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t_ruth last won the day on September 3 2019

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  1. There isn't an easy percentage to give. If you do a Masters with a PI and you do a good job, they will move heaven and earth to make sure you get into the PhD program.
  2. Depends on the field. In my field, we love when our MS students stay for the PhD, because we invest a lot in them and it is great to have continuity. This of course assumes they do well in the MS. It's a good proving ground.
  3. This varies highly from university to university. My university has CT positions that have very similar salaries (if not exactly the same) to TT positions. They aren't short-term contracts, and they have their own tenure process. Also, at faculty meetings, I've seen little hierarchy in how CT vs. TT faculty are treated. Here, CT faculty are professionals who focus on teaching or research only, TT are professionals who focus on the typical combo. This is very different from other universities I've been at, where there is a much bigger difference in terms of prestige, salary, etc.
  4. It's very difficult to write worthwhile non-empirical articles as a jr. scholar, even post-PhD. Concentrate on using your content classes to write lit reviews for papers that you write for your method classes. If you can coordinate well, you may be able to get one paper out of every 3-4 classes (2-3 content classes and 1-2 method classes). Another more reasonable thing to do with class papers is turn them into small grant applications. I know many people who have had luck with this.
  5. One thing to consider is that although reviewers are generally blind to who the authors are, editors are not. It might benefit you to have your advisor/senior author on the paper when you send it out to review. It's a sad fact, but true.
  6. The reputation for Teachers College is mixed. From my understanding, they are a bit of degree mill, so let in almost anyone. That said, there are also amazing faculty and so a degree from there can be a strength (it just depends on what you took, who you worked with, and other elements of your application). In general, clinical is usually more competitive than developmental. What is your ultimate career goal? What research questions do you have?
  7. You might want to consult an international university ranking then.
  8. Depends what you want to do after graduation and who you would be working with in the program.
  9. These things are so field specific, so general advice is tough, but: Usually, mentors are required to have postdoc mentoring plans. Do you have one? Can you draw on that to work with your mentor and publish some things together? Generally postdocs aren't all-on-your-own positions. Reach out to your postdoc advisors or other faculty in your department. Perhaps they would like to collaborate on something? Are there particular data you need to publish on or a particular topic? This can guide who you reach out to. You can also reach out to grad students to see if they need some help on their projects. Lit reviews are hard to do, and if you have skill in this, I'm sure it can be put to use. Finally, use this opportunity to get training on the method skills it sounds like you need. Can you audit a method class? If so, use the opportunity to make a publication-worthy class project. Good luck to you! I can't underscore enough that you should be working closely with your postdoc advisor on all of these things. That is 100% the point of a postdoc!
  10. You've received some good suggestions. Master's programs are generally costly and few offer funding, so that should figure in as well. Also, I note you said you would study more for the GRE when done with undergrad, because you will have more time. Working and/or grad school both take up a lot of time...
  11. That's likely fine for a writing sample. Polishing it would be a good idea.
  12. Usually 11:59pm Dec. 1st. This year that's likely a very safe bet given that Dec. 1st is a Sunday
  13. Sounds like you are asking the right questions and doing some good things to enhance your application. Have you talked to your current lab PI about your interest in doing more research things and the opportunity to get published or to present? Regarding your lit review, your professor should have some suggestions on where you can publish. You could also ask if they could come on as a co-author to help you polish the manuscript and prepare it for publication.
  14. I came to my field (Ed Psych) after a career in an unrelated field and found it was a real benefit. I agree with all that PsyDGrad90 said. Also, you will have a better idea of your path once you have specific research questions you are interested in. A Masters can help give you time and exposure to come up with these questions, but it is expensive. For me, personally, I would love a student with a CS background (but I do work in ed tech). There may be other PIs who feel similarly in developmental and clinical (even outside of computational neuroscience).
  15. Cut-offs are usually based on percentile scores. Many programs list this right on their websites or a program coordinator might be able to answer the question for you. Do you have other things in your application that demonstrate strong verbal skills?
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