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  1. 2017-18 Job Market Support Thread

    This. More generally, while there, you are *always* interviewing. Meals, smalltalk with whoever is walking you to your next appointment, chats with the secretary or a random student all still count.
  2. advisor problems :(

    You answered your own question here. He misread your tone, maybe you're misreading his. Or maybe he was being immature and snapped in an unhelpful way, but would take it back if you had a conversation when you're both calm. As a general rule, if up until now things have been good, and you independently know that he's stressed out with things that aren't about you, it might be best to simply wait this out. Everyone has more difficult times; he really should be better about handling it in front of students, but unfortunately he's not. It's up to you to decide if this is a deal-breaker and you want to work with someone else, or if you can let this go. But I think it's important that you not continue working with him and *not* let this go, because it'll impact your relationship in negative ways. It's okay to be upset and to take time to work things through, but at the end of the day, you have to find a way to move on.
  3. Discussing Thesis in your SOP

    Well first off, you can get rid of half of the words in your sentence without loss of content. "After graduating with my BA from XYZ, I enrolled in a Masters? program at the University of ABC. <Sentence about what you learned; "further my development in research and statistics" is incredibly vague; be specific!>. My (currently in progress) thesis proposes to study <question>. By <doing things>, I plan to <find out stuff>. This will teach us <interesting things that are important, and here's why>. <Something about methodology, advising, timeline, etc. Be specific, give details where you can>. This background has prepared me to pursue a graduate education concentrating on <relevant things> at <your institution>, etc etc"
  4. advisor problems :(

    Frankly it just sounds like he's busy and under a lot of pressure, and isn't handling it terribly well. It's probably got nothing to do with you. I understand that you don't like his tone when he's in this mood, and I can imagine that I would be the same. So that much I think is justified. That said, people aren't always good at taking criticism in real time, and especially when they're under pressure. Sounds like your conversation just pushed his buttons at a time when he wasn't ready to listen. Just like in other types of relationships, there are people who want to work things out immediately as they happen, and there are people who need to calm down and think things over before they have a conversation about what happened. If he's the latter type of person, you insisting to hash things out when he is telling you to let them go might cause this kind of blowback. I don't know you or him, but I think that it'd probably be best if you ease off and try to have this conversation again at a later time, hopefully when whatever is on his mind is over. Meh, I don't know what led up to this and what he meant exactly, but again, things that are said in the heat of the moment might be things we later regrets. You might also not be in the mood to interpret him generously, given your interaction. In any event, the fact that he would be okay with you working with someone else does *not* mean he doesn't respect you. I think that good professors should always be happy to have their students meet with other profs, and if a student ends up choosing to make someone else their primary advisor, a good professor can understand and accept that and not be offended. Unless he told you he is no longer interested in working with you, I'd avoid over-interpreting anything. Wait, there's a long time between qualifying exams and graduating. And usually an even longer time between graduating and no longer being dependent on one's advisor (as in, unless you get a job immediately out of grad school, you'll need LORs from him for a while longer). I don't think suffering from a non-functional relationship over years is advisable. For quals, I think you don't want to touch anything at this point. I guess there are practical questions about the track record of this person and the department, but unless you have some specific concerns, I'd just leave it and concentrate on prepping for the exam. After that, when it's time to concentrate on your dissertation, there are ways of gently rotating people off the committee or replacing the chair. But I think this may be entirely premature. This sounds like out of character behavior, so why don't you give your advisor the benefit of the doubt and trust that there may be outside Life factors (or Work factors) affecting him that have nothing to do with you. It's a shame that he's not better at handling it, but this can happen to anyone, and maybe at this point you should just wait a bit to see what happens.
  5. selecting the right supervisor

    Verified, how? You don't have the authority to investigate, do you? Have you thought about issues of liability? Maybe an accusation on some internet website will cause action. Maybe not. Maybe all administrators aren't male... Yes. That much we can agree on.
  6. selecting the right supervisor

    Frankly this thread is all a bit overly naive for me. You really think that you can become the watchdog of all of academia and uncover some hidden nefarious agendas, where power and politics lie, as an obscure student? Good luck. I personally don't know that I'd trust a random website to report on this; I also don't know that I believe that you have the ability to actually investigate allegations. Collecting allegations, unfounded or not, in one place, doesn't do much to help the situation. Universities already have procedures in place to lodge complaints and to investigate them, which have a lot more power than you do. If you don't trust the process -- justifiably or otherwise -- then what are we to make of a collection of claims that can't even be properly confirmed? "objectively, carefully and responsibly share knowledge"? but who's supervising you to ensure that allegations on your blog are actually well-founded?
  7. This is one of those places where no news doesn't necessarily mean good news. I would suggest having an explicit conversation with your advisor where you ask for their evaluation of your progress in the program. If there are concerns, you want to head them off early and not be caught by surprise when it's too late or after enough time has passed that there is an entrenched less than positive opinion of you. If your advisor thinks you're doing fine and isn't worried about the grades you got in their class, great! You don't need to worry. Either way, I don't think that trying to over-interpret silence or comparing your situation to perhaps-similar things that have happened to internet strangers is particularly useful here. It may be hard, but it's important to have this conversation once in a while.
  8. "Name faculty members"

    That depends on the field. I never contact any professors before submitting applications, and I did name several in every app.* @WildeThing read up on the instructions for your schools. Unless they advise otherwise (some do!), you could try writing potential advisors to ask if they're taking new students and if they think you'd be a potentially good match. There's always the chance that someone is retiring soon or considering taking another offer, but even if you reach out to them they may not be ready to share that information with new applicants. All you can do is try, and work with the information that you have. There's some chance that you'll get things wrong, but if your people of interest are retiring or not taking new students, you probably don't want to go to that school anyway. One way to address this concern more generally is to only apply to schools that have several potential advisors for you, and name several of them in your application. This isn't just about the application -- this is about your actual time at your prospective school; things do change over the course of 5+ years and it's very important to have as many options available to you as possible. * And I mostly got things right; there was one case of someone who was on the faculty when I applied but left that year; I have no idea if she would have told me if I'd emailed. Another prof who would have been an obvious advisor at another school left the following year, so there's nothing I could have done about that. One of my main committee members spent years 3-5 of my time in my program abroad and we mostly talked on Skype, including for my defense. Life happens.
  9. Overlap in degree dates

  10. Impostor syndrome is setting in hard...

    Advice from outside your field: I don't think a lower GPA in an unrelated BA degree should be all that important given your high grades in your other BA and both MAs. You also sound very motivated and like you're doing all the right things. I'm not sure why you think that your research experience is insufficient; you have a total of 6 years of experience, including five posters and two theses. That's not bad at all for an MA student. Most applicants will not have a paper published before their PhD. The main goal at the PhD applications stage is to show *potential*. My main advice to you is to think about how you tell your story in a way that weaves all of your experiences together and tells a coherent and compelling story. You actually have so much experience that, if it were me, I'd wonder why you need two of each (two BAs, two MAs, to theses) instead of going the "usual" route; if your interests changed midway through that's fine and you concentrate on your more recent ones. If you just have multiple ongoing interests, the question will be how to tie them together in a way that shows that you can actually make them work and that you're not a risk (as in, that you won't change your mind and go do some other PhD program instead of your "first" one). I could be totally off here -- again, I'm from outside your field. But overall, that's my first impression.
  11. Question about transcripts

    Definitely ask the schools. I assume you're not the first person to be in this situation. For a fairly similar situation, what I ended up doing was creating a "transcript" of my own that reported all of the classes I took and grades I had gotten, and then I had the department secretary print it on official university letterhead and sign it as correct, after she verified that the information I had put there was in fact accurate. That was good enough for all the schools that required the transcript.
  12. Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    Talked to 5 customer service reps today, got one thing fixed. If another person tells me to call [someone else] and to ask for a manager "if they tell you to call us back," I will reach through the telephone and strangle someone.
  13. Tips for transferring to another PhD program?

    Usually transfers at the graduate school stage mean simply re-applying and starting over at a new program. It sounds like you could have a good explanation in your SOP as to why you're leaving and seeking another program (but be careful about how you frame it! negatives may not go over well, even if true and justified). It would be a big help if you still have your advisor's support and if she'd agree to write a LOR for you explaining what happened and still showing support for you. If that's the case, you might also talk to her about what would be better fits for you, and see what her advice is on where to apply and what to do next. An alternative, if you got admitted to another program and chose this one instead is to reach out to them again and see if there's a chance to go there next year. No guarantees, but in that case if they still like you, you might have an easier time getting in. This time at your program that you're leaving will raise a red flag, but one that you can explain away, so be sure to do so. Otherwise, usually, there is not much more to it. It's not like undergrad; you actually have to go through the application process again.

    This is the kind of research you need to do on your own, and no one here can (or should!) do for you. It's a *lot* of work. First off, you don't even mention a field or whether this is an MA or PhD or something else. Second, what school is a good fit for you depends on your interests and goals. You didn't tell us anything about those. Third, acceptance to graduate program is based less on scores and more on other aspects of the application such as your SOP, writing sample, and letters of recommendation. You need to learn more about the application process. It's your responsibility to take the first steps. Come here to ask specific questions about specific departments, and we'll be much more helpful.
  15. Panicking about (second) internship

    Have you asked explicitly for an evaluation of how you're doing and whether there is anything else you should be doing? Instead of trying to guess and stressing out, try asking explicitly for feedback and adjust accordingly. This should help with the stress and should also eliminate any surprises down the line.