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    Stratification, Inequality, Education
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  1. You can't really go wrong with either (it's Stanford), but look at faculty CVs and see which department has more people that line up with your research interests. If they're about equal, I would probably lean toward the sociology department because having a more general degree will help your job prospects and I'm sure you'll be able to take classes the other department so you won't be missing out on a whole lot. If you can, try to get in contact with a current student via email and see what they think about the connection between the two departments, departmental culture, and the benefits of being in one versus the other.
  2. A lot of schools have 2 or 3 soc of ed people. Ohio State has Claudia Buchmann and Doug Downey, Texas has Rob Crosnoe and Chandra Muller (not to mention a very close relationship with some faculty in the education school. Indiana has Brian Powell and Jessica Calarco. All are top people in soc of ed (as well as people mentioned above). I didn't visit there but I think NYU just hired some top education people. Irvine has some good people as well as a very strong, sociologically focused education school. UCLA also has some very good people. All are worth checking out
  3. From my conversations with Penn State, it seemed like they were open to it too. Seemed like a department where they'll really try to accomodate what you want to do
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    Publications and conference papers aren't the same thing. Publications, strictly defined, mean having work accepted in a peer reviewed journal. As a co-author with professors at my u/g institution, I had an article under review at a peer reviewed journal (currently in R&R, woo hoo!) and that helped me out a lot. Conference papers are still very good for an application, it shows that you know how to do and present research. If you want it to REALLY help out your application, I would work with a prof to get the article ready for submission at a journal. That would help out your application the most. However, if the timeline just doesn't work out, presenting at a conference is still a big help to applications.
  5. I don't think that analytic score matters very much, which is unfortunate. Texas, for example, doesn't even have you report it. It obviously varies by school, but from what I've heard it's one of those things that doesn't really help you, but can hurt you if you do very poorly.
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    Ohio State 2013

    not exactly a lurker, but I'll be attending too!
  7. We're in luck! While experimental studies are rare in sociology, there is indeed a study that uses experimental methods to test women's career aspirations and expectations. http://www.jstor.org/sici?sici=0003-1224%28200402%2969%3A1%3C93%3ACIPGSA%3E2.0.CO%3B2-O& Under the belief that men are better at certain tasks, women tend to perform worse than their male counterparts. However, under the belief that both genders perform equally, there are no sex differences in performance. So women might be sorting out of male dominated occupations because they believe that men are better at them, leading them to perform worse on average. I'm not sure if they've done this, but it would be interesting to see perceived sex differences in performance between women in male-dominated occupations and female-dominated occupations. I would expect that the belief that men are "better" at their job is more prevalent in male-dominated occupations than female-dominated occupations, and given that male-dominated occupations pay better, this might be an important mechanism explaining the gender gap.
  8. I know they're a little different. Indiana has an exchange program with the University of Mannheim, and I was able to meet some of the students during my visit there and they were talking about some of the differences. I don't remember exactly, but I think there were some differences in regards to how connected Master's and PhD tracks, but I'm not 100% sure. I'm sure there are some Indiana students that would know better, and if your interested in doing some work there but getting a PhD from an American university, Indiana would be a good place to go.
  9. Just formally accepted my offer to Ohio State. I had some great offers and it was a tough decision, but the fit at OSU is amazing and I'm really looking forward to studying there.
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    Indiana 2013

    I'll second everything said above. Indiana seems very strong. Methods (both qualitative and quantitative) training there seems amazing. They are also a very broad department, so if your research interests change (which happens a lot I guess), there is almost guaranteed to be someone in the department who studies the general area you want to study. I was really impressed by the visit.
  11. I think this thread should be exclusively geared toward reporting decisions. While I'm sure we all appreciate congrats and are glad to give advice, threads like these are useful for future cohorts for finding students who are at their interested schools and we should try to make it as easy as possible to navigate. The "Decision-making time?" thread is probably the appropriate place to ask for decision advice. Lets try to keep this thread focused exclusively on decision reporting as much as possible.
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    Indiana 2013

    "Official" visit day is next Friday
  13. I've asked numerous professors about this and the consensus is RELAX. Grad school gets intense and it gets intense quick, give your brain a rest so you don't burn out. I'm planning on seeing family and reading.
  14. Turned down my offers from Irvine, Notre Dame, and Texas so I'm down to three offers now: Ohio State, Penn State and Indiana. Its getting to crunch time!
  15. scatterplot figured out what would probably be the rankings for this year based on the averages: http://scatter.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/the-actual-201314-us-news-rankings/
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