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  1. I got invited to Michigan State's BMS interview weekend from the 10-12th of January and I'm looking forward to it, but they ask each interviewee to do an 8 minute presentation in front of current BMS faculty, grad students, and current applicants. Anyone have any tips for this? I already made my presentation and sent it in, but I just wanted to see if anyone had an idea of what the presentation is going to be like. Thanks!
  2. Hi all, I'm new to the site, but I've been looking on here for a while. I am in hopes of being accepted to a graduate specialist level program in school psychology for Fall 2019. I am applying to MSU (current school), Central Michigan, Ball State, Wayne State, Grand Valley, and the University of Toledo. I plan on staying mostly in-state or in the midwest for school and picked NASP accredited programs. I just took the GRE again on Tuesday in hopes of doing better on my Quant and AW scores. I haven't gotten my AW score back, but I did not do any better on quant than before. I was devastated when I found out, and am worried that I may not be a competitive applicant. Here are my scores from both times. First time: Quant: 144 Verbal: 153 AW: 3.5 Second time: Quant: 142 Verbal: 155 AW: not scored yet I understand that for some master's level programs in psychology that the quant is not heavily looked at. However, everyone I have spoken to (other students, professors) have said something different. I also understand that GRE is not everything in an application. I have a 3.52 GPA with strong letters of recommendation. I also have worked with troubled youth in an advocate position through my undergraduate program and am now currently working in a psychology clinic as an internship. If there is anyone out there in a similar boat, has been in the past, or is a current student in my prospective programs I would love to hear from you!
  3. I've been accepted to two PhD programs, Michigan State and another public R1 university that has a slightly better reputation in my specific research area. However, MSU has really pulled out all of the stops with their funding and are offering an extra year plus a sizable recruitment fellowship over the other school's offer. I have already tried negotiating a better offer with the other school, but was unsuccessful. Beyond the funding, there are a lot of great things about the program at MSU and I really respect the faculty and students there. One thing that I just can't get out of my mind is how the university is handling the aftermath of Larry Nassar's terrible actions. I knew about his pending case before I applied at the end of last year and I have been watching things unfold to see how the university responds. Unfortunately, I have not been impressed and I am concerned about the priorities and culture of the university. I honestly start to feel ill when I think about it all. Larry Nassar aside, the non-MSU program may be a slightly better fit for me, but they really are neck and neck. In normal circumstances, MSU would pull ahead because of the funding. The department and program I would be joining at MSU is not related to sports or medicine, and there is evidence of the department and college proactively addressing issues related to diversity and discrimination over the past decade and longer. I just can't figure out how much weight I should be giving this ongoing scandal. How important are the reputation and actions of a department/college compared to the university? Is anyone able to speak to their own personal experiences at MSU? Or, is anyone else also considering MSU versus other options and pausing for the same reasons as me?
  4. Hello! I'm quite new to this forum but after reading some other threads I thought this might be a great place to get the information I'm after. First a bit of backstory: I've been admitted to Michigan State's law school and I am interested pursuing graduate work in philosophy alongside that degree. I'm not a philosophy major (just a minor) so I would have to go through the master's program before starting on the Ph.D. I'm interested in MSU's program because their faculty seems to be very much focused on social and political philosophy, along with philosophy of law, which are areas of the discipline that I love working with. I've combed over the philosophy department's and the law school's website but I still have a few lingering questions. Here are my biggest questions: How hard is it to gain admittance to the master's/Ph.D. program? I meet all of the M.A.'s numbers requirements in the graduate handbook on their website but I haven't been able to find any admissions statistics. Also, what is the MSU philosophy department's reputation? And how easy would it be to gain admittance to the Ph.D. program from the master's? Any help would be greatly appreciated! I'm deciding between a couple of law schools and the ability to pursue a philosophy degree at MSU is a big draw for me over the other options that I have.
  5. I received an email from the faculty member I am interested in working for; inviting me to Prospective Graduate Student Weekend. Was wondering if this will be like an interview....would appreciate some info; especially from anyone who has been through this procedure. Thanks
  6. I really want to go to Michigan State and am praying that i get in, but I have applied to an M.A program. There is a chance that through my program, I could get funded but priority goes to PhD students. Does anyone have any suggestions at all of places to look or ways a masters student could find any assistantship. I am just scared of waiting to long and missing out. Suggestions applicable to any institution if posters aren't familiar with Michigan State are much appreciated! Thanks guys
  7. Hey rhet/comp people - has anyone else been invited to this recruitment weekend at MSU? -OR- Have you attended in the past? I'm trying to (a) perhaps touch base with people I might be meeting that weekend or ( get an idea from past attenders about what to expect/what this weekend "means." From what I gather, for some programs, it's basically a "You're in! Let's meet you" weekend, whereas for others it's an interview of the top candidates, and not a guarantee of acceptance/funding. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
  8. I want to apply master degree in Cornell, Michigan State, uiuc, and ufl. International student from Non-English language as first language country. Is it quite competitive? ...I have previously studied in cal state univ for 2.5 years, LORs will be from professors there, half a year research assistant experience, on campus part-time job relating to food science. cgpa is ok...3.51. what do you guys think??
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