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  1. Hopeful and Not

    General vs Subject Rankings for PhD

    Hello! While rankings are less important when applying for a PhD, I do believe that they provide some money-saving guidelines when applying. So I am curious as to what you know in regards to rankings (general/overall vs subject). While many of the top schools retain their position even when specifying the field of study, some schools differ greatly. As an English Literature applicant, some schools that come mind are, Indiana U, Illinois UC, Rutgers, CUNY and so on. These are schools with great english programs but somewhat down the rank when considered overall. The reverse schools are WashU, Rice, USC (still 30-40s but low compared to overall). I'm wondering how you guys spread out your applications. When you divide, for example, (top 2, mid 4, low 6), which rank do you consider? Furthermore, If Rutgers is #15 on USNews and Boston U #42, does it mean that the competition is less fierce for Boston U applicants? I am not a US Citizen so I only have these numbers to go with and I don't want to waste $$$ by applying to too many schools. Thanks!
  2. ArtGur

    CMU P&AL Program

    Not sure whether this is a sound question for the forum, but nevertheless: I am currently a junior at BU studying Math&Philosophy and since last year has been vehemently trying to do my best to prepare in any way to apply for the Pure and Applied Logic program at CMU. The problem is, even with e-mailing some of the students and faculty, a lot of the people don't have specific recommendations. If anybody is familiar with the program: what kind of training do they usually require from the applicants to get in? Would extremely appreciate advise from whomever applied there right from BA, since I do not think I can bear the financial burden.
  3. Hey, Just wanted to let you know that I'm here to answer any questions you may have about applying to U of C PhD programs in the sciences. I'm a soft hearted grad student who does lots of work to improve diversity and inclusion at Uchicago. I'm also part of an organization called GRIT and we have about 60 grad students who want to help women, minorities, and lgbt students get into the PhD programs of their dreams. If you are interested you can find info here: https://voices.uchicago.edu/grit/, or you can just reply here.
  4. I am looking to start this thread giving insight on which American universities that offer a PhD program in Sociology "guarantee" full funding and the degrees of this concept of full funding through the firsthand experience of current PhD students. I encourage to you, whether applicant, student or PhD holder in Sociology to add your thoughts, experiences and feedback on this issue. I believe this can be beneficial to all of us because I may even venture to conspire that there may be correlation with the college's policy and/or the situation of each Sociology of department.
  5. Undergraduate Institution: Relatively medium sized state university in South, nationally unranked Major: Mathematics Minor: Statistics and Economics Cumulative GPA: 3.95 Major GPA: 3.92 Student Type: International, South Asian GRE General Test: Scored 310-315 in first attempt, taking another test in November first week expect to score 320-325 Classes: Calculus I,II,III (A,A,A),Vector Calculus (A),Differential Equation (A) Linear Algebra (B) Intro to Adv. Maths (A),Real Analysis I,II (A,A), Abstract Algebra I (A) ,Discrete Mathematics (A),Numerical Analysis (A) Graph Theory (A) Introductory Statistics(A),Statistical Computation and Analysis(A), Mathematical Statistics I (A)Experimental Design (A),Regression Analysis (A), Econometrics(A),Independent guided study (B):it was a single credit course In progress: Complex Analysis,Topology (Expected A in both) Courses last semester : Mathematical Statistics II &Abstract Algebra II (will talk about this in SOP) Programming Experience: R, C++,(Took a class for both, have very preliminary knowledge) Research Experience: One summer REU at one of the top 5 (USnews) stat PhD University this summer.Worked on applied math project.Produced a paper and submitted to journal for publication but have not heard anything yet. Worked with an oncologist on a paper about "ROLE OF STATE LEVEL AND NATIONAL LEVEL CANCER DATABASES IN LEUKEMIA RESEARCH".Poster presentation was done in a conference in Hawaii. Apart from those, I have worked on some little math projects with my professors and presented them twice at national conference and thrice in university conference.I am in touch with another oncologist who is working on precision medicine, so if everything goes well, I will start working on a paper with him from coming January. Research Interests: I have figured out fields like Clinical Trials Design and Analysis, Precision Medicine, Imaging,High Dimensional Data Analysis,Statistical genetics, Biostatistics theory,Survival Analysis,Environmental and Spatial Statistics in biostatistics.I don't know in depth about any of these. I want to work on applied field.Please suggest me a good one which is less explored. Also, In statistics I have figured out fields like Bayesian Statistics, Multivariate and Time series Analysis, Robust Statistics, Regression Modeling.Please add some more you know and suggest me an applied research field. Recommendations:First one is from my Math Chair and should be a really good one.Second from my statistics professor, do not know how that is going to be but he knows me really well and I have A in all his classes.Third one is from my research advisor at REU.Hope that would be a pretty good one. Awards/Achievement:Nothing much but Calculus competition Winner,Inducted to Pi Mu epsilon honor society,Math Club President. I am planning to apply 15-20 universities.Please suggest me at least 7/8 for both (statistics and biostatistics)
  6. Hi all! I could really use some help. I am working towards my BS/MS in Biomedical Engineering, thesis option. I want to pursue my PhD in MSE with a focus on biomaterials, particularly for diagnostics, biomimetics, and drug delivery. GPA: 3.55 (not great) GRE: 161V, 163Q Research: 2 publications (1 first author, 1 2nd), 3 conference presentations, 3 years research at Tier-1 research institution, summer internship at top international uni I will be applying to: University of Minnesota, U of Wisconsin, Boston University, Oregon State, UC Riverside, and maybe Washington State I am hoping to add 1 or 2 safety schools to this list, as I feel I am shooting above where I can realistically get in. I have no problem finding research I am interested in, but I don't know how to tell if I have a decent chance at admission. Also, is there any way to determine likelihood of full funding? I have heard many horror stories lately.
  7. Sorry first time i poseted in wrong forum. I got two similar reply from Professor. Professor 1 I appreciate your interest in our research group. I would encourage you to apply to our department’s program and I will be happy discussing further with you once you are accepted. Professor 2 thanks for your note. I urge you to apply to our phd program. If you are admitted I will be very happy to discuss research possibilities. Are they indicating RA. Is this positive reply? What should I do next beside thanking them? How to start a conversation? Should I ask them about any tip for SOP? Should I ask more question?  Freaking outtt Thanks
  8. sisilagos

    PHD APPLICATION BUDDY

    I need a buddy who's currently applying for a doctoral program, from outside the US. Will be great to have a companion to pace ourselves, ensure WES and other steps are correctly done, etc
  9. Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia Major//Minor: Statistics (Interdisciplinary BA with a concentration in Econometrics) // Physics Cumulative GPA: 3.83 Major GPA: 3.84 Student Type: Domestic White Male GRE General Test: TBD Classes: A+: Mathematical Probability A: Calc 3, Macroecon, [Physics-motivated programming class teaching C], Regression Analysis [with SAS], Data Analysis with Python, [Stats class teaching R], [Stats class on database usage/manipulation focusing on SQL], Statistical Machine Learning, Intro Physics 1, Ordinary Differential Equations A-: Astrophysics 1, Intro Physics 2, Linear Algebra, Stochastic Processes B+: Modern Physics, Intro Mathematical Statistics In progress: Basic Real Analysis, Statistical Physics, Nonparametric Statistics, Survival Analysis and Reliability Theory, Applied Time Series Programming Experience: R, SAS, Python, C, MATLAB, SQL, Minecraft Redstone Research Experience: I worked in the Chemistry Department from my very first semester through the end of my first summer performing research on signal analysis; model fitting to fluorescence lifetime decay data; decomposing mixed spectral data into individual absorption spectra; and various simulations including photon absorption rates, effects of various diff eqns on proposed systems, and effects of arbitrary optical filters on data collection. I also worked on interfacing the data collection instruments with different programs. Since then, for the past two years I've been working in the Biomedical Engineering Department focusing primarily on image analysis techniques and novel ways to analyze the resulting data (in broad strokes). During this time, I have also worked on different projects in the lab including simple cellular system simulations; creating data visualizations for 3D cellular systems from 2D slices, among other data presentation methods; and ratiometric analysis for different nanoparticles. Research Interests: As you can see, I have bounced around working on several different subjects. Broadly, my interests are in applications of methods or techniques across disciplines. Statistics is in everything, and I want to see how bringing together different fields can improve the methods of both parties. For example, I found great enjoyment when I found parallels between statistical analysis of video games and bio systems and was able to use ideas from the former to enhance the latter (if only slightly). I realize this is very vague, but I'm an undergraduate student; what do you expect? I am definitely more applied-oriented, and I'm very open to learning about other applications of statistics in any field. Publications: Submitted before deadlines: Between third and sixth author on a paper which uses a 3D graphic of mine and uses a simulation technique of mine [minor to moderate impact journal]. Third author on a review paper of vessel analysis methods [minor impact journal]. First co-author on the paper about my primary research and the statistical techniques developed to analyze the data [moderate to high impact journal] Most likely submitted in December: Between third and sixth author on a paper which uses data gathered using my program [moderate impact journal]. Teaching Experience: I was a TA for a graduate level chemistry course my second semester of my first year, and I was a TA for the intro stats class. For what it's worth, I've been a private tutor in statistics for two semesters. Teaching Interests: My greatest passion is teaching. I absolutely want to go to a program where I will have greatest opportunities to teach. Letters of Recommendation: Strong letter from a statistics junior faculty member with whom I've worked since Fall 2017 as a TA and throughout this summer developing new course materials for the intro stats class. Strong letter from a statistics faculty member whose class I took, and with whom I have maintained a dialogue since Spring 2018. At this point she's very familiar with me, my interests, and my abilities. Lastly, a very strong letter from the head of the lab I've been working in for 2 years (Senior faculty in the BME department). My Questions: I don't have GRE scores yet so let that be a variable. Assuming I get at least a 166-168 on the Quantitative section, and I don't flub the others, what range of schools are within my reach? I am extraordinarily confident that I will be accepted to UVA, but what do you think my upper limit is? My second question would be for a list of schools, if possible, you think could align well with what you believe my interests are. Geographically, I want to go to a school on the east coast where it snows in the winter. I do realize that cuts out a large portion of schools ranked between UVA and Stanford. I apologize for the rather lengthy post, but with more data comes a stronger conclusion, right? I'm happy to answer any questions, and thank you very much for any comments, remarks, critiques, or advice.
  10. I got two similar reply from Professor. Professor 1 I appreciate your interest in our research group. I would encourage you to apply to our department’s program and I will be happy discussing further with you once you are accepted. Professor 2 thanks for your note. I urge you to apply to our phd program. If you are admitted I will be very happy to discuss research possibilities. Are they indicating RA. Is this positive reply? What should I do next beside thanking them? How to start a conversation? Should I ask them about any tip for SOP? Freaking outtt Thanks
  11. Moods

    Emailing Potential PIs

    Hi all! First, do you think it is a good idea to contact people who I would like to work with for my PhD before completing grad school applications? If yes, then do you have any an recommendations on what to say in the email, such as discussing my research interests and see how it connects to their research? Thanks for the help in advance! Good luck to everyone applying this year!
  12. Hello, My question is for anyone who has been accepted to media related PhD programs. I'm looking to apply for Communications/media studies programs and wanted to know for those who have been accepted to these programs what type of background did you have: - what was your GRE score? - past college GPA's - did you have any publication experience? - did you have and related work experience in the field of communications/media studies/film? - what school were you accepted to and what did they offer full funding?
  13. Hi! I got accepted in a program to visit the University of Michigan at the end of this month. While there, I will be visiting the department I am applying to as well as attending a symposium where graduate students give poster presentations on their research. I have yet to send in my application, but will be doing so soon. I have a few questions for people who have gone on visits before: 1. What should I wear? 2. Should I email professors I am interested in working with beforehand to see if I can meet up with them if I have time to do so? 3. What should I see in Ann Arbor while I am there? Any recommendations for cool places, restaurants, etc.? 4. Any other additional advice would be great! P.S. I am applying to mainly biomedical engineering PhD programs. Thanks so much!
  14. Hello all, I hope it's not too early! I will be applying for Ph.D. programs for Fall 2019 as an international student and would really appreciate if you people could evaluate my profile. This would give me an idea about where I stand in the competition and to finalize the uni to apply. Additionally, please let me know which universities would be safe, target and straight out of my league. If you are on the same boat as me, let's get in touch! Undergrad Institution: A well-respected state university in IndiaMajor(s): Civil EngineeringMinor(s): NAGPA in Major: NAOverall GPA: 7.5/10 CPI Position in Class: Average Type of Student: International, Female Postgrad Institution: One of the new IITsMajor(s): Earth science, M.tech.Minor(s): NAGPA in Major: NAOverall GPA: 9.1/10 CPI Position in Class: Rank 1GRE Scores (revised/old version):Q: 165V: 158W: 4 (meh)TOEFL Total: 105 Research Experience: No undergrad research (I know -_-), 2 years research experience in fluvial geomorphology while doing masters and currently a research fellow at the same institute, one publication in prep. (1st author out of 2) and one is under review (3rd author out of 5), 2 international conference presentations Awards/Honors/Recognitions: First rank at the institute, a very well respected fellowship to present a poster at AGUPertinent Activities or Jobs: TA for a postgrad level course for a semester Any Miscellaneous Accomplishments that Might Help: Coordinator for external faculty visits in the department, Content manager for the departmental website for a semester, one internship in undergrad Special Bonus Points: 2 excellent LOR's, many grad classes and female applicant from a third world country Any Other Info That Shows Up On Your App and Might Matter: If it helps, I played for institute's sports team for 2 years at the state and national levelApplying to Where: Stanford - Geosciences UT Austin - Geosciences Colorado State - Geosciences Caltech - GPS U of Minnesota - Earth Sciences U of Nevada Reno - Geosciences UCSB - Geography U of Alabama - Geography TAMU - Earth sciences Indiana University - Earth and Atmospheric Science - Please suggest some other universities as well! Thanks a lot!
  15. I am planning on pursuing a PhD in astronomy (extragalactic/cosmology). I hear conflicting advice on contacting potential PhD advisors, but I figured I'd try to be a little proactive even if it might not be too helpful in my application process. What's the best way in contacting professors - especially in the sciences? To those who have had successful correspondence, how did you go about this? What kind of questions did you ask? Did you find it helpful? Forgive me for asking the dumb questions...I'd rather sound dumb here than in the email or the application! haha I'd appreciate any insights! Thanks:)
  16. Hello Everyone, I'm starting this topic for FALL 2019 applications for Master's and PhDs for CANADIAN Universities ONLY. Lets share news, ask questions, give tips etc... for both international and domestic students. I'm a domestic student. Canadian citizen but non-native speaker, have a BA from UBC and a MA from McGill & going to be applying to PhD in Social Justice Education at OISE in Toronto and PhD in Educational Studies at McGill.
  17. vaibhavpandey

    Evaluation studies PhD programs

    Hi fellow aspirants, I tried to find a thread or directory pertaining to universities offering evaluation studies program and couldn't find one. I am in early stage of application this year yet I wonder which are better universities in this area. I have found few and it seemed most of the universities focus either on education or Psych evaluation. What I am more interested in is, generic evaluation studies program which is focused more towards training in quantitative and qualitative research methods and universal applicability of such methods (such as in program evaluation, social impact evaluation etc). All the best!!
  18. I'm a GSU student and already got a MS in computer science. I want to apply 2019 Fall CS phd program. My GPA is 3.65/4, GRE is V152, Q168, AW(still waiting the score). No publications, no job experience, but I have some related research experience and TA experience. So what ranking range of CS phd program I could apply? Top 50 to top 90?
  19. Zaheersboi

    Debating options

    Hello all, I've gotten myself into a bit of a bind, and I could use some advice. My name is Patrick. I'm a 23-year-old, underemployed, miserable gas station attendant. I graduated with distinction in history and archaeology from the University of Virginia in 2017. I barely remember how I got to this point, but I know I'm unhappy with how things have turned out. Following several months of post-graduation unemployment, during which time I had lived as a homeless freegan in Maine, I took a job as a history teacher at a shamelessly fraudulent for-profit private school chain called Fusion Academy in Washington, DC. I survived for a few months, but couldn't stand its toxic work environment and resigned in disgust. I then fled my parents' house in Fairfax, VA, for the cornfields of Urbana-Champaign, IL, armed with nothing but a couple thousand dollars in savings and the vague, tentative plan of establishing Illinois residency for in-state tuition purposes before matriculating into their Library and Information Science masters program. In the meantime, needing to pay rent and unable to find meaningful employment with my BA, I have found myself cleaning up vomit at a Circle K a block from my apartment. Here's the thing. I'm having trouble figuring out what exactly my options are for grad school, now that I'm here. For the longest time, I had wanted to pursue a PhD in history, but fulfilling that dream seemed like an increasingly remote possibility when one considers the collapse of my undergraduate honors thesis for mental health reasons, my distaste for teaching, and the larger employment crisis in academia. Failing that, a Masters in LIS seemed like a logical alternative, given my well-documented bibliophilia(/-mania?). That's why I'm in Illinois now, after all. As I learn more, though, I'm pretty sure I could get into the LIS masters at UIUC, the top-ranked in its field in North America, without breaking much of a sweat. They don't even require the GRE. Part of me wonders if getting the LIS rather than a PhD amounts to selling myself short. Part of me wonders if it makes more sense to sell out and get an MBA like all the bootlicking quasi-fascist turdnuggets I went to undergrad with. I earned an undergraduate GPA of 3.78 overall. I don't know my major GPA, but I suppose I could calculate it if pressed. I scored 169 V, 155 Q, and 5.5 AW on the GRE. I'm pretty sure I have (had?) killer recommendation letters, as I held prestigious research assistant positions during undergrad and won a competitive undergraduate research grant to support that thesis I didn't end up finishing for mental health reasons. But my work history since graduation is spotty. Like I said, several months of unemployment, during which time I lived as a homeless freegan in Maine, followed by my stint at Fusion, followed by several more months of unemployment, followed by Circle K. There's a ton of additional complicating factors. I'm happy to answer any questions readers might have. At the moment, I just need guidance from someone who understands the graduate admissions process.
  20. Sorry in advance for the long post. Also posted on reddit. I am applying to psychology PhD programs (non-clinical) for fall 2019 admission and hoping to ask some former professors and others for LORs in the next week or so. In part to help myself think through my options, I wanted to open my thought process up to you guys. Below is a list of people I'm consider asking to some extent and how I know them/have worked with them, in order of who I feel carries the most weight: PI of undergrad research lab: I worked in his lab for 4 semesters, wrote a senior honors thesis using some of his old data, he won an APA lifetime achievement award, endowed professor in the department at a top 20 university, co-authored a theory, 60 pg long CV, you get the picture. Didn't work too often with him 1:1 but he definitely really likes me, would love to accept me into the program at my alma mater (but probs not applying), advised me somewhat closely on my thesis, has said he'd write a rec, etc. Senior Honors Thesis professor: I took a year-long course to help guide me through the process of writing my senior thesis and he was the professor for the course. Lesser known in the field but very well-regarded as a professor and mentor at the university. Did many thorough readings of and provided thorough feedback on my thesis, advised on grad school admissions process, etc. Doesn't know my academic interests super well (they've changed since I wrote my thesis), but knows my writing and motivation Undergrad advisor: Director of Undergraduate Studies for Neuroscience (my undergrad major), knows me well personally, taught a lab class and another course in which we wrote weekly "popular press" science articles based on primary literature so knows my writing and academic aptitude well, we've talked frequently about my goal to pursue a PhD and the types of questions and research that motivate me to pursue a PhD. Doesn't know my research experience very well Summer research experience PI: worked two summers (2015, 2016) for him, MD not a PhD and studies Alzheimers through basic biology research (western blots, IHC, etc.), really likes me and said at the time he could help with recommendations, but haven't talked much since. I think he'd still be willing to write if I got back in touch but I wonder if those experiences seem too outdated/tangentially related now PI of lab I now volunteer for: well-regarded professor in human development/developmental psych, hasn't worked with me since I initially met with her but could maybe ask lab managers about my skills, most recent academic I've worked with. I haven't done any writing or data analysis for this lab yet, so she would just have to go off of my general data collection skills, motivation, interests, etc. Volunteering 6 hrs/wk Current boss at work: I work as a direct care staff at a residential psychiatric facility for teens, my boss would be able to speak to my work ethic mostly bc there is no academic or research aspect to my job. I took the job hoping to see whether I wanted to go into clinical and the answer is no lol but it is a neat experience. Doesn't seem like a good fit for LOR to me but she's who I work most closely with at this point so thought she'd be worth mentioning. Any help/advice in how to sort through these is much appreciated. I'm applying to programs that accept anywhere between 2-6 letters, so I would love to hear what people think as a "cut-off" if I were to submit only some of these (like do I only have 2 solid LORs and if I'm able to only do 2, I should stick to only 2? Or do I have 3-4 solid ones that I should include if I'm able?) Final question: Is it appropriate to ask a PI to collaborate with a lab manager on the letter? I worked more closely with a lab manager/project coordinator in most labs, so I think they'd best be able to speak to my abilities but wouldn't carry the weight of a PI. tl;dr: help me sort through my LORs and order them from strongest --> weakest with a cutoff of how many I should use if I could choose anywhere between 2-6. THANK YOU!
  21. jake1321

    GRE retake question

    Hi, I recently look my GRE and received a 310: 157 V and 153 Q, AWA I am estimating between a 4 -5. I am planning on applying to clinical psychology programs in two years. I am unsure whether or not it is worth it to take the GRE again considering I seem to be at the cutoff, although at the low end for most clinical programs. I have 3 years of undergrad research experience and served as research coordinator my last year. I have two current publications, one of which I have first authorship on, poster presentations, and potentially another first authorship manuscript. I also have one year experience post bac as an RA with an IVY league clinical lab and recently accepted another 2 year clinical neuropsych RA position that could lead to publications in my areas of interest. I also have a very strong extra curriculars and volunteer experience. My undergrad GPA was a 3.44 and major GPA of 3.9. I was wondering if I should focus more on publications and clinical involvement with my current position or is my GRE not competitive enough. I am open to hearing any input you have for me. Thank you.
  22. I used to be a Research Intern and I'm not sure if that's worth putting on a CV for a PhD application. Thoughts? Also, are the job titles "Research Intern" and "Research Assistant" interchangeable or would that be too much of a stretch?
  23. I would like to provide some information regarding the reality of getting admitted to top 5 ranked Canadian graduate schools in the Computer Science Program. I work in the field and it appears to me that many applicants are not aware of some of the basic requirements to be admitted that are not overtly stated but definitely required. Unfortunately, I am unable to reveal my university or position as I wish to remain anonymous. Most of the time, you MUST have previous degree from a top school of your country, especially for students with a degree outside of Canada/USA/UK. This is extremely crucial for international students and unless you meet this requirement, it is extremely difficult to be admitted. For most countries, you will need to be in the top 5-10 universities in your country (excluding Canada/US/UK/India). For India, UK, and Canada you will generally need to be in the top 20 universities and for the US, top 50 may be considered, however, top 20 has a greater chance of being admitted. One of the first considerations of the reviewer is the school in which you graduated and how that school ranks in your country. To elaborate, having a degree from a top university is important because this is the only sure way to prove that you are performing well academically because the teaching standard and research caliber of top schools are widely recognized and can easily be compared top Canadian universities. It is impossible for each top Canadian university to understand the teaching, grading and research standard of hundreds of thousands of universities in the world, including many in a foreign language with public and private systems and most reviewers will not dig around for information regarding unknown institutions. For example, there are some universities that give a grade of 75% or above to only one in a few thousand students, whereas another university can have a graduating average of 3.7 GPA. With variations like these, unless you graduated from a top university in your country where the general grading trend and teaching quality is recognized by the Canadian school, your chances of admission are slim to none. Furthermore, the other reason a top university is important is that reviewers want to see reference letters from colleagues or faculty they know and value the opinions of. Since most top researchers in Computer Science meet in major conferences, presentations and events around the world, they are aware of each other’s work, reputation and standards when writing and reading reference letters. Most of these outstanding members of the academic community are also positioned in top schools coinciding with the reviewer’s search applications from top schools. The top Canadian graduate programs in Computer Science receive over 1000 and sometimes even over 2000 applications per year, with three reference letters per application this is an astronomical number of letters to read. Taking this number into account, while the content of reference letters matter, the respectability of the reference writer is arguably even more important. For example, a reviewer reading 100 applications a day would have to read 300 reference letters, 100 of them may indicate that the student is in the top 10% of their program. In the end, being top 10% may not mean anything because there are too many top 10%s and it does not indicate the quality of the student or education. Moreover, there have been examples where the same reference writer indicated that three different students from the same year and class were the number one student in their class. In cases like these, reviewers go back to looking at the top universities, since the caliber of education is known, and they may know the reference writers, therefore, ensuring the letter is reliable. If you believe that there are many exceptions to the rule, consider that the admission data from the previous year from one of the top Canadians schools: only TWO offers out of more than 100 offers made were outside of the guidelines above. Of course, an excellent statement, GPA, reference letters, GRE, and English proficiency are also required even from a top university. Moreover, other factors such as publications, conference experience, research projects and work experience, other achievements are also considered, however, if you do not meet the top university requirement, you will likely need astounding achievements in the other factors to even be considered for admission. The information provided refers to research Master’s and PhD programs in top Canadian universities and does not necessarily reflect industry targeted master’s programs in Computer Science. I am happy to answer any questions or clarify any points, feel free to contact me or respond to this post.
  24. I used to be a Research Intern and I'm not sure if that's worth putting on a CV for a PhD application. Thoughts? Also, are the job titles "Research Intern" and "Research Assistant" interchangeable or would that be too much of a stretch?
  25. Should I give up applying for PhD if I can't publish a paper before DDL? I am a master student and my experiments are delayed for some unpredictable reasons. It i snot possible for me to publish anything before December. Should I stop applying for a PhD degree and find a job to make a living? Can anyone give me some advice My CV is CV
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