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  1. I am interested in University of Toronto's MA program in Political Science. Can you share your thought about the program?
  2. Hello, I am searching for fellow political science/social science students who are interested in a collaborative studies project. This is not for any class or course of study, merely a brain child that I have come up with. I am interested in the understanding of how to properly predict election results through the understanding of political, societal, economic, and other related factors. This idea is related to a concept that I had in which if the baselines of these factors in our current society can be established and consequently related to already existing theories related to these sub
  3. Hi all, Does anyone have a successful Horowitz Foundation grant application that they would be willing to share? The word limit is killing me.
  4. Hey guys, I have a question about conducting interviews through video or voice calls in social science (qualitative) research. My friend from another department did one interview through Skype video chat because the interviewee resided in a different country. However the supervisor told her to do do another one and explained that in social science interviews should always be conducted face to face. It is less effort from the student to conduct interviews online compared to when they are done through face to face interactions and for that reason only the final grade of the thesis
  5. Hi everyone- quick question regarding LOR requests. Upon filling out my applications, I realized I sent one of my requests to an erroneous email (for simplicity sake, let's say I used .com instead of .edu when typing it in). The program does not allow me to change the email after a request has been sent, so I had to "exclude" that recommendation and subsequently resend a different, correct one. The correct one is now successfully submitted. My question is - will this "excluded" request be visible by those reviewing the application and could it possibly be viewed negatively -- indicating
  6. In one of my courses, we’re asking people to share their experiences and perspectives on how to best prepare for entering their field of work. I’m looking for anyone with a degree in Social Science (Interdisciplinary)/Cognitive science to answer these questions and help in my research. Afterwards, I’ll be discussing your feedback with my classmates, taking from my research what we can do best to prepare for our future careers. Thank you everyone for your time! General Information: Name, Occupation, Contact information, College, Major? Que
  7. Hey everyone! I just had some questions about the application process and thought someone here might be able to help! I am new to the site so please let me know if I posted this in the wrong place, thanks Some background to give you context: I applied to a bunch of Clinical Psychology Master's programs last year and although I received some interviews, I did not end up getting accepted anywhere. My question pertains to this year's applications and how I should approach applying to those schools that I have already applied to. Here are some of my questions (hopefully they can also help an
  8. Hello! I am considering a MA in Sociology of Childhood and Children's Rights at UCL or a MSc in Gender at LSE. Both programs would be cheaper alternatives to my US options which are MSW programs at UMichigan and UChicago. My question is: is it really that impossible to find work in the UK if I'm not in finance/business/STEM?
  9. Hi all, I applied for several PhD programs, but, unfortunately, none of them have been accepted. Instead, I got some offers for MA programs: Master in International Affairs at GPS, UC San Diego; Master of Arts in International Relations at GSAS, New York University; and MSc in International Relations Theory at London School of Economics. I might be admitted to MA in PoliSci at Columbia University. Which program do you think best for my late PhD applications? My academic interest is in IR theory and security, and I want to pursue a PhD at a top school after finishing one of the
  10. NRC Research Associateship Programs The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine offers postdoctoral and senior research awards on behalf of 23 U.S. federal research agencies and affiliated institutions with facilities at over 100 locations throughout the U.S. and abroad. We are actively seeking highly qualified candidates including recent doctoral recipients and senior researchers. Applications are accepted during 4 annual review cycles (with deadlines of February 1, May 1, August 1, November 1). Awardees have the opportunity to: · conduct independe
  11. Hello, Can someone please rank or describe the following programs (strengths and weaknesses or pros and cons): USC Annenberg Upenn Annenberg Cornell Stanford Northwestern Thank you so much!
  12. Hi all, I'm a rising senior this year double majoring in Statistics and Psychology. I really love both of these fields and want to pursue doing statistical research in the social sciences in graduate school (specifically masters programs). The only problem is I'm not sure what programs or field would best combine statistics and social science for me. From what I've seen, most psychology/stats programs are about psychometrics which mainly concerns working in the field of education which I have no background in and know very little about. I've taken a class on networks and social netwo
  13. Dear all, My specialism is political thought and intellectual history. At top US institutions like Princeton and Harvard, would I have a greater chance of admission if I apply for PhD programs in history, or in political science? Which field is less competitive in top research universities? Thanks, Dem
  14. Hi all, I'm a rising senior this year double majoring in Statistics and Psychology. I really love both of these fields and want to pursue doing statistical research in the social sciences in graduate school (specifically masters programs). The only problem is I'm not sure what programs or field would best combine statistics and social science for me. From what I've seen, most psychology/stats programs are about psychometrics which mainly concerns working in the field of education which I have no background in and know very little about. I've taken a class on networks and social netwo
  15. I plan to enter an anthro graduate school program (MA+PhD) in September 2018, which means I have something of a ‘gap year situation’ ahead of me [not in a strict sense, as I’ve been working for a number of years now]. I want to use this unstructured time ahead the best way I can. If you were in my position, how would you spend these spare 12 months before grad school officially begins? How would you prepare for what’s ahead, what would you focus on? It goes without saying that I have already given these questions a lot of careful consideration, but I’m very curious to learn how other
  16. Hi folks, After browsing numerous info on funding resources for DPhil candidates at Oxford, I found that there isn't a separate thread for this year's (Fall 2017) Clarendon Scholarship discussion. So here it is. Please leave a comment if you are waiting for the result coming out (and maybe the degree you applied for) OR if you have received the scholarship. Let's get some peer support! Good luck everyone!
  17. Hello! I was wondering if anyone here has applied to/heard back from the Psychology department at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. I visited back in October and was told that their "graduate applicant day" is usually held at the end of January. Here we are in the middle of January and I have not yet received an invite (nor have I seen any posts about Brock). Getting nervous!
  18. Hi I am an international student majoring in Sociology. Currently a senior and will be graduating next march. So I am planning on moving to graduate school to study Sociology. I have been applying to several UK schools and will be applying for North American schools (USA and Canada) in the next two months. I am indeed worried my application but my biggest concern at the moment might be my quant background. I did somewhat pretty well GPA wise in undergrad (Overall: around 3.85 Sociology:3.9-ish). However, the problem is, I have not taken any statistics nor quantitative courses.
  19. I am a PhD student and I had some research funding lined up for the upcoming year, but it fell through at the last minute quite unexpectedly. So right now I'm frantically scrambling to secure some alternate funding. I'm on an F-1 visa, so off-campus employment is really not an option (apart from applying for OPT which takes months to process). This is why I am looking for dissertation fellowship opportunities as well. I know that most fellowships for a given academic year have deadlines early in the year, but I was wondering whether there are some with (very) late deadlines, or consider applic
  20. Hello everyone! So, I'm at a stage in my life where I'm swinging on a vine and letting the wind blow me from every direction to the other, as I try to decide what areas I should specialize in. My current undergraduate major is Political Science, though I'm planning on doing my Master's in International Affairs. My areas of research interest are three as of now: Peace and Conflict Studies, International Human Rights, Evolving bilateral relations and the significance of international organisations. If any of you peeps are from a Social Science and particularly a political science
  21. I did my undergrad in philosophy and quickly learned how competitive teaching at the college level has become (overwhelming adjunct faculty, etc). Originally I wanted to teach philosophy at the college level and I have been studying for the GRE (as hard as it is for me b/c I don't remember so much of the math!). I am still in self debate mode but I have now turned my attention to online Masters degrees in Education (emphasis in science or social science) since with my current financial situation it's not practical for me to move and/or drive an hour each way to school (I have student loan debt
  22. Hi! UChicago's MACSS is a new 2-year program, so there aren't any alumni to ask. So I wanted to see what any of you may think about it. I found a quote from their Managing Director: “Our program is importantly different from the 10–12 high-level computational programs that presently exist on other campuses. Most of our peers are also one-year programs, and as a result have exceptionally high quantitative thresholds for admission, so there’s really no opportunity to have a shot unless you’ve already done that computational work.” So it seems that this is for candidates who w
  23. I am majoring in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice. I am getting a very good GPA, but I haven't taken the GRE test yet. I plan to take that in the coming months, before the summer when I start applying to grad schools. Yale is my Ivy League that I really want to go to. I'm attracted to the campus, the curriculum, everything about the school stands out to me. Don't get me wrong, I am also applying to other Ivies for grad school, but this is the only one that I would have to apply for public health. I got my AA in psychology and was going to do behavioral science at my current uni
  24. Hey everyone! I know it's still early in the admit season, but this is something I've been wondering about nonstop the past couple of days. After so much time competing to get into schools, the role reversal is catching me a little off guard. With visiting weekends coming up and opportunities to talk to professors and grad students on the phone, I'm wondering: what are good questions to be asking them? For current/recent grad students: what questions did you ask that were helpful? What do you wish that you had asked? Would also love to hear from other applicants, and of course professors if yo
  25. Hi All - I've been accepted to two great MA programs, and am in the process of deciding between them. The financial scenarios have become a bit tricky, and I am hoping you can provide some feedback/thoughts on this current situation. Background: I currently have a 9-5 job that could potentially reimburse 50% of my tuition (if I am able to successfully argue why the degree is related to what I do - frankly, it has nothing to do with what I do, but is a means for me to eventually leave me job!). This job cannot be done part-time or on a free-lance basis. I am financially independent
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