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  1. Hello! I'd like your opinions/insights on choosing between ETHZ Materials science, UPenn MSE and UCLA MS (MSc, Fall 2022). Post-masters, I intend to work in the industrial R&D sector (or might consider doing a PhD, not sure as of now) Factors to be taken into consideration:- Job prospects/ placement stats - which will be very useful should I not go for an immediate PhD (To note: I would also be open to the idea of re-locating within the US (in case of US unis) and to neighbouring countries (in case of ETHz) wrt job opportunities) Tuition fee, RA/TA possibilities, part-time jobs Curriculum and research (my inclination being towards energy materials) Work-life balance/ general academic-life Student culture/ networking Getting multiple opinions would really help me gain a perspective, and make my decision. I would love to hear your thoughts and discuss this with you. Thanks in advance!
  2. Hi all! I'm in the process of applying for graduate schools (in both the US and Canada) and was hoping for realistic feedback so that I can manage my expectations. I think I'm a relatively strong applicant but a good reality check can always be helpful! Undergrad Institution: McGill University Undergrad Major: BSc Joint Biology and Mathematics GPA: 3.80 Relevant Courses: Math: Calc I (A), Calc II (A), Calc III (B+), Linear Algebra (A), Analysis I (A-) and II (A), differential equations (A), probability (B+), statistics (with R) (B+), stochastics (S/U'd), linear regression (A) and mathematical statistics (in progress) Biology: two semesters of intro bio (both As), two semesters of genetics (both A's), quantitative biology (A), multiple neuroscience courses Computer Science: Introductory programming in Python (A), Introduction to Computer Science in Java (B+) GRE General: V/Q/A: 164/169/5.5 Programs Applying MS: Boston University, University of Michigan, McGill University, University of Toronto Programs Applying PhD: University of Washington, New York University Research Experience: Summer grant-funded research and poster presentation in bioengineering department of my university, two years in quantitative physiology lab with one published paper (not 1st author) Teaching Experience: TA for General Chemistry 1-2, Organic Chemistry 1-2 and Intro computer science Employment: Online tutor for web-based company (~2 years, still employed), four month remote internship as laboratory assistant in Cusco (not sure if worth mentioning) I financed my degree on my own so I know I'm lacking a bit in extracurricular/leadership activities but I'm hoping my grades and research experience help me out a bit, please let me know if I'm shooting too high as I do have time to apply to other MS programs!
  3. With the deadline approaching, I'm very confused which one to choose. Given that Georgia is cheaper and affordable compared to Michigan, UMich is a great place to study. I somehow feel that a college town will establish more connections with the people than a city. Both places are great wrt academics and research. I am very interested in research and hope to get into RnD division after my masters. I'm particularly thinking about the job opportunities only. I have heard too many people say that any decision I take wont go wrong, so I wish someone can provide me with a little bit more insight on this.
  4. Deadline to respond is approaching and I was wondering if anyone had any insight into the virology work done at these two institutes (Scripps in Florida and UTMB)
  5. Has anyone else applied to/heard back from Pratt's new IXD program?
  6. I haven't heard back from this programme but when I emailed I got this response: Unfortunately, we had one of the largest applicant pools on record, and you weren’t selected for our first round of interviews. While many applicants have already been rejected, the Admissions Committee decided to keep your application on file and it falls into group that would be revisited depending on the responses and timing of the first offers. However, any further consideration would not happen until late March. Sorry for the news, and please do let us know if you want us to keep your application under consideration. I was wondering how this works and what the timeline for this is considering I haven't been interviewed? Do they send out more interview invites in late March? Will I realistically get into the programme or am I better off placing my bets elsewhere? Thank you!
  7. Hey, I'm interested in virology and want to stay in academia. I've offers from Scripps in Florida (not the CA one) and UTMB, Galveston. Which would be better for grad training in virology? Which is more prominent/reputable? Additionally, can you transfer between Scripps campuses? Thanks!
  8. Has anyone heard back from the Infectious Disease and Immunity PhD programme? It's one of my top choices, but I haven't heard about interviews either? Has anyone been interviewed yet? I was told we'll heard end of Feb/early March, but I don't know if these are interview calls or decisions without interviews??? Thank you!
  9. Hello everyone! Greetings from India. I have a doubt regarding Masters requirements for a long time. Do universities (globally; say the US or UK) accept early graduates (i.e. those who graduated in 3.5 years), or do they strictly expect 4-year Bachelors students (from India)? I tried to find answers on the web but to no avail. I'd appreciate any information about the same!
  10. To set the scene, I'm from a pretty much third world country, so I guess this story isn't all that surprising. I'm applying to STEM PhD programs in the US. The thing is, I had a quarrel with my research supervisor right before graduating with my MSc. As a result, I was expelled (even though I was top of my class and my thesis was ready). I can't go into details to stay anonymous. I can only tell that the lab in which I was working was beyond abusive. Afterward, I collaborated with some friends and published a couple of papers. Is that OK if I request LORs from them? They are only grad students at the moment. I don't really trust my previous teachers, because it's a small university and all the staff members there are basically close friends. I've been told that the rest of my application is strong enough for top schools. Will this problem seriously hurt my chances? I've read some stuff about it on gradcafe but that situation was a bit different...
  11. I'm in the process of building a free GRE study resource for myself and others aiming to improve their GRE scores (you can check it out here: [removed]). I'm looking for resources to add to the different sections. I'm looking for notes, lesson plans, readings, websites, etc. So long as the material is something you can find online or that doesn't require copyright permissions forms (like notes you've taken from a published work and are willing to share)--I hope you all will be willing to share or suggest. Thank you!
  12. Hi, I would like to know if there are any current grad students from UBC Vancouver here. I will be starting my PhD in linguistics at UBC in fall 20, and would love to get in touch with the current/upcoming students beforehand! Cheers! -Aaditya
  13. Hi all, I've never interviewed for a school before and have one coming up for CUNY Brooklyn College. Anyone know anything about their interviews or writing samples? For those who have interviewed even if at other schools, what kinds of questions should I prepare to answer/to ask them? Any general interview tips?? And if anyone has a Brooklyn College interview coming up as well, let us know how it went after!
  14. I was recently given an interview for the Clinical Psych PsyD program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology - Irvine, CA. The interview is not until next month but I wasn’t sure about the program or how their interviews are formatted. I’ve done some research on the school but still am not sure about the program. I know that it is CBT and Psychoanalysis focused and that it is currently in the process of APA accreditation. If anyone can give me information about their program, what their school is like, or how their interview process works/questions they may pose it would be extremely appreciated! Also, I have some worries about going into a program that practices psychoanalysis as one of their major schools of thought. Any thoughts on this??
  15. What MFA program would you think is best for someone studying photography and video? I would love to know. Thanks!
  16. What will be the ranking for photonics- Caltech, Princeton, Cornell, UCB, UoMich, UIUC, Gatech, Purdue, UCLA, UCSB
  17. I know it’s usually hard making friends in Grad school because it’s way different to undergrad. Here is a place for incoming McGill grad students to meet each other! Maybe we could state which program we are doing and where we are from?
  18. Hi all, I ended up lurking last year and it looked like the forum was helpful and interesting to those involved. So, since I've been chomping at the bit and waiting to take another swing at Grad school, I wanted to go ahead and get the conversation started. About me: I applied to several directing programs in 2015 and went through URTA. Schools: Indiana, Illinois State, East 15, Yale, Northwestern, Cal Arts, FSU, Brooklyn. I interviewed with Indiana, Illinois State, Yale, Northwestern, East 15, and FSU. I received offers from East 15 (couldn't afford it) and Illinois State (not a good fit). My wife applied to MFA Acting programs and was accepted into one of her top choices. So we decided to do that. Last year I applied to Yale again (we decided we could be apart for a year if I got into Yale because...it's freakin Yale). I made it to the first round again and was not selected for the final weekend visit. I can only afford to apply to programs that are fully funded so this year I am applying to Boston U, Brown, Northwestern, and Yale (again). I am seriously considering USCD. Maybe: Purdue and CMU. I won't do URTA this year. Not a great experience. This will probably be my last crack at grad school, so fingers crossed. What is everyone else looking at?
  19. Hey guys! I just got accepted into CMU's MHCI program and am so happy. I'm just waiting on University of Washington MHCI+D's decision. If I get rejected from UW, I'm going to CMU. However, if I get accepted to UW, I'll have to make a decision. I might be jumping the gun here, but I want to get some outside thoughts and give myself enough time to think. I'm leaning towards CMU because it seems to be slightly better overall. Is there any reason that someone should take UW over CMU? UW is a fair bit cheaper, and it's located in Seattle where it will be easier to transition into a job afterward (but I don't think job placement is an issue with CMU). I know that CMU is focused a little more on theory, but they still have the capstone project to help build a portfolio. If anyone is also making a similar decision please share your thoughts! Any insights to the program beyond what's on the websites would be really helpful. Thank you!
  20. Hi everyone I am from Turkey, I will start studying PhD starting August 22. My visa appointment went very well, the officer asked me only three questions, didn't ask for any additional documents and instantly gave me an approval. He even wished me good luck . However, I got my passport back 10 days later, with a yellow-colored paper attached (and without a visa). It was explained that my application required further administrative processing, but it wasn't explained why. Is there anyone here who had a similar experience? Why could this have happened to me? How long did it take you to get your visa issued? Is there anything at all that can be done to expedite the process (although I know the answer is simply no, but one can always hope). If I can't get my visa in time, I will lose my TAship and will have to defer my PhD
  21. Graduate Students Starting the 2018-2019 year. I am in the Communicative Disorders Program moving down there, and I am coming from Rhode Island!
  22. Hey everyone! I am fall 2019 applicant for poetry MFA programs. I've seen that people have been getting acceptances back from Ohio State's program and I was just wondering... has anyone been rejected? I'm not sure how they do their send outs but I was just wondering why they wouldn't have sent out rejections if they're sending out acceptances! Thanks
  23. Let me first start off by saying that I am not doing poorly in linear algebra because I don't understand it, rather there was a misunderstanding with my professor. I had my first linear algebra exam last Wednesday. I was up very late studying for the exam, however, at around 3 am I got super sick (it was something I ate). I was legit puking every 20 minutes, I couldn't make it to my morning exam. I don't have insurance so I didn't see a doctor and get a note. I went to the dean of students, and because of that my professor gave me an offer to replace my zero exam 1 grade with 2/3 of my final exam grade. ex. if I got an 100 on the final exam, my zero will be replaced with a 66. However, the exam averages in this professors class are in the low 70's, so going off of that I will either end up with a low B or C in the class, and thats assuming I score around 10 points above average for the rest of the exams. I currently have two W's on my transcript-- one in computer science from my second semester (retaking next semester) and one in actuarial science from my third semester (he curved the class so only the top 40% passed, also changed my major so I didn't need the class). I am currently in my fourth semester, so this means that if I drop this course I will have a W on my transcript for the third semester in a row. I think this creates a poor representation of who I am as a student, as it shows that I won't be able to handle a graduate school course load because I keep dropping one course every semester. I want to get into a good graduate school for economics. I am currently double majoring in math and econ. I am a transfer, My first semester at my new school was last semester, where I got a 3.3 GPA. I am trying to get this up by getting straight A's this semester and my last two years. If my GPA still isnt high enough, I would be willing to do an extra semester or two to take extra courses. Now, I do believe that I will get A's in all of my other courses, however, I think getting a 'W' in linear algebra will make this look not as impressive. I'm thinking about staying in the course, getting a B or C, and just retaking it over the summer online. The original grade will still be on my transcript, but it won't count towards my GPA. Would grad schools look past this? What should I do? This is such a terrible situation... :/
  24. Hello, I am looking to hear from those who are or who have been a distance GRADUATE SLP student. What was your experience like? I personally can do the traditional on campus student experience right now, but in a year my situation could change. Therefore I am wondering if it is smarter to attend a distance program from the very beginning. Do you feel like you learned the material well? or do you wish you would have had more of the on campus research experience, and clinical involvement? Thank you for your advice.
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