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  1. I am preparing to apply to Stanford's Bio sciences and Earth System Science for PhD program. Did people who got admitted talk to the professors first before they submitted the applications? They must get dozens of emails from desperate students every day. Do Stanford professors even respond to the emails even when the candidate has the possibility of getting in ? Do they wait the admission committee sieve the applicants first and talk to those who get shortlisted or admitted? Let me know if anyone of you have luck getting response back from Stanford professors?
  2. Hey all, Does contacting faculty members, specifically those that you would want to work with, have any effect on the admissions process? I know that for hard sciences when the faculty member actually has the students in their lab it matters a whole lot, but what about in social science? In each of the universities that I've applied to I've identified one or two faculty members that id love to work with, but I haven't emailed them. I read somewhere that faculty members don't like to get flooded with emails, especially when they can't influence the admissions decision. So what do y'all recommend? Email the faculty member or not? Thanks in advance BTW one of the articles I was referring to that said not to contact faculty members is https://chrisblattman.com/about/contact/gradschool/
  3. 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!!
  4. Hey all, Some people have told me that, before applying to PhD programs, it's a good idea to contact the faculty members with which you wish to work. I was just wondering what types of things people generally say or ask while reaching out to potential faculty. Thanks in advance!
  5. Hi! I graduated in 2017 with my B.A. in Neuroscience from a top 20 university. I've decided to pivot and pursue a PhD in sociology (going to apply for Fall 2019 admission), but I have a few questions about the application process. I was originally planning to apply for Clinical Psychology programs, meaning I was going to be applying to specific faculty whose research interests aligned with mine. Is sociology similar to this? Should I be contacting faculty within schools/departments I am interested in? Does prior contact with faculty of a specific department, even if it's just via email, weigh into acceptances at all? Thanks so much!
  6. Current graduate students, what would you say are the upsides and downsides of working with a professor who has the exact same specialty as you, versus a professor who maybe isn't exactly in the same niche but has a similar approach or outlook? For instance, as someone interested in microhistory/social history/gender in early modern Germany, would it strongly behoove me to find a faculty advisor with that exact same combination of specialties? Might that actually limit and hinder me? Might it be better to work under a faculty advisor with a slightly different geographic focus (say France or Holland), or with a slightly different subject focus (say religion or diplomacy), but who has a similar approach to social history? Would the latter option perhaps take me slightly out of my comfort zone and strengthen/enrich my work? Or would my work suffer because of my advisor's lack of knowledge about my preferred specialties? Thoughts?
  7. So I realize this could go into the more general forums, but I wanted the perspective from some English ppl (I'm rhet/comp, but I'd love input regardless). Is anyone still contacting faculty at their programs of interest or has that ship sailed with application deadlines approaching? I've networked a little at conferences (and those convos went great), however I'm finding that emails and phone calls are so awkward. I recently had a phone conversation with a faculty member I'd be interested in working with and it was almost painful. Maybe because I'm an introvert? Maybe because I'd never met the person? Maybe because neither of us seemed to want to be the one to officially end the call even though my questions had clearly been answered? So I'd like to ask: Have you contacted people at the programs you are applying to...if so when and how? Does anyone have any tips to make these conversations feel less forced and awkward? Do you feel contacting programs actually helps with the application? Has anyone felt their contact with departments helped them either with applying or being accepted? I have a few people I'd be interested to talk to, but with the deadline being a month or so away (and finals/holiday break approaching), I'm not sure whether my contact would be bothersome or welcomed. Any suggestions?
  8. Hi, First post here. I am currently having low GPA but strong work experience. I have seen from my colleagues and fellow applicants that having job experience would count to next to nothing while applying for universities. I have given up on ambitious universities and some of the safe universities as well for now. It has been twice that I've applied and have got zero acceptance till now. Going through different forums and after a lot of google searches, I am seeing the only way to strengthen my application is to start communicating with a professor and try to show them that I'm worthy of selection. But how do I kick-off a conversation is my question? Do I dive into the topic which they are working (and interests me) or is it a necessity to have a paper published on that topic by me? Thanks
  9. Hello! I am looking to apply to PhD programs in Religion or History, but preferably religion if the university offers a religion program. I am trying to find potential supervisors for a Phd focusing on the English Reformation. My research broadly focuses on the English Reformation and the intermixing between the role of the state and populace in the matters of religion. I also do a lot with the Book of Common Prayer and the transformation of liturgy. Unless an extraordinary circumstance happens, PhDs outside of the US offer very limited and very hard to obtain funding. So for that reason I am trying to stay within the US. The professors and universities i have at the moment are: Peter Lake - Vanderbilt J Patrick Hornbeck - Fordham Ethan Shagan - UC Berkeley People I am unsure about due to vague biographies on the university website. Linda Pollock - Tulane. Focuses on religion but a greater emphasis on family. Lee Palmer Windel - Wisconsin- Madison Euan Cameron - Columbia Thank you for your help and suggestions!
  10. 1. As the title states, I am graduating this December as a non-traditional student from University of Florida and I'm looking to apply this fall to a host of schools. I'm interested in researching direct democracy, but am having trouble easily finding schools that would be a good fit for me to apply to. I have tried finding most cited authors in relevant literature and then researching that school's faculty for graduate programs, but sometimes the person cited isn't listed as a teaching member of that program. 2. I should mention that I'm 38 and went back to school in 2015. I just took my GRE's and got 160v/157q. My upper level GPA is 3.9 since going back to school (26 A's and 1 B in 27 classes) after a dismal showing back in 1997-98 at a high ranked Boston university. I'm really looking at Emory, Vanderbilt, Penn (reach), American, George Washington, University of Calif - Davis, University of Southern California, NYU (reach), Princeton (reach), University of Wisconsin - Mad (reach), and University of Florida as a backup school. I was accepted into the honors program and am writing my senior thesis now on citizen initiatives that will contribute to the field. My adviser is the head of the poli sci department here at UF, and he wrote one of the leading books on direct democracy out there. He is going to write a letter of rec along with our graduate school coordinator who advised me last spring, and finally a tenure track professor is going to write the third letter. What do you think of my odds of getting accepted somewhere because with my age, GRE scores, GPA, letters, and what I hope is a stellar SOP.....I have no idea, lol.
  11. I know grad schools usually need three recommendation letters, and I think I have a good three from my department lined up (I haven't asked yet though!). However, I could also add a 4th one, as the professor offered to write me one (more as a character reference though, and not really speaking to academics/research) - is that okay and not overkill? Some more info: the 4th recommender is outside of my university (and outside of my field), but he is a fairly recent Nobel Laureate and is a well-respected researcher in his field! Thanks very much!
  12. I'm applying to PhD programs and I've gotten in touch with a couple of prospective faculty. If they sign their emails with their first name, is it good to assume that they're okay with being called by their first name? Or should I play it safe and wait until they invite me to do so? Or should I simply ask? I don't want to come off as disrespectful, but I don't want to be regarded as not being able to take a hint either. I have a master's degree and know at a LOT of, if not most, grad students call their professors by their first name. I've never been able to really do so, and half the time I actually end up avoiding their names altogether, which I know is the worst of the worst of ideas because it comes off as more disrespectful than simply using their first names, but I for some reason can't get over the mental barrier of not being able to call them anything unless they tell me on the first day what they want to be called. Any advice?
  13. One of the PhD programs that I'm applying to is in my home department at my alma mater. The professor that I would like to work with is someone whose class I've taken in the past, but whom I have not contacted for over six years. I'm not even sure if she would remember me. I took her class before I had even declared the major. As far as I'm concerned, she has not seen me graduate, she has not seen me do my master's, she has not seen my interest develop, and the weirdest thing is, I've been in almost constant contact with everyone else in the department except her. So my question is...how do I break the silence? I might get away with not contacting the professors in the other programs I apply to, but I feel like I can't get away with not contacting her since I technically know her. At the same time, I can't do that typical email where you introduce yourself and your interest and ask to talk to discuss this further. After all, how can I ask to discuss this further when I've already taken a class from her and know exactly who she is? I'd really appreciate any insights onto this topic. Thanks in advance for your contributions!
  14. My main research interest lies in gendered violence - currently it's male victims of domestic assault, but I can't find any faculty professors in Sociology who are researching the topic. All the professor's I come across who work in gender in Sociology, seem to focus on gender and employment/marriage. I'm not really interested in Gender Studies departments because I want a broader width of research than gender in the future. Does anyone know of any decent (not necessarily top 20) departments where there is a professor who is working on this topic? Or should I put this research on the back burner and go into a more conventional research area until later I get into a program?
  15. Hi, I'm curious to hear what people think about this situation in general. I've narrowed it down to two universities, both with POIs who fit my interests really well and with whom I think I'd get along in the long-term. Professor A is an older, bigger name in a lower-ranking department with a lot of resources. Professor B is very new (hired in the past 2-3 years) but probably up-and-coming name, and in a higher-ranked department. I've heard that bigger names may be a better bet for external grants, research opportunities, etc., but I've also heard that younger professors might have the advantage of being more energetic and in-tune with more recent work and where the field is going. I'm leaning towards Professor B's school for reasons mostly unrelated to the POI decision. Has anyone here had (or heard of others having) really wonderful or horrible experiences with a younger/less experienced adviser?
  16. I've been invited to open house weekend at a great program that I'm really interested in. We just got our itineraries and instead of scheduling our faculty meetings for us, we are asked to pick which faculty we want to meet with and schedule times with them individually. I've already met with my POI multiple times, plus she is on the admissions committee, so I know I'm going to meet with her, but what about everyone else? There's really only one other faculty member who's interests match mine. I feel like I'll come off as aloof if I only meet with one faculty member outside of the admissions committee. On the other hand, if I ask for meetings with other people, I don't know what we would talk about. Their research is interesting, but doesn't really have much to do with what I want to do and I'm not sure I would ask very insightful questions about it. Thoughts?
  17. I was just looking at the reviews for a prospective school at rate my professors.com. And some of them are very scary ( "so and so is rude, unhelpful, and a very tough grader" or "WORST teacher on the planet" types)... feeling very unsettled... How does one take such reviews? Also, who else is looking through such stuff? And even if silly at times, is it entirely dismissable, especially if there is no other way to gauge the faculty? ( my profs do not know the ones at this school)
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