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  1. Hi! I applied to 8 MFA programs. I have been granted interviews from 4 of them so far, as a finalist. I have been accepted to two and am still waiting on the others. I have had 3 interviews so far, all skype. I am wondering how much weight does the 15 minute skype interview actually have? How much does it affect your chances? What are the most important factors in a school's decision? Is it the overall application (statement, portfolio, recommendations) or does the interview have a significant spot in determining the decision? Help! I'm freakin' out Thank you!!!
  2. Hi! I applied to 10 schools and one that is mainly a safety, but I don't think I want to attend. I got an interview there, but I do not think I want to take it. Are we able to decline interviews? Has anyone ever done this?
  3. I was just wondering, if an applicant is invited to interview, what are some "Dont's" that could cost them admission? If someone answers all of the questions and articulates their research and interests clearly... it seems like a no brainer right?
  4. hello, I got a call about having an interview for Loma Linda University for the MSW program. Does anyone have any advice on how to prepare? What kind of question do/can they ask? TIA.
  5. Hey all! I didn't see many forums for the counseling and other related master's and I've been obsessively starting to check my email for interview invites so put yours below! School Name: Program: (MHC, MSW, MFT, etc.) Date invite received: Interview date: if you want
  6. Someone made a similar thread last year just to have a separate thread for neuroscience PhD applications for the 2018 cohort. Hopefully it'll help reduce a little bit of the interview/decisions anxiety if we're all in the same boat!
  7. Hey guys, so I applied to 6 graduate schools in the US as an international student, so far I've only heard back from one (rejection). Should I start asking for updates or do graduate schools usually just get back to international students late.
  8. I received a mail from a faculty member requesting for a Skype interview. Can someone help me out with what kind of questions I am to expect from them? What are the things I need to look up at beforehand? This is the first interview I have received so I would much appreciate if ya'll could drop some tips. Thank you!!!
  9. Any advice on what to wear to an interview? Especially if pant suits are really unflattering to your figure?
  10. Hi! I am a recent Master of Public Health graduate on the search for jobs. I had my second interview for a position I really want a little over two weeks ago (let me know if it would be helpful for you to know what the position was). I sent my interviewers a "Thank You" note immediately after I interviewed with them . They replied back thanking me for my time and for interviewing for the position and that I should hear back from a team member after they have completed the interviewing process. During the interview, they said that I should expect to hear back in a few weeks either way. I have not heard back since their reply to my "Thank You" email. I am planning on following up with them this week, but I would like some feedback on my follow-up email. My draft email is posted below: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Subject: Thank You: Following Up Regarding Interview Dear [INTERVIEWER 1] and [INTERVIEWER 2], I hope you had a great weekend and that this email finds you well. Thank you again for considering me for the [NAME OF POSITION] position at [PLACE OF EMPLOYEMENT]. I want to follow-up regarding my interview and candidacy for this position. During our interview, you mentioned that I should expect to hear back either way in a few weeks. I want to express my continued interest in the [NAME OF POSITION] position. What excites me most about this position is having the opportunity to learn about both global and domestic public health initiatives while sharpening my data management and analysis skills under senior biostatisticians. I would like to reiterate and emphasize the following skills and attributes that I can bring to the position and the [NAME OF TEAM] team. · Detail-orientation necessary to query data for completeness and accuracy and to prepare data and databases for statistical analyses · Experience creating surveys and entering survey data in REDCap and moving a project from Development to Production ([NAME OF EXPERIENCE] experience at [PLACE OF EMPLOYEMENT]); eagerness and aptitude for learning new programming languages and databases (SQL and Oracle) · Problem solving skills to understand and debug programming code · Scientific writing skills for contributing to data reports and statistical methods and results sections (Wrote Results section for [NAME OF STUDY] study and Results and methods sections for [NAME OF STUDY] study) · Organizational skills and ability to submit high-quality deliverables in a timely manner (Student Consultant roles) If you require any other information from me to help with your decision making process, please let me know. I can be reached at [MY PHONE NUMBER] or via email at [MY EMAIL ADDRESS]. If I don't hear from you in another week or so, would you mind if I send another follow-up email? Thank you once again for your time and consideration, Sincerely, [MY NAME] ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A person who suggested this template suggested that the subject line be: Follow Up to [INTERVIEW DATE] Interview However, I thought that reminding my interviewers of the date I interviewed with them would sound a little pushy, especially since I mentioned in my body that during the interview, that they mentioned that I should expect to hear back either way. Any thoughts on this? Any feedback regarding the content of my email will be appreciated! Thank you for all of your help, and thanks for reading!
  11. Hey everyone! Just wanted to start this nerve-wracking thread! The first interview for the HSS @ U Penn came in today! Post results here, should you feel inclined, and this can be general discussion on Acceptances/Rejections/interviews as well. Good luck to everyone & may the odds be always in our favor!
  12. Hey guys, I have a question about conducting interviews through video or voice calls in social science (qualitative) research. My friend from another department did one interview through Skype video chat because the interviewee resided in a different country. However the supervisor told her to do do another one and explained that in social science interviews should always be conducted face to face. It is less effort from the student to conduct interviews online compared to when they are done through face to face interactions and for that reason only the final grade of the thesis will be lower. My project is with tourists travelling to my current place of residence so 5 out of 6 of them that I contacted in advance did not have time to meet me in person before they left. I think doing the interviews online would help me a lot but with the experience of my friend I am reluctant. I haven't spoken with my supervisors as I would like to get more information from students of different universities and regions to back myself up when I do. Do you have any similar experiences? I'd love to hear about them. Thanks!
  13. Anyone familiar with CBU's protocol or how they go about interviews? They also indicated on the email they would have interviewees write a writing sample. Any feedback is appreciated!! :)
  14. Hi everyone! I've seen a few posts that mention group interviews and I'm wondering what people's experiences of them have been like. I have one coming up (at Sacred Heart) and really don't know what to expect. I assumed it would be like a structured group conversation, but I've seen people mention being asked to work on projects together on the spot. Just trying to prepare and any info about what approaches schools take to this format would be helpful. Thanks!
  15. Does anyone know if UPenn has send out all interview invites for linguistics graduate admissions yet? Do they notify students of rejection too?
  16. Hey - anyone heard from UC-Berkeley, University of Chicago, Columbia University, or UPenn for psychology PhD interviews?
  17. Hello, I am finishing my bachelor's a year early and I have a late birthday, so I'm only 20 years old, and will be 20 during interviews. Do you think program directors of programs based around people (counseling/social work, etc.) would take my age as a negative or am I over thinking? Thanks
  18. Curious to see if there are any other Lewis & Clark Marriage & Family Therapy applicants on here who have heard back. I was just offered an interview yesterday! I'm not sure what to expect. Anyone know how group interviews generally work in such a program?
  19. Hey everyone! I got my first interview offer and I'm soooo excited!! Please feel free to post your interview offers, updates, and acceptances when they arrive! Optional info you may want to include in your post: What schools you applied to in California Schools you've received interview offers from and when they arrived Feedback on your interview and questions they asked you Any other info you want to add
  20. To anyone who T.A.'s, teaches, or took a gap year and taught high school in between, I have a few questions. I'm taking a gap year between my MA and my PhD and hoping to teach high school in the interim and I have my first teaching interview tomorrow. To anyone out there who knows the process -- I've interviewed for a lot of things but figure that this one will be a quite different set of questions -- what should I prepare or be prepared to answer in an interview for a job teaching AP English to high school (charter school) students? i.e., do I need to have a lesson prepared, a statement of teaching philosophy -- and if so what are some important parts of a statement of teaching philosophy -- or are there any questions that always come up that are specific to these kinds of interviews? Don't want this one to be lost as a learning experience since it's a great opportunity and I think it would be a great fit, but want to make sure I'm as prepared as possible and thought it might be helpful to get feedback rather than looking around on the internet to gauge how these things really go and what to expect from the academic standpoint of people who are experienced with this.
  21. Hey everyone, I figured we should start a thread where we could report interviews and admissions results for 2018. That way, it won’t get buried in the other threads!
  22. Hi Grad Cafe, I've been selected as a top 3 candidate for full time position in an English department at a community college. I have a final interview with the college president and the dean in a few weeks. Any tips on how to prepare for this? They didn't provide any extra info. I did a teaching demonstration and 60 minutes worth of question and answers in the initial interview. Like many people in the field, I'm feeling a bit desperate for this. It's my only successful application, and I'm terrified of my future if I don't get the job. Thanks for any help!
  23. A place to check on decisions, share excitement, and commiserate on bad news.
  24. I realize the application season is far from over for many of you, but I felt it's a good time to be retrospective. I wanted to share some of my anecdotes and qualitative data in hopes that it will help those in the future. Before I begin: this is based on my subjective experience and is not meant to be interpreted as prescriptive. I applied to a combination of I/O Psych and Measurement programs, thus this may be less relevant to some of you- I don't think that will be the case. Here are some thoughts looking back: Grad Cafe The beauty of Grad Cafe (though cliché) is the journey. Many applicants will not visit this place, many will avoid it like the plague, many will lurk. The exceptions provide invaluable information, they empathize, and even sympathize. This process is one that validates and demeans, it's not clean, knowing that you're not alone does so much. You learn about your "competition"- that they are just as smart and accomplished as you; they also are kind and helpful, I found solace in the fact that a deserving person was accepted when I was not. You start building your network here. These people may be in your cohort, may see you at a conference, or may score you a job in the future, so make it count. Clean the Results Survey... I did a project a while back trying to crowd-source some data to help those applying. I quickly realized that the results survey is a garbage-fire. All of the open-ended text boxes (i.e., program, school) are very unclean. It does have a predictive component but if someone types something incorrectly others will start getting that as a predictive option. It is also hard to find particular hybrid programs, so I think a tagging taxonomy would bode well. I've emailed the admins about this. The benefit of Grad Cafe can be improved by cleaning the user-experience. This would be a good place for sourcing how grad students deal with rejection or giving particular programs a profile in terms of when they respond to students. You'd need to control for self-selection, but I see this providing a huge benefit to society. Admins clean up the response strings and make the tag structure more defined....constructive feedback, don't delete this post. Initial Email -The most underestimated part of the application process Most of us are highly conscientious so bugging a person we don't know may be excruciating. Funding is the name of the game for many programs. If you apply to the wrong lab it doesn't matter how strong of an applicant you are. Take the time to send an email to figure out who is planning on taking students. I also find that emailing the current students is both less intimidating and more insightful so do not shy away from this. Another thing this will help is your personal statement. I spent so much time specifying advisers just to find out that some of the programs don't want you working with just one person. The program websites are always filled with obsolete information, get current information from those living it. GRE/GPA - A perfect GRE/GPA score will not guarantee your acceptance If this was the case no program would have an interview portion nor would you have to submit CVs and Personal Statements. Obviously, programs will use the quantitative metrics (GPA and GRE) when convenient, so in the beginning when the pool is large. Programs may get 300 applicants so selecting 30 to interview would be tedious without a common scale. The first filter will be a quantitative metric and if you aren't above average...none of your other qualifications is going to fix that. You can't change your GPA but you can improve your GRE. I've heard all sorts of metrics: (Quant + Verbal) * GPA, sometimes programs will weigh verbal more or quant more, you never know. You want to make the first cut, so don't think you need the highest score because chances are you won't have it. Shoot for that 75th-80th percentile. Some of you may think that it is impossible but it's not, this is coming from someone that increased their GRE score by 20 points in a short amount of time. If you're struggling go here. The GRE is based upon adaptive Item Response Theory (IRT) so focus on increasing your mastery of the more difficult questions. Personal Statement - Don't overthink it I spent most of my time doing these. I'm a terrible writer. There is no special sauce, no formula. Just don't tell a 2-page story about your grandma dying. I do suggest demonstrating that you know how to craft a research idea relevant to your person of interest. Also if you see research that they've done where the findings relate to an experience you've had....golden. I asked over 20 professors (from different programs) if they had to choose just one: GPA/GRE, Personal Statement & Recommendations, or CV and Research experience to select a candidate, which would they choose? No one said personal statement. Once again I'm in the area of I/O, so other areas may differ but none of us are in Creative Writing. Research/CV -You do research in a PhD program, so research experience is critical This is the area I lack. My estimation is that it is why I got rejected from places, and is what sets apart the candidates after the GRE/GPA hurdle. I would really love to see the stats for applicants that got 75th percentile on the GRE with publications versus an applicant that is in the 99th percentile without research experience. A vast majority of the professors I spoke to said if they had to select a candidate based on 1 metric that they would choose CV and Research experience. It makes sense because students will be doing research. Don't underestimate how you layout your research experience on your CV. If you can get on MTurk and code someone's data or if you can present to a small clinic or non-profit, do it. Interviews & Recruitment Days - It's all about the questions. Don't be vanilla. I didn't dress the best. I'm sure I creeped out all the current students and applicants, but they remembered me. Ask good questions, I can't emphasize this enough. 100% of the interview/recruitment days I went to accepted me afterwards. I definitely wasn't the smartest person there, but I asked good questions. Don't ask things you can learn from a follow-up email or on the website. Act like you're about to marry them, or that you're on a Tinder date 4 glasses of wine in. Some examples (all of which I've used): For students: What would you improve about your program? What class was a waste of time? What are 3 things your adviser can do better? If you had to punish someone deeply, what professor would you handcuff them to? How much time have you spend off-campus with those in your cohort? How much of your weekend is spent doing work? My favorite: If all of the faculty participated in the Amazing Race with a clone of a generic student, who would you put your money on? Who would drop out? For faculty: What are three adjectives your students would use to describe you? What is a unique skill you offer that the other faculty do not? If you could add a course from the core-curriculum, which would you pick? In your opinion what proportion of a PhD student's time should be spent in the following areas: Assistantship, Coursework, Research, Personal Life? From your perspective what is the biggest social challenge? emotional challenge? and financial challenge? a student faces in grad school. One love... Thank you all,
  25. I am stuck in an airport with nothing else to do and not enough WiFi for Netflix so I figured I would start an advice thread on all things Statistics PhD admissions that I have learned from the process. I wanted to share all the things I wish I knew when I was applying. Anyone else feel free to add to it. I wrote this from a general statistics perspective but some of this probably will be similar in biostats and perhaps even math. Admissions - Where to apply The best indicator of how you will do is looking at the past profiles that are most similar to you. You will unlikely find a perfect match, but try to look at similar applicants first and then see what kind of programs they got into. Expect a lot of randomness and try to have a more balanced list than I did. Also know that safety programs really don’t exist and lower ranked programs (particularly smaller ones) can be just as hard to get into as large high ranked programs. There are programs that you have a higher probability of getting admitted at then others. Also research fit is very important so consider that if you have known interests. Admissions - What to Expect When you are Expecting to go to Graduate School TL;DR Expect a lot of waiting. I am going to be totally and completely honest with you about my experience applying for graduate school. For undergrad I was admitted two weeks after I applied and had an departmental scholarship two months after that. I knew I was going there because it was my first choice and I had automatic acceptance. So I have never not know what I was doing next. This whole process of not knowing where I am going to be in Fall 2018 for over a year now has been hard. I still don’t know where I will go. I have watched results tell me that I was waitlisted and rejected before I knew officially and checked admissions portals multiple times a day. To protect my sanity and prevent me for spending my entire life on the gradcafe I blocked it from 9-5 every day on my laptop. I highly recommend it. I have cried more than I ever have in my life and have questioned myself almost daily. My impostor syndrome has been awful. I have doubted whether or not I am ready to jump into a PhD program at 21. I have questioned why programs admitted me and felt intimidated by the people at visits who already have masters degrees. I have read all the profiles dozens of times and knew that most domestic students with my level of research experience typically do well but I didn’t think I would do as well as I did. I have questioned if I really do know what I want to do and whether or not being able to pursue my research is a deal breaker. I have struggled over how to decide and what qualifies as a deal breaker. If you had/have any of these feeling you are not alone. Interviews I interviewed two times (three if you count Baylor) so thought I would share my experience. For Duke the interview was very informal and was more about me as a person than me as a prospective admit. I was asked what my hobbies were (which totally threw me off) and we talked about life at Duke and in the research triangle. It was about 20 minutes long and with a single assistant professor on the AdComm who was the original reviewer for my application. I was asked for more technical details on my research but that was the only thing application related we talked about. For Virginia Tech, they just asked if I had any questions and I asked about funding and their completion rate. It was implied that funding was competitive and I was told the completion rate was “around 30%” because a majority of people fail quals. They were definitely trying to court me calling me their “top applicant” and “favorite application” and I really though I had gotten the fellowship. I had an single semester of support with the possible option of renewing but it didn’t have the language that my other offers did which offered more security. I mainly applied for the fellowship so when I didn’t get it I wasn’t very interested. Baylor was a causal visit and I meet with everyone at the department that was there. It wasn’t really an interview. Visits I have completed three visits so far and I wanted to help answer the what do I wear question that I had. On both my prospective student weekends there was a range from button down and tie for men and nice blouse and heels for women to tee shirts and jeans. The average was around business causal and that’s what I would recommend you do. Don’t worry about knowing anyone research interests and memorizing CVs if they aren’t your POIs. All my meetings with professors started with a basic explaination of their research and since you will likely be supported by a TA ship your first year you don’t need to find an advisor right off the bat. I didn’t really take notes and made a list of people I liked. You will have information overload and it takes time to fully realize the pros and cons after visiting. Program Impressions Next I wanted to share my impressions of programs based on my interactions with them. Baylor Baylor is my favorite program so I am biased. Demographically it is a majority domestic program (~75%) with about 40-50% women. Waco is very much a college town but it still has a lot of things to do. They told me 82% of their students graduate in four years with almost all of them finishing by year 5. Their placements are mainly in industry with a lot of people at Eli Lilly which is huge supporter of the program and has funded RA positions and grants for the faculty. It has 3 Bayesian statisticians and 5 other faculty members doing different things. The main fields of application are biostats and environmental statistics. They have a nice bank of computers for faculty and students to use to run simulations on. I think it is severely underrated. On the Academic side of placements they occur mainly at state universities and liberal arts colleges. They offered to buy me a plane ticket but instead they reimbursed me for mileage which was over $300 plus a nice hotel room. It’s a great department that is totally underrated. UT Austin It may be a young department but it is growing fast. They have a ton of people doing Nonparametric Bayesian statistics with some machine learning and hierarchical modeling mixed in. It is entirely Bayesian to the point of the visitors being told that if you want to be a frequentist don’t come here. A lot of the faculty is double appointed in both stats and the business school but they are committed to the Stats PhD program. It seemed to be about 40% female and a slight international majority but the domestic and international students were really integrated with each other which doesn’t always happen. Austin is a very expensive city (at least for Texas) and most of the graduate students I talked to spend around $700-1000 on housing a month, my stipend offer was $2000 a month so that seemed expensive. They also have a lot of computing resources for research. They are very proud that their first graduate got a job (post doc I think?) at Berkeley straight out of a PhD (who wouldn’t be) My visit was completely funded. University of Missouri - Columbia Also know as Mizzou, the University of Missouri is state university in a college town. Columbia’s airport is awful (I have been stuck here for 5 hours since there are only like 5 flights a day), but Columbia is a nice city that is bikeable and the bus system is apparently good. The department has a wide variety of research but it probably more Bayesian than classical and more focused on environmental statistics than most programs. Demographically it appeared to be about half and half domestic and international but not a single international student did anything at the visit until the free dinner where they didn’t sit with the prospective students. A grad student made a comment that they never want anything to do with us (referring to the domestic students). This is a lot different than UT and Baylor where all the graduate students knew each other pretty well. The faculty do seem nice and hierarchical modeling was a common theme from the research presentations. Their placement was a mix of academic and industry and generally good for a mid tier program. My visit was completely funded. Virginia Tech I never actually visited but it I didn’t like the completion rate and the potentially unstable funding package. The professors seemed nice but I am kinda bitter about how they called me their top applicant and then didn’t even give me two semesters of funding. I am sure it is not a bad place but I was no longer interested when I began to get my other packages. Their academic placements aren’t great as well. I personally wasn’t interested in visiting given my concerns but they offered to fly me out on a paid visit. I talk about TAMU when after my visit.
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