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  1. There seem to be a lot of threads asking the same thing popping up lately and I figured it might make sense to make an overall guide thread and then those who feel their answers still haven’t been adequately answered can post below for an idea of what their chances are. Here is a brief rundown of factors affecting your likelihood of getting into top-tier and well respected programs. If you fall below par in any one of these factors you can bump it up by being stellar in one of the others. I'll add to this if others point out other things I've left out. School requirements: Your first stop should be the school admissions website – this will tell you what prerequisites you need, give you an idea of GRE and GPA requirements and what work experience is expected (if any) GPA: From what I’ve seen/read over the years any GPA over 3.4 and you should be competitive. That’s not to say if your GPA is lower than 3.4 you’ll have no chance, but if you have a GPA above 3.4 you should be in good shape. GRE score: GRE scores seem to be most important for schools with demanding quantitative programs and for securing the top financial aid. Most schools will state the average GRE scores for their incoming classes on their website – use these to see how competitive you are. By and large you should be competitive if you score over 650 on verbal and quantitative and over 4.0 on the AWA. For the top schools over 700 seems to be closer to the mark. Work experience: For most programs it will be expected that you have at least 1-2 years of relevant experience in your field. This can be lowered a little if you have other pseudo-relevant work experience (management in the for-profit sector etc.) but you should have shown some level of professional interest in the area you hope to study at grad school. Applicants coming straight out of undergrad may find it very hard to get into the programs aimed more at junior/mid-career professionals such as Johns Hopkins SAIS and Princeton’s WWS. Language skills: For a lot of programs being able to speak a second language is a must, while for others it is just a very good selling point. If you can show experience working in a foreign language this will show adaptability and will endear schools looking to enrol a diverse group of applicants. Quantitative requirements: A lot of schools will want you to show experience in micro/macroeconomics and some maths/statistics courses. You can fullfil these through undergrad classes or by taking courses at a community college/diploma program. Overseas experience (work, study and teaching): Work overseas and study abroad are also viewed extremely favourably by admissions committees and if you have taught English abroad, worked in the Peace Corps or otherwise gained experience living in a developing country this will really strengthen your application. It also shows you to be a go-getter, and that you can bring this outside experience to grad school study. Statement of Purpose: This is where it all comes together. This is your chance to impress the admission committee and show how your personal 'arc' has brought you to this point - being the perfect addition to their grad school. This more than any other part of your application will determine how admit committees view you as an applicant and it's also one of the only application variables that's completely under your control. Having a cohesive narrative that brings together life experience, past academic history and professional experience is a must. It also gives you a great chance to showcase your writing style - so make sure no grammar/spelling mistakes make it into your final revision. Great list of SOP pitfalls If your profile matches at least 3 or 4 of the criteria listed above then you are competitive to apply to an MPA/MPP/IR program. What is most important about any grad school application is showing fit – that is how your profile matches the speciality of that school and its program. If you can’t articulate compelling reasons why you are a good match for them and vice versa, question whether you should be applying to that program. A note on applying to top schools: It is worth noting that nobody here can tell you what your chances of getting into a top program (Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown etc.) because getting into a top program requires a certain amount of luck as well as a great profile. Some people get offers from Harvard with a 2.9 GPA, but also happen to have singlehandedly retaken an allied command post in the Korengal valley. It’s down to who reads your application and what they happen to be looking for with the current application cycle. Spend time improving the elements of your application that you can (GRE, work experience, languages) and don’t waste time freaking out about the things you can’t change (GPA). If you’ve read all of the above and really still can’t tell if your application is competitive, post your profile below.
  2. Hi Everyone! I'm a second year MSc. S-LP student at the University of Alberta. I wanted to make a quick post about an opportunity that might be of interest for people who are applying to the program. The OASIS (Organization of Alberta Students in Speech) Conference this year is held on Saturday September 28, 2019 at the University of Alberta (ECHA building). The conference's theme this year is "Communication Access: Building Bridges to Participation." In addition to clinicians, we often get interested undergraduate students traveling from AB, BC and SK attending the conference! The most important and helpful session for prospective students is "How to navigate the S-LP application process" which is presented by the admissions coordinator, Ms. Vicki Trombley. This year, the conference is also providing the opportunity for prospective students to sign up for a tour of the Rehab Med building, where the S-LP classes are held. These tours will be led by 2nd year MSc. S-LP students, so you can ask as many questions as you want about their application and journey in the program! For more details on the event, follow visit this facebook page! We look forward to seeing you there. Feel free to ask any questions about the program or the conference!
  3. This is the SOP I wrote for the LBJ School, any feedback is welcomed - please! Running for public office has always been a dream of mine, for as long as I can remember. As I have grown older, the reasoning behind the choice has changed, but my motivation and drive have remained the same. Career politicians, on both sides of the aisle, are so out-of-touch with the average American; Congress spends weeks, months, and multiple sessions in stalemate due to the hyper-partisan climate while American families are struggling due to an ongoing Trade War, senseless gun violence, environmental issues, and cuts to social service programs and healthcare. Climate Change and growing inequality are two of the biggest challenges that the world will face in the next half century, and the United States needs to be at the forefront, combating these issues head on rather than standing in stalemate due to an ‘R’ or ‘D’ next to Congress People's names. Global warming, vanishing glaciers, rising sea levels and increased pollution have the potential to do catastrophic damage to the environment and the planet as a whole. What’s more, current economic and tax policy, coupled with cuts to social service programs, have led the United States wealth gap to expand exponentially; billionaires and corporations are receiving tax breaks, subsidies, and other incentives while families such as mine are seeing tax increases, cuts to vital social service programs, and politicians who are forgetting about us. Being raised in a lower middle class family has had struggles and disadvantages over the years. One of the biggest disadvantages is being used as a pawn in political chess. Oftentimes, political demagogues, Conservative and Liberal alike, play to the middle class’s fear of tax increases, cuts to social service programs, and the rising rates for health insurance, for votes. Candidate A might state in his campaign that he/she will cut taxes x% for families, or earmark however many million dollars for social service programs such as food stamps, only to renege on those promises once in office. Far too often, families like mine have been taken advantage of - used for votes, and then neglected on the legislative agenda, I am hoping to change that. Broken promises and the need to change policy decisions and directives have driven me to obtain my Masters degree in Public Policy - I can no longer sit on the sidelines and watch as the growing middle class, especially my lower class continues to endure tax increases, a lowered access to healthcare, and cuts to social service programs. Furthering my education at the Lyndon B. Johnson school will allow me to I am applying to the Public Affairs program at the Lyndon B. Johnson School as I want to further my education in order to make the changes that politicians have promised my family, and families like mine for years. Moreover, attending the LBJ School would allow me to gain hands-on experience with policy, learn from some of the greatest minds in Public Policy, and prepare me for a role in the ever changing political world. The United States needs more young minds combating these issues, not career politicians who are happy to sit in a stalemate as long as their checks are cashed and agenda is met. Ten years from now, I see myself running for public office, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind about it. Multi-Millionaire Congressmen and Women do not know the struggle that lower class families face and are unprepared for the next half century. Congress and State Legislatures need young minds, fresh voices, and a breath of fresh air in order to deal with two of the most important issues that are going to be facing this country, a climate crisis and rising inequality, I want to be one of those young voices. A Master’s Degree from the LBJ School will allow me to learn how to deal with these issues, give me the proper tools to be an effective policy crafter, and learning from distinguished professors such as David Eaton and Kenneth Flamm will allow me to better understand environmental and economic issues, while also learning the newest and best ways to combat them. While the Public Policy program at LBJ drew me in immediately and I do not necessarily need to focus on a concentration, I was particularly interested in having a concentration in either Energy Studies or the duel Business and MPAff program. I am particularly interested in the work of Professors Pat Wong, Sheila Olmstead and the aforementioned David Eaton and Kenneth Flamm. Dr. Wong’s work on welfare reform and social service coordination are particularly of interest to me because of my own personal background and experience working in the Wisconsin State Legislature, as the Representative I interned for dealt with many welfare reform Bills and sat on a social service committee. I feel as though I am a match for this program due to my internship experience and motivations. Experience in the Wisconsin State Legislature for a year and a half and with the Sierra Club for six months have allowed me to gain hands-on experience with policy, cost-benefit analysis, and have afforded me the opportunity to help craft specific Bills. Moreover, meetings with constituents, lobbyists, and lawmakers have given me an opportunity to fully understand and respect the political process. Far too often the Representative I interned for would receive constituent letters that stated “please save my healthcare” or “I cannot endure another tax cut” and all I could write back or say on the phone was that I was sorry. I felt powerless and voiceless, both as an intern and as someone who could identify with these constituents. On the other end of the spectrum, working at the Sierra Club allowed me to see the legislative process from a different lense. Lobbying for certain environmental protections, increased funding for programs, and attempting to sway budgets and legislators showed me that with enough persistence, voices of all backgrounds can be heard and be successful. Completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has allowed me to take classes with distinguished professors and given me an opportunity to thrive in classes such as: Ecology, Environmental Conservation, Statistics, Microeconomics, and various Public Policy classes. President Obama stated that “change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” Rather than waiting for a once-in-a-lifetime politician to fix the political woes of America, I have decided that I want to be the change we seek. A Masters degree from the LBJ will allow me to advance my career and ensure my voice is heard.
  4. Hi all, Just prepping a thread here for discussions on 2020 admissions. Feel encouraged to share what programs you're applying to, update us on decisions, and talk shop with other applicants. I'm applying to: University of Maine University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee University of California-Santa Barbara University of Tennessee Cardiff University Technological University Dublin University College London Penn State University (maybe) Best of luck to everyone! Let's keep each other in the loop.
  5. Hi! Growing up I have had multiple chronic illnesses that have shaped my life. In recent years I have been able to be a full time college student without the illnesses getting in the way. After getting my PhD I want to work with children with chronic illness and other health issues. Some mentors have told me to include my health history in my personal statement while others have warned me to avoid it at all cost. Since it directly relates to my research interest and future career goals, should I include my medical history in my application? Thanks!
  6. Hi guys!! I'm applying to speech pathology grad programs this upcoming semester and I was wondering if you guys could give me some tips and advice (on GRE scores, interview process/popular questions asked, resume tips, etc.) I'm applying to like 12 schools and just thinking about the application process is making me panic, haha. Thank you!!
  7. Hi all. I'm recently graduated with a BA in History from an R1 school. My major GPA was solid at around a 3.7, while my overall GPA was lagging behind at around a 3.1 thanks to certain STEM courses I probably should have avoided. I did however show a solid upward trend the last two semesters of undergrad. I'm applying for around ten top-ranked PhD programs on the East Coast this winter (all top 20, hopefully not a reach) and am trying to pad my application a little bit with good letters of recommendation (not a worry at all for me), a competent GRE score, and a publication of one of my undergrad papers from Spring. When I submitted the paper in the course, the professor said that it was worthy of publication and gave me some tips on certain undergraduate/graduate history journals that would consider publishing it. He went so far as to call it a "for sure publication", which made me feel a bit better at my chances to get into a program at a place like Columbia/Brown/Yale/etc despite a sub-par cumulative GPA. Has anyone here applied for a PhD from BA level with a publication already secured? Does it make any profound difference in the admissions process or is it not something that is really considered?
  8. Greetings everyone. I was wondering if someone could take a look at my statement of purpose for graduate school applications? It would be good to get perspective(s) on it so that I can be more prepared! Thanks! -Izzie Statement of Purpose- Graduate Applications.docx
  9. 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
  10. Hello! I wanted to hear opinions on what is most important when selecting labs / mentors to apply to since it is such a huge decision in the application process. Is it most important that you match the mentors topics of interest or the methods they use to do their research? Of course having both are ideal! Sometimes, however, there just aren't a lot of people doing exactly what you want to do. So is it more important to connect with a mentor that can teach you the skills you want to learn even if their topic isn't a perfect match or is it more important to find a mentor within the topic you are interested in to build the broader knowledge / foundation and look for other opportunities to build knowledge in the specific skills you want to use to research that topic? Should my applications be a mix of both? Or am I completely off and there is no reason I shouldn't be able to find 10+ potential mentors in the topic and skills I'm looking for that are all accepting students the specific year I intend to apply?
  11. Hi all.. I am planning to pursue my PhD in the US for fall 2020. I graduated in the year 2017 and have been working as a Research Assistant in a lab. I don't have any publications yet and my PI is stressing me so much on doing my phd here. She is not going to give me LOR for my grad studies in the US. Also she is acting so cranky these days. I was planning to join another lab for an year but then I want to complete the work in this lab which I am doing and give it off for publication. I really don't know what to do. My applications will be badly affected if she doesn't give me an LOR. Please any suggestion is appreciated. Thanks for your time.
  12. Hi people, I decided to have an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology thread for this year's round of applicants since I couldn't find one for this year, and I'd love to see the profiles and school choices and results of the rest of the folks here applying, and open up a place for people interested in the same subjects to chat! Figured I'd head it off even if it is late. Undergrad Institution: Small public liberal arts schoolMajor(s): Statistics & Applied EcologyMinor(s): Mathematics & BiologyGPA in Major: 3.1Overall GPA: 3.8Position in Class: n/aType of Student: International MaleGRE Scores:Q: -V: -W: -Research Experience: Undergraduate research at a different institute other than home institute for one summer in theoretical ecology (currently writing a result section of the paper to publish in the future) 2 Undergraduate research at home institute in bioinformatics & statistical analysis in soil science 1 research assistant at a research institute in SK for 1 year in computational & behavior biologyAwards/Honors/Recognitions: Dean's list for 1 year (junior year) Undergraduate research awardPertinent Activities or Jobs: Undergraduate teaching assistant in two statistics courses Energy analyst intern for 2 years Wildlife technician for 1 year Governmental officer for 2 yearsAny Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Experience in R and bash programming, a decent background in statistics & mathematics. 1 presentation and 1 poster session with research. Currently writing a paper on summer research to publish Volunteer at a wildlife rehab center for one season Student representative (Statistics) at home institute Special Bonus Points: I have been doing research since last summer with POI at a certain institute and wrote a recommendation letter for me + two other faculties at my school know me really well Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: Contacted all POI's through email and phone/skype before the writing process. Areas of interest: Quantitative Ecology (Theoretical & Empirical Modeling), Animal Movement, Disease Ecology, Population Ecology --> Pretty much can work with anything that requires data analysis and quantitative modeling. ? Applying for PhD programs in (updating with results when I remember): U Minnesota -- EEB (Interviewed) U Minnesota -- Conservation Sciences (Interview in a week) UC Davis -- Population Biology U of Washington -- QERM (rejected)
  13. Hello! This is kind of a strange situation and I was hoping to get some other people's opinions about what might be going on. I am applying to PhD a second time this coming fall, and I was hoping to re-use one of previous rec letters. Between the first application cycle and this upcoming cycle, I graduated undergrad and did more research. The letter I'm re-using is from someone who was essentially my undergraduate advisor and has known me for a few years, so I believe this would be a really strong letter to include again. However, I'm having a hard time getting in touch with the aforementioned undergraduate advisor. In the past year, I sent a few emails hoping to catch up and to tie up some loose ends with work that I did during undergrad. They replied to my first email and suggested we catch up sometime, but have since gone silent on my follow up emails (which have spanned over half a year). I have not yet formally asked them to be my letter writer again in emails, but I'm wondering if I should still ask this person to be my letter writer again given the silence. Am I being paranoid/is this professor just busy, or is this a hint that they are no longer enthusiastic about being my letter writer/keeping in touch? I'm pretty stumped because I thought I left undergrad on a high note, and I can't think of anything egregious that I've done that would explain the silence. At this point I'm just praying they'll reply as I don't want to bother them further with my emails (and the later request to be my letter writer again). Additionally, I fear that if they do reply, there's a risk that the letter will be lukewarm as I don't know what caused the silence. Should I politely ask if they still feel comfortable being a letter writer, or stop pursuing this? What would you do? Thanks!
  14. Hi. I have two degrees in engineering - my Masters was in Petroleum from 3 years ago. After the downturn of the oil and gas industry and also a desire to pursue a career that is less hazardous to the environment - and after many years of loving literature - I have decided to pursue my Masters in English Literature. How do I approach this in my statement of purpose? I love research and I have wanted to study literature since I was in school but did not due to various fears. I also found out about postcolonial literature a few years back and this is what I want to focus on. Note: This decision was made after proper deliberation.
  15. Seeking out International Finance and Economics (MA), Ryerson University FALL 17 STUDENTS Hi, I applied to International Finance and Economics (MA, F-17), Ryerson University. Lets gather all the applicants under this thread. Share your status! It's been more than a month and I have not yet received any communication from them (apart from GS Acknowledgement). Has anyone heard anything back even from them even in different subject? Moreover, how many students do they enroll in that course and how do i know about my application status?
  16. Hi, i am an international student in UCB double majoring in math and physics. I just took my first general GRE test with a verbal:159, and quantitative: 169 and wonder how competitive this score is for a grad school application, either a phd in physics or a master program in math? In other words, do I need to take the test again to boost my verbal score? Thanks!!!!
  17. Hi, I applied for a PhD in English Literature. It's a funded place and I just had an interview earlier this week. It was my first PhD interview and I proposed my own topic. I looked up all the questions that might be asked during a PhD interview (i.e. tell me about yourself, why are you the right candidate, weaknesses and strengths, why this project) and prepared for them, but on the day they dove straight into my project and asked me very detailed questions about the novels I want to work on (which of course doing a Master's I didn't have much time to think about them that far). So I was completely unprepared for this. But I managed to answer most of their questions. I said most because I couldn't answer two of them and gave a wrong answer to one of their questions. So I'm just wondering whether it's normal that interviewers would focus only on the candidates' projects and nothing else and whether the fact that I couldn't answer some of their questions is bad and shows that I haven't thought about the project properly. Have you had similar experience and did you get a place?
  18. Hi, I am struggling with whom I should ask for the letter of recommendation. I worked with my girlfriend who was a staff member (she already earned his PhD) at that time in the same lab for two years. We worked very professionally and she was mentoring me during my stay in the lab. We even have a couple of papers published together. She knows my potential very well in my personal and professional life. She is basically the perfect person to write me a letter of recommendation and if we were not together, I wouldn't think twice to ask her for a support letter. I feel that it would be a bit unfair for other applicants or might unethical to submit the recommendation letter from your significant other. My situation with my committee members is that I did not have much contact with them due to the nature of the project. My adviser was very opinionated about my Master project and my other committee members did not have much influence or need to advise me. I talked to one of them only twice during video chat and so he is not definitely a person who can write a strong letter for me. I can get two letters of recommendation from my adviser and another committee member who knows me well enough. I am struggling with the third. Can you guys give your opinions if I should apply using a letter from her? Btw, I am applying to PhD program and will include top program. My girlfriend current position also has the perfect credentials to write LORS.
  19. Trying my luck here as well. Hello, everyone!I have finished my Master's degree last year and will be applying (again) for clinical Ph.D. programs next Fall. As of now, I have two tenured professors who agreed to write letters of recommendation, but my third choice said she will be way too busy for this during the next application season. I am now applying for volunteer research assistant positions to gain more experience and hopefully ask for the letter of recommendation when the time comes. Right now I have an opportunity to work for a Ph.D. student on a very interesting project. As far as I know, letters of recommendations from Ph.D. students don't really count in the admission process. My question is: Should I mention to this student that I am ultimately looking for LOR during next application cycle, or should I start the project and hope that I'll be able to secure a LOR with the student's supervisor next Fall?Thank you!
  20. I have been notified by my prospective guide about 10 days back that, he has recommended me to the admission office to admit me for respective graduate program with assistantships. I have mailed respective department office again to let me know about their decision... then they replied me that, thay are still reviewing my application. Can someone help me out about what actually thay mean? Do they generally take this much of time to send the decision even if my prospective guide has taken his decision?
  21. I'm an Environmental Science major/Statistics minor graduating soon. I plan to apply for Statistics graduate programs in the Fall and was wondering if anyone had any advice for finding Statistics related jobs/research experiences for someone fresh out of undergrad-- without a Math, Stats, or Computer Science BS. My institution is small and almost entirely undergrad focused(no math/stats graduate program), so no chance to research there. However, one of my mentors has been helping me get in contact with employers in the area. My hometown (which is where I'll likely be if I don't get a job in the area of my undergrad institution) is in a large city and home to a handful of universities. I noticed that many universities with a Statistics department have a statistical consulting lab on campus-- would it be worth emailing them to see if they have opportunities? I'm a little unsure on what these labs are. I go through LinkedIn regularly searching for terms like "Statistics", "R", "Machine Learning", and "Data science" but feel like my current résumé isn't strong enough to get anything. Any tips for searching for opportunities? Thank you.
  22. I’m applying to Csudh Msw fall 2019 program, if you have applied what are your stats and when did you or when are you turning in your application. Do you know when they start sending out acceptance or denials? Why did you choose CSUDH?
  23. Hi, everybody. I am a senior student from Beihang University in China, studying the aeronautic engineering. I have applied the coursework master of engineering of National University of Singapore & Australia National University as well as University of Melbourne. My average point is over 84% and have lots of awards in school level. I have already gotten the offer of ANU, waiting for the others. Here are some questions. 1、what the possibility of getting an offer of NUS @ UNI of Melb? 2、In nus website, it is said that i will know the result in mid-may, whether i could get it earlier? 3、Best wishes to you all.
  24. I am preparing to apply to Stanford's Bio sciences and Earth System Science for PhD program. Did people who got admitted talk to the professors first before they submitted the applications? They must get dozens of emails from desperate students every day. Do Stanford professors even respond to the emails even when the candidate has the possibility of getting in ? Do they wait the admission committee sieve the applicants first and talk to those who get shortlisted or admitted? Let me know if anyone of you have luck getting response back from Stanford professors?
  25. I went through the hugely popular 'Am I competitive'? Thread in Government Affairs and was wondering if it made sense to create an overall thread in this forum as well. I only noticed three very specific threads on here (linking the one I found to be slightly more general). Hopefully, I get answers and others who are asking themselves the same/similar questions get on here and find answers as well! Program: PhD in Sociology Schools Applying To: Columbia University, University of Chicago, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, National University of Singapore, University of California - Berkeley, London School of Economics, Sciences Po Long-listed Schools: Harvard University, University of California - Los Angeles, Yale University, Princeton University, University of Wisconsin - Madison, University of Amsterdam, New York University, Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of North Carolina, University of Texas -Austin, Brown University, Duke University, Boston University, John's Hopkins University, Northwestern University, University of California - Irvine, University of California - San Diego, University of Maryland Interests: Urban sociology - Qualitative Transportation, Identities, Spatiality, Heritage ; Comparative Sociology; Applied Sociology; International Development; South Asia; Public Policy Expectations from Programmes: Program: Interdisciplinary, Allowing students to choose courses across departments, emphasis/known for applied approach Resources: Ongoing projects with vibrant research space, Access to funding, Encouraging collaborations, Good enough brand to ensure employment on completion of programme, preferably located in an urban area to aid fieldwork.  Graduate Institution: Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India Graduate Major/Degree: MA in Development Studies (Integrated Course, no undergraduate degree granted separately) Graduate GPA: 7.99/10 Undergraduate Minor: Operations Research GRE: V 168/ Q 156 / AW 4.5 TOEFL: 113 (iBT) Age: 25 Languages: English & Tamil - Fluent ; German - A2 completed, B1 in progress ; Hindi - Working Knowledge Work Experience: (2 years research experience currently, 3 years professional experience by Fall 2019) > 1.4 years at Indian Center of International policy think-tank : Spearheaded research project on on-going urban policy scheme in India > Currently freelancing as urban research consultant for local organization apart from volunteering with organizations dealing in gender and mental health advocacy > Multiple research internships as student > Policy report & newspaper OpEds published > Presented in multiple International conferences since undergraduate days SoP: Not begun yet, but will focus on specific research I hope to do (along lines of a proposal) LORs: 1 from Masters supervisor (senior Indian Urbanist and extremely well known internationally for seminal work on Urban informality) ; 1 from Professor during Masters degree (rising Anthropologist in India, knows me well personally) Can obtain 1 from previous boss (Head of Research at International policy think-tank, Member of PM's Economic Advisory Council in India) - however, would be one year since I quit the job. Concerns: 1. Low Graduate GPA 2. No academic/journal publications yet 3. Applied to Northwestern, NYU, U.Penn & U.Minnesota for Sociology PhD for Fall 2018 and got rejected by 3. U.Minn placed me on the Waitlist, but did not convert to an admit Would really love feedback if I am competitive for the range of schools I plan to apply to. I am posting early only to gain an understanding of what I can fix for the next round of applications.
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