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  1. I received a mail from a faculty member requesting for a Skype interview. Can someone help me out with what kind of questions I am to expect from them? What are the things I need to look up at beforehand? This is the first interview I have received so I would much appreciate if ya'll could drop some tips. Thank you!!!
  2. Hello! So for visiting day, the program that just accepted me is arranging for me to meet faculty members I am interested in working with, and I am SO nervous. What will those conversations be like? Should I be prepared to answer detailed questions about my research interests or my research project? To be totally honest, at the moment I have NO idea what my dissertation will be on and even what general area I will be focusing on. I'm a literature student, and a part of me is thinking of switching from contemporary literature to early modern/17th-century lit... Thanks in advance
  3. Hello. I would like to become a research assistant, but I’m clueless as to how to begin. I’ve been accepted into a top university for a masters starting this upcoming year but would like to apply for a PhD there eventually. So I would like to connect with some professors and become a research assistant if possible. I’ve looked up the faculty’s profiles on their departments’ websites and found a couple who fit my research interest. There are in different departments than the one I’ve been accepted to, but still related to my past experiences and topic that I want to study. Could you t
  4. Hi friends, I'm a little anxious about an upcoming call with my POI. I recently got admitted and my POI emailed me saying that she would love to answer any questions I might have/introduce the school more. I really want to have this call as well, but I'm not so sure what kind of questions I should ask. I know she must be very busy so I want to make good use of the time. We had a Skype call before the admission decision and already talked about current projects, her group (she is a new AP and just started recruiting PhD students), my interests, and the city where the school is. Currently I'm th
  5. I'm applying to a program where there's only 1 person I really want to work with. I found out that they will be accepting students this year. But the program website explicitly asks applicants to name two professors they want to work with. Would it hurt my chances if I only mention the one I'm interested in working with?
  6. Hello! I'm wondering if it is normal and/or recommended to reach out to more than one professor within a department? I have reached out to the person I would be most interested in working with at the schools I'm applying to, but should I be reaching out to a second or even third? Should I reach out only if I'm not feeling confident about my first choice? Any advice would be appreciated!
  7. I will soon visit my top option for Ph.D. studies. During the visit, I will have an individual meeting with both my likely supervisor and a likely committee member. I'm interested to know if anyone has any recommended questions. So far, I have the following: What approach do you take in supervising (more hands-on or more hands-off)? What do you see as the real strength(s) of the program? What current projects are you working on? Do your doctoral students help as research assistants? If so, what might my work as one look like? How have your supervisees fared in sec
  8. Hi all, I am currently in the process of researching and narrowing my list of programs/POIs for Sociology PhD programs for fall 2019. I got a response from one POI after an initial email describing my interest in his work, who said, "Feel free to send any materials along as you prepare to apply." This question may be naive, but what exactly would I send? How does that process work? Any information/clarification would be much appreciated!
  9. So I received an acceptance for my PhD, but it was a generic email from the admissions office. Neither my POI or the graduate department chair emailed me with any information. Should I contact my POI?
  10. I am applying for Master with thesis (UofT, U of Alberta, SFU). Should I write an email to professors of those that I am interested in working with them as research student? I have research experience with 2 companies., 1 published paper as a 2nd author and an internship in the well-known corporation in US.
  11. After a Skype interview with a professor, she said she would get back to me by the end of the week (I am assuming about a formal in person interview) but she did not get back to me then or the week after. Is it okay if I email her and ask for an update. I know it is a no but I just wish she would formally say she is not inviting me.
  12. Would it be inappropriate for me to reach out to a POI about something unrelated to my application? I had a Skype call with a POI at UC Santa Barbara back in November and email contact in the time since then (though not in the last month over the holidays.) She's my top choice for a lab/program and I think she was interested in me as well. I haven't heard anything about admissions yet but I'm not concerned at this point. However, I've seen in the news all the crazy stuff that has been happening there - the wildfires, mudslides, and winter storms. I kinda wanted to send an email to her and her
  13. Hey everyone! I hope you are all doing well. Thanks in advance! I have a few inquiries in regards to getting accepted into a clinical psychology program, specifically in Ontario, Canada. First, I think it would be a good idea to start off by describing what I have to offer to a Clinical Psychology program. I have a decent CGPA of 3.63/4 ( recent graduate from University of Toronto; 4.0 in all psych courses). Currently, I am working for respite care company building some experience in the field and paying back some my OSAP loan. However, I do not have any direct research , lab experience,
  14. So I had contacted one of my POIs separately to arrange a meeting to discuss some interests in the department. They just emailed me back confirming their interest and we set something up for next week. This is one of my top choices, and I'm wondering if anyone else has done this, or any other suggestions for meeting with a POI. Thanks!
  15. Also, what do I say other than - my interests align with his/hers?
  16. Hey everyone. I'm applying for counseling psychology Ph.D. programs, and have received two interviews thus far (yay!). The first one is in just under a month, so I've decided to start getting ready by getting super familiar with my POI's most recent first author publications. Is there anything specific that I should be paying attention to? I've heard that some professors will ask how you would improve/add to their research, but what else should I be reading for? Does anyone know common questions that professors may ask in regard to their research?
  17. I would greatly appreciate some advice/input here. I'm applying to a few clinical psychology PhD programs this season and all of them have professors who are accepting students for fall 2018 listed on their websites. When I was initially writing my email drafts to POIs a few weeks back, only one of the universities' websites had this information listed and the other universities have since updated their websites with this info. I got a bit busy with working on a publication and my master's thesis in that meantime, so I am just now revisiting my email drafts and application materials. How
  18. Hi everyone! Does anyone have any advice about if it is good, bad, neutral, etc. to contact a faculty member of interest for a Masters program in Psychology? (Especially if that program offers guided study or a thesis?) Obviously there are many more MA applicants per year to a given program than PhD applicants, and I would understand if a faculty member would be annoyed at receiving inquiries from a Masters hopeful. In general, I would like to ask faculty I am interested in whether: they will be teaching the year(s) I plan to attend whether, in their opinion, I am a good fit f
  19. Hi y'all, I was wondering when a good time to contact (by e-mail) each of my POIs? I've already e-mailed some graduate students asking specifics about the program and their opinions on certain areas within the program, but that's about it. It's summer now, so I imagine my POIs are busy/relaxing. Nevertheless, I don't want to wait too long. My next question is: what is a good way to approach the e-mail? I'm a first-generation college student, so this particular step is incredibly vague. I don't want to send an e-mail saying, "Hi, my name is _____ and I admire your work. Don't keep re
  20. I was wondering what you all thought of a writing sample that slightly (but respectfully and with evidence) disagrees with part of a POI's work. Basically, the argument is like this: My POI says X happened Y way from the 1830s onward. I say X happened Z way from the late 1840s onward. We both submit to the same idea, but just differ on its time frame. Do you think they would stop reading? Take offense? Have their interested piqued? I imagine they will respectfully disagree with me (and rightfully, they wrote a whole peer-reviewed book on it), but does that adversely affe
  21. I have two offers I'm torn between. Offer 1: slightly better reputation with mentor whose research interests align better with mine. Tuition remission and $18k stipend as an RA with option to renew yearly for up to 4 years; more remote location, no "guarantee" on amount of future years of support--year to year budget Offer 2: slightly worse reputation (as compared to offer 1) in my field with a mentor with research interests further outside of mine. Tuition remission and $25k fellowship (no work required) for the first year with option to renew annually as an RA (more likely guara
  22. Hello, I am currently on a waitlist for a Clinical Psychology program and I am wondering if I should email my POI just restating that I am still interested in the program and to also ask if there is anything I can do to help my application. Thanks
  23. I contacted the POI and had an interview with him at the end of February. He said he would tell me the results within ten days at the end of the interview. But I have not got the results from him till now (end of March). He replied to my inquiries about the decision, saying that he is waiting the funding and he thought there will be an opening position but he is still waiting to confirm it (before April 15th). Does he just put me on the waitinglist but does not tell me the fact directly? And I also noticed that he was awarded a funding recently.
  24. I'm applying for the first time this application cycle for Fall 2017 Clinical Psychology programs PhD and PsyD. I know the two programs are different and I'm more interested in the practitioner side although, I have some research experience and I am interested in doing more. Do you need to email POI's for a PsyD the way that you need to for PhD in Psychology? I've heard that PsyD programs match applicants more to their program than a specific faculty member. Any suggestions or experience would be helpful! Thanks!
  25. I'm applying for the first time this application cycle for Fall 2017 Clinical Psychology programs PhD and PsyD. I know the two programs are different and I'm more interested in the practitioner side although, I have some research experience and I am interested in doing more. Do you need to email POI's for a PsyD the way that you need to for PhD in Psychology? I've heard that PsyD programs match applicants more to their program than a specific faculty member. Any suggestions or experience would be helpful! Thanks!
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