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  1. Hello, This is my first post on here so be gentle on my poor soul. Long story short, I entered college to major in business and get a minor in mathematics. For context, in high-school I was student body president of a school of 4,000 and had automatic acceptance into my top 50 state school. Not that either of those is impressive, I'm just giving context that I wasn't a complete bum. The summer before I left for college I had some "out of character behavior" as my parents put it. Unfortunately, this was a foreshadowing of what the next four years entailed. By the end of freshman year I was kicked out of my major and forced into a joke of a life science's major, tourism management. College was very rough for me. Somehow, I managed to not fail out while toeing the line for 3 and a half years. At the beginning of the second semester of my senior year, I was hospitalized. I was referred to a therapist and a psychiatrist. They diagnosed me with Bi-polar, which in hindsight, was extremely obvious. I had spent three and a half years having extremely taxing mood swings and unusual behavior. For most of that time I thought I was going insane or becoming schizophrenic. I didn't dare tell a soul or ask for help. If I did, I'd be admitting there was something wrong with me, that I was "crazy," and being mentally ill was too far removed from my self-concept to accept. Eventually it got so bad I was forced to face reality. After my hospitalization, I got on medication and saw a therapist. My life changed within weeks. My mood stabilized and I could function again. I graduated from college with a 2.44 GPA, yikes. Since then, I've become obsessed with overcoming the lost time and meeting my true potential. I learned to program and took up an interest in data science. I enrolled in Harvard Extension School's Master of Liberal Arts in Data Science. The classes are challenging and most of them are the same classes the actual Data Science grad students take. Since undergrad I have completed classes in Data Visualization, Data Mining, Advanced Python Programming for Data Science, Statistics, and Mathematical Modeling at Harvard. I've also completed extra undergrad coursework in Linear Algebra and Vector Calculus from LSU online. For all of these classes I received an A- or better. I also have a GRE score of 169Q and 167V. While I was taking these classes I was working full time as a Marketing Analyst, leading the digital marketing for a small 20 million dollar consumer products business. So to get to my ultimate question. In the context of my Undergrad GPA, and all I've done since, do I have a chance of getting into any of the top Data Science Masters Programs? NYU, Columbia, University of San Francisco, etc.? Thanks for reading, sorry if you were second-hand traumatized. Looking forward to hearing some responses. -LowGPABigDreams
  2. Hello all, My situation is a unique one and I haven't had any luck finding an answer using Google. So, I thought I'd ask here. So, here goes... When I was within a few months of finishing an MA degree from an online university, I had to take a 6 month medical leave of absence. While I was on my approved leave of absence, and with no notice to me whatsoever, the university terminated my degree program. Long story short, I'm stuck with the equivalent of 28.5 semester hours toward a MA degree. I know that a lot of MA degrees are between 30-36 credits, putting me 3-9 credits short of completion. Does anyone know of any graduate schools that would accept my MA credits as being equivalent to a MA degree? I'm going to email a few programs to see what they say, but I was wondering if anyone had any insight. Oh, I do have current GRE scores. Any recommendations for what I should do?
  3. Hi all, I'm applying for an MS in EE/ECE/EECS/CSE hopefully with a focus in computer architecture Here is my general profile: Undergrad: State school in Computer Engineering UG GPA: 3.944 Research experience: 3 non-first author publications (2 conference, 1 journal) , 1 WIP 1st author paper, 3 research presentations, all in an unrelated area of research Internship experience: 6 months at small local control systems company, 6 months at large semiconductor company in validation, 3 months in a research program prior to my freshman year GRE: V: 162 (90%) Q: 165 (86%) W: 5.5 (98%) LOR: 2 professors from my UG University (one is the PI of my research group), 1 from my internship manager Schools applied to: Stanford EE, Berekeley EECS, UT Austin ECE, UCSD CSE, U of Michigan CSE, U of Wisconsin ECE, CMU EE, U of Washington ECE, UIUC ECE, Georgia Tech ECE Thanks for any responses!
  4. Hello all. I hope I can get a realistic feedback. Recently, I started to think that my chances of getting into Master's is very slim. I am considering applying to all the UCs except Berkeley, some other state Universities in the US such as UT Arlington, University of Utah, etc. I will applying as MS (or MA if it is the only option). One of my math profs advised me to apply as Applied Math master, but I don't think it is a good option either since I did not take numerical method course as well as advanced prob theory course. Undergraduate Institution: University of Southern California Major: Pure Math GPA: 3.5 (Overall), 3.4 (Math Courses Only) Type of Student: Asian PR. Courses taken: Math: Calc I, II, III / Real Analysis I, Differential Eqn, Machine Learning, Differential Geometry (A), Abstract Algebra, Linear Algebra (A-), Real Analysis II, Probability Theory (B-), Number Theory (C). GRE General Test: Q: 170 / V: 150 / W: 4.0 GRE Subject Math: 680 (55%). Research Experience: None. Working Experience: 4 years of teaching mathematics to high school students. Awards: Dean's list for 7 semesters.
  5. I have 3.67 GPA at Rutgers in Materials Engineering and I plan on going to UConn for a masters in Mechanical Engineering since my job after graduation is more aerospace and mechanical engineering ( I am working for Pratt & Whitney) and I am more interested in the crossovers between MechE and MSE. However I have some W's on my transcript. One was a Matlab course my freshmen year I took that I hated and dropped a week after the withdrawal deadline (wasn't needed for my major). Another was during my junior year when I did a full time internship and this was an elective in industrial engineering for systems and reliability engineering. The course was in the evening but at a horrible time after work and I disliked it by the middle of the semester and I didn't have an interest in the material anyway. I also withdrew from 2 major classes because of courseload problems one semester my senior year but I took them the next semester and got an A in both. I dropped a graduate level MSE class in thermo recently because the course subject matter was dry (I don't like phase diagrams and chemical thermo too much) so I dropped it; I took the class originally to see if I would like MSE at the graduate level despite my career path moving towards mechanical engineering just to get a feel for things. I anticipate doing well on the GRE and I can have many letters of recommendation. Will these W's hurt my chances of being accepted into the UConn engineering masters program?
  6. Hi All, I'm reaching out to the community for some advice. I've been applying to PhD programs in Ecology and or Marine Science for 3 years now without any success in obtaining a coveted position in the programs I've applied to. I have done a lot of research into how to best apply to these programs, including being proactive with contacting faculty directly, selecting strong references, applying for the NSF-GRFP, and truly catering my admissions essays to each institution. My interests genuinely lie within the subjects of Ecology and Marine Science, specifically I would like to investigate anthropogenic influences on marine ecosystems, species diversity, and impact of habitat protection and restoration efforts. I've done a lot of research into these topics independently through literature search, but obviously would have much more to gain through a formal education. I want to pursue a PhD to create a career for myself in these fields that would be both personally fulfilling and hopefully make a positive contribution to the scientific community. I really feel like my heart and mind are in the right place for this pursuit. Additionally, I now have about 11 years of research experience (graduated in 2012) through academic research at my undergraduate college in animal behavior and ecology, research pre-and post graduation in academics studying effects of invasive insect species on ecosystems, and more recently through industry research in microbiology and next generation sequencing. My undergraduate GPA could have been better (3.21, 2.8 in Science); however I did double major, participated in varsity sport the full 4yrs, and am a stronger researcher than student (although I think my studies will improve with my current maturity). The people I work with really value my contributions to the team through research skills, experiment planning, and overall work ethic- but I do have knowledge gaps that I would love to fill through continued education. I generally have had a lot of success with phone interviews with faculty, who seem very encouraging about my research experience and over all goals; however, when I've applied to PhD programs there always seems to be funding issues, sudden shifts in interests, or even feedback that my experience doesn't match the labs needs (which is always hard to swallow after positive phone and email interactions). I have had some in person interviews that seem to go well, but have not resulted in an offer to the PhD position. I have been accepted to a funded MS program in Marine Biology, but at this point in my life I am hesitant to walk away from my career for the MS degree when I really want the PhD. The program I would be entering cannot guarantee that I can transfer to the PhD, and the statics on students who have successfully done so are low. The question becomes is it worth it to my career and viable for my lively-hood to survive on a student's salary for 7yrs for a 2yr MS program + 5yr PhD (If I get in anywhere...). I am located in Boston and considering taking classes through the Harvard Extension School towards the Master's of Liberal Arts, Biology graduate degree. My work agreed to partially fund this endeavor and I'm hopeful that it could help me as I apply to PhD programs in the future. In the meantime I can come up with some savings to support myself and husband in the future. My broad questions for the community have multiple parts: Given my application attempts, research and work experience, GPA (3.21, 2.8 in Science), and GRE scores (155 Quantitative; 163 Verbal; 4 Writing) - why am I having such a difficult time securing funding a position in a PhD program? Could my undergraduate transcript be having a significant impact? Do you have any specific advice in improving my application? Is it worth the risk to pursue this funded MS program, although a path to PhD is not guaranteed through the program? Does anyone here have experience with the Harvard Extension School? Would an HES Master's in Biology be as valuable as an MS when applying to PhD programs? Thanks to all who read through this long post. I know there's a lot going on here, but at this cross-roads in my life I could definitely use some advice from this community. I know I have options, so I'm grateful for that- but at the same time I am so eager to get started with higher education in the way that suits my career/research goals. Please be aware that at this point I am a non-traditional student and have significant financial concerns to consider.
  7. I am currently looking to apply to grad school. The only grad school I can seem to go to due to living in the middle of nowhere is an online program. It is accredited by the NASW and a very good school over all. The only problem is they have a focus on rural social work. All the classes, even the electives are rural based. My only issue is that I want to work in an urban setting as a therapist. and not knowing any other social workers I don't know what to do. 1) will going through this program ruin my chances of ever being able to move somewhere that isn't rural? 2) will I only be able to do rural social work? 3)How much weight does a concentration have on the jobs someone can get after they receive their degree? I would appreciate any and all answers I can get. Thank you!
  8. Hello, I would like some input on my chances for Stanford's mscs program (honors co-op). GRE: 167Q, 164V. 5.0W (low-mid nintieth percentile). Overall UGrad GPA: 3.8, degree in Math and Economics at UPenn. Lots of coursework in math and statistics. Took several master's level math classes instead of the undergrad versions. I don't have any publications, but was a research assistant for my Statistics professor for one semester. My background is predominantly pre-professional. I currently work as a trader at a large propriety trading firm. I didn't realize just how useful a computer science background could be in this industry, which is why I am applying now. My interests are in building tools to augment my trading skills. Further down the line I would like to work as a developer in order to systematize my trading strategies. Something worth mentioning: I only took one computer science class in college, got a B. I was taking a pretty big course load that semester, and my job-hunt held a higher priority in my schedule. Another thing worth mentioning: took our advanced calculus class that very semester, ended up having to withdraw. It's the only W on my transcript, but I took the same class the following semester and aced it. I appreciate your thoughts, thanks.
  9. I got into UC Berkeley and Stanford Environmental Engineering MS program to study Water Resource Engineering. I'm not sure which to choose. Any opinions of pros and cons of each university for academics(course material) and campus life in general are appreciated! Where should I go?
  10. Dear Grad Cafe, I'm a career changer and interested in research in the area of diseases, specifically viruses, bacteriology and epidemiology. I was wondering if an MSN or an MPH would be appropriate. I'm interested in working with the CDC. The Epidemic Intelligence Service requires a Medical degree, so I guess MSN would be the better route fpr tht. However, I wondered if anyone could advise me. I have been given admission to JHUSON for the MSN and have been given admission by GWU for their MPH program. Advice, guidance, suggestions welcomed please.
  11. Hi! I would like to seek advice on how to improve further my Statement of Purpose (SOP) to be submitted to the University of Canberra. I am from the Philippines and I would like to pursue a Master of Strategic Communication in Australia.I have read multiple blogs on how to write an SOP, but I would like to know on what would be the best approach.Also, here are the key points the agency mentioned that must be included in my SOP:- Your personal, academic, and employment circumstance in the Philippines;- Your reason/s for choosing to study in Australia rather than in your home country;- Your reason/s for choosing the education provider (school);- Your reason/s for choosing to study the program (course);- The relevance of this program/course to your educational and/or professional background;- The relevance of completing this study to your future career plans in your home country, including prospect employer and remuneration;- Your travel and visa applications history in Australia and other countries;- Your potential circumstance once you arrived in Australia, including your accommodation arrangement, researched knowledge of the state/city, basic living expenses, and source of funds -discuss sponsorship of family member/sYour help is highly appreciated. ------------------------------------------------------ I pursued journalism knowing that was where I was good at. But with the dangers that journalists face in the Philippines, I welcomed the idea of doing communication in a corporate setting. That desire, however, took a backseat when I was hired as a customer service associate for a real estate company. After two years, I decided to pursue my original goal.I took up an online certificate course on Corporate Communication to know the basics of concepts such as strategic corporate communication planning, employee communication, publicity and media relations, and crisis communication. It was a stepping stone for soon pursuing a related master's degree and landing my present job, which is into Marketing Communications.The Marketing Communications department in SEAOIL is divided into two based on media – digital and traditional. I am the sole Marketing Communications Officer and my main focus is internal communications, in which I used digital and traditional communication channels to inform and engage employees. Since I am the only Marketing Communications Officer, I also have become exposed to content conceptualization and strategy development for changes in branding of the company. This made me discover my talents along the way. I realized my talents in planning and conceptualizing – that by earning a master's degree in Strategic Communication would develop these talents and help me further contribute, assess and direct the communication direction of the company. In addition, I choose to study to be a Master of Strategic Communication in the University of Canberra because of its holistic curriculum. Some of the units are Strategic Communication Planning, Risk Communication, Issues Analysis and Management. In addition, I will have the opportunity to increase my knowledge on some units in Marketing Communication. Contrary to the Philippines, pursuing further studies in Communication focuses either solely on Media and Sales and Marketing.I will be funding my own study in Australia as I do not have any relatives to finance my studies in Australia. My parents are about to retire, leaving my sister and I to care for ourselves.In regards to my travel history and visa application to other countries, I have travelled to Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Singapore. As of this writing, I have also been granted a visa to travel to South Korea. It will remain valid until September 2017. My sister and I will be travelling to South Korea on July 4 and will be returning to the Philippines on July 12.
  12. Hi, folks I'm applicant for master's degree in Communication. I narrow down into two universities. One is SDSU the other University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. My interest is health communication. SDSU has good faculties for health communication, but here is no funding. They said I'm on wait list for GTA, so they are not sure about the position of Teaching Assistant. San Diego whether is good, but living expense is so expensive I guess. UW-Milwaukee does not have any strong curriculum for health communication. But one or two professors are working on similar field, not exactly heath communication. However, they offer me full funding. Living expense is relatively cheaper than San Diego. SDSU sounds good when it only comes to the field of study. However, financial problem is always driving me crazy.. When it comes to UW-milwaukee, I'm little bit worried about the ranking of that program because I want to continue for Ph.D in top school... I hope. I am planning to continue to study for Ph.D In this situation, I'm a little bit confused which choice would be better for me. Any advice would be great help for me.
  13. I am applying to graduate programs (M.A. and M.S.) in clinical and general psychology. However, I noticed that Boston University's M.A. program in general psychology was only a year long (8 courses) and they did not require a thesis. Instead, the program requires a "Directed Study." As I understand it, a directed study is essentially the thesis research without the formal defense at the end. As someone who is using the M.A. as a stepping stone for a PhD, would not doing a thesis hurt my chances of acceptance? Has anyone done a directed study in place of a thesis? General advice and/or testimonials would be great!
  14. Hi all, I am a 27 year old engineer from Korea(South). To briefly introduce myself, 1. I was born a Korean, was educated in Korea for my entire life. 2. I have earned a bachelor`s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from one of the top3 universities in Korea. (Though I am skeptical such local reputation may not be taken into account when applying for grad school.) -Graduated in Feb 2015. 3. My TOEFL score is 112 which is way above the minimum requirements. I can speak/read/write English fluently. 4. GPA -> Overall (3.0/4.0 : When converted to the 4.0 scale), Major (3.4/4.0 : When converted to the 4.0 scale) 5. Work/Research experience in the relevant field. (Just for your info, all Korean males must serve two years in the army.) -> Currently I am working as an engineer for a well known multinational corporation in the field of semiconductors since Dec 2014. No additional lab experience, except enrolling in a mandatory course during my last semester. 6. GRE scores -> Since I work only four days a week, I am currently studying for the exam when I`m off. 7. Additional info : I recently got a permanent residence approval in the US. (a.k.a Green card) 8. Grad schools I am interested in : Purdue, UIUC, Georgia tech Okay so my questions are, 1. My GPA score definitely not outstanding compared to the applicants who have been accepted. However, could my TOEFL, GRE, SOP, and recommendation transcripts help me overcome the 'GPA-deficiency' I have? 2. Since I have a permanent residence in the US, does that also mean that I can get a student loan? 3. I don`t have any lab experience and to be honest I am currently working in a high volume manufacturing site as a process engineer. It may be a silly question but would my work experience be acceptible to academic institutions? I`m quite worried that such institutions may value lab experience over work experience even if it is of relevent field. Thank you for reading!
  15. I'm thinking about applying to International Relations Masters programs in the UK. I'm hoping to gain some perspective about questions and reservations I have. Specifically, how are International Relations Masters programs received or viewed by employers in the US, are the viewed as equivalent or as being less valuable? I'm not sure if I want to stay in the UK and find employment there, and if I shovel out thousands of dollars will it be a waste because Think Tanks, DOS, and other U.S. based organization will automatically dismiss the degree as lacking credibility? Thank you for your help.
  16. A little bit of background info: I'm a masters student in an MFT program, with a GPA of 3.7. I've also been working in a psychiatric hospital for the past year, as well recently working at an outpatient. I'm looking to apply to MA/PhD programs in Clinical psychology w/ a supervisor that focuses on Schizophrenia. Recently, I've began the application process (yet again) and my nerves hit the minute I pressed submit(yes, I've already turned two in). I match with the schools I'm applying to pretty well, but I'm nervous that my horrid GRE scores and subpar undergrad GPA could get in the way of being seen as a competitive candidate. I have the graduate school grades, the experience, award in research but I'm afraid the two factors above could hold me back. So here's my question: Do MA-PhD programs consider a masters student differently in the application process? I'm hoping my experience in Graduate school could give me a boost past the crappy undergrad GPA and GRE. mack.
  17. Hi, everyone! I've been scrolling through posts on this site and finally decided to give in and create an account! I'm currently a junior in my undergrad but need to start preparing for the application process to graduate school. Through ample internships, I've fallen in love with higher education administration. I have two primary questions that I cannot seem to find answers to elsewhere: 1. What is the likelihood that one may be accepted into an Ed.D. program straight from undergrad? All of the research I've done thus far indicate they require a master's degree. 2. I've been looking at various master's programs, (TC, HGSE, UPenn) but have yet to find any information on the student population makeup of these groups. I was wondering if anyone would be able to give insight into the student consistency of these higher education programs? More specifically, do these programs include many students directly from undergraduate studies or are they more early/mid-career heavy? If anyone could please contribute, I'd truly appreciate it! -grad_girl
  18. Everyone who got admit from ASU for Fall 2016, PLEASE add yourself to the group https://www.facebook.com/groups/ASU.FALL.2016.ADMITSThank you :-)
  19. Long time lurker, first time poster. The reason I am posting is because I keep trying to find answers but I have so many problems and hope perhaps someone else had a similar situation or knows of something I have not tried. I have a BFA with a concentration in Illustration and a minor in Graphic Design. When I was in undergrad every time I went to my adviser (who also happened to be the dean of the art department) about something I did not feel I was learning their stock answer was almost always "go to grad school." Me: "I need help with a website to showcase my portfolio and jobs in graphic design seem to require web design and coding skills." Answer: "Go to grad school." Me: "These internships I'm applying to seem to require more life drawing classes and a better understanding of human anatomy." Answer: "Go to grad school." Me: "Entry level jobs require a proficiency in the Adobe Suite and I also seem to need a knowledge of 3D rendering software." Answer: "Go to grad school." When I tried transferring no school would accept enough credits from the university I attended for me to complete a degree before financial aid ran out. My school had no placement office, no alumni working in their field, no job board, nothing... What is worse is that I am disabled. There are not many jobs I can physically do outside of my field. I have applied to over 400 jobs and only gotten two interviews over the last four years. To be clear part of the reason I initially chose the university I went to was location, which was best for my disability at that time, though I am confident I could go to a better school now. My income is limited and most goes to pay for utilities and rent, the rest goes to food and prescriptions. I cannot afford things like a better computer, higher speed internet, or software updates to teach myself these skills. Furthermore, I live in a rural community with no public transportation. I do not have enough money to purchase a car. I spent the last year looking into graduate programs that would best fit my situation. I came up with ten schools I wanted to apply to. Of those only two waived my application fee and a third implied they would only charge me after making a decision. Right now it appears I did not make the cut for any schools. I have gotten two rejection letters and the third school has called other people for interviews but not me. I do not have the money to go to a residency program or to earn a second bachelors degree. The community college only offers the most basic level of classes in drawing and painting, nothing involving computers. Part of the reason graduate school is appealing is my limited income would not be as big of a factor since I can still receive financial aid for a higher degree and most universities have policies that help disabled students find work they are capable of doing for extra income. Even if I could find money I wonder if residency programs are required to abide by the ADA or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act? For laymen, those are the laws that say you must accommodate a disability. Residency programs don't seem to receive federal or state aid, which indicates to me they probably do not need to follow these laws. Normally I try to avoid asking for accommodations whenever possible, but just having the option in case something potentially dangerous presents itself means a lot to me. This is also my biggest fear about studying abroad, since most countries do not have an equivalent to the U.S.'s ADA. Please understand I wanted to try and keep this as anonymous as possible because these are not things I try to broadcast about myself when I apply for work or schools. Because of this I would rather not share a portfolio or more specific information publicly. If you seem confident that you could help me find a solution but need to see some of my work, please send me a private message. As I just said these are difficult topics for me to discuss so try to refrain from rude or condescending comments, I am trying my best to make something out of my life and frankly I am scared.
  20. I am interested in going to Germany, Norway, Sweden, France of Finland to study because they have free and top notch education. I would like to get my Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology and already hold a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I know there are thousands of programs taught in English in those countries. However, I am having trouble finding a Master's program in Speech Language taught in English. Anyone know of any?
  21. I've been working on this Personal Statement for months now and I think it's ready to go public. I know it's far from finished, so I would appreciate your critique. The University of Edinburgh is my only option for Graduate Studies at the moment, so I need an essay that will get me in! I need to present a Personal Statement and a document about "Relevant Knowledge" on the field. Each one has to have 3,500 characters or less. Please correct any grammar and punctuation errors, as I am not an English native-speaker. Thank you very much!! _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Personal Statement Guidelines This should include why you feel you are qualified to enter the programme and how you think it may affect your career prospects. If you are applying for a Masters programme and your chosen programme has more than one area of specialism or theme you should indicate here which area(s) you wish to specialise in (max 3500 chars – approx. 500 words). Seeking a degree in language studies had never crossed my mind by the time I finished Secondary School. All I wanted to be was an electric bass player and songwriter, thus I set my mind on achieving so. After four semesters in one of the best music schools in Mexico, I understood that what I found most appealing was not the process of making and performing music, but the feeling people get when they listen to it. The psychological approach fascinated me, as I understood music as a language – an old passion of mine, all human beings are fluent in a non-conscious way. Even though Universidad Iberoamericana, my alma mater, could not offer a more extensive curriculum on areas pertaining to language because it is a more clinically-oriented school, I have made my way as a research-oriented student, known within the Department of Psychology because of my passion for this topic. This enthusiasm became a part of my life since my teenage years, while studying Etymology and Psychology classes in Secondary School. The fact that sounds and silences, images, and movements can be arranged in certain manners to symbolise something that might be utterly intangible is something that amazes me to this very day. By my seventh semester, I led two important research projects concerning this topic. The first is about the learning process of a second language and its ties to motivation. I am currently involved in the second –and biggest one yet: the parallel development of two languages in first generation Mexican immigrant children in New York City and the effects it has on their education. To obtain a Masters Degree in Evolution of Language and Cognition will be a massive step towards my ultimate goal, which is becoming an experienced researcher and a University Professor in language studies. It will undoubtedly complement the data I received in these topics during my undergraduate, the readings I have done, and should impulse my career in an enormous manner. Personally, I opted to look for a programme that could give me the most extensive knowledge in the areas that I am choosing to specialize in, where the most experienced and brilliant minds instruct newfound talents, and where academic life is so much better established than in Latin America. It has become evident that studying in the United Kingdom, especially in Edinburgh, is the way to go. The programme –which combines diverse areas, such as philosophy, psychology, and informatics, is the most complete among the several I have looked into. Cognitive Science and Linguistics Doctorate Programmes in American and other European Universities have failed to attract my attention the way The University of Edinburgh has. The opportunity to work with the Language Evolution and Computation Research Unit will be a cornerstone in my formation as a productive scholar in the field of language evolution, and a chance for me to give back something to the field that I love. My short-term plans after graduating include continuing my studies in a Doctoral programme (hopefully at The University of Edinburgh as well) which can give me the practical experience to go with the theoretical side of the Masters Degree. Following this, I intend to become a university professor in my home country to transmit my knowledge and to start a research group in this subject. I see myself as a prolific researcher, publishing in journals and writing my own books for the further growth of the field. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Relevant Knowledge Guidelines: This may include details of required laboratory, computer programming, specialised software packages skills or voluntary work that you have undertaken pertinent to the programme. If you have not yet finished your first degree, please tell us about the programme of study you are taking (max 3500 chars – approx. 500 words). As a last year student in Psychology, I have acquired a wide array of knowledge such as various theories of the mind, a current state of cognitive sciences, and a glimpse of theories of the evolution of language, as well as countless valuable experiences, including the opportunity to be part of several research programmes and learning from experienced professors. Because the Department of Psychology at Universidad Iberoamericana is so clinically-oriented, I have had to do some extensive reading on my own account regarding language and cognitive sciences. Among the publications I have studied are Michael Tomasello's "The Cultural Origins of Human Cognition," "Constructing a Language: A Usage-Based Theory of Language Acquisition," and "Origins of Human Communication"; and Andy Clark's "Being There: Putting Brain, Body and World Together Again," "Mindware: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Science," and "Natural Born Cyborgs." I have also done select readings by Steven Pinker, Gary Marcus, Kenny Smith, among other well-renown authors. Using the internet as a great tool for learning, I have been able to virtually attend lectures by Noam Chomsky, Steven Pinker, Simon Kirby, Susan Hunston, and Daniel Dennett, who talk about the evolutionary processes of language, cognition, and perception. Some pertinent knowledge and training I have undertaken also involves self-taught programming languages, such as C, Java, and Perl. During my undergraduate education I have taken the following courses, which might be relevant to the topics in the Masters Degree in Evolution of Language and Cognition: • Methodology of Research Design in Psychology • Philosophical Foundations of Psychology • Descriptive Statistics Methods • Inferential Statistics Methods • Design of Psychological Research • Qualitative Research • Language and Thought • Research Projects _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ David I. Lopez
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