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  1. I did not get this fellowship - but for anyone who stumbles upon this thread in the future, they chose four winners out of ~350 applications.
  2. Anyone else apply for the Center for Engaged Scholarship dissertation fellowship? This award is not listed on the Wiki. It's new this year - $25,000 for social science dissertations that are relevant to "progressive values." I applied and haven't heard anything. Just wondering if anyone else had. http://cescholar.org/dissertation-fellowships/
  3. Just dropping in to wish you all 2014 applicants good luck and calm(ish) nerves during the next few weeks as you hear back from programs. I remember sitting on my couch and twiddling my thumbs until about mid-February - couldn't seem to do much of anything besides wonder where I'd be come August. :-)
  4. I can't provide a direct link - but if you have access to a database, you might look at these rankings: "Measuring Quality in Communication Doctoral Education Using Network Analysis of Faculty-Hiring Patterns" (Barnett, Danowski, Feeley and Stalker, 2010)
  5. I second what Scrabble2 said. My scores were similar to yours and I managed to get into some great programs. My advisor at the time told me that when he sits on the admissions committee, GRE scores are just an initial way of sorting through people (and even low scores, when combined with an otherwise stellar application, won't rule you out). Your scores are fine, so I wouldn't worry about it. My personal assessment of the process is that who you want to work with and who is recommending you (via rec letters) are the two factors that matter the most.
  6. Such a twist - I moved to Madison last year from Columbia. If you like Madison, you'll find it easy to fit in in Columbia. You'll also find that the winter doesn't last six months! I can deal with the cold but the crappy weather seems to drag on and on here... I prefer the near west side of Madison and I prefer the south side of Columbia, if that helps you get an idea of the vibe. Grad students are more dispersed in Columbia - but I'd say you should only live super close to campus if you don't have a car. I take the bus and bike in Madison but I drove everywhere in Columbia. As a grad stud
  7. @Sconnie Will you have a car?
  8. Is the program at the University of Colorado at Boulder still around? I thought something weird was going on with their J-school.
  9. @VioleyAyame - ah, I did miss that. You have a good plan! I'm not sure how other programs work - but at my school, you would apply for the Master's track and write in your purpose statement that you have every intention of continuing on to get your PhD, when the time comes. There are three research-track MA students in my program right now and all three are continuing on to earn their PhDs - now with 25 credits completed and solid relationships built with faculty members. You point out a few key things, one of which is funding. One reason the MA track and PhD tracks are officially se
  10. That's awesome that you have figured out your path so early. I don't think I really understood what research was by the end of my undergrad - and I certainly didn't appreciate it until well into my Masters program. I won't claim to know everything about all comm programs (I'm assuming you're talking about comm) but from my experience at two universities, I don't know of anyone who was admitted straight from undergrad. What you'll normally see is people admitted into a sort of "research-track" Masters program. They take all the credits required for the M.A. and then write a thesis. Onc
  11. I have both my undergrad (broadcast) and Master's (Journalism theory) from Mizzou, so the following statement is absolutely biased: Missouri is an incredible J-school. It's worth mentioning that I'm not the only one who thinks so highly of ole' Missouri... it is consistently ranked as a top journalism school. I'd recommend it for anyone who wants to spend less time in the classroom and more time actually practicing journalism. Most of Mizzou's courses are essentially part-time jobs at local media outlets. It sounds like you would want to work for Vox, a local arts/culture magazine. By the
  12. I agree with the above posts -- I'll add that I applied for doctoral programs when I still had a semester of Master's classes left (plus a thesis to write). I applied to programs based on recommendations from faculty at my current universities. Don't count yourself out for any program, no matter the ranking. It's all about research fit.
  13. I'm desperate. I've got to recruit about 80 people in the next few days to watch videos that I'm pretesting for my main experiment. So if anyone is bored, I'd appreciate the help. Takes about 10 minutes. It's always interesting to watch stim material, right? Oh and -- besides asking on here or on Facebook -- does anyone have some suggestions for recruiting for online surveys? I have student participants for my lab experiment but didn't think recruiting online would be this hard! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/thesisversionA
  14. You're perfectly qualified to get into Columbia. As you've most likely heard from others, it's not as much about your qualifications as it is about "fit", AKA, will the program be able to offer you what you need and will your admission benefit the program. I love Colorado and hope to live there someday - but the University of Colorado's journalism program is probably not a place many would recommend right now. I'm sure you've read about the program's "transition". I'm not an expert on the subject - but would obviously encourage you to make sure the program will still be viable for a few ye
  15. That's quite a crossroads! The degree of "screwed" will ultimately depend on your coursework as an undergrad. My partner is graduating with her doctorate in physical therapy in a few weeks- I am in mass comm- and there has been little, if any, overlap in our undergrad coursework. She had to have all kinds of health-esque prerequisites in order to be admitted to the physical therapy program. In fact, her undergraduate degree is pre-physical therapy. If you've taken a lot of social science type classes, you may be missing a lot of the hard science courses that physical therapy programs requir
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