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  1. I have always wanted to go into education policy/the government side of education. I have bachelor degrees in both Elementary Education and History. I know I want a degree in Education Policy to move forwards in working as an analyst or a lobbyist. I'm currently a full-time teacher and am trying to decide which will be the best professional route for me: Ed.D. or a Ph.D. Any advice, personal experience, information is greatly appreciated!
  2. Hi, all! I'm new here 😀 I'm graduating from Russian top master's program this year, and wish to apply for Ph.D. in Computer science in US for fall 2021. I am interested in Computer vision. I am really looking for help from kind people of GradCafe with my profile evaluation. Particularly, I am worried about my low GPA at bachelor. Bachelor institution: top-ranked Russian university. GPA: 3.0/4.0 Major: Data Analysis Master institution: other top-ranked Russian university. GPA 3.92/4.0 Major: Computer Science IELTS - 7.0 Type of Student = Muslim male Research experience: working as part-time researcher at my masters supervisor's lab 1 summer research internship at top Russian research lab in computer vision., Work experience: 1 industrial 6-month l internship one year as Computer vision engineer at photo-editing app start-up Publications: 2 so-so papers (one is first-authored) LoRs: first is very strong from my current research supervisor, second is from my summer internship supervisor, who is well-known in the field of computer vision. but we did not interact much, so he can't say a lot about me third is good from other senior researcher, I worked with Teaching: have a lot of experience in teaching as Lead TA and Lecturer Schools I like: (top) University of Virginia, UT Austin (medium) UIC, Northeastern university (low) Rochester institute of technology How are my chances? Am I good enough for these schools (at least medium and low ones)? Thanks in advance!
  3. I got accepted into North Caolina State University and University of Virginia. I'm going to organic or biological chemistry, and both departments look good to me, though UVA is slightly better (I judged it based on the academic history of PIs). NCSU offers a much lower stipend than UVA. I'm an international student so I have very limited budget and it seems that if I live in NC, I won't be able to get a car because the stipend won't be enough for the car expense. The reasons that make me lean more towards NCSU are that I think NC is larger state with a greater number of population and it's also close to other well-known schools, I'm looking to work in industry afterwards, so I believe living at NC will be an advantage. I'm very lost right now as I don't know what criteria should I really look into and whether all my thoughts are right. If you have any knowledge on any of these subjects, please post a reply to help me.
  4. Hello everyone, As get closer&closer to graduating from my MA, I am starting to worry about my prospects for a Ph.d and would like to hear your opinions on whether I can get into a Ph.d programme in English that is worth doing with my terrible gpa. I got my BA from a university outside USA that is not particularly well know but hugely respected country-wide with a 3.37 gpa, and continued into an MA in the same university, of which I will be graduating with an even lower 3.26. The reason why my BA gpa was not very high was that I was only successful in courses that I was really interested in (and I was consistently successful in them) , but did not believe in the necessity of studying very hard (A level) for other core classes that were not my thing, and I cannot say I regret it very much. And later when started my MA, I came to realize that the programme' s structure and content did not fit my needs at all ,and thus being depressed I decided to do the minimal amount of coursework just to finish the degree and ended up receiving a few bad grades. However, one of the reasons why my gpa got even lower was that I attempted to take a completely irrelevant foreign language course with credit (because having a second language is important, right?) and finished it with a very low grade due to the great amount of coursework that it lay on me along with my other courses. To cut a very long story short, I got bad grades in my MA from courses that were not even in the area that I want to specialize in (which yet still fall into the category of "English" studies) and I do not really have other merits to compensate for this fact, either; I have not published yet (though I might), did not attend conferences (because I was not sure whether I finally wanted to do a phd) , yet I find that I am still hugely interested in the area I want to specialized in and I also know that I can be a good student when I want to. Do you think the the wrong path I took during my MA would completely bar me from a Ph.d that is worth doing ? I do not aim very high but I'd like to be in an institution where I could really flourish. And finally I'd like to add that while my MA dissertation is not (whose is?) brilliant, some people find it at least interesting. Any discouragement or encouragement is welcome, and thanks !
  5. Next year I'll apply to political science Ph.D. programs. I am currently studying a terminal MA in Political Science, but my BA is in Econ. Since my background is more quantitative than qualitative (the MA program I'm studying is also fairly quantitative) I'm interested in applying to quantitatively oriented programs. I know that Rochester, WUSTL, NYU, and UCLA have very quantitative programs. Could you recommend me other programs with a similar focus? I'm interested in both American and European programs. Thanks.
  6. Hi, I wanto to apply to various Ph.D's in Political Science (UCLA, UCSD, USC, UCI, UCSB, PITT) but I don't know how horrible are my scores to be accepted in those universities. My GRE scores are: 145 V 154 Q I also have an horrible TOEFL of 88 I'm going to take the TOEFL again in november and I am also planning to take again the GRE. Help, please
  7. Hi, I wanto to apply to various Ph.D's in Political Science (UCLA, UCSD, USC, UCI, UCSB, PITT) but I don't know how horrible are my scores to be accepted in those universities. My GRE scores are: 145 V 154 Q I also have an horrible TOEFL of 88 I'm going to take the TOEFL again in november and I am also planning to take again the GRE. Help, please
  8. My goal is to ultimately get into a clinical psychology Ph.D. program, but unfortunately, as I enter into my final semester of undergrad at UT Austin, I'm a philosophy major with hardly any psychology classes under my belt. It's too late for me to even squeak out a minor in it. I understand that it'll be an uphill battle considering my choices thus far and just how competitive the discipline is, but I'm looking for some creative solutions from anybody willing to help.More info: I'll be graduating with an est. 3.28 GPA, and I'll likely be able to volunteer for some psych research this coming semester. Also, let's assume I'll secure some solid letters of recommendation.Here were a couple options I was considering: Aim for a masters degree in Anthropology (perhaps psychological anthropology?) or even a religious studies masters program (would this help at all?) or any other masters degree that would facilitate the transition between philosophy and psychology as well as hopefully making me a more appealing candidate for the psych Ph.D. program.Thanks for your time.
  9. So I've gotten good offers for MA in economics from UofT (15K), Queen's (14k), McMaster (24k) and I'm expecting UBC soon. UofT is my first choice, mainly because of international reputation, however Im seriously considering McMaster. Funding aside, the program is very small and when I visited, seemed very encouraging . I am applying to both ph.d programs and law schools next fall (still undecided). For ph.d i want to place somewhere in the top 4 Canadian schools so I have to be near the top of my MA cohort regardless of where I go . My question/concern is, will attending McMaster (considered a tier 2 program in Canada) provide me with the same opportunity as UofT's MA program when it comes to placement at the top 4 ph.d programs, particularly at UofT and UBC? I've gotten conflicting views from professors and grad students :/
  10. Hello all, I have a GRE Score of 294 taken in 2014. IELTS score is 7. Done Masters in Computer Science in USA with ~3.3 GPA with 3+ years of IT work experience and 6+ years of Leadership experience in different NPO's, Volunteer work and many achievements in the field of Social work. I wanted to do Phd in Business/Public Administration to do research on Self Sustainable model for very poor (low income villages) so that children in the village can go to schools and concentrate on education. I need help in selecting Universities in which I can admit (Looking for top schools). If I can get into top schools or not?
  11. I'm surprised there wasn't a thread already for Yale's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Fall 2016 Admits. i'll be joining the Ph.D. program in the Yale BBS program, MCGD track. Would love to which departments and programs others decided on Yale are joining, and more importantly, where are you'll deciding to stayy?!
  12. Stats so far: UG GPA: 3.6 (have recently graduated) Major: Biological Science (BS) with a concentration in Molecular Biology and a minor in Chemistry University: Lower-mid tier state school (San Jose State University) GPA for last 2 years of UG: ~3.5 Research experience: So far, minimal. Have completed a 10 week internship, have been volunteering in a research lab for 7 months. By the time I apply, I will have about just below 2 years of research experience. Info about me: Latina female, 23 y/o, will be 24 y/o when I apply No GRE score yet, I will aim to score in the 85th percentile at least Do I have a chance of gaining admittance to a Ph.D program for Molecular and Cell Biology? Schools I'm considering: University of Washington Seattle New Mexico State University University of Texas Austin University of California Irvine University of California Davis (this would be my reach) University of Colorado Denver Please let me know what chances you think I have based on your research and experience. Also, besides scoring high on the GRE, what should I do to improve my chances of gaining admittance?
  13. Hello everyone, I am an undergraduate student in Turkey and I am going to apply to Political Science Ph.D programs for the 2017 cycle. My research areas are contemporary political theory, comparative neoliberalism(especially economic inequality), democratic theory, progressive era and new deal politics, pragmatist political theory(dewey, james). I have also been nominated as a Fulbright scholar. Which political theory programs should I apply to and how much does a fulbright scholarship improve chances of admission to top tier programs? My Toefl is 116(ibt), Gre is 165 Verbal, 164 Quant, 4.5 AW and 3.97 GPA. I have one conference paper and one journal publication. Thank you very much and good luck to everyone on their applications! Looking forward to your responses.
  14. Hey all, I'm a long-time lurker, first time poster. I'm applying to Ph.D. programs in political science this fall. Unfortunately, my advisers/faculty mentors are mostly old-school guys who got into grad programs in the 70's--a very different environment. Tell me where my file looks strongest, where it looks weakest, and how I can improve! PROFILE:Type of Undergrad Institution: Small liberal arts college in the South. Major(s)/Minor(s): Political Science and Economics (double major) + Philosophy minor. Undergrad GPA: 3.99GRE: 170V, 161Q, 5.5AWAny Special Courses: Research Methods in Political Science, Methods in Economics (2 semester sequence with a capstone and econometrics), Methods in Labor Economics, Econ Statistics. Also, about to finish an 80+ page research paper/thesis in Political Science.Letters of Recommendation: 1. from my faculty mentor and professor I TAed for + PSC department chair. 2. from older professor (50 years teaching) who had me in 3 upper level classes, and I also worked as his TA. He says I was the best TA he ever had. 3. From faculty member who I've done research work with. Research Experience: 1 peer-reviewed paper published, coauthored with faculty member. Several papers that had a significant amount of statistical analysis. 5 Conference presentations. I've done research assistant work for the three professors in my department, though it's a pretty teaching-focused school. Teaching Experience: 1 semester as a TA for Econ Statistics and Microeconomics. 2 years as political science teaching assistant. So far, have TAed for sections of American Gov, Intro, Comparative Politics, and International Relations. I grade/review papers and written exams, advise students on their research projects, and occasionally teach lectures. Subfield/Research Interests: American Politics, Constitutional studies/law, and political theory. I know P.T. is a dying field. I want to get into a teaching-focused program, because I love teaching and want to do that in the long run. Awards: Received award as best Political Science student, award for best Political Science TA, a campus-wide recognition for academic performance, and an award from the philosophy department for excellence from a non-major. Other: Though I haven't had a ton of peer-reviewed work published, I've been published pretty widely in popular outlets (a good number of magazines, etc.) I've also had two internships (one as a policy intern for a public policy think tank, one as an editorial intern at a fairly well-known magazine), and a research fellowship at a public policy org.
  15. Hi I'm looking for phd programs in the international relations area. However, in most universities i only found phd program in political science. I'm an international student, currently studying outside the U.S so it may seem a rather stupid question but is the political science program include an international relations subfield or focus that the student may choose? I looked it up on google and most of the results directed me to political science programs instead of IR's. Best regards, Ran
  16. Hi! I'm an Indian student interested in biochemistry/bio organic chemistry. I have received 3 Ph.D Chem offers and am really confused! Any input would be really appreciated. The universities are U of British Columbia Vancouver campus (Canada) , Ohio State and University of Florida (US). UBC is ranked top 50 in the world for my program and is much more reputed than Ohio State. However, I'm having a tough time deciding between a few things - 1. US versus Canada. As an international student, Canada offers a better deal in terms of VISA conditions both during and after my PH.D. But US has better job prospects (both industrial research and academic) due to the sheer number of universities and pharmaceutical companies etc. Would it be tough to enter the States after my PH.D from Canada? Or would a better university be the better option? 2. The stipend. UBC offers a very low stipend ($21000 + $2000 one time fellowship) on which I'd have to keep a tight budget. I need to pay for my medical insurance and student fees too from this (around $1000-2000 per year). Canada is more expensive too for living costs. On the other hand, Florida is offering me $24000 with full health insurance, while Ohio State is giving me $27500 (+2000 one time fellowship) with 85% health insurance. 3. As for professors, Ohio State and UBC both have 3-4 professors whose research I like. Having had limited research experience, I don't really have a particular research topic in mind, just a broad idea. However, Ohio state has loads of grad students in the department. Will this be a drawback? 4. Lab rotations. In Ohio state, the first term would be spent interacting with professors to decide which lab would be the best fit. UBC doesn't really have such a policy - most students know which lab to join, and a few do "look about" for the first term (as told by a current UBC student) and some do so before joining. The latter won't be an option for me because I'd have to arrive quite a bit in advance and spend my own money during that time. Everyone I've spoken to tells me that I'd be foolish to let UBC go for state universities that aren't top 20 or even top 30 programs in USA. I'd really like advice from someone in the field/someone who knows about the future prospects as that would be more accurate than rankings! Thanks a ton and sorry for the long post!
  17. Okay folks, I need some help from the more seasoned among you (ie current grad students, or professors). I am down to two schools that I am considering attending, and cannot decide. I will briefly outline some of the details about each, but please ask me for more details if needed. First program (P1) is gonna give me a lot more money than the other program (P2), while also having a lower cost of living than P2. They are also a smaller department, implying a closer relationship with advisers. Additionally, P1 places better than P2, and has better NRC rankings on all measures. The only issue I can find is that they have only two or three faculty who kind of do research on what I want to do, and one of them will be leaving the country after my first year. P2 is in a preferable geographical location, and has three professors whose research interests are extremely related to mine. Two professors are assistant profs who are actively publishing, and the third is tenured while actively publishing. However, my overall purchasing power, conference participation capability, ranking, and placement appear to be worse in P2 than in P1 (obviously these factors are not only a function of the program's capability, but also my diligence). In short, I think that my research and location interests are better met at one program, while financial, placement, and guidance needs are better met by the other. Does anyone have any insight into what to weight more heavily in my considerations, or your own experiences with a similar situation? If you require further info, please ask. Thanks in advance!
  18. Hey all! Anyone else out there applying for Communication Studies or Media Studies Ph.D programs for Fall of 2012? What are you doing while you wait it out, and where have you applied? I applied to UNC-CH, UT-Austin (RTF), and Georgia State University (Moving Image Studies) for my communication schools, and then a variety of other programs in other disciplines. Just wondering if there's anyone else out there waiting for decisions. Also, what kind of research do you want to do?
  19. Anyone else out there applying to an AfAm Ph.D program for Fall of 2012? Which programs did you apply to, and how are you surviving the wait? I applied to Northwestern, Yale and Brown AfAm, and then a bunch of interdisciplinary programs, most of which seemed like a good fit (I use "good" loosely! ). I don't think my chances are so high at the Ivy's but I figured it was worth a try!
  20. Hey guys, I got a TA from UNC Charlotte and an RA from Nanyang Technological university(in Singapore), both are Ph.D program in Mechanical Engineering. I am an college senior in China, and the United States is my dream country, I always hope I could one day be there. However, UNC charlotte ranks pretty low both in discipline rank(90+ in Mechanical Engineering) and in overall rank(almost 200), I am afraid it would be very difficult for me to find a good job in the US after I graduate, or even come back to China. I want to listen to you guys' advice, and I think they will mean a lot to me. PS: I want to go to industry after I graduate.
  21. Is it true that if you are in Berkeley EECS honors program, maintain good gpa (i.e. >3.9/4.0), and successfully complete research requirement, you will have very high chance of getting into Berkeley CS Phd? I know Berkeley CS Phd is extremely difficult to get in, as much as MIT or Stanford, but I heard some of my friends (I go to Berkeley) saying this, and also it is shown on the website that many of the EECS honors program alumni do go to Berkeley grad school (although it could be masters or EE program...). Does anyone know about this?
  22. Hi all, I have a few programs I'm applying to that don't fit neatly into any other category so I made one up. They include Emory's ILA program, UC-Irvine's Visual Studies program, Berkeley's Performance Studies, and Duke's Literature Program (I know, I know, check Literature. But I think Duke's program is a little bit unique). Anyone else applying to interdisciplinary programs for Fall 2012 and waiting to hear back?
  23. I am planning on applying for a Ph.D (and maybe an Ed.D program) in Curriculum and Instruction (with a sub-interest for urban education) for Fall 2012. After spending countless hours researching on the web, I cannot find out whether or not I have a competitive chance of getting in. I feel like I have to much I can offer the field and it is so depressing that I am capable of delivering research to panels of people, yet I freeze up and bomb the math section of the GRE and now my aspirations are potentially crushed. Basically, I think I have a pretty strong application overall, but I bombed the GRE. I know that many of you are going to say re-take it, but while I have proven that I am pretty successful academically, I simply freeze up on standardized tests. =( Below is my application information: Undergrad GPA: 3.76 Graduate GPA (M.A., English): 3.8 Publications/Research: One publication Teaching Experience: 8 years . . . 6 years in a challenging urban school, 2 years international/elite private in Istanbul, Turkey +lots of leadership experience and responsibilities at each school GRE: 1110 V: 580 (82%) Q: 530 (32% . . . ouch, I know) AW: 4.5 Languages: Native English, Intermediate Spanish, Intermediate Turkish Schools I am applying to: University of Texas Austin, George Washington, Texas A & M, University of Maryland, Boston College, UMass Any advice or clarity on this issue would be helpful!!!
  24. I am planning on applying for a Ph.D (and maybe an Ed.D program) in Curriculum and Instruction (with a sub-interest for urban education) for Fall 2012. After spending countless hours researching on the web, I cannot find out whether or not I have a competitive chance of getting in. Basically, I think I have a pretty strong application overall, but I bombed the GRE. I know that many of you are going to say re-take it, but while I have proven that I am pretty successful academically, I simply freeze up on standardized tests. =( Below is my application information: Undergrad GPA: 3.76 Graduate GPA (M.A., English): 3.8 Publications/Research: One publication Teaching Experience: 8 years . . . 6 years in a (VERY) urban school, 2 years international/elite private in Istanbul, Turkey +lots of leadership experience and responsibilities at each school GRE: 1110 V: 580 (82%) Q: 530 (32% . . . ouch, I know) Languages: Native English, Intermediate Spanish, Intermediate Turkish Schools I am applying to: University of Maryland, University of Texas Austin, George Washington, Texas A & M, Boston College, UMass Any advice or clarity on this issue would be helpful!!!
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