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  1. Any updates on EPA Star 2014? Thanks, Iowa Guy
  2. Hi guys & gals, I'm selling the 8-book Manhattan Revised GRE prep set that I used last fall to prep for the GRE. Also included are Kaplan, Princeton Review, and official ETS GRE books. Here's the ebay link if you're interested: http://www.ebay.com/itm/231001603775?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649#ht_208wt_970 Thanks, Iowa Guy
  3. Hi guys & gals, I'm selling all of the GRE vocabulary materials that I used in prepping for my GRE last year. Flash cards, audio CD's, vocab picture books, computer vocab activity, etc. Now that I've been accepted into a PhD program, I don't need them anymore. Here's the ebay link if you're interested: http://www.ebay.com/itm/231001601046?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649#ht_171wt_970 Thanks, Iowa Guy
  4. Aren't scientific journal articles read/reviewed by the peer reviewers "blind"? i.e. they don't know who wrote the article when they decide whether to publish it or not?
  5. IMHO, definitely good news. Remember, the POI doesn't always have a lot of influence in who gets admitted to the program, especially if the POI doesn't sit on the adcom. She might have lobbied on your behalf for admission, but was outvoted by other (more influential) faculty. If she is encouraging you to visit campus, re-apply, etc I would do so...
  6. Ecology programs sometimes have very specific strengths, as Monocrome mentions. Don't worry so much about applying to the top schools, apply to the top programs that best fit your research interest. For example, I applied to 4 programs after looking at the top 20 or so. These were the programs where I had the best fit, and I got into 3 of them. You ultimately want to attend a program that's a great fit, with ideally multiple profs doing research in the area you're interested in. That's where your interests/passions will come through and you'll thrive. Definitely contact professors
  7. If a professor publishes an article in the PLOS ONE online, open-access journal www.plosone.org does that basically mean that the article wasn't accepted for submission in the higher-prestige journals? Thoughts?
  8. Hi, just curious as to your preferred strategy for reading scientific journal articles in your field. I'm preparing to digest some major background reading in my field (incoming PhD student) and am looking for ideas how to be the most efficient/effective with my literature reviews. Do you read a journal article once through quickly to get a rough idea of the content, then re-read with highlighter in hand for the nitty-gritty? Only read a journal article once, very thoroughly, because you've already screened it hard from reading the abstract? Immediately sit down after a thorough r
  9. Hi, I'm enrolling for fall PhD classes, and can choose between two nearly-identical intermediate-level statistics classes. One uses/teaches STATA, and the other uses/teaches R. Which would you recommend (STATA vs R)? I have a basic knowledge (and license) of SPSS already... Thanks in advance!
  10. In a "normal" year, when would the EPA announce the STAR 2014 grant and start accepting applications?
  11. OK, seeing as how the 2013 STAR applicants still haven't heard back, who is starting to prepare for 2014? I'm an incoming PhD student, and my prof is expecting me to apply, but I'm really not sure if the EPA is going to have any funds available? I was hoping to start work on my application this summer before classes start this fall... Thoughts?
  12. Try to find the school that YOU will be happiest at, and one which will set you up to maximize your long-term happiness...
  13. What do you see yourself doing once you obtain your MS?
  14. I'm an incoming PhD student in natural sciences/engineering. I recently published a 4,000 word article (not related to my PhD research) in a reputable outdoor magazine, which I was paid for. For example, a typical article that you might read in Field & Stream, Backpacker, Outside, etc. Is this something that I could/should include on my CV (which is a little light at this stage of my career) as an example of my writing abilities? Thanks in advance for any advice!
  15. My first thoughts upon reading this post: If someone: 1) wants a job 2) wants autonomy 4) wants low failure then they should get their CDL license and drive OTR trucks for a living. Not much 3) intellectual fulfillment in OTR trucking (IMHO), but there are many other paths with higher liklihood for job prospects than PhD's, that's for sure...
  16. If you think that getting accepting into a low-ranking PhD program in the Social Sciences will let you meet your life/career goals, then go for it. Most of us on this board try to get into the very best program that we can. Your PhD pedigree will stick with you for the rest of your life, yet you don't want to devote any resources to studying for a very important admissions test?
  17. Couple of thoughts - that's a great road trip, why not hook it on the back of a U-Haul as keawood suggests? Rather than shipping it through a company, it might be cheaper to have a friend/parent drive it up & then buy them a one-way ticket back to L.A. If the car is not super nice/new, might be cheaper to sell it in L.A., and then buy an equivalent car in Seattle.
  18. A cocky guy I know (with no advanced education) often says: "I have a PhD - a post hole digger."
  19. I got rid of internet service at home so that I'm not distracted, one of the best decisions I have made to maximize productivity. I still use the internet (obviously), but not having it at home forces me to prioritize what exactly I need to be searching/downloading from the net instead of mindless surfing... Same thing for television, got rid of it at home so no distractions (I actually haven't had TV at home now for over 10 years). Now contemplating doing the same with my cell phone
  20. iowaguy


    Jung - what is the ballpark price range for one of these nicer apartments? I'm asking because I bought a house in Walltown (moving in July 1) and am going to rent a room or two to other grad students/professionals. Curious as to what the rental rate is for a "nice" apartment between 1-2 miles from campus (so that I have a feel for comparable value/price points). I have not seen any apartments in person, so I don't have a feel by just looking on Craigslist as to how "nice" a given place is for the price...
  21. I had the same issue, here's the format I used: Dear Professor XXX: After much deliberation, I have decided to attend ABC University. I really appreciate you taking the time to meet with me and your subsequent efforts in trying to line up funding for me to attend XYZ University. Hopefully our paths will cross again at a conference or on a future collaboration...
  22. One of my offers stated that I must let the grad school know of my accept/decline decision "by April 15 or within 2 weeks of the date of this letter, whichever is later". Which makes me think that some decisions extend beyond April 15... Also, if you look through the admissions results on this website, you will see some PhD students in previous years reporting that they received acceptance offers into May... If it were me, I would keep in close communications with the school I was waitlisted on through April 15 & beyond, reaffirming my desire to attend their program...
  23. Every city has its pros and cons. I have lived in a half-dozen different cities/towns across the U.S. and have found happiness in each and every place I have ever lived. Just seek out the positives that Calgary offers and you'll be fine. You have better funding & academic fit at Calgary, so it makes logical sense to attend there. The next few years will likely fly by anyway as you're studying/researching!
  24. I think universities can still make offers past April 15. IOW, if candidate #1 turns down an offer on April 15, what's to keep that university from offering that position to the next person on the waiting list?
  25. I'm not familiar with your field or interests... But, if your ideal career would rely heavily on research - then PhD might give you more experience/credibility in research. OTOH, if you're not passionate about research, are you sure that you would excel in a PhD program? Also, if you thought you would end up with a PhD at some point in your life, this might be the best time from both a funding standpoint (sequester might make future funding tighter) and also from a time requirement standpoint (extending your current M.S. to a PhD would almost certainly be shorter route than starting bran
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