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  1. "The evolution of liberalism after the Cuban Missile Crisis progressed to explain how the crisis came to an end and how realism failed to account for human nature, and duties to protect life, liberty and property, which is explained by the Lockean Liberal foreign policy perspective. Therefore, the end of the Cold war was what liberals predicted and what realists never expected." Does this make sense? do you agree or disagree?
  2. So.... I applied to PhD programs in Neuroscience this year and have not heard back from any schools yet. I have the sinking feeling I will not receive any interviews. Maybe something will come through last minute, but I cannot be sure. I have previously interned at NIH and would probably apply to their Post-Bac program. So now the thing is, I don't know how soon to give up hope of hearing back from my graduate programs and to pursue the Post-Bac program. I live far from DC so moving and housing is a big issue.
  3. I'm an Environmental Science major/Statistics minor graduating soon. I plan to apply for Statistics graduate programs in the Fall and was wondering if anyone had any advice for finding Statistics related jobs/research experiences for someone fresh out of undergrad-- without a Math, Stats, or Computer Science BS. My institution is small and almost entirely undergrad focused(no math/stats graduate program), so no chance to research there. However, one of my mentors has been helping me get in contact with employers in the area. My hometown (which is where I'll likely be if I don't get a job in the area of my undergrad institution) is in a large city and home to a handful of universities. I noticed that many universities with a Statistics department have a statistical consulting lab on campus-- would it be worth emailing them to see if they have opportunities? I'm a little unsure on what these labs are. I go through LinkedIn regularly searching for terms like "Statistics", "R", "Machine Learning", and "Data science" but feel like my current résumé isn't strong enough to get anything. Any tips for searching for opportunities? Thank you.
  4. Hey, I am finishing my Junior year to get my B.A. in psychology (with another B.A. in English and a minor in American Sign Language), and I want to start my working towards my PHD in clinical psychology with a focus on children and health in the Fall of 2020. My GPA is currently a 3.969, and I will be graduating from my school's honor college. I will be taking my GREs this summer. I have been working in a Pediatric Health Psych lab and have been involved with many different health studies. However, I haven't done a poster or paper of my own, though I will be third author on a paper summer. I want to eventually work with children with chronic illnesses. Additionally, I have training and am a leader for The Body Project, and volunteer with the National Eating Disorder Association in the city I go to school in. I am involved with PSI CHI, and I teach at a STEM camp for adolescents every summer since I was 16 (now 23). I worked with an autism unit in a middle school for 6 years, as a teenager, before college, as well as a social behavioral skills program and a life skills program at the same school. I continue to volunteer at the autism research center at my university. It took me three extra years to graduate high school, due to my own life long chronic illness, and am anxious not to move straight into my PHD after graduation. There are some masters programs I am interested in as a fallback. Do ya'll think I have a chance at getting into a PHD program if I apply this Fall? Thanks!
  5. Hi everyone! I'm an undergraduate SLP student and I am about to complete my first semester at a cal state since I'm a community college transfer student. I feel behind because I did not put in the effort to meet with professors all semester and get to know them. I participate and ask questions in class every once and a while, but I'm simply just another student. However, I need a faculty member for programs and scholarships to be a recommender by late January. How should I approach them without being too pushy? I understand it's very late & I should have been putting in the effort. Any tips?
  6. I want to transfer from Bellevue U. (online) my ample credits (none in psych) into the cheapest 100% online school offering the greatest diversity of undergrad psych programs. I'm just starting to vet... The University of the Cumberland Fort Hays State University The Baptist College of Florida Valdosta State University Argosy University Grand Canyon University Ashford University University of Massachusetts - Amherst Southern New Hampshire University American Public University Capella University Walden University Bellevue Excelsior College Charter Oak State College University of Florida Southern University at New Orleans Delta State University University of North Dak0ta University of Houston-Victoria Central Methodist University New Mexico Highlands University The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angelos Any guidance? I know that some, above, don't fit a bunch of the criteria I just laid out... - Slobodon
  7. Hey everyone, I aim to attend a masters program in religions, focus in East Asia (i.e. Hawaii or Toronto) or history of religions (i.e. Arizona or in a world where hell freezes over, University of Chicago), with the very end goal being University of Chicago's Tibetan Buddhist history. EDIT: I should add my first choice for my master's is FSU, since it's such a well funded program for those studying Chinese Buddhism. So, currently, I have a full-ride at school A(with the occasional loan that is never over 500ish dollars to pay for personal things, since I don't like living at home). I have a good Philosophy program here (focus in religious studies, non-theology) doubled with history, I am studying Chinese, and minoring in Peace & Conflict Studies. I am an honors students, and about to begin work on my senior thesis. I work a few leadership positions and my GPA is fine, I got a few Bs my Freshman year. I've presented research before. My professors have offered to do independent studies with me to bridge any gap I feel I am lacking where they can. That being said my school right now is very small, an open enrollment state school and doesn't really have a name for itself. It's no major state school like UMD or UCLA. I go here since I did so well in high school, I was able to get such good financial aid (plus a few other reasons that don't matter, it just goes that way sometimes). School B is a public honors college where I would have to take out loans, they have a similar program (I would take Japanese instead of Chinese). The coursework is more diverse, such as my current history department doesn't have a history outside of Europe or the US, while this school has a few more historians in other areas. I may be able to keep doing research, maybe not to the same extent to which I am now. This school has gotten people into UoC, Yale and even Oxford from my department but some of my professors have been saying the debt wasn't worth it and I can do that from here (which other professors are doubtful of). School C has offered me money to come be on a team for them, plus a good amount of academic scholarship. This is also a smaller state school, but it is above my current school. There would be loans my first semester but not much after that (I assume, it's out of state which would be new for me, maybe some loans for living). They have an awesome history department, with a chance to work with a historian's whose focus is in East Asia as my senior thesis. The honors college is much better here, I would get a chance for funding research (I fund my own and any travel that comes with presenting it). Plus, they pay for travel to other countries in the summer. They don't have a religions program, which is an issue when that's my graduate school area. I know academia and graduate school is hard and competitive, my dad is a professor so I've seen it from the inside, but I can't imagine doing anything else. I love teaching and researching, and maybe I am being compulsive planning this far ahead, but I would never forgive myself if I don't do what I can to go to the best graduate school. Maybe it's just because I was originally going to a much better school, at least planning, before some last minute issues with family that landed me here. Is a good master's program enough to bridge me into a T16 PhD program? Can I get into a good masters program from this open enrollment school that's very small with my CV and work I'm doing with my professors? Are loans and debt worth it? Sorry for the novel, everyone is telling me different stuff so I thought I would get input from people who have gone through graduate school recently, or just get a clearer picture of this. Thanks in advance.
  8. Hi everyone! Can you guys share about your internship experiences as undergraduates? I am currently applying for internship positions at MoMA, Guggenheim, Whitney and SFMoMA. Anyone currently interning or having interned in these places? I am new to the site and thanks in advance!
  9. I am currently working on 1.5 year research project that I started as a senior undergraduate, but my advisor doesn't expect us to have the final results and write-up for publication ready by the end of summer and says that I could just work with her in my first-year of PhD to finish up the publication. Does this seem like a reasonable expectation for me to follow through with considering that I will be busy with classes and maybe TAing once I start grad school? One note is that I have not established whether I would be first author as the research ideas are credited to my advisor, but I have helped perform a large chunk of the work to get the results.
  10. I graduated with a degree in healthcare management from a top 20 public university. I completely was too narrow-minded in finding a job and did not focus on what I really liked. I have a great GPA (3.9/4.0), some research experience in psychology, some volunteer experience with service trips, and a lot of professional experience in healthcare through internships. Eventually I would like to teach at a university or even just be a higher up administrative person. My old boss told me that in order to go through the ranks of higher ed administration you need a phd as most of his colleagues with one were getting promoted faster than those without. Has anyone with a completely different degree gotten a PhD in political science from somewhere competitive (top 20)? what did you do? I sadly got talked out of applying to the honors program (I transferred and wanted to do it as a junior) and have no thesis or real writing samples. knowing this, I feel I should pursue a masters, but thats SO expensive and time consuming. I can't find funded political science MA's nonetheless. I have thought about getting an MPP or MPA but all I have heard is that it is more application focused and less research focused. I'm completely lost but I feel some success stories or advice would be incredibly appreciated.
  11. Hello. I'm trying to see if I can get research experience somewhere in the world. Does anyone here know about a website where I can find paid internship opportunities for students from any country? I have already checked the ACS' website but most of them, if not all, are for US students. Thank you in advance.
  12. I am a class 12 student in India, I applied to Cape Breton university, Canada for engineering on 21 December,2016 and I received my acceptance letter on 20 January, 2017, but I am still waiting to hear from other universities I applied to, so can anyone tell me what is the deadline for replying to offers from Cape Breton.
  13. I attend a small liberal arts college in Massachusetts that does not have a geography department. I'm an Urban Studies major and am attracted to studying Geography after undergraduate because I am fascinated with maps and spatial analysis. I have two questions: 1) Since I am not a geography major and do not have access to many geography courses, am I at a serious disadvantage in getting accepted into a M.A. or Ph.D. program in Geography? 2) What experience would I need in order to be competitive for a M.A. or Ph.D. program in Geography? There is no one with a Ph.D. in Geography at the college that I currently attend. I have talked to my GIS professor (He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences) and he doesn't think that my prospects would be hurt, but he asked me to seek a Ph.D. in Geography for more advice. Here is more background information me: Academics: Overall GPA: 3.6, Urban Studies Major GPA: 3.8 No GRE yet Courses that I have taken that are somewhat similar to Geography: Introduction to GIS Introduction to Human Geography (Online) Can fit an Advanced GIS course into schedule next semester I also worked as a TA for Introduction to GIS, received outstanding feedback from students, ENVS professors willing to write recs for me based on the good feedback I have taken intro classes in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics, and Calculus as well (not sure if it will be helpful). My grades were in the B range for all of them. Advanced in French, Intermediate in German Other honors: Udall Scholarship recipient Professional Experience (Not sure if it helps): Internship with city development services office, occasionally developing maps for planners, but mostly administrative stuff and grant writing Mini-projects doing online mapping stuff on Google Maps-like platforms for people (not really intensive) - had a poster on a local planning (really small-scale) conference Part-time as a computer technician at college. I will apply to start graduate school for the Fall 2018 or Fall 2019 semester.
  14. Hello! I am a sophomore majoring in Social Work. My university does not offer an undergraduate degree in SLP or communication sciences, so I was advised that a BSW would be a good fit, considering a BSW degree requires quite a lot of elective space, and in that elective space I intend to take all of the SLP grad school prereqs (as those are offered by the university). I understand that grad school is incredibly competitive, which is why I want to start beefing up my resume early on as much as possible. I was wondering, either if from personal experience or just common sense that I don't have, if anyone here has any suggestions on how to get some sort of internship, shadowing opportunity, or anything of the like with an SLP, audiologist, etc.? Is that even possible? Is simply shadowing an SLP something I could even put on a grad school resume/log hours for and would doing this even help me? I've thought about calling local SLP's, but I also thought that maybe would just be really annoying to them. In all of the research I've done online, I haven't found a single "internship" opportunity for undergrads, which is really frustrating. I know I'm a long ways away from applying to grad schools, but I can't help being completely overwhelmed with anxiety, seeing how difficult it is to even get in! I have a high GPA and I hope to maintain it/continue raising it, but I'm a terrible standardized test taker, so the GRE is a new nightmare all on its own. I'm still going to try my best to do well on it, but I want to be able to boost up my chances of getting into grad school with GPA/shadowing/internships/letters of rec. etc. I'm sorry this is so long! I sort of went on a tangent here. I hope to hear from some of you soon!
  15. I'm an electronics and communication engg student from India. I want to do MS in Embedded Systems in the US or Germany. I have a very low GPA of around 6.5 in the Indian scale. Will I be able to join any Uni? Can anyone suggest a university for me?
  16. Hi all, I'll be a senior in undergrad this coming year, and I'm debating on whether to apply to graduate school in clinical psychology this year or to get a job as an RA or a Lab Manager for a year or two before applying. I have a 3.97 GPA from a highly regarded liberal arts school with a psychology major and a lot of coursework in neuroscience and hard science as well. I am taking the GREs soon but have consistently 164-166 Verbal and 161-163 Quant on practice tests. I have experience with clinical research and experience in a research hospital setting with data collection, analysis and manuscript preparation (which might result in a publication, but unclear as of now), and clinical psych research at a well regarded psych lab with a well known PI. I ran an independent study for my research methods class and a qualitative research class, and have presented posters at sessions at my undergrad institution, but not at conferences. I also have RA experience here and there at my home institution. I will complete an honors thesis next year in clinical psych. By the time I attend graduate school if I apply and get in this cycle, I will have had 2 years of research experience, part time during the school year and full time during all 3 summers. I also have experience with tutoring and teaching at my home institution. My letters of rec will be good as I have strong relationships with my professors and my research advisors. I have clinical experience on an inpatient unit co-leading inpatient groups. I also have experience on residential life and peer counseling. My lack of publications and presentations is my main worry about applying now, and I would hope that if I got a job as an RA this would be stronger in a year or two. I'm really really undecided on whether to apply this cycle or not. On one hand, I feel emotionally and academically mature enough to handle graduate school. I believe I have enough research exposure to be successful in graduate school, however I'm aware that I'll be applying with people who have far more experience than I do. I have a clear sense of my research interests and I've had an easy time identifying programs and mentors in line with my goals and research interests. I think I could succeed as an RA as well, but I would really only do this in order to make my application stronger and gain more technical skills. I'm looking to apply to some clinical science programs and some equal emphasis programs depending on the mentor, all of which are highly rated and funded. Please weigh in if you have insights! Hopefully my story might give some clarity to other current undergrads as well!
  17. I am looking to go back to school this upcoming year and have been looking at my options to pay for school. I really should have thought about this prior to obtaining my undergraduate degree and was curious if anyone had experience in this area? My parents funded my first undergraduate degree, and as for my second I had to take out loans on my own. I was wondering what are my options in terms of graduate study? How can I pay for school? I do not want to have more debt that just accumulates interest in the future. Anyone have any thoughts in this area?
  18. Hi everyone, I am a Vietnamese immigrant and I finished Law school with a Bachelor degree. I am intending to switch my career to either Finance or IT and thinking of either starting-over or going -up for Master. I have asked many people for their views as followings: 1. My degree: A. Starting-over: going to NOVA then George Mason because this option is the safest that I can completely comprehend the education principles, cultures, environments and, for the most important part (according to them), that I can be eligible for the Pells and Grants; B. Going-up: getting a technical certificate of my my desired major at a vocational public school (Adults and Community Education center Fairfax County) then applying for a job, working there for months then admitting to a private school with my evaluated undergraduate transcript; C. Going-up: going to NOVA for an Associate degree or, at least, a career certificate, then applying for a job, working there for months then admitting to a private school with my evaluated undergraduate transcript. My uncle suggests me (B) because he used to do it successfully with a Master degree in IT at Strayer University. However I cannot find any institute offering financial aid so I am in favor with (C) - it is, to me, a safer-but-still-quick option. 2. My major: I am in favor with Finance instead of IT or Computer because I can figure out what I gonna study and do with Finance, while IT is so wide... If I have to go with, Cyber Security may be my choice. The thing is I only have chances to meet people from Strayer with degrees in IT or Computer, while the reviews in forum give me various of both good and bad views on its accounting and finance programs. Thus, i wish to receive your kindly views on the followings: A. Which one is easier to study? It may be focused on math, logic or critical thinking; B. Which one requires more certificates? C. Which one has a smoother career route? D. Which one can support you to get a good pay job after graduate, or, increase the pay more quickly? Please feel open to share and comment because I am begging for your views and, if I am blessed, your pieces of advice. I do appreciate your attention. God bless you all!
  19. Hello, I'm a undergrad student and I'm still debating on whether to major in archaeology or bioarchaeology. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions on what classes to take for bioarchaeology other than anthropology classes. And what to expect if I want to major in bioarchaeology.
  20. I have room for 1 more class in the fall and seeing as it will be the last full semester graduate schools will see on my application I want to make it count! Here are my choices: A measure theory independent study. I don't think I have any or much exposure to measure theory and I am reading it is very helpful for graduate level probability/stats. A con I see for this is that I will probably be taking a class in this my first year into a program so having this before hand doesn't look or help me THAT much (or does it?) Another option is a graduate level time series analysis class. Here is the catalog description: Analytic and computer methods for time series analysis, including the time domain (autocorrelation) and frequency domain (spectral) approach. I am thinking/have been told this would show I am serious about becoming a statistician and doing well in a graduate class as an undergrad may help. Lastly there are other independent studies I could do of almost any topic. I could do something very niche and interesting that might help grad schools decide on me and be very fun and interesting at the same time TLDR: Space for 1 class in the fall to help my grad application/prepare me for stats grad school 1) Measure theory independent study 2) grad level Time series analysis class 3) Niche prob/stats independent study
  21. I'm having a hard time declining offers in general, but an especially hard time declining the offer from the school where I'm currently a senior (graduating in May). I know a couple of professors personally and respect them very much, I just think that I want to experience a different city and learn from a different perspective for my second degree. But this is causing me great anxiety, being afraid that I will seem unappreciative or disrespectful. Has anyone does this before or have any advice for handling this and maintaining good relations?
  22. Hello! I may be a little out of place, but I could not think of a better forum to hear from experienced students. Currently, I am at a community college in a suburb of Illinois. Out of high school, I received a full ride scholarship to a community college due to my academic and leadership qualities in my community. I took this scholarship instead of going straight to an University. When I transfer my undergraduate major will be Speech and Hearing Science/Communication Disorders. I have two choices of schools to transfer to: Northern Illinois University (With $1500/yr scholarship) or University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (Scholarship unknown yet, acceptance hasn't been sent yet but my GPA qualifies) Currently, my GPA is 3.4~ (My excuse? My family didn't think keeping up with a full tuition scholarship was enough to keep up with so they required me to have a part time job. Also.. Im currently completing an Associates in Science degree.. I swear 75% of my classes are unrelated to Biology.) I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE TO TRANSFER TO! Is anyone currently an undergrad student or grad student at any of these schools? I know neither choice will be easier- I just want to get a feel for the academic pace. Being surrounded by the CC scene makes me feel insecure about my academic abilities. But I also must keep in mind that the main goal is to make it into a graduate school. Please, if anyone has any opinions on either of these programs and the schools SHARE! And thank you in advance. I am excited to hear what everyone has to say.
  23. Hi all! I am currently a junior speech pathology major at a small school. Due to the size of our school and the size of our program, only two to three speech path classes are offered a semester, and they are only offered at certain times. For example, the three classes I just started for this spring semester are only offered in the spring of even numbered years. I have 25 observation hours along with 16 hours and 15 minutes of clinical practicum (field work). My grades for my major classes have been ok (A's and B's mostly), and my other classes. My overall cumulative GPA is a 3.369. Due to some personal things at home and a death in the family, I decided to for-go participating in field work this semester. (It would have been close to 40 hours of field work by the end of the semester.) My question being: if I take this semester to get my grades up and my head straight, did I mess up by not taking the clinical practicum class? I'd like to go to graduate school and pursue a Master's degree, but I've been worried that my GPA and clinical hours will not be good enough. I still have a year left to get hours, but how much do clinical hours matter in grad school applications? Thank you
  24. Hello, I am studying Electrical and Computer Engineering, in a not well-known university, in Europe and I will graduate in three years (one more term cause of some problems I had). After my graduation I am thinking of going for a PhD, and I would like to get in one of the best universities like MIT/Stanford/Berkeley or in another top university like CMU/Cornell/Princeton/UIUC/Caltech. So, I have some questions (that I think will help other students as well) about what to do to have a chance on being accepted to one of the MIT/Stanford/Berkeley and being surely accepted to one of CMU/Cornell/Princeton/UIUC/Caltech cause I am not seeing myself graduating with 3.9 GPA or more (I will succeed though to get at least 3.7 GPA and I hope a little more – and I think more than 3.8 in major). Also I don’t know the specific area that I want to study (I like though control systems/robotics, artificial intelligence (/machine learning), algorithms and theory, computer architecture). I have joined a software engineering team in my school where PhD students are members too and I will ask them if I can do research with them in machine learning/data mining (cause that’s their fields of study, and also trading agents) and I want to go for a summer internship in European Space Agency during my last year’s summer. Apart from that I will ask another professor about research in computer architecture and another one for robotics. But I don’t know what else to do cause my university doesn’t have that much research so my only chance is to go for internship research at summers. Another thing I would like to do is to participate in Google Summer of Code this year or next year. But I don’t know if that will count enough for those universities, or should I spend my time in something else (do some more research myself, study a little more for better grades or find a research internship position somewhere). So, my questions are: Should I apply to Google Summer of Code this or next year, or do something else? (Also I have exams from 11 to 30 June and that will be a kind of problem) Do you know any summer research internship (Europe or US - preferred EU) for ECE (not a specific area)? Because I am trying to find anything but I don’t get much results. Does anyone know if I can go (in any way) to any good university (EU or US) for the summer to do research, or to study there? (for example is there any way to go to CMU for research in robotics?) Any other way to do research as an undergraduate? Do you have any other ideas about how to spend my little free time? Should I contact any professor from another university to ask him about how to do research? (I am not in the mood of doing this right now, cause I don't know how he will see that) And some questions that are not for now but I want to know how things are: After finishing my studies, if I won’t get accepted to any of those universities listed above can I do something to strengthen my application (in terms of research/work experience) and reapply next year? If I go first for MS (at one of those universities or any good EU university), cause I think is a little bit easier to get accepted, will I have better chances to get in one better university for PhD? I also need to study English a little more because I am not fluent enough. I didn’t knew where to post is (Engineering or Compute Science). Please move this thread if it is in the wrong place and sorry for my English. I am not expecting for anyone who applies to answer me all questions, but your opinion in any of my problems/questions will be appreciated and helpful. Thank you!
  25. Hey guys. I was just wondering, is it normal/expected for undergraduate English students to publish papers or present at conferences? Have any of you guys done these things in your undergraduate years? I feel like I saw somewhere on these forums someone mentioning publishing as an undergrad or presenting their first paper at a conference...I've never done any of these things before (I'm currently a junior) nor have any of my English professors ever even mentioned such things. I actually just had to do a bit of research to find out what conferences are and what it even means to present a paper. If it is something that I should be doing (considering that I'm going to start applying to PhD programs next fall and I can't imagine that this kind of experience would exactly hurt my chances) does anyone have any tips on getting started? Thanks in advance for your advice guys, I'm addicted to you awesome people here on GradCafe.
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