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  1. I saw that someone created the 2021 neuroscience admissions topic around this same time last year, so I figured it's never to early to start preparing for the 2022 cycle. Hope we can help each other throughout this process, and best of luck to everyone!
  2. Hello everyone! I saw posts from previous where people started a thread of where they are applying and created some camaraderie within the education circle. Where is everyone applying? Share results/thoughts/comments if you'd like. I have applied to the Education Policy Masters programs at American and Johns Hopkins.
  3. · A few weeks ago, I was asked to talk to first-year M.A. students about the Ph.D. application process. I prepared a list of what I figure to be key elements, and I figure it might be useful to many on GC who are preparing to go down this path as well. I'm quite certain that some of these points are purely subjective and open to discussion / debate, but having gone through the process a couple of times now, these items ring true based on my experiences and observations. ---------------- Others have surely told you about the state of the industry, so I’m just going to assume that you already know the “there are no jobs” spiel. · Others have also surely told you about how relatively difficult it is to get into a Ph.D. program—I have yet to hear of a program that admits over 10% of applicants. o Because of this, if you are committed to applying to Ph.D. programs, I strongly recommend considering applying to at least ten. Even though merit is a critical part of determining who gets in, there is a very real element of “luck of the draw” which pure numbers will help to mitigate. · With that in mind, NOW is a good time to get started on your program research · Your first consideration when entering the process should be to determine what era you would like to study, and ideally a general sense of methodologies you want to employ. These elements will be reflected in the two most important components of your application: the Statement of Purpose (or SoP), and your Writing Sample (WS). · Some basics: o The SoP and WS should ideally work together o When thinking about potential areas of study, avoid proposing transatlantic or transhistorical concepts: admissions committees are still very much set up by period, and your application should be easily sorted into a field group (i.e. you’re clearly a Romanticist, or you’re clearly a 20th century Americanist). o GRE scores, GPA, and other elements are important, but remember that the things you can control the most at this stage are the WS and SoP. o Given the importance of these two documents, you will want to get as many eyes on them as possible as soon as possible. § My SoP and WS were read and commented on by at least five professors and several fellow students, and ultimately went through at least six rounds of revision each—several of them top-to-bottom revisions. · There are multiple factors to consider when looking at programs. Some of the most important include: o Are there multiple professors actively working in your chosen field § By “active” I mean that you should be able to find publication credits from within the past five years—they need to be in touch with current scholarship. o What level of financial support do they offer—not just the annual funding, but whether they fund in summer, and how many years of funding are guaranteed o What courses have they offered in the past? What courses are they offering in the fall? o What is the teaching load like, and how do they prepare you for that load? o So-called rankings matter to a certain extent, but remember that those rankings are almost completely arbitrary. USNews rankings are helpful as a list of all programs offering Ph.D.s in English…and a very, very general sense of the strong programs vs. the less strong. But FIT with your interests trumps all. § (E.g. the Strode program at U of A is highly regarded, even though U of A itself is somewhat less so) o Location and cost of living. A 20k stipend will get you a lot further in Lincoln, Nebraska than in New York. And elements like small town vs. large city, cold vs. warm climate etc. are all perfectly valid factors when looking at programs. You’ll have to live in this place for 4-6 years, after all! · A few quick and random tips: o It can be helpful to contact professors ahead of time to determine research fit etc., but it can also be quite valuable to contact current grad students to get a sense of the program and the environment. o Remember that an important part of professionalization in a Ph.D. program is publication. More than anything, this means that before you go down the road toward application, give some serious thought to whether or not your writing and research inclinations have that kind of potential. And whether or not that’s something you really want to deal with at all. o Also remember that teaching is a huge part of your job, and always will be. If you don’t enjoy teaching (or the prospect of teaching), you’d better really love the other components of your position, because there’s not going to be any getting away from it for many, many years. o It might go without saying, but be very courteous in all of your communications with professors and other graduate students. And that courtesy should be sincere! o Consider the total cost of applications: application fees average about $75, sending GRE scores is $27 (more if you need the subject test), and if you have multiple transcripts, that can tack on another $10. In other words, each application will likely be upward of $100. Given that I recommend applying to at least ten programs, you’re looking at a commitment of over $1000. There ARE fee waivers you can find, however. o Forums like GradCafe are a good way to socialize with fellow applicants, and commiserate with people in the same situation. Just remember to take all advice you see on those forums with a grain of salt. o Finally, there are NO SAFETY SCHOOLS. Just to reiterate, rankings are arbitrary, and almost every program gets ten times as many applicants as they can admit (let alone fund). As a result, you want to look at the best overall fit for you.
  4. Currently in the process of filling out an application to UCSD and it includes this section: "Have you ever been found responsible for a disciplinary violation at any educational institution you have attended since the completion of high school (or the international equivalent) to the present, whether related to academic misconduct or behavioral misconduct, that resulted in your probation, suspension, removal, dismissal or expulsion from the institution? If yes, please explain." Now, this is pretty silly all thing's considered and not really (I assume) what they're screening for, but as a sophomore in college (over half a decade ago at this point) I was briefly placed on disciplinary probation after being caught during a massive bust of students using fake IDs to get into nearby bars. I went to a Catholic university and our public safety officers basically teamed up with local PD and ~200 students ended up on probation. I was off probation within a month after writing some ~reflective essays~ about how my actions violated Jesuit values, but I would assume it still shows somewhere on my record. Anyway... do ya'll think disclosing this could impact me in anyway? I suppose the flip-side of this question is, could NOT disclosing have negative consequences? It just feels sort of ridiculous to explain away this goofy, obviously-illegal-yet-very-common thing I did as a 19 year old on a graduate application!
  5. Anyone have information on when decisions go out for MSW programs (Fall 2021) ..applied to Virginia Commonwealth University Radford University University of South Carolina Ohio State University of Michigan
  6. Hi all! I wanted to start a thread for prospective DrPH students applying before Dec 1 2020 for 2021 matriculation. I was browsing similar threads from previous application cycles and thought this would be helpful! I’m planning to apply to Johns Hopkins distance DrPH program. -MPH -East coast -I’ve worked in hospital epidemiology for 10 years, currently in a leadership role. Nice to meet you!
  7. I want to apply to Ph.D. programs this fall. For better or worse, I have two fairly disparate research interests, either of which I would be very happy to explore further, but which seem like they would be classified in two different departments (Sociology, and Political Science). I found a university that offers strong programs in both disciplines, either of which I think might be a good fit. Is there any reason I should not apply to both the programs? I don't think the faculty who read applications are on both committees, but I don't know if this is taboo, since I would need to write two fairly different statements of purpose for each program and have my letter writers tailor their letters for the individual programs. I hope that make sense - happy to clarify. Thanks!
  8. Hello! This is a forum for all of the applicants applying to clinical psychology MA/PhD programs in Canada to begin in Fall 2021 (applications will be due in Fall of 2020)! Hope this is useful for many and good luck to all :)!
  9. Salut! I know it's pretty early, but I thought I would get the thread started for the next application cycle. I haven't narrowed down my list of schools, but I study eighteenth-century literature, culture, and political thought with emphasis on trade and commerce. Excited to see who else is applying and what you want to research! 😊
  10. 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! :)
  11. Recently applied to the Clinical Social Work program at FSU and was wondering if anyone else applied to this program. If so, how long did it take to hear back? My application was completed on January 29th and it has been roughly 5 1/2 weeks so I'm lowkey nervous that I haven't heard back yet...
  12. Hello everyone, this is my first time applying to graduate school, and I'm anxiously awaiting for the decisions being sent out for CSUN. I know with this whole Covid thing, I don't know if things are being done differently. All I read from my email when I submitted my application is that decisions will be sent out from 3-6 weeks or more. Are they still conducting interviews this year?? Has anyone received a request to interview? I know that this will take time, but I just really want to know if I got into CSUN! lol
  13. In short: I didn't do very well in undergrad (it was like a 2.9 I think, with the worst grades highly concentrated in my second year). I tried to make that better by applying to an MA program in philosophy, where I got a 3.96. I applied to PhD programs last cycle, and I was actually high on a few waitlists (e.g. UVA, Amherst,and I was actually first on the waitlist at Iowa), but I didn't get in (in at least two cases, I was explicitly told they had to drop their waitlist because of COVID). However, I did get into a second-tier law school, and decided to attend, thinking that if I couldn't get a PhD in philosophy I could be a lawyer and/or try again next cycle. So I figured I could bide my time in law school, fix up my application, and reapply . I got a lot of very helpful advice on my application from committee insiders, and I decided to try again this time. Unfortunately, something I never expected happened: I got destroyed in law school. Like, the worst grades I have ever gotten in anything ever I got in law school. I'm in my second semester, and I'm considering dropping out because I'm afraid of what my final transcript is going to look like. My first semester was one B+ and the rest Cs and C-s. This is literally the worst I've ever done in anything. I studied hard, I genuinely tried to do well, but I just got eviscerated. I'm now terrified that I've just completely screwed up my chances of ever getting into a PhD because I made a really stupid decision to go to law school, and I'm frustrated and angry at myself both for not being better at law than I am, and for making the foolish decision to go to law school in the first place. I'm sitting here, waiting on 15 applications (putting special hope on those that I sent in before I got my first semester grades, terrified that this one decision to go to law school may have cost me any future opportunity at getting into a PhD program. How do committees look at stuff like this?
  14. Someone made a similar thread last year just to have a separate thread for neuroscience PhD applications for the 2018 cohort. Hopefully it'll help reduce a little bit of the interview/decisions anxiety if we're all in the same boat!
  15. Hi all! I've been stuck home because of a health-related issue, so (in addition to watching a lot of Brooklyn Nine-Nine) I scraped the tables from the Grad Cafe political science results page since its beginning in 2006 and here are a few things I thought I'd share! I'm trying to set up a GitHub page to make the scraping code and data accessible if you guys want to play with it. Disclaimers: I only used data that matches "political science" and "PhD". So 1) these things don't apply to Master's degree applicants, and 2) the data is "biased against" (includes less posts from) Harvard, Princeton, NYU, etc. because they use other degree names (Government, Politics, etc.). I only kept US schools that are in the top 100 based on the current USNWR, because cleaning the data would have taken me too much time otherwise. This is not an assessment of the quality of any school! I know that things change fast, so the data from early years might not mean much. This is not meant to give any lesson, I just thought it might be interesting to some people. 🙂 Data is from this morning in Europe (Feb 22nd, 2020). First: the average grades since 2006 (for the GRE, it only includes years with the new system): Average reported GPA: 3.75 Average Verbal GRE: 163.4 Average Quant GRE: 160.9 Average Writing GRE: 3.8 Second: the distribution of the posts between A/I/U and decisions: Third: the distribution of the post between schools. I don't have enough space left so I'll upload these pictures in a comment. Any thoughts based on this? I can also look at other metrics if you guys think it'd be interesting! (Next thing planned is visualising the dates at which decisions are received). PS 1: thanks again for all the support and positivity on this forum! 🙂 PS 2: there probably are a some coding mistakes, so once again I'm not pretending this gives any lesson!
  16. Hello everyone, I have received some contradictory advice regarding whether I should mention professors in my SoP. I know that mentioning a few professors can be risky, but I was trying to mention professors who may share my research interests as a way of showing my "fit" and explaining why I chose that program. Of course, I am aware that my fit is mainly signaled by my research interests, but I wanted to say something about the department and program/why I am applying there. I would like to hear your opinion on this.
  17. Hi everyone, hope you all are well. I'm in a sort of precarious situation. I want to apply for MS in CS but I'm not sure which universities I should apply to. Here's the deal: I'm from India and I did my double major undergraduate (from a top tier uni FWIW) in mathematics and electronics and scored a 6.95/10. My grades in electronics courses are pathetic but math courses are fine. After working for two years in the industry, I want to get into a university that will help me get into a research program eventually possibly using my pure maths experience. Thankfully my GRE is alright q: 170, v: 160, awa: 4. And sadly no research experience other than an exploratory pure maths undergrad thesis. I have already thought of the following unis: Stony Brook, Rutgers, UM Amherst, NYU, UF, U of Virginia, NCSU and UT Dallas. Except UTD and possibly UF, you can see that all are sort of ambitious universities. If you have personal experience with any college, or any suggestions please write it down, it will be really helpful! The deadlines are fast approaching and any help is very appreciated!
  18. For most M.A. English programs, an academic writing sample of 15-25 pages. Would most programs be okay with 2 samples that add up to 15-25 pages? Or do they really just want one 15 page sample?
  19. Hello everyone! I am a recent admit to a neuroscience/biology PhD program and made a shareable google drive with resources to help people applying for graduate school. I wanted to include a compiled list of profiles of people who successfully got into a graduate program. I have primarily bio profiles and would like to get profiles from other fields. I think this could be very helpful especially to underrepresented students or people from non research intensive schools. If you would like to contribute or be shared the drive please PM me your gmail and I can send you a template/answer any question you have about it. Here is a link to the profiles as an example. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1L76kOYyqDSCht45IG6kaw0dvutEj4bcz Here is a link to the drive https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pKybuYESJ4fgCYnEOMiD6GX1B4lKy9rM Cheers!
  20. Hello, Is there anyone applying to Canadian universities for a PhD in Health Sciences for 2021 intake? I am a Ghanaian looking to apply for a PhD in Health Sciences, 2021 however all the supervisors i have contacted in my field of interest in five schools are not accepting students. My research areas are HIV, adolescent sexual reproductive health, lower middle income countries. I need some comfort or advise. Thank you
  21. Hey all! This is May, I went to the University of Chicago for undergrad. UChicago has a teacher education program called UTEP that’s been a lot more overt in its commitment to equity and anti-racist practices than most teacher education programs right now, I think. One of their alums also just published an op-ed about how her UTEP coach helped her stopped being the teacher she never swore she’d be — but ended up becoming once she was in the classroom. Does anyone else have experiences like this as a teacher? (She wrote: “It is a very different question to ask, ‘Does every student derserve patience and equity?’ when sitting with peers in a master’s program versus standing in front of a ten-year-old who has just rolled their eyes or a twelve-year-old who just cursed you out. I found myself resorting to poor practices—mirroring the teacher I had sworn against becoming instead of the one I envisioned being.”) She said her UTEP coach helped her a lot in getting back on track to being the teacher she always hoped to be, and actually advancing equity in the classroom. I know that UTEP briefly reopened its application window for fall 2020 enrollment until Aug. 1 because they explicitly want people who’ve been inspired by recent events to be able to make the change they want to see — they’re encouraging activists to become teachers. Anyone else view teaching as potential activism?
  22. I spent about 2 months to prepare my MA applications, including asking for letters and GRE prep. I got into a pretty nice program, but sometimes I wonder if spending longer/shorter will change my outcome. Interesting that this was shorter than undergrad application prep, which stretched to a 4 months gruelling process. Just curious: how long did you folks spend to apply to Masters/PhD programs, from research/reaching out to PI to submitting full application package?
  23. Hey all! I haven’t seen a thread like this that is specific to Canada so thought I’d start one. I’ve applied to York, McMaster and UofT for 2020 admission to an MA in polisci. I hope this is an okay number of apps, I know some do a lot more. I’ve also got a few questions if anybody would be able to answer! How are the programs/depts at these unis, how do they compare to each other? York entices me due to it’s supposed left-wing nature but UofT is obviously much more prestigious. I’m unsure as to the quality of the specific programs, I find it’s hard to find info on this type of thing. Also anyone know about the competitiveness of admissions for the programs? What determines admission (ex is a really good GPA in my final year + distinction enough to raise my chances?)
  24. Hello everyone! I am a recent admit to a neuroscience/biology PhD program and made a shareable google drive with resources to help people applying for graduate school. I wanted to include a compiled list of profiles of people who successfully got into a graduate program. I have primarily bio profiles and would like to get profiles from other fields. I think this could be very helpful especially to underrepresented students or people from non research intensive schools. If you would like to contribute or be shared the drive please PM me your gmail and I can send you a template/answer any question you have about it. Here is a link to the profiles as an example. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1L76kOYyqDSCht45IG6kaw0dvutEj4bcz Here is a link to the drive https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pKybuYESJ4fgCYnEOMiD6GX1B4lKy9rM Cheers!
  25. Hello everyone! I am a recent admit to a neuroscience/biology PhD program and made a shareable google drive with resources to help people applying for graduate school. I wanted to include a compiled list of profiles of people who successfully got into a graduate program. I have primarily bio profiles and would like to get profiles from other fields. I think this could be very helpful especially to underrepresented students or people from non research intensive schools. If you would like to contribute or be shared the drive please PM me your gmail and I can send you a template/answer any question you have about it. Here is a link to the profiles as an example. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1L76kOYyqDSCht45IG6kaw0dvutEj4bcz Here is a link to the drive https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pKybuYESJ4fgCYnEOMiD6GX1B4lKy9rM Cheers!
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