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  1. Hi everyone, I am a third year student in Australia who is preparing my phd applications ahead (or maybe I am late to the game already). Wish to ask some advices! 1. I follow the strategy of go big or go home. All schools that I wish to apply outside Australia are Tier A schools. I understand how ambitious this is, but if someone has to get in, why it can't be me? Schools that I am planning on applying include but not limited to Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard etc. How competitive it really is for those schools? 2. For these top schools, does my research experience have to be completely related to I/O or social psychology (considering both)? I have participated in a environmental psychology lab, and I also did my internship in a kindergarten where I observed the working style there. 3. How strong does my recommandations letter has to be? Will professor whose h index higher than 40 help? If their h index is around 20, is it still good enough? 4. I understand what I am doing may be a long shot, but I still have to give it a try for my dreams. I wonder how unrealistic I am at this point? My gpa is 6.2/7.0 in australia. I have built some relationships with research fellow/associate professor in my uni. I am still expecting my honour year, and have participated in lab research (though not in I/O division). If I successfuly get into a I/O professor (h index>40)'s lab, will that help a lot? 5. I hope I can get I/O research experience, however, not all professors that are willing to take me focus in such field... What should I do? I do need research experience and I am grateful. However, I do not wanna be the kind of student who use them and then say "Nah, I like you as a person, but we don't match up" 6. Applying to schools with big names is a dangerous move, so I need a safety net. If I ask my honour year's professor to write me a recommendation letter, I think he will not consider me still as a phd student as he knows he is not my first choice... How can I build a safety net instead? I/O, social psychology and developmental psychology are all fun to me, I wonder which programme is less competitive? In general, I am ready for devotion. Anything that I can do to get into these prestigious schools... Please lmk any thoughts from you!
  2. I'm an applicant from India. I currently hold a Masters in Counselling Psychology, and I'm looking to apply to MA/PhD programs in the US and Canada for Social/Personality Psychology. My main concern is some of the universities ask for a converted grade from percentages to the 4.0 GPA Scale, the conversions drastically reduce my scores to about a 3.0 average or just slightly above 3.0. However, my grades have been consistently high according to the Indian scoring system, and I have been among the top of my class throughout my undergrad and postgrad courses, as well as an Honors student in my Postgrad. How likely will the converted scores affect my chances of admissions? Some universities let me justify the low scores ( if scores are below 3.5 GPA), how do I justify the same?
  3. Hi all, This is my first time posting here, but really need advice. I graduated in 2017 with a BS in biochemistry and minor in psychology. After graduating, I wasn't really sure how I wanted to move forward so I got a job in a biochem-based wet lab at a top medical school in my city where I'm a research tech, but I am basically treated like a masters student. I have my own project that I am the sole researcher for and do all of the work and present it to my PI. I'm hoping to start writing a manuscript soon. So basic breakdown of my college years: I started off okay, but then in my sophomore year I lost my grandma and that kind of hit me hard. I spiraled a little and put little effort that year. I focused a lot on extracurriculars and research. I have a lot of extracurricular hours, president and treasurer of sport organizations on campus, but most of my time was spent in psychology based research. I started with a PI who worked at a hospital who then joined a top-tier university in my city. His work focused on a mix of clinical and neuro psych. I worked with him for 3.5 years, although I didn't work closely with him, but his project manager. I mainly worked with data and human volunteers for his project. I was able to administer some tests with the assistance of doctoral students, etc. However, I did not get a publication from this lab or was able to present any posters. After graduating and working around a year, I started taking courses at a local community college (online because I work full-time and community college because I really needed to save money). I've been doing really well in all of the courses, except for cal II, but I've been taking extra psych courses and bio courses. My stats: Undergrad cGPA: 2.806 --> my school did grade replacement for this cGPA Undergrad cGPA w community college: 3.00 --> this is after taking 27 extra credit hours Psych GPA (undergrad only): 3.383 Psych GPA (w/ cc courses): 3.630 Last 60 hours (undergrad only): 2.889 Last 60 hours (w/ cc courses): 3.058 I am studying hard for the GRE and the psych subject test because I know I need an amazing score. So, all this to say, my questions are.... 1. Will the community college courses actually help me when applying? 2. Is applying to a masters program my best bet with where I am at right now (and is it even possible that I'll find a good one to accept me)? 3. Is it possible to email the dean of admissions in a school you're interested in to see their opinion on my situation? 4. My end goal is phD or psyD, so if I get into a masters program and do amazing, will that help me get into a professional program? Sorry for the long-winded question. I'm just in a rut about what my next step is (besides taking the GRE). Thank you!
  4. Since everyone is starting to post results, I thought I'd make a general thread so people can post Q & A, get moral support, etc. To the person asking about the result I posted r.e. a visitation invite to ERAU, the answers to your questions are: to my knowledge the invite is just for Human Factors (it came directly from one of the HF faculty, anyway), yes I am attending the visitation (not sure yet if I will enroll in the program if I receive an offer), and is there anything in particular you wanna know that I should update you on specifically?
  5. Hello! My name is Jessica, I earned my Master's degree in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience from London, UK. I am now in the process of applying to PhD Psychology, or Neuroscience, or Neuropsychology programs. After graduating in January 2020, I have been and still am endlessly searching for potential supervisors across Canada and USA. My research interest is in the neuropsychology of memory, cognition, and aging. I am particularly interested to examine the impact of healthy and pathological aging brain on memory processes and the strategies to improve brain function in order to reduce the risk of developing amnesic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) or Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) in older adults. I am very interested in neurological and neuropsychological diseases in older adults and how this impacts their cognitive abilities! I need help!! Who knows which universities across Canada and USA have supervisors that conduct the above work? Any response is greatly appreciated!!!! Thank you, Jessica
  6. Hello everyone! I'm getting ready to apply for doctoral programs in counseling and clinical psychology (my interests overlap in both fields and is explained in my personal statement) and I'm starting to think about who to ask for my letters of recommendation! I've been a research assistant for about 4 years now and can think of four professors to ask who will be able to provide strong letters of recommendation. However, most applications state to list three recommenders. Would it help to list a fourth? Or should I only submit three? If you would only recommend three, could you help me eliminate someone? I have listed the people I'm thinking about below: The people I'm thinking of asking are: 1) The professor I was a Lab Coordinator for in Undergrad. He was also my supervisor for my honors thesis. Although I am not published yet, I will be listed as an author on future publications coming from a doctoral student's dissertation. 2) The professor who is currently mentoring my masters thesis. I know him on a really good level and have taken classes with him as well and I am confident he will be able to write a strong letter. 3) A professor who I am a research assistant in a lab with currently. He is famous in his field and offered to write me a letter already 4) The director of the McNair scholars program from my undergraduate institution. I know her on a really good level as well (she mentored my summer research internship project, allowed me to travel to research conferences, and is honestly just a saint) Thank you so much everyone! I wish you all the best of luck on your upcoming applications, or if you're already in a program, success in your classes and projects!
  7. Hi all! This is not psychology-exclusive discussion but I wanted to know how people are doing, especially those who are applying this coming cycle for Fall 2021. Personally, my volunteer position at a lab (which was going to start in early March) got postponed until further notice. I've already been out of school for almost an year so I was VERY excited to start the research again so that I can add something extra on my CV for this cycle's application (and I LOVE conducting research) Now everything is put on all-stop worldwide. I am guessing it would also affect not only the current students and faculties but also people like me who are planning to apply in December. I heard some people saying the competition could be comparably harder if admitted students from Fall 2020 decide to defer their enrollment until this pandemic settles down. Clinical psych is notorious for its competitiveness itself and that doesn't really make it any easier for us. The thought of waiting one more year crossed my mind but I'm not sure how realistic it would be. I mean, what can we do? We gotta take what we can get, right? Anyway, I'm interested in hearing how this pandemic has or how possibly it could affect your life regarding applying to grad school. I know I directed the question to people who are planning to apply this new cycle but you are absolutely welcome to share your story! I just specified it so that potential students like me would also comment. Stay safe, guys!
  8. Hi all! I asked this in Dev psych thread but wanted to reach bigger crowd and hear more opinions. I am contemplating between two sets of GRE scores: V 159/Q 167/AW 3.5 vs. V 155/Q same/AW 4.0. I did NOT expect AW 3.5 for the first set and scheduled a second set asa I got the first scores but apparently I suck at writing stuff under 30 mins. - Undergrad GPA 3.5 from one of the most competitive schools - 3 co-author publications, 1 first-author manuscript in progress (will submit the draft as academic writing sample), 5 first-author posters - Extensive research experience from undergrad + 3yrs post-bacc in a psych lab - 3 letter writers explicitly promised strong letters I truly believe that my AW scores do not represent my writing skills. So I've initially considered sending the first set, hoping that my other materials will show beyond the AW scores. But I am now worried if the schools have "hidden" cut-off scores and will drop my application wo giving a proper review? All of the schools that I am applying to indicate that they have "no minimum or cut-off scores for GRE" but I am also hearing that the admissions committees still have some "hidden" cut-off scores in mind. What do you guys think? Which one should I submit?
  9. Hi all! I am contemplating between two sets of GRE scores: V 159/Q 167/AW 3.5 vs. V 155/Q same/AW 4.0. I did NOT expect AW 3.5 for the first set and scheduled a second set asa I got the first scores but apparently I suck at writing stuff under 30 mins. - Undergrad GPA 3.5 from one of the most competitive schools - 3 co-author publications, 1 first-author manuscript in progress (will submit the draft as academic writing sample), 5 first-author posters - Extensive research experience from undergrad + 3yrs post-bacc in a psych lab - 3 letter writers explicitly promised strong letters I truly believe that my AW scores do not represent my writing skills. So I've initially considered sending the first set, hoping that my other materials will show beyond the AW scores. But I am now worried if the schools have "hidden" cut-off scores and will drop my application wo giving a proper review? All of the schools that I am applying to indicate that they have "no minimum or cut-off scores for GRE" but I am also hearing that the admissions committees still have some "hidden" cut-off scores in mind. What do you guys think? Which one should I submit?
  10. Hello everyone, It is midnight and I can not rest until I have some feedback that may shine some light on my chances for getting into a graduate program Fall 2020. I would greatly like to know of others with low or average GPA to share their experience. I will be graduating this May. I hope to raise my GPA with this semesters coursework and gain more experience during my gap year. I reside in California and will most likely be applying to graduate programs in the state. Here are my current specs. Overall GPA: 3.42 GPA in last 2 years: 3.68 Psyc GPA: 3.48 2 years working as a Behavior Instructor, one of which as a Registered Behavior Technician 1 year of research 1 year as a TA I will also be attending WPA this year where I'll be presenting a poster presentation as a co-author for a study on impostor phenomena as well as a presentation with Philip Zimbardo on his Heroic Imagination Project and possible integration to CSU's,. The psychology department chair at my university has asked me to help her present addition research of hers on the impostor phenomena as well. Again, any feedback will help!
  11. Would anyone be able to offer me suggestions on which doctoral-level programs I should apply to based on my interests? I have spent countless hours researching programs but it feels like I'm getting nowhere. I'm not sure if I should go for a PsyD or a PhD, and if I should choose clinical or counseling psychology (although I think I'm leaning more towards clinical). When I am done with grad school, I want to work in a group practice (and eventually a private practice). I want a program that will well prepare me for the clinical aspect of a career in psychology. My fear is that if I go to a school that is too research-oriented, I wont be prepared enough as a practitioner. I want to focus on treating people that don't have severe mental disorders (I want to focus on depression, anxiety, eating disorders, etc.). I also don't really love doing research (I understand that some research is necessary). Do you know of Phd programs or PsyD programs that are (much) more practice based than research based? Any advice that you have would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  12. Dear colleagues, I am going to study for the GRE Psychology Subject Test. Is there anyone who would like join me (from 1 to 3 ppl)? I am working on a study plan by 7 main areas included in the test. For the beginning I think I'll spend 6-8 hours a week. Hope to form a very productive group and enjoy learning! Let me know if you are interested. Thanks in advance! Best, Inga
  13. Hey! So I'm just about done with my first draft of my SOP (I know, I'm pretty late in the game) and going to get it reviewed by some advisors this week. After my second or third draft, would anyone (possibly psychology majors) be willing to exchange SOPs so we can give each other advice?
  14. I was wondering if anyone can give me any insight into getting into a Psychology PhD program (particularly neuropsych) with a MS in Statistics. I have a bachelors in psychology and am working towards building my math and stats background. Seeing as how I am not able to foresee whether or not I will be able to commit to a 5-7 years phd program after a masters, I am forgoing my acceptance into a general psychology masters program to pursue a masters in stats (better job prospects and still satisfies my interest in research). Obtaining a PhD in psych is still one of my dreams that I hope I still may pursue, and I was wondering if anyone knows how a phd program may view someone with my background (BA in Psych, MS in Stats, & a couple years of research experience). Thanks!
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