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  1. Context: I am a third-year undergraduate statistics and computer science major and I am interested in pursuing a statistics PhD. I plan on applying to graduate programs next fall. Earlier this semester my family and I got COVID and this really put me behind in all of my classes, and the one egg I dropped whilst playing catch-up was my real analysis class. I bombed both exams, and there is really only the final exam left which can affect my grade. After bombing the exams I switched the class to a Pass-Fail grading option. I did talk this through with my professor, and I am on track to still pass the class considering how much work I have already put in. However, it realistically can at best be a C+/B- depending on the final exam score. From meeting with graduate students I know, I am under the impression that this course is heavily weighted in admissions for statistics programs. Should I stay in the class and let the grade resolve as a Pass or drop the class entirely and take it a second time? Would applying with real analysis absent from my transcript entirely be better than saying I "merely passed" the class? Does that fact the we are still in a pandemic still hold any weight?
  2. Hi! I'm so sorry if you all don't want a naive high school senior posting on here, but I haven't gotten any advice from people who know what the field looks like and have experienced it first hand. If this isn't allowed, I'm more than happy to take my questions elsewhere! I know it's easy to change your mind, but at the moment I am pretty certain I will be majoring in art history for my BA and going to grad school afterwards. I've gotten accepted to Barnard College at Columbia, which would be full price, and I have a full ride to my local school; those are my top two options. The quality difference in the department is huge, and I really feel like Barnard is a better fit for me (plus NYC has so many more opportunities). I could afford four years of full price, but if my grad school program isn't funded then I couldn't afford it. if I went to the local school, then that money would go to grad funding. I guess this is all to ask if you think that putting the money towards my BA is worth it, or if I should suck up my local school and save for my PhD or whatever it ends up being even if it wouldn't be great quality. I know my situation could be much worse, but thank you so much if anyone ends up giving me advice! I only have two weeks!
  3. Besides CSD what are other undergraduate degrees that would work well with a Speech Language graduate degree? So far I’m thinking Linguistics, Social work, Education, Communications, Psychology, language development and English. I am right or wrong on any of these? Any others that would work well? Thanks!
  4. Hi all, I am currently considering doing a PhD in biostatistics. I have been doing a lot of research on PhD programs, but I am still having a difficult time knowing what schools are my reach/target. Target PhD: Wharton, Yale, Cornell (social statistics), UW-Madison, UCLA(social statistics), Brown... Overreaching? Undergraduate Institution: Top 20 private liberal art college (Think Oberlin, Colgate, Macalester...) Major: Economics and Statistics GPA: 3.97 Type of Student: International Asian Graduate Institution: N/A GRE Score: 158 Verbal 168 Q, 5 W - first try, might retake it to get 170 on Q Relevant Classes: The grades in my intro classes are terrible, but I did better in upper-level math classes. My college does not offer as many stats courses compared to other schools. Cal II (A), Linear Algebra (A), Number Theory (B+), Real Analysis (A), Abstract Algebra (A), Probability and Statistics 1 (A), Probability and Statistics 2 (A) Introductory data science (A-), Statistical Modeling (A), Experimental Design (A), Econometrics (A), Causal Inference (A), Machine Learning (A) Research Experience: None. I have a senior thesis in which I applied causal inference technique. I also have another independent research project in which I examined different machine learning techniques and applied them to a real problem. Work Experience: At school: I served as TA in many statistics classes. After graduation, I am working at a consulting firm where I can work with professional statisticians and use a lot of statistical techniques. Letters: Average - Above Average? I will get two from my school, one being my advisor and the other being my independent research project professor. Both graduated from top PhD programs. I will likely get another one from my job, who also will have a biostatistics PhD credential from a reputable university. Now that I have written out these, I feel like my schools are even less reachable mainly because I don't have as much research experience, nor do I have a Master degree. I hope I can use my 2 years working experience at my consulting firm to offset that. Thank you very much everyone!
  5. Hello, i'm an undergrad student at UMD that's already been accepted to grad school for next fall. Due to COVID-19 they have announced this semesters grades will be graded pass/fail unless students elect to receive earned grades for the courses. Should I elect for letter grades since I still have to send my final transcripts?. It will show I've earned my degree either way .
  6. Hi everyone, I graduate this Friday (well I'm walking the stage and I have 2 online summer classes to go) and I'm so nervous and scared for my future. I really want to go to grad school to get my MSW but I am so burnt out from undergrad that I am taking a gap year. Also it was so expensive to apply to grad school. My bachelors of science is in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Latino/a Studies. My dream grad school is University of Chicago but I am too afraid to apply or even apply to other schools. I'm so afraid of failure and rejection. I just wanted to know how and why you think you got accepted into those SW programs? I have done a lot of service and social justice activism/work in my undergrad, as well as being apart of many different orgs and having leadership positions. I just think my grades espeically senior year grades are not the best. I don't know my final grades but I'm hoping my GPA would stand at 3.0 or higher at the end.
  7. I am planning to apply to Stanford's Earth System Science for PhD program next year. I am an international student but, I received both my Bachelor and Master degrees from the United States. My undergrad college was a small college from Midwest but, relatively well known. I did my Master at the OSU. My GPA was below 3 during undergrad due to medical conditions I was going through. I took 2 years off after graduation and worked as lab technician for those years. I worked my butt off during Master degree and finished it with GPA 3.95. I will have four 2 peer review papers as first author and 2 extension publications (one as first author and one as second author) which will be published or at the stage of being reviewed by the time I apply the school. There is another public policy paper that I will be writing in collaboration with an developmental organization from Asia but, I don't know it will be published by that time. My previous GRE score was 305 for verbal and quantitative but, I am retaking it again soon. Do you guys think my very low undergrad GPA will be a problem for Stanford when I have 3.95 from OSU? Please let me know if there is anything I can improve my stat.
  8. Hi everyone! So, I am currently an undergrad in NJ at Rutgers, who notoriously does not have a CSD major. I am a psych major and have a minor in linguistics. My current GPA is 3.866 and I have a 4.00 GPA in my CSD coursework. My experience so far includes: 1 yr research for a school psychologist; research involved creating a virtual simulation program for early career teachers in urban areas and required me to observe classrooms, 6 hours of shadowing at an early intervention and hospital setting (going to get the full 25 before applying), volunteering at the Adler Aphasia Center & a rehabilitation center and a fieldwork course with children with autism. I have yet to take the GRE but am aiming for about a 152, 152 & a 4. Currently also have 1 LOR but will get rest from 2 more from CSD professors. I wanted to know if you all found me to be competitive and had any advice on how to make myself a better applicant since I am an out of field applicant. Any comments/tips will help!
  9. Let me first start off by saying that I am not doing poorly in linear algebra because I don't understand it, rather there was a misunderstanding with my professor. I had my first linear algebra exam last Wednesday. I was up very late studying for the exam, however, at around 3 am I got super sick (it was something I ate). I was legit puking every 20 minutes, I couldn't make it to my morning exam. I don't have insurance so I didn't see a doctor and get a note. I went to the dean of students, and because of that my professor gave me an offer to replace my zero exam 1 grade with 2/3 of my final exam grade. ex. if I got an 100 on the final exam, my zero will be replaced with a 66. However, the exam averages in this professors class are in the low 70's, so going off of that I will either end up with a low B or C in the class, and thats assuming I score around 10 points above average for the rest of the exams. I currently have two W's on my transcript-- one in computer science from my second semester (retaking next semester) and one in actuarial science from my third semester (he curved the class so only the top 40% passed, also changed my major so I didn't need the class). I am currently in my fourth semester, so this means that if I drop this course I will have a W on my transcript for the third semester in a row. I think this creates a poor representation of who I am as a student, as it shows that I won't be able to handle a graduate school course load because I keep dropping one course every semester. I want to get into a good graduate school for economics. I am currently double majoring in math and econ. I am a transfer, My first semester at my new school was last semester, where I got a 3.3 GPA. I am trying to get this up by getting straight A's this semester and my last two years. If my GPA still isnt high enough, I would be willing to do an extra semester or two to take extra courses. Now, I do believe that I will get A's in all of my other courses, however, I think getting a 'W' in linear algebra will make this look not as impressive. I'm thinking about staying in the course, getting a B or C, and just retaking it over the summer online. The original grade will still be on my transcript, but it won't count towards my GPA. Would grad schools look past this? What should I do? This is such a terrible situation... :/
  10. Hello all, In December my PI gave me an undergraduate to help me with my project (it's a huge project and we just need more hands). The undergraduate is a first year (about to start his second year) with no lab experience. I've had to teach him everything from putting on gloves to how to work pipettes...etc. Now, 7 months later, the undergrad is still struggling. I myself have been frustrated. He has trouble with things I taught him months ago (like diluting an overnight culture to a specific number and letting it grow) and doesn't make the best decisions... And he forgets a lot of things I tell him (even when I ask him to write it down). His technical skills are improving but he still lacks a scientific sense and doesn't have much lab maturity. I believe that it is something that develops over time, experience and exposure to more science classes. However, my PI is frustrated with the undergrad's progress. Now, my PI mentioned to me that he is thinking of firing the undergrad. My question is: How do I help my undergrad do better? How do I help him develop this scientific sense at a quicker pace so he doesn't get fired? Are there any good methods any of you have used to help a struggling student? I am limited by how much more time I can devote to my undergrad. I have my own experiments, a thesis to write and a different undergrad (summer program) to manage.
  11. Finished my undergrad two years ago. Graduate admissions didn’t work out too well (applied to top hep-th schools, so no surprise there). I may apply again, not sure. Either way I’d like to have some solid research experience before I do. Maybe a publication or two in a good journal. However, most summer research option, like REU’s, are impossible now that I’m out of college. So what options do I have? I could just start emailing professors, but that seems disorganized and I’m not sure how I’d be able to arrange the logistics, funding, etc. How do I go about this? Anyone here have experience with this stuff? I’m open to anything in high energy physics theory.
  12. Hi all, I am thinking about taking a graduate level class online through ENMU. I am currently on the waitlist and I'm hoping it will help me out. The director of the program said the one in the summer is 6-8 weeks long and moves quickly. I have all summer off bc I work for a school district. This should be perfect, right? I feel a little intimidated bc it's graduate level and fast paced. Has anyone taken a graduate level speech class like this online that is this short? Just looking for other ppls experience with this. Thank you!
  13. I have a bit of a dilemma that I'm trying to puzzle my way through. I am currently pursuing a degrees in Computer Science and International Relations. I have really good grades in my IR program (>3.7), but really terrible grades in my CS program (~3.0). This is due to a lack of preparedness for the rigor of the STEM classes I was taking coupled with a few personal issues that impacted my performance overall. Overall I have a GPA that's around a 3.47, and I was hoping to get that up to a 3.5, but due to a really bad last semester (too many classes and responsibilities), that's unlikely to happen now. I want to eventually get a doctorate in International Relations, but I am trying to also use my technical experience as a pitch to differentiate me from other applicants (since I focus on IR policy in tech), and do have an interest in utilizing my technical skills in research and occupational capacities in the future. I do have research experience -- I've published a paper in comparative politics and am currently working on one in data science that will hopefully be published soon. I currently have a software engineering internship lined up for the summer, but I have an option to drop one of my classes now and retake it over the summer, when I would have much more time to invest the necessary effort to get a good grade and push my GPA up. However, this would require me to drop the software engineering internship. Basically what I'm trying to figure out is if its worth it to drop an internship with valuable work experience for the sake of getting my GPA up to that 3.5 threshold. Part of me thinks its probably better to just get accepted to a Master's Program somewhere and do really well with the work experience, but I'm not completely sure. It's still possible for me to graduate with a 3.5, but it's just very unlikely given the amount of time I know I need to invest.
  14. Hi all, I know there are a plethora of these posts out there, but they've seemed pretty helpful and I am, as the title states, overwhelmed. The run-down: I'm a current undergrad (psychology major and linguistics minor) set to graduate this June at UCSD; my GPA isn't the most stellar (3.5 Cumulative, 3.6 Psych) and I've yet to take the GRE. I ended up finishing all my coursework a year early due to funds and I'm planning to use that "fourth" year as a gap year so I can continue working at the two labs I'm currently involved in and figure out if I want to pursue psycholinguistics/ applied psych or school psych. One is more clinical and I mostly just help monitor assessments on children at risk for autism, while the other is more research-based and is focused on psycholinguistics, but I haven't been involved in any presentations or publications as of current. Volunteer-wise, I help out at the LGBTQ center on campus and I'm on the board for an org that sends undergrad volunteers out to partners schools around the city to work in classrooms and after-school programs. The problem(s): I'd really like to go to grad school in the future, but I feel like my experience and whatnot is inadequate compared to what I've seen from other applicants. As I mentioned before, I'll be taking the 2018-2019 year to continue working at my UG labs, but other than that I'm kind of lost. I definitely have to find a full-time job to support myself since I'm not originally from the area and have to rely on my own funds to repay my loans and rent, but relevant jobs I have found in psychology or teaching have all required reliable transportation ( aka a car ), which I don't have right now. I definitely don't mind just taking any job to pay the bills and beefing up my resume with volunteer experience, though. What should I do in my gap year to spruce up my admission chances? Is it important for my FT job to be relevant to psychology- in other words, will it hurt my application if it isn't? I appreciate any suggestions, advice, or comments!
  15. I am a guidance counselor for a rising high school senior who would like to purse a track towards being a bilingual speech pathologist. I wrote to several of the SPL masters programs in our state (NC) and received varying answers. For the most part, if the university offered CSD at the bachelor level, then they leaned toward having students go that track. If they did not, then the university highly recommend they take the pre-reqs before applying (possibly minoring in CSD), but said they preferred diversity in their applicants, so any major would be fine. Thought I'd throw that same question out to those of you who have been admitted into a masters program for your opinion on what 'real life' would say about this topic. Thank you in advance for taking time to reply. ~K
  16. Hi! I'm currently a Junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering at one of the best BME schools in the world, and I'm feeling very unsure about my future (aren't we all?). I have had very little experience in research (about one full semester) mainly due to the fact that I really did not enjoy it and I don't feel passionate about it. Through undergrad I realized that while I do love science, I don't love the tedious work behind it. I'd rather look at the big picture/finished product, understand the science behind it, and move forward with commercialization. I've been interested in the biotech/business analytics aspect of the field (I work in tech transfer) but I know that my current education isn't enough to get me a career. I've been thinking about getting a Master's in BME, Engineering Management, or biotechnology, and then going to medical school in an effort to build up the knowledge and prestige that will make me more marketable as a management consultant or something similar. But I'm not sure if my profile is competitive enough. I have a 3.2GPA with 2Cs and a W (im gonna get it to a 3.5 by the time I graduate even if it kills me), strong leadership/volunteering, and decent work experience in tech transfer. I plan to take the GRE this summer, and I only have two average recommendations that I know I could get. Also, which such little research experience and little interest, I may have to do the non-thesis option for grad school. Overall, I'm just trying to collect as much advice as I can about what direction I should go in with my life. So, my questions are: 1.) What can I do in the next 2 semesters to be more competitive for grad school? 2.) Should I get a Masters in something outside of BME? 3.) Is getting a MS then MD really necessary? Is there a better educational path to take? 4.) Would it be worth it to take a gap year to really understand what I want to do in life?
  17. Not sure if this is the right place to post my question, but if there are any biomath/math/bio people hanging around your help would be very appreciated. I am a second-year undergrad at a large state university trying to plan out a course of study that will prepare me well for graduate school for biomathematics. I am considering doing a double-degree in math and biology. I am also involved in undergraduate research. I'm trying to make sure I take all the classes I need, and also that I graduate in a timely manner. I have heard that five years is ok as long as they don't think you're doing it to reduce your courseload (I'm not, but there's only so many STEM courses you can take in one quarter... ) What are some class recommendations that you have? How few credits is too few?
  18. Long time lurker, first time poster; have mercy. Many people on this forum put their stats up online for people to know their background and to evaluate what their chances are. Yet something has always struck me as odd with this. Whenever anyone details their previous institutions they always put something along the lines of, "top 50 research university", or something along those lines. Why the anonymity? Unless you're study at a super small institutions I would think it virtually impossible for anyone to find out who anyone is. Is it to do with people wanting their anonymity? Is it to prevent bickering over institution rankings? Are people worried that admissions officers will know that we check for application updates every two minutes? Can someone please shine a light on this topic? Tune in next week same bat-time, same bat-channel
  19. I am looking into applying for a couple of art therapy grad programs. I have a B.A. in Theatre and graduated in 2011. The art therapy programs that I am looking at both require 12 credits in Psych and 18 in Studio Art. I have no psych classes under my belt, and my art training was all through THEA classes (along with out of school training). The admissions counselor recommended that I take classes at the local community college in order to get these prereqs. I already have my A.A. and my B.A. and am really concerned about taking even more classes at a community college just to *maybe* get into grad school. Is this a common occurrence?
  20. I was accepted into a Master's program that starts in the Fall. I need to take 12 hours of pre-requisite undergraduate courses in the first year, and the actual program is 60 hours. Im considering taking at least a few pre-reqs online this summer in order to streamline the process, while working. The only issue is that if I am not in schools this summer I will have time to work more = more money saved. Any thoughts on which option might be best?
  21. Hi all. So like title says, I am an older undergrad (25) just about to start second semester of my junior year at a large state research institution. I hadn't really imagined that graduate life would be so appealing to me as it has become over the past few semesters or so -- the endgame initially was LSAT, not GRE. But since coming back to school, I have developed a huge crush on the academic life / community in English depts / humanities depts in general. Also, I wrote a paper for criticism / theory course that a prof was really nice about and, apparently, very impressed with. It was about as unexpected as it was totally rewarding and neat and potentially game-changing with respect to my academic priorities. I've just been accepted into honors program, and I am also trying to develop a kind of mentor relationship with another professor who has strongly intimated that he would advise me during honors / undergrad thesis process. I plan on writing both honors and department honors theses. I haven't begun thinking about GREs. But, still, I do have my interests developing in areas like but not limited to: Southern Italian literature; comparative modernisms; marxism / critical theory; american postmodernism, just 20th c American novel generally.. Just at a point where I'm wondering if its even all that mentally healthy to put as much thought as I have been into the possibility of attending graduate school in an English dept ????? Getting into a great law school is apparently a lot easier then sealing the deal -- with funding- at a great program for MA or PHD English, and asking for any advice anyone is willing to doll out here to an interested guy who's trying to understand what this could be all about. Thankss and god bless ! (also, sorry if this comes off as really presumptuous in any way)
  22. I was wondering if anybody knows if grad schools take into consideration where you went to get your Bachelor's. For example, if someone gets a 3.8 GPA at a lower ranked school versus someone who gets a 3.4 GPA at a higher ranked school. Would they take the person who got a 3.8 over the person who got a 3.4?
  23. I just graduated with a BA in economics from a small state school with a 2.2gpa. I realize this is very low but I still want to get my MBA in finance in a few years after getting some professional experience. My ideal school would be NYU but I know that is a stretch with my grades. I'm currently in the process of obtaining my CFA certification to supplement my resume. If my job pays for it does it makes sense to get a masters in economics/masters in finance first and obtain stellar grades to help me get into a good MBA program?
  24. Background: I am a rising senior at a small liberal arts satellite school in the southern US. I plan to start submitting applications to MA level Rhetoric and Composition programs in Fall 2017. I have three semesters of classes and one semester of student teaching for my education minor. My long term goal to pursue a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, but I plan to take a few years off of graduate study after I complete the MA. My undergrad concentration is in Literature, but I want to pursue Rhetoric & Composition for several reasons: I want to teach and study pedagogy more than I want to write about literature, though I do enjoy writing about literature at times. I also think that Rhet/Comp is more employable outside of academia (am I wrong about this?). I also think that my education minor will be a good boost to my interest in teaching and pedagogy and, in conjunction with the Rhet/Comp MA, will set me up with a solid framework for further work in education and academia. Prospective Programs: So far, I have these schools which each offer a fully funded MA Rhet/Comp program in mind. In order of interest: University of Illinois, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, University of Connecticut, and University of Alabama. These have been selected based on available funding, location, faculty, work experience offered, and graduate placement. Are these sensible choices for a Rhet/Comp MA? My resume thus far: One published article in a regional Writing Center studies peer-reviewed journal. One university research presentation, one regional Writing Center conference presentation, and one National Writing Center conference presentation (I won a travel grant from the national conference organization). I have two years of experience tutoring at a Writing Center. I have interned with one national literary journal and have produced one edition of my university's local literary journal. Next semester I will be taking a master's level course as an undergrad special topics course (I plan to use my term paper from this course as my writing sample for applications). I won a scholarship from my department for a CNF piece that I wrote. Before I graduate, I will have had one semester of secondary level student teaching experience. My concerns: Will this list alone be enough to be competitive at the institutions I listed above (if not at others)? I did most of these things in two semester last year, so what else can I do in the next semester before I start applying to make my resume stronger? How do I link all of these experiences together to make a strong SoP for Rhet/Comp studies?
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