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Tips for staying motivated in Grad School

Two years into a Ph.D. program in the biological science (in the US) and I am in a lab doing research. The lab I'm in takes a hand-off approach to our research, so much of the motivation to do projects must come from me. Unfortunately I'm the kind of person who needs deadlines and strong guidance, and without these two things I've begun to drift a little. Any tips for keeping my eyes on the prize and staying immersed in my field? [more inside]
posted by Archibald Edmund Binns on Feb 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Renting or borrowing Macs - Bay Area

Is there an avenue in the Bay Area for renting or borrowing a Mac, especially for (grad) students? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 31, 2013 - 7 answers

Career change, psychotherapy, etc.

Are you a grief counselor? How does one become a grief counselor? Should I become a grief counselor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Calling all planners!

Should I go into Urban Planning? [more inside]
posted by Polyhymnia on Jan 4, 2013 - 25 answers

How do I get ready for these grad school interviews and what do I wear?

I've been invited to interview with a few grad schools for biochemistry and biophysics doctoral programs. Hooray! What should I expect? How do I prepare? And what the heck do I wear? Complications: extremely poor and wardrobe consists of t-shirts and blue jeans with one proper "job interview" outfit. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Jan 2, 2013 - 22 answers

Teach me about Applied Math

I'm interested in a Masters in Applied Mathematics in the NYC area. Help me research further. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Jan 1, 2013 - 7 answers

Yet another financial advice question

I need some advice about career plans, graduate studies and whether to rent or to own. Mostly in the financial context but also, of the bigger picture view -- am I being overly optimistic, am I too focused on career? [more inside]
posted by table on Dec 31, 2012 - 9 answers

Saving for retirement as a graduate student.

I am a new graduate student and was hoping to put some money into a Roth IRA to start saving for retirement, but just read that contributions must be made from earned income and now I'm not sure if that is the best plan for my circumstances. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2012 - 7 answers

PhDating

How do you handle developing relationships in grad school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2012 - 20 answers

Oh god oh god oh god

Please calm me down. I am having a major freakout over grad school admissions. Master's level, applied math/stats. [more inside]
posted by downing street memo on Dec 11, 2012 - 8 answers

How much emphasis to place on the C+?

How much focus, if any, on my "blemished" academic record, and my change of field, should I place in my personal statements for graduate school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2012 - 12 answers

Bio-Based Encouragement

Need some biology based phrases of encouragement for a poster. [more inside]
posted by chiefthe on Dec 6, 2012 - 10 answers

What do I send my grad school recommenders as a thank you?

What do I send my grad school recommenders as a thank you? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Dec 3, 2012 - 12 answers

Transcript not arriving in SOPHAS: am I screwed?

Grad school in public health filter: due to delays in my college sending them, my transcripts are steadfastly not registering as received in SOPHAS. My first application is due Monday. Is there any hope? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2012 - 5 answers

Am I doing the wrong thing here?

Science grad school application filter: I have informally (but explicitly) accepted a graduate assistant position (in conservation biology) at my current undergraduate institution. I am now having second thoughts and am wondering what, if anything, I should do about it. Help me, Hive Mind! I don't know what to do! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2012 - 8 answers

How can a high GRE score benefit me?

I did really well on the GRE. How will this actually help me? [more inside]
posted by Vatican Cameos on Nov 27, 2012 - 19 answers

Letters of Rec part Deux

I asked a professor for a letter of recommendation a year ago, but my plans changed and I didn't use it to apply for anything. I'd like to ask her for another one this year, and I would appreciate some advice on how to approach her about it. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef on Nov 16, 2012 - 8 answers

College senior still trying to figure out what I should work towards.

Still feeling like a failure, despite all the help I get - what am I missing? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Nov 12, 2012 - 10 answers

When do I disclose ADHD as a grad school applicant

Disclosing ADHD during the grad school application process: where/when/how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2012 - 18 answers

Living with post-recession stress disorder

I've landed in a dead-end job, but it's hard for me to overcome my anxiety about retraining or changing the direction of my career. How should I perform an objective, reasonable risk-reward analysis in the face of imperfect options and information? [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Oct 28, 2012 - 16 answers

Where can I study bonobos in the United States?

What U.S. research labs conduct bonobo research, preferably at nearby research facilities? I'm looking into summer internships and graduate schools. [more inside]
posted by lemoncakeisalie on Oct 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood... and I took the one where I went crazy for a month to raise my score 40 points... and that uh... has made all the difference?

GRE-Filter: I was happy with my GRE scores. Then, I received word that I have the opportunity to get into a super-duper-top-tier doctoral program previously inaccessible. However, my Quantitative Score--while still in the range of accepted scores over the years for this program--is now less-than-stellar relatively speaking. Is it crazy to think I could study intensely for about a month and improve my score 30-50 points? Am I overthinking this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2012 - 12 answers

What do I put on my CV for the person who is writing me a recommendation to grad school?

What goes on an academic CV, especially when one doesn't exactly have a huge academic history to draw from? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Tell me how to leave graduate school and still be successful

I am current a first semester history MA student at a highly ranked public university, and I cannot stand it. I'm planning on contacting the department secretary soon to tell her that I'm leaving the program. What can I do now? [more inside]
posted by oxfordcomma on Oct 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Do I have to get my mom to measure all my artwork that's in storage at her house?

When creating an art portfolio for graduate school admissions, which may end up online or submitted digitally, is it completely necessary that I include measurements for all the pieces (especially if the original work is several states away at my parents house)? I am not applying for uber-competitive MFA programs, but arts administration/education/museum studies where the portfolio is usually not strictly necessary but can be helpful, I hear.
posted by dahliachewswell on Oct 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Is this an offer I'd be a fool to refuse?

I am a senior undergraduate biology student who wants to become a conservation biologist and a professor. I work part-time in a lab at my university, and my principal investigator recently made me an offer that on the face of it seems pretty great. Should I take it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Sep 24, 2012 - 28 answers

Conditional Admissions to grad programs--how common are they in the wild?

Grad programs--I've just heard (for the first time) that conditional admissions are A Thing. Would I have a snowball's chance with a good GRE score alone or will I have to take pre-req undergrad classes first? [more inside]
posted by wires on Sep 23, 2012 - 16 answers

How do I explain why my advisor isn't a reference?

My supervisor/thesis advisor has dropped off the face of the earth as I'm applying for jobs, so I can't count on him as a reference. How bad does this look, should I explain it in writing somewhere, and how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2012 - 12 answers

Political science grad school: yes or no?

Political science grad school. Do you know anything about it? Liberal snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2012 - 6 answers

How can I write my dissertation at home?

How can I write my dissertation at home? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Aug 30, 2012 - 21 answers

Career Choice: Information Architecture or Public Health Evaluation?

Which field should I pursue--information architecture or public health program evaluation? Two very different directions, and I'm not sure how to decide between them for graduate school and my career path. [more inside]
posted by oiseau on Aug 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Can I start over in my own town?

New leaf, same old city? Seeking advice—both practical and symbolic—on attempting a "fresh start" in a city I've lived in for 10 years. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3.

Applying for PhD programs. My GRE scores have expired, and I'm signed up to take both the general test and the EngLit subject test within a month of each other. Is this insane? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Aug 21, 2012 - 10 answers

Asking for letters of recommendation by email?

Thinking about applying to graduate school while living off-campus-- when and how to ask for letters? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Aug 17, 2012 - 8 answers

Is an online MBA worth it?

I am thinking of pursuing an MBA in IT Management and have been accepted into an online program. But I've heard it said that if an MBA doesn't come from a top-25 or top-50 school, it may not even be worth having in the eyes of job recruiters and hiring managers. What's the real story? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Aug 15, 2012 - 25 answers

From Lawyer to Grad Student?

Can you tell me about legal anthropology? Am I foolish to leave a secure career to pursue it? [more inside]
posted by sallybrown on Jul 31, 2012 - 15 answers

IO Psych Angst

I'm an English major who wants to go to grad school in Industrial/Organizational Psych. How can I improve my chances? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Is a Master's in Public Policy something I want to do?

What sort of entry-level type jobs can I look for now to help me figure out if a Master’s in Public Policy is something I want to pursue? [more inside]
posted by Shesthefastest on Jul 26, 2012 - 7 answers

Requesting a recommendation for grad program unrelated to undergrad major

How do I ask my old professors for a grad school recommendation when my program of interest is in a totally different field? [more inside]
posted by constellations on Jul 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Quitting Grad School without a M.S.

Should I quit grad school? Or would it be "the worst mistake of my life" as many feel and/or have told me. Should I suck it up/grow up? Or is it as bad as it seems? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 - 28 answers

What to expect during a grad school interview?

What should I expect when interviewing for a Masters-level nursing program? [more inside]
posted by lholladay on Jul 13, 2012 - 2 answers

PhD in nursing?

What do you do with a PhD in nursing? Is getting one a good idea? [more inside]
posted by bookish on Jul 9, 2012 - 18 answers

Do MSW rankings matter?

Do the rankings of the school matter when getting your MSW? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Jul 8, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I afford graduate school?

I notified that I was accepted in my graduate program rather late (As in last week). I've decided to accept, but I have no clue how to go about getting loans. Bonus Q: What're the options for scholarships when it comes to grad school? More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Jul 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Asking for job advice for partner from future graduate advisor - etiquette?

I'm planning to ask for job advice on behalf of my partner, from my future graduate advisor, because my partner's interested in a job opening at my future graduate school. Totally acceptable / useful thing to do, or a horrible violation of academic etiquette? [more inside]
posted by pants on Jul 6, 2012 - 17 answers

I don't even want to know how bad I am.

How do I get over my fear of criticism, especially in an academic setting? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Jun 27, 2012 - 18 answers

"You are going to SCHOOL!" "but what is a school?"

Got into an MFA! ...now what? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 24, 2012 - 7 answers

Abandon ship?

I have a big, messy question about anxiety, student debt, grad school, loneliness, and employment. Here’s the crux of it: Should I go back to my PhD next year? If not, what should my plan for the next few months be? [more inside]
posted by The Art of Sockpuppetry on Jun 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Personal statement for graduate school

Applying for graduate school (PhD) in applied maths. Questions about personal statement. Relevant details within. [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit on Jun 16, 2012 - 4 answers

I have never disliked school before.

Help me be less sad, plz. [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on Jun 14, 2012 - 10 answers

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