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  1. jschool20

    Anyone still waiting on NYU?

    Applied to LitRep for 2019 batch. Wait is killing me. Got into a couple of others. But if I get any aid here will give it a good consideration. I actually really liked the LitRep model, based on what the website said. Anyone else still waiting/heard back?
  2. Hi everyone, As of yesterday, I've heard back from most of the schools I applied to. It is exciting to have been accepted to these amazing schools. My undergraduate major is Statistics and really want to learn something in Ph.D. training. I am very confused about these three programs as they rank very close and all have profs I would like to work with. During my undergraduate, I have been exposed to research about high-dimensional data, network analysis, and statistical inference. My research field is not that clear but at this stage, I prefer high dimensional data and network analysis. I am not sure how well I could do so I am not sure I could go to academia or industry. But if I do well in academics, I prefer to being a professor. UC Davis Pros: 1. rank highest among the three programs 2. prestigious profs such as Hans-Georg Müller and J.L. Wang 3. it's California, although the corner Cons: 1. I could not find the placement of Ph.D. students so I'm not sure if they have a good way out 2. the research is too theoretical Rutgers Pros: 1. talked to one prof from Rutgers, got to know that the size of the program is relatively small (no more than ten Ph.D.) and the rank of it is significantly underestimated 2. it's New Jersey and close to NY Cons: 1. way out to academia is not very satisfying 2. I know it's naive but the overall ranking of Rutgers is relatively low Rice not very familiar with this program and can not find much information about it Pros: 1. Houston is a big city and the life there is more comfortable Cons: 1. research area is relatively narrow as there are only 12 faculty members I have confidence in finishing the Ph.D. training in either school. However, since my research area is not settled and I am not sure about academia or industry, I really need your advice, especially the details about the three programs and way out of them! Any advice or perspective is greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!
  3. I'm deciding on a Masters in international affairs/development studies and would appreciate any advice anyone has. Johns Hopkins seems to be the most prestigious but offered me no funding, and Tufts seems to be of a similar caliber and offered me some funding but is in Boston and I don't have housing there so that would be an additional cost. Does anyone have any insight on the difference between GW and American? They are my most affordable options. I have family in DC so can live rent-free there. Is SAIS at Johns Hopkins worth going into significant debt?
  4. I am currently deciding between UCSD Nanoengineering PhD and Northeastern Bioengineering PhD and am having some difficulty deciding. Has anyone not liked anything about northeastern, or what turned you away. P.S. If you've got info on Nanoengineering and UCSD too please don't hold back. Everything helps
  5. I wanted to crowd-source some reasons for how people are making their final decisions. I realize this is a convenient spot for a lot of us to be in, but it is also a very difficult one. I know my pre-submission impressions were that I would not be in this predicament; I wholeheartedly expected to be accepted at just one place. But, here we are. Any advice helps! All the best,
  6. jennyshaw228

    should I go to a small program?

    Hi there, I got a PhD offer this year and really hope to receive some suggestions. The supervisor has a big name in my field and she is super nice. Also, the location is quite good. However, the program is pretty small (only 3 faculty members and they only send 1-2 PhD offers each year) and the fundings can't be guaranteed. My supervisor told me I will get 6-month RA support and 9-month tuition waiver in the first year. It will depend on my progress to get different types of fundings in the next 4 years. Does anyone have some opinions? Thx a lot!!!
  7. I was lucky enough to be admitted to University of Washington and UChicago for their MS Statistics programs. I'm trying to choose between those two schools. My goal is to increase my knowledge in computational statistics, statistical/machine learning, and deep learning. After graduating, I want to work as a data science consultant for a big 3 consultancy (Bain, BCG, or McKinsey). I want a solid theoretical foundation, but applied learning is definitely much more important to me. Other considerations are that I want a place where I would enjoy living/going -- ie active social life, interesting people/culture, lots to do, etc. What are your thoughts, and what would you do in my position?
  8. Got accepted to Syracuse (MAIR), UCSD (MPP) and Evans (MPA). Waiting: Harris (MPP), BU (Masters in Economic Policy), Syracuse (Econ) and Elliott Highly interested in public policy analysis and applied approach to policy making. I am an intl student ideally hoping to work for a think tank Any suggestions? Recommendations? I am excited to hear about your experiences and thought process. Thank you!
  9. Hi all, I applied to several Masters programs in mathematics. I searched on this site and it seems that many PhD applicants to the same schools have got their decisions. However I haven't received any e-mail, and there is no message left in the applicant system either. I wonder if it is normal for Masters decision to come later than PhD? Or should I contact the department to know the status? Thank you in advance for your advice.
  10. Current position: UMich (RA offer): with an AP UIUC (TA offer): with an AP UW-Madison (RA offer): with a professor UCSD (RA offer): with a professor I want to enter the industry after the PhD. Anyone any thought? Thank you guys so much!
  11. I was accepted to a Master's program, but I intend to enroll in a PhD program (accepted to a few PhD programs). Thus, I will be declining the M.S. program offer. However, I was invited to an in-person visit and online (via Zoom) Q&A session. Should I decline the offer before these visit days or attend the online Q&A as a courtesy..? I'm nervous about declining schools ugh
  12. sarah_B

    PhD Pol Sci - CANADA

    Hey guys, So I applied to the University of British Columbia (UBC), McGill University, University of Toronto, and York University (all in Canada) for my PhD in Political Science. Has anyone else applied and heard back from them?? I'm really anxious to hear back!
  13. How is admit status reflected on guest account webpage - Virginia Tech for MS in Mechanical Engineering Fall'19? The webpage states that a decision has been made.
  14. Hi everyone, I have been recently admitted to some master programs in biostatistics: UW, Pittsburgh, Michigan, JHU, Minnesota, and Yale. I am not sure if I would love to go for a Ph.D. after graduation, or probably I would choose different programs, e.g. epidemiology. Currently, I am choosing from JHU and UW, both of which are prestigious and well-known in the field. The costs of attendance are similar since JHU provides some fellowships. Seattle seems a better place to live but would be more expensive than Baltimore, whereas Baltimore has some reputations for the crime. I would appreciate if you would provide some insights or share some experience of living in both cities. Thanks!
  15. Bella72

    Can I justify a PhD?

    Hi, looking for some perspective.... i currently work in a senior administrative role in higher education, following many years in the corporate world. I love working in higher education, butI have been told that under new policies I should enroll in a PhD if I want to continue in my current role. I’ve been looking into suitable part-time PhD programs, and it looks like it will cost me between $60k and $100k over 4 years. i am in my 40s with two young kids and a hefty mortgage (I live in nyc). We’ve also just come out of a period with unexpected financial costs, which burned through a large amount of our savings. I would need to take out loans to pay for a PhD (the university I work at doesn’t pay for doctoral degrees for employees). It’s not like I’m going to get a significant pay raise (if any) from earning the PhD. I just don’t know how I justify the cost of this, yet if I don’t, it means I’ll be demoted in terms of responsibilities and title (although my current salary will remain the same). It will also limit my opportunities going forward. Much as I want to follow this path, i don’t see how it can be a financially responsible decision for my family. Am I missing something?
  16. anxiousarthistorian

    Dealing with the aftermath of deciding

    I am coming off of what feels like a string of amazing luck and yet I can't quite bring myself to feel happy about anything, because it has required a set of incredibly difficult decisions about my future. I applied to six PhD programs split between Canada and the US and I was lucky enough to be accepted to all of them. I visited each school and weighed the pros and cons of funding, POI, cost of living etc. and it ultimately came down to deciding between attending the program where I did my MA and a large, well-respected American ivy league school. I really tried not to let the "prestige factor" impact my decision, but everyone I spoke to still weighted it pretty heavily in terms of post-grad work and also spoke very highly of the program I ultimately selected. At the same time, this program offered full tuition coverage and a guaranteed stipend while the Canadian program offered great funding, but I would have to pay the tuition costs every year out of that stipend. I later found out that I was awarded a doctoral SSHRC that they would have let me keep the whole amount of, meaning that I could have been making equal to what I would make at a an early-career level position at any major museum. But, I didn't find out about the scholarship until after I had to make my decision. Now I'm dealing with the struggle of less financial security, because my chosen school doesn't really allow me to combine their stipend with my external award, and the costs of visas etc. that also would have been covered by some of the other American schools I declined. For reference, the major American competitor was a school of equal calibre, but one that I had heard very negative things about. It seemed to me that people in the program were not happy in general and not a single person I knew recommended that I should attend. But, they offered a larger financial package (in part due to higher cost of living), guaranteed access to campus housing and a better healthcare package than the school I chose. On top of ALL of this, I was blessed to be offered a year long contract position at a major museum as a curatorial assistant for a job I applied to mostly out of duty and did not expect to hear back from. In the end, I decided to turn down the position because I already have considerable museum experience and felt that I really should just get started on my PhD instead of delaying one more year. But now I am left feeling unsure about ALL of my decisions: did I pick the right school? Should I have taken the job and deferred my PhD (but I would have lost the scholarship)? Is it too late to change my mind? How do I come to terms with my incredible good luck and feel good about my decisions instead of feeling gut wrenched by overanalyzing everything?
  17. I am trying to decide between which two Biotechnology programs to attend in the fall. The first program is the NYU Biotechnology and Entrepreneurship Program which is great because of its interdisciplinary curriculum in both biotechnology and business. They also offerered me a generous scholarship. On visiting the campus and speaking with faculty it seems promising. I was selected for an additional scholarship and feel like the financial aid office is forthcoming with working with me to cover tuition costs. The research areas are good with opportunities to do research at the renowned memorial Sloan Kettering cancer center. Their career center also seems to be very effective with support for internships, interviews, jobs and whatnot and NY is at the center of it all. There is however no denying that cost of living and accommodation in the city is ridiculously high. On the other hand, Northwestern University's Biotechnology program comes with a minor in Engineering management/ Entrepreneurship with a similar flexibility to NYU but with a seemingly greater concentration on developing wet lab skills. It's location in Evanston, IL a Chicago school town is nice and it's a large campus. On visiting the campus, the faculty also seem welcoming and they have interesting personal development courses, site-visits to biotechnology companies on the east coast for networking, career fairs and great internship assistance. The tuition is much higher than that of NYU and the scholarship while generous, doesn't cover much. I would have to look to loans and aid to cover the chunk. The research areas are also nice with opportunities to work in regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and cancer biology at the northwestern school of medicine. At this point, I don't know which school to consider because I would gladly go to any of them as they are both great schools and I'm privileged to be considered for both. I don't know if Northwestern is worth taking out large loans for in comparison to NYU that the tuition is mostly covered by scholarship. I can't imagine which program would make me stand out with limitless opportunities at the end of the duration. I need any suggestions, opinions, ideas and help that would enable me to see some light.. Thank you!!
  18. I am mostly looking at four programs that accepted me: UCSF, Princeton, Columbia, UCSD I mostly narrowed it down to UCSF vs Princeton, but I am still considering the other two. Leaning towards UCSF. It's almost ironic since UCSF and Princeton are basically polar opposites (huge medical school vs. no med school, no undegrads vs. undegrad focus, basic science vs. a lot of translational etc). I'm really undecided because I'm not sure if I want to do translational or basic (granted, UCSF has both and Princeton just basic). My main concerns are the cost of living in SF, that UCSF is just a medical center, and that Princeton is richer and more presitiougs (although UCSF is better when it comes to bio). UCSF pro Top-notch program Huge choice of PIs and labs Excellent research in genetics, genomics, RNA (my field of choice) Bay Area - connections with other great schools and industry (still undecided on industry vs San Francisco con Just a medical campus, no engineering or physics etc (although Berkeley connection) Crazy expensive (stipend is 37K, but SF is crazy expensive) Lesser known school outside of bio circles Princeton pro Fewer professors, but all of them are top in their field and full of funding. Quality over quantity. Excellent training, smaller program Tons of money and funding Would have more money and be able to save (stipend is 35K) Could work in a bioengineering lab since it's a complete university Prestigious name school (although in Bio UCSF is more well known con No Med school, no translational research Fewer lab choices (only 40-50 faculty) Less research in genetics, genomics, RNA (my field of choice) (but one could argue that it's just grad school, you can go into your field of choice later) Columbia In many ways like Princeton, but with a Med School. I just didn't click at the interview as much as I did at Princeton. Opinions? How does the faculty/research compare to Princeton? My interviews were meh, so I had a bad impression. But maybe I was just unlucky. Also, crazy expensive (39k, but nyc is nyc). UCSD Kinda like uCSF, but not as good. The two good things are tat it is a full university (with physics, chemistry, engineering etc) and that SD is way cheaper than SF (stipedn is 33).
  19. psychlife1

    master psych decision to make

    Hey folks, I need to make a decision on a master's program, and I was wondering if I could get some input. I have offers from MAPSS UChicago, Ball State Clinical Psych, Brandeis General Psych, American University General Psych, NYU, and Pepperdine. They've offered me similar levels of funding, so it's really a comparison of the programs that I need. Any input? I'm thinking MAPSS and Brandeis are my top 2 right now.
  20. HooHooHooHoosiers

    SLP DECISIONS 2018

    Which school have you decided to attend? Did you get into your top school and already commit? Have you decided but haven’t told the school yet? Have you declined offers from other schools? April 15th is a bit away, but this will still be here then! Connect with others attending your school
  21. Hello, I have applied for master of Mental Health Counseling program. I've got a few tough decisions. 1. Can I withdraw from my last choice even after I've accepted? I truly feel horrible about it. 2. Do any of you know the pros and cons between Williams&Mary vs Johns Hopkins Uni vs (BGSP)Boston Graduate School of psychoanalysis? I know BGSP is more specific, and I don't have psych background. Thank you so much to anyone who answers. This is weighing so heavily on my mind.
  22. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go... So: Where are you going? What factors are influencing your final decision? What criteria for assessing the best fit have emerged during this decision making process? How are you sharing your decisions with programs, family, employers, and that old psychic woman from the results thread?
  23. The deadline to confirm my admission is the 1st of May, but I'm still waiting for UCI and USC to release their decisions? Should I email them, asking for my application status, or request them to let me know before May 1st? If I tell them it's because I need to get back to another university, will they be more likely to reject me because I already have a seat? I'm losing my mind waiting and I would really like to get into either of these school? Any advice is helpful!
  24. Hi guys, I have been accepted to the MA program at Johns Hopkins SAIS, the MIA program at UCSD School of Global Policy and Strategy and the MGA program at Munk School of Global Affairs. I have read tons of info about these programs and I have attended the Open House events at SAIS and UCSD. However, I am still undecided. What do you think is the best program in terms of employability and education considering that I am an international student who wants to find a job in North America? My area of specialization is international economics and I would like to work in consulting/think-tanks/business/banks. Thanks!!
  25. 35mm_

    UK vs US PhDs

    Hey everyone I wanted to start a thread about choosing between UK and US PhD programs. As many of us might be stuck between these very fortunate but equally distressing choices, I felt some advice from folks here might prove helpful. Some of such questions that have crossed my mind so far: What are some of the major differences that one should consider while making a decision? Does a three year PhD from UK disadvantage you in the US? Does one make you better prepared for the job market than the other? How much weightage should one give to accessibility of archives? I have been told that US programs typically prepare you more for teaching while in the UK one has to actively seek these opportunities? Are certain fields more popular in one place over the other? (For example science and war seems to be huge in the US while themes about empire and science seem to be more widely discussed in the UK) Thanks! P.S I am a history of sci&tech applicant currently deciding between UPenn/Princeton and Cambridge (HPS) / Oxford (History of Science).
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