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  1. 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!
  2. Hi folks! My name is Brendon and I used this site a lot back in 2016 when I was applying to MSW programs. Since the site was so helpful then, I wanted to create a thread for those looking into PhD programs in Social Work to be admitted in 2020. I started looking into programs in late 2018 and began making faculty connections then. Over the past month or so, I've officially decided to apply. I haven't 100% decided on where I'm applying but I have a few programs in mind. Those include: (1) University of Michigan, (2) Wash. University in St. Louis, (3) Michigan State University, (4) University of Denver, (5) Hunter College, and lastly, (6) University of Washington. I'd like to only apply to 3-4 schools, so I'm currently trying to eliminate 2-3 from my list. My main priority is having a program that feels supportive of me, my interests, and my professional goals. I specifically want to work with LGBTQ+ people (even more specifically, trans and nonbinary folks), so finding an affirming school is also a priority. How are other folks feeling? Do you have a few schools in mind? What are your main areas of interest? I really wanted to create this thread as a way for us to support one another and possibly get answers! It's nice to know you aren't alone when going through this process and that there's an entire community of people going through something similar.
  3. Currently applying for Statistics Phd programs after having graduated this past May, would like to know where I stand/how import GREs will be for me. Undergrad: Top 50 according to US News. Major: Math GPA: 3.88 Student Type: Domestic, White Hispanic Male Math Courses: Real Analysis I,II (A,A), Complex Analysis (Grad) (A), Measure Theory (Grad) (A), Calc I-III (A,A,A), Probability (Grad) (A), Dif Eq (A), Dif Geometry (A), Linear Models (A), Math Stats (A), Algebraic Topology (Grad) (A-), Algebra (Grad) (A), Functional Analysis (Grad) (A), Linear Algebra (A), Topology (A). GRE General: Q: 161 (76%) V: 158 (80%) W: 3.5 (39%) Math GRE: Well below 50%. Research: 1 REU in topology/geometry, paper to be published in the Rocky Mountain Journal of Math. Presented a poster of this research at JMM. Letters of Recommendation: Professor of the grad probability class with whom I also audited a seminar course for no credit. Mentor during REU. Mentor over summer program. Programs Applying to: Statistics Phd, maybe Applied Math Phd as well. Interests: Probability, Stochastic Analysis, Topological Data Analysis Considering to Apply to: UWashington, UFlorida, Brown, Cornell, NYU, Texas A&M, Penn State I'm quite worried about my test scores as I don't expect them to improve too much despite studying (anxious test taker). Should I not report the math GRE if it is below 60%? Also, does anyone know of other (non-elite) schools that do topological data analysis? Thanks for the feedback.
  4. I'm honestly just curious to see if you think that with my credentials I could get into any PhD program. I'm at an odd point in my career--the original plan was to go for an Econ PhD, but I realized pretty quickly into my current job that I'm not interested enough in Economics for that. I still want to learn enough math to be able to answer interesting questions about the world, though. My current plan is to enter a statistics masters program with the hope to later apply for PhD spots, though if it's possible to just enter a statistics MS/PhD program now that would be great to know. I am NOT looking into schools in the top 20-30--I have somewhat realistic expectations, and also for me what matters more is location/what the professors specialize in. My interests lean towards environmental or applied statistics. Undergrad: Top 50 Public University Majors: Economics and Statistics GPA: 3.62 Student Type: Domestic, White Female Math Courses: Calc 1 (B+), Calc 2 (A-), Calc 3 (B+), Differential Equations (A), Probability Theory (A), Math Stats (B), C++ Programming (A), Linear Algebra (B+), Stochastic Modelling (B+), Applied Regression Analysis (B), Time Series Analysis (A-) GRE General: Haven't taken it yet, but I anticipate very good writing/reading scores and ~163 quant. Math GRE: NA Research: Undergraduate research for an Econ professor. I'm in my second year of a 2-3 year Research Assistant position at a government agency. I work daily with PhD economists. Most of my work is more data management/low-level statistics; I'm essentially on R playing with huge datasets all day. I am not on track to get my name on a paper during my time here, though I am involved in multiple projects. The work I do is not related to the field I want to go into (it's basically all finance-related). Letters of Recommendation: One will probably be an Econ professor I was close to in undergrad. Another will be my chief, who I've worked with on small projects and have a great relationship with. A final one will be the economist I do most the most research with. Concerns: My math grades are not great due to a mix of me being lazy/thinking that Econ was the most important thing to focus on in undergrad. I haven't taken Real Analysis, though I am doing so this Fall and intend to work harder in it than I did in my undergrad classes. I don't have any actual research papers to my name. Also, I don't have a clear vision for higher education (e.g. "I want to study the migration patterns of X animal since 2005 to prove that...") so I feel like I'd come off as someone who has no idea what they're doing.
  5. I'm going to be a senior in the Fall and am interested in applying for Statistics PhD (most likely 2020 cycle but a few questions on that). Undergrad: UC Berkeley Major: Math + Computer Science GPA: 3.96 Student Type: Domestic, Asian Male GRE and Math GRE haven't been taken yet Courses: Math: Honors Linear Algebra (A+), Honors Abstract Algebra (A), Honors Real Analysis (A-), Honors Complex Analysis (A+), Numerical Analysis (A+), Grad Analysis I and II (A, A) Statistics: Probability Theory (A+), Mathematical Statistics (A+), Theoretical Statistics I, II (for PhD Students, A, A), will take grad probability in the fall Computer Science: Intro to Programming (A), Data Structures (A), Discrete Math and Probability (A+), Intro Computer Architecture (A), Databases (A), Algorithms (A), AI (A), Machine Learning (A) Programs Applying: Stats PhDs Research Experience: Currently working with a professor and his students on some theoretical stuff, pushing to get it published in a top tier journal (I contributed in a somewhat nontrivial way, deriving some lower bounds) Work Experience: Spent a summer at a startup doing some natural language processing, another summer at a quantitative asset management firm Letter of Recommendation: Professor doing research with (hopefully would be decent, but one of the big names at Cal who is very busy and I rarely spent time with him so its hard to tell), another professor that I took Theoretical Statistics with (will also hopefully be decent as I think I stood out a decent amount in that class, actively participating and going to office hours), and I don't have a good choice for the third one (that's part of the issue) I have two main questions here: 1) As I still need to take the GRE, and missing a recommendation letter, should I delay applying by a cycle? My thought were that I could spend my final year doing more research (and having some publications), getting a better letter of recs by interacting with the professors some more, and have extra time to prepare for the GRE. I was wondering about the marginal benefit of waiting a year and how much that would help my application. 2) What schools should I consider for my safeties if I do decide to apply this cycle? I want to apply to the top 10ish schools, but I don't know what else should I be considering.
  6. Choosing between the fully funded 5-year PhD program in political science at Boston University and the 1-year MA program at Columbia University. Definitely want to do a PhD and pursue a career in academia, so the PhD program is tempting, but the ranking of BU’s program (#56) might make finding a decent job as a prof more challenging than kickstarting a PhD elsewhere with an MA in Columbia (ranked #7).
  7. Hello everyone, I am going to apply for 2020 Fall linguistics PHD programs in US. My research interest is theoretical syntax and Chinese linguistics. I really need your advice on which universities are providing this kind of program and how competitive these universities are. My background: I obtained my B.A. in linguistics in Beihang Univerisity in China (one of China's top polytechnical universities, specializing in aeronautics and national defense technology.), which is not a traditionally-acknowledged prestigious university in Modern languages(Subject Ranking around 200 worldwide), yet the English linguistics of my university is famous in China with several principal investigators. I continue to pursue my M.A. in Linguistics in University College London (UCL). But it is only a one-year program and I will graduate at the end of August, 2019. I also applied for the second master degree in UCL and the program is named “Linguistics with a specialization in Syntax”. It is also a one-year program and I will be enrolled in September, 2019 and will graduate in August, 2020. Actually, my research focus is not always about syntax. My BA thesis is about corpus-based sociolinguistics. But my first MA thesis (I am working on it) is about theoretical syntax especially the Chinese syntax. The topic is “The structure of V-V constructions in Mandarin”. (Of course, my second MA thesis will also focus on theoretical syntax.) My advantages: 1. GPA: GPA for BA: 3.75 GPA for first MA: 67.8 (Merit) [In UK, average score above 70 is distinct. 60-69 is merit. 50-59 is pass.] 2. GRE: 151V+170Q+4.5AW IELTS: Overall: 8 ( R: 8.5, L: 8.5, W:7.5, S:6.5) 3. Honors: Received a third prize of “Fengru” cup (Fengru cup is one of famous prize in Beihang University, which encourages student to invent something. This is especially designed for the science student. As for art student, we have to submit the paper. The paper is in Chinese) Also received some other prizes. 4. Second master degree?? (I am not sure whether it is an advantage) My disadvantages: 1. No papers: I am still working with my supervisor on my thesis. I would try to publish it. 2. My verbal score of GRE is only 151. It is too bad. I don’t know whether my AW score 4.5 can make up for it. So sad. Dream Universities: UCB, the most desired school. But I know it is too competitive and I don’t think that I can succeed. But I think that I will still try to contact my dream professor. University of Southern California. Also my dream school !!! There are three professors whose research focus on Chinese linguistics and theoretical syntax.But I wish to know more about the detail of this program like whether it is so competitive that I don’t even have a chance. More advice on this program is highly suggested!]. Purdue. I also found one dream professor. But I fail to search enough information about the linguistics program in this university. So I would really appreciate if you guys can provide me with more details. Rutgers. I also found one dream professor. But like Purdue, I do not know much about the program in this university. Also, I don’t know whether this program is competitive. If you know more about the linguistics program especially with a focus on theoretical syntax and Chinese linguistics, just leave a message for me! I would really appreciate it! Thank you guys~
  8. I will be glad if someone can help reviewing my SOP for PhD position in Computer Science. If you can, please let me know to send it to you as a private message.
  9. Those of you that have already gone through them, what is the general etiquette? My last orientation I did was for my undergrad, which was obviously full of teenagers in ripped jeans and the occasional sweats. My MA was online. I have my main Graduate Studies orientation tomorrow, and I'm not sure if I should go business casual? Professional? Normal street clothes? (I'll be doing an hour long campus tour in Florida heat...) Also, what did you all bring? Note pads? Laptops? Just yourself?
  10. Hello! Does anyone know when the applications for clinical psych open at U of M? I wanted to get a head start and just get the very basics out of the way but their application system is a little weird and isn't giving me the option of SEEING how to apply to the clinical psych program. I'm either doing something wrong or I'm on the wrong site. Any help is welcome (:
  11. Hello guys, I am going to apply for Phd in the USA and I am not sure in which I have a high chance and for which i am not good enough. I will be glad to hear your experiences and taughts. Undergrad Institution: Turkey, Bilkent University-one of the top 3 in chemistryMajor(s):ChemistryMinor(s):-GPA in Major: 4.0Overall GPA: 3.77Position in Class: 3GRE Scores (expecting):Q: 160-165V: 155-160W: 4-5S: should be high enoughResearch Experience: 1 year+summer research in Bilkent university in total synthesis of natural products, 1 summer research in RWTH Aachen-DWI Liebniz Institute (Through Max Planck Schools, Matter to Life undergrad research program) about a new drug delivery method using dendrimers and ultrasound. 9 months research on photocatalytic NOx abatement.Awards/Honors/Recognitions: All semesters high honour, 3 national chemistry olympiads medal (Gold,silver and bronze), Silver medal in International Chemistry Olympiads 2015, Compherensive Scholarship from Bilkent University(4 years), 4 year undergraduate scientist scholarship from Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Tutorships (2 times in TUBITAK (Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey) education camps for International Chemistry Olympiads Preparation.
  12. Hello everyone, I'm starting this topic to exchange questions and help each other regarding the DAAD "Research Grants - Doctoral Programmes in Germany, 2020/21" (N° 57440921). Also to let us know our application progress. Best of luck to all of us!
  13. Hi! I'm hoping to get in to an MA/PhD in clinical psychology in Canada, and I could use a little advice from anyone who's applied before or has gotten in! A little bit of background, I have a BSc in neuroscience and English (yes weird combo) that I finished in 2015 in Canada. My grades weren't amazing, particularly in my second year, I did quite well in my final year but my GPA when I graduated was still only 3.0. I got into a MSc Health Psychology degree in the UK and got a 2:1 (which is about a B+ final grade). I've been working in research in the UK since my MSc, I've been a research assistant for about three years, I've worked on two major RCTs and am also a trial manager for an international european study. I have three co-authorships (two more being submitting in the fall) and two first authorships in progress (one being peer reviewed now, one manuscript nearly ready to submit) and working on a 3rd first-author paper but that won't be submitted before December as we're still in the middle of the analysis. I’ve presented one poster at a national conference in the UK and I have some teaching experience in the uni I work in now. My GREs have been fine, I think I can do better and will rewrite them before applying again, my subject GREs were 89th percentile so I will probably leave those as is. I know that my undergrad grades are the biggest thing bringing my application down, but there’s nothing really I can do about that anymore. I’m considering doing a postgrad certificate or diploma in psychology so that I can 1) Improve my overall grades and 2) get courses that I’m missing in psychology that might help my application (even though there was a lot of overlap in my neuroscience degree with the psych courses, I didn’t take social psychology for example). Does that sound like it might help, or will it not matter because it’s not a BSc? My other option is doing a PhD in the UK on the project I’m currently workining on, but it’s not a clinical degree. I could theoretically do a clinical MA afterwards, but MA psychologists can’t be licensed in certain areas in Canada, and it seems silly to do a PhD in the UK and then another MA/PhD in Canada afterwards. On the other hand, it also seems silly to decline the opportunity to do a PhD in a project I like with no security that I’ll get into a program in Canada later. I really want to do clinical psychology because I love the patient aspect and with my background in health psych I would really like to work in a hospital setting or with people living with chronic illnesses. And from the research I'm doing now, I’ve realized that I'll need to be a clinician to do the research I want to do in the future, not just be supervised by one. As you can probably tell from this post I am very conflicted and would appreciate any advice or considerations! Thanks!
  14. Nationality/Race : Indian Major : Electrical and Electronics engineering GPA : 8.28/10 (from a T20 college in India) GRE : 163Q 155V 4.5AWA 1 patent publication (final examination pending) 1 conference paper (might be able to get in another one) 1 journal paper which should be in review by the time I start applying for programs SOP : Should be fine except for the fact that I would be stating that a PhD would be my end goal even though I'm applying for MS programs now LoRs : 2 should be very strong(having worked with both professors for over a year) with 1 being moderate I've done multiple side projects but I do not know how much they would add to my profile 2.5 months of work experience although it's different from the programs I'm looking to apply to I want to know if I'm competitive enough for t30 USNews ECE programs (in VLSI) for MS (or) PhD
  15. Hi everyone, I'm planning to reapply to IO Psychology PhD programs, not sure exactly when, but hopefully next year or in the next couple of years. Is there anyone here who was rejected the first time they applied, reapplied again, and then got accepted? If so, what did you do more of, or less of, or really focus the second time around? Did you apply the year right after or waited a couple of years? Did you get your Masters' degree first and then applied to PhD programs? I would love to get some advice and insight! Thanks in advance!
  16. Undergrad institution: big U.S. state school with decent math department Majors: Double Degree with BS in Math and BA in Econ GPA: 4.0 / 4.0 (both major and overall) Type of student: International (White male) Courses taken: Math: Basic: Calc I - III (A/A/A), Linear Algebra (A), Ordinary Differential Equations (A) Advanced: Abstract Linear Algebra (A), Abstract Algebra I - II (A/A), Mathematical Analysis I - II (A/A), Numerical Analysis (A), Intro to Partial Differential Equations (A), General Topology (A) Stats: Probability and Statistics (A), Mathematical Statistics (A), Stochastic Processes (graduate credit: A) Programming: College courses: CS Java course (A), CS Python course (A) Coursera online courses: C++ course, Algorithms and Data Structures, Machine Learning: Supervised/Unsupervised + intro to Hadoop/MapReduce/Spark Courses will take: Real Analysis (graduate credit), Mathematical Economics (graduate credit), Calculus of Variations (graduate credit), Differential Geometry Recommenders: Math professors, well-known in their respective areas, with whom I have good personal contacts Research experience: This is my weakest point, since I have not been able to do any particularly notable research as an undergrad. I applied and got accepted to REU this summer but could not attend due to family reasons. At the department level, I tried doing research with one of my professors in statistics, but he left soon after, so the paper was never finished. Work experience: Financial Analyst Intern (Summer 2018), Data Manager Intern (Summer 2019) Awards: Economics and Math Department Scholarships, President's Honor Roll for every semester GRE General: 157 (V), 167 (Q), 4.5 (AWA) GRE Math: Taking this fall School list: Need advice on where to apply. One of my friends suggested that I should apply to schools where my professors got their PhD's. But other than that I don't even know which tier to aim. My biggest concern is the lack of research experience. Masters is not an option, since I just can't afford it right now + I am on my national government grant.
  17. So I applied to Columbia Teacher's College School Psychology PhD program in November, and I was wondering if competitive applicants are contacted for interviews? I applied in November and have not heard a word yet. I think that the interview process varies per department (not all programs require an interview at TC), so I was wondering if anyone had any experience specifically with the school psychology program. Also, there's a chance that I may have seriously fucked up... I remember submitting a Resume but not a CV (I don't think that Teachers College required a CV, which I found surprising, but I could have possibly overlooked or misunderstood that in the application). Did other people applying to TC submit a CV? anyone remember if it was required? I may have f*cked up, but there's always next year (I only applied to two programs lol) although a gap year or two between grad and undergrad wouldn't be the worst.
  18. So I have accepted a PhD offer at a very prestigious institution, but I am concerned about the PI that I will be working under. He has exhibited a lot of red flags, and I am under the impression he is not a good mentor, bordering on labor abuse. Is it possible to defer my other PhD admissions for a year, granting me time to see whether my concerns are valid, or if the relationship can work? If so, how should I phrase this to the other institutions?
  19. Hi, I'm going to apply to Statistics master's and PhD program this year, hopefully focusing on machine learning / deep learning. I have several concerns, including 1. changing my field from Economics to Statistics 2. did not take many courses from Statistics department 3. did not major/minor in Mathematics, and for these reasons, I am applying to master's as well, so that I can have a better chance to get into PhD program afterwards. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! Undergrad Institution: One of the top 3 in South Korea Major(s): Economics GPA: 3.95/4.00, graduated with Magna Cum Laude Exchange Student Program: UCLA (undergraduate, one year during junior) Major(s): Mathematics GPA: 3.79/4.00 (Math upper division GPA: 3.89/4.00) Graduate Institution: The same university as undergrad (One of the top 3 in South Korea) Major(s): Economics GPA: 3.90/4.00 Type of Student: International Asian Male GRE General Test: Q: 154 (65%) (trying to retake to improve the verbal score this summer) V: 170 (96%) W: 4.0 (59%) Subject(Mathematics): 930(99%) TOEFL: 110/120 (S 25, W 27) Courses taken: Mathematics: Calculus (A+), Calculus with Vector Analysis 1 (A+), Calculus with Vector Analysis 2 (A+), Linear Algebra (A+), Math for Econ 1 (Linear algebra/Calculus, A+), Math for Econ 2 (Optimization/ODE, A+), Number Theory (A+), Probability Theory A (A+), Probability Theory B (A), Stochastic Process (A-), Real Analysis A Honors (A), Real Analysis B Honors (A--), Topology (A-), Scientific Computing (A+), Numerical Analysis (P), Optimization (A+), Mathematical Game Theory (A+), Real Analysis A (Graduate, B), Real Analysis 1 (Graduate, A-) Statistics: Intro to Stat (A+), Statistical Methods (A+), Computer Programming (A+), Econometrics 1 (from Econ department, A), Mathematical Statistics 2 (A+), Mathematical Statistics (Graduate course from Econ dept., A+), Statistical Learning Theory (Graduate, A+) CS/EE: Software Programming (A+), Data Structure and Algorithm (A), Discrete Mathematics (A), Artificial Intelligence (A+) Courses will take this fall (all graduate courses): 1. Real Analysis B (for sure), 2. Artificial Intelligence Theory (possibly), 3. Searching and Text mining (if not take 2) Research Experience: One research on applied Econometrics project (irrelevant to Statistics) / currently working on bridge regression Working Experience: 3 years experience of TA (Math for Econ, Econometrics, Mathematical Statistics (graduate)) Awards/Honors/Recognitions: Honors for every semester in my home university and one Dean's list from UCLA, several merits-based scholarship Pertinent Activities or Jobs: Statistics club (one year), data analysis assistant for the university freshmen evaluation team Letters of Recommendation: One Econometrics professor (with whom I did research), one math professor from UCLA, and one Statistics professor. The first two will presumably be strong, and I am not sure for the last one. Any Miscellaneous Points that Might Help: 1. I got B on graduate Real Analysis A (measure theory) from UCLA when I was junior. I believe I was not mathematically-matured enough at that time, and I did kind of retake the course in my home university and got A-. And I am going to take Real Analysis 2 this fall to complement B on measure theory, even though I am not sure if it can fully compensate B on the measure theory. 2. I got P on Numerical Analysis just because it was my undergraduate complement course and I was not allowed to take it with letter grade. The class rank was 1/37. 3. Even though I am currently in Economics department as an graduate student, I have not been taking Econ courses for a while. And I am not getting MA in Econ here. I just happened to have a chance to take three semesters without tuition in Econ graduate program in my home univ., and I was complementing math and CS/EE courses during the this period. 4. I actually applied to 8~9 Statistics Master/PhD programs last year and got all rejected. Most of them were top schools like Stanford MS or CMU PhD, but it also included non-top schools in Statistics like UCLA MS. I had pretty similar profile except that my GRE subject math was 830 (83%) at that time, which I submitted to all of the schools I applied. Program: PhD/Master in Statistics (and possibly OR MS) School List: Master's in Statistics: UC Berkeley, U of Chicago, U of Washington, U of Michigan, UCLA, UCSD PhD in Statistics: NCSU, U of Wisconsin, ISU, PSU, Purdue, UCD, Florida State U, UC irvine, UCSB I don't know which schools are my reach/match/safety. I am also thinking to apply to Georgia Tech OR Master's and USC CS Master's if it fits my profile better, since OR and CS also work on machine learning / deep learning. Thank you for your time and advice!!
  20. Hello! I am preparing to apply for PhD programs in Counseling Psychology this fall to begin school in 2020. Current stats: *Current* Masters Student Marriage and Family Counseling - GPA 3.78 Undergraduate GPA: 3.35 GRE: V 163/ Q 156/ W 5 Presentations: (international) 1 poster, 2 assisted professors in stand up PowerPoint (state) poster presentation (accepted but not yet presented) 2 posters, 1 PowerPoint lecture w/ professor Research: Principle Investigator, April 2019-November 2019 Publications: 1 manuscript in progress Teaching experience: September 2019- November 2019 assistant teacher Counseling Theories Clinical experience: 250hrs internship direct counseling & group therapy letters of recommendation: 2 great ones from professors, one good one from professor I’m doing research under Other; D1 college athlete my worries: not enough research, not enough publications, low undergrad gpa (sports -_-). What do you guys think? I’m not looking for an ego pump, I just don’t want to feel anxious and at least know what to expect. I have about 30 schools rn and I have to budget to apply to about 15-18
  21. Hey all, As application season is rapidly approaching, I'm feeling more pressure to refine the programs I'll be applying to this fall, and it's proven to be more of a struggle than I anticipated, and my university graduate advisors are not the best, which brings me here. A little about me: I graduated a little over two years ago with a B.A. double major in Economics and Political Science from a medium-sized regional university (a satellite campus of the University of Colorado). The academic side of my application is definitely my biggest strength: 3.9 overall GPA, 4.0 in econ classes, high distinction honors in political science, named the outstanding graduate in the department of economics. I did an internship for my city doing some cost analysis, two years of unrelated work after graduation, and I just started a year long commitment to Americorps VISTA getting work experience directly related to economic development. I've gotten pretty good letters of recommendation in the past. All that being said, as a double major I didn't have time to take pretty much any of the math requirements for graduate econ (Calc II and stats were the highest I went). I did take an advanced microeconomics course which was designed to be an intro to grad school courses and I felt like I grasped the concepts and applied math as something I could learn. I did some independent research for professors but nothing published. Also, my school is obviously not even top 30. I plan on taking the GRE in October, my diagnostic tests have put me 160+ on both sections but who knows what will happen on test day. I'm extremely interested in economics specifically as it relates to policy, development, and natural resources, but I love how the econ methodology can be applied to almost anything. However, I was most interested in the "fringe" econ courses I took in school like experimental economics and the Austrian school (seems grad programs like GMU that have faculty doing this aren't as respected, yet still require the quant background). I was also interested in the security studies side of poli sci. I'm mostly looking at PhD programs with funding, but I'm not opposed to applying to a masters program as a stepping stone. I could see myself in academia but I also would love to work for a policy think tank or something in the private sector. I'm passionate about the subject matter and have known I've wanted to go back to school for a long time but haven't due to personal circumstances. I'm really interested in studying the interactions of politics and economics. I guess my overall options I'm weighing are: 1) Go back to undergrad, take the opportunity cost of two years of catching up in math, and then apply to economics MS and phd programs which seem to have by far the best job prospects. 2) Go the public policy route this fall, I'm not sure what my prospects for getting into top schools (pretty necessary for a decent job in that field) and securing funding would be, or if I would be interested in the subject matter (I'm not at all interested in public admin). 3) Shoot for an MBA with an emphasis in econ and take it from there. I'm also still considering applying to some poli sci programs with strong faculty in political economy. I know this is pretty broad, but I'm just looking for any advice to not go into this completely blind, as it seems many people on here have regretted the decisions they've made when it comes to choosing programs. Any advice you'd have on how to approach this, school recommendations, other options I should consider etc. will definitely help me narrow this down, thanks!
  22. Hello! I couldn't find a thread for those preparing to apply for PhDs this year to the US for Fall 2020 admission so I've started this (please point me to a thread if it exists!). This thread is for applicants to get to know each other, ask questions about potential universities, make lists, and most of all: to freak out with. About me: I'm looking at history, gender studies, and south asian studies departments. I am interested in gender and legal history of colonial south asia. I'm an international student, from India. I did my B.A at Bard College, New York and M.A at SOAS. So far I am looking keenly at: Columbia (MESAAS), Cornell, Duke, U Michigan (ann arbor), U. Washington, U Wisconsin-Madison, Rutgers U, UChicago, UTexas Austin. Introduce yourself, your themes, potential unis, and your fears and aspirations! 🌻
  23. Hi I graduated with B.E in Biotechnology in the year 2017 from India. I have been working in a computational genetics lab since then. I don't have any publications yet. Might be submitting one by the end of this year. I am aiming for Phd in mathematical biology as that field really interests me. I have done courses in Calculus I and II, Linear Algebra and Differential Equation during my undergraduate studies. It would be great if you could suggest me any universities in the USA which offers this program of study. I would welcome suggestions in this regard, since I don't have a major in mathematics how much it is going to affect my application process. Also, do I stand chance at all for getting an admit(an international student plus not a strong background in mathematics). Really appreciate for reading this! Thanks in Advance!!
  24. Hi all, Anyone has information on which universities in the USA that admit students with a GRE score of less than 300 into its PhD in Business/Management program? I have taken GRE several times and my latest GRE score is only 305. (Quantitative 148, Verbal 155). (GRE is US205 converted into my currency in Indonesian rupiah.. it's more than 2 millions) Universities do not mention their minimum GRE but some professors told me that when they review, they will put aside those whose GRE is not competitive. Although I have publications and research experiences, I was rejected by Minnesota, Iowa, MSU, etc. (fall 2019 admission) and have spent a few hundreds dollars for admission fees. I also have a PhD in Education (from ISU) but I'd like to take another PhD which will be in Business/ Management, so that I have a linear degrees (my Master is in Management/MBA). I'm from Indonesia and the linearity of graduate degrees is required to become a professor (or even get hired as a lecturer). Any help/thoughts are appreciated.. Thanks.
  25. Evening everyone! I'm a potential applicant for PhD programs next year if things don't work out this year. I'm also planning to pursue a dual-title phd in communication at one of the schools I applied to this year. Any places I can use to look for phd programs that specialize in health comm/intercultural comm/social networks? Thank you in advance!
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