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  1. Hey everyone! I am writing here because I would like some advice! Last May I completed my B.S. in Electrical Engineering and I would like to advance my education and earn my Master's Degree. I want to pursue a M.S. in Engineering Management. Out of undergrad my cumulative GPA was 2.993. Most grad school programs have a requirement that applicants' GPA's be greater than or equal to 3.0. My GPA falls just below that mark. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many grad school programs are deciding to waive the requirement of taking the GRE. Since my GPA is slightly below the threshold, I have been told that taking the GRE and scoring well on it would help my application to appear more valuable and competitive to schools. Basically I would like advice with determining if taking the GRE would be worth my time. I have heard some schools may round my GPA up & count it as 3.0 and I have been speaking to some admissions counselors about this. I have spoked to my IRL friends about my predicament and each person said different things. Some said take the GRE and others said don't. I'm just here looking for more advice. Any info helps & thank you.
  2. For context, I'm a second-year DA student at Heinz who came into this program wanting to be a data scientist. During a fall visitation weekend and through multiple emails with staff during the application process, I asked if it was possible to become a data scientist through this program. I got vague assurances at the time that this was possible. From my experience and the experience of my peers, this program is not worth it if you want to be a data scientist. Please do yourself a favor and look elsewhere, because I really wish that I had. Here’s a couple of reasons behind my above assertion: There are too many required classes that provide little to no useful value. For instance, if you have less than 3 years of work experience, you’re required to take a public speaking class for 6 weeks, and you are required to take a 6 week course to learn how to write policy memos. Furthermore, you have to take a 6 week course in “organizational design and implementation” where you read HBS cases and decide how you would have approached them. Finally, you have to take 6 units of a “finance” class that is a really basic class where you just learn how to read financial statements. This is not helpful at all for someone who wants to be a data scientist. The rigor of classes here is… questionable. There are a few classes, namely the required Database class for DA students and Big Data and Large-Scale Computing that are actually rigorous, well-taught, and useful. The rest of the classes either provide too surface-level of an approach to the topics discussed or try to tackle a topic that really should have been covered in a semester in 6 weeks, leaving you with little real comprehension of a topic without a lot of outside work on your own. There is a lack of understanding in many classes of real-world tools that should be incorporated in class. For instance, it would make sense, particularly in the programming intensive classes, to mandate the use of GitHub or similar tools for practice with version control. Anyone who is going to program in a real data science job will use GitHub/GitLab and therefore it would be useful to become much more skilled in it through a grad program. This would also help to easily create a portfolio of work to show future employers. Also, (this has changed) but for my class, we were taught machine learning/data mining in R instead of in Python (scikit-learn) which is more often than not the industry standard. There are a few classes taught by professors who have more non-academic experience who help to clue students into the real world tools but this is pretty rare. Heinz College in general is trying to be too many things at one time and therefore is unsuccessful in being particularly good at one particular thing. The biggest reason peers of mine and myself chose this program over something like UChicago’s MSCAPP program is because of Heinz’s financial aid which is substantial. It was substantial enough for me that I will graduate without any student loans, for context. I am doubting, however, whether the financial savings are worth the lack of educational rigor and course flexibility offered by Heinz. My advice here would be to apply to the MSPPM-DA program for the financial aid package and use it to try to get a better financial aid offer at UChicago (MSCAPP), Georgetown (MSDSPP), or some other comparable program. I'm happy to answer more questions about this! I really wish someone had been much more direct with me in the application process about who this program is best suited for. I don't want someone else to make the same mistake that I did and leave the Heinz program being as frustrated as I am with my overall experience.
  3. Does anyone know if OISE allows deferrals? I got accepted to their M.Ed for developmental psychology and education on June 2nd but have already accepted a teaching job at a school for this academic year due to the fact that I hadn't heard anything for so long. I'm really conflicted about what to do and would ideally get a 1 year deferral but I've heard from people that OISE doesn't do that. Any help/information would be greatly appreciated!!
  4. I'm European and have been admitted to three master programs at good/great universities in other continental european countries. I have to make my decision soon and I feel like I have a good picture of the fit of the programmes and their faculty to my research interests,of student life in these places, and of the overall reputation of the university. However, as a foreign student and someone with no substantial network within my field yet, I have a very hard time assessing how these universities are known in my field and what their strengths and weaknesses are in it. Sorry if this is a basic question, but how did/do you assess this when you can't ask people with more experience? This feels like the missing piece in my decision puzzle, but is also of general interest to me. Any advice/experiences would be appreciated.
  5. Hi there! I have an interview next week for an MA program and was wondering if anyone had any advice on what to prep for and general advice? I haven’t interviewed before and not 100% sure what to expect or what to prep for. I have read previous posts about art history interviews but those were for PhD candidates so not sure if I should be expecting the same questions or something different. I consider myself to be a good talker and job interviews are usually pretty easy for me but realize this is different and need more preparation, just want to make sure I’m setting myself up the best I can! Any advice is appreciated and thank you!
  6. I'm considering applying to a MA program and from there to a PhD. Will probably focus on applied ethics in the areas of bioethics or AI. The writing sample is one of the most important parts of an application. I wanted to get some pointers on where I could find examples of successful writing samples for grad programs, so I can get a better sense of what my sample will need to be. I've looked at some journals for undergrad publications, which may go on to get repurposed as writing samples, but haven't found many writing samples specifically. Alternatively, you could just send me yours! If you are or were an MA philosophy student, and you wouldn't mind sending your writing sample, I'd certainly appreciate it if you could DM me a link or file. You can of course anonymize the paper if you prefer. A few things I'd request to be included are: Which program(s) you were accepted to with this writing sample (school name and whether it was MA or PhD). MA preferred as I'm leaning towards an MA first. When you applied Any comments you can provide on how you got feedback on your writing sample before submitting it Not to get greedy, but if you'd like to throw in your statement of purpose too, that would greatly help! At this stage, I'm just trying to get a good sense of what the whole end package of an application tends to look like. Many thanks for any pointers you can give!
  7. I was wondering if anyone knows anything about how the data science/analytics + public policy Masters programs compare with each other and how they're regarded in the policy world (esp. social policy)? I recently got into the Harris MSCAPP (Computational Analysis and Public Policy) program at UChicago and it's my top choice, but I'm also considering applying to some other programs (below). Let me know what you think! Georgetown McCourt - M.S. Data Science for Public Policy CMU - M.S. Public Policy Management: Data Analytics Track UPenn - M.S. Social Policy + Data Analysis Certificate USC - M.S. Public Policy Data Science
  8. I am about to graduate in December and I am going to pursue a career in research. I just began applying for research assistant jobs that interest me when I got some discouraging advice. My current plan is this: 1. Be hired as a research assistant starting as soon as January. 2. Work as a research assistant for at least a year or two (Ideally work for a company that can pay for grad school). Use mornings/evenings before/after work to build on personal projects (businesses I will start, etc.) and goals. 3. Transition from work mode to school mode by doing some independent study of the most relevant types of coursework that I would need to refresh (ex: biochemistry), and prepare for GRE. 4. Apply to graduate school for PhD and attend. 5. Postdoc in Japan. 6. Career in cell biology and/or genetics research. Run my businesses. I like this plan, but I want to get advice to make the best moves possible. I did not get to give the person who gave me advice the full plan because they didn't listen to the whole thing. But their advice to me was that getting a research assistant job doesn't make as much sense as doing a postbacc, since a postbacc program may be designed in a way where continuing education is easier. They said that a postbacc would be better if I plan to go to grad school later. They also said that I might not have time in the mornings and evenings to do my own thing as a research assistant because I will be busting my butt on everyone's projects. They said some other things, but I felt like it wasn't really helping because they did not listen to most of the plan or my reasons for each thing. I will list some of my reasons for wanting to do a research assistant job, but I would really appreciate everyone who sees this correcting me where I'm wrong, answering my subsequent questions, and giving me advice that would help me succeed. These are my reasons for why I am leaning toward research assistant. I want to begin working in my field as soon as possible. If I'm going to do a postbacc program, my understanding is that the application cycle is already about to end. If I start applying for postbaccs now, and they start in the summer next year, I'm behind. I know some have rolling admission, but it's still good to be an early applicant. If I apply anyway, I need to work in the meantime. So it would make more sense to do DoorDash or something until then instead of trying to get hired in a lab. But I really want to do biology instead of going back to DoorDash. If I do a research assistant job, I may not find one right away, but at least an actual job doesn't depend on an application cycle in the same way a program does. I had already started applying right before I got the advice that it's a bad idea. I need to save money. I don't have very much in savings and I have big plans. If I work now, I can save up for future goals/plans. Some major goals include, moving out and getting my own place, money for graduate school, starting my own businesses. If I do a postbacc, that's about $30,000 that I need for admission, right? I might be getting paid during the program, but I don't know if it makes sense to have a big bill like that right after finishing college. I don't want to go straight into more school. I want to work right away to gain experience in research that I'm interested in and to make money. I want a break from school so I can work on me and my goals. Not all postbaccs have an educational component, right? But if I do one, it makes the most sense to find one that incorporates that supplemental coursework that I mentioned in the beginning, right? Based on my thoughts, can wiser people please give me advice on how I might need to tweak this plan? What are the most strategic options? If I go with my plan, am I putting myself at a disadvantage compared to doing a postbacc, or is it just simply a different path? And if my current plan is sound, can you please give advice on the job application process? And pray for me/wish me luck? Thanks for reading!
  9. I'd appreciate any input on my quandary. UT Houston School of Public Health has made the GRE optional this season, and I'm not sure if my scores will help or hurt my application for the PhD in Behavioral Sciences program. Here's a bit about me: Undergrad GPA: 3.3 Grad GPA: 4.0 No pubs yet but I have experience working on multiple research projects, including a couple that I hope to publish in the next year. I'm also a foster parent who is interested in maternal and child health. GRE verbal: 92nd percentile, quant: 51st percentile, writing: 4.5 (80th percentile). On the website, they say a combined score of 308 and a writing score of 4 is required. I know my quant score is kind of dragging me down. Is it better to submit my scores or not? Thanks in advance!
  10. Hi everyone, I'm a recent B.S. graduate in desperate need of advice for biostatistics graduate school; I would liked to apply this fall (2020) to PhD/ MS. I'm considering biostatistics, as opposed to statistics, because I like how it has a substantive topic (e.g. biology, genetics, public health), that I really desired from my undergrad. I liked theory, but I was disappointed without a constant substantive topic of application. I'm open to both PhD and MS, but for PhD I'm hesitant since I am unsure of whether I'll like the bio/public health area, but its the best options for my goal: research. For masters, the idea of more loans is scary, but even if I don't like the bio area, I learn more methods with much better job opportunity. The main problem is my GPA. I transferred from community college and had a 3.0 GPA and had an average university GPA, but I took a lot of statistics courses at my university in 6 quarters and 2 summer sessions, so I'm hoping my course load proves I'm competent; I even took 5 technical courses in my last quarter. Here is some background/relevant information: Undergraduate: University of California, Davis Major: Statistics (data science track) GPA: 3.217 (major), 3.207 (overall) Letters of Rec: Have yet to request due to confusion on what to pursue GRE: haven't taken yet. Many are waiving due to COVID-19 Coursework (junior college semester system) Single Variable Calculus I C (fall 2017) Single Variable Calculus II A (spring 2017) Introduction to Linear Algebra A (fall 2017) Multivariable Calculus B (spring 2018) Data structures A (spring 2018) Introduction to Math Proofs A (spring 2018) Coursework (Davis quarter system): Regression Analysis B- (fall 2018) Probability Theory C+ (fall 2018) Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) B- (winter 2019) Math Statistics B (winter 2019) Intro to Data Structures B (winter 2019) Intro to Math Statistics B- (spring 2019) Multivariate Data Analysis B+ (spring 2019) Survey Sampling Theory B- (spring 2019) Applied Linear Algebra B (summer session 2019) Applied Time Series Analysis B+ (fall 2019) Analysis Categorical Data A (fall 2019) Statistical Data Science B+ (fall 2019) Statistical Data Technologies B- (winter 2020) Statistical Learning I B+ (winter 2020) Psychometrics (graduate level) A (winter 2020) Adv Statistical Computing A (spring 2020) Statistical Learning II B (spring 2020) Bayesian Stat Inference A. (spring 2020) Practice in Data Science B+ (spring 2020) Artificial Intelligence, NLP A (spring 2020) Any advice helps...
  11. Hello! I'm currently a rising sophomore with a tentative goal to do graduate studies in Statistics or Data Science. I was wondering what pure/applied math or stats upper division courses you would recommend that would give me a firm foundation? Here is the math course browser: https://www.ucsd.edu/catalog/courses/MATH.html I was thinking about taking one of the Algebra classes with Intro to Numerical Analysis, but I am not sure. Thanks in advance!
  12. Hi everyone, I am a first-year counseling psychology Ph.D. student, and I'm looking to try to publish a paper I wrote with a peer. My program does not adhere to the advisor model until around the third year, so I'm currently on my own. I have one published article that was done with my Master's thesis advisor, so this time I am trying to begin to understand how to navigate the sea of publishing. I guess the most important issue right now is figuring out which journals charge for publications (the journal in which I published previously did not charge any fees). If the fees (publication, post-processing) exist, are they usually stated outright on the journal website, or should I reach out to the journal? I also greatly appreciate any advice on how to figure this publishing thing out as a graduate student. Thanks!
  13. Hi. I'm a rising senior (undergrad) planning on applying to doctoral programs this fall in need of some guidance. Right now, I am leaning towards applying to Psy.D. programs. I just don't love research. I am pretty neutral about it, but I know it is something I don't want to do for my career. I know all about the funding situation, but I am fortunate enough to be in a financial position where that is not a major concern. Obviously, I would still prefer funded programs. Because of my neutral feelings regarding research and my preference for clinical work, I have been pretty set on the Psy.D. for Clinical Psychology. However, am I limiting myself? I know a lot of people do Ph.D. and don't end up going into research. However, am I competitive enough for Ph.D. programs? Further, is taking a gap year absolutely necessary? I really wouldn't want to work as a research coordinator. Many people have advised me to take a year or two to gain more clinical work, thereby having a stronger application. Is there any shot of me getting into Psy.D. or Ph.D. right from undergrad? Honestly, my plan right now is to apply to some Psy.D. programs (only a few/reach schools), kind of hoping for a miracle. Then, I will take a year off when that miracle doesn't happen and get more clinical work and apply again. Does this sound good? Am I limiting myself? Do I have no shot? If I have no shot, please tell me. It's really hard to understand where I fit in compared to other applicants. GPA 3.91/4 Taking my GREs this summer. Probably a little lower on math. 1 year as a research assistant in psychometric lab. Leader/trainer for school's crisis/listening hotline (3 years) This summer I had an amazing internship at the Child Mind Institute, but it was delayed until next year. For the summer, I have taken up remote positions. Remote Summer RA at Montclair State (College COVID study) Remote Summer RA at Rutgers (Social-Emotional learning/school intervention lab) Remote Summer RA at Rowan (anxiety + depression research) Writing a psychology thesis next year about college admissions (def psychology based, but not really THAT clinical) School extracurriculars: multiple leadership positions in sorority, Psi Chi secretary Past jobs: Summer camp counselor for 3 years, summer internship at school in education technology.
  14. Hello I'm new to this forum! I'm an upcoming senior graduating in spring, and I somewhat recently decided to apply to PhD, PsyD, and master's programs in clinical psychology for this cycle (entering in Fall 2021). I've looked into some schools, but I'm unsure how I should go about my final year to try and strengthen my application. I'm also debating whether I should take a gap year or enter a master's program in case I do not get into a PsyD or PhD program. My ultimate goal is getting into any APA accredited PsyD school like Nova-Southeastern, but I'm not too confident that will happen. Dual-Major: Psychology (Behavior-Analysis focused) and Nutritional Sciences Cumulative GPA: 3.82 Upper Division: 3.79 Research: 2.5 years RA in a social psychology lab doing tasks like running participants in studies and discussing articles in lab meetings (just quit recently) 1.5 years RA in a Nutritional-sciences lab. 2 research awards to work on my own project and presenting a poster in spring at my school's research symposium upcoming spring. GRE: Taking it soon! Hopefully will turn out well. LOR: 1 from research professor in nutritional sciences lab. 1 from professor in my behavior analysis class, and probably 1 from my research professor in the social psychology lab. Please any constructive criticism! I'm also trying to get licensed as a Certified Nursing Assistant (was pre-health before changing) and debating whether it would be beneficial to get trained and volunteer as a Crisis Line Counselor. Thank you guys for reading!
  15. Hey everyone, I applied to 3 schools last fall (UNC Chapel Hill, University of Washington, and University of Kansas) for OChem and was rejected from all 3. I graduated with dual degrees in Chem/Bio + a minor in math. My overall GPA was a 3.3 and chem GPA was 3.5. My transcript has a large upward trend as a result of a late ADHD diagnosis that resulted in proper medication midway through undergrad. I have 1.5 years of research experience and am first author on a procedural paper for org. syn. I want to reapply to more schools, but now that we're quarantined I'm not sure how to build experience to become a more competitive candidate. I'm also unsure of which schools would be realistic for me to apply to. Any advice would be stellar. TYSM
  16. Hi everyone! Hope you are all staying safe from COVID-19. I registered for this site when I was searching for Graduate School in Data Analytics back in 2018, however in 2020 I'm in Drexel's MS in Business Analytics program finishing up my first year. Below is proof that I am a student. (Crossed some fields due to privacy). . Feel free to comment if you have any questions or concerns I can help answer.
  17. I received an email on February 16th telling me I made it through the first level of screening and they would like me to go through a brief phone interview with a faculty member. Four days later, I received an email from the faculty member and we set up an interview time. On 2/24 we spoke on the phone for about 20 minutes. I felt like it went well! It has been a week and a half since the interview and now I'm just not sure what to expect. I'm sure I am being a bit inpatient lol, but I have received an offer from a different school and don't want to hold onto it too long and take the spot away from someone who got waitlisted! Does anyone have any advice? Or if you applied to UD, have you heard back yet? Thanks!
  18. So, long story short, I’m almost halfway finished with my first year in an MSW program and I’m having serious doubts about whether this field is for me. Ever since I started thinking about pursuing this path I wanted to become a therapist, but I’m not even sure I believe in therapy anymore. I know there are many other possible career paths in the field, but tbh, I’m not sure I want to be involved with mental health at all anymore. It’s not my passion; it never has been. I pursued this because I thought it was practical (hilarious, I know, but my other idea for my life was to become an academic) and because I thought I might be good at it. I know it’s too soon to tell whether I’m capable, but I don’t know if I’m interested enough to find out. It feels like a bad sign that I already feel this much trepidation when it seems like everyone I know in the field is burned out, underpaid, and sad. I don’t really have another ideas for what I would do besides some half-baked dreams of becoming a journalist. I know I wouldn’t make any money in that field either if I was lucky enough to “make it” in some small way, and I’m not sure whether I possess the work ethic, talent, or intelligence to succeed in that industry. I have around 80k in student loan debt currently and it will be at the very minimum 100k by the time I am done with this program. I know it must seem like I’m obsessed with money, but I’ve never made more than 12,000 in a year and I am so tired of being poor. I would like to make at least 50k a year SOMEDAY and ideally more so that I can pay off my student loans and possibly even help my dad with the PLUS loans he took out for my undergrad in the sweet, misguided hope that I would amount to something in life. I would also like to not be a fucking albatross around my boyfriend’s neck for the rest of my life. I have tried to explore these feelings in therapy and it does not help. All my therapist does is say “wow, you’re really hard on yourself.” Last week she recommended a mental health IOP where some of my peers work. This is part of why I’m losing confidence in therapy, but it’s not just her; I haven’t made any significant progress in that arena in years. It seems all my therapists do is listen to me vent and collect a check. I have had a couple wonderful ones; but they have been few and far between, and I am starting to believe I am simply too broken to be helped. Which, of course, makes the idea of idea of me thing to help anyone else laughable at best and unethical at worst. I apologize if this doesn’t fit here, but I am desperate and grad cafe has helped me in the past. I know I am depressed and possibly not seeing things clearly, but it also seems evident that I have made quite the mess of my life. If anyone has any insight or has been through something similar and come out the other side ok and is willing to share that with me, I would be eternally grateful.
  19. Hello everyone, I received an acceptance offer to a Ph.D. program that I may attend (still waiting for answers from others). I am an older applicant, so I'm trying to understand how my life will look like in the next 5–7 years. I will most likely have a child during that time, so I sent a question to the admissions office re leave of absence, specifically maternity leave. Their answer included a referral to the standard medical leave of absence form (that does not mention the length of a possible leave), as well as a referral to speak with my advisor and professors, and: "Although absence is understandable, professor can penalize your grade or fail you after two absences in one course. If you must take a prolonged leave of absence, your plan of study must be adjusted and your year of graduation changes." So what I would like to know is if the school even considers a maternity leave during the Ph.D. program as an option. There are Title IX rights, of course, but I would like to go through the process peacefully, if possible, when it comes to it. Should I reach out to my potential advisor with this question? Should I ask her for referrals to students who have become parents during the degree (if they know of such students at all)? I appreciate any and all advice. Just trying to understand if this program is willing to work with me while I complete my degree. Thanks!
  20. Hi Everyone! I am currently finishing up my MPH at the University of Rochester and am looking at applied medical anthropology programs and programs that might have a great interest in substance abuse/domestic violence? Does anyone have any suggestions of what schools to look at? My Profile is: Masters GPA 3.9 Undergrad GPA's 3.2 (public comm degree) 3.7 (anthro degree went back to school) GRE scores: I am retaking them! I should have one or two publications by the end of my program coming up soon and I have TA experience. Really just looking for general information about programs and where I might have a chance to get in. Schools I currently have in mind are University of South Florida, Texas State, University of Virginia then my reach schools are Berkley and Harvard. I am trying to get a funded program and are unsure if these programs are funded but I am trying to look at all possibilities. Thanks!
  21. Hello everyone, I've started to prepare for my upcoming interviews, and at least one of them will involve a large group discussion with faculty and a separate large group discussion with current students. These will be followed by individual interviews with various faculty. I'm a bit concerned about coming up with original answers and standing out in a group of 20+ students, especially considering that I'm not super assertive (will have to kick it up a notch for the interviews). What questions are better asked in a public vs. one-on-one format? In general, what are some tips for succeeding in a group interview? Thanks!
  22. So the old thread is a treasure trove of advice, but I think half a decade and mostly dead discussion calls for a new iteration of this thread. As March is now underway and people are getting a good idea of their cycle, I'd like to get your perspectives on what went right, what went wrong, and what has been helpful/unhelpful to you. If you could, please provide what your aspirations and/or expectations were going into the cycle and how you believed you performed relative to those goals. What advice would you pass on for someone going through this process at the end of the year? This can cover anything from the start of the process until now that you think might be helpful to the novice applicant. Also, big shout out to @MtnDuck for maintaining that behemoth of a spreadsheet this year.
  23. Hi - I am reaching out for some advice. I'm planning to apply to clinical psychology PhD programs for the fall of 2020. I have a very competitive GPA, great letters of rec from mentors and years of both college and post grad research experience, but I am lacking in terms of my GRE scores. Unfortunately, after a number of attempts on the GRE, I still score slightly below 50th percentile in both Verbal and Math. English is my second language. Despite the very poor scores, over the years, I published 4 first authors publications, along with co-authoring about 20 other papers. I have also designed and currently run an independent project. My struggles with the GRE is really bringing me down as I feel hopeless that professors won't even consider my successes and potential due to this one limitation. I'm wondering if any of you have any thoughts on what are my chances of getting into a funded clinical psych PhD program? I've had interviews in the past, usually with the help of networking, but I wonder if my applications were simply filtered out in the past due to such low scores. I'm very passionate about research and clinical assessments and cannot wait to pursue graduate studies, but my lack of ability to bring up my scores has been holding me back. Any advice or suggestions would be great! Thank you in advance!
  24. Hi! Very recent college graduate here currently applying to English Masters and/or PhD programs for Fall 2020 (originally planned on applying last fall, but my courseload and general lack of money made it a little difficult, so I waited a year). I have my B.A. in English, minor in Writing, overall GPA of 3.588 (GPA in major is about the same, I'll have to check, but it's at least 3.5), was in top % of seniors of my major, graduated Cum Laude, plenty of extracurriculars/honor societies/etc. My (December 2018) GRE score for verbal was 159, which isn't too hot, but I was in the higher end of the 80th percentile. I also have two rec letters basically ready to go and the third in the works. All of which I'm very sure will be positive/enthusiastic, haha. I'm also currently working on spiffing up my writing sample and drafting my personal statement(s). My general preferred area of study is 18th/19th century British Literature; particularly, I'm interested in Romantic and Victorian literature; even more particularly, a lot of my undergraduate work focused on queerness and womanhood within those eras of literature, especially in the Gothic, but that's not necessarily a big "must" for me for grad programs to offer resources in. I would really, really appreciate any suggestions for English MA or PhD programs that both a) are a good fit for my interests and b) I could reasonably be seriously considered for! I have a few programs in mind already and have been working on my applications, but I'm basically just worried about selling myself too short or severely overestimating my chances of getting in somewhere and wasting my time. Thanks in advance!!!
  25. Hi everyone, this is my first-time post on GradCafe. I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations/comments on my application case. My Background international student graduated from a state-university with a bachelor degree in biology in 3 years, GPA 3.17 did 1-year research (without an independent projects) in neuroscience, did not like it graduated from an ivy-league with a master degree in biotechnology, GPA 3.24 (btw, didn’t worth to do a master in biotech) did 1-year research with an individual project in developmental biology during the graduate study, loved it working in an immunology based biotech company for almost two years, loved this field My Prep personal statement: done, very research-dense with a clear career goal, did not explain why my gpa is low recommendation letter: I can guarantee one of them will be strong with a big name, one will be generic with a big name GRE: the program doesn’t require GRE anymore, I did mine 5 years ago, and it’s 170/170, 154/170, happy to retake it if it’s really important. school choices: 4 tops ranking from 5-15, 4 safe schools ranking from 30-80 I decided to pursue a PhD degree in immunology at the beginning of this year because I’d like to learn more in this fascinating field and eventually lead my own projects in either academia or industry. I think immunology is a field that combines basic research and a lot of clinical applications, which is very promising. My questions are: Should I aim lower? Any chances for a fellowship offer? What can i do to build a stronger case before application? Thanks in advance for your help!
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