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  1. Hi everyone, So I've been admitted into three Masters programs for Experimental Psychology and I need help deciding. A little background. I applied to a few programs last year while I was still in undergrad and was accepted into two programs. One was a sub-field that I ultimately decided not to go into, and another was an almost perfect offer (great school, nearby, involved faculty...) but with a 25k price tag for the education per year alone with no available funding which would have meant that I needed to take out a lot of loans. I decided not to enroll in either program and instead took a job as a research technician at a very prominent institution that promised me I would be able to continue being a researcher while I was here. I won't go into details, but this position hasn't been great, and I really need to leave. Luckily I have the problem of getting into three programs. I need to pick one before the universal April 15th deadline and I'm very nervous about the choice. Program A Pros:Very well known school and program, excellent faculty. It's in the same state that i live in, so less tuition cost Cons: Located near a major city which means life cost may be larger. No word yet on tuition remissions or stipends. High tuition costs if no remission. Fairly high cost of living. No official word on who my PI would be, which is odd. I was waitlisted at this program last year. There is a possibility for a stipend, but funding decisions have not been made known to me yet. Speaking from a strictly educational standpoint, this would be my first choice program. The faculty research is right up my alley and the program itself seems fantastic. I am going to the Admitted Students day this coming Saturday and will be inquiring about stipends and tuition remission when I go. If there aren't any form of stipend or tuition remission made available to me, I doubt that I will be able to afford this program as it would amount to being about the same cost as the program from the year before. Program B Pros: Seemingly perfect PI. Research interests align very well. Guaranteed stipend (small, but will cover housing at least) Cons: Several states away. Lesser known school. No tuition remission available, and out of state tuition would be applied. I received a personal email from my potential PI, who seems just what i'm looking for in terms of personality and research fit, but they also warned me about a few things. They haven't taken on a new grad student in a while and the ultimate student outcome is a little hit or miss. The stipend that I would receive is a little more than 5k, and the PI is the only one doing this type of research in the program, so they fear I would be isolated from the rest of my cohort if I accepted. (Not actually a concern for me. I am no stranger to being the only one in my program doing different research. My undergrad PI was one of only two neuro researchers, everything else was very clinical oriented). Program C Pros: Well matched research interests. Potential for TA/GA/RA with partial or full tuition remission and a small stipend of 4, 6, to 10k depending on which assistantship and if I can do two (20hr) instead of one (10hr). Nearby to where I am currently living. Cons: Haven't really had any contact with the PI yet. Assistantship is not guarenteed. The way I was informed of my acceptance is a little odd to me. I was emailed by a student (probably an office worker) notifying me of the acceptance and was given additional details about the program and GA/TA positions. I just received the official letter in the mail today and there is no additional information and only included the official letter and the acceptance/rejection notification form that I need to fill out and return to them. I'm a little stuck here. If cost wasn't an issue for me, then I'd probably go to program A for the rigor and reputation of the program. Personally I like the PI at program B, but there's no tuition remission and I would be taking a considerable amount of loans out to pay for it. The PI at Program B has warned me that they don't consider paying for a masters degree a good option if the applicant has any other offers, which I tend to agree with. Program C has the potential for tuition remission and a stipend, but it's not guaranteed, and I haven't had contact with the PI. That last part can and will be fixed shortly. I am going to email the PI from program C, just to introduce myself and ask a few questions about their lab, but I am still at a crossroads either way. Any comments or opposing viewpoints are welcome!
  2. I saw this type of thread for other majors and I thought I start one here. This in no way is meant to pressure individuals to make decisions but rather help the waitlisters in being able to know if there is hope in getting into the program of choice. I hope this thread will be helpful for everyone who is involved in this hectic process of grad school applications.
  3. Hello! So, I have been making myself crazy the past few days deciding which school to choose for my Master's. Here is the deal. I have narrowed it down to Appalachian State and Illinois State. Illinois State offered me a tuition remission and a small stipend (about $420 a month). Appalachian State offered me in-state tuition and a small stipend (about the same as ISU). I know, it seems obvious, but there are other factors. First, ISU is a Developmental Psychology program. My eventual goal is to go into Clinical Psychology, but I am interested in research that merges Developmental and Clinical. Most graduates go onto Social or Developmental PhD programs, but I imagine just having the degree is all that really matters. The program at ASU is an Experimental Program, but the mentor I was assigned to said that I would just need to work with a Clinical faculty like him. Second, I really prefer ASU's campus. I know I shouldn't care about this, but I just get a better feeling at ASU -- the library is amazing. It's shallow, I know. Illinois isn't a bad campus; it just doesn't feel as comfortable -- the library sort of sucks. So, should I go for the funding or go for what feels better? Thanks!
  4. Hi everyone, I need some help developing a strategic back up plan! Last year, my senior year in undergrad, I applied to 14 clinical psychology PhD programs, got 2 interviews, and was ultimately rejected. After graduation in April, I've spent my time retaking the GRE, continuing to work on my research teams (I have done research since my sophomore year in college), working on an independent research project, and getting clinical experience as a Psychiatric Technician in a Mental Health Facility. Now that it's time to reapply, I need to build some back-up master's degree programs into my plan that **ultimately** are advantageous to getting me to my goal of becoming a Clinical Psychologist. I figured experimental programs would be good, but I don't really know where to begin. Basically, should I not get into a program again, I want to take the master's then PhD route. Here are my questions: 1. If you were in a scenario like me, how did you handle reapplying? 2. What master's programs look best to PhD clinical programs in terms of rigor and research training? (e.g., experimental) Do any programs in particular come to mind? 3. Any other advice?? Thank you, and good luck to you all!
  5. Hello, I need some advice, I have gone over the pros and cons for both schools numerous times. I ultimately want to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology (neuropsychcology). I have received offers from two programs. I am not sure which school has a better program, or are they similar in terms of quality? What will help my application when I apply for PhD programs? Here are the two: San Jose State University - MA Research and Experimental Psyhcology Humboldt State University - MA Psychology, Academic Research They are both CSUs, but Humboldt is less known. San Jose has great ratings but their computer science, business and engineering programs are what make it such a desirable school. Is there a huge difference between psychology departments and their master's programs at either college? Thank you!
  6. Professor Lawrence Patihis at the University of Southern Mississippi am able to take one more doctoral graduate student. Once he takes this graduate student he will not be taking another for another 4 years, so this is a limited time offer. Deadline is March 1st, 2017. Start date is August 15th 2017. He welcomes applications from high achieving students. Doctoral programs are demanding, as is the job market, and the jobs themselves, so ideally applicants should really like memory distortion research, have a GPA above 3.5, and high GREs. Very high achieving bachelors applicants or those with masters degrees would be ideal for our short 4 year program because by the time of the final year they will be well developed and ready for the job market and post docs. Southern Miss Psychology Department is ranked around 170 in the United States by US News, and is designated as the center of excellence for psychology in Mississippi. We have top professors here who publish a lot. Last year, for example, our psychology professors published in many top journals (e.g. Psych Science). Due to the competition for doctoral programs, we also have outstanding graduate students here. For the new graduate student Dr Patihis will probably get them started on a project investigating people's (public, practitioners, etc) beliefs about memory and dissociation (essentially a follow-up to Patihis et al., 2014, in Psychological Science, though investigating new questions). In addition, they will also investigate groundbreaking research on the malleability of memory. Applicants career goals should be academia, research, teaching, government, or industry (NOT clinician--this is a scientific experimental program without training in practice or therapy). Those who love science, memory research, scientific skepticism (e.g., fans of Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Scott Lilienfeld, etc), and statistics would be best suited. The doctoral program involves being a teaching assistant for 20 hours a week and in return tuition is paid and a small yearly stipend is given to cover some living expenses. As well as teaching assisting, graduate students do research, as well as take classes. Average weekly combined time grading, teaching, classes, and researching is about 48 hours. The research is groundbreaking, and although there are some schools with higher stipends out there, there are also a lot of more expensive programs out there. More details: http://lpatihis.wixsite.com/memorylab/phd-student-opening
  7. Anyone else apply to Masters programs in Psychology in California for Fall 2012? I applied to these following schools: -San Francisco State MA Social Psychology -San Jose State MA Experimental Psychology -CSULB MA Psychological Research -CSULA MA Psychology -CSU Fullerton MA Psychological Research but have yet to hear from any of them. Just wondering if there was anyone else in the same/similar boat!
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