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  1. It's the damn job that's mostly holding me back. Which is so crazy, because I never even knew of the possibility of this job, it just popped up out of nowhere. The problem with the job is that they specifically look for someone for a 2-year commitment because of the training process. I personally, don't think it looks to be a difficult job (but what do I know, I've only shadowed a bit so far), but that's how they seem to want to do it. I definitely don't want to burn bridges in the department, and it could be a great letter if I did the job, so the thought of leaving mid-way, would probably no
  2. What are people's thoughts on doing the last year of PhD (ABD) remotely? I know it's something feasible for my field (social psych) as most of the experiments I run can be done online, and the rest would be writing and preparing apps at that stage. Most of all my collaborators are also remotely from my current location, so that wouldn't affect much. The only thing I would miss is just being in lab and having that collaborative environment, etc. Also something that is motivating this decision is to hold together my current LDR. If I continued my PhD as planned, it would be 2.5 years of LDR in m
  3. kaister

    Honolulu, HI

    Yep that's true. Furniture, yeah options are limited. Depends how pricey you want to go. Target is a good option for smaller cheaper things. There are big name stores like Ashley Furniture or HomeWorld... Other than that, check craigslist or there are some discount furniture places that sell used hotel furniture, etc. that are reasonable and decent.
  4. Can all us losers go have a drink or 5 together? Like ASAP...
  5. kaister

    Honolulu, HI

    Yes I know people sublet, however to the extent that it's a formal situation all the time? No. But for most people it works out. A lot of people bike to campus. I don't know about 10 miles away though...you gotta remember this is Hawaii, 10 miles is pretty far out in the scope of things. I think you'd be able to find a decent priced place around campus, maybe 2-4 miles away. Definitely bike-able.
  6. kaister

    Honolulu, HI

    I'm currently in HI. Craigslist is unfortunately going to be your best bet... You may have to come here and stay at a hotel or hostel for a week while you find a place. That is if you want to see the place before you sign for it, which is recommended. Things turnover here really quickly and most postings on craigslist are for in the immediate future, so it makes planning really difficult unfortunately...
  7. I actually ended up using spoonflower as well. Best thing ever. NEVER going back to paper posters again. Felt so awesome not having to carry around a poster tube. AND it was cheaper.
  8. I have SPSS on my MBA. It works perfectly fine. Mines is only 128 gb.
  9. Hi there, I was in a MT program for a year before I quit, but I may have some experience and advice that may help you. What is it about a psych PhD that you want so badly? I find it's so completely different from the MT world. MT is completely clinically based, it's all practice. While you do read about research it is weighed waaay less than a psych phd. If you like the practicing notion and learning instruments, song interventions, etc. then it may be a good fit. But if you're expecting to do music related clinical research, it's less likely. They're not built for that, maybe more so in t
  10. Under what circumstance do you all think it's okay to refuse a Skype interview and push for a phone interview? Does that show any red flags? Particularly if there is no on-campus visit?
  11. Having only recently gone through the application process, I had this grand notion that most undergraduates are competitively fighting for opportunities to prep for grad apps. I have yet to really see these undergrads at my institution...I'm wondering where they all are?

    1. DeafAudi


      That is so true and is something we all should remember!

  12. Can I just say...I had a dream last night that I was being threatened to be murdered if I didn't reject this big grant (because I guess these people wanted it to go to them instead??) I don't know but it freaked me the hell out, lol! In other venting news...can my undergrad RAs just know how to use a computer and not ask me how to use a computer...please?? And can they follow instructions pleeeease?? Or not just sit there and do nothing...find something to do OR ask!! Feels like babysitting sometimes...
  13. ^ THIS. Someone. Make. It. XD
  14. Ok I am going to try this. Hopefully they get it...lol. Thanks for the advice!!
  15. Thanks for the advice! I will definitely try that. It's silly because they are literally things like "How do I open a window in a mac?" or "How come I can't drag this item here?" etc. So they really are not research specific things...otherwise I totally would not mind helping out, because I understand they don't have experience in research and are still learning. But when it's basic computer skills...it can drive you a little crazy, you'd think this generation are tech savvy and know how to use google...at times I've suggested to use google and they're like "What should I google??"...cue *face
  16. Would this as a response be appropriate: "I'm not sure, perhaps you could google or fiddle around with it and see if you can find a solution?" or "I would probably try to google it or play around with it until you can find a way to solve it." I just don't want to seem flippant.
  17. I'm still here! I can't guarantee it once I'm finished with grad school though. We shall see...but for now even in grad school it's still plenty relevant and entertaining.
  18. I need advice. I'm managing A LOT of undergraduate research assistants. Right now, it's just me, in another 6 months, I'll have a post doc to help me, but for now, I'm on my own and I need some advice. I'm very open to helping others and want to help guide these people to better understand research. I always tell them to come to me if there's something they are particularly interested in. I give plenty of guidance and outlines to the tasks they are to be working on. No complaints about any of this. MY complaint is that they just come to me for silly things ALL the time. Things like comput
  19. kaister

    New Professor

    This is all great advice. Being in a similar situation I can offer some other insight as well... I think even though I see myself maybe working a lot harder than other grad students in more established labs. I've definitely learned a lot more than others I've seen in my year or even some who are more advanced than me. This is because I have a lot of sole responsibility for upkeep of the lab and conducting research. Consequently it's put me in a frame of mind to get a lot of projects started and build collaborations early, similar to the goals my new PI. Sure maybe you may not have as much
  20. I think you'll be fine answering the basic questions that any grad student will have (as mentioned above). What might be important to consider is the questions YOU have for the grad student. Here's your chance to show you're serious, smart and ready for grad school. If I had a prospective student ask me no questions or not really sure what they needed to know, I wouldn't be impressed and maybe not take them seriously. However, if the student asked me smart questions like "How is your PI's mentoring style?" "What opportunities have you found for collaboration?" etc. I would be impressed and
  21. Oh my gosh, new semester starts tomorrow. My post doc left me for a job (which I'm super happy for her, but will miss her to death), so now I'm basically the only one running the lab now…with about 8 RAs to handle. Here's to praying the anxiety won't kill me!! AACK!
  22. http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2013/02/26/30-mug-recipes/ nom nom nom…I've only done the brownie and basic cake ones, but still good!!
  23. I loooooove crepes. and waffles. really anything carb-y and sweet is a winner in my book. I love those red bean filled treats. In Japanese we call them obanyaki! It's that magical batter…so good.
  24. Has anyone done this before? I'm inspired by this post: http://labhacks.tumblr.com/post/62420107780/the-25-scrunchable-scientific-poster Spoonflower is incredibly cheap, I'm thinking of just trying it and if it's terrible, $25 bucks isn't that much of a loss. Plus, if it turns out amazing…well, never doing poster tubes AGAIN! We'll see if I can get my poster done in time for this and I'll post updates if I do. Just curious if anyone has gone this route. Would love to hear about it, or see some examples!
  25. It can happen if the POI and prospective student already know each other in some capacity (through a connected colleague). Or perhaps they've already had a Skype or phone interview and subsequently the PI decided to accept. It can happen. Some places do not have mandatory interview days. Again, you'd have to check through the results section or school websites to see any info on if and when they do these "interview days". Depending on the school they may be flexible with how PIs can choose their incoming students. My school for example, doesn't have an official interview day, things happen t
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