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  1. Its been a while, but here I go. Got a TA assignment at the start of my 2nd year that I wasn't thrilled with. I taught the class before with a different professor, no problems. With this instructor, the person is just so, what's a good work, annoying. They micromanage every detail of your grading, gets upset with you after the head TA reviews your grads and finds nothing wrong, accuses you not following the rubric, etc. In addition to this, my other TA assignment requires me to sit in a freshman lecture 1.5hrs on MWF, and write a lecture and activities for a recitation section on Wednesday and
  2. Just found it a little odd that this tread is not up and running for the 2014 application cycle yet. Some programs are starting to take applications this month, and most will be due by the end of the year. I have no horse in the race, as I am in my 2nd year in a Chemistry PhD program. Although I thought I was never going to get in anywhere when looking at some of the people who would post here, I found it comforting that I was not the only one checking my e-mail like crazy after my apps were in. Anyways, Best of luck to the hopeful cohorts of 2014!
  3. In a P/F class at my school, a F counts against your GPA, while a P doesn't. You should talk to your graduate program director, as he/she will have a better hold on your department's/ university's governance policy. Why did you think you dropped the class when you really didn't. The grad school and the grad program chair probably won't look favorably if it was just pure negligence on your part. Also, in most programs an F in a class brings you gpa so far down that you pretty much would have to withdraw from the program, so you may have a bigger problem on your hands unless you had a 4.0 the p
  4. So I just finished my first semester in grad school towards my MS in Chemistry. My boss has shown great confidence in me as a student and as a researcher. My first year went rather roughly, as I was put on probation after my first semester. The second semester, I literally bussed my hump to pull 2A's and 1B to pull my GPA to good standing with the university. I also didn't manage to do a lick of research. As it stands I have a 3.00 GPA, and my boss is pushing me to stay in my current program to get my PhD, but I have a few issues. First, the program is not really highly ranked, although
  5. I was off for 5 years, and that was difficult. My adviser took off 4 years before he started his PhD and he warned me at the beginning of the 1st semister that this semester will kick my ass. It did. The thing about working before going to school was that I worked so hard, that I just wanted to go home and relax. But this can be overcome by being disciplined and trying out new things until you find your groove. This semester is going much, much better than the last. Currently pulling an A-/B+ work, but it takes discipline and a change of thinking.
  6. At my school typical is 3 lab sections with teaching and grading responsibilities.
  7. This is a fair question to answer at grad recruitment weekend. Some of the grad school chairs offer this information, but you may have to ask: "Can I start working in the summer for Professor___________. I am really interested in his/her work.
  8. It depends on the school. Where I go, the town is definitely a small college town, but there is not much in the way of apartments. Since I lived in the area, I went to look at apartments the Thursday before visitation day. I looked around and all of the complexes were 50% full for the upcoming school year. What I suggest you do is go to visitation weekend and talk to the current grad students. Our grad students were hella helpful. They provided a list of apartments, and an itemized budget based on the standard student stipend. This is helpful because you need a sense of the average utility/wat
  9. I am a guy, but I will try to add my two cents. I would not say there is much difference in how men and women are treated; but, that depends on the personnel that are in your department (if you are in academia). Some (not as many now, <5%) profs. have certain cultural biases or feelings about women in certain fields. There was a professor that on of my coworker had a professor in the mid 90s who didn't believe that women should be engineers, so he would give all of his female students a hard time, and you had to take his class because he was the only one who taught Transport Phenomena at t
  10. How easy is this. Myself and at least two other fellow graduate students in my cohort are seriously thinking about switching to Chemical Engineering. We just don't see ourselves doing a PhD in chemistry. It makes no sense to waste two years getting enough credits to get an MS, then re-applying to the same university for a MS in the ChemE. program. I think we are starting to have these conversations and looking at the job market for PhD chemist, and we are coming to the conclusion that we are not in the right field. We have already had two students from our 11 student cohort leave the program,
  11. Turn it In is a solid choice. Many schools have licenses for it.
  12. Earlier today I got an e-mail from the head of the grad advising committee saying that I was in "grade trouble". I got a B+ in my adviser's class, but a C in a class that is not related to my research or my interest, and I was the only one in the class with a C, everyone else got A's. I have been out of school since 2007 when I got my BS, and my advisor told me that this first semester was going to kick my ass, but I didn’t expect this. I spoke with my professor, I did my assignments, I like most others in my class passed the first test, but didn't do too hot onthe last two, and I got a 90 on
  13. As far as I am concerned, Med. Chem and Synthetic Organic are dead fields. They prepare you for two directions: 1) Jobs in Big Pharma, that don't exist anymore, 2) academia, which you will have to do at least 2 post-docs to have a shot at a job. I just switched from synthetic organic to Organometallic /Inorganic Synthesis in my first semester. I knew I wanted to work in Catalysis, but not from a purely synthetic view point. I went through the same thing. I was sitting in Organic Synt., bored out of my mind, and I knew that wasn't the area for me. The work seems convoluted, but the Inorganic
  14. I went in with the though that I wanted to be a synthetic organic chemist. I had the epiphany while I was taking my second Org. Synthesis test that I didn't want to become a synthetic organic chemist, but that I wanted to do Organometallic/Inorganic chemistry. I just fell that I have wasted time in a class that I don't care for, that is frankly so hard it is beyond comprehension. I rather enjoy my inorganic lecture, and am doing very well. I had to hurt some feelings because I had to completely rework my adviser selection, but the dept. head said it was no problem. I just have to put my head d
  15. I am 28, and I am the oldest in my cohort, and one of the oldest grad students in my department. The average student in my department is ~21-22 years old. I heard someone talking how another grad student was old, and he is 26?! I socialize with my cohort (going to trivia, going to our favorite dive,etc.), but I do feel like the old guy in the bunch. I do things outside of school (running buddies, social aid organizations, etc) and that helps. I graduated a year late from college, and worked for 5 yrs. in industry before deciding to go to grad school.
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