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  1. Master's programs in clinical psych tend to be research-oriented and focused on preparing students for doctoral training. Is anyone aware of master's programs that are applied/terminal programs that allow you to become licensed as a professional counsellor or psychological associate? I know of one, which I am currently enrolled in but am curious to see whether there any similar programs out there. Sidebar: I know that a master's in clinical mental health counselling is the alternative to clinical psychology programs for those who aren't interested in research; however, I'm focused on clinical psych programs that give you both the option of terminating or advancing to a phD.
  2. CSE / EE Online Masters Schools

    Hello, I'm wondering if anyone has an idea of which schools have CSE and/or EE masters programs that have less of a focus on an applicant's research background and more of a focus on things like employability, salary, and GRE. Particularly masters programs that can be completed mostly or entirely online. My situation generally is this- I'm a patent lawyer looking to improve my technical background by getting a masters. I initially took the GRE on very short notice and got an annoying split (for someone looking to do engineering) of 162Q / 163V / 5.5. For the purposes of this question lets assume I can bump Quant. to about 165 to the extent that would help. I have some pre-law school engineering experience but have no interest in doing any research. It would seem to me that masters programs which can be completed online wouldn't have any reason to care about that, but I really have no idea and there seems to be an emphasis on research experience for master's programs generally. So any info people could offer on specific schools which might be known for valuing GRE scores, employability, or having a diverse class from a professional background perspective would be greatly appreciated. Also any info on whether there is a known difference with online programs (particularly non-thesis ones) and what they value. Thank you.
  3. Quitting a TA position for a Research postion

    Currently, I'm a graduate teaching assistant which for my school means I teach the lab for the statistics course. There are currently 5 graduate teaching assistants, and we teach two labs sections each. I applied for this position at the end of last semester, and I was selected out of a pool of 10 or so graduate students. Things seem to be running smoothly, although I don't particularly like to teach. However, today I was speaking with a brand new professor for the department, and he said he wanted to take me on a research assistant for the Spring semester. If I took this position, he would have several papers he's working on and would be happy to make me first author for. He just needs some one to do the data analyses and writing. The catch is I would have to quit my teaching position and focus on working in his lab. This seems like a good idea because publications are really important. The thing is the professor in charge of the graduate teaching assistants and the one who selected might be offended if I just quit at the end of the Fall. I get along with her really well, and I've submitted a paper with her (plus I'm working on another). I can't afford to have her not like me or think less of me. Should I quit the teaching position? Do you think she would be offended? Is there a way I can handle this in which she doesn't feel offended? I need advice on the best way to manage this situation.
  4. Hi there! I applied to graduate school in the 2015-2016 application cycle and am finishing up my first year. A lot of my BME/BE friends have asked me for tips, so I wrote a (relatively) short document, attached. It mostly focuses on the thinking process of where to start when applying to grad school, such as: - Where should I apply? How do I decide where to apply?! - What parts of the application should I focus on? - What should I look for in a school? - How do I decide? I hope these tips are helpful! Feel free to ask any additional questions! Tips for Applying to Grad School.docx
  5. Hi, I'm a final year student at University of Hong Kong with a gpa around 3.7 (first honors), GRE 325 (from the official gre powerprep test), 2 research assistant works, with a double major in Marketing and Psychology. I did join a few consulting extracurricular activities at my school and did an internship at U.S. Department of Commerce, a bank, and a big cosmetics company. I already sorted one of my recommendation letters and am planning to ask another professor I know next week. I am planning to apply to: MS. in Marketing Science in Columbia, MS in Marketing in USC, MS in Applied Economics in Johns Hopkins, MS in Marketing in Johns Hopkins. What are my chances at each of these schools?
  6. Research on CV?

    I know it's common for those in the hard sciences to list research experience on their CVs, but does this apply for those in religious studies? I'm working on my CV now for PhD apps this fall and I'm wondering whether such a section is necessary. For example, would I list the different major papers I've written with a brief summary in a section on my CV? Or is that best left for the SOP?
  7. Hi! I have a question for you all. I will be starting my undergraduate degree next year and I wanted to know if it's realistically possible for me to volunteer in a research lab during my first year of undergrad? I expect to be doing extremely simple tasks like sorting documents, photocopying, and so on, but I would still like to get my feet wet. I just have no idea how to start and was hoping that some of you would be able to lend me some advice. I don't know if I should email graduate students or professors, apply to job postings, etc. From the research I've done so far on becoming a competitive applicant for graduate programs in psychology, research experience is coveted, so I am hoping to get as much experience as possible. I guess I should add that I am Canadian since a good chunk of people on this forum seem to be American, so mileage may vary. Thanks in advance.
  8. Hi everybody, A friend of mine is desperately seeking participants to fill out a very quick questionnaire for her MSc thesis. I'm sure many of you realise how difficult it is to find willing participants so I'd be forever grateful is you can spare 5 minutes to complete the survey! Here is the link to the questionnaire: https://kingstonpcs.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2o4uVGJGpPPWFff The study is very interesting, aiming to uncover the importance of parental influence on alcohol addiction. Many thanks
  9. I graduated with a BA in Psychology last December and am trying to find the right program to suit my intended career goals. My biggest interest is to do conduct research concerning mindfulness and meditation practices. I would love to be able to collect both brain data as well as human behavioral data to support the use of these methods with those with both clinical and non-clinical mental health needs. My interest is to show changes in the brain as well as daily behavior after I have worked with participants. I would like to be able to work with people to teach them mindfulness methods as well as meditation, breathing exercises, possibly yoga or qigong, myself either with individuals, couples, families, or groups. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction programs such as these have already been used in other studies. Teaching them these skills myself caters to my initial desire to be a counselor/therapist. My subsequent desire is to complete controlled experiments to show the changes in brain activity and structure possibly using EEG, MR, fMRI, basically what I am able to get my hands on. I would like to be able to pair this data with behavioral data collected from self-reports, peer-reports, surveys, or observation. Now, I am willing to settle/begin with doing research around types of neurocounseling methods, mindfulness is just my end game, hopefully. I want to be able to directly work in teaching these skills as well as gathering, cleaning, and analyzing the brain data collected. I am having a difficult time choosing a graduate program to fit my desires. Should my masters be counseling or clinical? Should I look for a cognitive, neuroscience, mental health, behavioral, or research program? Is it more important that the course work covers areas I'm looking into or should I be more concerned with finding a lab/professor to work with? Do I still need to become a licensed counselor/therapist to work with people on these skill sets and exercised or since it is for research are there different requirements? While my desire to do research is new, it is strong and I am willing to work hard to feed both my scientific and social curiosity, I just really want to make the right decisions about my education if I can help it. Thank you!
  10. Field Work Delay

    Hi all -- I have a question for those of you on the far end of the phd tunnel, or perhaps some of your who even have experience (or heard of people) that have had their field research component delayed. I was brought on to a research group last year in anticipation of our grant being funded to continue some of the lab's previous work in Antarctica. My adviser has a horrifyingly shocking success rate with grants (in 25 years he has never not had PI funding), which is why he brought me on before we had official confirmation. A long series of events later (including major funding uncertainties at the NSF), and we were unfunded this season. I am very fortunate in that my university guarantees funding for 5 years, and we will resubmit the grant, but the earliest I can get to the field is midway through my 4th year. There is plenty of work for me to do in the meantime on samples already collected, but I was looking forward to doing my own work and actually learning some field skills. Because I'm still early in my career, I could leave my university with a masters and go somewhere else. Any thoughts? Does the long delay warrant leaving? I'm really quite bummed because I chose this researcher for their fieldwork style, but I don't want to sell myself short and stay when I shouldn't.
  11. I am planning on applying to PhD programs Fall 2018. I am proficient in one of my languages, but am still at an intermediary level in my new (probably dominant) language-Korean. My professors tell me that I am ready to apply, but I still find it very intimidating. I have conversational fluency, but I know I am not capable of doing intense research (lots of documents) in the primary language. I have a year to work to beef up my research language skills and I am comitted to a job in the US for the year. Any suggestions that will allow me to keep my full time 9-5 and not break the pocketbook?
  12. I was very excited to get into my 1st choice PhD Psychology program, and was under the assumption that I would be in a specific professor's research lab (I mentioned this many times throughout my interview, was personally interviewed by them, and my MA thesis/previous years of research experience was the exact same material as this lab). After confirming my acceptance, I was notified by this professor that this lab did not have funding for a new graduate student. I just received my assignment for my graduate assistantship, and the professors have no similarities with my research interests, as far as I can tell. Will my dissertation be advised by these professors? Or will I have a different dissertation supervisor? (The professor I was hoping to work with did offer to help me with my dissertation, but it is very unclear in what capacity). I am disappointed that I will not be involved in the research I was expecting (trying to be open minded to new experiences...). I will feel MUCH better if I am just working for these professors, and will be able to conduct the research that I am interested in. Can someone please explain to me how this might work? Or how it works at other schools? Thank you in advance!
  13. I'm currently studying research methods in Criminology. I am having a very hard time understanding: Individuals, Groups, Organizations, and Social Constructs which are the different units of analysis that are involved with research methods in criminology. Can anyone help me clarify these terms. Im having a hard time answering these practice scenarios for an exam coming up. 1. Police departments with more police officers employ a larger variety of policing strategies than police departments with fewer police officers. 2. Defendants whose cases are heard in specialized courtrooms (e.g., drug courts, domestic violence courts) are more likely to receive intermediate sanctions. 3. Neighborhoods that are resource-deprived see higher rates of recidivism. 4. Media reports of excessive use of force by police officers more often report incidents involving white officers and minority citizens. 5. The relationship between individuals' disorder perceptions and their health is only mediated by offense-specific fear of crime. 6. Systematic social observation of routine traffic stops has shown that police officer demeanor changes depending on the race of the driver. 7. Universities that have No-Tobacco policies (like ASU) spend less money on employee health care costs. 8. College students who receive one-on-one counseling from an academic advisor are more likely to graduate compared to students who do not. 9. Youth who shop at a particular grocery store are more likely to purchase “impulse items” at the cash register compared to adult shoppers. 10. Facebook publishes more content on crime compared to Twitter.
  14. Hi everyone, I'm planning on applying to a Biochem program for fall 2018, but I am very much concerned about if my situation will even put me in the game or if I have a chance at admission and interviews. So I have been working in a small government chemistry lab for almost 1 year, with possibly 1 publication in the near future. I was hoping taking two years and getting some experience in the field would help my application, but I am not sure if working in a chem lab is any helpful since I want to be in a bio lab. Will this be disadvantageous towards my application? This is one of my main concerns, which is the reason I am looking for positions in a bio related lab. I also interned as a research assistant during my undergrad at a clinical research institute and was also a lab assistant for my undergrad Bio department. I graduated from a liberal arts school and had a cumulative GPA of 3.63 and science GPA of 3.68, obviously not much different. I'm planning to take my GRE at the end of this month, but I'm terrified that if I don't get around the 80% percentile, then I won't have any chances with everything else in my application. I would love to go to UC Davis, but I also have many other schools in mind like: - Temple Uni- Uni of Colorado- Bolder -UC San Fran - UC Santa Barbara - Indiana - Wakeforest Uni - Rockefeller - NYU - Uni of Florida - Darthmouth Does anyone have any advice for this daunting process? Feel free to share any experiences or impressions about schools and programs. Thank you!!
  15. Knowing when to stop

    Hello, I have begun to identify potential relevant websites and sources for my master's thesis, even if I start the program next Fall. I was wondering, there is so much information out there, at what point do you know when to stop looking for articles and sources?
  16. Hey everyone, I would really appreciate if you could help me with my thesis. I'm currently studying how functions of online platforms may influence our information gathering behaviors on mental wellbeing. It'll take you approximately 6 minutes to complete the survey and you'll need to be above 18 to take part. Here's the link: https://ubsunycomm.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3NMIzXhuMlY4eXj I would truly appreciate your response-- thank you so much!
  17. I'm currently doing research as part of the Department of Energy's SULI program at one of their national labs. The program is not what I expected, and the experience is very hard on my mental health. I'll be applying for grad schools in the fall, and have a 3.9 GPA and have done research at my undergrad institution, which includes a trip to the ACS national meeting. My research professor told me that I was welcome to continue researching over the summer in my usual lab if I decided to quit. How much less competitive is my grad school application without this program on my resume?
  18. Where to Research

    I want to conduct research on the psychological effects new technologies like smartphones and social media has on our creativity, education, social interactions, etc. Is there a program in which I can study the effects of new technology, since the psychological research on this topic seems so scant.
  19. Advice on Psychology Phd program

    Hi Everyone - I am a graduate student in a public policy program (MPP) at a very highly ranked school (top five in the country), one of the best in the country and I am hoping to move onto a PhD program in 2018. However, I am debating on what type of PhD program to pursue as my research interests are very diverse. At its core, I am currently studying public policy with two concentrations; the first is U.S. education policy in the United States and second, my degree has concentration certificates, which in my case will include computational social science and survey research methodology. Initially I thought wanted to get a PhD in public policy but my interests have since shifted to more of a psychology focus. My only formal experience with psychology is through my undergraduate major when I wrote my thesis, i was an English major that used psychological and cognitive theory for my undergraduate thesis. Outside of an academic setting, I have used various MOOCs (MIT OpenCourseWare, EdX, etc) for psychology classes. From what I can gather online, my primary focus would be on either developmental and/or cognitive psychology as I want to focus on learning and memory, particularly within adolescents in schools and classrooms. Over the course of my research I have also found programs in Educational Psychology, but most of those appear to be through a school's Department of Education. As for my background, I have participated in Teach For America, as well as worked for a Education policy non-profit where I focused on data modeling and policy analysis. I want my career to focus on the intersection of education policy and the psychology of learning, ideally being able to use research to inform policy. This summer I am working for a highly respected research firm on healthcare policy. I am also well versed in big data tools and methods so quantitative psychology has some appeal. Is applying to a psych PhD program completely out of left field, at least from the perspective of an admissions counsel? Do MOOC courses count for anything when applying to a graduate program my undergraduate degree is not related to? Are cognitive and developmental psychology research degrees the right option for my career goals? Any advice would be grearty appreciated, I know what a great resource gradecafe can be for people with questions, like me! Thanks
  20. I am a final year undergrad EE student from India, I have keen interest in BME and have worked on building wearable sensors. In your opinion, Which grad schools around the world are pushing the envelope of research in the area of wearable diagnostic sensors?
  21. I was not accepted into any of the PhD programs that I applied to this past cycle and have now graduated from my undergrad. I began a new line of research, including developing a novel laboratory measure, over the past year and am working on trying to continue to pursue developing this model and measure (we had some very promising results!). My faculty mentor and I are planning to continue work on this over the next couple of years as I prepare to apply to programs again. This is at a liberal arts school, however, and there isn't any existing funding in the labs or department. My research over the last year was funded by an institutional grant that is only available to currently enrolled students and the line of research represents a substantial departure from any existing research programs at the school and my mentor's experience (I essentially created an entirely new research lab/program for my project). In order to do this, we need to find funding. Does anyone know of any grant opportunities for someone in my position (recent graduate, neither enrolled nor matriculating, trying to gain more experience and continue my research while re-applying to PhD programs)??? Pretty much everything that we are finding requires that one be currently enrolled in a program somewhere or at the post-doc level. I will also be continuing to TA for undergrad psychology classes this summer and through the next couple of years, but there aren't any funding opportunities for this within the department or institution. This is great experience and something that I really enjoy doing so I plan to do it even if unfunded, it would be great if I could find some way to fund myself doing this as I'm not really able to work at the same time and need to find some way to contribute to my household finances (especially since I'll have to begin repaying my student loans soon too). Does anyone have any knowledge of any funding opportunities for this? I'd appreciate any help/advice anyone can offer on where to look; funding opportunities for recent graduates that are neither currently enrolled as students, nor matriculating into a program seem to almost non-existent.
  22. Hello, guys! I'm going to apply for MA in Canada (University of British Columbia) and I've got a few questions about it, so maybe smb had similar experience. I've got Russian diploma in Medicine (M.D.) and also it is veryfied in Israel. But I'd like to change my speciality and apply for MA in Science (kinesiology in priority, biology, genetics are also possible). I looked through application requirments and it's said there that I'm able to apply for these programs because I've got a diploma in related field.The problem is that all these programs are connected with researches and I don't have any background in research, just a few weeks of work in clinic. However, I have to find a supervisor before application. The main question is: is it possible to find supervisor without any background? I'm going to join volunteer programs in lab, visit conferences and so on, but I actually don't have appropriate credits, experience and documents. I thought about applying for PhD in Russia and spend there a year or smth for experience and credits, and then apply for MA in Canada, But it would be such a waste of time... So please tell me about your experience in situations like mine, I'd really appreciate that!
  23. Final Project

    Hi everyone, Can you guys take a few minutes to fill in this survey for me please? It's part of my final project for Social Psychology class. Your answers will help me tremendously in writing my report. Here's the link to the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/33X25SZ Thank you so so much!
  24. How to get research experience

    Hi all, I'm looking for some advice on gaining research experience. I am hoping to apply to MA/MS Programs in Counseling Psychology (I've got my eye on UK and Southern Illinois for my top choices) for Fall 2019, with the end goal of eventually getting my PhD. My undergraduate GPA was pretty terrible, but my GRE scores are solid, I am re-taking the two psych courses I did poorly in, and by the time I apply I will have four years experience working as a Mental Health Case Manager. I'm hoping I can get accepted going the masters route and show I am capable of good grades and go from there. So my question is, even for masters programs most say research experience really strengthens your application....where should I look to find research experience ? I did two research based courses in undergrad, and in one I worked with a team to create and run an experiment and presented for Psi Chi...but that's the extent of my research and that was almost five years ago. I've tried applying to some part-time research positions at the local university, but they are limited and I have had no luck getting interviews. Any ideas of where else to look? Will universities take on volunteer research assistants ? What have other people's experiences been with admissions to MA/MS programs (do they look a lot at research, are they generally competitive, will a good GRE help to balance out a poor GPA?)? Thanks all!
  25. Ecology/Biology Post Baccalaureate

    My goal is to earn a PhD in Marine Ecology but I don't have very much background in it or any research experience. I graduated from the Naval Academy 2 years ago with a BS in General Science (Biology/Ecology were not offered majors). Does anyone have any advice/know of any programs that could get me more research experience in biology/ecology to make me more competitive? Thanks!