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  1. I am going to save the whole backstory and just get into my question. I am a first-year PhD student, and I came to this university because my PI's research is a perfect fit. I came out over the summer to begin research early and get into the swing of things, but this is undoubtedly NOT the lab for me. I'm miserable and it is a horribly toxic environment. I have contacted both of my previous PI's and they agree that I need to change labs. My question is, how do I go about doing so? As soon as word gets back that I'm looking into funding available in other labs, my PI will fire me on the spot. He also would not give a good reference once he learns I am leaving. There is also no departmental staff that I can inquire to about departmental support in the case of funding lapse- there is only 1 staff member who hasn't quit, and they would tell my PI if I asked about anything. I don't know what to do.. I feel like I'm forced to make this decision blind.
  2. This is my first post to this site and I'm relatively new to the whole process. I'm graduating this coming may with a BS in Applied Mathematics and a Minor in Business Administration. My GPA was a 3.6, GRE scores are Q : 168 V : 153 AWA : 5. I have applied for programs at University of Denver, Depaul, UChicago, Columbia Data Science Institute, and USF and I'm working on several more. I've gotten into USF, Denver (which i don't plan on attending) and Depaul, I've interviewed with Columbia last Wednesday but I'm aware it may take another week or so to get a decision. I was a research assistant at K-State and helped publish a journal with several professors for a few of the years I was there and gave talks at several conferences. I'm having trouble deciding which program to choose so if I could get any feedback on the above programs I would appreciate it. I really want to attend Columbia but I might not hear back from them for a week and USF says I may lose my spot if I don't commit by 3/20. My reason for Columbia is they seem to offer a substantial amount of research opportunities. From my understanding USF doesn't have as many research opportunities as Depaul and Columbia because it's only a year long program compared to two years. Can anyone attest to the value of a two year program over a one year program? On top of that can anyone attest to the overall experience or what they've heard in regards to opportunities they've gotten at these institutions?
  3. Hi! A little blurb about me before I delve into my situation. I graduated from this master's program in experimental psychology in Indiana back in May 2019. But since I didn't get my thesis finished until July, my school put down my official graduation month as August 2019. During my time at this school, I worked at this research lab that consisted of me, my adviser, and undergraduate RAs (FYI, they change every semester). This lab I used to work at examined attention. I graduated with a 3.89 GPA and after I finished my coursework and defended my thesis, I moved back home. I know this sounds weird but currently, I'm working at this place where I used to work during my gap year (which is a before-and-after school program filled with kids that have special needs and kids who don't) after I left this lab at a local university due to my conflicting research interests with that of my PI. He told me that it's better if I go work at another lab. I'm currently reapplying for jobs as a research assistant in psychology so I can go back and get my PhD in clinical psychology. Could I possibly get another job as a research assistant at another psychology lab? Any suggestions would be appreciated!
  4. I'm well aware I am not the first person to ask this question. How important is it to have your research out on publication? (More so, would it make that much difference if this is an international student?) I have been taking gap year and I will be applying this cycle (December) to Clinical Psychology and some Counseling psychology programs that are fully funded. I honestly don't think I can pay for grad school myself. I'm still unfamiliar with the posting guidelines of this website so please feel free to leave a comment if you think this post belongs somewhere else! I graduated last year with all types of honors in both of my majors and have been working on my GRE and was working as a tutor on the side to keep my living expenses. My GRE score is both on 90 percentiles and GPA is 3.7. I worked as an undergrad research assistant for a year in clinical psych lab (we developed a scale for clinical disorder) in my senior year. At the same time I worked in a different lab in a different department also as an undergrad RA for 2 years that is not really relevant to my interests but I knew the professor and learned quite a lot of skills. I also completed a honors thesis upon the completion of my undergrad study. My three LORs will come from 1. a person (not a professor but in academia) who directed my thesis and those who I have been working as RA. (1. professor from my second department who knows me really well and 3. one grad student and a retired professor in clinical psychology dept. co-signing the last letter) Although I'm kind of worried that some of my LORs will come from non-psychology people, they happen to know me for the longest time and very very well. But the biggest problem is that I DO NOT have any publication. My professors from undergrad encouraged me to submit my thesis to at least undergrad journals but I'm just not confident that it will get accepted especially I know there were some mistakes. I presented at a regional conference for my thesis but it wasn't in psychology department. No posters, nothing. So now I'm done with GRE, I need something to fill my gap year and boost my resume. I originally was going to work as a full-time RA at one of the university in my home country but due to unforeseen circumstance, I won't have the full-time position anymore. I reached out to several professors in my home country and they told me although they will be more than happy to take me in as an RA, my duties won't be that much different from the ones I did as an undergrad RA as their PhD/Masters students will get the priorities for all the funding and resources. In that case, it's not impossible but it will be very difficult to put my name as an author. So far, I can only think of these three options 1. Volunteer as a research assistant (pretty much same as undergrad RA and help the lab members with their projects in hopes that I can put my name as a third or fourth author. + get a side job to save money 2. Get a clinical setting job (full-time, decent pay) in a private clinical practice and see if they have any research project that I can help on the side) 3. Get a research job that deals with clinical population but not clinical psychology-related. More like a pharmaceutical or researching company (this will be heavily research oriented but it won't be from clinical psychology) I don't know how much of my status as an international student would change how important it is to have publication but I need as many advice as possible. If you guys have any other ideas please help me, I feel so lost.
  5. So, I am currently in a master's program and my goal is to gain admission into a clinical psychology program (to specialize in Neuropsych). However, I JUST landed an RA position to gain research experience (my master's is not research, it's more clinical emphasis). I got my BA this past summer '19. Option A: Apply to PhD programs this fall (2020), where I'll be in the lab for 10 months by the time I submit my apps (1 yr & 7 mo. by the time I matriculate). I will also most likely be able to get LORs from professors at my master's program. Option B: Apply to PhD programs next fall (2021), where then I'll be in the lab for 1 yr & half by the time I submit apps (2 & half years by the time I matriculate). Extend my MA graduation until spring 2022 (i can slow down the course load, it's not a problem from that side), so then I can still get LORs from professors within the program in addition to my PI. Option C : Same as B except that I will finish my MA in spring 2021 & spend the rest of gap years doing just my RA position alone. So I am considering the plans above, I obviously would prefer option A (the quicker the better). However, I am just not sure on two things 1) if PhD programs would calculate "research experience" by what you have by the time you apply or by the time you matriculate? I am afraid that 10 months into my RA position would not be taken seriously (also for an LOR request from PI!). 2) If I went by option C, then I am afraid that i will run into an LOR dilemma. Sure by that time my RA PI can give me one (which is the most important I believe), but what about the other two? can I reach out to my MA professors a handful of months after taking their courses to request LOR? is that common or do you think its inappropriate? Also, I would like to add that I already have a year and half of undergraduate RA experience if that also counts! I would like your insights on which plan is a "usual" plan and also which is most favored or the least problematic! Thank You all, Yoyo
  6. Recent CS grad who is planning on applying to PhD programs in the near future. While I have some research experience (including an REU from this past summer), I'm currently taking a gap year to recharge before applications and was wondering if it is possible to gain more relevant experience in the months that I do have before applying. I have one work offer, and am interviewing for another potential company (software developer/consulting, not research related), in addition to sending apps for research assistant positions at a couple national labs. Any advice on a path that I could take for the next few months? I'm thinking of going on the research route, but any other suggestions? Should I keep applying to national labs? Would it be a good idea to try and ask professors at my previous undergrad for opportunities?
  7. This question always trips me up! Do I go broad and say that I'm a postmodernist or something? Or do I talk about the smaller scale theories I use from one or two writers? I never know how to go about answering questions about what theories I use in my research because often the articles we read don't usually say that I'm taking a specific type of approach. I'm in linguistic anthropology so I use a lot of semiotic theory, a lot of identity/interaction/discourse theory for discourse analysis, but I never know if they have actual labels. I get very tripped up by this question and I need to perfect it because I have another interview coming up.
  8. I'm a sophomore undergrad in a top 10 institution studying study Econ and sociology. I'm interested in social science in general, but pure economics (too much math for me) or pure social/political theory are not interesting to me. Other than that, I would like to explore the breadth of all social sciences. I wonder if there are recommendations for good master programs that prepare students for phd programs? Thanks!
  9. Right now I am doing my Masters Wanted to do my doctorate before doing my doctorate I want to publish my research papers having a list of publication in my mind like Scopus and Springer. Which is the better one to publish and where can I get the best conferences related to Dental and oral health in India . Hoping community members from the Grandcafe will guide me.
  10. Really anxious about the results for summer@epfl programme. Has anyone received nay response yet?
  11. I intend to apply for PhD in US ..I have bachelor’s degree in zoology and master’s degree in industrial biotechnology with thesis based on nanosciences and application in drug delivery. Most of the unis are offering same type of research in chem engg dept, chemistry or biomedical engg dept and offer admission to the students having the very same bachelor’s degree. Now as i have different background how can i tackle the problem of prerequisite courses ? Is there any university offering phd with research focus on nanosciences but takes students from diverse background.
  12. Hi everyone, I'm a research assistant at Loyola Marymount University, and the lab I work at is looking for a full-time post-doc research fellow. I'll link the job posting here: https://jobs.lmu.edu/postings/41883 Just wanted to get the word out! If you think you fit, we would love to hear from you! Thanks :)
  13. I am planning to pursue Masc in ece(specialisation in biomedical) from a canadian university. Could someone please let me know the research opportunities that would be available for me after I complete my masters? How is the industrial research scenario in Canada right now? Thank you for the help
  14. I am right now at that point in my career where I need to choose whether I need to take a thesis or project to end my Master's degree. I want to enter into the Industry side of Bioinformatics and I want to ask the recruiters what mainly they look in the candidates when they hire a bioinformatics student the technical knowledge or the research
  15. Hi everyone! I will study as a master student for the next 2 years and I plan to apply for a Ph.D program in the future. One thing that I'm very concerned about is that I don't have any publications in my field. In fact, I really love participating in research and I have joined in several projects before. Unfortunately, I encountered some lazy or incapable partners who always threw their work on me even after the work had been clearly assigned to everyone. At that time I was too naive and just angrily abandoned those projects and let them fail...After that, the partners even didn't care about the projects! Also My undergraduate advisor never cared about what I had done until I finished my graduate thesis with an A+ grade. So I just benefited and learned little from him. Now I am working for a large part of a multidisciplinary project. when I see my partners' response, I have a feeling that this project may also fail . I'm not sure how much publications would matter on my Ph.D application but I really want to change this poor situation in my later graduate study. I am afraid that only two years won't be long enough for me to get some publications. Could anyone give me some suggestions or share some plans with me? Thanks!! I have a nearly 4.0 GPA and several matched research experience & research skills but I have already lost confidence in later Ph.D application. What kind of work should I focus on during my graduate study? Or how can I quickly join in an efficient or passionate research group to restart?
  16. Hello, I am a graduate student at Midwestern University - Glendale working on my capstone project. I am studying the relationships empathy, self-reflection and cognition among SLP graduate students. I am recruiting graduate students in an SLP program to participate in a study to learn what qualities and personalities are entering certain vocational settings of Speech-Language Pathology. The study has been approved by the IRB, and all responses are anonymous.If you are a current SLP graduate student and are interested in participating, please follow this hyperlink to the survey: https://forms.gle/QFjkv6WAes4azgBw9Thank you!Midwestern University - Glendale, AZSpeech-Language Pathology Graduate Student (2020)rmagee67@midwestern.edu
  17. Hi All I am looking for the help of expert writing tutor online using Skype. The subject matter is Christian Theology/Religion and the help is needed to write/articles/essays from the books. Please respond with details. Thanks Learner77
  18. 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!
  19. Hello everyone, I am an Asperger's person who is also an ADHD; I am linguistically intelligent; I love sitting-still, reading, writing, and expanding my knowledge, but I, often, get bogged down at some points or fail at finding precise content for literature review. I am differently hardwired; I struggle with implied things, I hyper-focus when I should not, and I do not focus when I should. Irregularities cut my circuit short. I learn slower than others, but when I learn something it becomes mesmerizing eventually, but I don't have the quick and intuitive start many people enjoy. I always end up being excellent at things, but next fall, I will be studying Political Science, International Relations, and I want to work efficiently. The literature review part of research is mysterious to me; I noticed that scholars tend to keep ideas of the LR implicit so as to be understood only by scholars in the field, but that does not help new people, like me, get a grasp of what literature review is NOT. I know that LR is about citing others conclusions, relevant studies, ... etc, but again, I have difficulty knowing what literature review is NOT and how to deal with its irregularities. The reason for my question is that not all research thesis and questions have enough/clear/precise/direct-to-the-point content to include in the literature review to eventually run a research in a regular way; there are irregularities; What to do in this case? Do I cite the closest points to my topic even if they seem far from it? spending hours looking through books to get something relevant to my topic makes me lose energy and hope. Are there efficient techniques/strategies for looking through books and journals to find the content I am looking for? Are there any tips as to what and what not to include in the literature review? What different scenarios/problems they may face? And how to tackle these problems. I know research is not hard as some people finish three 20-page papers in one semester, but I don't get it. Some others, double major in their master's endeavors. Many professors and colleagues seem to keep things to themselves, but that does not help beginners. Many students suffice with doing like what other scholars do, but I prefer to know why they do things the way they do them? I don't feel comfortable imitating others as I know that, at some point, missing blocks will expose that I was just imitating and that I was not a genuine researcher.
  20. I'm an international student from India and I've been offered admission to Duke and USC for an MS in BME. I've spoken to a lot of people from both colleges, and I seem to get the general idea that USC is a great place primarily because of its location in California where there are a lot of BT/Biomed companies. But I'm still pretty torn between them, since Duke has a great program and offers me the flexibility to really explore what I like. As somebody who wants to enter the industry, I'm not sure if I should pick the much lower ranked program/good location, or great program/okay location. Any sights?
  21. Hi y'all, So quick question for you all...my computer is currently dying a very slow death. It's gone from being able to last days to holding a FULL battery for maybe 4 hours. It's gotten pretty bad, so I'm in the market for a new laptop. I've been using a macbook for the last 6 years. I like the simplicity of it. But, that being said, I'm open to other idea's. I've been doing some research into the Microsoft Surface laptop which seems pretty close to the macbook. What does everyone else use? I'm looking for something with great battery life, easy to use, and will last me through my masters and (hopefully) Ph.D. Thank you all in advance!
  22. Hey Everyone, So After applying to 10 programs, interviewing with 3, and being rejected by all, I am at a crossroads with my academic career. I am thriving to pursue a PH.D in counseling psychology or clinical psychology and I wanted some insight on what other applicants who were or are in my shoes will be doing for the upcoming year until the next application cycle starts. Personally, I am looking into a route in mental health counseling. Despite having a clinical psychology research degree, I was accepted to Fordham's master's program with SCHOLARSHIP & Assistantship. In addition, the academic advisor I was given is the same faculty member I applied to work with in the PH.D program. I am thinking that going for a year to install new pieces to my resume might be the boost I need to get accepted into a PH.D program. Any insight or criticism is greatly appreciated.
  23. Hi everyone, I have been exploring old posts and haven't found anything regarding this program so I started a new one. Feel free to let me know if I missed any discussions before. I am a fourth-year student from Canada graduating this year. My GPA is decent (3.85) and have good GRE scores (160/168/4.5). I got a pile of rejections in this cycle. I am not surprised because I know I lack research experiences. I only work as volunteer research assistants since my 3rd year in different labs, basically working for fellows or graduate students on there projects and running participants. I didn't do a thesis for my psychology major, neither did I do an independent project. Therefore no publication, no presentation of results, etc. While my goal ultimately is clinical PhD (I think I am quite sure of that, compared to counselling degrees), I think for my situation right now it is difficult to get publications related to clinical psychology. The labs I worked in were social/cognitive psychology and they are not so open about the opportunities in manuscript writing or publishing papers. Therefore I found this MA program of clinical psychology in Northwestern University. This is a 15-month research program not training clinical practice. I found that this is for preparing students that want to pursue clinical PhD but are not ready for it. I want to gather more information about this program (how is the courses, how the research projects work for the students, and what they expect from applicants, etc.) and any feedback from your guys will be very very helpful! Also since this program starts in 2019 summer, I am actually very worried because I was offered a paid summer-research-student program in a depression lab. I really don't want to miss this opportunity but this MA program seems very perfect for improving my weakness in research experiences. Thanks in advance for viewing this long post and giving thoughts about it!!!
  24. I recently applied for a research based degree and I have indeed been offered admission (with funding), scheduled to start this fall. Prior to my acceptance, I had an interview with my prospective advisor and we both seemed to have similar interests, so they recommended me for admission. Most of the funding is indeed coming from the supervisor rather than the department. The supervisor is a newly-hired assistant professor, just starting out and building up the group from scratch, so I didn't really have much information regarding the available projects and research directions they intend to pursue other than a short summary. We discussed a possible proposed project and even potential collaborations with other groups in the department (one of the potential collaborators was also present during the interview). I was definitely happy with the project and was looking forward to working on it, but I wouldn't say that it was perfectly 100% aligned with what I had hoped to work on. I accepted the offer and that was that. The offer letter mentions that I will be under the supervision of this professor, so that seems set in stone (no complaints so far). Recently, this professor launched a website for the new group (came across it by chance), complete with a detailed list of all the projects they want to pursue and is still actively recruiting. On reading more about these projects, there is one in particular which I would be very excited to work on (significantly more than my 'proposed' project). My question is, would it be OK to contact this professor now and to perhaps intimate to them or suggest that I would prefer to work on one of the other projects listed? Or to maybe influence the direction of my proposed project? I am hesitant because I don't want to come across as indecisive and scatterbrained, and I do understand that the professor might be recruiting certain students with certain skills to work on specific projects, so I do get why my this request might upset the professor. I don't want them to feel that I conned them into accepting me on a false premise. At the same time, I would really rather work on this other project and would like to signal this to them as early as possible, before it is 'taken' by another student. Should I initiate this discussion now? Or should I maybe wait till I arrive in the fall? Is it even too premature to be worrying about such things? Am I over-thinking this perhaps? Would appreciate any input. Thanks.
  25. Hello all! Just joined - glad to be here! I'm currently a junior and have been considering going to graduate school for quite some time but I'm not exactly sure what to do to prepare myself as fully as possible for the applications. I've been enjoying my time in college and doing lots of academic and nonacademic stuff not related to graduate school, but I'm kind of a mess when it comes to planning and working towards grad school. I'm an international student double majoring in computational biology and mathematics at an R1 university in the US and enjoying it immensely - and I want to continue in the intersection of the two fields (computational genomics, high-throughput tech analysis and design, network inference, systems biology). I've been in and out of research assistantships throughout college but never stuck to one that I feel strongly about (the one I'm working on right now has been going on for about 3 months). I also don't yet know any faculty close enough to ask for a recommendation letter. I was co-author on two papers from a past research assistantship not related to my field (materials engineering), and I have a sole-author manuscript up on arXiv. Current project may result in a pub (according to my research supervisor) but I'm not sure. My GPA is around average for my major (around 4.6-4.7 on a 5.0 scale), although I have been taking graduate courses and an above-average load in recent semesters. My goal is to finish undergrad with my current GPA but I am not quite sure if that's enough for what I'm aiming towards for graduate school (either continue at this university or another R1). My university also has a one-year Master's program that requires a 4.25 technical GPA that I'm confident I will reach, and I'm considering spending a year post-undergrad for that to do research and prepare better for grad school. No clue about the GREs yet. I have also been dealing with mental health issues since freshman year and diagnosed with ADD a year and a half ago. I am accommodated by the university but it shows on my work and grades. I mainly wanted to post just to get an idea of what should I be focusing on for the future. Maybe it's too early, I don't know; but I can't help but get nervous when my classmates are getting incredibly lucrative job offers and such. I wanted to be a professor in academia my whole life and I'm my best and most passionate self when doing research. Right now I'm kind of lost. I would be grateful for any advice! How do I connect with faculty and research supervisors for possible assistantships/projects? Is my GPA enough for R1 institutions? Will the Master's program benefit me in preparing for grad school? Should I take the GREs for a potential added plus for GRE-optional schools? Should I mention my mental health issues and disability to research supervisors/advisors and in grad school applications? I'll take any advice. Thank you so much in advance!
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