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  1. How is the application reviewed in the interview phase of EECS MS/PhD at UC Berkeley? If interviewed and accepted into the program, would the interviewer (by default) be the PhD supervisor? Or, is the student first accepted into the program and needs to find a research supervisor later? If the students are first accepted into the program and not by a specific advisor, how would funding be handled?
  2. My GPA overall is a 3.1, with a 3.7 during community college but during my last 2 years of college at my four year undergrad (I am studying abroad at the current moment in a "fifth year") I received a 2.49 GPA because I was beginning recovery from addiction and a dual diagnosis. I want to be a social worker to do marco and policy work advocating for populations in poverty and with high rates of mental disorders/substance abuse issues. I have 2 years of experience being an activist of a Chicano student organization (I am personally Filipino but they are open to allies) along with 2 years of being an advocate in an organization dedicated to reducing the stigma on mental health issues and diagnoses. I also spent a year volunteering for a presidential campaign. I am born and raised from a city with high rates of poverty and crime that I believe are fundamentally manmade and preventable with the right advocacy and policy. What are my chances to get into the CSU's in general and particularly Cal State San Bernardino? What about the private universities such as Loma Linda University or Azusa Pacific? I feel worried over my slip in GPA over the last two years and am wondering whether or not I should wait until the fall 2020 admissions cycle to apply instead of the fall 2019 one. If I delay, I will have an additional year of study abroad courses with decent grades along with further volunteering experience that will improve my application as well. But I wonder if that is strictly needed, as I would prefer to get started on my MSW sooner rather than later. With all this in mind, what are my chances for the Fall 2019 cycle in California?
  3. Is it top 10, top 20, top 30? Especially relative to places like Berkeley, MIT, Chicago. I was recently accepted to UCI's anthropology PhD program with full funding (I will research medical anthropology and STS), and I was wondering what the program's reputation is in that field, especially on the R1 academic job market? Their recent PhD's don't do *too* great at getting R1 positions, though the faculty are amazing, so I'm just curious.
  4. I started a facebook page for anyone interested in the UC or CSU MSW programs. The purpose of the page is to provide another outlet for those of us anxiously awaiting news about admission to talk, and support each other. In addition, this page is for anyone who is interested in these MSW programs at any stage of the process from just being curious about the process or wanting to learn more, to those who have graduated and beyond. The group is open to all, so please join and say hi! The group is called : UC and CSU MSW Applicant Resource and Support Group
  5. Just wondering if anyone else who has applied to UC has heard anything back yet?
  6. Hello, I'm in the middle of the application process to several UC PhD programs in social psychology and I'm having a hard time with the personal history statement. I've already written my statement of purpose, but I'm really struggling with the personal history statement because I'm having difficulties organizing it and figuring out how to fit everything in that the prompt asks for. I'd really appreciate it if anyone knew where I can find sample personal history statements or if anyone is willing to share their own statements. Either will be fine, I'd just appreciate any direction anyone can offer. Here is the prompt for the statement: Applicants for our graduate programs are selected using a holistic evaluation system. This essay will assist both the admissions committee and fellowship review committees to evaluate your background and motivation for graduate study. In your personal history statement, please describe how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. A sample of topics that you might address in your statement is below. However, please structure your statement in any way that you feel best represents your personal history. Please do note that there is a 1200 word maximum for the statement. Any educational, familial, cultural, economic or social experiences or opportunities relevant to your academic journey Challenges and/or obligations you have had to address in order to achieve your educational goals and how you addressed them Employment while an undergraduate How your perspectives or activities contribute to social or cultural diversity and/or make you sensitive to the experiences of underrepresented groups This "Personal History Statement" is required for all applicants who are US Citizens or legal US Permanent Residents and is different from the "Statement of Purpose" that is required for all applicants. The "Statement of Purpose" is expected to focus on your academic/research background and interests while the "Personal History Statement" is expected to focus on your personal background.In addition to the "Statement of Purpose" and "Personal History Statement", some academic programs require applicants to provide a writing sample. Applicants will be notified about any such requirements by their program and will submit any additional items separately and directly to the program. Thank you!!
  7. The following is the prompt of Personal History Statement of UC Berkeley: Please describe how your personal background and experiences influenced your decision to pursue a graduate degree. In this section, you may also include any relevant information on the following: How you have overcome barriers to access higher education How you have come to understand the barriers faced by others Your academic service to advance equitable access to higher education for women, racial minorities and individuals from other groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education Your research focusing on under served populations or related issues of inequality Your leadership among such groups I think that the prompt wants me to write a statement on why I choose to go to graduate school based on my personal experience. But, how overcoming obstacles to accept education helps to explain the motivation for grad study? I really hope someone can explain this a little bit. Thanks a lot.
  8. Here is the scenario I'm trying to work out in my head... I'm applying to like 5 CSUs for their MSW programs, all programs have an application period from October to late January. Notifications are often on a rolling basis, meaning you apply early you hear back early. You also have an advantage by applying early because there are more open spots and it sounds like it becomes more competitive the closer to the deadline admission notification goes. Some people hear back as early as February, many hear back in March. All of the MSW grad programs have a time limit to accept, usually between one and two weeks after notification. So if I am to find out the good news that I was accepted to CSULA in mid February, I would have till basically the 1st of March to decide, but that means I would be missing out on other schools that notify later, like UCLA. The UCLA MSW program is my top choice. UCLA does not send out acceptance notifications till mid to late March. I'm worried I will hear back from a few great CSU grad programs with good news early because I plan to apply early to give myself that advantage, but then will have to give up on UCLA. UCLA might not even take me, but there is a good chance as I have a high GPA and some pretty good experience, it would be a dream come true to go there but you never know, they might not admit me. What is the penalty for accepting admission to a CSU MSW program and then cancelling it after finding out you got into UCLA? What are your thoughts about this problem?
  9. Hey, so I've been admitted to UBC, Texas A&M and UC, Irvine for their grad programs in chemistry. I'm more than confused with where to go. By ranking UBC is higher but only by a bit. All the schools have professors that I'm interested in and have been corresponding. The other major difference is the stipend, UBC offers $21000+one time 2000. A&M 24000, UCI 29500. Which school is the best place all around? When it comes to living and work. P. S. I'm an international student so US or Canada will be a new experience to me. And I'm mostly interested in inorganic chemistry
  10. Hey fellas, How's it goin' for ya? I'm still waiting for a single admission. no answer up to now. ucsd, uci, northeastern -> chemical engineering ucr, uic ,uiuc -> bioengineering all phd. is there anybody heard from these programs at these univs? should I have hope for any admission letter? ------------------------------profile------------------------------------ TOEFL:104-IELTS:7-GRE GENERAL:146(v)168(q)-GPA:3.60 with a year or two related research exprience.
  11. I am very happy to be going to UC's program in the fall and I'm looking for anyone else who got in. I started a Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/1511347992243552/ ) and I'm hoping to get to talk to some of you here soon!
  12. Hi Everyone, I just wanted to make a thread regarding the Chancellor's Fellowship that is offered at the UC schools. When I was accepted into UCSB, I was informed that I was nominated for the Chancellor's Fellowship, which is a central university allocated fellowship. I tried looking online for information regarding the fellowship and the process of receiving it, but couldn't find much, so I wanted to share the information that I have now that I received it. Congrats and goodluck if you're in this situation! I'd like to preface that this information is not verified as being true, but that it's the information that I found online and that I gathered from the process. I was informed that I was accepted into the PhD CCSP (clinical, counseling, and school psychology) program at UCSB about a week after the 1/20/17 interview day. I was called by my POI and told told of my nomination for the fellowship on the same call that I was informed of my acceptance. I was told that I was nominated by the department and that at that point, it was just a waiting game until the university makes a decision on the nominations (coming from all departments). I was called by my POI immediately after he heard the decision that I was chosen for the fellowship, which was on 2/24/17. I found online that each department gets a certain number of nominations for these types of fellowships depending on how big the department is. This is true for both the Chancellor's Fellowship and the diversity fellowships (Cota Robles). Typically the number is about 3 or 4 nominations per fellowship per department. The department nominates you and submits all necessary documents -- you don't have to do anything as a nominee. Here's a link to the most detailed info I could find online regarding this process. http://www.filmandmedia.ucsb.edu/academics/graduate/grad-binder/grad-dinder.pdf It's a little outdated in regard to the amount of the stipend, but information still sounds applicable. Here's an outline of my Chancellor's Fellowship offer. Not sure if this is how it is for every recipient, since I've only seen my offer, so please keep that in mind. " Chancellor's Fellowship Package A stipend of $24,000 from Graduate Division for each of three years (from the first five years of study) A supplement of $5,000 summer support in the summer following your first year A teaching or research assistant position at approximately 50% time (for the other two years) Payment of fees and UC health insurance for five years; in employment years Graduate Division pays any balance of fees after fee remission; in stipend years Graduate Division pays any balance of fees not covered during appointment periods by required UCSB graduate student fee remission Payment by Graduate Division of supplemental nonresident tuition (if required) for the first year of study Access to University housing for the first year, renewable for up to six years (provided Housing and Residential Services’ requirements are met) The schedule of your financial support during your UC Santa Barbara graduate tenure will be as follows: Year 1: $24,000 Graduate Division stipend year, $5,000 supplement (following Spring) Year 2: Departmental teaching assistantship or research position Year 3: $24,000 Graduate Division stipend year Year 4: Departmental teaching assistantship or research position Year 5: $24,000 Graduate Division stipend year Should additional departmental funds become available, you may receive a letter from your department providing supplementary support to this Chancellor's Fellowship." I've accepted my offer to attend UCSB and take the Chancellor's Fellowship. I heard from the housing department that this fellowship might also give me priority for Student Family Housing, which I'm very happy about. I do not know much about the fellowship outside of this information since I have yet to attend graduate school yet. Just hoping that passing along this information is helpful to someone in the future.
  13. I'm still waiting to hear from University of Illinois-Chicago, and I haven't seen much activity lately on the CJ threads. I'm hoping others are still waiting to hear from some schools, maybe even UIC, and we can commiserate together. Or if you've heard something or I've heard something we can come here instead of page through 15 pages or more of the other threads.
  14. Unusual background: I have a BA in Music from a top liberal arts college (2005) and intend to get into research on astrobiology and the origin of life. I was a bio minor so right now I'm loading up the other course requirements I need to apply to grad school. Of course most programs won't look at an application from a BA Music with no research experience so I'm angling for CSU East Bay's Biotechnology Certificate Program (BCP), which offers the coursework for an MS Biology with an option for thesis research upon completion. I have been working in science fields and am aggressively looking for work as a lab tech. (Literally going to office hours and labs with files in hand. Not my favorite.) I am wondering if anyone knows anyone who either: 1) Got into a nice PhD program in biology or microbiology after being in a masters program at a CSU 2) Started with a non-science BA and got into research another way. If the BCP is the best way forward I apply in Spring 2018. I have liked research coming out of the Scripps Institute, U Arkansas, U Washington, Santa Fe Institute, Carl Sagan Center at SETI, and U Illinois, among others. Any well-intended suggestions are appreciated. My GRE score is tops, GPA 3.0 from aforementioned rad college, current make-up coursework mostly As.
  15. I applied to the Spring 2017 Masters in Public Health with a concentration on policy and management, online version so no SOPHAS. Was wondering if anone else has heard back. I check my status twice a day :/.
  16. Hi Everyone, So I got acceptances from both USC and UCSD for my terminal MSEE, specializing in signal and image processing, and I am having a tough time making this choice. 1. EDUCATION QUALITY: Both schools seem to be about equal in terms of the quality of the education so far as I can tell from other people and ratings and whatnot. 2. TUITION: USC is about $40000 more in total than UCSD, which makes it seem like a no brainer for UCSD. HOWEVER, I am wondering what is the possibility of being able to get involved as a GSR (Graduate Student Researcher) or TA (Teaching Assistant) at either school (Preferably GSR) and thus being able to get my tuition waived. I know that at both schools, there is a very low chance of getting funding for Master's (I haven't gotten any funding for either offer). I am planning to email some of the research faculty at both schools today, who I would possibly work with and find out the viability of this option. I know that I would need to really stand out as a terrific student and probably bother the professors to some extent to get this to happen. But I'm just wondering if anyone has any insight on either school's history with this? 3. SOCIAL LIFE: I have been to both campuses (USC for graduate welcome day, UCSD just by myself, wasn't able to talk to anyone as it happened to be spring break when I went and very few people were there). USC seems like a very socially vibrant campus, whereas UCSD seems quite socially dead, and that's what I have heard from others as well. This is one of the lesser important points, but still makes some difference as I will be here for two years and want to have some social life. 4. CAMPUS: Both campuses seem very beautiful, so I'd say they're tied on this point. 4. LOCATION: La Jolla is beautiful and is a safe area. Being close to the beach is also a plus, as well as being close to San diego. On the other hand, USC is apparently in a bad part of LA (didn't seem THAT bad to me when I was there, but maybe I didn't see the worst of it). However, LA also has a plethora of different things to do all around. 5. JOB PROSPECTS: This is one of my main reasons for getting a Master's degree; I had trouble finding a job in the field I wanted that didn't require a Master's degree (Besides that I wanted to continue my education anyway and am super excited for all the awesome things I'm going to be learning). I don't think that where you go for school matters THAT much for getting a job in engineering; rather, it's what you do while you're there in terms of research, projects, involvement, performance, etc. But I hear that USC's unique name does come into play. I hear USC has a very strong alumni network, making jobs very accessible for their grads. Is there really fact behind this claim? I hear it from a lot of people, but I haven't heard it from actual USC grads or any specific cases of this happening. If it is true, that's an interesting benefit. Still, with an MSEE, I can't see myself having trouble getting work in my field anyway. 6. USC REPUTATION: I hear also that some people look down on USC as a cash cow and that they accept a lot of graduate students for that reason. Are other private schools the same way? And if this is true of USC, then to contradict my previous point, could this reputation hurt my career as an alumni of USC? For example, is it possible that I may be turned away from some opportunities in the future because of some assumption that I did not work hard to get to USC, and instead somehow paid my way in? This is probably a ridiculous idea, but it's something that I've thought about... 7. INVOLVEMENT: I am planning to get as involved as I possibly can with research, projects, networking events, etc. At a glance, I think USC has the upper hand in this respect. Does anybody have any insight on this? 8. RESEARCH: At both schools I have found faculty that I would like to work with and whose work I am genuinely very interested in getting involved with. But I'm wondering if, as a Master's student, getting involved as a GSR would be more accessible at one school or another? My gut instinct has gone one way and the other. At the moment I'm torn between both choices. I know I'll win with either choice and they are both fantastic schools. But I want to be at peace with my choice, and secure in my reasoning. Thank you all for your input. I'll update if I remember any other comparisons.
  17. Hey! I am attending the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine PhD program this fall. Anyone else attending UC?
  18. Hi, I'm in unfamiliar and uncommon territory, so will appreciate any insights! 2011 graduate with a BS Industrial and Systems Engineering, 3.23/4.00. School is Top 10 ISE / Top 15 Undergrad Eng Overall. 158V/160Q GRE (Analytical TBD) 3 good recommendations 5 years work experience, 2.5 with Big 4 accounting firm as IT audit consultant, and 2.5 with Top 5 defense contractor as an industrial engineer I'm looking at applying to California schools (in-state) to pursue a Master's in Electrical Engineering... What kind of chances do I have (in no particular order) with: All UC's (UCLA, UCSD, UCSB, UCB, UCI, UCR, UCSC, and any I've missed) Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Thanks!
  19. Hey guys, I have been admitted to my two top BME programs so far: MEng at Duke University (cost is ~40k for 18 months) M.S. at UC Davis with funding and stipend (24 months) I'm about 99% sure I don't want to get a PhD so I plan on going into the industry right away. I have done quite a bit of research but don't want to conduct research long-term (I'd rather go into management/consulting). My dilemma is that Duke is a much higher ranked school in terms of their BME program than UC Davis (4th vs 22nd). I'm not sure if this includes the MEng program since it is run by Duke Graduate School rather than the Pratt School of Engineering. On the other hand, UC Davis is very well connected with biomed companies on the west coast as well as it would be funded. I was hoping you guys could weigh in on this decision in helping me determine which one would be a better choice long-term for a job in the industry. What are your thoughts/recommendations? Thanks!
  20. I applied for Fall 2012, and it is one of my top two choices. I've checked the results from previous years, and it seems like they usually send out acceptances AND rejections by now... I know that there are about 4 applicants to this program each year (and at this point I've probably been rejected)...but if anyone has heard anything, please let me know!
  21. What are the duties of a GSR at a UC (in the humanities/social sciences)? I can't seem to find an answer to that.
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