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  1. Hello everyone ! I am an international student, applying to PhD program in Biological and biomedical sciences in USA. I would like to ask about " Writing samples", what are they? I have a master degree thesis, is it suitable to post? Should I post" the introduction, aim of the work, materials and methods, results and discussion" parts? Should i include references or not? Also, can anyone provide me with "samples" of relevant "writing samples" ? Thanks a lot
  2. Hey everyone, I´m currently analyzing my research data and am a bit confused about the diagrams based on my multiple-choice questions results. I´ve attached an example, where you can see my group "Acrobats". When I add all of the % together, they exceed 100%. Is it supposed to be like this? Or is there any way to somehow convert them in a way, so that when you add the % all together they don´t exceed 100%? Thanks in advance!
  3. 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
  4. Hello! I’m completing a master’s thesis “Is graduate school different for former SLPAs?” about SLP students with or without SLPA experience who are now in graduate school! I’d love it if you could take my survey. Feel free to share this link with other SLP that you know. You have the chance to receive an Amazon gift card via raffle if you take the survey! =) Thank you in advance for your participation! https://redcap.midwestern.edu/surveys/?s=3FTFCNX8AE
  5. 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.
  6. Has anyone here been accepted into a PhD program with a project and not a thesis? I am freaking out because I am in the 2nd year of my Master's program and and my adviser messed everything up so I have been forced to do project track. The difference between a thesis and project at my project, aside from ‘cutting edge’ of new research and methodologies in a thesis, is that a project is only 25-35 pages. With the project track, I still have to do a proposal and present a defense in my last semester.
  7. I got accepted into several fully-funded MS programs in Statistics. In all of those programs, students get to choose between thesis and non-thesis track. Non-thesis tracks vary from program to program, but often consist of some extra coursework + a writing project, or a lot of extra coursework + an oral exam. Students also need to pass a qualifying exam after their first year regardless of the track they choose. So my question is: thesis or non-thesis, what are the pros and cons? My goal is to get into a good PhD program after (MS + 1~2 years working in industry). Thank you!
  8. Hello, I'm in my second year of my Masters program as a Biology major and I have never done a research project or Thesis yet. I have been afraid of picking a Thesis topic and don't have much help from my adviser, though she provides good advice that I should stick to what interests me. I don't know any fellow Masters students either, so seeking help is much more difficult. Has anyone ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of potential topics to choose? I have no research experience and have always been indecisive. What advice can anyone give me to help me overcome this difficulty of picking a Thesis topic? Would you also suggest taking a Non-Thesis option if it was available?
  9. Hello, I'm in my second year of my Masters program as a Biology major and I have never done a research project and have struggled to make connections with Professors. I fail to find internships for biology labs and am afraid of missing the opportunity for one. I have felt overwhelmed and my adviser wanted me to pick a Professor to mentor me on my Thesis, which I do not have. I have a new adviser now and feel like I'm back at square one. My grades have been slipping from stress and me desperately clawing for a social life, my GPA was 3.21 and I fear it dropping further. I have been feeling overwhelmed when trying to find a thesis topic, it hits me like a brick wall and I don't know how to get over it. I am trying to become a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (Medical Technician) but I have no job experience. I've never had a job before. I don't really know what job to get as a biology grad student, and if I can even get one. I really need advice on this. My College offers a Non-Thesis route, but I have gotten conflicting advice on whether to take it. I don't want to be a researcher, so is it the better option? I have terrible networking skills. I fail to keep in touch with Professors and my previous adviser, who is teaching a course I'm taking, is not impressed; she's worried about me (I have terrible depression where I'm unable to function in class group work and I can't control my emotions anymore, she has noticed my declining grades and mood). How am I going to network and connect with Professors with this mental decline on my back? The mistake I made was joining a Masters program right after completing my Bachelors degree in Biology. I wasn't prepared.
  10. RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED Have you worked with a pregnant therapist? At the time of her pregnancy, did you have no biological children? At any point in your life have you felt distress about the decision to, timing of, or your ability to have children? I am a doctoral student at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. I am looking for volunteers for my dissertation study on the experience of women who have worked with a pregnant therapist, and who had no biological children at the time of the therapist’s pregnancy. What is the purpose of this study? This project offers participants the opportunity to share their story and contribute to a better understanding of how childless women experience working with a pregnant therapist. Results will help mental health care providers better serve their clients. Who can participate? Participants must (1) be female, (2) have worked with a therapist for at least 6 months who was pregnant at some point during treatment, (3) have had no biological children at the time of the therapist’s pregnancy (step children and later pregnancies are OK), (4) have experienced some degree of distress about their childlessness at any time before or during the pregnancy (i.e. considered whether to have children, thought about factors affecting potential pregnancy, such as fertility, life circumstances, and/or timing). How long will it take? You will be asked to complete a brief online questionnaire (5 minutes), review and sign a consent form (3 minutes), and participate in an audio-recorded interview (1 hour), during which you will be asked questions about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences related to being in treatment with a pregnant therapist. Where do I have to go? The researcher will meet you at a private location that is convenient for you. If you are located outside of the Bay Area, the interview can also be conducted via Skype. Will my identity remain confidential? With the exception of a signed consent form, which legally must be stored in the confidential files at the Wright Institute, all identifying information will be removed from other documentation and will not be included in the final results. If you or someone you know is interested in participating in this study, please contact me: Miriam Adrianowicz madrianowicz@wi.edu 510-205-6801 Dissertation Chair: Beate Lohser, PhD. blohser@wi.edu.
  11. Next week, I have to interview faculty interested in serving as either an advisor or second reader to my thesis (MA English Lit. btw). (1) What questions should I ask them to ensure that we will work well together? (2) What other advice do you have for this process? Thanks
  12. Hey all! I've been really struggling with editing the discussion of my Master's thesis (in biology) that is unfortunately quite redundant at times. I have never found editing to be so draining before and I was wondering if any of you all on here had tips on how to edit a piece of your own writing for redundancy to help streamline and condense the writing overall? At times I really struggle with seeing why the way I have written something needs to be fixed since the way I wrote it still makes sense to me in my head. Reading my writing aloud helps a lot but it doesn't always help me catch stuff. My advisor and partner help me a lot in improving something I have written but their comments can only go so far since it is ultimately up to me to make the changes. I've also not ever struggled so much with redundancy before but this discussion is a style of writing that I don't have as much practice with. Overall, I just struggle with being concise and getting to the point with the fewest words in the most logical order so that the writing doesn't go too long. Any tips on how to work on these things or how to make the editing process in general not quite so draining?
  13. So I am rapidly approaching my Master's thesis defense and I have to give a seminar length presentation over my thesis (~40-45 min presentation, ~5-10 min for questions) to the department/university public before doing the defense with my committee in a closed room. I am fairly well-practiced with giving conference length presentations (~12 min presentation, ~3 min for questions), but I have only ever given presentations longer than this in a handful of classes and those were definitely different beasts. Does anyone have any tips on preparing this type of presentation to a scientific, but not subfield specific audience? Also if anyone has tips on how to practice for this sort of presentation I would greatly appreciate it since I know practicing something that long will not be nearly as easy as practicing a conference presentation.
  14. Hey everyone, So when I initially joined gradcafe and went through the list of forums and subforums, I was astonished to find that so many academic disciplines exist in the world. I am keen to keep myself updated about latest research in all disciplines. As I like to read and gain knowledge. So I wanted to know is there any particular website or app which lists latest research developments(such as Journal articles, PhD thesis from top universities, Articles from influential scholars in the field, Review Articles etc. etc.) in all fields(Social Sciences, Applied Sciences, Pure Sciences, Humanities etc.) and subfields. Thanks in advance
  15. Hi everyone! I'm currently a senior at a tier-2 liberal art college with a double major in mathematics and computer science. My current postgraduation plan is working as a software engineer in a financial company, however, I would love to eventually go back to school to get my master or PhD. My only concern at the moment is my GPA (3.1 ~ 3.2), and I have not taken the GRE yet. I was wondering if anyone has experienced similar situations or expressed similar concerns? If so, please comment below and let's discuss about it.
  16. Hello everyone, I graduated from an Hons BA program in psych in June 2017 and I applied to 6 schools in total. However, my HUGE problem is, I could not get a reference letter from my honours thesis supervisor and this literally made me give up grad school altogether (applied just because my parents wanted me to) The other two references I got were pretty good, I also have a great GPA but my GRE scores are very average. I have good research background and I even joined the lab of the PI i want to work with. So far, I received 2 interview requests and in the first interview, the very first thing PI asked was, "Why didnt you include a letter from your supervisor?" 1- How should I explain this situation without sounding like I blame my supervisor? She went on leave unexpectedly and I couldnt communicate well with her via email (I needed a lot of support for the stats part and there was no one in the lab to help me out, I was going through a hard time and I could not perform my best) 2- Would getting a reference letter from the PI of the newest lab I joined increase my chances of getting in? 3- How can I solve this issue altogether for the future? Thanks!
  17. I'am currently having master's degree in UK and there three paths for me to graduate - A. a 10000-word research project (like a formal thesis) B. a 3000-to-5000-word research project with given topic + 3 electives C. only 5 electives. I would like to ask for advice on which option should I choose. I will leave out option C definitely. Then for option A, it provides me with an opportunity to think about what I want to research in PhD, to improve my research abilities and is also quite helpful for my SoP and interviews. But the question is that according to past data, it's difficult to earn a distinction if I choose this path. As for option B, it's easier to graduate with distinction, which is important for PhD application. So I hesitate between this two options and cannot judge and balance between their benefits. Can someone give me some advice? Thanks a lot! PS: I don't have any research experience before except for undergraduate's thesis, which I think is worthless.
  18. Hi everyone, Im about to begin research on my Masters thesis. Ive been thinking for quite sometime however I am looking for something to spark, and I have not found that niche topic yet. I'm currently hitting a wall and need help just thinking of valid topics in the realm of conflict resolution, US Military or negotiation. It can really be about anything. But, all I am asking for is a ideas to help get this ball rolling.. I really appreciate it!
  19. Hi everyone! I recently contacted a journal for information (because their writing guide was broken) and got this as part of the reply: In general, when preparing your post-thesis manuscript, I would encourage you to work to locate the piece outside of the genre of thesis writing, to forge critical bridges on the basis of what I imagine might be your nuanced, detailed, timely Guam based case study, to the regional domain of comparable concern, and to locate one of more critical hinges between whatever your disciplinary background might be and the trans- multi- or inter-disciplinary space of Pacific Studies. Can anyone help me interpret what they're saying? I'm so stressed from all the applications that my brain cells are having a hard time figuring this out. Thank you
  20. So 1 of my programs asks for the entire MA thesis while another asks for the abstract and one or more chapters. I was planning to use my dissertation as the basis of all my writing samples, but two of the samples require much shorter lengths. One requires 15-20 pages and the other "no more than 30." My MA report is 154 pages (including references and appendices; probably ~100 pages of actual report content) at 1.5x spacing. Any ideas on how to reduce it down? Should I include a link to the full report as part of my submission? The report sections are: Abstract Introduction Contextual Information Research Design and Methodology Findings and Insights (longest section at 34 pages) Deliverable Design and Presentation Reflections
  21. I'm done writing my thesis proposal, and I'm working on filling out the RTAF for the graduate school. I've selected two faculty members for my thesis advisory committee but I need at least one more person to serve on my committee. I've found an archaeologist who worked at the site I'm interested in, but how do I go about contacting her to ask if she'll serve on my committee? Is name-dropping acceptable? Would it be best to include a CV/resume and a copy of my proposal, or would this be perceived as annoying fluff? What form of communication is preferred? Any and all information is appreciated! I constantly overthink things which is good for a thesis but not so good for explaining to people why I'd love to work with them and what I'm interested in, so I want to get these initial communications right!
  22. Hi everybody, I am starting a masters program in the fall and I am wondering if Im having a normal experience for picking a thesis. I have a pretty strong idea of the area Id like to study. Im interested in remote sensing in intertidal areas with an emphasis on understanding the impact of sea level rise. I got into a Marine Science program that has access to a lot of folks doing various work across different aspects of marine science including remote sensing but my advisor is a marine mammal and GIS specialist. For some reason or another, my advisor got the impression that I would be interested in working in wetlands. There is a research team that she is coordinating with that is already doing UAV RS wetland work and she really seems to want me to do research with them. I am interested in the UAV part but really am much more interested in intertidal areas. I will probably go on and do a PhD after my masters but Im wondering what I should do? Should I just do the wetlands project? Its part of a NOAA research study and the funding, resources and support are already there. I would get a lot of support but its not what Im really excited about at this point. Should I stick to my gut and really push to do an intertidal project? Or should I just do the wetlands work and if Im still interested in intertidal areas find a lab for a PhD project that will support intertidal RS. Also, my advisor said she really doesn't recommend people coming into a masters program with plans for a thesis, that they should take a semester or two to see what is even possible before they pick something, so I am willing to admit that I am probably jumping the gun. I also feel like Ive gotten off on the wrong foot with her. I really like this advisor and the program does seem like a good fit otherwise. I do feel a little annoyed that I am being pressured into the wetlands research but I also realize that sometimes for a masters program its more important to just get a project done. Thanks SF in the bay area
  23. Hello everyone! I am about 8 months in to my MPhil program and I am applying for Fall 2018 admission into U.S. Neuroscience Ph.D. programs. I completed my B.S. in the U.S., and I have quite a bit of research experience (~3.5 years), a poster presentation at a international conference and other conferences at my institution, a 2nd author paper and some grants/awards that I was fortunate enough to receive. As for now, I feel like I took on a fairly "big" Master's research project: in terms of work to do and unfamiliarity (for both my PI and myself). It's a little out there, and maybe not considered a "standard" research direction in my field (if that is even a thing). My worry is this: what if I don't have any success from my Master's thesis? My thesis has to be approved etc etc in order for me to graduate, but I was hoping to work towards (at least) a poster presentation. Since I am applying this cycle, I have to talk about my project - which I feel hasn't made much progress! Agh! How much is this a factor in applying to programs? Am I expecting too much from a 2-year research project? Is getting an approved thesis fine or will they expect more (especially considering my undergraduate experience)?? Any comments would be appreciated! Thank you all!
  24. Hi, Context: accepted to two MS degree programs in Biomedical Engineering, waiting on a few more decisions. Questions: One of the programs is asking for a decision by March 13th, giving me two weeks from notification to accept or decline. Is this common? What is the general process for finding a lab in which I would work on my master's thesis? Does this come before or after I accept an offer? I feel like it would make sense to accept an offer based on knowing where I would be conducting research. Is it possible that the labs I'm interested in to fill their research assistantship spots by the time I accept my offer, thus resulting in me attending a school without an opportunity to conduct research I'm interested in? Should I begin contacting faculty I'm interested in working with before or after I accept the offer? Should I contact multiple professors? (I've listed 2 or 3 faculty I'm interested in working with in my application/SoP). I guess overall, how limited is the information available to me prior to accepting an offer of admission regarding funding, research, etc? Hopefully these questions belong in this subforum. Thanks, any input is appreciated.
  25. I'm nearing my last semester of my two year Master's program (anthropology) and I feel like I've barely learned enough to scape by in my field, never mind apply to PhD programs. Unfortunately(/fortunately) I know I am not alone in this feeling, as two other students in my cohort feel the same way and share many of the same frustrations. My advisor is very respected and connected in my field and is available for occasional meetings, however, he offers very, very little direction or concrete guidance, and has actually said to another MA student regarding their thesis to "just get it done," strongly implying to that person not to worry too much about how good it is. This advisor is retiring soon and it is painfully obvious that he has already checked out on the MA students, while most of his PhD students are already 4-5 years into their programs and know what they are doing. I know this from talking to others in the lab and the department. I also have heard from multiple people that this advisor does not actually READ term papers and have been plainly told that it doesn't matter what we write in them because "you'll just get an A." I am happy about getting As, but I'm concerned about the almost total lack of critical feedback that I've come to learn is the department norm. Aside from gripes about the program, my main issue right now is coming up with and executing a worthwhile thesis project with little-to-no guidance for someone who pretty plainly has stated that he just wants it done while I already feel under-confident in my abilities as a student. I really respect my advisor (and hope I've managed to maintain enough anonymity here) and I understand that he has many obligations, but I feel lost and I have pretty much given up on expecting any more guidance. I have been reading as many articles and MA theses as I can in my proposed research area and beyond and I am learning a lot, but I'm struggling with how I can apply what I learn to come up with and do a project on my own. I don't know how to gauge what scope is appropriate, what the limits and possibilities are for resources within and outside the lab, or how to design a project and a thesis proposal. While I don't currently have the confidence that I can come up with something potentially publishable, I really want to produce something that I will at least be comfortable showing my peers or possibly using down the line if I want to apply to PhD programs. I should mention that I'm beyond the point where switching focus or advisors is a possibility and I actually think my advisor is the best option in our department anyway. I feel dissatisfied with my MA experience as a whole and desperately want more training and education, but I also don't feel like I am at all prepared for a PhD program right now and I know my feelings of inadequacy are holding me back. Once I get past the thesis and graduating I intend to continue studying and getting practical experience outside of a formal program, but right now that seems so out of reach. I'm realizing how much I'm going to need to learn and teach myself and it feels daunting. I appreciate any advice or accounts of similar experiences.
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