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  1. Hi everyone. I'm graduating in May and taking gap years before applying to grad school. I've been looking for full time research position, and applied a few. None of them got back to me and won't reply to follow up emails neither. While i say I completely understand, but I'm also panicking. If any of you have got a position or also looking for positions, would you mind share your experiences? Like when did you get the positions and how was your application process? I'm checking the harvard and duke post graduation job board, indeed, linkedin, and some universities/hospitals; career sites on da
  2. Hi all I'm relatively new to gradcafe (and this field admittedly) and I thought I should ask for some help before going into something with no guidance and making silly errors. I'm due to graduate this fall 2019 and I was thinking of possibly taking a gap year and apply in the next grad school cycle because I feel like my application isn't strong enough and I wanted more experience-- hence me looking into becoming an SLPA. However I already have some obstacles in order to do this. First, I don't have my 25 observation hours and I know that is required. There was a course at my university that
  3. So, I am currently in a master's program and my goal is to gain admission into a clinical psychology program (to specialize in Neuropsych). However, I JUST landed an RA position to gain research experience (my master's is not research, it's more clinical emphasis). I got my BA this past summer '19. Option A: Apply to PhD programs this fall (2020), where I'll be in the lab for 10 months by the time I submit my apps (1 yr & 7 mo. by the time I matriculate). I will also most likely be able to get LORs from professors at my master's program. Option B: Apply to PhD programs next fall
  4. Hi there! I graduated undergrad from CU Boulder a little over a week ago, woo! I'm taking a gap year to relax a little and gain a little more experience because I graduated in three years, as well as be able to be with my family a little more. I have my list of schools I want to apply to and had already done most of the research on them, but I'm terrified I won't get in anywhere. I'm from California, so I'm currently looking at schools in California, Colorado, and Washington (but am open to others!). I am taking the GRE this summer/fall and have volunteered and done internships throughout my
  5. Hello everyone! I have a few questions about how PhD admissions may differ for those applying with a MA under their belt. I am a first year student in a funded psychology masters program and just finished my first semester. Unfortunately, I didn't do very well in terms of my gpa (<3.5) and didn't make as much progress on my research as I would have liked (i.e. I don't have enough ready for a poster at the moment). I struggled this past semester due to several things (time management/adjusting to grad school, imposter syndrome, moving far from home), but one very salient thing is that I
  6. Greetings~ I'm in a one year masters program, which I felt didn't give me enough time to prepare a successful PhD app [making a writing sample, getting letters of recommendation, really articulating what I want from a PhD program or faculty advisor, etc]. I will be taking a gap year before applying for PhDs in American Lit. I'll be staying in the same city, Pittsburgh, which has plenty of opportunities for English MAs. I'm not too worried about finding the best work for me, but I'm curious-- what are others doing for a gap year? If you did take a gap year, what did you do that made it s
  7. Hi there! I am currently taking a gap year. Since I don't have a job right now, I have bee focusing on my grad school applications. However, I hate just sitting around and not doing anything, so I was thinking of asking professors at the university I graduated from and in the field I am interested in for my PhD if they have any positions in their research group I could undertake. Do you all think this is a good idea? I am not sure how professors I have never contacted before will react to do this. Any advice would be great. Thanks!
  8. Hi all! I just got my Bachelor's in May, and am in the process of applying to PhD porgrams starting in the Fall 2019. I decided to take a gap year so I could focus on applying and hopefully obtain some additional research experience. I am having a rough time finding research opportunities, however. I have been searching since February, and one of the reasons I didn't find anything because most programs started during the summer and I was traveling then. Do any of you know of short-term research opportunities lasting 6 months or so? My background is in materials science and engineering, bu
  9. Hello! I couldn't find a thread for postbacc options, so here we go! Im graduating early, so decided a postbacc would be a great way to spend the year before applying to PhD programs. Ive applied to the NIH PREP program at Yale, Northwestern, Harvard, Mayo Clinic, Brown, and possibly one more!
  10. Hello, Please have a look at my profile page for more information "about me." I want to include details there to delete later. Building on what's on the "about me" page, I'm half-way through my gap year, which I've split into three main goals: refining my research agenda, learning German from zero to C1, and preparing for PhD applications (GRE, LOR, etc.). The decision to learn German (which I formulated one and a half years ago and never questioned) made this transitional experience (M.A. at home to PhD abroad) more challenging. Students from similar backgrounds (non-native Eng
  11. I got into the University of Michigan's Master's of Science in Information program, and I'm thinking about studying the computational social sciences track. If I do this, I would still like apply to PhD programs in clinical or counseling psych during my last year at UM. Do y'all think admissions would look favorably upon the degree? If you have any advice on how to stay a competitive applicant, I would greatly appreciate it.
  12. Hi all, I know there are a plethora of these posts out there, but they've seemed pretty helpful and I am, as the title states, overwhelmed. The run-down: I'm a current undergrad (psychology major and linguistics minor) set to graduate this June at UCSD; my GPA isn't the most stellar (3.5 Cumulative, 3.6 Psych) and I've yet to take the GRE. I ended up finishing all my coursework a year early due to funds and I'm planning to use that "fourth" year as a gap year so I can continue working at the two labs I'm currently involved in and figure out if I want to pursue psycholinguistics/ app
  13. Hey everyone, I made a post earlier regarding WFU's masters program in particular, but I wanted to make a thread about the general experience of what people have chosen to do when they're not going to a PhD straight from undergrad. I'm new here so I'm still learning the posting etiquette on gradcafe, but I apologize if this topic is too closely related to the other thread. I feel that this is a different question though, whereas the other thread was about WFU specifically. Hopefully this is OK. Basically, I was wondering what people's experiences have been with doing a non-PhD grad progra
  14. Hello everyone,This is my first post on gradcafe. I'm trying to omit as much identifying details as I can, so I apologize in advance if this is confusing or lengthy. I got admission into the PhD program at the same university I attended for undergraduate. This was originally my "safety" option, and the mentor/adviser is someone I've worked closely with during my undegrad research years. I haven't gotten any interview offers for any of the other schools I applied to, and I'm starting to worry that I won't get in anywhere else. I could just take this admission, but I'm struggling to feel conf
  15. Help a girl out here, y'all. I've been set on taking a gap year before applying for grad school. Most of my classmates are applying this Fall and during this whole summer I've been watching them freak out over their apps, GREs, etc. and I'm just here not worrying about it since I'm planning to apply next Fall. I just feel like I am not ready for grad school yet, feel like I haven't done enough to boost my apps or get to know my professors enough, you know? But now, I'm really having second thoughts. I'm super conflicted. I feel like I might miss my chance if I don't apply now. Plus all the oth
  16. Hi everyone, Hope you can help me. I'm currently a senior studying political science with minors in Spanish (did it for the language skills) and marketing (did it for the quantitative research skills). I want to get a PhD in political science eventually but want to spend (at least) a year working before applying to graduate school. I will likely apply this fall to PhD programs. I applied to several fellowships and was even made a finalist for a couple of them but nothing has panned out so far, I've applied to a couple of jobs and have also been rejected from all of them and I feel qu
  17. So after an relatively unsuccessful application season, I am currently meditating on how to best spend a gap year. I'm confident with my GRE and Subject Test scores so I won't be retaking those, but I do want to polish my BA Thesis for use in the next application cycle as well as writing a whole new paper for those schools that require two writing samples. I can't afford to take extra classes, so I was thinking I would do research on my own and look at online resources (been wanting to watch some of the Harvard youtube classes in full). Unfortunately, I don't know how successful my resear
  18. Hello, I recently graduated from my undergraduate studies in December with my bachelor of science in psychology. I have some research experience and independent research experience as well. My GRE scores need to be better, but with this time off I am going to be focusing on bringing those scores up, but I am also wondering if I am making the right decision. I recently received a job offer to be an early childhood behavior coach through a program that assists children with autism. I am going to be receiving ABA training and I will be a BCaBA once I am certified. It is a full time job
  19. Hi, I'm new to this site and I'm trying to get a more informed opinion on whether doing an unrelated gap year would ruin my chances for a PhD. Most students I know, and a lot on this site, who decide to take a gap year end up in a research lab gaining more experience. However, I currently have a high-ish gpa (~3.7) that I plan to maintain, hopefully a good gre, and research experience (2 years related in an honors thesis, and 1 unrelated year researching bees). So I don't think I need more research experience and I would like to consider doing a gap year teaching English abroad and getting rid
  20. Hello I have just graduated Rutgers University the New Brunswick campus with a a major of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and minor of Statistics. My GPA at the end of college was a 3.3 out of a 4.0 scale. I know this is a very low GPA. I want to do PhD, in the life sciences, and have done research for the past two years and completed an Honors Undergraduate Thesis. I was planning on taking a year of, so i could study for the GRE in the summer and take them in September or October so I could try to get a great GRE score so it could offset my low GPA.During this time I applied for a masters
  21. Hi everyone, Excited to join the community and (eventually) go through the application cycle--this is exactly what my question is about. I'm interested in applying to PhD programs in political science. Unfortunately, my parents didn't go to college and I don't have siblings so I really don't have a good frame of reference for admissions at all besides some conversations with professors and one of my best friends who graduated this past year (chemical engineering, he's getting his PhD at MIT starting this upcoming year--he's a genius!) In any case, I'm an incoming senior at a school c
  22. Hi all, I am thinking about taking a gap year before I start applying to grad school. The more I think about it, the more it makes sense. However, am still not sure what exactly I would be doing in that gap year to strengthen my application. What did you guys do during your gap year and what are some things you wish you had done? Here are some things about me: I plan on getting my PhD in Cognitive Psychology. I just finished my junior year and I am currently double majoring in Biochemistry and Psychology with a 3.6 PGA. I have 1.5 years of lab experience and have worked in a social, c
  23. I graduated a semester early with a 3.7 in International Relations (minor in East Asian Languages and Cultures), but now I face an awkward gap year before I can apply to go for my MPP in Fall 2017. Every summer/break of my undergrad career, I was always either working part time or had some kind of internship going on in the background. I just finished working on a conference as a temp job, and am currently working part-time as a managing teacher at a learning center. My question is: are grad schools going to be critical of my choice to work part-time rather than pursuing a public p
  24. Hello, Does deferring admission to a school mean that you have to attend that school? Or can I defer and then apply to other places? Thanks!
  25. Hello everyone, I have a pretty serious problem. Until 4 years ago, I was a straight-A student in the middle of an undergraduate degree in International Affairs/Economics at a quite prestigious European university. I had a minor sports injury which severely affected my performance (due to chronic pain) and reduced my integrity to prepare for exams. To distract myself and breathe new air, I started a gap year and soon created a few businesses, which have brought me into various countries of the world, however neither of those initiatives was really related to my studies (internet mar
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