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  1. Well to add to your question smootie: I am wondering if there are any discussion lists, groups, or online forums like this one dedicated to librarianship. I have found tons of blogs, which is good, but not many helpful discussion groups or lists. Also, if someone recommend any by specialty (archivists, digital, cataloging) I would greatly appreciate it!
  2. So, 1. Person A is a graduate student at a PhD program and is satisfied. Can move on and finish PhD and get job, whole 9, etc. Good relation with advisor and faculty and fellow cohort. 2. Same person A is also interested in a job at another university--at another department, with other people, nothing to do directly with his current university. He applies for the job. 3. Now is the search committee at the university that will maybe hire him bound not to speak to his current adivsor (boss)? Because person A has listed nothing in his application stating that his current advisor will be a good reference. Also, his current advisor should ideally not find out that he is applying for a job. Person A just wants to apply for the job quietly, find out if he was hired, and move on and tell his advisor. 4. Now the question is legality: if the search committee directly or inadvertently contacts his current advisor, then that is trouble for person A. He might not be hired and might also be denied candidacy. But then is there not the question of legality--the university he is applying for will be held responsible for contacting someone and then damaging the career of person A. He never asked that his advisor be contacted and wanted that to stay quiet. Both advisor and hiring university are implicit is maybe damaging person A's career. any advice? any thoughts? who is maybe the best person at each university to consult in terms of legality? thanks !
  3. Since we are on the topic, I had a question: The courses I am about to take (first quarter as a GS, PhD progam) offer two methods of evaluation: 1. Letter Grade (ABCDF) 2. Credit/No Credit. I'm wondering what the difference is, since I can opt to choose either when registering for the same course. What sort of experiences are to be had with each one?
  4. I believe both rising star and wild violet make valid points.It seems sensible to take minimum load of credits (11 credits per quarter where I am) and then test out how one's schedule and work load corresponds. maybe one can add more credits after settling in and getting a feel for the program. Also keep in mind that taking only the minimum number of credits will prolong your career at your program, which can be a plus or minus depending on how you use it.
  5. RE: Housing check out http://www.stanford.edu/dept/rde/cgi-bin/drupal/housing/charts/graduate-residence-chart. has anyone heard anything about Vaden Health Care? Is it valid only at the physical location at Stanford or elsewhere (a network, maybe) as well?
  6. wow, lot of "desis" here.,, any idea about graduate housing? I know there's apts avail. at Escondido Village, but how much are they and is it feasible to rent them with the av. stipend is the question. I'm going to be in the Humanities, btw. enjoy the weather there!
  7. OK, now preparing for the Fall. So many Qs!

  8. Ok, now am thinking about how best to prepare for Fall. Registration? Orientation? Health care?

  9. Wow, if you did get invited to NES at Princeton that is a big deal. One of the faculty members told me personally that last year they had 144 applicants, shortlisted 18, and chose only 4. I am curious to know these stats about NELC and SALC at U of Chicago. good luck with the interview!
  10. Actually, teaching is an important part of training as a graduate student. Also, I know two of my friends from Princeton who opted not to focus on being TAs or TIs and it did hurt them in the long run. One of them had a good deal of trouble finding a job, and finally settled in another Ivy League in NYC. He had to teach as visiting professor at 3 places across the country to build enough experience so that his current place would hire him. A degree from Princeton only took him so far. I also know from another friend who now works at a good state school and got a degree from one as well...I quote "Ivy league/good private school graduates have a very specialized knowledge of the subject, but they lack in a vast, general knowledge of the subject area. They also have minimal teaching experience, which makes them less attractive as candidates for jobs. with graduates from state schools, they are not necessarily specialized but have worked as TAs, or have had to do so to maintain funding". I don't know how true that is for subjects outside the Humanities, but from what I can tell it might be true.
  11. Thanks to both of you for making things clearer. StrangeLight, I actually followed your earlier advice and avoided all mentioning of actual numbers during the interview. But I was given exact numbers, which were brought up either by faculty (the last part of our conversation) or grad. students. I happily smiled to let them know I heard the number. I've gotten a standard package at a good private university. It's not all that bad BUT what I want to know is this: who has the authority to increase the yearly stipend/fellowships? You say director of graduate studies. Obviously he or she has to negotiate with the university and the people (which people?) who make the budget. I am not trying to understand the deep meshed world of university red tape and bureaucracy here. All I am trying to do is: A) IF I get a better offer of funding from another university (which is actually just as good as this one) then I can ask these folks to match it, thats all. Like Simple Twist of Fate said, i can be spoiled for choice if two equally good universities have chosen to admit me (for which I am thankful).It is very likely that the "other" university will send me an offer soon and offer funding. I know the second university to have better funding too, but it's my second choice considering everything else. You are right, I do not want to offend the POI or the faculty by bringing this up with them directly. That is why I want to be careful and not mention it and sound crass. If I could speak to the "person in charge of delegating funding" (yes, I dont know what sort of animal that is) and just say to them, gingerly over a cup of green tea "you know, I love your program here and I really want to study here. BUT XYZ has offered me N amount of dollars more. Can you match that please?" and they simple nod their head and write that number down in my file somewhere and everything is magically fine. C) I want to do this simply because I know I need the money. Some of us have families, dependents, etc. and the extra dollars can go a long way So I do have a need for it. I'd like to hear more, please continue..... (GC is awesome. good luck to everyone else).
  12. Great. Thanks. I'm still not sure about the workings of power, so am trying to be nice to everyone. Who handles funding then, if I want to negotiate something?
  13. Folks, just need some tiny advice.... got into my top choice program (yay!), received letter of acceptance from PI. Official to follow soon...how to respond to the official letter?? Do I write back to the Dean in a thank-you sort of way? Whats the correct response to a official notice btw? thanks, good luck to all.
  14. Got into my top two choice schools. Yay!

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