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  1. Hey does anyone want to review this SOP for me? Much obliged! My varied academic aptitudes professional backgrounds have prompted me to pursue advanced degrees in geography, is an ideal institution for my academic interests in political ecology, environmental governance, political economy, and ultimate goal of becoming a researcher and instructor within academia. Furthermore, the specializations of the department’s faculty and research centers align closely with my own, and provide opportunities for prospective collaborations. BLANK" applies approaches and frameworks from political ecology, but was informed by methods and theories of other adjacent social sciences and geographies. I am eager to continue expanding and refining my interests in new applied and theoretical knowledge domains as a doctoral student. The Department of Geography at the University of BLANKMy master’s thesis, " where the patterns I have observed and intellectual curiosities I have cultivated have found outlets for formulation and expression. As a master’s student in geography at "BLANK" University, I have had the opportunity for inter- and intra-disciplinary exploration, professional development, and scholarly personal growth. During my undergraduate career at the BLANK State University I became embedded in the social sciences and humanities, taking courses in history, economics, sociology, English, and philosophy. I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Geography and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, with minors in Philosophy and International Studies. I also pursued two years of coursework in French and became proficient in reading and composition. I joined the undergraduate geography club, philosophy club, and a more loosely organized philosophy and psychology discussion group called State of the Soul. At the 2013 Annual Association of Geographer’s meeting I presented a poster on my combined interests in geography and philosophy, which examined urban poorhouse distribution in the context of 19th century social Darwinist philosophies. I was keen to experience the theoretical perspectives and approaches of numerous disciplines, and it was in geography that I felt the most intellectually inspired and which seemed best situated to consider the issues of society and the environment that became the impetus for master’s project on environmental conflict. I was first exposed to research as an undergraduate student working on two separate projects. My first position was as a research assistant studying state level policy trends in reproductive rights using public opinion polls and dormant or active state legislation. My second position, working with the International Center for the Study of Terrorism, I collaborated with a large team of researchers from diverse backgrounds to examine the mechanisms of radicalization and recidivism in radical organizations. I gained invaluable experience coding qualitative data and interpreting results for policy proposals. These experiences as an undergraduate student introduced me to research methods and project management in the social sciences and prepared me to pursue projects in graduate school. on urban water resource management, focusing on urban water conservation obstacles in the utility sectors of cities in the western United States. As a graduate student researcher, I was able to take a more central role in administering the project and collecting data. For this position, I contacted research participants at public and private offices, assisted in mediating stakeholder meetings, helped in composing surveys, and conducted the review of theoretical and applied literature. This experience has also contributed significantly to my own research in political ecology on collaborative water governance in the Klamath River Basin. As a master’s student, I was employed in the department of geography as a research assistant working with Dr. BLANK My master’s thesis examines the mechanisms of collaboration and exclusion in environmental governance in the Klamath River Basin, which has become infamous for conflicts between fishers, tribes, farmers, and environmentalists. While this research project is situated within the critical political ecology and political economy of water governance, my broader intellectual project is to explore patterns and relationships in various regimes of environmental governance in rural area and small cities, using mixed methods of data collection and analysis. Themes that are of particular relevance to my project include formal and informal governance, scalar relationships, cultural expressions, and constructions of nature. How these different facets materialize and interact during perceived environmental crises, such as drought and species extinction, reveals not only potential paths forwards in environmental governance, but a glimpse into societies varied relations and connections with the non-human world. In addition to a political ecology/political economy perspective, I am interested in employing elements of New Materialism and other contemporary philosophical perspectives into my prospective dissertation. I am pursuing a doctoral dissertation that incorporates themes from political ecology and Science and Technology Studies to examine the spatialities, politics, management and perceptions of the disease commonly referred to as White Nose Syndrome (WNS), a cold loving fungi that effects hibernating bat populations. With the spread of mosquito borne diseases and the increasing attention to the biological treadmill of pesticide use in conventional farming, the loss of bats could likely result in serious health crises for human populations. While humans are indirectly vulnerable to WNS, we are unsure about the cause of its spread and we have been unable to identify it as a symptom of anthropogenic change or as an externality of capitalist production that has been symptomatic of many political ecology case studies. As a biological technician working for a private company collecting data on white nose and endangered bat species, I have an understanding of the management and mitigation practices for this disease and bats more generally. Data collection is primarily conducted by private companies, with different hiring standards than state or federal agencies, which affects the quality and type of data collected on this disease. During my work, I observed a difference between the capacities of states in the Mid-Atlantic region to address WNS and provide resources to track environmental change. A comparative study between Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania might be most productive because of their shared geology along the Appalachian range and socioeconomic development as mining and agricultural states. Through this dissertation project, I seek to interrogate discourses and practices of environmental governance and the limits of anthropogenic change, allowing me to build upon my intellectual project by examining the effects of neoliberalization on the production of knowledge and environmental governance. The work of Dr. Bruce Braun has been influential in guiding my current research, as well as my prospective dissertation. Dr. BLANK's interest in political ecology and New Materialist perspectives is of particular relevance to furthering my research interests, and I would welcome the opportunity to work with Dr. BLANK as a potential adviser or in other collaborative capacities. I have also been in correspondence with Dr. BLANK2, who’s research on political ecology and political economy of waste and labor in India has also been influential on my current master’s project, and who’s perspectives on development are central to my prospective dissertation. There are many other faculty within the department with whom I share research interests and whose writings have been particularly significant in my current courses and academic projects including; Dr. BLANK3 work on scholar activism and engagement and research on racial politics in post-Hurricane Katrina and Dr. BLANK4 research using spatiotemporal analysis on animal migration, which is of particular relevance to my prospective dissertation. My research experience and interests have been one of my primary motivations for pursuing a doctoral degree, my professional experiences outside of academia have contributed significantly to my research interests and how I perceive the future directions for my work. In addition to being employed as a biological technician, I was recently employed as a planning intern for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird and Habitat Program. In this position I worked closely with ornithologist to plan and review habitat conservation programs during several controversial western conservation campaigns, including the occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Working in the USFWS allowed me to observe governance within a federal office, and to understand the personal perspectives of employees and biologists, who often acted in accordance with political mandates that contradicted their professional opinions as biologists. I was also employed as forest conservationists for the World Wide Fund in coastal Kenya, where I worked closely with my Kenyan counterparts and local partners to set organizational goals, review Environmental Impact Assessments, and advocate for forest preservation from outside extractive interests. In many ways the WWF fit the archetype of the neoliberal conservation institution operating in a former colony, however, it also challenged some of the assertions about these organizations within political ecology and development literature. My primary project was to contend with an Australian mining company that was attempting to gain mineral rights in a protected forests with known high levels of radioactivity. The communities living in this region were divided on the mining project, and the WWF, along with several local partners, acted to disseminate information and often found itself to be taking a contradictory stance from the state environmental institutions. These professional experiences have helped to cultivate my interest in political ecology as a critical subdiscipline, while giving me practical experience on the discourses of development, conservation, and governance. I believe that my greatest asset as a student is a passion for my field and conducting creative environmental and social justice oriented research. I am applying to the University of BLANK because it is a progressive academic environment, where research projects flourish as a result of shared learning and collaboration. Recognizing the challenges of completing a doctoral program, I believe that my work ethic, professional experiences, and academic ambitions make me an ideal candidate for the PHD program in geography.
  2. ParmaSean

    PhD in Geography or Sociology?

    Hello People of GradCafe, I need some help! I just received my Master's in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois, Chicago this May. During my Undergrad I studied Economics and the Sociology of Religion. I am interested in eventually applying for PhD programs but am unsure if I should be applying for Sociology PhD's or one in Geography (Human). The topics I am interested in focusing on are immigration, migration, and diaspora policies and how migrants/refugees fit into western societal spaces. Additionally I am very interested in how the role of the city plays into these trends as well. I can make arguments for both disciplines-on the one hand Geography could be better because it is more closely aligned with my Master's in Urban Planning in that it deals with human interaction with the environment (both built or otherwise), and it also would allow me to include some sociological trends into the study as well, such as demography. On the other hand, sociology has more longly been associated with immigration and transnational studies and is more aligned with population dtudies and demography research which ended up being my favorite aspect of my Urban Planning degree. I never thought I would be having this dilemma but I am. If someone could address what the differences are between these potential two programs in terms of research methodologies etc., as well as which you think would be better for someone with my research interests that would be amazing. I am very aware that I may be rambling here so if you need clarification on anything or have further questions to help me out please do not hesitate! Thanks so much, Sean
  3. HI All, My fields of interest are the following: urban sociology/ poverty, social stratification, crime and deviance, qualitative and quantitative methods, drug policy, racial inequality, criminal justice system; factors that contribute to the burgeoning of mass incarceration (i.e. reentry and recidivism, substance abuse, etc.) Not entirely sure if I am a strong candidate for these universities since I understand how brutally competitive it is, yet I have the confidence that I have all the necessary criteria and unique background. Anyways, as the saying goes, "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." The programs I am applying include: University of Chicago, NYU, Columbia, Harvard University, CUNY Graduate Center and UC - Berkeley (I feel like this university is most conducive to my passion). Please do recommend any other university (department) that is pertinent to the sort of research I want to pursue!
  4. timhorton

    Is an MA Soc program worth it?

    Long story short I've been having some serious doubts about if I want to complete a PhD in sociology. One, because it's a huge time commitment and two, I'm not going to a top institution so I'm worried about job placement (sidenote: if anybody knows about CUNY's soc program, specifcally immigration I have some questions for you). So I've been looking at soc MA programs, particularly 'applied' programs, such as the one at UMASS-Boston. (Link below) https://www.umb.edu/academics/cla/sociology/graduate_programs/ma Does anybody know about job prospects for an applied MA program. Would it hurt that Umass isn't ranked as high as other institutions in the region, when it comes to looking for jobs? Umass has a survey research certificate which seems pretty applicable to the real world? Any advice or experience with degrees of this type would be greatly appreciated.
  5. It's not a popular research topics but a new field I guess.. I am quite interested in sociology of emotions and trying hard to find schools. It's a bit related to social psychology but not the same. I am more interested in a sociological perspectives of analyzing "emotions". I wanna research how "emotion" means in the society and how it influence our lives with social meanings, e.g. social norms. I get into this topics from my MA Gender Studies as gender theories discuss "affect". (however, my BA degree is not relevant at all, it's Business Administration with a minor in Chinese Literature and a certificate of women's and gender studies)(also I earned my MA degree in London and come from other background thus know few about this field in USA..) So far there are some universities on my list: UC Riverside, U Georgia, UNC Chapel Hill, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz and Emory. but it is a bit difficult to find some programs/researchers seriously fit this interest. also not easy to find resource in relation to this topic. Could anyone please give me some suggestions? Many many thanks.
  6. Hello People of GradCafe, I need some help! I just received my Master's in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois, Chicago this May. During my Undergrad I studied Economics and the Sociology of Religion. I am interested in eventually applying for PhD programs but am unsure if I should be applying for Sociology PhD's or one in Geography (Human). The topics I am interested in focusing on are immigration, migration, and diaspora policies and how migrants/refugees fit into western societal spaces. Additionally I am very interested in how the role of the city plays into these trends as well. I can make arguments for both disciplines-on the one hand Geography could be better because it is more closely aligned with my Master's in Urban Planning in that it deals with human interaction with the environment (both built or otherwise), and it also would allow me to include some sociological trends into the study as well, such as demography. On the other hand, sociology has more longly been associated with immigration and transnational studies and is more aligned with population studies and demography research which ended up being my favorite aspect of my Urban Planning degree. I never thought I would be having this dilemma but I am. If someone could address what the differences are between these potential two programs in terms of research methodologies etc., as well as which you think would be better for someone with my research interests that would be amazing. I am very aware that I may be rambling here so if you need clarification on anything or have further questions to help me out please do not hesitate! Thanks so much, Sean
  7. timhorton

    Rice Sociology 2017

    Is anyone out there currently attending or thinking of attending Rice University for the PhD program in sociology? I've looked over the website, professor profiles, current student profiles, some papers...but the program is still so new it's hard to find a lot on it. Does anybody know if rice is more quant or qual heavy (the website says they train students in mixed methods). Also does anyone know if RA positions are readily available through any of the affiliated research institutes at Rice (like the HERC)? In the future, I want to work in research outside of academia and the website says Rice emphasizes new approaches to public sociology, so I feel like this program could possibly tick a lot of my boxes but it would be extremely helpful if someone could point me in any direction to get more information.
  8. Hi, I'm applying to several tier 1 and tier 2 U.S Sociology PhD programs in two months. By "tier 1" I mean schools like Harvard or Princeton, by "tier 2" I mean schools like Washington or Texas-Austin. I am applying from abroad and have done almost all of my studies in an non-English environment up until now. So, I am having some difficulties with the GRE verbal and writing component. I took my first GRE two month ago and I got the following results. Verbal:160(85 percentile) Quantitative: 166 (91 percentile) Writing: 4.0 (59 percentile) Now, this is the score I got by only doing two practice tests two days before the exam. So, I could probably pay 200 dollars again and retake the test to do a little bit better (I can aim for something like 160-162, 168-170, 4.0-4.5) . To tell the truth, I am a bit worried that my verbal and writing score may give off bad impression when compared to other applicants for the top schools. However, I have also heard some rumors that US universities will not care so much about GRE verbal and writing scores from international students as long as they are not terribly bad (which I don't think this is the case). If anyone has experience with these issue, it would be great to know what you think. Best,
  9. My main research interest lies in gendered violence - currently it's male victims of domestic assault, but I can't find any faculty professors in Sociology who are researching the topic. All the professor's I come across who work in gender in Sociology, seem to focus on gender and employment/marriage. I'm not really interested in Gender Studies departments because I want a broader width of research than gender in the future. Does anyone know of any decent (not necessarily top 20) departments where there is a professor who is working on this topic? Or should I put this research on the back burner and go into a more conventional research area until later I get into a program?
  10. Hi, A brief overview of my application: GRE: V164, Q159. GPA: 3.9 (highest distinction). Research: I conducted an independent summer research study as a fellow of an undergrad research program. I'm hoping to publish my results by the time applications roll around. I also have experience working as an assistant one of my professors projects. Additional stuff: I'm graduating in three years with an Interdisciplinary Studies major and a German minor. I've taken two grad-level courses and received an A and an A+. My letters of rec should be very good. I've taken grad seminars with two of the professors, both of which I've also conducted research for and have known for multiple years. The third recommendation is coming from a very famous professor who I'm taking an undergrad seminar with right now. Am a competitive for the sociology programs at Harvard, Berkeley, UChicago, Colombia, etc.? Thanks!!
  11. All: Old Dominion University is undergoing a burst of expansion. Two positions are currently open in the Sociology and Criminology department, and three positions are open in the Cybersecurity department (affiliated with the Sociology and Criminology department). Given the geographic area, student body, and the area of interest within the Sociology and Criminology department, minority candidates are encouraged to apply. I've posted both positions below. The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice seeks applicants for two Assistant Professor positions to begin August 2017. These positions are designed to support the Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice as well as the M.A. in Sociology and Bachelor's degrees in Criminal Justice and in Sociology. All areas of research expertise will be considered, with special consideration given to those who study some aspect of the criminal justice system such as law, policing, courts, and corrections; and/or inequality and public policy. A Ph.D. in criminology, criminal justice, sociology or directly related fields, and a demonstrated ability to conduct research, publish, and teach in criminology/criminal justice are required. Candidates that are ABD will be considered with the expectation that the degree must be completed by August 2017. The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice has an accomplished, collaborative and diverse faculty and student body. Opportunities exist to participate in the University's Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Department of Women's Studies, and the Institute for Community Justice. Successful candidates should have demonstrated evidence of working collaboratively with diverse populations. Old Dominion University is a residential and research-extensive public institution with a student enrollment of 25,000 including approximately 6,000 graduate students, and a full time equivalent diverse and multicultural faculty of over 800. The university's primary campus is located in Norfolk, VA, one of the seven cities that make up the historic Hampton Roads region of Virginia, a major recreational area with a population of 1.7 million. Programs are also offered at three Higher Educational Centers in the region and at Distant Learning sites across the state and across the nation. To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, Statement of Research Interests, Statement of Teaching Philosophy and contact information for three professional references to https://jobs.odu.edu/. Review of applications will begin October 1 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Randy Myers ( RRMYERS@odu.edu). More information about the department is available at http://al.odu.edu/sociology. Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. ---------------- Old Dominion University is seeking two tenure-track Assistant Professors and one Assistant/Associate Professor to participate in an innovative and interdisciplinary Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research. We seek three faculty in any discipline related to cyber security to be a part of this initiative. The Assistant/Associate Professor position will be jointly appointed in an academic department and the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center. The goal of the university's cybersecurity initiative is to foster interdisciplinary research, education and outreach on cybersecurity. The interdisciplinary initiative currently includes faculty from a range of disciplines including Computer Science, Engineering, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Business, Information Technology, and Philosophy. Details about the initiative are available at https://www.odu.edu/ccser. We are especially interested in faculty able to conduct research and teach in an interdisciplinary environment. All three positions will be expected to be fully involved in this initiative. Applicants should possess an appropriate terminal degree and an academic record commensurate with their time in the field. Successful applicants are expected to have a strong vision for their vibrant research programs, commitments to leadership in the area of Cybersecurity, and commitments to excellence and innovation in graduate and undergraduate education. Preference will be given to candidates who can contribute to our degree and certificate programs. To be appointed at the associate level, candidates must have a record of funded research and a strong research record. Applications should include a letter of interest that addresses the Initiative's goals, a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and contact information for three professional references including email addresses and phone numbers. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2016 and the positions will remain open until an appointment is made. Applications should be submitted electronically to https://jobs.odu.edu Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
  12. byrousseau

    ODU - Soc and Crim Jobs (5 Total)

    All: Old Dominion University is undergoing a burst of expansion. Two positions are currently open in the Sociology and Criminology department, and three positions are open in the Cybersecurity department (affiliated with the Sociology and Criminology department). Given the geographic area, student body, and the area of interest within the Sociology and Criminology department, minority candidates are encouraged to apply. I've posted both positions below. The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice seeks applicants for two Assistant Professor positions to begin August 2017. These positions are designed to support the Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice as well as the M.A. in Sociology and Bachelor's degrees in Criminal Justice and in Sociology. All areas of research expertise will be considered, with special consideration given to those who study some aspect of the criminal justice system such as law, policing, courts, and corrections; and/or inequality and public policy. A Ph.D. in criminology, criminal justice, sociology or directly related fields, and a demonstrated ability to conduct research, publish, and teach in criminology/criminal justice are required. Candidates that are ABD will be considered with the expectation that the degree must be completed by August 2017. The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice has an accomplished, collaborative and diverse faculty and student body. Opportunities exist to participate in the University's Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Department of Women's Studies, and the Institute for Community Justice. Successful candidates should have demonstrated evidence of working collaboratively with diverse populations. Old Dominion University is a residential and research-extensive public institution with a student enrollment of 25,000 including approximately 6,000 graduate students, and a full time equivalent diverse and multicultural faculty of over 800. The university's primary campus is located in Norfolk, VA, one of the seven cities that make up the historic Hampton Roads region of Virginia, a major recreational area with a population of 1.7 million. Programs are also offered at three Higher Educational Centers in the region and at Distant Learning sites across the state and across the nation. To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, Statement of Research Interests, Statement of Teaching Philosophy and contact information for three professional references to https://jobs.odu.edu/. Review of applications will begin October 1 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Randy Myers ( RRMYERS@odu.edu). More information about the department is available at http://al.odu.edu/sociology. Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. ---------------- Old Dominion University is seeking two tenure-track Assistant Professors and one Assistant/Associate Professor to participate in an innovative and interdisciplinary Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research. We seek three faculty in any discipline related to cyber security to be a part of this initiative. The Assistant/Associate Professor position will be jointly appointed in an academic department and the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center. The goal of the university's cybersecurity initiative is to foster interdisciplinary research, education and outreach on cybersecurity. The interdisciplinary initiative currently includes faculty from a range of disciplines including Computer Science, Engineering, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Business, Information Technology, and Philosophy. Details about the initiative are available at https://www.odu.edu/ccser. We are especially interested in faculty able to conduct research and teach in an interdisciplinary environment. All three positions will be expected to be fully involved in this initiative. Applicants should possess an appropriate terminal degree and an academic record commensurate with their time in the field. Successful applicants are expected to have a strong vision for their vibrant research programs, commitments to leadership in the area of Cybersecurity, and commitments to excellence and innovation in graduate and undergraduate education. Preference will be given to candidates who can contribute to our degree and certificate programs. To be appointed at the associate level, candidates must have a record of funded research and a strong research record. Applications should include a letter of interest that addresses the Initiative's goals, a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests and contact information for three professional references including email addresses and phone numbers. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2016 and the positions will remain open until an appointment is made. Applications should be submitted electronically to https://jobs.odu.edu Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
  13. Hello everyone. My research interest is in education. It seems like the job market for full time faculty positions is low. So I'm assuming that pursuing a PhD in Sociology of Education would allow me to apply to either sociology or education faculty positions. As compared to if I got a PhD in purely education, I would only be realistically considered for education faculty positions. (Please let me know if my assumption is incorrect.) One program that piqued my interest was Teachers College's "Sociology and Education" PhD program (http://www.tc.columbia.edu/education-policy-and-social-analysis/sociology-and-education/). However according to US News, Teachers College sociology ranking is 74 (http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-humanities-schools/teachers-college-at-columbia-university-196468). So would sociology faculty hiring committees look down on the "Sociology and Education" degree from Teachers College? Or would it be fine since the program also features faculty from the Department of Sociology of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University (ranked 12 by US News)? Other programs that feature Sociology of Education degrees are Stanford's Graduate School of Education and NYU. My last questions are would I be more marketable if I pursue a PhD in Sociology of Education, a PhD in JUST education, or a PhD in JUST sociology?
  14. Hello everyone, I need some advice/inspiration from you all. I am a longtime lurker as I have been preparing over the year to apply to Grad School, and I have finally decided to post. I need to know what my chances are of getting into Grad school. I know the answer to this is usually "it depends" based on a lot of variables, but I would like to ask you all and see what you say. This website has given me TONS of information that I find imperative to my journey in going to Grad School. I want to apply to a Masters in Criminal Justice, possibly a PhD in Criminal Justice/Criminology. I don't want or expect to get into a top 5 program, I would go anywhere as long as there is funding and the program suits my interests. Basically my resume looks like this: Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from a mid-table SUNY school GPA: 3.45 Overall, 3.47 Major GRE: I have been studying for 2 months, plan to take it in 2 more months on June 15th. The Magoosh practice exam I took 2 weeks ago was a Q148 and a V149. Research Experience: I have none right now. I plan on getting a job or volunteering as a RA for a year before applying. Relevant Work Experience: I have been a Security Guard for 5 years. I have been a supervisor at a 1,000+ kid baseball summer camp. I was the supervisor of overnight shifts for 3 years. I currently work as a Security Supervisor for my county offices building and Department of Social Services. Monitor CCTV, security checkpoint and "wanding" people who enter. The basic airport TSA security stuff. I also have had various jobs before this. Basically, I have worked my whole life since I was 16, during summers when I was not in school and sometimes during college. Letters of Recommendation: I have VERY strong references. One is a Professor at the school I graduated from. I have helped him setup Sociology conferences/panels at the school when I was President of the Sociology club. I have gone out to dinner with him, met many other professors through, him including another Sociologist from Penn State. Another reference is a former NYPD Police Officer and Detective with +25 years of experience on the force. I have known him through both of my security jobs. I can get other references either work related or university, however these two seem to be the strongest out of them all. Statement of Purpose: I am an excellent paper writer. That was my biggest strength in college. I have no doubt I can write a stellar SOP with time, tinkering, and patience. Extra Curricular: I was president of the Sociology club for 2 years at my University. I organized and participated in volunteer work for the local community, animal shelters, historical sites, raised money to donate to charity, organized student movie nights, organized and spoke at inter-disciplinary conferences with college professors from different departments at my University, as well as organized various other events. I also play in a band, and took bass lessons in college for 3 years. I feel that my GRE and GPA are my biggest weaknesses. I have never been a good test taker, which is why I am studying my butt off for the GRE. I've been putting in 2+ hours for 5/6 days a week, even studying at work. When I take the test June 15th, I will have been studying for 4 months. I am guessing I can get above a 300 combined, but I know I still have a lot of work to get there. My GPA was low because I got low grades in some of my extra-curricular classes, and a few Major-related classes my Sophomore year. I really want to go on to Grad School. I think becoming a professor is an appealing idea to me because I want to help inspire students just like those have done to me. Conducting research is very interesting, and I love to learn about new topics in my field. I would also be happy with my Masters. Every professor who I've talked to has said that I should continue my education regardless. They see that I am a smart person because of my ability to have a conversation with them, and I can pretty much hold my own when talking to them about Criminal Justice/ Sociology topics. I am hardworking and dedicated to get this. I have spend countless hours helping that professor from my letter of recommendation create posters for the conferences, raise money for the guests, book venues, and various other projects. I have worked my way up in my job and have gained the respect of my co-workers. My hard work and passion is why my letters of recommendations are strong. I hope the graduate school admissions sees this and acknowledges my hard work and determination. Do you think I have a shot? Thank you for your advice and support. Have a good night.
  15. Hi, So I stumbled on this website while desperately searching forums for answers to my dilemma, but a little bit about me first: I am a recent graduate with a double major in English (rhetoric) and Sociology with a 3.85 GPA. My interests have always been in the intersection between language and sociology, not so much sociolinguistics, but rather a sort of macrosociological approach to language and linguistics. This past semester before I graduated, I got to work one on one with a professor where we studied and read books on this topic, and it really just breathed life into me. I've never felt more passionate about a subject in my whole life, and it immediately had me wanting to go to grad school. However, in my research for applying to schools, I have come up rather unsuccessful as the subject matter feels rather uncharted in comparison to other subjects in sociology. If anyone has any school suggestions or professor suggestions, I would be more than happy to have them! Thanks!
  16. I am currently a a Master's student in the Sociology department at WVU. I am looking to apply to PhD programs for next fall (Fall 2017). I prefer qualitative methods (ethnography, urban sociology) and would like to find a program with a strong qualitative focus. Google is only decently helpful, and I hate trying to use 'official' rankings as a unit of measurement. Does anyone have any suggestions on programs and/or faculty? Thanks!!
  17. Hi so I'm a new poster, just finished my undergraduate degree in sociology. I'm looking for advice on what programs to apply to, specifically in regards to sociology programs with a focus on immigration/migration. Some background on me is I had a decent GPA (3.5), I haven't taken the GRE yet, I did my undergrad in Canada so I'm looking at schools both in Canada and the U.S., I don't have any faculty members in mind yet, still have to research that over the summer. But the schools I'm looking at now are (in no particular order)... UC-Irvine (and maybe Davis) University of Toronto University of British Columbia UM-Ann Arbor UMinnestoa-Twin Cities Penn State UPenn and Princeton (big reach schools) If anybody has experience/advice on applying to these programs, or knowledge of the immigration sociology faculty members let me know please. Or if anybody has advice on other schools I should look at (especially schools that may not be as well known but maybe are safer bets on getting in) let me know please. Also just general advice on things I should highlight in a grad school application would be greatly appreciated.
  18. timhorton

    Sociology Jobs Outside Academia?

    Ok so I just graduated from my undergrad and I'm thinking of what grad programs to apply to for sociology. Reading the posts on here terrifies me about tenure track job openings in sociology. As such I'm thinking about getting a PhD and going for a job outside of academia. I've heard people say that Penn State and Ohio State have good sociology/demography programs with skills easily translatable outside of academia. Does anyone have advice on what programs I should look at if I want I work at a think-tank, business, or government organization as a sociologist? Do I need a PhD to do evaluation or research at a place like the CDC or a company like Facebook? Should I be looking at different degree programs for those things?
  19. Hello! I am currently an undergrad at Penn. I am looking to apply to graduate programs in Demography, but I have one concern. When I was a freshman I originally thought I wanted to be computer science major. I took plenty of classes in the computer science department, but I received grades that were B's and C's. Because of this, my GPA has suffered. I currently have a 3.6 GPA cumulative, but a 3.86 GPA in just sociology/demography courses. Since I am applying for PhD programs in Sociology/Demography do you think my grades in computer science will be overlooked? Thank you!
  20. EdSocPhD

    Sociology of Education Advice

    Greetings! I am having a lot of difficulty choosing a program to attend in the fall and was hoping to find some others in my field facing this same decision. It is a great problem to have, but it is absurdly stressful. So...any other soc of ed people out there? I am considering UT Austin, Penn State, and Notre Dame (all Sociology PhD programs) as well as Columbia Teachers College (Sociology & Education PhD). I hope to ultimately teach at a graduate school of education, so TC might be good, but I've also heard that there is a general perception of the straight sociology degree as more valuable on the market than an education-specific degree. Notre Dame seems great, but I'm concerned that it might not be great for placing graduates at education schools, given that the university itself does not even have an education school. UT Austin is technically the highest ranked sociology program on the list, but I've heard that students have trouble making ends meet with the stipend, which would be especially difficult for me as I have family on the east coast that I would need to visit from time to time. The funding situation at TC is also somewhat of an issue, since they only give full funding for the first 3 years (the program is expected to take 5+ years to complete). Furthermore, I have been told that I am very high on the waitlist at Johns Hopkins (Sociology PhD). If anyone has heard any news from them, I would really appreciate hearing it! I am almost certain that I would accept Hopkins on the spot if offered admission. Also, does anyone know if there are any rankings lists for the sociology of education subspecialty? I'm not relying on rankings to make my decision, but I'm sort of surprised that I haven't come across any lists like this yet and would be very curious to see any that exist. Thanks!!
  21. Meloo

    Sociology PhD Spring 2017

    Hi everyone, I was wondering if there is any school offering admissions in Spring term. My search thus far has been unsuccessful, I would appreciate if anyone could help me with that. Thanks a lot.
  22. Hey guys, I'm new to this forum and website as a whole! I'm just starting a blog about Criminology, Sociology, Social Justice and Society and I was wondering if you had any advice as I'm new to "blogging"... Any tips and hints to increase popularity and help spread the word of the existence of my blog and any ways to improve my blog? The link to the blog is https://criminologyandsocialjustice.wordpress.com/ and I'm using "Word Press" if that's of any help Many thanks to any advice and help you can offer me!
  23. Wilson8834

    Ethnicity in Sociology

    Hi all, New to the forum but I'm currently doing quite a lot of uni work around Ethnicity in Sociology and I'm struggling to find rationale behind me doing it. At first, I delved into to the area of ethnicity with hope to see how it can improve social inclusion, however, after reading a lot of literature, basically, it doesn't help social inclusion (Look at any of Fred Coalters work). Has anyone done any research to do with ethnicity in sociology and if so what were your reasons behind it? Many thanks.
  24. silvinho12

    phenomenology

    So what is phenomenology? We could say that phenomenology is the way that we describe a phenomenon, the way we describe reality. The following example is something that makes phenomenolgy understandable to people that have no idea of what it is. A mayor is obligated to make the life of his countrymen/coutnrywomen easier. If the township has a great reserve of money then the mayor starts a work process which is essential for the people. Let's say renovation of a school or schools, the construction of a new townsquare etc... sorry for my english
  25. Hello y'all, I recently found out that I'm waitlisted for Boston, and I was wondering if there is anyone among you who got accepted but decided not to go. Basically trying to figure out my chances. I hope the applications are treating all of you well.
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