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  1. The Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia is seeking an individual to serve as a Project Coordinator on a team that is working on an extended longitudinal study of adolescent family and peer relations as predictors of psychosocial development, physical health, and aging from ages 13 to 43, and in implementing a social belonging intervention for entering college students. Responsibilities include: supervision and training of undergraduate research assistants and part time staff organizing and leading research discussion meetings tracking and corresponding with families administering semi-structured interviews with families handling project budget collection and management of adolescents' academic records, database management data analyses assisting with grant proposals. Assist senior researchers by completing tasks that support research operations. Help create and utilize data stores for research and analysis Understand data measurement and apply theories to practical information gathering Train in research techniques Learn technology and software capabilities, operations, limitations, and outcomes. Conduct interviews and collect data according to procedures. Support the analysis of research results and the summarizing of findings. Support the preparation of reports and manuscripts. Maintain research records. Schedule and book facilities. May supervise students. May purchase supplies and track expenditures. Adhere to regulatory research guidelines in daily work.· In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned. Individuals may also get involved in statistical analyses and presentation of data at conferences or write-up of papers for publication. These full-time positions will remain open until filled. This is a restricted position contingent on continued funding. PLEASE APPLY THROUGH UVA WORKDAY: https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/UVAJobs/job/Charlottesville-VA/PSYC---Allen-Project--Coordinator_R0035029
  2. Hi everyone, I just want to know is MSECE program in UM specialization in communications worth doing? is there good research options and professors? or I should prefer MENG in ECE. Which course is better and has better job options later. Thanks, Daksh
  3. Anyone else waiting on results for Public Policy PhD programs (or equivalents such as policy analysis or government), regardless of which university? There was a person commenting they had gotten an interview invite for Duke recently - do you know if all prospective admitted students get one? Cheers
  4. I am having a hard time wrapping my head around how to do grounded theory... it seems like its coding/recoding/categorizing and then writing about the themes that emerge. do folks have experience/resources for this? I've read Charmaz and a few others on this but reading about it is one thing.. versus putting it into practice (which seems to me to involve coding - revisiting and grouping those codes - then writing about the themes). But maybe I'm totally off... would appreciate any advice/confirmation/tips folks have.
  5. Hiya, I am applying for microbiology/virology PhD programmes in the fall. Most applications require a minimum of 3 referees and a maximum of 5. I am on an integrated masters programme in the UK. I was wondering what the split between professors who have taught me (one to one teaching, so know me very well) and research supervisors? At the time of the application in Dec, I will have been about a month in into my masters year research project (start first week of Nov, Covid delayed everything). Should I ask my lab PI who is supervising my masters to write me a LoR despite the fact that he would have known me for a max of 1 month? Any advice would be appreciated!!
  6. Hey, I'm interested in virology and want to stay in academia. I've offers from Scripps in Florida (not the CA one) and UTMB, Galveston. Which would be better for grad training in virology? Which is more prominent/reputable? Additionally, can you transfer between Scripps campuses? Thanks!
  7. Hi! Does anyone mind sharing his/her template used to contact professors whether or not they accept graduate students and that you are willing to work with them. I've mailed over 15-20 professors and none of them have got back to me. It's been very stressful. I don't know whether to send them a reminder again or let it be. Please any advice on this is much appreciated! Thanks.
  8. 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
  9. Hi all, I am a 2nd year post-bacc research assistant planning to apply to clinical/counseling PhD programs this upcoming fall. I am making efforts to narrow my research interests, as they are still somewhat broad, so that I can start developing a sense of where/who I may apply to. I worked with a graduate student recently whose interest was the development of scalable interventions, and I feel like this is largely in line with what I am interested in as well (I haven't yet talked to this student to gain more info from them, but I will soon). I am wondering if anyone has any resources/suggestions/people of interest related to research surrounding the development of interventions for various psychopathologies. I am unsure where a good starting point may be when it comes to learning more about this type of research. Is this a specific subfield (like neuropsych or health)? Any help is much appreciated!
  10. Has anyone heard so far from EPFL? I am really anxious for this year. Have you been contacted by a prof? What are some other programs I could apply to if I don't make it to this one?
  11. I am about to graduate in December and I am going to pursue a career in research. I just began applying for research assistant jobs that interest me when I got some discouraging advice. My current plan is this: 1. Be hired as a research assistant starting as soon as January. 2. Work as a research assistant for at least a year or two (Ideally work for a company that can pay for grad school). Use mornings/evenings before/after work to build on personal projects (businesses I will start, etc.) and goals. 3. Transition from work mode to school mode by doing some independent study of the most relevant types of coursework that I would need to refresh (ex: biochemistry), and prepare for GRE. 4. Apply to graduate school for PhD and attend. 5. Postdoc in Japan. 6. Career in cell biology and/or genetics research. Run my businesses. I like this plan, but I want to get advice to make the best moves possible. I did not get to give the person who gave me advice the full plan because they didn't listen to the whole thing. But their advice to me was that getting a research assistant job doesn't make as much sense as doing a postbacc, since a postbacc program may be designed in a way where continuing education is easier. They said that a postbacc would be better if I plan to go to grad school later. They also said that I might not have time in the mornings and evenings to do my own thing as a research assistant because I will be busting my butt on everyone's projects. They said some other things, but I felt like it wasn't really helping because they did not listen to most of the plan or my reasons for each thing. I will list some of my reasons for wanting to do a research assistant job, but I would really appreciate everyone who sees this correcting me where I'm wrong, answering my subsequent questions, and giving me advice that would help me succeed. These are my reasons for why I am leaning toward research assistant. I want to begin working in my field as soon as possible. If I'm going to do a postbacc program, my understanding is that the application cycle is already about to end. If I start applying for postbaccs now, and they start in the summer next year, I'm behind. I know some have rolling admission, but it's still good to be an early applicant. If I apply anyway, I need to work in the meantime. So it would make more sense to do DoorDash or something until then instead of trying to get hired in a lab. But I really want to do biology instead of going back to DoorDash. If I do a research assistant job, I may not find one right away, but at least an actual job doesn't depend on an application cycle in the same way a program does. I had already started applying right before I got the advice that it's a bad idea. I need to save money. I don't have very much in savings and I have big plans. If I work now, I can save up for future goals/plans. Some major goals include, moving out and getting my own place, money for graduate school, starting my own businesses. If I do a postbacc, that's about $30,000 that I need for admission, right? I might be getting paid during the program, but I don't know if it makes sense to have a big bill like that right after finishing college. I don't want to go straight into more school. I want to work right away to gain experience in research that I'm interested in and to make money. I want a break from school so I can work on me and my goals. Not all postbaccs have an educational component, right? But if I do one, it makes the most sense to find one that incorporates that supplemental coursework that I mentioned in the beginning, right? Based on my thoughts, can wiser people please give me advice on how I might need to tweak this plan? What are the most strategic options? If I go with my plan, am I putting myself at a disadvantage compared to doing a postbacc, or is it just simply a different path? And if my current plan is sound, can you please give advice on the job application process? And pray for me/wish me luck? Thanks for reading!
  12. Undergrad: Big State School ranked around 150 Major: Mathematics, with Minor in Computer Science GPA: 4.0 (Two more semesters to go) Student Type: International Male (South Asian) Courses: Calculus Series, Into Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Proofs and Logic, Discrete Mathematics, Undergraduate Advanced Calculus Series, Intro to Programming, Object Oriented Programming, Data Structures, Data Science in Python, Data Visualization in R, Database System, Elementary Number Theory, Group Theory, Mathematical Statistics I, Mathematical Statistics II, Analytic Number Theory, Complex Analysis, Probabilistic Number Theory. Currently taking Graduate Real Analysis I, Probability Theory I, Proof based linear algebra. Will take Real Analysis II, Probability Theory II, Topology next semester GRE General: Taking third week of October. Hoping to 165+ in quantitative Math GRE: Not taking Research: Proved a small result in analytic number theory with my advisor. Participated in summer research program at The Fields Institute where I worked in Arithmetic statistics. I worked primarily in simulation and generating data where I wrote parallel programs in C++ using OpenMP and MPI and used supercomputers to perform simulation. Got some interesting results, currently writing a paper to submit. I am also currently working in probabilistic number theory with my another advisor and we proved an interesting result, currently brushing up the work. I have a decent background in computation and pure mathematics, which stat grad school seem to value a lot. But I do not have a strong background in the thing that matters most, statistics. Letters of Recommendation: I think I will get strong letters from all three people I have worked with. Programs Applying to: Statistics PhD My questions are: 1. I initially thought I would do number theory in grad school, but as I started working in probabilistic number theory and arithmetic statistics, I found out that I loved working in problems in statistics and applied probability more and I also realized how powerful statistics is (for example we were able to generate data and verify a conjecture with statistical analysis that seemed incredibly difficult to approach with traditional mathematical tools). Should I just be honest in my statement in purpose and say I how I got interested in statistics but do not have any narrow interest figured out but will take classes in grad school and see for myself what I enjoy most? Or should I write some pretentious crap about how I am interested in some fancy sounding field and want to work with X,Y,Z professor? But I guess being honest I might not be able to convince the admission committee that I am a good fit for their department. 2. Although I have a good research background, I do not have any publication till now. Opportunities just came by and I went on doing multiple projects than sitting down to write up the results and finalize the work. Depending upon how hard I can work, we might be able to upload 3 papers in arxiv while submitting our application but I wont have a manuscript of my strongest result. Will I be able to make a case for me in good school if I do not have any publication? But both I and my advisors will be able to give brief but precise account of exact works I have done and results I have proved. 3. Since I come from a department which has almost never sent a student to top schools, do I stand a chance at top programs? I think I have worked incredibly had during my undergrad but there is always a reputation of school that might potentially hurt me. 4. All three people I have worked with are number theorists, and if I ask for fourth the person that will be able to write the best letter for me is my probability theory professor. I took two statistics class with the same professor, got A in both, but do not have great relationship with the professor. Does not having letter of recommendation from a statistics professor send a bad message? Sorry for the long ramble!
  13. Hi, I'm currently applying for my masters in I/O psychology. I'm mostly applying to American schools, but am considering also applying to the University of Waterloo in Canada. All of undergrad I've been told how important research experience is for grad school. I'm wondering if the same mindset applies when it comes to Canadian grad schools? Or is work experience more valued? Thank you!
  14. Hey y'all! I'm currently applying to Clinical Psychology PhD programs for Fall 2021 admissions. This will be my first time every going through the application cycle, so yes, I'm very excited and very nervous Here's my conundrum though, I'm still not sure about my research interests. I just graduated from with my MA in Psychology this Spring, so I have had 2 years of 'official' psychology experience, if you may, and while I thoroughly enjoyed every core class I took (biopsych, ethics, cognitive, stats, etc), I'm still not sure about what exactly I want to research for the next 5 years... Almost every topic seems so exciting to pursue! And it's like this buffet where I want to eat everything (I mean, try every kind of sub topic haha). So, my main question is, how did you discover or get to know what exactly you want research? How did you know that a specific sub-field was 'the one' for you? Any advice or perspective will be really appreciated! Thanks y'all!
  15. Hello everyone! I’m planning to apply to PhD programs in either Pharmacology or Comparative Medicine next fall. However, I’m in a bit of a pickle. For context, I’m an upcoming third year university student and I’m currently working at a large pharmaceutical company. This is a great opportunity for me because I plan to work in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry after I obtain my PhD degree (fingers crossed). Admittedly, with my current position, I’m not as heavily involved in research as I’d like to be but I do get exposure to it. However, my company is offering to “promote” me to a study technician next summer where I will get more hands-on with their research projects. Although this is a fantastic offer, I was also debating on applying to REU programs for next summer. I have never formally presented a research poster and I’m concerned that PhD programs may favor REU experience over industry experience. I understand that REU programs are notoriously difficult to get into so I’m wondering if there’s a point in applying when I already have a wonderful opportunity at my current company. I also get paid significantly more working there than I will at any REU program. If anyone could offer any advice or thoughts. I would sincerely appreciate it. Thank you in advance :)!
  16. I am currently a junior at a top CS degree in Europe and my current GPA is around 3.0 if converted to American system (the main reason for bad grades is that I am studying in my third language). I will have completed an internship at a Big4 company by the end of the summer, and have some other extracurriculars, but only one is related to research (a literature review paper graded by a professor). Is there a chance I can convince the admission committees that I am not dumb? I am looking to applying to a Research Internship for Spring or Summer 2021.
  17. Hi all, I hope this finds you well. I am currently writing my PhD in Near Eastern Archaeology. I used a very useful database that helped me organising my data. I thought that might be of interest for some of you. I think it could be also used to record finds on excavations. I am not sure if I can post the link to it in here? Otherwise I am happy to provide a review. Stay safe and take care
  18. For folks who graduated from/are attending Smith's social work program in 2018 and beyond: Did you enjoy/find value in the research sequence that replaced the thesis requirement? Is there an option/possibility to write a thesis even though it's not required? If anyone has completed/is completing a research practicum, any experience shared would be much appreciated! I'm bummed that the thesis isn't part of the program anymore. I'm from southern CA, and most local MSW programs do not have a thesis requirement. Interestingly, only a handful of state schools include a thesis option.
  19. What exactly do people mean when they say 2 years of research? Is this two years part time? A few hours a week or more like 20? I understand the more the better, but what is the minimum for a two year time period? Also, my GPA is a 3.5. What GRE should I shoot for? Is apply to 8-10 schools enough? These are not Ivy leage or anything special. I'm new at this and I've gotten so many mixed answers. TYIA
  20. Hello all! I never thought I'd make it back onto this website, but here I am. I graduate with my M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis here in a month from a top university in my field. It's a terminal masters degree, I'd say similar to M.S. in CMHC for those unfamiliar with ABA. It pushes a scientist-practitioner model strongly. In short, I provide a therapeutical service to individuals focusing on their behavior, changing behavior and using the science of behaviorism to teach new behaviors. I have a 4.0 graduate school average. Unfortunately, while here, I didn't really get involved in research. I was working as a practitioner throughout my entire master's and didn't have the time to join labs and I superrrr regret that now. Now, I am considering applying to PhD programs in school psychology or clinical psychology with an emphasis on child psychology in the next few years and am super concerned due to this lack of research experience. Following graduation, I will be employed as a psychology assistant at a mental health facility until I pass board certification, then I will be a behavior analyst working with children on the pediatric unit and working closely with counselors and psychologists on cases - so I will have the relevant clinical experience. The only "research" experience I do have are minor empirical scientist-practitioner studies as well as a methods paper/proposal for a capstone study I was /going/ to do, but due to COVID-19 I lost access to my participants and was unable to continue. My question is: how can I get involved in relevant research while I am working as a master's-level clinician in my field, but while not enrolled in a degree program? I will be located near a few universities, if that helps. Has anyone else had this experience? How should I reach out to people to assist with research? Thanks all 😁
  21. 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.
  22. 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?
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 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
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