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  1. Hi everyone! I am currently working on my applications for counselling psychology programs this Fall. Hoping for a Fall 2023 start! It is super early but I figured these forums were so helpful last year that I'd start one for this season. Best of luck to everyone!
  2. Hi! I'm currently a senior in Undergrad, and will be applying to psychology graduate programs within the next year. I'm wondering any 'don'ts' for the interview process (in-person, online or phone call). Feel free to share any horror stories or just helpful tips. Thanks so much!
  3. Hi everyone, I am a third year student in Australia who is preparing my phd applications ahead (or maybe I am late to the game already). Wish to ask some advices! 1. I follow the strategy of go big or go home. All schools that I wish to apply outside Australia are Tier A schools. I understand how ambitious this is, but if someone has to get in, why it can't be me? Schools that I am planning on applying include but not limited to Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard etc. How competitive it really is for those schools? 2. For these top schools, does my research experience have to be completely related to I/O or social psychology (considering both)? I have participated in a environmental psychology lab, and I also did my internship in a kindergarten where I observed the working style there. 3. How strong does my recommandations letter has to be? Will professor whose h index higher than 40 help? If their h index is around 20, is it still good enough? 4. I understand what I am doing may be a long shot, but I still have to give it a try for my dreams. I wonder how unrealistic I am at this point? My gpa is 6.2/7.0 in australia. I have built some relationships with research fellow/associate professor in my uni. I am still expecting my honour year, and have participated in lab research (though not in I/O division). If I successfuly get into a I/O professor (h index>40)'s lab, will that help a lot? 5. I hope I can get I/O research experience, however, not all professors that are willing to take me focus in such field... What should I do? I do need research experience and I am grateful. However, I do not wanna be the kind of student who use them and then say "Nah, I like you as a person, but we don't match up" 6. Applying to schools with big names is a dangerous move, so I need a safety net. If I ask my honour year's professor to write me a recommendation letter, I think he will not consider me still as a phd student as he knows he is not my first choice... How can I build a safety net instead? I/O, social psychology and developmental psychology are all fun to me, I wonder which programme is less competitive? In general, I am ready for devotion. Anything that I can do to get into these prestigious schools... Please lmk any thoughts from you!
  4. I would like to invite you to a philosophy discord server. For teachers, students, and autodidacts. The purpose of this discord chat is dedicated to the engagement of philosophical discourse and the exploration of ideas in the history of philosophy. Our main goal is to become more knowledgeable about historical thinkers and ideas from every philosophical domain through interpersonal dialogues. We are not a debate server. Argument is a method used by philosophy, but this isn’t to be confused with debate. The latter is competitive in nature, whereas the former is a cooperative endeavor. Philosophy is a group project that aims to determine what is true, and this server is a place for this activity. https://discord.gg/NyesZ6e5cp Invite link is hopefully permanent, so you won't have to worry whether the link is working if you're reading this sometime in the future. See you all there!
  5. Could anyone give me the inside track on this program? Is it a good one? Is it super competitive to get into? My research experience isn't strong, but I'm very interested in the premise of the program. I know that the clinical psych track is crazy competitive, but fortunately I don't want to be a clinical psychologist :) Thanks!
  6. Hi all, I'm going to get some opinions/advice on how to approach the writing sample. I'm applying for PhD programs and the writing sample is optional, but I feel like it's a great chance to show my technical writing skills. They'll get a sense of my writing in general from personal history statements and statements of purpose, but I want to demonstrate my research writing ability. The problem is that I have few examples ready to go. I did an independent research project, but it wasn't released as a paper - only a presentation. I did a fair amount of writing for it (IRB application, etc.) but nothing that makes for an easy to submit paper. There's also no length requirement (minimum or maximum). Should I pull together the pieces I have and turn it into some sort of research summary? What are other people submitting? How long should it be? Google has given me answers ranging from "800-1000 words" to "no more than 15-20 pages." Reaching out to schools has only yielded answers along the lines of "something that you feel represents you well," which is still super vague.
  7. Hi all, I'm going to get some opinions/advice on how to approach the writing sample. I'm applying for PhD programs and the writing sample is optional, but I feel like it's a great chance to show my technical writing skills. They'll get a sense of my writing in general from personal history statements and statements of purpose, but I want to demonstrate my research writing abilities as they stand. The problem is that I have few examples ready to go. I did an independent research project, but it wasn't released as a paper - only a presentation. I did a fair amount of writing for it (IRB application, etc.) but nothing that makes for an easy to submit paper. There's also no length requirement (minimum or maximum). Should I pull together the pieces I have and turn it into some sort of research summary? What are other people submitting? How long should it be? Googling at this problem has given me answers that range from "800-1000 words" to "no more than 15-20 pages." I'm starting to get frustrated. When I reach out to the schools, the most I've gotten back is "something you feel represents your writing abilities" which is, again, incredibly vague. Edit: Apologies if this is the wrong forum. I thought I put this in the writing sample forum rather than the psychology one, and now I don't believe I can delete it. I'd still value any insight folks may have, but otherwise please disregard! Thank you!
  8. Hi, I'm currently a senior undergraduate and looking for phd programs (in cognitive science, neuroscience and psychology) in the US. My advisor said I should find some safe schools. Could you please give me some recommendations? I listed some basic information about me. Thank you! - I'm an international student, studying at an U.S. institute - Majoring Cognitive Science and Computer Science - GPA: around 3.9 at the end of this semester - Honors Thesis in Cog Sci - 1 conference paper, two independent research report, 1 arxiv - worked in 5 labs before(around 2 months - 1 year), focusing on different topics in cog sci. - Interested in high-level cognition, neural behavior modeling, memory, consciousness, decision-making Thank you!!😫
  9. Hi! So I am still in search of reputed master programmes that prepare strong candidates for future Ph.D. application in the U.S. I want to specialize in clinical child psychology/ developmental neuropsychology. Thoughts? (I am quite desperate and open to new ideas, I appreciate any advice!) Many thanks!
  10. I'm an applicant from India. I currently hold a Masters in Counselling Psychology, and I'm looking to apply to MA/PhD programs in the US and Canada for Social/Personality Psychology. My main concern is some of the universities ask for a converted grade from percentages to the 4.0 GPA Scale, the conversions drastically reduce my scores to about a 3.0 average or just slightly above 3.0. However, my grades have been consistently high according to the Indian scoring system, and I have been among the top of my class throughout my undergrad and postgrad courses, as well as an Honors student in my Postgrad. How likely will the converted scores affect my chances of admissions? Some universities let me justify the low scores ( if scores are below 3.5 GPA), how do I justify the same?
  11. Hello, all! I am looking for a bit of advice. I am an international student looking to apply to Canadian M.Ed Educational Psychology programs with thesis components. I have already identified a few PIs with great research fit, and am preparing my applications for submission now. I have a Psychology B.A., average (3.6-3.7) GPA, but no research experience. Following graduation, I worked in the education sector for 3 years and had 1 year of volunteering (counselling/crisis line). Writing research proposals is a bit daunting, and I'm concerned about my lack of research experience. Considering that all of these programs are thesis based, is it even worth applying with my background? I understand that research based psychology programs are incredibly competitive, and I've heard from faculty this year that they have even more applicants than they did last cycle. Does anyone have any general advice on how to write very concise, but specific, research statements (100-200 words) for M.Ed programs? I would really appreciate any kind of input and/or feedback. Thank you for your time
  12. Hi, I'm in my first semester of a professional MS program at CU Boulder (info on degree here). The program is pretty open-ended, but centers on interdisciplinary engineering & design. Buzzwords: UX/UI, human-computer interaction, and creative tech. This an expensive and pretty degree. I did this for a few reasons: 1) I really needed to broaden my job prospects/salary range, 2) I'm interested in HCI from a research standpoint (I want to be a scientist), and 3) I love engineering, but I studied psychology, and this was the best fit that I could find without having taken any supplementary technical courses. For context, I really needed to make a move. It's not particularly flattering for me to think about the other, better moves that I could have made (comp sci, comp engineering, or any other MS in applied science comes to mind). Here is the thing: I fully understand, at this point, that if I want to commit myself seriously to motivations #2 and #3, I will have to continue study on through a PhD. This makes a lot of sense to me because I want to be scientist, whatever that entails. The catch is that my Master's degree isn't nearly technical enough for me to think that applying to heavy-hitting engineering/applied sci doctorates would be easy after that. It is, however, *very* flexible and well-funded, meaning that there are labs available to me that pull from the massive engineering/applied science resources at CU Boulder. I'm at liberty to design my degree however I see fit, pretty much. I am also gaining new technical expertise, and making strong contacts -- I'm currently TAing for a neuroengineer. I am planning on spending some years working before doing a PhD in a field that I find exciting (I love frontier work like space and tech), and I'm optimistic UX/UI is broad enough that I can land that. Honestly, a career in one of these industries sounds exciting enough. But I'm stubborn, and I know I can do more. I'm looking for feedback on what kind of degrees would be the most difficult to matriculate into, given that my broader background will not apply to them in many parts. Here are some that I find incredibly compelling: biomedical engineering, comp neuroscience/biophysics, applied mathematics/systems science, computational science, and theoretical computer science. I'm always looking for the stories of people who have switched career paths or academic disciplines from seemingly diametrically opposed areas. There is absolutely no reason, in the year 2021, that this type of move wouldn't be possible. I know that a lot of these degrees might seem out of reach for me at present. In what circumstances would they not be?
  13. Creating a thread to discuss the range of masters programs for psych. Waiting to hear from: Columbia, NYU, American University, Wake Forest, Fordham. Anyone else just.... waiting...? I have been watching the PhD forums, and am thrilled to see everyone receiving interviews/admits to their programs, but I feel as though the masters programs are much, much slower. Post below any updates you have to your programs! Not sure how many prospective MA students there are out there
  14. I am about to receive my Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communications concentration in Journalism, with a minor in Psychology. I have decided that I want to apply to Grad School for both Masters and PhD programs for Clinical Psychology. I am applying to a few ivies such as Columbia, Harvard, UPenn and Cornell. Based off my credentials, would I have a shot at being accepted? I believe I am but I feel like this platform would know better and of course having faith. I do have work experience in the medical field aspect working with the NJDOH for COVID vaccinations and will be starting a new position at RWJBH Hospital. My cumulative GPA right now is a 3.40 My Major GPA is 3.0 (Journalism) My Minor GPA is 3.67 (Psychology) I only have to take 15 credits of Psychology for my minor since I received AP credit from high school. From Winter 2020 to Spring 2021, I have maintained all straight A's in my classes. I of course want to obtain a 4.0 again for the Fall 2021 semester which will be my last semester since I will finish a semester early. Once my 6 credits transfer over to my school from summer courses and if I get a 4.0 again in the Fall, my final cumulative GPA will be 3.51, my major GPA would be 3.18 and my minor GPA will be 3.8. Even right now, most if not all my schools do not require or it is optional to submit GRE scores, but I do plan on taking the general GRE and Psychology subject test.
  15. Hi! I am an international student holding a non-US undergraduate degree in psychology (a first-rank research school in Europe but maybe placements overseas and developments/pubs in Ph.D processes are not comparable to the states). I applied to some MA programs and just got a funded offer from Wake Forest for two years (75% tuition waiver so about 10,000 dollars tuition per year, potential full waiver & assistantship stipend in future). I also have a offer from UChicago MAPSS, but with merely 1/3 tuition waiver and may result in 50,000 dollars debt... I'm generally interested in ( clinical) developmental psychology though I have some background in quant psych. I do know a lot of alumni from MAPSS but I'm really not sure about Wake Forest's reputation. I'm kind of detached from MAPSS as they seemingly do not care their MA students and indeed it implies more stress in money and time. Their placements are good though. In this case, can anyone give me some suggestions? Especially in PhD placements & pubs. Many thanks!!!
  16. Hi all, First time poster here. I'll be applying to programs next year, and I was wondering about PhD program stipends. Not sure what to expect and what to be looking out for. I'll be applying to a mix of programs (Clinical, School, Developmental), and I was wondering if there was a typical/standard stipend for each area. What is a competitive stipend at this time? I would really even appreciate specific school names if possible, but if you feel uncomfortable writing it here, I would appreciate a DM! THANK YOU ALL IN ADVANCE!!!
  17. Hi everyone! I'm going to be applying to clinical psychology programs in Canada this year (for Fall 2022 start) and there are a few different topics and areas of research that interest me. What I'm wondering is whether different research topics and areas within clinical psychology differ in terms of competitiveness, and if so, which seem to be more and less competitive (could be broad areas of research or specific topics/disorders)? I've heard that labs/PIs in certain areas of research tend to expect more of applicants in terms of experiences, publications, etc. than others, and that some research topics are just more popular than others and attract more applicants. Either way, I plan to pursue my research interests, but just want to know whether I should be prepared to require more experience or to face more intense competition for certain research topics relative to others. Thanks in advance!
  18. Hello! Just saw the clinical/counseling thread and thought to start a forum for all applicants applying to social/personality psychologyPhD programs (app due in Fall 2020)! Working on my list of schools now, hopefully will post that by the end of May. I'm mostly interested in exploring subjective well-being and quality of life, with several approaches currently in mind - psychometrics - how to measure these traits accurately (including cross-lang, nation, culture) and efficiently self-regulation goal and meaning in life emotional regulation and stress-coping (a bit of mindfulness too!) cross-cultural effect I look forward to getting to know y'all, while learning more about these fields themselves as well as deciding which one to pursue (or maybe I dont need to make that decision yet?). Hope this is useful for y'all and good luck to everyone! :)
  19. Hi everyone! So, I got my first grad school interview ever, and it is over skype this Friday with the program director of the forensic psychology department at George Washington University. I was wondering if anyone on here interviewed with this school, and if so, could they tell me a little bit about what there experience was like, what kind of questions were asked, etc.?? Please feel free to PM or comment!! I am super nervous.
  20. Hey y'all, Just like most of you I am sitting here sweating, checking, and refreshing too often for my own good. I thought it might just be easier to create a post rather than scouring the internet for what I want to know... I have applied to George Washington, University of Denver, and Roger Williams all for their respective MA programs in Forensic Psychology and I have not heard a peep. I looked on the 2020 GradCafe admission entries and it seems that I should have heard back by now from either DU or GWU. Does anyone have any personal experience with, or inside information about these programs to put my mind at ease? Thanks in advance!
  21. Hi everyone! I've been reading through past and current threads and noticed School Psych didn't have anything for Fall 2020, so I decided we should have a place, too! What programs are you all planning to apply to? What criteria do you have? Does anyone have any advice - because I need it! I've completed my EdS but decided I'd like to continue on to get my PhD; here's my list so far: University of Minnesota, Northern Illinois University, Indiana State University, University of Kentucky, University of Wisconsin, University of Cincinnati, and Texas A&M. Let me know if you're applying to any of the same places and/or if you have any thoughts on these programs! I am excited to hear about everyone else's applications and how everything's going!
  22. So I applied back in November for fall of 2021. The program is a department of 3 people. My application is still active and isn't closed. How much longer will I be waiting? They only take 3 to 4 students. I'm going stir crazy. I emailed admissions last week just to see how notification would be sent. (Some have gotten snail mail last year not an email) I have had zero response.
  23. Hello! I have recently received acceptances to the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. programs at both Rutgers GSAPP and the PGSP-Stanford Consortium. Both programs have solid APA match rates as well as a great faculty fit. Does anyone have any insight into the culture/opportunities available at both programs? I know that the program at Palo Alto is incredibly expensive, but is there anything about the training there that would make the cost worthwhile? Thanks in advanced!
  24. I'm wondering just how competitive is Rutgers PsyD program? And admitted or current students here on the forum that can shed some light on the process please? It's definitely my dream school to enter but I want to strategize myself effectively and plan ahead. Would love any opinions, thanks!
  25. HI all so like most people I am stuck. The future is calling and I am stuck. Social work seems to be this glorified field on paper but I need to know the realities of this field. I've seen lots of post talking about macros\micros (((wtf))) of social work!!!!!!! LISTEN "i gots" no clue what any of that means..... Go to school they say....be something great they say.......get an education they say.........well sh***t I say I'm lost!!!!! ok background time.... moved to Montreal 5 years ago on this illustrious path to find great wealth and 6 figure job....ha! welp in Montreal when you are from certain countries you have to start over your schooling from scratch... any whoooo... 3 years later an I finally have a Quebec high school "the struggles" well now I'm looking into going to university because I'm no spring chicken and CEGEP is just not it for me I'm mind boggled that you have to do 3 years of cegep ""quebec form of college" just to go do another 4 of actual university studies "WTF""WTF""WTF"... send help asap...
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