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  1. Did you recently apply to graduate school? You may be eligible for a brief online study related to creative thinking in graduate school students! The study is separate from the graduate application and it is entirely voluntary. Your responses to study questions have no bearing whatsoever on admission decisions, and they will not be linked to your application to any institution. The survey takes about 30 to 45 minutes to complete. If you choose to participate, you will receive a $15 Amazon gift card. Link to the survey: https://georgetown.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6WmmkLl5HapRUpv With thanks, The Georgetown Lab for Relational Cognition
  2. To set the scene, I'm from a pretty much third world country, so I guess this story isn't all that surprising. I'm applying to STEM PhD programs in the US. The thing is, I had a quarrel with my research supervisor right before graduating with my MSc. As a result, I was expelled (even though I was top of my class and my thesis was ready). I can't go into details to stay anonymous. I can only tell that the lab in which I was working was beyond abusive. Afterward, I collaborated with some friends and published a couple of papers. Is that OK if I request LORs from them? They are only grad students at the moment. I don't really trust my previous teachers, because it's a small university and all the staff members there are basically close friends. I've been told that the rest of my application is strong enough for top schools. Will this problem seriously hurt my chances? I've read some stuff about it on gradcafe but that situation was a bit different...
  3. I'm going to graduate with my BS in Aerospace Engineering next spring. Due to a variety of factors, I have decided to pursue graduate-level education, and I would like the opportunity to do it in CS, as that is where my interests have lied for roughly a little more than the second half of my bachelor's degree. I'm well aware that a transition from AE to CS is unorthodox, and I'm concerned that many good programs (both at prestigious and not so prestigious universities) will think that I'm unqualified. Does anyone who has either made the transition (or a similar one!) themselves or know somebody who has have any tips for being successful in making the switch? Here's a little context about me: Two major industry experiences. The first in the systems/test wing of software engineering (but I did a ton of programming) and the second in a more formal software engineering role Research in ML High GPA Anticipate a good GRE score A bunch of extracurricular experiences In terms of preparation for CS, I will graduate with rigorous (my school is really good for CS) formal coursework in the following areas: Intro CS (Java programming and some light data structures) Data structures Discrete mathematics Data visualization (this was a master's level course) Algorithms Computer architecture or systems programming (I might need to do a little prereq fenagling to get the systems programming course; will definitely have one of the two) My aerospace background gives me some additional unrelated but somewhat relevant preparation in: Control systems Numerical methods Autonomous systems When applying, I intend to portray myself as an aerospace person who wants to develop a stronger CS skill set to make deeper contributions to the industry by advancing how it handles and processes data, secures software and networks, or develops large, integrated systems. Any help or tips would be very appreciated. If you made it this far, thanks so much for reading! I really appreciate it.
  4. Background: I'm still waiting to hear back from a few UCs (davis and irvine) that I applied to. I've seen cases where they don't send out offers until May. I've gotten an offer of admission from another school (deadline to accept is April 15). Question: Does anyone know whether it's possible/alright to accept the offer of admission and then change my mind if I hear back positively from those UCs? It's not an ideal situation, but I don't believe accepting an offer (especially for a master's program) is legally binding... That said, I'm not too happy with how the UCs consistently delay their offers beyond April 15 (but that's another topic) Any input much appreciated here; thanks!
  5. Hey! So I am in the process of applying to graduate school in the fall for marine biogeochemistry (chemical/biological oceanography). I had a TERRIBLE semester in my last semester of college (Dec 2017) where my GPA went from a 3.45 (3.58 with my AS degree GPA incorporated) to a 3.16 (not including my AS degree GPA). I got 3 D's (when I am a straight A/B student) mainly because I had a major death in the family, I was overwhelmed, and had a TON of serious mental stuff going on (depression, anxiety). I am SUPER stressed out about my applications at this point and don't really know what to do about it. I retook one of the classes and got a B but the other two were incompletes that my professors kind of screwed me over with. One of the professors is working with me to fix the D to a higher grade but still... I am STRESSED and I don't know what to do about this since I already graduated. I have a ton of theoretical (aka modeling) research experience in my UG, took a gap year to travel to Thailand for research in my field where I created and implemented the methodology within my lab group, and I am going to start research in a lab this summer working DIRECTLY in my field (ocean acidification research). I have STRONG, super strong, LORs and I am going to retake the GRE this summer (because I took it that semester and while my scores are average, I know I can do better).
  6. I, like many others, will be starting my PhD in the fall with the intent to get a job in industry after completion of my PhD in either bioengineering or nanoengineering. However, whenever someone asks me what type of jobs there are in industry for a STEM PhD I'm usually not entirely sure how to answer. I have this idea in my head of managing the R&D department for an innovative company or something like that. But when it comes down to it, I really don't know what jobs are actually available and if my idea of what an industry job is is actually a thing. I was wondering what type of jobs are actually out there for us STEM PhDs to aim for. Do any of you have an idea of what they are? I want to be able to go on indeed or something and actually see what is out there right now. I feel as if my future is very uncertain and I can't say definitively what my options are after my PhD and that is starting to stress me out. Any input or advice about this whole topic in general is welcome. Thanks for your help everyone.
  7. Hi. (Apologies, this is a little lengthy) So, I'm a sophomore at Boston College double majoring in Math and Music. I am having a really hard time deciding whether or not I really should keep the math major. The math classes here at BC are really hard and even though I pass, it's always by the skin of my teeth (C range). Such has been the sake for my science classes too. I am a really bad test taker; I have really bad testing anxiety such that I'm paralyzed with stress beforehand and the stress makes me sick because it compromises my immune system. I have extended time but it doesn't matter that much in the grand scheme of things. I also think that I am just not absorbing everything fast enough in time for the exams, which isn't surprising considering the amount of information I need to know for the rest of my classes. It's like putting a ton of water into one sink with a drain; the water can only drain out soo fast. So too is it the case with my absorption of knowledge I just don't have enough time. TRIGGER WARNING I have a history of anxiety and suicidal depression that almost forced me to drop out first semester freshman year but I was able to make it through but I'm still only keeping it at bay at this point. Yes, I see a therapist. Every Wednesday. I currently take 5 classes (2 math (a 200 course and 400 course), 1 chem, 1 philosophy, 1 music) and 1 lab for a total of 16 credits this semester (I don't know if thats normal; several of my friends at other schools only take 4 per semester and thats normal) and they are all sucking the life out of me because they are all an impossible amount of work to deal with together. The math and science especially have really hurt my GPA over the last two years; I currently have a 2.698 GPA and I don't foresee it getting any better after this semester, considering this has been my hardest semester in terms of content. I originally had intentions of getting a Ph.D in math because I really wanted to teach and do research, but now, given my difficulties, I'm starting to wonder if that's at all possible. I have music as a backup option and I could just drop math down to a minor, but I'm nervous about closing the door completely on the idea of grad school for math. But also, I could arguably go to grad school for music too, but I'd need to back off the math so that my GPA could raise. I totally think I'm capable of getting a Ph.D in math if I weren't devoting all the rest of my energy into soo many other commitments and classes. I've done really well in my music classes here at BC and would love it if I could teach (again, at the college level) and I sing in a choir that not only gets to travel to Europe every year, but that also performs with the Boston Pops Orchestra every year; I've done things with music I never could have imagined doing before and it makes me happy. So I have several questions: If I drop my math major to a minor, what do grad school prospects look like if I decide I want to get my doctorate in math one day? If I decided to keep the math major with music and assuming my GPA stays in roughly the same range, what are my chances of still getting into a good grad school with a degree from BC (Not looking for Ivy League level or even the tier beneath like BC; just something that's still got a good program for math)? If I keep math but decide I don't want to get a graduate math degree, what are my chances of getting into a decent school for music, again, assuming that my GPA stays roughly the same given the difficulty of math? What the heck can I even do right after college with a music degree and a minor in math?
  8. I had a lot of trouble deciding on a PhD program (direct admission to lab in a STEM field) and thought about it until literally the last minute of April 15 (both schools part of CGS). I was totally split between two choices, which represented very different lab environments, mentorship styles, department cultures, prestige of programs, and funding opportunities. I had previously preferred option A, but was going back an forth, and switched to option B at the end. About a week out from the decision, I am still having serious regrets, anxiety, nerves, etc. and feel I may have made a wrong choice. In general (and even with previous big life decisions), I am good about just accepting a decision and moving on, which makes me think maybe there is some substance to my doubts beyond normal nerves. Is it possible (legal?) to change a decision after 4/15? Is it possible option A would take me back? How worried should I be about burning bridges? Has anyone ever done this before?
  9. Hey everyone! We started a podcast with the goal of diving into research papers behind headline science news (kind of like our version of a journal club). We're both PhD students in engineering and we'd love to get any feedback from other grad students/researchers. http://paperboyspodcast.com Each episode also has a "grad student highlight" to shed light on the students who make this research come to life. If you'd be interested in participating, we'd love to hear from you! Thanks everyone!
  10. Sorry first time i poseted in wrong forum. I got two similar reply from Professor. Professor 1 I appreciate your interest in our research group. I would encourage you to apply to our department’s program and I will be happy discussing further with you once you are accepted. Professor 2 thanks for your note. I urge you to apply to our phd program. If you are admitted I will be very happy to discuss research possibilities. Are they indicating RA. Is this positive reply? What should I do next beside thanking them? How to start a conversation? Should I ask them about any tip for SOP? Should I ask more question?  Freaking outtt Thanks
  11. I got two similar reply from Professor. Professor 1 I appreciate your interest in our research group. I would encourage you to apply to our department’s program and I will be happy discussing further with you once you are accepted. Professor 2 thanks for your note. I urge you to apply to our phd program. If you are admitted I will be very happy to discuss research possibilities. Are they indicating RA. Is this positive reply? What should I do next beside thanking them? How to start a conversation? Should I ask them about any tip for SOP? Freaking outtt Thanks
  12. Hello, I I received an offer from a school with partial scholarship and a graduate assistantship. I asked them about the type of assistantship and the stipend, but they basically did not give me an answer. Just said that it can be either an RA or TA, 10h/w or 20h/w and the information of the amount that will be paid for assistantship is not available yet and only will be in May. I had to give them an answer in a short time, and since I did not hear back from the other schools yet I said yes. But I have no idea what I will get. This is in New York and a STEM field, but not a PhD and most of the things I have read through search is related to PhDs. I know I am lucky that I even got the offer since I am only doing masters. But I do not even know if the funding will cover tuition. And they are not answering my questions about this, I tried. They just say the information is not available. Was I not supposed to get a detailed offer letter? I prepared and sent my I20 form like there is no assistantship at all as they asked. But I do not know what to do as I am also waiting for other schools which will give me answers really late since I applied late.
  13. Hi, I have been admitted to CMU's MSPPM Pittsburgh track. I understand that it is a Masters in Science degree. However, I could not find any written material saying MSPPM is a STEM affiliated degree and the graduates are eligible for OPT extension. I absolutely love the program and everything it offers. But I really need to know if I will be eligible for the OPT extension post graduation. Can someone please clarify this? Thanks
  14. Is Audiology considered a STEM major? I am applying for something and it is specifically for STEM majors. Is the PhD only considered STEM maybe or does anyone know if the Au.D. counts. I am aware it is a science, but there are specific majors under this umbrella. I read a super old article saying it was not, but since the article was super SUPER old, I didn't know if someone had more updated information. It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  15. Hi, Can one apply for Harris School, University of Chicago, MSCAPP program scholarship through Joint Japan World Bank Scholarship (preferred list) ? Alternatively would be grateful if one could assist with STEM scholarships for international students ? Many thanks!
  16. Hi guys, I recently got admitted to the MS Biostats (Thesis track) program at University of Washington, Seattle. I tried to look up the school website for details about how successful past international students who graduate from the same program are in terms of job seeking. I did not find much. My questions are 1. Is this program a STEM program? 2. Are the most international student who graduated from this program able to find jobs in the US? What is the job placement rate? P.S. I am an international student from China. I am getting my Bachelor's degree from UCLA. Thanks for your help in advance!
  17. I am a female applicant applying to Statistics programs. In recent years about 40% of Statistics Ph.D. recipients are female, but certain subfields (including my main interest) can be even more male-dominated. A lot of the programs I am applying to our small and due to the nature of small number statistics it is likely that five and six-person cohorts could only have one woman (especially if they aren't purposely aiming for gender diversity). I don't have anything against men, but I feel I might feel socially isolated (from other women) in an extremely male-dominated cohort. I am not saying I don't want male friends, but I want some female friends as well. I doubt any department has only one female student but if there are only a couple it might be hard to connect. Would I be crazy to consider this as a factor in my decision? I could see this possibly affecting the probability I will complete the program if I feel alone and like the token woman (even if that's not why I was admitted). I know that I can always meet other women elsewhere, but I don't think I would go out of my way to meet people. Anyone have some thoughts on this?
  18. 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?
  19. I am a first year and am very unhappy in my current PhD program. The pay is barely above food stamps in a very expensive city, the expectations of TAs are far beyond what I have seen in other schools, I am not connecting with my cohort, and I am feeling lukewarm towards the research group I am with. I am living 45 minutes to an hour away from campus and still spending more than 50% of my income on rent. I can barely get 6 or 7 hours of sleep a night because between homework, the very long classes (classes are in two to two and half hour blocks twice a week and often run overtime,) and my extensive TA duties, I spend upwards of 14 hours at school each day. I guess I've even been outwardly unhappy enough (even though so far my work has been submitted on time and I've gotten good grades) that I found out someone reported me to the university counseling center. But, here's the thing--I really like my field of study, and I can't see myself doing anything else. I think I would feel better in a lower cost of living area, or somewhere with a better stipend, or more reasonable expectations for TAs. (To put it in perspective, my program is in Washington DC and pays the exact same as the program in my field at Michigan State.) Should I make steps to transfer somewhere else? How would I even go about that? Or should I try to make the best of it here? I am trying to help organize a union to at least advocate for better conditions, but has anyone in a similar situation found other ways to make the best out of things?
  20. I'm a third year Physics student at Imperial College London, who is considering applying to an Econ PhD program. I cuurently have offers for a Maters in both Theoretical Physics and Economics, and am heavily weighing up both options. I have the following questions: (i) Which Masters program would suit best for the transition? I have an offer for MSc Finance and Economics at the LSE, but I also have offers in Physics from ETH and Imperial. It seems like there could be a possibility to take Econ classes whilst purusing the Physics Masters, which is what I will do if I choose physics. Also, if I do choose the non-physics masters, will other LSE Masters courses, such as the MSc EME or 2-year MSc Economics be more beneficial? (ii) Is it necessary to have research experience in economics? I have set up an RA placement for the summer in the Imperial Finance department, but it is not necessarily in the area I am interested in, namely behavioural economics and decision-making. I have tried (but failed) to successfully cold e-mail professors into giving me a summer reserch in these areas (which is partly why the 2 year LSE course might be better, as it gives more time to be involved in research before the PhD). Would appreciate any insights on this.
  21. Hi everyone. I'm considering applying to PhD programs (specifically in Education with a STEM focus) next year. I have a Masters in CS so already have GRE scores and I have professors that would be more than happy to write me letters of recommendation. I do not, however, have any published research. This would be the weakest point of my application. My grades and references are/would be excellent, and I have an idea of what I want to research. I do not, however, have an exact thesis in mind. I more or less have a "theme" and I was somewhat hoping that my exact research topic could develop after I started a PhD program. Is this realistic or do I need a more specific idea before I apply? Also, I would like to make contacts with professors in prospective schools to discuss my research interests and perhaps meet them face to face. Would most professors be willing to do this? How would I go about contacting them? Would a simple email be fine? I have points of contacts that can probably introduce me to some, but definitely not all of the professors I'd be interested in working with. tl;dr: 1) Do I need to know exactly, down to details, what is want to research in a PhD program when applying, or is a general theme okay? 2) What's the best way to reach out to and make contact with professors I'd be interested in working with? Thanks in advance.
  22. I have seen only one result on the results search. Just wondering if anyone else has heard back!
  23. Today, I took my 6th GRE in the previous 5 years... I have never been good enough, and ironically my score is going lower and lower. Today, I got V: 152, Q: 164. My verbal scores has been vacillating from 151 to 159 whereas my math has been always good. My writing has been also terrible..always 3.0 except once. Anyways, I am now so tired and thinking maybe GRE is not something for me. I have a score that is V: 151, Q: 170, AWA: 4.5. I am thinking about applying with this score. But I am not sure if it is good enough. I want to do master or PhD in Computational Social Science, such as Computational Analytics in Public Policy at Chicago Univ. And yes, most of the programs I want to do are STEM. I did my bachelors in Business and masters in Social Work. I have been working as a research assistant in IT department working for research about community informatics. I also have a list of voluntary experiences and worked with a range of vulnerable people. I think my profile is pretty good. I received full tuition merit-based scholarship for this masters as well (I was one of two international students who got this scholarship). My GPA of this masters program is 3.9/4.0 and this school is among the top 5 in Australia. I am just so anxious about my verbal score since the programs accept students from a variety of majors even if they are STEM programs. Should I retake GRE? I have already taken GRE three times this year and verbal has never shown any progress, but only regression. I have put aside other work—my research assistant work, my personal research project, admission essay, etc.—and I am so jaded. Another thing is that I cannot be just satisfied with being accepted but need scholarship. Does GRE count much when assessing applicants for scholarship? Should I take another one???
  24. I am working on my B.S. in chemistry and I am wanting to go to graduate school for some field of engineering (probably mechanical or electrical). I have already completed a minor in physics and I plan on taking extra math classes to better prepare me. I am also taking a C++ class this fall. I have two more years remaining. My current GPA is about 3.4 but I hope to raise it to around 3.6. I have research experience at my school in inorganic chemistry and astrophysics and also experience at an industrial biofuels job. How do I go about finding schools that accept applicants for a Masters of Engineering or PhD that have different bachelor's degrees? I have had almost no luck so far. Thanks all
  25. Hi everyone, I am an incoming graduate student truly excited to pursue my research interests. The school I'm going to has a great STEM program, and I was very happy about my choice. However, even though the school itself has a great program, I am very unhappy about its location, and sadly, I'm considering transferring to a different graduate program. I have a few questions about grad school transfer for nonprofessional reasons. I've looked at some posts, and it seems like personal dissatisfaction with the location is a totally valid reason to transfer to a different place. If so, when will be the best time to do so? I'm happy to spend one or two years because I'm sure I will learn a lot, but I will prefer to stay as short as possible. I've read in another post that applying to other schools in the second year may be better because I will then have some time to get to know some professors. At the same time, I read that students can apply off-cycle (in the spring). The school I'm attending is quite prestigious, but I will definitely love to go to an equally prestigious or more prestigious school. Would that be too difficult? I'm sure I will be a more prepared, qualified candidate after some time in my current school. Finally, because I'm attending a STEM program, I receive stipends. If I stop the current program in the middle and receive a Master's Degree, do I still get to receive stipends? Or do I need to pay for the tuition after deciding to transfer? Thank you so much! I appreciate your help a lot! Honestly I don't know whom else to ask for advice... I'm happy to hear about any other concerns I forgot to mention!
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