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50 minutes ago, psyc2122 said:

I emailed them about this and they said there's nowhere to upload your CV because it's not part of the application package! 

Oh my... but why? I mean I do detail some things in the personal statement, but that is not exactly something to take the place of the CV as well. How are you approaching this issue?

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5 hours ago, SoundofSilence said:

Oh my... but why? I mean I do detail some things in the personal statement, but that is not exactly something to take the place of the CV as well. How are you approaching this issue?

They didn't provide a reason, unfortunately. I thought about adding it to the end of my personal statement (in the same PDF) but I worry it would just look bad to not follow instructions. If anyone has any suggestions about this I'd love to hear them!

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Just now, psyc2122 said:

They didn't provide a reason, unfortunately. I thought about adding it to the end of my personal statement (in the same PDF) but I worry it would just look bad to not follow instructions. If anyone has any suggestions about this I'd love to hear them!

hey that's not a half bad idea. 

I've honestly had it with this application season. It's my third time and it's the worst yet.

Between programs switching deadlines to early November when they were usually in December (I'm looking at you SFU) and all the crappy online portals that drive me mad, I'm at my wits' end. I've done Ottawa's application once before and I still had trouble this time around locating the damn place to upload the documents. Not to mention that some programs are ok with your standard stuff (as in regular CV and 2 page statement), but some are just crazy with their own formatting for CVs and asking for 500 words for a statement. And now McMaster with this crappy "no CV" thing. Where am I supposed to put my research experience, publications and posters? How about my awards? I can barely cram them in the tiny character-limited small boxes in some places but they don't even have that on their application. Gaaah

Sorry about the rant, I think the pandemic is getting to me. And it's also difficult to see the point of all this effort after so much time and money spent. So many demands placed on the applicants and most times we barely get even an acknowledgment. Something's got to give and I think this process needs a serious overhaul.

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57 minutes ago, SoundofSilence said:

hey that's not a half bad idea. 

I've honestly had it with this application season. It's my third time and it's the worst yet.

Between programs switching deadlines to early November when they were usually in December (I'm looking at you SFU) and all the crappy online portals that drive me mad, I'm at my wits' end. I've done Ottawa's application once before and I still had trouble this time around locating the damn place to upload the documents. Not to mention that some programs are ok with your standard stuff (as in regular CV and 2 page statement), but some are just crazy with their own formatting for CVs and asking for 500 words for a statement. And now McMaster with this crappy "no CV" thing. Where am I supposed to put my research experience, publications and posters? How about my awards? I can barely cram them in the tiny character-limited small boxes in some places but they don't even have that on their application. Gaaah

Sorry about the rant, I think the pandemic is getting to me. And it's also difficult to see the point of all this effort after so much time and money spent. So many demands placed on the applicants and most times we barely get even an acknowledgment. Something's got to give and I think this process needs a serious overhaul.

Don't apologize for the rant, I think we can all relate to this! It really does seem like the requirements get more and more difficult to follow each year – we really need some kind of centralized portal with common requirements (for references' sake, too!). I'm trying to remember that when the requirements seem ridiculous and like they won't represent my experience at all (500 word statement, weird CV format, no CV, etc.), everyone else is probably feeling the same way too. Seems super obvious, but often when I'm stressing over these applications, I realize its because I'm treating them as though my 500 words have to compete with everyone else's full CV and 3-page statement, which is obviously not the case. Hang in there, just a week-ish left of this!

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1 minute ago, psyc2122 said:

Don't apologize for the rant, I think we can all relate to this! It really does seem like the requirements get more and more difficult to follow each year – we really need some kind of centralized portal with common requirements (for references' sake, too!). I'm trying to remember that when the requirements seem ridiculous and like they won't represent my experience at all (500 word statement, weird CV format, no CV, etc.), everyone else is probably feeling the same way too. Seems super obvious, but often when I'm stressing over these applications, I realize its because I'm treating them as though my 500 words have to compete with everyone else's full CV and 3-page statement, which is obviously not the case. Hang in there, just a week-ish left of this!

Thanks, I appreciate it! 

I mean I know we are all in the same boat here, it's just that I feel some applications don't really represent all my hard work. And I'm sure it's probably the same for everyone. Having a standardized process would make things so much easier for all people involved. I'm really looking forward to having this be done. I hope everyone is staying warm and sane! We're almost there, at least with this part :)

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To underscore (again) how bad this process is, I just got a quick email from one of my recommendation writers and they were pretty upset about how terrible some of the online portals were. They were so upset about the UNB process, that they were like "remind me to never submit a reference here again". 😱

I'm giving it a last try - any other McMaster fellow applicants - what did you do about the "no CV" thing? Did you just bulk up your personal statement or you're just submitting your regular one and hoping for the best? I also welcome any advice from people who are not applying there, all perspectives are welcome! :) 

It's my last application that I need to submit and I just need it to be done already. 

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7 hours ago, SoundofSilence said:

To underscore (again) how bad this process is, I just got a quick email from one of my recommendation writers and they were pretty upset about how terrible some of the online portals were. They were so upset about the UNB process, that they were like "remind me to never submit a reference here again". 😱

I'm giving it a last try - any other McMaster fellow applicants - what did you do about the "no CV" thing? Did you just bulk up your personal statement or you're just submitting your regular one and hoping for the best? I also welcome any advice from people who are not applying there, all perspectives are welcome! :) 

It's my last application that I need to submit and I just need it to be done already. 

For the no CV thing, personally what I would do is create a website with my CV. I'd then direct the reader to the website via my statement/letter of intent. If the school is interested in accepting you, I suspect they might look at your web CV.

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Hi everyone! This may be a silly question but could someone let me know what should be going in the "Faculty" line in the CGS-M portal within the Identification section? I.e., it shows:

Organization:

Faculty:

Department/Division:

I'm just not sure if Faculty is meant to be Faculty of the Department, i.e. Faculty of Social Sciences. Or if they want me to list the names of actual faculty members? Any insight would be greatly appreciated :)

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14 hours ago, T.O.hopeful said:

Hi everyone! This may be a silly question but could someone let me know what should be going in the "Faculty" line in the CGS-M portal within the Identification section? I.e., it shows:

Organization:

Faculty:

Department/Division:

I'm just not sure if Faculty is meant to be Faculty of the Department, i.e. Faculty of Social Sciences. Or if they want me to list the names of actual faculty members? Any insight would be greatly appreciated :)

I assumed the faculty of the department, I don't think they care who your supervisor is because the awards are independent from the admissions process... If I'm wrong then I've definitely submitted it wrong two years in a row 😂🙈

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20 hours ago, VanessaB said:

For the no CV thing, personally what I would do is create a website with my CV. I'd then direct the reader to the website via my statement/letter of intent. If the school is interested in accepting you, I suspect they might look at your web CV.

This is a really great suggestion, thank you so much for sharing! Do you have any platforms you would recommend for a web CV?

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2 hours ago, emsmith said:

This is a really great suggestion, thank you so much for sharing! Do you have any platforms you would recommend for a web CV?

Do you have a Google account? You could use Google sites. It would be quite easy to set up. I'm sure any free website builder will do though.

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17 hours ago, T.O.hopeful said:

Hi everyone! This may be a silly question but could someone let me know what should be going in the "Faculty" line in the CGS-M portal within the Identification section? I.e., it shows:

Organization:

Faculty:

Department/Division:

I'm just not sure if Faculty is meant to be Faculty of the Department, i.e. Faculty of Social Sciences. Or if they want me to list the names of actual faculty members? Any insight would be greatly appreciated :)

I'm pretty sure faculty refers to the broader area your program is situated (e.g., Faculty of Social Sciences). It doesn't refer to your supervisor. I won CGS-M (2021-2022) and at least that's what I did (e.g., I put Faculty of Education for my particular program).

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20 hours ago, emsmith said:

I assumed the faculty of the department, I don't think they care who your supervisor is because the awards are independent from the admissions process... If I'm wrong then I've definitely submitted it wrong two years in a row 😂🙈

 

16 hours ago, VanessaB said:

I'm pretty sure faculty refers to the broader area your program is situated (e.g., Faculty of Social Sciences). It doesn't refer to your supervisor. I won CGS-M (2021-2022) and at least that's what I did (e.g., I put Faculty of Education for my particular program).

Thank you both!! I figured it was Faculty of the Department but started to overthink things 😅

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Hi all, I just submitted my CCV for CGS-M and I got this message in red text saying that "To participate to the Researchers Directories, you must meet the following criteria", then a list of things to include. Has anyone else gotten then message?

Does anyone know if I have to be on this research directory for schools to access my CGS-M application?

Thank you!

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