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  1. The requirements for a job outside academia vary with the job. At the research company I used to work for (government and private social science research contracting), a master's degree greatly limited career options. In other fields and settings, a PhD might be a drawback.
  2. I think PsychGrad2011 has it about right. After clinical, social programs are the most competitive. I believe that the APA book Graduate Study in Psychology has these stats, but I am not sure. It definitely has stats for individual schools broken down by program.
  3. Don't worry; you're in the right place! Your GPA won't exclude you from graduate school, but it will probably be a concern for graduate programs. FingersCrossedX's advice to offer a narrative explanation is a good idea. I'll emphasize not focusing on psychological or academic disability in this explanation. If you can afford it (in terms of tuition and delaying work), the extra quarter might look good. Even a couple of points above 3.0 move you that much further from the danger zone. Another option is to take additional courses after graduating while working. You definitely have enough
  4. It's a form of signalling (on your CV), but the associations (at least in my field) offer discounted conference admission, travel funding, research awards, grants, and fellowships to members. Many of them have great listservs, too, where you can keep up with what people in your field are doing, ask for advice, and find job postings. Some of the major psych associations even use grad students as reviewers for some of their competitions, which is a great way to get reviewing experience before you are famous enough review for journals. Basically, I'd say the memberships are greatly beneficial. Bu
  5. I don't think the results of this study have been published yet, but I saw this video from this year's APS convention. Timothy Lawson had a poster on what coursework psychology grad programs looked for when selecting applicants and found differences depending on program type. He discusses some of those differences very briefly in the video, but hopefully there will be more details published eventually. It looks like he's done this kind of survey before and is updating the work.
  6. robot_hamster, I think you are really hitting on it in your last sentences. This really sounds like something you need to work out with your husband in terms of what is important to each of you. What are you and he each willing to give up--proximity, education, career, relationship? What's going to make you happy and satisfied will depend on your own values and priorities. How much will you be hurt if, after you finish the first year of your PhD far away, your husband decides it is too much to be apart but he is not willing to move? Is this something that might happen? Would you quit your PhD
  7. It all really depends on what you asked and how, but I think you advisor may have been acting from two concerns. First, it's not uncommon for faculty to be completely unaware of the course requirements for graduate students (unless they are the department chair or division head). Generally, you'll get this information from a graduate secretary or other graduate students or even the handbook. Second, as a graduate student, you are expected to be very independent, so rather than approaching your advisor and asking what you should do before you have done a substantial amount of independent work
  8. This will probably depend a lot on what type of city your university is in. I go to one of those schools in a big "college town" in the middle of nowhere, so no one lives more than a few miles from campus, at most. When I was in a large city, it was much more common for students to live much further than that or to have longer commutes. Also consider the kind of transportation you will have available. Can you afford to keep a car and park on campus? Will you be dependent on buses? Do you like the idea of walking to school? Will you be in a bike friendly city? The same commute could take ve
  9. I agree with most of what you said, but this is incorrect. In order to closely approximate a test-taker's "true" score, you need questions at many levels of difficulty. Each question is associated with an approximate level of ability at or above which a test-taker will answer correctly and below which a test-taker will answer incorrectly. You must provide questions at many levels in order to come up with a good guess of someone's actual level of ability. This is why the computer adaptive nature of the GRE is important: once the computer program figures out that you are above or below a certain
  10. I use a laptop for classes, primarily because printing all of the reading for a week (most are journal articles distributed as PDFs) gets very expensive, and with good PDF reading/organizing software, referencing specific quotations, figures, or personal notes is just as easy as with a printout. I get a print account, but I would exhaust it within a few weeks if using it to print class materials. I have a labmate who shares his laptop with his wife and does most of his at-school work in the computer labs or in our lab (when no participants are being run). This works well enough for him.
  11. That's something that might depend on the rules of the test center. I would call the test center(s) nearest you and ask.
  12. I agree. We ought to write accessible text. That is a separate issue from what texts the GRE should sample from. The GRE should sample from the kind of texts you will read in graduate school. Unfortunately, many scholars do write like this. You will need to be able to read such writing in graduate school, regardless of whether or not it ought to exist.
  13. This article is a terrible example of the clear writing the author so wishes we would all create. It's full of strange digressions (such as the salaries of bankers), and the author is using the GRE as a vehicle for a broader complaint about academic writing styles that really has nothing to do with what the GRE should test. Whether or not we ought to write accessibly (we ought), the GRE should test the ability to read the scholarly literature that is available. In the world we live in, scholarly literature is dense and convoluted in style. In most graduate classes, instructors will expect
  14. If it helps at all, I heard back (rejection) by email on 3/25 last year, so it's still roughly in that range. Good luck to everyone who applied this year!
  15. I called today and asked if the delays in setting the budget would delay award announcements. I was told, "We don't have any information on that, so I can't answer your question. Sorry." According to FastLane, the number of fellowships is expected to be around 1,000. Edited to provide direct link to relevant FastLane FAQ.
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