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  1. Having read the pinned post on research statements, I am still feeling uneasy about indicating potential advisers in my statement of purpose. The conventional wisdom in just about any other field seems to be that you should reach out to and engage in a dialogue with potential advisers before writing your statement of purpose . Is that really not the case in Statistics? I've tried emailing a few professors whose research called out to me, but I haven't had a response. I'm wondering if I need to write more compelling emails, or if this just is not an approach that works in Stats. So far, only a few of the programs I'm applying to ask you to specifically indicate who you'd like to work with - should I do it anyway for the rest? Is it risky if I say that I'd be interested in working with someone and it turns out that person isn't taking grad students currently? It feels like a difficult balancing act: I want to write with enough specificity to demonstrate maturity in the subject, yet I don't want to pigeonhole myself. Thank you!
  2. Current graduate students, what would you say are the upsides and downsides of working with a professor who has the exact same specialty as you, versus a professor who maybe isn't exactly in the same niche but has a similar approach or outlook? For instance, as someone interested in microhistory/social history/gender in early modern Germany, would it strongly behoove me to find a faculty advisor with that exact same combination of specialties? Might that actually limit and hinder me? Might it be better to work under a faculty advisor with a slightly different geographic focus (say France or Holland), or with a slightly different subject focus (say religion or diplomacy), but who has a similar approach to social history? Would the latter option perhaps take me slightly out of my comfort zone and strengthen/enrich my work? Or would my work suffer because of my advisor's lack of knowledge about my preferred specialties? Thoughts?
  3. Before I started my PhD, I did research with a professor my school. I really enjoyed the project and the group (the project itself is not based at my university,) and we made plans to expand it into a possible thesis. However, I am extremely unhappy in my program at school. I have been debating on whether or not staying in the program and being miserable will be worth it in the end to continue my research, but lately, I am feeling that it is not. My research mentor has invested time and resources into me, and she is under the impression that I will be continuing a fairly important project for the group. How should I tell her that I am seriously considering quitting the program? Even if I do leave, she gave me a great experience and I don't want to burn any bridges.
  4. I was very excited to get into my 1st choice PhD Psychology program, and was under the assumption that I would be in a specific professor's research lab (I mentioned this many times throughout my interview, was personally interviewed by them, and my MA thesis/previous years of research experience was the exact same material as this lab). After confirming my acceptance, I was notified by this professor that this lab did not have funding for a new graduate student. I just received my assignment for my graduate assistantship, and the professors have no similarities with my research interests, as far as I can tell. Will my dissertation be advised by these professors? Or will I have a different dissertation supervisor? (The professor I was hoping to work with did offer to help me with my dissertation, but it is very unclear in what capacity). I am disappointed that I will not be involved in the research I was expecting (trying to be open minded to new experiences...). I will feel MUCH better if I am just working for these professors, and will be able to conduct the research that I am interested in. Can someone please explain to me how this might work? Or how it works at other schools? Thank you in advance!
  5. Hello, I am hoping that some of you can maybe give me some advice on this topic. I will provide you with some context so hopefully it gives you an idea of where I stand. I have applied for the Kinesiology PhD program at Georgia State University for Fall semester 2017. This is my second time applying but my first time I applied right before the deadline and didn't have any academic advisors on my application plus I was a few points below on what they wanted on GRE (program wants 155 V and 151 Q/ I got 150 V and 158 Q). One of the professors in the program was gracious enough to reply to an email and told me that next time I should try and contact a professor in the program for potential advisement and retake GRE to attempt higher score. So I have applied again and retook GRE. I had both a professor in my program and advisor as recommendations. I also met with the professor who emailed me about my application right before Thanksgiving. During the meeting we talked about why I wanted to be in the program and experience in lab which is limited. I did a lot work in labs while in undergrad but my master's program was online thus I didn't have opportunity to work in lab or do a thesis. I did mention to him that I have had a article published recently in a professional journal which seemed to help my case a little bit. I mentioned to him my GRE scores (after taking second time top scores: 153V 158Q) which he seemed to be okay with. I asked whether or not there was potential for him to advise me for my PhD. He told me something along the lines of "There is potential but funding may be an issue" which he proceeded to tell me about other opportunities such as teaching assistantships. Then he took me around to show me the labs, introduced me to some other professors and talked about some of the work he did. Now to my question. Although I felt like the meeting went well with this potential advisor I feel like I didn't get that hard "Yes" answer I was looking for. I emailed him a few days later thanking him but never got a response. I figured it be good to give him some space so I haven't reached out since then. I feel like I should try to schedule a second meeting to ensure he will support my application, right? If so, what would be the best way to go about this? I tried to schedule meetings with different professors in this program via email but got a limited response. The way I scheduled this meeting was just by calling his office and luckily he answered. Like I stated, I felt like the meeting went well. I think he really understood that I was serious and willing to work hard to obtain my PhD and understood my passion for academics and kinesiology/physiology. I just want to put myself in the best position to get accepted. Any advice would help me tremendously. Thank you so much!
  6. Hey all - just finished with my master's and I am now applying to PhD programs in History. My question is whether I should get Letters of Rec exclusively from my thesis committee, or if I should branch outside of that. I have others that I could certainly ask, although they are all within the history department at my master's institution. Thanks for your input!
  7. I'm in the very early stages of applying for PhD programs, and am having difficulty finding programs and professors that align with my interest (which I have yet to solidify). I'm interested in exploring the literacy development of students with learning disabilities in inclusive co-taught learning environments. I initially tried to narrow down the schools to those that only have programs in special education, but I don't want to limit myself to that. Any recommendations on how I can be more productive in my search to find professors and programs that align with my research interest? Is my research interest not specific enough? I feel like I'm dedicating so much time on this, but not getting anywhere with my search. I read up on a bunch of professors, and just get overwhelmed in the end. Any advice would help!
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