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  1. I finished my masters in Data Analytics in May. Now I want to go for a PhD in statistics. Undergrad: Computer Science at Illinois State University GPA 2.9, 3.3 in major Good grades in CS classes (As & Bs) not as good in math classes for my (unfinished) minor. One repeat and one D. Grad: Data Analytics at University of Illinois Springfield GPA: 3.7 GRE (from four years ago): Verbal 166 (97%), Quant. 157 (64%), Writing 3.5 (39%) -- I plan to take this again in September and will study more for the Quant portion! Master's closure project in machine learning and natural language processing. LoR: One confirmed from master's capstone class, pretty sure he was impressed with my project/work. Could ask for one from manager at on-campus min. wage job. Her letter might be relevant for a TA position... Not sure about #3... Research: None really. My MS program was entirely focused on getting a job. (Only one prof ever mentioned his research!) My research interests are in machine learning and creating new algorithms using statistics. My top choice is Univ of Illinois UC. Should I apply to the MS program and switch after a year? Or is there a chance of acceptance into a PhD program? If it matters I'm a female domestic, Illinois resident. Thanks for any advice!
  2. I'm currently looking into schools to get my masters in wildlife biology, but my anxiety has had me stuck and now I'm falling behind. I haven't actually contacted any professors yet First, what exactly are my odds of getting into a program? Most are requesting GPA after the first 60 semester hours so 3.36 and I have an average GRE score, so I'm considering retaking. I got my B.S. in December of 2014 and unfortunately have not had any luck with a related jobs :/ I've been working food service to save up some money the last few years. Second, When applying to a lab, all professors want a page written about my research interests. While this is a fair enough request, just how specific should I be? I find that I could very easily write several pages on an abundance of topics I find interesting. Would the professors like that I am so open to different topics that I would surely fit the needs of their grant? Or would they see me as unfocused and prefer a single topic that's practically a research project waiting to happen?
  3. Hello! I heard that this forum was the perfect place to ask the kind community for help with statement of intent/purpose revisions? Could someone help me by taking looking at my statements and offer feedback or with writing revision. Any feedback at all would be greatly appreciated!
  4. Hello, I'm currently a Junior looking toward the upcoming application season for PhD programs. I'm interested in natural products (e.g. discovery, structural elucidation, biosynthesis, etc.) and I was wondering if anyone has recommendations for potential POIs or programs. I've done an initial literature search and have come up with some of the popular ones such as Balskus and Clardy at Harvard, Fischbach at UCSF and the slew of people at UCSD in the Scrips Institute of Oceanography. However, I keep coming up with many of the same people, which is making it hard to extend my list. Does anyone have any thoughts as to either where I should look or specific recommendations?
  5. For the past 3 years, my goal was to apply to a clinical psychology program, and thus undertook volunteering/work opportunities geared towards this field. However, recently, I've also been considering a career in I/O as well. It doesn't seem like there is as much graduate school admissions info. out there for I/O programs than there are clinical programs, so if anyone could help me out, that would be great! First, some numbers/background: GPA: Overall: 3.54 (pre-med in college) from a "big name" school Last 2 years: 3.7 Cognitive Science major, psychology minor GRE: 1500 on the unrevised exam, 800Q, 700V, 5.0 writing Research experience: in addition to brief stints as an undergrad, I've been working as a full-time research assistant in a cognitive neuroscience lab for 2 years, handling everything from subject recruitment to helping write papers, managing undergrads, training people, and a lot of data handling as well as statistics. I have my name on 2 publications & 2 conferences so far, none are first/second authors. I also expect to be a second author on some papers by next year. In addition to this, I have also worked at 2 other labs in college (neurosciences & beh. modification), 1 publication not from my current lab (again, not first author or anything major), and hotline volunteering. Now here's my question: My research has NOTHING to do with I/O. It's mostly physiology, a little social psychology (questionnaires), and genetics. However, because I'm the only RA for a relatively big lab, as mentioned earlier, I handle a lot of things, not just data-entry. I also am primarily in charge of taking in undergraduate students, interviewing them, training, and then managing them. This is the main part of my experience that I believe relates to I/O. So my concerns are as follows: My research experience isn't in an I/O field I have no business background I'm interested in being able to practice (consulting) and some teaching/research after I obtain my degree. Thus, I don't want to go into a program that focuses on just research, with little chance for internships. Are my experiences going to work against me in applications? Thank you everyone in advance for your help!
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