Ilspflouz Posted April 3, 2017 Share Posted April 3, 2017 (edited) Hi everyone, I am deciding between 3 schools for a PhD, and am in need in some outside opinions! Considering the following, what would you do, or do you have any advice about making a decision? All have a good track record of graduating candidates for tenure track positions (what I want to do after my PhD) and all schools are within the top 10 in my field. Thank you so much! School 1 Highest ranked of the 3 schools 1 potential adviser who is a fantastic fit (best fit of almost anyone out there and would be primary adviser), 1 adviser with moderate/mediocre fit -- both tenured and mid-career primary adviser = very very busy awesome project to work on that I am extremely interested in, but it is in very beginning stages - so potential for snags with data collection along the way. If it works out could be AMAZING - very close to research I want to do, but nothing else exists that is as good of a fit to work on if it fell through loved program and city when visited prior to recruitment, contacted primary adviser who seemed very interested in me. set up a time to talk with them, but when that time came they never answered or called me back. didn't hear from them until recruitment weekend, when they seemed really interested in me again. has been good about contacting me since and have had a really great discussion with them recently so not sure what to make of this... 30 credits of coursework, 1 comp 12+ hours away from family Highest stipend offered, insurance included probably cohort of 8-10 School 2 2nd highest ranked of these schools 5 potential advisers (3 who fit well, 2 moderate/mediocre fit) - 3 tenured (2 potentially close to emeritus), 2 non tenured tons of projects to work on that are really interesting/am passionate about, but not as close to what I want to do as school 1's project is 2nd highest stipend offered with potential for increase -- health insurance not included liked city, loved program when visited great communication and comraderie among students and faculty and with me ~5 hours from family 60 credits of coursework, 2 comps probably cohort of 12-15 School 3 3rd highest ranked of the 3 schools 4 advisers (2 great fit, 2 moderate fit) -- 3 tenured (1 potentially close to emeritus), 1 not tenured did my undergrad and MS at this school - been living in area for ~10 years. would probably need to stay on the projects I already work on as well as pick up some new things. so easy transition. passionate about many of these projects but not sure I want to continue doing the same things...Also I am terrified that my main adviser at this school is going to be extremely angry at me if I leave because there will be no one to run their project. love program 1 hour from family 45 credits of coursework, 3 comp lowest stipend offered, potential for increase -- health insurance included probably cohort of 6-8 great environment and communication with me Any thoughts/advice are appreciated! Thank you so much! Edited April 3, 2017 by HedgieLove Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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