Arcadian Posted June 15, 2010 Share Posted June 15, 2010 Hello everyone, I'm new here. Just to be clear, I am applying during the Fall 2010 season, but I'm applying to attend in the Fall 2011 season. I wasn't sure what to put for "application season." I will be applying to several PhD cognitive/neuro programs and a few MS experimental programs. My GPA situation is a little complex. After my first two years, I changed my major from engineering to psychology, and as a result of this I had to change schools as well (from UT Austin to UTSA). In spite of my rough start, I really struck gold with psychology. I love it, and now I want to pursue a career in basic research. Here is the quick summary of my various GPAs. Overall: 3.0 UT Austin: 2.6 UTSA: 4.0 Psychology: 4.0 At the moment I have a lot more hours at UT, but in the end they should be close to equal. I have 30 hours in psychology. Honestly, I expect to finish with a 4.0 in psychology. How should I expect these grades to be evaluated? From what I understand, many programs emphasize your major GPA and upper-division GPA. Will the bad grades from my engineering background be viewed as a strike against me, or will it be viewed more admirably for versatility? Also, I will be gaining my first research experience this fall when I will work in a professor's cognitive aging lab. Obviously, I couldn't have possibly done any research until now because of the change of major. I won't have the chance to write any research papers. The professor said I will simply be assisting with experiments and discussions. Is this sufficient preparation for a PhD program? I have a preliminary list of programs that interest me. The list is long. It ranges from Harvard to UT Dallas. Should I bother applying to highly prestigious schools? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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