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How important are (chemistry) graduate school rankings?

I am planning to go get my PhD in chemistry and I am waiting to hear back from schools. I have already been accepted to 3 schools (one in the top 10), however, I really like some of the faculty at one located in the 30s in the rankings. How important are the rankings and will they have a big affect on my career?
posted by stevechemist on Jan 30, 2010 - 11 answers

Reading Comprehension in Graduate School

Does anyone have any experience with psychology in graduate school? We recently started reading journal articles in one of our classes and it's quite a bit of work to understand what the articles are all about. I'm not sure whether I'm a little slow or whether I just feel intimidated, but really understanding what I'm reading is quite difficult. The method I've used for now, is to read the article a couple of times, highlighting what I think is important. Then I take notes on the article and it slowly comes to me. I'm not sure whether it's significant that I wasn't a psychology major in my undergraduate program. If anyone has any tips or tricks or other advice for understanding what we're reading, I'd greatly appreciate the help. Thank you,
posted by Garden on Jan 16, 2010 - 22 answers

Post-grad fail

After receiving my undergraduate degree, I tried taking some online english classes at a local community college while starting a job. Bad idea. [more inside]
posted by wayofthedodo on Jan 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Should I mention I'm mentally ill on a graduate school statement of intent

Should I mention my mental illness on my graduate school statement of intent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 - 24 answers

How useful is a Chinese studies M.A.?

I'm thinking about getting an M.A. in Chinese studies. How useful a job qualification would it be if I didn't go on to get a Ph.D.? [more inside]
posted by Mummy of a Lady Named Jemutesonekh on Oct 31, 2009 - 6 answers

How to ask for this letter of recommendation?

Help me ask a former professor for a letter of recommendation. Complicating details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by notswedish on Oct 28, 2009 - 10 answers

Should I retake the GREs?

I'm applying to grad school for a Masters in Library Science, and I'm unsure if I should re-take the GREs. I did very well on the Verbal and Quantitative sections - both scores were above the averages of accepted students for the MLS programs I'm looking at. But I only got a 4 on the writing section (putting me in the 41st percentile). The average for admitted students is around a 5. Will my admittedly poor showing on the writing section hurt me enough that I should take the GREs again? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2009 - 17 answers

How can I become less absent minded?

How can I become less absent minded? [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222 on Oct 16, 2009 - 23 answers

Can I get into grad school in math?

Can I get into a funded Math Master's or PhD program? I'm graduating from a 4-year college with my B.S. this Spring, and I'm in my mid-30's. I have good GPA at this school (about a 3.6, up to about a 3.8 in math courses specifically) and good GRE scores (720 V / 780 Q), but I have dropped a lot of courses (I've worked full time over the years while getting my degree), and back in the mid-90's I flunked out of the first university I went to. [more inside]
posted by tamaraster on Oct 14, 2009 - 12 answers

Who gets to be the lucky person to write me a letter of recommendation?

I'm applying to graduate school and need 3 letters of recommendations. However, I am having trouble deciding the right people to ask. HALP. [more inside]
posted by carpyful on Oct 13, 2009 - 8 answers

Should I stay near my parents or move away?

Go to graduate school with Favorite teacher and move away, or go to graduate school with less than favorite teacher and stay close to family? [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling on Sep 28, 2009 - 12 answers

How do I deal with the fact that I hate teaching, or, how long do I hate teaching until I give up on grad school?

How do I deal with the fact that I hate teaching, or, how long do I hate teaching until I give up on grad school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2009 - 16 answers

What is the best method of putting academic papers on the internet?

What is the best method of putting academic papers on the internet? [more inside]
posted by huskerdont on Sep 9, 2009 - 14 answers

Help me realize my counseling career dreams!

I want to be a counselor in clinics and/or hospitals. What degree do I need to get? [more inside]
posted by GarotaDaCidade on Sep 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Help me decide whether to go to business school

I'm trying to decide whether to go to business school (I was admitted to a top 5 school in the US), or earn an academic masters program on a full fellowship in Europe. I have to decide right away, as school is about to start and I just can't resolve my concerns. I'm not sure how much of a business person I am (although I've done some entrepreneurial things in the past). I just graduated from college (although I'm a bit over the traditional age), and I'm not really sure what I want to do with my life. Business school costs about $100k. The free masters program is much more academic -- and I'm eager to live abroad. How do I approach this decision? I've made pro and con lists, meditated, "listened to my heart" and so many things. My mind changes every five minutes as I think about different aspects of the decision. Help! I'm not sure what I "want to be when I grow up". When I was a kid, I wanted to be a lawyer and a writer -- and if I go to business school, I close the door on being a lawyer. I still want to explore a lot of things, and I'm afraid of being so much in debt when I go off to do that. On the other hand, I want to be economically secure and do have interests in entrepreneurship and other business careers.
posted by anonymous on Sep 2, 2009 - 19 answers

Oh, for the love(hate?) of academia.

I’m getting an MFA in creative writing in a fairly decent program. I’m starting my third and final year and faced with some choices as to whether or not mental sanity or career options are more important. I could use some feedback from people outside of the program. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2009 - 15 answers

Why, yes, I'd love a free meal!

When someone invites you to dinner or a party at their house, is there a tactful way to indicate that you can't bring anything, or to prevent them from asking? [more inside]
posted by venividivici on Aug 25, 2009 - 19 answers

How do I get into a top environmental policy/planning graduate program?

What is the best course of action to get into a top environmental planning or environmental policy program? A year into the consulting world I'm seeing that to advance faster, I need a graduate degree. I've decided that I want to focus on environmental planning and policy. However, I can't figure out at what stage in my career I would be the best applicant I can be. [more inside]
posted by nowoutside on Aug 3, 2009 - 1 answer

Fellowship Finance

I recently started graduate school supported by a National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship and I just received my first paycheck--without any taxes taken out of it. Am I exempt from paying tax (state and federal) on my fellowship stipend because it's from the government? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Jul 31, 2009 - 14 answers

Should I apply for a PhD?

In grad school; older student. Should I apply to a PhD program? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2009 - 24 answers

What are good urban planning programs for people with bachelor's degrees in visual arts?

My sister is entering last year of art school this fall but she wants to seek an urban planning graduate degree afterwards. What are good urban planning programs for people with bachelor's degrees in visual arts? [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on Jul 1, 2009 - 2 answers

Best way to go back to school in an unrelated field?

Possibly going back to school in an unrelated field (engineering); what's the best way to approach this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Need some help with Canadian study permits!

My wife just got a frustratingly belated acceptance to a two-year graduate program in Toronto. We're coming from the US, and badly need some guidance with study permits and the proof of "financial support" required Anyone with experience? [more inside]
posted by setanor on Jun 1, 2009 - 14 answers

Kindle or Tablet PC for taking notes on PDFs?

Tablet PC or Kindle DX for graduate school? [more inside]
posted by tonci on May 14, 2009 - 33 answers

How do graduate schools admission departments view online classes?

How do graduate schools view "distance learning" (online courses)? I'm not looking to get a HS diploma/bachelors/masters online; I already have my bachelors and I want to take some classes on the side to strengthen a graduate application in the future. Does it generally matter where I take online classes from? [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji on May 13, 2009 - 9 answers

Can I get into a PhD program?

Will my Chemistry/science grades keep me from getting into a PhD program in a physical science? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2009 - 9 answers

I will be assimilated.

CyborgFilter: Do you know of a graduate program, or academic research lab, that offers a PhD related to cybernetics research? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on May 7, 2009 - 14 answers

Applying to Clinical Psych program before undergrad

Does anyone know if you can apply to a clinical psychology Phd program before finishing your undergrad, or do you need to have experience before applying? Also what can you do to best guarantee your chances of acceptance?
posted by Genco_Olive_Oil on Apr 27, 2009 - 8 answers

Learning about already awarded grant money?

How can I learn more about the grant money my lab already has? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2009 - 17 answers

How do I spin my grad school experience into desirable work skills?

How do I spin my grad school experience into desirable work skills? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Apr 18, 2009 - 10 answers

Foreign language prep.

I'm in a humanities field and I will likely need to learn multiple languages. As a Master's student, I'm scheduled to take around 3-4 courses each semester, with much of my second year devoted to research and writing a master's dissertation. My question concerns foreign language prep....when is the optimal time to do that? Do I travel abroad this summer and shore up on what I know? Or do I take care of the problem during my first few semesters? What are the pros and cons of traveling abroad vis a vis taking care of the problem domestically (e.g., either at my school or some other program in the states, unaffiliated with my school)? [more inside]
posted by Genco_Olive_Oil on Apr 8, 2009 - 8 answers

Moving to Columbia, SC: Graduate Student Relocation Project Alpha

It looks more and more as if I will be attending University of South Carolina, in Columbia, SC, as a graduate student in Philosophy this fall. Please help me [more inside]
posted by strixus on Apr 7, 2009 - 11 answers

Asking about research assistant position.

Question about asking for a research assistant position with a professor [more inside]
posted by dolemite01 on Apr 7, 2009 - 7 answers

Baby Got Post-Bacc

I managed to complete my rinky-dink English degree online without quitting my job or tearing out MY hair. But now I need a few semesters of full-time, brick-'n-mortar hard science and I'm not sure how to swing it. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Apr 2, 2009 - 7 answers

Ph.D. Advice

Ph.D. Advice: I'm going to be starting grad school in the fall and I wanted some suggestions on how to plan out my thesis. What should I be doing from day one to stay organized and what kind of system should I set up to keep myself productive? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani on Mar 28, 2009 - 13 answers

Developing a Relationship with my Professor

Hey all, I'm an incoming master's student with plans to apply to my institution's PhD program after my master's. As the first person in my family to go to college (let alone graduate school), I am quite green in many respects. What I'm really worried about is the professor(s) I want to work with in the future--how do I go about developing a professional relationship with them? I'm afraid of creating a negative impression about myself if I keep badgering them during office hours and blatantly trying to ingratiate myself with them. Also, any advice you could give me would be really helpful--especially with regards to a master's student in the humanities field. What should be my main focus and what common errors should I avoid?
posted by Genco_Olive_Oil on Mar 28, 2009 - 12 answers

No more company-funded tuition reimbursement, how to afford grad school?

Company was paying for grad school, but had to cut back. I can't put off finishing my degree, but I can't afford the out of pocket expenses either. They also cut back on my 401k. I'm considering a lot of options but none of them seem pretty. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by etherealclarity on Mar 13, 2009 - 12 answers

fear of commitment (to graduate funding)

Graduate funding: I got it but don't want to accept it yet because I'm waiting on word from better graduate funding. How do I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2009 - 4 answers

Where to get my MSW?

Does it matter if I get my MSW in the same city I intend to be living/working in? [more inside]
posted by Roman Graves on Jan 26, 2009 - 5 answers

Should I write a thesis for my MA?

Should I write an MA thesis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2009 - 11 answers

MLS = Man, Life Sucks

Should I/how do I propose the idea of getting a masters degree to my boss? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2009 - 7 answers

How to be a successful psych PhD student?

I'm going to be entering a research-oriented doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology this fall. Any tips on how to be a student who gets the most out of graduate school and prepares optimally for a successful academic career?
posted by shivohum on Jan 5, 2009 - 13 answers

MRes? MSc? MPhil? WTF?

Canadian interested in UK graduate schools, but thoroughly confused by the different conventions used across the Atlantic! Please hope me! [more inside]
posted by tickingclock on Dec 29, 2008 - 5 answers

Can anyone recommend a good graduate school for Nutrition Major?

Hi, I only have 1 1/2 years till I'm completely done my undergraduate nutrition degree in Canada. I've already established that I want to pursue a masters, however, the only school I have been checking online is Columbia's Department of Nutrition because it is the only school I can think of which offers a decent program. Is it true? If not, does anyone have any good suggestions (NA, Europe, Asia)? [more inside]
posted by pixxie on Dec 29, 2008 - 11 answers

Why doesn't math make sense anymore?

I've got math anxiety but not the traditional kind. I'm graduating with a math degree but I feel very insecure pursuing higher math. How did something this beautiful turn into a bugbear? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2008 - 20 answers

How can I combine my interests into a coherent academic plan?

Seeking a field that blends radical left-wing politics and sustainability with technology without diluting any of them. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Oct 16, 2008 - 14 answers

call numbers or regulations

Looking into graduate school. With my skill set and interests, would I be better off in urban planning or librarianship? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Oct 15, 2008 - 14 answers

Help me sound like the perfect applicant to schools of public health

I am an anthropology senior, and I'm applying to various schools of public health. How do I make my graduate school application the perfect application? [more inside]
posted by palindromic on Oct 9, 2008 - 7 answers

How can I create a qualitative assessment of policy documents?

I've been asked to devise a qualitative means of analyzing multiple similar policy documents for the purpose of critically evaluating them (and hopefully publishing my results) and frankly, I'm floundering. Any advice on books, classes, or ways to learn how to approach this problem? [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Sep 2, 2008 - 4 answers

Chances for ex-lawyer to enter clinical psych PhD?

I'm a lawyer from a top law school with a year of work experience. I want to become an academic clinical psychologist (professor + therapist). After 9 months in a master's program, what will my admissions chances look like? [more inside]
posted by shivohum on Aug 25, 2008 - 4 answers

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