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  1. I want to apply to Ph.D. programs this fall. For better or worse, I have two fairly disparate research interests, either of which I would be very happy to explore further, but which seem like they would be classified in two different departments (Sociology, and Political Science). I found a university that offers strong programs in both disciplines, either of which I think might be a good fit. Is there any reason I should not apply to both the programs? I don't think the faculty who read applications are on both committees, but I don't know if this is taboo, since I would need to write two fairly different statements of purpose for each program and have my letter writers tailor their letters for the individual programs. I hope that make sense - happy to clarify. Thanks!
  2. Has anyone been to/ know anything about the United Nations University in Tokyo? I have applied to the MSc in Sustainability 'UNU-IAS', but I'm finding it a tough time to find alumni to speak to. Surprisingly the university is rated at 1000+ in the world as a university (or not mentioned at all in all the major rankings) but 6th in the world as a think tank. Does that mean its teaching quality is high/ its a good idea to do a post-grad there? - Is it a good experience to study there? - Does it set you up for a global career? - Is the teaching staff well reputed? Any comments, opinions or speculations are welcome!
  3. Where are you employed? How much are you earning? Do you have any regrets? Are you in a lot of educational debt? ETA: I think these are really cool disciplines. Just saying that society in general views them as "fluff", nonlucrative, etc.
  4. Hello everyone, I've made a few posts on gradcafe that were unsuccessful, probably due to how wordy and niche the questions were.. Hopefully this question is more straightforward/understandable. I was wondering if there's any guideline for getting a sense of a PhD program's strength given that there's often 2 "types" of rankings-- overall ranking and the PhD/field's ranking. Specifically, a school may be well known in a general sense (i.e. Rice or Dartmouth), but are ranked below top 50 for the specific PhD program of interest (i.e. psychology). The reverse can also happen, where a school that isn't well known generally ranks top 10 in a field of choice. Which measure should you rely on, or how do you mediate differences between these rankings? Of course, rankings aren't the most important factor to consider. But I ask this because rankings can be one piece of information when deciding between programs, and because I hear academic employers take ranking of your PhD into account. Thank you!
  5. Just a word of advice for fellow prospective grad students, specifically those from the non-math background and applying for social sciences degrees. GRE Quant is getting tougher by the day for the non-math background types. Quoting my own example, I had prepared using the Manhattan Prep online tests. I was scoring in the mid 150s. In the real test, I got 149. There were hardly any questions in the actual quant from the Manhattan Online testing tools. There were tons of twisted coordinate geometry questions (figuratively speaking), quadratic equations, frequency and variation and stuff. I didn't encounter any such questions in the five Manhattan tests that I give. I guess they don't update their question bank and are just ripping off paying customers. For my re-attempt, I would rather stick to all the free tests available plus other online and offline tools. All that talk about Manhattan tests actually tougher than the actual GRE is bull***. They might have been tougher four years ago and also representative of the actual test. Not anymore. And yes I know they're adaptive and all but I'm talking about the first section here, which was also non-representative of the actual test. PS All this advice, as mentioned earlier, is for those from the non-math background. Quant pros don't need to brag about their 160+ scores. I can counter by my 161/5.5 in V/AWA
  6. Hey, Was just wondering if anyone could offer any advice as to what kind of questions an applicant can expect if offered an interview. Haven't been offered one yet, but figured it would be best to prepare sooner rather than later. Not entirely sure how to go about it, tho.
  7. Hello there! *gives a little wave* Anyone considering their masters or doctorate in Childhood Studies from Rutgers U.? After doing a lot of secondary research online and biting my nails anxiously, I have come to the conclusion that the program shall be the ideal for me. Ergo, want to start a thread for other aspirants as well. Hardly found much forum-wise on the net. Please feel free to contribute. We can take off with the following : 1. Undergrad/Post-grad Institute - 2. Major - 3. GPA - 4. Experience - 5. Aspirations behind pursuing this particular course - Best, A
  8. First of all, apologies if I'm in the wrong forum! If I am, please direct me to the correct one. I'm a Sociology major at a small state school. My goal is to get my PhD in Sociology, and some of the schools I've looked at are Duke, Harvard, UPenn, UC Berkeley, Columbia, Emory, and Rutgers. I haven't taken the GRE yet (I'm only in my second year of undergrad), but my SAT score was a 1430/1600, my GPA is a 3.98 (this includes both lower division courses and a handful of upper division courses), and I'm in the Honors program at my school. While my test scores and grades will likely be very good when I complete my Bachelor's, I'm worried that my school isn't "prestigious" enough for the grad schools I mentioned. Like I said, I go to a small, public state university that doesn't even rank of the US News National Universities list (instead, it ranks mid-tier on the Regional Universities list). While I did gain admissions into a top tier public university, I chose to go to this school because it is smaller and offered me enough financial aid to completely fund my schooling AND pay for my living expenses. Also, while I'm an undergrad, I plan on conducting my own research outside of my research methods classes, completing a senior thesis/Honors thesis, and joining the Honors program at the American Sociological Association. Further, I already have a positive relationship with some professors, so I should have some great LORs. So, I guess my question is, should I care about the prestige of my undergraduate school? Are there other things (besides what I've mentioned) that I should be doing as a undergrad to be a competitive candidate for grad school? Should I consider transferring to a higher-tier school? Some additional info on my research interests (if it's relevant): I want to study gender/sexualities, power, social interactions, and social class. For my qualitative methods course, I will be researching how trans/nonbinary students navigate dorm life. For a future research project, I would like to investigate how wealthy donors of charities view the underprivileged people they serve. I can't say for sure now what my preferred methodology would be, but I think I'm leaning toward qualitative and mixed methods. Thank you for an insights and help!
  9. Hi all! After much reflection and soul searching, I've finally decided that I want to pursue further studies in public policy and specialize in policy communications. ANU's Crawford School of Public Policy offers this exact program. Being realistic however, I'm looking to find other universities that offer a similar program. Based on desktop research, it seems that not a lot of universities offer such a program...or at least don't publicize it on their websites. Can you guys suggest any university or programs that let me pursue this MPP specialization? Thank you so much!
  10. Hi! I graduated in 2017 with my B.A. in Neuroscience from a top 20 university. I've decided to pivot and pursue a PhD in sociology (going to apply for Fall 2019 admission), but I have a few questions about the application process. I was originally planning to apply for Clinical Psychology programs, meaning I was going to be applying to specific faculty whose research interests aligned with mine. Is sociology similar to this? Should I be contacting faculty within schools/departments I am interested in? Does prior contact with faculty of a specific department, even if it's just via email, weigh into acceptances at all? Thanks so much!
  11. Hi all! My anxiety about applying to PhD programs next year is creeping in as my friends are now receiving decisions from this cycle. I want to research the the effects of racism and other forms of discrimination on health and evaluate policies to eliminate systemic discrimination as a means to better health. My biggest worry for admissions is that I don't have a Master's. I don't want to pay for an MPH when I already have pretty substantial research experience and did a public health undergrad major. I'm wondering if you could take a look at my credentials and let me know your thoughts on whether not having the Master's degree will hurt me in admissions? Undergrad: top 30 US News private university, GPA was 3.8-something, magna cum laude, did double major + minor all directly related to my intended PhD studies Research experience: 4+ years editing/drafting papers for a professor and doing some analyses, 2 years in a psychology lab, did an honors thesis (collected my own data, passed IRB etc.), 2 years working for top public health researcher post-undergrad. My LORs will all be from profs I have done research with and will be stellar. GRE: On ETS practice exam I got 170V, 154Q (I'm working to break 160 on quant in the real test) Additional: I'm expecting to have 2 empirical papers under review by the time I submit my applications, and I will have a couple of non-peer reviewed public health publications. I received a couple of rewards and research grants in undergrad, but nothing too impressive (no Fulbright or anything like that) So... what do you think? It is a waste of time to apply to PhDs without the master's or do I have a shot? THANK YOU!!!
  12. The ACLS site says that notifications will be sent in late March. If anyone gets early news about first round cuts let us know. Otherwise, looking to share statuses with one another! Good luck!
  13. I wanted to seek the community to ask about advice in applying to different PhD programs. - For Clinical and Counseling Psychology PhD: Do GRE's matter? Do connections matter? Also, if I go to a PhD program for clinical psychology in Canada and come back to the U.S., can I be a faculty and researcher at a institution in the U.S.? -I also wanted to apply to Human Development and Family Systems programs because my research interest matches well with that field. Can I still become a researcher and a faculty within a psychology department (since it is related)? Is it competitive to get into that program? Any information that you all can give me would be great! Also, would I be a great candidate for these programs? I currently am a M.A. student at a Clinical Psychology program, have a 4.0 graduate GPA (so far) and 3.7 undergraduate GPA, am a lab coordinator for a lab that focuses on sexual health, pain, romantic relationships in older adults, have 2 1/2 years of research experience before that, 6 poster presentation, and 4 manuscripts in preparation. I also am a graduate intern at a Mood and Anxiety Disorders clinic, and have had previous experience as a life coach at my alma mater's counseling center. Thank you!!
  14. This has happened to me plus the few others of fellow test takers as well as a few of my friends that are in the same boat. The social sciences backgrounders are getting three Quant sections in the GRE. I guess this has to do with the selection that you make before starting the test where you enter your intended graduate field/subfield. Similarly, those from the engineering/sciences background are getting three verbal sections. Is it safe to assume the selection of intended program you make at the start of the test makes that section choice for you? It's not a big deal to tweak the algorithm to give three sections to those with opposing intended degree programs (3 quants for social sciences/humanities and 3 verbal for engineering, for example). Is it happening to others as well and is a systematic device by the ETS?
  15. So I’ve identified my first choice school and am in contact with a potential supervisor (met in person over the summer and have been in email contact this fall). I am in a field where it is highly encouraged/necessary to contact potential supervisors before application. Since I’m very serious about this school, and there is another professor there with compatible enough research interests, should I email them too? Obviously the prof I’ve already spoken to is my first choice - but should I still email this other professor? If so, how do I do it without saying “Can you supervise me just in case So-and-so can’t?”?
  16. 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
  17. What do you know about Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences? Is it a well recognized university?
  18. Submit your work to the international conference and gain important experience while bolstering your resume! Join your peers in beautiful Athens, Greece to discuss various topics in anthropology! The Anthropology Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) organizes its 3rdAnnual International Conference on Anthropology, 12-15 June 2017, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Social Sciences. The aim of the conference is to bring together academics and researchers from all areas of Anthropology and related disciplines. You may participate as panel organizer, presenter of one paper, chair of a session or observer. Please submit an abstract (email only) to: atiner@atiner.gr, using the abstract submission form by the 17 November 2016 to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos, President, ATINER or Dr. Ioannis Stivachtis, Director, Social Sciences Research Division, ATINER & Professor, Virginia Tech-Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, USA. Abstracts should include the following: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Affiliation, Current Position, an email address, and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks. For more information, visit www.atiner.gr/anthropology.
  19. Hello all, I am gong to be applying for my PhD in criminology for admission in Fall 2017, so I will be doing my apps this coming fall, 2016. I am finishing up my master's in a related field, so I will have both my bachelor's and master's completed at the time of admission. I am wondering about my GRE scores. I took it for my master's admissions, and it was good enough to get me into 8 out of the 9 programs I applied for- but I know PhD programs are different. Currently, I have my eyes set on about 6 different programs in criminology. My scores are (new format) Verbal: 157 Quant: 152 Writing: 5.5/6 I do have extensive research experience working in a research lab, as well as doing a quantitative thesis and another quantitative research proposal. My GPA is a 3.9 for my master's. Should I retake my GRE? Of course, I would prefer not to... but I will, if the scores do not seem good enough. Thanks in advance!
  20. Hello all, I am gong to be applying for my PhD in criminology for admission in Fall 2017, so I will be doing my apps this coming fall, 2016. I am finishing up my master's in a related field, so I will have both my bachelor's and master's completed at the time of admission. I am wondering about my GRE scores. I took it for my master's admissions, and it was good enough to get me into 8 out of the 9 programs I applied for- but I know PhD programs are different. Currently, I have my eyes set on about 6 different programs in criminology. My scores are (new format) Verbal: 157 Quant: 152 Writing: 5.5/6 I do have extensive research experience working in a research lab, as well as doing a quantitative thesis and another quantitative research proposal. My GPA is a 3.9 for my master's. Should I retake my GRE? Of course, I would prefer not to... but I will, if the scores do not seem good enough. Thanks in advance!
  21. Hi all, I have a dilemma rolling around in my head and need some help sorting it out. I went to top tier schools for my BA and MA and decided on a little known program for my PhD. Neither my BA nor my MA were in my current field (anthropology), but someone here (my current PI whom I am a GA for) recruited me to work on his fantastic-sounding interdisciplinary NSF-funded project. He promised me the ability to participate in the research (i.e. conduct interviews myself), hire and direct my own undergrad assistants, have opportunities to publish with him and the postdocs on the project, and funding, through his grant, to present at conferences and travel for research. Two years later. None of what he put in his offer letter has happened. I am handed months' worth of busywork that my PI doesn't look at and he used funding earmarked for me on himself. I have had to apply for outside grants for conference and research travel--even when working on his project! He hired undergrads and treats me like them--even putting them in charge of projects instead of me. He raises his voice at me frequently and rants at me or sends me long, all caps, bright red emails for the smallest thing. He makes absurd demands about the direction of my dissertation research even though he is not on my committee--even demanding that I allow him to write a comp question. This GAship is a nightmare, to put it mildly. What's more, now that I have been in anthropology for two years, I realize just how bad my program is--and it's getting worse. The few well-known people in my subfield have retired or gotten offers elsewhere and are slowly being replaced with people from another subfield. My coursework has been pretty much all required intro courses and I don't feel that I have a good grip on the literature in my area of interest. Since it's a four year program, I feel that I am being rushed to finish without having the chance to develop myself as an anthropologist. I don't have a cohort with whom I can share ideas--I was the only person accepted my year. I love my committee--they are warm and supportive--but two of them have indicated that they are sorry I am here. I don't need you all to tell me that I was stupid and naive to believe my boss--GAships like what he had described don't exist, at least in anthropology. I didn't know that at the time. I also know that I was stupid to leave the Ivy League for a program with barely any ranking. I didn't quite understand the ranking of anthropology programs when I accepted the offer. I understand that I deserve what has happened to me. My question is, what next? The way I see it, my options are to write an MA thesis this summer instead of preparing for comps and get the heck out (maybe apply for another PhD program down the road?), apply for other programs without an MA in Anthropology this fall, or just suck it up and finish the second half of my degree at this fourth-rate program at an otherwise good university. Maybe I can transfer to a better program with researchers working on the same grant project I am on? I've made some good connections in other departments. What do you all think? Has anyone tried to switch PhD programs? Is there another option I can't see because I'm so deep in this hole? And let's be realistic, guys, nobody gets their PI fired, so don't suggest that.
  22. Hi everyone -- I am a U.S. prospective PhD student, but am applying for programs while working/living abroad. I visited 3 of the 4 social sciences programs over a year ago when I was just thinking about applying but it was a long time ago now. I've since been admitted to one and received emails from POIs at two other programs checking in to say my app has gone to committee and asking if I had any questions about the programs. So far, I've asked about funding, about job placements, I've taken a look at the current students and recent grad profiles to see where they've been and where they are going. But are there other questions I should be asking?? It's a long time to be at a program and I'm afraid I'm missing an important piece that I should be considering. I'm definitely hoping to visit but am waiting to see if I get into more than one program so I can take advantage of the visit to see multiple places at once.... For those already enrolled in PhD programs is there something you wish you had asked about going into the program?
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