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  1. miler95

    Just Applied!

    I turned in my applications for University of Wisconsin, Arizona State University, and University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee! I'm debating on whether to turn my Simmons application in or not... This whole ordeal has been a lot of work and stress! Let me know if you are also applying or if you have any questions about the process, I can at least give you my side of things.
  2. Hi everyone! I am looking to apply to a master's program next year. A potential problem that occurred to me is that I will have at least six different transcripts from different schools. I transferred once in undergrad, took community college courses at two different schools, and did a post-bacc. I am worried that this might show I was unable to commit to a program/school. Does anyone have any thoughts or experience with this?
  3. Hi Everyone, I'm a long-time lurker, first time poster. I am about to complete my post-bacc program (I was an English major) through Cal State San Marcos (CSUSM). I am also working on applications for grad schools, and had some questions for you knowledgable folks about course equivalencies, as I am struggling with this. Sorry for the length of this post, I appreciate your reading it and any help you can provide! The CSUSM Post-Baccalaureate coursework is here, to avoid making this thread too long to read - https://www.csusm.edu/slp/programs/prep/coursedescriptions.html On CalApply, for CSULB, it says that at least 30 units in CSD are required to apply, but then provides a list of 18 classes through the department website with an equivalency chart, which amounts to significantly more than 30 units. It is accessible here - http://web.csulb.edu/colleges/chhs/departments/speech-languagepathology/student-resources/documents/2018SLPMAProgramApplicationForm_000.pdf The chart says that the course equivalencies must be one to one, but several of the classes I have taken have covered materials that fulfill multiple of the items on the chart. Does anyone know if the chart has to be 100% completed with 18 equivalent classes, or does the 30 units rule apply, thus making the CSUSM post-bacc program sufficient for me to be able to apply to CSULB? If they need all 18 classes, does anyone have any suggestions of where I can take the missing classes a-la-carte without having to apply to a full, second program? Additionally, I am looking to apply to Cal State Fullerton (CSUF). Their program description lists 12 pre-req courses, but is a bit confusing - do I only need to satisfy 8 of the 12 listed classes only to be able to matriculate, and then I can get waivers in the school for any I haven't taken, or do all 12 have to be completed by the time school starts? CSUSM's post-bacc appears to be missing these 3 from Fullerton's list - 1. Aural Rehabilitation 2. Voice & Craniofacial Disorders 3. Fluency Disorders If these courses are needed before next fall, does anyone have any recommendations where I could take them a-la-carte? Thanks in advance, and thanks for reading this long post!
  4. Hello and thank you in advance for reading about my predicament. I am an undergraduate at a regional public university. Let me be upfront--it's not a great school. I was accepted to a variety of really amazing colleges out of high school (University of Washington, St. John's College, etc) but I could not attend due to my parents refusal to co-sign for student loans or help me financially (they had high income so I did not qualify for student aid). So, I worked for a year and a half, more than full time, as a corporate research analyst to save up money for school. At the end of that year, I enrolled in the local branch campus of a major state university. After a semester, I transferred here to a less regarded regional public school. Why? I was studying Public Affairs/Domestic Policy but I wanted a more Internationally-focused program and a school where I could study a language and study abroad. That, and I am paying far less and going into little (if any) debt. I am an International Affairs major pursuing a Gender Studies certificate with minors in Economics and Spanish. I have not yet taken the GREs but I have always tested well, and with practice tests online I have always scored fair-high. My GPA is 4.0 currently and I will probably maintain between a 3.95 and 4.0 for my college career. Classes I have achieved 4.0 in include Statistics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, and intermediate Spanish so not all super easy classes. I also have a calculus background (from high school). To give a pretty brief overview of my resume (not including accomplishments), I completed a fellowship with a national (well-known) nonprofit/political organization focusing on international women's health and US foreign policy, participated in the UN Commission on the Status of Women, interned with the Human Rights Education Institute, interned with multiple political campaigns, founder/president of multiple clubs and organizations, was the Budget & Finance Chair of a local political action committee, worked in the International Students office at my university, was a reporter for a student newspaper, student representative on President's commission on gender equity, campus fellow for climate change organization, grant research for refugee organization, social media coordinator for national women's rights organization, done some global women's rights research for London-based organization, done some political/electoral rights research for the UN Development Programme, conducting research on UN for another nonprofit, currently sitting on board of sustainable development organization that works in Kenya, and starting in January as a data analysis/criminal justice reform intern for local courthouse. Next summer I will study abroad in India (women's rights/Hindi) and the spring after next I will study abroad in Spain (spanish intensive). My hope is to study in a fairly quantitatively rigorous MPP program or MIA program, with a concentration in international development. The schools I am looking at include: - Princeton - Woodrow Wilson School (MPA in International Affairs) - Columbia University - SIPA (MA in International Relations) - Tufts University - Fletcher School (MA in Law and Diplomacy) - NYU - Wagner School (MSPP in International Development Policy) - College of William & Mary (MPP in International Development Policy) - University of Denver - Josef Korbel School (MA in International Human Rights) - University of Minnesota - Humphrey School (MPP, concentration in International Development) Is there any way I could get into these schools coming from the school I am coming from? I know Princeton/Columbia/Tufts are real stretches, should I bother even applying? What about NYU/CWM/UDenver? Should I get a few more years of work experience before applying to make myself more competitive? What other experiences should I look for to round out my application/resume?
  5. Should I use the professional transcript entry option if I have one undergraduate transcript, or should I just manually enter in my grades? The professional transcript entry option is $65 for three transcripts, and I only have one to enter.
  6. Hi Everyone! I'm applying to English/ Comp & Rhet programs for fall 2019. For my writing sample, I'm submitting a section of my Master's thesis and I'm wondering how to format it. Do I keep the cover page of my thesis so they know it's from a longer work? do I title it instead? Do I put my name?? for my SoP, I'm putting just my name and Statement of Purpose in the header--should I do this for the writing sample as well? I appreciate any insight--I've been out of school for several years and have no one to turn to for advice on small matters like these. Thank you!!
  7. Hi ya'll I applied to several PhD programs in Cell and Molecular Biology to focus in control of gene expression. As an undergrad I researched in gene regulation, but my lab tech and summer experiences are in neurobiology. Would that affect me if I applied to Molecular Biology programs but most of my experience is from a different field (Neuro)? Thank you
  8. I am wondering which professors I should mention in a particular statement of purpose. I already mentioned three professors, whose work is directly related to what I want to study. However, there is also another professor at the school, whose work I love in a different subfield area. I'd certainly want to take classes with him and his work connects to what I studied in college, but not to the focus of what I would want my PhD research to be. Should I mention him, too, or does that dilute things? Thank you so much! I have to submit this in a few days....
  9. coffeeveins

    Neuroscience PhD apps-- too much reach?

    Hi all-- first time posting here so if something is off please be patient with me :) I'm currently in the process of applying to neuroscience Ph.D. programs (hopefully with a computational neuroscience focus). I'm applying straight out of my undergrad and am absolutely terrified... I was convinced by my parents (mistake no 1) to apply to all the top tier schools in my field. Ie: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Brown, Princeton, NYU, Cornell, MIT. I'm also applying to Boston U, Mt Sinai (aka Icahn School of Medicine) as kind-of backup schools. (Realistically I think they're the only ones I have any shot at MAYBE getting an interview.) I know everyone asks this here, but: do I actually have a realistic chance of getting in? GRE: first attempt, 169V/162Q/5.0AW. second attempt, 164V/164Q/5.0AW. GPA: 3.69 cum, 3.6 (biochem) and 3.7 (math) major GPAs at my current school, but they don't count my (two years of) transferred credits from community college. With transfer credits, 3.84 cum GPA, 3.73 (biochem) and 3.84 (math) major GPAs. Math, biochem double major. I've been doing math research for ~1.5years, in a field that has neuro applications, but haven't actually done any neuroscience research. (1 publication as 2nd author; lots of poster/conference presentations.) My college is a mid-level public university, with no neuroscience program or coursework. However, I've tried to choose my electives so that they would help a grad degree/career in neuroscience. I'm active in academic clubs on campus and have some leadership experience. I also have quite a lot of community service, if that helps. Without revealing personal details I am very "well-rounded" both on paper and irl. I have 4 solid letters of rec, and am fairly confident with my statement of purpose. I interview well, but of course I have to get invited back for an interview first... I've been in contact with some faculty from most schools. At the very least, an email back from them saying "you look like a great fit, email me again if you get an interview". I'm sorry if this is a stupid thing to ask, but I'm nervous that I'll send out 11 apps and get 11 rejections. Please let me know what you guys think! Do I need more low-level schools? Are these all too much "reach"? Or would I be better off taking some time off to work as a lab tech or RA, and then applying in a few years from now? Thanks in advance~ ~coffeeveins
  10. Hi everyone- quick question regarding LOR requests. Upon filling out my applications, I realized I sent one of my requests to an erroneous email (for simplicity sake, let's say I used .com instead of .edu when typing it in). The program does not allow me to change the email after a request has been sent, so I had to "exclude" that recommendation and subsequently resend a different, correct one. The correct one is now successfully submitted. My question is - will this "excluded" request be visible by those reviewing the application and could it possibly be viewed negatively -- indicating carelessness? If this is the case, should I contact the school and see if there is a way they can manually remove the excluded request from my application package? Or am I being silly and this is nothing to worry about? Thanks for the help!
  11. My GRE scores were ridiculously low (157V/152Q/3AW). I have never taken standardized tests well and had the same problem with my SATs back in the day. My GPA is a 3.507 and I am doing a Neuroscience and Computer Science degree. I also have 19 months of cumulative full-time research experience (as of September of my Senior Year) and know what I want to study for my PhD. Do I stand a chance or will my GRE knock me out of the running?
  12. tgcdn

    Writing Samples

    Hi Grad Cafe! I was hoping some of you could point me in the direction of writing samples that have been submitted with philosophy grad school applications. I'm curious about the quality of successful writing samples. I know what published work looks like, but I have no idea what high quality undergraduate work looks like.
  13. · 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 § I personally used a “rule of three”—if a program had three professors with significant research overlap with my interests, I would consider it. § 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.
  14. What better place to find people to share application anxiety with? I haven't seen another thread like this yet so here we go. Which programs are you applying to? Where are you from? What are your biggest concerns about applications? I'll start. I'm applying to a grand total of two schools (I'm obviously crazy) because I want to be on campus and I have to stay in VA. I'm looking at JMU and Longwood and honestly don't know what my chances are but I'm going to try to be optimistic. Figured I'd start applications early on CSDCAS but maaaan this process is waaay slower than I had anticipated! I'm so excited for grad school though!
  15. wrighna

    2018 Trauma Psychology PIs?

    I thought I'd post the top of my list of potential mentors whose work is relevant to my interest in contextualizing experiences of traumatic stress (fairly broad). I applied for Fall 2016 matriculation in PhD programs. I currently attend University of Denver, in their child and adolescent clinical psych track. Not sure if the table will be formatted okay-- I'll post a list afterward if it's wonky. Obviously this is not an exhaustive list of folks working in Trauma, more people who had interests strongly in line with my own. Feel free to post other trauma-related researchers! Sidenote for folks applying this round, this is an example table of how I tracked all my potential mentors. I vaguely ranked them based on how close the fit was, and only ended up applying to four. Some stuff isn't filled in, but feel free to google them! I'd also mention Jennifer Freyd (University of Oregon; interpersonal and institutional betrayal trauma), who I did my undergrad work with, but I'm not sure she will be taking students-- actually not sure about anyone on this list for the coming application cycle, except Dr. DePrince at DU, who is interested in taking a student this year. Person Email School City Match? Interest 1 Anne DePrince Anne.Deprince@du.edu University of Denver Denver, CO 1 individual characteristics/context --> violence/abuse exposure + clinical symptoms 2 Andrew Rasmussen Fordham social-ecologial effects of forced migration/ trauma in humanitarian disasters 3 Patricia A Frazier Minnesotta NOTE! counseling psych program; interface of counseling psychology and social psychology; identify factors associated with adjustment to stressful or traumatic life events. 4 Maryam Kia-Keating UC Santa Barbara socio-ecological!!! culture, immigrant/refugee youth, violence/trauma, PTSD 5 George A. Bonanno Columbia Post-traumatic resilience 6 Inger E Burnett-Zeigler i-burnett-zeigler@northwestern.edu Northwestern Chicago depression, barriers to treatment in racial/ethnic minorities / low-income 7 Sharon Lambert slambert@gwu.edu GW DC internalizing behavior in low-income/"urban" youth; neighborhood effects 8 Esteban V. Cardemil Clark University Worcester, MA Mental health care disparities for minorities, prevention and treatment, cultural adaptations, depression 9 Albert Farrell Virginia Commonwealth University impact of exposure to community violence and peer victimization on adolescents’ development; and identification of protective factors that promote the positive development of youth in high risk environments (e.g., those living in communities with high rates of poverty and violence). 10 Vickie M. Mays maysv@nicco.sscnet.ucla.edu UCLA 3 minority mental health 11 Lauren Cattaneo George Mason applies a community psychology orientation; within the area of intimate partner violence, focused on the key constructs of empowerment and survivor-centered practice to explore the best ways to assist survivors. 12 Laura McKee Clark University Worcester, MA internalizing psychopathology (e.g., depression and anxiety) develops in at-risk children and adolescents.
  16. I am applying to English PhD programs. I have a 145 in math, 163 in verbal, and 4.5 in the analytic writing. The math I am helpless in, but I've been told that they don't care about math. I thought I could do a little better on the verbal and on the writing based on practice tests, but under the pressure of the real exam, this might not be true. I am also struggling with the SOP, if anyone has any advice. thank you
  17. I am applying to English PhD programs. I have a 145 in math, 163 in verbal, and 4.5 in the analytic writing. The math I am helpless in, but I've been told that they don't care about math. I thought I could do a little better on the verbal and on the writing based on practice tests, but under the pressure of the real exam, this might not be true. thank you
  18. throw958

    Writing my own LOR

    One of my LOR writers asked me to write up the first draft of the letter, so I've been trying to do so (pretty sure the "first draft" will also be the thing he directly submits). After doing a bunch of research, most resources advised doing two things: 1) Use concrete anecdotes and examples to show the student's proficiency instead of just meaningless praise. I.e. Describe how he showed he was intelligent through a specific task he completed. 2) Directly compare the student to other students. I.e. "The student distinguished himself from his peers", "One of the brightest students I've taught", "Stood out from the rest of the research assistants etc", "Top X% in his class", etc. The first is fairly easy to do since I obviously have a ton of anecdotes about myself. However, I'm not really sure how to do the second. I obviously don't know how my LOR writer sees me relative to my peers, and it seems extremely presumptuous to hand him a draft saying that I was one of the best students he's had. How am I supposed to compare myself to his other students for him? Does anyone have any advice on this? Unfortunately, I can't get another LOR writer, this specific writer is extremely important to my application. It also seems extremely important to do the comparison, almost every resource and example I found repeatedly stressed the importance of doing this...
  19. Hello everyone, New to the gradcafe and first time posting here. I am hoping to get some advice on what colleges (Top 10, 20, 30, 40+ rankings) I can aim for based on my application (GPA, GRE, LOR's all described below). I am hoping to apply for a Master in Computer Science this year and start in Fall 2019. I am an international student who attended UC San Diego from 2012 - 2016. I graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering with a Cumulative GPA of 3.065 (just met the cut off!) but major GPA is 3.65. The reason my major GPA is so much higher than my cumulative is because of a couple of reasons: When I first moved from Mumbai to San Diego, I found it difficult to adjust to the change in culture and the education system out here. Back home in Mumbai, India the approach to studying is more theoretical where as at University is was more application based. I did not enjoy my GE's much and did not pay much attention to those grades and thus got C's in quite a few of them (even got an F in one course which I retook and replaced with a B). However, half way through my sophomore year, I had a change in mentality. Was feeling more acclimated to the culture and decided that no matter what course I took going forward, I am going to aim for better grades. Long story short, my GPA really started boosting up beginning of my junior year. I got provost honors (GPA 3.5+) for my last five quarters at UC San Diego. Due to the last two years of classes being major focused, which I really enjoyed and did well in, my major GPA during graduation was a 3.65. I want to switch field from Chemical Engineering to Computer science due to the research I did in my senior year. During my undergrad (and a little bit after graduation while I was looking for jobs), I was doing research with one of my Chemical Engineering prof's in the NanoEngineering dept at UC San Diego (for those of you who don't know, the Nano and Chemical Engineering dept at UCSD is one dept and thus prof's teach courses in both programs and are usually doing research that applies topics from both fields). During this 9 month project, I was working on writing C++ simulation code to model the diffusion of nano-particles within polymers. Additionally, I also used a lot of python and matlab for data analysis work. I had no prior experience in programming before and taught myself C++ and python to conduct this research with some assistance from my prof's Phd student. This project concluded after 9 months since I found a Job and my professor got a better job at Duke University and moved to North Carolina. Once that project ended, I wanted to learn more about computer science and explore programming more. Since then, I have taken classes in Java, C, Assembly, Data Structures, Discrete Math (UCSD + community college depending on availability of courses) I have completed all lower division courses a CS Undergrad is expected to take and am starting to take some upper div courses at UCSD this fall. I have received A's in all but one of those Computer Science courses (which was a B+). Now, I do understand that since I am switching fields, some universities may have me take some more undergrad courses in my first semester/summer session which I am fine with. In fact, that is why I want to go for a Masters program so I can get a formalized education that covers all the fundamental topics in the field. I am also looking to work on some sort of research project in my masters so am looking for a 2 year program. Here is a list of my credentials so far Graduated UCSD, BS Chemical Engineering: Cumulative GPA 3.065, Major GPA 3.65 GRE Scores: Quant 166, Verbal 153 AWA 4.0 LORs: All the people mentioned below confirmed that they will write me really strong letters of recommendation Prof I did research with in my senior year for 9 months while talking Computer science courses at community college, I got to know one of my professors really well and he is now the dept chair of Computer Science at the community college. I recently spoke with him and he suggested I should apply to top 10 schools like UCBerkley, UCLA, UCSD etc and will write me a LOR to help with that My supv at work who I have been working with since Feb 2017. Since joining my current company, I have successfully completed a lot of projects independently and helped him foster strong working relationships with other dept's which prior to that were falling apart leading to no progress at work. My boss has also confirmed that he will write a really strong letter of Rec I have received A's in all but one computer science course I took so far (I have been taking these courses while working my current job full time 40+hrs/wk SO: with that in mind, what colleges would you recommend someone like me to apply for? I really like the program at Harvard Eng because it is a two year MS that allows you to work on a project for the second year under an advisor in the dept. I'm not sure how different admission's committees will view my application since I am applying from a different field from my Bachelors and that my cumulative GPA is on the lower end for most top 15 schools in the nation. Any advice is highly appreciated! I tried my best to provide all the information I thought would be necessary to evaluate my current situation but let me know in the comments if there's any more questions you have! Thanks!
  20. TheCarbWhisperer

    Advice on shopping around for schools

    Hi hello! I'm a first-year MA student at a Canadian university. I'm getting an early start on collecting information for schools I'd like to apply to for my PhD. Broadly, my interest is in bioethics, especially in paediatrics, global health ethics etc. but I'd really love to do more work on altruism. I did a small undergrad thesis on the subject and I'd love to revisit the topic after my MA. The thing is that I don't know about a ton of American schools beyond the big names. Does anyone have advice on where I could/should look for someone whose interests may align with mine when it comes to the study of altruism? Thanks!
  21. Hey! First of all, the following is my profile: CPI: 9.63/10 (IIT Kanpur Electrical Engineering) GRE: 328 (158 V 170 Q 4.0 AWA) TOEFL: Not given yet (expected score 100+) One minor and one major project (currently running) with no publications Intern at Texas Instruments as Analog Design Intern with Placement offer and guaranteed publication if I join the company Extra-curricular - A lot with community service and leadership roles, Part of SAE team I am considering applying to about 10 or 11 universities and am not able to choose which ones to apply to. Any help would be appreciated. I have decided on applying to 5 - Stanford, UCB, GaTech, UTA, and NUS. Apart from these, I am trying to shortlist 5-6 more universities and any help in selecting those would be appreciated. Possible options - CMU, UIUC, UCLA, UMich - Ann Arbor, Princeton, Cornell, ETH Zurich, Purdue, UCSD.
  22. Hi all! I've been scouring the forum here, and decided to get over my disinclination to participate in online activities as I'm in dire need of application-anxiety camaraderie. Non-American, from a non-English speaking country--this makes applications doubly crazy. My home university is good in relation to the region, but really a no-name internationally. My entire faculty have PhD's from top tier American/British uni's (Berkeley, Stanford, Oxford, etc), but since they rarely have students from our department apply to American grad schools, they are hard-pressed to really guide me through this insane process. But, before I list my reasons for being on the brink of blowing a fuse, my application materials: B.A. in Psych and English, GPA 94/100 (no 4 pt. scale here). M.A. in English (have finished required courses, but still writing the thesis), GPA 96/100. GRE: 167V/164Q/5W TOEFL (computer based): 117 I refuse to take the GRE Lit (money+time+unlikely to score well=not worth it). LoR: going to have very strong recommendations from my two advisors plus another professor who's been incredibly enthusiastic about what he considers my exemplary academic abilities. They've also all known me for a good few years, as I've been in the same department for both B.A. (3 years) and M.A. (2 years). Downside is, my advisors--one is an emeritus prof. and the other a young associate prof. Not the best, but there's nothing I can do about it. SoP: this is going ok, I guess, considering that however well-meaning they may be, the faculty members helping me have little insight into what the adcoms are looking for, or what the SoP should really be. I've done substantial research on this, but like nearly everyone else, I'm not very confident in what I'm doing. I have, though, given significant thought to the somewhat undefinable issue of "fit" and am applying only where there is some or significant research in my areas, and where there are at least two faculty members I'd be happyto work with. WS: this has, somewhat weirdly, become a slight problem. I plan to use one of my thesis chapters, but since none of them are completed or have been thoroughly revised, and because I'm currently suffering a mild bout of anxiety-induced writer's block, it's not shaping up as well as I hoped, and I'm not as far along as I planned to be. Need to buck up and get at it, I know, but this whole process has touched the very core of my insecurities. Extra fun stuff: Awards/Scholarships: 2 departmental awards in English Full funding for my MA (tuition+stipend) Faculty of Humanities and Soc-Sci Dean's Prize (given 1% of thesis-track MA students in the faculty) Scholarship for undertaking research in American Lit-Culture program abroad (in Germany, where I'll be spending three months) Research/Teaching: 3 years TA for undergrad English courses 2 years RA for English department 6 months RA for Psych department Conferences: 2 small, regional conferences Waiting for response to abstracts I sent to a graduate conf. in Europe, and a big int'l conf. in Europe Some of the problems: Since I'm not a US resident, I'm very hesitant to apply to State schools (although I will be applying to 2), as I gather they'll be less likely to accept me (it's not economical for them). Since I'm not taking the GRE Lit, this narrows down the list . I'm very wary of applying to schools that have only changed from "requiring" it to "highly recommending" it during this application season (e.g. Notre Dame and Rutgers). I'm also only applying to programs that offer full funding, with TAships etc. guaranteed. Though this is true in the U.S. as well, I feel like to be able to find a job back home after completing the PhD, I really need to go to a good, reputable school. Considering the life changes (moving across the world, uprooting my SO in the process, making it very difficult to start a family for 5-7 years, which is shitty, because if I get accepted, I'll start the program at 29, etc.) and the financial burden this whole process is incurring on my life, it also feels like the school/program needs to "justify" it. I've been working toward this goal since the second year of my undergrad, and I need to feel like if I take this leap toward a PhD in the States, I'm also giving myself the best chance for a future career in academia. I want to pursue a PhD in any case, just because I love what I do, but if I do it for fun then I'll stay at home to do so. So, bottom-line, I'm only applying to places in the U.S. that I think will increase my chances jump-starting an academic career. I'm terrified that adcoms will glimpse at my application, see that my school is completely unknown to them, and put my file aside. Especially coming from a non-English speaking country into an English dept... So, these are the schools I'm applying to: Columbia, UPenn, Brown, UT Austin, Emory, NYU, U of Virginia, Rice, George Washington. On the "maybe" pile I have Rutgers, Duke, CUNY, and Chicago--which I cut down for various, and sometimes arbitrary reasons. I'm also applying to AmStudies at Yale (although I am a little nervous that, since my research focus would still be lit, they'll immediately chuck my app and wonder why I didn't apply to English). Broadly, my interests are queer theory, feminism, gender and sexuality, disability, and race--all in terms of how bodies are formed and represented; 20th/21st American/Brit women's writing, with a particular penchant for modernism (Woolf, Djuna Barnes, Gertrude Stein, Radclyffe Hall, etc.) Any recommendations for good programs with a decent focus in these areas that I may have overlooked? This has all been very lengthy, but it feels good to organize my thoughts. Does anyone have any advice? Is there anyone out there in a similar situation? And good luck to everyone else who's applying! May the odds be ever in our favor (I do feel slightly too old for this reference, I have to say, but I couldn't help myself).
  23. jenniferkp

    MPH Canada 2018

    Hello Friends, As this academic year is coming to a close, and MPH applications will be opening in just 6ish (months depending on where you're applying to of course!), I thought a thread for us to discuss, share our thoughts, feelings, fears, and the trials and tribulations of MPH applications would be helpful. I also find it helpful to know who's applying where I'm excited to start this journey and I'm hoping we all see acceptance letters/emails in under a year! Schools/programs I plan to apply to: UBC MPH UBC MSc in PPH (still need to start looking for a supervisor, how soon is too soon?) SFU MPH
  24. letsseewhathappens

    Political Science or Sociology?

    Hi there! Apologies if this thread has been created elsewhere before as this is my first post and I can't find anything similar. My undergrad and master's degrees were both interdisciplinary (International Studies degrees) and I am now gearing up to apply to programs in a few months. I am having a hard time whether to apply to Sociology programs only, Political Science programs only, or both. And if I do apply to both, I assume it would weaken my application to apply to both programs in a single institution/university. Has anyone had experience with this? I would love to hear your thoughts! Thank you!
  25. Hi, I am a Senior Year undergrad studying B. Engg in Information Technology. I am planning to do Masters by thesis in Computer Science from a good university in the USA, preferably FALL 2019. I have given the GRE and my scores are Q - 161 , V - 152 and AWA - 3.5. My CGPA is currently 7.47/ 10.0 (uptill 6th semester) and my SGPAs' from first sem to sixth sem are 8.33, 8.08, 6.92, 7.23, 7.16, 7.19 on a scale of 10.0. Also, my grades in key subjects like Operating Systems, Computer Networks, Probability and Random process, Discrete Mathematics, Compiler Construction, Theory of Automata are usually either C or D and occasionally B. What are my chances of getting into some of the decent colleges for MS in CS like Stony Brook, Rutgers NB, UMASS Amherst, University of Maryland, Texas A&M Collegestation etc ? Would I be able to get into a respectable grad program in any public research university with good placements and engaging programs? TLDR: My CGPA - 7.47/10.0 and SGPA dropped from 8.33 to a low of 6.92 due to poor health and stabilised around 7.2 by end of 6th sem. Poor grades in important subjects. Chances of getting into colleges like UMASS Amherst, Ohio State University, Rutgers NB, Stony Brook etc. PS: Giving my TOEFL on sep 15 and Thanks in Advance!
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