if they want to push the issue so be it. My job found out before I had attended and my manager just said put in notice now for the date your leaving
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